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Should I buy a house near the highway?

Hi, I am moving to central CT in a couple of months and am trying to buy a house. Unfortunately our favorite house is about 1800 ft from the highway. There are a lot of trees in the area -- you can't see the highway, and the noise is distant and not an issue. HOWEVER, I have two kids, ages 4 and 6, and am very concerned about air pollution and the potential health risks. Is there a reliable way to test the air for vehicle emissions? Has anyone done this successfully? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by mandlebrotz on Apr 25, 2016 - 17 answers

Side-by-side?

What should I know about purchasing a duplex home in a 2-unit building? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 18, 2016 - 11 answers

Doing a home inspection tomorrow, what are some tips?

We finally got a bid accepted on a house here in Seattle. We'll be going through the house with an inspector tomorrow. Any little-known or often missed pieces of advice? Anything you wish you had asked your inspector? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Apr 15, 2016 - 16 answers

Recommendations for a pre-purchase inspection of Seattle townhouse

We're looking at townhouses in Seattle. Can anyone recommend a home inspector specifically for a townhouse / 4-pack? Comments on what to look out for or the general wisdom of such a purchase are also welcome! [more inside]
posted by SirNovember on Apr 5, 2016 - 1 answer

Current outlook for the Seattle real estate market?

Mrs. Lattiboy & I are currently looking to purchase a house in the Seattle area. The market here is... horrifying. I would like the most current expert advice on bubble vs. brave new future. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Apr 4, 2016 - 4 answers

Home Appraisals. Tell me how horrible they are or aren't.

I am buying a condo / loft in the Atlanta area. I am in the first 1/3 of my due diligence period, and I have questions about appraisals. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Apr 1, 2016 - 12 answers

Rental Property Taxes

I have a property management company managing my rental properties. At the end of every month, they deposit a somewhat arbitrary amount into my checking account that represents some portion of the months incomes (they always hold some back and maintain a cash balance for expenses). Should my taxes/income be based on the monthly deposit or the total revenues that the property management company is receiving? [more inside]
posted by shew on Mar 26, 2016 - 5 answers

Housing Refinancing 101- Options in NYC or NJ for a NYC home?

Am looking for loan to refinance a paid off, income generating house I have inherited with two brothers. The aim is to get 1/3 of the value to buy out brother M, so it will become co-owned with my other sibling. More inside! [more inside]
posted by TenaciousB on Mar 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Capital gains on sale of a rental question

My mother-in-law is selling, or thinking of selling, a house she's owned forever. It's been paid off for decades. She hasn't lived in it for 5 years (has had it rented out by a property manager) and is looking at a huge capital gains tax if she sells. What alternatives does she have to reduce the tax burden? [more inside]
posted by diode on Mar 17, 2016 - 8 answers

What is the best way to sell a house in poor condition?

My wife and her siblings inherited a house that is in bad condition and full of dirt and clutter. They don't have the time or money to fix it up to the point where it would sell as a regular real estate sale on the market. The real estate market where the house is located is not great. [more inside]
posted by jefeweiss on Mar 17, 2016 - 22 answers

Can I sell an easement on my property?

My property's title has an easement onto my neighbor's property for a right of way through the neighbor's property to my property. I don't need this easement to get into my property, although I do occasionally use it. My neighbor's property has been purchased by developers and they would like to buy back the easement (pay me to extinguish the easement) in order to develop across the easement. This seems straight-forward, but selling a portion of my property would seem to violate my mortgage agreement. Would it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2016 - 13 answers

How much should I charge for shooting and editing 360º videos?

I have the opportunity to pick up a new side gig shooting 360º immersive videos for real estate agents. What is a good pricing structure that would make the service appealing to agents, yet make the time spent shooting and editing, worth my while? [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Mar 7, 2016 - 9 answers

Finding a buyer's agent without a recommendation?

My wife and I are starting the home-buying process, and we'd like a good buyer's agent to help us find a place. After polling friends, family, and co-workers, though, it turns out nobody we know has a real estate agent in our area they can recommend. There's hundreds of agents around here; what can we do to help narrow down a search? [more inside]
posted by Upton O'Good on Mar 4, 2016 - 17 answers

Where is feasible to build your own home in the US?

Daydreaming a bit - if we wanted to buy one of those "kits" and build a home, where in the US is it possible? Land not too expensive, hookups to services, not super remote, attainable permits, etc?
posted by tealcake on Feb 22, 2016 - 12 answers

Need flat-fee financial advisor specializing in NYC real estate

My partner and I are seeking recommendations for how to find a NYC-area, flat-fee fiduciary financial advisor with strong knowledge of NYC real estate. Specifically, we are looking for advice about how to balance our needs for housing and a secure retirement. [more inside]
posted by timnyc on Feb 16, 2016 - 3 answers

NYC Real Estate Attorney Needed

Have you lived in NYC and used a real estate attorney that you loved? Can you please pass on his or her info? If not, do you know how I could find a great real estate attorney here? Not sure how specialized they get, but looking for someone experienced in Brooklyn small single and multi-family buildings. TIA
posted by newpotato on Jan 28, 2016 - 1 answer

Home Buying 201 -- Mortgage plus a start-up windfall?

