Philadelphia County, PA Real Estate News

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Forget your bags when you shop? Yes you will need to bring cloth shopping bags when you go food shopping in Philadelphia as it is against the law for stores to use plastic bags. When you look at all the liter around the City you see particles or masses of plastic bags hanging about .In order to fight and manage  the liter all about the city no more plastic bags in the City of Philadelphia.When I went shopping I did remember to bring to bags. I purchased more food than expected and they had awesome candles so the bags would be too  heavy. They did offer very nice bags for .33 cents made of non woven polypropylene which are  re-useable and does hold quite a bit of food. Glad I purchased them. Have to remember to keep them in the car or start carrying a larger handbag again.Unfortunately I...
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By Kokou Michael Logossou
(Tax Resolution Society LLC)
Circumstances in life are complex and some individuals and businesses found themselves in a very difficult situation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A critical stage of the IRS collection process is when you receive a final notice. Most of times the content of the letter is presented as: “This letter is to notify you of your unpaid taxes and that the Service intends to levy to collect the amount owed. The letter and referenced publications explain how to request an appeal if you do not agree. You need to file a form 12153, Request for a Collection Due Process Hearing and send it to the address shown on your levy notice within 30 days from the date of the letter in order to appeal the proposed action with the office of appeals”.The letter or the notice explains clearly what to d...
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By Kokou Michael Logossou
(Tax Resolution Society LLC)
As had been said in the previous blogs, the non-Filers are taxpayers who for some reasons did not file their tax returns for many years. Suppose that you are one of them and you receive a notice from the IRS to file your tax returns. What can you do? The purpose of these series of blogs is to lay out the processes of how to resolve the non -Filer’s tax issues. Why you might decide to file the State Tax Return first?Taxpayers need to recognize that ounce they receive a notice from the Internal Revenue Service to file their tax returns, it means the agency is about to collect its money. Most of non-Filers owed taxes to the Federal, State and Local governments for many years in the amounts of tens of thousands of dollars. In this situation the taxpayer has to design a plan of how to get th...
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By Kokou Michael Logossou
(Tax Resolution Society LLC)
You are planning to buy your perfect house or commercial property but don’t know what your options are in the mortgage department. Well, there are tons to choose from and they are all tailored to your specific needs. If you have a great job and money isn’t an issue, you can make higher payments and possibly pay off your loan in as little as 10 to 15 years. For many people though, they don’t have great jobs and need to best plan for their budget.Most mortgages differ in just a few ways. They may require balloon payments up front or toward the end of the loan period or they might be influenced monthly by ever changing interest rates. Fixed rate loans are very popular because you are guaranteed to have the same bill every month regardless of interest rates. If you are on a budget, this is ...
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By Kokou Michael Logossou
(Tax Resolution Society LLC)
The context of this analysis is for non-filers who are married. As known to everybody, the non-filers are taxpayers for some reasons did not file their taxes for many years. It happened that they received a notice from the Revenue Internal Service (IRS) to file their taxes. The married non-filers need to think twice before filing jointly their returns.Married Filing Jointly vs Married Filing SeparatelyOunce you are married you have an option to file your return with your spouse what is called married filing jointly or you both can decide to file your returns separately because you want to be responsible for your own taxes. The common trait for non-filers is that most of them owe taxes to the government. For that reason, they need to think strategically about the collection before filing...
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By Kokou Michael Logossou
(Tax Resolution Society LLC)
When applying for a mortgage, the lender you have chosen will take many factors into account. These factors not only influence what type of loans you can qualify for but also what your monthly payments will be and how many years you will take to pay the loan off completely. Knowing these factors and doing what you can to improve them all can make a tremendous difference when you go and see your lender and start the process that will get you your new property.Some of the basic factors apply for just about any loan but are especially important if you are trying to get a mortgage. The big one is credit. How good is your credit? Get copies of all of your credit reports from the 3 major consumer reporting companies and check each one for errors. Many times, they have errors that can be corre...
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By Kokou Michael Logossou
(Tax Resolution Society LLC)
The tax date of April 15th has passed. If you did not file your tax return or extension request, you are considered a non-filer. Some individuals and businesses put themselves in this situation of non-filers for many years. The internal Revenue Service (IRS) want everyone to file tax return even if you owe and cannot pay so it could put you in a payment plan. For that reason, failing to file leads to unwanted attention from the agency to those individuals and businesses. One afternoon, you open your mail box and you find a letter from IRS about the many years of returns not filed. If you are in that situation, how many years of returns do you need to file?According the IRS policy statement 5-133, non-filers have to file at least six years of tax returns. The fact that you did not file f...
