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Home Buying in 15108 : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Oct 23, 2016
Schadefamily1 answered:
My wife and I built two Ryan homes. This company is now part of Heartland. Two daughters built with Heartland and another daughter built a Ryan. We are experienced with these companies. Up till now very satisfied. HOWEVER son is in the process of building an expensive Heartland and it is nothing short of disastrous. Foundation walls broken and cracked and repaired, roof leaking, hurricane bolts not installed properly, beer cans found stuffed in basement drains, when lumber was delivered it was crashed into hillside, steps twisted, I-beam support shims improper and covered with insulation spray. I could go on but you get the picture. I could go on. For peace of mind my son and pregnant wife had to hire structural engineer and home inspector at a cost of $1,000.00. The house isn't finished but has been a nightmare up to this point. I'm writing a letter to the President of the company. If you use Heartland you MUST be there every day to check on their independent contractors. If you don't know what to look for hire someone!!! This house could have been built better by first year trade school boys!!!! ... more
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Thu May 14, 2015
Desteni89 asked:
My fiancĂ© and I have been together for 8 1/2 years, and are both 25 years old. His credit is in the upper 700s, an income of around 70k, with around 60k for a down-payment, debts of less…
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Tue Jul 24, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
If you know the person, have you considered asking him...you can also check public records, and or, tax records, or ask a neighbor(s).....
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Wed Jun 8, 2011
Tom answered:
Does anyone have any advice on how to contact Fox Hollow? I've called the number multiple times but it always goes to an answering machine. I'm temped to just go there on Friday. ... more
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Sun Feb 27, 2011
Benny Smith answered:
As a realtor in this area you can get a discount broker or full service. Like you can get different price lawyers, doctors and accountants. At the end of the day you will get what you pay for. I will be happy to quote you my rates when you share what you are looking for your agent to do for you. One price does not fit all.
Benny Smith, ABR GRI QSC
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Sun Feb 27, 2011
Don Tepper answered:
This question relates back to your previous question about commissions . . . and I'm glad you posted this since it does clarify that you're the buyer.

We can't give you legal advice. For that, you need a lawyer. However . . . .

As I and some others noted in our answers to your previous question, a buyer's agent can ask for a commission if the seller isn't paying one, or the amount to be paid is insufficient. And that's what those sentences provide: If not enough is coming from the listing agent, then you'd be responsible for the remainder.

Such wording is fairly common. Remember, though, that it's all negotiable. It appears, for instance, that your agent is looking for a split on a 7% commission. I don't know what's typical for your area, but regardless of what's typical, you can try to negotiate that down.

Your agent is also setting a minimum on the commission. And that, too, is negotiable.

Remember that--as a practical matter--if you're buying a house already listed and it costs more than about $60,000, you're not likely to pay much or anything. Just if it's a cheap house with a discount broker (Paragraph A) or a FSBO (Paragraph B) are you facing some exposure.

From the agent's standpoint, the agent is just trying to make sure he/she gets paid something for the work he/she is doing on your behalf. But if it makes you uncomfortable, negotiate on those points. Or make sure that before you put in an offer on a property, that the commission will cover those amounts. Or be willing to pay.

Again, that's not legal advice.

Hope that helps.
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Wed Aug 4, 2010
yvonne answered:
Hello MJ,

This site is a great place to find a good broker/agent. If you need my help please let me know. Thanks
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Wed Aug 4, 2010
Benny Smith answered:
Olivia

There should be nothing wrong with this arrangement. Ask to see the process in writting. If if is thier policy then it will be written. Not all tenents can get this break. Best of luck in your home search. ... more
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Tue Aug 3, 2010
Joan Akanowicz answered:
Yes, if you know the address you can go on the Allegheny County web site and it will give you alot of information about the house. Don't let the assessed value influence you, alot of them are wrong. But you can scroll thru 2 or 3 pages & it will show you the sold dates, how much it sold for and to whom it sold. ... more
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