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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)
Yesterday, a friend and I visited 5 historic homes decorated for Christmas located in historic Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. The first home we saw was Lemon Hill, whose history includes what was once a working farm above the Schuylkill River owned by Robert Morris, merchant, entrepreneur and financier. signer of both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.  The next owner was Henry Pratt, a merchant, who built the current house in 1800, which he named “Lemon Hill” after the lemon trees in what had been the Morris family's  greenhouse. That structure included an apartment for a caretaker who kept the furnace stoked. After Pratt’s death in 1838, Lemon Hill became the first private property acquired to protect the city’s water supply, and the home became the first park land for...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 New Years Eve Philadelphia on the Waterfront Fireworks 6PM & Midnight . Even in the bitter cold the fireworks will be exploding with a sparkling party on the waterfront . Come one come all . It will be beautiful if you can bear the bitter cold  . You may want to stay indoors and enjoy at the Sugar House Casino .
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Looking for a something to watch perhaps ? Well it is bitter cold here in the Northeastern part of the Country  as an Artic chill has spread over us . Today with  high of 21 degrees low will be 12 degrees with a wind chill of much lower . I have a one of those winter colds so going outdoors will be done only when necessary .  The other evening craving a movie to watch  I decided to see what was available    "Victoria & Abdul"  a movie I missed in the theater . I do not often like to view movies at home as you know if you read my posts but with my new 4K TV by Sharp that Walmart upgraded me to it was quite an experience    My first  choice of course is  still seeing a movie in the theater but I did enjoy this at home   One of my friends saw it and said it was boring. Another loved it an...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 When I was reading a post by Jeff Dowler  wrote about cookies it was for the contest that Debbie Reynolds asked us to write  what we are thankful for . I told Jeff I would be watching the mail for my cookies .  I had a very busy week last week with closing and if you read my Q&A question had a problem getting a condo questionnaire filled out it was just two simple yes or no questions but it was finally done . It just stressed me out as I like to know all is well .  Yesterday I dropped all the files off and picked up another when I looked in my Mail bin and noticed " I had mail "  I saw the return address I knew immediately who it was from and waited until I got home to open .Cleo insisted to see the contents .  Yes it was delicious cookies Thank you Jeff I am eating them as I am watchi...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
It is time to take a look at what is happening in Delaire Landing the gated waterfront condo community . According to the Trend Bright MLS there are now four active listings when last month there were only two listed for sale .  Let's take a better look at exactly what is available and see if it fits your needs if you are an interested buyer . Let me remind you I have a mailing list  You will be notified as soon as listings become available when you are on my mailing list .Call me and get set up .  For sale active three :  2 BR 2 Bath units  priced $129,900 - $209,900   one is a first floor unit For sale active one : 1 BR 1 Bath unit Priced $114 ,900  first floor unit  private entrance  811sq' approx There is one pending unit for sale . Shh I am waiting for the mortgage commitment now ....
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  Snow the first time is so pretty as long as I do not have to drive in it  . This time it looked like someone was shaking a feather pillow out . I am just happy that I was warm and cozy inside on a Saturday afternoon . My grandson was dropped off . His parents were going Christmas shopping . Aidan and I were going to watch movies on my new 65" TV . More about this when I write about my best Christmas ever for Kathy Streib  contest this December . Look at the elves from Four Seasons  . Guess it was Okay that I didn't buy a  shovel yet
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Just a few days ago it was sixty five degrees . Now the weather report  is  saying First Alert .The news is  saying wet heavy snow all day tomorrow . Could make it a winter wonderland . Slick road conditions ? First snow of the season . So glad I did not have to go to the food market . Skies are dark and dreary outside . Salt trucks are loading up . Oh no I forgot to buy a shovel again . Snow is headed our way . Hannah Williams                                                                                 Re/Max Eastern 215 953 8800215 953 8818 cell anytime  215 820 3376hannahremax@gmail.com    
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
I was so glad I took the time to see this movie in the movie theater . I am way behind writing my reviews as I saw this about a month ago but with all the holiday hustle and bustle did not have a chance to write this .  Science fiction movie buffs will love this . The sound and special effects are truly awesome . Riveting I might add . The movie is very long two hours and forty four minutes and not one second too long in my opinion . I loved it . I saw it in my reclining seats maybe just a few others in the theater .  I adore Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling so right there it was a winner for me .  A special effects movie like this was meant to be seen on the big screen . I will watch it again when it comes out on cable but the sound can not be duplicated at home . Awesome movie .  Try to...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Tickle me Tuesday am I glad this guy jumped out before I opened the lid of the trash can . If I opened the lid then it jumped out well I think I would have fainted or screamed much louder then I did . To be honest I was a bit shaken . I did laugh at myself . After all who is bigger me or this squirrel .  I took the trash out with me before my morning walk . I was determined to find the squirrel and get his picture for this post . To be honest there are so many I am not sure this is the same one but he /she will do .. This squirrel did Tickle me this Tuesday  or should I say scared the daylights out of me .  Happy Tuesday                                                                                                             Be Careful  when Taking  out the Trash There are Animals loo...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's see what is going on in our beautiful Bakers Bay gated waterfront condo community . Almost everthing is gone according to the Trend Bright MLS as of December 2 2017 . Although I have a few clients that wish it were not so . They call me to say they would like me to re-show the condo I showed the three weeks ago . When I showed it to them I explained this is a hot unit with everything you want it will go quickly as there are others looking for the same unit you are . They said they understood . I heard from them three weeks later . It is available they told me . It is on the internet . We had been through this before. I patiently explained . I love these buyers but they do not listen to me . That does not  make it available . I told them sold gone .Too late have to find a new condo...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
