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Location + Value + 4 Bedrooms = 1238 N Mascher Street

Incredible location, loads of charm, a huge beautiful yard, and all of the creature comforts plus a great value await you at 1238 N Mascher Street. This 4 bedroom home offers some of the original architectural structure on the first floor with an overlay of modern touches. Vestibule entrance, cherry wood hard woods throughout the first floor. Contemporary eat in kitchen with new granite counters and plenty of space for cooking. All appliances included. Formal dining and living area which is very inviting and a powder room tucked discreetly in the corner by the basement stairs. Full unfinished basement with laundry, central air, updated plumbing too. The 2nd and third floors include 4 bedrooms - two very large, one medium and one small. Plenty of closets and in move-in condition.

We welcome all showings! For more information, contact the Somers Team.


Penn Herb to Build Liberties Gateway

The Penn Herb Company is a mainstay in Northern Liberties. The 88-year-old herb and vitamin retailer on 2nd and Spring Garden Streets is ready to remodel  as part of Liberties Gateway, which will also contain an apartment complex. The goal is to build a bigger store with an expanded selection of products on offer. The new 5,000 square foot space will include a tea bar and lecture area.

Liberties Gateway will also be home to 14 apartment units with underground parking, as well as additional commercial space. It will be EPA Energy Star Rated. The scheduled opening is set for the first quarter of 2013.  We're excited for this new addition to Northern Liberties, and in the meantime,  you can visit the Penn Herb Factory Store at 10601 Decatur Rd in NE Philadelphia.


Fresh Address: 2308 Mercer Street

This is Where It's At: Head on over to 2308 Mercer Street in the amazing neighborhood of Fishtown for this great deal! Priced under $200K, we have a feeling this one won't be available for very long! Close to shopping, a gym, restaurants, and more!

Come On In: This beautifully remodeled home with 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath has so much natural light, you won't believe it! There are original hardwood floors throughout and an open first floor layout with two large windows that let in tons of light. Spacious remodeled kitchen with new cabinets, granite counters, dishwasher, microwave and disposal. Kitchen that leads to the rear patio surrounded by newly installed high fence for privacy. The 2nd floor has a huge hall bath and 2 large bedrooms. Plenty of closet space throughout and a full unfinished basement.

Tour it today! For more information, contact the Somers Team.


Heather’s Finds: Nudity at Home!

Meet your neighbor Heather Karlie Vieira. Heather owns a fabulous (and when I say fabulous I really mean fabulous) antiquity/art/lighting/cool furniture and more store on the south side of Frankford Avenue near Girard Avenue.  The store is called 20th Century by HKFA located on 1311 Frankford Ave in Fishtown.

Choosing Artwork for your home is more than just matching colors to your sofa and decor. Your personal collection can begin to take on a new meaning and beauty when you understand the artist, the story and the subject matter. Heather Karlei Vieira gives us a beautiful narrative of one of the paintings for sale in her store. Today she shows us some nudes...

Isadora Duncan.  Creator of modern dance.  Beloved and belittled.  She drew crowds who came to cheer and decry.  She was a woman who knew no bounds.  Her natural flowing style both in dance and attire, would prove to be the death of her in the all too infamous accident in France.  But let us speak of other things.  Namely art.  In 1933, American artist Maxwell Simpson posthumously paid homage to Isadora Duncan with an almost life size nude portrait of the dancer.  She is posed leaning against a classically styled column.  Her flowing hair and beckoning eyes fashioned in an undoubtedly 1930's style.  Her body is taut, yet relaxed.  She was no stranger to nudity.

A portrait is a most intimate look, a personal story.  Like a biography, it is a life told through someone else's eyes.  But when this story reaches deep into the soul, a connection is made.These connections are the reason for my business.  My name is Heather Karlie Vieira and I am an antique dealer.  Bringing the past to the future generations.  Carrying tradition forth so that it may breathe again.  Come visit my shop in Fishtown for more.


OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Aug 26th 1-3PM in Fishtown

711 Belgrade Street

Offered at $299,900

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OPEN HOUSE – Sunday, August 26th 1-3PM

Stop by our Open House on Sunday, August 26th from 1 – 3PM and see this beautiful move in ready 3 Story, 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home in the hot neighborhood of Fishtown.

