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31May/120

There’s just nothing that can stop The Somers Team!

We've kept the momentum going from last year and started off the 1st quarter of this year in an amazing way...busy listing and selling homes!

Being so busy we haven’t been paying much attention to our stats and rankings lately so imagine our surprise when we received a letter from our RE/MAX Regional Vice President that says:

Congratulations for ranking #3 among the Top 25 Teams in the RE/MAX Pennsylvania & Delaware Region for the month of April.

For Stephanie, myself and our team it's evidence that our skills, professionalism and drive to represent our clients is what afforded us this great honor. We are proud to represent our clients and want to thank them for entrusting us with the task of buying and selling their homes and representing them throughout the buying and selling process. We are honored to be your real estate team!

Here's to continuing to build on that success and having an amazing rest of 2012!

This video says it all “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now"!

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31May/120

3 Tips for Buyers: Renovating “This Old House”



Many buyers dream about finding an old house and restoring it. You may be one of those people. If you are then you may enjoy watching the video attached. It is a short tour with us as we show our buyers an amazing fixer-upper they are considering buying. In the video, this old house was built in 1865 and most of the original features remain in very good condition. Yet, though the home has tons of history and many exotic features to ponder, there are many repairs needed both inside and outside.

Perhaps your renovation is smaller or the home you want to buy may not have the magnitude of historic features that this particular home does. The fact is that any DIY home improvement project or renovation requires similar actions and strategies. So, after taking the full tour of this old house, here are the 3 tips we offered our clients for their potential home renovation endeavor.

1) Contractor List

 Make a 3 part list including cost estimate and estimated time to complete
a) Repairs that must be done day 1 -30.
b) Renovations that can be done during the first year.
c) The 5 year repair/renovation schedule.

2) Personal List

Make a personal 3 part list just like the above contractor list
a) Repairs you must do to make the home liveable the first month.
b) Renovations you can do on your own at your leisure throughout the year.
c) Repair and renovation projects that can be peppered over the longer term.

3) General suggestions

Things to do while in the midst of planning, renovating, and repairing
a) Get 3 fixed estimates on everything and get it in writing.
b) Never pay for entire projects in advance. Pay upon completion.
c) Kitchens and baths are still the best dollar for dollar return value followed by master bedroom and main living area.
d) Make a backup list of renovations you are willing to sacrifice should a few of your repair costs exceed your projected numbers.

Chime in with your home renovation tips!

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29May/120

Meet Your Neighbor: Bodine High School for International Affairs

I remember my Senior Year of High School. I remember my friends, the teachers, my sports, my hair! It was the 80's and mullets were cool then! I remember counting the days to summer that last year as a Bay Side High Senior and pondering my future as a Tennis Pro/Surfer/Accountant. Decisions, decisions...Yeah, those were special days for me and I am sure for many of you as well. If we only knew then what we know now, right?

That is why it was my great pleasure and honor to speak to the Graduating Class at Bodine High for their first ever Career Day this month. I wanted to introduce them to you by sharing the letter they sent to me. I wish the best for the students and want to say it is a privilege to have Bodine High School right here in Northern Liberties.

Bodine, which consistently ranks as one of the top high schools in the country, is an academic magnet school for students in grades 9 - 12. It is a smaller school, with less than 600 students, and is affiliated with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, with a focus on international affairs.  The school is located at 1104 N. 4th Street.

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28May/120

What is Your Passion?

It may sound boring, but real estate is my passion.  I love what I do!  On any particular day, I do not even consider it work as it feels more like a hobby.  I feel extremely blessed and fortunate to have found such a passion that gives me energy and gratitude.  Will it last for the rest of my career?  I do not know, but I will ride it as long as it does.  There are so many aspects on a daily basis that make it so rewarding.

I love doing renovations and providing a quality product for a new homewoner.  It is a challenging and fun aspect of real estate that few folks can accomplish in a difficult market.  At the same time, where we live, it improves the community and those individual blocks by taking a distressed property and turning it into something beautiful.  And helps the City of Philadelphia by adding a responsible taxpayer to the tax base.

Along those same lines, I love being a landlord.  I take pride in providing quality housing to our tenants and again improving the community each time we purchase an investment property.   Over the years, we have met some wonderful people who have been our tenants, many of which have become clients when they were ready to buy a home.

Most of all, I love being a Realtor and owning REMAX Access in Northern Liberties.  I am thankful that I can provide full time jobs to several folks and a dynamic workplace for so many Realtors to excel in their careers.

I am thankful that we have done well enough that we can personally donate funds back to neighborhood associations such as the NLNA.  It is a great feeling to give back.  And I have learned over time, the more you give back, sometimes the more you can receive in return.  It is just good business.   But bigger picture, it is just who I am, as it is my passion to serve the community and help make improvements where I can.  At the end of the day, everything affects Real Estate.

