Our Dad passed away last year, leaving his house to my siblings and me. Dad's defacto partner is interested in buying the house (she has no financial stake in it currently), so we need to get it valued. The house is in a town approximately 7 hours drive from where the nearest siblings (myself and my sister) live. There are are a couple of registered valuers in the area, so that's not a problem, but my question is: is there any particular need for us to be there when they come through? [more inside]
posted by Broseph
on May 3, 2013 -
What business books/frameworks and resources are available for managers in service companies to provide deep customer value and delight, when the customer himself is a senior manager in another company and my services are people with deep expertise in specific areas? [more inside]
posted by theobserver
on Apr 14, 2013 -
I saved some interesting books from being thrown out by my public library. Apparently they were discarding part of their local historical collection. I grabbed a bunch that looked cool/interesting and it turns out one or two of them have sold online for decent sums. I'm not interested in selling any of them (they are cool!) but I am curious as to how their ex-libris-publica
condition affects their worth. [more inside]
posted by saguaro
on Oct 25, 2012 -
Hope this isn't triggering or anything, but I've got a ton of immediately convincing reasons to never open my mouth or pick up my guitar. Is anyone's up for contributing to my list of less-than-persuasive counterarguments? [more inside]
posted by nelljie
on Oct 21, 2012 -
I am responsible for compensating a two year old TV bought for $900 then. (A guest in my party broke and no one is owning up...ex-landlord is behind me now)
Similar model (brand new) is $600 now all included and being demanded 600, citing the higher price paid then.
What is a fair price that I should pay?
How do I make a convincing reply ?
posted by daveg02
on Aug 27, 2012 -
I have 100s of old vinyl records left by my wife's grandparents. Where can I get them appraised (hopefully for free or a nominal fee)? [more inside]
posted by schleppo
on Aug 3, 2012 -
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 -
Should we use a professional photographer for our wedding? Is it worth it, and why? If so, how could we cut costs? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs
on Jun 9, 2012 -
Where can I view and compare the expected resale value of different laptops? [more inside]
posted by devnull
on May 25, 2012 -
I have a library of over 500 books that I'd like to sell, online probably. How do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by phaedon
on May 4, 2012 -
I am looking for your strategies to convince yourself that your time is valuable when it comes to life in general and also in billing for your time. [more inside]
posted by thorny
on Mar 12, 2012 -
In a Business setting, how do you measure intangibles such as fostering communication with junior members of the organization? For example VP holding open door meetings every month? In the end I need a metric (A number)? The problem here is that its very hard to articulate value of such things in a metrics crazy world/companies? And I need a metric!
posted by r2d2
on Jan 6, 2012 -
I inherited a bunch
of Native American jewelry
(several hundred pieces in total) several years ago. I'm thinking about selling some of it, but I'm not sure of the value. Do I need to find a specialist to appraise it? Can you recommend one near St. Louis? [more inside]
posted by DaddyNewt
on Dec 28, 2011 -
I am looking into buying a Honda Civic with some after market modifications. Please help me decide if this car is worth buying. [more inside]
posted by SharkLangasta
on Sep 27, 2011 -
What is the average value of all cars currently registered and on the road? [more inside]
posted by alfanut
on Sep 21, 2011 -
How do I find the average price per acre of unirrigated farmland in northeast Nebraska? [more inside]
posted by Ostara
on Aug 5, 2011 -
How can I find out the assessed value of my grandmother's house w/ out a lawyer?
Is this information in the public domain? [more inside]
posted by muchalucha
on Jul 13, 2011 -
I've got a 2003 Honda Element, which I love and have recommended to others. But I miss good gas mileage and the fun of driving a sporty car. [more inside]
posted by fivesavagepalms
on Jun 16, 2011 -
How do you beat clutter if said clutter is sentimental? What methods do you use for evaluating sentimental objects or souvenirs? [more inside]
posted by mippy
on May 23, 2011 -
My 2004 Tiburon GT SE
needs a clutch replacement but I can't decide if putting that much money into the car is worth it. How much can I expect to pay a mechanic to perform the work? I'm guessing in the $1K range but I don't know. And if so, does it make sense to put that money into car that's almost 8 years old? I bought it used a few years ago and still owe $5K on it, so dumping it isn't an option. It has only 54K miles and is otherwise in very good condition. How should I proceed?
posted by Jamesonian
on May 17, 2011 -
Given two identical townhouses, one with no basement, the other with a finished basement, what would be the difference in value? Also, who benefits from the savings related to doing a transaction without a broker? Buyer, seller or both? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe
on Apr 29, 2011 -
Is there any real way a Hermes leather bag is ‘better’ than your average Gucci/LV/Cartier/etc. bag? I mean once you’re in “Handmade in Europe by a company that’s been around since before 1930″ territory it’s all the same right? Trying to figure out whether to save up (a while!) for the big H or forget it and go for the others. [more inside]
posted by the mad poster!
