Michelle Federman's Blog Posts

Michelle Federman's Blog Posts

Port Richmond Real Estate Market Report June 2017
 Port Richmond Real Estate  Market Report!By: John Zloza, RealtorSpace and CompanyEdition: June 2017The purpose of this report is to inform the Port Richmond community of...

Port Richmond Real Estate Market Report May 2017
Port Richmond Real Estate  Market Report!By: John Zloza, RealtorSpace and CompanyEdition: May 2017The purpose of this report is to inform the Port Richmond community of the cu...

The Benefits Of Doing Weekly Agent Previews
As a rookie agent (only 7 months in) I'm always keeping my ears open and my radar up, seeking out anything useful that will help me as my make my way in my new profession.As many n...

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Staging a Home for Sale: How Important Is It?As a relatively new agent, (I've been at this for less than six months), one of the activities I'm encouraged to do is go out and see w...

Pushing The Limits Of The City
Pushing The Limits Of The CityOne thing I've learned in my almost six years of living in Philadelphia is a) how unique and fanciful the names are for Philadelphia's myriad nei...

Cozy Spaces Everybody Needs At Least One
Cozy Spaces: Everybody Needs at Least OneOur homes are our sanctuaries. Even more so given the frenetic, high-pressure lives most of us lead. When I close my front door and tu...

East Falls Has Midwestern Charm In The Big City
East Falls: Midwestern Charm in the Big CityLast weekend, I hosted an open house in East Falls, a quaint neighborhood that sits along the banks of the Schuylkill River, s...

The Best News From Callowhill Maybe Ever
In the five years I've lived in the Callowhill neighborhood, the one topic on everyone's lips has been the viaduct rail park: a new park to be built on the abandoned Reading RR tra...

A Street Corner Is Rescued
As a resident of the Callowhill neighborhood, I'm always looking for hints that the feverish activity of Northern Liberties and Fishtown may soon spill over onto our...

Funny In The City
If you take two parts mild anxiety, mix it in with one part bravery, slowly add in a generous helping of self-effacing humor along with the uncanny ability to put yourself &nb...

Safety In The City
Philadelphia has so much to offer to both residents and visitors of the area;  including incredible restaurants, museums, theaters, parks and history, there is always som...

Are You Thinking Of Selling
The housing market is really heating up and buyer demand is dramatically increasing as we enter the spring season. However, one challenge to the current market is a major shortage ...

Last One So Dont Miss Out
1100 E Hewson St is the last remaining property in this fantastic gated community. If you love Northern Liberties and Fishtown as much as I do then you cant go wrong with this...

Hey What About Northwest Philadelphia
There are some hidden treasures in Philadelphia that people seem to not know about. Northwest Philadelphia is one of them, it is also known as East Falls, Mt Airy, Roxborough, ...

Why You Need An Agent To Buy A House
 The internet has definitely made real estate more accessible. When browsing real estate websites, you may ask yourself, "Why would I need an agent?"  Here...

Consider Furniture Consignment
When faced with unwanted furniture in your home in the past, have you always just gone the Craigslist or give-it-away route? We asked a couple of experts — consignment store owne...

Improving Home Energy Efficiency
Having more money sometimes comes down to finding a way to save money. One way that homeowners can often find savings is through the improvement of their home’s energy efficiency...

Strategies For Arranging The Family Bookcase
One of the projects I'm most excited about is gathering all of our books into one glorious bookcase, a place to learn about each other and the world around us. I want it to be user...

What Not To Do When Decluttering Your Home
We asked Washington DC's organizing and de-cluttering guru Nicole Anzia of Neatnik for some more words of organizing wisdom. Instead of giving us additional organizing and dec...

Your Delays To Home Buying
If deadlines can’t be met, you can lose the home. We are seeing a lot of back-up offers so if someone overpromises but underperforms things can fall out of escrow.Searching ...

Morning Searches Are Most Important
My post has been featured on the SPACE & COMPANY blog! Click here to view it: http://spaceandcompany.com/2015/04/30/morning-searches-are-most-important/...

Make Living Little Work For You
I am all about Small Spaces, and have been covering lots of tips, inspiration and ideas for small-space living, but first let's revisit what  already works. Her...

Space Savers For Small Closets
Small city apartments often come with equally tiny closets, but with a few tricks, tools, and a little discipline, you can make the most of every last inch. Here are a few of my fa...

