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January 13, 2009

Buying a Rittenhouse Square Condo?

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,General Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 4:44 pm

One thing buyers should be aware of when considering purchasing a Rittenhouse Square condo is whether or not they want to pay to actually live ON Rittenhouse Square. There is a huge difference between living on the Square, or living in the “Rittenhouse Square area”. 

It should surprise no one that realtors can sometimes stretch the boundaries of specific neighborhood by adding suffixes such as:   – area, -vicinity, and –adjacent.  And realtors aren’t the only ones guilty of such name dropping. Heck, for years here in town “Society Hill Furniture” was just off of Broad and Bainbridge Streets. Go figure. And there are even striking price differences between having a “Square View” and not being able to see Rittenhouse Square from your windows (for those high rises directly on the square).

So there are many interpretations of what constitutes a Rittenhouse Square Condo. It is my opinion that Center City “changes” block by block, with respect to housing/condo values, and what is most important is that you are buying or selling for what is appropriate for your little corner of “Rittenhouse Square”.

I am here to help you navigate the world of Philadelphia Real Estate. I can be reached at 267.237.3404 or at Mark@CenterCity.com.  Thank you!

Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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January 6, 2009

Just Listed! Gorgeous Townhouse with Lovely Landscaping

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,General Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:21 pm

Some real estate looks good on paper, but not always in person.

And no, this is not a new listing of mine. And yes, that is a swinging couch.

Looking for a Philadelphia realtor who will “Call them as he sees them?” Give me a call at 215.521.1523 or drop me an email at Mark@CenterCity.com, and let’s see all that Center City Philadelphia has to offer.

Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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December 4, 2008

Condos near University of Penn

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 11:22 am

As a realtor in downtown Philadelphia, each spring I get a lot of visits to my website, www.CenterCityCondos.com by students and faculty looking for condos and lofts that have easy access to either Penn or Drexel Universities.  It is quite common for those looking to move into the area for an extended period of time to buy a condo, as opposed to rent a place to live, and there are many options for such buyers.

Many of the University of Penn area condos are located either in the University City area (west of the Schuylkill River), or in the Fitler Square/Rittenhouse Square areas of Center City Philadelphia. For many of these buyers, location and security rank highest amongst the attributes of any given condo, and are deemed most valuable in such a living situation. There are many high rise condos which offer doorman services, and many of these buildings also offer on-site parking. Close proximity to 30th Street Station (rail service) and being in the center of town (which means you may NOT need a car) are also of importance to buyers looking to be close to Univ. of Penn.

Those coming into the Philadelphia condo market have three choices of living arrangements:

High Rise condos

Mid Rise condos

Low Rise/Loft/Brownstone styled condos

Each type/style of condo has it’s plusses and minuses, and each offer a unique way of life here in Center City Philadelphia.

If you plan on moving into Philadelphia, and are looking for a condo near Univ. Of Penn,  give me a call at 215.521.1523, or drop me an email at Mark@CenterCity.com, and let’s chat about your options!

Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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November 4, 2008

Top Philadelphia Condominium Sales Models

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 4:54 pm

I am such a sucker for a Gorgeously Decorated condo!

Any condo developer with a large number of units to sell is going to have one unit on display, and decorate it to the Nth degree. Some Philly condo offerings do such a thing better than others. Having seen almost every condo Model Home in town, here are my three favorites (not in any particular order):

1) Dockside Condominiums

Gorgeously appointed with some of the most attractive finishes, the two bedroom model units at 717 S. Columbus Blvd. are breathtaking. Simple, and timeless, these model units are a very powerful sales tool. With huge walk-in closets, and a nice little patio, not to mention killer views, these units are stunning. All my customers say so!

2) The Aria Condominiums

The Penthouse model unit at 225 S. 15th St. (aka 1420 Locust St) is nothing short of spectacular. The model unit provides any prospective buyer with a sense of simultaneous excitement and inner peace. The finishes work in harmony to bring a very livable space to life. And if views of neighboring Center City skyscrapers is your thing, then look no further than the Aria. Nicely done.

3) The Ellington

Located at 1500 Chestnut St, the decorated penthouse units at the Ellingotn have caused me to reevaluate my living situation on more than one occasion. The power of the emotion pull that these model home have on mere mortals is stunning. A gorgeous set of model units for you to see.

If you are looking to be bowled over by a model unit in town, and can easily see yourself living such a glamorous life, give me a call at 215.521.1523, and let’s go see some lovely condos! But be forewarned, these units are very persuasive in their ability to pull at your purse strings!

Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

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October 16, 2008

Philadelphia-The Country’s Best Tippers

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 9:54 am

Philadelphia is not, nor has it even been as BAD as Philadelphians claim that it is. According to Zagat, Philadelphians rank highest in the nation for generous tipping! As a waiter in my past life, I have always been one to tip well- though I am aware that I am a bit demanding also.

I came across this article about Philadelphia tippers and it turns out that over 5500 of Philadelphia’s restaurants reported that the average tip a Philadelphian leaves is around 19.6% compared to New York’s 19% and then LA’s 18.4%.

It turns out our City is filled with kind folks (not to mention fabulous restaurants with fabulous décor and service) after all! We have long been known for our many fine restaurants here in Center City Philadelphia, and perhaps there is a correlation between what we expect from our local restaurateurs, and what they expect from us.

Looking for a condo here in the Big City that is close by to your favorite restaurant? Give me a call at 215.521.1523 or drop me an email at Mark@CenterCity.com and I’d love to go condo shopping and maybe even grab a bite to eat or a coffee (I’ll even leave the tip)!

Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Prudential Fox and Roach Realtors
215.521.1523

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October 14, 2008

EnergyStar Products for Your Center City Condo

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,General Real Estate,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 4:13 pm

Save Money, Save Energy!

