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Transform the rooms you spend most of your time relaxing in, into the most eco-friendly places Most people spend much of their time at home relaxing in the living room, and, of course, sleeping in the bedroom. Why not make your top hangouts the greenest rooms in the house? Here are some tips to go eco-friendly in the living room and bedroom: Get sustainable wood floors We all know hardwood floors are a huge selling point. So why not add value by also making sure your wood floor was sustainably harvested? Using sustainable wood flooring is a great way to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
3 Bedroom 2 bath in South Philadelphia Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
You've found a home you want to buy, but how much should you offer to pay for it? One of the most perplexing points in the home-buying process is the decision of how much to offer for the home you want to buy. If you offer "too much," you might experience buyer’s remorse or feel the house was "overpriced." Yet if you offer "too little," you might infuriate the seller and lose your opportunity to purchase the property. So, what’s the right amount? To answer that question, you’ll need to do some homework and give some serious thought to how... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
Getting your home ready for a potential sale can be a bit of a nerve wracking task. You have to clean your home immaculately, light it properly, make sure your fixtures sparkle and basically get your home in a condition that you would never live in just to have a stranger walk throughout your house. While all of that may be true, getting a potential buyer to see your home as you do is a crucial step in marketing your property. The better you convey the unique and wonderful nature of your home, the more likely you are to receive... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
To make an "as-is offer" is to state that you, the buyer, will take the property in the condition it is in as of the date you make the offer, and will not ask the seller to do any work or repairs to the home. You can see why these offers are so attractive to sellers; they love the idea of being able to mentally move on from this home to the next one as soon as they accept your offer. In the olden days, many states required that certain basic condition standards be met by every property sold, whether... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
Like a train, a transaction can get derailed at any point on the track. A closing can be hit by a clouded title, a home not appraising for value, a rapid change in interest rates, an undisclosed credit or income issue, or one of countless other unanticipated issues. Choke points cause delays and delays cause all kinds of problems for buyers, sellers, and agents. Moving plans get thrown into disarray. Interim housing or early-possession requests become necessary. Contingency plans need to be thrown together. Nerves get jangled. The resulting situation can be a nightmare even for the most seasoned agent,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
Many buyers associate buying a foreclosure with getting a steal of a deal. This can be true, but there are also potential pitfalls. The pros and cons of buying a home involved in foreclosure vary with the phase of foreclosure the property is in when purchased. Use this handy guide to figure out what sort of property is best for you! Also see The Stages and Phases of the Foreclosure Process. Missed Payments/Motivated Seller Advantages: Seller will be motivated to achieve a fast sale, may create opportunity for below market purchase price. Seller may be more likely to do repairs.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
Last winter, when the housing market had cooled and it seemed the only real estate news was bad news, the experts said the market recovery would be lead by first-time buyers. Like stalled credit, the cycle of buyers and sellers grinds to a halt when first-time buyers disengage. It’s like sand in the gears of the real estate market." But then came what’s been called "the perfect storm" for first-timers: houses became more affordable and interest rates dropped to near historically low levels. And first-time buyers came back to the market. By March, Coldwell Banker reported that entry-level purchasers are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
Every one of these items you get on your side of the ledger moves you closer to a sale. Every item on which an owner is unwilling or unable to make a concession on moves you further away from a sale. Just remember whose side you are on! 1. Price the property between WHOLESALE and RETAIL. 2. Be willing to consider offers based on VA/FHA terms. Government terms can give buyers a head start on the ability to afford a home. 3. Allow the property to be shown without an appointment! That's a nuisance, but not as bad as being... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
DEFINITION: A Broker engaged through a written agreement by the Buyer/Tenant to act as Buyer's Agent or Tenant's Agent. Duties of the Agent: • To perform the terms of the written agreement. • To exercise reasonable skill and care for the Buyer/Tenant. • To promote the interests of Buyer/Tenant with utmost loyalty, good faith and fidelity. • To seek a price and terms acceptable to Buyer/Tenant. • To present all offers to and from Buyer/Tenant in a timely manner. • To disclose to Buyer/Tenant adverse material facts actually known by Broker. • To advise Buyer/Tenant as to material benefits or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
By Gary Holden Unlike the experience of buying a home for the first time, when you are looking to move up and already own a home, there are certain factors that you must consider. It's very important you evaluate these factors before you list your home for sale. Not only is there the issue of financing to consider, but also the fact that you have to sell your present home at exactly the right time in order to avoid the financial burden of owning two homes or, just as bad, having no place to live during the gap between closings.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
Since the commission for the sale of a house is almost always paid for by the seller, buyers are able to get assistance and information from Real Estate Agents, usually at no cost to them. It is for this reason that the vast majority of home buyers employ the services of an Agent for their purchase. In addition, since most houses are listed by Real Estate Agencies, it gives them the maximum number of available properties to consider. The relationship between a home buyer and their Agent is a little like a marriage: it must be based on trust, mutual... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
