Hi Bella. Buying a home on a private road isn't a bad thing. It means that you and the other owners need to maintain it. It looks like this is a shared cost with quite a few other home owners. You can't really fight the private road issue. It's a private road versus a city road. However, you may be able to back out of the purchase agreement if you feel like this is not something you wanted or expected. I wouldn't recommend backing out of your purchase agreement, though. You obviously liked the home, or you would not have written an offer on the property. Plus, the lender has already done the appraisal. It sounds like your real estate transaction is well under way. Did you read the seller disclosure and the other materials that your agent and the listing agent provided you? Something should have indicated that the property was on a private road. At least in Minnesota, we disclose whether or not the road frontage is private owned or city owned. Now is the time to have your real estate agent work for you. You can ask him or her a lot of questions about private road ownership and particularly about this road. You need to know exactly what you are getting into. Your agent will relay these questions to the listing agent, if she/he can't answer them. You will want to know what the average cost per year is to maintain the road. Do the private owners have a contract with a snow removal company? Is it a gravel road or paved? When was it last repaired? Maybe if you have all your questions answered you won't feel so weird about buying a property with a private road. Good luck!... more
Both are wonderful townships with a lot of great homes on the market. There is a lot of neighborhood information at
You can also search other neighborhoods if you'd like. Cheltenham has slightly higher taxes than comparable homes in Abington, but both neighborhoods have great sense of community and their own unique feel. Any specific questions feel free to call me 215-740-2655... more
You might want to check out Valley Glen. Valley Glen offers a variety of different style condos and townhouses. Some of the units allow pets.
Let me know if you would like more informations about Valley Glen or other condos in the area.
93 Old York Rd.
Jenkintown, PA 19046
(215)885-8100 x191... more
My experience is it is all about the bottom line. These offers are equal and identical to a seller:
Purchase price $200,000 no closing costs
Purchase price $205,000 with $5000 in closing costs
Purchase price $210,000 with $10,000 in closing costs... more
I just pulled up the listing on Trulia.com, and clicked on the "View Large Photos" link just below the main picture, and all 22 shots are there to be seen.
Unfortunately, that house is actually already Under Contract.
Prudential Fox & Roach, Realtors... more
Property taxes may be extremely different in these two areas. School tax is higher in cheltenham twnshp. Abington taxes are more reasonable but there are certain pockets that have higher than average taxes.
Contact me for more info on each area.
I would be happy to help you but I need to know what areas you could consider. If you are only considering condos in 19027, then Breyer Woods is the only one that allows dogs over 50 pounds, Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.... more
I'm pretty sure there is and If you are interested I can send you a detailed search of all the condo's that are currently listed for sale in Northeast Philadelphia, just please email me your contact information and a brief description of what you're looking for or you can go to my website at www.BMCeasyhomehelp.com and complete the buyer form which will be easier and allow me to better help you find exactly what your looking for and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.
I hope to hear from you soon :)
Thank You & Have a Great Day!
Brian J. McCloud
Ph: (215) 821.6262
Fx: (215) 402.1013
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Morning, Happy New Year to you!
If you want to e-mail or call I can share information with you on the properties you have interest in and also share previous experience information on buyers when they bought a condo.
This is a wonderful area to raise children, The school disctrict, Plymouth-Whitemarsh is a wonderful school district that people will pay alot of money to be part of. There is also a great catholic school, St Philips, if that is something you have interest in. There are parks, shops, and tons of things for families to do while keeping far enough away from the City to still be close!! Check out the local website for more info: http://www.whitemarshtwp.org/
I know the area very well and just sold a great house in the area to a new family. If you need any help, please let me know!
Stacey Karp, Realtor, ABR, e-Pro
CENTURY 21 Alliance - Royersford
322 N. Lewis Road
Royersford , PA 19468
610-948-2100 x311- business phone
610-948-2188 - fax
610-453-2488 - cell
Licensed in PA License # RS302275... more
Typically speaking, the seller will want to see a loan pre-approval come with the offer. Rightfully so. They want to know that your credit has been pulled, employment verified, and that you are financially able to make good on the offer. As far as an actual commitment, a lot more has to happen to reach that point. I don't know the laws in your city/state, but this is kind of weird. Maybe the seller is paranoid about all the bad press out there. The home still has to appraise and your application must pass through underwriting. I wouldn't call this request unethical, just unorthodox. Hopefully you have a Realtor, and so does the seller, and they can be on the look out for anything else that appears fishy. Go with the flow for now, but be cautious if any other strange requests are made. Good luck.... more
The house was listed 1/17/08 for $649,900.... went under agreement on 2/11/2008 and ultimately settled for $650,900 on 4/10/2008. Hope that answered your question- feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.
Philip Williams, Prudential Fox & Roach, Jenkintown. (215)887-0400 x168
(information was obtained through TREND and the Public Record)... more
First of all, you have to make an offer based upon what the property is worth TO YOU. If you have been looking in the same area, you have seen what other homes are listed for, and since there are no comps since the first of the year, either this is a small town or rural area and we run into the same problem all of the time. You may want to think about paying for a professional appraisal before making an offer, but be sure and check with your lending institution before picking the appraiser and be sure that you pick one that is on their "approved" list, otherwise, if you are getting a loan, you will end up paying for another appraisal.... more
It depends. It is relatively customary for agents to make sure you are preapproved with a lender of your choice. This is beneficial for you and the agent both - if you find a home, you are ready to go - you know what you can afford, and what it will cost you on a montly basis, and when you write your offer, you have a lender backing you up telling the seller - yes he/she can buy your home! On the agent's end of it, he/she feels confident that you can purchase something in the event that you find something, rather than wondering if you are just dragging them around town when you really can't afford to buy anything.
Sometimes when you write an offer, listing agents (representing the seller) will ask for things like "proof of closing funds" which in other words is usually a copy of your bank statement (with blacked out account numbers and personal information of course!) showing proof of things like your down payment and/or your closing fees. Also, they may ask for a copy of your credit scores - again with blacked out information.
All of these things are to benefit you as a buyer, however I suggest you find an agent you are confident in and feel comfortable providing them with that information if were to find something you wanted to write an offer on.
Hope this helps!
Tiffany Mueller... more