Philadelphia County, PA Real Estate News

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
When selling and listing Real Estate,  we also want to build relationships. Do we accomplish this by sending everything through DocuSign instead of meeting our clients face-to-face and explaining the paperwork? Was this the original intent of DocuSign, or did we get lazy? Yes, it is convenient, but translation needs to be recovered somehow. Do people understand what they are signing?  It is a magnificent tool; many people in specific situations cannot sign in person, so it is perfection. Is it necessary to use it in every transaction? Why have we lost the value of face-to-face contact with our clients and explaining contracts? Are we building relationships? Call me old fashion. I am sure there are many transactions where the clients only see the agent to see the property or the initial ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Another week is coming to pass. I cannot believe how fast time flies. Color your days to brighten your mood. Spring will be here soon. Let's look at some sell-out deals from the end of the season that you can still use now, next year and the next. Grab them before they are gone.Last night, I jumped out of bed to grab this deal from UGG. I tried to snag a colorful one on Black Friday, but after ordering, I received an email that they oversold. Sorry, you are out of luck. It is a Faux Fur Jacket zip-up with Pockets, and Hood  That sells for $198  on  Sale for $98. I have one that I have worn for the last six years; it's so warm. Mine is a Pink Leopard, and this one comes in a Dark Brown or Dove gray. Plus, I had a $20 off coupon. FREE Shipping Final Price $78.00 It has been my go-to all w...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 As people age, their personalities seem to change. People think they become more grumpy, but actually, they are more compassionate and empathetic. Meeting your professional obligations has become a skill, and your self-esteem is much higher, Getting older can be an honor, becoming wise, using the knowledge one has learned, and being proud to use and share with others—an honor of age, a benefit to be alive, and a natural part of life.Sometimes, one may become passionate about getting the point across. In other words, they agree to disagree. This is commonly known as a debate.  The words may be strong, but then the subject is over, and hopefully, each was able to get their ideas acrossIt is, however, essential to keep an open mind, especially for the younger generation and their train of...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Philadelphia Steals and Deals Super Bowl SundayWhat are most people doing this weekend? Are you preparing for the Super Bowl Sunday Football Game and cooking food? I know many big parties are taking place. I spoke to my niece, who is preparing food for a party. How about you? What are your plans for the big day?LIDL: has an enormous sale Family Pack Chicken wings $1.79 /lb  10 lb limit Sanderson Farms - Baby Backed Ribs $3.99 lb, mesquite bbq- Shaved Old neighborhood beef shaved steak perfect for making those Philly cheese steaks Plus Pepsi case 12 oz case 12 cans buy two get two free - to name a few steals of a deal - Their sweet bakery is also delicious when you walk in their door you can smell the aroma.  Their cheeses are also very reasonable, as are their olives, jarred peppers, an...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's talk about sales prices in Delaire Landing for  2024. It was a cold winter, and we had snow storms, but thanks to Four Seasons, the development was cleaned up quickly. Even in this cold weather, buyers were looking to move to Delaire Landing, so let's discuss it.   There are three active condos available for sale.The prices range from $217,000- $242,900  first floor units with private entrance 2 BR 2 Bath  1027-1036 SQ' units. There are two pending units under contract; we will discuss them when they are closed /settled. There are also three closed /sold sales in January SOLD:  1 BR 1 Bath  Second Floor 806 SQ' Balcony  DOM 1  $178,000SOLD: 2BR  2Bath  Third floor 1036 SQ' Balcony DOM 31  $213,000SOLD: 2 BR 2Bath  w/loft Third floor 1351 SQ' Balcony DOM  41  $200,000All informatio...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
This week's Philadelphia Steal and Deals are Orchids. At a Produce Junction store, I got fresh vegetable fruit, plants, and flowers. Flowers are always a wonderful gift for someone special on Valentine's Day or yourself if you have the winter blues.Produce Junction always has the most reasonable plants and flowers. It has been dreary here, and many people bought cut flowers. Not me; I was enchanted with the gorgeous potted orchids on the floor. Colors were abundant and various sizes if you know these beauties. Ron and Alexandra Seigel would know the names as she would write about them in her post.While wasting time absorbed in their beauty, I just remembered that I had to purchase a bag of mushrooms and eggs. I was getting some dates when I saw a vase with orchids growing in water. I st...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Love it or hate it, what do you think about AI?  What I believe is insubstantial as it is here and not going anywhere except forward. How do you feel about AI ?Our lives revolve around AI. We walk around with it. It is called an iPhone or Android; watch out if we do not have it. Our day is done. All our lives are inside these devices. Pictures of our family and friends. All of our contacts, including family, friends, and work. We also put them in what we call "The Cloud" in case we lose the device we carry around. We get all kinds of information from an app called Google on this device, and we can even play games, do banking, and watch movies.   