9 Home Selling FAQ’s | Part I

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By Jon Miller, Realtor®

Homeowners face a lot of unknowns when it’s time to sell their home so there are a lot of questions. You’ll need to know how much your home is worth, how much it will cost to sell your home, how to get your home ready to sell, how to reach buyers, what happens after a buyer’s offer is accepted, and whether you should list your home for sale first or find your next home first. Here you’ll find the answers to 9 of the most common questions that I hear from home sellers. This is Part I of a three part series.

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9 Home Selling FAQ’s | Part II

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By Jon Miller, Realtor®

This is Part II of a three part series. This section covers getting your home ready to sell, leaving negotiation room in the asking price, and whether or not you’ll need to have an Open House. Part I of this series covers determining your home’s value, online estimates, and the costs of selling a home. Read Part IPart III of this series covers what to do if your house doesn’t sell, what happens after you’ve accepted a buyer’s offer, and what you’ll need to know if you’re planning on buying a new home at the same time that you’re selling your current home. Read Part III.

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11 Things You Need to Know Before You Put Your Home on the Market

By Jon Miller, Realtor®

1. You Don’t Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression

Photos will be the first thing potential buyers see. Since home buyers are shopping for homes online, and getting alerts of new listings that match their criteria, the first time any buyer or agent will get a glimpse of your home will be the listing photos. Most people are perusing listings while they’re doing other things like standing in line at the store, riding the train to work, or watching TV. People will typically make a decision about whether or not they like a house within just a few seconds, often after seeing only 3-5 photos. If the photos don’t catch their attention they’ll simply swipe the screen and move on to the next listing. A professional photographer who understands lighting, angles, and composition will ensure that your home looks it’s best in the photos.

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Moving to Philadelphia, PA

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By Jon Miller, Realtor®

If you’re moving to Philadelphia you’ll want some inside information on what it’s like to live here, where to live, and how to make the move. When I first moved to Philadelphia from North Carolina at the end of 2004 I had no idea how to get around the city or where to live. Fortunately, I had a friend who grew up here who was able to help me navigate the area but there was still a lot to learn and figure out. In this article, I’ll guide you through the city and nearby suburbs to help you find out what you need to know about living in Philadelphia.

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Wine Tasting & KenCrest Fundraiser | February 2019

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Choosing a bottle of wine for a gift or a night out can be overwhelming. Have you ever walked into a wine store hoping to find that new perfect bottle but then end up choosing the one you always get or one with an interesting label? For most of, this is how we choose wines.

One of the most interesting things about wines is how they can vary based on where and how they’re produced. Trying one grape in a few styles you can see the differences side by side. For the February Wine Tasting & KenCrest Fundraiser we’ll look at some of the things that can be done with the popular Pinot grape for a side by side comparison. After tasting these wines you’ll be able to easily choose a few favorites next time you buy wine.

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What’s the Philadelphia Sewer Line Insurance?

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By Jon Miller, Realtor®

A few weeks ago postcards and letters were mailed to Philadelphia residents offering a protection plan for sewer and water lines. The letters included the official Seal of Philadelphia on the envelopes to keep them from looking like a scam, but a lot of people are asking if the program is legitimate. Here’s an overview of the background, what the plan is, and some insight to help you make a decision on whether or not to purchase the protection plan.

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How is the Roxborough Manayunk Real Estate Market?

Roxborough ManayunkIn January 2019, 38 homes sold in Roxborough and Manayunk. The same number of homes sold in January of 2018. We should expect to see a similar number of homes sold in February. In March, we can expect to see the number of homes sold double which makes February a very good month to put a home on the market since sold homes are an indication of buyer activity within the month or two before those sales are completed.

Home Values Are Up

The median sales price of re-sale homes sold in January 2019 is $238,250 compared to a median sales price of $225,000 in January of 2018, a 6% increase over the same time last year. The number of active listings decreased significantly from 251 active listings in January 2018 to 143 active listings in January 2019. These are indications that we can expect to be in a seller’s market over the next several months if things continue on the same path. Last Spring we saw a moderate seller’s market and the indications are that this coming Spring will be a strong seller’s market.

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A Tutti Pizza | Ridge Avenue’s All-Star

By Jon Miller, Realtor®

Over the summer of 2018, A Tutti Pizza opened it’s doors in the old All-Star Pizza space at 5154 Ridge Ave near the Wissahickon Train Station.

The restaurant is headed by owner Paul Marrone who opened A Tutti upon returning to Philadelphia after working in Las Vegas and helping his brother build a wedding venue in Arkansas. Paul wanted to open a restaurant for everyone, a comfortable neighborhood spot with great food and a great atmosphere. His goal is clear in his choice of the restuarant’s name which means “For Everyone.”

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