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Is EquityKey available in the UK?

I've heard of any equity release scheme called EquityKey. It's based in the US. Is there anything similar in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Jul 17, 2013 - 2 answers

Looking for recommendations for a lawyer in a property line question

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 - 3 answers

Permission for reproducing examples of GoogleMaps use in journal article

I'm about to submit my first academic journal article for review. The article contains several images / figures and I need to obtain permission to reproduce these before the article goes to print. [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Jul 11, 2013 - 9 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

How to sell a remote foreign property (Nova Scotia)

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 - 6 answers

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

RENT

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 - 10 answers

Class A, B, C real estate?

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]
posted by thewalrus on Mar 29, 2013 - 6 answers

What UK Legal Implications are there with documenting bad service online

What are the legal implications if I start a blog documenting the poor service my property manager provides, and asking others to share their opinions of this firm? I can speak for the factual accuracy of my own experiences (I have their letters and invoices etc, as well as my responses), but what about others? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Mar 21, 2013 - 4 answers

How can you make sure buyers use a web-platform for large purchases?

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?
posted by BigBrownBear on Mar 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Real Estate & Mortgages in Boston

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 - 6 answers

Help me buy my first house!

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 - 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

UK - Inherited a property with development potential. How to sell?

I have recently inherited half of a property that has development potential and am looking for some advice on what to do next. Prior to this inheritance I have never owned a home or even managed to save a small deposit for a mortgage, so I have absolutely no experience of the property market.If all goes well, selling the property could set me and my fellow beneficiary up for life - we each hope to use our shares to buy our own homes mortgage-free! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and I'm anxious to get the best possible price for the sale! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2013 - 4 answers

What do you do exactly?

We are planning on getting our little .34 of an acre property surveyed & the boundaries staked. We are in an older neighborhood with basic lots & homes. I plan to do my due diligence and find a good surveyor at a reasonable price. What should I be asking and what should I be weary of when I call around? Also, how exactly do I find who to call? Is there a registry? Are surveyors licensed? I have already checked with the county- there are no existing surveys for our property other than the original 1950 plat map. Obviously I have no clue what I'm doing, but want to sound like I have a at least a little insight when I start getting quotes. Tips & tricks appreciated.
posted by MayNicholas on Jan 8, 2013 - 28 answers

Property Management in Utah

what is a good property management companies in Utah? [more inside]
posted by birdlips on Jan 3, 2013 - 1 answer

I gave myself a great deal

Under what circumstances would somebody sell themselves a house for a drastically reduced price? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on Nov 28, 2012 - 17 answers

What parts of Oakland, CA are best to settle in?

What parts of Oakland, CA are best to settle in? [more inside]
posted by yoz420 on Nov 28, 2012 - 20 answers

Personal belongings after a divorce

Can my ex-husband keep my personal belongings? [more inside]
posted by staggering termagant on Nov 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Water damage issues.

Water damage due to an defective appliance. Unit is a townhouse, property management company won't file claim, saying it's my responsibility. Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Oct 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Who "owns" it?

For sake of discussion, let's say that I am an expert on "widgets". Particularly, I review a lot of reports about widgets for my word-of-mouth consulting business. This is a side business - - by day I work in the public sector - - in the widget business. Approximately 6 years ago I purchased the domain "widget review.com" with the hope of using it as I neared retirement and transitioned to a full time consulting role with a full fledged website. Well... In the interim time, another expert in the widget field has had a consulting business and a website named "widget review.org" I know you are not my lawyer, but might I run into some sort of legal trouble when I bring my website online... even if I owned the dot com url first? To be clear, my competitor and I provide the exact same service. I am also operating under the assumption that he probably looked for the dotcom version of the url, but since I owned it, optioned to the dotorg version.
posted by teg4rvn on Oct 9, 2012 - 12 answers

How does one actually gentrify a building?

How does the world of raising capital for large scale property improvement and investment work? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Oct 8, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I get a trade focused book published? Should I get an agent?

How do I get a trade focused book published? Should I get an agent? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Oct 7, 2012 - 3 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

Can I sell my photos of people?

Can I sell photos I took of people on the street who didn't know they were being photographed? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Sep 13, 2012 - 15 answers

Home is where the 'for sale' sign is.

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 - 13 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

Drawing Lines in the Sand

My neighbor built her fence on my property. Many many years ago. Is it too late to do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Aug 19, 2012 - 18 answers

Seeking the impossible - ethical, reliable investment.

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

Mortgage broker On the Level?

Is my mortgage broker drawing out the process on purpose? Is he getting paid now or is it a commission type business? [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna on Jul 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Property's cheap, people need rentals - how can I make money?

Is it possible to purchase a home with an FHA loan, rehabilitate it, and then rent it out? Also - what's it like to make an independent entry into the rental home market? [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic on Jul 23, 2012 - 14 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

How do one handle buying property jointly before getting marrried?

How do one handle buying property jointly before getting marrried? (One partner has assets and the other one has income) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2012 - 12 answers

How to get a dispassionate appraisal of what a house is worth

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 - 17 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

Where to find a reasonably priced studio flat or room in London?

Where to find a reasonably priced studio flat or room in London? I've been looking for accommodation in London for quite some time now, but so far I've been unsuccessful (or.. unlucky) with searching in all the "usual" places (Gumtree.com, Findaproperty, flatland.co.uk etc.) In the meantime, I need to move within a couple of weeks, and can't seem to find anything in East Central London (close to City University) that is not super expensive and/or managed by a (what i prefer to call) "greedy agent"... very frustrating :/
posted by Vivban on Jun 14, 2012 - 10 answers

shared ownership: good or bad?

How do shared ownership schemes work when buying a property? Are they a good idea or not? I am based in London, UK. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 - 3 answers

What property management companies are tolerable in Portland, OR?

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]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Jun 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Resources for first time home buyers - long distance investment property edition.

Please point me to honest, helpful resources for first time home buyers. I would like to purchase a property in the US with cash and then rent it out. Can you please point me to resources that can help me learn the best way to do this while managing some of the risk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Please help me understand the benefits and differences between a living trust (for a property) vs. having a name on the property deed.

What's the benefit of having a living trust for a property over having my name on the property deed? [more inside]
posted by elif on May 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Buy or Rent in London?

We’ve found a decent flat in Rotherhithe, London. We’ve made an offer Monday. Owner has accepted. Yay? Suddenly we’re getting ice cold feet. Are we doing the right thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me ATT. You're my only hope

How do I rent property for a cell phone tower? And who do I call to do it? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on May 1, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I decide if a property with structural issues is worth purchasing?

Property investment filter: How do I decide if a property with structural issues is worth purchasing? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Apr 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Financial decisions about property ownership

How do we calculate whether to hold onto this property or sell it? Are there formulas for comparing renting at a loss against selling at a loss or ways to calculate the long term value of not selling an extra residence? As a side note: Is this what financial planners do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Property Trust, LLC or Quick Deed?

Property transfer from Father to Son. Should we do a simple quick deed, LLC, or set up a trust? One attonrney reccomended the LLC, another said a trust is "safer", what does MeFi think? Thank you! [more inside]
posted by 1inabillionmistake on Apr 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Help a first-time property investor?

I’ve been working and saving money for years, and I think I should probably invest it. I’m pretty sure that investment property is the right move, but there are a few things I’m not sure about and would appreciate some advice on. [more inside]
posted by A Very Muddled Alpaca on Mar 28, 2012 - 11 answers

Garage Insurance

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?
posted by mezzanote on Mar 18, 2012 - 12 answers

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