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March 2011

March 23, 2011

Philadelphia Open Houses – Sunday, March 27

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,For Buyers,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 1:16 pm

The spring market is upon us and we have some stunning new listings available. Please come out and stop by our Center City open houses this Sunday, March 27.

736 Pine St. Unit D – 2-bedroom condo in Society Hill with central air, family room, basement, 2 decks, & parking. Distinctive & delightful! $515,000
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1112 Spruce St. Unit 1R – Just Listed! Spacious condo in Washington Square West with wood floors, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, intercom, laundry area, tons of storage, & cute patio $399,000
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912 Spruce St. #8 – Cozy 1 bedroom located to the rear of building away from any street noise, high ceilings, stainless steel appliances, low condo fees, move-in condition at an unbelievable price! $229,000
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1018 Christian St. – 3BR/2ba in Bella Vista, 2004 renovation, wood floors, lovely details, separate dining area, energy efficient sliding door to brick-paved patio – Reduced to $469,000
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103-07 Church St. #2 – Just Listed! Large open 1BR/1.5ba in stunning upscale rehab warehouse building in Old City with gas fireplace, large private brick patio, high ceilings, exposed brick, wood floors $333,900
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1100 Vine St. #908 – Freshly painted condo with large closets, 1 bed + large separate den (2nd bedroom), new dishwasher, wood floors, lovely view, 24-hr security desk, tax abatement, great location! $242,500
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736 Pine St. Unit F –  Sunny 2 bedroom condo, private entrance, open floor plan, California closets, granite/ss and tax abatement $369,000
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918 Spruce St. Unit 1 – 3 bedroom brownstone condo w/2-car tandem parking, 2010 chef’s kitchen-SubZero/Viking appliances, high ceilings, 2 new baths…a true gem! $699,000
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1002 Spruce St. Unit E – Just Reduced Match your dreams to this 2BR/2BA condo. Some of the highlights of this distinctive unit are skylights and central air. Celebrity-caliber luxury! $435,000
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50 N. Front St. #402 – 1BR condo with fireplace and shared roof deck with views of the Delaware River. Lots of west-facing windows provide great light, tremendous closet space, exposed brick & architectural details $279,000
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We hope to see you there! To view all of our Philadelphia Real Estate Listings, including Philadelphia Condos visit

Mark Wade
Prudential Fox and Roach Realtors
530 Walnut St. #260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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March 11, 2011

You have to keep the noise out to keep the value in!

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,For Buyers,For Sellers,Of Interest to Buyers,Of Interest To Sellers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 4:12 pm

Selling Philadelphia condominiums has somewhat of a unique issue that may not be relevant to condos in, say, remote parts of Montana or on deserted private islands. And that issue would be – the noise.

Some of the most sought after condo buildings here in Center City are on or very close to lively blocks that are full of activity, or they are on or near bus routes, and can have a close proximity to highways. This is very convenient but can be noisy!

Having constant noise outside your dining room or bedroom could be a big problem. So, I devised a kinda’ cool solution that works like a gem. And in the scheme of things, really doesn’t have to cost a lot.

Here’s the solution: Replace your windows (genius, eh?)!

Depending on where you live in downtown Philadelphia, you may have a fairly strong historic association who mandates the type of window replacement you must use.  However, this does not preclude you from installing another set of windows INSIDE the historical set.


You can add a double paned, inexpensive vinyl clad INSIDE the outer set of historically approved windows, giving you a total of 3 or 4 panes of glass between you and the noise.  This ingenious little set-up demonstrates how you can effectively keep all city noise out of your Philadelphia loft or condo.

You don’t need to live 30 feet from the highway or live in a super luxury condo building to benefit from this idea.  Such insulation also provides extra protection from cold, heat loss, and dirt that gets inside of other single paned windows!

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a Center City condominium and want some more tips, I can help.  Give me a call today at 215-521-1523 or drop me an email at

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

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March 4, 2011

Making Your Offer as Attractive as Possible

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,For Buyers,General Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 4:50 pm


Here are some tips for making your offer on your potential new Philly  Condo as attractive to the seller it can be:

1) Get a pre-approval from the mortgage company that the LISTING agent uses most.
This will allow the listing agent, who will be presenting your offer to the seller, to be comfortable with your financing arrangements.

2) Narrow your contingency periods to ten (10) days. Not business days either. Make sure you can clear your schedule to do all your inspections on a timely basis. Nothing sours a seller like “15 business days” to do a home inspection.

3) If you are flexible in the dates you can settle, give the seller the option to pick the settlement date. You can write a contract that gives the seller the right to choose your settlement date within a specific period of time, like “ from 30 to 45 days from execution of the contract”..seller to decide.

4) If the seller is buying another home, and doing so locally, consider allowing his or her title company to do your title work. Title rates are standard, and you (generally speaking) will not incur more costs by having your title work done by a company you or your Realtor chooses.

5) Write a nice note to the seller, to be presented with your offer telling him or her why you love their Center City home, and why you want to buy it. If it evokes a special emotion out of you, let the seller know. Every seller wants their home to be “loved”….let them know you love their home!

These tips may give you an edge in a competitive offer situation, or may just save you a couple of dollars when it comes time to negotiate with the seller! Good Luck, and know that the dollar amount you are offering is NOT the only factor your seller may consider when looking at your offer!

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

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