Archive For July 29, 2016

List of Open Houses on Sunday, July 31st

List of Open Houses on Sunday, July 31st

 

The Top Ten School Districts in Greater Philadelphia

The Top Ten School Districts in Greater Philadelphia

The Philadelphia suburbs are home to some of the strongest school districts in the nation, and consistently outperform the national and state average in regards to standardized test scores, college readiness, student/teacher ratio, and extracurricular opportunities. The “ranking and review” giant Niche.com ranked the best of the best in Greater Philadelphia, based on public data…

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Philadelphia

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Philadelphia

1. Did you know that one out of six of American doctors were trained in Philadelphia? It’s true! The City of Brotherly Love is renowned for its medical sector.  Plus, the University of Pennsylvania became the nation’s very first medical school in 1765.  Other large med schools in the city include Temple, Drexel, and Thomas…

Four Reasons Your Neighbor May Be Paying a Lower Interest Rate

Four Reasons Your Neighbor May Be Paying a Lower Interest Rate

If you’ve seen an advertisement for a mortgage rate that is far lower than what your lender quoted, you’re not alone!  Banks and lending agencies often advertise the “best available” rates, which may not be achievable for all buyers. Here are the three things that can greatly deflate mortgage rates — and why you may…

Buying a Home with Someone Else? Here’s What You Need to Know

Buying a Home with Someone Else? Here’s What You Need to Know

Title insurance just may be the biggest real estate decision that you’ve never heard of! If you’re buying a home with someone else, there are three ways to take concurrent ownership: Tenancy by the Entirety (this option is exclusively reserved for married couples) Joint Tenancy Tenancy in Common.  Tenancy by the entirety may be chosen exclusively…

Chesterbrook Named #8 Best Place to Live in America!

Chesterbrook Named #8 Best Place to Live in America!

Niche.com recently released their Best Places to Live in America, and Chesterbrook was named in the top ten! The popular insight and analysis website considers a variety of factors including the public school system, safety, home values, weather, outdoor activities and employment. Nestled within Tredyffrin Township on the edge of Philadelphia’s Main Line, Chesterbrook is…

An Easy Guide to Being an Even Better Neighbor

An Easy Guide to Being an Even Better Neighbor

Not only is it good karma to be a friendly neighbor, but you also may enjoy an increased property value! Neighborhoods with respectful, considerate, and clean residents tend to sell for more money — here’s how you can play your part: First, try getting to know each other — beyond just the color car that they drive!…

Ardmore Restaurant Week Now Until July 31st!

Ardmore Restaurant Week Now Until July 31st!

Foodies, rejoice! The Main Line’s most walkable neighborhood, Ardmore, will be hosting the second annual Ardmore Restaurant Week from now until July 31st. Participating restaurants will be offering three-course dinners for just $25 or $35.  A few of our favorites include Local Wine and Kitchen (a farm-to-table restaurant), Mikado Thai Pepper, and Firinji for delicious Mediterranean food….

3 Things You Need to Know About Your Listing Contract

3 Things You Need to Know About Your Listing Contract

If you’re planning to list your home for sale soon, you may have seen a listing contract.   This contract is a binding agreement between the seller and their Realtor about how the home will be listed for sale, including the timeline and compensation. Most Realtors in Pennsylvania use a form called the “Exclusive Right to…

Mortgage Rates Bounce Back After Brexit

Mortgage Rates Bounce Back After Brexit

While mortgage rates remain historically low, they’re beginning to climb slightly for the first time following the Brexit vote.  Currently, the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage stands at 3.42%. The national average rate plummeted following the UK’s announcement, and some industry experts even speculated that they may drop to their lowest rate ever.  While that…

Top Trails for Running and Hiking in the Philly ‘Burbs

Top Trails for Running and Hiking in the Philly ‘Burbs

When you think of Philadelphia, what comes to mind?  We bet you thought of cheesesteaks, Ben Franklin, Steven Starr restaurants and the Liberty Bell — but what about parks, hiking, and miles of trails? Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs are home to some of the most gorgeous parks in the nation, and here are a…

Five Local Homes that Mastered the Art of Curb Appeal

Five Local Homes that Mastered the Art of Curb Appeal

First impressions matter! Homes with excellent curb appeal catch the attention of prospective buyers before they even get out of their cars.  Check out our favorite local properties with gorgeous exteriors and landscaping: 222 W Mount Pleasant Ave, Philadelphia PA– Beautiful and affordable! This timeless Victorian home in sought-after West Mount Airy offers a pretty front…

Pre-Approval vs Pre-Qualification: Which is Better?

Pre-Approval vs Pre-Qualification: Which is Better?

If you’re in the home buying process, you’ve likely been in touch with a lender or loan officer to determine your ability to secure a mortgage.  It’s not uncommon to hear the terms “pre-approval” and “pre-qualification” used interchangeably, although they have a few distinct differences. A pre-qualification is simply an estimate of a person’s ability…

The Top Upcoming Festivals in Greater Philadelphia

The Top Upcoming Festivals in Greater Philadelphia

July is packed with festivals, exhibits, and conventions! Here are a few that we’re looking forward to:   1. XPoNential Music Festival will be held this year from July 22-24th on the Camden River Waterfront. The lineup this year is packed with great artists like Old Crow Medicine Show, Ryan Adams, Father John Misty and…

Three Things You Need to Know About Refinancing

Three Things You Need to Know About Refinancing

Mortgage rates are hovering near historically low rates, so it should come as no surprise that we’re expecting another small refinance boom. While there’s nothing that we love more than helping people find their next home (we are Realtors, after all!), we also understand that it often makes sense to stay put in your current…

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