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NYC plumbing cost. Recommendation for queens/north brooklyn plumbers?

We're doing a pre-war renovation in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC where our co-op requires we have a plumber replace the branch piping, new valves and shower pan for both the bathroom and the branch piping/valves in the kitchen. Questions: i) Is the below cost estimate reasonable. ii) Any recommendations of pre-war savvy licensed/insured plumbers in Queens or North Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Aug 22, 2014 - 0 answers

Cooperative house building in Boston

How might I go about building a (big, cooperative) house in Boston? [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Aug 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Loan for renovation of NYC Co-Op Apartment ? (no HELOCs/mortgages)

Loan for renovation of NYC Co-Op Apartment? (no HELOCs/mortgages). [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Aug 5, 2014 - 4 answers

What is the best way to find housing in the South Bay area?

My husband has a job in Campbell, CA, and we've been looking at Craigslist and Zillow and Realtor.com for places to live. We've already had an attempted scam via CL and I don't want to waste time with other useless sites. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by lysdexic on Aug 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Which neighbourhood in St. John's Newfoundland should we live in?

My partner and I are moving to St. John's to start PhD programs this month. Where is the best part of town to rent a house with trees, access to hiking trails, but with a maximum 30-40 minute walk to MUN? [more inside]
posted by jardinier on Aug 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Seeking a little patch of land under big skies

tl;dr: If you were looking for a place in the U.S. where you could own some land, in beautiful, lonesome country (utilities entirely optional) -- ideally in the mountains or the high desert -- on which to live intermittently throughout the year, where would you look? [more inside]
posted by deathmarch to epistemic closure on Jul 29, 2014 - 28 answers

Short-term housing in San Francisco

I'm considering attending a six-month web development bootcamp in San Francisco that runs from October to April, and I'm wondering what I can expect to pay for housing. I'm interested in learning both about cheaper arrangements like SROs in Chinatown and housing oriented towards students, as well as about what it might cost to get a room in a "normal" multi-bedroom apartment for that period. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Mefites of New York: Where should I live in NYC?

So, I'm moving to New York, and the housing situation looks really complicated. I have a friend I can crash with for a week or two, but I would ideally like to find a place soon after I arrive in the city in early August. I have no idea which areas I should be looking in, or what's reasonable for my budget. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2014 - 30 answers

Overleased

A friend thought his lease ended August 1st, but he just got a call from his landlord saying that it ended two days ago. They don't have anyone slated to move in for two weeks, but say that they need that time to have the apartment professionally cleaned. What are the best steps for him to take? What rights does he have legally? We are in North Carolina. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Jul 15, 2014 - 14 answers

How do I negotiate my lease terms?

I've found a sufficient space to rent so I don't end up with a two hour commute each day. However, the terms of the lease are kinda iffy when it comes to vacating the lease early... Help me out? [more inside]
posted by Driven on Jul 14, 2014 - 21 answers

Where to live in Bay Area - couple w/ commutes to Redwood City & Oakland

My boyfriend currently pays $1500/month for a studio in a less than stellar area of San Francisco (his car has been broken into 5+ times in the past year), and works in Redwood City. For various reasons now, he's sick of the city and wants to move. The idea is that eventually we would move in together. Since I work in Oakland, we're having trouble imagining where we might live that would make commuting at least not soul-sucking for both of us. [more inside]
posted by girasol on Jul 10, 2014 - 7 answers

How much is fair contribution to broken oven door? (UK rented apartment)

Hi - outer glass shattered on our oven door. Google suggests this does sometimes happen without provocation (oven is approx 7yrs old). Housing contract (London, UK) stipulates tenant responsible for 'broken glass' but I presume this refers to windows. Letting agents got quote of £220 for new door panel. New oven costs £295 and they prefer to do this. Ask I contribute 40% (£120). Is this a fair deal - should I negotiate lower? Thanks!
posted by ManOfPlans on Jul 3, 2014 - 14 answers

