Dora, Home Buyer in Philadelphia, PA

After spending 15 years in Europe,and 1 year in KY,we are moving to Philadelphia.We are looking for a safe and quiet community with good schools.

Asked by Dora, Philadelphia, PA Mon Mar 21, 2011

We are lloking for a House to buy in a safe area ,good quality education for our chidren (2).
Could you give us some ideas on where to start looking? Having some colleges around might be also a good option for me to find a job. Dora

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Ben’s answer
I highly recommend: Lafayette Hill,Pennsylvania. There is a community here called, "The Reserve" that has many kids. Chestnut Hill, College is a 2 minute drive away and the education is good.

Good Luck!!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 22, 2012
Hello Dora, It sound like you are a military family?
I am a Veteran of the United States Army and it would be my pleasure to help your family find the perfect home for you.

There are a few things that i need to know so i can guide you in the right direction.
Please call me at your convenience.

If you are not a military family, no matter, i can still assist you find the right home.

Best Regards,

Alexander Shulzhenko
Realty Mark Cityscape
267 738 0886
realexs@gmail.com
http://www.eRealtyFind.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 4, 2012
You might want to check out this article in Philadelphia Magazine to help narrow your search http://www.phillymag.com/articles/best_places_to_raise_kids/ I personally live in Jenkintown (#14 on the list) which is centrally located between Arcadia University, Penn State University Abington, and Manor College
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 4, 2012
There are good area's all throw philadelphia but all the area's are different you need to have an idea about what you want. You also need to have a an idea about what fit's your into lifestyle you might want to live further out but will you be using public transportation or driving . where are working you want something close to your job.
Call me for information or question's
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 1, 2011
I represent the tri-county area of Montgomery, Chester and Berks County. If you are looking to buy in Western Montgomery, Northern Chester or Eastern Berks County, give me a call. I am comfortable from King of Prussia to Douglassville. This includes, Royersford, Phoenixville, Collegeville, Pottstown, Limerick, etc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 1, 2011
I have personally lived in rittenhouse sq, wasington sq west , logan circle and univ city. All of which were great. It's a question of what you are looking for and price point If you spent a lot of time in Europe and ejoy walking society hill is also a nice choice
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 31, 2011
Hi Dora
Are you thinking of Philadelphia only? You may consider Montgomery or Bucks County? It really depends on your travel time to work. There are some excellent districts to consider. I will be happy to meet with you to discuss your obtions and explore areas, but I strongly suggest you get preapproved. I can help with that.
I can be reached at 215-584-0769
JenBuschel@gmail.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 22, 2011
The Main Line is not in Philadelphia it is in Montgomery County. I just wanted to make sure that Dora is aware of that.

Renee Porsia
Associate Broker
RE/MAX Action
(215) 669-0589 Direct
(215) 358-1100 Office ask for Renee
http://www.reneeporsia.com
Proudly servicing all of Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery and New Jersey
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 22, 2011
Dora: Have you considered the Philadelphia Main Line? Villanova, St. Josephs, and Cabrini all have colleges on the Main Line or close. Many neighborhoods are within 20 minutes of Penn and Drexel.

The schools are tops. Let me recommend http://www.schoolmatters.com as a website to get school information.
Our Trulia Blog at http://bit.ly/fOtZm9 also has great school info.

Where you start looking depends on the type of home and neighborhood you prefer.

Mary Beth & Alicia - Your Philadelphia Main Line Realtors - 610-608-3119

P.S. Our Facebook link below has a video tour of our 4bedroom listing in Wayne, PA 19087
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 22, 2011
We'd love to show you our listings and the other broker's too in the neighborhoods around the University Of Pennsylvania including Univercity City and Center City.

Check out some of our virtual tours and the photo's of the 16 listings we currently have on Trulia, with more arriving soon.
Web Reference: http://www.odonnelre.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
Search can be narrowed based on the lender approval amount OR if you were to pay cash. Realtor can then forward properties work within your specifications

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
972-699-9111
http://www.lynn911.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
Hi Dora,
I would be happy to point you in the right direction. Give me a call. 2159177457.