Home is ideally located in walking distance to Kraftwork, Whipped Bake Shop, Johnny Brendas and so many other great Fishtown spots that you will find yourself frequenting when you decide to make this dream home yours!


Some of the great features to enjoy in this home include:

  • Hardwood (Bamboo) floors throughout
  • Recessed lighting
  • Modern open floor plan
  • Spacious living and dining area
  • Granite counters
  • Custom cabinetry
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • 1 large bedroom and 1 small (ideal for an office)
  • 3rd floor master suite
  • Full basement
  • Fantastic yard
  • Easy access to public transportation

If unable to tour this weekend, call us for more details: 215-400-2600 - Ask for Chris or Stephanie Somers

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New Rules for Short Sales

Good news for sellers! Short sales are about to get a little bit easier under new guidelines, effective November 1st. We all know how tough a short sale can be, and how important it is for the seller to work with the right agent who has experience in completing short sales and the resources to get the job done.

According to this article in the Wall Street Journal, "One part of the plan is for Fannie and Freddie to place a $6,000 cap on the amount of money holders of second mortgages can receive when the sale is completed, as a way to prevent the mortgage holders from haggling over their slice of the home-sale proceeds. Those second-lien holders would still be able to reject the sales if they saw fit.

Under the new rules, homeowners with missed mortgage payments would be allowed to submit fewer documents for short sale approval. Approvals would be speedier for situations of hardship. Less hassle and less waiting will make the short sale process much smoother, and we are certainly looking forward to November 1st. What are your thoughts on these new changes?

If you need to do a short sale in Philadelphia, contact us!


Don’t Miss: the Philly Naked Bike Ride

The annual Philly Naked Bike Ride is one of the city's greatest what-on-earth moments. We've experienced it here and here, and it's always an..uh..interesting night. The ride is tomorrow, August 25th.


Tip Jar: The Student’s Guide to Hot Apartments for Rent in Philadelphia

Don't get stuck with 6 roommates and no closet space...if you haven't found an apartment in Philly yet, get in touch with us! Our rental listings below in Northern Liberties and Old City are located incredibly close to the Market-Frankford Line to take you to Penn, Drexel, Moore, University of the Arts, and the Art Institute of Philadelphia and the Route 15 Trolley to Temple University.

Today's tip? Skip the dorms! Find your own study-friendly apartment below, in these amazing neighborhoods full of galleries, boutiques, know, for when you're not studying.

1001 N Marshall Street, Unit 2: 1 Bedroom 2nd Floor Apartment in Northern Liberties, $1,250 a month. Photo at left.

 406 W George Street: 2 Bedroom in Northern Liberties, ideal for you and roommate, $1,900 a month. Video below.

50 N Front Street, Unit 106: Studio in Old City, $1,250 a month. Video below.

Check out more rental listings and contact us today!


Now Renting in Old City: 50 N Front Street, with 1 Year of Free Parking!

Ready to rent? 50 N Front Street, 106 puts you in the heart of Old City for $1,250 a month!

This wonderful, affordable 1st floor studio is located in the Historic Old City River Church condos,  close to everything for your convenience such as theaters, restaurants, galleries, shopping and more. 5 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. Enjoy the best of OLD CITY! (Rental has the option to be fully furnished)

Tour it today! For more information, contact the Somers Team.


Under $300K: 711 Belgrade Street

It's all about the numbers, right? 711 Belgrade Street can be yours 24/7 for only $299, 900. If that sounds attractive, just wait until you go inside...

Welcome to a beautiful 3 story, 3 bedroom 2 full bath home in hot Fishtown. This property features hardwood floors (bamboo) throughout, recessed lighting, and a modern open floor plan. The first floor has a spacious living area and dining area. The kitchen in the rear features polished granite counters, custom cabinetry, and new stainless steel. The second floor has a large bedroom with two large closets and a smaller bedroom well suited for an office or study area. The third floor is a master suite featuring in its own large master bath down the hall from the large master bedroom. Large closets in all of the bedrooms, a full unfinished basement with plenty of head room and a fantastic yard. The yard is combination patio and green space.

Located within walking distance to Kraftwork, Whipped Bake Shop, Johnny Brendas and all of the great Fishtown spots. Easy access to public transportation. Everything is new, just unpack your bags!

Ready to visit your dream home? For more information, contact the Somers Team.


Phone: 215.253.6818