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Old 12-28-2008, 06:42 AM
 
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Hi. Thanks for the advice. I haven't been on in a while and just read it the other day. We actually looked at two homes on Graymoor. I loved that area. Do you know if Emmaus has a good baseball program? As for the schools, do you know which one has better high school sports programs? Also, our realtor isn't really helping us, do you have someone that you used or could you recommend someone? Thanks for your help.
I live in Graymoor and love it!

As for sports in East Penn SD (Emmaus HS), my kids are still in elementary school, but I'm told the sports program is very good. Here is a website that will give you all th einfo you ever could want http://www.highschoolsports.net/port...id=PA180493807

We did not use a realtor when we bought here. We've moved so much, I could BE a realtor. Best of luck, and feel free to ask me questions as you go.
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Old 12-28-2008, 08:06 AM
 
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Try to find a buyers agent if you can. When I started looking in Lancaster, that's what I went for. I haven't moved yet, but I keep in touch with him and will use him when I buy. A buyer's agent works for you and helps you find a the best house at the best price. They represent you in the deal, not the seller. A regular real estate agent is an agent of the seller and acts on his behalf to sell you a home. Anything you tell them they have to go back an tell the sellers of the home. They are also interested in getting the best price they can as the agent of the seller. So many people don't realize that and they tell the agent, I want to offer X but can go as high as Y, the agent is legally bound to tell the seller that. So when the seller counter at Y, don't be surprised! No, if you're buying, go with a buyer's agent. Unfortunately, I haven't looked in that area, so I don't have an agent to recommend to you.
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:53 PM
 
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And as a reminder, it would be against the terms of service for this site to give a Realtors name. I know we share links for just about everything else but the administration is strict about Realtors info.

I do agree that a Buyers agent is the way to go, and try to take your time. We've moved several times and are now on home number 4. We really researched this one the most, especially with regards to what we wanted for a school district and I'm glad we made that a priority.
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:30 AM
 
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Have you ever thought of renting first? I know the areas mentioned well. I highly suggest renting before buying if you are new to an area, if you are ok with that. There are a few really - really nice garden style apartment complexes in the areas of East Penn and Parkland Schools. Renting buys time to really look at the different areas more closely. I see there is good feedback about one of Pultes developments here, DO your research first. I am familiar with all of them, as well as other developers. Many of the comments here are right on about the two school districts, and there are many new people in the area, so you will have a lot of people that are opened minded about making new freinds, but the people from the Valley can be a bit "clicky", and some are not so opened minded about new people coming to the area. But it can be like that in many places. But, there are many really good people from the area, and it is a great area. My family and I lived there for 15 years and are looking forward to moving back, but will rent first...even knowing the area and real estate well. Good luck in your search, you may have already made a decision by now.
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Old 12-29-2008, 11:25 AM
 
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Hi. I am all for renting, however, we have two big dogs (a Rottweiler and a Pitbull mix) and I'm not sure if an apartment complex would work for us or if anyone would be willing to rent their home to people with dogs. Thanks everyone for all of your suggestions and comments, it is helping a great deal!!!
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:54 PM
 
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I am moving to the area in February and purchasing a home sometime afterwards (when our home in the South sells), however I do not intend to hire a Realtor or purchasing agent. I would rather come to the sale without a Realtor and ask the seller for a 3% discount - the amount which would have normally been paid to a broker.

I believe there is ample information on the web to allow us to find a house and make an informed decision about what kind of offer to make without paying a "finders fee". I know there are a lot of realtors posting to these discussions so I doubt this will be a welcome post ... however, I find realtors to be largely a waste of money.
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:35 PM
 
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Hi. I am all for renting, however, we have two big dogs (a Rottweiler and a Pitbull mix) and I'm not sure if an apartment complex would work for us or if anyone would be willing to rent their home to people with dogs. Thanks everyone for all of your suggestions and comments, it is helping a great deal!!!
I don't know if it's the same in the Valley, but most places I've check into for rental have 'breed restrictions' if they allow dogs and you can guess which breeds are on the list. I'll have the same issues when I move as I'll need to wait for my house to sell in a crappy market in order to purchase something else. I'm really really really hoping for a vacant house that I can rent with option, so that I can buy it when my NY house sells. Maybe that's something you would want to look into.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:35 PM
 
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Hi. I am all for renting, however, we have two big dogs (a Rottweiler and a Pitbull mix) and I'm not sure if an apartment complex would work for us or if anyone would be willing to rent their home to people with dogs. Thanks everyone for all of your suggestions and comments, it is helping a great deal!!!
hunterman - oh I see, yes the two pooches will be a problem in the Garden Home Rentals, there is one located in the Parkland School district that allows pets, but I checked it out and I cannot suggest it - let's just say - it smells like pets live there as soon as you enter the main entrance. I wish you well in your search, and if you are buying in one of the new developments, you can represent yourself without a buyers agent, just make sure you read everything very well. I say this and I am in real estate. I live by the rule, you don't get unless you ask, so ask for that great price being that you may represent yourself. All sales people are working for the builder, you are working for you, so go into with asking all the questions, even if they seem like little questions. Good luck.
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