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31Mar/110

Feeling Low Never Felt So Good

Why are we feeling so low?

1346 E. Columbia in Fishtown has a new lower price of $349,500. Which is amazing news for you if you're looking for a piece of the Fishtown pie. And this pie includes a Kitchen that has the 9 Things that People Want in a Kitchen (and we could definitely think of more!), plus 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, natural light, hardwood floors, and a beautifully landscaped backyard.

One low price, a high list of sought-after amenities and lots of space. Get in touch with the Somers Team for more information!

This home rated:

88 out of 100

Walk Score

Related:

Do the Math: 1346 E. Columbia

It’s Big. Real Big. The Big Catch in Fishtown.

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31Mar/110

Tip Jar: Precious Metals

I am an Alchemist when it comes to home finishings and home decor. I love to mix metals with gold tones and silver tones. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a designer No-No. In fact, when properly combined, mixing metal finishes can create a unique and eclectic style completely your own.

For example, try using brushed or antique gold-toned frames with brushed nickle and silver frames on a wall.

Use throw pillows with a mix of metal ornaments.

Try clustering gold and silver tabletop vases to create a metallic bouquet of sculptural elements. Gold tends to soften a room that feels too stark or cold.

Silver and steel elements in a room can immediately modernize an otherwise old-fashioned looking space.

If your furniture has accents of brass upholstery nails or steel legs, do not feel obligated to be too matchy-matchy. Experiment!

As a self-proclaimed Alchemistress and licensed Realtor, I have been in thousands of homes. And I will warn the novice Alchemist to avoid one major faux pas which will surely create a bad chemical reaction. Never mix standard brass hardware that you find on doors and cabinetry pulls with silver or stainless faucets such as kitchen and bath fixtures. That type of experiment in metals will surely explode in the face of your good intentions when it comes to finishing touches to your home. I find that this is a common mistake made by many well-intentioned developers and it translates terribly to potential buyers.

So go ahead and mix it up! Just keep your hands off of those fixtures.

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31Mar/110

3 Bedroom Home for Sale in Yorktown, Philadelphia–1318 Patrick Henry Place is a Great Home for 1st Time Buyer/Investor

1318 Patrick Henry Place

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1318 Patrick Henry Place1318 Patrick Henry Place is a great home for a first time home owner or investor.

You will not find another property this close to the city in a quiet cul-de-sac with parking at this price! This property is in excellent condition and ideally located close to University, Broad Street, and Hahnemann hospital.

Features include:

  • Front driveway with a front lawn
  • Central Air/Heat
  • Washer and dryer
  • Large backyard with a patio area and a shed
  • Property is currently rented for $1500/month

This home rated:

83 out of 100

Walk Score

We invite you to schedule your tour today.  For more details contact:

Sean Dundon – [email protected] or 215-888-1994

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30Mar/110

Back to Square Roots

One of our favorite squares in Philly (oh, come on, how does one choose?) is coming out to play - Franklin Square is back for the season! It's official, on April 1st, the square with the carousel, mini golf, and burger shack, is all systems go for another fun spring/summer. And don't forget to check out SquareBurger while you're there (see the discount and details below).

Franklin Square is a convenient walk to ChinatownOld City, or Northern Liberties.

Have you ever been to Franklin Square? And if you had to choose, what's your favorite square in Philadelphia?

Related:

Franklin Square: Mini-Golf, SquareBurger, and a Giant Carousel

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30Mar/110

Get the Dirt on Urban Soil and Neighborhood Trash

At Soil Kitchen, you can...

A) Learn to Build Your Own Wind Turbine

B) Get Your Soil Tested and Learn How to Compost

C) Turn Your Table Scraps into Community Stock

The answer, we can assure you, is all three and more. The Soil Kitchen, a pop-up urban environment forum, is set to open in the empty kitchen at 2nd Street & Girard Avenue in Northern Liberties. From April 1 - 6, join biologists, geo-scientists, urban farmers, and other local experts for discussion on the above topics. Check out the schedule here.

So if you've ever wondered about the quality of the soil in your backyard and how to remove contaminants, or are curious about local food systems work, consider this your Urban Environmental Intervention.

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29Mar/110

Color of the Month: Purple

Oh, the color Purple.  Purple Haze. We heard it through the grapevine. April has us preaching purple: a color so near and dear to us you'll find it in our logo.

April 2011 in Philadelphia is all about...

Lavender everything...candles, soaps, you name it.  Stock up on Duross & Langel's lavender line.

Our bubbly new logo and brighter shade of purple.

Easter Sunday, on April 24.

Men wearing purple...

What are your thoughts on purple logo design?

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29Mar/110

Walk It Off in Washington Square West

Gas. It's expensive.

You wanna walk downtown? Fine.

Go see a show on Broad Street? Good.

Never have to look far for a restaurant? Now that's more like it.

And if you happen to bike? Well, the Spruce and Pine Bike Lanes make it a breeze.

Save energy, save bucks, and find out how walkable your new life at 1137 Pine Street, 306 can be...

Close to Mixto, the Last Drop Coffeehouse, Amis, Spruce Street Espresso, Vetri, you know how jealous we are of your taste buds right now? Walk to Whole Foods, or the shops and restaurants of 13th Street, browse the antiques of Antique Row. It even ranks a 94 on Walkscore.com.

For  more details, please contact the Somers Team.

Related:

There’s a Spot on this Rooftop Deck in Washington Square For You

Fresh Address: 1137 Pine Street

This home rated:

94 out of 100

Walk Score

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28Mar/110

Fresh Address: Double Vision at Orianna Street

This week's Fresh Address is extra fresh because we've got a 2-for-1 peek at New Construction in Northern Liberties. Check out 1134 and 1138 N Orianna Street...