Seattle neighborhoods

Another where in Seattle should we live question. We are a family of three, one person working downtown, the other working likely in SLU or at the UW + a baby with daycare downtown, but who long term will be going into the Seattle school system. Where do we want to live? [more inside]
posted by annie o on Jun 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Securing a rental in a tight market

My partner and I are looking for a house to rent in Seattle, which has become an increasingly competitive and expensive rental market. We've finally found a place that we're really excited about and we'll be touring it this weekend. Is there anything we can do to make sure we're the ones who get the house? Should we offer a deposit on the spot? Have credit reports on hand? Any other strategies that have helped you secure a rental in a tight market? [more inside]
posted by leitmotif on Jun 24, 2014 - 14 answers

How can I safely and legally find 800$ in a week?

Ok, so...long story short, I am really having a hard time making rent for reasons outside of my control. It's due in a week, and despite exhausting every venue I can think of I can't come up with that money. [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Jun 23, 2014 - 27 answers

Why would a potential Craigslist landlord ask for my birthday?

Is there a scam I'm not aware of, or any reason why I shouldn't tell this person my birthday? I can't think of why I shouldn't, but it just seems a little strange. I would ask them why they want the info, but don't want to come across as strange, in case this is a normal thing. [more inside]
posted by taupe on Jun 18, 2014 - 15 answers

How to deal with a really damp house.

There is a lake under my house and we have a very serious damp issue. Thank goodness I don't own it but while we house hunt (to buy), we have to live with it. Looking for ways to cope. [more inside]
posted by mooza on Jun 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Should I tell a prospective landlord that I'm pregnant?

I'm pregnant, so my husband and I are looking for a larger place to live. We found a great house, where the landlord lives in a separate basement MIL unit in the house. Should I conceal that I'm pregnant (doable depending on what I wear) in case concerns about screaming babies might convince him not to rent to us? Or should I tell him up-front, since living in the same house as a landlord who doesn't want you there could be uncomfortable and stressful? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2014 - 27 answers

Housemate and I are making each other miserable. What are my options?

My housemate and I have reached the point where it's really, really clear we aren't going to be able to work things out and get along. Despite this, she is digging her heels in about moving out. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Jun 3, 2014 - 51 answers

Where to live for Yeshiva/Albert Einstein College of Medicine?

My cousin's boyfriend has accepted a postdoc at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. He'll be moving here in August. He is a research scientist and will be keeping very odd hours and making frequent trips to campus to access the lab. Where should he live? Details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by kimdog on Jun 3, 2014 - 10 answers

I don't know cities, and I especially don't know this city

I'm interviewing for a postdoc position at the University of Chicago next month. I've never lived in a big city and I don't know much about Chicago at all. I'm going to be visiting and would like to at least get a feel for where I might want to live as a 30-something single woman, and how I would safely get back and forth from work. Advice please? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on May 29, 2014 - 18 answers

I'm moving to Bonn! Where should I live?

I will be moving to Bonn, Germany this coming August, for a year long research position. Where should I live? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on May 12, 2014 - 3 answers

'right of first refusal' as a real estate tool

This question is following up on one I posted almost a year ago, trying to arrange sale of house to tenants who could not qualify for a bank loan (a resounding NO to self-financing and promissory note). If at all viable, I will follow up with an attorney; otherwise I will let it go. Here's the idea: They can now qualify for a $130K loan. The house is zestimated at $170K. What about selling them a right of first refusal for $40K to buy the house at $130K? They would pay me up front for the right and for my promise to make the house available within x time for them to exercise that right. They would of course still have to come up with a down payment for the bank/mortgagor, but I think it's more their credit than their cash flow that has been a problem in the past. Even as I type this I'm imagining Murphy's Law kicking in, but seems riskier for them (buyers) than for me.
posted by mmiddle on May 9, 2014 - 14 answers

Landlord Part Deux (NYC edition)

