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Neighbors put bushes and landscaping several feet onto my property

My neighbors, who are renters, have put lilac bushes, flowers, and landscaping several feet into my property. I've nothing against flowers and landscaping, but I would not have chosen to add this to my land in this particular configuration, and I am concerned about the idea of encroachment on my lot. How should I respond? [more inside]
posted by scrowdid on Jun 30, 2014 - 20 answers

Regret and home renovations: is it worth it?

I am considering two properties for purchase. One of them is straightforward and the other is complicated (multiple parcels, over 20 acres of land, has tenants living in the cottage, needs to be significantly renovated). I am looking for those with experience to offer advice on whether purchasing a property with major issues like this is worth it. [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Jun 12, 2014 - 40 answers

Trying to keep my house's value up (fighting the man!)

The property behind our subdivision is large (~6 acres) and has been sold to a developer. Developer wants to put in 92 townhomes. I'm all for people doing what they want with their property, but this will have a great impact on our homes. We have a small creek that can't handle that much runoff. This neighborhood will have one entrance/exit for the 92 homes and back up traffic on our road. They will fell a lot of trees. My house might lose value. Any ideas? City council meeting is tonight.
posted by heathrowga on Jun 9, 2014 - 13 answers

How can I get my neighbor to remove this ad hoc, eyesore of a fence?

This winter we bought a house in a Boston, MA neighborhood. A couple weeks ago, our next-door neighbor put up an ad-hoc fence using plastic netting and some flimsy spikes. The fence promptly fell over. They've since replaced it with this fence. I do not want this fence to be there. How do I get them to get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by santry on May 25, 2014 - 27 answers

Hello, we'd like to outsource our home office.

My boyfriend and I would like to rent a nearby office space to use as....well, office space. However, neither of us have enough freelance income to justify the cost on the application papers. [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on May 19, 2014 - 12 answers

What is the Intellectual Property component of the USA's GDP?

Any economics geeks out there who can point me to how the government calculates intellectual property now in GDP figures? Is there information on how they calculate the value of a movie versus a TV show versus a book? I've seen some articles that say news shows and newspapers don't count towards the intellectual component of GDP, but is there a thorough explanation anywhere?
posted by lostguy on May 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Let's do this deal! Or, you know, whatever...

I'm buying a house for the first time and trying to figure out the best way to approach things. I've found one that seems perfect and the asking price is within my budget. However, after a few years of nothing moving things have suddenly picked up, and everything I've looked at over the past month has moved to Sale Agreed really quickly and has gone for above the asking price. I'm trying to work out whether to be aggressive about my offer or not. I'm in the UK so not sure if that makes a difference. [more inside]
posted by billiebee on Apr 28, 2014 - 11 answers

FSBO in Chicago - how to appeal to investors?

I own a condo in Chicago (in a trendy neighborhood) in a building that has no rental cap and is mostly renters. I'm interested in trying to sell it myself, and am interested in thoughts on what sort of things I'd want to do to make it particularly interesting to investors rather than owner-residents. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Feb 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Makeshift room in a condo for rent - is it legal?

Recently went for a viewing of a 2 bedroom condo for rent and the landlord has created a third makeshift room in the living room which is also available for rent. Is this legal in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Danniman on Jan 15, 2014 - 6 answers

So I Kickstarted my idea…do I need to defend it?

I ran a Kickstarter last month to develop a language learning app. It ended up getting a lot of media attention and doing really well. I'm a few days into setting up the business side of things, as I prepare to actually *receive* the Kickstarter funds, and I'm wondering whether I have any protections from a bigger company coming in, using my ideas and making their own competitor products. [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jan 14, 2014 - 8 answers

New Jersey "exit tax" questions. (Nonresident sale of NJ real estate)

How do I file to get the money back that was withheld at the closing of a condo in New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by bink on Dec 30, 2013 - 2 answers

The house that no one wants, but I'm stuck with

I'm in a pickle - I own a house that I've been renting out for several years but things recently soured with the tenants and property managers and it is now vacant. Listed for sale but market is painfully slow - should I hold out for a buyer or list it for rent again? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Dec 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Private Long Lease?

Pros and Cons of a Private Long Lease? I'm looking at property that must be purchased via this method (rather than fee simple or gov. long lease). Anyone have any pertinent information? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 on Dec 11, 2013 - 0 answers

How do I swap houses with my mother?

My mother has suddenly got into a position where she cannot afford to keep up payments on her mortgage since retiring. The amount left she has to pay is £14,000. I have a mortgage of £72,000 left to pay on my own house. How do I go about tacking the £14,000 onto my own mortgage and swapping houses so she lives in my place mortgage free and I have her house with an increased mortgage? (Bonus points for a super easy fix for all this!)
posted by aqueousdan on Nov 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Appraising a property to split equity

I currently jointly own a property in the US, that both parties agree I should take sole possession of. I would like to get a realistic appraisal value, in order to buy out the other person. Is there anything particular that I should discuss with a potential appraiser when I contact them? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter on Nov 14, 2013 - 6 answers

How does USA's new debt ceiling affect property owners in Australia?

