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Home Buying in Pottstown : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Apr 28, 2013
Maureen Barron answered:
There are seven homes within 10 miles of zip code 19465 with one acre plus. Please email mkbarron23@comcast.net or call 484-955-5981 so I may attain your contact information and send the information on these listings.
Thanks,
Maureen
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Sat Mar 23, 2013
Michelle Munson answered:
Hi Rich:
I can only guess that the lender didn't pull a full credit report on you and was expecting you to get that yourself to provide to him. I understand your confusion. If this is a lender you've worked with in the past and had good experiences, I stick with the process and call him back to say that you're confused and need clairification. Did he provide the pre-approval? Was the offer on the house accepted? If so, then you need to go through the process of getting a full mortgage application done ASAP as most contracts only allow for a 7 day grace period in which to apply (formally) for a mortgage.
If you haven't yet found the home you really want to put an offer on, then you have more leeway to explore what other lenders can offer you - and get guidance from your lender as to the steps you should expect.
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Fri Mar 15, 2013
Jennifer Davidheiser answered:
Hello Mike. Rentals are in demand in the Pottstown area. The timeliness of renting the home depends on your requested rent amount. You have already said it is a nice home. Try to cover your expenses while staying within the market rent for the area.
Pottstown is very saturated with listings for sale right now so you are correct, this might be a better option for you.
Our office is based out of Pottstown. If we can be of assistance to you by helping you advertise and finding you a tenant, please contact me at 610-587-6602.

Jennifer Davidheiser
Realtor
The Real Estate Prodessionals, Inc.
610-326-6900
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Mon Feb 24, 2014
Jennifer Davidheiser answered:
Good morning. As you will see in the following link, Quicken Loans has an A+ rating with the BBB: http://www.bbb.org/eastern-michigan/business-reviews/consumer-finance-and-loan-companies/quicken-loans-inc-in-detroit-mi-8059/

That being said I always recommend clients go with a local mortgage officer. Someone you can visit in person with any questions and someone who will attend settlement with you. Let's face it, if you encounter problems during the transaction and the mortgage person is in California, your hands are tied. In my opinion it is far too important a purchase to put that added stress on you. If you are looking for good, reputable, local mortgage officers I have a few I have personally dealt with and can recommend. They are reachable evenings and weekends by cell phone and have great customer service. You will have no issues getting to settlement on time! Best of luck in your home purchase journey!
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Fri Feb 1, 2013
Michael R. Torres answered:
You can view them all at a special page on my website. Visit http://michaelsrealestateblog.com/zero-down-homes-for-sale/. I specialize in finding USDA homes. Unfortunately, nothing in the 19464 zip code is eligible. But everything around it is. Feel free to call or email with questions. ... more
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Fri Apr 25, 2014
Linda Neiman answered:
Absolutely! Feel free to contact me at 610-310-5904 and we can discuss your options. Thanks!
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Tue Oct 2, 2012
Kelly Myers answered:
Honestly, that will be difficult. If you can get your score up to say 650/675 it would be a lot easier.
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Sun Sep 9, 2012
Jennifer Davidheiser answered:
That is a matter of opinion. I am going to say if you do not get an offer by the begining of November, you may want to consider taking your home off the market until spring and refresh the interior and exterior for a fresh start then. Spring is a great time to market your home. ... more
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Fri Sep 7, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
Perhaps now, the top 2 reasons homes do not sell are overpricing or lack of attention by your listing agent. You shuld have a new BPO done right away to see if you are priced properly and then review where you are being marketed and advertised. Then judge if you need a new agent due to lack of attention.. ... more
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Thu Jul 5, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
Unfortanately the only one that will know is the owner or the listing agent, go back to the ad and click on the profile of the lsiting agent and email or call them direct, they may not see your question here in voices. ... more
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Thu May 23, 2013
Bev Kalb answered:
Hello, I would start making contact with agents now and make a decision who you want to work with to help you find your next home prior to September. Whoever you choose can set up a search in the local Trend MLS and start sending you properties via email. This will give you an idea of homes that are available and what particular homes are selling for in the current market. When you visit in September your agent can make appointments to view homes in areas and communitiies you have decided are of interest to you. Even thought you are not planning on moving until March 2013, if you are unfamiliar with the Pottstown area, you should give yourself enough time get to know the area. It will also allow you time to investigate schools, township or borough ammenities, distance to jobs, etc. I do know the greater Pottstown area very well and would be happy to be of assistance. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience.
Bev Kalb, Realtor
Century 21 Longacre Ralty
610-845-6000 x208 office
610-442-6897 cell
www.century21longacre.com
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Sun Jun 2, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
What is your agent advising...you can try to negotiate with the sellers for the lower price, you can consider asking the seller to meet in the middle, you can consider to walk...your agent can better advise... ... more
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Mon Oct 31, 2011
Gina Stango answered:
Hi Jessica,
This would definitely be a great starting point. Since your offer is within a 5% range of the asking price - you are definitely within reason to present your offer.

