Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,All Real Estate Advice Topics,MA http://www.zillow.com/advice/MA/all/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate Buying a second home. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buying-a-second-home/549227/ Hello,<br/><p class="MsoNormal">I understand that when buying a second home a 20% down is required and I would like to know if there is a way I can pay less.</p><p class="MsoNormal">I own a single family that my parents purchased under my name and it's currently my primary residency as well as my parents.</p><p class="MsoNormal">They pay the mortgage but don't qualify to assume the loan, so I am stuck unless they sell. What are my choices as far as buying a second home ?</p><p class="MsoNormal">I would like to purchase a 3 family building and be able to get the extra income from the rent.</p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">Thanks,</p><br \><br \>1 reply Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Buying-a-second-home/549227/ 2014-07-10T23:30:00Z What if my husband does not want to sell and I do because of divorce? Mortage in both are names. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-if-my-husband-does-not-want-to-sell-and-I-do-because-of-divorce-Mortage-in-both-are-names/478352/ 11 replies Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-if-my-husband-does-not-want-to-sell-and-I-do-because-of-divorce-Mortage-in-both-are-names/478352/ 2013-02-12T19:48:00Z Can you take out equity on rental income property? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-you-take-out-equity-on-rental-income-property/548937/ I plan on buying two 3 or 2 family homes out right cash, my question is can I take out equity on them using the rental income as my primary source of income? thank you<br \><br \>2 replies Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:23:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-you-take-out-equity-on-rental-income-property/548937/ 2014-07-08T23:23:00Z Significant Tax Increase http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Significant-Tax-Increase/548661/ My&nbsp;husband and I purchased a home in Natick, MA in June 2013.&nbsp;<br/><br/>Last year's taxes were listed as $5100. We&nbsp;only&nbsp;just&nbsp;received a&nbsp;bill for back-payment for last year's escrow for $1800 and our taxes were increased to $6900 (as of July 2013, a few days after the closing). We believe the seller was notified of this prior to the closing (in June 2013) but did not disclose it so that the house sale would go through. <br/><br/> This is a significant difference of about $1700 that would have affected our purchase of the house. Who is at fault here? The seller? Our lawyer who didn't locate this major discrepancy? Our agent?<br \><br \>6 replies Mon, 07 Jul 2014 01:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Significant-Tax-Increase/548661/ 2014-07-07T01:35:00Z Search homes for sale by school http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Search-homes-for-sale-by-school/522255/ How can I narrow a search for homes within a certain school district?<br \><br \>7 replies Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Search-homes-for-sale-by-school/522255/ 2013-12-22T16:46:00Z why is the listed rental monthly price one thing but the zestimate price is extremely higher? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/why-is-the-listed-rental-monthly-price-one-thing-but-the-zestimate-price-is-extremely-higher/535316/ which price is real: the zestimate price per month or the one listed when you search? Please clarify... it's very misleading. Thanks.&nbsp;<br \><br \>2 replies Sun, 06 Apr 2014 03:17:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/why-is-the-listed-rental-monthly-price-one-thing-but-the-zestimate-price-is-extremely-higher/535316/ 2014-04-06T03:17:00Z My rent is $1650 http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-rent-is-1650/548603/ I'm paying $1650 plus utilities, don't have the best credit, owner of Moldguys, My girlfriend works at Dunkin Donuts. are there special funding out there to buy a home, the money we are paying we should own<br \><br \>2 replies Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-rent-is-1650/548603/ 2014-07-06T17:03:00Z Address change http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Address-change/548598/ My condo address is listed in Zillow as one building. In 2012 this building was split into 3 separate condos. How can the listing be updated to break out Unit #1, Unit #2 and Unit #3?<br \><br \>0 replies Sun, 06 Jul 2014 16:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Address-change/548598/ 2014-07-06T16:28:00Z I want my zestimate off of my home. It is so inaccurate. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-want-my-zestimate-off-of-my-home-It-is-so-inaccurate/323176/ 5 replies Tue, 09 Feb 2010 23:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-want-my-zestimate-off-of-my-home-It-is-so-inaccurate/323176/ 2010-02-09T23:52:00Z Are there any houses for rent in the South Shore Massachusetts area? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-there-any-houses-for-rent-in-the-South-Shore-Massachusetts-area/470243/ 1 reply Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-there-any-houses-for-rent-in-the-South-Shore-Massachusetts-area/470243/ 2012-12-03T17:08:00Z Can the buyer's mortgage bank be negligent in their lack of knowledge and providing wrong info? