Housing Market updates for Center City, Fairmount and Callowhill for January 2015.
Zip Codes: 19103, 19102, 19106, 19107, 19130, 19123
If you have any questions about Real Estate in Center City, Fairmount or Callowhill, please do not hesitate to contact me at Kevin.Toll@LNF.com or 610-609-1096.
Housing Market updates for Pottstown, Spring City, & Honey Brook in January 2015
(Zip Codes: 19465, 19475, 19343, 19520, 19470, 19457, 19316)
If you have any questions about real estate in Pottstown, Spring City or Honey Brook, please feel free to contact me at Kevin.Toll@LNF.com or 610-609-1096.
|Great article about staging your home for web appeal- If you don’t think about how your home will look on the web, you are limiting the potential home-buyers and traffic to your home.|
|By Justin White|
|RISMEDIA, Tuesday, February 17, 2015— In today’s real estate market, curb appeal is about more than neighborhood drive-bys and official home showings. That’s because, if there’s one thing you can bet about today’s potential homebuyer, it’s that he or she is searching online. Thanks to a bevvy of easy-access real estate websites, it’s simpler than ever for anyone with a computer and an Internet connection to find details about homes for sale. And whether you’ve got a listing filled with photos or none at all, interested buyers can input your address and view the front of your home through Google’s Street View.So how does your property look? When a potential buyer pulls up a picture of the front of your home, will it delight or disgust? To help you make sure you’re making the most of your online curb appeal, here are some specific tips for strategically staging the exterior of your home.
Staging your home’s curb appeal for the Web does take time and money, but it’s an investment well worth the effort. In return for your updates, you’ll gain a home that’s worth more to potential buyers, as well as one that will draw in prospects the minute they see it on their computer screens. Use the tips above to get started!
Justin White is the Marketing Director for Mid Atlantic Door Group, the leading distributor for Overhead Door Corp.
View this original post on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall.
|Mortgage Rates Move Higher on Strong Jobs Report|
|RISMEDIA, Tuesday, February 17, 2015— Average fixed mortgage rates are moving higher amid a strong employment report, according to the results of Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). Regardless, fixed-rate mortgage rates still remain near their May 23, 2013 lows.
“Mortgage rates rose last week following strong economic data,” says Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist, Freddie Mac. The economy added 257,000 new jobs in January after robust increases of 329,000 in December and 423,000 in November. The unemployment rate edged up to 5.7 percent last month from 5.6 percent in December. Average hourly earnings rose 0.5 percent, following a 0.2 percent decline in December.”
The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.69 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending February 12, 2015, up from last week when it averaged 3.59 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.28 percent.
The 15-year FRM last week averaged 2.99 percent with an average 0.6 point, up from the week prior when it averaged 2.92 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.33 percent.
Data shows that the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.97 percent last week with an average 0.5 point, up from the week prior when it averaged 2.82 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.05 percent.
Additionally, the one-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.42 percent last week with an average 0.4 point, up from the week prior when it averaged 2.39 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.55 percent.
For more information, visit www.freddiemac.com.
|Living Smart: 7 Ways to Get Creative with Kitchen Storage|
|By Oseye Boyd|
|RISMEDIA, Monday, February 16, 2015— (TNS)–No matter the size of your kitchen, it always seems like there’s never enough space. Maybe at one time you thought it was the perfect size, but after years of purchasing kitchen gadgets and new dishes, along with having a growing family, the thrill is gone.However, there’s no need to fret. We’ve got you covered with seven space-saving, creative storage solutions to make your kitchen feel brand new, and hopefully you’ll fall in love with it all over again.
1. Go high. Step back and look at your kitchen as a whole. Notice anything? You may see there’s prime real estate up high, such as on top of the refrigerator and above cabinets and doors. Take advantage of these spaces to store cookbooks, canisters or even wine bottles.
2. Get low. Make existing features in your kitchen functional with toe-kick drawers. Most cabinets sit off the floor with toe kicks, and now there are kits available to create drawers that open with a tap of your toes. A toe-kick drawer is a great place to house pet feeding dishes.
3. Hangin’ on. Sure, you can hang pots and pans from the ceiling or add a rack to a wall, but you might try hanging baskets to store dish cloths and towels. Use hooks to hang pot holders or utensils. Peg boards aren’t just for tools in the garage. Use them to create a cool place to hang pots and pans, mugs or utensils.
4. Slide and glide. Install sliding drawers on the side of your range to add functionality. The drawers don’t take up much room but are deep enough to provide plenty of storage. A sliding storage tower (on wheels!) is another option to make use of narrow spaces, such as between your oven and fridge.
5. Rack it up. Door racks on the inside of cabinet or pantry doors provide instant space-saving storage. While you’re in the mood, add racks to the wall near the stove to store spices, olive oil or other often-used items for easy accessibility, or create a wine rack with everything you need — bottles, glasses and a corkscrew.
6. Island living. The options for using your island are endless. Add cabinets underneath for additional storage, shelves on one side to store kitchen gadgets, or install a built-in trash can to preserve floor space.
7. Cubby it up. Take it back to elementary school by creating cubby holes for cookie sheets, cake pans or other bakeware. Think high again, and build cubbies in the space between the cabinet and ceiling to store wine bottles.
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