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January 30, 2012

Condo Board Resource

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 11:52 am

So you want to join your  Philadelphia condo board…..
Hang signs in the hallways that say “Vote for Susie For Vice President”
and see where that gets ya’  BUT SERIOUSLY>>>>>

Best Resource for any questions relating to your condominium association….
http://www.condoassociation.com.

This is a fantastic site..check out their blog. You can post questions, and there are some seriously intelligent questions on the site. If you are a board member, you should keep this website marked as one of your “Favorites”.

Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach
530 Walnut St. #260 Phila., PA 19106

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January 18, 2012

Read my quote about Philly Condo Associations in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Before you buy, Mark Wade of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services  Fox & Roach in Center City, who specializes in low- and mid-rise condos, recommends careful scrutiny of the condo association.

“The association can influence value,” Wade said. For instance, if it doesn’t monitor the owner-occupancy ratio – that is, if there are more than the acceptable number of renters vs. owner-occupiers,  it may make it difficult for a buyer to get financing.

Condos not approved for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or Federal Housing Administration-backed financing are known as “nonwarrantable” and offer few options for buyers or those refinancing.

“This scenario ultimately lowers demand for a building, and reduces resale values as well,” Wade said. “A review of the condo budget, money on hand, and knowing what is included in the condo fees should be considered when buying a unit.”

Click to check out some other articles in which I have been quoted speaking about Philly Condos!

Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach
530 Walnut St. #260 Phila., PA 19106

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January 11, 2012

First Newsletter of 2012: 60% Sold Out?! Yeah Bullsh**, Best Brownstone Bldgs. & More

Filed under: Center City Real Estate — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 12:23 pm

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Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Realtors
530 Walnut St. #260 Phila., PA 19106

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January 2, 2012

2301 Cherry – Rivers Edge Condos: One of Philly’s Best Long Term Holds

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,For Buyers,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 2:57 pm


As a 23 year veteran of condo sales here in Center City Philadelphia, I am often asked what I believe to be the best buys in terms of a long term “hold” in the downtown Philly condo market.
My thoughts often come back to 2301 Cherry St. (aka- Rivers Edge Condominiums) for a variety of reasons. Lets look at the reasons this building is one of my picks for “Best Long Term Condo Investment” potential in the downtownPhiladelphia condo segment:

1) Strong location: Close to Penn and Drexel, not to mention the Schuylkill river jogging trail, and located within the coveted 19103 zip code.
2) Parking: Every unit at Rivers Edge includes a parking spot.
3) Doorman Building: And the doormen and women at 2301 are always friendly, and never seem to leave their post- great for security and that piece of mind that is important to many Philly condo buyers.
4) Fantastic asking prices: There is not a chance in hell that any similar product can be picked up what some of the recent sales have been registering than at 2301.
5) Outside Space: Almost every unit at 2301 has a private balcony or patio. And if that isn’t enough, then the common roof deck with it’s sweeping views will knock your socks off.

6) Layouts: Many of the units are done in half levels, which appeals to a fair number of buyers who are stair-adverse. I find this to be a huge advantage over other bi-level units with a full set of stiars dividing the levels.
7) Storage: The architect was a smart one here….great in-unit closets and storage areas.
8) Artificially depressed resale prices in recent months. Again, the values here, in my opinion are lower than they should be, and have no place to go but up.
9) A Smart Condo Association- Now making improvements to the building in terms of assessments that generally have a multiplier effect on resale values- for every dollar spent to improve the property, we will generally see a boost in resale values here in town.
10) Generous kitchen and bathroom sizes- providing great elbow room. Uncommon for a building that is not new construction here in town, in my opinion.

If you are interested in taking a look at this lovely condominium building, feel free to drop me an email at Mark@CenterCity.com and let’s chat!

Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Realtors
530 Walnut St. #260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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