The 2009 Real Estate Survival Guide

How to sell faster, buy cheaper, save tons on taxes and come out a winner in Philly’s precarious market. Plus: Our annual (and even more in-depth!) look at how your neighborhood ranks

The 2009 Real Estate Survival Guide

Dispatches From the Field

THE NUMBERS: Philadelphia Neighborhoods

THE NUMBERS: Main Line and Select Zip Codes

THE NUMBERS: Bucks County

THE NUMBERS: Chester County

THE NUMBERS: Delaware County

THE NUMBERS: Montgomery County

THE NUMBERS: Burlington County

THE NUMBERS: Camden County

THE NUMBERS: Gloucester County

So no, the Philly housing market isn’t as bleak as it could be — R.I.P., Miami — and for that, we are grateful. But relativism only goes so far when the reality is that median house prices continued to decline in 2008, and will decline, says Moody’s Economy.com senior economist Ryan Sweet, “as rising joblessness and reduction in the availability of credit hurts sales.” But, he says, there is light at the end of the tunnel (even if it won’t begin to shine until sometime in 2010) — and we’ve got ways to weather the storm until we get there. Here, your guide to navigating a treacherous market, and even a few tips for making the most of the morass.

  • Kenneth

    I can not believe you gave this award out for best contractor to 1929 Webster Street. Both neighbors 1927 and 1931 have had to fight with the builder, the contractors, the foreman,the supervisor and the seller and the city to get the house up to code. I wish in the future you would check your client out a little bit more, before you give out such award. Thank you