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I'm kind of a mess right now, and really need help cleaning and setting up my home.

I'm kind of a mess right now, and really need help cleaning and setting up my home. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2011 - 29 answers

condo flood. rugs are soaked. AC or no...?

condo flood. rugs are soaked. AC or no...? [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome on Jun 27, 2011 - 8 answers

Help with my elderly mother selling her condo

My mother just sold her condo. After looking at her closing statement I see she was ripped off for at least $600.00 maybe as much as $1000.00. I know this because I own a title insurance company and I know some of these fees were illegal. My sisters don't want me to say anything because they are afraid the sale will fall thru. I know that confronting the title company won't make the sale fall thru but still don't know what to do
posted by cellar on May 28, 2011 - 18 answers

Condo/Homeowner Portal?

Free software or Wordpress variation for a condo association? [more inside]
posted by furtive on May 28, 2011 - 2 answers

I don't want to be a slumlord, I swear!

About to become a landlord in NJ, would like some advice from the HiveMind. [more inside]
posted by pyro979 on May 2, 2011 - 7 answers

How to best manage condo finances?

How are you managing finances in your small condo association? Do you use something like Quickbooks, or maybe just spreadsheets? [more inside]
posted by Right On Red on Mar 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Advice for screening a foreign renter

I own a condo in northern Virginia that I have been renting out for a few years and I have an applicant to move in...from overseas. He is post-doc at a government agency that has a two year appointment. What kinds of information should I gather to screen him as a tenant? And how do I deal with the broken lease from the previous tenant? [more inside]
posted by pithy comment on Mar 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Can I live in a warehouse?

Can I rent and live in an abandoned warehouse or commercial building? [more inside]
posted by cellojoe on Jan 19, 2011 - 35 answers

Money Pit 2: More Banks, Less Hanks.

Can someone explain to me how buying residential real estate in a major/expensive U.S. metropolitan area makes any sense whatsoever? I'm really not seeing it right now (and yet I would love to join the landed gentry). [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 4, 2011 - 45 answers

Traffic noise reduction from Condo.

Any way to reduce audible traffic noise from my high rise condo? [more inside]
posted by HonestAsian on Dec 13, 2010 - 12 answers

HELP! New condo, thin walls, big mortgage

I am looking for someone to test noise levels from a neighbour in a new condo in Vancouver, Canada. I need a professional opinion and I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by ninefour on Dec 13, 2010 - 8 answers

I think i should fire my contractor, but don't know how to protect myself.

I want to fire my contractor, who is doing a sloppy and unsatisfactory job of renovating my bathroom. I've never been a situation like this before (of hiring someone to do work on my home, and also of firing somebody) and could use some advice from people who have been through this process on whether or not i should fire him, and if i should, how to go about it with minimal collateral damage. [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Dec 1, 2010 - 17 answers

Why buy when you can rent?

I'm kind of clueless about condos. Help? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Nov 15, 2010 - 22 answers

How can I effectively get my neighbor to stop harrassing me about the reasonable amount of noise I make?

I am having a conflict about noise with my downstairs neighbor, and he has agreed to meet. What talking points should I bring up, how should I start this conversation, and what kinds of body language can I practice to make it effective? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Nov 15, 2010 - 48 answers

First time buyer--How do I make an offer on a condo?

First time buyer --How do I make an offer on a condo? [more inside]
posted by Prairie on Sep 6, 2010 - 14 answers

Should I buy a condo overseas?

Should I buy a condo overseas or live in the one my company provides? Special snowflake details within! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2010 - 9 answers

my kingdom for a horse...er...for a bicycle tire that never leak air

How do you keep your bicycle's tires pumped with air when the bike has to be locked in a common bike room? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker on Jul 22, 2010 - 54 answers

Cats and the condo and the silver spoon...

Three rambunctious cats in a condo. Laminate floors. How can I not annoy my neighbours? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Jun 28, 2010 - 17 answers

Decent luxury / high-end rental condos / apartments in Central New Jersey?

