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Incredible location, newly renovated condition and a well established condo association! Check it out:

This lovely home is complete with a gourmet open kitchen, stainless steel appliances, and custom tile back-splash. Eating at the breakfast bar you will enjoy the incredible views of City Hall, the Ben Franklin Bridge, and the Delaware River.  

  

This modern unit in the Academy House is centrally located between the Avenue of the Arts and Rittenhouse Square. The building Includes features that you'll adore, such as on-site parking, indoor pool, community room, recently renovated lobby, and much more!

 Take advantage of this beautiful full bathroom and an additional spacious powder room for use when you are entertaining . The unit also…
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Misconduct TavernA little more modern Misconduct is nearly ready for its star turn at 18th Street and JFK Boulevard, joining Chops and Chima on a mini-restaurant row.

(English) Football fans, rejoice! If you've found it hard to follow your favorite teams because you can't find a bar stool to sit on at the expanded Misconduct Tavern on Locust Street between the Avenue of the Arts and Rittenhouse Square, owner Chuck Ercole has heard your pleas.

Same goes for you diehard Phillies fans, all 20 of you.

The nautical-themed sports bar whose burgers and house-made hot dogs have won acclaim and regional compeitions is nearly ready to open a second location in the Sterling apartment/office building at 18th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Logan Square.

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A unique condo in a fantastic location!

 This modern, unit in Fishtown includes features that you'll adore, including bamboo hardwood flooring, pocket doors, 11' high ceilings, tons of built ­in storage, security system with door buzzer, and exterior/street security cameras.


  

This lovely home is green certified and has all the amenities. With an Energy Star kitchen, structural insulated panel system walls and geothermal HVAC system, you will be reaping the savings in no time!

 Take advantage of this beautiful full bathroom, which includes tile flooring, large vanity and a tiled deep soaking tub and shower with glass enclosure. The bathroom also houses the conveniently located washer and dryer­ both only 4 years old. 

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Exterior, 2143-47 Lombard St

Work has begun on a rare residential opportunity: three large contemporary townhomes that will set a new standard for luxury living in the Fitler Square neighborhood. The homes at 2143-47 Lombard Street at once harmonize with the neighborhood’s red-brick ambience and push the envelope with distinctive modern design and unparalleled amenities.


Each of these 4,800-square-foot, elevator-equipped homes offers a dramatic split-level main living space, four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, a home office/den, a finished basement with media room and a full-floor roof deck with great views of Center City, University City and the Schuylkill.

Living Room

These homes are built for both entertaining and personal relaxation. The dramatic high-ceilinged living

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Street in Society HillIf your appraiser hasn't worked in Society Hill, he or she may not know which homes in the neighborhood are comparable in condition to yours. The result may be a lowball appraisal. If that's the case, you may be able to get a reappraisal.

In our last installment, we explained the most valuable reason why the appraiser your lender hires comes back with a  value that's less than you plan to pay for your new home, which is that the home really isn't worth what the seller says it is because of unresolved problems with the property.

There are some other reasons an appraisal comes in below the sale price, however. One of them is that the appraiser simply isn't familiar with the area where you plan to buy your home.

Appraisals are supposed to be based

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Reading Terminal Market interior
Good cooks come to the Reading Terminal Market to get the best in fresh and local produce, meats, seafood and more. Everyone else comes to chow down on some of the best fare in Philly, including the best sandwich in America. (Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia)

After the Liberty Bell, the Reading Terminal Market is the top visitor attraction in Philly. That's right, visitor attraction: the 122-year-old food emporium welcomes hundreds of thousands of out-of-towners through its doors each year.

Unlike us locals, most of them are there to get something to eat now, not to pick up top-quality foods and ingredients to make something wonderful at home. Fortunately, the RTM offers both, and there's nothing stopping us from chowing down while we shop

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home and calculator
Do the numbers add up to the right value for the home you're buying? Your lender will ask an appraiser to let you know. If they don't, your next step depends on why they don't.

So you have sterling (or at least good enough) credit, your debts are manageable, and you've identified a lovely home that you can afford on your income. 

You should be all set to close on the purchase once your mortgage is approved, right?

Not so fast. There's one more obstacle that can be thrown in your path as you make your way to a new home: an appraisal that says it's worth less than you're about to pay for it.

Your lender will ask an appraiser to assess the value of the property you're about to buy. That's done to make sure neither you nor your lender end up

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Independence Hall and Gay Rights Demonstrations state historical markerThis past July 4, Philadelphians and the nation observed the 50th anniversary of a second landmark event to take place at Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. Odds are that by year's end, Independence Hall's hometown will become the first World Heritage City in the United States.

One of the world's best known urban World Heritage Sites is located in Philadelphia, and every July 4, Independence Hall is the locus of activities celebrating the ideals the founders of the American republic used as the foundation for a new nation in the document they signed on that day.

And now Independence Hall may pave the way for Philadelphia to become the first city in the United States to be admitted to a most noteworthy global club: the

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Off with their heads—then on with the show! Bring a Super Soaker and join in the storming of the Bastille on Saturday at Eastern State Penitentiary's annual Bastille Day Celebration.

July is almost half over, but that leaves plenty of time for you to check out some really hot - er, cool - events taking place this month. Mark your calendars for these great things to do in Philadelphia the rest of this month:

Let them eat Tastykake! July 14 falls on a workday, so the Revolution (the French one, that is) is being moved ahead a few days. Eastern State Penitentiary once again plays the role of the Bastille for the 21st annual edition of the most riotous Bastille Day celebration outside France itself. Heads will roll, there will be singing and dancing,

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Summer's a good time to add value to your home with improvements that also enhance its comfort and usefulness for you right now.

By Amun Yoon
Special to Philly Living 

Buying a house is one of the biggest investments people make over the span of their lives. Signing the stack of papers— which are equivalent in size to the English dictionary — seals the deal on owning the property and lands the owners with a set of keys that makes them feel like they just won the lottery.

For those homeowners out there who have felt this victory, you know it is both a great feeling as well as a huge responsibility. Now it is your turn to properly care for and maintain your house as you turn it into a home fit for your family. Each season brings a new set of lists

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