Philly L&I can’t fill open building and code inspector jobs. It’s not alone.

The problem is growing as inspectors age, fewer young people enter the profession, building codes become more complex, and inspectors require more certifications, members of the building industry said.

Coming home to a long-admired Victorian house in South Jersey

“Growing up, I walked past this house every day,” says Justin Burns, who has moved back to Pitman, Gloucester County. “I never dreamed I’d be living here.”

Coming home to a long-admired Victorian house in South Jersey

“Growing up, I walked past this house every day,” says Justin Burns, who has moved back to Pitman, Gloucester County. “I never dreamed I’d be living here.”

How to create a nice home office that doubles as a guest bedroom

It’s important to make the room feel like a holistic space, instead of a bedroom and an office squished into one room. To do so, gather your ideas on one page to make sure they make sense together.

How to create a nice home office that doubles as a guest bedroom

It’s important to make the room feel like a holistic space, instead of a bedroom and an office squished into one room. To do so, gather your ideas on one page to make sure they make sense together.

City Councilmember Kendra Brooks wants to bring rent control to Philly. But it’s got ‘baggage.’

Brooks’ move to slow down on rent control may demonstrate the limits of how quickly City Council’s new progressive members can notch major policy wins.

City Councilmember Kendra Brooks wants to bring rent control to Philly. But it’s got ‘baggage.’

Brooks’ move to slow down on rent control may demonstrate the limits of how quickly City Council’s new progressive members can notch major policy wins.
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Good bones and eclectic decor in the 1860 Victorian tucked amid Fishtown's revitalization

The house has become an eclectic museum, a blend of 19th century Philadelphia interiors and the couple’s unique touches.

Celebrity interior designer Sheila Bridges on rediscovering Philly and finding beauty inside and out

The West Philadelphia native who's worked with Diddy and President Bill Clinton discusses success and healing.

Welcome to ‘Café Diane,’ proof that downsizing to a studio apartment doesn’t have to be horrible

Because I live in just 640 square feet, my furniture inventory can be counted on two hands. Yet I’ve lost count of the number of dinner parties and other social gatherings that have gone on here — without a dining room table and chairs.

Etsy’s headquarters is full of design ideas worth bringing home

Hanging wicker swing chairs, a meditation room, vertical gardens and dog beds beneath open-concept desks blur the lines between home and headquarters at Etsy's 200,000-square-foot office space in New York.

After a lifetime of moving frequently, couple settle happily in Chestnut Hill

When their son and daughter both settled in the Philadelphia suburbs, the couple searched for a home nearby to be close to them and the grandchildren. The search landed them in their favorite home yet.

Home, green home: How to be more Earth-friendly

As concerns about global warming, pollution, habitat loss and plastic islands in the Pacific grow, more and more households are making small, daily changes to live a more eco-friendly life.

Your new grandchild is coming over for the day. Is your house baby-proof?

New dangers exist today that grandparents didn’t need to worry about when raising their own children: button batteries, small magnets in toys, laundry detergent pods. Medications also pose a big danger.

Signing on early, couple customize size and color of their new house in Port Richmond

They settled in Port Richmond because “we’re city people. I grew up in Fairmount, and Dan grew up in Fishtown," homeowner Alexis Hoban said. "I’m not one to have grass.”

CNBC’s new ‘Listing Impossible’ delivers hard truths to wayward homeowners

"The lesson learned is when you build your dream home, it may not be everyone’s dream home," says Yawar Charlie, who advises homeowners on what's needed to sell their properties.

Jenkintown home built in 1911 comfortably blends old and new

“From the street, the house looks like a typical 100-plus-year-old home in Jenkintown, but inside there are many touches of modernity that we feel mix well into an old-world/new-world feel,” the owner says.

A Pennsport home, custom-built for family’s varied interests

Specialty rooms include a greenhouse, art studio, and movie projection area. The home includes 2,700 square feet of living area plus a 700-square foot basement and built-in garage.

This ‘passive house’ in Bucks County is designed for sustainability and growing old

“We wanted to build something that would make a difference and create a legacy house for our family and kids, something that can last and be passed down,” said Donna Allen, who had a home designed Lower Makefield.

Millennials’ share of the U.S. housing market: small and shrinking

"Because homeownership is the chief builder of wealth for middle class families, if this trend continues "we're looking at a generation that will have lower lifetime wealth," said one expert.

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