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Should I deplete my saving and buy a house with cash, or should I rent?

My wife and I are very frugal. We've been living abroad for several years and saved a decent amount of our salaries. We've decided to move back to the US this year. We've found a modest home that ...
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When I shop for a direct lender, will the credit checks that they may do be bad for my credit rating? [duplicate]

Is it bad for my credit rating each time a possible lender does a credit check on me? I need to shop for a direct lender in order to get the best rate for a first mortgage on a property I want to buy,...
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What are the practical implications of buying a house in a high Earthquake risk area?

I am purchasing a house in Indio California, that is described as being in an high risk Earthquake area. That sounds scary but the actual stats for the area are less so: Nearest Earthquake: 2.9 ...
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Tax on apartment purchased abroad

I live in the US and purchased an apartment abroad. I transferred 200,000 dollars directly to the seller, so I never opened a bank account abroad. My understanding is that, if no income is generated (...
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When buying a house in California, what inspections should you do?

I am in the process of buying a house in Indio, California In the event my offer is accepted, what type of inspections do I need to do. I am actually living in the UK (the property will be a short ...
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Buying strategies for foreclosure condos

I saw a foreclosure condo which seems upgraded by the bank. I really liked the place, but the price can be cheaper. Can we negotiate with the bank on such foreclosure houses? What are some ...
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Minimum rental yield for real estate

There are some German books: (Praxishandbuch Baufinanzierung Praxisleitfaden Immobilienanschaffung und Immobilienfinanzierung) about home financing, which mention that you shouldn't buy a property ...
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Strategies on buying a house for a first-timer

I'm 29, and I live in Chicago NW suburbs. I pay a lot for rent, so I am planning to buy my first house. I have no prior experience on this. What are some tips and strategies to buy a home? More ...
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How to handle house inheritance planning if one child moves in and adds in-law apartment?

My dad passed away unexpectedly and has left my mom alone in their house. I have two siblings and we all have a great relationship which I want to make sure stays that way. My parent's house is too ...
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Will it adversely affect my credit score if I put off on buying a home?

Recently, my wife and I have been looking into buying a home - I have very good credit, only a small number of outstanding debts ($7,000 car loan, $1300/mo rent, and credit cards I pay off every month)...
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What can I do with a property that won't sell following divorce?

My wife and I bought a property just over 2 years ago for €114,000. We put down a 10% deposit (€11,400) and so took out a mortgage of €102,600. We took the mortgage on a short term (15 years) to ...
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When buying a house in California, can you amend the contract after signing it?

I live in the UK, but am trying to purchase a property in Indio California. My realtor says that I need to submit a contract for the property with my offer price ASAP as there is another buyer ...
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Financing mother-in-law suite to rent out

Context: My wife & I just bought a home for $175,000 with 10% down. We pay $1,020 per month on our mortgage, which includes property taxes and insurance. The home has a very large, finished ...
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Buying ex-local authority/council properties in the UK

What are the risks of investing in ex-local authority/council properties in the UK? I am referring to purchasing from a private landlord an apartment that was built by a city council for social ...
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Is my house handled differently from other property in my will?

My personal will states that my possessions, money, and property are to be given equally to my son and my wife upon my death. However, I was told that my house is an exception and still has to go to ...
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Will my efforts to lower my property taxes also impact the value of my house when I choose to sell it?

I'm working on gathering info and scheduling a walk with my tax assessor to try and decrease my property's appraised value for a tax break. However, it occurred to me that the tax assessor's valuation ...
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Invest $50,000 in cash or borrow $100,000 and get a mortgage?

I have $50,000 saved and I'm paying $760 on rent right now. All my relatives are telling me to get a mortgage so I don't "throw money away on rent", but I just don't like the idea of getting in debt ...
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What are the tax implications of renting out my condo if it's worth less than the mortgage?

I own a condo, and its market value is less than what I owe on the mortgage. On the upside, several interesting developments are going in nearby in the next couple of years. Because of some lifestyle ...
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Is it reasonable to charge extra for additional tenants in a single room?

I’m considering subleasing rooms within a single family home. I expect that one of my potential tenants will have their significant other boarding with them. It was originally expected that only one ...
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how to divide ownership of a house with family member who stopped contributing 8 years ago?

My brother and I bought a house together back in 2006 for $270k. We both contributed 50% to the mortgage between 2006 and 2011. My brother moved out in 2011 and stopped contributing to the mortgage, ...
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Products for withdrawing from a home's equity?

I am a current homeowner with a property that has no mortgage (everything has been paid off). A family member is in need of some cash to consolidate some credit card debt and I would like to help them ...
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What happens if I don't pay utility bill even after repeated customer service interaction to stop the service?

It's a slightly long story. I live in an apartment building in MN (US). There was a mistake when I moved in and eventually the gas utility for the building remained in my name. Usually it is supposed ...
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Would there be tax due on an inheritance received from a U.S. citizen that lived in the U.K.?

My mother passed away in August. She was a US citizen living in UK for 40+ years. Do my brother and I have to pay tax to bring the cash into the US? No tax had to be paid in UK. Not a big ...
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What does “Home Equity” do for me?

My wife and I are considering buying a home soon - some of the major reasons are personal, such as being able to perform repairs and updates to the property, and having the security and peace of mind ...
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Selling a property - multiple offers of same value?

