Thursday, October 30, 2014
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What creeps out homeowners the most?

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:08 PM
Think your house is haunted? While some say they have had actual ghost sightings, it could just be howling winds, creaking floorboards, and other sounds that may seem spooky. Those are the top two noises homeowners say creep them out, according to a new survey from Houzz. Just in time for Halloween... Read more

10 biggest mortgage mistakes

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 4:00 AM
A mortgage is the biggest debt most of us will ever carry, and a home is the most expensive purchase we will ever make. That’s why it’s so important to avoid pitfalls like letting the bank decide how much house you can afford or failing to check your credit before you try to buy. These... Read more

New self-defense class targeted for realtors

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 2:02 PM
After the body of missing Arkansas realtor Beverly Carter was found last month, self-defense trainer Don Melnick’s phone began to ring off the hook. “It got a lot of peoples’ red flags going up and they started to get very concerned,” Melnick said. Melnick, who owns a branch... Read more

October mortgage rates crash to 2014 lows

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 3:32 PM
A funny thing's happened to mortgage rates this year. They've gone down. Every expert we spoke with said mortgage rates had nowhere to go but up in 2014. We started the year with the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage — the most popular way to finance a home — costing 4.69%. The consensus... Read more

Sellers of Pottstown home: 'Our house is haunted!'

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 4:00 AM
This time of year, many people pay money to get spooked at haunted houses. But for Guy and Kathie Clauson, all they need to do is enter their Pottstown home for what they say is a real-life haunted experience. “It’s very weird; it’s hard to explain,” Kathie said. “It almost... Read more

$70K price cut in Elfreth’s Alley home

Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:23 PM
If you’ve dreamed of living on the country’s oldest residential block, you may be in luck. There was recently a price cut in one of the three Elfreth’s Alley homes that are currently for sale. The “Baker’s Home,” which first came on the market in June, is now listed... Read more

Video: Jennifer Lopez buys $22M NYC pad

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 4:00 AM
Jenny from the block is moving up from the Bronx to Manhattan. Jennifer Lopez dished out a whopping $22 million for a penthouse at The Whitman in the posh north Madison Square Park NYC neighborhood. Know of an interesting property in the Philadelphia or South Jersey region? E-mail us! Browse Philadelphia... Read more

Another Frank Furness home hits the market

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 1:00 PM
A sixth home built by Frank Furness has hit the market. The latest gem designed by the late Philadelphia architect to come up for sale is a 7,129-square-foot Victorian in Reading. It's listed for $499,000. Listing agent Chris Miller of RE/MAX said the home was built in 1897 for Matthen Harbster... Read more

Crowdsourcing a down payment is the latest wedding gift

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 4:00 AM
Past generations of brides and grooms may have needed toasters and towels for wedding presents. But current couples have been waiting longer to marry and 3 out of 4 are living together before they say "I do." As a result, they have more than enough stuff to fill a home long before they tie the knot... Read more

For sale: Director David Lynch’s former Philadelphia home

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 11:59 AM
Before David Lynch became a famous director, he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and lived in Fairmount. His former Fairmount home, which he lived in a decade before “Eraserhead” made its debut in 1977, is on the market for $299,900. “It is a cute as a button trinity... Read more
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Erin E. Arvedlund Inquirer Staff Writer