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We're going to be new home buyers and we have some downpayment questions

My wife and I are buying a house and our possession date is on December 4. My brother is my lawyer who will close the deal on the house. We're driving up from Regina to Saskatoon this weekend. This is our first house. He sometimes thinks he's given clear instructions when he hasn't and he'll end up blaming us for not reading his mind. My brother said I need to bring my cheque book, but he wasn't willing to answer why he needs the cheques. My wife and I are assuming that they're for both processing fees and for the down payment. If they are for a down payment too, should my wife and I move our money from our non-chequing accounts to our chequing accounts? Or will my brother only need void cheques, so that he can then obtain from funds directly from all my accounts at a later date (my tax free savings account and my chequing account, my wife's separate accounts)? Will it also be fine to have two cheques for the down payment (one from my wife and one from I)?
posted by DetriusXii on Nov 25, 2015 - 15 answers

Gift for fixer-upper?

Looking for a practical gift for my boyfriend for the holidays. We bought a 1954 house and we (he) really enjoy fixing it up. What tools, items, etc. make home renovation projects easier and/or more fun? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Nov 19, 2015 - 30 answers

Pregnant! Should we step back from buying this house we've dreamed of?

We were getting close to making an offer on a home — but the house was a lifestyle upgrade, not a necessity. This month we found out a kid is on the way (whoo!), and we're trying to decide if the house is still doable, or if we should save our pennies for the little person-to-be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2015 - 22 answers

Low-VOC paint over oil-based primer: is this a terrible idea?

Partner and I would like to use an oil-based primer on our moldings and baseboards, then use a no-VOC eco-friendly paint (Colorhouse; MSDS) for the topcoat. I've successfully used run-of-the-mill latex over oil primer before. But does anyone have experience with using no-VOC paint over oil primer? [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Nov 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Re-siding my house: cedar shakes & aluminum to... ?

Two sides of my house are clad in painted cedar shakes, and for some reason, two sides are clad in an aluminum clapboard (all the same color). We're due for a paint job in the next year or two and I'm considering having the house stripped down, re-insulated (blown in cellulose from the outside) and then re-clad. What to re-clad with? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 5, 2015 - 6 answers

How to get a loan in this scenario?

We own a lot in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Its value has tripled since we bought it; at this point we could sell it for $100k if we wanted to. We don't want to sell it. We want to build a 500 square foot house on it. We already paid for the permits, saved up the money, and now it's looking like we might fall $10k-$20k short on the total cost to build. Neither of us is employed. Given our extended explanation, how do we make this happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Considering putting offer on a house and need input with its flaws

Would outdoor laundry and not having the whole house be under central AC be deal breakers for most home buyers? [more inside]
posted by CheeseAndRice on Oct 24, 2015 - 22 answers

This house stinks. Help us keep it anyway.

We are trying to avoid foreclosure on a house that we love, but has significant issues that we may not be able to afford to fix. Namely, moisture damage/mold. Are there risks in asking the mortgage company to help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2015 - 11 answers

Need a trustworthy realtor in Austin TX

My family has decided we're relocating to Austin. We need help finding a trustworthy real estate agent to help us buy a home there, since we currently live in a different part of the country. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Is it important to separate living space from the bedrooms?

I live in a mid-size apartment (1,313 sq ft). The current layout of the apartment consists of a large square-shaped living/dining area, and doors along one wall leading to the bedrooms. I'm thinking of adding a full height shelf in order to create a corridor leading to the bedrooms, in order to add more separation between the two areas. But this will cut down on the spaciousness and openness of my living area. Is it worth it? Are there any architectural/design concepts that I can look at to help me decide? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Oct 17, 2015 - 13 answers

Something something "moist" (regrettably, that's all I can think of)

Now that Mr. St. Hubbins and I own our own home, a whole-house humidifier (the kind that hook up to your furnace) sounds like the greatest thing since ice cream delivery. But I can't seem to find anything online except slightly spammy sites that shill for particular brands. Anyone have or know anything about them? [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins on Oct 15, 2015 - 12 answers

Easter eggs in open houses

Is it common to include "easter eggs" when staging for open houses? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Oct 13, 2015 - 15 answers

How to negotiate unsolicited purchase offer for my house?

