How Do I Sell My House Fast?

Posted by Tom Arena // May 2, 2017

The Philadelphia area (and its Delaware suburbs) is in the middle of one of the hottest real estate markets in recent memory, but you can’t seem to sell your home through a real estate agent, or you’re afraid to list your home because it needs work. In either situation, you know that you don’t want […]

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Full housing recovery may not happen until 2018: Survey

Posted by Tom Arena // April 1, 2015

Home prices may have hit bottom in early 2012, but the housing recovery still has a long way to go. In fact, home values may not exceed their prerecession peak until the early part of 2018, according to a quarterly survey of more than 100 experts sponsored by Zillow. “We’ve reached a point in the […]

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Why areas with good jobs have hard-to-afford homes

Posted by Tom Arena // March 25, 2015

It’s the new career trade-off: Around the country, areas with the strongest job markets increasingly have some of the costliest homes. And areas with the most affordable homes lack a solid base of middle class jobs that attract workers. College graduates and younger families have been clustering in coastal cities such as New York, San […]

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Keep your home by renting it out

Posted by Tom Arena // March 18, 2015

We’ve typically had two options as we neared retirement age: downsizing to a smaller home to reduce expenses, or “aging in place” while trying to maintain a family home that eventually may prove too much for us. Thanks to vacation rental sites such as HomeAway, Vacational Rental by Owner, or VRBO, and Airbnb, people are […]

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Managing Real Estate Assets in Your Retirement Portfolio

Posted by Tom Arena // March 11, 2015

Answers on asset allocation, mortgage debt in retirement, and rental properties. Real estate is one of those quirky assets that often defies our best abilities to manage it. We crave ownership of it, yet unlike stocks and bonds, we never really know what it’s worth until we sell it. Owning real estate, of course, has […]

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When to Hire a Professional for Your Remodel

Posted by Tom Arena // March 4, 2015

Are you qualified to renovate yourself or is it worth the money to hire help? Although sometimes costly, hiring professional designers and contractors relieves stress and eradicates expensive do-it-yourself (DIY) remedies. But how can homeowners determine which projects to undertake and which to outsource? We asked eight home improvement writers to weigh in on their […]

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6 Factors to Consider When Deciding to Sell Your Home or Rent it Out

Posted by Tom Arena // February 25, 2015

I get the question a lot: I am thinking of moving or upgrading… do I rent or sell my home? That question is really loaded. A simple yes or no answer doesn’t really do the question justice. Honestly, anything shorter than an article really can’t answer the question and does you the questioner a disservice. Therefore, this article […]

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Quick Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell

Posted by Tom Arena // February 18, 2015

A home is a product and it should be marketed as such, says one stager. There are a number of tactics you can employ in an effort to sell your home quicker, but one of the top tricks is to stage the house. “When a seller decides to put their house on the market, they need to […]

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Making the Shift: Teen’s Room to Guest Suite

Posted by Tom Arena // February 11, 2015

At some point, you’ll probably want to convert your now-absent teen’s bedroom into a space you can use. After 18 years at home, your child is striking out on his own, whether to attend college or start an exciting new job. Though you may not be ready to do so immediately, you’ll probably want to […]

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The Self-Employed Borrower’s Guide to Getting a Mortgage

Posted by Tom Arena // February 4, 2015

Eight key factors determine how likely lenders are to approve your application. A recent Zillow study revealed that self-employed borrowers receive 40 percent fewer home purchase loan quotes, despite reporting that they make 81 percent more money than other potential borrowers. A key reason is that self-employed borrowers are twice as likely as non-self-employed borrowers to […]

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