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Home Buying in Merchantville : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Feb 18, 2016
Rosannescarpulla asked:
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Tue Mar 17, 2015
Randy Stoker answered:
Contact a local mortgage advisor for answers to your question. There are differences of interest rates, property taxes and homeowners insurance rates that need to be known in order to answer your question accurately. ... more
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Fri Feb 6, 2015
Jeanne Feenick answered:
The warranty will provide you some peace of mind but certainly does not replace a thorough inspection. All properties are essentially "as is" or as presented to the buyer - those that stress the point are putting the market on notice that they are not intending to do repairs. All the more reason to hire a good inspector.

Dan's point is a good one - all that said, if the inspection turns up something that is an issue, then you have the right to ask - and the seller to respond. Be sure not to give up your rights under the inspection contingency in any case.

Good luck!
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Wed Apr 17, 2013
Curly Sue answered:
Yes, it probably will be an issue. Generally you need to be self employed at least 2 years.
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Mon Jun 20, 2011
Robert Greenblatt answered:
Hi Kathleen. Every home has a story. I would be glad to speak with you about this home. I have a certification in property valuation and am familiar with the area.
- Robert Greenblatt
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Sun Jan 2, 2011
Deborah Madey answered:
Hi Bobkrab,

I have met many people who are simply doing research for a potential future real estate transaction, or they are just being curious. They would like to research information without the need to chat with a Realtor. You may or may not fall into that category. But, here is the solution and explanation that I suggest for them. Perhaps this will be helpful for you, too. It would provide you HOA fee info, plus more.

Real estate data on properties that are represented for sale by REALTORS is shared via a few different methods/sources. 1) Public sites, such as Trulia, agent and brokers "public" sites; 2) Property detail sheets given in person, by fax, directly emailed to a customer/client from a REALTOR; or 3) REALTOR provided access to REALTOR websites (registration required) or REALTOR provided automatic updates via email (registration required.)

All of the "public sites" have fewer data fields and less information. You can receive additional data fields and greater access to information by becoming a client or registering with a REALTOR. Here's the important point. "Registering" on ANY site will not guarantee you additional data fields, nor will it assure a higher level of data integrity. You do need to register with a REALTOR, and one who has the systems in place to provide up-to-date property information and a system that will release more data fields to you so that you receive timely and accurate info about properties offered for sale.

The data integrity and accuracy in MLS systems is quite high. In order to maintain this high level of data integrity, the member REALTORS pay fees to MLS. Across the US, thousands of MLS employees enforce rules to maintain accurate data in the MLS systems. In order for REALTORS to have the systems in place to share this data with registered users via search sites and automatic updates directly from MLS data feeds, REALTORS hire private programmers or services. It is not a free extension from the MLS. Providing in-depth accurate info comes with a cost, but that cost is absorbed by the REALTOR.

If you locate a REALTOR who can provide you this level of timely, accurate and thorough data access for the area of your interest, you need to register with them. You can explain to the REALTOR that you want to search on your own. I have many registered clients with whom I have sporadic and intermittent email conversations. I am here when they need me, and leave them search on their own when that best fits their needs. Of course, when it's the right time for them to visit properties, I am ready for them!

Finally, I encourage you to continue to use Trulia in your search. While Trulia does not have all the data field, nor all properties for sale, and there are some properties that appear here that are not longer for sale.....Trulia has a lot of cool tools for you. Trulia sources info from public databases and adds that data here. And, they have some great analytics and trend reports.

If you tag team between a great REALTOR provided ‘registered access’ site and Trulia, you are sure to find info about HOA fees and a lot more.

Good luck in your search.

Deborah "Deb" Madey - Broker
Peninsula Realty Group
732 530 7755 Main
732 530 6350 Direct
732 784 8450 Mobile (Text or Voice)
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Sun Jan 2, 2011
Donna Herb answered:
I agree with Kim. Do not pick an agent based on the number of listings they have had/or do have. There is a very slim chance your "listing" agent will be the "selling" agent. In this challenging market it is best to pick your agent based on who you feel comfortable being a "team" with., since this is a "team effort" market we are in. I think experience is a must thought. Also, You have heard LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION, well now the slogan is PRICE, PRICE, PRICE. Price your home properly the first time and the agent you chose will be a winner.

If you would like to consult with me you can reach me at:
Re/max of Cherry Hill
856-424-4040 x142

Thank You and Happy New Year
Donna M. Herb
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Sat Oct 31, 2009
Joe Salcedo answered:
Good Morning,

I think you are thinking of buying a condo? But you want to know exactly what
is going on the market for a few years ago right. My recommendation is to call
a realiable agent in that area so that you what is going on.........Agent have
all the information previous sale, expires, cancelled, off market , etc.....
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