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A chat with Wendy Schwartz, Realtor

Posted on: December 6, 2017

Where are you working today / where are your appointments?

6:30 AM My day begins when I wake in the morning catching up on emails and promoting my new listings in bed,

7:00 AM Then hustling three kids to three different schools,

8:00 AM Parent/Teacher Conference at Elkins Park Middle School,

10:00 AM Prespective Buyers for 520 Carpenter Lane at the office,

12-3 PM Busy Brokers Lunch at 6723 Wissahickon 19119,

3:30-5 PM Open House for Buyers at 520 Carpenter Lane meeting with 15 Buyers and their designers on site planning their move,

6:00 PM Our Annual Favorite Family Event at the Empty Bowl raising money for local homeless families.

What is your favorite on-the-go lunch choice?

Green Soul

Do you have a favorite new local restaurant or business that you are really excited about?

I love the renovated Farmers Market in Chestnut Hill. Thursday night is a blast for all ages!

What do you like to do in your free time – besides sell real estate?

What Free time…spend every moment with my three kids and three dogs. We love hiking in the Wissahickon and we sometimes venture to the Palace in the Northeast to go roller skating.


Thanksgiving with my Grandmother the matriarch of the family with Isa and Cecelia in Delrey.


What I am most grateful for snuggling with my family.


My three dogs that constantly want attention.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

Weekend at the shore. Biking, kayaking, paddle boarding and reading a book on the beach.

iPhone or Android?

iPhone

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Torn between Latin America and Israel. I am off to do a service project with my 14 year old daughter for 10 days in rural Guatemala.

What is your favorite dessert?

Dark Chocolate

How do you organize your day?

Highly dependent on my iPhone calendar.

I try to exercise and do physical therapy in the am with my favorite Morning Joe.

Trying to start meeting with Buyers and Sellers after 10 am and my day goes to 8 or 9 PM.

Tea or coffee?

Tea. I am very type A. I do not get tired.

What is your favorite style of house?

All homes have their special qualities however I have really been appreciating mid century modern.

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

Adventurous. I do not know how to relax ;(

What is your favorite season of the year?

Summer

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

I love working with people!

What is your favorite part of being a realtor?

Helping people make the biggest decision in their lives and holding their hands along the way.

To contact Wendy, call 215.913.1425 or email wendy@elfantwissahickon.com
Visit Wendy’s Homepage here



♦ Photo on top: Great settlement with the help of my listing coordinator Kathy Krebs.
♦ Photo bottom left: Luna my favorite shh.
♦ Photo bottom right: My office at home. Always PJ’s and the pups.


♦ Photo on top: Out celebrating with the boys!
♦ Photo bottom left: Proud to be honored as a Cushings Survivor Event. 15 months post op 8 hour brain surgery successfully removed two tumors! I “Kicked Cushing’s“ 😉 Nothing will stop me from selling houses.
♦ Photo bottom right: My ten year old Judah who runs the house. Best cook in town 😉 classic shot after trick and treating throughout Twickenham and Custis Woods! #proudcheltenhamparent


A chat with Neil Kugelman, Realtor

Posted on: September 22, 2017

What do you like to do in your free time – besides sell real estate?

Spend time with our family (brother, children, grandchildren, niece’s & nephews’ families); hang with our friends; listen to music; attend concerts; visit new places; plan vacations; attend Mason’s meetings; walk in the Wissahickon; do most anything outdoors in nice weather.

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Ocracoke NC. You get there by driving down the Outer Banks and onto the ferry boat: INSTANT TRANQUILITY. I am both anxious and relaxed as the ferry pulls us onto Ocracoke Island. I can always close my eyes and imagine the beach in front of me; walking far into the water, yet my knees remain dry (enormous sandbar). This is my Beach Heaven.

What is your favorite dessert?

A good cannoli; crisp shell, gritty cheese filling…

What is your favorite style of house?

Queen Anne houses, with its mishmosh myriad of construction textures & colors, accents & appendages.

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

I had been commuting from our home in Germantown to my job as a store manager on Penn’s campus. It seems whenever the family went anywhere, I would point out the styles and architectural features of neighborhood housing to the wife and children. Finally my wife said, “Instead of selling five and dime s—, why don’t you sell something of big value – like houses?” The rest is history, 30+ years and counting.

To contact Neil, call 215-431-5095 or email neil@elfantwissahickon.com
Visit Neil’s Homepage here!