Our neighbors are complaining to our landlord about what seem really ridiculous matters, and he is sending letters threatening eviction. We pay our rent on time and try not to bother him. Please help me figure out what he might be thinking, how to deal with this, and what our rights are. [more inside]
posted by corb on Apr 25, 2014 - 17 answers

Summer housing in Baltimore

I'm looking for accommodation in Baltimore in July/August for 5-7 weeks. I'm from the UK and I have no idea where to start, which parts of the town are safe, transport links, what normal rent is like in the area etc. [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield on Apr 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Bad Roommate II: Electric Boogohgodpleasekillme

Problematic roommate finally moves out. Everybody is happy! Problematic roommate gives one day's notice that she is moving back in. Everybody is sad! How to head off disaster? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Apr 15, 2014 - 53 answers

We're providing emergency temporary housing. What have we missed?

Starting in two weeks, we are providing emergency temporary housing in our basement for a 19-year old who was kicked out of his home. What do we need to set up / what haven't we thought about yet? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Apr 14, 2014 - 19 answers

Graduate Housing for the Complicated

I had a poor experience in dorm life previously. Now that I'm going to graduate school I'm facing a difficult decision, about whether to live on or off campus. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Apr 14, 2014 - 22 answers

Inexpensive housing in São Paulo for the world cup (6 weeks)?

I'm looking to go to Brazil with my male friend for about 6 weeks (from about June 1 to July 15). We'd like to rent a room, apartment, house, shared house, hostel for relatively cheap (preferably under $500 per person). It seems like if we go outside São Paulo city center we can get cheaper prices, how should we go about looking? I am aware of Airbnb and couchsurfing.com Thanks
posted by crawltopslow on Apr 9, 2014 - 10 answers

Any advice on USDA rural housing loans?

Looking to buy a house in rural areas between Tampa and Sarasota. First-time homebuyer, attracted to the USDA loan program for its guarantees and all-encompassing mortgage which includes insurance, closing costs and possibly even repairs. I want to hear the good and bad from folks who have recent experience from the program, what to look for in a lender or mortgage broker. If you have any recs for the area I'm talking about, all the better. Thanks.
posted by caveatz on Apr 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Intern needs safe apartment in Herndon, VA

Where can an intern rent a safe and decent apartment for 3 months over the Summer? She will be working in Herndon, VA. She needs to keep it under $1000 per month. Everything in that area looks like it rents for well over $1000 per month. My head is spinning!
posted by sandra194 on Mar 31, 2014 - 8 answers

Safety and maintenance of basement apartment in Northern California?

I am considering living in a basement apartment near a major fault line. Is this safe? [more inside]
posted by nilihm on Mar 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Searching for moving to Santa Barbara

How would one conduct a search for renting a place in Santa Barbara? What peculiarities of the market should I know? [more inside]
posted by cacophony on Mar 24, 2014 - 3 answers

What should I do with my house and mortgage?

I have never refinanced my house, but am weighing that vs. investing my money elsewhere. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Mar 22, 2014 - 12 answers

Getting cold feet on refinance with unknown 3d party credit union

Does anyone know the skinny on CU Community, a credit union lender based in Springfield, MO? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Mar 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Our lease is up, but we paid the last months rent... what to do?

My wife and I rent a house in Seattle and our 12-month lease ended in February. We're now month to month. The issue is, we paid the last months rent when we signed the lease... then also paid rent the last month of our lease. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Mar 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Apartment recommendations in Silicon Valley

I'm moving to California from Michigan to take a job at HP. Do you have recommendations for a 2 bedroom apartment that meets my needs? Safety and dog walkability are prime concerns. Especially interested in perspectives on Prometheus Apartments Metropolitan and Americana. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2014 - 10 answers

because "wow, you're a terrible person" won't make me many friends

Getting to know your new roommates when a problematic roommate dominates it all [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Feb 8, 2014 - 22 answers

Need information about activism for dog-friendly rental housing

My city has developed an extreme lack of dog-friendly rental housing, and the trend towards prohibiting dogs or charging exorbitant "pet rent" is only getting worse. I'm looking for examples of cities and towns that have successfully turned around this trend. [more inside]
posted by cairdeas on Feb 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Baltimore/Real Estate peeps! Do you think we should sell this townhouse?

