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I'm relocating - need help deciding to rent or sell my current house

I need to move house 150 miles away for a new job after being made redundant from my current job. I'm in the UK, my mortgage can be paid off with my redundancy payment, and I'm going to rent in the new city. I'm having a lot of trouble in deciding what to do with my current house - sell it or rent it out. Help me decide what to do. [more inside]
posted by ElasticParrot on Sep 27, 2016 - 6 answers

A home to retire in

I'm hoping for help in imagining what my body and my needs will be like when I'm retired, in 30+ years' time, as I look for a home or a piece of property. The lifestyle things are obvious--a garden, proximity to friends/family/community, room for houseguests--but what else about the physical property ought I keep in mind? [more inside]
posted by monkeymonkey on Aug 4, 2016 - 38 answers

How to vest a property

Mr. Atruesock & I are buying a house (yay) in California. My parents are helping us. I need help understanding how to fill out the Vesting Form the escrow company gave us, and I need to move fast. YANMAttorney/CPA/Realtor, but please help me figure out which box to check, or tell me what other people in my situation have done! [more inside]
posted by atruesock on Aug 2, 2016 - 7 answers

Personal recommendations for real estate attorneys in the Philippines?

Involved in a real estate dispute where the previous owner resold the property after our purchase. Need legal help retrieving the title. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2016 - 1 answer

Unapproved community property sale in divorce

I am going through a divorce. I am in California. My ex has put our jointly owned home up for sale without notifying me -- contrary to the state's "automatic temporary restraining order" against sale or transfer of property before final judgment. The house is now under contract. I have a lawyer and am not asking for legal advice. This is a question about how the real estate process works. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2016 - 16 answers

Telling your friends you bought a property

Is it generally wise to tell anyone such as your friends that you have bought a house? It is specifically for an investment to rent out to tenants. Or is it generally not a good idea? Or it doesn't matter?
posted by four_suyu on Jun 19, 2016 - 36 answers

My plants need a lawyer.

My neighbor caught my ivy growing on their wall. They're a coop. I own my attached building. Their tree sticks its branches into my walkway. What kind of lawyer handles these types of disputes? Have any of you had experience with this and can recommend someone? We are in Manhattan.
posted by Obscure Reference on Jun 7, 2016 - 18 answers

How do we sell this lot to the neighbors?

We have a small vacant lot with neighbors on either side who would like to buy it. How do we navigate this 100% legally, while also encouraging healthy competition and not being assholes? Also, what steps without a realtor? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jun 6, 2016 - 6 answers

Homeowners title insurance fees on a closing of a property, got scammed?

Gave power of attorney for a closing we we're physically present for, got the sale receipt and found that the attorney charged a 3385.00 title insurance fee to his own name. Did we get scammed? [more inside]
posted by HonestAsian on May 27, 2016 - 4 answers

Intellectual property of public lectures

Who owns the rights to a publicly delivered lecture? I came across this issue today at work and the case at hand was resolved to everyones satisfaction, but it is a question I have pondered for a while without a more general, good answer (so far I managed with individual arrangements but this may not be the best approach). [more inside]
posted by 15L06 on Apr 19, 2016 - 5 answers

How is property tax assessed in Minneapolis, MN?

We were told that the taxes are based on the assessed value of the home, and that it didn't vary by neighborhood-- i.e. a $300k-valued home would pay the same property taxes whether it was in ritzy mc-ritzville or the wrong side of the tracks. But when we looked at property taxes, they seem to vary wildly by neighborhood. What gives? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Mar 23, 2016 - 7 answers

Removing cable / telephone box from property

Bought a property last year and after clearing out brush, found that the old school green telephone and cable boxes were still on the property. How do I go about removing these [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Mar 20, 2016 - 15 answers

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

Can I sell an easement on my property?

My property's title has an easement onto my neighbor's property for a right of way through the neighbor's property to my property. I don't need this easement to get into my property, although I do occasionally use it. My neighbor's property has been purchased by developers and they would like to buy back the easement (pay me to extinguish the easement) in order to develop across the easement. This seems straight-forward, but selling a portion of my property would seem to violate my mortgage agreement. Would it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2016 - 13 answers

Unequal property taxes in Chicago

All the owners in my 6-unit condo building pay different property tax rates. Some vary greatly (by several hundred dollars). How do I figure out if I am paying the correct (or lowest) amount I need to be paying? The building is in Chicago. The property tax situation here is messy and it is easy to be overcharged. Where do I go to figure this out? Preferably would not like to involve an attorney. [more inside]
posted by nologo on Mar 7, 2016 - 7 answers

Who is responsible for this property damage?

