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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 Denise Chapline, Realtor

Posted on: November 27, 2017

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

The Chestnut Hill Market at the Fareway is the best choice around. I can select sushi, pizza, Mediterranean, Korean, or just a plain cheese steak for lunch and enjoy any of these in the beautiful outdoor terrace embellished with fountains and fabulous flowers. Quick, easy, delicious, and lovely.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

My perfect weekend would start out with a movie and dinner in Ambler on Friday night, a walk through Morris Arboretum during the day on Saturday, down time on Saturday night, and spending time with my kids and 3 grandchildren on Sunday. I also enjoy watching Penn State and Eagles football games.

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

We have friends with a house in Brigantine, NJ who we love to visit. Brigantine allows you to drive onto the beach so you can take all of your stuff with you in the car without dragging everything in your arms. It’s the best. We go down for long weekends and veg on the beach all day. We like to travel and have also been to Italy and Costa Rica. My favorite vacation spot to date has been South Africa, especially the game reserves.


Denise with her husband Phil in Alaska


Denise with Phil in Capetown, South Africa

What is your favorite dessert?

Bassett peanut butter ice cream. They sell it at Bredenbeck’s in Chestnut Hill which is right up the street from our office. Very dangerous!!

Tea or coffee?

Definitely coffee, 2-3 cups per day.

What is your favorite season of the year?

I like Summer best of all the seasons because I don’t have to wear shoes and I get to go to the shore.

What is your favorite part of being a realtor?

My favorite part of being a realtor is helping people reach their goals. So satisfying! Getting up each day and having something new to look forward to doing. No day is the same as the day before.

To contact Denise, call 215-880-4795 or email denise@elfantwissahickon.com
Visit Denise’s Homepage here


Denise at her daughter’s wedding at Penn State


Denise and Phil at Ellis Island


Denise in Guadalajara, Mexico


A chat with Sara Stewart, Realtor

Posted on: November 17, 2017

Where are you working today / where are your appointments?

Elkins Park

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

Grilled Cheese with tomato!

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

In Chestnut Hill we are loving Paris Bistro, but wine tasting at Jansen’s in Mount Airy is fun too!

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

Going to the movies with my family!

iPhone or Android?

iPhone

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Anywhere with my husband … City or Beach

What is your favorite dessert?

TIRAMISU hands down!

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

RELAXING

To contact Sara, call 215-880-1165 or email sara@elfantwissahickon.com
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A chat with Michele Peale, Realtor

Posted on: November 10, 2017

Where are you working today / where are your appointments?

This morning I had the pleasure of working from my home office writing up an offer and negotiating inspections. I am showing homes in Elkins Park this afternoon.

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

Protein shake.

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

I always cherish the times I have spending with my family.

iPhone or Android?

iPhone

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Anyplace with a beach and palm trees. My favorite quick get away is Florida, although I love Jamaica.

   

What is your favorite dessert?

Does coffee count?

Tea or coffee?

Coffee

What is your favorite style of house?

Victorian style homes are my favorite. The more character and charm, the better.

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

Relaxing on a beach with a Piña Colada in hand.

   

What is your favorite season of the year?

Summer, summer, summertime!

What is your favorite part of being a realtor?

I love meeting people and helping them with one of the biggest decisions of their life. I am lucky that I have made a lot of great friends along the way.

To contact Michele, call 215-570-0034 or email michele@elfantwissahickon.com
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A chat with Tamika Nealy-Farmbry, Realtor

Posted on: October 27, 2017

Where are you working today / where are your appointments?

I am presently burning the midnight oil in the Chestnut Hill office. My appointments were in East Mount Airy today.

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

Salad …Salad is always my choice of lunch even when I am on the go.

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

Green Soul is my favorite , I am like a celebrity when I walk in there.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

Spending time with my husband watching food & travel network.

 iPhone or Android?

iPhone

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

New Orelans (best food)

What is your favorite dessert?

Oatmeal Raisin cookies

How do you organize your day?

