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Can I void offer on stigmatized property?
The seller didn't mention dogfighting at the house. Can the buyer back out?
Agent demands $10K for doing nothing
A real estate agent throws a tantrum, sulks and seeks a termination fee. What to do?
Do train tracks reduce home value so much?
No one’s buying this house with tracks behind it. Now the agent wants to cut the price!
Judgment lien on house for ex-lover's debt
California girls are unforgettable, especially when credit problems linger after they're gone.
Construction loan has more cons than pros
A construction loan requires the borrower to be vigilant. Here's what to watch out for.
Using an IRA for a down payment, tax-free
You can withdraw money from an IRA to buy a house. But watch out for the tax bite.
Can I cancel contract with listing agent?
Is there a cooling-off period during which you can fire your real estate agent without penalty?
Home auction sites have upsides, downsides
You can sell a home successfully via online auction. Just understand the risks and benefits.
Can HOA foreclose to collect unpaid dues?
What can happen if the HOA dues haven't been paid in two years, but the mortgage is current?
Pay to fix house you haven't bought yet?
Beware the agent who represents both sides -- and asks you to pay for repairs before buying.
How does inspector differ from appraiser?
Any mortgage requires an appraisal, but an FHA loan demands a specialized inspection.
Buy home with yard made soggy by neighbor?
Should you buy a house that has a marshy yard because the neighbor drains his rain into it?
Must seller be present at home inspection?
It's hard to speak freely when a pesky, defensive seller follows you during a home inspection.
How do I buy a home behind my wife's back?
"Till death do us part?" Not if this husband has his way. Can he buy a bachelor pad in secret?
Will I lose land by adverse possession?
What do you do when your neighbor has been using your property for 20 years?
2 years on market, 1 offer -- fire agent?
Hiring a neighbor as your agent. Setting a high price. Wimping out. That's three strikes.
Pros and cons of creating a life estate
This contract lets the homeowner sell to an heir while remaining queen of the castle.
Seller concealed story of stigmatized home
Neighbors tell a recent homebuyer that awful crimes and a suicide had happened inside.
How can I buy long-vacant house?
When a house has sat empty for a decade, maybe you can find a motivated seller. Maybe.
My offer was accepted; how can I back out?
A home seller can sue you for walking away from a contract, but there are plenty of loopholes.
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