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30Jun/112

More Desirable than the Corner Office…

What's more desirable than the highly sought after corner office? The corner home, because it means more windows, more sidewalk, that awesome corner entrance, and in this case, an amazing property on a picturesque Northern Liberties block.

429 Polar Street at Poplar and Lawrence Street has beautiful curb appeal, with windows on three sides.

This 3-Story 3 Bedroom 2 Bath New Construction Home with Private Roof Deck and Garage has unique exterior architectural elements created by the lot's footprint. The distinctive cantilever overhang and cut-out balcony makes this brick facade stand out.

To the panoramic roof deck we go...

Get in touch with the Somers Team for more information.

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30Jun/110

Tip Jar: Be Safe Out There This Summer

Summer time is, for the most part, all fun and games! But you still gotta be safe out there! The Northern Liberties Townwatch is all about Summer Safety. That is why this week's Tip Jar is brought to you by the Northern Liberties Townwatch. Here are some of the tips they have for Northern Liberties neighbors and business owners, but they can be applied to any neighborhood and any business anywhere!

1. DETER - Display Townwatch Stickers and Flyers to let folks know to take precaution.

2. EXPOSE - Install outdoor cameras and signage.

3. LIGHT UP - Install outdoor lighting.

4. GO VIRAL - Use your online presence to re-post info from Townwatch sources.

5. GO HOME - Do not walk around late at night! Travel in groups and be aware of those around you.

6. GET HOOKED - Install hooks beneath bars and encourage your patrons to use them.

7. GIVE - Become an active member or make a donation!

 

Do you have any safety tips to add to the list?

[Tips from Northern Liberties Townwatch]

Related:

Safety Tips from the Northern Liberties Townwatch

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30Jun/110

An Exterior Look at 860 Reserve

They say it's what's on the inside that counts...but the exterior of 860 Reserve at 860 N. Leithgow Street has us at hello! This luxury  new construction 4 Bedroom 4 Bath Home in Northern Liberties stands apart from the rest - literally. It's a single detached home just waiting for the right one. Could it be you?


Offers welcomed. Tours available 7 days a week. Get in touch with the Somers Team for more information.

Related:

860 Reserve: A Snapshot of Progress

Inside 860 Reserve…A Virtual First Floor Reveal

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29Jun/110

A Poplar Point of View


POPLAR POINT
902 and 904 New Market Street

Welcome to Poplar Point at 902 and 904 New Market Street, two cutting edge properties that not only command your attention, they demand a second, even third look as you pass by. Built with steel and concrete, this project is one of the most solid and dynamic structures built in Northern Liberties.

Sophisticated design, intelligent construction, and awe-inspiring interiors come together at Poplar Point.

Two Soaring 3 story, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Luxury Custom Designed Homes
with Finished Basements, Amazing Custom Windows, Private Balconies and Yards, and Dynamic Interior and Exterior Design from the architects at Fishtank...

902 boasts 2,824 SF of living space and 904 provides 2,324 SF of living space. Each property has its own footprint offering two completely unique homes. There is nothing cookie-cutter or mundane about Poplar Point. Both dwellings offer equally exquisite use of window, reflection, light and incorporate, natural and urban views to evoke inspiration in every room. The state of the art kitchens and baths, the spontaneous flex spaces leading to oversize balconies, the element of surprise, and daringly tailored finishing details will delight and excite.

Poplar Point is optimally situated in one of the coolest neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Its premier location offers both intimacy and convenience. Enjoy living close to the energy of North 2nd Street, which is lined with with fantastic restaurants, boutiques, entertainment, and shopping. Or stay home and relax! Poplar Point is an elegant retreat nestled in a residential pocket where many high-end new construction properties and condos have found their permanent home along with historic properties and warehouse conversions. This location has cultivated a strong sense of community amongst residents who have started block beautification projects and green space preservation.

Make your appointment today!

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28Jun/110

Your Own Piece of Reese Street

Reese's Pieces were fun, but it's time to hand over the candy and go for the substance! Our favorite South Philly charmer is a completely new and updated 2 Bedroom Home with bamboo flooring, polished granite counters and new solid wood cabinets, stainless appliances, a remodeled hall bathroom with pedestal sink, neutral colored tile floor, and fully tiled bath and shower. Now that is Prime Real Estate Candy to get your hands on...

Get your piece at 2415 S. Reese Street. Major eye candy and a movie below!

For  more details, please contact the Somers Team.

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28Jun/110

Grooving on North 4th Street

North 4th Street is one of the greatest blocks in Northern Liberties. Take a peek at the quaint neighborhood shops and unique art that pops out at you on every corner. N 4th St, Northern Liberties, Honey's, Kaplan's Bakery, City Planter, Cafe La Maude...

Dig what you see? Then take a look at this charming property on one of the most desired blocks in the neighborhood...835 N 4th Street. This 2 Bedroom/2.5 bath home has a yard, patio and off-street deeded parking, and all of the local amenities listed above!

For  more details, please contact the Somers Team.

Related:

OPEN HOUSE in Northern Liberties on Saturday & Sunday from 1-3PM–Tour this Charming 2BR Home w/ Off Street Parking

Cafe La Maude Energizing North 4th Street in Northern Liberties

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27Jun/110

Fresh Address: 1359 Crease Street


Today's Fresh Address is found in Fishtown and it's in such a cool spot that we get chills just telling you about it.

