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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Cleo was nowhere to be found. She usually lays on the sofa and sleeps. She will wake up and come over to the computer where there are a chair and pillows for her. She taps me on the arm to let me know she is there. Yesterday I realized she was nowhere to be found. I looked around for her and found her in my bed snuggled against my new bedding right on top of the pillows. I really had to laugh and she was kind enough to allow me to take her picture.
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Delaire Landing Listing Sold over full price. An agent in my office was the first agent in the listing. There were three other showings but he was the only agent that wrote an offer. The buyer had a house to sell the seller was fine with allowing him fifteen days to get it under contract. The buyer's agent had it under contract in three days.   Everything moved so smoothly when agents work together and communicate. It was a forty-five-day closing. The seller was moving into another condo in Delaire Landing on the first floor this was a third-floor unit. She had lived there for many years and the steps were getting too much for her. We had been looking for a few years until she found the perfect place.   The buyer had lived in Delaire Landing before. He had rented there for several year...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 We all know about COVID19 and to wear a mask Please remember to Social Distance. Here is another health concern we should all remember especially this time of year. That is the Flu Shot. Today when I went to the pharmacy to pick up my medication there was a sign saying I could get my Flu Shot there.   I am also receiving emails reminding me not to forget. Many insurance companies cover the Flu Shot at no additional charge, especially for senior citizens. here is a short video  
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 A beautiful house was sold in a market with low inventory. Everything was updated and staged beautifully but we all know that no house is perfect. The buyer had a home inspection and there were very minor repairs required which the buyer asked for only one and the seller agreed to do. The Buyer and the seller had become friendly during the sale.  They exchanged phone numbers which they were very proud of. The seller would say oh the buyer stopped by and we had such a nice talk. I advised the seller against this. Saying he, not your friend he is purchasing your house. He brushed me off and did not listen. The seller was leaving him furniture, tools, and other items. When they did the walk-through there were items there that the buyer said he did not want. The seller moved out of town. W...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let us take a look at what is going on in the Delaire Landing Gated Community. Condos  are in high demand in this development . No sooner are they listed for sale than are they going under contract. There is one unit on the first floor that has gone under contact three times. The problem? My assumption is the appraisal but is not my place to say. Taking into consideration the Pandemic residents have adjusted fairly well .They do miss the Club House and the social events that Delaire Landing offer under normal circumstances.  We are very fortunate one of the residents have put together some outdoor events with some excellent results. The Puzzle and Book Swap was a great success.  On October 17th the Annual Flea Market and Craft Show will be open to the public and held outdoors in the par...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Center City Carefree living is in the center of it all the city has to offer . Adorable 1 BR 1 Bath condo has high ceilings compact modern up-graded kitchen plus a newer gas heater/central air system.  The Bedroom features a fireplace for the chilly Philly days and nights + stack-able washer and dryer. Large LR also features a fireplace and view of a lovely courtyard.Beautiful hardwood floors t/o the unit . Close to fantastic restaurants and hospitals. The building has old world charm. There is additional storage in basement. Front and back entrances. Live and enjoy the everything the city  of Philadelphia has to offer                                                                                                 
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Working mostly from home since March 18 has made me look at my business in a whole new way. A revaluation took place. New printer and a new 27 inch all in one computer setup. The laptop that had lasted my over seven years was tired. It was time to invest in a new system. Now I am set up with a large screen and I love it. The printer scanner copier all match up and synced all together so easily it was scary. Just to make it clear I am a PC.  I rarely go into the office I can send everything in. We have two offices. One in NE Philadelphia which is about five minutes from where I live and there is a run that will take whatever I need to my office where I am based out of in Feasterville Pa We now have office meetings via Zoom. Settlements are usually buyers only. Sellers sign documents befo...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Let me start with saying that Delaire Landing is a wonderful place to live. It is a gated waterfront community comprised of condos and an apartment community situated on the Delaware River in NE Philadelphia just bordering Bucks County Pennsylvania. There is a guard on duty twenty -four hours a day-at the entrance . Residents have their own access keys to enter the gate for private security. This makes this community very desirable  There are many amenities inside these gates including but not limited to : two gorgeous pools with a view of the river one heated and the other a refreshing lap pool,tennis courts , recreation center , gym, library and an observation deck .   This year because of COVID19 many of these amenities were closed for health reasons. Many residents were dismayed.It...
