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Thu Nov 5, 2015
Amelia Robinette answered:
the fact that your husband can't answer this very simple question is frightening. anyone can pass the test, but that doesn't mean they can negotiate a good contract in your favor.
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Thu Jun 5, 2014
Philip J. Cunningham Sr answered:
Please call me at my office 215-725-5700 X49 I do commercial real estate and will be able to search on the commercial MLS not just the residential site I listed with both Costar and LoopNet as well as others. Just so you are aware I sit on the Commercial, Industrial. Investment Committee of the Pa Association of Realtors so please call me in my office there are at lease 4 that are available in Lawndale, Burhome. Fox Chase area

Philip J. Cunningham Sr.
V.I.P. Realty Corporation
7942 Bustleton Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19152
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Sat Apr 5, 2014
Terri Vellios answered:
That would depend on the prices you get quoted. This would be an excellent opportunity for you to use some of the skills taught in schools, research. Good craig list ads and shop for furniture, go to the stores and shop for what you spend, thrift stores, dollar stores, call moving companies, etc.

Also plan for emergencies, and put money aside in savings each and every month. A good rule is 5-10% of your income should be saved for the future.
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Wed Feb 19, 2014
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
so Branden - please give us an update as to what has occurred........did you move in?.....did you or the landlord have the house treated?
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Thu Feb 6, 2014
debiphl answered:
I need to transfer the deed from my deceased husbands name to my name. I'm told a realtor can do this as long as I have the deed and proof of marriage and the death certificate?? How do I find a realtor? ... more
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Wed Jan 29, 2014
R. Eric Axelson answered:
One of the best. Amazing actually. Part of Center City, which is our most in-demand neighborhood.

When are you looking to make a move?

I can be reached at if you want to begin a dialogue.

You can search properties in EVERY price range at

Hope this helps!

Eric Axelson, Associate Broker
Licensed in NJ and PA
Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty
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Thu Jan 9, 2014
Larry Lichtman answered:
Hi Mr. Jackson,

I think you must have mistakenly posted this in Philadelphia.

Good Luck in your search. Have a Happy New Year.

All the best,
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Thu Jan 9, 2014
Larry Lichtman answered:
Hi Doug,

How have you made out? Curious to see if you did in fact buy in Bella Vista.
If you have, Welcome to the neighborhood. If you have any questions or would like recommendations/referrals to local businesses, restaurants or services in the area, please feel free to contact me anytime.

If you are still contemplating your purchase, let's get together and discuss a successful strategy to get you into a nice place that meets or exceeds your wishes.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

All the best,
Larry Lichtman, Realtor
Your Real Estate Resource For Life
Cell/Text: (267) 255-9640
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Wed May 15, 2013
Kathy Walsh answered:
Grays Ferry is looking more and more attractive all the time. Great local restaurants, good vibe in the small streets, and so convenient to highways. Prices are starting to go up in that area, but still great area for rental properties with the colleges being so close ... more
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Sun Jan 8, 2012
Jeffrey Onofrio answered:
Hi Totally False:

I am the Director of Renovation Lending at AnnieMac Home Mortgage and our main focus is FHA 203k mortgages. Please feel free to email me offline or call me at the contact information below and I can give you a list of 203k contractors in Philadelphia whom I have personally done business and can vouch for there work and credentials.

Finding a good contractor who understands 203k's is almost as important as finding a competent lender. The entire process demands a team of professionals who can make everything work in unison- from the lender, to the consultant, to the contractor and the appraiser and the Realtor (if it is a purchase). Good luck and please let me know how I can help.

Good luck!

Jeff Onofrio
Director of Renovation Lending
AnnieMac Home Mortgage
Mobile 609-217-9409]
Office 856-505-6717

Renovating and Rebuilding America - One Home at a Time
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Thu Apr 28, 2011
J Mario Preza answered:
I have some very mixed reactions to this scenario, especially because throughout my career, I have had the same circumstances put on me by relatives who either worked with me or wound up seeking my advice when the did not.

Working with family and/or close friends is both a blessing and a possible curse, but only if you mix business with pleasure. I find that when I am charged with doing a specific job, and explain the process and how I work and what I expect and what should be expected (as I would with all my clients), then you've set the foundation for a sound business transaction. It is only when someone (family) says, well he's my... bother, uncle, etc., he'll charge us less; or "shame on him for wanting to charge his next of kin..." that this can become a problem for everyone in the circle of trust.

From the agent's standpoint, you have to ask yourself if the commission you'll earn is worth losing some aspect of the family tie -- you know how sometimes sales don't go exactly as planned, and that, for whatever reason, will always come back as a blame on you.

I helped a cousin become a millionaire by giving him the best advice he could have received, and he actually followed it -- he sold when I advised, made a huge profit, rolled it over as I suggested, gained a bunch of equity; then converted that to cash and another investment and wound up a lot better than his teacher's salary would ever have allowed him to do.

The moral to that is that it can be GREAT, but if you do your job right -- in spite of being a family, or perhaps because of it.
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Mon Aug 2, 2010
Karen Joslin answered:
Dear aef468,

The current mortgage industry faces federal rule changes on a regular basis. Lenders have to interpret these rules and some are better than others. My advise is to ask an experienced real estate agent for the names of several favorite agents, people who have performed consistently and reliably for years. Service and experience is the name of the game. Interest rates are the lowest they've been in recorded history, nearly, and a potential tiny tick up is nothing compared to nasty suprises. There are a lot of mortgage horror stories floating around and you don't want any part of it. And remember, mortgage brokers get paid by commissions on top of the loan rates so compare fees.

Good luck,

Karen Joslin
Plumer & Associates, Inc.
226 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215-922-4200 x 203
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Fri May 14, 2010
Alan Openshaw answered:
Good for you.
I advised to go the other way but I will think about this next time my clients have a similar situation.
Good Luck

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Sat Apr 24, 2010
Alan Openshaw answered:
Hello Elizabeth, you are safe.

However the mortgage lenders are not going to increase their staff to try to accomodate those trying to get in before the end of the tax credit. Just like in November 2009, the process will slow down.
Start working with your mortgage professional now. Get your paperwork in and do not waste any time. Last year I had one lender whose underwriting turn times went from 5 days to 30 days in a matter of a couple. Right now I have lenders underwriting loans the same day as received but I expect that to change.

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Wed Jan 6, 2010
Larry Lichtman answered:
Finding a .5 acre lot will prove difficult within City limits. there are some exceptions in the Far Northeast part of Philadelphia. Realistically, you will want to look at Bucks, Delaware and Chester Counties within the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. Your choices will depend on your budget. Of course, real estate is all about location. The better the location the higher the price. Once you apply for a mortgage pre-approval, you will know the maximum mortgage you can handle. From there it is a matter of how much cash you have for down payment and closing costs. Once we have those numbers, we can set parameters in searching for your new home. Please feel free to call me directly at 267-254-7994 to discuss this further. I'd be happy to help you anyway I can. Have a Happy & Healthy New Year!. All the best, Larry Lichtman ... more
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Tue Dec 1, 2009
Mack McCoy answered:
Applause for the agents posting below!

We'll give you comps, the rest of your list is up to you.
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