Philadelphia, PA Real Estate News

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
   Happy Spring Give Aways National Ravioli Day in NE Philly  Today was a beautiful spring day although some people comment that Spring was not until 6:58 PM. The trees are starting to bud. The local Rita's water ice companies and Dairy Queen were giving free water ice and ice cream. I gave up eating desserts and sweets so none for me  There was however an Italian Ravioli P&S company offering Ravioli buy one get one free on Facebook  These are better than homemade. Not that I make homemade, Ravioli theses are really really good. When I got down there the sweet lady said don't you want to mix? Sure I said why not  I asked if it was every Wednesday and she said no it was just a monthly special. Thinking about the price how could I resist?  Mushroom Ravioli and then she gave me a free Chee...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  It's the first day of Spring and time to Spring into Flower Power. Could not resist buying some fresh flowers to mingle in with the artificial ones. Made the house smell fresh even Cleo could not resist a sniff. Flowers Brighten up our days and open up our minds. Sometimes they even make us sneeze. Let us enjoy the sunshine and power of Flowers as their beauty needs no words to describe the power of their fragrance and love they bring.
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  If you are having lunch Sunday at Tiffany Diner on Sunday there are no luncheon specials. You will be choosing from the dinner special menu. No worries the selections and prices are still wonderfully priced. You can still order breakfast and just about anything you want. Service is good and so is the eggs benedict. My friend ordered the lamb. chops.   
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Free Market Analysis Delaire Landing Gated Waterfront Condos Phila Pa  It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood at Delaire Landing and you will see so many people taking a walk and saying hello. That is the what Delaire Landing is all about. It is a wonderful place to live. Ask anyone who lives here and they will tell you they love it there. Oh, you will have the usual whiners and complainers but that is normal.  Believe me, the people who complain also love living in Delaire Landing Condo Community it is just their nature to complain. For example, there was a picture of a beautiful scene posted. Some people saw the beauty of the sky and landscape others looked at the ground and saw a few articles of trash on the ground. It is like the old saying the glass is half full or the glass i...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
It is Daylight Savings Time to change clocks Spring Forward Time to Change Clocks in Philadelphia and Bucks County Pa. Spring forward and you will have an extra hour of daylight. Click here to learn why, where and when Won't it be wonderful to have that extra hour of daylight! Yes, this means Spring is almost here! At 2 AM March 10, 2019, don't forget to change your clocks.  Some clocks change automatically so before you change them to be sure they do not automatically change themselves like the ones on computers, cable boxes, and cell phones to name a few.There are some states such as Hawaii and Arizona that do not change clocks. Some want to stop Day Light SavingTime How do you feel about stopping Day Light Savings Time?   Change Clocks in Philadelphia Pa and Bucks County Pa Spring Fo...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Free Market Analysis Bakers Bay Gated Waterfront Condos Phila Pa Value Let us take a look at Bakers Bay Condo community in NE Philadelphia Pa. It is not even a Spring market and the Real Estate market here is hot. If you are a buyer interested in this area you better have a Real Estate agent that has you connect to the portal. Because when a property comes on the market hopefully you do not hesitate in making an appointment to view it. If it is the property you are interested in being prepared to make a decision would be wise. These units do not last long sometimes they are gone within hours or days. One never knows the situation will be or if the seller has received a free market analysis on the value of their unit  Let's take a look at some of the Active and Sold properties in the l...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Making a Final and Best Offer   Gated waterfront condos in NE Philadelphia are at a premium right now. I have a list of buyers waiting for these condos to come on the market. There was a time these units just sat on the market. This was many years ago when the Real Estate market crashed and I would write in my posts should have could have would have. Well, now these days have come and gone.  The last few condos went well over full price. In fact, one the buyer really liked or shall I say loved had a story of.woe. We knew there would be multiple offers. I called the buyer and we discussed what were they willing to offer as their final and best offer. We had already offered over full price but I felt we needed to offer more. They would not get a second chance. I find most people think th...