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Notice we said “afford”—not “qualify for” or “are eligible for.”  While there are no certainties in life, we can, perhaps, guide you a bit on some more honest terms when it comes to home buying: terms like, “afford.”

Although there are pleasant, helpful, and even friendly lenders out there, in the end, a lender does not care about you—they are not necessarily callous, but they are not privy to your retirement goals, small business aspirations, medical needs, familial obligations, occupational goals, educational goals, or the fact that your third kid is on the way. 

So, when buying a car, taking a loan to update your kitchen, or purchasing your first home, does your lender really know what you can afford based on credit checks, tax returns, and

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Welcome to 141 Markle Street! This gorgeous townhome has been completely renovated, so all you need to do is unpack! Enter through the front door into the living room, with exposed brick wall, high ceilings, and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors.

Continue through the spacious dining room, and back into the chef's kitchen, which boasts stainless steel appliances and granite counters. Step out the sliding glass doors and onto the private deck in the massive, fenced-in backyard. Back inside, the second floor has two bedrooms, laundry area, flex area/office space, and a renovated hall bath with jacuzzi tub.

The third floor master suite has a huge walk-in closet and renovated bath with double vanity with granite counter and custom stall

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Maybe you’ve overheard a conversation at work, a family member has dealt with the problem, or you have even fallen victim yourself—to buying the wrong house. The new set of keys to the new home are more like keys to a prison cell--one you paid a lot of money to lock.  In most cases, it’s not even a matter of the house itself – there’s no structural damage, the hot water heater doesn’t burst the day after you move in – it often comes down to the things you didn’t expect.  We’ve put together a list of ways to avoid buying the wrong house.

Visit at odd times

Most open house events are on the weekend during the mid-afternoon hours, or your real estate agent will schedule a showing in the middle of the day or just after you get off work. Take it upon

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Two of Philly’s finest fests kick off this weekend: The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival and The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival. 

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The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

Holy cannoli, The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival is here!  Every Philadelphian knows South Philly’s Italian Market, but according to the event’s website, The Italian Market is the nation’s oldest continuously operating outdoor market. This Saturday and Sunday (May 21 and 22), join the Market for family fun on the Washington Street stage, the annual St. Paul Procession of Saints, art vendors, and did we mention the food?  Chow down on Italian Market staples—artisanal meats, chesses, and pastries—as well as their fresh produce and knockout sandwiches.  Walk

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Once a Cigar factory, this New York Styled loft brings together the finest elements of loft living; spacious open areas for living and entertaining highlighted by original architectural details; original heavy timbered beams, wood ceilings, exposed brick walls, a warm color palette and gleaming wood floors.

Completely renovated, this 2 Bedroom (currently set up as a 1 Bedroom) 2 Bath corner unit faces South, offering incredible natural light and views of Center City. With its 11 ft. high ceilings, 7 ft. high factory windows and industrial materials, this 1,900 + sq. ft. space was transformed into a contemporary, urban retreat. Enter through the central foyer with a large coat closet that leads into the expansive open floor plan, ideal for large

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Over the past ten years, Center City’s population has grown by 24.2%, while we understand all of those new comers aren’t Millennials, we’re willing to bet the majority of new residents in Philly are the younger age group, and we know why. The city’s cultural scene is a perfect fit for Millennials. The opportunity for higher education in Philadelphia is one of the best in the country. From the festivals and nightlife to the inviting real estate scene and professional job market, Philly is becoming home to a new generation.

Higher education

Philly offers more than 92 degree-granting institutions with nearly 368,000 students attending a school in the metro area. Not only does the city offer a vast range of degrees of different interests, but

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Now Available: Center City Quarterly Market Report for Q1 2016

A comprehensive guide to sales and statistics for the 1st quarter of 2016

  • Average Home Sale Price
  • Highest Home Sale Price
  • Average Days on Market
  • Number of Homes Sold
  • Analysis of Year over Year Fluctuations
  • Market Forecast for Q2 1016

Use this comprehensive report to decide whether to sell or re-invest in your home or investment property

Areas Covered in this Report:

  • Rittenhouse/Logan Square
  • University City
  • Old City/Society Hill
  • Chinatown/Washington Square
  • Chestnut Hill
  • Mount Airy
  • Old Kensington/North Philadelphia
  • Northern Liberties
  • Fishtown
  • Manayunk
  • Roxborough
  • East Falls
  • Art Museum/Fairmount
  • Pennsport/East

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There are many reasons to move to Philadelphia - the professional scene, nationally recognized restaurants, the nightlife, the art, and the cultural diversity. If you’re headed to Philly for a new job or just a change of scenery, you should considering buying a condo in Philadelphia. While we get that the condo lifestyle isn’t for everyone,  if you want to be close to downtown, within walking distance to major attractions, enjoy open-space green parks and have direct access to public transportation, then buying a condo in Philly may be a great option for you.

Amenities

You will love the condominium lifestyle thanks to the minimal upkeep to the property, luxurious amenities, close proximity to attractions, restaurants and more, as well as the

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Searching for beautiful new construction with 2 car parking in Queen Village? Look no further than Shot Tower Estates! Your brand new 4 bed, 4.5 bath town home is equipped with everything you could desire and is move-in ready.

This huge 4300 sq. ft. home is a completely private located in a gated community with unobstructed views of the entire city. Your new home includes additional, desirable features such as a tiled finished basement with wet bar, a large roof deck with 360 views of the city, elevator, custom gas fireplaces in both the living room & master bedroom and vast amounts of open floor space for entertaining your family and guests.

The professionally designed kitchen showcases the finest appliances and finishes such as Wolf oven &

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Sellers, when it’s time to downsize your home, the thought of deciding which items you’ll get rid of and which will make the trip can be stressful. In fact, it can be overwhelming just considering all the items in your home, many of which you probably haven’t used or even seen in quite some time. So, how do you make downsizing your home easier? Start with taking inventory of your stuff and your life, and remember, if you haven’t used it in the past year, it’s time to put it in the donate pile.

Inventory your life

What is your day to day life really like? Do you have a gym membership you use regularly but a treadmill in the basement that you use to hang clothes on, or how about the stereo system that you’re not even sure works anymore because you

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