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Deal Alert: Under $190K in Fishtown

2441 E Huntingdon Street is a big, big deal. And by big, we mean savings. Let's talk about why...

This completely renovated 2 bedroom, 1 bath property is in a great location in Fishtown. It's an extremely tasteful rehab with a modern open layout on the first floor. That includes a kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite counters and backsplash, access to a rear yard for summer bbqs and pets, and hardwood floors throughout. The second floor has 2 spacious bedrooms with ample closet space and one large modern bath.

Amazing property for under $190,000! Easy to show! Contact the Somers Team for more info.


Now Renting: 1919 N 4th Street

Now renting... 1919 N 4th Street is a free standing rowhome in an up and coming area North of Northern Liberties and Girard! This home is spacious with a few modern updates along with a traditional feel. NO adjoining property attached! Huge living and dining area. Nicely tiled kitchen w oak finished cabinetry that leads to a half bath off the kitchen. This leads to a nice back yard area. The second floor boasts two nice sized bedroom wwith plenty of light and closet space along with a gigantic bath w shower an clawfoot tub! Third floor is home to the spacious master bedroom with plenty and I mean plenty of closet space! Full unfinished basement.

Only $1,250 a month! Contact the Somers Team for more info.


Tip Jar: Hurricane Sandy May Cause Closing Delays in Philadelphia

Today's Tip Jar is weather-inspired:

If Hurricane Sandy results in a Federal Disaster Declaration in the county where your customer is under contract to buy or sell a home, and that transaction requires the buyer to obtain a mortgage please read this.

If the appraiser has already completed the inspection, under Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Government Agency (FHA, etc.) rules, the appraiser must return to the house, re-inspect it and confirm that there is no storm damage. This must be done prior closing.

If you have a closing scheduled for the days immediately following the storm, and there is a Federal Disaster Declaration in the County, there could be mortgage related delays while appraisers get out doing the re-inspections. To reduce closing stress, inform your buyers and sellers of this rule and ask them to prepare to be flexible regarding the closing date. If the Hurricane Irene experience of last year is a guide, delays were seldom more than two days.

Keep in mind that the appraiser will charge the buyer for the return trip. If you have an appraisal inspection scheduled for the days preceding the arrival of the storm, postpone them until after the storm passes. Any appraisals with a site visit date after the passage of the storm will not require a re-inspection, saving your buyer $75 to $150.

Source:  Kelly Nyikita, CB Home Loans

[image via the Weather Channel]


OPEN HOUSES: Sat & Sun Fishtown, Point Breeze & Old Kensington

2405 E Huntingdon Street - $298,900

Tour this completely renovated 3BR luxury Fishtown home with over 1700 SF of living space on Sunday, October 28th 12-2PM

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Some of the amazing details include:

· Bamboo flooring

· Open floor plan

· Custom cabinetry

· Granite counters and backsplash

· Stainless steel appliances

· Spacious bedrooms with plenty of closest space

· Updated full bath

· Washer/dryer

· Full basement

· Nice backyard that is part deck and part yard

· Great location – close to Fishtown hotspots.


1903 Annin Street - $225,000

We invite you on Saturday, October 27th from 12-2PM to tour this remodeled and updated 2BR home in Point Breeze.

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Features include:

· Completely remodeled and updated

· 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bath

· Fenced in cemented yard

· Finished basement

· Hardwood floors

· Crown molding & chair rails throughout

· Formal living and dining rooms

· Glass backsplash, 42’ cabinets, stainless steel appliances, & under cabinet lighting

· New HVAC electric and plumbing

· Close walk to park and Center City - Walk Score of 89!



1332 N Palethorp Street - $349,900

Sunday, from 12:30-2:30PM tour this Northern Liberties new construction 4BR home with a state of the art kitchen and over 2,000 SF of living space.

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Features include:

· Contemporary design

· 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths

· Large closets

· Recessed lighting

· Patio

· Finished basement

· Hardwood floors throughout

· Open layout

· Custom tile

· Pending tax abatement

· Great location - close to restaurants and shopping.

If unable to tour these properties on Sunday call us to schedule your tour at 215-400-2600 - Ask for Chris or Stephanie Somers.

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Blatstein: Svelte and Unstoppable

Blatstein, looking svelte as ever, announced that Hard Rock International will be managing and operating the Provence Casino.

Bart Blatstein. Love him. Hate him. Maybe you don’t even know him. If it’s the latter, you must live under a rock. It does not really matter. One notion about Bart Blatstein that everyone can agree on? You can’t stop him from developing in Philadelphia.

On Wednesday evening, October 24th, at Tendenza on N 2nd Street in Northern Liberties, I attended the announcement party hosted by Tower Investments. They had gathered few hundred people including city officials, the press, and a mix of other people with some influence in Philadelphia to hear who was chosen to manage the casino portion of his Boutique Hotel and Casino development at the site of the acquired Inquirer Building at 400 N Broad Street, the Provence. This uniquely situated piece of real estate runs from N Broad to N 17th Street and is projected to create 5,000 new jobs for Philadelphia as well as some much needed revenue for the city.