Its Your Home So Love It
What's the difference between a house and a home? A house is a structure you live in that provides for your basic needs and safety. A home is a place that provides you mental and e...

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02AprilInPhiladelphia,Real EstatebySPACE & COMPANY12 THINGS TO DO AFTER YOU BUY YOUR FIRST HOMEBY STEPHANIE GARTANUTTI (www.stephanie.searchphillylistings.com) So you finally ...

12 Things To Do After You Buy Your First Home
My post has been featured on the SPACE & COMPANY blog! Click here to view it: http://spaceandcompany.com/2015/04/02/12-things-to-do-after-you-buy-your-first-home/ ...

Spring Cleaning The Real Estate In Your Closet
Viewing your closet as  valuable Real Estate is a good mind set for Spring Cleaning. As the season change so does our wardrobe.   Almost time to pack away those...

Phillys Sunday Love Project
When we talk about the City housing market; we talk about neighborhoods, local coffee shops, catchment areas , local restaurants, walkability score and all the amazing th...

Things To Do While You Checkout Open Houses In April
  Spring is almost here and it's time to shake off your cabin fever. Why not look for a new "cabin".  Open houses are a great way to start your search. Neighbor...

Pet Friendly Rentals In Center City Philadelphia
Please click on the link below to view all available pet friendly rentals in Center City PhiladelphiaPet friendly Rentals in Center City Philadelphia...

Ways Sellers Sabotage Their Home Sale
Found this also to be helpful when you are dealing with buyers ... click below http://www.maxrealestateexposure.com/ways-sellers-sabotage-their-home-sale/...

Jobs Still Biggest Worry For Home Buyers
Interesting Article I found ... click on the link below http://www.cnbc.com/id/101980187#....

Top Labor Day Weekend Events And Happenings In Philadelphia
Happy Labor day to All !!!Looking for things to do this weekend check out this link :)http://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/top-labor-day-weekend-events-and-happenings-i...

See What You Can Get Under 300k In The Fairmount Area Of Philadelphia
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New Construction Properties In Fishtown
Click on the link below to view ALL of the NEW CONSTRUCTION properties in Fishtown!! New Construction Properties in Fishtown!!...

LOOKING TO BUY IN RITTENHOUSE AND CENTER CITY PHILADELPHIA
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See Whats For Sale In Queens Village Area
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LOOKING FOR AN INVESTMENT PROPERTY TAKE A LOOK IN PORT RICHMOND 19134
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LOOKING FOR A PROPERTY TO BUY RENT OR SELL CHECK OUT THE REAL ESTATE IN FISHTOWN
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FISHTOWN NEW CONSTRUCTION PROPERTIES
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW ALL NEW CONSTRUCTION PROPERTIES IN FISHTOWN!FISHTOWN- NEW CONSTRUCTION PROPERTIES...

CENTER CITY PET FRIENDLY RENTALS
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW ALL OF THE AVAILABLE PET FRIENDLY RENTALS IN CENTER CITY PHILADELPHIA!!!CENTER CITY PET FRIENDLY RENTALS...

Sell Your Home Quickly And For More Money
Interesting Article I found ... enjoy the read By Bree Al-RashidWhether it’s a buyer’s market or a seller’s market, there are several steps you can take that will help y...

Pay Your Mortgage Off Quicker
(PENNSYLVANIA) - There has never been a better time to refinance your home. That's because of a little-known government program called the Home Affordable Refinance Plan (HARP...

This Weekends Open Houses
Open Houses 6/13-6/14...

250 Apartments Planned For Site Near Ben Franklin Bridge
Interesting Article I found by BY KELLIE PATRICK GATESA group of waterfront advocates say the by-right proposal proves the Central Delaware Overlay and base zoning are no...

Act Now To Refinance Your Home Before Rates Rise
Interesting Article I found on Lifestyle Journal : ENJOY ! (PENNSYLVANIA) – There has never been a better time to refinance your home. That’s because of a little-know...

Backyard BBQ In Fairmount
Click on the link below to check out the awesome backyard BBQ that is hosted by La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount !FAIRMOUNT BACKYARD BBQ ...

Upcoming Open Houses In Phialdelphia
Click on the link below to check out all of the upcoming open houses in Philadelphia! Philadelphia Open Houses...

