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Mustangmegs, Home Buyer in Bethlehem, PA
Mustangmegs asked:
Why are the pics of this property so blurry? I looked at 3 other sites and their pics are beautiful...this website comes up 1st on google and I can't I can't use this website to look at this property because the pictures are terrible. 258 East North Street Bethlehem PA 18018
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 31, 2015 Home Buying in 18018
Gary Swank, Real Estate Pro in Pittsburgh, PA
Gary Swank answered:
In a FSBO deal, the seller does not want to escrow the earnest funds-just deposit them into his personal account. Is this legal in PA?
No. by state law earnest funds must be held in an escrow account by the buyer until the transaction completes or the transaction is cancelled.
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 5, 2015 Home Buying in Bethlehem
Shabana Path…, Real Estate Pro in Bethlehem, PA
Shabana Pathan Group answered:
We are first time home buyers. We are looking to buy a new house preferably in hanover and asapacker elementary school assigned areas.
Hello Mr. Kotala,

There are currently 7 homes available in Bethlehem/Hanover area per your criteria. Please contact us at 484-893-1204 or email at spghelps@gmail.com. We can send you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 2, 2014 Home Buying in Bethlehem
korryfranke, Home Buyer in Bethlehem, PA
korryfranke answered:
3205 country lane bethlehem is engulfed in asbestos! the kitchen & bath are too old. foundation doesn't support all of the house? $240?
I am the home owner and I am definitely not sure what "landlady2334" saw. Yes, there is asbestos siding on the exterior, which other posters confirm is a durable siding that is not a da ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 16, 2014 Home Buying in Bethlehem
Annette  Law…, Real Estate Pro in Palm Harbor, FL
Annette Lawrence answered:
Are we going to be denied our FHA loan because underwriters are now asking that we have 6 months of reserves? We do have it
You are right, it is gut wrenching.
You are also right, your loan can be denied days before closing.
If that happens, all that you have spend is gone.

The reason this is such a wre ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 16, 2014 Home Buying in Bethlehem
Jeff Crockett, Real Estate Pro in Grants Pass, OR
Jeff Crockett answered:
can you also list houses that has a fence around as I have 2 big dogs and they need to run around freely.?
You Bet..! there are a lot of dog lovers here in Southern Oregon.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 7, 2014 Home Buying in Bethlehem
Shabana Path…, Real Estate Pro in Bethlehem, PA
Shabana Pathan Group answered:
can you also list houses that has a fence around as I have 2 big dogs and they need to run around freely.?
Hi Karen,
Of course you can list the home for sale with dogs residing. You have to be careful for showings. It is a good idea to take dogs for walk at the time of showings since you w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 7, 2014 Home Buying in Bethlehem
Daniel Witt, Real Estate Pro in Allentown, PA
Daniel Witt answered:
Title search found lien, now seller putting house into a short sale while we're under agreement. Please help this first time homebuyer!
Are you working with an agent on this? If not, you need someone who is knowledgable about the short sale process. I am here to help, my email address is dwitt@kw.com.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Feb 22, 2014 Home Buying in 18018
Santiago Riv…, Real Estate Pro in Bethlehem, PA
Santiago Rivera answered:
looking for recent sales on condos @ Riverport - 11 West 2nd Street Bethlehem, PA
Have you considered working with a local agent? He/She can provide you with past sales as well as current listing information. They also can help with alternative home ownership option ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 26, 2013 Home Buying in Bethlehem
Mark Gallagh…,  in Bethlehem, PA
Mark Gallagher answered:
I am interested in a property in bethlehem, but it has asbestos siding. How much of a lower offer than asking is normal for this situation?
Asbestos siding on a house does not pose any sort of hazard and therefore no price adjustment is necessary. It is only a hazard when broken into pieces and fibers inhaled. Therefore if ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 10, 2013 Home Buying in Bethlehem
Gerry Clinchy, Real Estate Pro in Bethlehem Township, PA
Gerry Clinchy answered:
First time buyer, age 52 no kids, retired, yearly income $25,000. What's lowest amount of down payment can I put on a 1 bedroom $40,000 coop?
A co-op requires financing that is an unsecured loan. This is because with a co-op you do not actually own real esate; you own shares in the co-operative corporation. You may, however, ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 10, 2013 Home Buying in Bethlehem
Dana Lindberg, Both Buyer and Seller in Phoenix, AZ
Dana Lindberg answered:
buying FHA home in PA. Lender is making me do repairs before I can buy it and there is no garentee from them that I will get the house, is that legal?
FHA requires that the house should be habitable so it is expected that repairs should be done first before you get approved.

You have the option to switch to FHA 203k rehab loan to h ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 29, 2013 Home Buying in Bethlehem
Janet Schultz, Home Buyer in Lenhartsville, PA
Janet Schultz answered:
is bethlehem a save place to live in??
I graduated from a Bethlehem college 20 years ago, live about 20 miles to the south now but still frequent the city on a regular basis.

I can tell you that there are sections of Be ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 14, 2013 Home Buying in Bethlehem
Scott Tomlin…, Real Estate Pro in Bethlehem, PA
Scott Tomlinson answered:
Where can I get accurate comps/appraisal values on property in Bethlehem?
When an agent determine a selling price they look at recent data of sold and settled in same geographical area, with similar style, size, condition and demand. An appraiser uses simila ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 3, 2013 Home Buying in Bethlehem
Heather Mart…, Real Estate Pro in Allentown, PA
Heather Martin answered:
Anything in Bethleham, PA 3bdrms, under 30,000 infair condition?
Properties at 30,000 and under are typically total rehabs. With at least 30,000 to 50,000.00 needed in repair.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Feb 9, 2013 Home Buying in Bethlehem
ironbutterfl…, Home Buyer in Bethlehem, PA
ironbutterfly75 answered:
Looking for a foreign national loan in PA with 90% ltv...can anyone help??
We have had 2 loan modifications one commercial 2010 and one for our home completed in dec 2012. Both companies advised us not to pay our mortgage during the period and they reported it ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 7, 2013 Home Buying in Bethlehem
Autumn Bragg, Real Estate Pro in Bethlehem, PA
Autumn Bragg answered:
I need to find a wheelchair accessible home for sale in bethlehem, pa can anyone help please?
The closest currently available 1876 Gregory Place, Lower Saucon Twp PA, 18055-3411. This is a one floor condo located in Four Seasons, just a few miles outside of Bethlehem. Otherwis ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 4, 2013 Home Buying in Bethlehem
Erica Ramus, Real Estate Pro in Pottsville, PA
Erica Ramus answered:
If a home has been on the market for 4 months, is asking $28,000 less than selling price unreasonable?
It depends, as Gita stated. If the list price is $100,000 that's alot different than if the list price is $300,000.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Dec 18, 2011 Home Buying in 18015
Shawn Rosa, Real Estate Pro in Basking Ridge, NJ
Shawn Rosa answered:
First time buyer, age 52 no kids, retired, yearly income $25,000. What's lowest amount of down payment can I put on a 1 bedroom $40,000 coop?
FHA loan - 3.5% = $1,400 - but you may have trouble obtaining a mortgage anywhere when the price is so low.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 12, 2011 Home Buying in Bethlehem
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