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The Solo Real Estate Blog features local news, stories and commentary all from the perspective of our talented, tight-knit collective of real estate professionals in Philadelphia. Take a look and get to know Solo Real Estate and the community we serve.

Recent Blog Posts

A Guide to Your Philadelphia Home’s History

Does your home have an intriguing past? Would you like to know who were its first tenants? If so, the City of Philadelphia makes it easy to trace your house’s history via maps and archival documents, including deeds that go back to 1683. Below is a list of local resources you can use to find more information about the (read more…)

Ken Schapira: Fabricating quality, one project at a time

Ken Schapira, owner of North Standard Fabrication and Construction, LLC, specializes in solving creative structural problems. “When artist Jeff Carpenter wanted to flood an entire art gallery in the Crane Arts Building with eight inches of water, I collaborated with a structural engineer to waterproof the entire floor,” said Schapira. “People were given boots to view the installation. That (read more…)

Investors are switching to real estate

In the midst of the nation’s highest Covid-19 peak, with the deepest recession on record, and high unemployment, the housing market is soaring.  The National Association of Realtors recently reported that sales of previously owned homes in the United States rose 24.7% – one of the best real estate showings on record.  “Housing prices are increasing not just in (read more…)

Single-Stream Recycling in Philly: Dos and Don’ts

We all want to play our part to keep the planet healthy and recycling is one way you can help. Since the first Earth Day 50 years ago, society has made big strides in education and awareness of the environmental issues we face, and we’ve learned a lot about how our lifestyle choices and methods as consumers have impacted (read more…)

Jeanne Weber: Raises The Roof

Business is booming for Jeanne Weber, owner of Philadelphia Green Roofs, LLC. “Even during the pandemic, business has not slowed down. It blew up. In a good way,” said Weber who, since 2011, has designed and built over three acres of green roofs in Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley. Major projects include Septa Frankford Transportation Building, Rittenhouse Estates, (read more…)

Meet Jeff Carpineta

Jeff Carpineta has been part of the Solo Real Estate family for the last fifteen years helping buyers, sellers, investors, and renters find their place and community in the city we call home. Jeff is a Kensington resident, real estate agent, an artist with a background in photography/music, and is very involved with his local community in the East (read more…)

Four Ways to Minimize Your Waste Footprint in Philadelphia

Solo Real Estate is committed to sustainability and now more than ever, we’re encouraging you to join us in our mission to “love where you live” by helping keep Philly as beautiful as it can be. Help us lessen our overall environmental impact by reducing your trash output and changing the way you approach your day-to-day with these four ways to minimize your waste.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Our fall home maintenance checklist includes simple tips to ensure you’re prepared and your home runs smoothly during the winter months ahead.

Harvest 2020: Home Gardening Addresses Hunger and Food Insecurity in Philadelphia

Although it has been a cold, wet, and strange spring, summer is just around the corner. At Solo Real Estate, we are proud supporters of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), for all that they do for our state and city communities, and for the way they encourage a greener world. The spread of COVID-19 has given us all an (read more…)