My mother bought a townhouse before the housing bubble. She lost her job two years ago and is having trouble paying the mortgage. What's the process for selling the house and what do we have to lose? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jan 26, 2014 - 19 answers

Moving to London - help me navigate the rental market!

In just over a month, I will be moving to London to take up a new job. I'm a bit overwhelmed by the rental market so need some advice on locations, costs, and anything I have probably overlooked. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Where should I live in San Diego?

In a few weeks time, I'll be moving to San Diego. What are some neighbourhoods I should be looking at? Top priorities are a reasonable commute to UCSD (no more than about twenty minutes drive, or even better shuttle access) and cheap rent (ideally not more than ~$1300/month). [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground on Jan 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Affordable housing for summer internship (San Mateo, CA)?

Need simple housing for two people during 12 week summer internship. How would you go about securing housing if you only have a week after school finishes before the internship begins? Difficulty factor: Internship is 2,000 miles away in San Mateo, CA. Apartments all seem to require 1-year lease. Do we center on San Mateo for a short bike or walk commute or look for more affordable places along the train or bus lines a distance away? What search strategies would you use? Employer does not provide assistance.
posted by tronec on Jan 10, 2014 - 10 answers

False noise complaints and an eviction threat

My 80-year-old grandparents live in subsidized housing in New Jersey. The neighbor in the apartment next door has been repeatedly making false noise complaints about them, saying that he can't sleep because they play the radio loudly all night (completely untrue). They were even visited by the property manager to tell them to stop. Now they've received a "notice to cease," saying that they'll be evicted if they don't stop. How can we deal with this without a lawyer? More details below. [more inside]
posted by lolichka on Jan 9, 2014 - 21 answers

Subletting apartment for Super Bowl?

I live in Newark, NJ. It recently occurred to me that the Super Bowl is happening very close to me very soon, and my roommate and I are considering the possibility of renting out our apartment to people looking for housing. We haven't even gotten as far as discussing this with our landlord, so it's not terribly serious at this point. But what are logistical things we might not be considering in terms of this? Has anyone done this in the past? What are good ways to find non-shady people to stay in my apartment?
posted by naturalog on Jan 7, 2014 - 13 answers

How to make light floors and dark furnishings work?

It's time to paint the living room. Problem: we have light wood floors with dark furnishings and my SO wants to keep the room "light and airy" whereas I would do anything to avoid white or eggshell walls and keep pushing for colors he says are "too dark and claustrophobic". What color scheme can we both agree on to really tie the room together? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Dec 20, 2013 - 31 answers

Can I afford to take out a mortgage?

I make about $46,000 in Seattle, WA. Monthly take-home pay, excluding overtime which automatically goes into a savings account, is $2,800. I have no debts and no significant non-optional recurring expenses. At some point in the next few months, I will have about $150,000 in cash after splitting the equity in a home that is being sold. Assuming that I can put that amount toward a down payment, can I afford a mortgage? Before I contact my lender, is it even wise for me to take one out? I've been looking at a few suitable homes in North Seattle priced at or below $275,000. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2013 - 15 answers

Hope me with Housing in NoVa? Renting. Buying.

Should I get a mortgage even if all the house I can afford right now in the Northern Virginia (NoVa) area is $120k to $150k (according to two different calculators)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2013 - 28 answers

Teaching in France ??

Hi, my last questions have been about learning French, then skiing in France (thank you for all those answers to those questions)...and now I'm thinking "what about working in France"? [more inside]
posted by bquarters on Nov 18, 2013 - 8 answers

My roommate hates me. I can't afford to move out. What do I even do?

How do you live in an apartment with a roommate who would probably prefer if you dropped dead? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Nov 12, 2013 - 78 answers

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