November 18th, 2016

Quick Links: Brunch Everyday!

 

by: Karley Cohen

 

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Girard Bruncherie  – Fishtown

Talia’s Grille – Fishtown

The Dutch – Pennsport

Hinge Cafe – Port Richmond

 
November 10th, 2016

Agent Spotlight: Dana Friedman

 

Dana Friedman is the transaction assistant and a real estate agent apart of The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access.  She currently lives in South Philly with her husband and two mini doxies, Gulliver and Eleanor! 

Dana Friedman headshot

Briefly describe yourself:
I’m super outgoing and friendly and I love to meet new people! Want to know what’s going on in the city? I’d love to share and connect you with some great spots. Looking to make Philly your new home? I’d love to help!

When and why did you become a realtor? 
I grew up with my family involved in real estate and rental properties. In 2014 I decided to get my license and become a real estate agent. Here I am apart of The Somers Team! 

What neighborhood do you sell and why?
I sell all over Philadelphia. I lived in South Philly right by Passyunk Ave and love showing Buyers around the neighborhood.  However, I also sell in Fishtown, Kensington, Northern Liberties, Old City, Queen Village, Graduate Hospital, and Pennsport.

Tell me about the best deal you’ve ever had.
Every deal is great and I learn something new every single time. My hardest deal was my first one, which I represented my father as the Seller. It was a ton of learning since a previous deed was recorded incorrectly and I had to get my Aunt to sign off and she lived in Florida. In the end, I was able to sell the property and re-connect with my Aunt.

As a real estate professional, I LIVE for my clients

What do you think the next hot area is to buy?
Port Richmond

Name 3 things you love about Philadelphia.
1. Food
2. Walkability
3. History

Describe your perfect Cheese steak.
Has to be from Jim’s on South Street

What are you favorite actives outside of work?
I’m a total foodie, so I love trying new restaurants and checking out Pop-up beer gardens. I also love to ride horses- I have actually been riding since I was 8 years old. My relaxing activity is reading. I try to read at least 1 book a month. When time allows I love to travel. I just got married in Feb 2016 in Mexico, it was amazing!

Get in Touch with Dana:
dana@thesomersteam.com
215-901-4522

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June 22nd, 2016

Agent Spotlight: Andre Robinson

 

Andre Robinson is a master negotiator, expert in asset liquidation and acquisitions.  His in-depth knowledge of office systems and automation will make your transaction seem effortless.

Sellers: Marketing is his specialty.  With a database of over 10,000 past clients and associates, he can sell your property fast for a fair price.

Buyers: Whether first-time, move-up, scaling down, income or luxury properties, he understands the economic effect that your purchase will have on you in both the short and long term.

Landlords and Investors: He knows property management, with over 10 years experience.  Whether luxury rentals, PHA (section 8), or income based subsidized housing, his focus on compliance and cash flow will make sure your property investments will provide you with sustainable income for years to come.

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When and Why did you become a realtor?

Andre Robinson:
August 2006.  Land is the reason for every major war and conflict.  He who owns the most last controls the kingdom.

What neighborhood do you sell and why?

Andre Robinson:
West Philadelphia, University City.  University City contains at least three Ivy League and technical colleges and universities specializing in medicine, engineering and science.  This makes for a great mix of students, faculty and professional buyers and sellers.

Tell us about the best deal you’ve ever had.

Andre Robinson:
The transaction was between a mother and son.  They used FHA.  He got a gift of equity from his mom, which allowed him to purchase the property with only $1,500.

Fill in the blank: “As a real estate professional, I ____ for my clients”

Andre Robinson: “stay educated”

What do you think the next hot area is to buy?

Andre Robinson:
West Philadelphia/University City

Name 3 things you love about Philadelphia:

Andre Robinson:
1. Affordable properties
2. A fair amount of undeveloped land
3. Close proximity to New York, Boston, New Jersey, Delaware and Baltimore

Describe your perfect Cheese steak:

Andre Robinson:
Covered in fried onions

What are your favorite activities outside of work?

Andre Robinson:
Watching reality TV, reading and flying kites.

Anything you want to add?

Andre Robinson:
Enjoy your transaction.

