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

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 […]
April 22, 2019
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Home-Selling Etiquette for Dummies

I’ve said it before, but selling a house is as complicated a maneuver as a Viennese waltz or a foxtrot. There’s prescribed etiquette, you have no control over how fast (or slow) the dance takes, and you have to avoid stepping on your partner’s toes. The process can be confusing and frustrating if you don’t know the rules of the […]
March 28, 2019
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How to Be a Great Home Buyer

You might not realize it, but buying a home is a highly-nuanced social procedure just as much as it is a financial transaction. Maybe even more so. There are the sellers, who must be courted, protected from insult, and gently wooed over to your persuasion; there are the agents, who are go-betweens as busy and secretive as Tudor pages, there […]
March 27, 2019
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Selling Your Home in the Spring: Love It or Hate It?

Conventional wisdom says that spring and summer are the times to sell your home. Clearly a lot of people buy into this wisdom, as a full 40 percent of all home sales take place in May, June, July, and August. In Philadelphia, we’re just now seeing the first signs of the end of winter’s bitter chill, and with Daylight Savings […]
March 12, 2019
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Philly: What You Need to Know About New Windows

If you are considering ways to make your condo or house more attractive, whether for your own sake or to appeal to potential buyers, new windows are a great way to make a huge impact. On one hand, they are expensive – this is not a budget or DIY construction project by any means. On the other hand, the benefits […]
March 6, 2019
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Holy Sticker Shock – The Reasons Why You Can’t Afford Your Dream Home

So, you’re buying a house. You’ve been searching a lot, and you think you are armed with a reasonable budget. Yet, all the homes that you really love are priced well above your budget. What’s with that? This is a scenario that befalls a lot of home-buyers, especially those out on the market for the first time. It can be […]
February 28, 2019
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In Case You Were on the Fence… Why You Should Sell Your Home NOW

Most people don’t up and decide to sell their house on a whim. It’s either an expedient process motivated by a job change, or a longer process that includes a lot of thinking, preparing, and prayer. If you have been on the fence about whether to sell – you’ve been mulling it over, you’ve been considering a different neighborhood, your […]
February 28, 2019
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Philly Sellers: Turn Your Flex Room into a Showstopper

Space is, and probably always will be, the biggest selling point that a house has to offer. Extra space is certainly never unwelcome in a home, at least. If you have flex space in your house – a finished basement or attic, a spare bedroom, or spare space in general – you have added value in your home. This space […]
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