Friday, July 25, 2014
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7 tips for getting started as a landlord

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 4:00 AM
So you have visions of becoming a real estate baron, investing in rental property that grows in value while also providing a steady monthly income. That dream was easier to pursue a couple of years ago when home prices were at rock bottom. The real estate market is finally recovering, up more than... Read more

Just listed: 2 Stephen Girard homes for sale

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 4:29 PM
Add these to the list of historic gems to come on the market recently. Two Society Hill row homes built by Stephen Girard are now on the market for more than $1.5 million each. Girard, whose name can be found all over Philadelphia in schools, parks and avenues, was a banker and philanthropist who... Read more

10 tips for replacing your roof

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 4:00 AM
When is it time to replace that old roof? Cracked, curled or missing shingles are a good indication your roof has reached its expiration date. But those aren't the only warning signs. An accumulation of asphalt shingle granules in your gutter can indicate severe wear, and stained walls or ceilings... Read more

2 homes built by Strawbridge, Clothier families for sale

Monday, July 21, 2014, 2:49 PM
In the past week, two homes originally owned by two prominent Philadelphia families have come on the market. Last week we reported that a Mt. Airy home built by the Strawbridges came up for sale. Now, a home in Villanova designed by their co-founders of the Strawbridge & Clothier department stores... Read more

Paying more now could save your home later

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 4:00 AM
The traditional home equity line of credit — an initially cheap but financially risky loan that allows borrowers to make interest-only payments for years — is all but dead at the nation's leading mortgage lender. Wells Fargo now requires most borrowers to pay both interest and a portion... Read more

Wynnewood named one of the ‘hottest suburbs’ for renters

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 2:17 PM
With rent prices increasing in major cities, housing trends have shown more renters flocking to the suburbs. In one suburban Philadelphia community, that trend may be even more evident. An analysis by, a website for apartment hunters, found Wynnewood to be among the top 10 suburbs... Read more

6 tips for renovating on a budget

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 4:00 AM
You have the itch to update your tired home, but you're on a tight budget. What to do? First, if you're handy, you can tackle this renovation on your own to save big bucks. Being your own contractor isn't the only way to renovate on a budget, but it sure helps. DIY-er or not, without proper preparation... Read more

Just listed: Historic Mt. Airy Victorian

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 3:19 PM
A Mt. Airy home built by the prominent Strawbridge family in the 1880s has just hit the market for $1.15 million. Located on West Phil Ellena Street, the Queen Anne Victorian is part of a set of three homes, known as the “Three Sisters,” built by the Strawbridges during that time. According... Read more

Frank Furness’ Brooke Mansion on the market

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 11:57 AM
Frank Furness’ Brooke Mansion, which he designed in 1888 for his friend, Edward Brooke II, is on the market for $1.99 million. The world-renowned architect built the 42-room home in Berks County for Brooke, an industrialist, and his wife Anne Louise Clingan. The couple lived there until Brooke’s... Read more

6 ways to use your kid's old bedroom

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 4:00 AM
Watching your child walk out the front door to go to college or to venture into the "real world" can leave parents with an empty heart — and an empty bedroom. Finding something to fill the hole is tough. Finding something great to do with that empty bedroom — well, that’s easy. We... Read more
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Lauren Mennen
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Erin E. Arvedlund Inquirer Staff Writer