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By Dave Benneton, Fast Cash Offers
(Digital Bullet)
The process of selling a home that is in poor condition can be time-consuming and stressful. This doesn’t have to be the case. There are several things you can do if you want to successfully sell a house fast. Sell my house in poor conditionThere are investors out there ready to buy a house that is in poor condition. When a buyer buys a house that is in bad shape, they have a chance of making a greater return on their investment without anything from the end of the seller. Such transactions tend to be quick because sellers are not ready to fix the house. Investors will be interested in paying cash for that house because they will be able to sell it at a higher price. The seller is going to get cash from the buyer quicker, and it often comes in check form. Another option if you are looki...
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By The Mike Fitzpatrick Team, Award Winning Team!
(Keller Williams)
By: Michael FitzpatrickThe question that I have been asked is "how is the pandemic going to effect the housing market?"In my opinion, after speaking to experts in the field like bankers and real estate attorneys that only do foreclosures and short sales:It depends on the area you are in. In general to the second home market, second home market is in reference to two types of people: 1. People who bought a house and are looking to purchase again.It is really going to affect the people who just purchased homes because of the forbearance that mortgage companies gave right away. Which was a great idea, but the main plan should have been extending the loan by three months. For example, you bought a house, and your loan ends April 2027. With the forbearance you should have a new ending date o...
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By Peter Lavelle REALTOR®, GRI SRES, ABR, SOLD@100%Market Value,or I Pay You the Difference
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Homeowners Guide to the "Zombie Apocalypse" Rather catchy title, isn't it? It may not be zombies, per say, however, have you seen the mass hysteria that happens when the lights go out? Natural disasters? The grid goes down? Good luck trying to get some bread, milk, or eggs in Philadelphia grocery stores when the word snow is mentioned. How attached have we as a developed Nation become to the modern way of living with way more modern conveniences that control our lives? Technology abounds...just as I am sitting here typing this and listening to music streaming on the "smart" TV, my son is online doing school work, and my "smart" phone rings. One stop shopping at our fingertips. Food provided with the swipe of the credit card. Heat, hot and cold water. Electricity with one flip of a switc...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Recently I rented property to one of my clients. I was happy to help them. It was a beautiful unit in the development    I showed them the pool on the river.  I explained to them the community and all the amenities. We had done a whole tour of the community and walked the grounds. It is a lovely place especially the time of day we were there with the boats sailing by as we walked to the deck. We discussed all the wonderful trips that were planned in the community. They asked me how much do we need to give you to hold the unit. I smiled as I was not sure if they liked it but I was sure I like them. They are retired folks. An application was all they needed. If they checked out it was theirs. They did check out I knew they would. One thing I will say I am a lucky lady my clients are wonde...
