Real Estate Website Ranks Philadelphia Among Most Exciting Cities

(By Chelsea Karnash, CBS Philadelphia) We have some of the country’s best gardens and restaurants, our beer scene is pretty awesome and single men and trick-or-treaters can both get lucky in Philly. Now, the real estate blog Movoto has ranked Philadelphia among the most exciting cities in the country. So what makes a city exciting? Movoto says […]

The 5 most wanted home upgrades

(Compliments of Matthew Lynch, First Choice Loan Services, Inc.) The 5 most wanted home upgrades – PLUS 3 things to consider before renting your home A recent survey found that when people are buying or remodeling a home, these upgrades top the list: 1. Outdoor living area. A deck, screened porch, or attached patio makes a nice […]

Neighborhood Profile: UNIVERSITY CITY

History:  University City is a name for the easternmost region of West Philadelphia. The University of Pennsylvania has long been the dominant institution in the area and was instrumental in coining the name University City as part of a 1950s urban-renewal effort. Today, Drexel University and The University of The Sciences in Philadelphia also call University City home.  The eastern […]

Jobless Claims Decline

(Compliments of Craig Smith, Mortgage Master, Inc.) While last week was packed with central bank meetings and major economic data, there was very little significant economic news this week. The small amount of data that was released this week reinforced the view that the labor market is improving. This is great for the economy, but […]

Neighborhood Profile: PLYMOUTH MEETING

History:   The township was originally settled by members of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, who worshipped in the Plymouth Friends Meetinghouse. They sailed from Devonshire, England, on the ship Desire, arriving in Philadelphia on June 23, 1686. The township takes its name from the settlers’ hometown of Plymouth in Devon. What is now Germantown Pike was ordered […]

Neighborhood Profile: FISHTOWN

History:   Fishtown is a neighborhood in Philadelphia located immediately northeast of Center City. The name “Fishtown” is derived from the area’s former role as the center of the shad fishing industry on the Delaware River. The name comes from the fact that a number of 18th and early 19th centuries German and German-American families bought up the […]

10 Home-Maintenance Tips for Spring

Courtesy of After a long, dark winter, spring’s bright sun and warm winds are, well, a breath of fresh air. The only downside? All that sunshine spotlights your leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks and the dead plants in last year’s flower beds. Dwight Barnett, a certified master inspector with the American Society of Home Inspectors, […]