June 29, 2015 |
Recently here in the Real Estate section, I've been looking at issues that listing agents say can make selling a house more difficult. Some are easily corrected, such as removing clutter, washing windows, or sprucing up the front gardens with mulch. Others require time and expense, including rewiring, sanding, and refinishing floors, and replacing a roof or a furnace. Today's buyers want properties in move-in condition and hang on every word of a home inspector's report, even if it's something as weird as - as a Cherry Hill seller told me - "the house has dated wallpaper.
June 21, 2015 |
Little things mean a lot, especially to a real estate agent who is trying to sell one listing among many. Two things that may seem little but are really not so trifling when it comes to selling a house: keeping it neat for appointments, and washing the windows. "The marketplace is monopolized by first-time buyers as well as empty-nesters," said Mark Wade, who sells houses in Center City for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors. "Both sets of buyers have one thing in common," Wade said.
April 28, 2015
IF YOU THINK (at all) about Philly state lawmakers, what comes to mind? Take a minute. Take two. Not much positive, right? Well, without getting any hopes up, meet freshman Philly state Sen. Art Haywood. He is, by any measure, apart from the pack, separate from the stream of sameness the city tends to send to Harrisburg. He did not come up through Democratic City Committee. He did not work for a politician. Most ward leaders didn't support him in last year's primary.
April 17, 2015 |
More than half the suburban real estate agents involved in Philadelphia transactions during the four years ended June 30, 2014, did not comply with license and tax requirements, according to a survey by the Philadelphia Office of the Controller. Of the 389 agents surveyed, 108 responded, and 56 of them admitted that they did not have a commercial activity license or a business income and receipts tax account number. Those agents accounted for $56 million during the period under study, which means the city missed out on $380,000 in taxes from those sales.
January 9, 2015 |
The grand houses of Northwest Philadelphia aren't a tough sell for real estate agents. The schools are another matter. Lifelong West Mount Airy resident Rich McIlhenny, a RE/MAX real estate agent, had not set foot inside a neighborhood public school until Wednesday, when he and others whose job it is to sell the city toured five of its schools. The aim was to show that, very real budget crisis aside, the city schools can be a solid option for many families. "I do a lot of my work in this area, and people are always asking, where are the good catchments?"
October 29, 2014 |
ONE DAY, the trials for Cornelius Crawford and Jonathan Rosa will be over, their guilt or innocence decided, their appeals - there are always appeals - resolved. If there's justice, Crawford and Rosa will rot in jail for life for the carnage of last July 25. That morning, they allegedly carjacked a real-estate agent in her Toyota, pinballed psychotically through North Philly then careened onto a sidewalk, killing three kids and their mom. The crash, by the way, was not a "tragic accident," as Crawford's defense lawyer, C.P. Mirarchi III, has had the gall to characterize it. Crawford, he said, never intended to kill anyone.
October 23, 2014 |
THE 45-YEAR-OLD real-estate agent was calm but tense in court yesterday as she recounted the harrowing events of July 25 that changed her life. The woman, whose first language is Cantonese, spoke of being carjacked, sexually assaulted by two men, being knocked unconscious when her car crashed - and learning in the hospital that the collision had killed three siblings and mortally wounded their mother. It all began just after 11 a.m. when she parked her SUV on 6th Street near Cumberland in North Philadelphia, where she had planned to show a home to a potential buyer.
September 1, 2014 |
It was the messiest of political situations, a real schmear campaign in which the Jenkintown mayor stood to make a lot of dough. Literally. If you went past the window of Fill A Bagel one morning this month, you might have seen Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley wearing a white chef's hat and apron while making tie-dye-colored bagels to promote the forthcoming Jenkintown arts festival. After kneading, he walked to a machine with a small conveyor belt that forms the dough into circles.
August 10, 2014 |
KEISHA WILLIAMS was reunited with three of her children Thursday night - not at home, where they should have been nestled warmly together, but in death. After 12 days of hospitalization, Williams, 34, died from injuries she suffered during a July 25 carjacking crash in North Philadelphia that killed her three children - Keiearra Williams, 15, Thomas Reed, 10, and Terrence Moore, 7. Williams, the kids and their neighbor, Thelma Brown, were working a fruit stand at Germantown and Allegheny avenues to raise money for their church when Jonathan Rosa, 19, and Cornelius Crawford, 24, plowed into them in an SUV they had stolen from a real-estate agent just moments before, police said.
August 6, 2014 |
ON A SUMMER day like yesterday - sunny, blue skies, not too hot - Joseph Reed and his brother, Terrance Moore, could have been outside riding their bicycles. Or maybe Joseph, 9, and Terrance, 7, could have stayed indoors, their laughter echoing through their home while they battled one another on an Xbox game or mimicked the catapulting moves of their favorite wrestlers. Either way, big sister Keiearra Williams, 15, would have been nearby, keeping an eye on her "Joe-Joe" and "Lil' Terrance.