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January 28, 2020

How Can Buyers Sweeten Their Offers in Lieu of a Higher Price?

Filed under: For Buyers,Of Interest to Buyers — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 1:31 pm

It is NOT always dollars and cents that prompt a seller to sign an agreement of sale…here are a few tips to sweeten your offer:

  • Shorten your settlement date-especially if the home is vacant.
  • Shorten your home inspection period to 7 days instead of 15 days.
  • Put more money down (to be held in escrow) – a full 10%.
  • Add an “AS-IS” clause (which will still allow you to inspect and terminate the deal within the time frame permitted, if necessary).
  • Write a really nice note about how much you love the seller’s home and why you are buying their home.
  • If a property is vacant, but still has unwanted clutter and dirt, tell the seller you will buy the home as it sits today.

Many things in a real estate transaction are emotional. Sweeten that emotional pot and you might find you’ll save a few dollars. It happens more often than you think!  Shoot me an email at Mark@CenterCity.com or call 215.521.1523 when you are ready to start shopping for your next home here in Philadelphia and we’ll help you make a sweet offer.

Mark Wade
BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors®
530 Walnut St. #480 | Philadelphia, PA 19106
www.CenterCityCondos.com

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January 3, 2018

Please Be Aware of Wire Fraud Schemes in Real Estate

Filed under: For Buyers,For Sellers,General Real Estate — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:29 pm

Wire fraud has hit a number of buyers!

Realtors are getting new alerts every day warning us about the wire fraud that seems to be hitting the real estate industry pretty hard.

Here’s a tip – don’t wire me any *&#%$*# money!

Watch this video on how NOT to be a victim:

Wire Fraud Alert For Buyers From The National Association of Realtors.

If I still haven’t convinced you, check out these examples here: Couple Scammed Out of $91,000 in Real Estate Hoax, here: Scammers Stealing Down Payments and here: Cyber Swindle.

Lastly, please read this: BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors Anti-Fraud Disclosure.

Buying a new condo or home should be an exciting time.  Don’t let some @$$hole hacker ruin it for you!

Mark Wade
Mark@CenterCity.com
BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors
www.CenterCityCondos.com

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April 21, 2009

Finding the right Philadelphia condo…is like playing 20 questions

Filed under: Center City Real Estate — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:39 pm

It is really simple. I show you a condo. Then I ask…is this too small? What do you think of the view? The closet space? The layout?

Then we visit the 2nd condo, and the questions are: What do you think of this building? How do you like the location? Is the kitchen big enough?

Then we go to the 3rd condo, and I ask: How do you feel about rental parking being around the corner, as opposed to on-site? Do you like the bathrooms? How adverse are you to paying higher condo fees (for things like doormen, and elevators)?


 
Finding you the right (say) Rittenhouse Square flat, or say Old City loft is a function of how well you can verbalize your “dream condo”, and me being able to interpret what you say, and match that to the current Center City Philadelphia inventory of condos.

It is not rocket science. However, I am a fairly quick study, and I know the Philadelphia real estate market better than most (if you don’t mind me being a big-brain)….

So give me a call at 215.521.1523 or drop me an email at Mark@CenterCity.com. Let’s play 20 questions, and let’s see if I can come up with your dream Philadelphia condo!

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

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January 29, 2009

Philly New Construction Condos

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 4:27 pm

Philadelphia has been graced with some wonderful, and some not so wonderful additions to their condominium inventory over the past five years. Some are selling quite well, and some- well, not so much.

I think that the popularity of a certain building has to do more with the buildings cache, or “je ne sais quoi” rather than the normal fluctuations that occur within a given real estate market at any given time.  By that I mean that some buildings are, and have sold well due to either the builder’s name, or hype that surrounds such buildings. The lack of such hype can be devastating. 

From ultra-contemporary to elegantly conservative, Philadelphians seem split on the style design of the condos they prefer.  We have seen some very high end Penthouse units sell in Old City lately, and the addition of the most modern building to hit town become erected at 13th and South Streets.

New construction is favored by many, due to Philadelphia’s tax abatement , and the stylish finishes found in many new high and mid rise Center City condo buildings. Even high-end condos can be found, bursting with amenities, in some low rise Brownstone conversions projects found scattered about town.

In a town that brought you Ben Franklin, and Betsy Ross, historic and pre-war condos do have their place. But for some, there is nothing like a new construction condo here in Center City Philadelphia.

Like New? Prefer Old? Let’s chat! 

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

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January 20, 2009

Putting Foreclosures into perspective

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,General Real Estate — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 4:38 pm

One of the most distressing real estate topics we hear in the news is the foreclosure rate.  Realty Trac, the California based company that tracks foreclosure information, just released the news that foreclosures rose 81% in 2008.  But to put this in the proper perspective, one needs to consider two things:
 
The total percentage of homes in foreclosure is 1.84%.  An 81% increase appears dramatic, but the fact is that this overall percentage rate is relatively small.

 
 
The majority of foreclosures are in areas of the country where real estate values rose at unsustainable rates and/or land available for development caused excess new construction.  These include the coastal areas of California and Florida, as well as Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.  One of the primary reasons that there has been steep price declines in these areas is because of the number of foreclosed properties on the market. 
 
The eight-county Philadelphia region placed 77th of 100 metro areas nationwide in the number of foreclosure filings recorded in 2008, not too bad.

If you are looking to find a great deal here in Center City Philadelphia, give me a call at 215.521.1523 or drop me an email at Mark@CenterCity.com.

