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Sat Sep 10, 2016
Jhc3 asked:
Mon Jul 18, 2016
Jeff Cranston answered:
A buyer will pay to have the septic tested. As a realtor, I help to provide the names of potential inspection companies, but it is the buyer that picks, arranges the inspection, and meets with the inspector. But, keep in mind there is the cheap method and the expensive method. The cheap method is a chemical test they run. The expensive method removes the lid and inspects more thoroughly. I sizably higher expense, and few buyers typically make the extra effort or cost. I recommend you talk to the inspection companies to understand the pros and cons depending upon the age of the house and the records that exist. ... more
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Wed Jun 15, 2016
Tyeshalia answered:
Only USDA approved lenders can help you with securing financing on a rural home in Pennsylvania.
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Mon Jun 13, 2016
MCM_STL answered:
I wouldn't tell people until the closing papers are signed and the seller has received funding. Up until that point, there are always things that can go wrong.
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Sun Jun 12, 2016
Carney1300 answered:
Does anyone know the average real estate tax for Thorndale, PA?
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Fri Jun 3, 2016
Alan May answered:
It depends on the local MLS... those things could mean slightly different things.

In my area...
Under Contract means someone has written a contract, and the seller has accepted.
Active Contingent means that the property is under contract, but they're still allowing showings, and would happily accept a back up offer.
Pending means that you're under contract and all contingencies have been met.
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Fri Apr 8, 2016
Resident answered:
The HOA is horrible. Board members consist of retired folks who love nothing better than to find "violations" like a grill cover blown from another residents grill......$100 for tarp on patio. "Only patio furniture and grill allowed on patio" Failure to send notices for extra costs such as snow removal and then attach legal fees and late charges for bills you never received. Nothing but problems. My lawyer used the term "gestapo" when describing the HOA there. ... more
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Tue Apr 5, 2016
Nancy Pageau answered:
Hello Bellamama,

Chester County has many excellent school districts, depending on specific needs. If you are looking to know what works best for your family, feel free to contact me and I can send you a list of school sites that may be of help. There are many issues that factor into where you would like to settle and call home, l would be happy to share any information I have with you. Good luck in your search! ... more
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Mon Mar 21, 2016
Cass.forkin answered:
Love living here. Husband has been here 17 years and I have been here 5 years. The place is always beautifully kept and has fun things going on each year that we participate in like the garage sale day. The pool is a lot of fun and always staffed with nice guards. Really, very nice area and place to live. ... more
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Thu Mar 3, 2016
Mdlarose asked:
Tue Dec 22, 2015
Timothy Grape asked:
How do I can my homes info. For some reason you have my home listed with the incorrect info. My house is not for sale but I want to correct the info
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Wed Sep 9, 2015
USMortgageRanger answered:
Hi Jennifer,

Based on your post here are the issues that no one is telling you. Your husband 2nd job income can only be used if he can demonstrate that he is in receipt of that income for two years on his tax returns, the same goes for any bonus. Without being able to show two years of receipt I am afraid that the underwriter will decline the file.

I would be delighted to provide you with some mortgage options, (this does not require us pulling your credit) that will allow you to make the best decision for your family. I can be contacted via my profile information for a no obligation consultation. My Office hours are 08:00 AM-08:00 PM Mon-Fri and Fri and Sat 08:00 AM-06:00 PM CST.

Lowell Sterling
Mortgage Banker
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Phone (469) 315-1709
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Sat Jun 20, 2015
T. Mahard asked:
Your map cuts out the houses in the Romansville section of West Bradford. Since all of West Bradford Township is in the Downingtown area, the Downingtown School District, and pays taxes…
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Mon Apr 20, 2015
Bob and Beverly Everett answered:
I would definitely think a generator would add value to a home especially if you live in a colder climate like I do. Yes, replace carpet and do not give carpet allowances. Reason? Buyers cannot 'see' a carpet allowance however they can certainly see and recognize new carpet. I suggest a builder's grade. They have lots of colors and textures to pick from in this category and all will work just fine. ... more
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Fri Apr 3, 2015
Lori Murtaugh answered:
I just handled a sale where my seller took a deep loss on the property because when they built 6 years ago the builder ran into unexpected drainage problems so they had to build a small retention pond, big $$$$. It made the project go way over budget.
CHEAPER isn't really the question you should be asking. WISER may be a better question to ask.
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Fri Apr 3, 2015
Lori Murtaugh answered:
I'm not an attorney, but since seller terminated the contract, you no longer have a contract. Since sellers have left town and no longer want to honor the contract, it will be very difficult for you to obtain ownership of the property.
Regarding the "10% required day of sale", is that earnest money the listing office is holding? I'm not sure what you mean.
Concerning buying at upset price...I don't believe the bank can sell it to you at any price unless seller is on board. They will have no choice but to foreclose, which can take a very long time.
Good Luck!!
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Sat Jan 10, 2015
Shawana Reid answered:
Yes. im looking for a home where my son can live downstairs in his own little space.
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Fri Dec 19, 2014
Colleen Kish answered:
Eagleview is on of the beautiful. I am sure you will not be disappointed. No matter the season, Sports to cultured events it is all just a short drive away. Also being in the Downingtown Schools is a plus! ... more
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Tue Jul 22, 2014
Anna Abbatemarco answered:
Hi there, James -

Great question! You definitely want to reach out to the HOA at any time when thinking about expanding a deck or any other modifications to the home. I do know that Marsh Harbour's HOA is managed by FirstService Residential and their contact number is 800-870-0010.

I hope that this information finds you to be helpful!


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Tue Jul 22, 2014
Anna Abbatemarco answered:
Hi there, Aubrey -

Uwchlan Township's website has a great amount of information in regards to taxes, specifically this address: .

Their phone number is also 610-363-9450.

I hope that this information finds you to be helpful!


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