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My son is looking to purchase his first home with in traveling distance of the Baltimore area. He had been

Asked by Starla Swartzwelder, 37824 Sun Feb 1, 2009

told many people like to commute from the Adams & York county areas of Pa. Any First time Buyer specialists in these areas? Trends, Foreclosures, Deals or things to watch for? Thanks ahead of time for your help!

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The commuting time is something that should be considered not just to and from Baltimore and access to all the great things the metro area has to offer. Catonsville is a great location. It is close to Baltimore City (15-20 minutes), Baltimore Washington International Airport (10 Minites), I95 for access to Washington DC and it has two colleges, University of Maryland Baltimore County & Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville Campus. The Patapsco State Park backs up to Catonsville and offers some of the best Mountain Biking and Hiking trails in the country. Housing here has remained somewhat steady even in this declining market. It has a very active community. For more information go to http://www.catonsville.org .
I service the Catonsville, Ellicott City areas and would be happy to give assistance. Here is my contact information;
George Brookhart, CRS
Maryland Residential Realty
Office: 410-719-0760
Email: George@HomesByGeorge.net
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 3, 2009
There are many options when it comes to living near Baltimore.
Depending on how much of a commute your son would be willing to do, there are plenty of homes in both Maryland and PA that may fit his needs!
I have an agent in my office who is licensed in both PA & MD and can help your son determine where may be best for him. Her office & home are right by York.
Please email me at realtormarney@yahoo.com or give me a call at my office 410-560-5858 and I will be happy to share more information.
Thanks, Starla!
Marney Kirk

Keller Williams Excellence Realty
Office: 410-560-5858
E-mail: realtormarney@yahoo.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 3, 2009
We specialize in working with 1st time buyers. If your son needs pre-qualified or a pre-approval letter feel free to contact us via our website . We are a local lender with several offices here in MD and others in PA, VA, DE and 6 more. Now's the time to buy for sure! All homes are ON SALE! Good luck in his search! Anne & Lora, Licensed Mortgage Originators for 1st Preference Mortgage Corporation.
Web Reference: http://www.myloanladies.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 2, 2009
Hello! There are many choices to be made, but your son probably needs to answer a few questions first (how much of a commute does he want? by car? public transportation? is it to work in the City or County? how much does he want to spend? other family member considersations?) If he is interested in learning more about being a 1st time buyer, I am hosting a First Time Homebuyer Seminar in my office on March 21st (free + lunch). Please feel free to call me at 443-604-7721 or email me at CallCleo@kw.com. Cleo Pappas, Keller Williams American Premier Realty.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 2, 2009

I specialize in helping first time home buyers... I am currently helping three of them into their first homes in the Baltimore area. Like others have said, "travelling distance" is definitely a relative term, and while Adams/York counties are in that distance, I can tell you that if he is going downtown every day, he's not always going to be a happy camper! I-83 is the main road downtown, and I have many friends and family who battle that traffic each day... My aunt and cousin live in Shrewsbury, PA (literally just over the border) and make that commute downtown daily. Not fun!

That being said, there are houses available there, as well as other places that are not "in" Baltimore but are convenient to Baltimore, and use the other main arteries into the city - I-95 and I-695, for example. Of course, many say that nothing beats living downtown and walking/biking to work. To each his/her own!

I would love to help. Please let me know if I can be of any service.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 20, 2009
What do you consider traveling distance to Baltimore.? The commute from PA is not too bad if you are not far off I83 on both ends. The best deals right now are usually short sales, before the banks acquire them. I would be happy to help if you wish to speak to me.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 17, 2009
There are also reasonably priced homes just south of the PA line along the I-83 corridor(Harford and Baltimore counties). You would eliminate the high PA property tax and a great deal of the commute yet still have the convenience of a major highway. Try Parkton, Norrisville, Hunt Valley or Whitehall, pylesville. These are more rural areas and you will find primarily single family homes.

There is also Whitemarsh, and Nottingham in Baltimore county which have a ton of shopping, night life , movie theatres, restaurants etc. not to mention a ton of new home construction. There are a lot of townhomes in these areas as well as single family residences. There is easy access to I-95 from these areas.

Good Luck to your son.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 13, 2009
It really depends where in the Baltimore area he needs to commute. If he's going to the east side the commute from PA would not be pretty most days. There are many good deals currently here in Carroll County, which is just west of Baltimore and has a much shorter commute and less taxes then PA.

I also would be willing to pay you a referral fee if your son uses me to make purchase in Carroll County.

Just call Rob 410-259-0435
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 4, 2009
My name is Kevin Willner of ReMax. There are many excellent choices for First time Homebuyers as well as Grants such as ADDI that he may pursue. There are also many popular areas in downtown Baltimore that interest your son. These areas are convenient to I-83 which is a direct route to York Pa. The travel time is about 45-60 minutes. Please contact me if i can help in a ny way.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 3, 2009
Hi My name is Lynn Kedzierski Realtor with Home Selling Assistance Platinum . You said that your son is aFirst Time Home Buyer . There are a lot of progrma coming out March 1st for first time home buyers . If you would like you could have your son contact me and I can explain more . I work in the Baltimore and surrounding areas . I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Lynn Kedzierski
Home Selling Assistance Platinum
office : 410-285-4663
Direct: 443-739-1194
Email : lynnkedz3@aol.com
Web site: CallLynnforhomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 1, 2009
Hi Starla,

Many people who work in Md. are attracted to Pa because the housing prices are lower than those in Md. One thing many people are unaware of until it is too late, is that Pa. has extremely taxes. You pay your taxes based on the school district. It would not be uncommon to see your taxes run in upwards of $6000-$8000. So the cost of housing does not make quite as much difference with this factored in.

There are many areas within the Balto. area where you can get a good deal. I specialize in the Balto and surrounding areas but many of my colleagues are also licensed in PA. Please let me know if I can be of assistance.

Lisa Devnew
Coldwell Banker
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My name is Scott Stulich with Home Selling Assistance Platinum. If you would like have your son contact me and I will assist him with the purchase of his FIRST new home and work with you. There are a few programs out there that he may benefit from. My number is 443-992-3608
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