June 7, 2013 |
Springtime and a reviving economy may send you house hunting. If they do, there are plenty of smartphone applications to streamline your search. The following apps are free, and most will put you directly in touch with listing agents. The Realtor.com app, by Move Inc. for Android and Apple, is tuned for families in search of homes in a school district of choice, or in an individual school's neighborhood. In the app, select a location, find the school marked on the screen map, and tap to view the school's catchment area so that you'll see the available properties within that area.
June 3, 2013 |
Sell 'em if you got 'em. Six words that sum up today's newly reinvigorated residential real estate market in the eight-county Philadelphia region. Sales volume is up, and desirable houses are attracting multiple offers, local brokers and agents report. In many municipalities and certain city neighborhoods, low supply of available homes is driving prices up. All of which signals a strength, here and across the country, not seen since the U.S. housing market went bust nearly seven years ago, taking the wider economy down with it. Houses are suddenly selling so quickly, there is a shortage, said Kit Anstey, of Prudential Fox & Roach in West Chester.
May 20, 2013 |
I've grown fond of "Town by Town," the Sunday Business section feature, not only for what it contributes to my understanding of local real estate but also for the ways it expands my knowledge of other things. For example, predictions of the death of mom-and-pop real estate firms have been exaggerated greatly. Virtually every one of the communities and neighborhoods I've highlighted these last six months has at least one of these supposedly deceased businesses. Starting in the early to mid-1990s, there was a rash of acquisitions of smaller firms by larger ones, and predictions were that only "boutique" firms - those specializing in a certain kind of real estate (condos, for example)
April 30, 2013
D EAR HARRY: We are going to move to a retirement community this summer. Reluctantly, after 47 years, we are selling our lovely home. The problem we are facing is one of choosing a broker to represent us on the sale. The house is a semi-custom one we had built with small modifications to a builder's plan. Similar homes in the area recently have sold for about $225,000. Can you please tell us what we should look for in a real-estate broker? WHAT HARRY SAYS: The market in real estate has shown some renewed vigor in the last year.
April 25, 2013 |
THE Daily News ' Jill Porter and Bob Warner first exposed the stolen-house scam in 2000. Here's what has happened since: * In 2001, the District Attorney's Office assigned a grand jury to investigate suspicious deeds, and 20 people were indicted. City Council held hearings on the issue. * In 2004, the Records Department began alerting owners whenever a new deed was recorded on their property. It also photographed anyone who recorded a deed. * In 2007, former Common Pleas President Judge Darnell Jones established a program to expedite fraudulent-deed cases through the civil-court system.
April 9, 2013 |
For 50 years, the University City Science Center has been where scientists and start-ups have toiled to build the next generation of Philadelphia-area companies. But to hear science center president and CEO Stephen S. Tang , what would really help nurture that entrepreneurial soup would be if a big life-sciences company were to put its headquarters or research operations in West Philadelphia. Given that several of the biggest drug companies locally have already made long-term commitments elsewhere, there is nothing on the horizon presently.
April 6, 2013 |
A West Philadelphia man was charged Thursday with a variety of real estate scams, from stealing houses to renting properties that weren't his. Philadelphia police and the District Attorney's Office accused Dwayne E. Stewart of 52 felony counts going back to 2009 that include forging deeds to illegally transfer three houses and two vacant lots to his own possession, "selling" properties he didn't own to unsuspecting third parties, and pocketing rent...
April 4, 2013 |
When Beatrice Katz Zitomer moved to Margate in 1979 and became a real estate agent, she had visions of catching the big housing wave powered by casino gambling. Already in her mid-40s, the former Cherry Hill kindergarten teacher spent almost a decade learning the business. In 1988, she opened Beatrice Zitomer Real Estate Inc. - just in time for the housing market to hit the rocks in one of the worst crashes in recent history. When she lost her partners, she rode out the storm solo, and prospered.
March 30, 2013 |
It was Oct. 9, 1914 - the first game of the World Series pitting the Philadelphia Athletics against the Boston Braves. Across 20th Street from Shibe Park, fans filled bleachers built on the roofs of rowhouses. Others sat in open windows, or on the roof of front porches or second-floor bay windows. OK, Boston took the series in four straight, but the defeat of the A's didn't make those rowhouses cheaper than when it began. These days, especially in cities where the ball teams are destined for greatness in 2013, prices for houses and condos can be higher near stadiums than farther out. Philadelphians can expect to pay a median of $145 per square foot for houses one or two miles within Citizens Bank Park, says Jed Kolko, chief economist for the search engine Trulia.
March 25, 2013 |
A bankruptcy trustee has entered into an agreement with a Marlton real estate group to buy the Woodcrest Country Club for $6.25 million, according to a motion filed Friday. The agreement reached by trustee Bonnie Glantz Fatell and Cherry Hill Land Associates L.L.C., a subsidiary of First Montgomery Group AMO, will be subject to better bids for the Cherry Hill golf club, according to Fatell's motion, which proposes terms for an auction to be held May 20. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for April 1 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden.