Keith Elsen's Blog Posts

Keith Elsen's Blog Posts

Have You Thanked Your HOA Board Member Lately
While many owners in Common Interest Development (HOA) communities have unflattering opinions about the board members who govern their neighborhoods, the truth is, they’re ge...

Common Mistakes First Time Homebuyer Make
1. They don't ask enough questions of their lender and miss out on the best loan program available to them. 2. They don't act quickly enough to make a decision and someo...

Franklin Flea Returns To Philly
Hold on to your doilies, folks. The Philadelphia-centric Franklin Flea indoor market returns to Center City with the start of its 2014 season on Saturday, April 19. With six indoo...

Flavors On The Avenue This Sunday In Passyunk Square
East Passyunk, one of the city’s hottest restaurant rows, toots its own gastronomic horn during Flavors of the Avenue, an afternoon foodie affair slated for Sunday, April 26. U...

Buying In Todays Market
It’s amazing how quickly it seems we went from a buyer’s to seller’s market! Gone are the days when there was more inventory than was needed. I often run into situations wh...

Tips To Buying A Home In Philadelphia In The Spring Summer Market
The spring and summer months are traditionally the busiest times of year for the residential real estate market. Weather is more cooperative and many families like to move ...

Philly Wine Week March 23rd Through The 30th
Wine is the name of the game for a full week as the city welcomes the first-ever Philly Wine Week from March 23 to 30.For its inaugural year, Philly Wine Week promises wine-centric...

How To Build A Successful Money Tree
Positive cash flow is the key to becoming a savy investor and building a successful money tree.  Without positive cash flow, your money time tree will not grow which is why...

Tips For DYI Painting
If you are new to real estate investing or flipping, I’m guessing you will be doing some work yourself. That’s great! This has truly been the biggest learning curve for all f...

Tips To Winning A Bidding War
How to become the most desirable home buyer you can be – and create an offer that wins the multiple offer war!Cash is King. Investors have been snapping up home...

Tips To Becoming A Smart Investor
 As a Landlord, you should be very in tune with the market where you invest.  Remember, you are a real estate investor buying investment properties and the value of an ...

Another Top Chef In Philadelphia
As a resident of the Passyunk Square area, I was thrilled with the recent opening of Laurel.   I'm no so thrilled about the wait to get a reservation! Philadelphia’s Top Che...

Restaurant Week Returns To Passyunk Avenue
Center City Restaurant Week isn’t the only appetizing dining deal this winter. The East Passyunk neighborhood brings back its own restaurant week, complete with 24 participa...

Where To Dine Out For Valentines Day In Bella Vista And Passyunk Square
Its not too late to score a reservation for the big day next week!   Try some of my favorites in Passyunk Square and Bella Vista! • Ela: Queen Village, 627 S. 3rd Street, ...

Enjoy A Romantic Evening On Valentines Day
Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day quickly approaches.  Philadelphia is ready to host that romantic weekend getaway you’ve been planning and needing for you and your...

Where To Dine On Valentines Day In Northern Liberties And Fairmount
Still in need of Valentine's Day plans?  Try these top choices in Northern Liberties or Fairmount!• Bar Ferdinand: Northern Liberties, 1030 N. 2nd Street, 215-923-1313. Tre...

Selling Tips To Make Your Home Stand Out
If you plan on selling your home be aware that buyers are savvier than ever, and they’re not desperate.  Here are three bits of advice that will make you a smart selle...

Best Places In Philadelphia To Watch The SUPERBOWL
Philadelphia is pretty spoiled when it comes to bars, we're one of the top beer drinking cities in the country so any bar worth its salt needs a solid craft beer list and gre...

Valentines Day Dining In Washington Square West
Heading out to dinner in Philadedelphia this Valentine's Day?  Try some of my favorites in Washington Square! Valanni is pereniial favorite and Little Nonnas is a new classic ...

Is Super Bowl Sunday A Good Day For Open Houses
Home sellers and buyers expect Sunday open houses, but when it comes to Super Bowl Sunday, does an open house make sense?     One positive aspect to having an open...

Dining Out For Valentines Day In Old City
Try my new favorite place, High Street, for Valentine's Day Dinner!  Here are some great choices if Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood!• High Street on Market: Old City, 3...