What should Australian property owners and potential buyers be wary of in regards to USA's credit rating going down? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Oct 21, 2013 - 9 answers

London accommodation tips

So, after leaving her job to pursue another degree in a field that she loves and having been out of work (or studying) for nearly 3 years my other half has been offered the job of her dreams. Yay! Unfortunately we're in Yorkshire and the job is in South West London, and the job is (initially at least) a 7 month short term contract. So she needs accommodation. [more inside]
posted by hardcode on Oct 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Neighbor foreclosure

What can we do in preparation for our neighbor's foreclosure? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Sep 21, 2013 - 29 answers

Help me compose a letter/buy a flat

I'd like to buy a flat in a particular building. I'm going to do a hand-written letterdrop, but would love some advice about the best way to execute this. [more inside]
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED on Sep 18, 2013 - 4 answers

How do you find out more about an abandoned property?

So every day on my neighborhood walk I go by what was once a beautiful house that is clearly abandoned and in disrepair. Overgrown yard, two rusted out cars filled with trash, 4-5 years' worth of phone books piled on the front stoop, etc. It's surprising because the other houses in the neighborhood are all pretty well kept, and the house itself is striking and appears well built. Recently I've been fantasizing about buying it and fixing it up; is this even possible? How can I find out what the status of the property is and who owns it?
posted by annekate on Aug 22, 2013 - 14 answers

When the time comes, I will get a lawyer--

but right now, I just need some practical advice from someone who has experienced this. My family is estranged from my mentally ill homeless sibling (SiblingA. My father is quite old and ill, he is leaving his estate to my SiblingB and me. I am the executor. [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Jul 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Is EquityKey available in the UK?

I've heard of any equity release scheme called EquityKey. It's based in the US. Is there anything similar in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Jul 17, 2013 - 2 answers

Looking for recommendations for a lawyer in a property line question

My neighbor and I share a retaining wall which is going to need some repairs soon. It's become abundantly clear to me that I need to sit down with a lawyer, a bunch of documentation, and a list of questions just so that I know where things actually stand here in terms of obligations and what this shared ownership actually means as a practical matter. So, as far as AskMe goes, I'm hoping to get recommendations for lawyers in Minneapolis that people have worked with on property line issues like this.
posted by COBRA! on Jul 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Permission for reproducing examples of GoogleMaps use in journal article

I'm about to submit my first academic journal article for review. The article contains several images / figures and I need to obtain permission to reproduce these before the article goes to print. [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Jul 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Finding a solicitor in Edinburgh.

I am an American moving to Edinburgh soon from the Netherlands, and I want to begin speaking with a solicitor about what steps I need to take to prepare to purchase a home within the next year (or even sooner if possible). I need someone who has experience working with foreigners. I want to work with someone who is knowledgeable and a straightforward communicator. A personal recommendation from someone with prior experience buying or selling in Scotland would be helpful. Any agencies or individuals that you had a good experience with?
posted by Bluestocking Southerner on Jun 29, 2013 - 1 answer

How to sell a remote foreign property (Nova Scotia)

My folks probably need to sell our beloved vacation home of roughly forty years. We live in the US and the property is in rural Nova Scotia. We need help figuring out how to get it appraised, listed, sold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Applying for rental house - need advice

Husband and I are seeking a rental home. We found a nice house and the landlord has invited us to apply. Last time we applied for rental the property manager had us do a credit/background check via an online service. This new landlord gave us a paper form asking for SSN, DOB, our checking and savings account numbers, employment history, and other info. The landlord is an older person with a couple investment properties. I'm sure this is not a scam, but I am reluctant to hand all my ID and bank numbers to a stranger. Advice? Anyone know a simple, reputable online background checking service that I can suggest to this landlord? We would pay the fee. My goal is to make the landlord comfortable so we can lease the house. The Seattle rental market is very tight. This landlord has his pick of many worthy applicants. We have excellent credit, references, etc.
posted by valannc on May 26, 2013 - 9 answers

RENT

What kind of rights does the owner of a home have when they agree to rent out their home through a rental management company? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on May 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Class A, B, C real estate?

Real estate filter: Is it considered in any way derogatory or impolite to refer to non-prime commercial office space as "Class B" or "Class C"? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Mar 29, 2013 - 6 answers

What UK Legal Implications are there with documenting bad service online

What are the legal implications if I start a blog documenting the poor service my property manager provides, and asking others to share their opinions of this firm? I can speak for the factual accuracy of my own experiences (I have their letters and invoices etc, as well as my responses), but what about others? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Mar 21, 2013 - 4 answers

How can you make sure buyers use a web-platform for large purchases?

I am advising on the creation of a web portal for the sales of homes. One of the concerns is that buyer and seller will find each other via the site but then carry out the purchase on their own, cutting the site out of a potential "intermediary" fee. Does anybody have any ideas / experience on how this can be addressed?
posted by BigBrownBear on Mar 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Real Estate & Mortgages in Boston

I'm having a really hard time finding a reputable mortgage broker. The property is in Boston, MA, but I'm willing to work with someone in another state. The most important thing is that they're not slimy or condescending. Can you recommend someone in my area? Anyone to avoid?
posted by barnone on Feb 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me buy my first house!

