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By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
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As a home buyer, you may go through a number of different steps to ensure that the property that you purchase is in great condition. For example, you may complete an initial walk-through or even several home tours before you make an offer. You may also order a property inspection and even negotiate for the seller to make some repairs on your behalf.A day or two before your closing date, you may set up a final home inspection to ensure that the home is still in the same condition as the initial walk-through. In most cases, there will be no problems with the final inspection. However, in the event that there is a problem with the final inspection, you will need to know how to handle it.Work With Your Real Estate AgentAs a first step, you should discuss the issues with your real estate age...
By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
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If you’re selling a home today, you know that it’s a seller’s market in many areas throughout the country. What you may not know, though, is that there are still things you can do to make your home even more desirable. From adding SMART home features to properly staging a home, there are plenty of things you can do to drive up the price and create a frenzy of bidding activity for your home. One of those things is to add green features to your home.What Are Green Home Features?Adding green features to your home doesn’t mean you’re painting the walls green or going for some odd decor. Instead, it means you’ve added one or more environmentally friendly features to your home. The following are a few green features you can add to your home that will add incredible ROI when the time comes to ...
By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
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Last week’s economic reporting included readings from Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, data on pending home sales, and a statement from the Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee. The University of Michigan released its Consumer Sentiment Index and weekly reports on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also published.Case-Shiller: February Home Prices Rose at Fastest Pace Since 2006National home prices rose at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 12.00 percent, which was the fastest pace of year-over-year home price growth in 15 years.  Case-Shiller’s 20-City Home Price Index reported 11.90 percent home price growth year-over-year and 1.20 percent growth month-to-month. All 20 cities reported inFebruary.Phoenix, Arizona held its lead with 17.40 percent year-over-year home price growth fo...
By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
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As a home owner you are at liberty to decorate, remodel, upgrade, or not, when a house is yours. Of course you need to know your municipalities guidelines for major upgrades, and follow Home Owner Association guidelines, if they apply, before you make major changes.But mostly you can paint, paper, decorate, furnish, plant, trim and create whatever type of setting you want, in and around your house, when it is yours. If you are a renter, you have to ask permission of your landlord before you make changes. Landlords have guidelines they want their tenants to follow, even down to the color paint on walls. So check first before you make changes to your rental home. But when a house is yours, when you make the monthly mortgage payments, and the deed is in your name, you have the freedom to b...
By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
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When you buy a home, you may have dreams of settling into a beautiful new space that meets your needs and that your family can feel comfortable in. While many will enjoy this vision of domestic tranquility after taking ownership of their dream home, others have had their dream turn into a veritable nightmare due to some simple mistakes or oversights on their part. By understanding these mistakes, you can avoid making them yourself.Paying Too Much For The PropertyOne the surface, the main cost of buying a home relates to the sales price, and it is true that your monthly housing payment may be the primary related expense. However, other expenses such as homeowners insurance, property taxes, repair and maintenance costs, utilities and more will all need to be factored into the cost of home...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
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  You are getting ready to sell your house.  The hardest part is de-clutter the house and the closets. If you are like many people you probably looked and said where do I start?    The closets are a great place to begin. You are going to be moving so let's start to pack up the closets and also clean them up. If it is warm weather and you live in a four-season climate take out your cold-weather clothes and shoes. Pack them away. Let's make room in these closets and make them look big and spacious.  Clean them out. All the closets in the house even the linen closet  There are many books and even videos online to show you how.  Keep only what items are necessary.  There is nothing worse than showing prospective buyers closets that are messy and full to the brim with stuff.  If you must box...
By Westchester Modular Homes Construction Corp, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange
(Westchester Modular Homes Construction Corp)
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By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
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Most of the focus on stimulus checks has been on “when” they will arrive, but if you are in the market for a new home (and mortgage) you should know how that payment will impact your financing. Part of the latest Covid 19 relief package includes payments and protections for existing borrowers and renters, but what about those who are looking to buy? According to the IRS, here are a few things to know about how your stimulus impacts your upcoming mortgage. Stimulus Money Is Not TaxableAny funds you are qualified to receive are not taxable; this is important to know as you move forward with your purchase because it allows you to properly anticipate your tax burden for the coming year. Stimulus Money Is Not IncomeWhile funds from the stimulus can be used however you’d like, including as pa...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
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Today we had a great Zoom meeting with the blogging members of Active Rain and the Staff. It was a special meeting Ben Kenny the owner was there to let us know what was being planned and to listen to our feedback. There was also a special guest Bob Stewart (hope I spelled it right ) who we adore.   He taught many of us so much about blogging. We will forever remember the classes he and Ben taught about the longtail blog they will never know just how much they influenced our lives. We really owe them so much those two young guys who walked into that room that day so many years ago were so smart we adore them both. Back to the Zoom Meeting, the team listened to our feedback and issues. Things have been moving along and improving at a steady pace. It does help when we tell the team our iss...
By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
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Aside from owning a business, owning rental property has been one of the top investment choices for people, most commonly done through buying a second home. Handled right, income properties can generate significant gains for investors, both in terms of real estate appreciation as well as monthly income from tenants. However, it’s not sure a surefire approach to financial success. There are a lot of ways that a budding real estate investor can go sideways with an investment property home purchase as well.Watch Out for the Seller-RenterMany times people will sell a home but then offer to rent it from the buyer, essentially trading their home title for ready cash but not really moving out. These situations come up a lot where someone wants to stay where they are but doesn’t want to deal wi...
By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
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Traditions At Ridley Creek is a 55+ Community located in Brookhaven, Delaware County, PA.It is convieniently located, close to shopping centers, major highways, Media, PA, the county seat, and much more.As of April 26, 2021:There are no Active or Pending Listings at this time.5 Units Sold in the Last 6 Months.3 Units had 2 Bedrooms.2 Units had 3 Bedrooms(info Bright MLS various Brokers/agents) If you are beginning to think of selling or buying a unit in a 55+ Community, give us a call and we will gladly answer your questions and help you on the way. 
