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How can we reduce our mortgage payments if we bought the new house, *then* sold the old house?

This past year, we bought a house. A month or two later my wife sold her house. We'd really hoped we could sell the house first, obviously, but it was a bad market and we were in a rush get the home (my wife's house was in another state). So now we both have a0 large mortgage and a large chunk of cash. We're trying to figure out what to do now. [more inside]
posted by nosh, daven, shtup on Jan 9, 2012 - 39 answers

How soon is too soon to ask to work from home?

I started a new job a month ago. I like my job and I like my co-workers, but what I would really like is to work from home. When should I ask or should I ask at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 - 11 answers

London Puppy Buying: The Pitfalls

Looking to buy/acquire a puppy in (North) London. I am worried about vaccinations etc. and have some questions about ethics of the whole thing. Can I get a puppy from a shelter? Or should I feel happy about paying for one from a 'good' home through a website? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Jan 9, 2012 - 22 answers

We may own a house in two years

This Christmas we were told by my Dad that he will be giving us his house when he moves out of state. It doesn't have a functioning kitchen (no sink, just a fridge and a microwave and he washes his dishes in a tub with water from the bathroom) The house has charm, and there could be plumbing problems and it's also in a dicey neighborhood. So my question is this: What do we do with this house? Fix it up enough to live in it for the price of utilities and taxes for a few years so we can go back to school? Try to sell it without even fixing it (we'd get maybe $20,000). Fix it up and become landlords after living there for a few years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2012 - 13 answers

Home or Away?

Team A vs. Team B. Which is the home team if listed like this? I have seen conflicting opinions. Is there a standard in the US? Is it different in other countries? Does it differ by sport?
posted by JohnnyGunn on Jan 8, 2012 - 16 answers

The first act in a horror movie script

What's the best way to record audio (or video) of myself sleeping? Yes, ideally, eight hours of low-quality audio in one shot. [more inside]
posted by stroke_count on Jan 6, 2012 - 11 answers

How did you decide to have one parent stay home was the best situation?

How did you decide to have one parent stay home was the best situation? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Jan 5, 2012 - 29 answers

How do you maximize a small home for a family of four?

I'm looking for ideas/resources on maximizing a small house's space for a family of four. [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Jan 5, 2012 - 31 answers

How much house can I afford?

It is often said (by presumably reputable sources, such as FHA), that you can afford a house payment that equals 28% - 35% of your pre-tax salary. This seems like an astonishing large amount of money to me -- it's almost 2x what I pay now in rent. Even considering the tax deduction, how can this be right, in this day and age of low housing appreciation rates?
posted by yarly on Jan 4, 2012 - 35 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

Let there be light: need 120V MR16 type LED bulbs for outdoors! Trickier than it sounds.

Where can I buy 50W equivalent LED lights that work outdoors, operate at 120V, and are of the standard base type? I simply cannot find a bulb that meets all three criteria! [more inside]
posted by The Hyacinth Girl on Dec 18, 2011 - 5 answers

To Watch or Not To Watch- Home Surveillance when away

We are going out of town and using a housesitting service that we found through the interwebs. A friend told us that we absolutely must set up some sort of surveillance. I'm really torn. [more inside]
posted by emilyclaire on Dec 14, 2011 - 14 answers

What if this is as good as it gets?

Would I know if this is as good as it gets? I know I've got it pretty good, better than most I bet...but I feel a little, I don't know, perhaps unsettled. But maybe that isn't even the right way to describe it - physically it's more liked stressed with a side order of tired. How do you know when you're at the top of your game and when you are in the place that is best for you and your family? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Dec 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Identifying odd home artifacts and features

Antiques Metafiltershow: Can you help me identify any of these wild, weird, artsy household features? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Dec 13, 2011 - 4 answers

I want to build a freaking wall of speakers

I am planning a project for a new years party involving over a hundred speakers of assorted size and Ohm values , Basically the idea is to stack all the speakers to cover an entire wall of a room and wire them all up to an amplifier(s?) what would be the best way to wire them? [more inside]
posted by 70klicks on Dec 12, 2011 - 8 answers

How to ground my home electrical in accordance with code?

