Archive For April 29, 2014

Spring Festivals in Philadelphia

Spring Festivals in Philadelphia

Upcoming Spring Festivals! Philadelphia is jam-packed this weekend with great springtime festivals and events for everyone, so pick from the list below and head into the city this weekend! – Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival will be hosted on Walnut Street this Saturday from noon until 6pm. The popular outdoor festival will feature wine tastings, food…

Appraisal Contingency 101

Appraisal Contingency 101

Appraisal Contingencies A real estate appraisal is an evaluation of a home’s market value as determined by a qualified real estate appraiser. Appraisals are typically the basis for mortgage loans, and your lender will likely require an appraisal of the property to ensure that you (and they) are paying a fair price. An appraisal contingency,…

Remodeling Your Home?

Remodeling Your Home?

Remodeling A Home? Remodeling your home? A study published in Money Magazine shows that you’re not alone! Remodeling spending has jumped over 30% from its low point during the recession, and contractors are becoming increasingly busy. If you’re thinking about a few renovations, we’d love to help by referring a great contractor — just drop…

Tips and Tricks for an Easy and Successful Move

Tips and Tricks for an Easy and Successful Move

Tips and Tricks for a Successful Move We’re not going to sugarcoat it. While buying a home is fun and exciting, the actual process of moving is not a blast. It usually turns out that we have way more stuff than we realized and (spoiler alert) it can become a messy process. But good news!…

Safety Checklist This Spring

Safety Checklist This Spring

Home Safety Checklist Happy Spring! To celebrate the first week of spring, we should all indulge in that special cocktail or favorite warm-weather snack…but not until we complete our home safety checklist. We know it sounds kind of boring, but more incidents at home occur in the springtime or summertime than any other time of…

Homebuilder Confidence Increases in April

Homebuilder Confidence Increases in April

April Shows Increase in Homebuilder Confidence Homebuilder confidence edged up slightly in April, according to the latest survey from the National Association of Home Builders. While the increase is likely due to the beginning of the spring-selling season, the modest homebuilder confidence index of 47 points may be held back by a shortage of workers, few available…

Underwater Mortgage

Underwater Mortgage

Underwater on Mortgage The National Housing Trend Report for March was recently released, and the number of properties for sale rose 9.5% year-over-year. This is great news for buyers who have a greater selection of homes from which to choose. At $199,900, the median listing price of homes also raised 5.3% since last year. These…

Luxury Homebuyers Top Features

Luxury Homebuyers Top Features

Top Features for Luxury Homebuyers It’s no secret that location and size are two major factors in the price of a luxury home. If you’re one of the lucky few to be in the market for a million dollar home, here are a few other things that Forbes suggests you should consider: 1. The higher…

Smaller Area Living

Smaller Area Living

5 Tips for Living in A Smaller Area Recently downsized? Living in a smaller area while saving up for a down payment? Small-space living certainly comes with benefits (lower utility bills, lower monthly payments) but it can present challenges for folks used to larger spaces! Planning for a smaller area. Image via joannagoddard.blogspot.com The good…

Americans Confident in Investing in A Second Home

Americans Confident in Investing in A Second Home

Americans are investing in a second home! The vacation home market is heating up as more and more Americans feel confident enough to invest in a second home! However, the National Association of Realtors reported that second homes for investment purposes (as opposed to vacation homes) has declined by 8.5% this past year. This is…

Chestnut Hill Eateries!

Chestnut Hill Eateries!

Have you visited Chestnut Hill recently? If not, the beautiful weather this weekend might make the perfect opportunity to try out some of the towns wonderful eateries and trendy boutiques! This weekend will be a busy one, with lots of local events. For more details, check out EveryHome agent Julie Bono’s blog here! Delicious brunch…

What We Love About The City of Brotherly Love

What We Love About The City of Brotherly Love

What We Love About The City of Brotherly Love #1. Philadelphia ranked fourth in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013. Beating out places like the American Samoa and Northern Maine, the City of Brotherly Love was touted as one of the art capitals of America for its lively galleries, stunning murals, and extensive museums….

Increase in Home Prices

Increase in Home Prices

Increase in Home Prices The majority of the nation has been enjoying a steady increase in home prices, and that is expected to continue throughout 2014 according to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index Report. The report compared data from February 2014 to the same time a year earlier, and found home prices to be an…

Raise Kids in These Places

Raise Kids in These Places

Best Places to Raise Kids According to Philadelphia Mag If great schools, safe streets, and lots of family-friendly things to do are on the top of your list of must-haves, you’re in luck! Philadelphia Magazine has compiled a list of the top 15 places to raise kids in the Philadelphia ‘burbs. Photo via www.phillymag.com Narberth ranks…

Easy Improvements for Older Homes

Easy Improvements for Older Homes

Three Easy Improvements for Older Homes If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market (or even if you’re not), there are a few easy improvements that you can make to keep up with the preferences of the modern buyer. CNN Money recommends the following: 1. Closet space in older homes tends to be significantly…

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