Then there is Alexa. She can do a variety of tasks, and she can tell you the time. Please tell me when your orders are coming from Amazon. If y...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Valentine's Day will be here before we know it, and here is a one-day winter clearance. Some of these ideas are links I have given before. If you are not interested, that is fine, but others may benefit as these will be beautiful sales, and I am linking them quickly for those who may need to be made aware of them. I Love Dooney - This a  Dooney and Bourke site with sale items. They are having a seventy percent off sale on selected bags. Yes, you heard me right: 70% off sale. My client showed me her small bag and said here is my Dooney bag. I love yours, she said, as she  admired  mine, and I told her what I paid; she said, "Shut your mouth."Karen, this post is for you! It would be best if you used the code winter clearance. If you spend $119, shipping is free. If you are a first-time bu...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
I was snowed in for quite a while and decided it was time to rent a movie .=. Looking at all the choices, I decided on Anatomy of a Fall. It was a foreign film but won many awards this year, and I like the actress Sandra Huller. She is also in the Zone of Interest, which I am anxious to see. Anatomy of a Fall was a great choice; there was no moment when your interest was not piqued. The picture was subtitled and in English, so if this bothers you, this would not be a movie you might choose Was this a murder, or was it a suicide?  You decide as the facts are presented.  There is a courtroom battle where facts are presented. I found the acting to be superb. It kept my attention from start to finish and was 159 minutes long. I do not want to give away the story, so I will attach a YouTube ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Yesterday, I decided to sign up for my continuing education courses. I decided to do the Zoom classes as there was a possibility it could snow, and heaven knows; I do not drive in the snow if I do not have to. My long-time associate Ellen Cassidy is teaching the class on ethics, which is a mandatory class, and I have always enjoyed her classes, so I enrolled, but the system would not take my credit card. I called the Bucks County Board of Realtors, and she had me clear something on my computer. As soon as I did it, I knew it was a mistake. Yes, today, when I tried to log into my account, I had the wrong password. I had to call the Board back anyway, as I would also take another class. Alex Shnayder is teaching Risk Reduction.  I explained what happened and was told to call online suppor...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Today, I woke up to snow. Thinking the weather predictions were wrong, I was shocked. Four Seasons, our snow removal company at Delaire Landing, was already hard at work. The sidewalks and stairs were cleared, and so were the streets. They were now in the process of cleaning in between the cars.  I looked outside, and they had not shoveled outside my door. It was starting to ice up. I opened up my sliders and called to them. They waved to me, and three men with shovels cleared my walkway and salted in less than two minutes. What a fantastic job these people do in the cold. I am so grateful to these guys. I am glad to live in a community where I do not have to worry about snow removal. I do, however, have to clean off my car. I should go out and do it now. But just looking outside makes ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's discuss Delaire Landing, a Gated Waterfront Community in Philadelphia, Pa. Some residents were concerned that so many units were up for sale—no need to worry. There are always people moving. Delaire Landing is a large community. Some residents may be moving to a warmer climate. Others may seek senior living residents, while others want larger living quarters as they start families. Let's look at what is up for sale There are two -- 2BR 2bath first-floor units  1036 Sq' priced at $229,900There is one -- 2BR 2Bath first-floor unit 1027 Sq' priced  at $242,900There is one - 2 BR 2 Bath 2nd floor unit 1348 Sq' Priced at $234,900There is an active w/contract - 2BR 2Bath  3rd floor unit 1351 SQ' priced at $219,700 There has been one SOLD unit in the last 40 days  : 2BR 1 Bath 992 SQ ' $...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
My father always said the best time to buy is after Christmas, but who can wait? Many are out returning gifts, and many are home spending time with family. I am stuck at home with a bad cold and just under the weather. So I am staying home and resting.There are many sales out there if you are looking to purchase with the gift cards you received or you are now finally shopping for yourself ILoveDooney Is having its warehouse sale, and you can purchase some gorgeous handbags for 70% off. When I went to the hairdresser one of the women there stopped to thank me for telling her about the site as she and her daughter had purchased three bags at the Black Friday sale. She showed me the bag she had and said she had paid  $450 at the regular price. She could not resist the sale because she coul...