Hearthside Happenings

Condos Versus Single-Family Home

Your guide to which is best for you.
Posted by Joe Carelli on December 02, 2019 in  Coldwell Banker  Coldwell Banker Hearthside  Condos  Housing  listings  Public Housing  real estate  Single family
For first-time and other not-so-expert buyers, making the choice between a condo or a single-family home can be a challenge. Both of these property types are common starter homes, and while they often come in similar size configurations, that is where the similarities stop. Condos and single-family homes come with wildly different ownership qualities and financial obligations, and it is critical that buyers understand that before making an offer on either property type. Let’s take a look at condos versus sing... read more
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Philadelphia Housing Going Strong

Philadelphia is growing at a substantial pace despite choppy economic markets.
Posted by Joe Carelli on September 24, 2019 in  CBH  Coldwell Banker  Coldwell Banker Hearthside  Economics  Housing  Philadelphia  Philly  Real Estate
Volatility has been the name of the game in the financial markets in 2019. Despite ongoing economic uncertainty brought on by the trade war, global instability, and slowdowns overseas, the Philadelphia housing market is not only standing strong- it is growing at a substantial pace.  The 2008-2009 housing crisis hit the Philly metro area particularly strongly. In fact, the city saw a slowdown in home sales and valuations before the rest of the country, and when the big one hit, Philadelphia had even farther to... read more
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Low Housing Stock is Fueling Philadelphia Bidding Wars

What effect is low housing stock having on Philadelphia bidding wars?
Posted by Joe Carelli on May 22, 2019 in  housing  pa  pennsylvania  Philadelphia  Philly  real estate  real estate industry  Trends
This past October, many in the real estate industry were worried about the state of the real estate market. After a national building boom that has lasted for more than 7 years, many in the business were wary of a slowdown. During the fall of last year, mortgage rates hit 7-year highs, price appreciation was suffering, and total home sales declined. Despite all of these issues- Philadelphia and some surrounding areas hit record numbers for homes sold. To add a cherry on top sold prices climbed by 4.2 percent durin... read more
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February 2019 Market Update As we finally break free from winter’s grasp, let’s take a look at the state of the market for February. The market tends to slow down in the winter months due to holidays and inclement weather; once the weather starts warming up in mid to late March, we tend to see higher levels of activity. This year we were treated to a few days beyond the historical average with one day reaching 67 degrees in mid-February.  Much like the weather the market saw above average numbers... read more
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