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Yes, the spring real-estate market has sprung…

Regardless of what time of year it is experts agree that staging one’s home is important when listing it for sale. They’re right. In my experience, the benefits of staging are two-fold. Firstly, when listing photos are taken, staged homes’ photos tend to turn out more appealing. The extra effort absolutely translates to the photographs. Secondly, when potential buyers walk through that front door, a carefully curated home will leave a better impression than an interior that has not had any special attention. As a real estate photographer, I deeply appreciate it when a seller has staged their home. However, staging goes beyond a good vacuuming/dusting. The devil is in the details, as it were. Continue reading

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Joseph Berger

Joseph Berger

We are pleased to announce that Joseph Berger, a Main Line native who began his real-estate career with one of the most Continue reading

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Joe McCabe

Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty welcomed experienced residential and commercial realtor Joe McCabe to its Philadelphia and Bucks County offices in late January.

“Joe is a very good fit for our company because Continue reading

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As we close 2015, we offer sincere thanks to the clients who have trusted us to represent them in the purchase and sale of real estate in the greater Philadelphia area and select New Jersey markets. We look forward to a healthy and prosperous New Year, eager to meet the changes coming to the real-estate market.

Top Sales in 2015

Closing just under the wire on December 27, our top sale in 2015 was Continue reading

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Philadelphia Neighborhood Price Increases

Philadelphia’s Increasingly Valuable Properties

Philadelphia real estate is recovering beyond pre-recession figures. Great news? Absolutely. While the trope “location location location,” holds true, it’s important to consider timing as well. Consider the graphic above. Q3 in 2015 saw impressive house price increases. This rise in prices appears as if it will continue. In his quarterly report, Senior Research Consultant for Upenn’s Fels Institute of Government Kevin C. Gillen reports,

“Increased sales activity combined with decreased inventories indicate a relative increase in demand and decrease in supply, which point towards further price appreciation for Philadelphia’s housing.”

So with that said, we’d like to highlight a few listings in neighborhoods that are experiencing this ‘meteoric’ rise.

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IMG_0127Check out the new Cira Green Rooftop Park; the first raised public park in Philadelphia. Take the elevator to the 11th floor of the Cira Center South building in University City to access the space. Take in the views, enjoy the breeze or watch the sun set. Though pop up parks and ‘greenifying’ spaces have become common in Philadelphia, the Cira Green rooftop is unique. Unlike popups–which reclaim unused space–Cira Green is the product of new construction. This inclusion of green space in the design of the parking garage is a testament to the changing attitudes toward architectural design in the city. Continue reading

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Take A Walk…Or a Bike Ride

The Manayunk bridge has officially reopened as of October 30th, 2015. Built in 1918 and operated by SEPTA as a rail bridge until 1986, the structure has been reopened as a pedestrian bridge. Continue reading

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Tucked away in Chestnut Hill, the Vanna Venturi House.

One of our newest listings is garnering a lot of press this week. Melanie Stecura of our Philadelphia office listed the Vanna Venturi House in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood. The availability of this house for the first time since 1973 is causing Continue reading

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Donald Pearson, chairman of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, announced that established Chestnut Hill real estate agents Continue reading

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Center City Philadelphia realtors descended on the newly staged penthouse at The Ayer building on May 20 with listing agent Melanie Stecura hosting the event at the 4500-square-foot triplex.


Designer Gretchen Kubiak of Black & Poole just completed staging the Ayer penthouse.

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