Archive for March, 2011

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

RE/MAX Access’s Top Pick to Watch Phillies Opening Day

piazza-at-schmidts-philadelphia-300uwThe wait is finally over! The Phillies kick off their 2011 season tommorow, April 1, at 1:05 p.m. If you’re not a lucky ticket holder, you’re going to need a place to watch. Even though we are a little biased, our top pick to watch the game is at The Piazza at Schmidts!

Watch the game on the 40-foot LED jumbotron.  You ca also root on the hometown team at one of the bars surrounding the Piazza, including P.Y.T. Bar and Burger Joint, Gunners Run and Darling’s Diner.

Stop by the 5th Floor of the RIALTO tower at The Piazza to visit RE/MAX Access and dry off a bit.


Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Gunners Run, The Newest Bar/Eatery At The Piazza At Schmidts, Grand Opening Tonight March 31, With Live Music, Drink Specials, Giveaways And More

gunners-run-flyer-240uwGunners Run, the newest bar/eatery to hit the Piazza at Schmidt’s, has been (softly) open now for about two weeks, but they’re hosting an official Grand Opening party tonight, March 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

The party is open to the public. There will be live music, drink specials, prizes, giveaways and guest D.J.’s all night.

Gunners Run is a collaborative effort between regional concert promoter Bryan Dilworth, tattoo artist and Olde City Tattoo owner Jason Goldberg, music booking agent Tim Borror and chef Shawn Sollberger (formerly of Capital Grille and Ravenna). It’s a feast for the eyes as much as the palate, with eclectic local artwork and a massive historical map of Philadelphia, printed across the wall of the restaurant.

The menu is contemporary American, with dishes like a tuna BLT and a bacon cheeseburger, plus a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. And Gunners will bring live music to both the bar and the stage located outdoors in the Piazza.


The Rundown at Gunners Run

Gunners Run Soft Opens Tonight


Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Play Flashlight Tag at Washington Square Park

195706_170409209677523_4927491_nGet Out Philadelphia will be holding a game of flashlight tag in Washington Square Park at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.

The adventure begins at the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier where the rules will be explained, since most people probably haven’t played in a while.

Once everyone is tired out, the group will be kicking back with some food and drinks at a local casual and cheap bar.

Be sure to wear: sneakers and comfortable clothing. Don’t forget to bring your own flashlight!

In case of rain: If there is rain in the weather forecast, please check your e-mail for updates. This event will be postponed if there is rain.

Donation: Donations of $1 will be accepted for Get Out Philadelphia.

You can share this event with your friends on Facebook  at:

40 People have already registered!


Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Back to Square Roots

020-576x1024One of our favorite squares in Philly (oh, come on, how does one choose?) is coming out to play – Franklin Square is back for the season! It’s official, on April 1st, the square with the carousel, mini golf, and burger shack, is all systems go for another fun spring/summer. And don’t forget to check out SquareBurger while you’re there (see the discount and details below).

Franklin Square is a convenient walk to ChinatownOld City, or Northern Liberties.

Have you ever been to Franklin Square? And if you had to choose, what’s your favorite square in Philadelphia?


Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Get the Dirt on Urban Soil and Neighborhood Trash

soilAt Soil Kitchen, you can…

A) Learn to Build Your Own Wind Turbine

B) Get Your Soil Tested and Learn How to Compost

C) Turn Your Table Scraps into Community Stock

The answer, we can assure you, is all three and more. The Soil Kitchen, a pop-up urban environment forum, is set to open in the empty kitchen at 2nd Street & Girard Avenue in Northern Liberties. From April 1 – 6, join biologists, geo-scientists, urban farmers, and other local experts for discussion on the above topics. Check out the schedule here.

So if you’ve ever wondered about the quality of the soil in your backyard and how to remove contaminants, or are curious about local food systems work, consider this your Urban Environmental Intervention.

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog


Monday, March 28th, 2011

“The Largest Dodgeball Game Ever to Take Place in Philadelphia” on Saturday, April 2nd

iwantyou1An 800-plus-player game of dodgeball is set to take place on Saturday, April 2. All proceeds will benefit the Philadelphia non-profit organization Life Unchained.

The 12:30 p.m. game will take place at the Wells Fargo Center — the only venue large enough for the planned 400-on-400 game.

After the dodgeball game is over, players will be able to attend a post-game party and enjoy drinks and food.

Participants will also receive an event T-shirt, charity wristband and the option to stay for the 7 p.m. Wings game for free or receive a voucher for the next week’s game.

Ten people on the winning team will be selected by a raffle to win prizes while the last person standing on the losing team will receive a large unnamed reward, according to organizers.

While the normal registration period is over, the late registration is still available for $40 online — only 5 bucks more than the normal price.

Trying to attend the game without the chance of getting pelted by dodgeballs? Spectator tickets are only $20 — a small fee to pay when watching what is being hailed “the largest dodgeball game ever to take place in Philadelphia.”


