Making an Offer: Seller vs. Buyer’s Market

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First Published in Philadelphia Real Estate Mag. How you make an offer in certain market conditions is crucial to a successful home purchase. With all the inevitable stress that comes with purchasing and selling a home, the last thing both parties need is bitter loose ends. Check out some general tips and recommendations on how […]

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Do You Need a Mudroom?

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What are mudrooms? Typically found in parts of the country where mud, rain or snow are expected, mudrooms help keep the rest of your house looking its best. They are areas, usually around back or side doors, where wet coats and muddy boots are left in order to avoid tracking water and mud throughout the […]

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Types of Fireplaces To Consider for Your Home

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Fireplaces are not a one-size-fits-all solution. When you’re hunting for a home, you’ll notice that fireplaces range in size, style and function. What do you need to know about fireplaces before buying or building your next home? Here are the most common types of fireplaces and what to consider for your dream house: Wood-burning Traditional […]

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Homeowners Insurance Issues You Should Know About

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For most people, their home is their most valuable asset. Having the right homeowners insurance coverage to protect that asset is crucial — but many people don’t have enough protection. Here are five specific home insurance issues that every homeowner should take a close look at: Does the policy provide full replacement coverage? Insurers offer […]

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Top Things Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do

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Owning a home comes with some significant responsibilities … and possibly a few headaches and wallet hits. Undoubtedly, there are plenty of projects that call for a professional, even if DIY seems tempting. Nevertheless, some basic home maintenance skills can save you oodles of stress and strain on your finances.  Here are the top things […]

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Best Fall Decor Ideas

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As fall approaches, your decor should subtly shift, too. But transitioning your space for the colder months can be tricky if you are unprepared. While it can be tempting to consider ostentatious fall decor – plenty of pumpkins and various shades of orange – more curated fall decorating ideas will take your space from kitsch […]

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How to Cope With Moving

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When preparing for a move, lean on the coping mechanisms that work best for you during stress. The seemingly endless list of tasks can feel overwhelming, but try to budget a few hours in advance of your move to map out a plan and organize your time to help streamline the process. Below is a […]

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How to Downsize

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Moving into a new house is often bittersweet. You are excited for the change, but sad to leave a home so full of memories. Downsizing can be even harder — a smaller place means you don’t have room for all of your current possessions. But downsizing is also an opportunity to refresh and start anew. […]

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How to Find Your Dream Home

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You’ve been pre-approved and know what you can afford, so it’s time to start home shopping. But the hunt for your dream home will stall rapidly if you don’t know what that “dream” looks like. It’s easy to talk in generalities about wanting a “big” house or an “older” home. But in order to better target […]

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What is Escrow?

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When buying a home, you’ll probably hear your lender or real estate agent use the word escrow. The term escrow can describe a few different functions, from the time your offer is accepted to the day you close on your home — and even after you become a homeowner with a mortgage. There are essentially […]

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The Best and Worst of Open Concept Spaces

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“Open concept” is a term that describes homes where the living and kitchen spaces are interconnected. It’s been the standard in new builds for many years, but it hasn’t always been the choice. A lot of older homes have separate kitchens and living or family rooms. If you’re looking for a new house, you may […]

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Incorporating Metal Into Your Decor

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Metal accents, furniture, cabinets, decor and more are all trendy right now. Metal can incorporate an industrial look and blend well with woods to complete a style. So how is metal being used in homes right now? Here are a few ideas of how to use metal accents in your home: Metal cabinets You might […]

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Small Backyard Landscaping Ideas

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Is your backyard space limited but your imagination unlimited? You’re in luck. There are some amazing small backyard landscaping ideas to be found that will get your creative juices flowing. Before you know it, your little plot of land can feel like a real backyard oasis. Whether you want space to entertain friends or value […]

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Trendy Bathroom Design Concepts

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Your bathroom should be a relaxing oasis. You want it to be a place where you can spend your time getting ready with access to all the most important things. It’s a place to relax in the shower or tub. But most of all, it should look fabulous. Here are four top design trends for […]

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Emerging Design Trends for This Year

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In a year where normal has not quite been restored yet, our homes are still as important as ever. A place to work, rest and play—often at the same time—the continued pause on international travel combined with eye-watering real estate prices means there’s never been more interest on the home. Natural, earthy finishes and saturated […]

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Tips For Selling Your Already-Emptied Home

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Most people that try to sell their homes are still living there. But what if you’ve already moved out? It may not seem like a difficult task, but there’s so much that goes into home maintenance that requires someone living there to ensure it’s in tip-top shape for prospective buyers. If you’re in the process […]

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Indoor And Outdoor Home Decor Trends in 2021

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The past year saw a surge in home remodels and updates as homeowners reimagined the spaces they were suddenly spending much more time in. More than half of homeowners invested more in home-related purchases in 2020 compared to the prior year. That rush to renovate is continuing this year. If you’re planning to revamp your […]

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Navigating a Sellers Market as a Buyer

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Navigating the home-buying process can be difficult in the best of times, but it can be especially stressful when you’ve planned and saved, only to see your favorite homes snatched up before you can even make an offer.  In the current landscape, there simply are more buyers than sellers, and homes are moving quickly — […]

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5 Steps to Take Before You Start Grilling

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Summer means grilling, and grilling means brushing up on your outdoor cooking skills. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of this grilling season. The tips below will get you started, but there are a lot of grill designs out there. Consult your grill’s manual for specifics about heating, cleaning and maintenance […]

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Fascinating Real Estate Facts

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Real estate is well known as a fascinating industry, full of odd quirks, bizarre trends, and unheard-of stories. This applies not just to the residential real estate market, but to rare houses, case studies of celebrities’ homes, property history, and more.  Want to learn more about real estate? Here are some of the most interesting […]

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South Philly Neighborhoods Attracting Homebuyers

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South Philadelphia is home to many historic neighborhoods, where storied houses reside next to new construction properties awaiting Philadelphians looking to get a taste of life south of Center City. What originally started as Lenape land purchased by William Penn eventually grew into one of the largest shipping commerce centers in the world, and in […]

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How to Buy in a Competitive Market

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The first thing buyers should know is that they’re entering a seller’s market. This means you’re not likely to cut a deal or get discounts—sometimes even if the home needs major repairs. That’s because supply is severely lagging demand. It’s crucial to sharpen your home-buying tools if you want to compete successfully. Here are the […]

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