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Tue Oct 23, 2012
Anthony Gigie Sciandra answered:
Yes I would agree with your mortgage broker on this point. When showing homes in my area a lot of attics are not livable and the ones that are bring more desire from buyers. Also, you are making an investment by adding the additonal rooms. When and if you decide to sell this will make it more benefical for you also because it could help your home sell quicker if this is something that most homes in your area do not have being a liviable attic.

Feel free to contact me with any further questions... anthony@century21.com
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Mon Oct 22, 2012
Janice Caputo answered:
Phill; sorry so frustrating, A legally binding agreement should be signed & dated by both parties. This is why we tell clients that "Time is of the essence" even when you do have an executed agreement the Seller can withdraw if your contingency dates have expired. Your agent should be told by the other agent another offer came, but the Seller can be fickle until Agreement Executed ... more
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Tue Oct 16, 2012
Tina Lam answered:
Carl,

You've posed one of those questions which can only be answered by the proverbial "it depends". You can do a light rehab and spend just $5K or go with the finest finishings and spend $2M or more. ... more
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Fri Sep 20, 2013
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Wed Oct 10, 2012
Allison Pochapin answered:
Hello, Wendy. I have a few agents in my office who can help you with rentals in those areas. Please feel free to contact me - allison@aarehomes.com (412) 519-7636 and we can chat further. Please let me know in your message where you are currently located, whether you are in the process of selling a house for this move and what your time frame is. I look forward to talking with you. Allison ... more
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Sun Oct 7, 2012
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Fri Oct 5, 2012
Jeffrey Bennett answered:
Where are you seeing these? Those aren't standard abbreviations or statuses.
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Thu Oct 4, 2012
Molly Finley answered:
Since you will be here for years would you consider buying? I agree, very hard to find a rental that allows any pets. In Pittsburgh you could buy a home for possibly less/month then rent/month. Call or email me for discuss further options! Mollyfinley@howardhanna.com 412-427-9668 ... more
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Tue Dec 25, 2012
Paperchase8 answered:
there is alot of development in the area, so i think long term there is an upside, great deals to be had for rehabbers..........................
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Tue Apr 28, 2015
Sharon Sapp answered:
In PA, the seller must disclose any material defect in the home being sold. The fact that the home next door houses mentally disabled men is not a material defect, so the seller need not disclose that. I usually encourage my sellers to disclose anything that the buyer could find out from the neighbors in addition to material defects, but it's not required. ... more
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Sun Sep 30, 2012
Janice Caputo answered:
It's a beautiful home and seems well priced; do you want to set an appointment to view it? JC
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Fri Apr 11, 2014
Dan Tabit answered:
ntwright,
You are correct, there is more to it, but FHA would certainly be an option and even a conventional loan may not be out of the question. Your down payment, job time, credit details beyond your score and assets will also come into play.
I would encourage you to speak directly to a mortgage broker to find out your options and either start the purchase process or to take a few steps to improve your credit score. Best of luck.
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Thu Sep 27, 2012
Susanne Wagner MBA answered:
I recommend Lawrence D. Brudy and Associates, Attorneys at Law, 2500 Brooktree Road, Suite 301, Wexford, PA, 15090, ddayton@ldbassoc.com, Attorney Darcy Dayton, phone: 724.935.1400.
Hope this rec works out for you! Susanne Wagner RE/MAX Premier Group susannewagner@remax.net ... more
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Tue Sep 25, 2012
Alan May answered:
Most want a first month's rent and security deposit upfront, but it's going to vary from landlord to landlord.
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Mon Sep 24, 2012
Donald Bennett answered:
I see a couple of properties that match your criteria. Give me a call or an email address if you wish to see more information. I can also set you up on an automatic notification if other properties matching the criteria you are seeking become available. ... more
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Thu Sep 27, 2012
Susanne Wagner MBA answered:
Engage a Realtor to be your buyers agent, he/she has access to comparable sales and is your best resource.
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Mon Sep 24, 2012
x answered:
There likely is a maintenance fee on this unit, but it's not contained in the listing. I found three other units for sale in the same building, with fees ranging from $430 to $547.

We would need to call the owner of the unit to find out what the fee would be.

Feel free to contact me if I can help you with your condo search.
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Fri Sep 21, 2012
Frank E Hammond answered:
it all depends on pricing. No matter what, an over priced house just will not sale. Typically 3-6 months are a good rule of thumb.
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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 fhammondrealtor@gmail.com.
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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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