Brooke Willmes's Blog Posts

Brooke Willmes's Blog Posts

Green Spaces In Concrete Places
For all my fellow city homeowners, renters, and garden lovers, the new innovative craze has been vertical gardening. It's a beautiful way to liven up a quaint patio or wooden deck....

Staging Your Home For Success
Home staging is the act of preparing a residence for sale. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property mor...

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Everybodys Gotta Eat
New to Philly? Or stuck in a routine or your favorite places? Here's a list of some awesome Philly restaurants to check out if you haven't already!1) Ristorante Pesto - 1915 South ...

How Much Money Do I Need To Buy A House
A question that is the most asked by many first time home buyers. The amount of cash you’ll need to have available to complete your home purchase depends on multiple factors, pri...

Helpful Tips When Selling Your Home
My post has been featured on the SPACE & COMPANY blog! Click here to view it: http://spaceandcompany.com/2016/02/01/helpful-tips-when-selling-your-home/...

What Has Your Credit Card Done For You Lately
From personal experience, I recently reviewed my credit cards; their interest rates, what I was using them for, and what my options were for maintaining my credit the best way I ca...

Tis The Season For Real Estate Landlords Tax Deductions
Landlords! It is true, you may be paying more than necessary for your rental properties. Millions of landlords pay more taxes on their rental income than they have to. Rental real ...

Tis The Season For Real Estate Agent Tax Deductions
The following are a list of deductions to think about when filing your taxes this year as a real estate agent professional. It's always helpful when creating your own business to a...

Appraisals 101
An appraisal is an opinion of value that is completed by a professional appraiser who visits and inspects the size, condition, function and quality of the home. There are a few ste...

Theres An App For That
When you want to stay on top of your search- not only as an agent, but as a client, investor or browser- there's an app for that! Some of these apps are great for on the go to keep...

The Importance Of Home Owners Insurance
Here are some facts as to why homeowners insurance is important, why its helpful to have it, and why many mortgage loans require its purchase.The very first thing that you need to ...

Haunted House Hunts
In the spirit of Halloween, you may want to diverge from your personal home search, and want to see a house of horror. Philly is known for some frightening fun. Here are some frigh...

What Does A Seller Have To Disclose
I mentioned a sellers disclosure in my last blog, and I wanted to elaborate on what that was. It is one of a buyers informative tools that helps shed light on any issues that...

Home Inspections 101
Some people are unaware of the importance of home inspections until they are already in the home buying process. This is just a little insight to those who are about to look to inv...

Community Garden In Point Breeze
My post has been featured on the SPACE & COMPANY blog! To view it, click here: http://spaceandcompany.com/2015/08/24/community-garden-in-point-breeze/...

What Is A FHA 203k Anyway
I needed an answer to this question myself. The first time I heard about it, I understood you could use it to help you renovate a property, but I wasn't quite sure what that entail...

Take A Ride South New Construction On The Rise
My post has been featured on the SPACE & COMPANY blog! Click here to read it: http://spaceandcompany.com/2015/08/04/take-a-ride-south-new-construction-on-the-rise/...

The Pope Is Coming
This September Pope Francis is coming to visit, and is holding a huge mass during the "World Meeting Of The Families" Festival right here in Philadelphia!That would begin his ...

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Revitalizing South Philly
I drive down 20th street everyday, and everyday I see something new and exciting popping up right on my street. Just recently, I have realized that a park is going up right on 20th...

Garden Inspired Tips For Your Home
Now that Summer has finally arrived, you can take inspiration from the garden and liven up your interior. Garden gates and urns will certainly add an inviting touch to your rooms a...

Eateries For Point Breeze
My post has been featured on the SPACE & COMPANY blog! Click here to view it: http://spaceandcompany.com/2015/09/14/eateries-for-point-breeze/...

Philly Bike Infrastructure Update
It is the moment a lot of people have been waiting for, for the first time in 10 years the PSD have announced their plans for bike infrastructure improvements this year. Recently, ...

Old Fashioned Piggy Bank Style
Saving SpaceA lot of people ask me how I am able to save money to make major purchases, such as a home or a car. I am very old fashioned when it comes to this topic, but I find tha...

Be In The Know When It Comes To Your Credit
Credit. If you have never been taught about what it is, and how to raise/maintain your number- how could you know? I'd like to give a few tidbits to help you answer that question, ...

Sealed And Delivered
Hello fellow deck and porch owners!Now is the time, if you haven't already, to seal those outdoor "stay-cation" areas of our homes that we love.Stemming from personal experience- I...

Temple Developement
As a Temple university Alumni, I am increasingly intrigued in its development, and drastic expansion. More and more people are coming to Philadelphia specifically seeking a Te...

