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Home Buying in Lansdale : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Jun 28, 2016
Rdttlewis asked:
Tue Sep 22, 2015
Tracyjobe asked:
just purchased a home. new to the area. did not know freight train runs less than 200 ft from home. unbearably loud at night. crawls by at 5 mph. roars for 30 minutes. also screeching of…
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Thu Mar 12, 2015
Christopher Jordahl answered:
Check out FHA's website as they will have a list of approved contractors available.
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Thu Jan 15, 2015
Joshua Stein answered:

I am sorry that no one has yet answered your question before now.

In short, a "limited service" listing is just that. The broker listing the property is not providing full brokerage services. Typically, the home owner is responsible for scheduling all showings and making the home available for them. They handle the negotiations with the buyers, inspectors, appraisers, lenders, title companies, etc. themselves. Most buyers need to provide their own pictures and descriptions for the MLS. In exchange for a (relatively) small fee, the broker will list the property on the MLS to expose the property to a higher number of potential buyers than the home owner can do on their own.

Hopefully, this helps you out.

Joshua Stein, ABR®, e-Pro®
Coldwell Banker Preferred – Conshohocken

Office: (610) 828-9558 * Cell: (215) 866-8030
Direct: (484) 270-1165 * Fax: (215) 999-5894
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Fri Nov 14, 2014
Michael Blum answered:
Anything is possible. From just a rental, to a purchase option. Discuss with your Realtor or directly with the seller.
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Fri Nov 14, 2014
Michael Blum answered:
I agree with my colleagues. Just remember that anything NOT in your reply is not part of the contract. So, if you are hoping to have something, make sure it gets into this response properly (and in a timely fashion - time is of the essence here).

Best of luck
- Mike
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Mon Jan 13, 2014
Steve Salemno answered:

I am not sure if you are still deciding on North Penn, but I was a graduate of North Penn and still live in the school district. I graduated in 1997 which was prior to them adding on to the high school, however I have been in the new section and many other local high schools and find them all to be very similar. It is a very big from a geographical sense and the high school is located towards one corner of the district. Hence, if you live on the opposite corner, it can be quite a hike to get there. That being said, there are over a dozen elementary school and 3 middle schools, so those are typically close by. Hopefully that helps. ... more
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Thu Dec 19, 2013
Emily Landis Torres answered:
Not very close. They do have another townhouse community that is closer to Lansdale catholic. Email me for more information!
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Fri Apr 5, 2013
wuspaar asked:
The appraisal came in at 220K.
Now our lender (PNC mortgage) wants to go in for second appraisal and is concerned its a flip property.The (PNC mortgage) asked us a copy of the inspection…
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Fri Dec 14, 2012
Manish Modi answered:
It depends weather you want it for yourself or for investment. Also is it owned by bank or Fennie Mae will also make good difference. In any case you will need to hire an agent to guide you through transaction. It is not hard but if you don't play your cards right you may end up getting no where and lose good oppertunities. A good agent can guide you through these steps. ... more
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Wed Oct 3, 2012
William Cush answered:
If you desire to do so, or if the mortgage lender requires one, then it would be obtained and paid for by you, the buyer. ( Line 432 PAR ASR). You could also Elect to do so as an inspection contingency but it is not a requirement of property transfer in Pennsylvania. (Line 281 PAR ASR)

I am not an attorney and this is in no way legal advice.

I would be happy to answer any other questions about the purchasing process should you have any. Feel free to contact me directly.

William Cush
RE/MAX Keystone
836 N.Easton Rd.
Glenside,PA 19038
Cell: 215.285.2011
Direct: 215.825.7720
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Sat Sep 17, 2011
Alain Picard answered:
The price in todays market is probably lower than in 2005's market.
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Sat Sep 17, 2011
Manish Modi answered:
It's more like second option and if buyer wants to end contract because of refusal of repair or credit, than they lose deposit.
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Sun Sep 5, 2010
Mack McCoy answered:
The list is long, and incomplete.

First and foremost, it should feel like home. It will be the stage setting for the next several years of your life, at least, and it darned well better support your lifestyle, or else it's a nightmare.