Help me understand the national electric code with regard to rewiring and updating several rooms in my 1940s-era house. [more inside]
posted by JohnFredra on Dec 6, 2011 - 8 answers

How did someone break into my home?

How did someone break into my house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 - 40 answers

What is a whole-house air cleaner for? Do I need one?

What is a whole-house air cleaner for? Do I need one? [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum on Nov 30, 2011 - 6 answers

What forms of coverage/insurance should I buy for my home?

As a owner of a brand new house, I am deluged by offers in the mail for various forms of insurance, protection, or coverage for my home (examples: mortgage insurance, water line coverage). What forms of coverage/insurance are a good idea to purchase, and which are unnecessary?
posted by Deathalicious on Nov 30, 2011 - 15 answers

Sea of memories need creative home

After sorting through a castle of boxes, I discovered hundreds and hundreds of loose photographs. The photographs vary in size from 3 x 5 to 8 x 10 and even a few 10 x13's. I have many albums, and they are full. I have several photograph boxes, also full. I would like to display as many as I can without being obnoxious but I'm looking for fresh ideas. What are some interesting, space saving artistic ways I can use and display my sea of memories? [more inside]
posted by gypseefire on Nov 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Toto, how do we get back to Kansas?

What is it like to have a home to go back to? How do you cope if you don't have one? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Nov 18, 2011 - 42 answers

Adjust/Renegotiate mortgage on property that is worth 100K less than I bought it for.

My house is worth $100K less than I bought it for. I have trouble making payments. Is there anything i can do? [more inside]
posted by digividal on Nov 16, 2011 - 26 answers

I need the best solution for storing my CD's in a possible damp environment!

I am looking for sturdy plastic CD storage units. [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Nov 10, 2011 - 10 answers

Movin' out?

Help me hack my living space or the way I deal with it... or decide to move out! [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Nov 10, 2011 - 30 answers

Are there any legal issues with security cameras outside the home?

Outdoor security camera system for a residence. Any potential legal issues to consider? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Nov 10, 2011 - 2 answers

This Old House needs an inspector?

Is a home inspector worth it to find out what deferred maintenance must be done immediately in an inherited house that I'm not selling right away? I'm thinking of getting one just to solve the deferred maintenance issues of an inherited house. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Nov 8, 2011 - 16 answers

Can UV sanitizers decrease odors?

Will running a UV Sanitizing Wand over the litter box help with odors? [more inside]
posted by veganfilmjunkie on Nov 8, 2011 - 4 answers

How easy to brew n-a beer?

How easy is it to brew non-alcoholic beer at home?
posted by parmanparman on Nov 7, 2011 - 6 answers

iTunes and speakers for a small house?

What I have: a MacBook Pro running iTunes. What I need: some speakers and a way to get the music into the other rooms of a small house. [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Nov 7, 2011 - 24 answers

Home Design Gallery

Home Design Gallery [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit on Nov 6, 2011 - 6 answers

converting my house heating from oil to natural gas

Converting my home from fuel oil to natural gas heating - how to do it? My 1890s house is heated with radiators and run on fuel oil - which has been steadily getting more and more expensive. I have natural gas already running to the house for appliances and water heating. [more inside]
posted by waylaid on Nov 2, 2011 - 13 answers

What kind of knob will thread on to this lamp control?

What kind of knob will thread on to this lamp control? [more inside]
posted by thebigdeadwaltz on Nov 2, 2011 - 1 answer

How to fix a noisy gas furnace?

Safe, effective sound dampening options for a noisy gas furnace? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Sibling money disparity stuff

How to best reach an agreement on a fair settlement percentage after the sale of our family home? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Oct 25, 2011 - 19 answers

What type of contractor do we need?

