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What alternatives to foreclosure are available?

If you have fallen behind on your mortgage payments or are otherwise in a financial situation where you know you will be unable to pay, you may be facing foreclosure. However, you do not have to let your mortgage go into foreclosure in Pennsylvania. There are some alternative options you may have to protect your home and your credit.

What terms should you include in any real estate contract?

Anytime you are preparing to buy or sell property in the state of Pennsylvania, it is imperative that you have a legal contract in place to protect yourself and your investment. If you are relatively new at the process of transferring properties, you may be wondering what types of terms to include in contract that addresses all aspects of the sale. 

Reasons why you should consider hiring a real estate broker

If you are interested in buying or selling a property in Pennsylvania, chances are you have spent considerable time preparing for a successful outcome. If you are buying, your time has most likely been spent weighing different options, considering amenities and analyzing property valuations. If you are selling, you have probably spent time staging your property, updating things and creating a space that is desirable on an ever-competitive real estate market. At Gesk Moritz LLC, we are experienced in working with both buyers and sellers and we understand the risks they face. 

Preparing a home to sell in the competitive world of real estate

Real estate is an ever-growing market that becomes increasingly competitive with the development of technology and other valuable selling tools. At times, the real estate market is so saturated with properties for sale, that effectively advertising a home appears next to impossible in Pennsylvania. However, if interested sellers leverage the right strategies and implement valuable sales practices, they can increase their selling success exponentially. 

Business real estate transactions: What mistakes should I avoid?

If you are getting ready to purchase a commercial property for your business in Carnegie, there are some things you should first take into consideration. You do not want to end up entering into an agreement that is one-sided or fraught with pitfalls for you. The right decisions and agreement can make your real estate transaction a successful one. 

What are some common title issues I may encounter?

If this is your first time dabbling in real estate or you are currently in the process of purchase property in the Carnegie area, there are some reasons why your lender may require you to purchase title insurance. You cannot look at a house and know its complete history. Also, you should not assume that the seller is going to disclose all issues that may exist with the title. 

Can real estate investors save on next year's tax bill?

Optimism is the word for real estate investors these days. As sales of existing homes continue to rise, and interest rates for home loans stay relatively low, some investors are poised to enjoy their best year in quite some time. But if there is one thing that can derail an investor’s success, it is tax liability.  

What is a short sale?

There are a range of real estate transaction types in Pennsylvania. Whether you are buying or selling, it helps to become familiar with the different options. One that is becoming more popular is a short sale. As explained by bigger Pockets, a short sale is when the home is sold for less than the amount that is owed to the bank. If you are the seller, you may make an agreement with the bank to settle your account for the full sales price, meaning you would not have to pay the remaining balance on your mortgage. This does not always happen, though. You may be liable for the remaining balance depending on what the agreement you make with the bank says.

What mistakes should I avoid when buying a home?

You have finally saved up enough money for a decent down payment, cleaned up your credit and gotten pre-approved to purchase a home in Pennsylvania. As excited as you may be feeling about the process, it is important for you to avoid rushing through it. Before you start house shopping or make an offer on a home, you need to be aware of some common issues that may come up.