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How To : Increase Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home

Posted on: February 6, 2019

How To : Increase Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home

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Industry Update : 2019 GPAR Leadership Team

Posted on: January 11, 2019

On Thursday evening, Elfant Wissahickon’s Jacob Markovitz was installed as Vice President of the Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS® (GPAR) and Jeanne Whipple was installed as Treasurer.  Louise D’Alessandro continues to serve as a Presidential Advisor.  The Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS® is a membership organization whose purpose is to provide education, information, and legislative monitoring for licensed real estate professionals and related service providers in the Greater Philadelphia area.  GPAR has formed strong relationships with many city agencies in its attempt to promote and advocate private property rights and homeownership in Philadelphia. They also work to give back to the community and provide oversight by holding ethics hearings in response to consumer complaints.

EWR is proud to have several of its dedicated, licensed professionals participating and advocating for REALTORS® and homeowners alike!

Jacob Markovitz, Karrie Gavin, Asher Kahn, and Jeanne Whipple

Sam Markovitz and Jacob Markovitz

Jacob Markovitz and Louise D’Alessandro


EWR Safety Committee : CPR Certification

Posted on: December 19, 2018

Last week, agents and staff at Elfant Wissahickon Realtors earned 2-year CPR certifications from the American Heart Association.  An instructor from CPR for Everyone, LLC trained groups at Elfant Wissahickon’s Rittenhouse Square and Chestnut Hill offices.  This course is designed for the non-healthcare professional looking to become informed of the steps taken to perform adult, child, and infant CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), use of an AED (automated external defibrillator), and choking safety techniques.

This CPR training is part of the Elfant Wissahickon Safety Committee’s commitment to providing access to the latest information and training for the company’s agents and staff.

Above: Andon George, Leah Strenger, and instructor Keith Butler 

Andon George, instructor Keith Butler, Monika Warthun, Safety Committee Co-Chair Kristin Stever, and Asher Kahn

Above: Kate Shlomo and Safety Committee Co-Chair Rena Asher


Building Community : Empty Bowl Dinner

Posted on: December 10, 2018

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors was a major sponsor of the 20th Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network‘s Empty Bowl Dinner.  The Empty Bowl Dinner is a fundraising event benefiting PIHN.  The event is a family-friendly, lively evening with entertainment and activities.  Held right before Thanksgiving at the start of the winter holiday season, a time when people reflect on their good fortune and the needs of others, PIHN’s Empty Bowl Dinner raises awareness about family hunger and homelessness. Guests choose a hand-made bowl, donated by local students or professional potters, in which to eat their meal. Soups, stews, breads, desserts and beverages have been graciously provided by local restaurants and cafes. After the meal, guests take their bowls home as a reminder that every night hundreds of families go hungry in the City of Philadelphia.

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors hosted the event’s raffle table.

Pictured above is one of the beautiful bowls donated by Neighborhood Potters.

Since 1991, Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) has has moved “325 families—910 individuals— from homelessness to stability”.  The PIHN program provides assessment and referrals, emergency housing, supportive service, and transitional housing in Northwest and Northeast Philadelphia.

EWR’s has been a longtime supporter of this event.  According to Executive Director Rachel Falcove, “this year’s Empty Bowl dinner raised over $40,000! An alumni family said the experience of being at the dinner was” like being in a roomful of love.”

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors volunteers for the evening included: Melinda Coughlin, Michelle Shlomo, Kate Shlomo, Bob Elfant, Karen Carrero, Karrie Gavin, Connie Gillespie, and Larry DiFranco, former PHIN Board Member.

Pictured behind table are Melinda Coughlin and Michele Shlomo

Kate Shlomo

Pictured speaking above is pottery made by Nina Gordon.

To learn more about Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, click here!

Photography credit Elizabeth Hasier Photography

 


Building Community : RTP Kensington Block Build and Donation

Posted on: October 23, 2018

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors’ fundraising goal of $10,000 was surpassed! EWR committed to sponsoring repairs to a home during the Rebuilding Together Philadelphia October Block Build in Kensington. The Block Build took place last week, on October 19th and 20th. Realtors, staff, and friends donated to reach the $10,000 goal over the past several weeks and the check was presented in person on Friday during the first of the two Block Build days.

Pictured from left from Elfant Wissahickon Realtors: Chas Hendricksen, Eric Moore, Paul Walsh, Miriam Martinez, Asher Kahn, and from Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, Stefanie Selden, Executive Director.

The mission of Rebuilding Together Philadelphia is to bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. Each year, RTP and 1,200 volunteers provide free safe and healthy home repairs for 75 to 100 homeowners. RTP executes three Block Builds a year in April, June and October. Each Block Build is two or three rebuilding days that utilize between 100 and 250 volunteers, neighbors, and homeowners per day to repair 10 to 30 clustered homes in a targeted neighborhood.

EWR’s two part commitment to RTP was realized last week when 12 volunteers from our company worked at the houses for the Kensington Block Build.

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors volunteers included: Asher Kahn, Miriam Martinez, Eric Moore, Paul Walsh Jr., Paul Walsh, Bob Elfant, Denise Chapline, Louise D’Alessandro, Jan LeSuer, Deb Stanitz, Leo McElroy, John O’Connell, and Richard Goldstone. Special guests in attendance on Friday were Congressman Dwight Evans and Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Jr.

Pictured speaking above is Stefanie Selden, Executive Director, Rebuilding Together Philadelphia

Pictured speaking above is Congressman Dwight Evans

Pictured speaking above is Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Jr.

Pictured above Elfant Wissahickon Realtors Founding Partners Louise D’Alessandro and Bob Elfant. Photo courtesy of Jan LeSuer

To get involved, click here!

Please enjoy some additional photos below. Photography credit Elizabeth Hasier Photography



Practical Energy Saving Tips

Posted on: October 16, 2018

Here are some practical energy saving tips to make note of!

Energy Saving Checklist from Lightbulb Wholesaler

Get the Homestead Exemption Before the Deadline Ends

Posted on: September 6, 2018

Did you know that you could save up to $550 on your 2019 Real Estate Tax bill with the City of Philadelphia’s Homestead Exemption tax relief program? You are eligible to claim Homestead for your primary residence in Philadelphia, which lowers the taxes for your property. Don’t miss out on big savings and sign up before September 13, 2018!

There are more than 200,00 households enrolled in the Homestead Exemption since 2012. Around 76% of eligible homeowners have taken part in saving on property taxes as of December 2017, making it one of the City’s most successful tax relief programs. It is expected to provide Philadelphians even bigger savings next year.  If you are an eligible homeowner and haven’t applied so far, don’t wait any longer and apply today – it only takes 2 minutes!

You can apply to Homestead by:

Already enrolled in the Homestead Exemption program? No action is needed, simply enjoy your savings. Once you’re in the program, you stay in automatically, unless you sell your property or if the deed of your property changes.

This program is for everyone! Income is not one of the limitations for eligibility and there is no age requirement.

If you benefit from LOOP (Longtime Owner Occupants Program) or have a 10-year tax abatement, you unfortunately won’t be able to get Homestead until that existing program ends. Nevertheless, you can apply for Homestead even if you have an OOPA (Owner Occupied Real Estate Tax Payment Agreement) or the Senior Tax Freeze.

Don’t miss the opportunity to save up to $550 on property taxes starting 2019. Hurry, the deadline for these savings is September 13, 2018.

​Source: http://bit.ly/2Q8qOxt /phila.gov​