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

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January 6, 2009

Just Listed! Gorgeous Townhouse with Lovely Landscaping

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,General Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:21 pm

Some real estate looks good on paper, but not always in person.

And no, this is not a new listing of mine. And yes, that is a swinging couch.

Looking for a Philadelphia realtor who will “Call them as he sees them?” Give me a call at 215.521.1523 or drop me an email at Mark@CenterCity.com, and let’s see all that Center City Philadelphia has to offer.

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

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December 9, 2008

New Construction Philly Condo Sales Offices Repel Buyers

Filed under: Center City Real Estate — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 7:34 pm

…Is your sales pitch way over the top?

I work with a lot of buyers who look at new construction Philly condos for sale here in downtown Philadelphia. And after each visit, I get the same response back from my buyers, and it is never good feedback. They resent being held up for an hour, and do not like the “prying” from sales reps from these large new buildings, and are generally not interested in a long theatrical song and dance about how “Great” any particular building might happen to be.

My buyers generally want the quick overview…not the long serenade.

And why is it necessary for you to collect my buyer’s personal information? They are my buyers, not yours. I like to handle buyers with a non-intrusive approach…allowing them to give info as they please.

SALES AGENTS ATTACHED TO PARTICULAR BUILDINGS WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING, DOWN TO MY BUYERS SHOE SIZE. It is ridiculous.

I suggest that if any particular Center City condo building wants MORE traffic, they should provide an “express” overview of their new condos they are offering. Put a few units on lockbox, and let us go in and out at will. Your sales pitch is NOT going to persuade my buyers…that is my job.

Knowing that we are going to be tied up for an hour looking at your project is going to prevent interest in your building- We just don’t have the time. I can’t spend 8 hours looking at 8 properties.

DO THE MATH, YOU GOOF.

IF MY CUSTOMERS LIKE YOUR NEW PHILLY CONDO LISTINGS, WE ARE COMING BACK FOR A 2ND LOOK- I GUARANTEE IT. AT THAT TIME, MY BUYERS CAN SPEND THE TIME TO REALLY KICK THE TIRES-

An initial walk through is not the time to put my buyers on the spot with your questions and extended song and dance about how nice your “community room” is, or how impressive your weight room might be.

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

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October 7, 2008

Halloween is really gonna suck this year…

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,General Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Of Interest To Sellers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 12:45 pm

Need we say more?

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

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October 2, 2008

Suburbs Turning into Slums? Center City Condos Thriving?

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,General Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 11:30 am

Untidy vacant homes? Crime? Social Disorder? Here in the City? Guess again.

With the subprime crisis unfolding across America, more and more homeowners in the Suburbs are facing foreclosure and they are having a difficult time finding buyers who are interested in purchasing their homes that sit on oversized lawns that will need mowing on Saturday morning after a 75 hour work week. Today, most buyers in our market are young professionals who work long hours and who may be interested in eventually starting a family if they haven’t already. This doesn’t leave them with much time left over for things like lawnmowing or cleaning gutters. There has been a major shift in the way folks want to live and work today compared to 30 years ago in more ways than one.

Here is an informative, well-written article, The Next Slum? written by Christopher B. Lineberger, that I came across that talks about how Houses in the Suburbs are sitting vacant or on the market longer and longer. Overgrown lawns and untended homes are sprinkled heavily throughout these neighborhoods that many once thought were much more desirable than our urban setting. Unfortunately this is leading to in influx of problems, such as unlawful homeless tenants or even unruly renters that no one wants as  neighbors. 

On the same note, cities, especially Center City Philadelphia, have become more desireable to today’s professional buyers. We are seeing more and more new construction around town and more and more folks are leaving their lawnmowers behind and joining us in our culturally exciting way of life. From being able to walk to work or to your favorite restaurant to having your own doorman in a pet-friendly, “green” condo building, Center City Condo living is thriving!

If you are interested in taking a look at some condominiums here in town, give us a call at 215.440.2388 or click this link to Meet Our Team!

Nicole Noguer
Licensed Office Assistant to Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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August 14, 2008

What is a Mortgage “Point”?

Filed under: Of Interest to Buyers — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:59 pm

Very simply put, a point is equal to one percent of the mortgage amount of your loan for your Philadelphia condo or flat- be it a Rittenhouse Square condominium, or a Society Hill loft. Points are not mandatory, in most cases, and are offered by a bank in return for a lowering of your interest rate.

Let’s say you buy a $550,000 condo in Philadelphia. You are going put 5% down, so your mortgage amount is $500,000. Here is how points work:

You pay 1 point (payable to the lender), which costs you $5,000 and your interest rate is 6%
You pay 2 points, which will cost you $10,000, and your interest rate is 5.75%

Now, if you monthly mortgage payment is going to drop (say) $100 a month BECAUSE you paid a point, it will take you 50 months to recoup that $5000 investment in that one point.

You save $100 a month, and paid $5000 for that honor. Hence 50 months to recoup.

So it begs the question, are you SURE you are going to live in this Rittenhouse Square condo for over four years? Because if you are not sure how long you are going to stay put, it may not be in your best interest to pay that point. I have been a realtor in Philadelphia for almost twenty years now, and I sell a lot of condos in Center City. I don’t see a lot of folks staying put for more than four years. They get a dog, a family, a lawnmower, a promotion, a transfer, and they are off to bigger and better pastures. Empty nesters would be the exception to this general rule.

So there you have it…..for more information, check out my website www.CenterCityCondos.com and click the Vendor Menu button for mortgage solicitors who can explain more about financing a wide variety of condos in Philadelphia.

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

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