Tag: Property

Thinking of moving to Spain? You could find a rental for as little as $722 a month

If you’re planning a move to Madrid, the first thing you’ll need to do is find a place to call home. Start by choosing the neighborhood...

‘I am not a loan shark’: I loaned my sister $20K and she repaid me after two years with insane interest: 30%. What do I do?

Dear Quentin, I loaned my sister $20,000 to help her buy a new home. We did not put any terms in writing, but she said...

Mortgage rates fell over the past week, despite inflation hitting a 13-year high. What’s going on?

Benchmark mortgage rates slid over the past week, without any clear reason for a decline, continuing the reprieve for price-sensitive home buyers. The 30-year fixed-rate...

I want to move to a walkable, historic, four-season town and have a budget of $30,000 a year — where should I retire?

I am recently retired, and now that it’s a seller’s market, it seems like the perfect time to sell my home and move to a...

My boyfriend demands I pay half of his $600K mortgage and utilities, or go live in a camper van. He says, ‘You’ll never own this house’

I have been in a relationship with my partner, a man, for about 10 years. We are both in our late 50s, and I’m financially...

Mortgage rates drop back below 3% — here’s how much Americans could save by refinancing

Benchmark mortgage rates again dropped below 3%, giving Americans yet another opportunity to refinance, and lock in historically low financing. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged...

How financial planning can help you. Exhibit A: Selling your home before getting married — and facing this avoidable tax mistake

If you are affluent or will be in the future, taxes are or will become one of your biggest expenses — maybe the biggest. And...

German property giants announce $22 billion merger to ‘tackle’ housing crisis

Germany’s two biggest listed residential property groups, Vonovia and Deutsche Wohnen, have agreed to merge in an €18 billion ($22 billion) deal that will create...

Why you should avoid cash in these transactions

MUMBAI: Recently, the income tax department relaxed cash norms for covid-19 treatment. It issued a notification allowing patients, their families and friends to pay ₹2...

The vast majority of Americans expect home prices to rise — but most people think it’s a good time to buy a home anyway

Despite skyrocketing home prices, a majority of Americans believe now is a good time to buy a home, according to a new survey from Gallup....

‘Everything seems to go smoother when we’re together’: Companies dangle spa weekends and free meals to lure workers back to the office

Thomas Jepsen, founder of Passion Plans, a company that helps connect home buyers with architects and designers, is among the cohort of employers that are...

I’m a disabled police officer. My wife persuaded me to sign quit-claim deed so she could refinance our home at a better rate. Now she’s hinting at divorce

I have been married for almost thirty years. I worked the first nine years of our marriage, I was a police officer, and became disabled....

My wife inherited $800K. She put $300K toward our mortgage and $500K in her own bank account — after 35 years of marriage

Dear Quentin, I’ve been married 35 years. My wife is going to inherit $800,000 and told me she will use $300,000 to pay off our...

I saved $1.1M for retirement, earn $128K and have $22K in cash. Can I afford my dream car — an $80K Nissan GT-R?

I’m looking to purchase a used Nissan GT-R and spend about $80,000. I’m 41 and single with no kids, and have always been a big...

My wife offered to ‘loan’ me money when I was having financial trouble. Now I make six figures — and she refuses to pay any bills

Dear Quentin, I’m wondering if I am paranoid, or if I have reason to feel used. My wife and I have two kids and own...

Homeowners’ new safety net leaves many at risk

As the federal government hastily stitches together a new safety net for struggling homeowners, housing advocates fear the relief may come too late for some...

How much income should you spend on homeownership? How to avoid being ‘house poor’

Andy Hill discovered he was house poor soon after he bought his first home in 2004. When Hill put 10% down on the 1,200-square-foot house...

Is now a good time to buy — or sell — a home? Here’s what Americans need to know about the hot real-estate market

With any purchase, people want to know if they’re getting a good deal. But when it comes to buying a home in today’s market, it’s...

My parents made my sister executor of their $4 million estate, and joint owner of their bank accounts. Should I be worried?

Dear Quentin, I just found out that my parents (who are in their mid 80s) have named my sister as their successor trustee, and executor...

How do you compete with home buyers who can pay in all cash? Skip inspections and appraisals

Alissa Resnick and Brett Banhazl’s experience buying a home will sound familiar to many Americans negotiating today’s housing market. The married couple began seriously searching...

Examining the gift deed is key prior to any legal challenge

I am 76 and in the process of writing my will. At present, I have a residential apartment in my name, along with my wife...

My second husband, 86, and I have 12 kids between us. He wants me to leave him everything — and will pass on the inheritance to my 5 children

My second husband, previously divorced, is 86 years old and has been putting off setting up a trust for 10 years. We have 12 children...

I want to build my dream home in New Jersey, but why is there a shortage of lumber, steel, microwaves and even refrigerators?

‘The Big Move’ is a MarketWatch column looking at the ins and outs of real estate, from navigating the search for a new home to...

I’m 30. My wife is 34. We saved $350K and I have $350K saved for retirement. Should we pay cash for a home — or take out a mortgage and invest it?

Dear Quentin, After finishing graduate school, my wife and I decided to pay off all our debt before buying a home, or anything for that...

My stepmother got nothing when my father died, per their prenup. She asked me to buy her a home. What should I do?

Dear Quentin, My dad recently passed away. My stepmother and he signed a prenup where she gets nothing. Because she has nothing, she has asked...