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Originally used as an 18th century street market, the open market area in Headhouse Square, known as the Shambles, serves the same purpose today.  Every Sunday, from May through December, the Shambles turns into a vibrant, abundant farmer’s market, carrying on the tradition of years past.  The ma...
This historic townhouse turned cafe/gallery is the best of both worlds serving up both great coffee/tea and local art.  The walls are lined with works from local artists.  Currently, they are featuring the works of Laura K Murdoch. Her work is seen in the photo below.  In addition to the drinks, ...
Located in the historic Headhouse Square district of Society Hill is a narrow little coffee shop known as Bodhi.  Sourcing beans from several different roasters ensures a great brew for whatever type of coffee drink you’re in the mood for. This place is a great little spot whether you’re looking ...
Why It’s Important to Use A Realtor Recommended Lender Every now and then, a buyer comes along with their own pre-approval from a lender I am not familiar with. When it comes to ancillary services like title companies and mortgage lenders, most real estate companies have a partnership with select...
How much money (cash) will I need to buy a house? This was a question I saw commented on Facebook and it made me realize, as real estate professionals, sometimes we forget some of the simplest concerns 1st time buyers have.  Since I am licensed in PA and NJ, I will give an and "easy" method for a...
Almost a year ago I wrote a blog post titled "Wanna Own A Franchise? Think Again" and received a lot of great points and comments from people who had done just that, either successful or unsuccessful.  This time, I am re-examining those aspirations but focusing on simply "being a broker".  MONEY,...
THEY call it EMPOWERHOUSE - A Sustainable Urban Development! Who Are They? Students and Faculty at the New School and Stevens Institute of Technology. What is it? A home built w/ a zero energy balance! IN other words, it produces about the same amount of energy as it uses, along with other conser...
We have all read a similar listing post by an Anonymous Agent: Wonderful 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Colonial Single with New Roof (?), New Kitchen (?), ), Newer HVAC (??), Newer Siding (??), and Recently Updated Bath(???).      At first glance, you think "THis is perfect for my buyers Jim and Jane. I must...
  You're a 1st time home buyer and, although you are overwhelmed, you found the right property to call home. Your offer was accepted and is contingent upon you having a home inspection. Considering I have been through countless inspections with many inspectors, have purchased multiple properties...
  Sure, we all loved the whole fro-yo craze, but to be honest I want the good stuff: real, creamy ice cream. That’s when I discovered The Lite Choice.. The signs say no preservatives, no artificial additives, no corn syrup, gluten free, low fat, and kosher…..and it’s supposed to be super tasty? I...

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