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Home Buying in 15205 : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Oct 22, 2012
Frank E Hammond answered:
you sure can, if you send the MLS#'s I can email you maps. Google earth is a very valuable tool for this.

My Email is
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Thu Apr 2, 2015
x answered:
When comparing conds, you should consider more factors than the taxes for the units. Each complex has a different set of amenities for residents, with different monthly fees associated with them . There may also be rules on pets, guest parking, etc. which factor into your decision.

Allegheny County will also have new assessment values in 2013, so ask the sellers for the 2013 tax assessment value for the unit.
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Sun Sep 23, 2012
Brian Teyssier answered:
I responded to you over on Zillow I am in the Pittsburgh market and would love to speak with you to see what your goals are.
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Mon Aug 27, 2012
Jeffrey Bennett answered:
With a standard PAR contract, if buyer and seller don't come to agreement on the inspection within the contingency period, the buyer must either accept the property as-is or terminate the agreement. If the deadline has passed, you're buying it as is! Do you have your own agent, or is the seller (and owner) on both sides?

Read the contract to be sure you don't have something else going on, but you've probably accepted the property as-is; the original contract stands (with no repairs) unless amended by both parties. You can still terminate the agreement, but are likely to lose your hand money.
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Mon Dec 9, 2013
Melony Pate Arnold answered:
Ensure that you do your research and that you understand the challenges that you may face when you attempt to sell your home without the assistance of a real estate agent. Real estate professionals are uniquely qualified to eliminate these challenges by ensuring that the right price for a home is set, developing a comprehensive marketing and advertising plan, scheduling time to show potential buyers and most importantly identifying buyers who have both the financial means and the desire to purchase the home. ... more
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Fri Aug 24, 2012
Blair W. Cohen answered:
Most Pittsburghers are friendly and a good agent can help you with market details. Check their resumes, experience and references which is usually available online if the agent has a good market and internet presence. ... more
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Sun Aug 19, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
Your best bet is to meet with a local and trusted loan officer who can prequailify you at no cost and let you know what price range you can afford. With a condo you will need to add in property taxes and HOA fees. They can easily do this and most will do it over the phone ... more
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Thu Feb 7, 2013
Tim Moore answered:
If you are asking about list vs selling price you need to contact an agent in the area of interest and ask them as all areas and markets are different.
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Mon Aug 6, 2012
Roland Vinyard answered:
He may be holding it up - or it may be his attorney. If it is his attorney, there may be issues that you will need to deal with regardless of who is buying. And if you really want to get out of the deal, you will need the advice of someone who 1) knows your State laws and 2) has read your purchase contract. Your attorney would be a good start. ... more
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Sat Jul 28, 2012
Lisa George answered:
I don't know your circumstances, but it doesn't hurt to try and get approved. The worse that could happen is that they say no. You will never know until they run your numbers. I suggest talking to a lender and they will be able to tell you one way or another. If you are interested, I could give you the name of the lender that my office uses. Please let me know if I could be of any further assistance. Best of luck :) ... more
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Wed Aug 1, 2012
Virginia Stump answered:
Congratulations on the big weight loss! I don't know her name, but here's a way to find her, if she worked for a big firm and your memory might be jogged by seeing her name. Google each company's name and zip code, say "RE/MAX, 15235". When the local company's web page comes up, search through the agents. They usually have pictures, too, I you ever had her photo. Good luck! ... more
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Sat Sep 15, 2012
Doug Rees answered:
Yes there are buyers agents that would be willing and happy to represent you regardless if the amount you are spending. If you would like to contact me feel free. I would be happy to assist you in your search for your new home.
Doug Rees
RE/MAX Select Realty
412 537-6636 cell
724 933-6300 x140
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Fri Jul 20, 2012
Brian Teyssier answered:
If it is "contingent" you can submit a back up offer.
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Thu Jul 19, 2012
Erin J. Marton answered:
Usually brokers charge an additional fee on top of the standard commission. This amount is called the "Broker's commission" and is usually disclosed in your buyer's agency (the form you signed when you hired your agent to represent you). Did you receive an estimated closing cost sheet prior to closing? It should have been disclosed (or at least estimated) on there as well.
The fee is for administration and paperwork. Different brokers charge different amounts.
Hope that helps!
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Mon Sep 10, 2012
Erin J. Marton answered:
Most agents in my company work in the South Hills. Here is our website: You can find info on individual agents under the "meet our team" tab under "contact us". I suggest you start by speaking with Reed Pirain. He is definitely an expert in that area. ... more
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Mon Jul 16, 2012
Blair W. Cohen answered:
Try calling Arbors Management as they handle a lot of rentals. But unfortunately most rental listings are not put into the multi-list system in the Pittsburgh area so you may find yourself checking with various sources (agents, owners, etc.).

Good luck
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Tue Jan 7, 2014
Vicky Chang answered:
My name is Vicky Chang, I am with Coldwell Banker. Are you looking for an apartment to rent, or a condo to buy? I would love to help you find some properties that you might be interested in.

Here is my contact info

Vicky Chang
Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services
9600 Perry Highway, Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
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Tue Jul 17, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
Keep in mind that square footage costs do vary, and don't account for location and other considerations; therefore, it's really in your best interest to also review closed recently sold similar properties in the immediate area, and their final sales price... ... more
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Sun Jul 15, 2012
Blair W. Cohen answered:
Credit is not the only criteria for obtaining a mortgage but there should be jumbo mortgages available with 10% payment.
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Sun Jul 15, 2012
Alan May answered:
This is new terminology for me... What is "hand money"?
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