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By Kokou Michael Logossou
(Tax Resolution Society LLC)
Kokou started managing a tax franchise since 2013 and is a Founder of Tax Resolution Society LLC, a tax firm in Pennsylvania. The mission of Tax Resolution Society LLC is to help individuals, businesses and particularly Real Estate Professionals to resolve their tax issues with the government. Indeed, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants everyone to pay his /her tax on time. That being said, IRS also understands that the life circumstances could cause some taxpayers to be in tax difficulties with the government. For that reason, IRS designs rules for trouble taxpayers to resolve their tax issues. Tax Resolution Society LLC is very effective in representing taxpayers to IRS to help them resolve their tax situations. So, why did Kokou Michael Logossou join ActiveRain?The answer is sim...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 The times they are a-changing. We have been isolated and quarantined for so long. Wearing masks living in a kind of science-fiction-like environment. Let's face it did you ever think we would live our lives in fear of catching a deadly virus. I know I did not. I was truly scared   In 1918 There was the terrible influenza flu that killed 25 million people in the first six months this virus originated in Spain and we still get a Flu shot every year to prevent it I recently saw a news show showing that people were so relieved that this epidemic was over that it is believed that it may have sparked the mood of the Roaring Twenties. The Roaring Twenties was a time of gaiety and prosperity. Everything was going right, fashion was outrageous, yes bold and exciting and so was the music. Life w...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Corner first floor 2 BR  2 Full Baths unit in the very desirable Garden section of Delaire Landing also known as Condo #1. This is a spacious unit with a 1,224 sq ft interior living space. It has its own private entrance and a small patio outside. No steps to climb and so much room to roam inside.    Large LR and Dining area with a full walled mirror that makes the home appear even larger. Large storage closet and coat closet. Wood-like flooring - plus a GSD to the outdoor patio      Perfect size kitchen with all the modern conveniences, large built-in pantry to store your extra food.  Big enough for a small kitchen table or to put stools to use the countertop. There is plenty of cabinet space. All appliances included (in as-is condition with no monetary value)   Large personal laundry...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Let's talk about what is happening in Bakers Bay a Gated Waterfront Condo Community. There are two sections the Mid-Rise and the Gardens. The Mid Rise is an elevator building close to the River and the Gardens are two-story units in a Garden setting. Bakers Bay community is like living in a country club setting.   Because of Covid many of the Amenities have been closed but now with the Vaccine, many things are starting to open up. Soon the clubhouse will be open again the pool will be open again with restriction. Hopefully this year the indoor pool will also be open after the outdoor pool closes.   This weekend is Memorial Day Holiday and the pool looks beautiful. All the chairs are lined up and the water in the pool is ready for the residents. The only thing missing is the umbrellas w...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Let's take a look at what is going on in Delaire Landing Gated Community. The Spring Fair took place on May 1, 2021, and was a huge success. One of our residents Joyce Fienberg looks far and wide to find vendors to participate in this Fair. Masks were required and the masked police were about although I do not know who they were.  It was really a beautiful sunny day and nice to get out and about and see your neighbors; though it was difficult to recognize each other but wonderful to be there just the same. There were soft pretzels and one of my favorites Gayle's Goodies, also Tastefully Simple. There were homemade cakes and cookies which I did not even go near as I am watching my sugar intake. Beautiful jewelry and wreaths among many other crafts even clothes, handbags, and shoes.     ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
April Is over and there is a new May Contest hosted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  Let's all get our entries ready for May as the is a Contest, not a challenge Life is a Story our judges are:Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker Jeff Dowler, CRS Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!  Kathy and I would like to thank everyone for contributing to theActive Rain April Spring Challenge Your posts were beautiful and so enjoyable to read.This is my second April Spring Challenge I am always grateful to work in unity with Kathy Streib   and hope we may do another Challenge together soon  These local posts should make our phone ring and create SEO. Let's keep writing posts on our local events and areas. Let's not forget our local Market reports.   Active Rain lost a wonderful sister mem...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
