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Home Selling in Pennsylvania : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jan 1, 2015
Joshua Stein answered:

I copied this from the other forum just in case you only checked the answers here:

Who you choose to sell your home is a big decision. Many people feel loyalty to the agent who helped them purchase the home in the first place, and that is completely understandable. However, you owe it to yourselves to make sure you hire the right agent for the job of selling you home. Ultimately, this isn't about feelings, this is business.

Most people will interview two or more agents to sell their home. You want someone who you feel comfortable with not only as a person, but you want to feel comfortable knowing that the sale of your home is in their hands, and they will use the resources at their disposal to get the job done as quickly as possible while netting you the most money as possible.

Personally, I specialize in Montgomery County real estate, and I would love the opportunity to interview for the job of selling your home and review the strategies I use to get homes sold. You may reach me through any of the methods in my signature below.

Warmest regards,

Joshua Stein, REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker Preferred – Conshohocken

Office:(610) 828-9558 * Cell: (215) 866-8030
Direct:(484) 270-1165 * Fax: (215) 999-5894

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Wed May 15, 2013
csbyers answered:
Sun Apr 14, 2013
Jennifer Geddes answered:
I would be happy to discuss the details of your home as well as comps.
If you can please let me know a good time for us to connect, we can talk further and determine ways I can assist.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,
484-995-2155 cell
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Thu Jan 1, 2015
stephen webber answered:
Asked by Ann, New Hope, PA •Sat Apr 13, 2013

Very good question Ann. Most people don’t realize how critical the choice of Real Estate Agent is to their process of buying or selling a home.

Agents for Buyers must be;

Ethical, Experienced, Knowledgeable

Able to establish the clients best interest as first priority

Establish the Steps of the Process in the most effective order

Clarify the steps

Guide the client through the process of learning their market

Able to objectively clarify which homes are the best buys

Able to recognize and clarify potential issues and Pitfalls

Able to clarify legal obligations and issues

Must be a Master of Negotiator

Experienced with Inspectors and Inspections

Familiar with the area

So the first step for someone buying real estate is to gather all the objective useful information they can find. Than interview Agents. Know the right questions to ask and what the right answers should be.

An ethical experienced Agent reduces the odds of problems to almost zero. When the clients unlock the door to their new home for the first time they will be happy after a pleasant experience and know that they have accomplished the best possible with their resources.

Home is sacred and for most rates in the top three priorities. The experience for the client of finding and purchasing Home should always be considered by agents to be one of the most important obligations of an agents life.

Very Good Question Ann, Thumbs Up!

Best Wishes, Stephen Webber, 34 Years of Real Estate for First Time Home Buyers
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Thu Jul 11, 2013
Hannah Angert answered:
Actually, the 19148 market is up in price and down by days on market. What makes you think that prices there are dropping? I'd like to know your thoughts.

Hannah Angert, Realtor

William Festa Realty
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Fri Jan 24, 2014
Sharon Sapp answered:
It all depends on what you want to do and how fast you want it done. Selling the estate privately, through an auction or with a Realtor can all be successful in the right circumstances. I would be happy to assist you as I work in your area. I can review the advantages and disadvantages for your own situation as I'm familiar with both an auction and, as a Realtor, am familiar with selling as a Realtor. I also understand selling on your own without either so I can help you review all your options so you can make a sound decision. You can contact me via my website or contact me directly.

Sharon Sapp, GRI, e-Pro, CDPE Realtor
Century 21 Gold
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Sat Apr 6, 2013
Edith Karoline Jasser answered:
I am assuming that trulia is using given data for sold homes with the same no. of bedrooms and bath, and then the computer spits out a number. This is by no means a good market evaluation of a home,
only a local Realtor with expertise and experience in the area will be able to take inventory of a home,
look at it inside and out, then compare it to recently similar sold homes, by making adjustments for all that your home has or the lack thereof compared to the comps.... and the Realtor will also inform you
about the current similar homes that are on the market and that will compete with your home.

