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Home Buying in Pittsburgh : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Nov 10, 2017
Jeanique Parkinson asked:
Sun Oct 29, 2017
Scott Godzyk answered:
In cases like this i have heard of buyers knocking on the door and asking the seller direct. Your agent should speak to the managing broker of the company the listing agent works for.
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Thu Oct 5, 2017
dovedowns answered:
If a home is haunted or is known to have extraordinary activity, what terminology does a realtor use when disclosing such information?

I’m looking for a new home. My first home had paranormal activity that began a year after I moved in. Later, I learned from a neighbor, that prior to my purchase it had been owned by 4 other couples within a 10 year span, all had experienced the same type of activities, taking a toll on their marriages, just as it did mine. Naturally, after my experiences, I am weary of getting into such an unpleasant experience again. ... more
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Wed Oct 4, 2017
Therepressedmistress asked:
Fri Sep 29, 2017
Alan May answered:
Not really stupid questions.

There are lots of expenses in involved in buying and selling a house. Yes, if you sell for more than you paid... you'll have a "technical profit", but be aware there are closing costs that could easily eat-up some of those profits. In the 3-5 years, you'd be paying off a touch of the principle on the loan, and hopefully, the value of your home will have risen.

While you'd have the house for sale, you'd continue to live in the house until the actual closing date. In the meanwhile, if you plan on buying another property... you'd schedule the closing of the new house for the same day, just after you sell the first house, and move directly from one, to the other.

Good luck.
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Tue Aug 22, 2017
John Zelahy asked:
I like the frequent updates but how can I set it up so that I get listings from a 10 mile radius of Pittsburgh PA (15213) area with the criteria that I want? I'm currently getting…
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Sat Jul 29, 2017
Darlene Borkowski answered:
Please read BBB reviews on S&A longer building in Pittsburgh. Tried to build a new house with them....the workmanship was terrible...The stone work was put up by immigrants with no training. Had a qualified masonry look at work....he was appaled.
Estimated to remove and replace would be over $10.000! The beams in loft were showing through plaster - wanted me to sign a release that they would patch but it would look terrible or I would have to leave as is???? On a $300.000+ home. Outside porch railing had 2 foot gap, they kept on promising to fix this hazard and 4 months later never did....reported to Collier township building inspector and they were cited!
Friend built with Ryan and cracks were in her bedroom and living room ceiling cracked across the entire ceiling.
My view is neither a reputable....years ago S&A homes built a nice custom home....they got too big too fast. To me custom means they have their own quality craftsman....S&A hires unqualified lost bidders. Their homes are out of my purchase....and they had nerve to refuse to return hand money!!! Thank goodness my wonderful realtor John, finally negotiated its return! Run away from both builders....nobody takes pride in their work and use the cheapest building material. Good luck!
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Thu Jun 22, 2017
Ccr1957 asked:
Main pipe from upstairs pluming is leaking and needs replaced are they liabel for this, since we waived our inspection?
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Sun May 7, 2017
Hilda Parler answered:
In my experience of over 22 years in the business and as owner and Broker-In-Charge of my firm, I have learned that sellers and buyers prefer to work with brokers who will represent them with integrity and a genuine expression to make them feel "special" in every aspect of transactions.

The size of the firm can never outweigh the relationships that are formulated while showing knowledge of the markets in which sellers and buyers are interested.

Clients appreciate that a firm does not sell properties, but the Broker does. So many people seem to think the franchise firms will work better for you than independent firms. Our clients are not just a number and choose us because of what we can do for them once we show we are qualified and demonstrate that we really care about them making their real estate needs become a reality; no matter the value of the property.

The old cliche, "Big Things Can Come In Small Packages" is true.
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Fri Apr 7, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
It depends how proactive the 1st realtor is checking buyers names on the MLS "Hot Sheet" for sold homes. Some realtors check the buyers name for every sold home that appears daily on the MLS. Other realtors are either too busy or too lazy to check or they glance thru it 1x/week. It also depends on the population of your area and how busy realtors are this time of year.

So your situation becomes a roll of the dice (think Las Vegas). Your best method is to keep your mouth shut and pray that the 1st realtor is on the lazy side not checking the MLS Hot Sheet.

Here are my gambling odds: If you bought a home in Pittsburgh or a nearby suburb, your odds are high because Pittsburgh has a high population and at this time of year, plenty of people are selling and buying homes keeping realtors very busy. Who has time to check buyers names for sold homes? If you bought a home in a more rural part of PA with a much lower population, that means fewer buyers and sellers and agents will be less busy. This gives agents more time to check buyers names for sold homes. Another issue is the agent's personal life. Does the agent take care of children during the day or after school? Does the agent work part time or full time in another job? All this will reduce the time the agent works in real estate.
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Fri Mar 24, 2017
Hello, I'm a mortgage professional.

There is a process to showing gift funds. First you need a bank statement from the gift donor showing the have the funds and have withdrawn them to give to you, then you need to provide a bank statement showing the funds have been deposited into your bank account. There is also a gift letter form that needs to be filled out.

There are a lot of great low money down programs available that allow gifts, you can even roll closing costs into the loan.

I can explain more.

If you have any other questions or would like help with this you are welcome to get in touch with me
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Thu Jan 12, 2017
Barbara.masters answered:
Is it better to sell a house as is and offer money for the buyer to fix the house? or is it better to fix the house before selling?
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Wed Dec 14, 2016
Mandeline89 asked:
We're currently in the process of buying a home, after the intital inspection came back fine we decided to proceed on with buying the home. We just received an affidavit on the house…
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Mon Nov 7, 2016
Lenders typically aren't going to re-pull a credit report, with new scores, unless there is reason to believe you've done something to dramatically compromise your credit scores - such as discontinuing payment on your current home, car, etc or filing bankruptcy.

With that being said, lenders do sign up to be notified if any new accounts have been opened up during your loan process, and if so they need to verify the status of these.

Sounds like you may have gotten hit with a medical collection or something? If so, then just pay it and let your lender know it is being taken care of as soon as you found out, and it shouldn't screw up your closing. Just adds an extra hoop to jump through. you may also want to provide a written explanation as to why the negative item came up.

Good luck, hope this helps!
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Sat Nov 5, 2016
Dantioch1965 asked:
I came with my husband and son, felt discriminated cause I was told that without having an agent present, I would not be allow to tour and view the house. First time in my life I hear that…
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Wed Sep 14, 2016
Angela Burton answered:

I'm an agent with the Shadyside Keller Williams, based on the current interest rates I would purchase now simply because you know house prices now, you know the rates now. In two years home prices will continue to climb and so will rates. If you buy now, in 3 years you will have gained 3 years of equity and 3 years of value appreciation. If you are still considering buying a house, please contact me at, or 412-345-8050. ... more
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Wed Sep 14, 2016
Angela Burton answered:

I am an agent at Keller Williams in PIttsburgh and I'm also a short sale negotiator, the short sale process often does not seem to make sense. What I can tell you from experience is that if the appraisal comes in higher the bank will want the dollar amount, they don't care if it goes to auction or not if nobody else bids on it, it reverts back to them anyway. Often if you can't work out a short sale with the bank, it's better for you to wait for it to go to auction and buy it that way sometimes for less than they were asking. If you have any other questions, please contact me, or 412-345-8050. ... more
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Thu Aug 4, 2016
Carmella3797 asked:
We sold our home in May 2014 due to job transfer would like to purchase now was working with a lender thru the back to work program a got FHA Certificate. Now that lender says they are stalled…
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