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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 What are my marketing strategies for this year's challenging market in Real Estate Industry?  Stay Positive  Smile it is easier than frowning  Be enthusiastic and passionate  Be honest  Consistansisy and self-disciplined  Take seminars never too smart to learn  Make a presence on Social Media  These are steps that I have always taken. It is important not to fall into a negative mindset. Even in a changing Real Estate Market the basics still work in my humble opinion. There are no secrets to success just communication and perseverance  Keep the public informed about the market.  Keep in touch with your clients by email, phone, and or social media  Write personal notes to past clients to let them know you are thinking of them Send out just-sold and just-listed cards. People want to know ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 What is Happening In Delaire Landing Gated Waterfront Community  Currently, there is one active listing for sale in Delaire Landing For Sale:  2BR 2Bath 3rd floor 1036 Sq 'unit w/balcony updated kit  $214.900One is temporarily off the market: 2 BR 1 Bath first floor unit 992 Sq' $215,000 There is one pending listing There have been 5  SOLD Settled Condos in the last 40 days since my last report Sold:  1BR 1Bath first floor 816 Sq'unit SOLD $150,000  DOM 23 Sold: 1BR 1Bath first floor 818 Sq' remodeled Sold $200,000 DOM 71 Sold: 2BR 1.5 Bath second fl unit 980 Sq' remodeled Sold $232,500 DOM 9Sold: 2BR 2Bath third fl unit 1031 Sq' newer heater Sold $222,500 DOM 23 Sold: 2BR 2 Bath 2nd floor unit 1334Sq' ft balcony Sold $245,000 DOM 6 All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's see what is happening in the Bakers Bay Gated Waterfront Condo CommunityCurrently, three active units are available; one is coming on the market soon will make it four. There was one unit sold in the last forty-five days. For Sale:  2BR 2Bath  1868 Sq' in the Mid-rise -4th floor spacious unit /den $319,000For Sale: 1 BR  1.5 Bath  1441 Sq' in the Mid-Rise- 2nd Floor- with den $244,900 Coming soon: 1BR 1.5 Bath 1441 Sq 'in the Mid Rise first floor - $234,900 For Sale: 2 BR 2 Bath  1651 Sq' in the Garden section second floor w/fireplace this unit is a short sale and is listed for $220,000SOLD: 1BR 1.5Bath 1441 Sq' in the Mid-Rise - 3rd-floor water view- remodeled $273,500 Sold price - Days on market 124 This information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed  Baker's Bay is a gated w...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
The New Year is here and just like that so are rising prices. Last week when I went food shopping I walked out of one of the stores because I refused to pay that much money for cheese and eggs. The following week the same store cut the prices in half. There is one store I go to for bottled water and soft drinks because otherwise, I pay a soda tax to the City of Philadelphia. The money originally was for certain school programs so it was bittersweet. I  make a trip to my local Acme shop to purchase items in Bensalem. I check to see what is on sale plus they carry a local homemade pasta brand I love.  A Boutique TJMax is right next to them if I have the time I stop in.Now mind you I am one person and my food bill has gone up considerably. It must be difficult for young families to manage....
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Rivers Bend is a small condo community that is pet-friendly which makes it very desirable to many buyers. It is not a gated community. It does not have amenities such as a clubhouse or pool, but it is very well maintained. The community does have outside maintenance such as snow removal and landscaping. The association does take care of roof replacement and siding if needed. There are no amenities therefore fees are not as high as in a gated community.   Rivers Bend is pet friendly and that is a plus for this community. Many other communities may allow service dogs and emotional support animals but many neighbors are not so friendly and do not care for dogs in their community.  The units in Rivers Bend are very spacious. Each unit has 2 BR, 2 Baths, a garage, a laundry area, and either ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Helpful Tips on What Not to Blog in Real Estate  1. Do not throw sand at other agents - play nice in the sandbox This is a two-way street people are entitled to their own opinions Your way of doing business is not the only way to do business. So be nice to others. Listen to what others have to say you just may learn something new  2. Do not be negative. It makes you look bad try to stay positive when writing your posts. People would rather read positive stories than negative Show you are a positive person to work with a passion for your business ethics   3. Do not talk about politics. This is primarily a Real Estate blog. Politics is a very touchy subject and you are talking about information that may inflame emotions and could possibly lose your potential and existing clients.   4. Som...