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Are Real Estate Agents the Only Ones that Do These Things?

This March, I am celebrating 20 years of being a real estate agent. I have learned a lot in this business about real estate, finance, and more importantly, about people. One thing that is clear; real estate agents are a different type of animal. For the most part, I have met and been able to […]

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Montgomery County Market Statistics for 2013

The results are in!  And 2013 was yet another year to show positive improvement in the Montgomery County real estate market.  Check out this video where I go over the Montgomery County Market Statistics for 2013.  

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A new record! First-time homebuyers purchase a home for just $0.72!

A NEW RECORD!  I absolutely love a challenge.  But this one will most likely be the standing record for some time.  I am one of the few who tout what I believe to be the most phenomenal first time homebuyer program available, the USDA Rural Development Home Loan Program.  This program allows a first time […]

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Did you miss the boat on buying a house in Montgomery County?

Were you one of those buyers who remained on the fence for the last few years waiting for the bottom of the real estate market to hit?  Did you think that interest rates had no chance of going up anytime soon?  Well, I am sorry to be the one to let you know but you […]

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Tractor Supply, STS Auto & Giant Gas Coming to Harleysville!

The Shoppes of Harleysville Shopping Center in Harleysville, PA will be getting some new neighbors soon.  Currently, there is a traffic light and the intersection of Route 113 and Park Avenue that also leads to the rear entrance of the shopping center that houses Walmart, Giant, Radio Shack, Harleysville Mattress, Great Clips, GNC Store, Zachs […]

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Who was Smoking What When They Came Up with Montgomery County’s Real Estate Tax System?

Welcome to Montgomery County.  A beautiful County filled with great people, tons of things to do, a perfect location close to the hustle & bustle of Philadelphia, weekend hikes & winter skiing in the Poconos, & a short drive to the beauty, peacefulness & tranquility of the Jersey Shore.  It really is a great place […]

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I am approved for a mortgage, why can’t I buy any house in my price range??

So you did the right thing.  You were able to get pre-approved for financing and everyone tells you it is as good as buying with cash.  Then you start looking at houses and your agent tells you that the property you want to see is ineligible for the type of financing you are approved for. […]

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Give me a seller assist to pay for my closing costs, please!

It’s smart, it’s legal, it varies with loan products, but a full seller assist (seller credit, seller concession, etc) may not be possible with certain properties.  Before they met me, a client wanted to purchase a foreclosure in Montgomery County, PA.  They were approved for a mortgage, they had the down payment, but their real […]

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YOU DID WHAT WITH A REVERSE MORTGAGE!

A Reverse Mortgage is one of the best financial tools out there today.  It is amazing what you can do with them and the quality of life that can be had once they are put in place.  There are many misconceptions that we will clear up and to start, here are some actual stories to […]

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Fiscal Cliff? What does this mean to me?

All this talk about a fiscal cliff on the news, in the paper (what is that), online, CNN, MSNBC, etc. So what is it, how does this affect you, your family, your finances?  Chances are, one of these expiring tax breaks will affect you so here is a breakdown of what is going on.

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The Importance of Real Estate Photography – From Clicking to Closing

At least 88% of prospective home buyers use the internet as an informational resource during their real estate search (Realtor.com). With popular real estate syndication sites such as Realtor.com, Trulia.com and Zillow.com as well as social media networks, consumers are able to proactively find properties on their own.  It doesn’t stop at the computer. 63% […]

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Montgomery County Town House, Row Home, Condo. What’s the difference?

When you are clicking through real estate web sites, real estate magazines, flyers and other ad mediums looking for Montgomery County homes for sale, I am sure you have come across many different styles of homes.  Single family, town house, row home, twin home, carriage home,  condominium, etc.   You may have even come across […]

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Who is allowed to go on the deed of a property in Montgomery County PA?

I get this question frequently…exactly who can go on the deed to a property in Montgomery County PA.  The answer is relatively simple….anyone!

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Montgomery County’s BEST mortgage program changes October 1st, 2012

Change, the one constant in life.  Especially in the world of mortgages!  I remember when we had “mirror-test” underwriting.  Hold a mirror up to the borrower’s nose & if it fogs up, they get a loan!  Well, those days are gone, as they should be.  But unfortunately, certain regulators feel the way to correct things […]

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Buyer purchases home in Harleysville, PA for just $9.55 out of pocket!

Over 18 years in this business and I set a new record, just $9.55 to buy a $225,000 home!  No joke, Chris and Delia were able to buy a twin home in Harleysville with 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a finished basement, and fenced-in back yard for just $9.55 out of pocket!  

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Do I need an attorney to buy a home in PA?

Another common question that that is asked by home buyers is whether or not you need an attorney when buying a home in Pennsylvania.  There are many states that require an attorney and sometimes, it is just common practice.  In Pennsylvania, we are special:  we are one of only 5 commonwealth’s in the country, our […]

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2011 Housing Market Stats for Montgomery County PA

Happy New Year!  Here we are at the end of another year in Montgomery County.  So how did the real estate market fair this year?  Check out this end of year wrap-up video for the details.

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Another reason to get married and throw a party!

I think that we can all agree that this is the best time in history to buy a home.  However, one of the main stumbling blocks in being able to do so is coming up with some savings for a down payment and/or closing costs.  Although there are ways to buy a home with no […]

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Montgomery County Budget Cuts Threaten Our Parks!

It’s out…the proposed 2012 Montgomery County budget.  Good news is, no tax increase for residents.  Bad news is, some of the finest parts of the County are in jeopardy of losing their funding or being completely eliminated!