So consider the valuations here on Trulia or any site, a computer generated estimate ..... definitely do not rely on them.
Sincerely yours,
Edith YourRealtor4Life & Chicago and Northern Illinois Expert

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Sat Feb 21, 2015
Sharon Sapp answered:
You can try contacting a local Realtor. Oftentimes, a Realtor will give a free consultation on what's involved in selling your home including sugggestions on what work should be done. ... more
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Thu Dec 4, 2014
Benny Smith answered:
Mon Jul 8, 2013
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Check out the CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) site. Agents who have this designation have gone several steps to learn and work with short sales. Furthermore, they tap other CDPE for help.

You can also check out Short Sale Superstars. We have members posting information on various lenders, challenges they have faced and how they were resolved.

Good luck.
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Thu Mar 28, 2013
smile_nette asked:
Involved, tried to asked the atty and he said that we cannot back out. Can I still back out?
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Fri Mar 29, 2013
That's a question for a real estate attorney. That's not necessarily an arm's length transaction and there might be some red flags there.

Are you prohibited altogether from paying the loan off early or is there just a penalty if you do it?

The other thing I'm thinking is that there may be transactional costs involved in selling a home that total more than the prepayment penalty or the interest you'd ay if you held onto the loan for another few years.

From what I know, selling the property to a spouse would not be an effective (or maybe even a legal) way to sidestep the prepayment penalty. But again, seek some legal advice as opposed to opinion you'll likely find on here

Good luck!
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Fri May 3, 2013
Keith J. Lawson answered:
Hello Craig,

I know the area well and would be happy to discuss selling your property with you. Please feel free to call me at 267-688-1110.

Warm Regards,


Keith J. Lawson
RE/MAX Affiliates N.E.
9237 Frankford Ave.
Phila, PA 19114
267-688-1110 (cell)
215-992-5534 (office) (web) (email)
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Thu Mar 28, 2013
Fred Glick answered:
From what you are saying, yes, you are out of the contract.

I would have to see the paperwork to give you a full answer.

Fred Glick
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Thu Mar 28, 2013
Sally English answered:
Probably not - but it depends on th written contract. Read the contract and consult an attorney if it is a big dollar item.

Most sales are negotiations all the way to closing. Let the other party know what you want. Could end up being a win-win situation. COmmunication is the key. ... more
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Sun Dec 4, 2016
Ruth DiRienzo Whitehead answered:
It depends on the contract. If you are the buyer and have a home inspection contingency. The seller can back out of the contract, if you are requesting items to be fixed . Everything can be negotiated so hopefully both parties can come to a resolution to move forward . ... more
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Tue Mar 26, 2013
Vanessa Swanberg answered:
No, if you are paying for this house with a mortgage, you can not have both. The lender won't allow it. I would ask the sellers to pay for the roof themselves, not credit you.
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Tue Mar 19, 2013
Edith Karoline Jasser answered:
I am assuming you are a Realtor place this into the blog section of Trulia, this is a question and answer section for the buying and selling public.
Good Luck to you

Sincerely yours,
Edith YourRealtor4Life & Chicago, North Shore & Northern Illinois Expert
Working always in the very BEST interest of her clients, Buyers, Sellers and
Investors alike....And always with a SMILE :)

Covering for @Properties Chicago & suburbs, and with her trusted Partner
Agents US & world wide properties. French, German, some Spanish &more or
Check out my website at
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Thu Mar 14, 2013
Tim Moore answered:
The earnest money is for if the buyer defaults.

I have heard people say "He Lied" many times and there is always a couple sides to a story, you have picked your side and I bet the buyer has a different view. They might have made a mistake based on something they were told and which was incorrect. Was it willful and intentional? That could be a legal argument. You will have to agree to have the money returned, I am guessing you won't and they will tie up the contract to purchase bv not signing a release to the contract and that could prevent you from selling your home, you can't have a contract to sell it to them and then sell it someone else until that first contract is removed.

My suggestion is to ask to split it in some way or return it and move on. It's up to you.
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