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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

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

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

A very, very, very fine house.

We are buying our first home (yay!). Every time we go over there to poke around, I notice another thing that we don't deal with in our current four-unit apartment building. What are some things we need to buy? What are the things we need to do right away? Any tips you wish you would have known? Any thoughts on order of operations -- can we move as soon as there are beds, or when the internet arrives, or what? Please help us rehome. [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins on Apr 29, 2015 - 33 answers

Real Cedar Siding - Maintenance?

Bought / Buying my first house and the house has real cedar for siding. I can't find any definite answer to the maintenance requirements and frequency to this; only cedar shake but this is actual wood planks. Anyone have experience with maintaining real wood siding? If you ever had it professionally maintained, what was your cost and est. square footage?
posted by lpcxa0 on Mar 21, 2015 - 3 answers

What do you wish you had asked or known when meeting your realtor?

Buying our first home, I'm would like to go with a buyer agent and have our first meeting set with one Saturday. I'm turning to the hive mind for your tip, tricks, questions, and other things you wish you would have done or found helpful during meeting with your realtor. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Feb 26, 2015 - 17 answers

There's no place like home... We just need a loan!

The issue isn't us as borrowers... It's the house. The house is part of a coop/co-housing setting. We'd be buying the house, but the land it sits on would remain owned by the co-op. Mortgage? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Nov 2, 2014 - 2 answers

All our eggs in one basket? First time home buyers...

My wife and I have been working and saving over the last 4-5 years. We've managed to pay off all of our debts and have gotten ahead. It feels great to be debt free, but we want to buy a house. We found a bank foreclosure that's been sitting vacant for 6 years as it slowly worked through the courts. We have just enough to buy it outright, but that will leave us almost broke. Should we buy it? [more inside]
posted by karst on Feb 21, 2014 - 28 answers

Costs of pricey home repairs/replacements? (& IDing them before buying)

We're first time homebuyers, and getting a little overwhelmed thinking about all the things we might have to fix and/or replace in whatever house we buy, and how that should affect what we're willing to pay for a home. What are the most expensive (and/or frustrating to fix) things we should be keeping an eye out for and factoring into deciding whether to make an offer on a house and the offer price (i.e. adjusting up/down compared to comparable homes)? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Jan 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Help clueless future parents buy the right home to raise kids in!

As future parents and first time homebuyers, what aren't we thinking about, or under-emphasizing/over-emphasizing, in trying to pick a home to raise (two) kids in?  What should we consider in deciding on house versus condo, location, neighborhood, size, layout, features, etc? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Jan 10, 2014 - 36 answers

Please help me go from "under contract" to mortage-holder

I am trying to purchase a foreclosed house with a homepath loan, but I do not qualify for a homepath loan despite excellent credit. Apparently a conventional loan will not work for the current condition of the home. Can you help me sort out my options in Virginia? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Mar 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Buying a furnished home

How do you negotiate buying furniture in a house - particularly generally unused furniture used in a model home? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Apr 17, 2012 - 5 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

Can't cope with buying, can't cope with renting

I need help getting a mortgage on a property that needs minor repairs. [more inside]
posted by Violet Hour on Nov 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Recommend a great Atlanta real estate agent.

Recommend a great realtor in Atlanta. Difficulty: I want an old, cheap house. [more inside]
posted by Violet Hour on Sep 9, 2011 - 3 answers

How Low Can We Go?

How low is too low when offering bids to buy a house? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Aug 27, 2011 - 16 answers


NACA: Friend or foe? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Apr 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Interested in a house with "settling" issues

You are not my structural engineer: I'm interested in a house that has a "settling" problem. There's a 2-inch gap in the floor moulding in the master bedroom. There's a small crack visible on the wall on the first floor directly below. Other than that, no visible issues (but I haven't looked too hard and were directed to these problems by the disclosure statement.) Is this a "RUN!!" situation or is there a scenario which can result in a clean bill of health? The house was built in 1910, is otherwise in beautiful condition, and we're in New England.
posted by moammargaret on Apr 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Getting the Neighbor Gossip Early

Before putting an offer in on a house, we want to spend some time this week sitting in the neighborhood and talking with neighbors to see what the area is like and start creating some rapport. What questions should we ask the neighbors? [more inside]
posted by rhapsodie on Dec 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Are we making a huge mistake?

Is it insane to buy a house in this market? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Dec 30, 2008 - 17 answers

How did mortgage HAPPEN so quickly?

How late is too late to negotiate with mortgage broker for fees? And how can I track mortgage interest rates to get a better rate before closing? [more inside]
posted by Amizu on Sep 19, 2008 - 5 answers

What's a fair offer for a house that needs major repairs?

My wife and I put in an offer on a house for $187,000, which was accepted by the sellers. However, the inspector found a major problem that will cost about $22,000 to fix. What's a fair counter-offer given this problem? [more inside]
posted by jay_wiese on Feb 14, 2007 - 30 answers

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