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Pets That Rescue Us

During the pandemic, many of us found substitutes for our normal routines. Instead of meeting up with friends, we Zoomed. Instead of dining out, we learned how to make bread from scratch. And instead of going to concerts, theater or sporting events, we spent more time with our furry friends. In retrospect, you have to wonder. Did we rescue (read more…)

Meet Cameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson is one of our property managers and one of the newest members of the Solo Real Estate family. The Temple University graduate joined the team after putting his customer service skills to work at the Philadelphia Phillies’ front office. We talked to him about how he got started in real estate, what Philly restaurants he recommends, and (read more…)

A Philadelphia Renters Guide to Houseplants

Nothing livens up an apartment more than plants. Whether you already know how to coax blooms out of a reluctant amaryllis or have a reputation as a serial plant killer, Philly has knowledgeable plant shops throughout the City, ready to help.  Choosing the right houseplants for your apartment is like going on a first date. It’s not just about (read more…)

Buying your first investment property in Philadelphia

Thinking of buying your first investment property? Philadelphia offers first time real estate investors excellent opportunities to create passive income streams while contributing to the improvement of its neighborhoods. We spoke with Alex Franqui, an agent at Solo Real Estate, to get the inside scoop on how to buy an investment/rental property, deal with contractors and circumvent management issues. (read more…)

Composting 101

Your food is natural and organic. You drive a hybrid car. So why is your garbage ending up in landfills, contributing to climate change? Perhaps you think composting is only for people who have yards large enough to grow veggies. Maybe your only plant is a cactus. Whatever your hesitation, we have tips on becoming part of Philly’s robust (read more…)

Shop Local: Solo Real Estate 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

This holiday season, Solo Real Estate is sharing its commitment to the environment with a guide to local, sustainable holiday gifts from Philadelphia businesses. All of our suggestions below may be purchased online in the comfort and safety of your home and shipped directly to the lucky recipient. We love the selection of unique fair trade crafts at the (read more…)

New Digs: The Perfect Fit in Queen Village

“As long as it had stairs, we were impressed,” said Patrick, looking back on his family’s home-buying process one year ago. Kate and Patrick had called New York City home for 15 years, but after having a baby, the couple decided they needed more space than their apartment in Brooklyn allowed. Close friends in South Philadelphia had been trying (read more…)

Setting Up the 2020 PHS Flower Show “Riviera Holiday”

This Saturday is the opening day of the 2020 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Riviera Holiday.” For nine days, visitors to the Flower Show will be immersed in the sights and scents of the Mediterranean Riviera through garden displays, floral arrangements, design concepts, and more. Set-up Begins in the Philadelphia Convention Center We visited the site of the Flower Show (read more…)

From Carbon Reduction to Job Creation: The Philadelphia Energy Campaign

In our “Going Solar” series, we wrote about Solarize Philly, a citywide program from the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) to help Philadelphians go solar. Solarize Philly helped 654 households and businesses go solar since 2017, but the program is only part of PEA’s 10-year initiative to create 10,000 jobs and to invest 1 million dollars in clean energy and (read more…)

Going Solar: a series exploring clean energy in Philadelphia

Part 1: 6 Things You May Not Know About Going SolarPart 2: Solarize Philly This winter, we want to bring attention to solar energy. Our ‘Going Solar’ series will explore the ins and outs of going solar and the support available to go solar in Philadelphia. Part 1: 6 Things You May Not Know About Going Solar We’re beginning (read more…)