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Published: Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:26:46 GMT


When tax abatements expire, property values don't suffer, study shows
Philadelphia's current housing boom is certainly attributable to the 10-year tax abatement, yet the very mention of it can lead to complaints that the abatement favors the very rich - both buyers and developers.

All around the towns, one last time
On the front page of Real Estate this week is the 215th and final entry in the "Town by Town" sweepstakes.

The charm of a New England village, in South Jersey
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Had it not been for Haddonfield, Julie Beddingfield and her family might still be in Raleigh, N.C.

When a new fence fails to impress
Question: I recently had a new fence installed, and I am pretty unhappy about it. The wood quality is terrible, as if they used seconds.

Adding entertainment helps raise a borough's profile, too
Restaurants have played an oversized role in the reemergence of some of the region's small towns from post-industrial decline. Media is a good example, as are West Chester and Doylestown.

Suggestions for saving Philly's heritage while guiding its future
I crossed paths with Paul Steinke for the first time in a long time at the topping-off ceremonies for One Riverside in late May.

A place where many roads (and a few rails) lead
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. What road should you take to get to Upper Gwynedd?

Warming up a chilly crawl space
Question. What is the best way to heat the crawl space under my first floor? The house is very old and has a dirt floor about three feet under the flooring, and the walls are stone. Total size is 15 feet by 20 feet.

At Eagleview, a traditional neighborhood continues to grow
When Robert Hankin launched Eagleview 25 years ago, he had no idea that the traditional-neighborhood development in Chester County would still occupy his time in 2017.

The real estate agent's role — then and now
In 1995, or so I recall, I wrote a multi-part series titled "The Changing Face of Real Estate." In the series, I tried to compare and contrast the real estate industry 25 years before, when my father was a broker, with the mid-1990s.