Dining Out On Valentines Day In Rittenhouse Square
Heading out for the big night?  Try these Rittenhouse Square favorites! • Avance: Rittenhouse, 1523 Walnut Street, 215-405-0700. Enjoy dinner by candlelight at Avance thi...

The Perfect Dog For The City
If you are thinking about moving to the city then a Frenchie could be the perfect dog for you!With a tough-on-the-outside, sweet-on-the-inside demeanor, unmistakable bat-shape...

The Heat Is Cranking So Keep Your Home And Yourself Hydrated
This winter has been tough on Philly!  A few simple tips to help put that missing moisture back in your life!Use a humidifier. Running a humidifier in your home will add moi...

Best Places To Enjoy Passyunk Restaurant Week
Center City Restaurant Week is just about wrapped up, now comes the good one!  East Passyunk has it's own version, and given the great restaurants involved, success is all...

Getting Your Home Ready For The Spring Real Estate Market
With the spring selling market right around the corner, now is the best time to start those projects you've put off for years. You will want to make your home as move-in ready as p...

East Passyunk Restaurant Week Upcoming
Center City Restaurant Week is just about wrapped up, now comes the good one!  East Passyunk has it's own version, and given the great restaurants involved, success is all but...

The Importance Of Maintaining A Good Credit Score
You probably know your credit score can affect the interest rate you get on a mortgage or car loan. But did you know it could also affect your employment options? Your credit sco...

Best Places To Take The Kids Sledding In Philadelphia
Its snowing again in Philadelphia and the kids are driving you crazy?  Take them out to one of these great sledding options and let them run! Burholme Park 401 Cottman Avenue...

Best Foods For Philadelphians To Eat In A Cold Snap
Keeping warm during winter is not easy.  And Philly is in the midst of our coldest winter in years!  It is at this time of the year, people get more prone to bacteria a...

Tips For Keeping Your Sidewalks Clear Of Ice And Snow
Keeping your sidewalks clear of ice and snow can be a challenge during the winter months. Here are some tips to help you do your part to keep everyone moving safely in difficult ...

Warm Up While Dining Fireside In These Philadelphia Restaurants
Okay, it's a balmy 12 degrees out and you've been home for two days in a snowstorm named Janus....what to do?  Try heading out to one of these local restaurants with fireplace...

Activities To Keep Your Kids Busy On A Philadelphia Snowday
Kids home today for the fourth day in a row and you are at your wits end?  Check out some great activities to keep your kids out of your hair during the snowstorm! Bake or coo...

The Great History Of Passyunk Avenue
Passyunk Avenue, in South Philadelphia, is one of the oldest and busiest shopping streets in the city.  Originally a Native-American trail, the name Passyunk derives from...

Jumbo Mortgages Becoming More Popular
Jumbo mortgages — loans that exceed the limit for the so-called conforming loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — have been making headlines recently, with some...

New Comcast Tower Expands Its Presence In Philadelphia
Philly is about to get an amazing new addition to her skyline!  For those of you unfamiliar with Lord Norman Foster's work, consider yourselves lucky Philadelphia will be th...

Restaurant Week Kicks Off
Center City District Restaurant Week returns this week with delicious, budget conscious meals at more than 100 restaurants throughout Center City Philadelphia.  Most restau...

Tips For Buying Your First Home Or Condo In Philadelphia
Buying a house is both stressful and exhilerating!  Look forward to paying yourself every month instead of making that landlord richer!  Take a look at CNN / Money magazi...

Steps To Buying A Home From Start To Finish
If you are ready to take the plunge and buy your first home, here are a few tips to know.  Buying a home can be a very intimidating process, especially if you've never done ...

Preparing Your Home For Sale This Spring In Philadelphia
Selling your home can be nerve wracking, whether it be your small condo in Bella Vista or your four floor townhome in Rittenhouse Square.  Being prepared will get you the most...

Tips For Selling Your Home In The Winter Months
What makes selling a home more stressful? Selling it in the middle of winter!  Showing a home in snowy, wintery weather is a challenge. Factors like curb appeal and lighting...