This is Where It's At: 1359 Crease Street is a nanosecond away from Stephen Starr's Frankford Hallthe Lola Bean Coffeeshop, and of course, Johnny Brendas, making it the ideal living situation for anyone who enjoys cold beer, hot coffee, and sweaty shows.  Situated  on the prominent Frankford Arts Corridor, you'll be charmed by the creative community and forward-thinking design and streetscape.

Come On In: This 2 Bedroom Home includes a spectacular rear yard with a plush country inspired garden to enjoy. It has new hardwood floors, an open kitchen with stainless appliances, and a full unfinished basement with washer/dryer.

88

Very Walkable

Walk Score


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26Jun/110

Buyers – Would You Prefer an $80,000 Incentive or $8,000 ?

In Philadelphia, the spring market has not been too "springy". This spring certainly has not been like spring 2010, "the end of the world" craze where the inventory was non-existent and there was an insane rush for buyers to meet the Buyers - Would you prefer an $80,000 Incentive or $8,000 ?deadline to qualify for the First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit to receive the $8,000 incentive.  That incentive propelled the market last year:  it was a boon for sellers locally and provided necessary support to keep the housing market afloat nationally.

So what about today ? The housing market in Philadelphia continues to hold up well, although the inventory has crept up and prices are soft.  The great news for buyers is that interest rates year over year are down well over a point (at historical lows).  Rates last year were about 6 percent whereas now they are about 4.5 percent !  What does that mean ?  To me, this is the best incentive ever for a smart buyer.

When you compare year over year, a buyer can save $80,000 over 30 years. For example, on a $250,000 loan, the interest portion at 6 percent on a 30 year mortgage would be approximately $289,600, and at 4.5 percent it would be approximately $206,000, a savings of interest of $83,600 in one year.  If your loan amount is higher, the savings of course would be even more.   The other benefit that this does is that allows a buyer to get a better property since the purchasing power is at the highest with rates being the lowest.  With the inventory being at its peak level right now, a buyer can be quite selective when purchasing a property and be like a kid in a candy store.

I have heard some pundits on TV recommend to bring back the tax credit.  Although I know that will certainly make the market more springy, my point is there is incentive enough in the market right now without having to burden the taxpayers.

We are taking buyers out every weekend taking advantage of the above scenario.  These folks will be well positioned in the years to come !

If you are on the fence now, why not take advantage of $80,000 incentive ?

Pretty much a no-brainer for potential homeowners if aligns with your other goals.

With interest rates so low, the time is NOW.  What are your thoughts ?

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24Jun/110

OPEN HOUSES in Northern Liberties – Saturday, 6/25 & Sunday, 6/26 at 1134-38 N Orianna St

OPEN HOUSES in Northern Liberties

Saturday, June 25th & Sunday, June 26th 

 

 

1134 N Orianna Street – $400,000

1138 N Orianna Street – $449,900

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OPEN HOUSES:

Saturday, June 25th – 3:15-6:00pm

Sunday, June 26th – 1:00-4:00pm

 

New Construction homes on Orianna St in Northern Liberties are available now in 3 different models from 2,200 sq ft to 3,000 sq ft offering 3 bedrooms/2.5 Baths, full finished basement and roof top deck.

 

Features include:

  • Kitchen finished with sleek 42" cabinets, subway tile back splash and stunning cuts of granite
  • 3 floor master bedroom suite with large closets, a private bath finished in marble with an oversize glass enclosed shower
  • 2nd floor: hall bath, laundry room, 2 guest bedrooms.
  • Recessed lights throughout
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Central air
  • Ample storage
  • Lots of natural light
  • Enclosed private rear yard
  • 10 year tax abatement

92 — Walker’s Paradise

Nothing Compares to these New Construction Homes

Northern Liberties Life

The Somers
Chris and Stephanie Somers
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215-400-2600

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23Jun/110

Tip Jar: The Element of Surprise

When the home inventory is up like it is right now in Philadelphia, sellers need to use every tool in the shed and then some to sell their home. The basic rules of selling a home are:

1) Price it right (lower than your competition)!


2) Keep your home clean, smelling fresh, and de-cluttered.


3) Make sure you have a great Realtor with aggressive marketing strategies.


4) Accommodate every showing and make it easy to show.

But these days, following the basics is sometimes not enough to sell a home. We suggest using the element of surprise to delight, entertain, and attract buyers. These ideas will certainly draw attention, create an interest and perhaps make it the most memorable home in the bunch.

So go a little crazy with us...

Host an Open House Treasure Hunt

Take 3 obscure photos from 3 different rooms in your home. Make sure the photo is abstracted by using a close-up shot. Give 3 clues. They can rhyme or be a riddle, whatever you can come up with. The potential buyer will not only walk though your home but do so with an examining eye, enjoying the game and at the same time having fun.

Tweet and Find the Red Tomato

Have your Realtor put a red tomato (or any unusual object) in one of the photos of one of the rooms in your home. Have them post a tweet that not only advertises your home for sale but invites people to play a "seek and find" game.

"Tweet and Find" your $250,000 3 bedroom 2 bath Home in Philadelphia. Find the hidden red tomato!

Give a Gift

Everyone loves to receive a gift. Make a few party favor bags and place them at the entrance of the door. Put mints, gum, or whatever you want in the bag as a parting gift thanking them for the visit. Have instructions near the gift that reads:

Welcome to our home. Make sure you look at our beautiful herb garden out back. Please take this gift as our way of thanking you for your visit and wishing you luck on your home search!

Sincerely,

The Joneses

What other ideas can you think of that could help you sell your home?

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