philadelphia: Philadelphia Banh Mi Map - 04/14/10 02:55 AM

You would think that banh mi was a Philadelphia invention. We say it's more crucial than the cheesesteak, not to mention a lot healthier. What is it, exactly? The Vietnamese hoagie comes on a crusty baguette stuffed with pickled carrots or daikon, cucumbers, cilantro, peppers, pate or mayo, and your choice of filling: tofu, pork, chicken, etc. The cheap sandwich is filling, convenient, and most importantly: a tasty exploration of contrasting ingredients.
Our round-up pulls in some of the best and brightest banh mi in Philly.
The Unforgettable Fu-Wah
Grab a spicy tofu banh mi to go at this legendary … (2 comments)

philadelphia: Why Do You Love Philadelphia? Answer For a Sweet Prize - 03/30/10 05:39 AM

You have from now through May 31 to come up with the reason why you're hopelessly devoted to the city of brotherly love. Better make it good. The city will return the sentiment by giving away a prize each day until the end of the contest.
You can submit your entry at the site and winners will be listed at This week's prizes are listed and include: an overnight stay at Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Main Line, Ballet X tickets, and $5 Smart Cards from the Philadelphia Parking Authority awarded daily.
We know it's a bit more … (2 comments)

philadelphia: North Bowl and NLNA Team up for the Annual Winterfest - 03/05/10 10:34 PM
North Bowl and NLNA Team up for the Annual Winterfest
The Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association (NLNA) slipped on their bowling shoes this past Sunday afternoon, laced up with all of their good friends and admirers, and bowled a really good game at their Annual Winter Fest Fundraiser held at North Bowl in Northern Liberties.  I do not know how much money was ultimately raised for the community but the way I was keeping score, this was a perfect game which, by the way, is a score of 300 for those of you who do not play the pins. Fundraisers are very difficult for … (2 comments)

philadelphia: Brooklyn Invasion on Walnut Street - 02/16/10 12:51 AM

When New York outfitters Brooklyn Industries scoped out their 13th location, they decided it was time to travel to Philadelphia. I'm guessing they were tired of so many Philadelphians raiding their sale racks at the Williamsburg location. They've branched out to other trendsetting cities like Portland and Chicago, so we are flattered that they chose a Walnut Street outpost in Rittenhouse Square for their functional minis, soft pima cotton tees, and casual men's shirts.
The new store, open since February 1st, is one floor of fashion with a second floor slated for an art gallery. BKI made use of … (2 comments)

philadelphia: Nominate your Community for the Google Fiber Optic Trial - 02/11/10 12:30 AM
Imagine navigating the web at 1Gbps. Google has just announced its plan to test ultra-high speed broadband networks in selected locations. The connection will be more than 100 times faster than most current speeds throughout the country. Now here's the really cool part: they haven't chosen the trial areas yet. Which is where you come in.
Go and nominate your community to be one of the fiber test networks. Encourage your local politicians and city officials to push for your area. Think of this is as an opportunity to give your community an advantage.
With speed constrictions removed, Google hopes that … (2 comments)

philadelphia: There’s a Neighborhood in Philly with Your Name on It - 02/01/10 01:38 AM

Your neighborhood is in here !  
You're moving to Philadelphia, a city of neighborhoods. But which one is right for you? People from out of the Philly area are asking that very same question every single day. Ask a different person in Philly and they have a different answer for you. Who do you listen to? How do you research the neighborhoods you're interested in?
We think Philadelphia is a big city, but it's composed of small, distinct neighborhoods. Philly offers you the big New York feel, but this city does take a much needed beauty rest now and … (2 comments)

philadelphia: The Somers Have a Thanksgiving Message For You ! - 11/25/09 12:56 AM
We have two words for you:
YOU ROCK! We wish you a happy, healthy, safe, and gracious Thanksgiving Holiday.



philadelphia: What Were the Philadelphia Eagles Thinking in Signing Michael Vick ? - 08/14/09 11:36 PM
What Were the Philadelphia Eagles Thinking in Signing Michael Vick ?
I know this topic is not related to real estate, but it is such a sensitive topic for both myself and the City of Philadelphia, I felt compelled to write this.  I am still in shock as are many folks about this decision from the Eagles Management to sign Micheal Vick.  I was on Facebook that night when it was announced and saw the stream of posts of many folks indicating they were not going to support the Eagles this year, selling their season tickets, or were just in disgust and … (22 comments)

philadelphia: Fishtown Real Estate 2519-21 E Dauphin St new listing only $199,900 from The Somers Team - 11/16/08 11:52 AM
Great Fishtown Location, 2519 - 2521 E Dauphin St from The Somers Team - only $199,900

Here is a unique opportunity in a fantastic part of Fishtown ! This extremely tasteful, 2 bedroom, 1 bath home is being sold with the attached corner lot along the corner of Dauphin and Belgrade.  The yard (deeded seperately but being sold with the property) can be accessed thorough the kitchen and the additional lot is completely cemented and fenced in for privacy.  Thus, it has one of the largest yards in comparison to all Fishtown real estate.  

philadelphia: Short Sale Success in Philadelphia - Third time was a Charm ! - 10/29/08 12:23 PM
Short Sale Success in Fishtown / Old Kensington - Philadelphia Real Estate
We had a settlement today that was a short sale for a property in Fishtown / Old Kensington .  This was a tough deal as the first 2 buyers backed out - one to cold feet, the other lost the money he was going to use for the purchase in the stock market !!   Of course, we did not give up.
We planned for the short sale (if not familair with a short sale, please read "what is a short sale ? " ) right from the beginning and had all the documentation from … (10 comments)

philadelphia: Short Sale Specialists in Philadelphia - Plan and Prepare for Success ! - 10/26/08 12:09 PM
Short Sale Specialists in Phildelphia
It is amazing how many realtors and sellers are listing properties just based on what is owed on the property at prices that are unrealistic and will never sell.  A recent short sale we did was in Northern Liberties where 3 other realtors had the listing before us and just listed it hoping to get a sale to clear title !  When we met with the seller, we realized it was a perfect candidate for a short sale and got the property sold within 30 days !!!
If you are not familiar with short sales, refer to … (8 comments)

philadelphia: $7,500 First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit - Philadelphia Real Estate - 10/23/08 12:56 PM
Are you letting your clients know about the $7,500 tax credit ?
There is a great opportunity for first time homebuyers to take advantage of the $7,500 first time homebuyer tax credit !!  Just in the last couple of days, when we have spoke to buyers about purchasing a property, they were so pumped up to learn about this.  This is a great way for realtors to educate their past clients and inform new clients about this opportunity !!
We think it is so great we just added a link on The Somers Team site - please check it out here !
In … (7 comments)

philadelphia: ! Our new site for Investors is now live ! Check it out ! - 10/07/08 12:46 AM
Finally, a site dedicated for the Philadelphia Investor !

Chris and Stephnaie Somers along with the brilliant Intention Marketing just launched Philly Investor Hub  !  (please provide feedback) A good percentage of our business is working with investors, from those looking to build a portfolio of investment properties from those looking to build new construction.  Depending on market conditions, we also have helped numerous investors buy and sell "flip" properties (even in the current market ! )
We are bullish about the prospects of the Philadelphia real estate markets as can be seen in many of our Philadelphia real estate blog … (19 comments)

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