To Rent Or To Buy In Philadelphia
Ever wonder while you were writing out your monthly check on your expensive apartment in Rittenhouse Square if you should be buying instead?  Well the answer in Philadelphia i...

Philadelphia Home Show Arrives Soon
The Philadelphia Home Show, the region’s premier building, design and landscaping event, returns February 2-10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Whether you’re loo...

Goals For New Years Eve 2014
Every year around this time, we ponder on making a New Year Resolution and most of us continue to pick the one that we took last year and modify it a bit.  So why not this y...

Top 10 Real Estate Market Predictions For 2014
In 2013, the housing recovery was a welcome bright spot for the economy: prices were shooting up, fewer homeowners were underwater, and builder confidence was finally on the up...

Philadelphia New Years Eve 2014
From beer bottles to bottle service, Philadelphia has a wide array of New Year’s Eve events to choose from.  So in lieu of a comprehensive list, here are a few events whic...

Avance To Become New Foodie Destination In Rittenhouse Square
Six months after Le Bec Fin closed , chef Justin Bogle is opening Avance in the ...

Philadelphia Craft Market Saturday December 21st
Every year the holidays seem to surprise last-minute shoppers. Luckily, there’s still time for gift grabbers to find amazing local presents and enjoy a bit of cheer. On Satu...

FHA Requirement Cheat Sheet
Anyone that has ever worked with an FHA loan knows how frustrating it can be since there is no published text defining ALL of the requirements.  The Federal Housing Administ...

Kevin Sbraga Opens The Fat Ham In University City
As a big fan of Bravo's TOP CHEF, I've been fortunate enough to eat at the shows Season 7 winner's restaurant, SBRAGA in Rittenhouse Square / Washington Square West neighborhood.&n...

Christmas Trees On DEMAND
On December 5th ONLY, UBER, the popular private-driver service app is pairing up with The Home Depot delivering Christmas trees on-demand in 10 cities across the US. For those...

EATALY Coming To Philadelphia And Foodies Cry With Joy
As a Philly "foodie" I was more than excited to hear the news that our fair city is getting our own "EATALY" in the next year!  For those of you who arent foodies, trust me, y...

Welcome To Another Season Of Christmas Village
Once again Christmas Village has transformed the LOVE Park in Center City of Philadelphia into a traditional German Christmas Market. Christmas Village is an annual outside Holid...

Christmas In Philadelphia At Longwood Gardens
If you haven't been to Longwood Gardens for the Holidays, now is the time to go!  The Garden itself is amazing and rich in history.  The original owner of the land was no...

Market Street Reinvented
Those of us from Philadelphia know how Market Street has changed over the years into a bustling alley of great boutiques, classic lofts and great restaurants.  One of the p...

Thanksgiving Dinner In Philadelphia For Non Chefs
Dine out this Thanksgiving at Philly’s top restaurants Looking to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast without worrying about cooking and cleaning up? Want to spend th...

Ten Things To Know When Buying A Home In Philadelphia
Tips for buying a houseThe top 10 things you need to know when buying a home.Looking for a new home in Queen Village?  Perhaps your hipster self wants to get into the hot nei...

2013 Philadelphia Marathon Hit Art Museum And Old City This Weekend
On your mark, get set, go! The 20th annual Philadelphia Marathon takes off this weekend and runners, fans, spectators and local businesses are stepping into high gear up for t...

Philadelphia Ranked One Of The Hottest Cities To Watch
Always being the city that is overlooked next to New York’s “Big Apple” and other great cities in the Northeast, it is great to see that Business Insider, a U.S. busine...

Ice Skating In Northern Liberties At The Piazza
Get ready to embrace the winter chill, Philadelphia. This season, there’s really no excuse not to take to the ice. In addition to the recently announced Waterfront Winterfest at...

Thanksgiving Day Parade In Philadelphia
As Traditional As Pumpkin Pie! Here is some info on the the upcoming Thanksgiving Day Parade!  View from areas of Center City such as  Fairmount / Art Museum, Logan Circl...

Passyunk Square Renaissance Continues
Passyunk Square has exploded in popularity in the past five years, attracting young professionals and families in particular. Epitomizing the term “up-and-coming neighborhood,”...

