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Home Buying in Northeast Philadelphia : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Jun 23, 2015
lewis answered:
The entire Scothbrook development was done under unique special rules in the 1980's for something called a 2-unit condo. These 2-unit condos are exempt from normal condo documentation and do not have associations or files and in fact are exempt from condo documentation entirely. Basically they were originally going to be townhouses but when the property market fell out of bed in the 1980's amidst very high interest rates, affordability became a major factor. The townhouses were then split into 2 units - an "A" and "B" unit sharing a party wall -- hence the 2 unit condominium. Local agents and title search companies should know this. In fact hundreds of mortages exist and thousands of sales and transfers have taken place since the 1980's when they were built. It is rookie estate agents and title companies that are causing the problems for buyers here! It is all perfectly legal and above board. There are no shenanigans occurring ... more
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Thu Feb 12, 2015
Catherine Feinstein answered:
I live in 19115 and am very familiar and happy with the area. I also enjoy working with First Time Buyers. If you would like my help with your home search, feel free to send me a direct e-mail with your questions and concerns and we can schedule a time to meet. Your Key to a Successful Real Estate Transaction! ... more
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Thu Feb 12, 2015
Catherine Feinstein answered:
I'd be happy to help you with your home search. I live and work in the NE and I am very familiar with the area. Feel free to shoot me a direct e-mail with any of your questions and concerns. ... more
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Thu Jan 9, 2014
Philip J. Cunningham Sr answered:
Please call me at 267-934-1971 with your needs

Philip J. Cunningham Sr.
Market Force Realty
801 W. Street Rd
Feasterville, PA 19153
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Thu Aug 29, 2013
Wally Schupke answered:
Since there is no longer an HOA, there should be a recorded declaration to show this. It will be necessary for you to provided a copy of the recorded declaration for review. I suggest perhaps checking with a neighbor to see if they know more- or possibly contacting the department of records: 215-686-2260 to see if you can find it there.

Ultimately, if the declaration states you can have your own liability insurance, we could proceed. If the declaration states you must have a separate liability policy for the common areas, we would need you to provide this policy and it needs to comply with our guidelines to refinance your loan.
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Tue Jun 11, 2013
Eric Feifer answered:
It's possible to get a house for $52k, but there will also be closing costs that need to be paid. You will probably need to find a place in the $48k range to have enough to cover all costs. Where in the Northeast are you looking. I might be able to help you out. ... more
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Thu Apr 18, 2013
Philip J. Cunningham Sr answered:
OK Wbg you hit the nail on it's head Chapo 1968 When asking please check with professionals in YOUR area I'm in Philadelphia,PA and lived on HWY 50 west in the 1950's and went to Evans high school in Pine Hill as it was being built so please take any and all advise from a REALTOR in you area.

Philip J. Cunningham Sr
V.I.P. Realty Corporation
7942 Bustleton Ave
Philadelphia,PA 19152
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Wed Apr 3, 2013
Stacey & Big Joe McCarthy answered:
There's really no difference between Lower Parkwood or Upper Parkwood. There's many neighborhoods that comprise the Parkwood area, including: Parkwood Manor, Rambler Park, and Latham. That said, I would consider any thing to the East of Byberry Upper Parkwood and West of Byberry Lower, although I've never heard it termed this way and I've lived in Parkwood for 12 years and am Treasurer of the Parkwood Civic Association. For more information about the neighborhood, visit the Civic Association Website at ... more
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Tue Apr 2, 2013
Robbie Mahallati answered:
Anna, Look at what I ca do for you >>>>

Call me anytime!
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Sun Mar 31, 2013
Cassandra M. Bickel answered:
As an out of the area REALTOR, I will give you some advice. Im sure there are several great agents on here that will be contacting you.

First, I would suggest the 1st questions to ask is if they are FULL TIME or Part Time. In this market, you want someone that is focused as a professional and takes their career seriously as well as available. And 2nd, do they focus in the communities that you want to live in.

After that, some things to look for are if they are knowledgeable and if you mesh well. You can have the most knowledgeable agent out there, but if you don't work well together, it will be a nightmare for you.

Also make sure they are representing YOU and not the seller. It is not a good idea to use the agent that is listing the house as they are representing the seller and not you.

Don't be afraid to ask for references and ask some hard questions. This may be the largest purchase you will ever make.. or the first of many.

Good luck!
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Mon Feb 25, 2013
Jonathan Unrath answered:
As it usually does it always depends on the neighborhood and where you feel protective and safe. Do you have a specific area in mind. The best thing to do is to drive by certain areas as night and gauge the noise. Also you can check police blotter on certain district websites. Let me know if you have questions or are either looking to move to or away from 19154.

Jon Unrath
Weichert Realtors Media
267 968 1505
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Thu Aug 23, 2012
Votroubek Group answered:
There are banks still offering 100% financing. You need to check with your local lenders to find out what each provide. We recommend that you shop around different lenders. Otherwise the lowest down payment is an FHA loan for 3.5%. ... more
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Thu Aug 23, 2012
Votroubek Group answered:
There are companies out there that can help bring up your credit score in a short period of time, one I recommend checking with is credit ability.
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Thu Aug 23, 2012
Votroubek Group answered:
The first step is to set up a meeting with the bank to get pre approved. After this you should contact a recommended real estate agent in the neighborhood you are looking to purchase in. If your not sure on which bank to go to and which lender to work with, usually your Realtor will have a good insight and have good recommendations. ... more
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Thu Aug 23, 2012
Votroubek Group answered:
If your credit score is above 620, you should be able to qualify for a loan. Set up a meeting with a lender at your bank and then shop around a couple other lenders to compare which have better loans for you. ... more
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Thu Aug 23, 2012
Votroubek Group answered:
Find a agent that specializes in the neighborhood you are looking in and have them send you all the listings in that neighborhood that are ranch homes in your price range.
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Sun Jun 10, 2012
Danielle Gurst answered:
Hello Jill,

I could not agree more with the response below that you NEED a buyers agent protecting your interests during the process of purchasing a foreclosed home. Many times they are sold as is and so there are many contingencies to address. Aside from that yes the process is the same, you qualify for a mortgage and use an agent to find your home and assist with the transaction. I would be happy to assit you! I work closely with a loan officer from our in house lenders and I could have a prequalification with in a day or two and we can begin house hunting! Please give me a call!

Danielle R Gurst
REMAX Affiliates NE
267 423 2623
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Sat Nov 19, 2011
Bruce Lang answered:
Please call me or another Realtor to help you. association fees move with the costs. ... many associations have had no changes in years. that may be ok. but work with your realtor and attorney to be sure the condo is financiailly stable...your lender will also verify that for you as well.

Bruce lang
associate broker
coldwell banker pref
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Sun Jan 30, 2011
Fredfons answered:
It is the historic Lower Dublin Academy. It is privately owned and as you can see left open to the elements. What a shame.
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