I am working in Central Jersey now (near Princeton), and still living in NYC. Want to know if there any acceptable places for a single guy to live in this area. I checked out River Park at Raritan - it looks ok. Looked at Pike Run in Belle Mead, but I read a number of reviews and they were all pretty bad. Tenants were complaining about bedbugs and poor insulation. Are there any places, preferably on the luxury rental side, that are decent for a single professional to live in the area?
posted by dvjtj on Jun 26, 2010 - 14 answers

Slum/Landlord filter: Please recommend me sites for running background & credit checks

Slum/Landlord filter: Please recommend me sites for running background & credit checks [more inside]
posted by cuando on Jun 22, 2010 - 8 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I fly the family coop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2010 - 41 answers

Advice on a ceiling leak/damage issue?

Advice on a ceiling leak/damage issue? We own a condo on the 2nd floor of a building. A few weeks ago, we noticed a stain on the bathroom ceiling, getting bigger. We called the property manager, and he sent the groundskeeper up to have a look. The guy looked at the ceiling and was like "yep, it looks like there's a leak." Then he reached up and pushed on the ceiling with his fist, and it left an indentation in the ceiling because the ceiling had become soft. That was about 2 weeks ago. Since then we heard nothing. [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on May 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Cleaning -- yeah, not my favorite thing.

How much would it cost to have a 1400 square foot condo in the Los Angeles/Orange County area thoroughly cleaned? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on May 10, 2010 - 7 answers

Tips on renting out a condo in Chicago?

Tips on renting out a condo in Chicago? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by cuando on May 10, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me decide where to live!

Should I move? I just accepted a new job. An opportunity to live in a sweet condo 5 minutes from my new job has presented itself. I'm trying to decide If I should move or not. [more inside]
posted by cgg on May 7, 2010 - 23 answers

Chicago Housing Marklet

Just looking for some opinions on the housing market, specifically the condo market in Chicago. My husband and I are considering a purchase - we are renters now - before the tax incentives expire. We are living on a fixed income now. A longer term ARM, 7/1 or 10/1, seems to offer the best rates, but as we don't want to sink our whole nest egg into a down-payment, we are a little worried whether the market has really bottomed out and what will happen after all the incentives for first-time buyers disappear. We don't want to be upside down a year from now. ( housing market condo Chicago mortgage )
posted by Tullyogallaghan on Apr 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Dude, I just wanted an apartment!

ChicagoHousingFilter: My landlord needs to sell my unit, and wants to terminate the lease upon sale. I have a year left on the lease and don't know what to do about her request. [more inside]
posted by sldownard on Apr 14, 2010 - 19 answers

Should I buy a home in the next month to take advantage of the first time homeowner's tax credit?

Should I buy a home in the next month to take advantage of the first time homeowner's tax credit? [more inside]
posted by stubblemaker on Apr 1, 2010 - 19 answers

Is $8k worth rushing this?

How bad an idea would it be to try to buy a condo before the new homeowner credit deadline (April 30th)? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Mar 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Well hello, my little friend.

We are buying a condo, and we just did the home inspection today. While there, a small cockroach (and possibly a second one) scurried out from a lower level cabinet. Should this be a dealbreaker, or can they adequately be dealt with? In most every respect, the condo struck me as being pretty clean and in good shape. I live in LA, and from what we've been told, this is a pretty normal pest problem.
posted by SpacemanStix on Mar 9, 2010 - 19 answers

How feasible is renting out a condo while living in another city?

I am thinking about buying a specific apartment (condo) in Brooklyn, NY. For this question, let's assume that this apartment is a smart investment / better than renting, financially. While I don't have plans to leave New York in the immediate future, I'm not 100% committed to staying here, either. So my question is about contingencies: if I got this apartment, then in a few years needed to move to a different city, how much pain would I be bringing upon myself to keep the apartment and rent it out? [more inside]
posted by the jam on Mar 2, 2010 - 8 answers

Why am I paying property tax on land when I own a condo?

So confused! My county thinks we have a condo but we thought we have a single-family home (i.e. a free-standing house on land we own). Then why does my property tax bill show that we've been taxed for the land? [more inside]
posted by ObeyScient on Nov 24, 2009 - 11 answers

OK, so like, the walls are still here, so I guess things are still cool?

What should a landlord look for during a mid-lease inspection? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Nov 20, 2009 - 12 answers

Only You Can Help Make Maui Awesome!

Where should we stay in Maui? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Nov 18, 2009 - 21 answers

Will a condo be built in front of me?

