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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 ...
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NYC estate tax for foreigners [duplicate]

We are a married male couple (with kids) and we bought an apartment in NYC for investment (the apartment is not ready yet). Note that we do not have US citizenship and we don't live in the US. We were ...
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Do HUD settlement statements get sent to the federal government?

One of the forms I see prepared for a real estate transaction I am doing is a "HUD Settlement Statement". I am paying cash, but the form refers to me as a "borrower". The top of the form looks like ...
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Comparing Real Estate returns to Mutual Fund returns

I was recently looking at a syndicated Real Estate investment that did some math to show what future returns might look like. The bottom line was that a $1,000 would turn into $2,360 after 10 years. ...
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Buying a flat abroad through British LTD company

I'm an IT contractor in the UK, I'm considering buying a flat in Poland, rent it on Airbnb or work remotely from there. I'm thinking if it's worth buying it through LTD company in my case. Would it ...
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Does it make sense to buy a house to live in for a few years then rent it out?

I'm currently looking to buy a house to live in for 2-3 years, and then rent it out. Most recommendations I see are to buy a house if owning for 5+ years, but I'm not sure how that advice applies if I'...
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Is it advised to sell current self occupied home and buy the other new one to book the profit?

I have a first (and only) and self occupied home. Mortgage is fully paid. Home is with four rooms. Considering expenses I done on home so far including my share in mortgage, taxes so far, total ...
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Dad (mid 50s) wants me to help him invest ~500k?

My dad is in his mid 50s right now, and he has ~500,000 in his savings account. He has approximately 1 million in his 401k. He feels bad that he missed out on the rally of the past 9 years and wants ...
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No debt. Any advice where to invest saved money and what to invest in after maxing out 401k? [duplicate]

My situation: I'm 24, single, and I live with my parents in the United States I have no debt and I have 100k in a savings account I have a 90k job I am currently maxing out my 401k I have no ...
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Can previously low wages hurt my chances of an approved home loan?

Some quick stats about me. Received a pre-approval for $280,000 Credit Score: 808 Current Salary: $63,500 Job: Junior Software Engineer My main concern here is regarding the eventual income ...
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Why isn't auto insurance included in DTI

The debt-to-income ratio includes monthly payments such as your mortgage, car payments, student loan repayments, and child support. However, it doesn't include payments such as auto insurance. I ...
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Trying to compare two investment scenarios

I have an apartment that I have been renting, but due to some recent events, I'm considering selling. I'm trying to make a numbers based decision, so I'm going to try to compare two distinct scenarios:...
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I am Canadian and own a cottage in the US. I want to gift it to my 2 Canadian children. What are the tax implications

I own a cottage in Point Roberts Wash. I am a resident of Canada and want to gift it to my son who is also Canadian, What taxes apply to this transaction?
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Building a new house to replace an existing mortgaged house

I know that others have posted similar questions but I don't think any I've seen so far relate to our exact situation. We bought a cottage in Nashville, TN about 15 years ago that was right for our ...
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Should I buy a house now before prices rise even more?

We rent an apartment in Frankfurt, Germany and we are contractually bound to it for another 1.5 years. We are 33 and 35 years old and there will be children soon. We make around 110k € annually (...
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UK Stamp Duty, Buying with a partner who owns a flat

I own a house on the south coast. My partner owns a flat in London with her sister. Her sister lives in the flat and the other room is rented out. My partner has lived with me for 18 months and is ...
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Rates and valuation notice is it equivalent to market value of a property in Victoria, Australia?

I received a rates and valuation notice from the council and the valuation of the property is approximately $80,000 less than what I paid for it 6 months ago. This is my first mortgage property and I ...
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The tax consequence of replacing a wall of a house

An investor who lives in the US has a single family home which has been fully depreciated. It is on the beach and has only been rented. It has never been used by the owner. One of the outside walls ...
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Waiting to buy the right property: where should I put my money in the interim?

I sold my property and I have moved back to the UK where I plan to buy property in London. The market is currently declining due to uncertainty caused by the Brexit negotiations. I have decided ...
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Saving / investing before I buy a home with an unknown investment horizon

My income exceeds my expenses, so I save money monthly. I tend to move countries every 2–6 years. Until I settle in a place where I expect to stay at least 5–10 years, I rent my home. By the time I ...
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Does it make sense to keep apartment when buying house

5 years ago, my wife and I bought a apartment for 220.000€, taking out a 15 years loan, at 1% Since then, kids happened, and we feel a bit crowded in this apartment. After discussing with a few ...
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Rental Property Detroit; profitability

I am considering buying a property in Detroit, renovating it and renting it out. I was wondering if I have a good chance of renting the property out in this part of Detroit, what vacancy I should ...