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What to do before closing on a property

Prior to closing on a new home in Pennsylvania, it's a good idea to have the property inspected by a professional. This provides an opportunity to spot any problems before a buyer becomes the official owner. While there may be a warranty on a new home, many items could be excluded from it. Therefore, it's important to make sure that those items are in good condition before closing.

Climate change could affect real estate values

The commercial real estate market in Philadelphia can be affected by a range of external and social factors. Experts note that climate change could be among these factors. Therefore, investors should consider preparing for changes in order to preserve profitability in the sector. Larger real estate companies are calculating climate risk measurements and how they may affect the long-term property values of different types of property. Of course, climate change is not just linked to global warming; it could have an array of impacts, including increased likelihood of extreme weather like hurricanes or rising sea levels that could make waterfront property more dangerous.

What happens when a commercial lease is terminated early?

There are few certainties in business. Consolidation and dissolution are baked into the risk of entrepreneurship. Often, a business will close its doors and must decide what steps to take regarding a lease agreement. Even in today's virtual world, renting space remains one of the biggest expenses for many businesses.

Should you buy or lease property for your business?

Maybe you dream of owning a business, or maybe you're in the process of starting one up. When you're planning your business, make sure you consider not just where you would like to situate your company, but also whether buying or leasing is right for you.

Tax sales can be deals or disasters in disguise

If a homeowner or the owner of commercial property fails to pay property taxes, that property may eventually be sold by a city or county municipality at a tax sale (also known as a sheriff's sale or an upset sale). These sales are part of the foreclosure process as stipulated in Pennsylvania's Real Estate Tax Sale Act (RETSA).

When Your Dream Kitchen Turns into a Nightmare

Has this ever happened to you? Your friend tells you about her great plans to renovate her kitchen - new cabinets, granite counter tops, maybe a stainless steel fridge, but when you ask her how the project is going a few months later, she sadly shakes her head and replies, "Can you believe it? We paid the contractor half of the money up front for supplies, he started the job, but then he just disappeared and my kitchen is a wreck."

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