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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Happy Mother's day to all, especially to those who are lucky enough to still have a Mother  to celebrate with. To those who do not Mom's are always in our hearts aren't they ? Please remember we only really get one Mother , so let's treat them special or we can always adopt one on Sunday . This week Philadelphia Steals & Deals are devoted and dedicated  to Mom's Real Estate can wait until next week.Those special ladies that call us at the wrong time. Nudge us about things we do not want to talk about. Tell us how beautiful and handsome we are. You know the ladies that are starting to grow old and get on out significant others nerves and sometimes our own. I will tell you about my good friend that I have not talked to in several months. You understand friends, we love, but we all do not ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's talk about Delaire Landing a gated waterfront community. What a wonderful place to live. Properties here are not staying on the market long. People question, "What is the Value? Once one of the best kept secrets in the city of Philadelphia is now well known. There are different styles of condos to meet different needs and tastes. There are also apartments within this community for those not sure if they are ready  or want the responsibility to to own. These apartments have a waiting list, some units waiting up to five years. Don't get me wrong not all units .The grounds are beautiful and well kept. Flowers are changed with each season. The trees are kept manicured and trimmed. It is also home to wildlife. You will forget you are in the City of Philadelphia. My neighbor called me o...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Rumor has it that Elon Musk wants to buy Coca Cola and use the original recipe. Yes did you know that cocaine was in the original Coca Cola. Well never fear because even Elon Musk can not afford to buy Coke. Now would that be considered dealing? Come on everyone needs to laugh these days don't they?Let's change things around a little this week and talk Real Estate first . In some townships after a house goes under contract  you have to get certifications for the Use and Occupancy Permits. Now of course this costs the seller money. Electrical people come out to make sure the house is up to code. They test all the outlets and the electrical panel box.  This is  kind of overkill as when the buyer had the home inspected .This was already  done by the buyer's home inspector. Next the seller...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
What does Active rain mean to me that is the Question!  How can I answer that as it is part of my daily life?. There were days that I felt as if Active Rain was the Real Estate Company I worked for because I learned more when I log into this platform than going to a Real Estate Office. The agents and people here taught me so much. How to Blog and get to the people I wanted to reach on the internet. The long tail and short tail and just how to use them in a post. I went to Rain Camps and met fascinating people that knew me and I knew from blogging. We learned even more technology and even more importantly made friends with the same interests. I met Ed Silva, Bob Stewart , Ben Kinney and Patricia Kennedy with her side kick Cindy Jones plus Brad Andersohn what a knowledgeable group  Years ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
I am sure everyone heard of Philadelphia's mask mandate. The stores all had signs that said mask must be worn. To be honest half the people did not wear them. The other half  kind of wore them others proudly wore their masks. Let me tell you it was so confusing, especially where I live on the boarder of Philly and Bucks County . You can go to one store and be in Philadelphia and go a few miles and be in Bensalem  no masks are required with a sigh of relief.Thankfully the mask mandate is lifted. It was all so confusing. My one friend said they should call the police if they do not have a mask on. Right the police will come and arrest them for not wearing a mask. Like they have nothing better to do forget about it is over. I do not argue with her. The Mask mandate is lifted.Let's talk abo...
