Archives: June 2015

15 DIYs to Increase Your Curb Appeal

Posted on: June 17, 2015

Here is a great little article we found on of ways to increase your curb appeal with some fun DIY projects. Enjoy!


On Apartment Therapy we spend most of our time on interiors—to us its what’s inside (your home) that really counts—but it can really pay off to give the exterior a little TLC. It’s the first thing you see before you step though the door and it can add a lot to your home’s value, should you own it yourself. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up a few DIY projects to give your place a little extra curb appeal.

1. Modern House Number DIY from A Beautiful Mess

2. DIY Wood Shutters from Home Talk

3. How to Make a Tree Bench from This Old House

4. DIY Address Number Wall Planter from Shanty 2 Chic

5. How to Make a Window Box from Two Twenty One

6. DIY Modern Mailbox from Mod Frugal

7. DIY Cedar Planter Box from Shanty 2 Chic

8. DIY Bird Bath Planter from Mami Talks

9. Modern, Space-Saving Vertical Garden DIY from Man Made DIY

10. House Number Plaque DIY, 4 Men 1 Lady

11. Monogram Welcome Mat from Thistlewood Farms

12. DIY Crate Bench from Operation Home Blog

13. DIY Concrete Paver Planters from Life in Velvet

14. DIY Succulent Wreath from Pretty Prudent

15. DIY Slat Screen from The Brick House


Elfant Wissahickon REALTORS, in partnership with Martin Elfant Inc. has successfully raised $30,000 for Face to Face, an organization that provides support to residents of Germantown living in poverty.

Posted on: June 3, 2015

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Philadelphia, Pa – June 2, 2015Elfant Wissahickon Realtors is pleased to announce that, in partnership with Martin Elfant Inc., they have raised $30,000 for Face to Face, a non-profit organization in Germantown that provides “help and hope,” to residents of Germantown living in poverty.


From its origins as a soup kitchen in 1985, Face to Face has evolved into a multi-service organization, offering free human services to more than 2,500 low income and homeless individuals each year. In addition to serving meals they provide social and legal services, an arts studio and a summer camp program.


Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, Martin Elfant Inc., and Direct Mortgage Loan Company, raised the money over a 12-month period by collecting and pooling donations from their agents and mortgage and title partners (Freedom Mortgage, Mortgage Master, and First Choice Bank, in addition to Northwest Abstract and Class Abstract).


Each time a house was bought or sold, a space was rented, or a title policy and/or a loan was placed, a donation was made to Face To Face.


The partners of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors and Martin Elfant Inc. matched the $20,000 raised at 50%, for a total of $30,000, which will be given out over three years through Elfant Wissahickon’ Realtors’ “Building Community Initiative.”


Bob Elfant, President and Partner of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, said “Face To Face works hard to recognize their clients as people, acknowledging their self-worth, notwithstanding their difficult financial circumstances. We did not simply write checks, but are proud to have built a meaningful relationship with the organization in an attempt to extend the impact of our partnership.”

Mary Kay Meeks, Executive Director of Face to Face added “The partnership between Elfant Wissahickon and Face to Face is a model for what can happen when businesses truly care about their communities.  The relationships formed between Elfant’s agents and Face to Face clients and staff were key to the success of this wonderful venture. This could not have happened without the imagination and generosity of Bob Elfant and his team.  Bob and the executive team all donned aprons along with other clients and served our guests with respect and hospitality.  We are so grateful for this outpouring of financial support and humble service! “


Jared Pontz, Managing Partner of Martin Elfant Inc. and Direct Mortgage Loan Company said “We are pleased to be a part of such a meaningful initiative. The mission of Face to Face is one of importance to our communities. We are especially proud of our ongoing volunteer participation and look forward to continuing the relationship into the future.”


Elfant Wissahickon Realtors is the leading independent real estate brokerage in the Philadelphia region, operating two offices in the city with over 80 agents, all dedicated to the highest professional standards and committed to the communities they serve. Visit them at


Face to Face is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) human services organization dedicated to the health, well-being, and stability of our community. Face to Face meets basic human needs and reduces suffering. With hospitality, we provide a safe environment and practical tools, which enable the people of our community to confront personal challenges, empower their lives, and fulfill their unique potential.



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