Remodel & Renovate in Philadelphia : Questions & Answers

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Timothy M. G…, Real Estate Pro in Philadelphia, PA
Timothy M. Garrity answered:
I need a rehab loan on a mixed use property. Can anyone advise and/or help me, please?
I can help you get in touch with someone, Zeres. I have over 7 years experience in the mortgage industry and now work for a start-up RE company in the Temple area called Brown McKinney ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 11, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in 19104
Robin Silver…, Real Estate Pro in Garden City, NY
Robin Silverberg answered:
i'm looking for a construction-to-mortgage loan
Are you looking to renovate an existing home, or are you constructing on a lot? That will help you decide exactly what kind of loan you need. If you are buying an existing home that nee ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 12, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in 19104
Robert Green…, Real Estate Pro in 08003
Robert Greenblatt, MBA answered:
Bathroom Size?
Hi Ti. Depends on the comparable homes in your neighborhood and the price you want for your home; assuming you are flipping the home. If you are remodeling for yourself, and plan to s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 15, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Philadelphia
Sean Dawes, Other/Just Looking in Philadelphia, PA
Sean Dawes answered:
I'm looking for a grant program that will help low income first time home owners with renovations and repiars, is there anything like that in

As far as repairs go, have you looked into FHA 203k renovation loans? What happens here is the estimated repairs are lumped into the mortgage so the 3.5% down still remains t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 22, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in 19142
Michael P Co…, Real Estate Pro in 19151
Michael P Cohen 610-642-0347 answered:
Looking to ballpark the cost of a gut/all systems rehab of a house in Center City. We plan to live in it. I've heard estimates along the lines
you should be able to do a nice reahab, for 50-60 per square foot. It depend on what you are looking for.
$75/ft if you go to the wood.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 24, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Philadelphia
Patrick Thies…, Real Estate Pro in Elmhurst, IL
Patrick Thies SFR, CNC answered:
My father owns 3 homes in a great area of phildelphia. He just recieved word that 1 of his homes foundation is not so good! the home in which im
If you plan on keeping the home and making it habitable then you are going to need to replace the foundation. If the house is in dire need of repairs besides the foundation, then it ma ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 13, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in 19128
Winnie, Other/Just Looking in Philadelphia, PA
Winnie asked:
Roof deck and roof maintenance I live in South Philly and because there isn't much outdoor living space, I am considering adding a roof deck on my house. I would like to know how much it would cost to build one...
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 30, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in Philadelphia
PH, Real Estate Pro in Griffith, IN
PH answered:
I live in the Art Musuem area in a two-story row house with finished basement (2 bedrooms and one a half bathrooms). We are considering putting in a
Dear KLF,

If you're doing it for your own enjoyment, go for it! We shouldn't just bed down in our houses at the end of the night but genuinely enjoy their amenities while ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 27, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in Fairmount-Art Museum
Cindi Hagley, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Cindi Hagley answered:
I am looking for certified FHA 203k contractors in Philadelphia, PA preferably in the 19150 area. Please provide me with the contact information ASAP.
the link below should can search by city and zip. this comany is actually loacated in PA

Search is in the blue box on the upper left of the page
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 7, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 19150
Sean Dawes, Other/Just Looking in Philadelphia, PA
Sean Dawes answered:
how is my property zoned at 2608 n 17 st. phila pa 19132
Your property is zoned R10. Below is what that means basically.

14-211. "R-10" Residential District.

(1) Use Regulations. The specific uses permitted in t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 11, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in 19132
Michael N., Real Estate Pro in Philadelphia, PA
Michael N. answered:
I am looking for a basic rehab estimate on a 3 story home in shell form.
The short answer is it depends. Are you going to live in the property? Is it going to be a rental or are you going to buy, fix and sell?

Try calling 5-6 contractors and get bids f ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 27, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 19125
Ti, Home Buyer in Philadelphia, MO
Ti answered:
Expected return on raising the roof of a property.
Did you ever get an answer to this question? I am considering doing the same thing. Did you do it? If so, how did it turn out and roughly what did it cos if you don't mind?
0 votes Share Flag Sun Dec 13, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in 19123
Bonn, Home Buyer in Philly
Bonn asked:
Converting Duplex-Permits etc. I am considering to convert elderly aunt's house to a duplex since it is too big for her to live. What steps should I take in terms of permits etc. How long would it take to have zon...
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 9, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in 19134
Lee Stiber (…, Real Estate Pro in Blue Bell, PA
Lee Stiber (215) 646-2162 answered:
Can I use the FHA 203k to rehab my home I already own?
Hi Lindsey,
How long have you owned the property?
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 30, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in Philadelphia
Terrence Cha…, Home Owner in Allentown, PA
Terrence Charest answered:
How difficult is get a zoning change from single family (10A) to multi-family in Philly?
Well, that is a very good question. Good new - bad news.

Good news: Here's the site to go to -

Bad news: It's something you would have to ask them.
... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 27, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in 19123
Tina DAmato, Real Estate Pro in Albrightsville, PA
Tina DAmato answered:
I bought a house last January, planning to use a Phil Loan to make it livable. I did some exploratory demo to
I will forward this to my banker and see if he can help.
If it does I will contact you. Do you have an e-mail address you can forward to me?
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 15, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in Philadelphia
Carol Murray…, Real Estate Pro in 19002
Carol Murray Cei answered:
Can you convert a commercial property into a residential property?
Hi, Frederick,

In most cases, the city will not care if you use a commercially zoned property as a residence. Most of the zoning codes allow for more than one use.

The problem wi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 14, 2008 Remodel & Renovate in Philadelphia
The Somers T…, Real Estate Pro in Philadelphia, PA
The Somers Team answered:
Does anyone have any thoughts on gentrification in Brewerytown?
Mike, I like the way you think. I have thought about Brewerytown myself and have talked about it with a lot of the investors I work with. For now, I think Brewerytown has a long way t ... more
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