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Top Tip Jars of 2011

There is one thing we can count on every single year as we approach January 1st. The Best Of's. You know darn well that before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, we will have been subjected to The Best News Headlines of 2011, the Best Blockbusters of 2011, The Best Performers of 2011, The Best of the Worst in 2011 and whatever else the Year had to offer in 2011.

To go with the flow and stay on trend, here are the Best of our Tip Jar Tips in 2011. What was the best tip you received this year?

Tip Jar: Pheromones Sell Homes

Tip Jar: Stay Excited in the Bedroom and Beyond!

Tip Jar: Increase Your Home’s Value!

Tip Jar: How to Banish the 4 Letter Curse Word “MOLD”

Tip Jar: Open House Anarchy. A Top Philadelphia Realtor Manifesto!

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Short Sale! Check Out this Winter Classic in South Philly

While the NHL Winter Classic 2012 takes over Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia this winter, we have another classic for you to check out! 2220 S. Chadwick Street is a Fantastic Short Sale opportunity on a South Philly block. Hockey fan or not, we think this home will win you over.

Curb Appeal. There's something about classic South Philadelphia homes that makes you feel instantly comfortable.

Refinished hardwood floors. Like the smooth ice the Philadelphia Flyers will be skating on this year, this home features beautifully refinished hardwood floors throughout, an open living room dining room space, vestibule entrance, and an eat in kitchen with access to a rear patio.  Lots of room to glide around in!

Good Seats. Room for you and your guests. Upstairs the master bedroom has a charming original built-in closet. The guest bedroom is a nice size and there is a large shared hall bath with a clawfoot tub and separate shower area. Full unfinished basement.

We've got one hot ticket for you priced at $120,000. We welcome all showings. Contact the Somers Team for more information.


2012 Predictions from The Somers – Obama will be reelected President

It is that time again to make bold predictions as  2012 is right around the corner!  So let's just get right into it!

1.  Barack Obama will be reelected as President of the United States.                                     2012 Predictions from The Somers

2.  Mitt Romney will be the GOP candidate.

3.  The United States economy will see improvement each quarter in 2012 (which bodes well for the Obama prediction).

4.  The turnaround story for 2012 is Housing.

5.  Republicans will gain seats in the Senate and the House.

6.  The Stock Market (all three indexes DOW, S&P and NASDAQ) will see double digit gains.

7.  Congress will continue to look like idiots being in gridlock on every issue.

8.  Mortgage rates will remain low but will finally start to trend up the second half of the year.

9.  The Green Bay Packers lose in the Super Bowl to whoever they play in the AFC.

10.  The 76ers lose in the first round of the playoffs again.

11.  The Philadelphia Phillies win another World Series.

12.  Carl Greene ends up in jail for solicitation.

13.  The Occupy movement is quickly forgotten (no more mic-checks!)

14.  Philadelphia real estate heats up locally, especially fringe areas as the first time home-buyer drives the market.

15.  REMAX Access continues to take market share from its competitors in Philadelphia.

What are your predictions?


New Listing for the New Year! 50 N Front St, 108

Now you have another option on 50 N Front Street in Old City. Check out Unit 106 here. Our latest listing in the popular, quick-selling historic River Church Condominium is Unit 108.

50 N Front Street, 108 is a 1 Bedroom 1 Bath Condo with shining hardwood floors, custom cabinetry in the kitchen, and stainless steel appliances as well as granite countertops. This first floor unit has access to outdoor space and a common area roof deck. 5 years left on the tax abatement and one year of parking can be included! Have a look...

All yours for $225,000!

Contact the Somers Team for more information.


Tip Jar: Map It!

Map your Lifestyle.

Map your Lifestyle and let it Lead the way to your New Home!

We'd like to introduce to you a NEW WAY of Searching for Homes. Map it. Map out the nearest Cafe, Restaurant, Park, Nature Trail, School etc.  and find the homes for sale located closest to your Lifestyle trends.

Customize your own search, change your criteria, and save your search as a link and mail it to your friends and family!

Log onto our blog or website to use this Free Interactive Lifestyle Map. Try it. We'd love to know what you think!


Fresh Address: 3563 Joyce Street

 Today's Fresh Address puts us North, in Harrowgate, where Santa and his elves a 2 Bedroom Home awaits at a miraculous price of $49,000.

This is Where It's At: 3563 Joyce Street is located in the Harrowgate section near Port Richmond, close to the shopping centers on Aramingo Avenue.

Come On In:  Enter to a center staircase with a formal living and dining room, and a newer kitchen with tile floor. Good size fenced in cemented rear yard. The basement is full and unfinished. The 2nd floor offers 2 bedrooms and a hall bath that has been updated over the years, white vanity with storage and a tub enclosure style bath and shower combo.

