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USMortgageRa…, Real Estate Pro in Plano, TX
USMortgageRanger answered:
If I'm planning on retiring in a year and moving to a different state, how soon should I look into buying a house in my preferred retirement
Hi Eugene,

Yes now is the time to purchase the home as a 2nd home while you are in receipt of a salary. I would be delighted to provide you with some mortgage options, (this does not ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 30, 2015 Home Buying in Pittsburgh
Eugene, Home Buyer in Pittsburgh, PA
Eugene asked:
Thoughts on the best areas within a 30 mile radius to buy a house... "Best" would include safety (low crime rate), decent sized yard, relatively uncomplicated route into the city (for occasional jaunts; not a daily commute). 2-3 bedroom, under $200,000.…
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 28, 2015 Home Buying in 15235
Sally Grenier, Real Estate Pro in Erie, CO
Sally Grenier answered:
Is it better to buy an out-of-state house for retirement prior to retiring? If so, how far in advance?
You probably should talk to a financial planner or tax adviser about this. Also a conversation with a lender would be a good idea as well.
1 vote Share Flag Mon Jul 27, 2015 Home Buying in Pittsburgh
Ruth & P…, Real Estate Pro in 95030
Ruth & Perry Mistry answered:
In a foreclosure situtation, do the current homeowners have to disclose that there was flooding on the property in previous years?
Yes there should be such a disclosure.

But Banks won't know.

This is why you have a Natural Hazards Report
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 16, 2015 Foreclosure in Pittsburgh
pacommission…, Real Estate Pro in Pittsburgh, PA
pacommissionrebate answered:
What is the average monthly cost of utilities, water, cable, etc. in the Greenfield area of Pittsburgh, PA?
You can call the local utility companies (Duquesne Light and Columbia Gas) and ask them what the average monthly bill is for that address. They should tell you that information for the ... more
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pacommission…, Real Estate Pro in Pittsburgh, PA
pacommissionrebate answered:
Are there Real Estate Consultants?
Yes, an agent can perform as a consultant. What type of consulting services do you need? Just FYI my business model actually saves you money (I pay you!) because I will rebate part of ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 16, 2015 Home Buying in Pittsburgh
pacommission…, Real Estate Pro in Pittsburgh, PA
pacommissionrebate answered:
Is there such a thing as a Real Estate Consultant?
My company has a different payment model where I will rebate 50% of the commission back to you. Alternatively, I can charge a $5000 flat fee.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 16, 2015 Home Buying in Pittsburgh
Robbie Sarid…, Real Estate Pro in 44133
Robbie Saridakis answered:
i have a home inspection report,there are a few things that i want fixed before i buy. is the seller requiredto fix these? gas leaks,furnace itc.
All things are negotiable! Gas leaks are a safety issue and the seller should take care of that. Replacing the furnace no, but you could ask them to have it cleaned and checked by a fu ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 15, 2015 Home Buying in 15037
Leamc6776, Home Buyer in Wexford, PA
Leamc6776 answered:
What are the quality of Heartland Homes in the Pittsburgh, PA area? Specific questions to ask when meeting with Heartland Homes agent?
Never buy Heartland! They were way better just being Ryan. Heartland ironically rips the heart out of you and tosses it into the waste land. HORRIBLE!!
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 14, 2015 Home Buying in 15108
Laurie Holyc…, Real Estate Pro in 97080
Laurie Holycross answered:
when a buyer has a home inspection -can the seller be present?
Hi Marge,

Usually the seller is not present and if they feel the need to have some present they have their agent there. The home inspection is paid for by the buyer and it insures t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 6, 2015 Home Buying in 15146
Dan Tabit, Real Estate Pro in 98074
Dan Tabit answered:
Looking to buy a house in Penn Hills to retire to in 2 years. Is it possible to buy something and rent it out until them?
There are property management companies. You may find one through this site or others. One issue will be if you are planning to financing the purchase. Non Owner Occupied ho ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 2, 2015 Home Buying in Penn Hills
Steve Kowatic, Real Estate Pro in Moon Township, PA
Steve Kowatic answered:
i want a FHA loan with seller assist, but why does my agent thinks that it is a bad idea to use this loan and seller assist
I'm not sure why your realtor would feel it is a bad idea. If that is what you are willing to do then you are still a qualified buyer. The only reason I could see is that when you go ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 18, 2015 Home Buying in 15204
Travis Crock…, Real Estate Pro in Pittsburgh, PA
Travis Crocker answered:
i am looking for a newly renovated 3 bedroom 2 bath house/condo apt. with a yard an laundry room---one floor in Sq. Hill
May I ask, what is the reason for renting? If you have the ability to pay the 6 months of rent in advance you sound as though you would be ready to take a step toward ownership. Let me ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 17, 2015 Home Buying in Squirrel Hill South
Ed Groussman, Real Estate Pro in Brooklyn, NY
Ed Groussman answered:
Mortgage broker specializing in FHA Loans in Pittsburgh area
I can close FHA loans down to a 580 credit score. FHA loans are one of my specialties.

Feel free to contact me if you need mortgage assistance.

egroussman@homepointfin ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 17, 2015 Financing in Pittsburgh
Tony Grech, Real Estate Pro in Michigan
Tony Grech answered:
Why do I need a letter explaining earnest money?
They are asking for an explanation because this situation is out of the norm. Most transactions contain an earnest money deposit. The lender is probably concerned that this might not be ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 15, 2015 Home Buying in Pittsburgh
Jackson Will…, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Jackson Willis answered:
We are remodeling our home and the contractor suggests using IKEA cabinets that she will professionally install. Will it hurt our resale value later?
I don't think it will be a big hit to your resale value unless the cabinets aren't good. I don't think you'd have to disclose where you got the cabinets to any buyers in the future, and ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 15, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 15226
Hlife509, Renter in Pittsburgh, PA
Hlife509 answered:
How safe is carnegie higland townhomes?
Beechwood Ave. in CARNEGIE is a beautiful area except for house break-ins and drug activity. Most residents own their own homes, but there are also some rentals which leads to not enoug ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 13, 2015 Crime & Safety in 15106
Dawn Cziczin, Home Buyer in Pittsburgh, PA
Dawn Cziczin answered:
i am owner of (2001 Luray – McKeesport, PA 15132) TITLE IS CLEAN can you assist to sell it ? I consider any offer regards - Abdol
Depending on the condition of the home I might be interested in purchasing the home. Please let me know if you are still interested in selling it and how much you are looking to get fro ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 10, 2015 Home Buying in McKeesport
Jane, Home Buyer in Pittsburgh, PA
Jane answered:
Does anyone can help me find a Single-Family Home in Mcknight Rd's area?
Try on Facebook, Jennifer Yau Lee. She does a lot for renters.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 7, 2015 Rentals in Pittsburgh
Genek, Home Buyer in Pittsburgh, PA
Genek answered:
Are there any special places or methods for advertising the sale of a wheelchair accessible home?
Here is a helpful infographic on how to make a wheelchair accessible home:

Make sure ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 4, 2015 Home Selling in Pittsburgh
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