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Jeff Dowler, CRS, and Brian England December challenge -How to blog Successful in Real Estate  I have found that writing Market reports on specific areas has helped me significantly. Many people contacted me from these blogs and that was what I wanted so if that is what you are looking for here are some tips. I want you to know it will not happen overnight it does take time and patience but it does work. You just have to try and if you follow up with a mailing you have twice as much of a winning chance. First, pick an area to do market reports on. You do not want to pick an area that is heavily farmed by other agents. Choose an area where other agents are not farming heavily and you will not have a lot of competition. Write about the sales in this area at least once a month. You should ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Delaire Landing a Gated Waterfront Condo is not just a place to live but for many, it is a way of life. There are many Social events, Club Activities, parties, and charity events. Many people love to play cards or perhaps Bingo is your game. There is a gym and library all free for residents.  Just last week children has breakfast with Santa. The look on the children's faces was picture-perfect. Joyce a resident at Delaire Landing gated condos has a fair donating all the proceeds to a special charity. There is a jewelry class once a month and starting in January a Yoga class. Every year there is a New Years' Eve Party. It was put on hold for a few years because of COVID but it is cleared once again.  You will never be bored when you reside at Delaire Landing. Neighbors become friends an...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
I am so grateful to wake up every morning and go to sleep each night. I am truly blessed to have so many close friends who care about each other in my community. I have friends that I had when I was growing up as a child. I have other friends that I have made throughout the years. I come from a small family and many of them have moved to Florida. Some have moved to other states. Personally, I like the change of seasons. In Summer, I love to go swimming and have fun in the sun. I get to see most of my pool buddies they are so special to me.  Fall is the colorful time of year light jackets are required. Plus I love the clothes I wear and the wonderful walks .  In Winter, I get to hibernate and not feel bad about it. I also love the clothes the wonderful faux fur coats and boots. The fun H...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Here is an easy recipe for homemade cranberry sauce that will take 15 minutes  from start to finish 1 cup of water 1 cup of sugar1 pack of rinsed cranberries add a teaspoon of vanilla to the water Put water and sugar in a saucepan and heat together stirring on medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Slowly add the cranberries and turn up the heat once the heat is boiling quickly turn it down to medium for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. you will hear the skins pop. Be careful (if you want to add raspberries now is the time ) mix and remove from heat . Let it cool it will thicken into a beautiful sauce refrigerate or serve warm - You will never eat canned again Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends, family, and especially my clients 
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Here are some wonderful Steals and Deals for the Thanksgiving Holidays that you can pick up! This one is for ladies and men who use Perricone MD skin care they are offering great deals on their products. You will not see the discount until you put it in your cart to check out as there are limited quantities. You can also use the code extra50 - I seemed to get a better discount on what I was purchasing without the code so check first. You can always take out the code. Great deals Black Friday Shop I Love Dooney You can get some beautiful handbags and totes for as low as $99 and great key chains in selected colors that they call pebble grain coin purses as low as $29. These make wonderful gifts for special people and will last for years to come. These gifts are a Steal of a Deal  be sure ...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Time to write my Thankful post and this week what comes to my mind is that I am really and truly Grateful for Active Rain, especially the wonderful friends I have made over the years. I am not going to name them for fear I will leave even one of them off the list.They have cheered me on when I have achieved listing and sales.  They have read and encouraged my writing the so important market reporting. The market reports have helped me achieve the status of the neighborhood expert. Many members also encouraged me to send out just sold and listed cards and shared their own success in doing so. Knowing that this helped them to succeed in their market gave me that extra push to also do it in mine   There are members of Active Rain that will show you how to do video marketing They even creat...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's take a quick; look at what is available and what has sold in Delaire Landing Gated Condo Community Available now including coming soon are three units Coming soon : 2BR 2Bath unit 2nd floor 1348 Sq' updated w/balcony on market date Nov 17th price $255,000For sale: 1BR 1Bath first-floor unit 816 Sq' assoc paid monthly $297 Price $199,000For sale: 2BR 1bath First-floor unit 992 Sq' assoc monthly $332 tenant occupied until 12/31 would stay There have been three SOLD units in the last forty days SOLD:  2BR 1 bath first-floor unit updated kit- 992 Sq' assoc monthly $355 -SOLD price $225,000 -DOM 10 SOLD: 2BR 2Bath - 2 nd floor, 1240 Sq' -Balcony - assoc monthly $390 updated unit Sold price $230,000  DOM 13 SOLD: 3BR 2 bath unit elevator building 2nd floor 1538 SQ' monthly assoc  $532 i...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
