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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What's the most dispassionate way to determine what a house is worth? Uncle owns a house and may sell it to us at a favorable rate, but we'd like to figure out a fair price to set overall, so that Uncle isn't shafted but we don't overpay, either. [more inside]
posted by xo
on Jun 18, 2012 -
Where should we buy in London?
Short version: We're currently renting in Clapham (which we both really like). I work by Shepherd's Bush, he works by Tower Bridge. Minimum 2 bedroom with a budget of let's say £350k.
Long version inside. [more inside]
posted by like_neon
on Jan 30, 2012 -
What do I need to know about building new multifamily homes and renting them out? Where can I learn about it? [more inside]
posted by abdulf
on Dec 25, 2011 -
I am buying a house and the roof is questionable. There were missing tabs all over. A roofer came out and did minimal repairs at the current owners' expense but he says the roof has "2 to 5 years" left, maybe, depending on weather (we live in the midwest).
Would it be reasonable to ask for a reroofing allowance in purchasing this house? [more inside]
posted by arniec
on Nov 29, 2011 -
What do IMPSLT and SC stand for in a legal description of real estate? [more inside]
posted by tckma
on Aug 9, 2011 -
Condominium Outrage! Today, while taking a shower in my bathroom, i suddenly saw a reflection of a man in the vanity mirror - he was just outside the slightly open bathroom door. I screamed bloody murder while my heart beat out of my chest - i thought i was about to be the victim of a home invasion. Now, i want to do something about the apparent rule/bylaw/custom in my condo corporation/board that allows workers to enter the unit without the express permission of the owner or resident. [more inside]
posted by Kololo
on Jul 19, 2011 -
I am selling a house in England via an estate agency. They have found me a buyer and I have verbally agreed to the offer price. A reliable private buyer has since given me a solid offer. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by mikeanegus
on Mar 17, 2011 -
Tell me about cleaning up a toxic creek. In this case, something like the Newtown Creek in NY, now a Superfund site.
What is the process? Is it dredged? Dammed and drained? Dust, noise, time?
Please explain the engineering.
If the waste has seeped laterally, and it has, does that mean extensive excavation? What is the impact on the surrounding properties? What happens to property values, how do banks look at this, now and looking to the future?
Please explain from a Realtor's or developer's viewpoint.
posted by ebesan
on Sep 28, 2010 -
YANML: I have an easement through my neighbor’s property. I use it regularly and the neighbor and I get along just fine. The other day the neighbor approached me about extinguishing the easement. While he didn’t offer me any money or anything, he was clearly lobbing the ball to me to come up with what I would want to release the easement to him. I’m located in Alameda County, California. More than you need to know after the break. [more inside]
posted by phelixshu
on Sep 27, 2010 -
What information do I need to have at my fingertips to profitably negotiate the sale of a commercial rental property? Or should I even do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 15, 2010 -
Help me verify the existence of hongza - are the "Unlucky Houses" of Hongkong for real? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom
on Feb 18, 2010 -
I am looking to find out overall statistics for property rentals in NY for 2009-2010. I am trying to write a letter to prevent a rent hike and I want to fill it with some statistics to help better illustrate my point. Thanks in advance.
posted by lukeomalley
on Jan 21, 2010 -
Are there un-buildable lots? I have read up on a similar question
but that was about how expensive the known-to-be-buildable lots are. My question is if I see a lot listed that is "virgin" vacant never had a srtucture on it, how likely is it that no one could build on it? [more inside]
posted by markhu
on Dec 17, 2009 -
Say I want to buy some cheap land in the Los Angeles area: where would I find such a listing online? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000
on Nov 11, 2009 -
I use Trulia
for the United States and Funda
for The Netherlands whilst looking for property. Anyone have an inclusive site such as these for real estate in another country? Preferably for another European country or South American.
posted by AdamOddo
on Jun 25, 2009 -
I need a lawyer in Toronto for Real Estate / Property issues. Specifically, the state of an adjacent property (in violation of multiple orders from the city) seriously affecting ours. Would ideally know the magic password to get the Building Standards people to do their job. Otherwise, any and all other avenues that can be pursued.
posted by winston
on Nov 20, 2008 -
My wife was gifted shares in a now deceased relative's two limited liability corporations. What should/can we do with them? What are our rights? What questions should we be asking? [more inside]
posted by pazoozoo
on Oct 9, 2008 -
I've been thinking a lot about buying a property and renting it out. I have a good grasp on a lot of the essentials, but I was hoping for some input from hive mind as to what I should be prepared for, what I should have ready, and how best to handle being a landlord. [more inside]
posted by smitt
on Mar 26, 2008 -
I'm planning on buying a house with my SO. We will contribute different amounts to the down payment and the monthly payments. How do we calculate how much of the resultant property each of us owns, especially when we don't know how the property will (or will not!) appreciate? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark
on Dec 7, 2007 -
An individual looking to buy a multi-family home to create a low rent situation for several artists. Is there a benefit to becoming a non-profit? Is there money to help support this venture that I should be chasing after? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling
on Jun 27, 2007 -
What's the best way to go about selling a timeshare? Search engines are clogged with tons of spammy sites, and no good information. [more inside]
posted by voidcontext
on Sep 1, 2006 -
Perhaps a ridiculous question: is it possible in a major city (I'm in Toronto) to buy a small piece of land and build a tiny house (like the B-52 on this page
) on it? What's involved? If possible, what are the pros and cons? Is it pointless, financially? [more inside]
posted by dobbs
on Jul 21, 2006 -
I have recently acquired a commercial property. I want to obtain a line of credit against the down payment I put on the property. Obviously, I have not done this in the past. But, I envision the transaction being similar to a home equity line of credit. Is there anyone out there that can point me to the right direction. FYI, the commercial property was acquired via a new LLC of which I own 100%.
posted by yorja
on Jun 2, 2006 -
I heard there is a free real estate property _ownership_ search on the internet (you type in address and it'll cough up the owner), but it is next to impossible to google it with all the commercial listings, will anybody help me?
posted by orelius
on Sep 12, 2005 -
Buying property in the country... Benton County
, Oregon that is. What should I know about wells, septic systems, acreage, timber and the like?
posted by pwb503
on Apr 16, 2005 -
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?
posted by Hobbacocka
on Feb 6, 2005 -