What kind of contractor(s) would one need for these kinds of projects? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Oct 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Flushed with frustration

What's the best way to replace the toilet seat on a one-piece Kohler toilet? I can't reach the back of the seat mounts -- everything is enclosed. [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 on Oct 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Is there a way to be notified if a specific house comes up for rent again?

Is there a way to find out who own's a house? There was a house for rent about a year ago that my girlfriend and I liked the look/price of a lot, but it got filled before we sought any information. Is there some way to be notified if this house comes up for rent again without knocking on the door and asking the renters? My apologies if this is an obvious thing most adults know.
posted by Corduroy on Oct 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Need help with garbage disposal

Need help with wiring a garbage disposal. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Oct 14, 2011 - 4 answers

Please help me choose inexpensive audio for my home theater.

Hi I have a Panasonic VT30 65" plasma and I'm excited about the release of a video game next week. I'd like to celebrate by cashing in some amazon gift cards and adding better sound. Challenges: *My bedroom is small, so this stuff has to be low profile. *I only want to spend a few hundred dollars. Let's say $300-800. I'll upgrade some future day. I think a standalone receiver is not a sensible option but I'll consider it. Maybe a soundbar with sub is the way to go? If a soundbar really can simulate surround, that's great. If I have to go multispeakers they will have to be low profile. Thanks for reading. People probably ask this all the time but my search results were pretty poor!
posted by DesmondDoomsday on Oct 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Wireless audio for my computer and phone?

Which Bluetooth headphones will work well with an iPhone 4 and late-2008 iMac? [more inside]
posted by andromache on Oct 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Negotiating with contractor! Tips for bringing costs down?

I have just bought a home and want to remodel both bathrooms and paint interior before I move in. I got two bids and both were about the same. The companies both have good reviews on Angie's list and are the same size, so this makes me feel ok about the price estimated. That said, the price quoted is still a bit more than what I expected so I am wondering what suggestions people have for managing and bringing down costs. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Oct 2, 2011 - 15 answers

Please to hope me select a new printer.

Please help me choose a new printer for my Mac-based home office. My current printer is a Brother DCP 7020 black and white laser printer I got in, I think, 2005, and it finally seems to be about to go. I need good and fast duplex printing, a decent flatbed scanner, and good/fast photocopying. Should I move to inkjet?? Should I get something with wireless networking?? More specifics within! [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Oct 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Stained or Painted?

Baseboards - Stained or Painted? My boyfriend and I are buying a house, and the builder has installed lovely paneled wood interior doors. He said that he would like to stain them to match the cabinets (a medium stain called "spice") and will also stain the baseboards. I love the look of the stained doors, but am concerned the baseboards might look...I don't know, old fashioned or something. Does anyone have stained baseboards, and do you love or hate them? Also, if we later decide to paint them white, how much of a pain is that?
posted by odayoday on Sep 29, 2011 - 18 answers

Office Space

Best practices for moving computer and printer into living area without it looking terrible? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Sep 27, 2011 - 19 answers

Budget for all the things

When buying your first house, how much did you budget for decor/paint/furniture/etc right up front? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Sep 27, 2011 - 24 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

Help me jazz up some yard sale prints!

What color to paint the frames of some neat little animal prints from a yard sale? [more inside]
posted by klugarsh on Sep 25, 2011 - 8 answers

wood on the set

We took down a large cedar this summer that was listing ominously toward our house. Thinking we might use the wood, we've left a large amount of it here in our yard. Time passes, and the wood is still there. Am I creating a problem long term? What should I do with the wood with the rainy season coming on. [more inside]
posted by diode on Sep 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Sketchy business practice, or insurance S.O.P.?

Sketchy-business-practice-filter: Recently got a letter from our insurance agent (car and home) saying, effectively, "We've reviewed your coverage, and according to some system we have (360 Value), the replacement cost of your house is roughly 30% more than what the current policy covers. If we don't hear from you in 30 days, we're raising your coverage to that $BIGNUM." [more inside]
posted by jferg on Sep 23, 2011 - 16 answers

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