After you've figured out that you'd really like to live there . . . among the most frequent condo problems are (in no particular order)

* poor budgeting, resulting in special assessments;
* low owner/rental ratios, which affect financing. Also, it affects livability. Not that renters are bad . . . but if you have 15% renters, that's almost six owner-occupants for every renter. At 20%, it's four to one; at 25%, three to one, at 33%, two to one. The end result is that the HOA winds up being the de facto property manager for these absentee landlords.
* EIFS, and other siding problems. The litigation is lengthy and unrewarding.
* House Rules. Every condo should have them; but, be careful. Banning 125# dogs may be beneficial; banning goldfish and canaries, not so much.
* Maintenance and services. Elevators are expensive, so are swimming pools; they have their benefits. On-site managers, concierges, door(wo)men, all beneficial; all cost money. In a small project, you may be expected to share the chores - wheeling the garbage and recycling to the curb, for example.

No condo is perfect, but no house is either, and neither are we! So, first and foremost - find a place where you'll enjoy living, then worry about whether you can make the details work.

BTW: TU to Scott Godzyk; whenever I show a unit in a condo complex, I will stall around waiting for someone to come in or out so "we" can ask them how they like living there. The technique is to ask, then shut up and listen; if they're shy, ask them one question at a time, and wait for the answer!
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Wed Nov 18, 2009
Mack McCoy answered:
Let's put aside her "fiduciary" responsibilities to you.

You know that it is her Brokerage, and not "her," that you had the listing contract with, right?

OK. If you sign a listing agreement with another brokerage WHILE you are under contract with another brokerage, and you accept an offer while the FIRST agreement is still in force, then, she's probably quite entitled to a commission, too - and yes, she can sue you for it.

Whatever her fiduciary responsibilities to you, they do not extend to relieving you of the obligation to fulfill your end of the contract.
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Tue Nov 17, 2009
Russ Angely answered:
Hello Mack --

The seller is generally responsible for removing all personal items and having the property clear of clutter and broom swept prior to the buyers settlement walk through conducted the day before or on the day of settlement. There are instances however where the seller and buyer agree in writing that the property will be professionally cleaned (or prepared in some other manner) prior to settlement. This cost can be paid for by either the buyer or seller; or can be agreed as a shared expenditure.

Best regards,
Russ Angely
Better Homes Realty
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Fri Apr 10, 2009
Judy May, Esquire, REALTOR answered:
Hi Amit. Center Point Farms homes are beautiful! I just did a cursory search of recent home sales in this development and it appears that nothing has sold in the past 6 months in the $400Ks. In the past 6 months, 5 homes sold ranging from $335K to $380K. Of course, the value of ANY home depends upon a number of variables, including square footage, lot, upgrades, etc.

If you haven't yet hired a Realtor as a buyer's agent, I would HIGHLY recommend you do that right away. A Realtor will offer invaluable advice as you make this important investment. I recommend that you interview 2-3 Realtors and really "grill 'em" with hard questions, like: what makes you different from other Realtors? please provide me with some referrals who you've worked with before. why should I hire YOU? etc. Then, choose the Realtor that you like and trust -- you need to feel comfortable that the Realtor you hire is experienced and will look out for your best interests.

If you're interested, I'd appreciate the opportunity to EARN your business. I can be reached direct at (610) 324-5240. You can also find out more about me on my website at

Good luck to you, Amit! Don't hesitate to call me with any questions you may have as you embark on this exciting homebuying process.


Judy May, Esquire, REALTOR
"A Refreshingly Different Real Estate Experience"
C: 610.324.5240

CENTURY 21 Alliance
2828 Audubon Village Drive
Audubon PA 19403
O: 610.666.0202 x. 226

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Thu Aug 14, 2008
Ariel Monzon answered:
I live in lansdale and LOVE it. Close to the turnpike and 309. 309 takes you from the city all the way up to Allentown. Have you tried looking at a map? Bucks county has higher taxes so if you decide to stay along route 309, watch how far north you go. Good luc and call if you need anything. ... more
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Thu Jul 24, 2008
Dennis Strange answered:
I am completing an REO purchase right now. Reo listings go through a listing broker. Due to the fact that the banks or 3rd party co.'s can be located anywhere they need a local broker to handle the transactions. I have a REO/Foreclosure search on my website for FREE. You can find the property you want and/or be emailed daily results that match your criteria. Don't be shy use the search and see what you come up with and contact me for any help. ... more
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Wed Jul 9, 2008
David answered:
Its called, buying high and waiting.

Advice, either that owner waits for the price to rise, or you wait. Its not going higher any any time soon. 400K for that property 6 months ago? phew, should be work 350 today, and maybe 325 in 6 months. Never look 6 months to find the value today.

IF you do buy, bid at 20% under asking price, believe me do not let others convince you that a property that is not selling is worth what they say its worth.
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