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Home Buying in 19131 : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Mar 12, 2015
Christopher Jordahl answered:
Hi Author

Homes are marked as pending when they have accepted a contract. It will remain as pending until it closes/sold. With REO's keep an eye on it if you are interested as they fall through more often than a traditional sale. ... more
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Sun Jan 26, 2014
imeldaromero2014 answered:
Find a good loan officer for income verification between husband and wife. It embraces all of your credit score and question and answer portion of the rep. Experience and honest broker is what you need. You will know where you stand in home buying ... more
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Tue Jul 16, 2013
Joi Lawrence-Jones answered:
Please contact me in order to let me know what you mean by a "bad rental." A

With Sincere Thanks
Joi Lawrence-Jones is “THE JOIFUL REALTOR®”
Cell, (215) 703-8468

707B West Dekalb Pike
King of Prussia, Pa 19406
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Mon Apr 1, 2013
stephen webber answered:
And be sure to research the MCC tax credit for first time home buyers! Its the best tax credit ever. Article #9
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Sun Dec 4, 2011
R. Eric Axelson answered:
Hi Dee,

I would sit down with a Realtor for what's called a Buyer Consultation. Can be done at my office or a Starbucks near you.

If you're excited to see some homes, you can search my site here and save your search / sign up for new listing alerts:,CONDO,FARM/listingtype/Resale%20New,Foreclosure%20Bank%20Owned,Short%20Sale

I truly hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
Just have a brief question? Call or email anytime -- day or night!
I work hard (and smart) so you don't have to.

R. Eric Axelson, Associate Broker
Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty
South Jersey | Philadelphia | the Main Line | Bucks County | New Hope
In NJ 856.617.1212
In PA 215.735.2225 |
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Tue Nov 15, 2011
Bruce Lang answered:
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Thu May 5, 2011
Chris & Stephanie Somers answered:
When I do my calculations for clients (not rocket science just personal experience in how these sales translate) I see these improvement values in Philly Homes that sell for up to 250K look like this:

Decks- (12x12 ish) add 5,000-7,000 to the sales price if it overlooks something nice- 4,000 if is is small or overlooks something not so nice
Wrap around/full size Decks made from trex or artificial wood $10-$15,000
Juliette balcony-$2,000ish

Remodeled Kitchen with 42" cabinets, granite, GE type appliances- $8,000-$10,000 (8,000 for not eat in)
with small cabinets builder grade and lesser finishings... deduct $5,000-$10,000
with GE Profile and better appliances and European or upgraded cabinetry $12,000-$18,000

This is not science like I mentioned but those are my findings.

Hope this helps. Would be curious to see what other say.
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Thu May 13, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
Start by visiting with any qualified loan officer(s) first--see if you qualify, see exactly what your budget can handle and check your credit score--their scoring is different--if you qualify ask for a mortgage pre-qualification/approval letter. Then contact a few different realty offices, interview a couple of agents and choose the one you like best--then go from there. ... more
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Thu Apr 29, 2010
Leon Aksman"MrBrickhouse" answered:
Spring/Summer is a great time to buy/sell investments. I specialize in investment real estate in Phialdelphia. There are a number of pockets in the price range for investment you mentioned. Girard Ave corridor, Parts of S. Philly, Cedar Park, ...etc 215-668-8899
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Wed Apr 28, 2010
Spx9d asked:
our annual income is $80000 and currently we live in 19131, we have seen lot of listings that are in our price range but just have about $15000 for down payment, we would like to purchase…
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Fri Mar 12, 2010
Timothy Garrity answered:
Hi, D.

The area that you're looking in has cool neighborhoods and offers a great location to both University City & Center City. At Brown McKinney, 2 of our team members graduated from the Wharton school and are very familiar with that area.

If you need any additional help looking at properties, finding out what your monthly payment would be, or are just in need of a trusted professional, please don't hesitate to contact us at 215-825-2250.

Best of luck with your search.

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Tue Jan 5, 2010
Amanda Saunders answered:
Take a look at the link below for the listings.

Please call me anytime if you would like more information or would like to take a look!

Amanda J Saunders, MBA
Prudential Fox and Roach
(215) 514-9597
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Fri Oct 30, 2009
Nej answered:
Park Plaza is a nice condo! The area is also nice and accessible to the park, city ave, bala, 76, the drives, manayunk, germantown, etc.
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Mon Jul 27, 2009
Bret answered:
honestly probably not likely unless you wait for the seller to start reducing their list price. It has been my experience that overpriced houses are overpriced because the current owners think they can get that price, or something near to it. Like stated below, you have nothing to lose by submitting your offer, but considering your max is more than 200k less than the currrent price, I don't think the seller would be receptive to such a lowball offer unless the property has been on the market for a looooooong time. Good luck! ... more
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Mon Jun 8, 2009
Carmel Archdekin answered:
You absolutely need to have a job to qualify for a mortgage. My best advice is to get another job in the same industry asap if you can. A lender most likely will not question if you have a little time lasp as long as you get another job doing relatively the same thing and relatively the same salary/hourly pay.
It would be a waste of your time to look for homes before you find a job, no only for you but for your agent.
Spend your time now on the job and look after you have secured a steady job.

Did you know there are only 6 months left until the Free $8,000 tax credit expires?
Start looking NOW – the average homebuyer takes 2-3 months to find and settle on a home
The deadline to settle is November 30th 2009—do your friends a favor, tell them to call us today

Carmel Archdekin
Coldwell Banker Preferred
223-225 Market Street
Philadelphia PA 19106
Office: 215.923.7600
Cell: 215.680.5998
EFax: 215.940.8207
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Mon Apr 27, 2009
Michael D Delp answered:
Getting pre approved involves your income ( Recent paystub and past 2 yrs of w-2 forms), proof of money to close the loan (recent bank account statements) and a good loan officer to pull your credit and put you in the best loan program to suit your needs. If you are looking for the latter, feel free to contact me,
The very best of luck to you!

Michael D Delp
Mortgage Pro
4802 Old Bethlehem Pike,
Telford Pa. 18969
Ph- 215-453-1025
Fax- 215-453-1012
Cell- 610-762-0318 -
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Fri Apr 24, 2009
Jolie Muss answered:
There are exclusive buyer's brokers/agents who represent the buyer. If an agent/broker is showing their own listing they are mainly representing the broker and the rules and disclosure requirements vary from state to state. If you are looking to buy a home you can search online in your area for an exclusive buyer broker (agent) or an buyer's broker, usually there is no charge to you and some states even allow rebates if agreed to beforehand and allowed by your financing. ( You can also make sure they are licensed by checking online with your state's real estate agent and brokers database) I hope this has been helpful! ... more
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