I have this little friend I am so grateful each day for her love.  A companion that follows me everywhere. She is small and beautiful. She is unusual as she follows me without a leash when I take a walk outside. My neighbors are amazed especially those that also have a pet like her. If you did not see her picture you may have thought it was a dog. For those of you that know me, it is Cleo my Siamese cat. She does not wander she even sat when she saw a squirrel sitting on a bench I said no stay there she sat and watched. She may walk ten or five feet away but never further from me. If I say home she walks in front of me and goes home. Mind you I never really go very far from home. The man Arnold who lives in the unit above me is fascinated when he watches Cleo. He also has a cat and says...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's look at what is happening in Baker's Bay Gated Waterfront Condo Community in the last thirty-five days. What is available and what has sold?One unit is available at the present time  as of 11/07 /2022  For Sale: 1 BR 1.5 Bath in the Midrise 1441 Sq ft a 2nd-floor unit $577 assoc fee with a balcony that has a river view $244,900SOLD in Midrise Elevator Building one unitsSold: 1 BR 1.5 bath 1441 Sq' 6th-floor unit $548 assoc fee Tiled balcony facing club House  Price $224,900 DOM 17 Sold Bakers Bay Garden Section three units Sold: 1BR 1.5 Bath 1255 Sq'  2nd Floor unit den, fireplace  +balcony, assoc fee $428 price $189,900  DOM 14 SOLD: 1BR 1.5 bath first-floor,1381 Sq' unit den Fireplace, assoc fee $471, Sold $225,900 DOM 19 Sold: 2BR 2BR condo first-floor unit 1381 SQ, fireplace,a...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
It is almost time don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour Nov 7 :  2 AM 2022 This may be the last year as Congress is voting to do away with Daylight Savings Time. There are some states that do not have DS T such as Arizona and Hawaii. A CBS News poll in March found that 10 Americans prefer to keep a consistent time year-round, but there is not strong agreement on whether it should be daylight saving time or standard time. Forty-six percent of those surveyed said they prefer daylight saving time, 33% said they liked standard time, and 21% percent said they’d rather keep the status quo.What is your opinion?  
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Let's talk Philadelphia Steals and Deals. I was told Cosco's has a large size air fryer on sale double doors by Gormia XL for $129  until 11/20 while supplies last You may also want to check if you are in the market for a coffee maker Cuisinart Brew Central 14 Cup Programmable coffee maker for $44.99  also ends 11/20 Both have great reviews if you are a Costco member there are wonderful bargains here.Let's not forget the Dollar Tree Store. In fact, I think I have to find a new one which should not be hard as they are popping up everywhere. The one I usually go to always seems to have unpacked boxes and is not as clean as it used to be  The greeting cards are two for $1. If you are Lucky you can find a box of Holiday Cards for $1.25.  They have dishwashing packs that are just as good as...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
The chill is in the air one day cool and warms the next but we must prepare for the cooler weather especially here in the States where we get winter.My place has been a mess changing my closets around and also changing my blankets and comforters. I have many friends with larger homes that say they do not have that problem but even when I lived in my larger home I did have to shuffle things around from season to season. The Steal of a Deal is Zips cleaners  I take my comforters there every season they wash them and bag them in a zipper bag for $24.99  if you take your shams it is an additional $3.99. Last year I purchased an Ugg microfiber suede and faux sheepskin comforter I cannot wait to see how it turns out. The other plus is it does not matter what size the comforter is the price is...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
A few years ago after the Pandemic, I changed Real Estate offices. I had been with the same umbrella company for most of my real estate career and it was a difficult decision but I made the move.I was sitting at my computer writing a post when the phone rang and I answered Homestarr Realty and the man with disappointment in his voice said he had the wrong number.  I quickly answered this is Hannah Williams. Oh, he said you are who I want to talk to  I quickly learned he identified me with my other company but found me through the blogs I wrote on the community where he lived. We had a very nice conversation and an appointment was set up to take a look at his property.It turned out he owned four properties in this community. The house he called me on needed work. After a long discussion,...
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
People are complaining about interest rates and this makes me laugh. Well not funny if you are using credit cards as there you may see a rise in your payments but the housing market is not a horrible market. Looking back I remember a time when Interest rates were 18 and 19 percent now that was a difficult market. People who purchased houses paid high-interest rates but when the rates came down their property values went up significantly. There are always alternative financing options. If you are a first-time home buyer you most likely will not stay in the house you are purchasing for more than 5-7 years. Your needs will change and you will outgrow the house. Looking into a good adjustable mortgage may be a good way for you to go. You may think that this will be the house you are going t...
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