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A Little More On Trash Day
POINT BREEZE - MY COMMUNITYOn Monday's, do a little more than take out your trash.. It's about the little things. I have noticed on my block alone, that if you just take that ...

Snow Day In Philly
The first real signifcant snow hit Philly over-night last night and many places are closed today. If you are looking for things to do with the family you can loh on to twitter and ...

Tracking A Few Major Developments In 2015
Rivers in Motion:We have seen a surge in riverfront projects that have sprouted along the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers and it looks that it will continue into 2015. On the Schuyk...

Philadelphia Ranks Third In Places To Visit In 2015
Philadelphia has been receiving some major love from The New York Times' recent article on places to visit in 2015! Philadelphia is ranked third only behind Milan, Italy and Cuba--...

Preservation Alliance Launches Places To Save List
Since 2003, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia has published an end of year “endangered properties” let. It is a list to help hi-light all the city’s hi...

Walnut Estate Tower
A 9 unit condominium tower with 1,800 square feet of retail space on it floor facing Walnut street, called the Walnut Estate Tower, is currently up for zoning and would replace...

Fishtown Properties For Sale
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Northern Liberties Mansion
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The Calming Effects Of Green Space
Gardens, urban parks and green space are becoming fixtures in major cities across the world. They are a major priority when developers present any design ideas to the public. H...

Philadelphias Oktoberfest Festivals
Summer has come and gone and Autumn is finally here. That means in Philadelphia, it is officially Oktoberfest season. In the next five weeks, there will be dozens of Oktoberf...

Philadelphia Is The Leading American City For Bicycling
Philadelphia continues its ascent as the leading American city for bicycling. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has released its latest report and things are lookin...

Spring Garden Continues To Grow
Spring Garden was a dead zone 20 years ago and in 20 years from now it will be completely unrecognizable. The lower end of Spring Garden continues to grow with the official gro...

Rittenhouse Condo
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Pennsport Homes For Sale
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Tiny Homes Growing Slowly
There are many reasons why the "tiny house movement" is on the rise. The rising fuel cost, tight mortgages, and concerns about one's environmental footprint are just a few reas...

Dilworth Plaza AKA Dilworth Park
William Penn will finally be getting his center square back this Fall. Dilworth Plaza or City Hall as many Philadelphians have been know to call the park will finally reopen on...

Kensington Listings
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Urban Areas See Influx Of Residents
We are seeing a surge in commercial activity unlike anything that we have seen in the last 30 years. Most urban cities throughout the United States are on the rebound and are...

Philadelphia Growing In Popularity
Philadelphia has come a long way in the last ten years. We have seen more young professionals move back to the city in areas such as Northern Liberties, Fishtown,  Rittenh...

Old City First Ever Restaurant Week
There is no question that Philadelphia loves to dine out and what can be better then a sweet summer dining deal? Philadelphia will be presenting its first ever Old City Restaur...

4th Of July Weekend Events
If you are not one of the people that are headed to the shore to celebrate the 4th of July, here are a few ways to spend your 4th in Philly! There will be a ton of events going on ...

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Spruce Street Harbor Park
The opening of the much anticipated Spruce Street Harbor Park is this Friday, June 27. Philadelphia has been loving the pop up shops and parks there over the last few years and...

Riverwalk Proposal
The Philadelphia Planning commission has approved a new proposal on the Schuylkill waterfront for a dramatic condo and retail development on a large parcel of land that extends...

Festival Pier Renovations
The Festival Pier got a new makeover this season, bringing the beach to Philadelphia. The Pier is being described as “an urban beach summer time music venue”. The Festival ...

List Of Homes In Art Museum
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List Of Homes In Fishtown
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Franklin Flea
Good news for those treasure hunters and antique lovers: the Franklin Flea indoor market will extend its dates at the historic Strawbridge building on the corner of Market and ...

Trenton Avenue Arts Festival
Since 2007 the Fishtown/Kensington area has been home to the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival organized by the East Kensington Neighborhood Association. The intersection between ...

Psychylustro
How can a train ride become a voyage of the imagination? Berlin artist Katharina Grosse has teamed up with the Philadelphia Mural Arts program to create a new mesmerizing piece...

Philly Hottest Neighborhoods
The real estate first quarter of 2014 has come to a close: the hottest neighborhoods according to several reports are the Art Museum area, Fairmount, and Rittenhouse. They are ...

Beyond The Pre Approval
Buying a home can be extremely exciting as well as one of biggest financial transaction of many peoples' lives. It is extremely important that potential new home buyers are wel...

Easter Weekend Activities
Easter is round the corner, Philadelphia. The South Street District will be celebrating its 83rd Annual Easter Promenade.There will be a host of family activities to do, including ...

