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Thu Oct 5, 2017
dovedowns answered:
If a home is haunted or is known to have extraordinary activity, what terminology does a realtor use when disclosing such information?

I’m looking for a new home. My first home had paranormal activity that began a year after I moved in. Later, I learned from a neighbor, that prior to my purchase it had been owned by 4 other couples within a 10 year span, all had experienced the same type of activities, taking a toll on their marriages, just as it did mine. Naturally, after my experiences, I am weary of getting into such an unpleasant experience again. ... more
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Wed Oct 4, 2017
Therepressedmistress asked:
Fri Sep 29, 2017
Alan May answered:
Not really stupid questions.

There are lots of expenses in involved in buying and selling a house. Yes, if you sell for more than you paid... you'll have a "technical profit", but be aware there are closing costs that could easily eat-up some of those profits. In the 3-5 years, you'd be paying off a touch of the principle on the loan, and hopefully, the value of your home will have risen.

While you'd have the house for sale, you'd continue to live in the house until the actual closing date. In the meanwhile, if you plan on buying another property... you'd schedule the closing of the new house for the same day, just after you sell the first house, and move directly from one, to the other.

Good luck.
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Mon Sep 25, 2017
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Thu Sep 21, 2017
Bonbon143 answered:
Hello! I have a beautiful home for rent in South Squirrel Hill - condition is great and move-in ready with stainless steel appliances. It's right next to the bus stop, and will take you to Pitt in 20mins.

Please take a look.
https://www.trulia.com/rental/4031378062-1067-Flemington-St-Squirrel-Hill-PA-15217
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Wed Sep 6, 2017
Haley answered:
Well being from a not so great neighborhood - born and raised in Arlington / Southside / Mt. Oliver area - i can say that when i was in middle school my parents moved me out of that area into Baldwin, where my schoolmates where cruel and the only friends I made where the only 3 people not to judge me about being a little white girl from the hood. are truly still to this day, my bestfriend's when i turned 18 i moved out and back over to Arlington- i never had any issues and i felt more safe in Arlington than i ever did in Baldwin with their little wanna-be thugs are out running around and the people care way to much about making sure their child has the newest Audi on their 16th birthday - BUT now that i am a mother myself the schools in Baldwin / Whitehall / Bethel Park are literally worth the headache of neighborhood drama - whereas the city schools are pathetic - i have seen wonderful people in both neighborhoods - i just go off of the schools, and the city schools i put at blame for the rapid decline of the city itself - how can we offer a future to these kids growing up - if the teachers dont care (not that all of them dont care) nothing is being done to improve the city schools so the graduating straight A students in the city schools have the same level of education as a core B student in Baldwin. so it really is what you're looking for ... more
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Thu Aug 24, 2017
Brigette.r.koreny asked:
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Wed Aug 23, 2017
Helen Barber answered:
Im lookin for a 1 or2 bedroom house in rankin pa swissvale pa trutlecreek pa.
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Tue Aug 22, 2017
John Zelahy asked:
I like the frequent updates but how can I set it up so that I get listings from a 10 mile radius of Pittsburgh PA (15213) area with the criteria that I want? I'm currently getting…
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Mon Aug 21, 2017
Mary answered:
Hi,

Please follow the instructions below on how to find a Section 8 rental listings.

1. Click the Rent tab on our homepage
2. Enter your desired area in the search bar and hit Enter
3. Click More, enter the keyword 'Section 8', and click Add.

Thank you for using Trulia!

Mary
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Sat Aug 19, 2017
Soniabue asked:
Mon Aug 7, 2017
Faith T answered:
Hi,

Please follow these instructions to find Section 8 rental listings

1. Click Rent tab on homepage.
2. Enter your desired area in the Add bar and hit Enter.
3. Click More
4. Enter the Keyword Section 8
and click Search.

Thank you for using Trulia!

Faith
Consumer Care Advocate
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Sat Jul 29, 2017
Darlene Borkowski answered:
Please read BBB reviews on S&A homes....no longer building in Pittsburgh. Tried to build a new house with them....the workmanship was terrible...The stone work was put up by immigrants with no training. Had a qualified masonry look at work....he was appaled.
Estimated to remove and replace would be over $10.000! The beams in loft were showing through plaster - wanted me to sign a release that they would patch but it would look terrible or I would have to leave as is???? On a $300.000+ home. Outside porch railing had 2 foot gap, they kept on promising to fix this hazard and 4 months later never did....reported to Collier township building inspector and they were cited!
Friend built with Ryan and cracks were in her bedroom and living room ceiling cracked across the entire ceiling.
My view is neither a reputable....years ago S&A homes built a nice custom home....they got too big too fast. To me custom means they have their own quality craftsman....S&A hires unqualified lost bidders. Their homes are trash....got out of my purchase....and they had nerve to refuse to return hand money!!! Thank goodness my wonderful realtor John, finally negotiated its return! Run away from both builders....nobody takes pride in their work and use the cheapest building material. Good luck!
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Sun Jul 16, 2017
Pcwitz asked:
The property is contingent and based on the inspection results, we plan on purchasing. Also, we would not list it as available for rent until after the closing, of course.
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Fri Jul 14, 2017
Cathy123 asked:
Buyer who is an investor missed closing date, today. Buyer's agent is asking for an extension for end of the month. The thing is, the buyer's agent has our house listed for rent,…
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Fri Jul 7, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Have you taken photos of your apartment? If not, take out your cellphone or camera and start taking pictures of everything (kitchen, bathroom, radiator, walls, windows, closets, etc.). This way if anything gets damaged, your photos are date and time stamped and will prove that the damage is not caused by you. If you have not moved all of your stuff out yet, you need to contact the landlord or leasing agent and explain that you are concerned about theft and will threaten a lawsuit against them. ... more
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Tue Jun 27, 2017
Scottfarley1 answered:
I've got about 10 friends (I'm in NYC) here who are agents. They all say you should be full time to make a living out of it. With that said, 2 of them are still part-time and they say there are some firms like Mont Sky which are lenient about you having a second job.

For your second question, I believe it's very rare to just hand out sale listings here in the city as they're obviously very valuable. Mont Sky does seem to do that, but with management oversight.

Listings seem like an obviously way to kickstart your business --- aren't open houses just a way for Realtors to meet clients?
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Mon Jun 26, 2017
Hoffman032003 asked:
My buyer and I agreed to close on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The buyer was pre-approved for a FHA loan with BOE in Tempe, AZ. When the buyer's agent contacted BOE to set-up closing,…
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