Archive for December, 2014

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

FYI: Beer Can Now Be Delivered With Your Pizza!

By: Jarek Cotto

There is a steadily growing gap in funding between Philly’s richest schools and its poorest schools. Read the report below.


When Philly Bike Share comes back around they will offer a new safety feature, pedal powered lights. This unique feature will be added to increase safety and to limit the number of accidents during those heavy biking months. More below.


Uber was sued by 45 Philadelphia cab companies for operating a taxi service illegally. Uber has been under fire from a number of different sources since its introduction to Pennsylvania earlier this year. Will it bounce back?


Two police cruisers heading to the same call collided on Tuesday leading to 6 injuries. The crash happened at 22nd and Montgomery Street.


You can now order a 6-pack with your pizza! So many peoples dreams have just come true! Read more.


A 3-year-old child was struck by a stray bullet in Greys Ferry. It happened after a confrontation lead to shots being fired. A 40-year-old male was also shot. Both victims are reported to be in stable condition.


Monday, December 22nd, 2014

FYI: Watch Where You Park Your Bike!

By: Jarek Cotto

If you are a biker, you may want to take a look at this map of where bikes are stolen most frequently. Most of the thefts occur in Center City and University City.


Someone left over $14,000 of jewelry in a car overnight and guess what? It got stolen. Click below to watch the video of the thief in action. The only question I can think of is why would you leave all of that in a car?


What do you think Philly wants for Xmas? Find out what’s on the list by clicking the link below.


Man was abducted by masked men and beaten. They tried to ransom him off for $10,000. Police found the man in a warehouse in Olney. One man is in custody, and the victim is in critical, but stable condition.


The SS United States isn’t going anywhere, for now. The SS United States Conservancy group has entered into a partnership to redevelop the ship for the time being.


Police are looking for the man who robbed a Dollar Tree on 15th and Chestnut. The suspect reportedly gave a threatening note to the cashier asking for the money. He then casually strolled out of the store counting the cash. Watch the video below.


According to the AMA Journal, men are more idiotic than women. Find out why.


Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Open Houses Dec 20 & 21



Open house this Sunday from 1-3 with Marvin Vargas at 165 Poplar Street Philadelphia PA 19123 #openhouse

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Open house this Sunday from 1-3 with Marvin Vargas at 165 Poplar Street Philadelphia PA 19123 #openhouse

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Open house this Saturday 12/20 from 12-2 with Marvin Vargas at 2307 Almond Street Phila PA 19125 #openhouse

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Old City Is Getting More Luxurious Mansions.

By: Jarek Cotto

When you think of Old City, you think of historic looking buildings, not modern mansions. But now, everywhere you look you see big and expensive homes rising from out of no where. Construction has been moving along on seven mansions on Church Street, four mega-homes on Walnut Street, and three huge ones near 3rd & Arch. All of these projects have large homes, high prices, and designs that make them stand out from the other historic architecture of the neighborhood.


You may think that this area has met its capacity on large homes, but you’d be wrong.  Eight new homes will be built at 230 Race St., a project called Bread Street Estates that we’ve mentioned before. Revolution Development Group is behind the project. They are the same developers renovating a mixed-use building on the 1500 block of Frankford Avenue. The project on Race Street is clearly of a different kind. According to their website, “These homes will contain luxury finishes, including Pella windows, Seimatic kitchens, Bertuzzi professional appliances, a home automation system, and other luxurious finishes necessary for today’s buyer. Each four bedroom, 3.5 bath, 4 story townhouse will have a private garage and a basement. The end units on Race St. will have 2 car garages. Each home will be approximately 2750 square feet.”

Twenty-two new high-end homes are coming to this neighborhood in a rather short time period. Several surface parking lots have been taken out of the equation in the process. Will the demand for so many luxury homes in the same neighborhood hold up?



Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

RE/MAX Access: Creating a Harmonious Office Culture

Steven Osiecki- Broker

 RE/MAX Access: Creating a Harmonious Office Culture


by: Elizabeth Flynn

Remember how we told you that RE/MAX Access was selected from the top ten RE/MAX offices in the entire United States for the highest rates of retention?  That our agents are so happy they never leave?

Well RE/MAX International decided to use the RE/MAX Access office culture as a teaching example for all RE/MAX brokers and offices!

The following video shows the steps our owners, Steven Osiecki and Christopher Somers, have taken over the years to support and encourage the agents in the RE/MAX Access family to succeed as top producing realtors in Philadelphia.


Through training, revolutionary staff support, and broker/owner accessibility, RE/MAX Access distinguishes itself among RE/MAX offices internationally, and Philadelphia brokerages locally. Look out 2015! Here we come.

