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Tue Jun 6, 2017 asked:
Is there something else that needs to be done for the updated information to show on trulia
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Thu Feb 9, 2017
Alysse Musgrave answered:
I have yet to see a house that was cheap enough or special enough to justify the risk and aggravation involved with buying a short sale or a foreclosure. There are plenty of homes on the market that you can buy directly from the seller, not the bank. I suggest you buy one of those instead.

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Thu Aug 11, 2016
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Tue Jul 28, 2015
Eugene asked:
"Best" would include safety (low crime rate), decent sized yard, relatively uncomplicated route into the city (for occasional jaunts; not a daily commute). 2-3 bedroom, under $200,000.…
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Thu Jul 2, 2015
Dan Tabit answered:
There are property management companies. You may find one through this site or others. One issue will be if you are planning to financing the purchase. Non Owner Occupied homes have different financing requirements than owner occupied. The down payment and rate may be higher. Find out about this early in the process if you plan to finance. ... more
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Tue May 12, 2015
Jason Hill answered:
To gather clues as to which style of air conditioning this home has, you may look at the exterior of the home. Air conditioning units in windows is a good sign that there is not a central air system. But, as mentioned by Mr. Puntman below, it is best to ask the homeowner. ... more
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Sat Sep 13, 2014
Gary Swank answered:
Absolutely, as long as it's income the lender can verify. Many people buy 2nd homes, investors buy properties outside of the state....This occurs all the time. Please feel free to contact me further to discuss. Thanks. ... more
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Tue Jun 17, 2014
Michael Burke answered:

We have list of some rental properties available in Philadelphia area( Fishtown,Northern Liberties, Queen Village,Pennsport) offering all amenities like garage,a back yard patio, deck, washer & dryer and pet friendly too that we can show you.It will cost you between $1900 to $2000.We would be happy to guide you to find rental property for you.

If you are interested, please feel free to call us anytime. We are always available to assist you.

Looking forward to speaking with you.

Thank & Regards

Premier Access Property Management, Inc.
Phone: 267-273-1702
Fax: 267-519-2820
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Tue Feb 11, 2014
Diane McConaghy answered:
There are currently no homes to Rent in Penn Hills with 3 bedrooms that under $600 / month. I would suggest you consider widening your search to include other areas.
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Wed Dec 4, 2013
Raymond & Kay Hebrank answered:
Jermaine, call Darlene of Coldwell Banker 412-841-4223 ask about 156 Thornberry dr 15235, my wife & I are selling our home 4 bed 3 bath we'll give you a better deal than you can get a 3 br 2 1/2 bath for, wait till you see all the upgrades we've done & are still doing ! ... more
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Wed Dec 4, 2013
Jay Carleton answered:
Hello Raymond and Kay. Have you found a buyer for your home in Churchill? I live there and work in Monroeville. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Jay Carleton
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Wed Aug 14, 2013
Good morning Barb2619,

Rent To Own is a better deal for the Seller than it would ever be for a potential Buyer.

The basic concept is finding a way to "force" savings towards a down payment by including a portion of the monthly rental that goes towards that savings. You pay your rent every month and your Landlord deducts a pre-determined amount to hold in a special bank account, called an "escrow" account. Your Landlord holds that money until you have saved up enough---through this "forced-savings" method---to meet a down payment to purchase the home.

The terms of the purchase price, including the down payment amount, and the amount to be set aside from the rental for down payment, are all set down at the time of lease signing.

It's all about helping the renter/tenant save up enough money for a down payment to buy a home (in this case, the one you're renting). But this is a better deal for the Seller because he gets to lock in a purchase price and a buyer today for a future sale.

Saving money for a down payment? Well, heck, you can do that on your own.

If you are dedicated to the idea of buying your own home, you can create your own savings plan to save up enough money for a down payment. And when you have saved up enough for a down payment, if that takes a year or two or more, YOU get to decide on the price you're willing to pay for the house at that time based on current market conditions. You won't be locked in to a price that may be a lot higher than what the house is worth in the future.

With Rent To Own you'll be locked in both to the house and to the price, even if it takes you 3 years to save enough through the forced savings of the rent payments. What happens if three years from now your life situation has changed? Maybe you need a bigger/smaller home. Maybe your employment has relocated. Maybe your credit or income is insufficient to qualify for a mortgage loan.

Find a way to save up on your own; not with Rent To Own.

Sit down with a local Mortgage Banker and get yourself prequalified, too. You may find you're better qualified than you think you are, and, if you're not, at least you'll know how much loan your income and credit qualify you for, and how much you have to save towards down payment and closing costs.

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Tue Jul 23, 2013
nuna727 asked:
middle school & high school are the schools safe the school
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Tue Jul 2, 2013
Donald Stevens answered:
The average is around $150. You can go higher or lower depending on the style of the building, quality of building materials, and the current demand on the construction industry when you decide to build are all factors to consider. ... more
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Sun Jun 9, 2013
Paula Clark answered:
We are in a healthy market. Sellers are more realistic with where their price should be, and buyers are ready to buy, taking into account the low interest rates, and stable prices.
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Mon May 27, 2013
Keith Jean-Pierre answered:
I would suggest you try the regular rental sites: (Rentals Section) (Rentals Section) (Rentals Section)

Between all of those, you will get a very clear picture if you can find what you are looking for. Good luck!
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