On the House: On disclosure, and homes that languish on market

By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer Lately, I have been going back to two things our listing agent drummed into my head when we were selling our last house. Disclose, disclose, disclose was one. The other: work with the agent, not against him or her, and that will help sell the house for a good price. There is a real estate disclosure ...
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Water and Homeowners Insurance

by Susanne Romo When most people think of home insurance and claims, fire or burglary is usually the first thing that concerns people.  But what might surprise you is that neither of those claims is the most common.  Water is. And your homeowner’s policy may or not cover the damage.  The bottom line your claims adjuster will need to know is —- ...

Condo owners should buy secondary insurance

BY BARBARA HOLLAND Posted: Aug. 11, 2012 | 2:04 a.m. Q: I currently own a condominium that I rent to my granddaughter. Last Sunday, the girl who lives in the condo above mine called me and said she heard running water, and asked if would come over and see if we could figure out where it was coming from. I went over and we looked in all the storage ...

Review homeowners insurance coverage regularly

from wire reports Review homeowners insurance coverage regularly   Review homeowners insurance coverage regularly At least once a year, it’s a good idea to review the insurance coverage on your biggest asset: your home. Read Article | Comment it

Pennsylvania latest state to ban private transfer fees in real estate sales

Dan Kelly Pennsylvania latest state to ban private transfer fees in real estate sales Article dkelly@readingeagle.com An obscure agreement attached to some recent home sales has a 1 percent fee payable to builders and developers each time a house changes hands – forever. Read Article | Comment it

Consumer 10.0: Phila. homeowner wins judgment against Wells Fargo over mortgage fees

Jeff Gelles Consumer 10.0: Phila. homeowner wins judgment against Wells Fargo over mortgage fees Article Jeff Gelles covers consumer topics and writes the Consumer 11.0 column for The Inquirer. Email: jgelles@phillynews.com It’s not clear how this story will turn out, but right now Patrick Rodgers is living a pay-back fantasy probably ...

What is the right price for a house?

Alan J. Heavens What is the right price for a house? Article Alan J. Heavens has been writing about real estate and home improvement for the last 14 years. Whether any given house for sale is properly priced for the market depends on which side of the trench you are standing. Sam Millinghausen of Ambler, a lawyer who has been looking to buy ...

Pennsylvania Tips Brigita

Brigita McKelvie  Lehigh Valley, PA, Residential, Rural & Horse Properties Nazareth, PA Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. Eastern Pennsylvania Office Phone: (610) 849-1790 Cell Phone: (610) 393-9424http://activerain.com/brigitam Tweet Tips On Buying an Old Farmhouse You have been out looking at many different homes, new and old, ...

Pennsylvania gets it right in preventing foreclosures

MarketWatch The Pennsylvania Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program, established in 1984, long before the recent mortgage crisis, gives bridge loans to people who have recently lost their jobs. A recent study from the New York Fed says the Pennsylvania law works far better than the $30 billion national program set up in 2009 called the Home ...

No mention of MID in State of Union Speech

  President Barack Obama talked about the need to reduce the federal deficit and simplify the tax code in his state of the Union speech last night but in leaving out the specifics of how he would accomplish those goals he left it unclear whether changes to the mortgage interest deduction (MID) would be part of the mix. Source: Web: www.realtor.org