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  1. Question and Answer
    Recently, my husband and I have been talking about downsizing our home. Here's a bit of background: In the beginning of 2012 we sold our 1974 1600 square foot brick ranch and moved 30 miles south to a beach town where we currently rent a 2010 1500 square foot craftsman. While we owned our...
  2. General Chat
    We are looking into getting my parents into senior housing: a sliding scale type of rent, based on income. Anyone here ever have experience with that?
  3. Pregnancy
    so im needing housing for this baby and I... I called HUD and PA housing authority and they said the wait list is 8-10 YEARS. Im just at a loss of what to do and overly stressed and scared :(
  4. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    How much of my income should be left after expenses, or how much should I be saving? I've heard 10% is a good number. Is that 10% of gross or net? Should I be saving more? Is less acceptable? How much should I be spending on housing? I'm considering buying my first house. I've heard 29%-41% of...
  5. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    We listed at the end of September with the hopes of getting offers around $234,900. We had one really low offer and a few showings, but nothing concrete. As such, we reduced the price about $10k to induce more interest. We've had one open house (with two families that showed up) and one showing...
  6. General Chat
    I need to step away from zillow :lol We bought our house 5 years ago. At the time we refinanced our house was worth $13k less than we bought it for. It's now down another $8k since April. Thankfully we still have equity but I am beginning to wonder for how much longer? :skept:
  7. Stepmoms and Second Wives
    I'm having severe problems with my 19 year old step daughter, and we need to get her to live somewhere else. The problem is she only has one friend left because she's chased the rest off with her con-artist ways, she's a single mom, and she's clueless. Her mom raised her with no exposure to...
  8. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    Home prices: 1st annual increase in 3 years - Real estate- msnbc.com Personally, I'd like to see home prices go back to the kind of inflation matching value increases we used to see before the real estate glut of the new millennium. I'm QUITE happy with 2-3% a year for real estate, TYVM.
  9. Question and Answer
    Does anyone know of a website that can be used to store personal videos? Right now I use Dropshots. It is password protected and I can save pictures and videos to it. Does anyone know of another site, maybe Kodak, that videos could be saved to? Thanks, Cheryl
  10. General Chat
    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601213&sid=a3wi0M6veJ1M&refer=home Makes a bit more sense of it anyway.
  11. General Chat
    Thought I'd post another "controversial" thread. LOL Like we need another one, but this is a passionate topic in the US now. We've bailed out F and F and numerous corporations, so what od you think about helping the regular householders through this crisis. I keep reading about the massive...
  12. News you can use
    Housing rebound: When to spot one This is already one of the worst national housing downturns in half a century. But what's really scary is that judging from the still-huge overhang of unsold homes - one of the key indicators of the market's prospects - things could get worse. In fact, much...
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    Fannie, Freddie shares plunge on housing, accounting worries Shares of mortgage purchasers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac tumbled Monday after a Federal Reserve official warned housing market ...
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    4 housing upgrades that don't pay Thinking of renovating? Here are four things to avoid if you may want to sell down the road.
  15. General Chat
    :nrant: Ok, I just need to vent a bit. This housing market SUCKS. As most of you know, our house is on the market - it's been there for four months. We've lowered our price almost THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS. Our asking price now officially puts us upside down. Even if we get a full price...
  16. News you can use
    May housing starts fall 3.3% to lowest pace since 1991 Housing starts slid 3.3% in May to their lowest level in more than 17 years, while permits for future construction also fell, ...
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    When will YOUR housing market recover? Forget the forecasts; here's how to analyze what's happening with the real estate market in your town.
  18. General Chat
    Our house in on the market right now (don't we have impeccible timing?) and I'm really starting to get frustrated!! There is an elderly couple and apparently everyone (their three adult children & their realtor) believe our house is absolutely perfect for them (one of their daughters even lives...
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    How low can you go on a housing bid? In this real estate environment, lowball bids are more common. But how do you determine the difference between an insult to the seller and a smart bid?
  20. Question and Answer
    We have a family of 8, living in a 1900 sq.ft. 3 bedroom house. We homeschool, so everyone is home most of the time. We have 2 living areas, so the den is also doubling as a bedroom for 2 children. Our house is 15 years old and desperately needs updating. Should we work on the house and stay...
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