Archive for December, 2013

6 Ways to Help Your Agent Find Your Dream Home

Philadelphia homes for sale Sharing Information is Crucial So You Are On the Same Page Your agent is there to guide you through what can be a very emotional process & you want to be on the same page.  The more information you provide spelling out what you need, what you want, how you live, where you want to live & your financial situation the better geared your searches are to you. 1.  Envision How You Live in Your Home Who lives with you & what kind...Continue Reading!

Charming New Bistro Takes a Page from a Parisian Playbook

Philadelphia homes for sale Charming Bistro Located in Equally Charming Chestnut Hill Eater Philly reported last Wednesday about a new bistro named Paris opening up in the Chestnut Hill hotel.  You can read the article here. When I saw the rendering in the article it brought me back to a trip I took to Paris.  Paris is a magical city full of fabulous corner properties.  At the time I wished Philly had more corner properties being utilized in it's more residential neighborhoods.  They really add a...Continue Reading!

How to Beat the Boredom on a Snow Day

Philadelphia homes for sale We May Get More Snow This Saturday:  Potentially Our 3rd Snow Day in a Week Now don't get me wrong; I love some snow every now & then.  It's just that three times in one week is feeling a bit excessive & I have spent way too much time in my house.  Here's a round up of fun things to do if it snows this weekend.   1. Drink You gotta get warm & have fun.  Here are a few cocktails perfect for a...Continue Reading!

FHA Loan Limit to Drop Over $37,000 January 1st, 2014

Philadelphia homes for sale FHA Loan Limits Lowered From $417,000 to $379,500 Planning on buying a home?  Find out if the change in FHA loan limits will effect you. What is an FHA loan? An FHA loan is a loan is that is INSURED (not directly funded) by the Federal Housing Agency & issued to a borrower through federally qualified lenders. Historically this type of loan has less stringent requirements on the borrower including lower acceptable credit scores. Minimum down payment is 3.5%. Seller assist up to 6% of the...Continue Reading!

Need Firewood Delivered in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia homes for sale This Service Really Does Exist Thanks to Phil's Firewood Favorite feature of my new home?  It's hard to choose but one of them is the wood burning fireplace.  After the excitement died down & reality (coupled with cold weather) set in I realized what a pain it was without a parking space to get the wood into my home.  After a quick Google search I came up with Phil; the man, the myth & the legend of glowing Yelp reviews.  Who...Continue Reading!

Shopping Event in Old City at Scarlett Alley

Philadelphia homes for sale Check Items Off Your Gift List & Help Green Old City All while sipping on some spiked egg nog & savory bites.  Forget about the mall this year & shop small.  If you've never been to Scarlett Alley you really should check it out.  This boutique stocks some of the best gifts for all age groups.  Gorgeous gloves, luxe beauty products, unique jewelry, stylish home goods, shower gifts & so much more.  You can find something for all the women &...Continue Reading!

1931 & 1933 League Street in Graduate Hospital Almost Complete

Philadelphia homes for sale Gorgeous New Construction Revamps an Industrial Block in Graduate Hospital Graduate Hospital was named one of Philly Mag's hottest neighborhoods of 2013. $495,000-$505,000 1 Car Garage Tax Abatement Pending Roof Deck with Skyline Views Contact us today for a private tour Your new home features a remarkably open, airy & functional floor plan, complete with garage parking, oak hardwood floors throughout, recessed lighting, rooftop deck, & surround sound throughout! First floor features a cozy den or entertainment room with a sliding glass door to the rear patio....Continue Reading!

Pantone Releases the Color of the Year Today

Philadelphia homes for sale 2014's Color of the Year is 'Radiant Orchid'                                 2013's color of the year, Emerald, may have been a bit easier to swallow for home decor.  I think this is going to be bit more difficult for everyone to embrace for obvious reasons.  I, for one, love how bright & optimistic orchid is & think it will make a great accent color.  It works well with the "it" color of the moment gray as well as creams, taupes, yellows, metallics & other...Continue Reading!

2701 Girard Avenue Renovation Moving Right Along

Philadelphia homes for sale Woodland Building Supply Said:  "Let There Be Windows" Just like the eyes are the windows to the soul….windows are like the eyes of a building.  They make such a huge difference in the overall look of a building, its functionality & its appeal.  The windows for this church posed a particular challenge because of the size & placement.  The huge front windows now run through two floors.  The windows had to be designed to hide floor joists & ensure that windows...Continue Reading!

Christmas Tree Lightings in Philadelphia This Week

Philadelphia homes for sale Annual Tree Lightings, Hot Chocolate & Carolers Kick December Off Right Rittenhouse Square Tree Lighting - December 3rd at Dusk Tomorrow night, at dusk,  join winter revelers in Rittenhouse Square during the annual lighting ceremony for Philly's largest Christmas tree.  The tree stands at over 30 feet tall.  The tree & the park itself will be graced by 5,000 globe lights for the transformation of Rittenhouse Square into a festive winter wonderland.  Spectators can shop along Rittenhouse Row, listen to carolers &...Continue Reading!