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]
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]
Moving in a few weeks and looking for tips on how to make that day go as smoothly as possible. [more inside]
Have you purchased residential real estate, especially a condo, in foreclosure? Please share so that I may learn. [more inside]
Two friends want to buy an investment property together. What should we consider? [more inside]
Would outdoor laundry and not having the whole house be under central AC be deal breakers for most home buyers? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
Is it common to include "easter eggs" when staging for open houses? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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?
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Should I put a 300K cash windfall into buying my first home, or into a Vanguard fund to generate interest? Details inside. [more inside]
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]
In short: almost everyone we talk to about buying a house in the East Bay (California) states plainly that we will need to waive the appraisal contingency to ever have an offer accepted. This seems utterly insane. Am I missing something? [more inside]
Hello! We were asked by our RE Agent to provide a list of "must have, " "would like to have," and "definitely must NOT have" items as we start our search. We pretty much have the first two sections covered, but haven't really thought out the "must NOT haves" for our future home. We've started a short list, but we don't know what we may be missing... any suggestions? [more inside]
How seriously should I take James Hanson's sea level predictions as I decide where to buy our vacation/retirement home? [more inside]
What do I need to know about selling a house that I don't currently know? [more inside]
In keeping with the recent question about buying a house in a competitive market... Those of you who have written letters to get a seller to pick you when you aren't the highest bidder - what did you write? Tips, suggestions, don'ts, samples all welcome.
I have been wanting to buy a house in my city for several years and am finally in a position of stability (financial and otherwise) to do so. This is exciting! I want to make sure pursuit of this particular goal does not foolishly jeopardize other long-term goals, and need some help sussing out genuine rational concern from irrational fear of commitment. [more inside]
My family has inherited a piece of property that generates income. Whereas the property once had a single owner, now it's split among myself and two or three other people. Some questions inside about how to manage/title things--most importantly, how do I title a bank account for this? [more inside]
I posted this question a few weeks back. The empty lot next door is technically owned by a man who died 2 years ago, I am in touch with his son, who is willing to try to help me obtain the property, but we don't know how to go about doing that, since A: It's in his father's name, B: It has back taxes. Details inside [more inside]
My tenant of 6 years is moving out and I cannot decide whether I want to rent it or sell. I’ve tried several online calculators for this type of thing and gotten different recommendations. My condo is in Denver, CO, one of the hottest home and rental markets in the country right now. Rental occupancy rates are at 96% and rents have been increasing at about 10% annually. Home values in the past year have gone up almost 15% in the last year with 6% growth projected next year. Details after the jump. [more inside]
Y'all's advice on how I could pimp my cover letter actually did get me a ton of interviews and a new job-- hooray, and thank you! So now I'm moving, and I want to buy a house. What do I look for? [more inside]
I have an important deadline in the house buying process this week and I am totally freaking out about it. Perhaps someone wiser than I on mefi can help me not freak out about the upcoming deadlines and also tell me what is going on behind closed doors. [more inside]
After a couple of meetings and tours of my house, a neighbor's sister is going to be making an offer on my house later tonight (via a scheduled phone call). I don't have a realtor, because I am just in the beginning stages of putting the house on the market. [more inside]
YANML. Home was willed to three siblings, two daughters and a son. One daughter relinquished her share, leaving two siblings to own the home. Remaining daughter, in order to avoid paying taxes and insurance on property, had the home's deed changed into the brother's name ONLY. Can anyone, other than deed holder, make claim to the house. More inside. [more inside]
So I'm considering purchasing a condo in Seattle (Ballard, specifically), but I'll be moving cross-country in doing so, and I'm unfamiliar with the local market. A friend who lives there suggested that condos aren't popular in the greater Seattle area, and that they're hard to sell once purchased. Is that true? In general, how is the market for condos in Seattle? [more inside]
My city has been re-writing its zoning code. There has been a lively debate about proposals to allow higher buildings in select areas, and about how doing so -- or not doing so -- would affect other areas in the city. Some argue as if there is a finite amount of 'pressure' to develop, and that if this pressure isn't relieved by up-zoning in the select areas, the other areas will experience more undesirable development than they would if the pressure were relieved. Is this really how it works? [more inside]
Can you help me figure out why a random realtor keeps mailing me letters claiming to know my dad? And what is the best thing to do in response? [more inside]
I want to buy the empty lot next door (a big empty yard where they tore down a house last year). And then I'll basically just have a bigger yard. I found the owner through the county auditor website, and he is deceased. What do I do? [more inside]
My rental house in DC is being sold and my fellow tenants and I are looking into exercising our TOPA rights and selling our right to purchase the house. [more inside]
Apparently when you are looking for a condo, you need something called a "buyer's agent". I'm in Portland, OR looking for a cheaperish condo. Eastside, or North, or industrial NW preferably. Anybody have recommendations for a buyer's agent? Thanks!
My wife and I rent a house (in Philadelphia if it matters). Out of the blue, our landlord had an appraiser do a walk-through today, only a few days after we started the earliest stages of considering buying a house. (We haven't found one we like.) The appraiser said landlord is refinancing, not selling. (I plan to confirm this.) We're thinking about our options. Questions within; experience with (a) buying from one's landlord, (b) selling to one's tenants, and (c) refinancing a rental property especially welcome. [more inside]
We are considering buying an apartment or a small house in downtown Boise, Idaho strictly for renting it out. We live in NJ, but have family in Boise. Please help us understand all the pros and cons and the logistics of buying property from across the country. [more inside]
Can you help me craft the perfect letter that will get me a house? [more inside]
My ex and I are trying to figure out how to transfer the house to her without me losing all of my equity. Unfortunately, she can't afford to just buy me out, and can't qualify for a new mortgage on the remaining loan balance if she's got a loan to me as well. I'm looking for recommendations on finding a lawyer to help vet a legal agreement, and any specific legal methods for making this happen. This is in Denver, Colorado. [more inside]
I am about to purchase a home. The property is located about halfway between Madison and Milwaukee. There is a long horizontal crack in the basement wall, so I know I want a structural engineer specifically, and I also want a more general home inspector. I have no idea how to go about finding and vetting these individuals. Any recommendations for specific individuals, or instructions on how to find them myself? Thanks!