From your perspective, your home has grown with you over time, standing with you through all of the major milestones in your life and evolving with your own lifestyle. That evolution might be seen through the changes in the interior design of your home. It might be seen in a new addition or new renovation to the property. However, how will a prospective buyer view the advanced age of your property? Will they see the love and care you’ve put into your property or will they see the way age has affected the exterior of your property? Will they see... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
Several years ago, a home listed for sale developed a stigma if it didn't sell within a month or two. Today, many sellers have homes listed that have been on the market for six months or longer. In fact, it's so commonplace for it to take a significant time to sell a house that it is no longer a disgrace if a listing doesn't sell right away. It's an irony of the current market that with all the homes offered for sale, many serious buyers can't find a home to buy. There are often certain types of homes, in certain... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
Here's some advice on making a new city feel like your hometown Congrats! You've found a new place to live. The next step is turning your new town into your hometown. How do you connect and feel at home in your new community? How can you find a place to "belong"? The road to easy acclimation will depend on three main things: · What you value most; · What your local community has to offer; · What the greater area has to offer. Over the years I've lived in a variety of places: a tiny apartment two blocks from the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
People generally have two kinds of needs during a home purchase. First are the transactional needs, such as searching for a home, obtaining financing, negotiating the terms of purchase, completing paperwork and legal documents, and arranging the move. The second are emotional needs, which can be more stressful than the financial ones. The following are some tips to help ease the stress. Prepare your children Although you may have lived in your current home for just a few years, four years is half the lifetime of an eight-year-old. Your home may be the only home your children remember. It’s where... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
Your home should be listed, whenever possible, in the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and on other websites, which have a huge online database of homes and virtually 100% of potential buyers who look for property on the Internet. Advertising The largest expense for a real estate agent has traditionally been classified advertising in local newspapers. However, today properties are also exposed through popular Internet home search/listing services and real estate guides. Utilizing print advertising together with maximum internet exposure is critical to a successful marketing campaign. Even with these additional advertising venues, a real estate "For Sale" sign on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
There are countless tips on real estate investing available and this is by no means intended as a comprehensive list. While every investment has its own intricacies and problems that need to be worked out, there are some very basic aspects that are common to most investment properties. Understanding those aspects and asking questions about them can help you determine whether a particular real estate investment opportunity is for you. Anything Can Change Building in the capacity for change in your investment is not only good real estate advice, but good life advice. Aspects of an investment can change at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
asking sellers to get real with their home prices Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
When it comes to investing, everybody has certain goals and aspirations. However, we have found that there are certain guidelines every aspiring real estate investor needs to know: Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
You worked for years to improve your credit score. You saved every penny you made and then moved in with your parents to save a few more. You surfed real estate listing sites until your Chihuahua could tell a Craftsman from a Rancher. After all that, you were finally awarded the distinction of being pre-approved for a mortgage. Fast forward through the house hunt, and past inspections, disclosures and all that jazz. The end is in sight, and you can practically hear the Chariots of Fire theme song playing as you approach the finish line that is close of escrow.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
Home ownership can be one of the most meaningful aspects of any person's life. With a house and plot of land to call home, a family can feel secure, safe and comfortable. After a long day at work, a man or woman can relax in the solitude and quietness of their very own home. While those are all great perks of home ownership, when it comes time to pursue a loan of any kind, home ownership can show off one of its most valuable traits. Applying for a loan is much like applying for a job. After looking through the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
You've already heard the bad news. The housing crisis has tightened up credit markets, and it's harder to qualify for a mortgage loan. Credit scoring has always been an important part of the loan approval process, but suddenly it bears more weight than ever. If your credit is shabby, you'll need to shore up your score to convince a lender you're worthy. Here's how to boost your point total: 1. Be on time. Before you worry about cleaning up what happened yesterday, get right with today and focus on your current bill-paying performance. Pay on time, and pay more than... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information
When the time finally comes to make a move to a new home, families can often times be on one hand extremely excited about the prospect of shopping for a home and on the other hand be unsure as to how to start the process. There are a few important steps that should be taken in any home-buying process to ensure a smooth real estate transaction. Know What You Want If you're upgrading from your current home, odds are you have a good reason. Perhaps your family has grown too large for your old home or perhaps a bump in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2010 at Philadelphia Real Estate Information