Easy to show. Motivated to sell! Contact the Somers Team for more information!

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Good Business Practice or Underhanded and Sleazy? You Make The Call

Is this good business practice or sleazy? A local real estate office buries their request for a seller to buy a one year home warranty in their internal brokerage addendum, not in the agreement-of-sale.  I am all about transparency and I believe any part of the agreement negotiated between buyer and seller Good Business Practice or Underhanded and Sleazy?should be stated on agreement-of-sale or an official addendum, not an internal brokerage document.  I rarely have my sellers sign these documents since they have everything to do with the buyer and the services the buyers brokerage firm is providing the buyer and nothing to do with the seller, even though sometimes their offices will insist our sellers sign anyway.

So one could argue that the listing agent should read through every word of the buyers internal document if she will have her seller sign the document.  Especially if the buyers agent does not communicate that "by the way, the buyer is asking the seller to pay for a 1 year home warranty" .  In our real life example, it was oh by the way, your seller agreed to pay for a 1-year warranty and the cost is $670.  And yes, technically, if the seller signs the document, they are on the hook.  But is it right? 

I am a huge proponent of having a one year home warranty included on a deal.  I think they protect sellers and give buyers an extra level of comfort.  There is just a right way to include them on a deal and a wrong way to include them, or a good business practice and a sleazy business practice.  And not for nothing, I have never heard of a warranty costing $670 for a standard rowhome, have you?  That makes it that much more sleazier!

It is a bit suprising as my friend owns this brokerage office and maybe he knows that this clause is in there and perhaps has good intentions.  But those intentions will not go over well with co-operating listing agents in the long run.  Just be honest and transparent up-front and ask for the warranty in the contract or during the home inspection negotiations, not some clause buried in an internal addendum.

What are your thoughts?

Good business practice or underhanded and sleazy?

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Holiday Short Sale at 511-19 Broad Street!

Our Broad Street Street Holiday Spectacular? It's live at 511-19 Broad Street, 702.

This modern studio is smart Center City Philadelphia living, priced to please at $105,000.

Large windows overlook the city from the 7th floor. Live steps from the subway at Spring Garden Street and a few blocks away from local gems such as Cafe Lift, Trestle Inn (newly reopened as a whiskey and 60's themed bar), and Prohibition Taproom in the Loft District or the acclaimed restaurant Osteria on North Broad.

Contact the Somers Team for more information!

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Tip Jar: Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions Start…NOW!

There are 5 days until Hannukah and 10 days till Christmas and even if you don't celebrate the popular religious holidays, there are 17 days until the New Year. You can avoid the holidays but you can't escape Time, my friends. My Tip Jar tip: Make your Resolution Early, may seem a bit premature to many people who still have not even done any holiday shopping, but I am going to suggest it nonetheless.

Make your New Year's resolution now and you will be so ahead of the game come January 1st. Here are the top 10 New Year's Resolutions and how to start them now:

1) Spend more time with family and friends. Get Skype and visit your loved ones without leaving your couch. Heck, you don't even have to shower, dress, or primp.

2) Get in shape. Can you say Wii? The Wii virtual games will make you forget you are even exercising! If you are a couch potato, consider booting up and shaping up with one of the great exercise programs.

3) Lose a few pounds. Battle of the Bulge can start now. Small simple actions now, such as replacing all soda with water or replacing the afternoon Grande Caramel Mocha for a yogurt and green tea and you will already have lost a few by January 1st.

4) Quit smoking. This is a hard one. Addictions are tough to kick during the stressful holiday season. But here is something you can do now to position yourself for success:

S = Set a quit date.

T = Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit.

A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you'll face while quitting.

R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.

T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.

5) Get Organized. This new year, getting more organized in my home is going to be my NYR. I am serious! Yesterday I had Closet Works, a local family-owned business, come by my home to give me an estimate on custom fitting my small condo style closets. (Blog on that coming soon!)

Getting a head start on your resolution will increase the chances of a successful new year. Do you plan on getting a running start on your New Year's Resolution? Tell me how.


Lots to be Merry About This Holiday Season!

Do you deserve a lot this year? We thought so. We have lots in store for you at 176-78 Cecil B Moore Avenue. Investors, dreamers, business owners, get what you want this year!

This lot is two addresses with a 30 foot front and 40 foot depth, and C2 zoning. This Old Kensington neighborhood, zip code 19122, is one of the fastest developing neighborhoods, located just north of Northern Liberties and west of Fishtown. It's also a direct route to Temple University. Here's your chance to build and create in the next big neighborhood.

At just $59,000 for over 1,200 square feet, there is lots to like (okay, we'll stop with the puns!) about this land for sale. Come check it out!

Contact the Somers Team for more information!

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