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Old 05-02-2008, 09:24 PM
 
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May take a position at Temple University. Can live upto 30 minutes outside the city. We prefer a nice, new construction home. Where? What will $400K buy? Thanks.
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Old 07-23-2008, 12:23 PM
 
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May take a position at Temple University. Can live upto 30 minutes outside the city. We prefer a nice, new construction home. Where? What will $400K buy? Thanks.
If you play it smart you can get quite a house for 400k. Don't know if you've bought your home yet, but I don't recommend living so far outside of the city considering traffic and gasoline prices.
Best places to look:
Delaware (northern part of the state, south of city of Phila)
Willowgrove (north of the city)
Bala Cynwyd has older homes in your price range.

If not having a yard is no problem, you can find a brownstone in the city. There are parts of North Philly that have been rehabbed, and within public trans ride to Temple U.

Just be wise and don't go the traditional route (i.e. with a real estate agent). Do your own research and keep in mind this is a buyer's market. You could (if you haven't already) land a very sweet deal within your budget.
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Old 07-24-2008, 12:49 PM
 
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Just be wise and don't go the traditional route (i.e. with a real estate agent). Do your own research and keep in mind this is a buyer's market. .
Just out of interest, why would you say this? Of course doing research is a great idea in any market, but why not use an agent? That's what they are there for.
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:56 PM
 
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Just out of interest, why would you say this? Of course doing research is a great idea in any market, but why not use an agent? That's what they are there for.
Not totally against using a real estate agent...don't misunderstand; however, it seems agents often are after their own interests and not necessarily those of the buyer.
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Old 07-26-2008, 09:27 AM
 
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I disagree with the Northern Delaware suggestion unless you don't have children. The public schools in Northern Delaware are not very good, and unless you take the train in every day, the commute will be terrible.

My suggestion is to see if you can rent for a short time and take the time to look the area over closely, and then find a good realtor. We've bought three homes in Pennsylvania, sold two and found our realtors to be extremely helpful. BUT, they must know the area that you are looking in and be a buyers agent.

If you need to buy right away, the posters on this board can be extremely helpful if you can be more specific in what you want.
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:19 AM
 
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Default you will want rail access...

Don't know if you are still looking, but anyone planning to work at Temple should plan to live close to a train station (or subway route if you live right in the city). Driving a car to Temple is a pain. Slow driving, ugly terrain.
Ambler is a great choice. Nice little town, close to much, and a 20 minute train ride to the Temple stop. Lansdale is similar. If you are looking for new housing you will find it within ten minutes of either train station.
Glenside and Jenkintown would also be good choices, and even closer to the city, but you might be challenged to find a new house there.
Just get a SEPTA route map and let that be your guide.
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:35 AM
 
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If you are still looking, consider Abington, Glenside, Ambler, Jenkintown. Not alot of new construction (but some). If you have children they have great schools and you can park and get on the R2 train that stops right at Temple U. Driving to temple from anywhere in or out of the city is a headache.
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