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Mon Feb 23, 2015
Jeremy Pronto answered:
There is a website called, where you can pay to search a home that you are interested in purchasing.
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Fri Oct 31, 2014
Gary Swank answered:
Check out the New Allegheny Townhome community in zip 15212. The neighborhood is amazing and the fees are quite reasonable for the services received.
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Fri Aug 22, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
Question posted Aug 2007

Bump your price point up $50K and you will see better looking kitchens.
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Wed Apr 30, 2014
Harry Stine answered:
Hello Ashley, If you have a specific property in mind, you can reach out to the local utility companies and they can give you a 12 month average of the utility companies at no charge. You would need a physical address to get the info. I hope this helps. If you have any questions, feel free to email me @ or visit my website @ ... more
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Tue Jan 21, 2014
Deb Conway answered:
It appears there is a Allegheny County law that you can have up to five dogs. More than that and you'd need a kennel license. You can foster additional dogs over the max of five. The city of Pittsburgh has the same rule that was clearly posted on their website ... more
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Fri Jan 17, 2014
Benny Smith answered:
I recommend looking to the southwest. North and South Fayette are both a half hour from the point but has the feel of living in the country. I expect to have two in in the Mc Donald zip code. Good Luck ... more
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Wed Nov 27, 2013
Chris McCarthy answered:
Best places to look near Harwick are Indiana Twp, O'Hara Twp, Harmar, Cheswick, Springdale, Depending on your budget and other considerations.
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Fri May 31, 2013
Julia van Mook answered:
Hello Laura,
The neighborhoods I would recommend for the "city-life" feeling in Pittsburgh are Shadyside, Squirrell Hill and also Lawrenceville is an up-and-coming neighborhood with lots of restaurants, bars, etc. Additionally, the area which you will see the most nightlife and buzz is SouthSide. Hope you find the area you are looking for! ... more
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Thu Jun 7, 2012
Ccassino answered:
Squirrel hill is a great place to live and the public schools in the area (Colfax and Minadeo) are very good with special needs children. Pittsburgh Greenway, the school for gifted children, is wonderful too.

One thing to keep in mind with Pittsburgh - it is very hilly! So if you or your kids have issues with stairs you need to be careful when looking at houses to buy. Don't rely on what you see in pictures. See the place in person.
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Fri Jan 6, 2012
Doug Caye answered:

You may be referring to my listing at 1533 rockland ? I would suggest that you go to our www.pittsburghmoves,com site and use the pulldown for buyers - all of the criminal data- school performance info etc is available. I think its a nice area the home is in great shape and its just a few steps from the westfield t stop :) If you would like to schedule a tour or have a bit more in depth conversation I can be reached at 412 576 5561 or I am happy to help ... more
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Mon Apr 11, 2011
Jmg answered:
Thank You all very much for your answers. We are taking this to our HOA board and hopefully they will be on board with us!
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Mon Mar 28, 2011
Start with ads placed by homeowners in classifieds etc. Craigslist has many homes with a lease purchase option. Basically you lease the home until you can purchase it. If you have a substantial down payment you may even want to contact many FSBO homes.

Also if you are able to negotiate this deal please be careful and be sure the current homeowner is applying the rent payments towards the mortgage payments. I would even ask if I could make the payments directly to the lender... If the rent is 1200 and the mortgage is 700 ask if you could sent the $700 to the lender and the difference to the landlord/homeowners... It doesn't hurt be smart.

I advise all future homeowner looking to owner finance aka lease with an option to try this because there are too many homeowners on the verge of foreclosure who rent their homes to keep a deposit and montlhy payments....
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Tue Jan 18, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
Keep in mind that much would depend on usage.....consider directly contacting the utility companies and inquire, ask the landlord and or current tenants if applicable, ask your agent, or anyone in the immediate area with a similar property.... ... more
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Fri Jun 4, 2010
Bsk121 answered:

