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Elfant Wissahickon Realtors is proud to announce that it has established a commercial division

Posted on: May 28, 2015



Elfant Wissahickon Realtors is proud to announce that it has established a commercial division focusing on new development, investment properties, restaurants, retail sales and leasing, the non-profit sector and manufacturing.




Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, the leading independent residential real estate broker in the Philadelphia region, has represented Buyers and Sellers in the purchase or sale of thousands of homes, providing a tailored real estate experience for their each of their clients. Elfant Wissahickon Realtors has also been simultaneously building commercial acumen for decades. Their realtors were instrumental in theses notable


  • the sale of the Chestnut Hill Hotel and Farmer’s Market,
  • the expansion of Weaver’s Way to Chestnut Hill,
  • the 20 year lease by the Waldorf School of St. Peter’s Church in Germantown,
  • the purchase of manufacturing space by the NYC transplant Vinylux,
  • the lease of Goat Hollow Restaurant in Mount Airy
  • James restaurant on South 8th St,
  • the placement of Capogiro in the Falls Center
  • the upcoming Guild Hall brew pub in Jenkintown
  • and the most recent lease of a new space for Fork/High Street Market in NYC.


Each business has unique needs and potential for growth and requires a custom strategy for relocation or expansion. The experience, relationships and insight of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors gives them the ability to help businesses make the right connections.




“Much of our commercial work falls outside of the spectrum of traditional commercial real estate,” explains Christopher Plant, Director of the new division. “And with a lower inventory than you’d find in residential real estate, finding the perfect fit and location involves creativity and a close understanding of the entity’s needs and capabilities.” Christopher Plant has been central to many high profile transactions and works very closely with local developers and business owners to help them find the right tenants or partners for their needs. Christopher’s entrepreneurial insight and project management skills enable him to help his clients understand their goals and make decisions about growing their business. Often, he matches purchasers and tenants with developers and uses his own project management background to ensure successful transitions for the businesses.


“Christopher is incredible at networking with property owners and potential tenants to help owners get what they need to grow their business. He is an asset to anyone looking to get ahead in commercial real estate,” says Ken Weinstein of Philly Office Retail. ”


“It’s important to look at not only the highest and best use for the property, but the best use for the community. Whether that’s putting a gelato company in a former hospital, or a hip housewares manufacturer in a warehouse in Germantown, there’s a creative element to productive commercial real estate,” says Paul Walsh, managing partner of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors and President of the Chestnut Hill Business Assocation. But it isn’t just Christopher who sees the increase in commercial opportunity. Many of the agents at Elfant Wissahickon Realtors have expanded their practice to include commercial activity in recent years.




Elfant Wissahickon Realtors attributes much of the commercial real estate success as representative of the relationship and community building that is occurring in this area. Utilizing a creative and hands-on approach, EWR Commercial seeks to expand and strengthen the local economy by supporting locally owned and operated businesses in making Philadelphia their home and ultimately enhance the unique character that defines our communities. Elfant Wissahickon is exceptionally well suited to support what makes our neighborhoods great: businesses creating vibrant corridors, residents and neighbors as eager consumers of local resources.


For more information about EWR Commercial, please contact Christopher Plant directly.





Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Congratulates First Quarter Top Producers

Posted on: May 15, 2015

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors recognizes its professional and successful agents for another record breaking quarter. The following are the company’s top producers for January through April, 2015.


The Karrie Gavin Group – Top Producing Team


Shauli David – Top Individual Producer


Multi-Million Dollar Teams:

The Adams Group

The Mary Jo Potts Team

The Philadelphia Moves Team

Million Dollar Producers:

Jim Benincasa

Joanne Colino

Connie Gillespie

John O’Connell

Kristin Stever

Elfant Wissahickon Welcomes REALTORS!

Posted on: March 30, 2015

Elfant Wissahickon welcomes REALTORS (front L to R) Neil DiFranco, Jenny Sweeny, Marissa Brooks, Jessica Hagen, Leah Strenger, Michael Cohen, (back L to R), Megan Timmons, Patrick Walsh, Michele Peale, Steve Olszewski, and Michelle Carroll, to our sales force of over 80 professionals at our Chestnut Hill and Rittenhouse Square locations.


Upcoming: The 5th Annual Chestnut Hill Rotary CHILI COOKOFF!

Posted on: March 13, 2015

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Wanted to tell you about a fun event coming up on Sunday March 22nd. It’s the 5th Annual Chestnut Hill Rotary Chili Cookoff at the Lutheran Seminary in Mt Airy. The event starts at noon and runs til 3 pm. $10 for all the chili you can eat, kids under 5 free. Lots of things for kids to do in addition to eating chili! Chili Teams include McMenamins, Iron Hill, Poquito’s, Campbell’s, Trolley Car Diner, Weavers Way and more. Hope to see you there. Great food and a great cause!

Right Now: What $500,000 Buys in 5 U.S. Cities (and Philadelphia)

Posted on: March 10, 2015

We always enjoy articles highlighting what kind of home a certain amount of money will buy you in a variety of  U.S. cities. This particular POST compares NY, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin and Chicago. We wanted to add some Philadelphia properties to that list, so here is what $500,000 will get you in our fair city:



114 E. Moreland Ave. Philadelphia, Pa 19118


520 Carpenter Ln. #2G, Philadelphia, Pa 19119


7111 McCallum St. Philadelphia, Pa 19119


440 S. Broad St. Unit 1504, Philadelphia, Pa 19146

Don’t Forget To Spring Forward!

Posted on: March 6, 2015


It may not look like it outside, but spring is at our doorstep! Soon we’ll be attending backyard BBQs, shuttling the kids to little league practice and complaining about the heat! There is no better indication of the coming of springtime than setting the clocks forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time!

Even though most will set their clocks forward by one hour before bedtime on Saturday night, the exact time of DST 2015 is 2am on Sunday morning, March 8th. Two clocks you normally will not have to change are on your cell phones and cable boxes. These are usually automatically programmed to adjust for time change.

You may wonder, why do we observe Daylight Saving Time? At one time, it was to save electricity. But newer studies have been challenging the long-held reason.

In general, the demand for electricity for lighting our homes is directly connected to when we go to bed and when we get up. When we go to sleep, we turn off our TVs and lights. In the average American home, 25% of electricity we use is from electronic appliances and lights, and a good percentage of that usage occurs in the evening when families are home.  So, by moving the clock ahead one hour, we cut the amount of electricity we use each day.

In fact, Philadelphian Benjamin Franklin was the first person to suggest DST in 1784, but the idea didn’t catch on until World War I to save on artificial lighting costs. Overall, Daylight Saving Time is said to cut back 1% of daily electricity usage!

So, spring forward and enjoy the coming warmth!

5 Tips For First-Time Homebuyers

Posted on: February 13, 2015

We found this great article on tips for first-time homebuyers we’d like to share with you HERE.

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The integral 5 steps are:

1) Check Your Credit

2) Evaluate Assets and Liabilities

3) Organize Documents

4) Qualify Yourself

5) Figure Out Your Down Payment

Purchasing your first home can be a daunting process. Get more info on the Home Buying Process through pre-purchase counseling with one of our Real Estate Professionals.

Meeting with an experienced REALTOR is necessary and will make finding and purchasing your new home a breeze!