Michaelle Bond, Philly Inquirer

Michaelle Bond

Philly Inquirer

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Recent:
  • Philly Inquirer
Past:
  • The Morning Call
  • Philly.com

Recent articles by Michaelle:

Philly’s small landlords can apply for loans to offset missed rent during the pandemic

Small landlords own nearly half of all licensed rental units, and the city relies on them to offer affordable housing. So a new city program is offering $10,000 loans to help small landlords through the pandemic. → Read More

An analysis of Philly deeds reflects the challenges facing low- and moderate-income home buyers

Mortgage-backed home sales in the lower half of the market have dropped significantly over the past decade as sale prices have doubled in Philadelphia. → Read More

How City Council’s budget vote will help keep Philadelphians housed

City Council restored millions of dollars in housing funding that the city had proposed to cut to fill a budget hole the pandemic will cause. → Read More

City Council passes housing bills to help Philly renters during the pandemic

City Council extended the eviction moratorium, waived rent fees, created an eviction diversion program, allowed repayment plans, and allowed renters to seek damages after illegal lockouts. → Read More

Tenants and landlords in Pa. and N.J. are seeking rental assistance to fend off evictions

Pennsylvania and New Jersey have joined at least 11 other states and dozens of cities and counties in creating pandemic-related rental assistance programs. → Read More

Historical Commission rejects plans for new North Philly police station

Activists in the city and across the country are calling for cuts to police funding while decrying police brutality following the killing of George Floyd. → Read More

Demolition approved for historic Old City building deemed unsafe

The Philadelphia Historical Commission approved the demolition of 107 Chestnut St., one of the last surviving colonial era mercantile buildings along Front Street. → Read More

Monica Malpass’ Rittenhouse Square townhouse is on the market for $3.75M

Monica Malpass, the former longtime Action News anchor, has listed her Rittenhouse Square townhouse for sale for the second time in three years and for more than $1 million less than in 2017. → Read More

Voters undeterred by coronavirus and inspired by protests turn out for an unprecedented Pennsylvania primary

Many said they voted as their own form of democratic expression, the importance of which felt heightened this week. → Read More

What happens to neighborhood appeal if the coronavirus closes small businesses for good?

"We know that the economic powerhouses of our small little neighborhoods are our amazing, iconic local restaurants” and other businesses, one Realtor said. "They drive the success of our neighborhoods. They help drive the value of our homes.” → Read More

TreePhilly is working around coronavirus to get saplings to homeowners

Tree planting events across the city are moving to the fall because of the pandemic. But some residents still got some trees at socially distanced giveaways and from home delivery. → Read More

A DIY project while trapped at home seems like a good idea — until it goes wrong

Stuck inside during the quarantine, some people have taken to fixing up their homes. Often projects take a lot longer than expected and involve multiple trips to the home improvement store. → Read More

Poconos property manager is getting a second chance to fight for her job

Pennsylvania laws governing the licensing and registration of real estate agents are “unreasonable” and “unduly oppressive” when applied to short-term vacation property managers, according to the state Supreme Court. → Read More

Pennsylvanians can buy and sell a house in person again

In-person home showings, appraisals, inspections, and other real estate activity can resume throughout Pennsylvania under certain safety guidelines, according to an executive order Gov. Tom Wolf issued Tuesday. → Read More

The few houses on the market in the Philly area sold quickly in April

Houses for sale in the Philadelphia region sold more quickly in April and at higher prices than they have in a decade, thanks to historically low mortgage rates and low inventory squeezed further by the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

As construction resumes, some workers are finding a shortage of recommended N95 masks

Early in the pandemic, communities asked construction workers to donate their N95 masks. Now that Pennsylvania construction has restarted, workers are facing a shortage. → Read More

Gov. Wolf plans to veto a bill to reopen real estate throughout Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is the only state to continue to call real estate activity “nonessential” during the pandemic. Only real estate agents in counties in the yellow phase of reopening can resume certain in-person activity. → Read More

The pandemic forced a Philly couple to channel their inner Chip and Joanna Gaines

The first-time homeowners in their 20s are using pandemic downtime to renovate. They created an Instagram account, "Philly Fixer Upper," as a nod to the HGTV show. → Read More

Advocates, officials try to prevent Philly’s coming wave of coronavirus evictions

Proposals include extending the eviction moratorium, establishing an eviction diversion program, providing financial counseling for renters, and freezing rent. → Read More

Philadelphia will allow construction to resume Friday — with some limitations

No work can occur in properties that are occupied, and all work is limited to specific hours during the week, except for emergency repairs. → Read More