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Can my parents make me a mortgage loan?

Trying to buy a house. Have money for a down payment, but I'm self-employed and was turned down for a traditional loan. My parents are willing to lend me the money I'd need for the balance, and have me pay them back with interest, รก la a mortgage loan. Is this doable? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jun 5, 2014 - 12 answers

Time to buy a house!

I have a newly good income, a very tiny (yes, I mean very tiny) beginning of a savings account, shitty credit, a little (in the hundreds) debt and I want to buy a house. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jan 13, 2014 - 10 answers

How do I find a Mortgage Broker?

I live in Vancouver and I'll be looking to buy a condo this year somewhere in Coquitlam or New Westminster. I've never bought a place before and have literally no idea what I'm doing. I'm told a Mortgage Broker is my best bet but how do I choose the right one for me? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Jan 2, 2014 - 6 answers

To stay or to leave? that is the question.

What would you do? Im saving money to buy an apartment. Another part of me wants to go live in another country for a few months instead. [more inside]
posted by red47Apple on Nov 26, 2013 - 21 answers

What parts of Oakland, CA are best to settle in?

What parts of Oakland, CA are best to settle in? [more inside]
posted by yoz420 on Nov 28, 2012 - 20 answers

How do mortgage lenders look at student loans?

How do mortgage lenders take into account student loans when calculating whether and how much to lend? Special details inside... [more inside]
posted by percor on Nov 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Work hard for your money.

Help resolve issues we're having with our realtor. [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Jun 25, 2012 - 19 answers

How to proceed once you have your home inspection?

How to decide what to request repairs vs. credit vs. ignoring after a home inspection? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors on Feb 21, 2012 - 19 answers

What do I need to know about buying vs renting?

Teach-Me-About-Renting-Vs-Buying Filter: I'm in my mid-20s and have been in my "grown up job" for about a year now, and it's about time to get my own place. What do I need to know, beyond just comparing rent and mortgage payments? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Feb 12, 2012 - 39 answers

I love my house, but all this legal stuff blows my mind...

Buying a home from my father? Snowflake details inside [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Feb 1, 2012 - 7 answers

20 grand seems like a lot of money for not that much work...

Do we, as unique special snowflakes, really need to use a buyer's agent? My husband and I are at a crossroads about whether to work with one or try to do without. Inside, I give a ton of personal details and you tell me who is right and who is wrong! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 - 24 answers

Should I close on my house (buyer) in 2011 or 2012?

If I have the option, is it more advantageous for me to close on a house (tax wise) in 2011 or 2012? [more inside]
posted by batcrazy on Dec 20, 2011 - 11 answers

How can we possible afford the mortgage on a 500k house with only ten percent down?

Home Loans Question: How can we possible afford the mortgage on a 500k house with only ten percent down? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit on Sep 26, 2011 - 36 answers

Chicago elementary options

How do we figure out elementary school options in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by patrad on Jul 28, 2011 - 7 answers

buy the house?

Can my wife and I afford this house? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 on May 9, 2011 - 22 answers

Should we buy this house?

We want to move. We've decided to stay in Omaha. I found a house that is a REAL bargain. So I need you, dear mefites, to help me measure the pros and cons. [more inside]
posted by wwartorff on Dec 21, 2010 - 16 answers

Parents/children bedroom configuration....

Is it weird for kids to sleep downstairs and parents to sleep upstairs? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Sep 23, 2010 - 43 answers

Hey, I'm buying that house. Please stop changing it!

I made an offer to buy a house, it was accepted, contracts signed and earnest money paid. The sellers just changed the appearance of the house without any warning. Should I have been told about it beforehand? [more inside]
posted by Brody's chum on May 9, 2010 - 16 answers

Should we not buy a house right now?

Should we not buy a house right now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2010 - 23 answers

How much is reasonable (if anything) to pay to a lender for a mortgage application fee?

How much is reasonable (if anything) to pay to a lender for a mortgage application fee? [more inside]
posted by mockjovial on Oct 22, 2009 - 15 answers

At least it's on the right side of the tracks

What are the non-obvious drawbacks of buying a house near railroad tracks? [more inside]
posted by howrobotsaremade on Sep 7, 2009 - 45 answers

Use cash to start a business or for a down payment on a home.

