Hello! I actually moved here from Arlington, MA over 6 years ago. Some communities that may work with your goals-Downingtown, Exton, West Chester, and Springford.
Amanda Saunders, MBA
Prudential Fox and Roach
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Many variables go into your utility usage. Condition of windows, insulation, temperature you keep heated or cooled to, electric or gas, C/A.
You should ask another tenant in the building or if you can still contact the current tenant moving out, they can absolutely tell you what their average bills were during their tenancy.
Good luck with your move.
All the best,
REALTOR, Property Manager
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Check with local realty offices for available rentals, or work with an agent; check local print media for by owner rentals, always verify ownership before exchanging any money; word of mouth, etc.... more
There are many great areas that you may be interested in in Philadelphia. But I have a few questions for you if you don't mind.
Are you looking for a single home, a condo, a twin? Do you want to be in the City or in a family development? Do you want to be able to walk to places or will you mind driving a bit?
Also, have you spoken with a lender as of yet? This is a very important question because there are so many new mortgage requirements and knowing how much home you can afford is in your best interest because that will play an important part in which area you will be looking in. If you haven't, this is your first step. It doesn't cost anything to you to get approved and it doesn't mean you must buy a home. You may be surprised to find out that you can afford less home or more home.
If you do not know a lender, you can ask your buyer agent if they have a name or two of reputable lenders.
That leads me to hiring a buyer agent. You should definitely hire your own buyer agent. If you do not know one, you can certainly find one here. By reading answers from Realtors, you can figure out which Realtor meets your needs. If you are not familiar with buyer agency, please feel free to read my blog at http://www.reneeporsia.com I think you will find a lot of what I write about helpful in your search. I also write about buyer agency. It is extremely important to hire an expert.
Are you a first-time home buyer? If so, you may qualify for the first-time home buyer tax credit or a portion of it. You may also be able to use it for your down payment.
Is your husband's job paying for your husband's relocation?
If you could provide answers to these questions, I could be more helpful to you.
If you would like, feel free to email me your answers or if you want, you can just answer them here.
Looking forward to hearing back from you.
RE/MAX ACTION REALTY
(215) 669-0589 Direct
(215) 358-1100 Office ask for Renee