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-the-buyer%27s-mortgage-bank-be-negligent-in-their-lack-of-knowledge-and-providing-wrong-info/548283/ I am purchasing a home through a purchase and rehab 203k loan. Purchase price 150k and bank appraised value 175k. I am currently being charged a $300 fee plus $100 per diem for an extension with projected total equaling $2900. Is my mortgage bank liable for the extension fee for what I feel was poor knowledge of the loan product, providing me with incorrect information, and tardiness in relaying pertinent information/ requirements to me? To begin, I obtained work estimates for 25k and submitted them to the bank. That is when the mortgage lender told me since the utilities were turned off, they required 15% of renovation budget to hold as reserve funds ($3,750). This put the reno budget budget at 28,750 and the total amount to be financed at 178,750. At this point I was told that anything over 175k, I would have to come up with as out of pocket cash funds at closing. I did not have this additional money to provide at closing. So I had to go back multiple times to several contractors to get them to shave down the estimates and provide new estimates to get me down to 21,739 estimate + 15% reserve funds = 25k. I finally succeeded only to discover by chance from another mortgage bank that FHA rules allowed me to borrow up to 110% of the appraised value all along. There was never a need to waste time contacting contractors. There were also issues from the appraisal report that she received weeks ago, that required several miscellaneous and specific things to be addressed and included on my estimates. She didn't tell me about that until later. That caused another round of me having to go back out to the contractors for revised estimates. Can I recover the cost of the extension fees from the mortgage bank?<br \><br \>3 replies Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:36:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-the-buyer%27s-mortgage-bank-be-negligent-in-their-lack-of-knowledge-and-providing-wrong-info/548283/ 2014-07-03T13:36:00Z what does a home's square footage include? Living space only, or garage, basement, 3-season? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-does-a-home%27s-square-footage-include-Living-space-only-or-garage-basement-3-season/392237/ 9 replies Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-does-a-home%27s-square-footage-include-Living-space-only-or-garage-basement-3-season/392237/ 2011-03-25T16:05:00Z Cost per SF http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Cost-per-SF/547596/ What is an average cost per sf to build a triple decker in Boston MA assuming using non-union rates?<br \><br \>0 replies Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:07:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Cost-per-SF/547596/ 2014-06-28T14:07:00Z How can we get our house on Zillow for open house tomorrow 6/29..it is listed on Zillow already http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-we-get-our-house-on-Zillow-for-open-house-tomorrow-6-29-it-is-listed-on-Zillow-already/547589/ 12-2 pm on 6/29<br \><br \>1 reply Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-we-get-our-house-on-Zillow-for-open-house-tomorrow-6-29-it-is-listed-on-Zillow-already/547589/ 2014-06-28T12:55:00Z where is this house located? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/where-is-this-house-located/547542/ Where is this house located&nbsp;<div style="text-align: left;" class="prop-mod prop-summary wide-hc-pad "><p>570 County Road 1001, Centre, AL 35960</p><br/>Is it in boston or Alabama?<br/>&nbsp;<div style="text-align: right;" class="hdp-tabbed-header prop-map-tabs has-photos tabs-z yui3-widget yui3-tabview yui3-tabcontentmgr yui3-tabcontentmgr-content yui3-async-block yui3-async-block-content"><ul style="text-align: center;" class="tab-container yui3-tabview-list tab-count-4"><li style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 1em; display: inline-block; width: 98.51667022705078px; zoom: 1; " class="yui3-tab yui3-widget yui3-customtab yui3-customtab-selected"/></ul></div></div><br \><br \>0 replies Sat, 28 Jun 2014 01:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/where-is-this-house-located/547542/ 2014-06-28T01:51:00Z Central A/C Installation Cost http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Central-A-C-Installation-Cost/547365/ I have a 2300 sq. ft. house that is fairly well insulated (about 15 years old).<br/>I'm wondering what the cost would be to install central A/C. The house already has duct work for forced hot air. I am not looking for a hight SEER rating. I just want to be reasonably comfortable and lower the humidity.<br \><br \>1 reply Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:14:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Central-A-C-Installation-Cost/547365/ 2014-06-26T20:14:00Z Is there anyone company out there that rents to own http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-anyone-company-out-there-that-rents-to-own/547116/ 1 reply Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-anyone-company-out-there-that-rents-to-own/547116/ 2014-06-25T13:48:00Z How to remove a RENTAL listing ASAP from Zillow.com - confused graphic designer? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-remove-a-RENTAL-listing-ASAP-from-Zillow-com-confused-graphic-designer/547111/ <div>HELP! I listed an apartment on Zillow.com 28 Briggs Street, Taunton, MA 02780. The website did a great job helping me with this - I am having a great deal of difficulty removing the listing?? I'm a graphic designer and work on websites everyday - AND still could figure it out!!!<div>Please assist me with this matter asap interested people are wasting their time reaching out to me.<div>Appreciate you help with this???<div>Ann Marie</div></div></div></div><br \><br \>1 reply Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-remove-a-RENTAL-listing-ASAP-from-Zillow-com-confused-graphic-designer/547111/ 2014-06-25T12:47:00Z how do i make changes on my listing http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-i-make-changes-on-my-listing/547049/ 1 reply Wed, 25 Jun 2014 01:17:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-i-make-changes-on-my-listing/547049/ 2014-06-25T01:17:00Z how do i list my home http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-i-list-my-home/547048/ 0 replies Wed, 25 Jun 2014 01:16:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-i-list-my-home/547048/ 2014-06-25T01:16:00Z