Saturday, April 18, 2015

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According to Redfin’s Walk Score, a city’s walkability is becoming increasingly important to buyers and renters. This is good news for Philadelphia which ranked number 4 on Walk Score’s most walkable cities of 2015 report.
Living in an apartment? Expect your rent to go up again.
New Jersey residents, like their counterparts in Pennsylvania (as outlined in this space last week), can avail themselves of free or low-cost home-repair programs, utility assistance, and housing-counseling services.
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. When Barbara M. Mastronardo was 10 years old, her parents decided to trade life in Ridley Park for the "Wild West."
Put away the snowblower and tune up the lawn mower because what passes for spring these days has arrived. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute offers some tips for proper and safe operation of all the things you need to keep your yard looking marvelous:
More than half the suburban real estate agents involved in Philadelphia transactions during the four years ended June 30, 2014, did not comply with license and tax requirements, according to a survey by the Philadelphia Office of the Controller.
I have always called them "the pigeonholers" - the social scientists who spend their days fitting Americans into categories and coming up with names often as strange as the ones home builders apply to new subdivisions.
After living in the South for 12 years, Ellen and Gordon Thomas returned home last year to New Jersey, land of diners, beefsteak tomatoes, and full-service gas stations.
Bolstered by stock-market gains, affluent Americans bought more than 1.1 million vacation homes last year, according to an annual trade group survey -- up 57 percent from 2013 and the most since the survey began in 2003.
A look at this weekend's open houses in the Philadelphia region.
Despite the lingering downturn and the "tiny house" craze, mostly upscale suburban buyers continue to favor larger new houses on ever-shrinking building lots.
Getting ready to buy a home this spring? Make sure there aren't any cracks in your credit. A good credit score is essential when it comes to securing a mortgage.
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