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October 27, 2009

5 Things That Can Ruin a Closing

Filed under: Center City Real Estate — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 11:51 am

1) Buyer buys a new car, or otherwise obligates him or herself financially, between signing of the agreement of sale, and closing.

2) Either party, while NOT attending settlement, sends documents back that have not been witnessed by a notary.

3) Either party, having to bring money to the table to complete the transaction, brings a personal check, and not a certified check.

4) Realtor forgets to either: Bring the escrow check, read the utility meters, neglects to do a walk-through, or doesn’t check to see all obligations¬†on the agreement of sale have been fulfilled-like making sure appliances are still in the house at the time of settlement, etc.

5) Seller neglects to, or just doesn’t give a crap, and fails to complete items on a written punch list. I hate sellers like this. Usually deveoplers. Sleezy-bags.

Through hundreds of closings, Mark will do his best not to ruin the day you close on your favorite Fitler Square condo. Or any Philadelphia condo for that matter! ūüôā

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

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October 22, 2009

Shopping for your new Philadelphia Condominium?

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 11:26 am

…see if you can avoid being a dumb ass!¬†

Here are the top 5 Mistakes potential buyers make when shopping for a new condo in Philly:
 
1) They don’t do their homework- And end up buying a condo with a fatal resale flaw… like a 6th floor walkup, or a 2000 sq ft studio.

2) They overpay without asking their realtor for detailed comparable info- huge mistake. Happens all the time.

3) They use a realtor who is a relative, or someone from way out of the area. Whatta’ you, new to this planet? Don’t do that.

4) They neglect to get their mortage costs AND interest rate in writing from their mortgage dude/dudette.

5) They get a friend or relative to do a home inspection for them. I reserve the right to laugh at anyone who does this.
 
Honestly, most Center City Condominium buyers are intelligent, and come prepared. But some don’t do their homework, and end up getting kinda’ screwed in the end. Please don’t let this happen to you! Call, and let’s chat about some of the common pitfalls of buying a condo.

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

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October 20, 2009

The Philadelphian Condominiums

Filed under: Center City Real Estate — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:45 pm

A true variety of sizes, shapes and views make 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue a wonderful choice for condo buyers.

I have always been a big fan of the Philadelphian, located in the Art Museum area of Center City Philadelphia. One of the, if not THE largest condominium association here in Pennsylvania, ‚Äú2401‚ÄĚ has an indoor pool, and outdoor pool, limited garage parking, a supermarket, a restaurant, and a variety of shops located all under one roof! Many units have oversized balconies, with fantastic city or Museum views. The Philadelphian recently replaced all windows, and hvac systems! Stunning penthouse units, and according to www.2401.com, the building has a variety of clubs and social functions throughout the year. Penthouse units have dazzling ceiling height, and top-notch views!

Considering a move into Center City? Give me a call, and let’s check out the value and size of some of the Philadelphian’s condos!

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

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October 15, 2009

A Center City Condo Buyer’s Wish List

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 2:41 pm

Yes, buyers come to me with a wish list a mile long. Shocking, eh? And if you already own a condo in Center City, don’t pretend like you bought the first thing you saw. You didn’t. I know, because I was probably your Philly realtor. ūüôā¬†I always tell people that I can get them 9 out of 10 things on their wish list. If they want 10 out of 10, then they are going to have to rub a magic lamp. I just isn’t possible.

Anyway, here are the top 5 things buyers INITIALLY ask for when they call:

1) Parking

2) Walkable area at Center City restaurants, Cultural activities, etc.

3) A workable, open kitchen

4) Tons of closet space

5) Hardwood Floors

 
Though clearly this list varies from buyer to buyer, these are the most “asked for items” when I first get a call that someone is looking for a condo!

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

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October 13, 2009

My Top 5 Bizarre Open House Moments

Filed under: Of Interest to Buyers,Of Interest To Sellers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:43 pm

…and you thought being a realtor was all glamour.

 

I have been sitting Open Houses in Center City Philadelphia for twenty years now. If I add up all the hours I have spent alone in some strangers home, I could have taken a month off in the Bahamas, I am sure. But not all the sitting and waiting for some Philadelphia condo buyer has been in vain. Here are my top (bottom?) 5 Open House experiences that I have lived through:
 
1) Someone once died in the living room of my lovely Open House. I was in a Washington Square West Condo, and PA. Hospital was but 1/2 block away. Buyer Lived.

2) I once added a cat to someones home. The cat was lurking by the back door. I figured I let him out by mistake. I didn’t. This owner didn’t own a cat.

3) I once sat the wrong Open House. Couldn’t get the key to work. Sat on the front stoop for an hour. Was told a week later I was at the wrong address.

4) I once left an open house, and locked a potential buyer inside. She was knocking on the front door, from inside the house, as I attempted to leave. Good save on her part.

