1942 S Iseminger St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

1942 iseminger

1942 iseminger

Welcome to the trendiest area in town, “Passyunk Square”. This lovingly maintained home is move in condition. The newer gleaming hardwood floors beautifully accent the living room, dining room, and second floor. The second floor offers 3 bedrooms and a full bath. The spacious kitchen exits to a back patio. Included in the sale: refrigerator, washer & dryer (all in as is condition). Be the first to preview this great home located blocks from the best restaurants and shops Philly has to offer.

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Tips for an outdoor dining space

Quick Tips for Designing an Outdoor Dining Space
RISMEDIA, Thursday, February 04, 2016— Whether your home is a house in the suburbs or a high rise in the city, taking advantage of the outdoors is a great way to expand your livable space. If you are working with a large backyard, your possibilities may be endless, but even the tiniest balcony can be transformed into a functional area. There is nothing quite like enjoying a delicious meal al fresco, so here are a few tips to consider when designing an outdoor dining space.

Determine Your Function
Depending on the square footage of your outdoor area, consider what you will be using it for. Are you creating a dining space on a cramped balcony, or do you have a sprawling back yard with room for several areas? Smaller spaces can be tricky, so try to find furniture that can double as storage, like a bench with space beneath or a table with drawers or an extra shelf. For larger spaces, consider separating areas with rugs or using potted plants to establish borders between the dining and lounging spaces.

If dining will be one of the main uses of your outdoor space, be sure to consider proximity to the kitchen or grill. Having a clear path between the cooking area and the dining area will make serving much easier and help prevent trips, drops and spills.

Find Your Color Scheme
Consider what your focal point will be to help determine your color scheme. If your outdoor space overlooks the ocean or a beautiful landscape, then choosing neutral materials will create fewer distractions from the view. Alternatively, if you’re working with an urban setting, bring in a bit of color with potted plants and vibrant seat cushions or pillows. Ultimately, your space should be a reflection of your own style, but should also complement the surroundings.

Know Your Environment
With many different materials to choose from, selecting the right outdoor furniture can be tough, but considering your environment is a great place to begin narrowing down the list. If your space gets a lot of direct sunlight, metal furniture may not be your best choice as it can get hot and uncomfortable to touch. Additionally, if you are near the ocean, salt water in the air can be harsh on metal surfaces and require additional treatment and cleaning to maintain.

If you live in an area that experiences all the major seasons, you will want to consider if you will need to store your furniture for the winter. Plastic, resin, or wicker patio furniture can be a bit lighter weight than other materials and easier to put away for the off season.

Know Your Surroundings
Is your outdoor space small and intimate or large and sprawling? For smaller spaces, less can be much more. Be careful not to force a small space into something it can’t handle, like cramming an eight-seat table into a 4-seat space. Bistro tables can be an excellent fit for city balconies and smaller patios as they don’t take up too much space and can be easily moved around. Forcing too much furniture into a small space will make it feel even smaller and may deter you from enjoying it.

For larger spaces, be careful not to overdo it! Ask yourself what you are most likely to use the space for before you plan a 50-person dinner party. Large spaces are often best utilized by sectioning into several areas. For example, an outdoor dining space, a lounge area, room for the kids to play, and a pool can coexist in a very comfortable way by sectioning each area as if it were a room inside your home. Create obvious walkways between each area, and utilize area rugs, planters or potted plants to give the illusion of borders for each area. If you need a bit of privacy, a trellis covered in vines is the perfect divider to create a more intimate outdoor dining area.

Know Your Audience
Is your outdoor dining space for you and your spouse, or do you have a large family or entertain frequently? If you pride yourself as the host with the most, make sure your outdoor dining layout allows for a smooth cooking and entertaining experience. If your grill is the primary cooking space, make sure it is safely separated from the crowd, but also close enough that you can cook and entertain at the same time. If you plan to mostly cook inside, try to plan the dining space in close proximity to the indoor kitchen to avoid long trips back and forth and easy access to the refrigerator.

Have Fun with It
There are a million different ways to design an outdoor space and it really just boils down to your own personal style. Inspiration is often just a few clicks away, or you can view hundreds of patio dining sets at PatioLiving.com.

