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Home Buying in Grays Ferry : Real Estate Advice

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Wed May 29, 2013
Don Sherman answered:
If you are in the voucher purchase program,i am on PHAs preferred Realtors list.I have 6 clients who are now living in their own homes through my assistance with the PHA program.I will be happy to work with you in making you a homeowner.
You may speak to these clients to hear how they feel about my work with them
Please contact me either by phone ,text or email.
Thank you;
Don Sherman-SRES
Century21 Advantage Gold
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Thu May 17, 2012
Ana Barlow answered:

The composite taxes very well may be what you are looking at. The city has a tax web site that breaks down the taxes for every property at the Office of Property Assessment / opa city of
There you may see what you need

Ana Barlow
Barlow and Birdsall Group
Keller Williams Realty Center City
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Thu Jan 19, 2012
Bob Jakowinicz answered:
This could be a pretty serious issue in our area. Agents have to at least present the offer to the homeowner unless their are other arrangements made with the homeowner.
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Sun Mar 13, 2011
Maxwell Peterson LLC answered:
This house was purchased in 2006 at a Sheriff sale for $32,100. The 2007 transaction referred to by others here is a corrective deed to get the owner's name right, as Sheriff deeds are often subject to errors. It appears to be owned by a non-owner-occupant (i.e., investor) and has a $50,000 mortgage on it, which originated in 2007.

What exactly is your interest, investor or homeowner? If you are looking for something on the market to buy and live in, get yourself a good agent. They will work hard to find you what you want and will help negotiate the buying process in all its complexity. I would suggest someone who is experienced in the area (even sub-area, because, for example, an area like Grays Ferry can be very different from Point Breeze, even block-by-block).

If you are an experienced investor looking specifically for off-market or even abandoned properties, I can probably assist in your search. I have been investing and helping experienced, funded investors obtain properties in Philadelphia. My services are fee-based, unlike the Realtors you may work with, and I provide specific solutions, such as acquisition and clearing title issues.

If you'd like more information, feel free to email me at
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Tue Oct 19, 2010
Jim Whalen answered:
Hi Ladyt,

In the MLS there is no 1542 s marston but there is a 1545 s marston that has just been recently rehabbed and is for rent at $750 a month. Maybe you had the wrong address. Please feel free to give me a call and we can make an appointment for you to take a look.

Thank you,

Jim Whalen
V.I.P. Realty Corp.
(215) 725-5700
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Tue Apr 27, 2010
robert peronne answered:
In Philadelphia the property tax rate is .0826 x the assessed value. Assessed values are determined by the Board of Revision of Taxes (BRT). Values are reassessed whenever the BRT decides to reassess any particular area. The price you pay for the property has no direct relation to the property taxes that you pay. See the link below. You can look up the assessed value and taxes for any address in the city on the BRT site. Typical taxes for a single row home in Grays Ferry run from $300 to $600/yr but you really need to look up the particular property you are looking at.

If you are looking at a new or rehabbed property it may have a tax abatement. Tax abatements run for 10 years. When you look up the property on the BRT site you will notice an exempt amount on the property information sheet. If you would like to know more about abatements go to my site at ; Also the BRT site has some detailed explanations of exactly how abatements and the abatement procedure work.

Ther is also an appeal process if the taxes have been incorrectly assessed BUT hold on. The BRT is in the process of being abolished and replaced by a new property tax department in the City. Eveything will change.

There is also a long standing proposal to shift all taxes to a new market price based system. They haven't figured out how or when that will be implemented.

Right now in City Council there is a debate going on to raise property taxes. The City needs money and property taxes will almost certainly go up but by how much?
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Mon Feb 1, 2010
Mika Lisiewski answered:
This property is listed at $137,500 and there are multiple similar properties in the area that may be of interest to you. I would love the chance to meet with you to review the properties and explain why I we should work together to find you a home! Please contact me at or 610-226-5727.

Mika D. Lisiewski
CENTURY 21 Alliance
630 Germantown Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
office: 610-828-2700 ext.275
cell: 610-226-5727
Licensed in PA RS308999
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