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…

Market Update: Plymouth and Whitemarsh Townships

As Plymouth-Whitemarsh continues to be a popular destination for families in our region, there is a major shortage of available homes for prospective buyers. I’m a local Realtor and Whitemarsh resident, and I can tell you with complete certainty that houses that list for sale this spring are selling very quickly, often in under 15…

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…

Thoughts on Moving

Written 2 weeks ago, just before our move… more to follow. These last 6 weeks have been a whirlwind- my husband and I took the plunge as move-up buyers, and sold our house just in time to coordinate the purchase of our next home. As we pack our belongings, I’m filled both with excitement for our family’s…

Planning on “Moving up?” Read these tips

It’s an exciting but daunting prospect: selling the home you have and buying a home that’s either bigger, better, or located in a more desirable area. Those of us in this category are called move-up buyers. If you’re thinking about moving up, I’d like to offer a few important first steps, to get you moving in the…

Three listings in Delco’s original ‘burb

Let me put a shout out there for Upper Darby. A classic working-class suburb, Upper Darby is diverse, buzzing with energy, and has some really great neighborhoods: Beverly Hills, Highland Park, and Kirklyn, just to name a few in the 19082 zip code. If you’re looking for a nice-sized house on a budget, and want a…

So, how about the market?

Real Estate Market, Summer 2014 I work primarily in the Greater Philadelphia region- for me, that includes Philadelphia, Delaware, and Montgomery  counties.  I recently read an article discussing the possibility of another real estate bubble in some markets (link: http://business-news.thestreet.com/philly/story/lenders-fear-another-real-estate-bubble-inflating/1) but I haven’t found that trend to be true for our region. Home values bumped up nicely…

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…

Countertop Options

I’m a fan of Houzz, a site that features great home design ideas. I also spend a lot of time working with fixer-upper buyers (including my husband), which means I think a lot about kitchen rehabs and in particular, kitchen countertops. Houzz recently put out a nice article about countertop options, and the comments section is…