Benefits Of Listing Your Home In The Holiday Season

The common assumption is that the warmer months are the best times to sell a home. It’s true that many buyers do plan their new home purchases in the spring and summer seasons but that doesn’t mean all serious buyers vanish after Labor Day.

Thanks to reduced competition, motivated buyers and the cheery warmth of holiday homes, the housing market doesn’t come to a freeze during the holidays.

Since most sellers take their homes off the market throughout the holidays and new sellers are waiting to list their homes when it warms up, less inventory means more buyers are steered toward your home!

Keep their attention by making sure your home is priced to sell and be prepared to close quickly.

Who Buys Now?

Among the serious buyers who look for homes during the holiday are:

  • People relocating for jobs.
  • Investors on tax deadlines.
  • College students who want to settle in before the next semester.
  • Military personnel transferred who will report here in the new year.

Decorate Tastefully

Homes show drastically better when they are decorated. Tasteful decorations, a roaring fireplace, holiday treats and warm beverages will help house hunters envision their own families celebrating the holidays in your home.

When you encourage buyers to spend more time in your home, you also give them more time to feel at home.

So, if you’re hesitant about listing your home in November or December or you’re waiting until spring to start your home search, you could be missing out on some great opportunities!

Contact me for more information about buying or selling this holiday season.

Heidi Logan is a real estate agent in Center City Philadelphia.
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Read This If You’re Planning To List Your Place On Airbnb

You don’t have to have a hotelier’s license in order to list your place on Airbnb. That has turned many everyday renters and homeowners with a spare room into landlords for the first time. However, before you start letting strangers rent a room in your house, make sure that your property is protected. Follow these 3 insurance tips.

1. Get the Right Type of Insurance
Are you relying on your homeowner’s policy to cover any incidents that happen in your home rental? Big mistake! Did you know that you could lose everything, including your house, if a guest is injured on your property?

If you are renting an apartment and then leasing out a room to guests and they start a fire while they’re there, if you don’t have the proper insurance, you will be on the hook for the damages.

You could purchase a million dollar policy from Airbnb or other insurers like it that specialize in private rentals. Buying personal liability insurance does not mean that you are covered for a guest’s injuries.

In fact, most homeowner’s and renter’s policies will exclude coverage for a personal premise being used for business purposes. You have to have either commercial or business liability insurance. Otherwise, your claim could be denied and you could end up being billed for thousands of dollars, and if you can’t afford it, you may be sued.

2. Get Close to Your Agent
When the worst happens and a guest causes damages that you will have to cover, the worst thing that you can do is leave your agent in the dark. Your relationship with your agent should begin openly and honestly when you first start your policy.

Don’t keep the fact that you’re listing on Airbnb a secret from your agent. They can’t give you the best advice for the coverage you’ll need if you keep your Airbnb listing hidden from them until something bad happens.

If there’s a fire, you need to know what happens to you financially. Get familiar with your agent and rely on them to help you through the process, from selecting a policy, to filing a claim. Remember, they are there to help you.

3. Inform Your Guests of Coverage
Because so many private citizens without a license are listing on Airbnb, rules and regulations are still being crafted from state to state and city to city governing how much or what type of coverage you have to have and how you have to disclose it.

Heidi Logan is a real estate agent in Center City Philadelphia.
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Looking For A Rental in Center City?

The Packard Grande
111 S 15th St #1510
1Bed/1Bath Condo For Rent – $1,850/mo

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Live in the heart of Center City!

Conveniently located near Suburban & 30th St Stations

Steps from Philly’s best restaurants, shops & entertainment

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Elegant and spacious living room with new floors and fresh paint.


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Large bedroom with a walk-in closet


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Building amenities include roof top lounge with views of the city skyline, fitness center, business center and 24hr concierge.

To make an appointment to view this home, email hlogan@HeidiLogan.com or call 215-268-7698 today!

Heidi Logan is a real estate agent in Center City Philadelphia.
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Featured Listing in Old City

Bridgeview Place
315 New St #415
1BD + Den w/ 2 Full Baths – $300,000

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Bright & sunny condo at Bridgeview Place in Old City

One of the largest floor plans in the building – 1,034 Sq Ft.