New Listings Delaware County
New Listings Delaware County...

New Construction Properties In Philadelphia
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New Listings Philadelphia
New Listings Week of 4/27...

Upcoming Open Houses
Open Houses Week of 4/7...

Art Museum Area Condos And Townhouses With Parking
Click Below to view all of the available Condos and Townhouses that are located in the Art Museum area that include parking!Art Museum Area Condos And Townhouses Wi...

Pet Friendly Center City Rentals
Click below to view all of the available pet friendly rentals in Center City Philadelphia!Pet Friendly Center City Rentals...

Philly Wine Week
As if we wine lovers need another excuse to indulge… Whether you are a wine enthusiast or someone who just enjoys a good time out, this is the event for you. Many of our fav...

Daylight Saving Time
Yes, Spring is just around the corner when we'll enjoy longer, sunny and warm days. A true sign, is Daylight Saving Time when we set our clocks an our ahead, giving us that extr...

How Technology Just Made Being A Realtor So Much Cooler
As Realtors we can either love technology or loathe it. For me, it depends on the day actually, if my iPad, iPhone, navigation system, multiple listing service, Facebook and Twit...

4 Fixes For Design Detours
Have you ever looked around your home and felt like your design plan got off track? That somehow, the image of the space you want in your head just isn't currently how your place i...

Pop Up Spring Garden About Time
Who’s ready for a pop of spring-worthy color? We’re pretty sure everyone in Philadelphia is tired of snow, sleet, rain and generally dreary weather.In anticipation of the ...

Real Estate And Separating Emotions
As with many things in life, when it comes to buying or selling real estate, it’s sometimes difficult to separate the emotion from business. Your decision to buy or sell i...

Assessed Values vs Appraised Values
When working with buyers, often, when deciding on a purchase price offer, the buyer will look at the assessed value, not knowing the difference between assessed and appraised. Alth...

The Value That We Bring As Realtors
       I have worked full time in the real estate industry since 1998. I’ve met hundreds of people during the course of business over the years, and I...

5 Tips For Gardening On The Cheap
While most of the country is still covered in snow, California's planting season rapidly approaches. Gardening is one of those hobbies where costs quickly add up before you even re...

19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful
Check out this article by DAME LUTHAShttp://luthas.com/2014/01/15/19-hard-things-you-need-to-do-to-be-successful/...

Top Art Picks In Philly For February
Look no further than our monthly With Art Picks for your best bets on the local art scene in Philadelphia, including major players like the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts al...

Quote Of The Day
" DON'T WAIT TO BUY REAL ESTATE BUY REAL STATE AND THEN WAIT ..."...

Top 5 Tips To Purchase A Home
Noisy neighbors upstairs? Sick of living in mom and dad's basement? Or just want to take part in the American Dream? Whatever your reason for wanting your own home, taking the leap...

Top 5 Seller Mistakes
Sell­ing your home can be one of the most excit­ing times in your life. An oppor­tu­ni­ty to move to a new loca­tion and hope­ful­ly make a prof­it from the sale of y...

Investing Done Right Must See Rehabbed Rental
Fantastic rehabbed 3 Bed, 1 amazing Bath townhouse in the heart of the Art Museum Area. Only the best appliances (Bosch) and tons of white marble throughout the home. It even has a...

Morning Power Searches
When running a successful business or looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate, it may seem like there are never enough hours in the day. Tapping into the power of mornin...

Things That Make A Big Difference
I am all about Small Spaces, and have been covering lots of tips, inspiration and ideas for small-space living, but first let's revisit what  already works. Her...

Super Bowl Takeout
Just because our beloved Eagles didn’t fly to the big game this year is no excuse not to enjoy the NFL’s Super Bowl XLVIII.This Sunday, February 2, the Seattle Seahawks face th...

12 Things Every Home Should Have
Every home should be different, expressing the individuality and personality of the owner in its own way, but I believe there are a few things that every home should have. These ar...

Get To Know Your Neighborhood History
Learn cool tidbits about Philadelphia from some of the city's well-versed leaders and history buffs at the Guide's View of Philadelphia lecture series, Monday nights from February ...

Want To Wake Up Earlier
Why would you want to wake up earlier (especially on the weekend)? Besides starting the day with plenty of time to exercise, eat a healthy breakfast and notrush into work, giv...

