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Philadelphia Short Sale TERMINATOR Rises Again!

If you have done any Philadelphia Short Sales or short sales anywhere across the country, you know what I mean by short sale "TERMINATOR". He is the creepy bank employee in the loss mitigation department that hinders your short sale's progress. He comes out of nowhere and TERMINATES your deal! He is so mind boggling and quite frankly annoying that it frightens me. His shenanigans border on that very fine line between being brilliant or insane. Either that or perhaps a very high functioning monkey that escaped from the Philadelphia Zoo. It is a tough call.

Today, the eve of New Year's Eve, I discovered that one of the Philadelphia Short Sales I am working on has been slayed by the "TERMINATOR"!

My short sale has been: Terminated - Put Down - Erased - Deleted - Snuffed Out - Puff just like that... GONE!

It is not bad enough that the language used to describe what happened (TERMINATED) stirs up the same feeling you get when you bury your kid's pet hampster, but, what is worse is the reason why the TERMINATOR terminated my short sale. Get this: the TERMINATOR could not find a date on the seller's Hardship Letter !

Whhhaaattt? The date is right there. TERMINATOR, you need glasses!

I am not sure what type of eye care these folks get with their medical benefits but that should be looked into. Seriously. The TERMINATOR ended the entire short sale process because he could not see a date. He did this without communicating to me or my client. So, with my tail between my legs, and the unrelenting desire to press on for my client, I resubmitted the Philadelphia Short Sale package in hopes that the TERMINATOR will see the dates this time. That or get new glasses.

To make sure he can identify the documents and dates this time, I thought I'd help the TERMINATOR out. No hard feeling big guy.

I am nice like that : ) Do you think the writing is big enough?

Philadelphia Short Sale

If you are thinking of looking into a short sale for your home and have some questions about how to begin, please contact us. We may joke about the process but short sales are no joking matter. They are, for many, one of the best solutions that will help get homeowners out from under huge financial burdens. Thank you for reading. We are here to help.


One Final Pint at Swift Half Pub

We were saddened to hear that Swift Half Pub will end its run at the Piazza at Schmidts on the final day of the year.

We've had some rockin' good times at the sports-centric bar over the past year and a half...and we wish the owners the very best (they also own Good Dog Bar in Center City, which thankfully, is not closing). Good Dog Bar recently celebrated its 7th anniversary.

And the last chance to say farewell to Swift Half? The New Year's Eve party, with passed appetizers and drink specials, no cover.

We hear from the Insider that the space will be taken over by a local concert promoter and already has a chef lined up. We'll keep you posted as we hear details.

A look back...

Swift Half Offers the Ultimate Tailgate !

Your Pre-RainCamp Agenda 2010

Got a Minute? 4 Quick Things To Do in Northern Liberties

The Barstool Olympics: A Little Bit of Canada in Philadelphia


Brunch Philadelphia. One Shot Coffee Hits the Spot

Brunch in Philadelphia One Shot Cafe



Not sure where to go for Brunch in Philadelphia this weekend? Try the reinvented and totally amazing One Shot Cafe, a coffee house and cafe mash up that will caffeinate, comfort, and keep you coming back for more!

Their menu will satisfy your soul with such delights as their Poached Eggs with mushroom gravy, parm cheese and truffle oil over an English muffin... yum! How about our long time favorite Garden Bagel with crispy cucumber, fresh tomato, cream cheese and capers on a bagel of your choosing? There are dishes such as Ham Jack with black forest ham, apple-wood smoked bacon, applesauce, cheddar and arugula which is sure to become brunch favorite.

For the vegans amongst us One Shot Cafe loves you too! Try the Tofu Scramble or a Homemade Almond Butter with caramelized banana bagel sandwich that sounds incredible. Like waffles, oatmeal, or just plain toast? They have you covered.

The delicious coffee, tea, chai, and hot chocolate alone are reason enough to visit, with your laptop of course, on any day of the week. There is upper level seating too so do not forget to check that out. The folks that work at One Shot Cafe are attentive, friendly, and more than happy to recommend their favorite dishes for you to try. But hey! Just because we love the place, don't take our word for it. Try One Shot Cafe yourself this weekend. Let us know what you think.

