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A chat with Aileen Pasquel, Realtor

Posted on: August 4, 2017

Where are you working today / where are your appointments?

I have been working in various neighborhoods throughout the city, from Market East, Graduate Hospital, Art Museum Area, South Philly, and North East. Society Hill will be coming soon. I focus on the areas that will match my buyers needs. Certain neighborhoods have specific amenities to satisfy needs. Also, certain architecture only exist in certain areas. Then consider close to transportation and always price. With investors, there are other parts of the city to work within, depending on their end use.

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

Slice and a soda

iPhone or Android?

iPhone

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Algarve, or any Mediterranean town. Love being in cities and beach towns.


Aileen strolling through the streets of Algarve.

What is your favorite dessert?

Chocolate

Tea or coffee?

Coffee in am, tea during the day

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

I like to have a mix. A little beach or pool, something sporty and always a touch of art/culture

To contact Aileen, call 215-915-0044 or email aileen@elfantwissahickon.com


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 Cherryblossom Harrison, Realtor

Posted on: June 30, 2017

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

France

What is your favorite dessert?

Crème brûlée

Tea or coffee?

Coffee, of course

What is your favorite style of house?

Anything Victorian

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

A nice mix of both relaxing and fun

What is your favorite season of the year?

Autumn

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

I decided to turn my passion for history and old homes from a hobby into an occupation

To contact Cherryblossom, call 267-974-1223 or email cherryblossom@elfantwissahickon.com
Check out Cherryblossom’s Facebook page here

 


A chat with Jenny Sweeney, Realtor

Posted on: April 24, 2017

Where are you working today / where are your appointments?

Sundays seem to be my busiest day. I am working the floor schedule at Elfant Wissahickon this morning, showing an apartment in Germantown at noon and taking a client to see a great modern ranch in Flourtown this afternoon.

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

Favorite new restaurant is Jansen, The owner is a good friend and neighbor.

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

I was a Chef for 25 years before I became an agent, I cook a lot, do yoga and hike in the Wissahickon.

What is your favorite style of house?

My problem is I love all types houses! The shabbier the better for me.

To contact Jenny, call 215-527-2012 or email jenny@elfantwissahickon.com 

Check out Jenny’s Facebook Page here!

Jenny Sweeney

Delicious desserts made by Jenny

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Jenny’s beautiful garden

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Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Congratulates 2016’s Award Winners!

Posted on: March 8, 2017

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Elfant Wissahickon Realtors proudly recognizes and congratulates

the company’s 2016 Top Producers at our Annual Awards Breakfast!

Thank you all for an amazing and successful year 2016!

 

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Mary Jo Potts & Associates – Top Producing Team (Transactions)

Mary Jo Potts – Top Producing Team Leader (Transactions)

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Tiffany Wainwright – Top Producing Team Member (Transactions)

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Joanne Colino – Top Individual Producer (Transactions)

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Karrie Gavin Group – Top Producing Team (Volume)

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Karrie Gavin – Top Producing Team Leader (Volume)

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Jacob Markovitz – Top Producing Team Member (Volume)

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Joanne Colino – Top Individual Producer (Volume)

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Ksenia Scorsolini – Rookie of the Year (Volume)

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Andon George – Rookie of the Year (Transactions)

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The Adams Group – 20 Million Dollar + Production

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Schwartz Nealy Team – 20 Million Dollar + Production

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Philadelphia Moves Team – 20 Million Dollar + Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Don’t Forget To Spring Forward!

Posted on: March 6, 2015

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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!


Ditching Your Commute Is the Happiness Equivalent of a $40,000 Raise

Posted on: February 2, 2015

We found this cool little article in Lifehacker and thought we could be of assistance. Give us a call today if you are looking to shorten your commute and find a home closer to your workplace!

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“When you look at Americans’ day-to-day activity … the top two things we hate the most on a day-to-day basis is, No. 1: housework and No. 2: the daily commute in our cars. In fact, if you can cut an hourlong commute each way out of your life, it’s the [happiness] equivalent of making up an extra $40,000 a year if you’re at the $50- to $60,000 level. Huge … [So] it’s an easy way for us to get happier. Move closer to your place of work.”

Read the complete article HERE


What’s the best approach to selling a house? Outside fixes or inside?

Posted on: January 28, 2015

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In the Inquirer Business Section, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Neil DiFranco and Keith Adams were quoted in a story discussing inside vs. outside home improvements when it comes to selling a home. Take a look at the full article HERE.

 

Real estate’s premier selling season traditionally begins after the Super Bowl. Some local agents will tell you the spring market is already underway.

No matter how one defines spring, hopes for 2015 are high, given last year’s numbers. The National Association of Realtors reported Friday that U.S. sales volume in 2014 was 3 percent below that of 2013, which saw a booming first six months and a tepid run July through December.

Housing’s recovery was hamstrung much of last year by a shortage of salable inventory – that is, houses that met the dual criteria of being priced right for their market and being in move-in condition.

That shortage may have resulted partly from 2014’s severe winter and an apparently widespread concern by prospective sellers that prices had not recovered sufficiently to warrant listing their homes.

What will attract buyers to the available inventory this year? On that the national Realtors group and some area real estate professionals don’t fully agree.

The Realtors group suggests that smaller exterior home improvements offer the best-value investments for sellers. In its 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, done in collaboration with Remodeling magazine and available at www.costvsvalue.com, the association recommends projects such as replacing vinyl siding or garage doors as cost-effective.

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors’ associate broker Keith Adams in Northwest Philadelphia doesn’t see it. Today’s buyer remains “more strongly influenced by the condition of the interior and the space/layout,” he said.

Curb appeal may set the tone, but “it isn’t, in my experience, the most tangible or influential home element on my buyer’s list,” Adams said.

Lynn Mundy Coggin, an agent in Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors’ Jenkintown office, acknowledged that exterior improvements may offer the best value, but noted that “once a potential buyer walks through a new front door, first impressions of the interior are important as well.”

No one, Coggin said, “should discount the power of paint.” Once prospective buyers are inside, “they are looking for freshly painted, neutral gray walls, clean open spaces, updated kitchens with granite countertops, bathrooms with classic subway tile and, definitely, no clutter.”

“Simple is the new chic,” she said.

Elfant Wissahickon’s Neil DiFranco said that “an attractive color palette and tasteful staging will make a huge difference on the interior without a lot of cost when compared with major renovations.”

When it comes to tweaking a home’s exterior, Andrew Himes of BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors in Collegeville said, “buyers are more willing to make landscape upgrades and other small outside things themselves.”

They don’t, however, “want the cost nor have the time to handle kitchen and bath upgrades on their own,” Himes said. “They really want that to be done in advance.”

All of which raises the question: Will would-be sellers do the necessary work?

“Most sellers don’t want to spend any money in getting their homes ready for the market, but they still want top dollar for the home,” said Lena M. Tella Gelenberg, of Re/Max Services in Blue Bell.

“A little improvement goes a long way,” she said. “You don’t need to spend lots of money to make a house show well, but need to focus on the things that will make an impact.”

One example: those readily observed outdoor fixes the Realtors group advises.

First impressions can make or break a sale, said Lisa Fazio, of Weichert Realtors in Jenkintown.

“Attention to landscaping and gutters are also very important, since they can lead to trouble when it come to basement moisture problems,” she said, and untrimmed or dead trees can create safety and liability concerns.

Patios, decks and exterior lighting, done well, can add value, Fazio said.

Of course, the risk of any renovation done for the sake of a sale is that the potential buyer may not like the choices made.

Said DiFranco: “One homeowner’s perfect kitchen is another homeowner’s demolition project.”