I own a house that's affectionately known as a teardown but it is in a pretty good location and the land underneath, while small, is zoned for more profitable buildings. It is also located in one of the most strenuous real estate markets in the country. A real estate investor came by and made an offer to buy it for a price that's too low for me to buy elsewhere around me. How can (or should) I negotiate this? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Oct 9, 2015 - 20 answers

Net-enabled sprinkler controller that supports 2 groups of valves?

Our house has 2 separate antique sprinkler controllers: one in the back yard shed, one in the garage (as far apart as you can get!). I'd like to replace them with a web-enabled controller. Is there any distributed controller that will work with two sets of valves whose cables do not come together to a single point? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Oct 3, 2015 - 2 answers

Pay attention to the light in the dark.

I've been loving the noise the young kids have been making over the past five years. Kindly share with me your regularly-updated Spotify playlists of cutting-edge Millennial electro, house, trap, PBR&B, indietronica, chillwave, nu-disco, and other such things. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Oct 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Can one of my brothers force me to sell house we inherited from Mom?

When my mom passed about 6 1/2 years ago, the only thing left was the house we grew up in. She died right before the crash when the value was lowest, and while there was no rush, it took about three years before I tried to do anything with it. [more inside]
posted by TenaciousB on Sep 29, 2015 - 21 answers

Moving to Portland, Maine. Where should we live?

It looks very likely that my spouse and I will be moving to Portland (the first Portland). We are both really excited about the move but don't know where to live. Help us choose a good neighborhood (and maybe a buyer's agent)! [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Sep 23, 2015 - 10 answers

What preparation (for the winter) is required for a gas boiler?

What regular maintenance / preparation for the winter is required for a gas fired boiler (forced air)? Is there a need to call a professional?
posted by r2d2 on Sep 22, 2015 - 3 answers

UK Remortgage to remove ex-partner problems question!

I currently have a mortgage and for the last two years since I split with my partner have paid it on my own perfectly well. It is time for us to remove my ex from the mortgage but cant seem to due to a bit of negative equity. Can anyone suggest what to do next? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan on Sep 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Housing Market - New Builds - why doesn't the purchase price ever drop?

I live in an expensive housing market. All the older homes in my area are being knocked down and huge new houses are being built on the lots. These homes stay on the market for extensive periods of time (over a year) without any drop in purchase price. How can builders afford to do this? [more inside]
posted by youdontmakefriendswithsalad on Sep 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Looking for a replacement for the Kathmandu Guest House

I just arrived in Kathmandu and am looking for a cheap room at a safe, cozy-ish guest house. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Sep 13, 2015 - 4 answers

What area or city has the most bungalow housing?

I assumed it was Southern California but a lot of places that used to have them, don't any longer. I assume due to the rising value of the real estate. So where are the most bungalow houses per capital in terms of areas or cities?
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 9, 2015 - 16 answers

What should we ask when hiring an architect?

After talking about it for a few years, my husband and I are ready to start the process of renovating and adding a second floor to our house. The next step, we're reasonably sure, is hiring an architect--but I've been dragging my feet because I want to walk into those first meetings with a good idea of what I'm hoping to learn from the conversation, rather than just being wow-ed by their sales pitch. The hitch is: I have no idea of what smart questions might be, since I have only the vaguest idea of how this process works. I'm hoping AskMe can fill in the details of "what does an architect do?" and "what do you wish you had asked your architect before hiring them?" [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Sep 8, 2015 - 12 answers

What do you call this style of contemporary architecture?

