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Home Buying in Bryn Mawr : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Dec 4, 2016
Buy_sell1 asked:
i would like to get in touch with an agent to purchase a home.
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Sun Jun 26, 2016
Msdurica asked:
Mon Aug 17, 2015
suzy8track answered:
I've rented here for a few years and have to admit, it would not be a good investment. The Good: New and improved laundry room. There are now more dryers, which is a major plus. Could care less about the large TV and magazines in the area, but I'm sure that those folks who stay down there to watch their laundry appreciate it. Another good this is that the lobby and hallways have newer carpeting and they painted the dreary hallways to brighten them up a little. The best reason for my living here is the close proximity to the train, if I want to go into town. It is basically a five minute walk. Maintenance staff are great and super friendly. Always willing to lend a hand. The bad: there are constant interruptions of utilities due to maintenance, which is a major annoyance if you work from home. Also, there is a constant barrage of flyers left on your door regarding maintenance interruptions and rules and regulations. Also, not sure who is dropping off these flyers, but there is one unit on my floor that has been vacant for several months, and there is a huge pile of flyers hanging off the would think that the person distributing the flyers would have more common sense to realize that no one is living there!...but just keeps piling up! The Ugly: the Management office is rude and most unpleasant! I try to avoid them if I can! When you go in there, they are immediately hostile before you even have the chance to explain why you are there! I avoid them if at all possible. ... more
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Thu Jun 18, 2015
My NC Homes Team answered:
Just an FYI, this is considered self promotion and will likely be taken down by Trulia moderators. Consider editing it and dropping your phone number, if a reader is interested they can get your contact info from your profile picture.

Potential Buyers should have at least a 4-5 year time line if not then buying probably doesn't make sense but if they do, then absolutely buying is likely to be a better financial decision than renting.
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Sat Feb 21, 2015
Debra Callahan answered:
Meet with the agent and ask them about their credentials. Good Agents will provide this information and then should start asking you lots of questions about what you are wanting in your next home, what you would change about your current home, long term goals and timing.

Get your pool of candidates by asking friends or family who they have used. I've found that if I get along well with a buyer, many times I get along well with their friends.
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Sat Feb 21, 2015
Bobby Daddis answered:
It's 2 percent in the burbs split between the buyer and seller. 4 percent in the city split between the buyer and seller.
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Mon Apr 21, 2014
Dan Tabit answered:
Hopefully the earnest money is held appropriately in a trust account or with an escrow company. There are laws and you agent would know the rules in PA better than I would. If they met all the timelines and gave proper written notice, the seller shouldn't have any ability to keep your earnest money. By blocking it's release, they are just being obstinate. If your agent isn't getting you answers, ask for their managing brokers involvement.
I had to threaten a broker with serious escalation once when an earnest money release wasn't signed, but it was longer than a week.
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Tue Sep 17, 2013
Joshua Stein answered:
La Hoge,

You did not include any property information. E-mail me privately and I will check this out for you.

Joshua Stein, REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker Preferred – Conshohocken

Office:(610) 828-9558 * Cell: (215) 866-8030
Direct:(484) 270-1165 * Fax: (215) 999-5894
PA License #RS317975
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Thu Sep 12, 2013
Gwen Janicki answered:
Beaumont Cottage is a stunning home on a lovely property. If you aren't already working with an agent who showed this property to you, I would be happy to help you put together an attractive offer after doing a comparative market analysis for you.
You can reach me at 610 207-3995.

Warm regards,
Gwen Janicki
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Tue Jun 14, 2011
Cape answered:
The property was listed for sale for more than $5M around 2004. It rented to Coach Larry Brown for as long as he was with the 76ers basketball team. Then came the real estate doldrums.

This is an extraordinary and unique property located on perhaps the best spot (end of a cul de sac) on the best street in the best neighborhood on the main line. Very private setting with great views. However, most people aren't clever enough to understand what the architect was trying to when he put so many rooms on the lower level. Unlike the +$2.5M “McMansions” on Wooded way, the owners of the “Barn” spared no expense in building the house. Incredibly fine workmanship and the best masonry, stone, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, cable, internet, and fixtures available. The grounds are also tastefully and creatively done. The property sits on a ½ acre, adjacent to 27 acres of the Harriton Farm preserve.

There's a huge master bedroom suite on the second floor and a nanny suite. The first floor also has a bedroom suite. It appears that the architect intended bedrooms for lower level as well? I believe that most people who have the means to buy such a house are Philistines like me and just don't appreciate what a genius the renowned architect Richard D. Wesley is! (To be fair to him, he entered the Barn in the competition and won the 2005 Lower Merion Historic Preservation Award and the property is now listed on National Register of Historic Places.

Although the price would indicate a short sale, the bank is not interested in selling for less than the $2.7M mortgage. If you have further questions or interest, please call Bill (me) at 610 520 1624 to arrange for a tour. I'm a business associate of the owners.
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Fri Jan 21, 2011
The Home Seeker answered:
Thanks everyone for your helpful answers. Sarah, I guessed that something was wrong with this property. I have only driven by the property. Where would it flood from? I am curious to see this home just to see how bad it really is. 6 years and no sale! ... more
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Tue Dec 9, 2008
Chris & Stephanie Somers answered:

As the prior pro mentioned, the property is under contract. If you are interested in other properties in Delaware County (Radnor Township), feel free to use the following link for listings in that area:

I would recommend getting a buyers agent as well to find out about these listings right away to have first opportunity ! If you do not have one, we can refer someone to you as I know some great agents that service that area.

Chris Somers
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