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What if you are struggling to pay your mortgage?

While owning a home is a sign of success, being unable to keep up with mortgage payments can feel like you are failing. If your family's financial situation is different than when you first purchased your home, you have to make tough decisions in order to stay afloat. To help struggling homeowners, there are programs in Pennsylvania that can help prevent foreclosure.

Should you invest in home staging?

If you are looking to sell your home in Pennsylvania, you may be wondering how you can get the highest price and sell it quickly. One concept that some home owners (as wells as many realtors) view as helpful in increasing the value of the home is staging. Staging the home to increase its appeal can take many different forms, from a simple decluttering and fresh coat of paint to renting furniture and artwork. Home staging typically takes an initial or ongoing investment, depending on how comprehensive you want to be, and it is a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of spending this money.

How can you know how much your house is worth?

Homeowners who want to sell their house in Pennsylvania may be wondering how much their house is worth. The best way to get an accurate estimate is to get a professional appraisal, which takes into account a number of different factors to determine a fair price. There are also things owners can do to boost their home's value and entice buyers.

Consider options to avoid foreclosure

Are you a homeowner in Pennsylvania who is struggling to keep up with mortgage payments? Unexpected circumstances, such as an employment change or a medical emergency, can put a strain on finances. Fortunately, there are a number of state and federal programs designed to assist homeowners in keeping their home, even when times are tough.

What is a latent defect, and how can it hurt home buyers?

You are frequently warned to be wary of deceptive practices and dishonest sellers when buying a home. Yet it seems as though Pennsylvania real estate law regarding disclosure would provide adequate protections from sellers trying to sell you a home riddled with material defects, which can cause significant danger to occupants. But what about disclosure of latent defects? What are latent defects, and how can they hurt you as a buyer?

When a vacant property becomes a party den

While most property owners hope their building transaction will take place swiftly, it’s common for real estate to sit on the market for a period. Sometimes, to maximize value, the owner allows the empty building temporary use. At other times, unscrupulous individuals might squat or misuse a property for their own means. Empty buildings are an unfortunate target for vandalism and more.

The problems mechanic's liens pose to homebuyers


Homebuyers in the Philadelphia area have a lot to worry about when they are finishing up the purchase of their new residence. Aside from the practicalities of re-locating one's family, there are a lot of financial and legal problems that have to be addressed.

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