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Tue Jul 29, 2008
Fred Glick answered:
Wed Sep 2, 2015
George Slawter answered:
There are quite a few areas within 30 minutes of Philadelphia that offer great schools and nearby shopping centers/malls. There have been many recent new construction housing sites close to Philadelphia. Therefore, finding a younger home should not be difficult. Please call me at 215-676-0863 or email me at gslawter@comcast.net if you'd like me to serve your real estate needs. I'm very familiar with the Philadelphia suburbs. Let me know how I can help you, thank you and God bless. ... more
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Mon Jul 7, 2008
Dallas Texas answered:
I believe you need to go thru the title company. http://www.lynn911.com if so it should not be that expensive all would be completed correctly.
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Sun Sep 23, 2012
George Slawter answered:
The 19114 area is a good area. What type of schooling are you considering, Catholic or Public? You can go to the site: greatschools.net to view information regarding all the schools in the surrounding area. The 19114 zip code is withing 1/2 mile of where I've lived for 44 years. If you'd like to ask me any questions about the neighborhood, you can call me at 215-676-0863 or email me at gslawter@comcast.net. Thank you and God bless. ... more
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Wed Apr 21, 2010
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When you think you may have found something, you may want to check walkscore.com I've found it useful in "sizing up" a neighborhood.
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Wed Apr 21, 2010
Linda answered:
There are many great choices in the suburban Philadelphia area! In large part, it will depend on your budget for purchasing a home--prices can vary significantly in these suburbs. Also, are you looking for good schools and an area to raise a family or are you single and interested in areas with good shopping, restaurants and nightlife? Do you want access to the train if commuting to the city? Many factors can help you narrow your search. ... more
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Wed Jan 2, 2008
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Fri Jan 11, 2008
Deborah Madey answered:
Hi Mark,

Your question is a common question that I see posted on Trulia. Fair Housing laws impose limits on what real estate licensees can say about schools and neighborhoods. Since "best" is subjective and steering is illegal, instead of voicing opinons or risk violating laws, RE Pros will provide references that will allow you quick and easy access to info to help you make the choices most suitable for you.

You can find info about schools at the following links:

http://GreatSchools.net
http://SchoolMatters.com

Some local Philly RE Pros may chime and tell you about areas where they specialize.

Best of luck. Welcome to the east coast!

Deborah
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Wed Dec 26, 2007
Kent Palmer answered:
Was this your primary residence for 2 or more of the last five years? If it was I can not think of a reason that you would owe.

If it was not your primary residence for 2 of the last 5 years, it will depend on how long you owned the property. This will determine weather you are pay long-term or short-term Capital Gains.

I nice profit like that proves that you are wise enough to consult a tax professional to get the rest of the story.
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Tue Nov 20, 2007
Jodi Strober- Bucks & Montgomery County PA answered:
Hi Kathy,
If you are working with a Realtor (Buyer's Agent) you don't need an attorney in PA to purchase a home. Most transactions here are done with Buyer's Agent, Seller's Agent and Title Company. ... more
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Fri Feb 8, 2008
Danni DeWoody answered:
MAIN LINE definitely. You get much lower property taxes than you pay in NJ yet you are in a beautiful area of PA - many versatile neighborhoods to choose from - lots of new construction available towards Chester County area. You pay for the beauty in the market prices of the homes there but no more than you would in the nicer areas of NJ - and LOWER TAXES! ... more
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Tue Oct 30, 2007
Patti Pereyra answered:
It depends.... had the financing contingency been removed when they backed out? If so, you stand a good chance of keeping the deposit and even suing for specific performance. If the sellers had until the closing of escrow to obtain financing, the contingencies then were not officially removed and they may very well get their deposit back.

Without more information from you regarding contingencies and contract specifics, it's difficult to say. Either way, nobody has the deposit now -- it is being held in escrow and cannot be released without consent. Looks like your attorneys will have to duke this out per the terms of the contract.

Good luck, Linda.
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Sat Sep 6, 2008
Edmund Choi answered:
Please refer to the following database to determine which neighborhoods meet your needs.

http://cml.upenn.edu/crimebase/
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Tue Oct 23, 2007
Brooke 'The Kiwi' Realtor answered:
Paula - What is the zip code? You may be able to google your search - look for the US zip code website too. This way you can get the map (Google will give you the option of a map or actual aerial view), directions and specific location. google also has a great free program you can download called 'Google Earth'...Hope this helps... ... more
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Tue Sep 18, 2007
ian cockburn answered:
1) Look at your budget
2) Get preqalified.
3) Then start looking.

If you put numbers to everything, it helps ease the cold feet.
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Mon Sep 21, 2009
Carrie Crowell answered:
I agree with Ute, I think FHA is going to be a looked at differently over the next couple of years than it has been over the past several years. FHA loans follow strict guidelines. Basically the lender wants to be sure they are not getting a lemon should they end up owning the home due to a failure on the borrow to meet their loan obligations. ... more
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Sun Oct 25, 2015
Katherine Swann answered:
Marquita - These are difficult questions for a Realtor to answer. We really have to watch what we say for legal reasons. I think the best ways to get to know a neighborhood are 1) hang out in the area, go to the park 2) shop at the local stores, get a feeling for the people, check out the bulletin boards for community activities 3) check phillyblog.com and find out what people in the neighborhood are saying. Good luck. Feel free to contact me if you have any more questions or would like some help. ---Katherine ... more
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Sat May 9, 2015
Pete Flint answered:
Marty,
You can see lots of this information on Trulia, but clicking on the sold homes tab. I have included the link below for you that has this data. I hope this helps.
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