I start my day with writing down my thoughts as soon as I get up. I like to organize what I have to do for the day and things I need to do for the day.

Tea or coffee?

Tea

What is your favorite style of house?

Colonial

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

Relaxing

What is your favorite season of the year?

Spring because it is not too hot and I can still wear sandals.

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

I decided to become a realtor to help my cousin build her business (only part time), I decided to stay after 17 years and become a nurse.

What is your favorite part of being a realtor?

I love helping people!

To contact Tamika, call 215-715-3806 or email tamika@elfantwissahickon.com
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A chat with John O’Connell, Realtor

Posted on: October 11, 2017

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

I’ve been trying the coffee at a new place in Germantown called “Germantown Espresso“. It’s very good actually.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I cherish my free time, driven by the rude calculation that shows me how little of it I have.  In the summer I set great store by the simple things, like sitting in Julie’s treasured  garden and tending, perhaps whimsically, to the plantings, or setting out planless, on foot, in the old Wissy. Hanging with my wife and kids on a Sunday night is always something fun. What’s not to like? Reading late at night is another favorite. Come deep winter, you’ll find me watching old movies on the lighted box, cooking dinner and entertaining friends. I own several antique automobiles. Surprise: I am happy as can be playing with them under the hood. Sometimes, uncut and unhyphenated indolence wins the day.  

What is your idea of a perfect weekend?

I’m partial to taking my wife on road trips in one of our old cars, setting out (for example) early on an autumn morning with the top down, threading our way through the Poconos with no particular place to go, ending up contentedly at a village inn, staying the night after a cozy dinner by the fireside. 

iPhone or Android?

iPhone

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

I love Italy. Rome, Florence, Amalfi Coast, Capri – in that order.

What is your favorite dessert?

Any chocolate will do, whipped cream also.

Tea or coffee?

Mostly coffee/espresso, but I still love a good tea.

What is your favorite style of house?

The “PAID OFF” kind

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

There are trips and then there are vacations. I prefer vacations.

What is your favorite season of the year?

SUMMER

Why did you decide to make real estate sales a career?

I cannot with confidence peer back through the mists of time and put my finger on exactly what underlay my decision to get into the selling of real estate. Long, long ago, this one! I would say, though, that the plunge was more or less the product of a personal evolution. In my early days I had worked as a contractor and developer, but tugging at me all the while was a raw and untrained—but authentic and powerful– love of art and music. Houses and buildings can be extraordinarily beautiful, from the deceptively noble row houses in the river wards to the Xanadu of Chestnut Hill. At some point, it struck me that the only way to actually live in a work of art was to make one’s home in a structure of beauty, either unmeant beauty or plain-to-see beauty, and that appealed to me. I say “live in.” It works for me just to broker the sale of a good house. It is also worth noting that real estate is one of only a few ways a common man can snuggle up to something like wealth. I have flipped my share of houses. End of confession.

To contact John, call 267-312-1925 or email john@elfantwissahickon.com

 

 

 


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 Jessica Gliwa, Realtor

Posted on: August 22, 2017

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

Spend time with my family and dogs, and go to the beach.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

Going to the beach until the sun sets.

iPhone or Android?

iPhone of course!

What is your favorite dessert?

Crème brûlée

Tea or coffee?

Coffee

What is your favorite style of house?

I would say an old turn of the century brick row home because that is what I grew up in, and I really learned to appreciate the detail and craftsmanship since my father was a carpenter.

Vacation Type: Adventurous or relaxing?

A little bit of both.

What is your favorite season of the year?

Summer of course! I am a beach person.

Why did you decide to become a realtor?

I became a realtor while attending Temple University for communications. It seemed like a great career path for me. I love working with people and I love architecture and interior decorating so it just seemed right for me.

What is your favorite part of being a realtor?

I would say the fact that you never feel like you are doing the same thing every day.  You are constantly meeting new people and seeing different houses and learning something new every day.

To contact Jessica, call 215-913-3678 or email jgliwa@elfantwissahickon.com
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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
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