5) I once tracked grease from the sidewalk onto the new carpeting of a model open house I was once sitting.¬† I didn’t tell anyone. It still eats at me at this day.
 
I’m not perfect, but if you own a Center City Condo, I might just be perfect for you.

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

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October 1, 2009

Does your Center City Philadelphia Garden Suck?

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Of Interest To Sellers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:10 pm

…yeah well, they all do.

Container gardens are very popular with city dwellers- though rarely do I see a small private outside area and witness plants thriving. It is like a death sentence for any plant that gets purchased by anyone who resides within the confines of Center City. So here are my suggestions for those looking to buy garden plants that basically “thrive on neglect”
 
Tall Plants- Good Sun           Tall Plants-Shade
                          
Bamboo                                 Feather Reed Gras 
 
Small Flowers- Full Sun         Big Flowers-Shade
            
Moss Rose                              Salvia                      
 
 
So if killing plants is your “thing”, Try these goof-proof plants that can thrive on neglect,
and you may have one of the prettiest gardens in Center City Philadlephia!

Is gardening a priority for your move into Center City? Lets chat about how we can find you a place with some nearby “Greenery”.

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

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September 29, 2009

Philadelphia Real Estate for Empty Nesters

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 9:12 am

…and their priorities

I certainly don’t want to stereotype any particular set of buyers, but it has been my experience that each set or group of buyers assign different values to amenities in Philadelphia lofts and condominiums. From first time buyers to empty nesters, each comes with their own set of wants, needs, and priorities. Here are what I believe to be common amongst the empty nester set:

-Very few stairs
-Very little maintenance
-Parking
-Pet friendly buildlings
-Closet space
-Walking Distance to shopping, dining, and cultural activities
     
 
While such niceties as a high floor with great views, hardwood flooring in bedrooms, and exposed brick may be a plus, I see fewer empty nesters in Philly willing to pay for such features. Again, I apologize if I am pidgeon-holing any group of buyers, it has just been my experience that different groups of buyers gravitate towards different amenities – some weighted with a higher value than others, of course.

 

Lets discover your priorities in Philly Real Estate!

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

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September 26, 2009

Do I look like an idiot?

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 @ 4:08 pm

…ok, don’t answer that…and no, thats not a photo of me.
 
Top 5 things I can’t get Philadelphia Loft and Condo buyers to believe:

1) It is OK to paint exposed brick
2) Carpeting is OK in your bedroom
3) There is no difference in value between say the 33rd floor, and the 34th floor
4) A super clean older kitchen will sell just as well as a stainless steel, dirty kitchen
5) You will never recoup the costs of a new heater and new central air conditioning system
 
Don’t believe me? Well, get in line. Most don’t. But it is not like I am employed by the “Painted exposed brick” lobbists, or anything. I am just telling you what I know from my 20 years experience selling Philly real estate.

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

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September 17, 2009

What is hanging off the front of my Philadelphia Brownstone Condo Building?

Filed under: Center City Real Estate — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 9:59 am


It is called a Busy-Body

Like an early form of caller ID, Ben Franklin invented this interestingly simple device called a busy-body. Attached to a 2nd floor exterior windows sill, this device allows you to stand inside your home, and see who is at your front door, without that guest or visitor know that he is being watched. So if someone is knocking at the front door of your Philadelphia Brownstone, perhaps selling sweepers, or magazine subscriptions, you may see who it is, and choose not to answer. All the while, the person knocking will have no idea that he or she has been seen. The set of 3 mirrors is angled so the image of your front door stoop is reflected directly into a window on the 2nd floor. Again, so you can see who it at your door, without having to answer your door. That Benjamin Franklin was one smart guy!

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

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September 15, 2009

Want to buy a Philly Condo known as an OPPOC?

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,General Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 9:04 am


(An Over Priced Piece Of Crap)
 
Step right up, and get in line, because I see buyers shelling out good money for them all the time. Although,¬†since they are not “my” buyers, I have no right to step in and tell them what I think.¬†Well, that¬†ain’t going to be the case if you happen to contact me, and we decide to go condo shopping. You are going to get full-on honesty.

Snarky, yes. Honest- you betcha.

I have to be bloody honest and truthful if I see you dangling over the edge of a cliff. Perhaps I am too much of a big-brain, or I have too many opinions. Or maybe I just know what the heck I am doing when it comes to Philly Real Estate, and don’t want to see you buy in a building that I believe is a poor investment.

Whatever the case, if you don’t like me, then fire me, or don’t return my phone calls. But I am going to be a loud mouth, and that is just my style.

Though I can’t control the overall Philadelphia loft and condo market, I can hopefully help you avoid some of the pitfalls that I see buyers fall into. That is my goal. To keep you as clean as possible!
Drop me a note if you want to chat sometime…

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

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