Good evening Sabree,
I’m no real estate agent, just a humble Mortgage Banker, but I can give you some guidance on your search for the right rental apartment.
In my experience in the real estate trade, I’ve discovered that the consumer is best served by adopting some simple strategies, whether you’re buying a home, selling one, or renting an apartment.
First: remember that real estate agents work on commission. The better quality agents---and those with the most experience---will be testing you from the initial contact to determine if you’re serious and will commit to using their services. Why? Because real estate is like any other business; you don’t sit at a table in a restaurant to read the menu without actually buying food at some point. It’s the same concept: the experienced real estate professional has to earn a living by renting apartments to serious and qualified prospective renters.
Therefore, the smart consumer should be well-prepared and committed to respecting the real estate professional’s time. Prepare yourself with three fundamentals: amenities, location, and price.
Know your requirements for the apartment you wish to rent in terms of amenities (one bedroom versus three bedrooms; elevator building or private house), location (proximity to public transportation or need for parking), and price. If you present yourself as well-prepared you’ll have a better chance of working with an experienced agent who will work hard to find you the right apartment.
Second, start with the internet---especially TRULIA.com---but stay “local.” Here on TRULIA.com you can easily find a local professional by clicking on “FIND an AGENT” at the top of this page. There you can hone in on a seasoned professional in exactly the area where you wish to rent your apartment.
TRULIA provides exceptional tools to help you as a consumer understand the quality of the professional you’re working with. Read the agent’s profile; check out the recommendations from previous clients; get to know the level of experience of the agent and the areas that agent covers.
Third, real estate agents are prevented by Federal regulations from answering certain types of questions. They cannot discuss schools or school districts, crime statistics, and a variety of other issues prohibited by Fair Housing regulations. If your agent is vague when you ask certain types of questions, now you know why.
Finally, demonstrate your level of seriousness to your real estate agent. Show up on time for your appointments to view apartments. If you’re required to submit documents for the Landlord to review with your rental application, get them into your agent’s hands pronto. Not only does this help you potentially get one step ahead of a competing renter, but you’ll be viewed by the Landlord as a responsible renter. Landlords prefer responsible renters, don’t they?
I hope that helps you improve the results of your search for an apartment, and helps you with a better quality experience.
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You are asking a question many people ask. As a new construction specialist, I can tell you NO ONE can answer your question with accuracy. There are two factors - (1) what will assessment be at time of end of abatement and (2) what will the tax rate be.
So, given that those are not known 10 years from now, all you can do is look at similarly priced/sized homes in the area to GUESS. It is TYPICAL but not always the case that .8% of value is CLOSE to taxes in philadelphia. 900k homes often have 7k in taxes and 400k homes have 3k in taxes. 200k homes often have 1500 in taxes.....There are many variation on this theme and a large varriance in actual taxes/values.
So keep in mind there is no "definite answer".... more
Yes, there are properties in the 19152 area with just a few steps and one floor type singles. You can always set an appointment to see a property. I would need to know your price range and the number of bedrooms your mother is looking for. Please feel free to give me a call.
V.I.P. Realty Corp.
(215) 725-5700... more
This information can be attained by going to City Hall and checking the public records or if you're familiar with the neighborhood, knock on the door and ask.
Exit Realty "The Tri-State Group"
1080 N Delaware Ave Ste 200
Philadelphia PA 19125
Cell: 215-687-2629... more
The MLS is a broker to broker exchange of properties available of sale and the offer of compensation for cooperation in the sale of the property by brokers other than the listing brokerage. The way to remove your home from the Multiple Listing Service is to contact the agent that you listed your property with or that agents broker and withdraw your property from the market.
If you can not contact the agent that listed your home that agents broker may be the other option.... more
This is greatly dependant on the specific neighborhood. The prices vary from $129K to almost $800K.
Please get in touch with me so that I can give you more detailed information.
Terrence Charest, e-Pro®
Century 21 Associates
905 Easton Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090
Cell (Preferred): 877.614.1494
“Century 21 is the number one franchise site on the Internet”... more