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By Dave Benneton, Fast Cash Offers
(Digital Bullet)
4  Reasons to Sell My House Fast PhiladelphiaWith the real estate market on the rise, more and more homeowners are finding themselves in a position to sell their house fast. If you're looking for a quick and easy way to sell my house fast Philadelphia, you may want to consider working with a cash buyer company. By selling your house this way, you can avoid all of the hassles that come with listing it with a real estate agent. So, what are some of the benefits of selling your house with this route? 1. No need to clean or repair your home before sellingWhen you decide to sell your home, there are a lot of things to think about. How much is it worth? How much do I need to sell it for? What are the necessary repairs? And, of course, how am I going to stage it so that potential buyers can se...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's look for some Steals and Deals this week. I love talking to my lady friends and retired male friends as most of them know where to shop for the best deals. That is where I found the Grocery Outlet just by speaking with friends .Well to change the subject just a little last week if you remember I talked about how happy I was with the HP laser all in one printer I purchased from Amazon well it stopped working in three days. My friend stopped over who helped me set it up . We called HP support nothing worked. Amazon is sending a printer replacement I   returned  this one to the UPS Store. Hoping the new one is going to work Across from the UPS Store  was the Grocery Outlet so it was easy to check their sales canned soups were on sale $1.49-$1.69 it made me think of Myrl Jeffcoat tell...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's talk about Delaire Landing Condo community . Delaire had their first Easter Egg Hunt for the children and it was a huge success. Things are  starting to get back to normal. The gate is fixed and once again we are a gated community. Hard to believe it is April and the cold Winter is behind us. Beautiful flowers are starting to bloom Spring is in the air. Four Seasons Land Scaping is sprucing everything up and with new mulch. We are so lucky to have them here at Delaire Landing. The trees have all been cut back , many have been removed that were sick and diseased.  Trees that were along the river have been removed and now there is a much better view of the water. It is so beautiful taking a walk along the river path. You forget you are in the City of Philadelphia. My cousin who live...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Hello beer drinkers I have heard somewhere in the near future, expect a rise of at least $1 or more in a glass of beer on tap and your brew. Ukraine grew most of our grain. Who knew Russia was one of the one of the largest maker of aluminum? So I would assume it will trickle down to other products that are filled with aluminum cans Ladies be the first to try Dunkin Donuts Makeup line  by E.L.F Cosmetics This glamorous limited edition will be available March 31 and will be donut and coffee scented inspired and shaded get limited edition at elfcosmetics.com  for $75 and receive a $5 coupon and a reusable cup and straw inspired brush while supplies last  -- Ulta stores will have APRIL 5 and will be selling each piece separatelyMy printer went again so I decided to get a laser printer, but ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's talk about Steals & Deals thankfully many local grocery chains like LIDL,Aldi   Walmart also the Grocery Outlet provides discounted prices in dairy prices right now but this may not continue. Local reports indicate that dairy products have been marked up more than 6% in the last month.Farmers are paying more for grain and fossil fuels it is said to transport their products.  Fresh fruit and vegetable rose 2.3% much more in some places . Let's look at a list of price inflations   Beef  16% Bacon 18% Chicken 13 % Coffee 10% Oils including peanut butter  11-15 %  These increases are just in the first two months of this year. The department of agriculture has released updated guidelines that increasing of interest rates by the feds will increase food pressure on food.  The question he...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
March madness is upon us. Not only is inflation hitting us, but so is Shrinkflation. I know you are saying what the heck is that. Has Hannah gone mad?Well, yes, more angry than mad.  Your big companies want you to think they are not raising prices but look again. Oh yes containers and packaging will be getting smaller.  Things like toilet paper I am understanding  Cottenelle will be one of the first, bottled items like Gatorade,Paper towels and the list goes on and on. You most likely will not notice at first as they will slide it thru slowly. Shrinkflation  has happened before . You may remember when purchasing Ice Cream many years back in half gallon sizes  suddenly it was not a half a gallon at all.  So as a smart consumer you should look out  to see just what you are getting for you...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Are you experiencing pain at the gas pump? Shock when you check out at the Super market ? Sticker shock when you see the price of housing. Many buyers and Real estate agents are frustrated at how many offers buyers have to make before they actually get the home of their dreams . My late husband would say to me if I calculated how many hours I actually worked I made less than minimum wage. I would always respond with "When you find something you love to do you are not working "Let's talk about some Steal's and Deals as I have found some sticker shocks from friends, neighbors, and research . I had to laugh when Nina Hollander, Broker  said after reading my post last week she wanted to take a nap. I was exhausted as when I came home I walked for miles checking out some of these stores all ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Did you ever have one of those days? The ones where everything is going wrong. Maybe it is lasting more than a day. Your life is starting to feel like one of those commercials. Are you tired? Need more pep in your step. Well, that was how my days were going, but I also know winter is coming to an end. Perhaps I should enjoy some of the free time I have and relax. It is these little things that keep going wrong that are getting to me. The beautiful, unique, expensive fireplace that my audio system sits on. It worked great for about a month or so .Now every time I turn it on it blows everything out of whack.  Turns my printer offline, the wireless router off ,all the TV,s  and the fireplace turns off all in about 20 minutes or less. Finally, I decided to call Bob's Furniture. They will b...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
