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Quality of Life in Philadelphia : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Nov 3, 2015
Kevin Jackson answered:
creshem valley church meets 10:25 am on sundays at chesnut hill/springside academy in the schoold chapel. awesome for the area.
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Thu Jun 11, 2015
Lola answered:
when do you need? for which month ? i have two bed room apt and can sheer with you speak russian?
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Wed Dec 11, 2013
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Sun Sep 29, 2013
oldcity77 answered:
I have the same issue as you and I know for sure that my neighbors are causing our infestation. It has forced us to move out. Have you found out if we have any rights? I can only find information about tenant/landlord situations, not owner/owner situations. We are beyond stressed and furious. Any help or information is appreciated ... more
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Fri Feb 1, 2013
Sunny Payne answered:

I think that it's more than the neighborhood that plays into being safe. Working with women over the years I have found that their attitudes really come into play when it comes to their feeling safe. As a case in point, working with my grand daughter to find a home was made easier because she was willing to look in changing neighborhoods where a big part of her feeling safe came from having some street smarts and/or just making common sense every day decisions.

That being said, there are neighborhoods that are safer than others and I would be more than happy to assist you in finding a new home. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sunny Payne
Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors
530 Walnut Street
Suite 260
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-627-6005 office
215-681-4566 cell
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Sat Jan 12, 2013
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Thu Oct 25, 2012
Kevin and Darlene Jamison answered:
Both locations are perfect for today's YUP. Mt. Airy is full of trees, parks, shops, restaurants and close to Main Street in Manayunk and The Hill at Chestnut Hill. Northeast Philly has brick and mortar not many trees at all but every store you could ever need is there.

Go to to learn more.

Good luck,

Kevin and Darlene Jamison
Remax Specialists
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Sun Apr 22, 2012
Ben answered:
I highly recommend: Lafayette Hill,Pennsylvania. There is a community here called, "The Reserve" that has many kids. Chestnut Hill, College is a 2 minute drive away and the education is good.

Good Luck!!!
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Wed Feb 29, 2012
Bruce Lang answered:
Wed Feb 29, 2012
Bruce Lang answered:
i lhave lived here for most of the last 20+ years. I love being able to walk 80% of the time to what i need to do.
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Wed Feb 29, 2012
Bruce Lang answered:
been vegetarian 20+ years

Goumet to go at broad and south is great for quick
MiLAH at 16th and sansome is amazing
new harmony and singapore are both in chinatown
VEGE just opened at 12th and locust.
there are many othersm but these are my favorites.
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Mon Feb 7, 2011
Janis Nadler answered:
For the very best in public and private education you must come to The Main Line areas. These are the western suburbs with outstanding schools, shopping restaurants, and other amenities. It is very convenient to downtown Phila by car or rail. Also easlly accessable to the office parks in King of Prussia, Malvern and Collegeville areas. As a relocation specialist, I have outstanding information, maps and the tools to make this an easy transition for you and your family. I am ready at your convenience to give you a comprehensive tour of the area and schools. With 27 years as a real estate professional, you can count on me to be your smart choice for all your real estate needs. Contact me so I can start sending you information NOW!
Janis Nadler, Associate Broker 610-247-3474
Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors.
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Mon Oct 4, 2010
Kahlia Rhodes answered:
I work in the Neighborhood it's not the best area but it's close to the public transportation it's a lot of older people that live in the community and they are trying to build the area up .The opinion is your own at the end of the day it will be you that live there ride by at night or go ... more
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Wed Jul 21, 2010
Bernice answered:
Update: I just recently received an email from one of the roommates at the house, and he says that the source is who we all suspected, now I've been emailing this guy and asking him when did he first see the bedbugs, to date no response, but he will email me and let me know when the rent will be ready. One of the roommates saw his mattress and said and I quote "it was not a pretty sight, and he had to have had them for some time", this makes me very angry, because now I'll have to get an exterminator to take care of this problem, and because he didn't even have the decency to let me know there was a problem, it is probably worst than it needed to be. I'm told he's using roach spray to take care of the situation. I'd like to see this guy gone, and he can be to clean, not only that but there's no furniture in the house except what they brought with them, and they've been there going on a year, so this is recent. He's on a month to month lease, would I have to go to court to get rid of him? ... more
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Fri Feb 12, 2010
ValueGuard Home Inspections answered:
Hi Mrs. Moody,

I wish you the best of luck in your relocation to Philly. Once you have found your home and ready to hire a home inspector, we hope that you keep ValueGuard Home Inspections in mind. Over the past 12 years we have inspected more than 40,000 home inspections in the greater Philadelphia area.

If you mention this we will gladly take $25 off your home inspection or $50 off your home inspection if a radon test is included with the inspection.

Please check us out online or give us a call at 215-860-3150

Best of luck in your search!

Best of luck in your search
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Mon Jan 4, 2010
Sharon Harris answered:
Try google. Just put in her name and see what you get...
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Thu Apr 30, 2009
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Hello Maria and thanks for your question.

While I am here in California and not familiar with 40x Brown Street, as a homeowners association consultant and expert, I can help you find out some of this information yourself.

If you are working with a Realtor, ask to see a set of the homeowners association's governing documents (CC&Rs, Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation). The CC&Rs in particular will provide you with immutable restrictions that will be enforced by the Association. For example, parking, pet and homeowner restrictions will appear in the CC&Rs, and these should be considered by you as a buyer or a homeowner to be not changeable without, often, a super majority (70 percent) approval of the members. Thus, a provision that says, "no pets" does not mean that you can bring a pet and change anyone's mind, it means, flatly, no pets. Some CC&Rs are highly restrictive (no painting the house another color, no children playing in the front yard, no basketball hoops, no extra cars, etc), and others allow for some leniency in use.

Second, have your Realtor request copies of the Board of Directors or Board of Governors meeting minutes and the newsletters for the past year. The contents of the minutes and the newsletters will provide you information about the strictness of the governing body, and, in some cases, depending on how "wordy" the secretary is, you can get an insight into the "thought-processes" of the Board members as well.

Finally, speak to a few residents at the homeowners association. If most of the owners say that they've never been bothered by the Association, it's likely that the complex leans more to the lenient side of things. However, if there are a lot of homeowners who report having "run-ins" with the Board, then it's safe to assume that the Board is active in enforcement and strict about the rules.

For more basic information about homeowners associatins, please check out my blog at the website below.

I hope this helps and good luck in your house hunt!!

Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
San Jose, CA
Co-Author, "Homeowners Association: A Guide to Leadership"
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Fri Apr 24, 2009
Jeff K answered:
You may wish to consider Yardley / Lower Makefield instead - they have better schools. Other towns worth considering are Langhorne and Trevose.

What kind of price range are you looking at? $300K provides a lot of great choices. ... more
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Sun Jul 27, 2008
Barry answered:
You should start by calling a mortgage professional to get a preapproval on how much home you can afford. Once you have that in hand, the task becomes rather easy. There are many great areas to send the boys to school, but you have to narrow the field first by knowing where you can afford to look. I am a center city Realtor. I grew up in the burbs and moved here, like you are planning to do. If you get into new construction, you can get a tax abatement and you will be shocked at the tax savings relative to the burbs. Contact me if I can help you. ... more
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Thu Apr 3, 2008
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