Real Estate Advice

When you’re buying or selling a home, it helps you understand not only the local real estate market, but some of the national trends that may effect your home selling or buying journey.

Our experienced team of real estate agents bring decades of collective experience to the table and regularly use this section of the website to offer their best tips and advice for sellers and buyers.

We hope you enjoy the advice we offer here! For an analysis of your home’s value or for help finding the right property in the Philly area, speak with one of our talented real estate agents or directly contact the CenterCityTeam office: 215.440.2093

June 25, 2019
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The Safest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Center City Philadelphia is composed of some of the most notable and exciting neighborhoods in the world. Philly, as a city, is experiencing a tremendous boom in real estate, as newcomers flock to the most dynamic city on the East Coast. If you are thinking about moving to the City of Brotherly Love, you undoubtedly are concerned about safety. Everyone […]
June 12, 2019
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The Warning Signs of a Bad Fixer-Upper

Buying a fixer-upper is a tricky thing to accomplish successfully. On one hand, some DIY and investment of both time and money can get you a dream house that you’d normally never be able to afford, in the neighborhood highest on your wish-list, with more space/amenities/charm than you’d dare to hope for. On the other, sometimes the house is an […]
June 11, 2019
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First-Time Landlord? How to Tell Myth From Facts

Property values in Philadelphia are booming. As arguably the most dynamic and up-and-coming big city on the East Coast, the City of Brotherly Love enjoys a certain, undeniable cache that makes people want to live there, especially in hot neighborhoods like Old City, Strawberry Mansion, Bella Vista, and Avenue of the Arts. If you happen to be lucky enough to […]
May 28, 2019
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Are You Ruining Your Appliances? (Part 2/2)

Continued from part one, available here. Your washing machine: the one you’re probably abusing I don’t know if you know this or not, but you are probably chronically overfilling your washing machine. I know I used to do it, and I recently had to buy a new washer because of it. I know firsthand how very tempting it is to […]
May 28, 2019
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Are You Ruining Your Appliances? (Part 1/2)

Household appliances are not like phones or jeans – you don’t spend a lot of money on one thinking that you’ll be replacing it in a year or two. Good appliances cost big bucks, and come with the expectation that they should last for ten years or more. With the right maintenance and use, this can be a reality. On […]
May 23, 2019
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These Surprise Home Maintenance Costs Can Shock First-Timers

It’s rough being a first-time home buyer. You probably just spent more money than you ever had on anything in your life, and that was just the down payment. Closing costs and the many fees that go along with purchasing a home can leave you reeling if you haven’t been through the whole rigamarole before. And, to add insult to […]
April 30, 2019
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Are These Four Things Keeping Your Home From Selling?

Sometimes it’s abundantly clear why a home would be a tough sell – the roof is damaged, it’s in a bad neighborhood, there is visible water damage, et cetera. The price point could also be wrong, but that’s an easy one to suss out. On occasion, however, the reasons a home sits on the market are far more insidious and […]
April 23, 2019
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Buyers: Avoid These Home Inspection Fails – Part 2/2

Continued from Part One. You’re all up in the inspector’s grill. After reading what I just wrote, know that it is possible to get TOO involved in the inspection. While following at a respectful distance and giving the pro room to do their job is absolutely acceptable, sticking your nose in every crevice and getting in the way is most […]
April 23, 2019
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Buyers: Avoid These Home Inspection Fails – Part 1/2

Home inspections are a big part of the homebuying process. They mark a big milestone in the course of the transaction for both buyers and sellers, because they can be stressful. The specter of an inspection turning up all manner of necessary repairs and tanking the sale haunts buyers, just as a already-beloved future home being deemed ineligible can frighten […]
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