How to Win in a Multiple Bid Situation

This Spring’s market is once again beset by a multitude of buyers and a minimal number of available homes. What a headache for the first time home buyer, particularly when they are forced to compete in a multiple offer situation. Many sellers, when faced with several offers on their home, have their agents call for…

Your real estate resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! If selling or buying a home is one of your resolutions for 2017, please be in touch. I serve the greater Philadelphia region, including the city proper, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware counties. January is a great time to start preparing to buy or sell. Here are a few tips for each- Selling…

Sold in a week!

If you’re a Philly local, you know that Mt. Airy is a popular, fun, diverse and accessible neighborhood in the Northwest section of the city- bordering Forbidden Drive, an awesome stretch of the city park system with miles of running and walking trails, full of local businesses, its own co-op, and charming homes. I recently…

Mortgage Know-How

So you want to buy a house- great! Unless you’re able to buy cash, you will have to talk to a lender to get pre approved for a mortgage.  Your lender will help you with this process, but it’s good to know in advance what to expect. Getting pre approved: Speak with several reliable lenders (realtors often know the…

Big Demand in this Spring’s Market

If you are a buyer or a seller in the Delaware Valley, there is no question that demand is high, and in popular areas, supply is very, very low! So how does this affect your sale or purchase? Here are a few tips for buyers and sellers. Buyers: Be prepared for multiple bid situations when you…

First Time Home Buyer programs abound in Philly Area

Happy New Year Everyone! If you’re considering buying a home this year, please take the time to look into the many first-time home buyer programs available in the Philadelphia region. Most funds are limited, so it’s best to start the application process early in the year. All programs have income ceilings, and require the buyer…

To save yourself remorse, keep the house dry

“Ah, the joys of home ownership!” We’ve all heard that wry adage before, usually in regards to some pricy or inconvenient home repair.  But if you keep track of the work that goes into a home, you’ll find one inescapable truth: most damage inside a house is caused by water flowing to places where it doesn’t…

Real Estate Horror Stories- my creepiest showings

For Halloween, I thought I’d share a few scary tales from my time as a Realtor. While real estate seems like a fairly mundane profession, agents enter many houses and we see all kinds of strange things; infestations, odd paint choices, destruction wrought by angry homeowners in the midst of foreclosure, and more. Below are a few of…

Home Upgrades: What projects are worth doing?

Folks planning on selling their house in the next few years want to know what, if any, changes they should make to the property to a) get a better price, and b) sell faster. Having sold properties in various levels of condition, and having shown many houses to prospective buyers, I want to share my…

New Listing in Abington!

My newest listing, 840 Tyson Ave. in Abington Township! This is a great opportunity for buyers looking for sweat equity- enjoy living on the charming main level while adding 1-2 new bedrooms on the second floor. There is so much potential in this house, and it’s priced well below market value to help you make…

Buying Foreclosures

When I first entered the real estate profession post-housing bubble, foreclosures were everywhere, making up a large percentage of market inventory. As of June 2015, foreclosures were down 70% from their peak in 2010- a sign that the damage caused by predatory lending and the financial crisis has mostly passed. However, there is a baseline of foreclosures…

Spring Home Values in the Delaware Valley

Hello Everyone! It’s been a busy spring in the Philadelphia region, with demand for homes outpacing inventory in many markets. Home values are inching back to normal levels across the country; however, there are still many homeowners, who bought in the height of the real estate bubble,  who lack the equity needed to “move up” to a new…