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Considering buying in Toronto -- what would you do?

I’m single, in my late 20s, living in Toronto. My family thinks it’s time for me to buy property and has generously offered to give me enough money to put down a 25% down payment. I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed and hesitant, for a few reasons. I'm at the very beginning of thinking about this so I'm probably missing some fairly obvious things. Please help me think through this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2016 - 32 answers

Refinance or Sell? Finances + Ethics

Due to a mediated agreement in divorce proceedings, I'm faced with either refinancing or selling. I planned on selling the house soon anyway, but now my ex-partner is pushing to have it refinanced IMMEDIATELY. Looking for advice...lots more details beneath the fold. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Mar 19, 2016 - 9 answers

What's the deal with foreclosures?

I've tried to get a basic/slightly more than basic understanding of foreclosures by googling, but it generally brings up a lot of sites/businesses offering their services. You guys always give me great insights so I want your two cents! [more inside]
posted by shesbenevolent on Mar 14, 2016 - 7 answers

Square Footage of a House

Looking to find our the square footage of a house. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Mar 10, 2016 - 7 answers

HardiePlank - is it worth it?

Did you replace your old siding with HardiePlank? Is it worth it? How has it held up? [more inside]
posted by stowaway on Mar 8, 2016 - 21 answers

Credit Question - Buying Automobile and Residence

I am planning on buying or leasing a car and buying or renting an apartment or condo. I plan to do both withing the next 4-6 months. As far as my credit is concerned, is there a certain amount of time that you need to space between these two things? I have perfect credit, savings and am not overextending myself financially. What do I need to know or consider as far as timeline? Thank you
posted by kbbbo on Mar 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Quiet, non-lux living along the Mediterranean this summer: where to?

My wife and I would like to rent a simple furnished apartment or small house somewhere along the Mediterranean this summer, for about a month. We just want a place where we can do some writing and go swimming every day. The catch is that we don't have much more than 500€ or so to pay for rent. Seeking recommendations for countries, specific islands, towns or villages, or website recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Feb 18, 2016 - 8 answers

What kind of pump could I use to drain water from this bucket away?

I need to pump water that I'm collecting in a bucket outside my house, away from the house. Here's a picture of the bucket http://imgur.com/kbwSus3. I could probably power it through an electrical cord out of the window (though I have no grounded outlets or GFCI). Any ideas? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by Mushroom12345 on Feb 18, 2016 - 9 answers

Best way(s) to bring house insulation up to comfortable levels.

Original 1950’s construction 6 room (3 bedroom) cape cod style house north of Boston MA with varying levels of (inadequate) insulation. How do insulate this house? [more inside]
posted by eatcake on Feb 16, 2016 - 8 answers

Parking in Glover Park, DC

Should we buy the home we fell in love with in Glover Park, DC which does not have parking? Will we be doomed to hours of looking for parking every evening? How big of a deal would this be? We LOVE the house but are hesitant because of the parking situation. Any light you can shed on this matter would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by cacao on Feb 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Is it just me, or is that weird?

Our landlords are selling our rented apartment. They have advertised it using some photos I sent earlier, without asking permission first. Is this unusual? [more inside]
posted by tworedshoes on Feb 6, 2016 - 24 answers

Fixing the exterior of house seems ... complicated.

The exterior of our house needs attention. Professional attention. [more inside]
posted by stowaway on Feb 5, 2016 - 9 answers

What Are Some Good Resources To Learn The Basics About Selling A House?

My husband and I are planing to sell our first home this year. I need things explained to me in a very simple, clear way. More inside. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Feb 2, 2016 - 13 answers

Flat roof - do they have to be flat?

I have the opportunity to rebuilt an area of flat roof on my house, with a slight slope. My question is, do flat roofs have to be flat? If not, why aren't they more often built with a little bit of a slope (intuitively that would seem to be helpful to get water off it). I live in a wet state (ie rain is the issue not baking sun). Thanks
posted by Xhris on Feb 1, 2016 - 11 answers

What Materials will I need to complete these house projects?

I have a number of things that need to be done around the house, that I am hiring a handyman for next week. Since I am not that handy myself, I need some help on the items to buy before he gets here so that he has what he needs in order to complete the project. [more inside]
posted by locussst on Jan 23, 2016 - 6 answers

Please help us turn this tiny, ugly bathroom into a fun feature!

Our new house has this tiny downstairs bathroom. We'd like to turn it into a fun(ky) feature or themed room. We're open to any and all suggestions. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jan 23, 2016 - 20 answers

Bidding on a house in a seller's market

I'm contemplating offering to buy a house in a seller's market. I know there is at least one other offer being placed sometime soon. What's a good strategy? [more inside]
posted by axiom on Jan 15, 2016 - 10 answers

Temporary housing in Canberra

My sister-in-law and her family (hubby and 2 kids < 3 years old) are going to be in Canberra on sabbatical this year. Help us find somewhere to live! [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Jan 5, 2016 - 6 answers

NYC dance clubs for the music snob (future funk, nu-disco, French house)

Where in NYC can I dance to nu-disco, electro funk, French house, etc...? Are there specific DJs I can follow? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Jan 3, 2016 - 3 answers

How to start over?

My husband and I want to sell our house, move, and possibly start new careers. We hope to do all of this within a year, and I am overwhelmed with where to start. [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Jan 3, 2016 - 10 answers

Villa Becomes Village

Seeking fiction and non-fiction accounts, as well as real-life anecdotes, of buying a mansion and renting out the rooms to friends and/or strangers (or, otherwise, of living in such an arrangement) [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Dec 29, 2015 - 16 answers

Fireproof my house

I'm terrified of my home burning down. What can I do to prevent or minimize this risk? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Dec 15, 2015 - 23 answers

Help for low water pressure, annoying showers

What kind of technology can help us have more water pressure in our shower? We have the kind of shower where there's a faucet down below and a showerhead up above, and you lift a little diverter doohickey within the faucet which causes the water to come out of the showerhead instead of the faucet (looks kind of like this). [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Dec 15, 2015 - 20 answers

Mysterious rumbling in apartment

I live in an old apartment. It shakes sometimes. Why? [more inside]
posted by prunes on Dec 7, 2015 - 17 answers

What is causing a hum and tripped breaker in my house?

I had my roof replaced last week. Coincidentally(?) I had a breaker — for the circuit which serves the upstairs — trip, and trip again when it's reset. There's a buzz or a hum, coming from somewhere upstairs when the circuit is powered for a second or two, before it trips again. The electrician who came to check it out concluded I had an exhaust fan or some other motor that's seized up. The only problem is, I don't have an exhaust fan that I'm aware of. What could this be? Details aplenty inside. [more inside]
posted by brentajones on Dec 6, 2015 - 19 answers

Practical odds and ends for the new homeowner

My little bro just bought his first place. What are some things you need as a new homeowner that he might not have as a former apartment dweller? Looking for housewarming/Christmas ideas. The more practical the better. [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Nov 30, 2015 - 37 answers

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 - 16 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 - 31 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

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