816 Western Street, Ellwood City, PA is Family Ready

816 Western Street
816 Western Street

You’ll fall in love with the details in this house. A spacious layout and completely finished attic bedroom gives you lots of flexibility and storage. A spacious kitchen with oak cabinets, updated countertops and beautiful architectural details are just a few of the reasons you’ll want to move right in. Hardwood floors and a neutral color palette mean you can move right in. It even has central air to keep you cool on those hot summer days. You won’t find a five bedroom house in this great condition anywhere else that’s priced to sell at $76,900!

 

 

Contact Look At My Homes at 724-333-4114 to schedule an appointment or get more information.

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Six Reasons Why You Should Consider Buying Instead of Renting Your Next Home

 

Since the housing bubble in the days of the mortgage crisis, many people have become leery of purchasing a home. They worry about the mortgage payments, whether the house will appreciate in value in the coming years. But the crisis is in large part over and home values have stabilized, opening the door to home ownership once again for savvy buyers. Today, rents are rising in a rebounding economy, yet home sale prices are more affordable in many parts of the country. What are the advantages of buying a home in Ellwood City compared to simply renting?

  1. A House is a Blank Canvas for Expression

We’ve all rented at one time or another from a landlord that stressed what you couldn’t do – no painting the walls, no nail holes for hanging pictures, no modifications to the structure. On the other hand, if you own your house, there are limitless ways to express your style. You can paint every wall a different color if you like, or knock out a wall to transform two cramped spaces into one spacious area.

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  1. You Can Make a House More Efficient

One of the biggest expenses whether you rent or own is the cost of utilities. Whether you’re focused on reducing your carbon footprint for altruistic reasons or you simply want to save some money on heating and cooling expenses, if you own your own home you have a lot of opportunities. Upgrading your HVAC system, investing in solar panels and adding extra insulation are all “green” improvements that will pay for themselves quickly. If you’re renting, you’re at the mercy of your landlord.

  1. No Landlord

Not having a landlord is pretty much self-explanatory. A mortgage payment frees you from having to worry about a landlord who may pop by unannounced. You won’t have to call and nag an unresponsive landlord if the washer is broken or the roof is leaking. Home owners can take care of repairs themselves or hire someone to do it. Home ownership gives you control.

  1. The Right Kind of Mortgage Makes Budgeting Easier

Although there are some upfront costs to purchasing a house or condo, a fixed rate mortgage is guaranteed for the life of the mortgage. That means you’ll never have to worry about your landlord suddenly raising the rates when you sign your new lease each year. With housing prices and interest rates as low as they’ve been in fifty years, now is the time to buy to protect yourself against inflation with a mortgage. A mortgage calculator can be an easy way to determine how much you can afford and what you will be paying each month based on a variety of parameters. There are several excellent ones available online, including MortgageCalculator.org.

  1. Buying Means You Can Stay Put

Renters never know from one year to the next what might happen when their lease is up. The landlord may decide to raise the rent, or he could put the property on the market. The possibility of having to pack up and move is a real one if you aren’t the owner of your home. If you want to put down roots and create a true home, buying is a better bet than renting.

  1. You Can Build Equity

Buying a house as an investment shouldn’t be the primary reason you purchase a house or condo, but if you plan on staying in one place for at least five years, it could turn out to be a valid reason. But a house is a long-term investment, not a short term one. The longer you stay in one place, the more your house will appreciate in value. This is particularly true if you purchase a house in an area that is undergoing a Renaissance. If you spend the next several years improving your house, you’ll be impressed with how much your home is worth ten years down the road. You can then use the increased value to get a home equity loan if you need one.  Your landlord isn’t going to give you a loan based on your timely rental payments.

Be sure to weight the pros and cons before choosing whether to own or rent your next home in Ellwood City, PA. If you plan to stay put for at least five years and like to idea of creating your own space and improving your house, buying a house may be the best choice. Talk to homeowners in your area to get some feedback. You’ll discover that most homeowners wonder why they waited so long before buying once they are in a home of their own.

 

 

 

Seller Disclosures When Buying A Home

termites-damageAny time you buy a home there is the chance that a problem could arise shortly after you’ve purchased the house and moved in, but Pennsylvania Seller Disclosure Laws help protect you if the problem was apparent to the seller before he or she sold you the house. But what does a seller have to reveal to you before you sign on the dotted line?