Love Your Home
What's the difference between a house and a home? A house is a structure you live in that provides for your basic needs and safety. A home is a place that provides you mental and e...

5 Tips To Keeping It Clean
 I’ll venture a guess, that your shower is the area that gets cleaned the least in all the bathroom. Here are five easy ways to have a sparkling shower all year long.Co...

The Best Ramen In Philly
Philadelphia hasn’t always been a ramen town, but in recent years, Philly’s ramen scene has taken off.In the past year or so, a bunch of new Japanese-style ramen places have op...

5 Ways To Easily Declutter
It can be so hard to keep things tidy and minimal when you're in the midst of a multi-tasking tornado, but clutter doesn't have to get the best of us. There are a few quick and eas...

Best Restaurant Week Deals
The winter edition of Center City District Restaurant Week hits town January 19-24 and 26-31. Score reservations now for the best dining deals in town.Who’s hungry? This month, d...

Feng Shui Tips For Selling Your House Quickly
I recently had a lively discussion at a settlement with another real estate agent about the benefits and necessity of "good" feng shui when attempting to sell your home. I've alway...

Trust
trust noun \ˈtrəst\ : belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. In most any sales transaction there must be some form of trust. We n...

Choice
When did you choose to be gay, is what is asked of many gay people. Watch the video http://youtu.be/QJtjqLUHYoY then ask yourself this question: Is it really a choice? My a...

10 Things You Should Throw Out Right Now
Declutter and gain peace of mind by purging the unnecessary stuff in your house.By Alesandra Dubin, iVillage.comNothing like the promise of a new year! While you’re still fe...

TOP 32 TRUTHS FOR MATURE HUMANS
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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 Auld Lang Syne Lyrics Words For Traditional New Years Eve Song For When Clock St
Auld Lang Syne lyrics are necessary for those who hope to ring in 2014 with an age-old tradition. The meaning and history of this New Year's Eve song, traditionally played and sung...

Why Restaurants Wont Be Adding Gratuity Onto Large Group Checks
The new year is time for change, even in the service industry. Starting January 1, the IRS will classify automatic gratuities as service charges that are taxable as regular wages a...

Ironman To Bring 703Mile Triathlon To New Jersey In September
World Triathlon Corp. will stage its first half-Ironman distance race in New Jersey next September, two years after canceling the New York City Ironman after one edition becau...

20 Practical Uses For Coca Cola Proof That Coke Does Not Belong In The Human Body
Coke is the most valuable brand in history, and “Coca-Cola” is the world’s second-most recognized word after “hello.” However, the beverage itself is an absolute poison t...

Yoga Etiquette 101 11 Rules We Wish All Yogis Would Follow
Yoga-Class Etiquette is kind of like dog-park etiquette: You don’t know it exists until you see someone do something seriously wrong.But believe us, it’s a thing...

What You Dont Know Will Cost You BIG
With the housing recovery now well underway — housing starts are up; builder confidence is at a 7-year high; there are fewer foreclosures; and home prices continue to rise&n...

Top 10 Tips For Stress Free Moving And Traveling
Looking ahead to the next couple of months, my travel calendar is steadily filling up, slowly edging out any free time. Between having families on opposite coasts, traveling to pro...

Delays To Purchase A Home
If deadlines can’t be met, you can lose the home. We are seeing a lot of back-up offers so if someone overpromises but underperforms things can fall out of escrow.Searching ...

Celebrate Fabric Row
This was the week of the DesignPhiladelphia festival, but you would have hardly known it in the granddaddy of design districts, South Fourth Street's Fabric Row. Foot traffic was l...

Why Smaller Houses Are Smarter
The size of the average American home in the 1950s was a modest 1,000 square feet. Today, the square footage has more than doubled to nearly 2,500. If our families are getting smal...

What Is LEED Certification And Why It Matters
We're increasingly hearing the term LEED mentioned in architecture today, "silver", "gold" and "platinum" designations awarded like Olympic medals. But what exactly does the four l...

5 Kitchen Innovations For Improving Your Home
In our ever-changing world of high innovation and demand for homes that reflect gorgeous detailing and quality, your kitchen is the number one room where you love to see gorgeous t...

5 Ways To Bring Nature Into Your Home
The ability to bring nature into your home has been an ambition that homeowners have strived for over the centuries. For generations humans love the natural and organic appeal of e...

