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November 30, 2010

The Philadelphia Parking Authority

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,For Buyers,For Sellers,Of Interest to Buyers,Of Interest To Sellers — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 11:53 am

Whether you live or work here in Center City Philadelphia, you know all about The Parking Authority! Here is a short video about how to easily avoid them.

So from avoiding “No Parking” zones in front of the driveway of any given Center City Home, to making sure you do not exceed twenty minutes in the “loading zone” in front of that Philly Condo Building, you can greatly cut your chances of getting a ticket, or even worse, getting towed.

Watch your time in meter spots. The meter folks are only doing their jobs, so be nice to them. Always look out for temporary regulations and read the signs to make sure parking on any given street isn’t cut off after a certain time of day. For example, you can only park on the 600 block of Walnut Street until 3:30PM so they can clear the road for rush hour traffic, which does everyone a lot of good.  They will tow you if you are blocking the traffic!

Some streets offer free 2 hour parking, but if you don’t live in a Philly Loft or Home in that neighborhood (with a sticker on your window to prove it), you will be ticketed if you exceed the 2 hour limit OR if you try to sneak back to the same block later in the day. Your license plate number is in the system, so they have no idea if you left and came back. You get 2 hours free on each block each day if you are an out-of-towner! There are tons of lots in Center City if you need to stay longer.

Lastly, don’t park in a Handicap Spot if you don’t have a Handicap plate. It WILL cost you! Follow this simple advice, so you don’t end up featured on the next episode of Parking Wars!

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

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October 7, 2010

Top 5 Most Wanted

Filed under: For Buyers,Of Interest to Buyers — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 4:08 pm

…qualities in a condo for those looking to downsize in Center City:

1) A walkable location to restaurants, the arts, and “things to do”

2) One Level Living

3) Parking

4) A safe neighborhood

5) A guest bedroom and a guest bathroom

Now certainly not all Center City condo buyers looking to downsize in a condo in town are created equal, nor do they all have the same wants and needs. But based upon my 21 years experience selling condos in Center City Philadelphia, I would have to suggest, if pressed, that the above 5 qualities in a condominium are heavily favored by a lot of folks moving to town.
Thinking of a move yourself? What are your priorities?

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

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