A chat with Christopher Plant, Realtor

Posted on: July 21, 2017

Where are you working today / where are your appointments?

Spring Arts, Mount Airy, Kensington and Chestnut Hill. A good bounce around the City.

What is your favorite on-the-go lunch choice?

Top of the Hill Market in Chestnut Hill and NomNom Ramen for downtown.

Do you have a favorite new local restaurant or business that you are really excited about?

Still can’t get over how much I enjoy Wm. Mulherin’s Sons in Kensington.

What do you like to do in your free time – besides sell real estate?

Walking and running the trails in the Wissahickon, movies with my family, exploring the City of PHL’s every nook and cranny. Still obsessed with everything HAMILTON!

What does your perfect weekend look like?

A good night out with friends, lots of family time, a little work and a fast day trip to the beach.

iPhone or Android?

Straight up iPhone and Apple across the board

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Just had a killer snowboard trip to Powder Mountain in Utah in April that was epic.

What is your favorite dessert?

Salted caramel ice cream with chocolate bits, some fresh chopped almonds and chocolate sauce.

How do you organize your day?

Try to get up by 6AM, make coffee for my lady, get the dog out, get kids to school and then grab the day by the horns. I start at my new coworking space KISMET COWORK in Chestnut Hill and then hit the Elfant Wissahickon Realtors office to follow up.

Tea or coffee?

All coffee. Trying to drink less but it is a staple.

What is your favorite style of house?

One that I am helping my clients buy or sell! Mostly, I dig old houses with a good story but with a tasteful modern flourish.

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

Adventure. I don’t really relax that well.

What is your favorite season of the year?

Summer. But I love the Fall. And the Spring. Winter is pretty awesome as well!

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

After buying my first house, I was HOOK, LINE, SINKER. It was a love affair.

What is your favorite part of being a realtor?

It sounds corny to say I love helping people shape their lives but that is the for real story!

To contact Christopher, call 215-740-2339 or email cplant@elfantwissahickon.com
Check out Christopher’s Facebook page here! Visit Christopher’s Homepage here!

 


A chat with Janice Smalley, Realtor

Posted on: July 14, 2017

Where are you working today / where are your appointments?

Working from home but no appointments scheduled so far.

What is your favorite on-the-go lunch choice?

Salad or yogurt

Do you have a favorite new local restaurant or business that you are really excited about?

Wissahickon Brewing Company in East Falls. They are an up and coming business here in the area.

What do you like to do in your free time – besides sell real estate?

I belong to the East Falls Village so some of my free time is spent driving others to doctor’s appointments or doing their shopping. I like to garden in the summer time.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

Gathering with family & friends, especially at the shore during the summer.

iPhone or Android?

Android

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

I do like Florida in the winter. Otherwise, I like wherever the cruise ship is taking me (smile).

What is your favorite dessert?

Coconut custard pie – yum!!

Tea or coffee?

Coffee

What is your favorite style of house?

Colonial

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

Adventurous

What is your favorite season of the year?

Fall

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

Thought it was a good career move since I had always enjoyed looking at new construction and attending open houses for many years.

What is your favorite part of being a realtor?

I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I know that either my seller or my buyer is satisfied with the results of the transaction. Some “clients” are now called “friends”.

To contact Janice, call 267-496-9977 or email janicesmalley@elfantwissahickon.com
Check out Janice’s Facebook page here

      

Janice (sitting in the back) is enjoying the white water rafting in Denali, Alaska


A chat with Jan LeSuer, Realtor

Posted on: February 23, 2017

Where are you working today/where are your appointments:

It is an exciting beginning to the year, and my schedule today reflects that. I am spending some time at the office, but have already been to Ardmore, Mount Airy and Wyndmoor. Both listing homes and walking a client through the inspection process.

Where is your favorite on-the-go lunch choice?

Tacos! Mi Puebla in Mount Airy, or El Limon in Conshohocken and Ambler. Pho is another lunch favorite. There are a variety of great noodle places on Adams Avenue off the Boulevard.

Do  you have a favorite new restaurant that you are really excited about?

Banjara Indian Restaurant in Chestnut Hill. Martha and I love Indian food.

What do you like to do in your free time – besides selling real estate?

