Five ways gently-used homes are better than new construction


Sure, there are pros and cons to everything–and we’re not knocking new construction–but there definitely are some strong arguments in favor of buying an almost-new home over new construction. We took a look at two of our Northern Liberties listings and came up with a concrete list, most of which apply to any not-quite-brand-new home:…Read More »

High 5: Our Favorite Coffee Shops

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We have to admit it was almost impossible to narrow this list down to five. Our knowledge of neighborhood coffee shops runs so deep that it nearly rivals our real estate expertise. They’re where we meet with clients, stop for a caffeine fix and/or bathroom break while we’re running all over the city on appointments…Read More »

Are you ready to buy a home?

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You may find yourself constantly poring over real estate listings online, or you feel sick to your stomach every month when you write your rent check, or you just feel like it’s a milestone you ought to reach: homeownership. For the most part, we’re (obviously) proponents of buying over renting. But it’s not the answer…Read More »

Philadelphia tree recycling locations

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The City has a tree recycling program. Cool, right? Well, the thing is, you have to DROP OFF your tree to have it recycled. Unfortunately a lot of people hear that we have a tree recycling program and assume that means they can just stick their tree on the curb with other recyclables on trash…Read More »

Shop local this holiday season! Philly craft fair round-up

Haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet? Don’t panic! There are a number of craft fairs this weekend–hit one or more and get hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Here are our tips for having the best time possible: Bring cash, including small bills. Many of these vendors are woefully prepared when it comes…Read More »

Crossing the Grays Ferry Bridge


Over recent years, we’ve watched the expansion of what’s considered Center City continue to spread. And it makes sense: Philadelphia is a city with a growing population, and lots of people want the amenities of living in Center City without the hefty price tag. As buyers are priced out of the neighborhoods immediately surrounding Center…Read More »

Why listings sell quickly

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Philadelphia Magazine recently ran a piece on their real estate blog about why listings sell quickly. The featured three listings that sold in under a week—two of which were Holly’s.  It’s such a glowing endorsement of Holly’s listing strategy that we feel the need to go on record to say that we did not pay…Read More »

Our word of the day: gratitude

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A huge thank you goes out to our clients, whose business allowed Holly Mack-Ward & Co. to be recognized as a Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite team. This prestigious membership is awarded to the top 6 percent of all Coldwell Banker teams in North America. 2012 was truly a banner year for the team–we helped well…Read More »

Phillies Opening Day raffle

Phillies' opening day raffle flyer

Enter for a chance to win two GREAT SEATS at the Phillies’ Opening Day game Three years ago we lost a dear friend and colleague, Timothy Stokes. Fellow Coldwell Banker Preferred agent Neil Spak offered his Phillies’ Opening Day game tickets to raffle as a fundraiser in Timmy’s honor, and an annual tradition was born. This…Read More »

AVI: Holly’s two cents

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Unless you go out of your way to avoid following local news in every format, by now you’ve heard at least a bit about the implementation of the Actual Value Initiative (AVI), the years-in-the-making overhaul of Philadelphia’s property tax system. Letters were sent out last month to all property owners notifying them of their new…Read More »