Andre Robinson
267-249-6645
ahomeloan47@gmail.com

 
January 15th, 2016

Bristol Township;  A Secret Gold Mine

 

by: Elaine Kasavage
& Karley Cohen 
us-pa)brtThere are 50+ distressed properties currently in Bristol Township.  What do I mean by distressed? I mean these properties are being sold “as is”, as short sales and also bank foreclosures/REO’s.  What does this mean for all you investors?  You need to start looking in this area!  Bristol Township is a gold mine for someone who is looking to invest in properties and change a neighborhood around.  

In 1692, the area of Bristol Township was founded and originally named Buckingham Township, but in 1702 it was renamed Bristol Township.  When founded it was a highly agricultural area among wealthy Philadelphians.  1831 the Delaware canal connected Bristol to Easton growing the accessibility to surrounding areas.  Today Bristol is the largest municipality in Bucks County.

For the last 10 years I have been working at RE/MAX Access,  and focusing my business on investment properties.  I was searching TREND for a client, to help find a good deal in their price range and I came across all of these investment type properties in Bristol Township.

So, to all my cash savvy investors – imagine the potential of taking over the Bristol Township area with amazing renovations one property at a time.

Elaine Kasavage
215-756-1531
elaine103@comcast.net
http://www.elainekasavage.com
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September 3rd, 2015

A 27 Home Project Could Be Coming to Fairmount.

 
http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/another-no-libs-warehouse-going-twenty-seven-homes-coming

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/another-no-libs-warehouse-going-twenty-seven-homes-coming

 

By: Jarek Cotto

Vacant lots and unused industrial spots are abundant in Northern Liberties. There never seems to be a shortage of places to build around here. 312-30 Fairmount Ave. is one of the latest projects from developer David Perlman who proposed 27 homes, each with parking last month to the NLNA. One major piece of feedback received was to cut the height of the homes down to 38 feet.

There are a few old warehouse buildings on Fairmount Ave. and 4th St. that are included with this property. According to OCF Realty, “members of the NLNA wondered whether developers could salvage one section, a brick element of the property on the east side that includes carriage doors that run nearly to the top of the building. Adaptive reuse would certainly be an attractive aesthetic, but we’re not certain that approach would work for this project.”

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/another-no-libs-warehouse-going-twenty-seven-homes-coming

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/another-no-libs-warehouse-going-twenty-seven-homes-coming

We expect Perlman to reappear in front of the NLNA soon with some tweaks to the plan. This time around, the changes are going to be much less significant than the last time this property came before the community. Developers from the Klein Company proposed a 108-unit project here last spring. A 27 home project is a major difference from one involving 108 apartments.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/another-no-libs-warehouse-going-twenty-seven-homes-coming

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/another-no-libs-warehouse-going-twenty-seven-homes-coming

Industrial use is moving out of the area while residential is on the rise. When a project finally is approved here, it will join a number of new projects occurring right now at the bottom of the block, along North 3rd like Bellagio project, nine new homes on the 600 block of N. 3rd Street. Another is a Perlman project down at the northwest corner of 3rd & Brown where five new homes have been built. Last but certainly not least is the biggest project in the area, the conversion of the Transatlantic building on the 400 block of Fairmount and a bunch of new homes around it. We don’t see construction coming to a halt here any time soon.

 
September 1st, 2015

FYI: Will UberX and Lyft Finally Be Made Legal in Philadelphia?

 
http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/28/uber-lyft-legalize-philly/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/28/uber-lyft-legalize-philly/

By: Jarek Cotto

State Sen. Camera Bartolotta wants to legalize UberX and Lyft in Philadelphia. These ride hailing apps have been illegal in Philadelphia, but that may soon change. If you ask me, it’s about time it did.

Puppets doing tricks on skateboards? Watch the video by clicking the link below to see for yourself.

Online voter registration is coming to Pennsylvania sooner than you think. More here.

Police are looking for two women who they say are connected to armed robberies around the Northern Liberties area.

Read about 8 religious fanatics in Philadelphia in spirit of the Popes visit.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/28/uber-lyft-legalize-philly/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/27/watch-monster-puppets-on-skateboards-in-philly/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/27/online-voter-registration-pennsylvania/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/25/women-wanted-northern-liberties-robbery/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/30/philadelphia-religious-fanatics/

 

 

 

 

 
August 17th, 2015

FYI: Schuylkill River Trail Named Best Urban Trail in Recent Poll.