Use cash to start a business or for a down payment on a home. [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Sep 1, 2009 - 10 answers

Can I get Fed Tax Cred for Energy Efficiency on a home purchase?

Can I get the Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency if I am buying the house right now, and the current homeowner is replacing the furnace for me? [more inside]
posted by dpollitt on Sep 1, 2009 - 4 answers

buying home - pay for unused existing fuel?

First time homebuyer - "its customary to purchase the unused fuel from the seller" urf? [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Jun 22, 2009 - 39 answers

Offer accepted, now what?

We picked out a house and our offer was accepted. Now what? [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Jun 12, 2009 - 11 answers

First-time home buyer seeks help making a good investment

First-time home buyer seeks help making a good investment [more inside]
posted by mintchip on May 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Can I protect myself from a potential Money Pit?

I'm buying my first home and there are potential special assessments looming. Am I truly protecting myself from future repair and legal fee costs by setting up an escrow account? I'm buying my first condo and am clueless. Help me make this protection ironclad or tell me to run away! [more inside]
posted by joemax on Oct 31, 2008 - 8 answers

Negotiating a home purchase

When buying a house is it better to have the seller pay the closing costs or to reduce the sale price of the home? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew on Oct 1, 2008 - 9 answers

Chunks of homebuying wisdom from The Hive Mind

What is the single most valuable piece of advice you received when you were in the process of buying your first home? [more inside]
posted by hecho de la basura on Dec 12, 2007 - 67 answers

Help Us Move To France

Young couple visited France last year for about two weeks with few plans other than a couple of booked hotel rooms and a TGV pass. They fell in love with the country and would love to move there about 5 years out... [more inside]
posted by finitejest on Aug 21, 2007 - 12 answers

What to "tip" your agent/lender?

We just bough our first home and need advice on ways to thank those that helped us get through the process smoothly. [more inside]
posted by birdlips on Apr 18, 2007 - 17 answers

How do I buy a house with bad credit?

I want to buy a house. I have 20 grand but bad credit and a long term boyfriend with no money and good credit. What is the best option? [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla on Apr 6, 2007 - 25 answers

California Housing Market

How does one monitor the Housing Market of Southern California? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Mar 26, 2007 - 5 answers

Overwhelmed by money (or the lack thereof)!

What questions do I ask when trying to get a mortgage? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 on Mar 14, 2007 - 10 answers

Home Buying Hidden Costs

Help me budget for buying our first home. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Jan 12, 2007 - 17 answers

It's not just about the money. When should we really buy a house?

How do we figure out whether we're financially and emotionally ready to buy our first home? We have a really good handle on what we can afford, which neighborhoods we like best, what houses are going for. We've read "Home Buying for Dummies." We've saved up an OK chunk of cash. But my husband and I are both worried, and for different reasons. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Jan 7, 2007 - 32 answers

Should we accept an offer with a contingency?

OK, we FINALLY got an offer on our house (after 4 months on the market) and we can't decide if we should accept. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty on Aug 27, 2006 - 22 answers

Help me buy a house

I need a walk through on how to buy property without a real estate agent. [more inside]
posted by forforf on Sep 12, 2005 - 10 answers

House buying tips?

Experienced homeowners, help out a first-time buyer. What wisdom can you impart about the home buying process? What do you wish you had done differently when buying your first home?
posted by Otis on Jul 29, 2005 - 36 answers

home loan zen

How do I know if I am getting the best home loan available to me? [more inside]
posted by eggerspretty on Jun 29, 2005 - 9 answers

What are the advantages/disadvantages to buying a home through an attorney rather than a realtor?

Buying a home without a realtor. My landlord wants to sell the place I am living in (he lives in the lower, me the upper) because he is using the money to buy a business. He wants to sell quickly as the business loan is contingent on his sale of the home. The only catch is that he wants to forgo using a realtor by using an attorney instead. Has anyone here ever bought a home this way? What are the advantages/disadvantages on my end? Any common mistakes to avoid?
posted by sharksandwich on May 5, 2004 - 16 answers

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