Not being an agent this is only my true honest opinion on the area. I've been born and raised just north of the city in Bellevue, a wonderful little community in itself. I'm an avid fan of the Northern neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, which would actually be best for your husband having to go to the airport on a regular basis. The traffice going to and from the city from the southern neighborhoods is terrible at best, while It has always been a breeze going to and from work living north. The first place I would recommend you look is sadly my alma mater's rival high school the Avonworth School District. Excellent schools, not a very large school but just the right size, very friendly communities, and your close to just about everything Pittsburgh has to offer. The boroughs and neighborhoods that make up Avonworth consist of Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights, Emsworth, Kilbuck and Ohio Township. Your 15 minutes from downtown, 20 minutes from the airport and situated in quiet neighborhoods between RT. 65 and I-279. If your looking for a larger school district perhaps take a look at North Allegheny, North Hills, and Pine Richland. All of which are very nice neighborhoods, especially for an up and coming family. With wonderful academics, easy access to the city, and great programs for both children and adults none of these Pittsburgh neighborhoods can be beat.

Hope this helps all the best to you and yours,

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Tue Dec 1, 2009
Gary Hayden answered:
Hi Deb.

Just to summarize here. The city tends to have higher wage taxes than other municipalities in the region. While minimal in the long-term, transfer taxes (stamps) collected when you buy and sell property are also higher in the City of Pittsburgh. County Property taxes remain the same at 4.69 mills throughout the county and the school and local property taxes will vary by municipality. Looks like you live in 15202 which covers a bunch of municipalities. Since most of these are similar in should not make much difference. I'll pick Bellevue. Lets assume you live in Bellevue and your looking to buy an $80,000 house in either Bellevue or Brighton Heights (City of Pittsburgh). Let's assume that your household is like most in the area according to Census, with an income of $46,000 per year. Here is how that all would look for you when comparing purchasing and living in Bellevue and Brighton Heights. We'll also assume that you are purchasing the property at it's assessed (for tax purposes) value ($80,000).

Buyer portion(50%) of Transfer Tax (at purchase): 2.5% of sale-Bellevue 4%of sale-Pittsburgh
Bellevue=$1000 Brighton Heights=$1600
Purchase cost $600 more in Brighton Heights....not an issue again until you sell

Annual County Property Taxes: 4.69 mills
Bellevue=$375.20 Brighton Heights=$375.20
Annual Local Property Tax: 7 mills- Bellevue 10.8 mills- Pittsburgh
Bellevue=$560 Brighton Heights=$864
Annual School Property Tax: 24.5 mills- Northgate(Bellevue) 13.92 mills- Pittsburgh
Bellevue=$1960 Brighton Heights=$1113.60
Bellevue=$2895.20 Brighton Heights=$2352.80 in annual property taxes. $542.40 difference per year in favor of Brighton Heights.

Wage Tax
Bellevue=1.5% of wages and City of Pittsburgh= 3% of $46,000 per year:
Bellevue=$690 Brighton Heights=$1380 in wage taxes. $690 difference annually in favor of Bellevue.

Basically it looks like you'd spend about $147.60 more per year in taxes in Brighton Heights with all other things being equal. Also the additional transfer tax cost at purchase to consider. I have a lot of links on the Metro Info section of my website here: where you can quickly peruse municipal websites and county/city resources to find information that will help you in making your decision or compare properties in different areas. It also contains the links that Elizabeth provided in an earlier response. I hope this info helps answer your question. Best wishes to you in finding the right place to meet your future needs.
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Sat Sep 5, 2009
Dallas Texas answered:
Also a valid question read local media, visit Police Department website, speak with local residences.

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Thu Jun 25, 2009
Kathleen answered:
Did you find one there is a great one in venango county...perfect peaceful and adorable
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Mon Jun 22, 2009
Justin answered:
If you need a agent to work up numbers with a investment or give you the basic details about a neighborhood then YOU ARE NOT READY TO BUY and NOT a investor. I highly suggest for you to target a select few neighborhoods and learn the values. Learn what sells in those markets and what type of repairs are needed and expected from buyers. Does the market dictate granite countertops or does a formica get you top money? Hardwood or carpet? Stainless or white appliances? Etc. Learn your market and target a select few towns. I hope this helps.

Also yes please find yourself a agent who understands the mindset of a investor. Also you are not really looking at "houses".............what you're looking for are "motivated sellers". More times than not the house will be vacant and will need repairs. If you need repair money look into the FHA 203k rehab program. Google this and start reading up.
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