That is why I love to blog.  I blog about real estate, the community, business owners, events, opinion pieces and the like.  I am always nervous about being too boring where no one cares at all about what we write about and being perhaps too controversial and striking a nerve on a subject that people care immensely about and thus being despised (and perhaps losing business unknowingly).  It is a delicate balance.    Sometimes I get accused that I only blog for self-promotion.  If that were the case, I would have burnt out on blogging in the first couple of months of doing it.  I blog because I love to blog.  It is who I am.  It has become a part of me.

Sometimes my passion gets overwhelming and I struggle with balance.  Those that know me well hear me talking about this from time to time.  It is something I am working on as I want to remain healthy going into my golden years and not be a workaholic where the passion ends up becoming "work work work".   Which is why I love Rehobeth Beach so much, the North Shore Beach Club, and am starting to practice yoga to help with my balance and perspective.

It only took me a few decades to find my passion.  I am glad I have found it.  Have you found yours?

What is your passion?

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25May/120

Video from Northern Liberties Night Market 2012

When we walked back from our Remax office at the Piazza, we were shocked at how N 2nd Street was completely transformed in a matter of a few hours. By 7:30pm,  Northern Liberties Night Market was on. On Fire!

If you want to live in a city with this type of action and electricity, reach out to us. We can find you a home or apartment that meets your needs and fits your budget.

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24May/120

Relisted! 50 N Front Street, 106

Back on the market, 50 N Front Street, 106 is a wonderful, affordable 1st floor studio in the historic Old City River Church condos.

Located close to everything for your convenience, such as theaters, restaurants, galleries, shopping and more. Five minutes and you are in Center City! Take the elevator to the 5th floor and enjoy the fabulous common area rooftop deck with panoramic city and river views. The interior of this studio is modern and completely updated with stainless appliances, granite counters, updated lighting, and new hardwood floors. Large windows, 12' high ceilings, rear patio space, 2 spacious closets, modern tile bath, with stack washer and dryer included. 6 years remaining on the 10 year tax abatement! All appliance included, all electric utilities.Seller will pay for 1 year of parking at the Parkominium with acceptable offer. Welcome to what may be your new condo in Old City! Enjoy the best of OLD CITY!

Priced at $175,000.  Ready to show! For  more details, please contact the Somers Team.

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24May/120

Tip Jar: Have a “Life’s A Beach” Attitude

We love the beach! If you are from Philly like us, you may call it "the shore". But no matter where you come from and what you call it, your special getaway place is something so special and so personal to you, it can uplift and transform you just by thinking about it. Am I right? Sometimes we forget just how simple and possible it is to just take a "life's a beach" attitude every day.

This week's tip jar is dedicated to the man who reminded us how easy, important, and possible it is to to take a "life's a beach" attitude. Thank you David from Kaya Yoga in Rehoboth. We hope to see you again soon...on the beach!

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22May/120

New Construction Alert! Norris Point in the Heart of Fishtown

Norris Point features ten 17' wide 2,000 sf new construction homes in the heart of Fishtown.

There's a lot to love about 2155 E. Norris Street at Norris Point, starting with the modern, distinct design by Interface Studios, experienced developers (recent projects The Nine & Memphis Flats), & the highest quality construction all at an excellent value. 3 bedrooms with a study/flex space, 2.5 baths, a roof deck with skyline view, private off-street parking, rear patio, & full basement. Built with modern sustainable design in mind, these homes have 10 Year Tax Abatements.

Then there's the location...with cafes, galleries, and restaurants in walking distance, along the Frankford Arts Corridor. Welcome to Norris Point, a townhome community that reflects the vibrant neighborhood in which it is located.

Site plans, brochures, & builder tours are available. See NorrisPoint.info for more! For  more details, please contact the Somers Team.

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21May/120

Video from the Trenton Ave Arts Fest!

Just one of the many great activities in the Fishtown area that really brings the community together is East Kensington's annual Trenton Avenue Arts Festival. Coupled with the Kinetic Sculpture Derby, this event gets bigger and better every year. Highbrow? No. Fun? Yes.

Did you attend this year? What did you think?

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21May/120

North Shore Beach Club Revving up in 2012

One walk into the North Shore Beach Club and you can feel a different vibe and greater energy than the prior year of Arrow Swim Club.  Congrats to Brian Nagele for creating a much better experience for half the price!  The staff and the service are extremely friendly and competent, the music fits the scene creating a smooth beach atmosphere, and the layout of the beach chairs and amenities provides a flow for the club that simply fits.

The drink menu is exquisite as well is the menu from the Cuban-inspired theme restaurant Havana Room.  If you have not had a chance to check it out yet, you are missing out as the North Shore Beach Club provides a blissful sanctuary and escape from the daily grind.

Here is a short video from our hangout on May 19th.

It is going to be a great summer!!

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