  You are getting ready to sell your house.  The hardest part is de-clutter the house and the closets. If you are like many people you probably looked and said where do I start?    The closets are a great place to begin. You are going to be moving so let's start to pack up the closets and also clean them up. If it is warm weather and you live in a four-season climate take out your cold-weather clothes and shoes. Pack them away. Let's make room in these closets and make them look big and spacious.  Clean them out. All the closets in the house even the linen closet  There are many books and even videos online to show you how.  Keep only what items are necessary.  There is nothing worse than showing prospective buyers closets that are messy and full to the brim with stuff.  If you must box...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Today we had a great Zoom meeting with the blogging members of Active Rain and the Staff. It was a special meeting Ben Kenny the owner was there to let us know what was being planned and to listen to our feedback. There was also a special guest Bob Stewart (hope I spelled it right ) who we adore.   He taught many of us so much about blogging. We will forever remember the classes he and Ben taught about the longtail blog they will never know just how much they influenced our lives. We really owe them so much those two young guys who walked into that room that day so many years ago were so smart we adore them both. Back to the Zoom Meeting, the team listened to our feedback and issues. Things have been moving along and improving at a steady pace. It does help when we tell the team our iss...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
My favorite place to visit in Philadelphia has been and always will be The Philadelphia Art Museum You can walk through all the beauty and treasures of the world. I have always thought if people would stop and look at all this beauty perhaps wars would stop and peace would resonate throughout the world.  My big sister Sarae would always take me here as a little girl and tell me about all the artists. She would argue with some in modern Art and say come on really it just a square i could draw that with ease   We would walk and discover the Japanese tea house and many other fine Asian exhibits which my sister loved. My little feet were so tired but we were having so much fun together discovering new worlds.  These are the things I have never forgotten and continued to share with friends a...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
The Today Show is Coming to Philadelphia how wonderful is that!  They will be wandering around the city to help us open it up. Sheinelle Jones who worked at Fox Good Day Philadelphia will kick it off. She is a long-time resident of Philly and knows just where to go   Where will the cameras be? Cheesesteak eaters like Pat's, Gino's of South Philly and Jim's Steak of South Street. What great Mexican eateries will they pop up at?  How many people will want to go check it out? Please wear a mask when out and about stay safe in this big city of ours.  Philadelphia has such wonderful places to visit Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, and so many other historic sights. Let's not forget the magnificent Art Museum The  Rocky statue is there too and who doesn't want to take a run-...
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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 a gated waterfront community. in the Torresdale section of NE Philadelphia. Just like every community across the country this wonderful condo development was hit by the COVID 19 Virus. Many of the amenities were shut down. The residents love these amenities. Hopefully, with the vaccine, many things will be opening up again.   Unfortunately, a few residents passed away as everywhere across the country did. We keep these residents in our thoughts and prayers. The pool was closed for precautions also because of city ordinances. This did cause an upset by many residents. The rec center also has been closed for alterations as has been the gym. Delaire Landing still has so many wonderful amenities. You can not beat the location of this...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
We were very lucky this month and were given an extension to the Share the Love challenge hosted by the wonderful Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist and Rocky Dickerson both gave their time and energy to make this challenge a success         There is a lady who is both beautiful inside and out that I had a chance to get to know through Zoom meetings this year of the COVID-19 Virus. My good friend Endre Barath, Jr. always said how much he admired her and now I know why. She is so thoughtful, special, kind, and considerate just to name a few of her traits   She also does so much behind the scenes to make Active Rain the wonderful place it is. Every week she searches all the posts on Active Rain and picks posts just for us on Sunday's she writes:  What I learned this week in Acti...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Bakers Bay Gated Waterfront Condo Philadelphia Pa Free Market Value Since there are many styles to choose from it will really depend on which style you prefer in Bakers Bay and how many bedrooms you want or need. Do you want an elevator building or do you like the units with private entrances? As they say different strokes for different folks. No matter what your choice is Bakers Bay is a lovely community. It is situated on the Delaware River with amazing views. Not to mention the wonderful group of people that live and work there.  There are two beautiful pools one indoor which opens when the outdoor pool closes and visa-versa -both pools are heated. There is also a gym. Under pre-COVID 19 circumstances, everything was like living at a country club. Unfortunately for the safety of the ...
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