10 Elements Every Home Needs
In this modern day of living there is no doubt that the contemporary movement has affected every aspects of our daily lives. From our cars, fashion and technology to the world of d...

Be Prepared To Move
The excitement of moving into your new dream home takes a back burner, temporarily, to the overwhelming feeling of anxiety that packing up the contents your home and moving them al...

Five Star Professional Real Estate Agent
2013 Five Star Professional Award “Five Star Professional partnered with Philadelphia Magazine to identify Realtors in the Philadelphia area (over 21,000) who deliver outst...

The 10 BEST Ways To Pick Perfect Floor Plan
One of the most excit­ing times in your life can be choos­ing a home! From what city you will live in to what neigh­bor­hood you decide to raise your fam­i­ly – the right h...

As Rates Rise All Else Is NOT Equal
When it comes to mort­gage rates, all else is never equal. Three fac­tors will com­pli­cate or even off­set the impact of the recent rise in mort­gage rates, even if rates co...

Brightening Your Home Sale
Second only to cleaning and decluttering, lightening and brightening your home can help your home sell much faster.  Here is what you can do:Repaint walls with light colors.Us...

Dressed For Success
To stage or not to stage is often the subject of many debates. But staged homes show better and sell faster. Staging offers the opportunity for the buyer to envision them...

Why Upsizing Could Be A BAD Idea
When you ask most homeowners what their dream home looks like in their head it usually is a large home located on a sprawling estate with more room than any one family could use, r...

Be Ready To Show Show Show
Rumor has it that the Philadelphia real estate mar­ket will remain strong for a while. With demand high and inven­to­ry low, buy­ers can be a lit­tle anx­ious when they find ...

6 Apartment Harvest Vegetables To Grow Indoors
Even if you have a yard, the benefit to growing vegetables indoors is that some varieties can be cultivated year round. Also if you live in a cooler climate, there is no need to co...

Barriers To Buying A Home Quickly
If deadlines can’t be met, you can lose the home. We are seeing a lot of back-up offers so if someone overpromises but underperforms things can fall out of escrow.Searching ...

Top 10 Mistakes When Selling Your Home
Sell­ing your home can be one of the most excit­ing times in your life. An oppor­tu­ni­ty to move to a new loca­tion and hope­ful­ly make a prof­it from the sale of y...

The Butler
A well done story of White House butler, Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), who served eight U.S. presidents over the course of 30 years. Although the movie covered his life and...

5 Tips For Settling Pets Into A New Home
Moving takes a toll physically and emotionally on all of us. Not only is the process itself exhausting, but finding yourself in a new environment can force an uncomfortable adjustm...

5 Great Ways To Meet Your Neighbors
It was only a few weeks since I made the big move to Philadelphia and meeting new people and making friends with the neighbors was very high on my list of things to do. I...

Reputation Important When Selecting Real Estate Company Or Agent
First-time home­buy­ers and sell­ers are most influ­enced by a real estate com­pa­ny’s good rep­u­ta­tion and the rec­om­men­da­tions of friends and fam­i­ly, acco...

Free Barnes Foundation Tickets This Sunday
Thanks to PECO and the Barnes, admis­sion is free on the first Sun­day of every month at the Barnes Foun­da­tion.Heads up!Explore the gal­leries of the Barnes Foun­da­t...

Top Spots To Get Your Iced Coffee
Any day is a good day for a cup of iced coffee, and with an abundance of Philly cafes providing first-rate roasts and beans, your iced coffee options are nearly endless. Whether yo...

Top 10 Tips To Buy Your First Home
Noisy neighbors upstairs? Sick of living in mom and dad's basement? Or just want to take part in the American Dream? Whatever your reason for wanting your own home, taking the leap...

What 2100 Can Rent Around Philadelphia
Welcome back to BOOTS & CO. Comparisons, a dive into the options available for a certain price point in various neighborhoods. Is one person's studio another persons'...

The Fall Could Kill You
There are many reasons – fire protection, air circulation, drainage, attractiveness and safety — to keep the outside walls of your home clear and free of debris. One more compe...

Dining Neighborhood Secrets Of Philly
Enjoy eat­ing in the out­doors off of the side­walks and on patios and in court­yards in every neigh­bor­hood of Philadel­phia.Philadel­phia’s tem­per­ate sea­sons beg...