How much house can we afford and what's the smartest way to buy given our parameters: healthy savings for a down payment, both spouses working but soon only one, and possible big pay-out in the next 12 months? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2016 - 18 answers

Help weave my interests and experiences into job possibilities!

I've had several careers (or jobs) that seem very different from each other, and I have an educational background which is equally varied. I'm looking to possibly embark on a new path, but need help figuring out where I'm going exactly. [more inside]
posted by bacall423 on Jan 7, 2016 - 1 answer

Why shouldn't I move from Austin to Albuquerque?

There are a lot of upsides - real estate prices, traffic, scenery. A few downsides - weaker job market, higher crime rate, but I can't think of much more than that. Why not? [more inside]
posted by Florida Lee on Jan 1, 2016 - 16 answers

How rich do you have to be to move to the East Bay?

I'm rich. Am I rich enough to live in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2015 - 32 answers

Living where you're not allowed to stay in Los Angeles?

For reference, I'm looking specifically for information about the city of Los Angeles, California. To be able to legally live in a building and call it home that building must be zoned as residential. There is a caveat to this and that is if you are considered to be a caretaker or custodian of that property. The problem is I can't seem to find where this situation is discussed in specifics in the civil code. [more inside]
posted by Socinus on Dec 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Buyer's agent?

We are looking for a house. Can we use a buyer's agent? Should we? And if so, how? [more inside]
posted by enn on Dec 14, 2015 - 17 answers

Help me find a CPA competent in real estate in Columbus Ohio

I own several rental properties in Columbus Ohio and I plan on expanding. My current CPA does not have much experience with real estate investors and is also slow in getting back to me when I have questions. How can I go about finding a CPA who is well versed in real estate, responds quickly to my questions? Thanks
posted by crawltopslow on Dec 5, 2015 - 1 answer

What type of professional can advise me on selling my house?

I bought my first house a few years ago, with the help of a mortgage advisor. Now I'm starting to consider moving to a different city (where I would rent a place), but I need some professional help in analyzing my mortgage situation. Also, I know the house needs some repairs and cosmetic fixes, so I'd also like to get professional advice on how to handle those issues (basically, how much should I spend to make the house sellable). [more inside]
posted by neushoorn on Dec 1, 2015 - 3 answers

Anyone know a good real estate agent in Raleigh, NC?

I'm looking for a house in Raleigh or possibly Durham. I need an agent who won't make me miserable. I know a great guy in Durham, but unfortunately he doesn't know Raleigh very well. He doesn't know all the stuff like "Everyone wants to be on this street because it's next to (nice thing)" etc. So I'm thinking maybe I should find a Raleigh-specific agent. The difficulty is finding a good agent. [more inside]
posted by trevor_case on Nov 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Pregnant! Should we step back from buying this house we've dreamed of?

We were getting close to making an offer on a home — but the house was a lifestyle upgrade, not a necessity. This month we found out a kid is on the way (whoo!), and we're trying to decide if the house is still doable, or if we should save our pennies for the little person-to-be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2015 - 22 answers

We're moving on up.

Moving in a few weeks and looking for tips on how to make that day go as smoothly as possible. [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Nov 10, 2015 - 15 answers

It's an ill wind...

Have you purchased residential real estate, especially a condo, in foreclosure? Please share so that I may learn. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Nov 8, 2015 - 1 answer

Best practices for buying an income property with a friend?

Two friends want to buy an investment property together. What should we consider? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Nov 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Considering putting offer on a house and need input with its flaws

Would outdoor laundry and not having the whole house be under central AC be deal breakers for most home buyers? [more inside]
posted by CheeseAndRice on Oct 24, 2015 - 22 answers

What book(s) is the bible as a real estate investment primer?

I don't want any get rich quick book, I just want to understand all the different aspects and terminology in the real estate industry from the perspective of someone who is making this their business. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2015 - 2 answers

Is real estate like bridge?

I was chatting with a friend, and we were wondering whether experienced buyers and sellers of real estate sometimes use special numbers when bidding, the way it's done in bridge. Or really, whether there's anything besides bridge that does this.
posted by aniola on Oct 17, 2015 - 13 answers

Buying a house with questionable square footage and permitting

Three years ago we sold a house that we had bought thinking it was 1900 sqft but was actually around 1600 sqft. Metafilter provided excellent advice at the time. We're now under contract to buy a new house that we absolutely love and there's a square footage discrepancy between the property tax record and the MLS listing. The MLS listing is about 275 square feet more (2116 sqft vs. 1,841 sqft). Last time the square footage difference was due to a furnished basement. This time it's because of potentially unpermitted additions. How big of a deal is this? [more inside]
posted by JuliaKM on Oct 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Easter eggs in open houses

Is it common to include "easter eggs" when staging for open houses? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Oct 13, 2015 - 15 answers

Moving from Seattle to Shoreline?

Looking to expand our living space, our small but growing family is considering moving from south Seattle to Shoreline. Advice, tips, or things to be aware of? [more inside]
posted by bepe on Oct 12, 2015 - 10 answers

How to negotiate unsolicited purchase offer for my house?