 

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/11/circuit-trails-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/11/circuit-trails-philadelphia/

By: Jarek Cotto

Michael and Kevin Bacon are calling for college students and professionals to enter in the Better Philadelphia Competition. The challenge for this year focuses on designing healthy neighborhoods in the Mantua/Belmont section.

 

The UberX driver that was arrested for raping a passenger in July is also a cab driver! More here.

 

Philadelphia Police have finally solved the mystery of why the Eagles lost Super Bowl XXXIX. See why.

 

Phillies’ Franco gets hit on the wrist. X-rays came back negative, so although his wrist is not broken, he will still be out for an undetermined period of time.

 

A huge number of people used the Schuylkill River Trail last year. It was frequented more than any other trail in the city. It has even been named best urban trail in a USA Today’s reader’s choice poll.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/14/better-philadelphia-challenge-bacon-brothers/
http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/14/philadelphia-uberx-driver-rape/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/13/philly-tom-brady-sketch/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/12/phillies-franco-hit-on-wrist-x-rays-negative/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/11/circuit-trails-philadelphia/

 

 
August 12th, 2015

FYI: Craigslist Scammer Stealing Hundreds in Deposit Money!

 
http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/07/craigslist-rent-scam/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/07/craigslist-rent-scam/

By: Jarek Cotto

Someone is using Craigslist to scam people out of their deposit money!

 

Is UberX as bad as Philly cabs now? See why they might be below.

 

The Phillies made some major trade moves this year. Meet the new prospects and find out more about them here.

 

Is something like the Minority Report coming to Pennsylvania? The website Five Thirty Eight reported that that Pennsylvania could be on the verge of becoming one of the first states in the country to base criminal sentencing not only on what crimes people are convicted of but also whether they are likely to commit more crimes in the future.

 

Senator Bob Casey has introduced a bill that would let officials impose new standards and fees on out-of-state garbage dumped in Pennsylvania. More here.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/07/craigslist-rent-scam/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/06/uberx-philadelphia-cabs/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/05/phillies-prospects/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/05/risk-assessment-precrime/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/10/is-pennsylvania-americas-dumping-ground/

 
August 4th, 2015

FYI:Are Philadelphia Police Tracking Your Car’s Movements?

 
http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/29/license-plate-readers/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/29/license-plate-readers/

By: Jarek Cotto

 

In preparation for the Pope’s arrival, Philly will finally be doing an abandoned bike sweep. The sweep will start from Center City and work its way out.

 

Police are on the hunt for a man they claim installed skimming software at an ATM on the 800 block of Walnut next to the 7-Eleven. Police say he has installed similar devices on multiple ATMs. More here.

 

The world’s beloved Hitchbot met an unfortunate end when traveling across Philly. It was vandalised and destroyed but a group of techies called The Hacktory want to save him.

 

Will Philly’s new bike sharing program shut down during the Pope’s visit? Read below.

 

Philadelphia police are using technology to track your car’s whereabouts. We are in one of the few cities that take part in this. The PPD claims the program works. They say it has helped with the recovery of 500 plus stolen cars and led to the arrest of 6 people. The ACLU thinks otherwise. More here.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/03/abandoned-bike-sweep-pope/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/03/atm-skimming/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/03/can-philly-save-hitchbot/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/31/bike-share-pope-visit-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/29/license-plate-readers/

 
July 28th, 2015

FYI: Will Philly Survive the Chaos of Pope Francis’ Visit?

 
http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/24/pope-francis-philadelphia-visit-challenges/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/24/pope-francis-philadelphia-visit-challenges/

By: Jarek Cotto

Its no secret that Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia in September. It takes a lot of preparation for something of this caliber to go off without a hitch. Could this be Philadelphia’s biggest challenge ever? See why many think so.

Are Eagles fans really that obnoxious? See why they are ranked in Sports Illustrated most hated list.

Man with plastic bag on his head robs Dunkin Donuts on Oregon Ave. Video below.

An undercover operation led to 68 arrests in one neighborhood in two days. Read more below.

The crane driver that caused the collapse of the Salvation Army thrift store in 2013 has pled guilty. More on this below.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/24/pope-francis-philadelphia-visit-challenges/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/24/si-eagles-most-hated-fans/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/23/dunkin-donuts-robbery/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/21/kensington-drug-busts/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/21/building-collapse-guilty-plea/