This is Where It's At: If you're cool with cupcakes, coffee, and a friendly neighborhood of dog-lovers, then this neighborhood was created with you in mind. Nestled away on peaceful Orianna Street, a few blocks from Liberties Walk and the Piazza in Northern Liberties.

Come On In: It doesn't get much fresher than New Construction, and both of these 4-Story Homes have 3 Bedrooms and 2.5 Baths with Full Finished Basements and Rooftop Decks on the 4th floor level.  1134 N Orianna has 2,200 sq ft of living space, while 1138 N Orianna is a bit larger with 2,500 sq ft of living space.

For  more details, please contact the Somers Team. Stay tuned for our upcoming blog posts on 1134 and 1138 Shackamaxon Street, our Fresh Addresses.


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27Mar/110

Denials and Inflexibility Equals Lost Opportunities for You !

Denials and Inflexibility Equals Lost Opportunities for You !

Yesterday, Stephanie and I were out doing showings to two separate buyers. I was showing condos and townhomes up and down the river in Pier 3, Pier 7 and Dockside and a couple of townhomes.  Stephanie was showing properties in Northern Liberties and Fishtown.

As listing agents, we stress to our sellers the importance of ease of access for buyers agents to get in and how important it is Every Missed Showing is an Opportunity Lostto be accommodating.   It is also essential for an office to have a professional showing appointment center such as E-Showings to manage it all.  The ability to track showings, ask for feedback, create showing and feedback reports, all digitally is wonderful - the sellers love it.   And of course the listing agents can leverage their time instead of making and scheduling appointments.

In any event, I was shocked when 4 of my appointments at Pier 3 and Pier 7 were deniedDenied ?? These are $400,000 condos that have been on the market for awhile ???  Are the listing agents even watching this ?  Stepping in to see that they have been denied ?  What is the seller thinking ?  Turns out that one was tenant occupied, but the tenant denied it anyway even though the tenant received 24 hours notice.  For one of the other listings the showing instruction was 48 hours notice and the listing agent has to be there !  What !!!  Who made that decision ???  Sounds like a prison or a puzzle to get into that listing.  No thanks, CB Realty.  Maybe trying to sell it on their own because they make it so difficult to get into ?   Why in the world would the listing agent need to be there anyway ?  If I showed up at all of my listings for showings, I would never get anything done.

The big picture is that for each of these places we did not get into is that the seller lost their chance to sell their condo that day. That is the shame.  Sellers need to be aggressive and jump for the opportunity for the showing, that is if they want to sell their property, and they need to hire an agent that will set up the showings for ease of access and hopefully have a professional appointment center like e-showings.

Stephanie had a property where she could not get in for a second time as the agent had left her a message the day of the showing that she left a key for the property in a lockbox in a different neighborhood.  At least it was in a lockbox that makes it easier but it was not at the property.   She also had another showing where she got to the property and the owner exclaimed "The showing cannot begin until my Realtor gets here ! ". So they waited at this overpriced property for 15 minutes for whatever reason for the Realtor to get there who when he arrived stated "This is how the showing will occur.  We will begin on the 2nd floor." Mind you, this is a basic 1,200 square feet Fishtown / Northern Liberties rowhome  that needs updating, not a new construction property or complex that needs the accompaniment of another agent.  A waste of time that held up the process.... I think our buyer wanted to get out of there before we could even get in.

On another note, back to my showings, my last showing that day.  I arrived at the property at 11:40.  The seller looked at me sternly.  I felt like I was back in grade school when she said "You are late !  You were supposed to be here by 11:30 !!!" .  Oh boy, I thought.  I asked "Well, can I still show it ?". The buyer did not really care, where other buyers would have thought let me get the hell out of here.  Sellers have to remember how they present themselves as their demeanor is a representation of the whole process.   Sellers also have to realize the timing of showings is not a science, sometimes buyers like to linger.  And if they are lingering at your property, I bet you would change your tone.

Let me wrap it up...

The important thing to remember is to go with the flow.  Make the showings easily accessible.  Try not to be rigid.  Hire an agent that uses a professional showings desk and does not do the scheduling themselves.  Too many unreturned calls and showings will get lost.  I cannot tell you how many listings we have taken over from sellers who have said I wish my prior agent would have used that appointment desk or I wish my prior agent would have sent that feedback report or even more importantly, I wish my prior agent would have SOLD THE PROPERTY !!!!

Well, if they would have gotten more people in the property, maybe they would have !!!!

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26Mar/110

Open House in Fishtown on Sunday, March 27th 2:30-4:00pm at 1346 E Columbia Avenue

OPEN HOUSES Fishtown, Philadelphia

Sunday, March 27th

2:30-4:00PM

1346 E Columbia Ave, $349,900

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Enormous 3 bedroom 3 and 1/2 bath home in Fishtown. The property has been built from the ground up and is like a new construction home.

There is a huge first floor with an open layout, flooded with natural light and ample space for a formal living and dining area with room to spare! The hardwood floors stretch through the living room into the kitchen and lead you to charming French doors that over look a beautifully landscaped back yard. The eat-in kitchen is completely decked out with high cabinets, granite counters, a subway tile back splash and a breakfast bar. There is a powder room on the first floor and a full unfinished basement with all new utilities. The second floor has 2 bedrooms with their own private baths and the 3rd floor offers a master bedroom suite with vaulted ceiling.

This is a must see home in a fantastic location that's close to all of the famous Fishtown social spots.

With easy street parking and a 10 year tax abatement included, we know you'll love touring this home!


Discover more about Fishtown

The Somers
Chris and Stephanie Somers
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Call 215-400-2600 for details.

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