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August 10, 2011

Big Misconceptions when buying a Center City Phila Condo

Filed under: Center City Real Estate — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 12:36 pm

Biggest Misconception – Buying a Condo in Center City

1) You are going to find a condo where you don’t have to pay condo fees!
Of course you are, dear. Perhaps the common elevator runs on magic pixie
dust, the doormen are happy to work for free, and the swimming pool needs
no maintenance or upkeep. Aka- Rub a Lamp….all condos have condo fees.
2) You are going to move into Center City and walk everywhere.
I love it when buyers tell me this.  Like the giant soaking tubs in many 1980 styled bathrooms       this notion will wear out quicker than you might believe. You will walk at first- then you will drive or take a cab everywhere after year 1 of moving into town
3) You need a 3 bedroom condo so that you can have a spare bedroom. Very often- not
the case. Friends or relatives will stay at a hotel that is two blocks away.
4) Since you have a gym within my building, you are going to work out more.
Good One. And good luck with that- let me know how it works out for you.
5) You need a large kitchen, because you like to cook. Ever wonder why there are
so many restaurants in Center City? You will probably find yourself eating out a LOT
more, and cooking a lot less.

Certainly these rules don’t apply to all, but do apply to most of those looking to make a
move into the Center City condo lifestyle.

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June 18, 2009

You think you know Philadelphia real estate values?

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Of Interest To Sellers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:52 pm

…then explain the value difference between these two Philly condo buildings:

These are two actual side by side buildings on Spruce St. in Washington Square West.

So you have a big brain, and you think you are going to take a look at Trulia, Zillow, or one of the many fine real estate websites out there in CyberSpace, and you are going to come up with the true value of any given condo. Really?

You can’t tell me that condition does not play into value. How about showing ability? You go into the public records and find a two bed, two bath in such n such zip code should sell for say $500,000. Really??? What was the condition of the Washington Square West Condo?  Was the building well maintained?

My point is, sometimes you need a realtor who knows his or her market to help you make valid decisions. There are many issues that affect value, that reading a webpage about any given Philadelphia condo may NOT tell you…

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

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June 11, 2009

PA Seller Disclosure Laws

Filed under: Center City Real Estate — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 1:03 pm

 …when the truth is more than enough:

 

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

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June 9, 2009

Do Your Blinds/Curtians need to be white?

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Of Interest To Sellers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 10:45 am

Per many Philly condo associations, the backside of your curtains and blinds may need to be white in color. You may ask why…but drive by any poorly managed condo association who does not enforce such a rule, and you will see why. The building ends up looking like an unattractive collection of cheap, and often unattractive variations of ugly looking blinds/shades/curtains. From Mauve, to Sea Foam Green, the rainbow of cheap shades is not an attractive sight.

And If I were king of the world, or even a developer of a Philadelphia high rise condo, I would go as far as to include a high end line of blinds/shades into my sale price. Because the visual uniformity is going to be important in the overall impression a building gives off when viewed from street level. We have all seen, or perhaps even been guilty (usually in our college years) of using a bedsheet as a curtain. And god knows bedsheets come in some funky colors and patterns. Not the best look, when trying to visually highlight a condo building from a distance.

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

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