Archive for May, 2014

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Open House Schedule for June 1st

Sunday, June 1st

Roxborough — 371 Lemonte Street — 11:30am-1:00pm

Fishtown — 2150 E. Dauphin Street — 12:00pm-2:00pm

Fishtown — 2155 E. Norris Street — 1:00pm-3:00pm

Northern Liberties — 152 Brown Street — 1:00pm-3:00pm

Wissahickon — 137 Dawson Street — 1:00pm-3:00pm

University City — 5137 Pine Street — 1:00pm-3:00pm

Torresdale — 4530 Carwithan Street — 1:00pm-4:00pm

Feasterville — 31 Addington Drive — 1:00pm-4:00pm

 
Friday, May 30th, 2014

Buy Your Dream Home with RE/MAX Access

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By: Elizabeth Flynn

 

 

As the Digital Media Director of RE/MAX Access I get a lot of questions from friends and potential clients about how to improve your credit to qualify for a mortgage and buy a house. One of our Facebook fans reached out to us to ask how she could purchase a home making $140,000 per year with a credit rating in the 550’s. My advice to her applies to all potential homebuyers. RE/MAX Access can help a buyer through the entire process of credit rehabilitation to the dream of home ownership.

 

I’m doing it and so can you!

 

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We are currently developing a program to help first time homebuyers navigate the hurdles towards buying a home- including credit! Keep your eyes out for when we have this up and running. This is something that I have gone through myself. I have been rehabbing my credit for the past four years and have recently pre-qualified for a mortgage through our in-house lender, Quaint Oak Mortgage. My advice to you is this- if you and your husband are making $140,000 a year, you should be able to create a plan to pay off some of your debts and improve your credit rating.

 

I brought my own up from 540 to 681 through getting my student loans out of default and paying in a timely manner, paying off any outstanding collections accounts on my credit (most collections companies will take a fraction of the outstanding balance to close the account, or will let you create a payment plan), and maintaining low balances on the credit cards I do have. Pay off accounts in collections first, then pay down your cards based on which ones have the highest interest rates. Your ability to qualify for a mortgage is based on your debt to income ratio, so holding low balances is very important.

 

If you really apply yourself to this process it does work.

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I used a free online program called creditkarma.com to monitor my progress. I keep all my due dates set with multiple reminders. I also found a lot of financial advice on the website lifehacker.com. RE/MAX Access can also introduce you to a trusted credit counselor. I know it seems like a long process, but if you commit to it you can begin a lifetime of accruing wealth for your family, rather than paying more for rent and high interest rates. The lower your debt to income ratio is, the better interest rate you will qualify for on your mortgage.

 

You’d be surprised that with a low interest rate your mortgage can be equal or less to what you pay in rent, and you will be generating equity with every payment. Create a financial plan for your family that includes these short term goals, and then work on the longer term ones.

 

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The Author’s Cute Family!

 

Having an organized and informed plan for your financial future is so important. If you’d like to come in and talk to our mortgage company about pre- qualifying for a home loan, I can certainly arrange that. We can also pair you with a buyer’s real estate agent that specializes in the area where you’d like to focus your search. I’m available all the time to help you with your process. If you’d like to call me in the office our number is 215-400-2600. RE/MAX Access is committed to helping all of our clients achieve the dream of home ownership and we can help you from beginning to end.

Every agent and all the staff at RE/MAX Access helped me!

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We’re here for you,
Elizabeth Flynn
Digital Media Director
RE/MAX Access
215-400-2600
elizabethflynn111@gmail.com

 

 
Friday, May 30th, 2014

FYI- Booming Business!

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Curated by: Jarek Cotto

Think Philly’s a world-class city? (Of course it is!) Check out PhillyMag’s article on 6 ways Philly is world-class. Philadelphia’s population grows more and more! New housing proposed where the community garden once was in NoLibs. Gay marriage to bring 92 million to PA? Find out more by checking out these links below.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/05/23/six-reasons-philly-really-world-class-city/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/05/23/phillys-population-still-growing/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/05/23/report-gay-marriage-bring-92-million-pa/

http://philly.curbed.com/archives/2014/05/15/community-garden-cleared-for-new-no-libs-housing-development.php

 

 
Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Get your local Kombucha now!!

