philadelphia real estate: How to Sell Your Home in Any Market - 06/06/13 06:19 AM
Price the Home Right
It is this simple. A properly priced home should sell quickly. An overpriced home may not ever sell. 
If your home is priced too high, interested buyers may never even tour your listing. A house priced at just below market value piques the interest of real estate professionals and buyers An overpriced home turns away potential buyers It is true that you can always drop the price, but the first 30 days are the most critical. That is when interest is the highest, and it can be difficult to recapture people's interest later on. The longer the … (1 comments)

philadelphia real estate: Philadelphia Home Improvement Loan Program - 12/26/12 01:22 AM
Is your Philadelphia home in need of some repair or improvement?
If you own and occupy your home in the City of Philadelphia, a Philadelphia Home Improvement Loan(PHIL) is a great opportunity to make those needed repairs and improvements!
No equity or home-appraisal requirements so you can apply even if you just bought your home.
With great low rates and expanded income guidelines, now is the perfect time to take advantage of this offer made available to Philadelphia homeowners.
What are the features of a Philadelphia Home Improvement loan?
Features include:
Low fixed rates, 3% APR and 5% APR* Interest is usually tax-deductible** Borrow up to … (2 comments)

philadelphia real estate: Pros and Cons of a Condo - 08/30/11 03:05 PM
Is the condo lifestyle right for you?
Owning a condominium is different from owning a single-family home in many ways.
Here is a list of the basic advantages and disadvantages of condo living to help you make your decision.
Advantages:
Location: There is often a high concentration of condominiums in center city where land is at a premium. If you want to be in the heart of the city, a condominium may be a good choice. Security: Having neighbors around makes it a lot easier to lock up and leave for a vacation or an extended period of time. Also, condominium … (1 comments)

philadelphia real estate: How to Sell Your Home in a Buyer's Market - 07/25/11 03:28 PM
Price the Home Right
It is this simple. A properly priced home should sell quickly. An overpriced home may not ever sell. 
If your home is priced too high, interested buyers may never even tour your listing. A house priced at just below market value piques the interest of real estate professionals and buyers An overpriced home turns away potential buyers It is true that you can always drop the price, but the first 30 days are the most critical. That is when interest is the highest, and it can be difficult to recapture people's interest later on. The longer the … (5 comments)

philadelphia real estate: Difference Between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection - 07/25/11 03:28 PM
What is the difference between an appraisal and a home inspection?What Is A Home Appraisal?
According to the Appraisal Institute, the role of the home appraiser is to "provide a professional opinion, usually an estimate of market value, to be used in making real estate decisions." Typically, appraisers are employed by lenders to estimate the value of real estate involved in a loan transaction. An appraiser hired by a lender works in the best interest of their client, the lender.
What Is A Home Inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a … (0 comments)

philadelphia real estate: Preparing for an Open House - 05/17/11 08:08 AM
Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for an open house.
1. Make sure your home is clean and organized.  Get rid of the clutter. Hire a cleaning service if necessary.
2. Think Curb Appeal. You don't want a buyer to rule out your home based on the outside appearance. The lawn should be trimmed, bushes and shrubs pruned, and leaves raked. And don't forget to put away bicycles, toys, and other items that may make your property seem cluttered.
3. Put out fresh flowers.
4. Lock up your valuables, jewelry, and … (2 comments)

philadelphia real estate: Are Your Paying Too Much in Property Taxes? - 03/16/11 02:00 PM
There are several steps every homeowner should take to investigate whether or not their property taxes can be lowered:
Get your detailed property tax assessment record online or from your assessors office. Its possible your entire neighborhood has been over-assessed. Check the accuracy of the details about your home used in your tax assessment. Determine if your propertys size and description are accurate. Errors are commonly made in transferring data from paper to online. Make sure details like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms is correct. If errors have made your assessment higher than it should be, try working informally with the … (4 comments)

philadelphia real estate: Tips for Hiring a Contractor - 12/07/10 01:54 PM
Top 10 Tips for Hiring a Contractor 
1.    Get at least three written estimates.
2.    Get references and call to check on the work.
3.    Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business for complaints.
4.    Be sure that the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled.
5.    Make as small a downpayment as possible so you won't lose a lot if the contractor fails to complete the job.
6.    Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.
7.    Be sure that the contract states when the work will … (2 comments)

philadelphia real estate: Philadelphia Home Improvement Loan - 11/16/10 03:42 PM
Is your Philadelphia home in need of some repair or improvement?
If you own and occupy your home in the City of Philadelphia, a Philadelphia Home Improvement Loan(PHIL) is a great opportunity to make those needed repairs and improvements!
No equity or home-appraisal requirements so you can apply even if you just bought your home.
With great low rates and expanded income guidelines, now is the perfect time to take advantage of this offer made available to Philadelphia homeowners.
What are the features of a Philadelphia Home Improvement loan?
Features include:
Low fixed rates, 3% APR and 5% APR* Interest is usually … (1 comments)

philadelphia real estate: Pricing Your Home to Sell - 10/05/10 12:13 PM
The price you ask for your home is the most important decision you will make when deciding to sell your home.
 
It is this simple. A properly priced home should sell quickly. An overpriced home may not ever sell. 
First let's review what factors do NOT affect the value of your home:    
The profit you wish to make from the sale. The buyer doesn't care about your profits. They only care about getting a home for a fair price. The amount of money you've spend on improvements. Although the condition of your home does affect its value, you often do not get … (1 comments)

philadelphia real estate: Improve Your Credit Score - 08/31/10 01:31 AM
Credit scores, along with your overall income and debt, are a big factor in determining if you qualify for a mortgage loan. 
Here are some tips to help improve your credit score: 
Check your credit report for errors. Mistakes happen and you could be paying for someone else's poor financial management. You are able to get a free credit report each year at www.annualcreditreport.com.  Checking your own credit report does not affect your scores. 
Dispute old negatives. You can continue protesting the charge with the lender/company or you can try disputing the account with the credit bureaus. The older and smaller … (3 comments)

philadelphia real estate: How To Make Your House Showing Friendly - 08/20/10 07:25 AM
We all know the #1 reason is a home doesn't sell is because it is priced too high. That is obvious right? 
Well there are also a few other reasons homes don't sell even if they are priced right. One major reason is that it is the home is not easily available for showings.  Very rarely (almost never) will someone buy a house if they can't see it in person. I think we can all agree on that statement.
Buyers have busy schedules too.  They often have very limited times that they can go see homes. They may only have an … (2 comments)

 
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