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Town By Town: It’s still hip, and still the place they want it to be

Posted on: December 8, 2014

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This week in Philly.com there was a cool article on Manayunk, with some nice quotes from Elfant Wissahickon Realtor, Keith Adams, discussing the neighborhood’s value to buyers looking for a Center City experience for far less money. Take a look at the full article HERE and feel free to reach out to us if you are looking for a home in the Manayunk area!


Should I Sell My Home Now or Wait Until the Spring?

Posted on: November 18, 2014

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As the Managing Partner and Broker of Record of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, I’m often asked the question, “When is the best time of the year to sell a home?”

Well, I recently came across an article online and thought it did a wonderful job illustrating the pros and cons of selling in any season. Every situation is unique and regardless, one of our professional Realtors will be able to guide you through the selling process with grace and ease.

Take a glance at the ARTICLE and call us today if you are thinking about selling your home.

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-Paul Walsh

Managing Partner and Broker of Record, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors


Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Congratulates Third Quarter Top Producers

Posted on: November 13, 2014

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors recognizes its professional and successful agents for another record breaking quarter. The following are the company’s top producers for July through September, 2014.


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The Adams Group – Top Producing Team


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Connie Gillespie – Top Individual Producer

 

Million Dollar Producers:

Mary Louise Butler

Joanne Colino

Caludia McGill

Deb Stanitz

Kelly McShain Tyree

Multi-million Dollar Teams:

The Neil Kugelman Team

The Louise D’Alessandro Team

The Wendy Schwartz Team

The Karrie Gavin Group


Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Welcomes Jessica Hagen

Posted on: November 11, 2014

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With a strong commitment towards empowering her clients, Jessica entered the field of real estate. After moving to Philadelphia in 1998 from Columbia, South Carolina, she toiled in the restaurant industry while attending the Community College of Philadelphia. Jessica, an avid bicycling enthusiast, turned her hobby into a career while working at Fuji Bicycles as an Account Executive. Jessica continues to be very active in the bicycling community, working to advance the principles of bicycle safety and environmental sustainability.

Jessica’s first experience with the real estate business came by observing her Grandmother, one of the top real estate agents in Columbia, South Carolina. This sparked her interest in real estate as a teen, and she continues to value lessons learned from that initial exposure. Interested in architecture, Jessica spends much of her free time roaming the streets of Philadelphia, which she describes as an “architectural National Park”.

Jessica is known for her integrity and dedication, her ability to maintain lasting interpersonal relationships, and her dedication to getting the best deal possible for her clients. She is intimately familiar with various Philadelphia city and suburban neighborhoods. She is a staunch advocate, committed to customer service and professional representation.

Jessica currently lives in East Mt. Airy, in a home she purchased (through Elfant Wissahickon) with her husband just over a year ago.

She is a proud member of the Neil Kugelman Team.


Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Congratulates Second Quarter Top Producers

Posted on: September 12, 2014

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors recognizes its professional and successful agents for another record breaking quarter.  The following are the company’s top producers for April through June, 2014.


The Karrie Gavin Group – Top Producing Team 


Shauli David – Top Individual Producer 

Million Dollar Producers:

Jim Benincasa

Mary Louise Butler

Joanne Colino

Connie Gillespie

Claudia McGill

John O’Connell

Kristin Stever

Marguerite Stokes

Kelly McShain Tyree

Multi-million Dollar Teams:

The Adams Group

The Schwartz Team

The Larry DiFranco Team

The Louise D’Alessandro Team


This Weekend: The 6300 Germantown Business Alliance and the Historic Concord School House to hold Fifth Annual Back-to-School Giveaway

Posted on: August 20, 2014

Who: 6300 Germantown Business Alliance, & the Historic Concord School House

What: The 6300 Germantown Business Alliance and the Historic Concord School House will hold a Back-to-School giveaway for school supplies for the first 300 students, accompanied by their parents/guardians, who come to the School House.

When: Saturday August 23rd from 10am until 2pm, or when the backpacks are gone. In past years there is a long line before opening, and we run completely out of backpacks by noon.

Where: The Concord Schoolhouse, 6309 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Background: This is the fifth year that the 6300 Germantown Business Alliance and the Historic Concord School House will give away school supplies to local children. This year’s event continues to garner more community support than in the past years. In the past the event was completely funded by the 6300 Germantown Business Alliance, the Concord School House, and individual business owners on that block. There has been such a strong response and desire

for more supplies that this year businesses from the greater area were approached to Co-Sponsor the event, and they have been very supportive. Up from just 50 back packs in year one, this year we are gathering enough supplies for 300.

2014 Co-sponsors currently include: Elfant-Wissahickon Realtors/The Neil Kugelman Team, Trolley Car Diner, and Historic Germantown. More sponsors are actively being sought.

With the combination of such wide support, 300 local children will be supplied with backpacks loaded with pens, pencils, rulers, erasers, notebooks, crayons, folders, and calculators. Children wishing to receive a backpack must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children must be present to receive a backpack. Please note, all supplies will be given on a first come, first serve basis, and we hope that we will give away all 300 backpacks well before 12 pm. Also the Concord School House will be open for tours.

Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ office has always been very supportive of this event. Chief of Staff Rosa Woods and other staff members have helped assemble the backpacks on Friday evening before the event for years. On the Saturday additional staff give many volunteer hours towards directing the crowds of families to the supplies and tours of the school house.

Those interested in becoming a sponsor, making a donation, or volunteering should contact Concord School House Treasurer Michael Schweisheimer by email at michael@concordschoolhouse.org.

 


How to protect your home when you leave for vacation.

Posted on: July 30, 2014

Summertime is the time of year when most Americans take vacation. Over 60% of us, in fact, take our vacations in July or August. On average, we are gone for about 2 weeks per season.

That said, it is extremely important to protect your house and belongings when you are gone.  Thieves can case your neighborhood, looking for houses that appear vacant and can even be as bold as ringing the doorbell to see if you are home. There are a few sensible steps to make sure your house is protected when you are way, below are a few of them:

1) Never post your vacation dates and plans on social media, and if you do, make sure your privacy settings are set so just your trusted friends can see your posts.

2) Before you leave, make sure all of your doors and windows are locked and that your ground floor curtains or shades are pulled.

3) Invest in a home security or camera system if you leave your house unattended regularly. There are now low-cost options that can help protect your valuables.

4) Make sure it appears as though you are home. Keep outdoor lights on, illuminating your property enough to deter burglars. Set some indoor lights to timers in different rooms. Leave a television or radio on, or set it to a timer, as light to moderate sound will make thieves second guess a break in.

5) If you go on an extended trip, schedule lawn maintenance. Nothing says vacant property like an overgrown yard.

6) Have a trusted family member or neighbor check on your house every day or two and report back to you. This will ease your mind in addition to appearing like you have company if someone is watching you house.

7) Don’t forget to have your neighbor or family member pick up your mail and newspapers. Burglars also check mailboxes to see if letters have been piling up for some time.

If you follow some of these simple suggestions, it will go a long way in protecting your property and easing your mind so you can enjoy your rest and relaxation. Happy Summer!