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Rental Property: What is considered decent cash flow? (with example)

I'm looking into buying my first rental property in Syracuse, NY. I'm looking at this one: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/317-Wellesley-Rd-Syracuse-NY-13207/31678383_zpid/ The current list price ...
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Invest in (say, index funds) vs spending all money on home?

We are looking to buy our first home, and are evaluating how much of our savings to put towards the down payment of the property (or how much home to buy in general). When one has a choice, are there ...
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Buying a house for a shorter term

I've lived under the impression that it is never wise to buy a house (as your home) unless you are planning to live there "at least five years" (or something like that). But is this necessarily ...
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To buy a house, is a 20% down-payment required for a mortgage?

My wife and I want to buy a house. The price is well within our means. The mortgage payment would be less than 25% of our gross income and we have no other debt, so we're comfortable with the payment. ...
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Setting up general ledger/tax reporting for a Real Estate Rental LLC in GnuCash

I have downloaded the GnuCash accounting software for use with our real-estate rental LLC, in hopes of following more universal accounting practices and determining our individual cash basis, but my ...
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Should I stop over-paying my mortgage before moving?

In response to this question: Does Bank Manager's discretion still exist in Mortgage Lending a user ("Bryce") commented: Stop overpaying your old mortgage now. Maybe even take out a home ...
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Should one save up to purchase a house/condo or maximize their 401(k) first?

On the one hand, it seems like 401k with employee matching is one of the best investments you could possibly make. On the other hand, paying rent to a landlord is an ongoing loss compared to living in ...
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Owning REIT vs owning real estate - which has a better hypothetical ROI?

Let's say I want to invest in the real estate market because I am bullish on it. Consider two options: invest in REITs or actually purchase real estate. My question is which option has a better ...
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Who pays the property tax on a home for the year of sale?

I sold a condo on the 2nd of January this year, and I was a bit taken aback when I got a property tax assessment for that property from the county for this year (this was not a bill just an assessment ...
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If you buy a new home before selling the old one, what could happen from not paying the old mortgage?

I'm researching the process of selling a home and buying a new one. Several articles warn against buying the new home before the old one is sold because you may end up having to pay two mortgages. I'm ...
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How should we handle the house if it doesn't sell?

Us Selling our house, quitting our jobs, and moving from the US back to my home country. We have no debts, and that includes no mortgage. Both have good jobs. Location In an area of the US that is ...
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What does “sits on all four property lines” mean in Real Estate?

I recently read a listing that said, "The nearly 10,000-square-foot property sits on all four property lines, a rarity in Chicago," Apparently this is a good thing, relating to land and property ...
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If a house is in foreclosure what does the bank own vs what the former owner owns

So we were having a discussion about what we would all do if we were unfortunate enough to have our homes go into foreclosure. I asserted that all the appliances and even window blinds would still be ...
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How to bet against the London housing market?

A lot of people are talking about a property bubble in London and I was wondering: how could you short the property market and bet on a crash? Is there any obvious way? Basically, how could someone ...
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What are the risks in buying a property from a “Tax Deed” auction?

Recently, I was approached by a friend of my wife's, and she said that she and her husband were making a lot of money bidding on properties that went up for sale in our area, at auctions like this one,...
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Why are monthly mortgage pre-payments applied to the back-end of the mortgage?

After having paid several years of 'extra' principal payment on my mortgage, I found that the extra monies were being applied the the 'back-end' of the mortgage instead of the 'front end'. The ...
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Buying a multi-family home to rent part and live in the rest

I currently rent the top floor of a two-family house. Our landlord recently offered to sell the house to us, so I started looking at the cost of mortgages and property taxes in the area. It's my ...
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Should I become real estate agent to save on buying my own home and sell existing one?

I see cost to sell a home is at least 6% in commission and some expenses. I am planning to sell my $200K home and buy a new one of about $500K. Without arguing which party( buyer/seller) pays for the ...
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When to find a real-estate agent for buying a first home?

How soon should I find a real-estate agent? I am probably going to buy my first home in September and am assuming I will need an agent. So when should I contact one?
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What are the usual terms of a “rent with an option to buy” situation?

What are the usual terms of a "rent with an option to buy" situation? Is the selling price negotiated ahead of time? What does the renter potentially sacrifice except losing the equity of the rent?
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Landlords: what's the maximum amount of time to allow a guest of tenant to stay in a rental?

As the title says, but with these details: I have a rental unit; this situation has come up with a potential tenant. This tenant has an adult daughter, who, the tenant volunteered, has an unstable ...
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Are funeral plots a good investment?

At the risk of sounding morbid, is it worth looking into cemetery plots/mausoleum storage? Is it correct to assume that these costs will increase over time?
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How should I move out of my own house?

About a year ago, my mom and I purchased a house. It was something she really wanted and I was pretty much guilt tripped into moving in. After moving into the home and seeing our relationship go ...
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How can I profit on the Chinese Real-Estate Bubble?