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Have you been looking for that perfect house? Afraid to make the commitment. Always finding something wrong. Maybe the walk to the property is too far maybe you just don't have that feeling. That is what happened to this couple I was working with. We were looking for almost two years. There was one property we did make an offer on but to be honest I really felt it was overpriced. They did also and we passed on the counter-offer. The development they are looking in has become more popular than when they started looking. These properties are now selling over asking price.  Every time a property came up for sale I called them and we would look at the new listing. There was always an objection. After all, they would say we have a place to live we are not going to settle. I felt as if they...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Brookhaven is a small row house community in the Torresdale community. When you think of a row house you think small. These houses are far from small. The average size is approx 1386 sq ' not including the lower level. We should really refer to them as townhouses.  I remember having a young couple out looking at homes. I told them what I believe to be true. When you find the right house you will know. You will get that feeling when you walk in. It may not have everything you thought you wanted. You will get a feeling inside. It will feel like home. A feeling  I can live here. It will be a warm feeling inside you will just know.  The man said to me on the third time out looking "Hannah when am I getting this feeling you told me about " I told him I understood how he felt as I didn't see ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Past clients called me to assist their parents. They needed to move them into an assisted living facility.  Mom had been ill for some time she had limited mobility and Dad had a heart condition. They lived in a two-story Row/townhouse with a finished lower level. The house was in disarray.  The roof had leaked they had it replaced. The damaged it caused was not fixed. There were water marks on the ceilings and walls. Plus the watermarks were on wallpaper so that made it look even worse. The carpets needed replacing but under the carpets were hardwood floors. The kitchen was original and untidy.  The other problem was that they had a potty downstairs.  The parents were not mobile and it really did not show well at all.   Dad was happy staying in the house. It was evident it was time to...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Wasn't sure if it was a joke until Grace called me from the airport to say she was here. She wanted to see as many houses as I could set up. She wanted to start tomorrow and could I pick her up at the hotel   Grace was from a TV show called Home Team. We needed to find a house that needed a little work. Some updating and could be vacant. We started our journey the next day. We hit it off right away. Grace knew exactly what she was looking for.   It had to be great for the TV cameras shoots. Need work but the bones had to be good. Heater roof plumbing the real expensive stuff had to good. The other stuff we were going to get local people to donate their time and some of their merchandise to freshen up these houses. In return they would get free advertising on TV she explained.   We fou...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
   Today I woke up to snow. I was surprised as a friend of mine argued with me and said it was not cold out and it was not going to snow.  The temperature was high of 17 degrees with wind chill of zero . That is cold for me.  Everyone I spoke to said it was bitter cold out.     Wednesday you may have heard I drove home in a snow squall. Could not see in front of me. Thankfully I had just had four new tires put on and the roads were freshly salted. My hands gripped the steering wheel tight my teeth were clenched the only thing I could see were the car lights in front of me. The snow stopped when I was two traffic lights from home . Unless I have something important to do I am staying home 
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
It had been a place I had always wondered about, and here was my chance last week to gain entry to the historic Library Company of Philadelphia at 13th and Locust. Imagine yourself in 1731 Philadelphia, with few books available to the public. Then along comes Ben Franklin and his friends who were members of the Junto, his “society of mutual improvement,” whom he convinced to pool their resources and purchase a collection of books. Each of the 40 members contributed 50 shillings.Today, a majority of Library Company members are shareholders who have purchased a share that has been passed through previous owners since the 18th century and a share can be purchased for $200. Along with the share, you get a complete list of all the previous members who have owned your share since 1731. (photo...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
