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Home Buying in Horsham : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Apr 28, 2016
Alysse Musgrave answered:
I've been a consumer advocate for the homebuyer for 21 years. I have run into very few 'shady' Realtors. But there are TONS of agents who are either inexperienced or just not very smart. Hire an Exclusive Buyer Agent to represent you. EBAs represent homebuyers only so there is no conflict of interest to jeopardize your negotiating position. Visit for a referral.

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Mon Jun 1, 2015
Mbdougherty1959 answered:
The Horsham area is great. Very good school district. The parks and amenities in the town of Horsham cannot be beat. Great parks, Library. Also good restaurants close by.
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Tue Oct 29, 2013
Trisha Kozak answered:
Hello Elaine, I am a Realtor in the area and I actually just found a townhome for my mother and grandfather. He is 90 years old and cannot climb stairs either. We had a chair lift installed for him. They can be expensive though. It depends on how many turns there are in the staircase. His staircase had three turns so it cost us $12,000 to have it installed. I do currently have other clients who are older and I have shown them only houses with either master bedrooms on the first floor (perfect for you) or single level homes. I am very familiar with your specific needs and I would be more than happy to work to find you the perfect home for your family! Thanks so much!
Trisha Kozak
Coldwell Banker Realty Corp
office 215-855-5600
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Thu Oct 17, 2013
Mike Bottaro answered:
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Wed Apr 3, 2013
Sushil answered:
As a consumer I see it as double taxation. Government is charging taxes on one item and when that item becomes something else then another tax on that and end consumer pays all the taxes. That's why I believe there should be VAT (Value added tax). ... more
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Sun Feb 24, 2013
Robert Felte Jr answered:
Yes this mobile home has an associatin fee. It is $510 per month. In additon to covering the ground rent it also covers your trash removal, snow removal and common area maintenance.
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Thu Jun 28, 2012
Christopher Suhy, GRI answered:
As a real estate broker, my understanding is the Buyer is correct. The PAR agreement of sale plainly states a Buyer may void the agreement within 5 days after receiving the condo docs or settlement, whichever comes first. I point this contingency out to all my Sellers when selling a condo, so it does not come as a surprise to them if the buyer exercises this contingency. I would suggest you get an attorneys opinion as well since this really a legal question. ... more
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Thu May 17, 2012
Master's Design Build answered:
I know this thread is nearly a year old, but we are professional Remodeling and General Contractor located in Hatfield and we are in the beginning stages of starting a new division of company to build Net-Zero Energy homes. Your question is I believe about "Net Zero" energy. There is really no such thing as a Zero energy home unless you are living in a log cabin without heat or electricity. That would truly be Zero energy. But Net-Zero combines various technologies to reduce the energy consumption of a home, employs super-insulation under the slab, in the walls and the roof in order to minimize heat loss/gain, and seals the envelope of the home to eliminate air leaks as much as possible. If you would like to connect to discuss things, please let me know. You can check out our website at .

Brian J. Martin
The Master's Design Build Group
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Fri Apr 20, 2012
Glenn Freezman answered:
I don't have the answer for you, I believe your original lender would be the best resource for this question. I did want to thank you for being a Veteran and offer my title services to you anytime you may need them in the future. I appreciate you! ... more
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Sun Apr 10, 2011
Don Tepper answered:
Generally, yes. You can withdraw your offer at any point up until they accept--by signing your offer. Check with your Realtor for more information.

One additional point: Whether or not you're preapproved doesn't make any difference. What matters is whether the sellers have signed your offer yet.

Note: If they've already signed, you may have some contingencies in your offer that could allow you to terminate the contract. For example, you might have a home inspection contingency. And if the home inspection comes back unsatisfactory, that could be an "out." Or if you're buying a condo or a property in an HOA, you're generally entitled to review the documents--often providing you a several day window. If the documents are unsatisfactory, that also can be an "out." So even if you waived the financing contingency (which you shouldn't have), there may be other ways to terminate the contract.

So, again, check with your Realtor.

Hope that helps.
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Thu Oct 9, 2008
Gita Bantwal answered:
Your question was posted in July. Hopeyou have purchased a house. I am answering this for the benefit of others who may read this post. It is to your advantage to work with a Buyers agent. . The others have already given good reasons why you should use you own buyer's agent. I am an accredited Buyers Representative and hold the ABR designation.Look up my web site for information about agency and advantages of using a buyer's agent. ... more
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Thu Oct 2, 2008
Edward Carboy answered:
Are you lookin to invest, or reside in the home. When putting in an offer for an REO, this is one of the questions the holding companies(Asset Management Co.) ask the listing agent. Thought being, an investor would be willing to walk away quicker than a buyer looking to live in a property. You can only write up an offer and see what happens. My last REO listing was listed for 325000, and the bank accepted an offer of 270,000. Ed Carboy ... more
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Sun Jul 13, 2008
Edmund Choi answered:
The MLS provides true sales information because most offices input the details of the transaction including seller concessions. This information is provided by agents to provide you in realistic expectations for your home in the current market. Sidenote: beware of short sales/foreclosures which abnormally skew the data; they are considered outliers and should be treated as such. ... more
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Fri Jul 11, 2008
Harry Postlethwait answered:
The first question is whether the property you are shown is within your pre-approved loan amount and monthly budget expenditure criteria for principal, interest, taxes and insurance (PITI.) Looking at unaffordable properties will only result in disappointment.

The next question should be whether you are buying the property or the agent. If you are paying, you get to choose what you want to offer. Your agent may give reasons for offering a certain price, but the choice is still yours, not the agent's. The Seller has the option of accepting, countering and rejecting your offer. If the Seller is well advised, the offer will be at least countered.

In many areas the market is a "buyer's market." That means there is greater than a 6 month supply of property for sale in the area you are looking. Less than that is a "seller's market." If your agent is does “due diligence” he/she will advise you of the market conditions where you are looking. It can change from one sub-division to another.

Have patience and be willing to walk away if you feel uncomfortable about an offer. Remember, it is not about the agent; it is about YOU!
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