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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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?
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?
How do I get a trade focused book published? Should I get an agent? [more inside]
My neighbor built her fence on my property. Many many years ago. Is it too late to do anything about it? [more inside]
How do one handle buying property jointly before getting marrried? (One partner has assets and the other one has income) [more inside]
We have a property with a house and garage, and we are going to have the unrepairable house torn down. Our insurance company says they can't insure an outbuilding, because they only insure houses. We really don't want to leave the house standing, but the garage is new and we'd like to keep it. Any suggestions?
My aging parents want to put their 160 acres (where we all live) in my name. I know nothing about owning property. I am in Oklahoma. What can I expect to have to pay? Are there any other ways this will affect me? YANMEstateL.
Are foreclosed homes cheaper? And how would you go about buying your very first home? [more inside]
I'm considering buying a single family dwelling in Hawaii that is part of a two unit Condominium Property Regime (CPR). I'm interested in people's practical experiences with this sort of arrangement--what are the odds I'll end up regretting the whole thing? [more inside]
Home Loans Question: How can we possible afford the mortgage on a 500k house with only ten percent down? [more inside]
Since Google Maps ended its real estate search function in February 2011, have any of you found a good replacement? I can't find anything like it. [more inside]
What happens and what to do when I hear my mom dies 1,500+ miles away. What will the landlord do in the short term? Where does her body go? What happens to the cat? The medical bills? How do I unload fine art? [more inside]
I'm looking for a property website allowing me to compare cheap ($150,000 or less) urban apartments and condos worldwide. Suggestions? [more inside]
I'm considering buying property on the New Jersey Shore. I like the look of some of the Sea Isle properties that are available under the million mark. The prices have come down nicely since I've been watching but I'm not sure it’s the right time to get into the real estate market yet. [more inside]
What the heck is a "Schedule A" in real estate? [more inside]
Am I about to get screwed over in regards to the house I'm buying, that's currently being renovated? [more inside]
Can my parents sell a piece of property without my consent? [more inside]
I just bought what was once a very nice house in Maplewood, NJ (Essex County). It has become very rundown and was assessed by our mortgage company at a value of 340,000 in it's current condition. It was a great deal and after a little work will be amazing. Is there a way to have it's taxation rate changed based on the purchase price? Currently, it's very high. Is there somewhere I can go locally to ask about this? Also, anyone know how the property tax cuts will play out in NJ.
Looking to learn the nitty-gritty about property/real estate. [more inside]
Any rental property owners with experience using a property management service? [more inside]
How can I learn as much as possible about the Spanish market for vacation homes: construction, project development, brokering sales, etc.? [more inside]
What are the best low cost or free web sites for researching real estate information and statistics? I'm primarily interested in current appraisals, past sales history and property taxes for a single address, and also current and historical inventory of homes for sale (# of MLS listings) in a single town or zip code. I'm aware of Domania.com. Any others? I had access to realquest.com for a short period of time, but they are rather expensive for individual use.
How can I find out who owns property in Chicago, IL? [more inside]