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.
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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?
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]
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]
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.
what is a good property management companies in Utah? [more inside]
Under what circumstances would somebody sell themselves a house for a drastically reduced price? [more inside]
What parts of Oakland, CA are best to settle in? [more inside]
Can my ex-husband keep my personal belongings? [more inside]
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]
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.
How does the world of raising capital for large scale property improvement and investment work? [more inside]
How do I get a trade focused book published? Should I get an agent? [more inside]
How do I get started building a small house on my (potentially difficultly zoned) empty land on the south coast of NSW? [more inside]
Can I sell photos I took of people on the street who didn't know they were being photographed? [more inside]
My flat has been on the market forever, and nothing has worked out. Advice and encouragement requested. [more inside]
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]
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]
My neighbor built her fence on my property. Many many years ago. Is it too late to do anything about it? [more inside]
Seeking the impossible - ethical, reliable investment. [more inside]
Is my mortgage broker drawing out the process on purpose? Is he getting paid now or is it a commission type business? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How do one handle buying property jointly before getting marrried? (One partner has assets and the other one has income) [more inside]
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]
Can non-residents buy property in Japan? [more inside]
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 :/
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
How do I rent property for a cell phone tower? And who do I call to do it? [more inside]
Property investment filter: How do I decide if a property with structural issues is worth purchasing? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
What is the legality of commissioning graffiti art for a residence? [more inside]
Need help setting up a simple Access database. I'm trying to reconcile a bunch of inventory, which is all recorded in multiple Excel spreadsheets. I want to import all the Excel files into an Access database so I can match them up all at the same time. [more inside]
Best websites for browsing Canada / BC real estate? [more inside]
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.
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]