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Blandon : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Feb 9, 2016
Diana.kelly79 asked:
only see option to "find my home's value" under "sell" dropdown
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Thu Oct 10, 2013
Kimberly Kern answered:
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Sun May 29, 2011
Don Tepper answered:
Maybe. That'd be about a 7% drop in 15 months. It's certainly possible.

Ask your Realtor what comps he/she used. Then take a look at the printouts. Also, ask your Realtor what's currently on the market that you're competing with. Then physically tour those properties.

Recognize that your neighbor's sale 15 months ago is quite old--way too far back to even be considered a comp.

Recognize, too, that upgrades can add some value, but often not very much.

So, look at the comps your Realtor used. Look at what's currently on the market. Discuss it with your Realtor.

Hope that helps.
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Mon Jul 6, 2009
Sharon Sapp answered:
There have been alot of good answers here. To me, the biggest difference is, if there is a home owner's association involved, there are rules you have to obey. If there is no home owner's association, there is little difference in owning a townhome vs any other single family home - other than sharing a wall with your neighbor.

With a home owner's association (HOA), there are by-laws and typically a monthly fee that includes many of the chores a home owner has to do - like shoveling snow, outdoor maintence, etc. Each HOS is a bit different but essentially, you take care of the inside and they'll take care of the outside. Meetings are on a regular basis and if you attend, your ideas can be heard.

With a single family home withoug a HOA, you do the lawn work, shoveling snow, maintain sidewalks, etc.

It all boils down to - how much work do you want to do outside and is it worth it to adhere to the HOA rules so you don't have to worry about it? I'd suggest that if you are interested in a townhome in Blandon, you contact the HOA for a copy of their bylaws (sometimes they have a website) so you can read their rules and what they do for you and then make a decision.

I'd be more than happy to help you do this research if you like. I do handle that area.

Sharon Sapp
Century 21 Call First
Office: 610-921-2400 ext 255; Cell: 484-955-1075
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Tue Apr 22, 2008
Joan Seward answered:
If you mean 512 feet from the 100 year flood plain, that should not be an issue. If you mean 512 feet from water, and the property is within 350 feet of the flood plain, you need to check out the new FEMA guidelines put in place since Katrina. Any property within 250 feet of a 100 year flood plain will require an Elevation Certification, requiring an new survey, and costing upwards of $1000. If you're looking at one of those homes along the Maiden Creek, you may want to talk with the neighbors before you make an offer. ... more
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