I am assisting family members as they work to move out and sell their condo in Saint Paul, MN. We are looking for a local, reputable Realtor to manage the selling process. Can any MeFites provide a firsthand referral for a Realtor you had an excellent experience using? Also, what dangers or warning signs should we look out for as we navigate this process?
posted by BigLankyBastard
on Dec 6, 2013 -
I have a job offer in San Francisco. I understand that renting there is more difficult than it's ever been. My requirements are: I want to be able to walk + bike + BART/Bus to work, which is around South Beach.
Other than that, I am cool with East Bay, South, whatever. I could swing $2500-ish a month, but that is an upper boundary.
Tell me about neighborhoods, tell me whether there exist "apartment headhunters" who could reliably do this for me, school me thoroughly.
Thank you in advance.
posted by anonymous
on Dec 4, 2013 -
Can you offer some advice on how my wife and I might recover some funds spent to satisfy a lender's requirement prior to denying the loan of the buyer, or how we might be able to continue with the purchase of a new home we're in contract for? [more inside]
posted by drewski
on Dec 2, 2013 -
We'd like to learn everything there is to know about Lake Merritt and the surrounding neighborhoods. [more inside]
posted by nominal
on Nov 29, 2013 -
I'm looking for advice on where we should be looking at potential places to live in Boston. Small young family with dog, looking to buy rather than rent. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by pallas14
on Nov 9, 2013 -
I'm investigating reappraising our house to get rid of PMI. We meet the conditions for application, which involve bringing in an appraiser. The appraiser we would pay for is hired through the mortgage company — we have no control over the appraisal process. Do appraisers who are hired to get rid of PMI do a fair and honest job in calculating the true market value, or, alternatively, do their valuations fall close to online appraisals on average, within some percentage? (Are online estimates close to market value, within noise? Two online estimates suggest we are over the required valuation by roughly 40-50k.) Finally, are there downsides or gotchas to getting rid of PMI, other than a smaller federal deduction at tax time? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Oct 8, 2013 -
If a contract on a house is signed 'subject to finance, building and pest inspection', what does that actually mean? If the buyer wants to pull out of the contract, must they provide proof that they were not approved for finance? And how much needs to be wrong on a building inspection before the contract can be broken?
I guess what I'm trying to ask is, is a contract just to protect the buyer, or does the seller have rights too?
posted by superfish
on Sep 24, 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 -
A good friend owns an underwater house in a suburb of Las Vegas. Payments are current and house is in good shape. The friend reported that a similar home in the development recently sold for several thousand (something like $50-80k) less than his current mortgage. If I can provide referrals to knowledgeable local people so he can get good, sensible information on his options, that would be a huge help. [more inside]
posted by Kpele
on Aug 29, 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 -
Seeking advice on how to prepare for making an offer on a house that's not on the market. That our friends rent. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself
on Aug 19, 2013 -
We watch some fascinatingly crappy reality TV shows in my household, but nothing as fascinatingly crappy as the show "Sister Wives" - the one that follows a polygamist family. This season, the family is building and moving into brand new houses in Las Vegas, one of each wife, and I'm curious about how the process worked. [more inside]
posted by gertzedek
on Aug 18, 2013 -
I have a relative attempting to sell her house in Vermont. She has a realtor but finding an appropriate buyer is going to be tricky for a number of reasons. Are there any good "alternative" ways to market a house above and beyond what the realtor is doing? [more inside]
posted by jeremias
on Aug 13, 2013 -
Our buyer's agent isn't working out. We are under contract, currently in the home-inspection-contingency phase. What happens if we fire him and get another agent? How do the agents involved divide the commission? Will another agent be willing to represent us for what is presumably a reduced commission? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 13, 2013 -
If I, as condo board president, meet with a buyer who is in contract and answer the buyer's questions honestly, am I liable and open to a lawsuit from the owner if the buyer decides to cancel? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts
on Aug 1, 2013 -
I just read an article about the real estate market in Detroit and they linked to a number of houses that were for sale for less than $500. Some of them have just preposterous asking prices -- like a 3 bedroom house for $39. I know nothing about real estate and tax statuses, etc. What would happen if I were to buy, say 1-3 houses that cost no more than $200 apiece? What would be the downsides of doing something like this? I wouldn't plan on living in them, I'd just own them.
posted by nathancaswell
on Jul 28, 2013 -
I have never gone through the home buying process before, and neither has my charming lady.
