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18951 : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Apr 23, 2016
Phyllis Rothwell answered:
I like to bake cookies at my open houses. I use the Nestle chocolate chip cookies in the package in the refrigerator section. They are always appreciated. I also put out bottled water and an assortment of pre-packaged chips (in case they don't like cookies!). ... more
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Thu Jan 7, 2016
Jradosin asked:
In a foreclosure is the new buyer responsible for past debts or liens of the previous owners?
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Fri Sep 4, 2015
Donald Bradbury answered:
The buyer needs to buy a home they feel is right for them. One that meets their needs. It is not up to anyone else to twist their arm in one direction or another. Please keep in mind, and this market "corrects" itself, it is doing it for the entire area. If the homes decline 10%, it will also effect a home they are selling as well. We all know the market will change again, and homes will once again increase in price. We do not of course know how long that will take, but history prooves that this will happen.
Now is a great time to buy a home. Inventories are high, and prices are still tumbling. Interest rates, although a bit higher now, are still a good deal. It is a great time to buy. Deals are out there to be made. If you need a good realtor to help negotiate one of these excellent deals for you, please call. Don Bradbury 215-536-6777 x 329
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Fri Sep 4, 2015
Edith Karoline Jasser answered:
You got some good answers from local Realtors, and they are right, everywhere it depends on the location, upgrades, type and style of home and then the right pricing and marketing, in this market you are lucky if you
live in an area where prices have dropped, in most of them drastically and now your are were they are stable.
But is stable what it is that you are looking for, when they are at way back values...

You need to connect with an area Realtor, have him or her see your property, look at your financial situation, ie.
when you purchased how much you still owe and then compare all that to your options concerning selling, list price actual sale price etc.

Good luck to you
Edith YourRealtor4Life! and Chicago and Northern Illinois Expert
Working always in the very BEST interest of her clients....
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Fri Sep 4, 2015
David Gifford answered:
I also like to send big postcards with big eye balls one them!
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Fri Sep 4, 2015
Alan Openshaw answered:
Hello David,

I would love to be in the video. Maybe I could meet with you on Sunday.

Best Regards,
Alan Openshaw
Cornerstone Lending Inc
720 Second St Pike Suite 104
Southampton Pa 18966
Office 215 953 0800
Fax 215 953 1706
Cell 267 992 7276
Voted Best of Bucks 2010
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Fri Sep 4, 2015
Javier Montiel - Top Local answered:
You can check if they have a profile on Trulia, Zillow, Yelp, etc… Another option would be to ask them if they have a specific site they like to use for displaying reviews. ... more
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Fri Sep 4, 2015
Margaret White answered:
Getting a pre-approval for a loan is the first of 1000 steps to getting a mortgage. It will take high level communication between you and the loan officer during a 4-8 week process. The fact that this loan officer was reaching out and keeping in touch is a good indication, in my opinion, that he is sharp and has attention to detail. That's great!

Congratulations on your credit score. You are to be commended! That will greatly streamline your process, but be sure to "buckle up" for the ride through the loan approval and be patient with multiple and duplicate requests for information and paperwork. It may feel like you're being put through the grinder at times, but it will be worth it when you sign the final papers and are handed the keys to your NEW HOME!

Best of luck!
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Fri Sep 4, 2015
Roland Vinyard answered:
Things vary from area to area. Here, the appraiser calls me to set up an appointment and I am expected (but not required) to be there. They ask for information on the place, which I prepare for them. I do not usually give comps unless they ask me for them. I like to be there to make sure they do not miss things which I feel add value but might be missed. No one discusses value. When I appraise, I want to go home and cogitate on things first before thinking of the value.

I regard the person who pays for the appraisal as the owner and will not disclose it to anyone else. The owner can tell whomever he likes. When a bank charges a customer for an appraisal, I feel the customer has the right to have a copy. Banks have argued this, but its a hard argument to defend.
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Fri Sep 4, 2015
Kawain Payne answered:
You can get more than one pre approval, in fact it is a great idea to get cross approved. Yes, the amounts can differ as each lender has their own lending guidelines,

Most prep approvals are valid for 90 days. If you do not find a home within that time frame you can get a new one.

What ever you do , DO NOT make any new debts once you get approved!

