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Anthony Gigie…, Real Estate Pro in Drexel Hill, PA
Anthony Gigie Sciandra answered:
Is it worth adding heat to our finished attic to create two extra bedrooms (currently have a 3 bed, 1 bath) before we refinance?
Yes I would agree with your mortgage broker on this point. When showing homes in my area a lot of attics are not livable and the ones that are bring more desire from buyers. Also, you a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 23, 2012 Financing in 15208
Janice Caputo, Real Estate Pro in 15228
Janice Caputo answered:
Verbal purchase agreement and then backing out.
Phill; sorry so frustrating, A legally binding agreement should be signed & dated by both parties. This is why we tell clients that "Time is of the essence" even when you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 22, 2012 Home Buying in Pittsburgh
Tina Lam, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Tina Lam answered:
Cost to rehab a 2500sq. ft. home?
Carl,

You've posed one of those questions which can only be answered by the proverbial "it depends". You can do a light rehab and spend just $5K or go with the finest finishings and ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 16, 2012 Home Buying in Pittsburgh
Fred Glick, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
Fred Glick answered:
Does anyone know a FHA mortgage lender that works with a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy due to extenuating circumstances of a family illness after one year?
Unfortunately, there are bankruptcy guidelines from FHA that cannot be changed.

Sorry.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 20, 2013 Financing in Pittsburgh
Allison Poch…, Real Estate Pro in 15217
Allison Pochapin answered:
My husband and I would like to move to the Mars/Cranberry Area and are looking for a house to rent. Can somebody please help us?
Hello, Wendy. I have a few agents in my office who can help you with rentals in those areas. Please feel free to contact me - allison@aarehomes.com (412) 519-7636 and we can chat furt ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 10, 2012 Rentals in Pittsburgh
Jeffrey Benn…, Real Estate Pro in Pittsburgh, PA
Jeffrey Bennett answered:
what does NOD, NTS, LIT, NFS mean in terms of a property status?
Where are you seeing these? Those aren't standard abbreviations or statuses.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 5, 2012 Home Buying in Pittsburgh
Molly Finley, Real Estate Pro in Pittsburgh, PA
Molly Finley answered:
I am looking for a home with 2 or more rooms and at least 1.5 bathrooms.
Since you will be here for years would you consider buying? I agree, very hard to find a rental that allows any pets. In Pittsburgh you could buy a home for possibly less/month then r ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 4, 2012 Rentals in Pittsburgh
Paperchase8, Home Buyer in Pittsburgh, PA
Paperchase8 answered:
What do you think of this area? Morrow street, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. Is it a good place to invest? Good for rental or others?
there is alot of development in the area, so i think long term there is an upside, great deals to be had for rehabbers..........................
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 25, 2012 Home Buying in 15221
Sharon Cecco…, Real Estate Pro in Exeter Township, PA
Sharon Cecconi Sapp answered:
I bought a home. I discovered the home next door is for mentally disabled men. In PA should I have told in the sales agreement?
In PA, the seller must disclose any material defect in the home being sold. The fact that the home next door houses mentally disabled men is not a material defect, so the seller need no ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 2, 2012 Home Buying in 15229
Janice Caputo, Real Estate Pro in 15228
Janice Caputo answered:
i was looking at the home on 4602 rolling hills road is the asking price to much for the home
It's a beautiful home and seems well priced; do you want to set an appointment to view it? JC
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 30, 2012 Market Conditions in Pittsburgh
Dan Tabit, Real Estate Pro in Sammamish, WA
Dan Tabit answered:
I have a credit score of 650, and a take home income of about 50,000k, I know there is more to it but what kind of loan would I be looking at?
ntwright,
You are correct, there is more to it, but FHA would certainly be an option and even a conventional loan may not be out of the question. Your down payment, job time, credit ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 11, 2014 Home Buying in 15236
Susanne Wagn…, Real Estate Pro in Pittsburgh, PA
Susanne Wagner, GRI, MBA answered:
Hi, I am looking for an investor friendly title company in Pittsburgh PA. Please recommend one. Thank you!
I recommend Lawrence D. Brudy and Associates, Attorneys at Law, 2500 Brooktree Road, Suite 301, Wexford, PA, 15090, ddayton@ldbassoc.com, Attorney Darcy Dayton, phone: 724.935.1400.
H ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 27, 2012 Home Buying in Pittsburgh
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in 60201
Alan May answered:
do i have to put a down payment on renting a home.or just put the security deposit down and move in.
Most want a first month's rent and security deposit upfront, but it's going to vary from landlord to landlord.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 25, 2012 Rentals in Pittsburgh
Donald Benne…, Real Estate Pro in Pittsburgh, PA
Donald Bennett answered:
Hello... looking for rental property in Dormon,Castle Shannon or Greentree. 5 or 6 Bedrooms Thank You for you help!
I see a couple of properties that match your criteria. Give me a call or an email address if you wish to see more information. I can also set you up on an automatic notification if othe ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 24, 2012 Rentals in Pittsburgh
Susanne Wagn…, Real Estate Pro in Pittsburgh, PA
Susanne Wagner, GRI, MBA answered:
We are considering purchasing an investment property in Aspinwall. What's the best resource to research the value of similar homes in the area?
Engage a Realtor to be your buyers agent, he/she has access to comparable sales and is your best resource.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 27, 2012 Home Buying in Pittsburgh
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Voices Member answered:
is there any maintainence fee for this condo?
There likely is a maintenance fee on this unit, but it's not contained in the listing. I found three other units for sale in the same building, with fees ranging from $430 to $547.

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0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 24, 2012 Market Conditions in Pittsburgh
Frank E Hamm…, Real Estate Pro in Pittsburgh, PA
Frank E Hammond answered:
How long does a house stay on the market in the following zip codes: 15229, 15202 and 15226.?
it all depends on pricing. No matter what, an over priced house just will not sale. Typically 3-6 months are a good rule of thumb.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 21, 2012 Home Buying in 15229
Frank E Hamm…, Real Estate Pro in Pittsburgh, PA
Frank E Hammond answered:
Can I see map with links to all the houses I'm following?
you sure can, if you send the MLS#'s I can email you maps. Google earth is a very valuable tool for this.

My Email is fhammondrealtor@gmail.com.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 22, 2012 Home Buying in Pittsburgh
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Voices Member answered:
Is Ivy Woods in Ross Township a good place for a starter? The taxes seem higher then The Mews Town Home.
When comparing conds, you should consider more factors than the taxes for the units. Each complex has a different set of amenities for residents, with different monthly fees associated ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 11, 2012 Home Buying in Pittsburgh
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