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September 2008

September 4, 2008

Characteristics that may limit resale value of Philadelphia condos

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 2:53 pm

Based upon what my buyers have been showing me for years, I would suggest that there are about ten Characteristics that can limit top dollar resale amounts for condominiums in Center City Philadelphia (not in any specific order) :

1 ) Units in buildings with low owner occupancy ratios
2 ) Tri-Level unit condos with corkscrew styled staircases

3 ) Units on the 2nd floor just above the dumpster area (in high rise condos)
4 ) Units directly over noisy bar

5 ) Units with a significant amount of living space in the basement
6 ) Units without direct light into living room area
7 ) Units located on the first floor

8 ) Units with disproportionately high condo fees
9 ) Units that are fifth floor walk-ups
10 ) Units in an “alley” that has pubs on either ends

Not to say that such units are not sellable, it is just that in many cases, units with some of the above characteristics are often times discounted below the sale prices of units without such conditions. If you can find a Philadelphia condo with one or more of the above attributes, you may find that you will get a bit more square feet for the money!

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

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