Monday, December 15th, 2014

FYI: Unemployment Rates In Philly Hit A New Low.

By: Jarek Cotto

Police kill a man in Mayfair after a traffic stop. It is not known yet why the confrontation took place or the reason why the officer shot the suspect. More below.


The “University for Geniuses” project might be back on.  A judge approved the termination of the sale of Revel to Brookfield Asset Management making Florida developer Glenn Straub able to purchase the property with his back up bid of 95 million.


Ex-Aide to M. Night Shyamalan might be facing charges after spending over $15000 on a credit card given that was given to her by both Shyamalan and his wife. Shyamalan’s wife received the purchases and confirmed that they were not OK’d by either of them. The aide will face charges next year. Read more.


The police are planning to move their headquarters to West Philadelphia. A group of angry protesters banded together in outrage of this and are planning to begin picketing in front of officials’ homes.


Philadelphia’s employment rate dropped to 6.6% in October of this year. That’s the lowest percentage it’s been since April 2008. The word is quickly spreading that Philly is the place to be if you’re looking to start and grow a business.

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Open Houses Dec 13th & 14th




2843 thompson

#openhouse at 2824 E Thompson Street Phila PA 19134 on Saturday 12/13 from 12-2 with Chris Everly #phillyopenhouses

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1322-24 eyre

#openhouse at 1333-24 Erye Street Phila PA 19125 Sunday 12/14 from 12-1:30 with Chris Thude #phillyopenhouses #instahome

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2849 almond

#openhouse with John Eckstrom Sun 12/14 from 12-2 at 2849 Almond Street Phila PA 19134 #phillyopenhouses

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1237 leithgow

#openhouse at 1237 N Leithgow Phila PA 19122 with Shirlene Goff, Sunday 12/14 from 1-3 #phillyopenhouses

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165 poplar

#openhouse with Chris Everly on Sunday 12/13 at 165 Poplar Street 19125 from 11-1 #phillyopenhouses

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2430 letterly

#openhouse at 2430 Letterly Street Phila PA 19125 with John Exkstrom on 12/14 from 2-4 #phillyopenhouses

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

Major Changes Are Coming To This Section of Frankford Ave.

1600 frankford 3

By: Jarek Cotto

Back in the spring, developers, Revolution Development Group, had purchased 1546 Frankford Ave. and was planning a serious renovation of the property. Today, that project looks like it’s mostly finished. The building was previously a mess of siding and stucco, and the finished product is a great improvement. It has eight apartments and a commercial space that’s available for rent.


According to the project page,

“1546 Frankford Ave is a newly renovated, 3 story, mixed use Brownstone in the hip, upcoming neighborhood of Fishtown. The building is centrally located on Frankford Ave in the heart of the commercial district between Girard and York. The building’s one bedrooms and studio’s feature great light and open floor plans. The renovations included modern features and sustainable finishes. The finely-crafted apartments features include hardwood floors throughout; modern kitchens with elegant granate counter tops and stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, garbage disposal, a gas stove and built-in microwave; air conditioning; and an efficient washer/dryer combo.”

This is not the sole development in the area either. Across the street, a former bar at 1523 Frankford Ave. is under construction as well. Over a year ago, the owners went before the community to renovate the building into two apartments and a vacant commercial space on the first floor. This place has been vacant for several years, and renovations have been slow, but any sign of work is an improvement.


We are eager to see the completion of these projects. They will surely breathe new life into this once forgotten section of Frankford Ave.


Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

FYI: Don’t Worry Philly, Beans is Fine.

By: Jarek Cotto


A group of 9 people initiated a dine and dash at Dim Sum Garden on Friday. This was no ordinary dine and dash either. They set off fire crackers shortly before jetting out of the door. Police are still investigating.


Septa Police and the PPD are testing out new body cameras. After the recent incidences of police brutality, a staggering number of people are in favor of police wearing body cameras at all times. Will this have any positive effect? Only time will tell.


Charges against Philly Jesus were dropped after being arrested for failure to disperse. His lawyer, Charles Gibbs, said in a tweet, “People said #freePhillyJesus and we at @thegreenfirmllc said “o.k.” Now, he’s free from persecution….” Now, how long will he stay out of trouble?


Jason Werth sentenced to jail for speeding.


Philly rapper, Beanie Sigel was shot in Pleasantville after a dispute. Don’t worry, he’s fine!


Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Open Houses Dec 6 & 7







836 e thompson

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2307 almond

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936 s 10

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842 orianna

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2608 e thompon

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165 Poplar Street
Philadelphia PA 19123
Melissa Purnell
Sunday 12/7 from 2-4

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