Shakela Y. Strawberry
1619 Walnut Street - Fifth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
I think you need to look at the all the area's will you be in need of public transportation or will you be driving ? where is your job you want something close to you . You want a home that works all the aspects of your life.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
Dora,

I would love to help you find a home for your family. I am a fulltime agent and I work all over the city and the surrounding suburbs. This is a wonderful city with so much to offer. It would help if you were preapproved and had a price range, desired square feet, amount of bedrooms, home style, backyard, etc. There are hundreds of homes, where do you want to start? I've been here 9 years and I know how it feels coming to an area and not knowing much about it. It's an adventure. Please give me a call 267-975-0372. Good Luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
Hi Dora,

I would be happy to help you with your home search. Goods schools and a great family neighborhood were priorities when I moved my family to Philadelphia from New York years ago. I have specialized in that market as a buyers agent ever since. The best elementary and high schools in Philadelphia are also near some of the universities. Feel free to email or call at your earliest convenience: mg@michaelgarden.com or 215 500 2981

Best regards,

Michael Garden
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
Hi Dora,
I've lived in Phila all my life and would love to help you choose the best neighborhood for your needs. Give me a call at your convenience so I can learn exactly what you're looking for, your timing, etc.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Emily 267-269-6288
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
Hello Dora,

I do not know when you are planning to be in Philadelphia. Right now, the market is swamped with homes in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.

Here is what I tell buyers. Due to all of the new mortgage rules and guidelines it's best to make sure you work with a mortgage consultant (which is different than a bank branch) who is going to work side by side with you the whole way just as your buyer agent will do.

The first thing you should count on doing is find a buyer agent before you talk with the mortgage consultant. The reason for this is so that you can sit down with your buyer agent and go over the entire home buying process because so many things are different now and it's not easy to buy a home these days. There are new rules regarding appraisals, mortgages, seller assist, etc. Your buyer agent will play an important role in your home buying experience so it's important to work with a buyer agent who you will feel comfortable with and who is an expert negotiator because working one who does not feel comfortable negotiating could wind up costing you thousands of dollars.

After you have your buyer agent in place and know everything you now need to know, then you can speak with the mortgage consultant.

Your buyer agent can assist you with names of a few that have worked well with past clients. I always explain that working with someone who will be there for you throughout the entire buying process and at settlement is in your best interest rather than working with a bank branch and becoming a number on a file and having nobody not even at settlement, the most important day of the entire transaction.

As for an area that will be suitable for you and your family, there are so many areas that would fit your criteria. For me to suggest a starting place, I would need to learn much more about your family and listen to your wants and needs rather than to just ramble out neighborhoods. I like to get to know my clients and build a relationship. My clients respect that about me as any REALTOR® can simply suggest areas at any time.

If you would like to contact me at reneeporsia@mac.com and provide more information about your future plans, I'd love to talk with you further.

I provide a buyer counseling session which has been very helpful to my buyers.

Feel free to take a look at my popular blog at http://www.wordpress.reneeporsia.com. There are many articles that you will find extremely helpful. You can also visit my website at http://www.reneeporsia.com I provide a video blog which you may also find extremely helpful. My blogs are specifically geared towards consumers.

You can also contact me directly at 215-669-0589 if you prefer.

Renee Porsia
Associate Broker
RE/MAX Action
(215) 669-0589 Direct
(215) 358-1100 Office ask for Renee
http://www.reneeporsia.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
Philadelphia is a large area. I recommend that you narrow down your range or area. Do you want to live in the city? In a particular area of the city. Do you want to live in the suburbs? How large of a range are you willing to consider. Perhaps you should let me know the location of your focal point, and how many miles radius you would like to be from that point.

A lot of people commute to Philadelphia from as far as 20 or 45 miles away. There are many different towns that you could live in and commute to Philadelphia. It is important to know if you are willing to commute in order to best answer your question.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
Hi, Dora.