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Philadelphia now has its own small batch kombucha company called “Inspired Brews”.  They are creating this delicious product at Broad and Arch, a few blocks north of the heart of Center City.  This fermented tea, filled with “SCOBY”, which stands for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, which is believed to have many health benefits which is why there is such a draw in the yoga, health conscious, and just curious communities.  The locally made 100% raw Kombucha, Inspired Brews, flavor their tea seasonally and in small batches so they are all limited edition in their supply.  The drink can be found at several cafes throughout the city at places such as Down Dog Healing,a yoga inspired cafe located in South Philadelphia who carries  Kombucha; One Shot Coffee in Northern Liberties carries it; and so does the cafe and music venue Burlap and Bean which is located outside the city in Newtown Square, a suburb outside of Philadelphia.  Besides the brick and mortar shops, Inspired Brews Kombucha can be found at a few farmers markets, which change regularly.


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Kombucha has been a growing product within yoga communities, health food communities, and the overarching group of millennials, who are all located throughout inside and outside of the city. Inspired Brews is found on either end of the city and I’m sure will soon be expanding to reach the Eastern and Western sections along with the North, South, and Central sections it is available at now.


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A product like this, which is scarcely located, brings together people from different neighborhoods and communities and allows them to bond over a similar interest.  The people who are closer to the South Philly cafe that carries it are able to link up in a communal energy safe space right outside of the heart of the Italian Market and bond over their interests and how Kombucha is constantly growing and expanding much like the neighborhoods they are located in.  So keep an eye out for these beautiful bottles of Inspired Brew Kombucha and make sure you try how delicious they are for yourself!

 

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Hot like- The Fire!

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by: Jarek Cotto

When walking down West Girard Avenue you notice a lot of things. One you might miss is a small building next to the Philadelphia Fire Department Engine 29 station. This little bar is called The Fire, and it is also a concert venue.

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The staff here are pretty friendly, and they serve up local brews till 2 in the morning. When you first walk in, all you see is just a regular bar, but once you walk to the back, you see the doorway leading to the stage area. The concert space is small, dark, and intimate- the recipe for legendary concerts! A lot of famous musicians played at The Fire when they were unkown, and that’s what attracts a lot of the local talent in the city. They even have quite a deal for bands that want to record an album live.

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The unique charm of this dive bar brings in a lot of the indie/artsy crowd in the area. This is reflected in the acts that perform there, but are not limited to it. You can find a whole array of different artists performing here from rappers to grunge metal bands. This place mirrors the attitude of Northern Liberties. The “we’re going to do it how we want to do it, and thats why it’s going to be the best around,” mentality runs strong here.

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The Fire isn’t most extravagant bar you have ever been in, but that is what adds to its charm. It’s a great place to have a few local beers with friends, or just spend a Saturday night listening to some bands you may or may not have heard. If you are coming here expecting to know what the atmosphere feels like, you’ll be wrong. The Fire has its own one of a kind vibe at 412 West Girard Ave. Come here and see for yourself what the buzz is about.

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Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Open House Schedule for May 24th and 25th

Saturday, May 24th

Northern Liberties — 152 Brown — 1:00pm-3:00pm

Feasterville — 655 Stream Ridge Lane — 2:00pm-5:00pm

 

Sunday, May 25th

West Kensington — 2107 N. 5th Street — 12:00pm-1:00pm

Fishtown — 2150 E. Dauphin Street — 12:00pm-3:00pm

Fishtown — 2134 E. Dauphin Street — 1:00pm-3:00pm

Modena Park — 10858 Perrin Road — 1:00pm-4:00pm

 
Friday, May 23rd, 2014

FYI- Smart Philly

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Curated by Jarek Cotto

There is a whole lot of positive Philly related news happening. Is Philly one of the smartest cities in the world? Find out why Spain’s IESE Business School at the University of Navarra thinks so (who can blame them!). Artist renderings for the new Market East project were released and I have to say, I can’t wait! And find out what the hottest neighborhoods in Center City are according to Philly Mag. Check out these links!

 

http://www.phillymag.com/property/2014/05/16/philly-smartest-cities-in-the-world/

 

http://www.phillymag.com/property/2014/05/16/renderings-east-market-project-released/

 

http://www.phillymag.com/property/2014/05/09/center-citys-hottest-neighborhoods/

 
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

10 places you have to check out in the Italian Market

by: Karley Cohen

 

The Italian Market has been a staple in Philadelphia since the late 1880s and has been a very important part of the community.  There are fresh fish, meat, vegetables and fruits sold along the road at very affordable prices and the experience is riveting.  The South 9th Street Italian Market is the oldest open air market in the nation, so it is a beautiful piece of history as well.  In order to keep things organized they have a business association so things are smooth sailing, especially for the customers.