Monday, March 28th, 2011

Win Two Phillies Tickets To Opening Day At Citizens Bank Park: New Facebook Promotion for Tastykake Called “Phan Phrenzy,”

188177_93496972763_655794_nTastykake is returning to Citizens Bank Park for the 2011 season!

We know you are thinking “how are they not going to melt!?” reports that concession company will be buying new refrigerators so it can start stocking the Philly confection at baseball games. 

In honor of the much-missed partnership, Tastykake is running a “Phan Phrenzy” promotion:

1) Get a friend to “like” the Tastykake Facebook page as a new fan;
2) Ask that friend to then post on the Tastykake fan page wall, mentioning that YOU sent them;
3) You’ll both be entered to win two tickets to Opening Day!

You have until Wednesday, March 30 at 5 p.m. to enter.

Tastykake Phan Phrenzy [Facebook]


Monday, March 28th, 2011

Some Philadelphia Real Estate Offices Simply Sell More Homes !

Some Philadelphia Real Estate Offices Simply Sell More Homes !

Why is this ?  They simply do a better job of listing properties and marketing those properties.  And to follow-up on yesterday’s blog“Denials and Inflexiblity Equals Lost Opportunities for You ! “, they do a MUCH better job on providing ACCESS to those listings and communicating with those sellers.



What does this mean if you are a seller interviewing agents ?  Ask questions:

  • Does your office use a professional appointment center to set up showings ?
  • Is your office open on weekends to capture sign calls ?
  • Are you going to make sure the showings are easily accessible to the buyers agent (meaning no key in the office, you do not have to be there to show the property…etc) ?

What does this mean if you are an agent looking to choose between real estate offices ?

  • You definitely want to make sure an office uses a system like eshowings so you can leverage your time.
  • Why would you want to be required to show up at every showing and get in the way of a buyer agent and a buyer and interfere with their schedule and their logistics ?  Especially when you can be doing something more productive like getting another listing or working with a buyer.  Or working on marketing material or strategy to sell that listing.
  • If you had a system like e-showings, you could then provide a professional showing report to your seller each week or every day.  And of course you would get more showings as some agents will skip showing your listings as it is too much of a headache.
  • Also, I would ask the office is your budget too slim to pay for a showing service ?  Especially if you are a “cutting edge office”, why not use a cutting edge service ?

The best example I have was for a 500 square foot studio condo which was vacant in Old City.  The listing agent HAD to be there for the showing.  So we waited an extra 15 minutes for her to show up during our tour and the listing agent, Stephanie (I waited outside) and the 2 buyers went up in this small condo.  I think the listing agent may have brought her colleague with her and all five of them went up in this little condo.   Stephanie even asked if she could do the showing alone which was denied.  According to the buyers, it was the most uncomfortable showing experience of all the properties that we looked at.  And in my opinion, it was a waste of time for the agent to show up to do this showing.  If she had a lockbox on the property, she could have been much more productive with her time that day.   

There are plenty of more examples like this.  But if I am a seller, I would not want my property handled like this at all.  And if I am an agent, I would much prefer to have my time to be spent more wisely – like selling more properties.

What are your thoughts ?

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice


Monday, March 28th, 2011

Philly Spring Cleanup: Calling Kensington South !

spring-clean-upWe mentioned it earlier this month in Tip Jar and we’ll say it again: Don’t fight the Spring Cleaning Fever! All around the city on April 2nd, you can join in on cleanups in your community. To get involved, visit Philly Spring Cleanup 2011.


Tip Jar: Don’t Fight the Spring Cleaning Fever

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Tip Jar: Why Try Ply?

ludeman-100k-house-bike-storage-staircaseHere is a home remodeling tip that may make many of you traditionalists roll your eyes at me.

Plywood Floors.

That’s right. I was just showing a client a property in Fishtown that had finished plywood floors instead of the more expensive alternative, hardwood. I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it looked. It was not the first time I had seen plywood floors as the main flooring material. I had seen painted plywood used in restaurants and artist studios before as well. In fact, The Triangle Theater Building in Old Kensington has one floor that is plywood, painted white, and it really makes a statement without impacting your bank statement, if you know what I mean.

Hey, if you don’t like it, that plywood can become your sub floor for when you want to go with the more traditional hardwood or tile.

Plywood Flooring is economical, easy to install, and comes in a variety of veneers. When researching Plywood Flooring I noticed that there was some concern about the thickness and durability of the veneer as well as the amount of time it would take to sand and finish these large planks of wood. Either way, it is a good alternative that in the short term will save you money and create a unique look completely your own. So if you have a low budget, are a do it yourself-er, and are not encumbered by traditional trends, then Why not Try Ply?

[photo of 100K House via Dwell Magazine]

Originally posted on The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice