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Thu Jun 22, 2017
UpNest Top Realtors answered:
Hello, The only way to get your FSBO home listed on Trulia is to have it listed on the MLS. Only agents have access, but you could also pay for what's called a flat fee listing service if you want to sell by owner (generally not a good idea). We created UpNest ( to help home sellers get the best value possible. All you have to do is submit a few details about your home, and we'll invite several top local agents to submit proposals to you. Since agents are competing to earn your listing, they bring out their best commission rates and value added services, saving you a lot of money. There's no risk to try us at all, and it's completely free for you. Good luck! ... more
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Mon Jan 2, 2017
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Wed Oct 12, 2016
Puja0685 answered:
I live in Collegeville area. Why we are not connected with any railway line? Its like nightmare living in this area and have to commute Philadelphia center city. Please let us know, if there is any future plans to connect this side of world to rail service. Thanks, ... more
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Tue Sep 6, 2016
Briarwood1702 asked:
why does my listing on Trulia not have pics but my lising on Zillow does have pics?? How can I change that?
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Thu Mar 3, 2016
Linkargol answered:
can a landlord legaly discredit you to another landlard to keep you from being rented to?
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Sun Sep 20, 2015
My NC Homes Team answered:
At this point your options are limited. Technically the reports belong to you, but your agent shared them with the Seller giving them access to it. My advice is move on and forget it. You choose to terminate, (you didn't indicate whether you gave the seller the option to work with you to remediate the issues) and this was your right. Buyer's should not expect Sellers to pay for inspections, it's for the buyer's beneift not the Sellers. You could have your agent contact the buyer's broker when the houe goes under contract again and offer them your reports for 1/2 price. The Seller may not legally share your reports with anyone without your permission. ... more
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Mon Dec 15, 2014
Judi Monday, CRS answered:
Are you represented by a licensed real estate agent? If so you need to contact your agent. If not, I recommend you call a real estate attorney in your area to have them review your documents and assess your situation -- they will be in the best position to tell you how to proceed. ... more
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Mon Oct 27, 2014
Michael Pittman answered:
I have used Wells Fargo for 14 years and have nothing but great things to say about them.
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Wed Oct 9, 2013
Debbie Boland answered:
If the property is located in a FEMA flood zone you will be required to purchase yearly flood insurance.
This is in addition to the yearly homeowners insurance. The yearly flood insurance can run as high as $2,500.00 per year. This insurance is required for the lender to finance the loan.

I personally feel there are many properties for sale and would avoid purchasing a property that is located in a flood zone.

Debbie Boland
Keller Williams Realty Elite

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Tue Oct 8, 2013
James Clark answered:
Melissa,Hello,My name is jim clark from beiler-campbell in Avondale.Im currently working with soom clients just like yourself!Give me a call and we can talk in private to get you started!610-761-4415 THANKS! ... more
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Sat Feb 2, 2013
Tracy Robinson answered:
Hello Ayers Family

You can go online and search contractor's in your area and get a few for estimates. Check the contractor's reviews and compare prices. You can also post for referrals in your choice social media. You might get a response from someone who had coffered ceiling done in their home and refer you to a contractor. Hope these tips help you.

Tracy Robinson-Realtor
62 South Main Street
Yardley, Pa. 19067
Office phone: 215-493-0200 ext 1087
Direct phone: 267-395-0251
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Thu Mar 8, 2012
Irene Lucius-Ellison answered:
Not at all.It will stimulate the market.If anything it will cause prices to go up.
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Sat Jul 30, 2011
Edmund Choi answered:
Oaks is a cute little town. Location is subjective; some would actually welcome the convenience to shopping and 422. As for which strategy, you might consider a multi-pronged strategy encompassing all 3. Few things you need to consider: Where are you moving to? Have you been a landlord in the past? If rental who will act as the property manager to collect rent and address maintenance requests? Have you established your market rate rent? How do you intend to advertise and handle showings? What matrix will you use to evaluate potential tenants? If sold, have you determined the market value range for your property? Have you calculated your net proceeds? Not an easy situation, but definitely possible. ... more
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Sat Jun 4, 2011
Patty Allen answered:
It sounds like you'll soon be facing a financial sinkhole IF you move! You ARE going to have LESS income! I'm sorry to tell you that! It was a disappointment for me, too. You've been living on savings not your fault hurting your financial status heading towards poverty. Think outside the box. Try to start a business from any hobbies you can. There's ALWAYS a need for SOMETHING someone wants if you can figure out what it is. I doubt our baby boomer generation will ever FULLY retire NOW or the FUTURE. WE have to make the best of things, bond with others or our families, or where we're at. We NEED to be in survival mode! We NEED to preserve our HEALTH and do what we can to NOT be dependent on national health care by anyone or our government.
You know about condos, prices have gone down more than houses, foreclosures are higher for condos, and people left there pick up the costs of their HOA which I consider too costly. I consider owning a condo like renting an apartment or house or buying a new mobile home placing it in a very nice up-scale park NOT on private property. There will always be a cost. You said yourself "VALUE FOR REVERSE MORTGAGE IS TOO LOW TO MAKE IT PROFITABLE" where you're at.
I thought in Pennsylvania we have to LIVE in our home 10 YEARS before it can be a reverse mortgage. Your condo paid off would fit that definition NOT the New Jersey one. Then what will you do with your condo in PA. if you go to N. J.? My family would love to do the same in North Wildwood! We're stuck in an apartment in the South. We don't miss the winters and cold up North. I'm not going to my PA. home. I'm near your age.
Sales of my home in PA. would be similar to losing it; my parents paid all those years to pay off in the 1970's. Finding decent renters for it has been a real challenge almost living there for free 6 months and 2 years for my nephew with the same problem! Renters know many homes are vacant, and it's a renters market for them not the owner. Renters trash a place causing up-keep more than the deposit if YOU get one from them. It will cost you a property manager to get vacation renters to pay, but it will cost you plenty to place it in their hands for summer rentals. The place would have to be furnished, utilities kept up, and taxes by you. You'd be facing many more people renting out their places for summer weekly rentals. I'm in a tourist area in the South seeing places NOT having enough renters under-cut by hotels with specials on the ocean and free nights offered. A rental also NEEDS GOOD insurance or you lose everything. I don't know how much flood, hurricane, and tornado insurance is. Think it all out. I've always used a legal pad placing a blue line down the middle of the page. One side I write the word "Advantages"; the other side "Disadvantages." Then I see which is best. I check to see if I can eliminate disadvantages. Also think about transportation costs. Will you NEED a car more at one place than the other? Will you have to be one of those who have to flee the shore from storms? Will your utilities cost more being more colder at the beach? Are there any family members who would join buying a place at the N.J. shore to move in and share costs with you? It could work or may not. Can you get someone from a real estate agency to be your property manager for the condo you are in at PA. as maybe cheaper than the shore area? I know you want to live in that condo in New Jersey....probably last year! LOL! Can you have your dream NOW? live in it and after 10 years get a reverse mortgage on your home in N.J.? Check on that time frame of "reverse mortgage" because if it's 10 years of occupation, you may never live long enough or have the health to get to enjoy it at age 74 or 75! Search on the internet. Ask a senior citizen agency about the 10 year rule if it's state to state or just PA..
Remember when you tap out ALL your REVERSE MORTGAGE (may be closing costs, too) IF you find out that would work in the place where you are at, you no longer have anything left and still back to costs and upkeep with even less money. I wish you didn't have to be at the mercy of condo HOA fees. If it were me, I'd buy an inexpensive single wide mobile home, place it on my own land, and live as close to the beach as possible. Land should be $5000-15,000 for a lot or 1-2 acres. I'd pay cash for the home ($20,000-40,000). Your costs would be much smaller than condos. Your money would go further. Maybe you wouldn't have to place any money down financing your lot with your home and monthly cost probably the same as your HOA fees. See what 2-3 property managers say about rent you'd get out of your current condo unfurnished to boost your income.
YOU'RE NOT ALONE AS A BABY BOOMER! It seems age 65 you lose SSI and health coverage. I hope you have your own health care. NONE OF US PLANNED THIS DEPRESSION WE'VE BEEN IN 2 YRS. WITH MORE TO COME.
Were you in the military to get 100% VA to finance what I suggested?
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Sat Apr 23, 2011
Edmund Choi answered:
Don't overthink the situation too much. Prepare the property for market, and since you're already prepared for feedback, price it fairly. As you mentioned, there are buyers looking for affordable housing. Just a question of how much they have at their disposal to make it their own. Good hunting! ... more
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Wed Oct 20, 2010
Christopher Luckowski answered:
Dear home buyer,

The property values in Rivercrest are holding pretty stable at this point. There was a dip over the past year, but values have leveled off again. If you need help with your next home purchase please give me a call or email. This is my local market area and I can answer any questions you may have.

Thank you,

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2009 Quality Service Award Winner
2009 Multi-Million Dollar Producer

322 North Lewis RD
Royersford, PA 19468
(610)948-2100x 324 Main Office
(484)942-9381 Direct CELL
Licensed in PA: RS-308027
Email Address: Luckowski@CENTURY21.COM

I represent people of all price ranges. All of my clients and customers are treated as Family. If you or someone you know needs the level of service that I bring to the table, have them give me a call. See what separates me from the rest of the market. Visit my website to see what is for sale in your area and to gain useful real estate information! WWW.THEPAREALTOR.COM.
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Fri Jun 11, 2010
Daniel Gomez answered:
Unfortunately, I don't see foreclosures ending any time soon.
The problem is just too big to get a handle on.
Everyday more people are surrendering their homes or selling short sale.
Banks are adding to the problem in taking so long to respond to home owners efforts
to modify their exsiting loans.
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