Fall Real Estate Market Buying Tips
The fall market is vastly different from the super fast fast market that occurs in the springtime.  Knowing a few of these differences up front can help you save big bucks on ...

What to buy in Northern Liberties
Thinking of moving to Northern Liberties but not sure what you can get for your money?  For all current listings click here...

Passyunk Square Celebrates Philly Beer Week
Lover of beer, fun and festivities? East Passyunk is celebrating Philly Beer Week with its annual Craft Beer Day on Sunday, June 2, 2013 kicking off at 11am! Come enjoy a 15-hour d...

Philly Beer Week Begins
This Friday kicks off every Philadelphia beer lover’s favorite holiday—PHILLY BEER WEEK.  All week long craft beer lovers have been counting down the days until th...

Philadelphia Is Still A Buyers Market So Act Soon
Based on the latest data from Movoto Real Estate, it remains a buyer’s market in Philadelphia with decreasing mortgage rates, consistent inventory, and prices per square foot sta...

Schuylkill River Dog Run - Rittenhouse Square
The Schuylkill River dog park is hands-down the best place to bring your dog in center city Philadelphia! It's like a little oasis for the lucky dogs that get to enjoy it. I love t...

Living on Rittenhouse Square
If you are looking to live on Philadelphia's prestigious Rittenhouse Square, just click here....

South Philly Passyunk Avenue Food Accolades
Awesome accolades keep rolling in for Philly food.  In particular, East Passyunk Avenue is leading the pack with no signs of stopping! Most recently, East Passyunk Avenue sna...

Where to celebrate St Patricks Day in Philadelphia
Feel the luck of the Irish all throughout Philadelphia this weekend and beyond. There’s a lofty lineup of events set to happen over the next week in honor of the Irish holid...

Phillys Top Bars For St Patricks Day
St. Patrick's Day is Sunday so get your drink on!   Check out some of Philadelphia's best Pubs  and bars to celebrate Philadelphia style! The Bards, Rit...

Passyunk Sweeps Up James Beard Awards
I'm not one to brag about how great the food is in my neighborhood, but let's face it....having four James Beard Award Nominees in a few block radius is pretty awesome! The 2013 J...

Passyunk Square-What you get for your money
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Two Local Favs Make Zagats Best List
Two of my favorite Italian restaurants in Philly made Zagat's Hottest Italian Restaurant's in the US list!   First up, Le Virtu, in Philadelphia's ultra hot restaurant row.....

Best Philadelphia New Years Eve Parties
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Get your BBQ on at Fishtowns Fette Sau
Fette Sau (German for “fat pig”) is Stephen Starr's newest venture in Fishtown.  The barbecue restaurant specializes in dry-rubbed meats, sourced from small, l...

Dreaming of living on Rittenhouse Square
If you every dreamed of living on Phildelphia's posh Rittenhouse Square, look no further.  Check out all of the current listings. For more information on any of these propert...

Tis the season in Philadelphia
Start the holidays off by visiting Macy’s amazing Christmas light show in the historic Wanamaker Building. The Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert at Macy&rsqu...

Longwood Gardens Christmas Spectacular
NOW THROUGH JANUARY 6th!  This event is a must do at least once! We'll put the stars in your eyes this holiday season as you wander through half a million twinkling lights,...

Christmas Village Coming to Love Park in Philadelphia
Christmas Village returns to Love Park!  November 22nd - December 24th Scheduled events include a sneek peak at the Village during Thanksgiving Week! November 22nd It's Than...

Delaware Valley Legacy Fund TOY Event Coming Soon
Now in its 6th year, TOY - The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund's annual holiday fundraising event - delivers the premiere party of the season. Saturday December 1, 2012 Reading Termi...

Stable Flats come to life
After several years in the making the most energy efficient development in Philadelphia is taking shape.   The Stable Flats project, located on the former site of the 7...

Divine Lorraine gets Divine Intervention
Could this be the storybook ending we've all been awaiting for Philadelphia's Divine Lorraine?  We can only hope for the best having been down this road before but things are ...

Center City Restaurant week starts today
Center City Restaurant Week starts today! From September 30-October 5 & October 7-12, 2012, more than 100 of Center City’s finest restaurants are participating in Restau...