She lives and works in SFO, and wants to buy a house here in PDX (moving here immediately after, or close enough). [more inside]
posted by drfu
on Jul 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 -
We have a buyer for our current co-op, which means we really need to get a move on finding a co-op to move to in Kensington or Ditmas Park. Brooklyn (or nyc) MeFites, help us out here. [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips
on Jul 15, 2013 -
Hi, I would love any recommendations people in the Boston area might have for rental brokers for an apartment in the Boston area, specifically nearish to Tufts. Someone who has successfully worked with a family with a small child would be ideal. General apartment hunting tips are also welcome. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider
on Jul 13, 2013 -
We are currently in the process of selling a co-op in Brooklyn and purchasing another co-op in Brooklyn. How do people pull this off without ending up temporarily homeless? Really NYC-specific stuff under the fold, so recent NYC real estate experience would be best. [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips
on Jul 1, 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 -
We need to sell hour house on contingent due to my elderly father, 2 dogs, and a toddler. Sellers don't seem to like contingency. We're passing up buyers because we have nowhere to go. Need a new plan. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper
on Jun 28, 2013 -
A close relative has been made the executor of a will that basically leaves a house to her and three siblings in Lima, Peru. Basically there is a house that must be sold and then the proceeds divided among the various children (my relative/the executor and her siblings). (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause
on Jun 24, 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 -
I'm starting the process of selling my house. It turns out that one bedroom is not actually large enough to be a legal bedroom in this state --- it is 60 sq ft and the minimum in NY is 70. So apparently mine is a two bedroom house instead of a three bedroom. When I bought the house, it was officially represented as three bedrooms. Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl
on Jun 4, 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 would like to buy unconverted industrial/office/non-residential space in London, like a warehouse or a school hall, to transform it into live-and-work artist studios over a few years. The state of dereliction does not matter too much, nor does the location, but how can I actually find
some for sale? I doubt most of these things make it to mainstream websites, as Zoopla/Rightmove hardly have two handfuls of commercial properties for sale at a given time. Any clue?
posted by Spanner Nic
on May 17, 2013 -
Apparently we're going to buy a house, and that necessitates finding a buyers agent. I'm in the process of setting up meetings with a few realtors (referrals from friends, ones we've met at open houses, etc.) but I have no idea what to expect from these meetings. What should I ask them? What will they want to know from me? What should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin
on May 7, 2013 -
Zillow predicts just a 0.1% rise in home values over the next year in Austin, and actually predicts depreciation in several areas near the center of the city. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by Mila
on Apr 26, 2013 -
I will be seeking a consultation with a real estate lawyer to talk about an issue with my property line which is the side of my house. Unfortunately there is a negative gradient and a lot of water coming onto my property (and into my basement) from the adjoining property. I have an easement for "ingress & egress" on that property. The landowner there has not responded to my repeated requests to correct the negative gradient. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise
on Apr 16, 2013 -
My boyfriend would like to stop paying his ridiculous rent in the Bay Area (San Jose) and buy a property for the first time. The maximum down payment he can put down is $80K, which allows him to buy a place worth $400K at most. We don't like our options. [more inside]
posted by massofintuition
on Apr 15, 2013 -
When you bought your home were there things you wish the seller(s) had left instructions or notes about? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore
on Apr 11, 2013 -
My step-daughter wants to buy an old mortgage free home from her Dad, who is willing. What is the easiest way to do this without involving lawyers or other unnecessary expense?
A potential complication is that he may not have a copy available of the deed.
This writer has little expertise in real estate matters!
posted by Rad_Boy
on Apr 3, 2013 -
We're house hunting and have had no luck with our offers. What can we do to maximize our chances of a seller accepting our offer? [more inside]
posted by ramix
on Apr 1, 2013 -
I am not sure whether to consult a CPA or a tax attorney for this.
I currently live in Chicago. My brother lives in Louisiana. I am, separately, the trustee of a trust for him and his designated power of attorney. While in Louisiana, I sold his primary residence acting as his POA. I deposited the proceeds from the sale into the trust. No 1099 was issued for the home sale. Howwww do I report this to the IRS? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic
on Mar 11, 2013 -
What can be done about a landlord of 30+ units who has admitted (privately) to not renting units to african americans (in a majority black city)? Who should be contacted, and with what information? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 8, 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 -
How (Should?) we buy a house on the other side of the country? We know we want to move there, but we can't go yet. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 22, 2013 -
My brother and I would like to buy a four-bedroom house, furnish it, have him live in one room and rent the other three rooms. Neither of us have any experience with real estate, renting rooms, or being in business with one another. We're looking for advice as to how to fairly structure this investment, advisers we should consult, issues that we need to consider up front, and so on. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by slide
on Feb 12, 2013 -
If you were looking for a real estate agent to list your house for sale, what would be the three most important things you would look for in that agent?
For example, one list might be:
1. experience selling houses in your price range.
2. Promised amount of feedback from potential buyers who view your house.
3. Commission rate. [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn
on Feb 12, 2013 -
I am selling a rental house and I have some questions about taxes etc. I know YANMCPA, but if you could point me to a place I can read some clear information, I would appreciate it. [more inside]
posted by mikedelic
on Feb 5, 2013 -