I think this challenge Carol Williams  and Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker proposed  is would I write a book about my life. An author friend of mine told me you need a beginning, a middle and an ending. So let's start and see if we can get to the end, I am the Youngest of two children. My father was the youngest of six and my mother the youngest of three. I never knew my grandparents as they had passed away before I was born. My sister was ten years older than me and I was the youngest. She took me everywhere with her, she was like a second mother to me.  I pledged sororities. I went to all the sports games with her . . Oh, did I mention my mother was an orphan, she lost her parents when she was in her early teens and lived in a home with her sisters. She also was not the best ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
It was a very strange week weather wise. One day it was seventy degrees, sunny and a beautiful great day to shut the computer and take a walk by the river. I met some very nice people who knew and  purchases their condo from Dennis Kulp now deceased, but was the broker of the last company I worked for and a great friend of this very nice couple. We had a nice conversation  while watching this huge barge dredge the river. The next night it was snowing.I also had time to try this one bowl sour cream banana bread recipe. It was so easy and by the end, I was convinced it was going to be a flop. It looked nothing like the picture on YouTube .While it was in the oven I ran to Lou's Farmers Market and purchased more overripe bananas for 49 cents a pound. Was pretty shocked to see the price for...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Had a great lunch this week we went to Dim Sum in Northeast Philadelphia. A few years ago I had a Real Estate Closing in Center City in the China Town section we brought up that afterward we intended to have Dim Sum. The selling agent recommended a place in NE Philly called China Gourmet  at 2842 St Vincent street 19149. She said we would love it and we did. I have been going there ever since. I think next week we are doing a Jewish Deli as Endre Barath, Jr. asked how lunch went Speaking of eating have you noticed shelves in the pet aisles of stores, especially cat food are bare.  Yes, they are empty. I hear tell people have been fighting over cans of cat food. I have been lucky last time I ordered Cleo's food I ordered extra. I just checked, I am hoping that by the time I run out there...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Delaire Landing has beautiful wildlife that we share our grounds with. The other day I saw it catch a snake and start to eat it as I was walking. It grabbed the snake and flew up into the tree to finish lunch. I often see this hawk perched and tell Cleo she is not to go outside as I am sure she would love to grab a small cat if the opportunity arose . This is a beautiful hawk I really enjoyed watching in silence
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
They say it is always sunny in Philadelphia well that may be  true as our dispositions are but lately seeing the soaring prices on everything it does, put a cloud on things Today, however the sun is shinning and the temperature will be above average to a warm 60 degrees . For Philly in the winter that is almost tropical. You can hear the birds singing and for a while, you forget inflation is up 7.5% and at a 40 year high. Maybe you didn't notice that bacon costs $1.38 more and if you love steak it went up  20%  as well as eggs . Gas prices are up 49.6% from last year . I heard tell that some people could care less, but most of the people I know do care .  The average person is paying $275 more a month. I know my bills have doubled  Today I am having lunch with my sister in law and I am ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Yesterday was a big day for me, I was invited to join a club at Delaire Landing that has a long waiting list . The ladies at the pool convinced me to put my name in to join one summer. I did receive a call asking me if I was still interested in joining after the New Year " I said yes " The name of the club is the Leisure Timers. They meet once a month at the Delaire Landing Clubhouse Wednesday 12PM. This month there was pizza for lunch and a Chinese Auction. There are many functions  planned dinners and shows . They have trips if you like there are so many functions. They start the meeting with a salute to the USA flag and then sing God Bless America.  Which I liked very much. Gave me that warm all over feeling. You are also assigned a table to sit mine was lucky number seven. There is...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Valentines Day will be here and I have been checking prices. The other day I did some of my errands  earlier in the day . I was glad I had stocked up on  my favorite coffee weeks ago as the prices were up on that too. In fact, if I wanted it, I would have to buy  small boxes at an inflated price or not at all .Even Starbucks has raised its prices for the second time this month and is planning on raising it again Have you noticed?A man nodded at me in Shoprite with sparkling eyes and I nodded back at the sparkling eyes .  Walking away, I realized it was my neighbor Dick I turned around and said  is that you Dick ( mask required in stores and no problem)  I have lost 2 friends to COVID recently and one dear friend receiving breathing treatments for pneumonia relating to Covid . I don't mi...
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