March 19, 2015 |
E GYPT SHERROD , host of HGTV's "Property Virgins" and a native of Philadelphia, was in Cherry Hill last week to sign copies of her new book, Keep Calm . . . It's Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide to Buying a Home . Sherrod, originally from West Oak Lane, is famous for being known as "America's most beloved real-estate agent," appearing on TV and radio. She's hosted "Property Virgins" since 2012. Co-authored by real-estate expert Amber Noble Garland , who also was born and raised in Philly, the book offers a guide to navigating the sometimes complicated process of buying a home - from saving for a down payment to signing on the dotted line at the closing table.
January 11, 2015 |
A couple of years ago, friends in Society Hill listed their historic restoration for sale and were more than a bit surprised by prospective buyers' reaction to their nearly 200-year-old house. There was a bathroom on each of four floors, all well-maintained. Yet because the bathrooms did not look like the ones on HGTV, the house-hunters wanted the sellers to upgrade at a cost of thousands of dollars before they'd take another look. I asked several real estate agents about it. The response was, in effect, "Welcome to our world.
September 1, 2014 |
A month or so ago, I interviewed three homeowners who had approached me after I wrote a column on the market's recovery, asking me why their houses weren't attracting buyers. In the course of our conversation, Gail Whittle of Oreland asked me something I've been pondering: "I'm wondering . . . if the plethora of property websites like Trulia and Zillow have changed the realty landscape," she said. "Do Realtors still work with couples and families the way they did when we were looking some 25 years ago?"
February 3, 2014 |
I can't begin to count the number of times this has come up, or even how often I've mentioned it, but today's buyers are incredibly picky. The attitude is, of course, a refreshing change from the boom years of the last decade, when everyone thought he or she should own a house and would write a check at the front door, without seeing the rest of the place. Or so it seemed. Still, I'm left to wonder: Is the choosiness of today's buyers motivated by obvious concerns about spending more money for houses that are not guaranteed to increase in value?
July 28, 2012 |
Want to see how your kitchen will look dressed in a nice sky blue? Or see if you'd like a set of chairs in that breakfast nook? What about checking out the view from the kitchen table after you knock out the dining room wall - without opening a can of paint, moving a piece of furniture, or swinging a sledgehammer? With this kind of power, who needs a professional? Lots of DIYers, apparently. As the market bulges with do-it-yourself interior design software - the most popular comes from Chief Architect, Better Homes & Gardens, and even HGTV - interior designers have felt the impact, just not in the way you might think.
June 16, 2012 |
"I would say … that 70 to 80 percent of the shows on TV are bull****. They're loosely scripted. Things are planted, Things are salted into the environment so things seem more shocking. " That would be Mike Fleiss, talking this week about reality shows. As the creator of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and about a score more of this invasive species, Fleiss would probably know. (His own programs, his insists, are legit.) His comments coincided with a scandal that rocked House Hunters, HGTV's signature show.
May 21, 2010 |
Real estate agent Diane Williams is always amazed by how much reality TV house-hunters watch. "My buyers will walk into a house and immediately comment, 'Oh, this house has been staged,' just as they see it done on television," said Williams, who sells newly built and older homes out of Weichert Realtors' Spring House office. "So many people watch . . . that their expectations of how a house should 'show' have been heightened," she said. And she warns sellers to step up their game accordingly.
July 8, 2007 |
Married June 1 at St. Helena Church in Blue Bell, with the Rev. Joseph Nicolo presiding. Two hundred and thirty guests gathered at PineCrest Country Club in Lansdale for the reception. They met Steve first spotted Lyz outside Temple University's Anderson Hall in 2001. In Old City three years later, he recognized her at the Continental, approached, and asked if she had attended Temple. They struck up a conversation, but Lyz had recently ended a serious relationship, and wasn't looking to dive right in again.
February 24, 2006 |
Brian Levine was definitely not the sort of guy to go out and hire an interior decorator. In fact, four years after he bought a condo in Wilmington, the 37-year-old bachelor, an emergency-room physician at Christiana Hospital, was still living like a college student in rooms sparsely furnished with his parents' castoffs. How bad was it? When Levine had friends over, they gathered in an upstairs den dominated by a hulking TV, piles of medical journals, and a puffy blue velvet sectional that had seen better days.
October 21, 2005 |
When Howie Shanker and Typhaney Bennett learned they'd been chosen for a new HGTV show featuring first-time home buyers, it sounded like the answer to a prayer. They were about to sink every penny they had into a South Philadelphia fixer-upper. So they were thrilled by the show's premise, which would give them $3,000 and the services of an interior decorator to help furnish one room. But in the middle of a four-day shoot for the program, My First Place, Shanker and Bennett started to wonder.