I'm just starting to consider buying a first home - it will be an apartment in Canberra Australia but this, plus a basic budget is as far as I have got. Just wondering what do you wish you had known before buying your first home? What did you do that worked out well for you?
My flat has been on the market forever, and nothing has worked out. Advice and encouragement requested. [more inside]
Looking for an apartment in Portland, OR, and I wondered if any MeFites know what property management companies to trust and/or avoid. [more inside]
What do I need to know about building new multifamily homes and renting them out? Where can I learn about it? [more inside]
Australian home owners: please explain to me about body corporates. How much power do they have? And why do the fees vary so hugely? [more inside]
Have any Chicago mefites had experience with Hunter Properties, Acorn Management, Lake Front Management, Lee Street Apartment Rentals, or Water Tower Realty? Praise is as welcome as criticism. [more inside]
My apartment was entered without the knowledge or consent of me, or my landlord. Is this trespassing? [more inside]
A new management company has taken over my apartment building, and my lease is up. Should I stay where I am, or should I start looking for a new apartment? [more inside]
I'm interested in stories about living in apartments where something bad has happened. Apartments with gnarly histories. Murders, suicides, 'haunted' apartments, whatever. Did it affect the value? Did you learn about it only later? Did you hire an exorcist? Did a new paint job suffice? etc. Anyone have such stories, or know of such?