How can I profit on the Chinese Real-Estate Bubble?
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Savings advice for a 16 year old with £20,000 - convicing my parents that investing this into a property is a bad idea

My younger brother runs a small yet lucrative business in his free time. He has accumulated around £20k in a very short time. My mother wants him to put this money into buying a property, i.e: a ...
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Can I use Case Shiller values to find an optimal time to buy in a recovering housing market?

I live in the NW US. I've been considering buying a house for some time now. But the market value of a house has been on a downward trend for years. I thought that around October last year the market ...
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How to calculate the total return on buying a home?

How to calculate the total return on buying a home, considering things such as : home value down payment constant mortgage payment (going from mostly interests at the beginning to mostly principal at ...
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Insurance for a house which is not homeowners insurance?

My wife and I moved last summer, and our former home is still on the market. We were recently informed by our homeowners insurance company that because the house is no longer owner occupied, they will ...
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Construction loan for new house replacing existing mortgaged house?

Let's say I buy a home with an ordinary thirty-year mortgage, intending to renovate the house slowly and live there a long time (ten years at least). Five years into the mortgage, however, I decide I ...
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Gift house to parent then inherit it back to increase basis?

(Question for USA taxes.) Let's say that I have one remaining parent who is quite advanced in age. I own an investment house that has appreciated in value significantly. I want to sell it eventually, ...
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Can capital gains or rental income be used for contributing to a retirement account?

If my wife is considered a real estate professional, and she buys a house to flip, can the gain be used to fund a tax retirement account i.e. SEPP or a 401(k)? Can the rental income from rental houses ...
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What investments are positively related to the housing market decline?

What investment sectors/areas generally go up when housing prices decline?
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Pros & cons of renting out personal condo during my work hours?

I work 9 - 5 and during the daytime on weekdays, my expensive condo is rather empty. What are some good ideas that I can rent the space out to some artist/yoga teacher during the day and make a ...
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Pay off car debt, or start (value) investing?

I am looking for a method to calculate - or estimate - whether it would be better to pay off car debt or start value investing in stocks. My history: We are soon to get about 1900 USD/month in ...
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What benefits do “title search companies” have over physically visiting a land records offices?

I am looking into buying my first piece of real property. Basically my question is "why do title search companies even exist?". Who uses them? And why? Are they doing something special apart from ...
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Are parking spaces and garage boxes a good investment?

Suppose, the following scenario: You have an investment budget available to buy a parking space or garage box. (In Belgium that would be around €25000 ($30K).) currently the saving accounts make less ...
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Do building owners own 100% of the building?

For example, a company owns a tower in NYC. In this tower there are several apartments that are sold to the public. If people end up buying these apartments, does the company now have less ownership ...
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Home owners association for houses, pro/cons

(there is a question about home owners associations for condo communities here, so this is a) not a duplicate and b) fit for this website) In most contexts where I hear about a home owners ...
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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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Is it possible to have 2 residential mortgages at the same time in the UK?

I have recently taken out a residential mortgage on a property that I live in with my family, the property belongs to my parents as they made the payments for the mortgage deposit and they also make ...
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Where in the US do you need a lawyer to buy a house?

I've been told that in many locations in the US, you must retain an attorney to represent you in purchase of a single family residence. Or, alternately, perhaps you lose a great deal of your rights ...
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How to incentivize a real-estate broker to find me a cheap house

I am looking for a house to buy. Most real-estate brokers that I know of represent the sellers. This means that they get a certain percentage of the selling price. This means that they have an ...
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What argument(s) support the claim that long-term housing prices trend upward?

The eminently useful New York Times Buy or Rent calculator assumes a 3% average annual rise in home prices. Curious whether that value made sense, I did some research and came across the views of ...
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Selling house via estate agent vs selling property to developer, UK. Why price difference?

Background: I am executor for my father's estate, and the major asset is his house. There is a minor difference of opinion amongst siblings whether to sell house via estate agent, or to a property ...
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Can value from labor provided to oneself be taxed?

I am considering taking time off from work in order to build a new home in which we would live. It would be my full time job for which no income stream would be generated and would be self financed. ...
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How do I sell a home that's owned jointly if my partner doesn't want to sell? [closed]

I own a home jointly with a partner. I have made all the payments, taxes and insurance since the beginning. I have a buyer for the home but my partner does not want to sell. How can I override his ...
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Can I bring a real estate agent with me after my first visit to a new home?

I am looking to buy a house, and I am a first-time buyer. I am reading a book on home buying, and it says the following with regard to new homes: "You might have to deal with the developer's ...
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Are “investment clubs” worth investing one's time in?

I've seen investment clubs that meet around my area (well, 50 miles from here). Some are generic and some focus on real estate investment. My questions: Is it worth attending the meetings for these ...
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Should we use an expected inheritance to invest in a rental property with cash, i.e. no mortgage?

My wife and I will be getting an inheritance soon. There are many ways to invest this money. One thought we had was to take advantage of the down real estate market and buy a house for a rental ...
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What is the best way to short the San Francisco real estate market?

Best as in: 1. Liquid 2. Minimum borrowing costs

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