Helpful Tips & Tricks

How You Can Get Your Hands On A Philly Tree

Did you know that there are not one, not two, but three programs through which you can get a free street and/or yard tree for your property in Philadelphia? Make use of all of these amazing benefits of trees in your neighborhood that we’ve outlined above in our infographic by signing up for one of the amazing tree planting (read more…)

How-To: Recycling in Philly

One aspect of sustainable urban living that we try to highlight is recycling. Did you know that in Philadelphia, not only is recycling a fairly simple process, not much different than throwing out your garbage, it can also hold rewards for both the environment and yourself?   The city has supplied recycling bins to residents since 1993. While the (read more…)

5 Things To Consider When You Decide To Reappraise

When it’s time to sell your house or refinance your mortgage, reappraisal should be on your radar. Just because your bank appraised the house when you bought it doesn’t mean its value is the same — over the course of your ownership, many things could have happened to increase (or decrease) what it’s worth to lenders and potential buyers. (read more…)

Help Affording Home Repair

Home repairs can be expensive, as we illustrated in our last post. Did you know that many loan and rebate programs exist to assist with covering these costs? There are even grant programs for low-income homeowners. Solo is here to show you that you are not alone when it comes to repairing your home! Our realtors are known for (read more…)

Home Renovation Costs: What to Expect

When perusing real estate listings, many buyers are enticed by the low monthly mortgage payments projected by websites like Zillow. Aside from excluding property taxes and homeowner’s insurance, those numbers also do not include the cost of home repair. Solo is here to elucidate those costs! Our real estate agents have an extensive knowledge of home repair and remodeling, (read more…)

Lifespan of Home Appliances & Other Improvements

Attention homeowners and prospective homebuyers! This article is for you.   One of the biggest and most overlooked unknowns in buying a home is what repairs will be necessary in the future. Look no further; Solo has demystified the lifespan of home appliances and other improvements.   Read on to learn more about how long your dishwasher or new (read more…)

Living Large in a Small Space

As fall starts, Philadelphia will once again fill up with new students and young professionals moving into small starter apartments. In this post, organizing expert Lydia Martin gives five great tips on how to organize small spaces for maximum effect.   Reduce In a small apartment, less stuff means less mess. Take inventory of what you own, setting aside (read more…)

Is Buying Cheaper Than Renting?

There’s an old axiom that says buying is smarter than renting. While that may not be true everywhere, a new survey finds that at least in Philly, buying does offer amazing savings.   Ask a recent first-time homebuyer and they’ll likely say their parents told them that while renting is okay at first, buying is a much better option (read more…)

Solo Real Estate’s New Video Platform

At Solo, we recognize how important good online research has become to conducting a successful house hunt. With that in mind, we’re excited to announce a new initiative at Solorealty.com, where select online property listings will now feature original videos giving you unparalleled access to the great homes that we represent.   The video below is an example of (read more…)

Managing the Chaos of Moving Day

After careful searching and tough decision making, people often forget the final hurdle of getting a new home: Moving Day. Just those words alone can strike fear into people’s heart; however, with the help of Paul Benjamin at EZ Storage, we’d like to share a few key tips to keep your moving day under control.   First, it’s important (read more…)