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By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
A new group of young American adults is emerging as home buyers. These are the young adults who were born after 1995 and are part of the demographic group named Generation Z (Gen Z). In 2019, there are 31.5 million Gen Z members who are adult age. This will increase to 44.5 million adults in this demographic group by 2032 as all the younger members become adults.Right now, there are around 14 million adults in the Gen Z category who are using credit for the first time.Not Too Young To Buy A HomeTransunion reports that most Gen Z members are getting credit cards, which is the easiest form of credit available to them. However, they are also applying for mortgage financing in record numbers. The year-over-year increase in home loans among this demographic group is up 112%.Planning For The ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Desirable Bakers Bay Gated Waterfront Condo Community Features this rarely offered remodeled 2BR 1.5 Bath condo with Gas Fireplace.  This deluxe gourmet kitchen is perfect for the person who loves to cook. There is also a breakfast bar facing a formal DR. Did I mention an 80-gallon water heater for people who like a hot steamy shower. The first floor has ceramic tiled flooring   Almost everything has been remodeled in this townhouse. Main BR has a sitting room with lots of closet space. The washer and dryer have been moved upstairs for convenience. The second BR has a walk-in closet plus pulls down stairs to attic that is finished. So many extras in this house.   I have not even mentioned the wonderful community. If you read my blogs you know how fantastic Bakers Bay is. Located on the...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Happy Facebook Friday Everyone Anita Clark  is taking a break this week  I am going to talk about Facebook ads again this week. These ads are called boosts  I did notice there is a social network group in my area maybe 35 minutes from where I am located. They said don't waste your money on ads meet up with us and learn how to use Facebook. They look like a great group but where their meet up is really inconvenient for me. The time they meet is rush hour in a part of the City that would be really difficult for me to get to. The train would be an option, but I am not a good traveler. To be honest, I have had great luck with Facebook Ads also called Boosts.  I do not think it is a waste of money  You may ask what do I mean luck. By luck I mean people have followed my page and long-time fr...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Gated communities are quite popular in Philadelphia Pa especially in the Summertime. Delaire Landing is a Gated waterfront  community located on the Delaware River. It has two beautiful pools overlooking the river. One of the pools is a lap pool the other is a heated pool. The residents love coming down in the summer to enjoy the view and the water.  When you sit by the water down by the river it is always a little cooler not a lot but just a little. The colorful umbrella's are up. The music is on the conversations are going. Everyone seems to gather in groups and congregate to the same spot. Although there are no saved spots everyone sits at the same spot and will be a litte upset though they would not ever ask anyone to move if someone was sitting where they normally sit. That would ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Currently I have a transaction with an agent who has an assistant. They are very busy and everything is given to the assistant to handle. That is fine with me if the assistant saw to it that everything was done in a timely manner.  We are closing in 10 days. The transaction was closed over  three weeks ago and is conditioned upon an appraisal. When it is my listing appraisals go through me and I always speak to the appraisers. No appraisers had notified me to go in this property.I was unfortunately out of the office and another agent was kind enough to  handle the paperwork for me.  In the shuffle the mortgage bankers contact information was misplaced. I contacted the buyers agent several different ways for four days requesting they contact their buyers mortgage banker and find out wha...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Recently when I was out shopping I heard many seniors complaining how difficult it was for them to keep up with the  rental increases every year. They were so distressed as the increases were a large jump and were told there were waiting lists for there units if they didn't want to pay.Loving where they lived of course the increase would be paid perhaps with a sacrifice for other necessities. Rental increases and the cost of living for seniors just somehow are not balancing for many Here is some wonderful information. This is just one of five programs so don't get disappointed I have read this in an email sent to me from SRA and wanted to share it. There are two very important articles.  The first article is about the tax relief. The other about a scam trying to get your bank account in...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Let's celebrate this wonderful Holiday Weekend . Happy Facebook Friday everyone! No worries Anita Clark  will be back next week with her fantastic Facebook tips.Everyone needs a break. I hope you took the time to watch this short video as that is what Facebook is about this Friday . Philadelphia Celebrates Independence Day all month. Everyday there are many special free things to do all around the City of Brotherly Love. Don't forget this is where the Declaration of Independence was signed. The American Flag  that Betsy Ross made is stored here .The Liberty Bell is also housed here. We are a very historic city   With that being said I am listening to fireworks from my bedroom window. Every evening somewhere in this city and suburbs there are fireworks displays and I am sure in your cit...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Hello, it is time to talk about Delaire Landing Gated Waterfront Condo Community. I was just talking to one of the master's council members on how at one-time Delaire Landing Community was one of the best-kept secrets in the city of Philadelphia. Well, it is not anymore. Speaking as a Realtor I can tell you these units do not stay on the market long at all. The saying it is a wonderful place to live has caught on. Baby Boomers love it and so do younger people. There is so much here to like and do. The grounds are amazing. Plus you have twenty-four-hour security, yes, there is a guard on duty twenty-four seven  In the summer you can sit poolside overlooking the Delaware River and watch the boats and ships go by, There are two pools to enjoy one is heated and the other is a refreshing la...
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