My partner and I have saved a deposit of $50,000 to put down on a house. We're looking for a one bed flat around the Gastown area of Vancouver BC, which we may end up renting out while we move to the US for a couple of years for work, but I have no idea how to go about this. [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Feb 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Tracking down stolen guns

About 30 years ago my dad had a large gun collection (about 100 total). They were stolen and only about 10 of them were ever recovered. He had a list of models and serial numbers that he sent to local law enforcement. I still have that list. is there any chance of recovering more of the guns? How would I go about that?
posted by DaddyNewt on Jan 27, 2013 - 4 answers

900 people, get off my lawn

I live in a Midwestern college town, and we are homeowners fairly close to the university campus. A large chunk of land about a block from our house has been sold to a developer. The developer plans to turn it into student housing, provided they can get the required zoning changes. I'm looking for people who've had similar experiences dealing with local governments on zoning issues, and what I, along with my neighborhood organization, can do to cope in the months to come. [more inside]
posted by sararah on Jan 18, 2013 - 27 answers

UK - Inherited a property with development potential. How to sell?

I have recently inherited half of a property that has development potential and am looking for some advice on what to do next. Prior to this inheritance I have never owned a home or even managed to save a small deposit for a mortgage, so I have absolutely no experience of the property market.If all goes well, selling the property could set me and my fellow beneficiary up for life - we each hope to use our shares to buy our own homes mortgage-free! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and I'm anxious to get the best possible price for the sale! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2013 - 4 answers

What do you do exactly?

We are planning on getting our little .34 of an acre property surveyed & the boundaries staked. We are in an older neighborhood with basic lots & homes. I plan to do my due diligence and find a good surveyor at a reasonable price. What should I be asking and what should I be weary of when I call around? Also, how exactly do I find who to call? Is there a registry? Are surveyors licensed? I have already checked with the county- there are no existing surveys for our property other than the original 1950 plat map. Obviously I have no clue what I'm doing, but want to sound like I have a at least a little insight when I start getting quotes. Tips & tricks appreciated.
posted by MayNicholas on Jan 8, 2013 - 28 answers

Property Management in Utah

what is a good property management companies in Utah? [more inside]
posted by birdlips on Jan 3, 2013 - 1 answer

I gave myself a great deal

Under what circumstances would somebody sell themselves a house for a drastically reduced price? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on Nov 28, 2012 - 17 answers

What parts of Oakland, CA are best to settle in?

What parts of Oakland, CA are best to settle in? [more inside]
posted by yoz420 on Nov 28, 2012 - 20 answers

Personal belongings after a divorce

Can my ex-husband keep my personal belongings? [more inside]
posted by staggering termagant on Nov 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Water damage issues.

Water damage due to an defective appliance. Unit is a townhouse, property management company won't file claim, saying it's my responsibility. Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Oct 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Who "owns" it?

For sake of discussion, let's say that I am an expert on "widgets". Particularly, I review a lot of reports about widgets for my word-of-mouth consulting business. This is a side business - - by day I work in the public sector - - in the widget business. Approximately 6 years ago I purchased the domain "widget review.com" with the hope of using it as I neared retirement and transitioned to a full time consulting role with a full fledged website. Well... In the interim time, another expert in the widget field has had a consulting business and a website named "widget review.org" I know you are not my lawyer, but might I run into some sort of legal trouble when I bring my website online... even if I owned the dot com url first? To be clear, my competitor and I provide the exact same service. I am also operating under the assumption that he probably looked for the dotcom version of the url, but since I owned it, optioned to the dotorg version.
posted by teg4rvn on Oct 9, 2012 - 12 answers

How does one actually gentrify a building?

How does the world of raising capital for large scale property improvement and investment work? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Oct 8, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I get a trade focused book published? Should I get an agent?

How do I get a trade focused book published? Should I get an agent? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Oct 7, 2012 - 3 answers

How to start planning building on empty land?

How do I get started building a small house on my (potentially difficultly zoned) empty land on the south coast of NSW? [more inside]
posted by trialex on Sep 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Can I sell my photos of people?

Can I sell photos I took of people on the street who didn't know they were being photographed? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Sep 13, 2012 - 15 answers

Home is where the 'for sale' sign is.

My flat has been on the market forever, and nothing has worked out. Advice and encouragement requested. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Sep 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Is Motel Manager a Decent Job for Me Based on my Goals??

Through a friend I have been offered the opportunity to work at a "mom and pop" 60 bed motel that has a fitness center, pool, and serves meals. It averages decent ratings from guests. I'm up for the challenge but I'm no spring chicken. I lost a good paying position in the recession in 208 and subsequently had to drop out of a Ph.D program just before comps- and it looks like I won't be finishing that degree any time soon, because I currently work in a call center and can't even afford a car. [more inside]
posted by Piscean on Sep 9, 2012 - 12 answers

How good is NRAS?

Do you have any experience of investing in an NRAS (National Rent Assistance Scheme) house in Australia? Or the Australian property market in general? [more inside]
posted by A Very Muddled Alpaca on Aug 21, 2012 - 2 answers

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