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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
If you read my blog, you know Cleo, my Siamese Cat.  Today, April 5th, is Siamese Cat Day, so how can I not talk about it and wish Cleo a happy day?  She slept Most of the day except when the Earthquake hit. Yes, there was an earthquake in the area. It hit New Jersey and New York. Philly just felt the tremors. I was changing the sheets and thought I hit the remote, and the bed was vibrating, but the remote was on the nightstand. Cleo was looking all around the room in a bit of a panic. She likes to watch me change the sheets and is fascinated when I throw everything on the floor as she hurries out of the way.   She follows me and jumps on my lap as I do my work on the computer until she is bored. Then, she goes off to a more comfortable spot to sleep. She is my loving companion. Who lov...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Did you ever have one of those days when nothing ever went right? I bumped into a table, and my plant fell I spilled dirt over the floor. I hurried to get the vacuum but forgot to empty the cup. The same thing missed the trash and then tripped over the cord. What was going on? I was just so tense and irritable. I had a Real Estate transaction and was waiting for a response from the other agent, who said he had two different offers. I was on the edge. I decided to go and look for the mattress I had been putting off. It was time to make the decision. I called, and the salesman I was working with was there. The salesman showed me the one I wanted, and I decided against it. He showed me another mattress on sale, and I liked it much better. Then he showed me another similar one and said now,...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's talk about the Delaire Landing Gated Waterfront Condo Community. It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood, and the daffodils are blooming. Today, I saw my first Robin's red breast. Yes, spring is in the air. As the old saying goes, when March comes in like a lamb, it goes out like a Lion. We had temperatures in the high sixties and seventies, and the colder weather was returning. That is alright; as we know, the first day of spring is almost here. We will be patient as the colors spring up and start to color Delaire Landing.  Could we talk now about the Real Estate Condo Sales in Delaire Landing? Today, there are two active condo units for sale. Active: 1 BR, 1 Bath, 3rd-floor unit  806 SQ' price per SQ' $242.81 updated kit, open concept, high ceiling, laundry, balcony,  condo 7-...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
During the pandemic, my state did not consider Real Estate an essential business. Therefore, Real Estate Offices were closed, and we could not show houses. Some agents tried to sell them virtually, but that was different from how to sell a house. People needed to walk inside and get a feeling. Plus, I felt that buyers would rush once the ban was lifted, and the prices would go up, and I was right. My sellers trusted me and waited. Meanwhile, I could not post on Active Rain for some strange reason. Then I heard wonderful, exciting news: A Zoom session would happen. Finally, I could communicate with my Active Rain family. It was so enlightening to see and speak to my dear friends. Best of all, we decided to meet again the following week.  Thus, the birth of Active Rain Weekly Zoom Session...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
We have been shopping for a mattress in the big stores, and now we are looking online at Amazon and all the other Internet sites. Some Big Box stores even promise to remove your old mattress. The warranties are exceptional; some even let you try them for almost a year. Many of these Bed in a Box require you to install the mattress onto the bed. I may have gone for it if I was younger, but at my age, sorry, it's not happening. I will say many of these Beds in a Box brands I saw in the big stores. I did have the opportunity to see them and try them out, which I was thankful for. Some of the brands were Purple and Nectar. Now, they might install the mattress for you. I did not ask. I was surprised to see how many Bed in a Box brands were available but were not shown as a Bed in a Box. They...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
I went shopping for a mattress as I promised  Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker  . I chose it as my furniture dealer as I knew they would have almost all the internet and High models in stock and on the showroom floor. Plus, they were the company I would most likely buy from, as I like their company service and policy.Philadelphia Steals and Deals Mattress Shopping Part oneI asked for a salesman I had purchased furniture from before, but my mind went blank. I need help remembering his name. A nice young salesman looked him up for me, and he was there. He was finishing up with a lovely young couple, so I started looking around. There were rooms and rooms full of mattresses. There was another lady, and we looked at each other and said oh my goodness, how do you decide? My salesman came and...
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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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