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!

 

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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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Looking for something different in Ellwood City, PA? Be sure to visit Look At My Homes and check out the many home buying and rental options we currently have available!

 

2016 Home Buyers’ Guide Released by the Home Buying Institute

2016 Home Buyers' GuideIf you’re ready to buy a home in the Ellwood City, PA area, there’s a terrific buyers’ guide available online that can help you through the many steps to home ownership without confusing jargon. It’s got lots of information for anyone buying a home but is especially helpful for first time buyers. New governments rules and banking regulations are both covered in detail to make the process of buying a new house in Ellwood City easier.

The guide outlines the various types of home mortgages available and helps you choose the best home loan for your family, your budget and your lifestyle. You’ll also learn how to prepare for the closing and lots more.  Download your copy of the 2016 Home Buying Guide and take those first steps toward owning a home in Ellwood City, PA.

Read more: http://www.homebuyinginstitute.com/home-buying-guide.php#ixzz3ySbSCGBM

Want vs. Need When Home Shopping

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It’s quite a place, isn’t it? Although this probably isn’t what you actually have in mind for your next home purchase, you may be guilty of a mistake that a lot of home buyers, particularly first-time home buyers, make. You have too many things on your “must have” list, making it seem like you can’t afford a nice home in Ellwood City or anywhere else.

 

Take the “Extras” Off Your List

If you have “must have” list that’s lengthy and has lots of things that you don’t really need, consider going over your list and revising it, keeping in mind that you can add some features over time. Granite countertops? Are they a must or an extra? You can find a plenty of homes with attractive kitchens that may not include granite, but they are stylish and functional. Put the granite on the list of “things to do” somewhere down the line if you find a house that’s the right size, in the right location and in your price range. After all, putting your own, personal stamp on your new house is part of the fun!

Focus on the Big Picture

Start by making a list of “must haves” before you begin looking at homes so that you know what you can’t compromise on, then stick to it. If you need three bedrooms because you have a child and need either a home office for your work or a guest room for your frequently visiting parents, stand firm and let us know that a one-bedroom house just won’t work for you.

Focus on the essentials – how many rooms you need, whether you have to have a garage or a yard, etc. You can compromise on the details because they are usually easy, relatively inexpensive fixes that you can do now or later. At Look At My Homes, we want you to feel confident that the house you purchase or rent from us will be the right home for your family. If you have questions, ask! We’ll answer you honestly and help you find the Ellwood City house that’s right for you, your family and your wallet.

 

 

Introducing the Look At My Homes Blog

Advice for homeowners, home shoppers and home renters in Ellwood City and the surrounding area.

Look At My Homes has been buying, selling and renting homes in the Ellwood City, PA area for years. We take pride in providing beautiful, safe and affordable home opportunities to everyone, whether you want to rent a home in Ellwood City or you’re interested in purchasing. Because we offer so many great properties, we’ve decided that we’d also like to be your full service stop for advice on everything from what to look for when signing a lease to how to take care of your deck or winterize your house.

If you have questions, please add them to our comments section and we’ll strive to answer you as soon as possible.  In the meantime, we hope you’ll enjoy our blog and that you’ll check out Look At My Homes, where you’ll find a complete listing of all our “For Sale” and rental properties. One of them is just waiting to be your next home!