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Tech Tips in Pennsylvania : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Apr 15, 2013
Peter McNicholas answered:
The stack pipe for that block is between the stairs and the heater in the middle of the basement on the same wall where the heater is located. I was just in a house on that block 3 days ago. ... more
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Wed Jan 25, 2012
Michael Emery answered:
Unless you can prove the seller was aware of the defect and failed to disclose the defect to you, there is probably no recourse.

Have you talked to the HOA to determine who is responsible for the repair? It's possible if your railing is rusted through, it may be a larger issue with the whole development. ... more
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Fri Mar 13, 2015
Christopher Jordahl answered:
Trulia seems to work for me but except for the leads I receive from my listings Trulia is anything but FREE..
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Fri Jul 16, 2010
Scott Godzyk answered:
I havent tried the Iphone yet, ATT doesnt have very good service here and is keeping me from buying one. I have the blackberry curve and it is one of my most valuable tools for my business. Someday though when the monopoly breaks and iphone goes to other carriers, i would love to have one for personal use. ... more
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Sun Jan 24, 2010
Mack McCoy answered:
My Blackberry.

Without starting a brand war, the new-found ability to get my emails while I was on the road proved to be quite valuable. It also freed up evening time, because as soon as I got home at night, I would have to pore through 100 or so emails. Now, I can get the ones that are time-sensitive, and there's nothing waiting for me in my inbox when I get home. How cool is that!

Oh, and the google maps app is great for avoiding traffic jams, too!
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Thu Oct 15, 2009
Don Tepper answered:
There are all sorts of sites that say they do that. Some are legitimate. Some aren't. I get half a dozen e-mails like that every day.

One of the popular ones now deals with the "Go Zone" and construction after Hurricane Katrina.

And my one venture into that resulted in me losing about $15,000. Long story short: The investor had acquired some cheap properties in South Carolina (Spartanburg), and planned to rehab them, then sell them to tenant-buyers. Investors like me were to put up the money. Problem was, the other investor never rehabbed the properties; he claimed it would have cost too much. So he allowed the properties to go into foreclosure.

My lesson from that: Do your due dilligence. Know exactly what the deal is. Find out if the investor has done other similar deals, and what the outcomes have been. Then, if you put your money in, stay on top of the situation. It's promoted as a "hands off" arrangement, but don't let it be. Make yourself a pest. Verify everything.

Having said that, you need to learn more. Here are two sites: This is a good overall site for investors. You won't find any specific deals posted here, but there are great boards with questions and answers. You'll also be able to find real estate clubs in your area. Highly recommended. This is a good site dealing with land trusts. You will see some deals posted here, but you need, also, to understand about land trusts. And there's lots of information there. However, the deal I lost the money in was a land trust deal. Nothing wrong with land trusts; they're great overall. And I didn't do my due dilligence. But there's more to being an "investor beneficiary" in a land trust than just handing your money over to someone.

Hope that helps.
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Tue Mar 23, 2010
Mary Ann Figoni answered:
Hi James,
You are going to hate the answer! You do not qualify because you are married. See federal guidlines in the link attached.
Good luck!
Mary Ann Figoni, Realtor
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Sun Jun 2, 2013
The Harrisonburg Homes Team answered:
It is completely worth the time, energy, and money put into your business to have a website! There are many tools you can offer your home buyers and sellers, like property searches, maps, mortgage calculators, even a blog. It is well worth it! Our real estate team has gotten many leads and clients from our website. Good luck! ... more
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Tue Dec 30, 2008
Dana Schuster answered:
you can most easily get his from the tax assessor's or county clerk of court's webswites.
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Tue Sep 23, 2008
Michael D Delp answered:
Property taxes in most places are used to collect funds for your School District and your township. They are each paid once a year. Usually the School tax is the larger of the two and they are due in the Spring and Fall. With most home mortgages, the taxes are escrowed in with your monthly payment to make it easier for the homeowner and more secure for the Lender.
Without getting longwinded, I hope this answers your question. If you would like to know more, feel free to contact me.
The very best of luck to you!

