We're thinking about making an offer on a house. However, it has an odd feature in the basement that may be related to drainage. Can anyone tell us what this might do or what could be behind the wall? Picture here
- it's the 4" bumpout in the back left corner. [more inside]
posted by WowLookStars
on Sep 30, 2012 -
What's the quickest, easiest way to clean out my mom's house in San Diego when I don't live there? [more inside]
posted by Lauram
on Sep 17, 2012 -
My friends and I are looking to move into this new place, and I can't help but feel there's something odd about the couple we're renting from... [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli
on Jul 27, 2012 -
1. What is the plot size of a typical bungalow and a 2-storey house in Toronto? I am trying to be knowledgeable about this so I can compare different houses on the MLS site. [more inside]
posted by musicgold
on Feb 26, 2012 -
Are foreclosed homes cheaper? And how would you go about buying your very first home? [more inside]
posted by Danah_78
on Jan 14, 2012 -
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 -
How much cash do you actually have to part with when buying a house? How many other fees and charges are there on top of the down payment? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski
on Mar 1, 2011 -
I just learned that in NY State, real estate brokers are allowed to represent both buyer and seller. As a buyer, I don't want the seller's broker for my agent! But it may be too late.... [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover
on May 29, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
I will be moving on and selling my current house some time next year. In my neighborhood (mostly 1930's bungalows) a lot of similar houses have been purchased by developers, bulldozed, and replaced with McMansions far out of scale with the neighborhood. What can I legally do as part of the sale to prevent it from being Yet Another Teardown? [more inside]
posted by intermod
on Jan 20, 2009 -
Can I get the mortgage tax deduction if a parent transfers their house to me and I begin paying the mortgage without going through an actual sale and real estate agent/commission process? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi
on Oct 4, 2008 -
What are the legalities involved in buying a house and then dismantling and removing it? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs
on Sep 28, 2008 -
I have a rental house that I am selling.
It has been listed with a Real Estate agent since Nov 07. Not one offer on it.
Some people from my parent's church are interested in buying it, but they want to do it For Sale By Owner -no Real Estate Agents involved.
My listing expires on Oct. 11.
How long after the listing expires can I sell it on my own? Is there a grace period?
Any ideas of how to cancel the listing beforehand? I don't want to lie, but I would rather sell to the church people for obvious reasons (more money for me, better deal for them, etc.).
I am in GA.
posted by twistedmetal
on Sep 2, 2008 -
When calculating a house's square footage, does one include screened-in outdoor porch areas (with unfinished floors and no heating or other amenities)? Does one include separate garages (with no heating or other amenties)? Basements?
Also, is there a definitive source I can point to for justifying any inclusions/exclusions re: the above to those who might question?
posted by jimmyjimjim
on Jul 29, 2008 -
How should we handle liquidating assets in an estate in the USA right now? Assets consist primarily of a stock portfolio and a house. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 21, 2008 -
My parents are looking for a place to retire in NE North Carolina (i.e. home). Mom asked me to help her search with internet (they have traveled down there several times) so they can narrow things down and get a better feel for the market. I have little idea where to even began searching. Suggestions?
posted by dawson
on Apr 9, 2008 -
How do I sell half a house to my brother, who’s living there?
My only sibling and I have inherited our late parents’ house as part of the estate. He’s currently living in it, and is happy to stay and is interested in buying my half out. I don’t want half the house; I do want the money. [more inside]
posted by Savannah
on Nov 7, 2007 -
Someone died. Does her family have to keep paying the mortgage payments? Does interest keep accruing? Can they rent it out during this period? There was no will. (This is in California.) [more inside]
posted by salvia
on Jul 22, 2007 -
I'd like to buy an inexpensive, second home (a summer place) in either New Hampshire or Maine. Someplace we can go for vacations/weekends with the kids. But I have no idea how to go about finding such a place, or what options there are for paying for it. Any suggestions?
posted by GernBlandston
on Jan 24, 2006 -