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Wed Apr 21, 2010
Sean Dawes answered:
I have done it a few times this year. Generally I do it only when the investor knows what they want to offer and I need to handle the work on the other end. If they start asking ";is it priced right" or things like that I then suggest they use a seperate realtor to represent them.

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Sun Oct 25, 2009
Maurice Rollins answered:
No, they are not. There are more single family twin homes on that block than there are duplexes. There is one for sale actively and one that has expired but still might be available. If you are interested in more information please do not hesitate to email, or call me.

Maurice Rollins (267) 258-2078
Exit Realty "The Tri-State Group"
1080 N. Delaware Ave
Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19125
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Fri Aug 14, 2009
Sean Dawes answered:
You want to live there or rent? All depends on the price but have you looked into old city? Are you an agent relocating? I have an office right in Independence Hall and love the area.

Sean Dawes
Long and Foster Real Estate
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Wed Aug 5, 2009
David Krupp asked:
[property 1]Grad Hosp. $565k - 1536 Montrose. - LEED Platiunum registered 3-bed study, 2.1 bath green roof, 2 additional garden, lots of reclaimed, recycled, materials, etc.. trul...
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Tue Jun 30, 2009
Chris & Stephanie Somers answered:
I heard (I am not saying with absolute knowledge) that the student evictions were not able to be upheld. I do not know what happened specifically but the city is not enforcing it to my knowledge. I have a close friend who was a little concerned last year when he received a notice. But things have quieted down on that front.

Perhaps the city has bigger fish to fry with the growing unemployment and housing slow down. Maybe they see no reason to stir the pot so to speak.

Is it right to limit the rights of students to choose housing in a neighborhood that does not limit the rights of any other person?
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Mon Jun 29, 2009
Alyssa E. Roho answered:
Hi Justin,
You can access the neighborhood demographics at the link attached or search "19124 demographics" on your favorite search engine.
Alyssa Roho
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Thu Mar 11, 2010
Brian Yoak answered:
I am sure the sellers of these properties are not happy about 5 houses being for sale within two blocks. This could only help buyers when it comes to negotiations. On this block right now you have properties that are fully remodeled to the home that needs work. This would be a good time to get exactly what you want for a great price. ... more
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Thu May 21, 2009
Mike Rosania answered:
I think the Roxborough/Manyunk area will give you the easiest access to the Kof P/Valley Forge area as well as I76. South Philadelphia will give you access to all these highways and the bridges but further away from where you will be working. Feel free to contact me directly with any questions.

Mike Rosania
Mercury Real Estate Group
215-462-5100 Office
267-879-3556 Direct
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Sun May 3, 2009
__________________ answered:
Awesome neighborhood known as Fitler Square. Very family-friendly. Lots of great Trinity style homes and plenty of restaurants, shopping, etc. Best of all, you have your own park and direct access to the River Trails and the neighborhood is a short walk to Center City and 30th Street Station. Easily one of my most favorite neighborhoods in the city. ... more
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Wed Apr 22, 2009
Kevin answered:
Great question Judith, I had a similar one when I moved down here (Delaware County, PA) about ten years ago from upstate, NY (Buffalo); the answer depends on where in PA you will be working. Some cities/boros/townships have what is called a "wage-tax" that usually ranges between 1%-3% depending on the area, and some of these towns will tax you as a resident, an employee or both. Of course some of these towns provide more or better services/conditions as you might expect. To find out what towns have wage taxes, I would direct you to a site at the bottom of my answer that agents use to see things like this.

As far as state taxes go, I don't know that you would be penalized by DE for working in PA but you might want to contact an accountant who could better answer your question. My accountant is very good and right here in Media, PA and is licensed in DE as well, just let me know if you would like his contact information.

Here is the site, I hope this was helpful...
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Wed Apr 8, 2009
Renee Porsia answered:
Hi Julie,

There are many great family oriented neighborhoods in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.

It will all depend on how much home you can afford and what type of home you would like such as a twin, a row or a single.

Feel free to go onto my website and choose search MLS. You can put in your criteria and whenever a home comes on the market that matches what you are looking for, it will be emailed to you.

I would love to answer all of your questions, feel free to email me or give me a call at (215) 669-0589.