I have to admit, the announcement party was upbeat and extremely pro-Philadelphia. People in the crowd were pleasantly optimistic and realistic. Most of the people I spoke to communicated to me a “big picture” understanding of the positive ramifications that this 700 million dollar project would have on the city. In essence, Blatstein is pioneering a vital infrastructure that will connect the Northern neighborhoods to Center City. As a Realtor looking at the disconnect between the commercial districts and the emerging "fringe neighborhoods" that encompass the Northern districts, I see this as a brilliant plan. The party attendees seemed to agree and held a quiet confidence in Blatstein coupled with the understanding of changes and challenges ahead.

Some won’t agree with my support of Blatstein’s visions for Philly, nor will they agree with how I vote this coming election, but that’s not going to stop me and it is not going to stop Blatstein either.



Fishtown Fever: 2405 E Huntingdon Street

There's some serious Fishtown fever going around, and it's a good kind of fever - things could not be more exciting here what with all of the new developments and restaurant openings. Which brings us to a new opportunity to be a part of the neighborhood...

2405 E Huntingdon Street is large, spacious - over 1,700 square feet of luxury are yours to own in this 3 story Fishtown rowhome. Property has been completely redone and beautifully renovated by Space Development (affiliated with The Nine and Norris Point) where no detail has been left unturned.

First floor has beautiful bamboo flooring in wide, open floor plan which includes both living and dining room. Kitchen has been updated with custom cabinetry, granite counters, backsplash and stainless steel appliances. There is bamboo throughout for 2nd and 3rd floor. 2nd floor has 2 large spacious bedrooms with plenty of closest space with large updated full bath. Bath also has side-by-side washer/dryer for convenience with laundry. Upstairs is the master suite with large bedroom and full bath. Full basement is perfect for storage. Nice backyard space off the kitchen, perfect for summer bbq and or pets. Backyard space is part deck and part yard. Block is wide and private - makes parking a breeze. Walk to Memphis Taproom and all of the fabulous Fishtown hotspots.

Come take a look! Contact the Somers Team for more info.


Now Renting: 1719 3rd Street

Now renting for $1,400 a month...1719 3rd Street in Old Kensington.

This large 4 Bedroom 1.5 Bath, 3 story home in Old Kensington is on a great block close to public transportion and Northern Liberties. Parking is a breeze on the wide block. Updated property with new bamboo floors on first floor in living room and kitchen. Kitchen is brand new with granite countertops, new appliances and custom cabinetry. New 1/2 bath in first floor which is convenient when guests are over. Huge backyard - super for pets or summer bbq, or gardening. 2nd floor has 2 large bedrooms and 3rd floor has 2 large bedrooms with ample closet space. Very large full updated bath on the 2nd bath with new tile and vanity. Washer/Dryer on the 2nd floor. Full basement which is great for storage. Owner is a Licensed PA Realtor.

Come check it out! Contact the Somers Team for more info.


Port Richmond for Under $150K!

If you're looking for a deal (and who isn't these days?), come check out what 2843 E Thompson Street has to offer. This Port Richmond 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath Home is on a quiet block and comes with a large back yard. And the best part? It's only $144,900...

The kitchen features a stainless steel dishwasher, refrigerator and built in microwave. A large inviting living room leads into private dining room for entertaining guests. Master bedroom has huge walk-in closet and 2nd bedroom has original armoire for plenty of storage space. New roof is only 2 months old and the heater was replaced 4 years ago. Backyard is large for cookouts and gardening with storage shed.

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Fall Tree Planting in Northern Liberties!

Mark your Google calendars for the Fall Community Tree Planting here in Northern Liberties on Sunday, November 11th. The NLNA will be planting 16 street trees throughout the neighborhood and 12 trees at Madison Memorial Park (Dough Boy Park at 2nd and Green Streets), and they need your help! From the NLNA:

All volunteers will meet at the NLNA Community Center Yard, 700 N. 3rd Street at 10:00 am.  Trained Tree Tenders/Planting leaders are asked to arrive by 9:30. This is a great community service opportunity for high school students!  Rain or shine.

Tell your friends and neighbors, there is something for everyone to do: join a planting team(even if you can't dig, you can cut string off the trees and help ensure they are planted straight), drive volunteers and trees;  set up and break down lunch; donate beer and other beverages.  Bring water to drink (preferably in a reusable bottle) and everything else needed to plant will be provided.

After planting, join us for lunch.  Can’t help plant? Thank your volunteer neighbors by donating something for lunch: beverages, cookies, etc.

To participate in the Fall Planting or to request a tree for Spring 2013 (deadline Friday, Oct. 26) planting, e-mail Erika at [email protected]

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Ultra Modern Living in Fishtown: Norris Point

Norris Point in Fishtown is one of the most exciting new construction projects that we've seen all year - and we're psyched to show you the goods! Come on over to 2149 E Norris Street and let's get familiar...

Norris Point features 10 new, three-story, 17 foot wide, 2000 square foot modern homes with off street parking in the heart of Fishtown. Built by experienced, reputable developers these houses offer distinct design elements both inside and out. The first level open floor plan includes European kitchens with quartz countertops, stainless appliances, high ceilings, bamboo floors, and a half bath. Upper levels include a full-floor master suite with study, two full baths, ample closet space and roof deck with unparalleled skyline views. Full basement with height ceilings with the option to finish. These homes also qualify for the city’s 10 year tax abatement program. Within steps, you’ll find all the amenities of a vibrant, emerging neighborhood including Fishtown’s many new cafes, galleries and restaurants and easy access to mass transit.

Come see it for yourself! Contact the Somers Team for more info.


Phone: 215.253.6818