We regularly share the advice, ideas, insight, and assistance you need to buy a home in the Philadelphia community. From ideas on the best neighborhoods (for families, students, singletons, and more) to practical things like securing a mortgage in the Philly area, negotiating with sellers, and any obstacles common to our fair city specifically. We update the blog every day, so there’s sure to be a wealth of information that can help you on your home buying journey.

If you’re relocating here, we have a host of resources for you as well—buying a home in a new city can seem a daunting task, but our knowledgeable team has decades of collective experience in the Philly market, specifically. We share businesses tailored to relocated professionals, as well as full, hands-on services to help your move go smoothly—for you, and for your family!

We hope you enjoy the advice we offer here, and if you need additional information on anything, or to speak with one of our real estate agents, contact the CenterCityTeam: 215.440.2093

August 22, 2019
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Why You Should Retire in Philadelphia

Every new retiree dreams of finding the perfect enclave for themselves (and possibly a significant other) – a place where they can live happily, access great healthcare, and spend active, fun days enjoying their surroundings. For a lot of seniors, that place is Florida… trust me, I used to live in a city nicknamed “God’s Waiting Room.” But I’m here […]
July 29, 2019

The CENTERfold: Fitler Square Jewel-box That Blends Old and New

It’s been a long time since I’ve brought some swoon-worthy real estate to the CENTERfold. This particular beauty is a 2/1 condo in Fitler Square that is charming enough to make anyone fall madly in love. The room count makes this sound like a small place, but it actually wonderfully airy and spacious, spread over a generous 900 square feet […]
July 16, 2019
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Philly Neighborhood Stereotypes – Okay, They Are Pretty True

Stereotypes are often derided, but there’s a saying about them that holds water… stereotypes are usually at least a little bit true. The same goes for Philadelphia neighborhoods. The City of Brotherly Love may be big, but it often doesn’t feel that way, thanks to the fact that each of the many neighborhoods within is its own microcosm and ‘hood […]
July 15, 2019
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Moving to Philadelphia: What You Need to Know

So, you’re about to become the newest resident of the City of Brotherly Love. Yay! We’re happy to have you. Philadelphia is a big East Coast city, and it comes rife with its own history, traditions, and atmosphere. I find that it’s best to steep yourself in the vibes of a new home before you move, so you aren’t left […]
July 9, 2019
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Right Here, Right Now: The Coolest Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Let’s talk real here: hipsters dig Philadelphia. We’ve got the perfect combination of history, inclusiveness, pluck, and attitude to welcome anyone who fancies themselves a trendsetter, influencer, or whatever else the cool kids are labeling themselves these days. Future residents of the City of Brotherly Love all have different priorities. There are those who want family-friendly digs with great schools, […]
July 2, 2019
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The Best Private Elementary Schools in Philadelphia

As a parent, we have a whole different set of criteria for a new home purchase than singles and DINKs. We have to wonder about things like the amount of bedrooms – are any of the kids going to have to share? – the square footage, allowing plenty of room for toys, devices, homework nooks, and bookshelves; whether there are […]
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 […]
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 […]
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