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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Yesterday  I wrote an agreement on a property . It was in a community where listings sell almost as soon  as they come on the  market   .  I  tell my buyers I have a waiting list of buyers looking to buy in this community .If they like it they have to make their minds up and write an agreement and not wait .    What is the price ?  Full price or over full price . That is the offer . You can not put an offer in for less money  . After all if I have several buyers the other agents in the area also have buyers waiting so you as a buyer will have competition . I would advice going over full price .  Now we will talk about having a property to sell .If that is the case you may as well forget about having your agreement accepted in this development .   My Buyer Cash Full Price No House to Sel...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Today I woke up to no coffee . I have a Keurig Coffee Maker and an assortment of coffee pods to choose from . I put one in and cold water came pouring out . Lots of cold water .Enough to empty the whole canister   Luckily I had a plastic container within reach so all this water pouring out had a place to go .  Yesterday when I came home the electricity had gone off and come back on about an hour or so after I was home .Perhaps it shorted something in the machine . Plug and unplug it was just not working  . It was about three years old .They do not make things to last these days   Well off to Walmart . They had a newer model similar to mine for $99 then I found a compact model for $59 for smaller spaces that could do the same thing   It was worth a try and the lady said I could return ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Halloween is always fun .It was always my Mother's favorite holiday .She would dress up in a costume and go trick or treating to the neighbors houses . Even I would not know who she was . Everyone would wait with delight . She was only four foot ten in height.  So there were many nights I was bumped not knowing it was Mom until the next day when she revealed herself . I guess that is why I love to dress up and make people smile .  I used to get dressed up and hand out candy when my children were younger . Now I buy some candy apples and surprise a few clients . I make a list of a few clients that I have not surprised in a few years and leave them a Mrs Prindables Apple . I get a great response especially after the luscious apples are eaten . Their caramel pretzel sticks are also delic...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood at Rivers Bend Condo Community. Fall is in the air and you can see many of the owners proudly walking their dogs. Rivers Bend is one of the only condo communities that is pet friendly in NE Philadelphia .When I see people walking their dogs sometimes I want to stop my car and ask to take their picture . I do not  as I am not sure of the response I will get . One day I will try hoping to get a positive response . There are different styles of units in Rivers Bend .All units have 2 BR 2 full Baths  Garage  and laundry. First floor units are known as A units and second floor as B units .  The second floor units are known to also have a large loft  overlooking the dining area and living area but some units do not have a loft . There were not many b...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Fall is in the air today . There is a chill in the air . Many people have their windows open . Time for long pants and Ugg boots for me .. Even the decor at the markets have changed . It was a pleasure to shop in the cool weather with a hoodie on . The colors of Fall are in the air .This time of year leaves me rather speachless . My favorite time of year
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 It is a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood of Rhawnhurst   NE  Philadelphia zip code 19152   SOLD 2326 STRAHLE ST    SOLD $160,000 2BR on first floor unit  3BR on second floor unit    updated kitchens      Newer air conditioner  and heating units Refrigerator  included washer and dryer belongs to tenants  roof coated  2018   Very well maintainedNew owner has good tenants that are going to  stay  Did not take long to miss this oppurtunity  Call for a Free Market Analysis of Your Multi Family Unit   Hannah Williams RE/MAX eastern 215 953 8818   
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 What a surprise today when I went to Google information and saw this Google Doodle of Mister Rogers . How nice of Google to honor Mister Rogers . My own Children watched him on PBS television growing up . My daughter Johanna is now sharing her experience with her own  children  Mister Rogers Neighborhood aired from 1968 -2001  -- I can still hear his voice saying  It is a wonderful day in the neighborhood    Please won't you be my neighbor  .  Ask your Alexa #Mister Rogers   
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's take a look at the activity at Bakers Bay condo community  .I have several clients looking for condos to come up for sale . There has not been any first floor units with 2 BR's on the market  for quite some time . There was a time that clients a had choice of condos .  Now the buyers who were sitting on the fence are very frustrating wishing they had not been so picky . They are hoping that perhaps the late Fall or Winter months will bring some condo listings their way .It is that should have could have feeling we have talked about . There is only a 1 BR short sale listing available if you can get in to see it and are willing to wait 3 months for an approval   Pending for final sale are three units ,If you  read my blog you know the rules .We do not discuss these units until the d...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Today we had dinner at the "Burger Bar " at Gallos everyone wanted burgers . I was not really in the mood but who cannot eat a great burger especially when you have great conversation to go with it .  When I looked at the menu I noticed they had a wonderful seafood salad on the menu . Even though the bacon blue cheese burger was tempting me I decided to order the seafood salad I was so glad I did It was delicious . The salad had scallop's, shrimp, lump crab meat bacon blue cheese and their special dressing . Next time the bacon blue cheese  burger .  If you are in the area try the " Burger Bar "at Gallos Their food is very good and so is the service . It is casual dining and dress
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
   I am sure you have been seeing "La Shana Tova " and "Happy New Year "  on Facebook and all Social Media sites in the last several days . Unless you are Jewish or have friends you may wonder people are wishing each other a Happy New Year . Here is a explaination of Coffee and Faith .  May it be full of all the sweetness you desire In this year 5779 "La Shana Tova" .I hope you learn and enjoy from this video "La Shana Tova" 
