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April 22, 2008

Some Philadelphia Condominium Associations Just don’t seem to get it!

Filed under: Of Interest To Sellers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:13 pm

Why do I have to show a condo in a well run condo building, to see trash strewn about the front sidewalks? Why do the elevator doors have graffiti scratched into the paint? And why are there light bulbs out in the common hallways?

Various Philadelphia condominium associations need to be aware of the visual impact that simple maintenance items have on potential buyers. And since one primary function of the association is to serve the owners of the building- not only in terms of use and enjoyment, but in terms of protecting that owners investment, it would seem that simple improvements would be a function of ongoing work in the building; that I would not need to blog about such deficiencies.

But I do. From the bicycle tire marks on the common hallway walls, to front doors which DO NOT shut and latch properly. THIS IS MANAGEMENT 101 here folks. A buyer’s impression of your Philadelphia loft or condo is, by many accounts formulated prior to the buyer stepping foot into your unit. Especially if that buyer has to endure a smelly elevator, a dark hallway, and the neighbors personal effects sitting outside their door.Ā  Condo rules are there for a reason, and sometimes it is up to that particular Philadelphia condominium association to be the bad guy, and enforce those rules. The lasting effect is a much improved perception of the building by those buyers looking to potentially purchase within that building. And hopefully, a quicker resale and possibly a higher resale price.

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

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