Welcome to Philadelphia!

Rather than list some neighborhoods that I like, please check out the websites below to learn more about our wonderful city:

http://www.phillymag.com - Philadelphia Magazine puts out school rankings every year for both the city and suburbs. Very easy to read with great details.

http://www.philadelphiaspeaks.com - This is a neighborhood forum website that allows you to speak to actual people living in and around Philadelphia; it's broken down by neighborhood/town.

http://www.phillypolice.com - This is the Philadelphia Police Force's website. It has a "Crime Maps & Stats" section at the bottom of the home page that lets you view crime stats for different areas. It can be a little overwhelming, but it's a good tool.

If you would prefer a suburban option, please let me know and I'll help you locate a suitable town. Best of luck with your search!

Regards,
Tim

Timothy M. Garrity | Brown McKinney Real Estate, Co.
Real Estate Professional & Consultant
http://www.phillyurbanliving.com

tgarrity@brownmckinney.com Email| http://www.brownmckinney.com/tim Website
215-825-2250 x 1007 Office | 267-879-2716 Mobile | 267-318-7004 Fax
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
Hi Dora,

Welcome to Philadelphia! I am a transplant here myself and absolutely LOVE it! There are many quality schools here and the neighborhoods all have their unique and special flavor to them. I'd love to help you find the neighborhood that's right for you and your family. You can start your exploration at http://www.greatschools.org

Nicole Haines, Realtor
Cityspace
215-300-4375
http://www.nhaines.mustseespace.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
Philadelphia has a lot of colleges around. Some of the major ones are the University of Penn, La Salle University, and Temple University to name a few. The area around UPenn is called University City. Before you buy anywhere, I would recommend driving by some of the houses you are interested in at different times of the day and maybe even talking to some of the neighbors. Here is a website where you can research crime incidents in Philadelphia by location: http://citymaps.phila.gov/CrimeMap/StepByStep.aspx. Were you planning on living in the city itself or the suburbs? If you want to contact me, I can help you in your search. We can set a price range you are looking at and what kind of schools you are interested in (public, private, charter, religious affiliation, etc). My cell is 215-760-5479 and my office number is 215-745-4200 or you can always email me at slewandowski@jgmcsherry.com.

Best of luck,

Stefan
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
Dora,

Welcome to metro Philadelphia! I've provided a web link below showing you the universities and colleges dotted throughout our region, so that you can begin researching the various neighborhoods. Good Hunting!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
Hi Dora,

I would be happy to help you with your home search. Goods schools and a great family neighborhood were priorities when I moved my family to Philadelphia from New York years ago. I have specialized in that market as a buyers agent ever since. The best elementary and high schools in Philadelphia are also near some of the universities. Feel free to email or call at your earliest convenience: mg@michaelgarden.com or 215 500 2981

Best regards,

Michael Garden
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
Dora,
First I would like to know what Price Range you want to be in? What Style of house do you prefer ( Single, town house, Twin, .etc)? How many Bedrooms do you need? You can visit my website and Search for homes or fill out a Property search with the form filled out, letting me know all of the Criteria that you are looking for, I will send you that list of homes in those areas.... Please feel free to call me at any time with Questions as well

Thanks Again,
Jason Lepore
Remax
Selling in Nj and Pa
http://www.LeporeTeam.com
Cell 215-688-1446
Web Reference: http://www.LeporeTeam.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
Hello Dora,

It would be a pleasure to assist your family finding a home. There are many areas which have great education establishments and neighborhoods. I would like to speak with you and get an idia of how much you are willing to spend and find out your house requirements: 3 br, 2.5 bath....etc.

Please call me any time or email me @ 267 738 0886 - realexs@gmail.com

Alexander Shulzhenko
Advance Realty One
267 738 088
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
Dora ---

call me I can make some recommendations --There are soo many colleges and area to consider. 610.291.1460.

Maura mcDonnell
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 21, 2011
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