I try to swim laps everyday. In warm weather there is nothing more relaxing for me than getting out our 38 pound Kevlar canoe and hitting the lakes and rivers, birding along the way. We hike a lot up at the Pulpit and Pinnacle, near the Appalachian Trail, and further north too. But, my ideal heaven is a great meal, probably prepared by Martha and me, and long rambling conversations with friends with plenty of good wine.

iPhone or Android?

I have an Android. I am not an Android.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

Well, one of those two days I will be showing houses, which is always fun. At home, our granddaughter Cece will be joining us for a sleepover, with first a walk at the Morris Arboretum, and then Frozen and popcorn. The next day Martha and I will get the canoe out or head to the Shore for a few hours. Dinner is likely to be at Phil’s in Blue Bell. Incidentally, Phil’s has the best martinis in the area. You’re welcome.

What is your favorite dessert?

Crème brûlée. (Best I ever had was at the Angry Trout restaurant in Grand Marais, Minnesota one January, sitting just above a crystallized Lake Superior with a slim pane of glass between me and the 20 below weather outside. Ambiance is so much a part of dining, don’t you know.)

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

This is an impossible question to answer! I love both big cities and wilderness, and extremes in climate, so both hot places and very cold. I guess it depends upon the mood, whether we want laid back or something more intense. Probably our most successful have been to places like the Yucatan and Costa Rica where we can combine both.

Martha and I just got back from a week staying with friends and clients in the Florida Keys. One is the production designer for the Netflix series Bloodline and the other acts in the show with Sissy Spacek. Not only was the kayaking, snorkeling and birdwatching spectacular but going on the set to watch the acting and taping was amazing.

We really mix up the types of vacation. Over the years some adventures have taken me to Africa, Alaska, Hudson Bay, the Oregon Cascades, Costa Rica, and of course, Mexico. Martha and I love Isla Holbox off the Yucatan. Look it up.

My dad always wanted to see Tierra del Fuego, so for his 75th birthday I took him on a long tour of Patagonia, both in Argentina and Chile.

I have seen condors, scarlet macaws, and all kinds of wildlife along the way. I was up at Hawk Mountain one day this past November and saw 11 eagles, both Bald and Golden, in one day.  Last year Martha got us on a boat out of Cape May that took us to the Continental Shelf, 100 miles out for a day and a night to see pelagic birds unseen on land. It was tremendous.

What is your favorite season of the year?

I like the turn of the seasons, the transitional moments of the year.

What is your favorite style of house?

As I said, we just got back from the Florida Keys. While in Key West I became aware of “eyebrow” houses there. They have extended awnings that descend below the upper floor windows providing some longer hours of shade during the summer heat. They are just beautiful homes, with of course, lovely flora surrounding them.

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

I love people, all types, in all stages of life. There is not a better way to get to know people closely than real estate. The relationships, which are built out of an intense experience, can last and last. Every deal is different, the people involved have different motivations and vision. Guiding folks through either the process of buying or selling is exciting, and every day is new and completely different than the day before. Clients become friends and then clients again as they proceed through their lives. I have done many things in my life… Peace Corps volunteer, teacher, librarian, elected official… nothing has been as satisfying.

To contact Jan, call 610-952-6805 or email janlesuer@elfantwissahickon.com

Visit Jan’s Homepage here!

Jan LeSuer

Jan Hiking in Cascades

Jan- Hiking in Cascades


Schools showcase achievements for area Realtors

Posted on: January 20, 2015

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When local Realtors toured some of Northwest Philadelphia’s public schools, they discovered that, just as you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge a school by the news.

The Nortwest Philadelphia Public School Realtor Tour, organized by the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition and Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, was formed to showcase the educational opportunities and strong school programs available to prospective home-buyers in Mt. Airy and the surrounding areas, while counteracting negative opinions about the school district.

Katey McGrath, director of operations at Elfant Wissahickon and a board member of Friends of Jenks, along with Abby Thaker, of the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition, came up with the idea to arrange the tour last year…

Continue reading on The Chestnut Hill Local Website


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!

 


Elfant Wissahickon Realtors to host The Friends of The Wissahickon Forbidden 10k this Weekend!

Posted on: May 15, 2014

The Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is hosting a 10K race along Forbidden Drive in the northwest section of Philadelphia on May 18.  The 10K, 6.2-mile loop course begins at 9 a.m. and takes place in the Wissahickon Park, along Forbidden Drive and will pass by many historic points of interest including the Thomas Mill covered bridge, the Tedyuscung Indian statue and Valley Green Inn. The race is perfect for both the serious runner and the occasional runner/walker.