While backing out of the driveway of Bob's house, Jim accidentally slipped a tire off the driveway. Visibility was poor because it was nighttime and raining. The ground was soggy, so the tire left an indentation in the lawn about 2 to 3 feet long. [more inside]
posted by myleftsock on Feb 29, 2016 - 39 answers

Damp surveyors in Edinburgh

Lots of things are damp in Edinburgh, but I'm being quoted £6K to fix a damp problem in a flat I'm looking to buy. Standard advice seems to be to get a survey done by an independent surveyor who won't then try to sell a remedy, but I can't find one. [more inside]
posted by Devonian on Jan 28, 2016 - 6 answers

How can I combat Islamaphobic accusations about use of public space?

Neighbours of family have been alleging bizarre behaviour from "Muslims" and I'm trying to figure out if this is observer bias, cross-cultural misunderstanding, or what? The specific allegations are public defecation in a park (a long narrow park, where the anyone can be seen from the road and the houses on the other side of the road), and use of other people's private property (specifically lawn furniture/patio furniture). The second one I think may be a misunderstanding, but the first one baffles me. More context: [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Jan 16, 2016 - 12 answers

Wanting to buy a house in a tough market

Since I recently moved back into the parental home and started a full time job that I love, I'm finally in a position to save some money. According to the news, the housing market is starting to cool, so I'm considering saving up for a house. But is there actually any way that I would be able to manage this in my situation? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Dec 5, 2015 - 20 answers

How do I know if it's a good idea to refinance?

I own several houses which I rent out. I frequently get "pre-approved" offers to refinance the ones that have mortgages. How do I know if it's a good idea, and what's the best way to go about it? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Oct 21, 2015 - 7 answers

How to Determine My Property Line (and violation thereof)

They're building a house next door, RIGHT on my property line (as I loosely understand it to be; I don't have charts). Assuming I should double-check the specifics, who can I hire to do this legwork? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Oct 7, 2015 - 42 answers

Recommendations for post-divorce mortgage communication?

I need a legally-enforceable, semi "public" method for my abusive ex to communicate to me evidence of his compliance with his legal responsibilities. We are in dispute over previously shared property but I have insisted on no contact and do not wish to enable my ex to contact me over any issue but the property. I don't want him to have my email address or that of an alias/other account in case he uses that address to send abuse, threats, or any other kind of unnecessary and unwanted correspondence. [more inside]
posted by LetticeLeaf on Oct 6, 2015 - 18 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

Why is my rental property getting no love from prospective tenants?

I'm in a very tight rental market in a Denver suburb. There is a 96% occupancy rate and I'm hearing people are having a tough time finding places to rent. I'm not getting much interest. Why? See my listing after the jump. [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv on Sep 14, 2015 - 73 answers

First time buyer at 51 years old

I need a bit of advice on the wisdom of buying a shared ownership property at the age of 51 years old. I live in London. [more inside]
posted by blokefromipanema on Aug 25, 2015 - 5 answers

What should I do with 300K?

Should I put a 300K cash windfall into buying my first home, or into a Vanguard fund to generate interest? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by MrHalfwit on Aug 8, 2015 - 20 answers

Buying a house in Fresno...

I'm going to be purchasing a house soon in a relatively economically depressed area that has little chance of a renaissance (Fresno, CA). I'm hoping to purchase a duplex/triplex, or a house with a mother-in-law unit so that I can live in the back and rent the main house. While this will be my home, I want to treat it more like an investment. The idea of going into debt for shelter make me unhappy; the idea of eventually (10 to 15 years) getting a positive income stream from the whole thing helps. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Aug 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Answer a question about managing inherited property

My family has inherited a piece of property that generates income. Whereas the property once had a single owner, now it's split among myself and two or three other people. Some questions inside about how to manage/title things--most importantly, how do I title a bank account for this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2015 - 10 answers

raw sewage in bathroom - landlord responsibility in California

There is a pile of raw sewage in my bathroom due to a blocked pipe in the apartment complex I live in. The pipe is shared by multiple units. Landlord is refusing to properly deal with situation. [more inside]
posted by AtoBtoA on Jun 21, 2015 - 13 answers

What do I need to know about future partial inheritance?

I may inherit 1/3 of a large parcel of property with a home on it valued at well over 1 million today (not including all its contents). What do I need to know about this possible future inheritance on this property which is not yet paid off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2015 - 12 answers

I need help with Building Insurance details for UK Leasehold property

I recently bought a flat in the UK and am a little confused by the Buildings Insurance policy taken out by the freeholder. I'm a first time buyer so this is all new to me. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Del Chimney on May 19, 2015 - 1 answer

Small Claim - GC takes $, no contract happens, GC keeps $...

Small Claim - GC takes $, no contract happens, GC keeps $... Legal assistance please. [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens on May 11, 2015 - 14 answers

how do I go about buying the empty lot next door?

I want to buy the empty lot next door (a big empty yard where they tore down a house last year). And then I'll basically just have a bigger yard. I found the owner through the county auditor website, and he is deceased. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on May 5, 2015 - 14 answers

Where Does Quiet Enjoyment Come In?