So disappointed the Sharp 55'' 4K Smart TV Door Buster my son-in Law stood in line for two hours  at Walmart had a cracked screen when we took it out of the box . He took it back to Walmart and they said we can give you your money back but that is all . It was a Door Buster Special . There are no more to be ordered . He told me there were a few others  being returned  with cracked screens . I was so disappointed but what can you do . Wasn't meant to be   Olivia my Granddaughter stayed overnight . We had a great time together . She had scrambled eggs with cheese for breakfast . Then she requested grilled cheese that she gobbled up for lunch .Then we went exploring .  Here are adorable pictures I took of her . She really brightens up my days 
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
While taking my walk and exercise I had to quietly walk over to get a picture of the geese . I think they are beautiful . There are many people that find them a nuisance . They want them gone . Nature put these birds on earth to live . We need to share our space with other creatures I can think of worse . They were very skittish and wanted to fly away .This picture is zoomed in . I walked all over where they were and my shoes are clean .  How blessed I feel to be walking in such an amazing Autumn wonderland of color. Quietly sharing it with the geese who are honking that perhaps they should leave . Next I heard the flapping of wings . They were flying away . Time to start walking again I had pictures . Such simple beauty I must hurry get that walking distance in for the day. Things to d...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 I was searching in my coin jar where I keep my receipts for purchases too . There were so many receipts I decided to go through a few and throw them out when suddenly I felt something  not right . I pulled it out and it was a gift card . When I had purchased a pair of studded sneakers at the the end of August by Michael Kor's I received a gift card . This gift card for $15 could only be redeemed between November 1- 19  , 2017 .  I had forgotten all about this gift card . If I had not been searching for change It would have expired Now I though well what can I find at Off 5th at Philadelphia Mills . This store is one of my favorite stores for shoes and boots  I really do not need another pair of shoes or boots this year .  They have wonderful handbags designer brands . I do not need tha...
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(The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia)
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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 Delaire Landing Condo Community  . There is not much left for sale if you are looking to buy in this beautiful waterfront community . Do not give up hope as one day there may be nothing and the next new listings may appear . So make sure you are on my mailing list if you are a serious buyer . There are two active units for sale listed in Trend a Bright MLS for sale as of Monday November 13 , 2017 . Prices ranges from $134.900- $211.900  both units are 2BR  2Bath units sq' do vary as do locations Currently there are three units in pending status . Which means they are under contract waiting to go to final settlement /closing . If you read my blogs you know we do not discuss these transactions. This information is confidential. It is not public kn...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 The fire alarm went off in our condo building this morning . What a loud screeching  sound it was . I opened my door and there was flashing lights and people yelling fire alarm . The noise was so loud . Cleo my cat was so scared .The sound was deafening   I picked her up thinking everything was replaceable except Cleo.  I called the gatehouse . There was not any smoke or smell of fire . He said to vacate the firemen are on their way . So I picked up Cleo and out the door we went . She was petrified as the sound of the alarm was worse in the hallway . I tried to hold her ears as I held her She did not leave my arms frightened as she was .  The firemen came running up and down the stairways . I came back in as they were looking .They said someone had set it off the alarm it was alright t...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Took my daily  brisk walk today and had to stop to take this picture . This is one of many I took this morning . It seems the trees are starting to change . It is very unseasonably warm . Everything looks so beautiful . Soon the trees will be bare .For now I will enjoy Fall. To me it is the most beautiful time of year . Delaire Landing by the river beautiful this time of year .Fridays Foto: Morning Walk by River Delaire Landing Phila Pa  posted  November 3 ,2017
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's take a look at what is happening in Rivers Bend a Pet Friendly Condo Community in the Torresdale section of Philadelphia Pa. For the month of October 2017.  If you are a seller call  get a Free Market Analysis of your condo . Why wonder at the value when you can find out what the market value is . Let us now take a quick look at what has been going on in the last forty days .   Active  :  2 BR  2 bath B unit second floor with loft living space  1056 sq'  lower level  laundry & garage priced $178, 900Active:  2 BR 2.5 Bath A unit first floor with lower level finish living space  1056sq'  laundry and garage priced $178,000 There are three pending units . We do not discuss these sales until they go to final settlement . There are many reasons why .The main reason being it is not publ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 I purchaced six pounds of bananas for two dollars for my smoothies at a local farmers market . I usually go there when I have the time . This time they were all over ripe and I was going to have to throw most of them away. I was at Delaire Landing's  flea market where a woman was selling banana bread . My friend  talked me out of buying it which I was glad she did as it was $14.  I looked on the computer and found a recipe for banana bread and found this recipe from Allrecipes that looked simple enough . I purchased the  ingredients  that I did not have and well it turned out amazing . I saved the six bananas from the trash plus I was inspired to take a picture and use it for Dick Greenberg  Real life contest . I wish you could smell how amazing my condo smells . FYI  I do not bake and...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 I am so lucky with my clients . They are very loyal and trusting . I guess that is why when I get a client who is not I take it to heart . I showed a property to couple from out of town . They loved it and wanted to purchase the property . It was to good to be true .They had a long drive home and wanted to write me a check to hold the property . I explained that was not how it worked in Pennsylvania  . Everything has to be in writing  They would have to make a written offer . He took out a check book and asked who he should make the check out to . I said no writing a check will not hold the property for you if you want it you need to come back to my office and I can prepare an agreement of sale. They told me they did not have the time they had been out all day and needed to get back ho...
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