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  The temperatures here on the East Coast in Philadelphia Pa are really hot . They say Summer is over but they have closed schools early because of the heat . Many of the schools in the city are older and do not have air conditioning . With the heat index it feels like 103 degrees .We are officially in a heat wave  Early next week I have settlement on one of my listings . I received a call from the seller . Her central air was not working . The unit is cold but there is not any cold air coming out. The thermostat read 86 degrees . She has it set on 70 .She called her A/C service man and he has not called her back . I asked when she called . She said last evening . She did call another company her neighbor uses he told her the soonest they could be out was next week . She was frantic .Fi...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Let's see what is happening in Delaire Landing Gated Waterfront Condo Community now that the Summer season is over . The pool is closed .It was a wonderful season at the pool. It was either very hot or it was raining . What-ever the weather you can bet your bottom dollar the residents were enjoying the pools .    There were many new residents there this year loving the fun in the sun . There were many who enjoyed the heated pool while others preferred the cool waters of the unheated lap pool  Many basked in the sunshine while others sat under the umbrellas . Where ever the residents were sitting there were smiles .  Labor Day Weekend the pool closed . It was a sad day for many residents . They will not see each other until next season . Many other residents socialize all year long . Th...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
It was a long day . I was on the computer . Suddenly I wondered where Cleo was . I glanced up and there she was staring at me .The look on her face made me smile . I reached for my phone and said smile as I snapped her picture . To me it looked like she was saying "Are you almost finished  " If cats could talk what would they say 
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Looking for a condo that is pet friendly . Somewhere that your dog is welcomed . Look no further. Rivers Bend is the place is be . Not only is it pet friendly but it is close to trains and buses .  You can walk to the Train and go to Center City Philadelphia .  Looking to take some college courses ? That will be easy too . Holy Family University is also within walking distance . Jefferson Aria Hospital is also close by for those in the medical profession working at the hospital .   There are some fun places to eat nearby . The Three Monkey's Cafe is right around the corner and a community favorite . In the nice weather you can eat inside or outside . They have a wonderful menu. My oldest granddaughter Alexis loves to eat there .  Then of course we have Maggies on the Waterfront  anoth...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  I have a client and also a dear friend who needs to move from his condo to another one . We are on a mission to find a first floor condo . Recently two have come on the market . The heat here was sweltering . We went to look at the first unit which had a lock box on it .  No problem opening it but the keys would not open the door.  I thought maybe it was me as it was so hot my clothes were sticking to me it was 96 degrees out and the dew point was 75 . My client said let me try the keys . I must admit I am not always the best person getting keys to work .. These keys just went around with no click . Tried pushing our bodies against the doors . No way this door was  opening . Okay on to the next   We had the instructions that said Lock Box was on the porch . Now we are walking around t...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 I was reading an article today and thought I would share this with everyone as I found it to be very interesting .This News brief was seems to be a big win . Please read and let me know what your opinions are .. Be sure to read the IRS summery at the end . Big win for Realtors®: IRS’s guidance on pass-through income The IRS released proposed regulations on the new 20 percent business income deduction for pass-through businesses. The deduction was part of the big tax law Congress passed at the end of last year, and it was a huge win for Realtors®. But it was unclear who would be eligible for the deduction. Now that proposed regulations are out, it’s clear the new deduction will be available to a wide range of real estate professionals. Under the new law, individual owners of sole propri...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
       The residents are enjoying sitting by the heated pool this summer . Enjoying this hot summer weather .The umbrella's are up the tables and chairs are set . The lifeguards have seen that the pool is Crystal clear. You will see many people floating around with their noodles.  The summer is almost coming to an end so everyone is enjoying everyday to the fullest . Did I mention there is also a large canopy where many gather that do not want to sit in the sunshine but want the company of their neighbors.   Oh the delightful joys of the lazy days of summer  Bakers Bay is like living in a Country Club . Some may want to play tennis then go for a swim .Perhaps workout in the gym then go poolside . Lets not forget about the Whirlpool to relieve all those aching muscles . There is no wonde...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Multi Family listing in Rhawnhurst section of NE Philadelphia 19152 Under Contract Great duplex for owner occupant  live in one rent the other Will also be great investment property is Now Under Contract    2BR on first floor unit  3BR on second floor unit  updated kitchens    Newer air conditioner  and heating units Refrigerator  included washer and dryer belongs to tenants roof coated  2018   Very well maintained owner says good tenants would like to stay Month to month lease if wanted for owner occupant .   Did not take long to miss this oppurtunity  Call for a Free Market Analysis of Your Multi Family Unit        
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Time to take a look at Delaire Landing a Waterfront Gated Condo community .  The residents are enjoying a day at the pool . As you can see they also have a beautiful view of the Delaware River . While sitting by the pool they can visit the wonderful library and take out a book to read .There are two pools a heated pool and a lap pool .    They can also take a break and play a game of pool or ping pong . There is an area to sit an watch TV and also a gym that overlooks the pool . When you are done you may shower if you wish or wait till you go home .  Relax and have fun poolside at Delaire Landing   Tennis anyone ? There is also tennis courts for people who play  There are many who would rather sit inside and play cards in the cool air conditioned rooms . Whatever your desire for summe...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Yesterday I not only received emails but phone calls from buyers wanting to see my new listing they saw on the Internet . Not unusual right?  That is until the question came up "Are you working with another agent " The answer was yes. I have a agent Either the agent was too busy They were out of town . They could not show them until the end of the week   The best was they were old it was too hot for their agent  I explained I was the listing agent and represented the seller . If I showed them the property I would then be a dual agent .If they had a problem with that I could have another agent in my office represent them . If they wanted to still be represented by their agent then their agent had to take the time to show them the property .  I was very sorry but my time was valuable and...
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