There will be awards for male and female divisions as well as various age groups. Bryn Mawr Running Co. will be doing the chip timing for the race.  The cost of registration is $40 per entrant. After May 1, it is $50. Register for the race at fowforbidden10k.org.

Funds raised from the race will assist in the continued restoration and preservation of the historic Valley Green Inn and Wissahickon Park.

Click HERE for more info!


The Chestnut Hill Rotary Chili Cookoff

Posted on: April 10, 2014

The Chestnut Hill Rotary Chili Cook-off took place on Sunday, April 6th at the Lutheran Seminary on Germantown Ave.  This is the Chestnut Hill Rotary’s biggest fundraiser of the year and proceeds from the event provide funds to Jenks Elementary School, Shelterbox, Power Up Gambia, Hope Childrens Home in Guyana and many other worthy causes.

For the second year Elfant Wissahickon Realtors participated as a Rose Gold Sponsor along with the Larry DiFranco Team, the Wendy Schwartz Team, and the Louise D’Alessandro Team.  Local firefighters judged the chili entries from 12 different local restaurants and caterers to arrive at the following winners for the day:

Mt. Airy Firefighters judged these as the best in a blind taste test:

1ST PLACE TRADITIONAL (MEAT) CHILI
FATTY’S BAR & GRILL, WYNDMOOR

1ST PLACE VEGETARIAN/VEGAN
TROLLEY CAR DINER, MT. AIRY

1ST PLACE EXOTIC
KEYSTONE HOSPICE, GLENSIDE

FIREFIGHTER’S FAVORITE AWARD (BEST OVERALL CHILI)
FATTY’S BAR & GRILL, WYNDMOOR

People’s Choice Awards:

1ST PLACE
McMENAMIN’S TAVERN, MT AIRY,

2ND PLACE
MAGERKS’S PUB & GRILL, GLENSIDE

Over 500 people attended the event and thoroughly appreciated the great chili while their kids enjoyed the balloon animals, face painting and magician throughout the day.


Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Partners with Face To Face Germantown for its 2014 Anti-Poverty Initiative

Posted on: April 2, 2014

From L to R: Jared E. Pontz (VP and Managing Partner, Martin Elfant, Inc.), Bob Elfant (President, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors), Susan O'Hagan Marley (Director of Development, Face To Face Germantown), Louise D'Alessandro (Partner, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors) and Larry DiFranco (Partner, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors).

Philadelphia, Pa – April 2, 2014 Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, Philadelphia’s Leading Independent Real Estate Brokerage, in conjunction with Martin Elfant Inc., Class and Northwest Abstract, and Direct Mortgage Loan Co., is proud to announce Face to Face in Germantown as its community partner for the company’s 2014 anti poverty initiative.

Face to Face is a multi-faceted service organization that works with individuals and families living below the poverty level. It is located at 109 East Price Street in Germantown and offers a Dining Room, a nurse managed health center, a legal center, social services center and children’s summer camps and after school programs for people in the region. They also have a “Washeteria” where those in need can take a hot shower and receive a new set of clothes. Face to Face serves 2,500 annually and has been a stable presence in Germantown for over 20 years.

Philadelphia’s poverty rate is at an historic high of 26% according to a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. On the heels of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors’ most successful year ever, the partners of the company, along with those at Martin Elfant Inc., have decided to structure a campaign that would enable the companies to mount a significant antipoverty initiative.

The companies have set a fundraising goal of $30,000. The agents and owners of Elfant Wissahickon will donate funds every time someone does business with the company. Guaranteed Rate, Mortgage Master Inc. and First Choice Loan Services, the preferred lenders of Elfant Wissahickon, are making donations each time a Buyer client of EW secures a mortgage. Northwest and Class Abstract are making a contribution for each title insurance policy placed. The principals of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors and Martin Elfant, Inc. will make an additional donation of 50% of the total funds raised after 12 months.

Home buyers and sellers will also receive information about Face To Face at the Settlement table which will allow them to make personal donations through Elfant Wissahickon Realtors. Bob Elfant adds, “The money will be used to fund an increase in the level of service provided by Face to Face, an organization that treats their clients with dignity and respect. We hope our contribution will make a real difference in the lives of people served by Face to Face.”