 

The annual Italian Market Festival was this last weekend, but don’t worry if you missed it because it happens every year, AND the Italian Market has so many awesome spots open year round along and around 9th street between and around South Street and Reed.

 

These are the 10 places you can’t miss out on in the Italian Market:

 

1.  Anastasi Seafood – 1101 S. 9th Street

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2.  Anthony’s Chocolate House – 903 S. 9th Street

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3.  Claudio’s – 924-926 S. 9th Street

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4.  Connie’s Ric Rac – 1132 S. 9th Street

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5.  Espositos – 1001 S. 9th Street

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6.  Gleaners Cafe – 917 S. 9th Street

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7.  Isgro’s Pastries – 1009 Christian Street

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8.  Sabrina’s Cafe – 910 Christian Street

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9.  Taffets Bakery – 1024 S. 9th Street

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10. Tallutos Pasta – 944 S. 9th Street

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Now, who wouldn’t want to be around all of that awesomeness?
This area in South Philly is constantly growing with the Italian Market at its heart. The Hawthorne neighborhood, just west of the market is growing and changing with many UArts and Temple students.  East of the market, in Bella Vista are lots of young families.  Just a few blocks north you will walk right into Center City and the Gayborhood and then South you will be more towards the charm of South Philly just a few blocks away from Passyunk Ave another growing area.

 
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

RE/MAX Access at the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

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By: Elizabeth Flynn

 

There are certain times when you’re in a moment that you know you are participating in an event that is going to become important historically. In the Philadelphia scene, the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby is making its mark in our Philadelphia story. In so many ways, this wacky parade and party epitomizes how our city is growing and changing.

 

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First, it is a collaborative dream of artists working together to do something that might seem like Harold and Kumar’s idea for a great Saturday. But as this wild parade of artists has grown (the event is in its fifth year) it has come to define the community.

 

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The Kensington and Fishtown neighborhoods of Philadelphia have long been plagued with blight and urban decay spurred by the collapse of the industrial economy that birthed and grew those originally immigrant communities. But in recent years, artists like the creatives participating in this event have moved in and begun to refashion the remnants of  industrialism into a burgeoning community of artists and families and an artistic renaissance that’s even been acknowledged by the New York Times.

 

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RE/MAX Access has been a part of the growth and redevelopment of Fishtown and Kensington since the beginning. Some of our agents are long time residents of these communities, children and grandchildren of the immigrants that built these areas and began these neighborhoods originally. We still live here and are in and out of these blocks on a daily basis.

 

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Looking around at he crowd from his post at the mud pit RE/MAX Access’ chosen judge of the proceedings, Agent Sean Conroy could point to the former clients of his enjoying their view of the parade from their fabulous roof top deck.

Events like the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival help build and grow these neighborhoods where RE/MAX Access has invested its time, hearts, businesses, and families. The success of Fishtown and Kensington as destination neighborhoods is proof that our instincts were right.

 

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As these neighborhoods continue to expand and new local businesses open, hiring creative people to continue the momentum of embracing the historic culture of Philadelphia neighborhoods while building a new, vibrant, creative, communities; RE/MAX Access pledges to continue it’s commitment to real civil engagement and community involvement.

 

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Your neighborhood is our neighborhood. We are Fishtown. We are Kensington. We are NoLibs. We are South Philly. We are West Philly. We are the Northeast, the Southwest, the Metro Area. We are RE/MAX Access. Call us and we’ll help you invest in Philadelphia.

 

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Full Photo Gallery by REMAX ACCESS in Northern Liberties, Philly.

 
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

FYI- The Future of Philly

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Curated by: Karley Cohen

 

How Philly neighborhoods got their names! Local and international artists in South Philly full time! New drinks introduced at Franklin and Mortgage – yumm! New ideas for Fairmount Park!

How Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods Got Their Names (mental floss)

Makers Dozen, A New Store On East Passyunk Avenue, Promises Handcrafted Goods From Local And International Artists All Year Round (uwishunu)

Long Hots, Cinnamon and Noilly Pratt: New Cocktail Menu At Franklin Mortgage (foobooz)

What’s Next For Fairmount Park? (curbed)