I am saving up for the down payment on a co-op apartment here in NYC. I'll estimate the sum of said payment to be in the $30-$50K range, based on current co-op prices and a down payment requirement of 20%. [more inside]
I'd like to know which real estate agents have actually completed/closed on houses/property in a particular county, say in the past 12 months or calendar year. [more inside]
We are considering a move to Seattle from the Bay Area. Last year we took ourselves out of the house-hunting game down here due to the crazy market here. What can we expect from Seattle? [more inside]
The house values quoted to us are all over the place! [more inside]
My mother passed away earlier this year and left behind a large camel collection. Very large. (We're talking 10000+ objects.) After keeping a few to remember her by, what do I do with it? [more inside]
My father has asked me to help him set up an eBay store for some estate sale type items and I'm looking for current advice on all things eBay. [more inside]
I'm writing my will, and I'm planning to donate pretty much my entire estate. Places on my radar are: ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Lambda Legal. I know there are tons of other great organizations out there, but I don't know who they are, so please tell me about them. I am interested in anything progressive/social justice-y.
It's okay with the estate, but now I need to deal with the car company. How do I make sure that I can take over the car loan of a dead relative in order to keep the (sentimental) car, keeping in mind bad credit and not enough money to pay it off entirely? [more inside]
Greetings! My LLs are about 85 and seem to be over being LLs. There are 11 units in my building, 3 of which were rented for the year, we had a 4th tenant but she moved out the 4th month. I secured all of these tenants. My LLs obviously could have made a lot more money if they rented all the units. I can easily get tenants and have no problem doing so, the only obstacle is the LLs, they do not get back to emails and lose many of the renters I get (I show them the unit and it takes the LL 2 weeks to email back). [more inside]
This question is following up on one I posted almost a year ago, trying to arrange sale of house to tenants who could not qualify for a bank loan (a resounding NO to self-financing and promissory note). If at all viable, I will follow up with an attorney; otherwise I will let it go. Here's the idea: They can now qualify for a $130K loan. The house is zestimated at $170K. What about selling them a right of first refusal for $40K to buy the house at $130K? They would pay me up front for the right and for my promise to make the house available within x time for them to exercise that right. They would of course still have to come up with a down payment for the bank/mortgagor, but I think it's more their credit than their cash flow that has been a problem in the past. Even as I type this I'm imagining Murphy's Law kicking in, but seems riskier for them (buyers) than for me.
Hi, hubby and I are looking to sell our house. We have a traditional agent that we've used in the past, but we don't want to use her again. We aren't ruling out using another local agent, but since we're both tech savvy and used sites such as Redfin extensively during the browsing stage, we are thinking about using a Redfin agent. Other than lower commission, the other perks like free professional photos is certainly nice to have. But other than agent's reviews on Redfin's own site, I can't seem to find stories of other people's experience using Redfin agents to sell properties. Stories of people using Redfin agents from the buy side seem to be more common. So I'm posting here to see if any MeFites who have used/know someone who have listed properties with Redfin, both pros and cons of going this way. Thanks!
YANL, YANML. I presently am on the deed to a house with a family member. We are joint tenants with full rights of survivorship. My family member holds the mortgage note entirely in his name. Other members of my family are becoming increasingly more aggressive in regards to me moving the mortgage into my name (which may not financially/credit wise be feasible). My question is that I'm planning to get married later next month. Is there any benefit to me - to protect my interests in the property - to get married sooner? [more inside]
My husband and I are thinking about having a home built -- a production home -- in one of the many subdivisions in our growing area. We have purchased a home before (and sold it later; not in our current area) but it was older and had been flipped. What do we need to know about the production home process? [more inside]
Does anyone know the skinny on CU Community, a credit union lender based in Springfield, MO? [more inside]
There is an 4-story commercial office building that we'd like to sell. The building's tenants are professional businesses. We'd like to sell the building as soon as possible. Teach us how? [more inside]
OH HAY it's another prenatal question. Pursuant to getyourshittogether.org, I am trying to put those pesky ducks in a row before August. What kinds of documents, topics, etc. should we include in an estate plan et. al.? And what should we add (e.g. life insurance) to solidify things a bit more in case of Bad Things Happening? [more inside]
Looking for an estate attorney so good it’ll make us forget how our last estate attorney shamelessly ripped us off. [more inside]
My partner's father, a professional artist, passed away last year. We are now responsible for his work, including many large paintings (over 7 ft high), along with smaller paintings and works on paper. His father wasn't selling many paintings in recent years, so we don't think there's much of a market for them. He was an art professor for many years and had some nice residencies and reviews throughout his career, but as far as we know, he wasn't working with a gallery or dealer in the last few years. [more inside]
My mother bought a townhouse before the housing bubble. She lost her job two years ago and is having trouble paying the mortgage. What's the process for selling the house and what do we have to lose? [more inside]
I've been living in Brooklyn Heights for two years. It's expensive and kind of boring, but definitely very safe. I'm moving soon and found a place I love in Clinton Hill close to Pratt. I love the beautiful architecture and artsy vibe. I was ready to sign a year's lease but then I did a bit of googling and found out that Clinton Hill and Fort Greene were found to be the 6th most dangerous neighborhood in NYC. Is Clinton Hill really that dangerous? I am a 95 pound woman in my 20s, not super street smart, but familiar with the Subway and Brooklyn in general. Is moving to Clinton Hill a bad idea? Am I doomed to moving to Park Slope instead just to be safe? Will I be okay in Clinton Hill as long as I don't walk home alone at midnight - which I do in Brooklyn Heights now? Or conversely, is it on the dangerous level of not walking alone any time after dark?
A relative passed away this Summer who was the executor of an estate that was "finalized" 20 years ago. Now there are new assets found from the estate. Is the relative's surviving spouse the new executor? [more inside]
I'm looking to rent a room in Brooklyn/Queens ASAP but I know very little about the city. I have a place to stay for a few weeks when I move down there on the 17th of this month but after that I'm pretty much on my own. How can I educate myself in the meantime so I know what to look for when I'm reading craisglist ads? Also, suggestions for good apartments based on what I'm looking for? [more inside]
I'm seeking as many opinions as I can get from people with knowledge of financial advising and/or trusts & estates and/or estate planning, about what my parents (in their 80s) ought to do with their $250,000 in liquid assets. I'm NOT looking for the kind of detailed plan we'd get from an advisor whom we hire; I'm looking for short, quite general, common sense answers (such as "These ONE OR TWO types of instruments are good/bad; all others are to be avoided/considered.") I'm also looking for as many answers as I can get. In order to get that assortment of answers, I want to disclose only a very few specific things about the folks: 1. they currently rent an apartment; they do not own a home. 2. they are in their 80s--relatively healthy and can drive, shop, take care of themselves, but I'm not sure how long that'll last. I'd like to see them in a retirement community within a couple years. 3. Their only income (which doesn't amount to much) is social security. 4. They lose about $2,100 in total expenses every month. That's just about equal to what they take in each month. 5. Their one and only significant asset is a liquid $250,000. Okay, at their age, and considering all the above, WHAT IS/ARE THE MOST PRACTICAL THING(s) THEY SHOULD DO WITH THAT LUMP OF LIQUID MONEY? THANK YOU from their worried adult child with a family of my own!
A relative of mine died a over two years ago, leaving a very small estate and a small trust. There were various delays, so the trust was in stasis for nearly a year. The delays have been resolved, but I cannot get the trustee to pay out the funds. What do I do? [more inside]
How do I tell my sister I'm selling our mother's cello? [more inside]
Someone I know has been asked to serve as a resident agent, in an estate probate case where the estate's administrator does not live in the state where the probate is venued. What could possibly go wrong? [more inside]
My mother has asked me to help her with setting up a trust for some assets. I get that I should contact a lawyer, but where should that lawyer be based? [more inside]
Death and DIY-filter! My dad, who is older but is not quite elderly or in dire straits with regards to his health, has always expressed a wish to be buried in as natural a way as possible. Think '1920s home burial with family dug grave' instead of 'put me in a biodegradable box made from reclaimed, waste wood fiber next to fifi the cat in a manicured cemetery' and you'll have the gist of what he's thinking. What are the ins and outs of making this happen? Look inside for specifics regarding our family situation/location/skillset... [more inside]
Should we consider an ARM in the current mortgage market? [more inside]
Due to a ridiculous series of events, I am in quasi-possession of some land in Huerfano County, Colorado. Due to what I understand is a Colorado-specific difficult process of inheritance, the land (in my late wife's name) is more expensive to transfer to me than it is worth and since it is in her name, I can't even gift it. It costs me $100 or more annually to hold onto this acreage, and I am considering abandoning it. [more inside]
I am getting ready to buy a property in toronto-- it's a renovated condo. The condo is under the York Condo Corporation and Pro-House management. I am new to this market, and the internet is filled with things these companies say about themselves. So I am looking to the hive mind: do you know anything about these companies? their reputation, your experience, stories you've heard...anything. PM is welcomed too, if you feel inclined. thanks!
The decedent was a resident of Maryland and died in Maryland. All of his assets were held jointly with his wife, or else named her as sole beneficiary, and therefore pass by operation of law. He had no real estate, no car, and no personal property of any significant value. He had no liabilities (no credit card balances, mortgages, medical bills). He left a will, naming his wife as sole legatee. I see that filing a will with the Maryland Register of Wills is required. What's the downside to not doing so? [more inside]
What are the pros and cons of self-financing the sale of my house to the tenants? They are excellent tenants and love the house, would buy it except that their credit is wrecked from husband not paying taxes. As I understand it, if they pay me a down payment, I would transfer title to them in exchange for a promissory note for the balance of my mortgage, and they would continue to pay me monthly, payments which I continue to turn over to the mortgagor bank. [more inside]
Husband and I are seeking a rental home. We found a nice house and the landlord has invited us to apply. Last time we applied for rental the property manager had us do a credit/background check via an online service. This new landlord gave us a paper form asking for SSN, DOB, our checking and savings account numbers, employment history, and other info. The landlord is an older person with a couple investment properties. I'm sure this is not a scam, but I am reluctant to hand all my ID and bank numbers to a stranger. Advice? Anyone know a simple, reputable online background checking service that I can suggest to this landlord? We would pay the fee. My goal is to make the landlord comfortable so we can lease the house. The Seattle rental market is very tight. This landlord has his pick of many worthy applicants. We have excellent credit, references, etc.
Yes, I know everyone will tell me to get a lawyer. Anyway, has anyone ever broken a joint tenancy on a piece of property? [more inside]
Do you have suggestions? Should we do it? Where? In town? Farther out? Way out in the country? Neighborhoods to check and things to look out for? [more inside]
Real estate filter: Is it considered in any way derogatory or impolite to refer to non-prime commercial office space as "Class B" or "Class C"? [more inside]
In last year or so the real estate (sold houses and land worldwide) section of Ebay was very active and was full of ads. There are not many ads right now, practically nothing. What did I miss, did Ebay change some policy or did everybody migrate to craigslist or to other avenues? Any explanation from the realtors of the metafilter?
Has anyone figured out how to approach a bank to purchase non-performing residential loans? I've approached a local bank. Although it would probably be in their interest to sell the loans, they don't seem to have a mechanism. I haven't figured out how to crack this nut.
First time homebuyers, both excited and nervous as high hell. We've been looking at houses for a few months and have finally come across one we absolutely adore. It's an older house (constructed 1922) that seems to have been immaculately kept and regularly maintained. However, with a house that age, it seems likely that there may be some issues. [more inside]
I'm helping a friend liquidate the contents of his mother's apartment, and we have two weeks to do it. I have some antiques dealers coming over who will make offers. I have questions. [more inside]
I am advising on the creation of a web portal for the sales of homes. One of the concerns is that buyer and seller will find each other via the site but then carry out the purchase on their own, cutting the site out of a potential "intermediary" fee. Does anybody have any ideas / experience on how this can be addressed?
I'm having a really hard time finding a reputable mortgage broker. The property is in Boston, MA, but I'm willing to work with someone in another state. The most important thing is that they're not slimy or condescending. Can you recommend someone in my area? Anyone to avoid?
Should I sell or rent an inherited house? [more inside]
My wife is a new RE agent in the L.A. area and is looking for ways to meet people who may be interested in buying/selling a home. Does the community have any ideas on how she can go out and meet this group of people, network with them, and start to generate leads? Thanks.
In New York, and many other cities, developers can build bigger buildings than would otherwise be allowed, as long as they provide amenities such as parks, schools, affordable housing, etc. I want to show students how this works by providing a photo or drawing of a real building, annotated to show how much of the height is due to these bonuses. For example, a drawing of a 50 story building, where the first 30 floors are unannotated, but then 30-35 are labeled "plaza," 35-40 "affordable housing units," 40-45 "subway entrance" and so on. I want it to be from a real building, and clear enough to show via a projector. I'm surprised this doesn't already exist, but I've done plenty of searching and can't find it.
Where does the foreclosure auction when the title transfers from the owner to the bank actually occur and how do I get information about these auctions. I live in NM, but foreclosure auction practices in other states will probably help me figure this out. Also, does anyone have any experience to share on approaching banks regarding properties in pre-foreclosure. Finally, are there forums out there dedicated to these topics. [more inside]
I engaged a realtor - the brother of a friend - as I embarked on a home search. I have not signed a binding agreement with this realtor. So far, he has set me up with an online search site and arranged for me to visit 4 properties. I loved one of these properties and was prepared to make an offer, but before I could do that, the property went under contract to another interested buyer. Meanwhile ... the seller contacted me saying that she really liked me and felt good about selling to me. She wants me to ditch my agent and deal directly with her (she's acting as her own agent) and her closing attorney. 1) Is it legal for me to ditch my agent in order to make this deal happen? 2) How can I be certain that the deal is legit and that I'm not being duped? 3) I LOVE the property, so it's totally worth it to deal directly with the seller if that's what it takes to make the purchase.
My mother recently passed away leaving a substantial debt. The bulk of this debt is in the form of two houses that she remortgaged. One is underwater in a very flat housing market, the other is the family house that we grew up in that my younger brother is currently living in. [more inside]
I'm well positioned (I think), to become a real estate investor. I'd like advice on how to take it to the next step. [more inside]