Tax Benefits Of Home Ownership Are Too Good To Be True
They say there are only two things you can count on in this world: death and taxes. But when it comes to owning a home, it appears there may be a third. And that is the favorable t...

23 LIFE LESSONS YOU GET FROM WORKING IN A RESTAURANT
AUG. 1, 2013 By CHELSEA FAGAN 1. If you don’t have a thick skin and complete abandonment of political correctness, don’t go near the kitchen. You will immediately lea...

Why NOT To Buy Your Home For Cash
Home prices are finally starting to rise, but not so much or so quickly that the great deals are disappearing. In fact, right now many investors have moved back into the market buy...

5 Renovations That Will Hurt Resale
Unlike the homeowner of 25 years ago, today’s typical buyers plan to live in their homes for just five to seven years. So it’s more important than ever to consider re...

Our Food And Neighborhood Guide For Northern Libs
This week­end, the music, food and shop­ping of the 2nd Street Fes­ti­val is set to bring thou­sands of fes­ti­val goers from all cor­ners of the city to expe­ri...

When The Bank Says No You Draft A Rebuttal
The buyer is ready to buy, and the seller is ready to sell. Then comes the low blow: The home is appraised below the contract price.A lower-than-expected appraisal typically means ...

Sticker Shock Treatment
How to move an over­priced list­ing.There’s an old say­ing that it’s best to be the first born, sec­ond spouse and the third list­ing agent. So whose fault is it when a pr...

Take Time To Notice The Small Pleasures
Just like a romantic relationship, falling in love with your home is easy if you remember to appreciate the little things — the small pleasures that don't cost a lot of money or ...

Five Powerful Resources To Declutter Your Home
When you are ready to start some­thing new, like a diet, new fit­ness pro­gram or declut­ter­ing project, it’s nice to have a sup­port sys­tem and a plan to get start­ed....

FREE FOOD At Del Frisco July 30th
Mark Tues­day, July 30 down on your cal­en­dars as Del Frisco's is giv­ing away free cheese­cake to all din­ers who, well, order food to eat. Su...

8 Home Inspection Red Flags
Our gallery of home inspec­tion night­mares (below) is good for a laugh, but a home inspec­tion is seri­ous busi­ness. It's the buyer's oppor­tu­ni­ty to make sure that the...

How To Keep You Cool No Matter How Hot It Gets
Now that the high temps have really kicked in, it's hard to remember that this is the season everyone longs for during the darker, colder months of the year. Ha! If ...

Know Your Neighborhood Through Food
Sum­mer nights are here to pro­vide you with a slew of din­ing deals to fill your stom­achs and leave your wal­lets happy this sum­mer.Sum­mer evenings bring a fair share of...

Shadow Inventory Begins To See The Light
One of the key obsta­cles to a hous­ing recov­ery over the past five years has been the over­hang of dis­tressed prop­er­ties about to come to mar­ket which has come to be ...

Pool Entertainment Vs Liability
Besides being an instant escape from the heat and a great source of aer­o­bic exer­cise, a pool offers home­own­ers the per­fect way to cre­ate their own fun and bond with n...

3 Things Not To Do When Remodeling
Before you start that remod­el­ing  project look at these three things not to do.In most home­own­ers life there will come a time when remod­el­ing and upgrad­ing your ...

4 Restaurants To Try When Everyone Is Out Of Town
The dog days of sum­mer have many urban­ites head­ing for cool­er loca­tions and lake/beach hous­es, but some­times we stay behind and get to enjoy our city unim­ped­ed by...

Be Ready To Show Your Home
Rumor has it that the Philadelphia real estate mar­ket will remain strong for a while. With demand high and inven­to­ry low, buy­ers can be a lit­tle anx­ious when they find ...

3 Things That Make A Big Difference
I am all about Small Spaces, and have been covering lots of tips, inspiration and ideas for small-space living, but first let's revisit what  already works. Her...

The Latest Opinions Of Value
Credible and reliable opinions of value help to stabilize real estate loans and investments, and appraisals are particularly valuable because they are an objective and unbiased sou...

Turn A House Into A Home You Will Love
What's the difference between a house and a home? A house is a structure you live in that provides for your basic needs and safety. A home is a place that provides you mental and e...

What You Dont Know Will Cost You
With the housing recovery now well underway — housing starts are up; builder confidence is at a 7-year high; there are fewer foreclosures; and home prices continue to rise&n...