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 I have always worked hard for what I have. Every few months, I go through my belongings in my closet. I look at my clothes. I have not worn them for a season. I put them in the bag. Remember, I live in an area where we have four seasons. It doesn't matter if it was expensive. Some may still have tags or have only been worn once. It goes in the bag to Green Drop, which donates it to worthy causes. I always have a large trash bag full of nice clothes. There have been times that I have also taken to senior living centers where some people do not have family that visits. Sadly, they do not even have clothes to wear, and they depend on the charity of others. It makes me sad to see some older people sitting in wheelchairs outside their rooms slumped over. They are dressed in mismatched cloth...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Holiday time is also a time for Buyers to beware of Scammers. I recently watched a news show about how Amazon utilizes AI to scan its packages for fake items. The AI has been trained to identify fraudulent items, a positive application of AI technology. With the rise of scams and fraudulent activities, buyers must be cautious. It is common for some products on the market to be different from what they appear to be. As the saying goes, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.There are so many fraudulent items consumer affairs cannot keep up with them. They know some items are hazardous and have fake safety labels. Some ingredients of products even contain rat poison of so-called beauty products. This is an excellent time for scammers to make money.If you have doubts about ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Philadelphia Steals and Deals here's a few ideas to wrap in a bowChristmas is approaching, and Hanukkah has already started! It's time to prepare for the gift exchange tradition and wrap them up with beautiful bows. However, if you haven't finished or started yet, here are a few ideas Dooney and Bourke are holding their 12 days of Christmas sale. You can find this year's styles there, but I would also check their discount site. I Love Dooney, is advertised as last year's style if you can wait to see if they have better sales. "I am struggling to resist buying a bag that I have been interested in for a while. Even though I don't really need it, the fact that it is part of the 12 days of Christmas sale is making it harder for me to resist the temptation." Shop Chanel online or in fine sto...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's talk about Delaire Landing, a highly sought-after gated condo community. It's more than just about the beautiful condos or the prime location near the river with the scenic nature walks. What really makes it stand out is the strong sense of community. The residents here are warm and welcoming, treating newcomers like family. Many claim that their friends here are closer than their relatives. You must see for yourself what makes Delaire Landing such a special place to live. Four active condos are currently for sale; one is active with a contract. Active: 2BR 2 Bath first-floor unit  1027 SQ' private entrance Priced $249,000Active: 2BR 2Bath 2nd floor unit 1334 SQ' private entrance Priced $234,900Active: 2BR 2Bath 3rd floor unit 1531 SQ' private entrance w/loft -being sold as is - P...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Cyber Deals on Monday: can the Steals and Deals get better? It is estimated the average person is spending $1500. Zulily, Shop Perricone MD: buy two and get one free. The prices are excellent. -- Elemis - Philosophy bath and skin care and even Amazing Grace. Clarks shoes and so many other products. There are also products for men. Please choose rocket shipping to avoid long wait times on Zulily.Perricone MD also has fantastic deals on some super products that I love! I purchased some products there at a great price that I rarely find on sale. Coach is another online site where you can find deals for both men and women. They will give you extra savings if you join and agree to receive texts, but you can stop when they become annoying.  Check out Amazon.com for some great Alexa and Echo ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
I am incredibly grateful for my loyal clients who have supported me. Many of them have become my dear friends, and it warms my heart when they tell me that I'm like family to them, as they are to me. This year, the turmoil worldwide has left me feeling saddened. When I hear from my loyal clients, it brings me joy. More joy than cooking and watching season two of How  Julia Child Started Her Cooking show years ago is on HBO Max, which I enjoyed made me think. I am fortunate to work in a profession that allows me to connect with people on a personal level and form lasting friendships. People trust me with their homes, and it is a purchase they do not make often in their lifetime. It's where they eat, sleep, and live their lives. We share information, laughter, disagreements, jokes, disapp...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Today, I have been thinking about what I am grateful for. There are so many things to be thankful for. Speaking to so many people in the last several weeks, I must say one of the things was my childhood. Life is complicated for children growing up.  We were growing up in a time when your social life was social. Not the Social Network outdoor social. You played with other children. The  Xboxes, iPads, or iPhones did not exist.  I lived in the city. We played in the driveways after school and after dinner. We played ball, hopscotch, and hoola hoops. We sang songs on the corners and went to dances. Life was much more straightforward than it is today.  If our friends died, it was because they fought in the Vietnam War, Not from an overdose of opioids. Yes, I am grateful that my Mother and F...
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