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Old 12-12-2009, 04:05 AM
 
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looking to relocate to lehigh valley -Emmaus,lower,upper macungie or Easton area likely a townhouse but maybe a house are ther any builders or developements we should stay away from looking in the $250k-$300k range
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Old 12-12-2009, 06:54 AM
 
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There are probably several to avoid, mainly ones that have gone out of business or headed down that road. THP is probably the worst, you'll find their developments mainly in Upper and Lower Macungie. They went bankrupt and left a lot of unfinished work, although the townships are finishing some of the public improvements. The houses are pretty much bare-bones junk in my opinion, and I would speculate that they took a lot of shortcuts as their money was running out. Also in the one THP townhouse development in Lower Mac, there are a ton of rentals which lowers the quality of the neighborhood.

If you're driving around and looking at places, avoid developments that look like they were "abandoned" in an unfinished state.
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Old 12-12-2009, 01:43 PM
 
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THP did go bankrupt but the development in Upper Macungie has homes that are far from junk. They may not have all the bells and whistles but do appear structurally sound. In some respects, they surpass Pulte Homes. Also a friend purchased a foreclosure there recently and the house inspector was impressed at the quality of the construction details. The name of the community is Whitfield Estates.
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Old 12-12-2009, 05:36 PM
 
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Stay away from any of them and wait out the storm. 99% of those who purchase today wont have equitity tomorrow. The housing bubble is far from over. Prices will eventually be closer to the late 90's levels soon.
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