This house was once a very nondescript ranch until it received this facade. I'm asking especially about the style of the "fence": The fence is purely cosmetic, as it is about 3 feet from the house and serves no purpose other than to look cool. I've seen this style that uses these horizontal lines, accent lighting, dark natural woods, oversized windows, and is very clean and geometric, though it is very rare where I live. House in question here.
posted by sourwookie on Sep 8, 2015 - 12 answers

everything is on fire forever

There was a fire in my building 2 weeks ago and everything is so smelly, the smelliest, the most smelly. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Sep 3, 2015 - 21 answers

That Old House

What are the most awesome historic homes that can be toured? I am most immediately interested in the North East US, but am glad to hear about ones all over the country and even out of the country, because, well, I seem to be trying to make it everywhere.... [more inside]
posted by ReluctantViking on Sep 2, 2015 - 55 answers

How do we survive an extensive home remodel?

We just bought a new house. Yay! It needs a LOT of work. Boo. How do we make it through the next year with our sanity intact? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 2, 2015 - 15 answers

First time homebuyer loan

First time home buyer. Totally confused and stressed out! I was pre-approved for a loan that includes a CalHFA down payment assistance loan. (I'm in California, natch, Alameda County). We went into contract last week and now my mortgage broker is asking me to collect a bunch of paperwork and she told me I need to do an educational class for my CalHFA loan. So I start researching these loans a little more closely, and I think I'm over the income limit. Now... What? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2015 - 3 answers

What to put in my dome about buying a foreclosed home?

I don't know much about buying foreclosed homes and don't quite trust the top search results about it. So, I was hoping you could tell me: 1) How do I get started on looking at foreclosed homes that are available to buy? 2) Are home inspections usually good enough to catch major problems in foreclosed homes? 3) What else do you need to do to do this right? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Aug 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Architectural style of this front door? (see pic)

We're redesigning the porch to our front door and I'd love to get some ideas online, but I don't know how to describe the angular style of our front door. Here is a photo. Thanks for any help!
posted by okay-quiet-time on Aug 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me fly some freak flags!

You know those houses with the seasonal nylon, decorative house flags? The ones with the puppies smelling flowers, or the spring tulip, or Santa in the winter and stacks of books with leaves in the fall that wave in the breeze outside of people's houses? I need some help finding some house flags... [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Aug 2, 2015 - 13 answers

a few nights in Paris...family vacation edition

Am looking for recommendations of a house or other no-shared-walls place to stay, in Paris and/or surrounding area. It's key that we rent something like a house because my 1-year old screams loudly at night and we don't want to disturb neighbours (has happened in the past, in a hotel). More below! [more inside]
posted by leslievictoria on Jul 22, 2015 - 12 answers

Where to find cheap housing in Seattle area?

I'm considering relocating to Seattle from the Midwest for a new job but am very concerned about affordable housing. Looking for a house or apartment rental within an hour's distance via public transit, if possible. Would like to spend between $1,000 and $1,500 if possible. Can go a bit higher. Would like a lot of space -- ideally, 1000 square feet. This would be for my wife, myself and our dog. Any advice about where I should be looking would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
posted by DougieGee on Jul 21, 2015 - 18 answers

I love you, little house!

In keeping with the recent question about buying a house in a competitive market... Those of you who have written letters to get a seller to pick you when you aren't the highest bidder - what did you write? Tips, suggestions, don'ts, samples all welcome.
posted by jrobin276 on Jul 14, 2015 - 10 answers

Should we buy this house?

We're house-hunting in the craziest market ever - SF Bay Area. Will you help me think this out? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 13, 2015 - 23 answers

Is there asbestos behind this sheet vinyl floor?

