Philly contractor faces $45,000 in OSHA fines for Brewerytown building collapse that killed one in June

Contractor Harvey Figgs was killed when the property he was demolishing by hand collapsed, dumping bricks and rubble on top of him. OSHA determined that his employer, Gama Wrecking Inc., had not properly braced walls and floors, or set up a "personal fall arrest system."

Philly contractor faces $45,000 in OSHA fines for Brewerytown building collapse that killed one in June

Contractor Harvey Figgs was killed when the property he was demolishing by hand collapsed, dumping bricks and rubble on top of him. OSHA determined that his employer, Gama Wrecking Inc., had not properly braced walls and floors, or set up a "personal fall arrest system."

Need affordable senior housing? You may be waiting years as Philly, nation grapple with long wait lists.

As federal funding for affordable senior housing developments has been slashed, there is increased competition to secure the remaining money. That means it can take years to get a community off the ground.

Need affordable senior housing? You may be waiting years as Philly, nation grapple with long wait lists.

As federal funding for affordable senior housing developments has been slashed, there is increased competition to secure the remaining money. That means it can take years to get a community off the ground.

On the market: Million-dollar views and two-car parking in Rittenhouse Square

“The location cannot be beat,” says the owner, whose three-bedroom home is listed for $1,250,000. “Walkability is huge.”

On the market: Million-dollar views and two-car parking in Rittenhouse Square

“The location cannot be beat,” says the owner, whose three-bedroom home is listed for $1,250,000. “Walkability is huge.”
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The pros and cons of paying off your mortgage early

Many people want to own their home free and clear. But paying off a mortgage early may not always be in your best financial interest.

Mortgage rates are expected to rise in 2019. If you’re shopping for a home, it could get tougher.

Economists expect the 30-year fixed mortgage rate to hover between 5 and 6 percent in 2019. That means home shoppers will have to buy lower-priced houses if they want to keep things affordable.

On the market: Updated condo in Philly’s walkable Fairmount neighborhood for $269,000

“Fairmount is an amazing place to live,” the homeowner says. “... The streets are tree-lined with large sidewalks, and there are amazing restaurants, bars and parks.”

Mega-Estates: Three Philadelphia suburban homes with space for anything and everything

These giant estates boast enough space for an event of any size — with room left over.

Drexel’s Calhoun Hall to be renovated into honors dorms with new glass entrance

Plans call for the semicircular eight-story brick building to return to dormitory use, with 211 rooms for honors students, and for the construction of a two-story glass addition.

On the market: Three condos close to the action in Philadelphia

Forget surge-priced ride share. Wouldn't it be nice to just walk home after your New Year's Eve soiree?

Sprawling apartment complex planned for Northeast Philly site near former Franklin Mills

The plan for the mostly vacant site, east of what’s now the Philadelphia Mills mall, calls for a campus of five mid-rise residential buildings.

Getting a home improvement loan in Philly is harder when you’re low-income or a minority, study shows

Applicants for home improvement loans in the region tend to have more difficulty obtaining them if they are low- or moderate-income, a minority, female, or had no co-applicant, according to a study released this month from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

On the market: Family home full of light in Queen Village for $1.25M

The house features “big, huge windows letting in all the natural light,” the owner says.

What will apartment buildings offer in 2019?

The apartment features among the 2019 predictions are mostly high-end: sleek new buildings, increased security measures, transit-friendly development, and smart devices.

Why you should own a home for at least 5 years before selling

Buying and selling a house is a costly endeavor. This is why it's so important for home buyers to consider where they want to be in the next five to 10 years before they lock themselves into a mortgage

Should Philly end single-family zoning? Minneapolis is doing it.

To be sure, Minneapolis and Philadelphia are very different, but could the zoning change increase housing affordability and confront segregation here? Philadelphia experts weigh in.

Annual renter survey finds satisfied Philadelphians

Sixty-four percent of survey respondents from Philadelphia thought their rent was a good deal, while simultaneously living in the 16th most expensive rental market in the country.

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