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Home Buying in 18505 : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Feb 22, 2013
Looking to buy asked:
Experience in purchasing properties at the sheriff sale, Lackawanna county is needed. I trust I know the details, but nothing beats experience. Thank you.
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Wed Feb 6, 2013
Lynn Ydoyaga answered:
I have been to one of those auctions years ago & I thought you may have 30 hours to pay. Things may have changed or I may not remember fully since I was not considering buying. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A TITLE SEARCH BEFORE YOU BID ... more
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Thu Jan 17, 2013
Benny Smith answered:
Yes these add value, and can reduce time on maket when selling. Marketed correctly that can help you get a higher sales price also. For example instead of the same old copy we all see in the adds today you can for example advertise; "Spend your household budget on entertaining now that less goes to the local utility." or Enjoy the relaxing sound of rain on this metal roof and rest easy knowing your roof is secure for decades to come. Followed by Save Tens of Thousands over the life of your loan with the 50 year metal roof installed in 2011. You get the idea. An appraiser may not see the value in these unless you and your Realtor have the facts in black and white and market these to the customer and then to the appraiser. Best of luck. Benny Smith ... more
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Tue Nov 20, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
They've introduced 2 in the last 12 months!

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Sun Jul 14, 2013
Peter Lamandre answered:
There are lenders that will use non-traditional trade lines such as rental receipts, utility bills, cell phones, etc. I'd be happy to refer you to one. Please give me a call (570) 309-6852 ... more
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Mon Nov 19, 2012
Phil Godlewski answered:
Hey Allan

No, I can still get you your home's value. Shoot me an email to and give me the details of your home. Include as many as specifics as possible, including the address ... more
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Sun Dec 9, 2012
Andrew Himes answered:
I would consult with an attorney. Since no one here is privy to the details of the agreement of sale that you would have signed for that house we can't possibly know what the contract states. Get a good Real Estate attorney that is familiar with the contracts in PA. ... more
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Fri Jul 6, 2012
Peter Lamandre answered:
Scranton is made up of a variety of different types of homes (Size, Design, Age, etc) due to that varying level of appeal contained within the city taking a broad number such as the "... average cost of properties that were sale..." may not be the best or most precise approach to any sort of valuation. Perhaps if you explained what you needed the info for I may be able to provide you with the info you need. Also do you mean the average list price of home that were for sale in 2003, average price that a home actually sold for in 2003? Again, providing the purpose may enable me to better assist you. ... more
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Wed Apr 11, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
They certainly can fix the problem, it may take a little time though. The key is if you close with a problem now, when you go to sell the problem will still be there and can affect you and the value when you do sell. I can not tell you what to do, but i can tell you i would want the deed clear if i was buying it. ... more
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Tue Feb 7, 2012
Erica Ramus, MRE answered:
Thu Dec 1, 2011
Lindazwick asked:
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Mon Nov 7, 2011
Todd Jones answered:
It should. I work some great lenders who can tell you some ins and outs of raising your score. Call me at 570-878-4739 (email at and I can point you to a professional. When it comes time to buy, I'd be happy to help you find a home. ... more
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Thu Jan 27, 2011
Peter Ryan answered:
Hello, In order to answer your question, you need to provide more information. In each area (county, school district, etc.) there are certain levels of tax, called "mils". In essence, we multiply the assessed value of the property by the total millage of that area and arrive at the total taxes for the property. Public records typically also show how much a propertys' taxes are. If you contact an experienced Realtor, he or she will be able to get tax rates for any property. Good luck. ... more
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Fri Jan 14, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
In order to determine if you qualify for a mortgage, consider visiting with any qualified loan officer(s), after reviewing your overall finances, debt, credit, etc., a determination on qualification can be made, the type of loan, how much, etc., then go from there. As to a certificate of occupancy--it is a legal document issued by the local government agency or building's department, stating that the house was inspected and completed according to applicable codes, and it is suitable for occupancy. ... more
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Sat Aug 21, 2010
Jim McCowan answered:
Your best bet may be to google '203K Mortgage in _______' (your state).
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Sun May 16, 2010
Todd Failla answered:
It is important to speak with a lender in the Scranton area,but many banks that operate in NY also operate in PA, so you can at least find out about rates and specifics from them. There are many homes for sale in Scranton, so it would be a good idea to have a price range in mind, so you could determine a budget. Make sure you know your credit score, so you can get the best rates. I think that if you have been established in your current job for a time, then they would still give you a loan as long as you could show the ability to repay. I hope this helps. ... more
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Wed Nov 11, 2009
Robert Vanston answered:
I hope this will help you

This Search (37 Matches) in the past 12 months
Average $96,777
Median $85,000
Low $12,000
High $ $260,000
Number of listings* 37 w/Orig. Pr. 37 37 sold 37 15 changed price ... more
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Tue Oct 7, 2008
Robert J. Vanston, CRB, CNE, Appraiser answered:
Fri Apr 3, 2009
Chris & Stephanie Somers answered:
Well at this point I would strongly recommend to get a buyers agent at least to find out if what you are looking for even exists. Further, you will professional consultation in terms of what your options are. The MLS is where all the listings go with the exception of FSBOs. All of the other consumer sites feed off the MLS. In Pennsylvania, the great news is that a buyer does not pay the buyer agent unless there is a specific agreement which is a rarity. The commission comes out of the seller's process. Knowing that alone, it would never not make sense to have your own representation.

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