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House of the Week: Green Building

This weekend I will be attending the always-outstanding, Invisible River (come visit me on the banks!). The event is a theatrical performance on the river, for the river. Over the years, the mission has been to shed light on the history of and human impact on the Schuylkill River. Its always a stunning, awe-inspiring performance so I highly recommend a visit - plus you can come see me and register for a chance to win a free Nest thermostat ! Anyway, a recent Green Designee from the National Association of Realtors, I have been focusing more on sustainability in design and home maintenance. So in honor of the upcoming sustainable water event this weekend and this recent trend, this week's home is a beautiful, green-design new construction in the heart of Northern Liberties! 827 N 5th St $644,000 This 3 bed, 3 full bath townhome in the heart of hipster mecca is my favorite green new construction on the market right now because not only did the builder pick energy-efficient an

5 Marketing Ideas You Should be Doing When Selling Your Home

Let me smash your hopes and dreams before we even start this post: There is no magic formula for marketing a home to get it to sell. There is no way of marketing an over-priced home in bad condition in a poor location to magically sell for over asking and quickly. The best marketing advice anyone can get is to appropriately price their home for sale in the current market conditions. However, when a home is fairly priced and in mostly fair condition, more intricate marketing can be a fun, inexpensive way to sell your home as fast as possible for as much as possible. Its the different between trying to sell your Starbucks coffee at Starbucks prices in a Starbucks cup wrapper vs trying to sell it in a Dunkin Donuts wrapper - at some point, appropriate marketing does help. So here are my 5 tips for making the most of your marketing strategy, after, of course, your home is appropriately priced... Pictures and video  I wouldn't think in this day and age that a real estate ag

House(s) of the Week: What It Buys You

This week's House of the Week is actually more than one. In fact, this week, we are looking at 15! Recently, a few people have brought up to me that the $300,000 house doesn't buy you much anymore. And hey, I can't disagree. Pull a search in Center City Philly and you don't have much to look at. The reason home buyers get so bummed about this is a lot of first-time home buyers can't afford more than $400K for a new home (in fact, most are probably cutting that number in half!) yet city living and the walkability it affords are very important to them. So the growing prices can be a let down. Walkable Fairmount So this week I looked at some of the most desirable neighborhoods in the greater Philly region and looked at what you could buy for $200,000-$400,000. I also looked at only walkable areas. So this list is comprised of affordable, generally move-in ready homes in the $200-400K range. So lets see what we found! Center City Philly Obviously Center