I own a house that's affectionately known as a teardown but it is in a pretty good location and the land underneath, while small, is zoned for more profitable buildings. It is also located in one of the most strenuous real estate markets in the country. A real estate investor came by and made an offer to buy it for a price that's too low for me to buy elsewhere around me. How can (or should) I negotiate this? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Oct 9, 2015 - 20 answers

Can one of my brothers force me to sell house we inherited from Mom?

When my mom passed about 6 1/2 years ago, the only thing left was the house we grew up in. She died right before the crash when the value was lowest, and while there was no rush, it took about three years before I tried to do anything with it. [more inside]
posted by TenaciousB on Sep 29, 2015 - 21 answers

Where should we live in London: commute-phobic DINKs edition

Mr Fish and I have finally moved to London! I'll be working near Old Street Station, Mr Fish is working in Coventry but only needs to commute once a week or so. Tell us what Rightmove and Zoopla won't. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Sep 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Moving to Portland, Maine. Where should we live?

It looks very likely that my spouse and I will be moving to Portland (the first Portland). We are both really excited about the move but don't know where to live. Help us choose a good neighborhood (and maybe a buyer's agent)! [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Sep 23, 2015 - 10 answers

House Hunting Episode Set in Victoria, BC

A relative is insisting I watch an episode of a house hunting show he recently caught on HGTV Canada. The episode was set in Victoria, BC, and among the properties featured were a float home and an expensive condo, which was the winning property. He's fairly certain the show was part of the House Hunters franchise, but with the main show having over five hundred episodes, as well as some likely looking spin-offs (International, Million Dollar Homes, Houseboat Hunters, and Tiny House Hunters), I've had no luck finding the episode I'm looking for. Does this ring any bells?
posted by northernish on Sep 14, 2015 - 4 answers

What area or city has the most bungalow housing?

I assumed it was Southern California but a lot of places that used to have them, don't any longer. I assume due to the rising value of the real estate. So where are the most bungalow houses per capital in terms of areas or cities?
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 9, 2015 - 16 answers

Contact APIs

I'm doing some web development for a realtor, and he's asked me to look into some ideas. Is there a service that will let me find all the street addresses within a radius of a given address? (From a block to a half-mile radius, for example.) What about a service that provides contact info (name, at least) for a given address. It'd be even better if I could also research whether the occupant rents or owns, what their estimated income is, etc.
posted by jacob on Sep 7, 2015 - 1 answer

I'm not unethical ... so why is the realtor pushing me toward being so?

My father died last year leaving me a tiny bit of money. I'm using it to purchase a condo I will rent out. The realtor says: Well, you don't currently own a home so tell the bank it's your primary residence. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2015 - 17 answers

Home Staging Tips for a Quick Sale

I'm going to list my home for sale in the next few weeks and I'd like to sell it as quickly as possible. What are home staging tips and tricks that worked for you? [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit on Aug 18, 2015 - 27 answers

Foundation cracks in a house we made an offer on - how bad are they?

We made an offer on a house and it was accepted - yay! We had the home inspector out today to take a look there was a potential red flag that may sink the deal - on one side of the house there are a series of small/moderate foundation cracks. How big of a deal is this really? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Aug 17, 2015 - 10 answers

What to put in my dome about buying a foreclosed home?

I don't know much about buying foreclosed homes and don't quite trust the top search results about it. So, I was hoping you could tell me: 1) How do I get started on looking at foreclosed homes that are available to buy? 2) Are home inspections usually good enough to catch major problems in foreclosed homes? 3) What else do you need to do to do this right? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Aug 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Pool experts RE edition - is this pool damaged?

We're trying to buy a house in Florida. House has an inground chlorine pool with a vinyl liner. It looks like it has issues. We've never had a pool, and we have questions. [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo on Aug 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Landlord is Trying to Break My "Lease with Option to Buy" for more $$

First off, you are not my lawyer. I have a contract with my landlord that states "The landlord agrees to give the tenant an exclusive option to buy this property for the following price and terms: $XXX,XXX. Tenant must be pre qualified on or before April 1, 2016." She calls me yesterday and says the place above me sold for 60K more than mine (and the place above is the same as mine). And that she's sorry but it's been a good run and she'll lookout for me that I don't have to leave right away. She didn't mention our contract once. [more inside]
posted by tunewell on Aug 11, 2015 - 63 answers

What should I do with 300K?

Should I put a 300K cash windfall into buying my first home, or into a Vanguard fund to generate interest? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by MrHalfwit on Aug 8, 2015 - 20 answers

Buying a house in Fresno...

I'm going to be purchasing a house soon in a relatively economically depressed area that has little chance of a renaissance (Fresno, CA). I'm hoping to purchase a duplex/triplex, or a house with a mother-in-law unit so that I can live in the back and rent the main house. While this will be my home, I want to treat it more like an investment. The idea of going into debt for shelter make me unhappy; the idea of eventually (10 to 15 years) getting a positive income stream from the whole thing helps. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Aug 3, 2015 - 5 answers

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