I'm fixing up a condo that I'm going to rent from my parents in 2 weeks. The kitchen floor is sheet vinyl on a concrete slab. I think my father said it's a floating floor. It's really worn out with large gouges and it's peeling up on the edges in some places. My father and I are planning to tear out the sheet vinyl and replace the floor with nice new vinyl planks. [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Jul 13, 2015 - 6 answers

State of the EDM Nation

I've recently re-discovered the joys of my old DJ mix albums. But they are old! I am old! What is new? [more inside]
posted by fatfrank on Jul 10, 2015 - 5 answers

House has been inspected. Can I bail on my offer?

Hi, MeFi. So I put an offer on a house, and it was accepted. But after getting the results of the inspection, I'm having second thoughts. Details below. [more inside]
posted by schooley on Jul 9, 2015 - 34 answers

Mefites with young children: what do you love/hate about your house?

I will be moving to a new city for a new job soon, along with my husband and 1-year-old. We're trying to work out which features of a house/flat we would really benefit from and which we don't need so much. [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Jul 7, 2015 - 37 answers

Moving into a house; how to not creep myself out whenever I'm alone?

Are you a big scaredy cat? Do you live in a house with lots of vulnerabilities anyways, and manage to sleep at night? How did you do it? Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Jul 1, 2015 - 35 answers

Crash course in Seattle housing market

I'm ready to dip a toe into the madness of the Seattle housing market. I'm looking for a 3br anything (condo or house) in North Seattle. I've been stalking Zillow, it looks maybe kinda sorta possible to find something we could afford. I have no idea what to do next. [more inside]
posted by annie o on Jun 24, 2015 - 9 answers

I smelt it, but sadly, I didn't dealt it.

How can I get hidden and entrenched cigarette smoke out of a room? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Jun 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Good house yente wanted.

I'm thinking seriously about putting my home on the market (north of Boston). Which questions should I ask potential realtors? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Jun 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Home inspector?

I've owned my home for ~28 years. My ex-husband and I never hired a home inspector (We had little common sense at the time). I just brought a company to my home for an estimate on a flooded basement, and apparently the state of our house is far worse than I imagined. I'd like to know what else is wrong with our house; is a home inspector the answer? [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Jun 13, 2015 - 12 answers

Housing and hotels in Vancouver, BC!

I'm going to be in Vancouver for about 7-8 months, and I'm hoping to get recommendations for a short stay for the first month. I've checked out airbnb as well as some serviced apartments for the first few weeks but would love to hear any recommendations as those I've found are pretty pricey! [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS on Jun 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Porch columns with interior drainage?

I'll be redoing the porch at Casa RPM. Somewhere I saw pre-made column wraps that are designed with an interior drainage pipe that hooks up to the roof gutters, so that you don't need to have an external downspout running along side the column. Does anyone know where I could find something like that?
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Jun 10, 2015 - 1 answer

Why is my kid's room the warmest in the house & what can I do about it?

I live in a 130-year-old house modernized with air conditioning that works reasonably well keeping the house a decent temperature through the summer. However, my kid's room gets warmer than any other room in the house. [more inside]
posted by davebug on Jun 9, 2015 - 18 answers

My first house!

Y'all's advice on how I could pimp my cover letter actually did get me a ton of interviews and a new job-- hooray, and thank you! So now I'm moving, and I want to buy a house. What do I look for? [more inside]
posted by schooley on Jun 7, 2015 - 16 answers

Two people, two houses...best options for second house?

Here's my situation: female, late 40s, employed homeowner. Moving in with my boyfriend, also a homeowner. What to do with my house for best financial stability/payoff in the future? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Jun 4, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me understand what tradies I'm going to need

I have a bunch of (mostly small) jobs that I need done around the house, and I'm trying to figure out how many different tradies I need to hire to do them: installing a bathroom vanity; replacing about ten tiles in the shower; installing a new pendant light; servicing the ducted gas heating; installing underfloor insulation (although I'm considering DIYing this); and removing half a staircase. Do I need to hire a different person for each task, or can they be batched somehow? (I assume the tiles and vanity can be done by the same person at least). [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 answers

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