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June 20, 2018

What You Need to Know Before You Move To Rhode Island

Rhode Island is the smallest state in land area within the United States and boasts a housing market that is hot and not to be overlooked!
 
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June 5, 2018

Home Buyer 101: The Construction Punch List

As the future owner of a new build, you play a major role in your home's completion process. Here's the home buyer 101 guide to the construction punch list.
 
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May 23, 2018

In-Home Consultation vs. Interior Designer: How to Get the Design Guidance You Need

Professional design guidance comes in various hues – from the in-home consultation to the interior designer, decorator and of course, the classic DIY. Any option could be a great way to turn the space you have into one you have always dreamed of.

Whether you have a vision or prefer to let someone else take the reins, the digital age has transformed the interior design world into a competitive landscape. With a significant choice for the consumer, it’s helpful to learn about the different options, then make an informed decision about your ‘inside job.’

In-Home Consultation

Many of today’s retailers are rolling out in-home consultation [...]

 
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May 10, 2018

Everything you Need to Know Before Your Move to Pennsylvania

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live in one of the original colonies, the great state of Pennsylvania has more than its rich history to offer. Nestled in the northeastern region of the nation, Pennsylvania has several neighbors. It’s between Delaware in the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, Lake Erie, Ontario to the northwest, New York to the north, and New Jersey to the east.

The state’s five most populous metro areas are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading, and Harrisburg – the capital of Pennsylvania. In and around the state are numerous suburbs and counties. Each, of course, [...]

 
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April 18, 2018

The Most Commonly Broken Lease Rules: Early Termination

When you sign an apartment lease on the dotted line, you are probably excited and think nothing of complying with the terms of the contract. That said, one of the most commonly broken lease rules is an early termination of the lease. With so many people moving come Spring, some renters will be breaking their leases (or considering it) to set their sights on a new home. Here are a few things you need to know before breaking a lease. This includes the ramifications of your decision so that you understand what’s outlined in the lease should you decide to terminate early.

Knowing Your Options Before Breaking Your Current Lease

From a landlord’s point of view, the [...]

 
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April 6, 2018

Consider HOT Olde Kensington, Philadelphia for Your next Move!

If you are looking for that start-up vibe, Olde Kensington is one of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods that is slowly getting a facelift. Tucked away between Northern Liberties (north) and Fishtown (west), this distinct section of Kensington is going from warehouse to coffee house and condo. With other kinds of redevelopment in the works, this area of the city is one to watch or give more thoughtful consideration for a next move.

Where is Olde Kensington?

Olde Kensington is roughly situated between Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Front Street, W. Girard Ave. and N. 5th street. Considered part of the Lower Northeast section of Philadelphia, Olde Kensington is about 2 miles from Center [...]

 
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March 28, 2018

Magnet States for Generation Xers

If you are roughly between 35 and 49 years old, there are reasons your age group is on the move. Chances are you have a lot on your plate and want to live somewhere that addresses your needs. Not the outdated ones that said you were cynical, MTV-loving, latchkey kids. No, the new you. The generation that is entrepreneurial, driven to lead, and enthusiastic about work-life balance – AKA Generation X.

What is Generation X?

Generation X is sandwiched between the Baby Boomer Generation and Generation Y (millennials), according to the calculations of the Harvard Center. You can also call them by more hip names like Gen X or Gen Xers. Born between 1965 and 1982, this bracket [...]

 
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March 16, 2018

Is a Lender Credit Right For You?

In an ideal scenario, the perfect house shows up when you are ready and have the cash flow to cover the down payment, closing costs, and first month’s mortgage. However, this isn’t always the case. If crunching the closing cost numbers is beyond stressful, rather than missing the opportunity to buy now, you might see if a lender credit could make it happen.

What is a Lender Credit?

A lender credit is also called a lender assist, though you may want to sit down with your mortgage broker to more solidly understand the verbiage he/she uses. What is a lender credit? Essentially, as a borrower, your lender could agree to credit closing costs. For instance, you might [...]

 
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February 21, 2018

How to Handle a Relocation Like a Pro

Whether you are moving to a new neighborhood in the same city or packing up for a non-local move, relocation can be downright stressful. You’ll need to manage the emotions and tasks in tandem with carving out new routines. Instead of getting frantic, use these life tips and resources to handle relocation like a pro, or at least with a spirit of adventure.

7 Sites to Help You Research Your Relocation Destination

Instead of feeling overwhelmed with too much to do, start early and research your new location well. Look up things like demographics, crime information, school systems, doctors, and other essentials with these 8 sites.

Homes.com Crime Reports My Local [...]
 
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February 14, 2018

Top U.S. Cities for MBA Graduates

For the millennial business administration student, an MBA coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit may be enough to think about relocation. Each year, grads and young professionals tidy up their LinkedIn profiles, and with resume in hand, look for new lands of opportunity. But millennials are choosy, tech-savvy, and night-life smart. They want a thriving local scene where they can parlay their skills into a balanced life of work and play.

What are the Top Cities for MBA Graduates?

Lists being what they are, provide rankings for best MBA programs, best cities for millennials, and best states for MBA graduates. So where do you start looking?

As with any search, the [...]

 
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January 24, 2018

The Value of a View & What to Do if You Don’t Have One

For urban dwellers, the expression “you pay for the view” could be a reason to exchange seeing out for seeing in. How important is a view vs. space and square footage? What should you do if you don’t have a view? These questions are good to figure out ahead of time, especially for couples who may ‘view’ things differently from one another.

The Value of a Great View

An appraiser will tell you that the old adage “location, location, location” still rings true and that a view adds value to a property. Per the Appraisal Journal, “residential lots with a view command significantly higher prices.” The exact price of a view may be hard [...]

 
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January 17, 2018

Live Near the Art Museums in Fairmount, Philadelphia

The Fairmount, or as locals call it ‘the Art Museum area’ neighborhood melds tree-lined streets with urban living and a vibrant creative energy. Just steps from the Rodin Museum, the Philadelphia Art Museum and the Barnes, culture and famous attractions are a stroll away. If you want to live in the city but not its downtown core, this may be the perfect place to reside.

Where is Fairmount Neighborhood?

Fairmount is one of the neighborhoods within the greater Center City district of Philadelphia. Its boundaries are north of Spring Garden Street, west of Broad Street, south of Girard Avenue and east of The Schuylkill River trail.

Depending on who you talk to, [...]

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