One Shot Cafe is located in Northern Liberties. And remember, do not just Brunch in Philadelphia... Make your visit a longer stay and enjoy walking to the shops at Liberties Walk, Liberty Lands Park, and the Piazza at Schmidt's. We are pretty much always at our Remax Access Real Estate office in the Rialto Tower so come up to say hi and enjoy our amazing view of Philadelphia.

Brunch on Philadelphia. One Shot Cafe hits the spot!


A Bigger, Bolder One Shot Coffee in Northern Liberties


2011 Philadelphia Mummers Parade January 1, 2011 10am

mummers-parade-philadephiaMummers Strut Up Broad Street, Leaving Behind a Trail of Glitter, Feathers and Fun

What better way to bring in the new year than watch 10,000 men and women dressed in colorfully lavish costumes strut up Broad Street? This year marks the 111th year for the Philadelphia Mummers Parade. The parade begins at 10am and begins in South Philadelphia in the morning and winds its way up Broad Street to City Hall approximately eight hours later.

Spectators are encouraged to leave their cars behind and take public transportation into the city. Those who drive should park in a garage. One of the best places to view the spectacle is from the judging stands outside City Hall, but tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets for the City Hall Grand Stand performance zone are one sale at the Fairmount Park Welcome Center, 16th and JFK Boulevard, 215-683-0246 or the Independence Visitor Center on 6th and Market, 215-965-7676.

For sidewalk seating, arrive early and set up near a drill location, where marching String Bands and Fancy Brigades stop to perform. These spots are at the intersections of Broad Street and the following streets: City Hall, Sansom, Pine, Washington, Ritner and Shunk. If there's no space there, another option is to watch from a staging area: Broad Street and Washington Avenue (Comics, 10 a.m.), Broad and Moore Streets (Fancies, 10:30 a.m.), Broad Street and Oregon Avenue (String Bands, 11 a.m.).

So now onto some history:

Mummery traces its roots to ancient Roman laborers who ushered in the festival of Saturnalia by marching in masks while exchanging gifts and satirizing the issues of the day. In the 1600s, Swedish settlers to Philadelphia's outskirts honored Christmas by beseeching their neighbors for dessert and liquor by dressing up, chanting and shooting firearms.

The party eventually migrated to New Year's Day and evolved into a series of neighborhood parades; then, as immigrants moved to the area from Ireland and Italy, each group added their own cultural flair to the local customs. In 1901, the tradition began in earnest with the first recognized and judged Mummers Parade. The term "Mummer" is German and means "to costume or masquerade."

Cannot make it out to the parade? MY PHL 17 has you covered. Viewers at home can watch the Mummers Parade on MY PHL 17 with pre-parade coverage starting at 9 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2011.

Use THIS SCOREBOARD to keep track of of the comic, fancy and string band divisions as they strut!


2 Bedroom Home for Sale in Fishtown – Fantastic Value with Many Nice Features

2 Bedroom Home for Sale in Fishtown, Philadelphia

Call The Somers 215-400-2620, RE/MAX Access, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia

2027 E Hazzard Street

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2027 E Hazzard Street

This quaint 2 bedroom home for sale in Fishtown offers many nice features for a fantastic value.

There is a beautiful brick facade, a very large rear yard, ample street parking and it's close to all of the Fishtown entertainment venues as well as convenient to public transportation. The living room has hardwood floors and the eat in kitchen kitchen is very spacious, and there are plenty of cabinets for storage. There is a full unfinished basement and central air conditioning. The stairs are wide and will be a breeze to move furniture to the 2nd floor bedrooms. Hall bath is updated and the bedroom and hall have new wall to wall carpeting. This 2 bedroom home for sale in Fishtown is easy to show and sellers are motivated to sell.

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Start the New Year with a Supper Club in Northern Liberties

We're going to come out and say we think it'll be the year of the Supper Club in Philadelphia.

Many of us dream of having the ultimate dinner party at home, with a lively cast of players rounding out the table for some scintillating conversation. Only, there's the nagging question: Who will clean up afterwards?

Okay, relax. You can still have a Supper Club Experience right here in Northern Liberties. A Full Plate Cafe in Liberties Walk is planning a Supper Club Series for 2011, with the kick-off dinner scheduled for New Year's Eve.

Each month, the cafe will take a different inspiration to form a delicious 5 course meal with wine pairings. You'll meet neighbors, try new things, and best of all, the dirty dishes are not your problem!