Pennsylvania’s 68 Pennsylvania Statutes Section 7304 requires all sellers to provide potential buyers with a Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement. This document should including the following information:

 

  • Contents of the house (such as dishwashers and other appliances) and their condition, including whether they need to be repaired or replaced
  • The location and number of working smoke detectors
  • Whether there is a known problem with sewage lines, septic systems, etc.
  • Any additional costs the homeowner will incur on a regular basis, such as Home Owners’ Association (HOA) fees or any restrictions on the deed to the property, such as whether mineral rights are included with the sale of the property.
  • Specifics such as the type of sewer system used on the property
  • If the house was constructed prior to 1978, the seller will need to provide Title X disclaimer stating whether there is lead-based paint in the home and how it has been treated.

At Look At My Homes, we always strive to give you all the information you need to make the an informed decision about your next home purchase. If you have questions, ask us and we will give you the unvarnished truth. We want your home buying experience to be so good that you will recommend Look At My Homes to your friends and family!

 

Excellent Rental Income Opportunity in Trafford, PA

Trafford Duplex Front Center

This 4 bedroom house in Trafford, PA could easily become a duplex rental property. Two front entrances, one for the first floor and another for the second, make conversion easy. Although it needs some interior work to update it, this property is priced to sell with a list price of just $40,000! It’s the best mortgage deal in town for all this space! Call Brian at Look At My Homes at 724-333-4114 for more information.

Icy Sidewalks are Treacherous Without the Right Ice Melt

Western Pennsylvania was lucky when winter storm Jonas by-passed our area. But the storm did considerable damage in the eastern half of the state, shutting down major highways and closing thousands of schools and businesses. Our area was fortunate not to have to deal with record-breaking levels of snow this time,but the next big snowfall could be just around the corner. Even homeowners can run into problems with icy sidewalks, slippery driveways and more.

You don’t want to have to worry about your family or anyone visiting slipping on your sidewalk or driveway, but ice is difficult to get off sidewalks and drives. If you’ll soon by moving into your new house, icy sidewalks could be an even bigger problem. Movers who slip and fall, injuring themselves and breaking furniture, are a very real problem. That’s why you should have Ice B’Gone Magic on hand as soon as you’re ready to move in!

At Look At My Homes, we recommend using a gentle ice-melt product like Ice B’Gone Magic. This unique formula is super gentle on skin, so you won’t have to worry about your kids or pets coming into contact with it. But it’s very effective, working to extremely low temperatures.

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Here are just a few ways that Ice B’Gone Magic is the ideal choice for melting off snow and ice and keeping it off:

Ice B’ Gone Magic treated Salt works to –35° F

Use 35% to 50% Less Salt

Eliminates Black Ice

Eliminates Hard Pack

90% Less Corrosive Than Salt

Safer For All Surfaces – Even Quality Concrete Surfaces

No Messy White Residue

100% Biodegradable

Friendlier To Landscape

Recognized By The U.S. E.P.A.

Pet Friendly

Whether you’re a tenant or a landlord, you don’t want to use harsh chemicals or rock salt that could permanently damage or scar your driveway, porch or sidewalks. So when you move into your new home, be sure you get some Ice B’Gone Magic to protect your family, friends and pets from treacherous ice and snow.

You can buy Ice B’Gone Magic in Ellwood City from Mr. B’s Lawn Care & Snow Removal Service. It’s just $14.75 plus tax for a 50 pound bag!  Call 724-752-5551 today to order your Ice B’Gone Magic before the next winter storm strikes!

 

Perfect First Home in Ellwood City!

 

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Take a look at this attractive house 729 First Ave, Ellwood City, PA.  On a quiet residential street lined with mature trees, this is a starter home with plenty of updated features and lots of natural light. A neutral color scheme, fresh paint, newer carpeting and an oak kitchen all translate to the ideal palette for you to make this home your own. Two spacious bedrooms, one bathroom and upgraded ceiling fans and light fixtures mean this is a move-in ready home. A cute front porch includes coach lights on either side of the front door and a railing that makes it kid-friendly for play or simply relaxing and greeting your neighbors. A sliding glass patio door on the back opens to a concrete pad that’s ideal for a patio table or your grill. A laundry room on the first floor makes laundry day more convenient.

Located in an established, family-friendly neighborhood, 729 First Ave. is a just a few minutes from Route 18 and access to the Turnpike and highways. This is 1,704 square feet of convenience and style!

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