If I buy a condo in Seattle with a great view, will that view be blocked by new condo construction in the near future? [more inside]
posted by nyc_consultant on Nov 9, 2009 - 10 answers

Renting out a Chicago condo

My grandpa lives in Chicago and has decided to move into a retirement community (also in Chicago). We are not sure what to do with his condo. The mortgage is paid off, but the assessments come to about $550 a month with taxes being around $1000/yr. We would like to sell the condo at some point, but right now market is so bad that it might not be worth selling. We are considering renting it out, but have never had experience with renting. We believe we can rent it out for about $1,000 a month. [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on Nov 1, 2009 - 9 answers

Condo property manager overstepping her authority?

My condo suddenly wants me to sign an agreement saying I will abide by their draconian rules and provide a tonne of personal data to them. This is all under the guise that they are creating 'files' for residents for access to the building. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by urbanette on Oct 13, 2009 - 10 answers

Too many condo noise rules = no condo for us?

My fiance and I are in the midst of buying a condo. Offer accepted, inspection went great, still collecting all the documents related to the condo association. Yesterday, we got a three page document that is the "noise abatement policy." We are not happy. But should we suck it up and still buy the place? [more inside]
posted by bibbit on Oct 13, 2009 - 37 answers

Where did the water come from?

Miystery Leak in apartment that we just purchased...where could it be coming from and how to proceed to ensure it doesn't occur again? [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Oct 12, 2009 - 5 answers

Using the web to make HOAs/Condos click?

Looking for suggestions or examples of websites dedicated to folks who live in Condos or HOAs (i.e. a website for a specific building or development), and what makes them work (or not). [more inside]
posted by lowlife on Sep 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Pay my mortgage for me while I'm gone.

If I move for 6 months to a year, what do I do with my condo? [more inside]
posted by milinar on Sep 21, 2009 - 9 answers

INSPECTOR GADGET I NEED YOU!

Does anyone know of a reliable home (or condo in this case) inspector that specializes in the Hoboken / Jersey City area? [more inside]
posted by thetenthstory on Sep 11, 2009 - 2 answers

Is it OK (consequence-free) for my condo association to delay all roof shingle replacements until January?

Is it OK (consequence-free) for my condo association to delay all roof shingle replacements until January? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 10, 2009 - 3 answers

I have bats in my belfry! How can I inspire action from my condo association?

Bats are living (and excreting) in the attic of my condo unit. I first noticed them in Sept 08, and immediately contacted my property management company for removal and cleaning. Since then, I've called every 2-3 weeks and attended two HOA meetings to bring up the issue. I keep getting excuses or brushed off. How can I motivate them to ACTUALLY remove the bats, protect my unit from further infestation and clean the insulation? [more inside]
posted by steeb2er on Jun 22, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me rent my condo

I need ideas for renting out our furnished Seattle condo while still allowing us to use it periodically, and while not running afoul of our condo association's rule regarding rentals. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on May 17, 2009 - 9 answers

North Shore Kauai Condos -- Worth it?

We're heading to Kauai in late June/early July for our anniversary, and are leaning toward staying on the North Shore--I'd love to hear from folks out there about their experiences with condos. Worth it? A Hassle? If I can't sear a mahi mahi steak to save my life, and there aren't any restaurants nearby, will we starve? [more inside]
posted by Ham_On_Rye on May 4, 2009 - 5 answers

How would a condo board know a unit is being rented?

I'm on the board of HOA of my building and we have a bylaw which prohibits leasing of units. But it occurs to me, couldn't an owner just rent on the sly? For example, they could say someone is house-sitting their condo. Or they could say they're letting a friend stay at their place for a while. How can a condo board prove a unit is being leased?
posted by rsol44 on Apr 22, 2009 - 11 answers

Silicone smell in condo

What is the cause of the slightly silicone/leathery/car interior smell in my condo? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Apr 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Buying a first residence in a major city: can it be done?

Buying a first residence in a major city: can it be done? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Apr 13, 2009 - 15 answers

Tips on buying condo in New York?

For purchasing a 1- or 2-bedroom condo in NYC: tips and links to how to search effectively, evaluate wisely, and get a great deal and wondeful home? Ideas (or links to forums) about which neighborhoods and types of condos are the best values, broker recommendations, etc.?
posted by Malad on Apr 10, 2009 - 7 answers

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