The Spring Rite Of Passage Running Through Philadelphia Soon
April showers usually bring the flowers, but as every Philadelphian knows, early May brings in hoards of runners to Broad Street.  That’s right Philly – the first Sunday ...

Navigate Your Way Through The Philadelphia Rental Jungle
Trading hamburgers in for hoagies, when I first came to Philadelphia from Michigan, I had no idea how important neighborhood location was.  Fishtown, Passyunk, Pennsport, M...

Few Staging Pitfalls Sellers Should Avoid
1.Don’t be DullIt seems everyone knows, thanks to HGTV and the DIY Network, that neutral is best...but don't go overboard.  Remember that you are attempting to sell yo...

TreePhilly Giveaway
TreePhilly is returning this weekend, April 5th and 6th and the following weekend, April 12 and 13th with free tree giveaways. There are six locations where homeowners can go and p...

The Secret Garden Of Washington Square
Foie gras ice cream.  It may seem unconventional: duck liver spun into ice cream, but that’s just what Chef Kyle Beebe and his kitchen has done at M Restaurant.  Just...

Hanover North Broad Project
The Zoning Board of Adjustment has unanimously approved the Hanover project that is slated to be built at 339 N. Board Street. The two large new buildings will redo the Broad a...

The Oval Shaping Fun Again This Summer
Foodie fans and art revelers rejoice: the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department recently announced that Eakins Oval will again transform itself into a haven of events for a...

Philly Madness
While the lingering weather cannot accept that spring is right around the corner, the annual tradition of challenging your work friends over who is the better basketball prophet ...

Spring Garden Connector
The Spring Garden tunnel will be getting a much needed facelift hopefully starting in June and be completed by the Fall.  It will be a 3 month project that is just waiti...

How Much Does It Cost To Live In Philly
How much income do you need to live in Philadelphia? HSH.com recently reported that Philadelphia ranks at #15 in the top 25 cities in the country for affordability. When it co...

Presidents Day Weekend Events And Tours
This Monday February 17, we honor the birthdays of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and the work of our nations presidents.  With many schools and offices in the city c...

First Friday And More
Even though the weather doesn't seem to break but a few degrees each day, there are plenty of hot things to do around Philly this weekend. It is the First Friday of the month and t...

Art Deco Architecture In Philadelphia
There are many cities that we think about when you hear Art Deco architecture, cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit. Chicago can also be mentioned in the same breath ...

Philadelphia To Become More Bikeable In 2014
A major bike sharing program will be coming to Philadelphia this Fall that is set to make Philly more bikeable.  Philly's bike sharing program will look a lot lik...

Philadelphias Winter Restaurant Week Is Back
Center City Restaurant Week returns Jan 19th to 24th and 26th to the 31st.  It is one of our favorite times of the year to enjoy delicious, budget-conscious meals, in some...

Things To Do In Philly Jan 17th Through 19th
All of Philadelphia is welcomed to join us this weekend in celebrating the birthday of one of the greatest American figure and founding father Benjamin Franklin! Ben Franklin will ...

Sale of a home purchased with tax credit
Are you a potential home seller who used a federal tax credit to purchase your home?  What do you need to know in order to sell it?  Will you have to pay back your credit...

Smooth sailing when buying a home
Thinking about entering the pool of home buyers but you're a little afraid of the waters? Do you have friends that have had horrible experiences buying a house?   As an exper...

Underground Arts is Official Fringe Bar
If you haven't made it down to 12th and Callowhill to Underground Arts, you're missing out!  Underground Arts is the music-theatre-comedy-dance-cabaret venue that is hosting t...

River City Festival in October
Fishtown's very own Penn Treaty Park is host to the 4th Annual River City Festival this year on October 6, 2012 from 12-5.  Every year, this festival proves to be a winning on...

Fourth of July Festivities
It's a weird Wednesday 4th of July!  Unless you've figured out how to incorporate your Wednesday into a long 5 day weekend, you're going to be staying local.  Here's an o...

Lush Green City Neighborhoods
Recently I spent a weekend in Manhattan and got a chance to go over to Brooklyn into Fort Green and Park Slope.  My family and I went to Brownstoner's Brooklyn Flea in Fort Gr...

Your Philadelphia Tax Increase
Mayor Nutter wants to raise revenue for the schools by increasing Philadelphia property taxes.  He's not calling it a tax increase but an overdue change since we've been under...

Wegmans Comes to King of Prussia
Where I'm from, Wegmans isn't a high end grocery store.  It's just our grocery store.  In Rochester, NY, where Danny Wegman started his first store, excellent custo...


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