If you do not have enogh money to pay off your mortgage as well as the costs associated with the sale, (commission, property taxes, lawyer's fees etc) then you're short. Unless you can come up with this money then you're going to have to ask someone(s) to take less than you owe them and this would make it a short sale. You could try selling on your own to try to save some money but this generally isn't the best way to sell and you'll have to deal with everything on your own.... more
Have you looked into putting in a temporary fence? You could have it up around the pool for the few years that the pool presents an issue and then you could take it down. This way you could keep the fence and not have to deal with the baggage of a permanent fence. If you don't like the sound of that I'm sure you could find a permanent fence that looks good. http://www.aandrrent-a-fence.com/services.html... more
I think it's going to vary quite a bit for the most part. Between the two, I would prefer laminate. I think it would be pretty safe to go with that. It wouldn't make that much of a difference though. I think you'll get just as much out of whichever one you choose to go with.
I work with a lot of investors, and have been a part of many flips. If you would like to speak about what it is you want to do in more detail, I'd be happy to help, feel free to contact me directly. Good luck !... more