on Mar 6, 2011 -
Here's one for the dollar collectors. I have a five dollar bill with solid sevens as its serial number. Is it of any value, and how much will it fetch on the market?
posted by squirtle
on Nov 6, 2010 -
My boyfriend's birthday is coming up and I'm stumped about gift ideas. I'm also broke. Luckily, he's obsessed with getting as much bang for his buck as possible. [more inside]
posted by timory
on Nov 2, 2010 -
Calling all cigar aficionados...my brother drives a limo on the weekend and some clients recently tossed him a box of (supposedly decent) cigars as a tip. He has no interest in smoking them. Any idea where could he sell them to get a little cash instead? Ebay seems to be out of the question for tobacco. There are 19 Macanudo cert vintage 1988 #1 in the humidor pictured here.
posted by skidoom
on Oct 6, 2010 -
Are there good resources to determine what's happening to the value of my house as the market adjusts? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix
on Jul 22, 2010 -
One of my clients was purchased by their competitor. It was a surprise. That (now former) client is is overdue on multiple invoices to me/my company. Kiss the money goodbye, right? Normally yes, but I own my former client's domain name, and have been hosting it. How do I come up with a number for how much the URL is worth, when "globally" it's not worth much, but regionally and within the industry, it is very identifiable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 21, 2010 -
Approximately how much of the productivity gains of the past 125 years has been a result of using fossil fuels? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide
on Jun 30, 2010 -
My grandpa died. Some stuff remains. Will you be my personal Antiques Roadshow? [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on Mar 31, 2010 -
I'm interested in exploring the world of investing. After doing some reading on how the markets work, some key terminologies to know etc. there are a couple of questions that elude me regarding the selling of stock, namely, when I sell my stock, who's buying it, and how exactly do I lose money on the market? [more inside]
posted by FireStyle
on Mar 1, 2010 -
Sacrifice, speech, writing and art: I am interested in the different ways in which a sacrifice, a sacrament, a spoken word and a written word act as signifiers. The notion for instance that the sacrament, at the point of its acceptance, is understood as becoming
the signified. What can you tell me / what has been written about the notions of sacrifice and their relationship to speech, art and the technologies of writing? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Feb 24, 2010 -
As a 10 year old child I went with my mother, myself and my 7 year old brother went to EJ Korvette's on 46th Street to meet an alien. Well, actually it was Leonard Nimoy (in full makeup and costume) as Mr. Spock. It was 1969 and he had just come out with his new album Mr Spock's Music From Outer Space.
We were in a crush of people. My brother was having trouble with the crowd. The store was packed. Finally my mother snapped and dragged us out of the store screaming, "My son is suffocating, get out of the way!"
Anyway, after hysteria by yours truly, we went back. The crowd was gone. Someone took the album from my hands and sliced the covering plastic with a razor. I didn't care. I was looking up at Mister SPOCK from my favoite show of all times!
I wanted to say something, anything. But my throat was dry. My brain useless. He signed the album. He signed it... Spock in cursive.
I still have this album today.
Is it worth anything? Other than my memories and the original price? Leonard. I love your photos. Call me...
posted by Splunge
on Feb 1, 2010 -
I am looking to find out overall statistics for property rentals in NY for 2009-2010. I am trying to write a letter to prevent a rent hike and I want to fill it with some statistics to help better illustrate my point. Thanks in advance.
posted by lukeomalley
on Jan 21, 2010 -
What common salad bar items provide the best ratio of weight versus nutrient value for optimal cost-effectiveness? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Jan 8, 2010 -
is a curb recovery - I was hoping to lightly scrub it to remove some of the surface rust and seal it - To keep that 'Silent Hill' look without having the rust rub off on everything. Will I be destroying a priceless antique? What's the best choice for sealing it while keeping it's creepy look intact? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069
on Aug 29, 2009 -
Seattle region filter: We are new residents of Seattle, from New Jersey, enjoying our exploration of this wonderful city. We are house-hunting and have narrowed down our choice of neighborhoods.
Any opinions or advice? [more inside]
posted by valannc
on Jun 30, 2009 -
We are house-hunting in the Seattle area. Looking at property with water views. Willing to pay the higher price that comes with a view. But I'm reading some horror stories about how a neighbor will build a tower in front of your view, or neighbors who refuse to trim their tall shrubs. And then your view is obscured and your property value drops.
How do I research this? How can I know if the viewshed is protected or not? What sort of monitoring would I need to do over the years?
I will ask my realtor to research it, but I'd like to hear from people with experience with this issue.
posted by valannc
on Jun 3, 2009 -
I'm looking to get a new desktop PC for gaming purposes. I want to spend around $800. Where do I go for the best bang for my buck? [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge
on Apr 8, 2009 -
I'm looking to buy a used acoustic guitar that didn't hold it's monetary value. Which brands should I look for? [more inside]
posted by magikker
on Jan 16, 2009 -