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Loretta Leibert

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Associate Broker, GRI (9 years experience)

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Relocation,
Foreclosure

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Moving from NJ to PA sometime next spring for my husbands job. Should we have 2 separate agents or 1

Answer

It is best to find a local Cherry Hill agent to list your home.  They will have a much more accurate analysis of what your home is worth than Zillow.  Then you will need a PA agent to represent you on the buy side, and both agents can communicate with each other when necessary.  What area in PA are you buying?  I work in both Bucks County and Berks County, and I would be happy to answer any other questions you might have.  You can find all of my contact information on my website [Website deleted by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy.]

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i am looking for a home

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You might want to speak to a lender about the USDA Rural Housing program that allows you to purchase a house with the closing costs financed, you will still need a minimum amount of money though, probably about $1000 to cover the appraisal and credit report for your lender.

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What is considered cosmetic and non-negotiable in terms of the asking price?

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Everything is negotiable, but it is sometimes hard to estimate the cost of updating in order to negotiate a fair price.  The sellers may allow you to have a contractor meet you at the property, so you can get estimates and be better informed about how much the updating would cost you.

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How long does it typicly take to find and purchase a home?

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With interest rates still near all time lows, it is an excellent time to buy your first home.  Your first step should be getting pre-approved by a local lender to see if you are financially ready to buy.  If you are, then definitely start looking.  If you find something right away, a 45 to 60 day settlement is very normal and reasonable.  If it takes a little longer to find your new home, have a talk with your landlord.  They may be open to accepting a 30 day notice from you on a month to month basis if you are honest about the situation.  In this market, there is no shortage of renters, and your landlord should feel comfortable that they could find new tenants in a relatively short amount of time.

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How long does it typicly take to find and purchase a home?

Answer

With interest rates still near all time lows, it is an excellent time to buy your first home.  Your first step should be getting pre-approved by a local lender to see if you are financially ready to buy.  If you are, then definitely start looking.  If you find something right away, a 45 to 60 day settlement is very normal and reasonable.  If it takes a little longer to find your new home, have a talk with your landlord.  They may be open to accepting a 30 day notice from you on a month to month basis if you are honest about the situation.  In this market, there is no shortage of renters, and your landlord should feel comfortable that they could find new tenants in a relatively short amount of time.

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Should You Use an Agent's Recommended Home Inspector?

Response

Most home buyers look to their buying agent to recommend a professional home inspector that works in the area where they are buying their home.  I like to recommend 3 different inspectors to my buyers.  Then they can compare prices, and even call each of the inspectors to interview them, and then decide.  If you are concerned, just ask your Realtor to recommend two more inspectors so you can compare them.

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Should You Use an Agent's Recommended Home Inspector?

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Most home buyers look to their buying agent to recommend a professional home inspector that works in the area where they are buying their home.  I like to recommend 3 different inspectors to my buyers.  Then they can compare prices, and even call each of the inspectors to interview them, and then decide.  If you are concerned, just ask your Realtor to recommend two more inspectors so you can compare them.

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