Michael D Delp
Mortgage Pro
4802 Old Bethlehem Pike,
Telford Pa. 18969
Ph- 215-453-1025
Fax- 215-453-1012
Cell- 610-762-0318
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Thu May 22, 2008
Brooke 'The Kiwi' Realtor answered:
Hi Carrolyn...Great question!
The very first step is to calculate the move and determine whether it is a good move or not...
Like what the values are in the sell/buy senario, what funds will you use and where will they come from; equity in your existing home or cash/savings you could use...
Stuff like will need to get with someone to go through all of this and then you will have a good idea of the next step:
Put your home on the market and go house hunting!
This is the best way to sell/buy because you can take advantage of the market for BOTH transactions.
With regard to your condo you will wnat to contact the association and get the details on what is involved with a sale there...
You will also need to get with a Realtor who has experience in the area you are buying or looking to buy so you can get the best service and beat other buyers to the hot homes for sale...a good agent will make the difference of a mistake or horroe story and a smooth closing for both properties...
Carrolyn - there are MANY other steps in between but I hope I have given you a good starting point...feel free to contact me directly if you have more specific questions...
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Wed Apr 23, 2008
Terrence Charest answered:
Stats arise when you answer questions. Like this one I'm doing. It'll show that I was the first to answer. Good answers are those which people gave you the thumbs up for that answer. Etc.

Terrence Charest
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Sat Jun 7, 2008
Robert J. Vanston, CRB, CNE, Appraiser answered:
Email Theresa Sandrowicz at She is a realtor and her son has rentals for students at the U
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Tue Mar 25, 2008
Mim Heisey answered:
Good Question Ilene.
I am not in the Albrightsville area but let me give you some perspective that may help you, wherever you are relocating. Make sure you check out what pay scale is attached to a 'decent well paying job' in the area to which you are planning to move(Albrightsville). Quantify it in dollars and cents for your question. That will help those answering to be more helpful.
Many people have moved into our area, (rural, S Central PA with faulty expectations of pay scale. Having sold their long time home in another area (S Jersey or Metro-DC or wherever), they have a significant chunk of equity that they bring to purchase a new home in their new nieghborhood. So they buy, delighted to see how much house they can buy compared to where they were living. If they are planning to continue working to support the family, or to subsidize their retirement income they may be shocked to find that working at Lowe's or McDonalds or the local Sears store only pays 1/2 of what it paid back home.
We have many lovely ammenities here: small town atmosphere, clean(er) air, low crime rates, wide open spaces, friendly people, and more. There is a reason that the housing and cost of living is lower in some aresa than others---the pay scales likely are , too.
Hope that helps
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Sun Apr 6, 2008
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Fri Mar 14, 2008
Tyler Wagner answered:
The township or city offices would have records of the permits if they had been pulled. If the permits were not pulled, you might run into problems if the city wishes to inspect the property. If work was completed that was against city zoning code, you could be fined and forced to remove the addition. Each case is different, but you want to keep that in mind. It might be worth it to look up the local zoning code for the property to identify if what has been done is within the regulations. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me. ... more
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Tue Feb 3, 2009
Cheryl R. Supplee answered:
Try the county records. Go to your county office and ask one of the clerks. Shouldn't cost much - but a little of your time.
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Wed Mar 12, 2008
Tyler Wagner answered:
I believe that the public records kept have the general description of your lot that include a tax map, distinguishing the property lines. If you want to find out exact locations of your property lines you would have to have a survey performed by a certified surveyor. While this can be expensive, it can help you settle any property disputes or may be needed if you plan on submitting plans for permits to add on to your residence. If you'd like, I could help you with the public record search, to give you a better idea as to where your property lines exist in comparison to neighboring lots. ... more
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Thu Mar 13, 2008
J R answered:
Where I am you can go down to the building department and get a copy. The building department will at least be able to tell you where to get them.
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Thu Jul 15, 2010
Terrence Charest answered:
The best information would be from a REALTOR and they would access the sold homes in the area which were listed in the MLS. Privately sold homes would be shown in public records and can be seen by REALTORs as soon as they are through the recording process. If you are looking for those sold prices to price your own home you really should get with a REALTOR so they could give you a range of what your home is worth. Or you could even get an actual appraisal done.

If you wish, I could give you a Comparable Market Analysis of your home, just give me a call.

I hope that helps.

Terrence Charest, e-Pro
Century 21 Associates
905 Easton Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090
Cell: 267.614.1494
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