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 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.