Housing Supply Is Looking Greener
Green building is moving into the mainstream. About one in five homes — or 20 percent — built last year were “green.” What’s more, researchers predict green homes to make...

The Power Of Your Morning Searches
When running a successful business or looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate, it may seem like there are never enough hours in the day. Tapping into the power of mornin...

LOOKING FOR THINGS TO DO IN PHILLY ON THE 4TH OF JULY
Philadelphia will be hosting tons of events sponsored by WAWA click on this link to get the July 1-7 itinerary http://www.visitphilly.com/c/july-4th-in-philadelphia/Get i...

The Best Weird Ice Cream In Your Neighborhood
Arti­sanal ice cream pur­vey­ors across the coun­try are scoop­ing up more and more inven­tive fla­vors like Earl Grey Sriracha and Chori­zo Caramel. Not­in...

Want To Run A MegaQuaint Bed And Breakfast
The thing about bed and break­fasts is, you either love or hate them, and chances are, that'll be your reac­tion to this place too, which might be why this has been on ...

Best Farmers Markets This Summer In Philly
From city to countryside, the Greater Philadelphia area boasts its fair share of farmers’ markets featuring local produce, meat, dairy products, baked items, jams, amish goods an...

Navigating The World Of Open Houses
If you’re just flirting with the idea of moving into a new place, perhaps you want to spend your spring Sunday afternoon in a low-pressure, voyeuristic scenario where you can che...

The New PopUp Park In Philly
In yet another impressive initiative from the City of Philadelphia to transform problematic urban spaces into pedestrian-friendly havens, the suface parking lot of Eakins...

Best Summer Cocktails In Queen Village And Bella Vista
It'd be hyperbole to describe the dividing line between Philadelphia's Bella Vista and Queen Village as border-war fodder, so let's just call it what it is: confusing.While the cit...

Are Home Warranties Worth It
Lorraine Labonne-Storch opted not to buy a home warranty when she bought a house in New Jersey seven years ago. The home inspector had told her the boiler was on its last legs, but...

Roof Top Bars Around Philly
This sum­mer, take in spec­tac­u­lar city views atop any one of the restau­rants or hotels pos­sess­ing bars above street level.Drinks with a breeze and a view? Yes, please....

Can Art Work Help Sell A Home
For serious art collectors, a home is not just a place that provides shelter. It’s also a place to showcase an art collection, which may be as prized as the space itself.But what...

Shrugging Off Rise In Mortgage Rates
The Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller home price index this past Tuesday showed a 12 percent increase in prices in 20 cities from April 2012 to April 2013, the largest gain...

Homes Across The Country Are Selling FAST
In hot markets across the country, homes are selling fast. And that means if you hope to buy a home, you have to be prepared to move quickly. I’ve seen all cash offers ...

Barrier To Speedy Homebuying
If deadlines can’t be met, you can lose the home. We are seeing a lot of back-up offers so if someone overpromises but underperforms things can fall out of escrow.Searching ...

New Rental Units In Center City Philadelphia
New Rental Units in Center City PhiladelphiaIn continuing with the wave of development in Center City Philadelphia, Radnor-based Brandywine Realty Trust has unveiled more deta...

HAPPY DAYS AGAIN FOR BUILDERS
INTERESTING ARTICLE The housing market reached a significant milestone this month, with builder confidence soaring from May to June and reaching its highest level in more than...

TOP 5 COFFEE SPOTS IN THE FISHTOWN PHILADELPHIA AREA
If you are looking for a new place to go for coffee and a bite here are 5 spots you might want to try:STEAPS AND GRINDS: On the corner of Frankford Ave. and Columbia, the...

Philadelphia Battle Over Property Tax Assessments
There is a school budget deficit in the city, where forced spending cuts will take effect. There's a huge projected $218 million shortfall for next year alone. City leaders believe...

PreQualify BEFORE Renting Apartments
We can show you everything on and off the market. We want to get a clear idea on what you are looking for and what matters most to you. But first, it's important that you are pre-q...

Philadelphia apartment vacancies dwindle
Philadelphia apartment vacancies dwindle as demand soars; the market has become very competitive. It's estimated that 86 percent of Center City adults up to age 34 are renters.&nb...

