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…

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…

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…

Why you should really like your agent

Buying or selling a house can be stressful. Sometimes the real estate gods smile down on you and a sale goes smoothly and quickly- I’ve had it happen. But today’s real estate market is competitive in many areas (while slow in others), and mortgage lending continues to be tight. Lenders have become scrutinizing beyond the point of reason, and…

Buying or Selling an Estate

When the owner of a home passes away, the property is typically willed to family members. The family members are then responsible for maintaining or selling the property, and unless one of the family wants to live in the house, the house will be sold as an estate. There are some specific issues involved in an estate…

Moving to Montgomery County

Hello Everyone, I’m pleased to announce that, after moving to Montgomery County last fall, I’ve relocated my business to Long and Foster Blue Bell. In Delaware County, I originally worked for Century 21 Alliance, a local expert in its area. Last October Alliance sold its business to Long and Foster, a well-regarded company that has expanded from the…

Spring Market!

Winter has been fairly mild in the Philadelphia region this year, and as a result the spring real estate market is already upon us. New listings are popping up and, in hot markets, selling very quickly. Even in slow markets, listings that have been sitting over the holidays are starting to move. Last fall was…

At the New House

We’ve been at our new house for 2 months now. We’re learning the quirks of the property as we settle in- strange wiring, tiny divots in the lawn, weak water pressure- but overall I’m overwhelmed by how grateful and lucky we feel. The new house is smaller than the old house, and the difference primarily manifests…

Realities of a Fixer-Upper

Many home buyers consider getting a fixer-upper. It’s hard not to get excited by the lower price tag, and when a house needs updating, you can custom-tailor its renovations to create your dream home. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great benefits to buying a TLC property, but there is a lot of room for disaster. Below are…

Affordable New Construction, in Media PA!

Hello everyone, I just attended a meeting with Toll Brothers about their newest construction venture in Media. They have gorgeous town home designs, starting in the high $300’s, with construction planned to finish Fall 2014. I’m not typically an agent who gushes over new homes- I see the unique beauty of a home that’s raised…

Low Inventory: What does it mean to you?

The Delaware Valley’s long and hard winter has taken a toll on our real estate market. Sellers have had plenty of walkways to shovel. Folks considering listing their homes have been hesitant, waiting to see what home prices do when the weather warms up. Many homes that were sitting on the market have sold thanks to a…

Working with a Buyer’s Agent

When making resolutions for the new year, buying a home is on many people’s lists. If you’re getting ready to embark on the home buying process, it’s important to understand how real estate agents fit into the picture. Today’s post focuses on buyer agents, their roles and responsibilities in a home sale. Buyer agents are…