Easily converted into a 2BD/2BA

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Elevated kitchen offers a formal dining area while maintaining an open layout.


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Spacious master bedroom featuring oversized windows and en suite master bath.


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Stop by our OPEN HOUSE this Sunday 12/3 from 11am-1pm.

To make an appointment to view this home, email hlogan@HeidiLogan.com or call 215-268-7698 today!

Heidi Logan is a real estate agent in Center City Philadelphia.
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8 Tips for Throwing a Successful Holiday Party at Home

Throwing a holiday gathering can be stressful, but you don’t have to be a professional event planner to host a great holiday event for your friends or family. Following a few simple strategies can help make your holiday celebration a memorable one for all the right reasons.
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The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton: Buyer Incentives Now-12/31

If you have considered living in one of Philadelphia’s premier luxury high-rises, now is the time to make your move!  Now through the end of the year, the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton will pay the buyer’s transfer tax on all developer inventory closing within 60 days of signing.

This is a terrific opportunity to save 2.05% upfront and avoid what is typically everyone’s least favorite cost at closing.

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* The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton is Philadelphia’s premier luxury residence

* It is the only branded luxury residence in Philadelphia

* The building is now 88% sold out

* Limited floor plans remain and parking licenses are only available while inventory lasts

* Penthouse and raw space opportunities are still available on higher floors

If you would like explore the option of living at The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton and would like to learn more about their five-star service and luxurious amenities, please contact me to schedule a personal tour.

Heidi Logan is a real estate agent in Center City Philadelphia.
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Is This Your Situation: Wondering If A Fixer-Upper Is A Good Investment?

Homes needing a little TLC are going on the market in the midst of increased buyer demand, and regardless of how much work these homes require, they are selling quickly and at high prices. These high-priced houses, which are listed with descriptions like fixer-upper, TLC and needs work, are in competitive markets and rising in number.

Here’s a breakdown of why more fixer-uppers have come to the market and what buyers should know about investing in them.

Why Are So Many Fixer-Uppers on The Market Today?

Due to rising home prices and intense buyer competition, homeowners are listing and selling their homes as they are rather than spending time and money fixing them up. The number of expensive houses selling under this category has skyrocketed, while the quantity of more affordable homes has increased at a much slower rate. Because there are fewer homes than buyers on the market, the demand for housing guarantees that sellers who list their homes in need of work will still sell them.

What to Watch Out for when Purchasing a Fixer Upper

Homes are selling in a flash and going for high prices, so sellers can list them the way they are and expect them to sell after limited time on the market. As a result of this seller-dominated market, there’s a number of things every buyer should know before he or she commits to purchasing a fixer-upper. Whether you have the funds for all of the required renovations or plan to work on one project at a time, keep these tips in mind to make the most of buying a house that needs a little work.

Inexperienced Professionals 

Only hire experienced, well-reviewed architects and contractors for design and construction. This way the work on your house is completed properly and on time.

Easy Renovations  

Fix up your new house yourself to save money and achieve rewarding results by aiming for minimal renovations you’ll enjoy doing.

Structural Issues and Impending Replacements

Hire a home inspector independent of the seller and broker to evaluate the house. A good one will help you learn about the home’s faults and needed repairs before you make an offer.

House Value Boost

Pay attention to how much you’re spending on home upgrades, making sure the value of your house will increase and compensate for the renovation costs.

Zoning Restrictions

Learn about the municipality’s zoning districts and the corresponding restrictions to be sure you’re permitted to change the house.

For those looking to invest in a home soon, a fixer-upper is worth considering. For more information on the fixer-upper market, feel free to reach out to me today – hlogan@HeidiLogan.com

Heidi Logan is a real estate agent in Center City Philadelphia.
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Just Listed: 4 Luxury Rentals In Old City

Welcome to Bridge on Race where the charm of Old City meets modern design and amenities.

Bridge is a LEED Gold rental community offering studio, one and two bedroom units located at 205 Race St in Old City.