Don’t Move Money Around
This is a good tip to follow when in the market for buying a home, whether it be the first time or umpteeth time. When a lender reviews your loan package for approval, one of the t...

Real Estate, Buy or Sell Now?
If you’re considering a new home, parcel of land or investment property, the time to act is NOW!   The market is changing and changing rapidly.   If ...

How Do You Say Realty, Realtor
How Do You Say Realty/Realtor?   A pet peeve of mine is how many people pronounce and sometimes even spell realty and Realtor incorrectly. When I first got into this busin...

A ‘Gratuity’ Should Be Earned
gratuity [grəˈtjuːɪtɪ] n pl -ties 1. (Business / Commerce) a gift or reward, usually of money, for services rendered; tip.   You’re dining at a restaurant and...

New Year, New You
“A lot of people have ideas but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow, not next week, but today. The true entrepreneur is a doer.” ~ ...

The Blind Pig Northern Liberties
The Blind Pig Hungry for some eclectic and really tasty ‘bar food’? Do I have the spot for you. My business partner and I were meandering down 2nd Street in Northern ...

My New Years Resolutions
It's about that time again...you know the time right after Christmas when New Year's is quickly approaching when we take a personal inventory or an end of the year self-evaluatio...

The True Meaning of Gift
Although I appreciate the many gifts I received yesterday, there was one that stands out above all. This gift wasn't purchased, it cost nothing but the time and thought my niece, D...

Home for the Holidays
Definition of HOME:  Ones place of residence   What do you consider ‘home’? You may have an apartment, a condo, a townhome or maybe a sprawling mansion. You...

My New Favorite Thing About NoLibs
Today I spent the day touring several of the homes currently on the market in Northern Liberties. It's always exciting to see new properties when they come on the market, in fact...

Art-Star Gallery and Boutique
  Gift shopping for the friend who has everything? Check out Art-Star in Northern Liberties. NoLibs is one of the hottest spots in our city with some of the best bistros, w...

Taste of the Town
More Than Just Ice Cream   The next time you’re in the Washington Square area looking for good, quick bite to eat, take a walk on Locust Street between 11th and 12th...

Uncle’s Bar Renovations in Midtown Village
Mid-summer renovations at Uncle’s Bar in Midtown Village (aka “The Gayborhood”) produced a whole new bar with a whole new look: U bar.  For over 25 year, ...

Comprehensive Zoning Code Reform Just Passed in Philadelphia
On August 22nd, 2012, the City of Philadelphia passed it’s first major overhaul of its zoning code in more than 50 years. Thanks to the Zoning Code Commission (ZCC), who ex...

Rittenhouse Square The Drake
Towering to the tune of 375-feet, the Drake Condominiums is 32 stories of Art deco and Spanish Baroque swank that is as stunning on outside as it is on the inside.  ...

Greater Philadelphia Geo History Network
If you love Philadelphia history as much as I do, and you haven’t been to this site (http://www.philageohistory.org) then you really should check it out. To paraphrase the we...

Philly CAM Public Broadcasting
  Has anyone noticed that Philadelphia finally has public broadcasting channels? Unlike most major American cities, Philadelphia’s cable package excluded public access ...

Morgan’s Pier On The Delaware
The Delaware River waterfront has a new tenant on the ground floor: Morgan’s Pier, a deck-side restaurant and bar combo with live music accommodations, has made quite t...

Lil Pop Shop Opens In West Philly
Cold, creamy gelato infused with goat cheese and thyme. We had it, seen it, sampled it and gorged on it. But artisanal popsicles, right in your West Philly neighborhood? Now we&r...

Summer Trouble for Trolley 34 in West Philly
 The Track 34 Renewal Project is currently underway in West Philadelphia. At present, 49th Street and Baltimore Avenue looks like an archeological dig site where ancient dinos...

Damsel in Distress: The Divine Lorraine
The Divine Lorraine’s time may be running out. When city officials charged a team of engineers and architects to diagnose the withering belle of Broad and Fairmount streets, ...

Green Wasabi in Wash West
Green Wasabi is Philadelphia’s new flagship ramen joint, conveniently located at 703 Chestnut street, right in the heart of Center City Philly. Once a delicatessen, the ...

Great Eats in U City
Baltimore Avenue’s go-to Ethiopian restaurant and bar,Dalik, has stood the test of time with the increasing hipsterpopulation in West Philly. In fact, Dal...


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