By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
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Last week’s scheduled economic news included readings on sales of new and previously-owned homes and weekly reports on jobless claims and mortgage rates.March Sales of  Previously-owned Homes Dip; New Home Sales RiseSales of single-family homes fell in March as demand for homes exceeded availability. 6.01 million previously-owned homes were sold in March on a seasonally-adjusted annual basis; analysts expected a pace of 6.11 million sales based on February’s reading of 6.24 million sales of existing homes. The March reading for sales of pre-owned homes was 3.70 percent lower year-over-year and was the lowest sales pace reported since August 2020.High demand for homes coupled with low inventories of available homes constricted sales. Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Associat...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
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Pine Tree Farms is a small section in Feasterville Pa they have a very small Association fee of $35 a year which is not mandatory it is for a sense of neighborly community.  You see there is a small section that was deeded to the community known as the " The Woods " the association pays Real Estate taxes on this parcel, insurance also maintenance on this parcel.   The $35 a year also pays for the Easter Egg Hunt, Fall Hayride, Halloween, and Christmas decoration awards. It is a sense of community not mandatory   They send out a newsletter and request residents to send a check to a PO BOX   What a wonderful place to live in a small town in a big city.   Let's Take a look at what is going on in the Real Estate Market in Pine Tree Farms    In the last ninety days, there has not been much a...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
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This post is inspired by Michael Jacobs it is about a series on Netflix  THE SERPENT It is a true story that of course was dramatized but was so bizarre that the expression truth is stranger than fiction comes to mind.  Thanks to someone who worked in the Dutch Embassy who knew that there was truth to these events he sacrificed his career to find the truth. He not only jeopardized his career but also his personal life to get at the truth and to find justice in this unbelievable tale of a serial killer.  It takes place in the '70s in Asia a man and woman drugging young travelers who mysteriously are not heard from again. Who would care? Who Would Know?  This BBC movie series will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will want to watch all of it in one sitting. A true story   The Serpen...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
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 Cast Your “Simply the Best” Vote for Us Today  It’s that time of year again! Voting is now open for Harrisburg Magazine’s “Simply the Best” for 2021. Jennifer Hollister of the Jennifer Hollister Group joined me recently in announcing that we have both been nominated! I’m up for “Best Agent,” Jennifer’s team is up for “Best Real Estate Team,” and the Joy Daniels Real Estate Group has been nominated for “Best Real Estate Agency.” To learn how to vote, watch this short video 
By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
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At the flowers begin to bloom and the weather starts to warm up, everyone is thinking about spring cleaning. It is critical to make sure the house is ready for the warmer weather. What are the top spring maintenance tasks that have to be completed? Do not procrastinate on these tasks, as the price could be high.Prune The Trees Before They Start To BloomTake a closer look at the trees, particularly those that hang over the house. As they begin to bloom, the weight on these branches could start to increase. If that happens, branches could snap over the house, leading to serious roof damage. Prune these trees before they start to bloom. If they are too high, it may be better to reach out to a trained professional who can prune them safely. Always Look For Signs of Leaks And Water DamageChe...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
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 Today was the first day  I venture shopping for fruit veggies and flowers in a year. I had just re-potted a few of my orchids and to my surprise, the roots were so healthy and the plants were very happy with the repotting. It was a beautiful day.  I decided to travel to Produce Junction in Bensalem Pa where I had purchased my orchids before. They always have a great selection of flowers and plants also nuts, fruits, and veggies, and amazing prices - also eggs   When I parked there were flowers galore all over outside for outdoor planting. Living in a condo I did not stop to admire as I was on a mission. I was looking for Orchids.   Inside there was an array of gorgeous bunches of flowers. They were breathtaking and so colorful. I reached for my camera to shoot some pictures. I realized...
By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
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Upgrading your rental doesn’t need to cut deeply into your profits. You can add curb appeal and help prospective tenants see your rental as their next home by making some simple changes. The following upgrades are all things that a handy landlord can do without needing to hire professional contractors.1.  Decorative Switch PlatesReplace ugly cream switch plates with either stainless steel models or decorative designs. Fancy switch plates for light switches and electrical sockets cost very little, yet make any room look nicer. The best part is, you can do the replacements yourself, using only a screwdriver.2.  Flower BedsBeautiful flower beds make any rental look more inviting. You can enhance curb appeal by planting inexpensive perennials around the front of the rental and along the pat...
By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
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Last week’s economic news included readings from the National Association of Home Builders on housing markets along with Commerce Department readings on housing starts and building permits issued.  Fed Chair Jerome Powell appeared on 60 Minutes. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.NAHB: Homebuilder Confidence Ticks UpThe National Association of Home Builders reported that home builders’ confidence in housing market conditions rose one point to an index reading of 83. Builder confidence readings over 50 indicate that most builders consider housing market conditions as positive.Component readings used for the NAHB Housing Market Index were varied. Builder confidence in current market conditions rose one point to 88 and home builders’ confidence in housi...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
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My favorite place to visit in Philadelphia has been and always will be The Philadelphia Art Museum You can walk through all the beauty and treasures of the world. I have always thought if people would stop and look at all this beauty perhaps wars would stop and peace would resonate throughout the world.  My big sister Sarae would always take me here as a little girl and tell me about all the artists. She would argue with some in modern Art and say come on really it just a square i could draw that with ease   We would walk and discover the Japanese tea house and many other fine Asian exhibits which my sister loved. My little feet were so tired but we were having so much fun together discovering new worlds.  These are the things I have never forgotten and continued to share with friends a...

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