   What a difference a day makes . Yesterday the temperatures were in the mid fifty degrees . Today it was around 12 degrees . That is a drop of forty degrees in one day with sub zero wind chills  . One of my clients said it was not too cold .She was the only person that said this .  To tell you the truth no way I was going outside unless there was a reason to . There was no houses to show or condos . Everything I needed to do I could do on the computer from home .  Early this morning I made a banana bread . This afternoon I made spicy chicken . So my place smells really wonderful . Cleo is curled up in a ball . The fireplace is going .Something about the cold weather that makes me want to cook .   The temperatures are going back up to the 30's tomorrow 40's by Wednesday and mid 50's by...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 It is time to take look at Baker's Bay a Gated waterfront community located in the Torresdale area of NE Philadelphia. This is a very desirable area and if price right will not stay on the market long. It is a lovely community with two sections the midrise and the garden section. The Mid-Rise is an elevator building. There are some units that have river views. Even without a river view, these units are spacious, lovely and in high demand       The gardens have a different look and feel have private entrances and mirror their names There are some garden one-story units. there are also Townhouse units in the gardens. The garden gets their name from the beautiful gardens that surround the area.     Whichever you chose you have access to the clubhouse pools gym tennis courts and all the ot...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Let's take a look at Brookhaven Row Townhouse Values in the last ninety days ..as of January 10 ,  2019 . These spacious row houses are in the 19114  zip code and  conveniently located near shopping and Septa transportation .   You have Shoprite Food Market Shopping Center in walking distance There is an East and West side of Brookhaven .      Checking the Bright MLS there have been three Closed /Sold properties in the last ninety days .Closed/Sold :  3BR 1.5 bath 1376 sq' above grade  Fin Bsmt  Straight Tru -Price per sq' $173.88  Remodeled -wood ,ceramic and newer carpeted floors- fenced yard  Sold/closed price  $241,000   concession  $7230   DOM 8  west sideClosed /Sold : 3 BR  1.5 Bath  1386 sq' AG Fin Bsmt  straight Tru - Price per sq ' $170.63 gas stone fireplace ,garage , Close...
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By Steve Capriotti, Remax Access- Realtor, Philadelphia Real Estate
(Associate Broker)
A Guide to 5 Fruity Beers (So You Can Have the Fun Taste, But Still Appear “Rugged”)Sometimes you just don’t wanna drink a regular old beer, but you also don’t wanna order a cocktail. Or drink straight juice. You’re lookin’ for a lil’ suttin’-suttin’ in between. Maybe it’s just nice outside.…Look, I don’t know your life, but I do know that these beers are delicious (feel free to recommend others, of course):*Ahem*  Schofferhofer, Grapefruit Heifeweizen: this beer is a German gem. It’s fruity and light, and you can find it in beer gardens and your local Acme alike. The catch is that they’re only 2.5% alcohol, but that’s because they’re half juice (aka not just beer). If you’re looking for something refreshing and feel-good, but you gotta drive after this one, this is your guy.  21st Amen...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  What a wonderful tradition in Philadelphia when people smile and dance in the streets . Yes it is a Happy New Year's Day  in Philadelphia Pa . The Mummers are strutting their stuff down the streets of the City of Philadelphia  These bands prepare all year for this day .    Last year it was bitter cold .This year it will be in the sixties but very high winds are predicted .The winds will make it difficult for the fancy and the fancy brigade but nothing will stop these Mummers from strutting their stuff  The Mummers are pure sunshine .   The Mummers compete in four categories . They are the comic ,the fancy ,the fancy brigades , and the string bands .  It is one huge party in the streets of Philly . "When You're Smiling " is my favorite songs . You will find this attitude is contagious ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Let's take a look at this Year 2018  Anita Clark will be back next year with great new tips for the New Year 2019  There are  little tips on your Facebook Business page do you use them ? One I check often is :Invite Friends Know friends who might like your Page? (Mine is on the right side of my page yours may be some where else find it ) Help more people discover your Page by inviting friends to like it .A pop up comes up with all the names of people who you know that have not have liked your page  invite them .You will be surprised how many people will respond  and like your page . Reciprocate when asked . It is good to have friends .   When checking  analytics I found the more likes you have the higher your Facebook Business page ranks    That is why it is so important when Anita as...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 I recently read a post by Liz and Bill Spear called  Eyes Wide Open . It made me think so I checked and canceled a membership I had that was not bringing me any benefit's . Money that was not well spent and could be put to better use .  When doing so I was told I would be getting a call and email  to see why I was leaving. I would get a personal call to see what it would take to get me to stay  . Well no call or email but I did get an email saying they tried to charge my credit card (which thankfully thanks to Holiday shopping was denied ) would I like to use another credit card  card?  I quickly responded that I had canceled their service .     I was then instructed that they would send me an email with a link . It would only be good for 15 minutes to cancel .  I did this and typed in...
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