Meet the Queen of Airbnb in Philly

Jen Jordan is arguably Philadelphia’s busiest Airbnb host. She drives around the city — from Fishtown to Fairmount to South Philly — cleaning bathrooms, making beds and leaving tourism brochures on coffee tables. She carries a computer at all times so that she can respond to inquiries immediately. She also makes sure to get Airbnb notification alerts on her phone.

But there’s one thing that’s different about her — most of the properties she manages aren’t her own.

“I am definitely not the average Airbnb host. I’m doing it as a small business,” said Jordan. Two listings are under her Fishtown apartment — one for her couch ($25-$30 per night) and another for the entire house ($110-$150 per night). When she rents out her entire place, she stays with family or friends. Read more »

Atlantic City Has Highest Foreclosure Rate for Four Straight Months

For all the talk about how Atlantic City’s casino closures are really just “right-sizing” the market and how the city has more to offer than just gambling — it still has the highest home foreclosure rate in the country. One in every 257 Atlantic City housing units had a foreclosure filing in October, according to a new report from RealtyTrac. That’s more than four times the national average and the fourth consecutive month where Atlantic City topped the dubious list.

And foreclosures are increasing. In October, foreclosures were up 14 percent from the previous month — driven by a 26 percent monthly spike in foreclosure starts — an increase of 134 percent from a year ago. Read more »

Philadelphia Has 7th Most Overvalued Housing Market in the Country


Noticed that home prices in Philly are sky-high? You’re not alone. In fact, Philly is the 7th most overvalued real estate market in the United States, according to a new study by MarketWatch and Corelogic.

Philly real estate prices now sit at 14.2 percent above sustainable levels (measured by home affordability based on the per capita income levels in the area). With the median home price in the Philadelphia metro region sitting at $219,600 (according to, the MarketWatch study says home prices are up 16.7 percent since early 2014. That gives Philadelphia the dubious distinction of having the fastest home-price appreciation of any town on the top-10 list. Read more »

$1 Billion Virtua Hospital Plan Approved But Still Far From Done Deal


Virtua Health unveiled a $1 billion, 20-year plan to build a medical care campus in South Jersey. The health system has plans to construct a nine-story acute-care hospital, ambulatory surgical center, medical offices, parking garages, rehab facility, helipad, residential hospice, assisted-living centers, and even a helipad.

The plan won a unanimous 8-0 approval by the Land Development and Zoning Board in Westampton Township in Burlington County — but it’s still far from a done deal. Read more »

First Look: Five Below’s Massive New Flagship on Chestnut Street

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The outside of the Five Below flagship location on Chestnut Street between 15th and 16th Streets.

By the end of 2015, Five Below will have 436 locations all over the country — but perhaps none will showcase the brand like the one opening soon on Chestnut Street between 15th and 16th Streets in Center City. Not only is it the largest Five Below of all, but it’s also the Philadelphia-based company’s flagship location.

Built at the site of the old Arcadia Theater (constructed in 1915) the store has exposed brick, original crown moldings and high ceilings. Now it’s got an escalator, a lighted Five Below logo in the ceiling and plenty of colorful signage. By its grand opening date of Sept. 10, it’ll be filled with makeup, yoga mats, candy, cell phone cases and all the other wacky stuff it sells for $5-or-under. Read more »

Daughter of Legendary Radio Exec Says This Guy Has Taken Over Her Dad’s Home

James Gadsden standing in front of 2400 Bryn Mawr Avenue.

James Gadsden standing in front of 2400 Bryn Mawr Avenue. Photo | Facebook.

Wynnefield resident Mannwell Glenn was walking his dog down a leafy, generally quiet neighborhood street earlier this week when he noticed something odd: Two men milling about 2400 Bryn Mawr Avenue, the property of the late Kernie Anderson, a veritable giant in the urban radio market who died in December.

Their presence stood out to Glenn, because this section of Wynnefield is a very tight-knit, secure community (Mayor Nutter lives literally around the corner) and as far as the neighbors were aware, no one had access to the house other than Anderson’s daughter and sole heir, Shama Anderson, who still kept tabs on the home and made occasional visits from Harrisburg, where she had relocated. Generally speaking, the house had been vacant since shortly after Anderson’s death, and so the new activity did not go unnoticed.

So, as any good neighbor would do, Glenn started asking questions. Read more »

University City Science Center Plans to Swell to 4M Square Feet

Courtesy of University City Science Center.

Courtesy of University City Science Center.

The University City Science Center has plans to virtually double in size and create a behemoth with 4 million square feet of office, laboratory, residential and retail space.

Currently, the Science Center has 17 buildings on 17 acres. The new project will add 14 acres to the organization’s footprint — but it won’t happen overnight. It’s a 10-year project in coordination with Wexford Science + Technology, a realty company that has worked with the Science Center in the past. Read more »

Why Philly’s Millennials Aren’t Buying Houses

I love Philly, but I’m not going to buy a house here — at least, not anytime soon.

Neither, it seems, are thousands of millennials who call the city home, according to Sunday’s Inquirer. The reasons shouldn’t be surprising: They’re broke and skittish. But we ought to consider why it is they’re broke and skittish, and what it means for the future of the city that the next generation is hesitating to put down stakes here. Read more »

Bucks County Realtor Charged With $643K Fraud


“Anything In Life Worth Doing is Worth Overdoing & Moderation Is For Cowards…..” That’s what 49-year-old Dean Rossi wrote on his Facebook page less than a week before he was arrested, and if the federal indictment is true, no one would accuse him or his compatriots of acting with restraint.

The longtime realtor has allegedly been part of a conspiracy since 2006, colluding with several other real estate and insurance agents to bilk financial institutions out of thousands of dollars in loan money. Using various company names, prosecutors say Rossi would get bank loans to buy or refinance HUD homes based on the expectation that the money would be paid back at the time of the closings after prior mortgages and liens were satisfied.

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