Modern New Euro Style Townhomes Coming to Fishtown
New construction is booming in Philadelphia with projects springing up in Bella Vista, Queen Village, Graduate Hospital and Northern Liberties.  One area that has seen an amaz...

Midtown Village Fall Festival Coming in October
Midtown Village Fall Festival will return for a seventh year on Saturday, October 6, with eight hours of outdoor fun on a larger area of city real estate than ever before. On ...

To Buy or Rent in Philadelphia
Recently a survey was conducted for the ten largest citiies in the United States on whether it was worth buying or renting.   Zillow accounted for the costs associated with bu...

A Labor Day to remember in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, the city where America was born, is gearing up to host two of the biggest names in American music, both performing live this Labor Day weekend. Saturday and Sunday o...

Will Opening This Week in Passyunk Square
Exciting things are happening on Passyunk Avenue these days.  New restaurants and shops are popping up regularly and the opening of Will is one of the most highly anticipated ...

Artwork inspired by water and steam comes to City Hall
The goal of the new Dilworth Plaza is to transform Philadelphia City’s Hall into a focal point for the city's thriving downtown.   To achieve this goal the Center...

Center City Sips Last Few Weeks! Wednesday August 23rd Full List!
Sips is entering it's last full month of summer and it's showing no signs of slowing down despite the heat!  Sippers are lining up in droves still for this highly popular Phil...

An iconic Philadelphia restaurant reopens
Food enthusiasts rejoice as Le Bec Fin has recently reopened under new ownership, with rave reviews, after a three-month hiatus. The restaurant, located on Walnut Street just block...

Farm to table in the city
Farm to table appears to be an increasing popular trend for many of us living in the city.  Philadelphians love locally grown food which is evident from the numerous farmers m...

Philadelphia celebrates Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary
Since we Philadelphian's haven't stormed anything in recent memory, why not head down to the Art Museum area and storm the Bastille this weekend?  What better way to celebrate...

Independence Day in Philadelphia, the best for the Fourth of July
Given the fact that our nation's independence was born here in Philadelphia, there's no better place to celebrate the 4th of July than right here in the city of brotherly love! He...

First Fridays NOW in Northern Liberties
First Friday, the popular monthly event series held in Manayunk, Kennett Square, Old City, Doylestown, on Frankford Avenue and Chestnut Hill, has come to Northern Liberties! Nest...

Pure Tacos comes to Rittenhouse
Taco enthusiasts get ready! Pure Tacos, a casual eatery specializing in ALL gluten-free tacos and nachos will soon be opening in center city just off of Rittenhouse Square.   ...

This weekend in Fishtown
Frankford Ave in Fishtown has seen quite a resurgence of late.  Not only are new homes and condos being built, the Avenue has also seen an influx of great places to shop, eat ...

Center City Sips Participant List for Wednesday
Bar Address Phone 13 Restaurant at the Marriott[Specials] 1201 Market St 215.625.6795 10 Arts by Eric Ripert[Specials] 10 S Broad St 215.523.8273 1225 Ra...

Center City Sips Heats Up Philly
Center City Sips is heating up the Philadelphia bar scene every Wednesday it looks like this week the weather will be heating up right along with it!  If you're looking for a ...

Center City Sips Begins Today
Another sure sign of the beginning of summer in Philadelphia is the return of the ever popular Center City Sips. Happy Hour returns in a huge way at over 80 participating bars an...

Circles Is Bringing Thai Food to Northern Liberties
As a resident of Northern Liberties I was ecstatic to hear that Circles, Best of Philly winner for New Thai food, is expanding to Northern Liberties.  Circles’ Norther...

Fantastic French Food on Frankford in Fishtown
I'm sure I'm late to the party on this one, but in case you haven't heard about this great BYOB named the Pickled Heron....this is for you! The Pickled Heron is a fantastic additi...

Best new BYOB in Rittenhouse
Like many of us, I'm a creature of habit when it comes to restaurants.  We all have that favorite menu item we can eat over and over again.  For me, I've had a few hundre...

Fantastic new restaurant on Girard Avenue
I'm a foodie and I love to try new restaurants.  I just stumbled upon this fantastic NEW spot in the heart of FISHTOWN, East Girard Gastro Pub (What used to be Fathom). Grea...


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