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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

How often does the freight train pass by this house I wanna buy?

How often does the freight train pass by this house I wanna buy? is it annoying? I wanna buy a house near here and I am curious how often the trains pass by, if it will be annoying or not. Can anyone find a schedule of the trains that pass by so I can go stand there while it passes by and see how annoying it is? Does anyone have history or advice on living near train tracks?
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Apr 20, 2014 - 26 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

What are the tax implications of someone buying a house for someone else?

YANMREA - You are not my real estate agent (nor my tax attorney) - but maybe you have some experience and insight on implications of one person buying someone else a house to live in. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Dec 10, 2012 - 6 answers

House hunting tips

House hunting tips please. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Oct 20, 2012 - 25 answers

Should I look a gift house in the mouth?

My parents want to put the down payment on a (small) house, and have me live in it and pay the mortgage. Are there any downsides to this that I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by insufficient data on Jul 10, 2012 - 36 answers

it doesn't look like it'll kill us. i think.

When househunting, what are signs of quality renovation? What are signs of a shoddy renovation? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Feb 27, 2012 - 21 answers

Moving: When the baby is inside or outside?

My husband and I own a small house, and were originally planning on moving early next year. We got some good news over the holidays and I am now nearing the end of the first trimester of my first pregnancy. We'd still like to move, but is it easier to do this while I'm pregnant or should we wait until the baby is 6 months old? [more inside]
posted by smalls on Feb 15, 2012 - 34 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

Hunting for Location, Location, Location

I love reading The Hunt column in the NY Times. Love watching "Location, Location, Location" (which I only get to see on cable when I'm at a hotel I travel to for work). Loved House Hunters when I saw it while overseas. I even like reading Ask Metafilter questions about where people should rent or buy when I have never even been to that city. What else would I like? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on Jan 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Right neighborhood to buy house in Toronto

We are searching for a neighborhood in Toronto to buy a house for our family. As we are new in Toronto, we are not sure what areas will meet the following criteria. [more inside]
posted by musicgold on Dec 9, 2011 - 9 answers

How can we sell our condo and buy a house?

How can we sell our condo and buy a house? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Dec 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Moving up in the world - circumstances changing

Circumstances changing! Some financial help and advice needed! [more inside]
posted by anonaccount on Oct 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Delay in getting home appraisal report

We're in contract to buy a house. It's taking forever to get an appraisal. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 on Oct 26, 2011 - 12 answers

Welcome to the Adult World.

Crash course tips on homeowning/homebuying? What do you wish you would have known before buying a foreclosed fixer-upper? What new (to us) home tips can you share? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Sep 21, 2011 - 27 answers

buy house acroos from school

Would you buy a house that's across the street from an elementary school? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 on Sep 13, 2011 - 42 answers

Bait 'n Switch

I either need to drop it or get a lawyer. Tell me which one. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Aug 24, 2011 - 32 answers

trying to buy a house

Should my wife and I buy a house near some not so well kept houses? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 on Jun 12, 2011 - 20 answers

Buying a house together

Buying a house together-run into a roadblock and need input [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jan 24, 2011 - 25 answers

Help me pull the trigger on buying our dream house!

Help me pull the trigger on buying our dream house! [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles on Jan 19, 2011 - 19 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

Should I gamble with love or the property market?

I would like to buy a home. I am currently single, in my early 30s, and would like to meet someone special and have a family. Right now, I could buy something that would suit one person, a couple, and maybe a couple with a kid - but not really a "family" home. Should I buy or wait? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2010 - 13 answers

Home buying freak out meets lease signing freak out

We're close to finding a house to buy, but our current landlord wants us to sign another six month lease. We're in MA--is there anything we can do? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jul 12, 2010 - 17 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

Buying a house on a busy road

I have been trying to buy a house in the inner-west in Sydney, Australia for several months. Contrary to what's going on in the rest of the world, Oz houses are effing crazy high and have jumped between $20-$100k (esp in my area) in the past year. I have found a good house for a price I can do - but it's on a fairly busy road. Would you want to go to there? [more inside]
posted by mooza on Oct 13, 2009 - 20 answers

WHo benefits from an over appraised house?

Buying my first house: Who benefits from the over appraisal? [more inside]
posted by will wait 4 tanjents on Sep 6, 2009 - 18 answers

How to make a housing decision?

I feel like I am constantly swinging back and forth in how I feel about buying a house in different locations. How can I make a decision? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on Jul 28, 2009 - 9 answers

do we buy a wedding or a house?

how important was your wedding to you? (not the marriage, the wedding) if you had a big affair, did you regret not spending the money on something more practical? if you had a small affair, did you regret not including more people? if you eloped or had a microwedding, did you wish you had done more to mark the occasion? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Jun 13, 2009 - 70 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

Where to start buying a specific house?

We found a house we want to buy, how to get the ball rolling? [more inside]
posted by fleacircus on Dec 4, 2008 - 9 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

What's the worst that could happen if we buy a house from my husband's boss?

I'm interested in buying a house that is owned by my husband's boss. Is this a bad, bad, bad idea? [more inside]
posted by saffry on Mar 26, 2007 - 11 answers

Recommendations for house inspection companies

InspectionFilter : we just had an offer accepted for a house in Westchester, NY, and we need to get a house inspection done quickly. Does anybody have a recommendation for an inspection company in Westchester, and is there anything I should know going in (questions to ask etc?)
posted by ny_scotsman on Jan 17, 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

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

How to put in a starting bid on a house

How does one go about figuring out what to bid on a house? The problem that I am faced with is the house I am interested in is listed by my realtor and thus we are in a dual agency. He cannot instruct me on what to bid nor can he instruct the seller that my bid sucks or is great. Please help me with this.
posted by thebwit on Apr 5, 2005 - 31 answers

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