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May 2016

There are 14 blog entries for May 2016.

Whether you’re looking to live in the middle of Center City or out in a Philly suburb, there are major differences in purchasing a single family home versus a condo. The lifestyle is what many condo owners love – low upkeep, community atmosphere, great location – and buying a condo will be much easier when you research these five specific details of the purchase.

Management Complaints

An easy way to find out what residents of a condo building are complaining about is to request the most recent minutes from the condo association’s board meetings. If there is a long list of complaints filed by owners, you may need to reconsider purchasing within that particular building. On the up side, if there are no complaints registered (or if they are

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Welcome to 2714 South Street! This beautiful 2 bed, 2 bath condo is located in the desirable Graduate Hospital area.

Enter the brick courtyard where you'll find the end-unit of an 8-unit development. Enter into sun-drenched living room, which has hardwood floors, an open layout and a brick fireplace.

The updated kitchen has ample cabinet space, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The second floor suite features a second fireplace, and updated bathroom with double vanity and huge stall shower.

The third floor features another bedroom with en suite bathroom. Located within walking distance to the University City Hospitals, this home is also close to the Schuylkill River Banks, Schuylkill River Park and Dog Park Run.

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Once you know how much home you can afford to buy, and you’re finally in a position to purchase a home, the last thing you want is to have your financial lender lagging behind with the paperwork or not answering your questions about applying for and finalizing a mortgage . The home buying process can be tedious and at times stressful, so choosing a great mortgage lender is key to making sure the entire process runs smoothly.

Where do you start looking in a sea of search engine results, advertisements, and email spam?

Ask for recommendations

Insider knowledge is key when it comes to choosing a good mortgage lender. Ask your family, friends and coworkers who they used as a lender when purchasing a home. What was their experience? Would they

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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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