January 2011's inspiration will be foods that will bring good luck for the coming year:

Housemade black eyed-pea vegan sausage over Hoppin’ John rice cake
with Dijon drizzle

Kale soup with tasso ricotta gyoza

Coin salad – Beets, carrots, and parsnips tossed in a lemon goat cheese dressing

Braised Pork Steak stuffed with a skewer of 12 grapes over
fennel onion sauerkraut

Dark chocolate pot de crème with fresh tangerine

*all courses can be made vegetarian

5 course meal - $50 + gratuity / Complimentary wine pairings with each course
Interactive dinner includes discussions about wine pairings and explanations about meal selections

RSVP – call Café 215-586-0243 or email [email protected] to reserve your seat. Space is limited.


Planet Fitness Now Open in Fishtown

We're excited to hear that Planet Fitness is now open in Fishtown in time for those post-holiday fitness goals.  One thing that the neighborhood was missing was a gym, and Planet Fitness fills that void with a $19.99 a month membership, with no initiation fee and many other benefits. They also offer an extremely low $10 a month option with a $59 initiation fee.

The list of all that Fishtown has to offer for those interested in buying or renting there continues to grow. Fishtown has everything from yoga studios to a vibrant art scene to stellar coffeehouses and restaurants. And now, a full gym with massage chairs, personal training, and tanning, that's open 24 hours from Monday - Friday and 7am-7pm on Saturday and Sunday. Planet Fitness took over a vacant plot of land, transforming it into a much-needed business that adds to the neighborhood.

Have you visited Planet Fitness yet? If not, what fitness center in Philadelphia do you belong to?

Planet Fitness
2641-63 East York Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

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2011 Predictions from The Somers Team

As I write this it is Christmas Eve and 2010 is coming to an end, it is time to make 10 predictions for 2011, some of which will be quite bold ! Please add your own predictions in the comments or comment on some of ours as well !

1. Philadelphia Eagles make it to the Super Bowl but lose in a nail biter - sorry locals ! 2011 Predictions from The Somers Team

2. Banks - It is the year of the Financials as the Bank Stocks lead the Dow past 13,500 with the the bank stocks up at least 20 percent for the year with the big winners being Citigroup and Bank of America.

3. Real Estate - Home Sales Increase in Value Nationally slightly versus 2010

4. Homebuliders - Stocks in home-builders rally for the companies with the stronger balance sheets (such as Toll Brothers) .

5. Science - There will be some blockbuster science announcements such as inhaled insulin, cancer breakthroughs, or medication for obesity as there is a huge backlog of drugs waiting to hear from the FDA.

6. Economy - One of the States or municipalities will ask for a Federal bailout and will receive it.

7. Interest Rates - By the end of the year, interest rates are above 6 percent for a 30 year fixed mortgage.

8. Google buys Twitter

9. China becomes more of an International powerhouse as it acquires more of our debt as we fall further behind in education and science due to debt, socialism and government spending and welfare.

10. Early 2012 Prediction - Obama gets reelected due to his positioning himself with the Republicans now and benefiting from a rebound in the economy in 2011 and 2012.

What are your thoughts and predictions ? Please share in a comment below !


Happy Holidays from the Somers Team

Happy Holidays from the Somers Team

Did you think we would miss a chance to run this photo again? We wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday from the Somers Team. We hope you're at home or with family and loved ones, with the smell of something baking in the background and strong coffee brewing. It's been a wonderful year and we have learned so much. If you need a break from wrapping presents, check out our 2010 recap below.

10 Life Lessons Inspired by our Real Estate Adventures in 2010


Last-Minute Shoppers Map for Northern Liberties

Shopping in Northern Liberties

It's not too late. Check out some of our favorite spots in Northern Liberties, like Dylan Gallery (above), Arcadia Boutique, and Art Star for last minute one-of-a-kind items that you can only find in between Spring Garden and Girard Avenue.

We promise there won't be any crowds or frenzied mall nonsense, but there will be plenty of helpful store owners, many of whom have made the products they are selling you or can actually tell you about what you are buying and give you honest suggestions, ready smiles, and a relaxed experience. Best of all, there are plenty of bars in Northern Liberties to commence your shopping completion.

We put together a local map below in case you want to make a mission of it. Best of luck and enjoy your holiday. Buy something cool, local, and special.

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Phone: 215.253.6818