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Video: The Millennial effect on U.S. real estate

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 4:00 AM
Feb. 26 -- Dottie Herman discusses the millenial effect on U.S. real estate. (Source: Bloomberg) -- Know of an interesting property in the Philadelphia or South Jersey region? E-mail us! Browse Philadelphia Recent Home Sales » Read more

‘Starbucks Effect’ bigger in Philly than most cities

Friday, February 27, 2015, 12:13 PM
The “Starbucks Effect” – the phenomenon that Starbucks boosts home values – has been a hot topic in real estate ever since Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff and chief economist Stan Humphries explored the subject in a chapter of their book Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate. Well... Read more

Reduced: 55-acre Du Pont estate in Greenville asks $2.295M

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 12:31 PM
A Delaware home built by the du Pont family in the mid-1930s is being offered for nearly $2.3 million. According to listing agent Stephen Mottola, the 55-acre Greenville estate was built by Francis Victor du Pont, who purchased the land from his mother, Mary. “When she [Mary] owned it there... Read more

For sale: Philadelphia condo in Reese Witherspoon film asks $565K

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 12:36 PM
Does this two-bedroom, two-bath condo in the Art Museum area look familiar to you? You may have seen the Green Street home featured in the 2010 film “How Do You Know,” starring Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd. The home was briefly shown in the romantic comedy, according to the seller Adam... Read more

Bring realistic expectations to home inspections

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 4:00 AM
You’ve probably heard that hiring a professional home inspector is a critical step to take before you close on a home. Having a complete understanding of a property's problems is essential to making a smart purchase and protecting your finances. Right? Well, no. While we think a home inspection... Read more

Pending sale: Renovated Wash West Federal townhouse

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 3:24 PM
This Federal townhouse in Washington Square West that we featured in November will be getting a new owner soon. According to listing agent Joanne Davidow of BHHS Fox & Roach, the historic home is expected to close in March. The inside of the 3,480-square-foot home, located on 9th Street between... Read more

Sold: Philadelphia home transformed on ‘Extreme Makeover’

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 12:49 PM
A Philadelphia home that was featured on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” has sold after nearly two years on and off the market. The Northeast Philly home sold about two weeks ago for $427,000, according to listing agent Sabu Thomas of Long and Foster. It was first listed for... Read more

How to tell if mortgage points are worth the cost

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 4:00 AM
Paying points to get a lower rate on a mortgage is almost always a losing proposition. That’s because most homeowners don’t keep their mortgages long enough to do more than recoup the up-front cost of paying points. A point is 1% of your loan amount. If you take out a $250,000 mortgage... Read more

Video: Insider tips for home buyers and sellers

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 4:00 AM
Some five-million homes are expected to change hands this year, according to the National Association of Realtors. That's up about 30 percent since the depths of the recession. If you're thinking of buying or selling a home, Consumer Reports' survey of real estate agents gives you insider tips on how... Read more

6 tips for renovating with your spouse

Friday, February 13, 2015, 12:04 PM
Renovating or designing your home with your significant other is as exciting as it is stressful. In fact, a 2013 survey by Houzz found that 12 percent of couples consider breaking up mid-project. “The best-case scenario is that both partners are on the same page and have the same style, budget... Read more
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