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Hey, bub... Wanna buy a cathedral?

I'm considering forming an LLC, purchasing an event property (former church), and renting it as an additional income source - primarily for weddings and catered events. Assume I'm completely green in this industry - which is almost true. [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Aug 15, 2014 - 25 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seeking the impossible - ethical, reliable investment.

Seeking the impossible - ethical, reliable investment. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Aug 10, 2012 - 12 answers

How to protect idea for database and apps after showing it to someone?

I sent a video outlining an idea I came up with for a DB and series of apps to a contact I made at a big org. I received a terse reply that appeared to be claiming the idea as theirs. What is the best way to respond? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jul 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Your Break My Dryer. I Break Your Face.

Contractor damaged my dryer while working on my house and now refuses to pay to repair it. What kind of leg, if any, do I have to stand on? [more inside]
posted by hollisimo on Jul 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Can non-residents buy property in Japan?

Can non-residents buy property in Japan? [more inside]
posted by Megami on Jun 18, 2012 - 4 answers

Best websites for browsing Canada / BC real estate?

Best websites for browsing Canada / BC real estate? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Feb 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Owning Property for Dummies?

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.
posted by ThisKindNepenthe on Jan 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Disrespectful/uncaring acquaintances

A classmate/mutual friend of my friend (read: no friend of mine!) ruined 2 of my college textbooks and does not seem to care to do much about it. What should I do? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Dec 5, 2011 - 22 answers

Toronto Boundary Surveyor

I need to get a boundary survey on my residential property in Toronto. I've called several surveyors but have only heard back from one, who says it'll cost $900 and take two weeks to perform. Is this normal? Seems pricey and lengthy for an 18' x 100' rectangular lot. Any recommendations for surveyors in Toronto?
posted by krunk on Nov 4, 2011 - 3 answers

If it's really "location, location, location," show me some locations.

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]
posted by resurrexit on Aug 18, 2011 - 13 answers

How do I decode a legal property description?

What do IMPSLT and SC stand for in a legal description of real estate? [more inside]
posted by tckma on Aug 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Buying property or renting in the UK, in old age.

UK Filter: Can people retire without buying property when younger? [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS on Apr 27, 2011 - 22 answers

How do I retrieve my shop keys?

UK Employment (drama) filter: Employee will not return company property (keys). What next? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Jan 25, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me find a place to live

How to find a place to rent in London (residential)? And what should I know/look out for? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Jan 2, 2011 - 6 answers

Advise on the purchase of UK freehold property ...

Tips and pointers needed for purchasing UK freehold land. [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Dec 12, 2010 - 5 answers

Do I own the rights to a design I made on Zazzle?

Design rip-off advice needed. I made a few tshirt designs on Zazzle, and have been making a little extra money with one recent design in particular. Today I found that someone is selling nearly the same design on tshirthub.com. They are too similar for it to be a coincidence. Do I have any right to ask them to take it down? [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Nov 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Commercial Rental Newbie Needs Help!

I'm looking to rent a small commercial office for the first time. I've found a couple of possibilities, but I have questions about the process. [more inside]
posted by moosedogtoo on Oct 8, 2010 - 7 answers

Get me my bike back

How can I recover / get reimbursed for my stolen bicycle? [more inside]
posted by KB.Boston_implant.By way of NY on Sep 27, 2010 - 9 answers

Help walk us through signing a commercial lease.

What are some important things you should know before signing a lease on a commercial space? New building, storefront, Brooklyn. Help us get as not-screwed as possible. [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Sep 27, 2010 - 8 answers

Neighbpr's utility lines over my yard

We recently moved into an old house. It's on a small (0.2 acre) lot that is nicely wooded. What is not so nice is that our backyard is bisected by our neighbor's utility lines which run from a pole in the back of our lots. Both our house and out neighbor's house feed off of the same utility pole. [more inside]
posted by DavidandConquer on Aug 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Finding private landlords in the UK

Is there a decent website for searching for properties to let from private landlords in the UK, or am I stuck dealing with parasitic letting agencies? [more inside]
posted by him on Aug 5, 2010 - 10 answers

Property Management Software

What is the best property management software for handling ~100 units, with multiple tenants per unit, and online access to data? [more inside]
posted by adamdrici on Jul 2, 2010 - 6 answers

Hope us get unencumbered.

How do liens on property work in Ontario (the Canadian one)? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Jan 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Do British cats live in rental properties?

Is it really that impossible to rent a place with a cat in the UK? Or, does nobody with a cat in the UK rent their home? [more inside]
posted by easternblot on Jan 12, 2010 - 19 answers

Who owns the area between the sidewalk and street?

What rights do the public have to the planting strip (between the sidewalk and street) in a Berkeley residential area? [more inside]
posted by team lowkey on Nov 29, 2009 - 9 answers

Appealing a Property Tax Assessment - need advice in King County WA

Property Tax filter: In August I bought a house in King County WA. The county's assessment of the property is very high. I would like to appeal for a review of the assessment. The desired result is a lower tax bill. I would be grateful for any strategy or advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2009 - 7 answers

New residents of Seattle. Please help us choose a neighborhood to buy a house.

Seattle region filter: We are new residents of Seattle, from New Jersey, enjoying our exploration of this wonderful city. We are house-hunting and have narrowed down our choice of neighborhoods. Any opinions or advice? [more inside]
posted by valannc on Jun 30, 2009 - 20 answers

Buying property with a water view... How can I confirm that the nice view will remain unobstructed over the years?

We are house-hunting in the Seattle area. Looking at property with water views. Willing to pay the higher price that comes with a view. But I'm reading some horror stories about how a neighbor will build a tower in front of your view, or neighbors who refuse to trim their tall shrubs. And then your view is obscured and your property value drops. How do I research this? How can I know if the viewshed is protected or not? What sort of monitoring would I need to do over the years? I will ask my realtor to research it, but I'd like to hear from people with experience with this issue.
posted by valannc on Jun 3, 2009 - 7 answers

How does this work?

Explain to me how property taxes in NYC work. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Jan 13, 2009 - 6 answers

Which lawyer does my boyfriend need?

What kind of lawyer specializes in property line disputes? [more inside]
posted by contessa on Mar 1, 2007 - 8 answers

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