In the U.S., when selling a residential property, is there a rule or law regarding how to handle multiple offers of the exact same monetary amount? Is this the kind of thing that would vary state-by-...
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Increase bid on home in exchange for down payment/credits

This webpage discusses the idea of bidding higher on a home in exchange for the seller paying closing costs of the same amount. Is it also permissible to bid higher and request the seller pay for (...
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Real Estate Agent Exclusive Agreement - Geographic Restriction

I am searching for homes in two different geographic locations in NJ. I was refereed to an agent who is local to one area I am looking at buying. I told him I may want to look further south and ...
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What is the name of this ROI ratio?

I purchased a house with a detached garage. I remodeled the garage and now live in it. I rent out the house. My mortgage is $537 and I charge $650 to rent the house. Doing the math, I'm only keeping $...
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What is the point of buying real estate when a GIC yields more?

Despite the fact that interest rates have risen over the past year and the housing market flatlining in Toronto and other Canadian cities, for whatever reason, people are still selling houses at ...
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How to know if negative cash flow rental property is a good investment?

I am completely new to the concept of investments and investment property. I've done research on rental properties and negative cash flow but am unclear how to actually measure if something is a good ...
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PMI threshold when paying off part of the principal [duplicate]

I am in the process of getting rid of private mortgage insurance (PMI). I was planning on paying off my loan down to 80% loan to value and then get rid of the PMI. However, I was told by my lender ...
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Home appraisal ROI: changing floors

I know that homes in the US usually are appraised at a higher value if they have hardwood or laminate floors instead of carpet, so I recently removed all the carpet I hac downstairs and replaced it ...
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Can a state assess a capital gains tax on a sale of property owned by a non-resident?

If I own property in Massachusetts, but am not a resident of Massachusetts, and I sell that property at a profit, does the Massachusetts capital gains tax apply to my sale?
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Is my approach to evaluating real estate investment vs. ETF investment correct?

Someone asked me how well a property investment performs relative to ETFs over the course of 10+ years. My financial literacy is extremely low, and I just became aware of the concept of ETF last week....
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Minimizing tax liability from real estate sale

I bought an investment property in the United States for $20k in 2005, got a $100k refi loan on it in 2007 and sold the property for $100k in 2018. When I sold the property in 2018, I owed about $80k ...
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Was I a victim of illegal bait and switch mortgage fraud?

My wife and I recently purchased a home and I think we were victims of bait and switch mortgage fraud and I wanted to find out of what happened to us was illegal, or just very strange. We were first ...
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Looking to calculate expected profit from sale of house

I'm trying to calculate the money I will see as profit from the sale of my house. I'm tallying the various expenses associated with selling and would like input on any costs I'm missing. I'm in ...
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How to establish--many years later--the fair market value of real estate on the day someone died?

The home passed to an heir in 2012. The heir did not have the home appraised at that time. The heir died in 2017 and the home was sold in 2018. How do you establish the FMV in 2012? Notes If the ...
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Is it a good idea to invest in buy-to-let if rent does not cover mortgage payment?

Background: To benefit from current favourable interest rates in my region (France: ca. 1.5%pa fixed over 20 years), I am considering investing in a buy-to-let property. I consider that interest ...
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Running the numbers on buying a house for 3 years instead of renting

My SO and I moved out to a new city while she's in med school. We're currently in an apartment paying ~$1,300/mo (after utilities, etc...). However, the other day I realized 2-3 bed houses here cost ...
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Can I purchase and sell a property through my c-corp if I have a personal tax lien with my state?

I would like to execute a simple contract assignment (double closing) on a real estate deal. The initial title work came back an there is a lien against me personally for taxes owed to my state. I ...
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Canadian citizen step parent signing over US owned property to us citizen adult children

My mother who is a US Citizen recently passed, and my step father who is a Canadian citizen with permanent US resident who is living in Canada now with no plans of returning to the US. He doesn't want ...
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What are fair methods to buy out an equal share holder in a mortgaged property?

TLDR: What are fair methods to buy out an equal share holder in a mortgaged property? Curent situation: My partner and I, and her parents have entered in to a mortgage on a piece of land. It is ...
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Optimizing property insurance payments for tax purposes

I own a residential rental property in the United States. I recently received the bill to pay the property insurance on it. The bill can be paid in full this month, or I can pay it in monthly ...
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How to estimate the profitability and risk of investing in rental properties?

There was a recent question, Is it a good idea, to buy a flat with a loan, whilst using the rent to pay it off?, which was closed due to asking opinion-based advice. However, the question can be ...
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Is it possible to offset a mortgage with only the appreciation of that property's value?

As in, is there a possible scenario where the appreciation of the value of a property could be greater than the mortgage payments on that property?
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When is it better to move - before or after a housing bubble bursts?

My husband and I currently own our home and are looking at upgrading to a bigger house in the next year or two. The housing market right now in our area (US East Coast city) is doing really well, and ...
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'For Sale by Owner' - who pays the Buyer's realtor?

If I list my home and hang a sign out 'for sale by owner', and a realtor brings a buyer in, who wants to buy it, who's going to pay the realtor? I did not hire him, so I don't want to pay for him. ...
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Qualifying as a realtor to save on commission [duplicate]

My wife and I are thinking about selling our home and are very upset about the prospect of losing 6%+ of our home value on commission. We live in Texas. We both have careers that are unrelated to ...
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Is it a good idea, to buy a flat with a loan, whilst using the rent to pay it off? [closed]

I have been thinking about taking a loan to buy a flat which I would rent out. My reasoning is that the loan would be paid off over time by the renters. After perhaps 30 years, I'd be left with a ...