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Newly renovated unit in the heart of everything you love about Old City!

This stylish condo has it all; high ceilings, maple hardwood flooring, sleek updated fixtures and finishes, fresh paint job, and immense windows with abundant sunlight spilling in.

Just inside the front door, you'll discover the sleek kitchen to your right, showcasing distinctive modern cabinetry with interior lighting, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, peninsula island with breakfast bar, recessed lighting, and a tiled backsplash. Just ahead is your wide open, sunny living space where you'll adore the skyline views!

Check out the bedroom with walk-in closet space plus brand new in-unit washer and dryer, and then admire the fully redone bathroom

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In February, Philly was named one of the Best Cities for Public Transportation by Smart Asset. Living without a vehicle in a city that provides access to quality public transportation can make your morning commute much easier, but knowing the ins and outs of how the system works can save you some time and cash as well.

The average auto commuter spends 42 hours each year stuck in traffic, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. If you live in the Philadelphia region, you may be laughing to yourself at that number.  Seems a little light, right?  So, if you have a better option for getting where you want to go, why wouldn’t you take it?

SEPTA

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is an excellent transit

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With Philadelphia’s population growing with an influx of millennials and downsizing empty nesters, it can be a great time to list a condo for sale in Philly. Once you make the decision to list your property for sale, you likely have expectations (or you’re at least hopeful) that the perfect buyer will come along quickly, make a great offer, and the closing process will sail along smoothly. We can’t blame you. But then the days, weeks, and perhaps months begin passing. Prospective buyers are now trickling in much more slowly with no offers in sight. There could be a number of reasons your condo isn’t selling, but let’s look at the three main causes.

Doesn’t Show Well

The National Association of Realtors says nearly 90% of homebuyers begin their

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Stunning New York-style loft located in the heart of Fishtown / East Kensington in the rarely offered Milk Depot community! Walk through the recently landscaped courtyard from Dreer St or enter through the 2nd entrance on Amber Street up to the unit on the 2nd floor.

This flawless corner condo offers the perfect mix of original charm and modern features. Upon entering, you will immediately notice the exposed brick, extra high vaulted ceiling and huge windows allowing for plenty of natural light. The open kitchen, living and dining area offers the perfect space for entertaining and relaxing. The dining area (or living area) could also be converted into a second bedroom.

As you ascend the custom wrought iron staircase to the loft you will be

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Written by Joanna Brown

If you’re planning a vacation in Philly this summer, or just looking for something to do while the kids are out of school, we have some must see exhibitions for you! Whether you need to cool off from the summer heat inside a feature at a local museum, or you’re in the mood for an animal adventure, these six exhibits should definitely make your list.

National Constitution Center: Headed to the White House

Want to feel more prepared as you enter the November election? Head to the National Constitution Center for an interactive way to gear up for the 2016 presidential election. This exhibition explains a U.S. election, from the campaign trail to the president’s first day in office. See how you would do as president with

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As you search for the perfect condominium unit, there are some questions you need to ask—or, if you have the wrong agent, you might not know what you should be asking.  So before you pick out the drapes and paint color, do your leg work to make sure you completely understand all the numbers listed on your documents as well as those within the building Pennsylvania condo or homeowner’s association documents. From the monthly building fees to the percentage of delinquencies, understand the numbers before you sign on the dotted line.

Condo Building Fees

Not much different than regular homeowner association fees, condo fees are your percentage of fees due to run the building as a whole. The cost of fees can vary by building depending on what is

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In Part 1, we looked at the anatomy of your credit score, but where and what is the mysterious database that your lenders are tapping into?  Is there some sort of omnipotent credit guru that has seen all of your credit successes and transgressions, ready to judge the terms of your mortgage with the swing of a gavel?  Kind of…

Fair Isaac Corporation developed a score that you might know as a FICO score.  Back to our omnipotent credit guru example for a moment: the low score ("hell" we’ll call it to keep with the example) is 300; on the other hand, "heaven," is the maximum score of 850.  If you remember from our previous post, lenders want to see what sort of risk you pose, and then determine your mortgage terms based on that risk. 

FICO uses

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PhillyLiving.com Knows Luxury Real Estate.

Whether you’re looking for a high rise condo for sale in Rittenhouse Square, a sprawling estate in Mount Airy, or want a combination of the two, luxury real estate in Philadelphia from PhillyLiving.com meets your demands. Granite countertops, open floorplans, high ceilings, outdoor living space and the show-stopping amenities you expect are at your fingertips with our team of real estate professionals. From spacious, airy rooms to unimaginable views from your penthouse suite, the lifestyle you’re looking for is found in luxury real estate listings with PhillyLiving.com. Finding a home that welcomes you into upscale living is what we do.

Here's a recent article about our luxury listings in Philadelphia

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You’re looking to buy a home.  Unless you have a stockpile of cash, you’ll need a mortgage.  Simple enough, right?  Well, there are a few limiting factors for most.  We’ve seen in past posts that just because you qualify for a mortgage of a certain amount, does not mean that you can afford it.  We’ve also looked at ways to select a mortgage lender, as well as budgeting, spending, and general financial housekeeping.  

So what’s left—what is the last potentially limiting factor in the home buying process?  For many, it is understanding your credit score. 

A basic definition of your credit score is the risk you pose to a lender in terms of paying back your loan--in this case, your mortgage.  The score lenders look at helps them determine and

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Welcome to 919 N. 5th Street, #18! Located in Northern Liberties, this 4 year old end unit townhome has all of the modern amenities you could possibly desire.

Enter into the spacious living room, with high ceilings and hardwood floors. Continue into the open concept kitchen, which features dark wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertop and breakfast bar. Just off the kitchen, you'll find a half bath.

Exit through the sliding glass doors in the dining area to the fenced rear patio. The patio leads to the shared courtyard, with pergola and bench seating. Back inside, you'll find three spacious bedrooms, two modern bathrooms upstairs and a beautiful balcony off of the Master bedroom.

The fully finished basement offers

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