Four days ago, we got an email from a realtor introducing herself as the person selling my landlord's house. She's been incredibly aggressive and rude in regards to viewings, and we do not trust her to respect our wishes if we ask her not to show the house at a certain time. It has been incredibly stressful, and it's only been one week. What are our rights here (detailed questions also within)? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Apr 16, 2015 - 23 answers

deciphering survey notations

Can any surveyor Mefites out there help me understand the notations on this survey? [more inside]
posted by mon-ma-tron on Apr 1, 2015 - 7 answers

Ex is getting the house, need legal help in Denver, Colorado

My ex and I are trying to figure out how to transfer the house to her without me losing all of my equity. Unfortunately, she can't afford to just buy me out, and can't qualify for a new mortgage on the remaining loan balance if she's got a loan to me as well. I'm looking for recommendations on finding a lawyer to help vet a legal agreement, and any specific legal methods for making this happen. This is in Denver, Colorado. [more inside]
posted by hackwolf on Mar 31, 2015 - 11 answers

And I thought money was hard when we didn't have it.

We’re unexpectedly inheriting a house and we have a week to decide what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2015 - 21 answers

What should I look out for before buying a converted pub?

I want to buy a house (in SE England - within commuting distance of London - so I'm having terrific fun, obviously). I found a nice converted pub that's in my price range; I've been for one viewing, liked it, and will be going back for another viewing on Saturday. It's a recent conversion of what looks to be a rather old building. Is there anything particular I should be looking out for or asking the agent about, in addition to the standard things I'd check for in any older house? [more inside]
posted by ManyLeggedCreature on Mar 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Negotiating land use terms in Ontario

I live in Ontario. A local farm agreed to let me fence off various sections of their 90+ acre farm to house some tamed, educational wildlife for my nonprofit. I want to build the enclosures this spring, but neither party has any idea how to negotiate the terms of land use and financial compensation. I am looking to rent or lease x acres for a minimum of one or two years. [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Feb 22, 2015 - 2 answers

Who should I be talking to?

My wife and I have a rental property, and it's basically one headache after another - and worse, it's costing us money every month. I need help! But I'm not sure where to go for sound advice. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Feb 4, 2015 - 9 answers

White elephant in the yard, not in the room.

Asking for a friend: How do I get rid of a large, locked trailer (full of tools and what not) that doesn't belong to me but is sitting on my property? [more inside]
posted by tipsyBumblebee on Jan 20, 2015 - 15 answers

How do we determine a property's value and clearance?

My friend is inheriting a house and some land in Connecticut. There was some confusion about property lines and some chatter re: possible "restrictions" on developing the land, so they got a new property survey. There is a note on it "Rights, restrictions, encumbrances, covenants, easements, etc., as per the record may appear" Question- 1. How do they know the property is clear (if that is the right word)? 2. How to determine the current market valuation? Start w/ an Appraisal and Home Inspection? 3. Is the survey deductible? Any other thoughts are welcome.
posted by ebesan on Dec 29, 2014 - 6 answers

An Irish Real Estate question...

I've been looking at real estate in County Cavan, Ireland and have a question about the wording. I notice that the word "derelict" is used - does this have a specific meaning in Irish law as it relates to property, or are they using it in the common sense of neglected? There are a lot of properties that are described as derelict but look entirely livable with a few weeks labor. [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Dec 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Considering Real Estate investment options, help me decide?

I'm considering buying residential property to rent out, either in Portland, ME or Orlando, FL. Quite different scenarios, so the decision isn't really apples-to-apples. [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow on Nov 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Another Real Estate Question: Buy & Rent a Condo From Afar?

If I wanted to buy a house or condo in a distant state as an investment, and I had an opportunity to buy a place outright, with tenants and leases already in place, should I? How about outright but sans tenants? More info within. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Oct 17, 2014 - 15 answers

What's this racist deed provision saying?

My friend is buying a house and received the original 1942 deed to the place, in Arizona. There's a (blatantly racist) provision we're having trouble parsing. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Oct 1, 2014 - 18 answers

How should my Dad leave us the proceeds from the sale of his land?

My Dad owns about 20 acres of land in a small town that he wishes to give to my brother, my sister, and myself now, not when he passes. My siblings and I plan to split the proceeds of the sale of the land evenly amongst us. Which way, tax-wise, would maximize the amount of money we receive from the land in the end? Should my dad give the title/deed to us first and we sell it, or Dad sells it and then gives us the money from the sale of the land? [more inside]
posted by Gmbee on Sep 28, 2014 - 15 answers

Down payment assistance

I am saving up for the down payment on a co-op apartment here in NYC. I'll estimate the sum of said payment to be in the $30-$50K range, based on current co-op prices and a down payment requirement of 20%. [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Sep 15, 2014 - 17 answers

Responding to an assessor questionnaire

It's been a few months since I bought my house, and I've received a questionnaire from the local assessor asking for details about the property. I plan to answer all the questions truthfully to the best of my knowledge and ability. Beyond that, do you have any advice on responding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2014 - 6 answers

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