Exceptional views are offered in every direction including neighborhood, city and river views.

Residents also enjoy the convenience of ground floor restaurants, retail shops and a salon.

Amenities at Bridge include:
24hr fitness center
Co-working lounge
8,000 Sq Ft terrace
6 private BBQ stations
On-site car share
Garage parking with direct elevator access to the building (additonal fee).

Photos of Bridge On Race:
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Prices at Bridge range from $1,715 to $4,000 per month for studio, one & two bedrooms.
The 17th floor penthouse is available for $7,510 per month.

Contact me for more information, I’d love to schedule a tour and show you why people are falling in love with this new building.


Heidi Logan is a real estate agent in Center City Philadelphia.
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The Pros and Cons of Hiring A Personal Trainer

Many people consider hiring a personal trainer when they decide to get serious about their health. One of the major problems that people face shortly after they join a gym is that they just don’t know how to get fit. All the different weight racks, cardio machines, running tracks and exercise mats can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin.

While it is possible to do your own research and learn about a variety of workout plans, many people don’t have the time to devote to this. It is often faster and easier to hire a personal trainer. Some people choose to utilize a personal trainer for only their first 4-10 weeks at the gym, but others find that the long-term benefits of maintaining a relationship with their personal trainer is worth the ongoing costs. Like anything, this strategy has its own set of pros and cons.

Pro: The personal trainer has extensive knowledge and experience.

Personal trainers have made a career out of learning how to maximize people’s workouts, helping them to make a personalized plan in order to help them reach their fitness goals. However, every personal trainer has their own personality that comes with a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. If the first personal trainer you meet doesn’t click with you, it might be worth trying a couple of others before throwing in the towel.

Pro: You will be given a personalized fitness plan.

Everyone has different goals, so working with someone who understands your goals and limitations can help you make the most out of every workout session.

Pro: You will have a built in source of motivation.

Many people struggle to stay motivated when they do not see immediate results. Everyone has days that they do not want to go to the gym, but having a standing appointment with your personal trainer can help motivate you to get off the couch and into the gym. Once you get there, your personal trainer will help push you through your workout, leaving you feeling accomplished by the end of the session.

Con: It is expensive.

One of the biggest cons about hiring a personal trainer is the ongoing cost. Personal trainers can be expensive, and many people might not feel that the value they receive from working with a personal trainer are worth the cost.

Con: You might have to shop around.

The first personal trainer you meet might not be a good fit for your personality, so you may have to shop around for one that fits your lifestyle. This can be expensive and time consuming since it will take a few sessions to decide whether or not your trainer is a good fit.

While hiring a personal trainer has definite drawbacks, overall it is a great decision for a lot of people. A good compromise can be hiring a personal trainer for an 8 to 10 week session. If you would like more information on hiring a personal trainer contact me for some excellent recommendations.

Heidi Logan is a real estate agent in Center City Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia’s Top Sales for Q3

It’s unanimous.  Carl Dranoff’s luxury condominium, One Riverside dominated Philadelphia’s high-end sales market last quarter.  Four of the 5 highest sales from July-September were 3 and 4 bedroom units sold at One Riverside with prices ranging from $3.6M and up.

One Riverside is located at 210 S 25th St in Fitler Square.  The building offers high-end amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center with 60′ lap pool, a chauffeur-driven house car, underground valet parking and a full service kitchen in the outdoor lounge.  Residents also enjoy a 10-year tax abatement.

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There was only one sale that topped One Riverside last quarter — a 4,500 sq ft residence at The Estate Homes at Parc Rittenhouse.  The Estate Homes offer a rare opportunity for buyers to build custom homes at the Parc Rittenhouse condominium in Rittenhouse Square.  Some of the homes will overlook the park and range from 1,000 to 15,000 sq ft.  A limited number of these opportunities remain.

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*statistics pulled from TrendMLS

If you would like information about buying or selling a home in Philadelphia, contact me for a complimentary consultation.

Heidi Logan is a real estate agent in Center City Philadelphia.
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