Archives: May 2014

How Philadelphia's Neighborhoods Got Their Names

Posted on: May 16, 2014

We all know that Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, but did you ever wonder how they were named? We found a pretty comprehensive list on Mentalfloss. Follow the link and enjoy!


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

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!

No Place Like Home: Dollars and $ense!

Posted on: May 12, 2014

Saturday, May 10th was the kickoff event for a week-long program on issues related to senior housing.  “No Place Like Home – Dollars and $ense” is a collaboration between Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, Mt. Airy USA, Center in the Park, and Ralston My Way.  Marilyn Silberstein, an EWR Realtor and a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), had the idea of providing a forum for seniors and/or their children to learn about resources for seniors as they cope with the serious dilemma of housing.

“Do I stay in my home?”  If so, how do I manage?  How can I find reliable contractors?  What do I need to do to make my house safe?  How do I cope with rising taxes and insurance on a fixed income?

“Do I sell my home?”  If so, how do I do that?  What do I do with 40 years of accumulated treasures?  Where should I go?  What’s available?

The kickoff event featured Estelle Richman, former Secretary, PA Dept. of Public Welfare, who is now retired and a Chestnut Hill resident.  She talked about the issues of health, Housing and Community – all issues that impact seniors.  She later joined a panel with Lydia Hernandez Velez, Deputy Managing Director for Aging for the City of Philadelphia and Bette McTamney, Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors.  They discussed the issues presented by Ms. Richman as well as topics that will be presented in workshops throughout this week.

Those topics include

  • Understanding the Affordable Care Act
  • Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Protecting Yourself from Financial Exploitation
  • Letting Go: Emotional Aspects of Moving
  • The Process of Selling your Home
  • Reverse Mortgages and Tax Liens
  • Household Needs and Safety
  • Managing Finances and Stress
  • Tools to Manage Mortgage Challenges
  • Understanding Advanced Directives and Wills

The workshops will be held at Mt. Airy USA, Center in the Park, and at the office of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors.  It’s not too late to sign up!  To register, call (215) 844-6021 or visit NO PLACE LIKE HOME

PGW EnergySense Event at Citizens Bank Park

Posted on: May 8, 2014

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Rena Asher, Jacob Markovitz and Cathy Davis attended the PGW EnergySense event yesterday morning at Citizens Bank Park. While eating breakfast in the Executive Dining Room, they sat through a program created to educate Philadelphia Realtors about the various Home Rebate Programs available to either upgrade a building to natural gas usage or to a more efficient system. After several informative speakers and question-answer time, the group set out on a full tour of the stadium, including visits to the press box, broadcast booths, batting cages, and most exciting – the Phillies dugout and locker room.