Best of Luck to You,

Kawain Payne, Realtor
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Fri Sep 4, 2015
Cheri Savini answered:
In most situations, it's unwise to remodel to the point of making improvements that exceed the other homes in your neighborhood. I would like to offer you a market report including homes nearby that have recently sold with improvements similar to the ones you want to make. To determine what remodeling projects are worth doing, you need to first consider how much your improvements will cost and compare that with the price your home will likely bring. Also, I can recommend a few contractors in the Quakertown area to provide you with estimates. Call Cheri First! ... more
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Fri Sep 4, 2015
Cheri Savini answered:
Nikki find an answer your question, go to Local Info at the top of this Trulia page and click on 18951 Real Estate Overview for Community info about Quakertown. Trulia also provides market trends, school info and more. I am a resident of Quakertown for 33 years is a great place to live work and play! Let me know if I can be of help with your search for a home. If so, please call me on my cell 610-217-6420. ... more
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Fri Sep 4, 2015
Rosann Marabella answered:
There are 4 homes for sale on Laurel Court in Quakertown:
99 Laurel Ct 3 bedrms, 2 1/2 Baths 1402 sq ft for $134,975
95 laurel Ct. 3 bedrms 2 1/2 baths 1402 sq ft for $139,900
98 Laurel Ct. 3 bedrms 2 1/2 baths 1402 sq ft for $142,900
127 Laurel Ct 3 bedrms 2 1/2 baths 1480 sq ft for $159,900
For more information, call me 215-738-6100
Prudential Fox & Roach 215-348-1700
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Thu Sep 3, 2015
Jules0580 answered:
The 9 extra acres are going to be the reason.. your paying tax on the land as well not just the house
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Thu Sep 3, 2015
Justinek answered:
Hi Stacie, It is nearly impossible to judge the EMF (electromagnetic fields) just by looking at the line but I would only be concerned if it is the main distribution line for the community, in most other cases the EMF would not even be measurable when you stand directly beneath the line, let alone at 100-200 ft. To determine if it is a main line follow it in both directions -> it will be higher than other lines, run straighter & cross major roads.
Regardless, I'd still have someone come out to take some measurements if only for peace of mind. Maybe your realtor can include that as part of the home inspection clause (???). The tool used to measure EMF is called a gaussmeter and the inspector must be able to make readings as low as 0.5 mg (milligauss) to provide an accurate picture.
I'm not an expert, just a parent who after the birth of my daughter became very concerned about a line running behind my home (30ft). I purchased a gaussmeter (online approx. $150) and I discovered that things like sitting with a computer on my lap, having the baby phone on my nightstand, driving my car exposed me to much higher levels of EMF than the power line. That said my husband & I are lucky that although the line behind our home is part of the main distrubtion system for our community we are near the end of the line so the measurements were very low. The numbers I measured in other parts of my community were far higher the way, you'll need to decide for yourself what 'acceptable' is since this is also subject to extreme debate. I settled on
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Thu Sep 3, 2015
Hi Stephanie,
I sold a few houses in Cedar Grove and you are correct that a lot of people have different opinions.
The issue, is that everyone has a different perception and different feeling about certain areas so its hard to make a blanket statement.
As I tell my clients, the best idea may be to drive around the development and see how you feel. Its also a good idea to go over on a Saturday or Sunday and talk to some of the neighbors as they will give you a good idea of the development.

Here is a link to some listings in the area that you may find interesting. Ive included a few other developments that are close by
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Thu Sep 3, 2015
Margaret White answered:
As an agent, the first thing I do with a buyer is discuss the affordability of a home. This means reviewing your financial ability to make monthly payments and that you have adequate savings to cover the out-ot-pocket closing costs. Assuming that your agent and you discussed the costs of the purchase at the time you wrote the agreement of sale, you (or she/he) should be able to find a written, signed breakdown of the estimated costs.

Your loan officer is now presenting you with his version of the estimated costs (GFE = "Good Faith Estimate"), which should roughly line up with the figures your agent gave you.

I'm sorry if there are surprises. A Seller Assist does not always cover all of the closing costs, and if you do not have a good explanation of the list, you should find another lender quickly who CAN explain everything. (Your agent should also be able to make a general explanation of the costs in the GFE.)

Good luck!
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