If you have any additional questions, or would like me to connect you with one of our dedicated agents, please contact me at gstango@kw.com or 610-792-5900.

Make It A Great Day!
Gina Stango, Assistant Team Leader
Keller Williams Realty Group - Limerick
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Sun Feb 27, 2011
Phil Rotondo answered:
Somss02;
I would like to suggest that you contact a local Real Estate Agent for 3 recommendations as to who they use to perform insepctions.
That should put you on the right track.
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Sat Aug 7, 2010
Bill Eckler answered:
Any number of factors can make a deal more appealing for the seller. Cash offer, no contingencies, large deposit, or even a earlier closing date can make a difference that will swing the transaction in your favor.

Only time will tell.....

Good luck,

Bill
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Fri Mar 5, 2010
Tom Brintzenhofe answered:
Caroyln Cott, I have a trusted inspector that I use for almost all of my inspections. He has proven to be most reliable. Email me at BerksRealtor@yahoo.com and I will privatly send you his contact info. No Obligation and No Strings Attached only a friendly exchange of info. ... more
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Wed May 4, 2011
Peggy Evans answered:
There are a lot of factors that go in to pricing a home. Market factors, home factors and other items that need to be reviewed. A top agent will gather all of the information regarding a property to come up with the fair market value. We don't dictate the market we interpret it. I would be happy to review these factors and any other questions you may have regarding an offer. ... more
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Wed Aug 20, 2008
Christopher Carroll answered:
It all depends on the total cost of the new construction versus the cost of land plus design plus bldg permit plus septic and well (if no public water and sewer). Building costs vary between $150 to $200+ per square foot. The cheaper the square foot cost, the more "builder grade" materials will be used (e.g. formica vs. corian,etc). I have experience with both average and custom builders in the area and can provide you with references. Please contact me. ... more
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Sun Aug 3, 2008
Tameka Goldsborough answered:
Hi Meghan,

Enlist the services of a buyer's agent to run the comps for you for the specific property (it's too diffcult to determine what the fair market value is of this property without the address). And let's suppose the house is overpriced, we won't know how low of an offer the seller will accept becuase he/she's motivation to sell will vary based on their circumstances (i.e, are they moving locally or relocating, are they having financial trouble and need to sell quickly, how long have the lived in the property and how much equity will they potentially walk away with and how much equity do they need to make their next purchase).

All of these factors and more will determine their motivation which will impact the offer they'll accept. But generally speaking, the sale-to-list price ratio for all of chester county is hovering around 93%. What that means in laymens terms is that sellers "on average" are taking approximately a 7% discount off their sale price. But again, that varies based on property type, location and price point.

Hope that helps! And if you don't have an agent that you're working with and need to move quickly, please call me (484-888-4603). There's no obligation, but I can assist you better with a specific address.

Good luck!
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