With today’s high energy costs and the global warming situation, it may be a good idea to invest in some EnergyStar products for your Center City Condominium. Here are a few that I like myself:

The Miele W3035 Washing Machine. A stainless steel Washing Drum with a 24-hour delay start, interior light, and hydraulic suspension, yet delicate enough to wash your “dry-clean only’s” and environmentally friendly. No condo here in town should be without one of these babies!

The Viking Under-Counter Ultra Premium Dishwasher. The front of this dishwasher is custom-panel ready so that it can match any kitchen in Center City Philadelphia! It’s sound-absorbing, water-extracting, stainless steel and EnergyStar approved! And did I mention it is a Viking?!?!

Last but not least, every condominium owner here in town needs to change thir light bulbs to the new fancy flourescent spiral energy-saving bulbs TODAY! It is simple and these EnergyStar bulbs can save 75% on energy.

When you are ready to start looking for your own energy-efficient condo here in Philly, give me a call at 215.521.1523 or drop me an email at Mark@CenterCity.com.

Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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October 9, 2008

Center City Condos STILL Keep Their Head Above the Water

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,General Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 12:59 pm

We have talked about this before and the topic keeps us happy here in Philadelphia, so here we are talking about it again. Amidst a year filled with housing turmoil, from foreclosures to listings that sit on the market for over 200 days with no end in sight despite ANOTHER price reduction, here in Center City Philadelphia, condominiums are still selling. Sure, the market here has softened, there is no doubt about it, but compared to our Suburbian friends around the country, our head is still holding above the water and with no intention of sinking.

I came across this great article from the Philadelphia Inquirer from the summer titled Center City Condos Thriving. Many of my colleagues are quoted throughout the article and at the bottom you can read some statistics from many buildings in which I’ve sold a condo or 2 (or many) myself, including The Winne Building, in which I currently have several lisings.

 

Before we know it, the 2009 Spring market will be in gear and things here in Center City Philadelphia will really start to pick up again. If you are interested in an appreciating long term investment, give me a call at 215.521.1523 or drop me an email at Mark@CenterCity.com to set up an appointment and let’s go condo shopping (my favorite thing to do) together!

Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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October 7, 2008

Halloween is really gonna suck this year…

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,General Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Of Interest To Sellers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 12:45 pm

Need we say more?

Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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October 2, 2008

Suburbs Turning into Slums? Center City Condos Thriving?

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,General Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 11:30 am

Untidy vacant homes? Crime? Social Disorder? Here in the City? Guess again.

With the subprime crisis unfolding across America, more and more homeowners in the Suburbs are facing foreclosure and they are having a difficult time finding buyers who are interested in purchasing their homes that sit on oversized lawns that will need mowing on Saturday morning after a 75 hour work week. Today, most buyers in our market are young professionals who work long hours and who may be interested in eventually starting a family if they haven’t already. This doesn’t leave them with much time left over for things like lawnmowing or cleaning gutters. There has been a major shift in the way folks want to live and work today compared to 30 years ago in more ways than one.

Here is an informative, well-written article, The Next Slum? written by Christopher B. Lineberger, that I came across that talks about how Houses in the Suburbs are sitting vacant or on the market longer and longer. Overgrown lawns and untended homes are sprinkled heavily throughout these neighborhoods that many once thought were much more desirable than our urban setting. Unfortunately this is leading to in influx of problems, such as unlawful homeless tenants or even unruly renters that no one wants as  neighbors. 

On the same note, cities, especially Center City Philadelphia, have become more desireable to today’s professional buyers. We are seeing more and more new construction around town and more and more folks are leaving their lawnmowers behind and joining us in our culturally exciting way of life. From being able to walk to work or to your favorite restaurant to having your own doorman in a pet-friendly, “green” condo building, Center City Condo living is thriving!

If you are interested in taking a look at some condominiums here in town, give us a call at 215.440.2388 or click this link to Meet Our Team!

Nicole Noguer
Licensed Office Assistant to Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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August 19, 2008

How reliable is the information given, on any number of Philadelphia condos?

Filed under: General Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:56 pm

As a longtime Philadelphia realtor, I am often asked a number of questions about various condos in Philly, and I want my blog readers to know a few things about buying or selling real estate in Philadelphia.

1) The “Days on Market” figure on any mls sheet (“DOM”) may be misleading. Sometimes sellers will pull their condo off the market for a few days, in hopes of resetting that “DOM” figure. Easily overridden by a realtor. Simply hitting the “History” button associated with that particular listing on the internet will give you a clear picture of the MLS history of that (say) Rittenhouse Square condo. So make sure you ask your realtor to show you the history of any given listing.

2) As I have said in prior blog entries and podcasts, make sure you measure the Center City condo you are going to buy to get your own idea of the square footage. Many MLS sheet omit this figure altogether, and are realtors are not required to submit such info to the MLS.

3) Parking- deeded, or assigned? Again, I did an entire blog on this issue. Many realtors will use those definitions incorrectly. Deeded means you have a separate tax bill, and you can sell the space off to anyone. Assigned generally means that the spot transfers with your title, which is not a bad thing.

4) Claims of a property being Historically Certified. Best story ever- once a prominent Center City realtor sold a Society Hill home, and claimed it was historically certified. Without being able to substantiate such a claim, when pressed, she declared the home to be “historically certifiable”. Nice. If such claims are made to you, get it in writing. Ask for documentation when writing the offer, should such a designation be of value to you.

So there you have it. If you are looking for more insight into the Philadelphia Center City condo market, give me a call at 215.521.1523 or drop me an email at Mark@CenterCity.com. I will be sure to fill you in on the information I have in my brain!

Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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