Philadelphia

September 25, 2012 - 8:45 AM
There is a seemingly endless list of things to consider when trying to find the perfect house. Some of these - like price, size, location and amenities - are obvious, while others require a fair amount of thought and specific knowledge. One example of the latter category is the relative property tax rate of Read More

Tax rates in Philly declining as suburban rates rise

There is a seemingly endless list of things to consider when trying to find the perfect house.

September 25, 2012 - 8:39 AM
For many reasons, people find that college towns are an ideal place to live. From their abundance of cultural offerings to their intellectual atmosphere and profusion of affordable restaurants, university neighborhoods tend to be some of the most desirable communities in a given city. This is especially true Read More

Swarthmore: Philly's ultimate college town

For many reasons, people find that college towns are an ideal place to live.

September 17, 2012 - 8:26 AM
Each generation's members value different things in terms of where they decide to buy a home. As a whole, Baby Boomers were attracted to larger houses in land-rich suburbs with good schools. Generation Y buyers, however, seem to be more concerned with living in an active community with jobs that will pay Read More

Philly a good place for Gen Y homebuyers

Each generation's members value different things in terms of where they decide to buy a home.

September 12, 2012 - 3:51 PM
In much of the country, housing inventory has declined over the last year as consumer optimism rises and once-hesitant buyers finally decide to enter the market. This has led to increasing prices in many of the country's most competitive markets, such as Washington, DC, San Francisco and Boston. However Read More

Inventory and demand up in Philly as prices remain steady

In much of the country, housing inventory has declined over the last year as consumer optimism rises and once-hesitant buyers finally decide to enter the market.

September 7, 2012 - 8:30 AM
The housing collapse of the late 2000s has made many homebuyers in the City of Brotherly feel relatively tentative about investing in a home. Instead, many of them, particularly younger ones, have opted to rent instead, which has pushed up rents to high levels. This imbalance could create an ideal Read More
September 6, 2012 - 8:34 AM
An uptick in residential construction in a given metro usually signifies an increasingly optimistic market and growing demand for new homes. Both of these trends typically presage increased home values and sales. Therefore, people considering one of the homes for sale in Philadelphia, PA, may want to take Read More

Residential construction climbs significantly in 2012

An uptick in residential construction in a given metro usually signifies an increasingly optimistic market and growing demand for new homes.

September 5, 2012 - 8:39 AM
College is a time when many young adults make their first foray into the world of living alone and enter a new phase in their life. For many parents, however, this process is a little more gradual. Many help their children adapt to their new, freer life by helping them land a suitable living space. However, Read More
August 28, 2012 - 3:42 PM
The most recent report from the S&P/Case-Shiller index shows that home prices have experienced their first year-over-year rise since September 2010. This bodes well for the country's housing market, as it shows that confidence is rising and new buyers are entering the market. However, it also means Read More
August 28, 2012 - 3:37 PM
One of the gravest repercussions from the housing crisis of the late 2000s is an enduringly high vacancy rate. For several years, cities across the country have been seeing a high percentage of their homes lie fallow due to foreclosures, which hurts both the cities and their residents. However, in the last Read More

Vacancy rate dropping in Philly

One of the gravest repercussions from the housing crisis of the late 2000s is an enduringly high vacancy rate.

August 27, 2012 - 8:09 AM
Every year, a larger share of the world's population lives in an urban center. According to a recent CBS article, more than half of us already do - and that proportion is expected to increase to three-quarters by 2050. Because of this trend, cities around the world are trying to find ways of adapting to Read More

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