What is your exact time frame?

Renee Porsia
Associate Broker
(215) 669-0589 Direct
(215) 358-1100 Office ask for Renee Read my latest blog.
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Fri Jan 24, 2014
Chris & Stephanie Somers answered:

Francisville is slower to gentrify compared to areas of the city closer to Center City. You will see that the growth/gentrification trend in neighborhood development all across Philadelphia is going to moderate a bit in this economic season. But it is my opinion that the Francisville area will continue to develop.

If you want to buy there right now and hold on to your property for 5 years or so, I believe you will be happy with your investment. But, the days of 30% appreciation in a blink of an eye may be gone for a long time due to the hard lessons learned during the last few years of the real estate market bubble.

My personal thought for you is this... if you feel as though the neighborhood in it's current condition will satisfy your life style and personal needs for the next couple of years, then you should be fine as far as return on your investment. If folks like you (pioneers if you will) buy in these neighborhoods, you will be creating comparable sales for other folks who are considering buying in that very same area. The more people who buy in the neighborhood the greater demand for the creature comfort businesses such as cafe's, restaurants, local community venues and so on.

Truth be told, most of my clients do not want to be "pioneers" but they are completely priced out of the Central Art Museum Neighborhood. It is a hard decision. If you have 5 years, in my opinion, you will be happy with your decision.

I feel equally bullish about the Old Kensington Neighborhood close to Girard Avenue and all the way North to Oxford. That area is East of Broad Street. The catalyst neighborhood in that section is Northern Liberties. These fringe neighborhoods are accommodating to those who want to take advantage of the culture and social hubs found in higher priced subdivisions.

I hope you find my view an interesting perspective.
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Wed Dec 24, 2008
Lucy Korzelius answered:
Same to you - Many Blessings and a Prosperous New Year!
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Tue Dec 2, 2008
Sj209 answered:
Did Trulia fall into receivership? Just kidding, I'm sure everything is okay.
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Tue Aug 5, 2008
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Thu Jun 18, 2009
John Badalamenti answered:
Welcome to Pennsylvania and welcome to Collegeville!

Here is a basic overview that I wrote a while back of the Collegeville area which breaks down townships, boros, and school districts:

Here are several "school report sites" that I provide my clients with when they have questions about the school systems here:

As far as your commute by car, it depends on where in Philly. I just transferred a family from the mid-west to Collegeville and the husband drives to/from Collegeville to Philly every day. I recall him stating that it takes him about 45 min to an hour, give or take. There are two challenges, 422 and and 76 (assuming that's the route you'll take).

As far as by train, you can catch either the R6 from the Norristown Transportation Center or the R5 from one of the Main Line stops. You're going to have to most likely drive to the train station from home. I don't know that it will be any less time when you add it up compared to driving, however you may save on gas if that's an objective.

Best Wishes to you in your move!
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Wed Apr 21, 2010
Edmund Choi answered:

Depending on your housing and commute requirements, I might suggest the Collegeville and Main Line areas. These areas are situated to the nearby King of Prussia corridor which includes the King of Prussia Mall, Valley Forge National Park, global headquarters for several multi-national corporations. Furthermore, the towns within these areas have vibrant, walkable village centers. In particular, the Main Line is easily accessible to major commuter routes, serviced by a regional rail and AMTRAK, and convenient to the airport. On the other hand, the 422 corridor is experiencing explosive commercial development. In terms of housing, newer homes are available in the Collegeville area, while stately estate homes dot the Main Line neighborhoods. Good hunting! ... more
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Thu Feb 6, 2014
Chris & Stephanie Somers answered:
I would call a local title company that you have settled on properties in the past. Being a realtor in Philadelphia, I can refer several to you. If you want, email me from my contact info at the website below if you want a referral.

Also, Im pretty sure you would need to pay transfer tax on that type of deed transfer - FYI.
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Thu Jul 10, 2008
Hi Chris,
You may want to check out dig. I belive the website is Im also part of a few other RE investing groups in the area and would be more than happy to share the info with you.
Try also as there are a few interesting groups on there as well.
Hope this helps.
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Tue Jul 29, 2008
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