This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for winning real estate tips and trends.

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Long & Foster- America’s Most Trusted Residental Real Estate Brokerage

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Trust is critical when consumers judge the merits of a brand or company.  When consumers have trust in a brand they have belief that the brand will meet their expectations.  Without trust consumers have no interest in using or considering the services of a brand.  As a result, the trust of a consumer is critical to the success of brands. Moreover, given the importance in consumer trust, brands have begun to seek out the level of trust they hold with those they seek to serve. The Lifestory Research America’s Most Trusted Study, in its fourth year, awards companies that provide services or products to customers in their home.  Brands currently awarded the designation of America’s Most Trusted include: home builders, active adult resort home builders, cabinets, faucets, electric utilities, HVAC systems, kitchen appliance brands, laundry appliance brands, paint, and residential realtor organizations. Long & Foster ranks highest in trust among residential real estate brokerage brands according to Lifestory Research America’s Most Trusted™ 2016 Residential Real Estate Brokerage Brand Study.  The study, based on 15,377 consumer opinions, tracks how trust impacts consumer’s evaluations of residential real estate brokerage brands.  Consumer opinions are collected over the course of the prior 12 months. To qualify to participate in the study, participants must have indicated that they were aware of specific brands. Participants completed several questions including motivational drivers, demographic characteristics, and brand equity measures.  The brand measures include measures of brand awareness, quality, current brand in home, and trust. In the Lifestory Research America’s Most Trusted Study, consumers are asked about their trust in home based brands. Trust is measured through the Lifestory Research Net Trust Quotient Score in which every brand can be divided into three categories: “advocates,” a customer who feels a significant trust toward the brand; “neutrals,” those who trust a specific brand, but do not see a specific brand as standing on the shoulders of other brands in regards to trust; and “antagonists,” who are skeptics with little, if any, trust in a specific brand.

 

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Using this approach noted above, Lifestory Research calculated T scores for the brands in the study.  A new feature of this years study is that all brands, across all categories, the T scores were based on all brands in the study.  An index score of 100 is average for all home brands included in the study.  In the following table is the rank order of the brands.  The rankings are based on the Net Trust Index Quotient Score.

 

 

The brands included in the ranking list are based upon those brands most recognized by consumers. Some brands included in the study are not represented in the list since they did not generate a brand awareness score high enough to be included. Charts and graphs must be accompanied by a statement identifying Lifestory Research as the publisher and the Lifestory Research 2016 America’s Most Trusted™ Study as the source.

About Lifestory Research

Headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., Lifestory Research is a trusted national independent market research firm focused on consumers and their homes. We take a consumer-centered approach to helping developers, home builders, financial institutions, product manufacturers, utilities, and organizations serving customers in their homes. We provide timely analysis that allows our clients to make informed decisions. Our research is backed by in-depth consumer and market intelligence that drives confident business decisions. www.lifestoryresearch.com

About America’s Most Trusted™ Award

America’s Most Trusted™ is a designation awarded to companies that provide services or products to customers in their home. The award was first established in 2012 by Lifestory Research, a national consumer research firm. Companies and categories currently awarded the designation of America’s Most Trusted™ include: home builders, active adult resort home builders, cabinets, faucets, electric utilities, HVAC systems, kitchen appliance brands, laundry appliance brands, paint, and residential realtor organizations.  Awards are based upon the collection and evaluation of consumer surveys administered over the course of a 12 month time period.

 

 

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5 Hot Curb Appeal Trends for 2016

5 Hot Curb Appeal Trends for 2016
By John Egan
RISMEDIA, Friday, January 29, 2016— Curb appeal is in the eyes of the buyer. But as Texas Tech University researchers Emmett Elam and Andrea Stigarall point out, the precise factors that influence a homebuyer’s perceptions of curb appeal are debatable. What is not debatable is the lift that curb appeal gives to the value of a home. Improving the curb appeal of your home can boost its value by as much as 17 percent, the Texas Tech researchers found. They say curb appeal ranks second only to home size in weighing a home’s value.
While the notion of curb appeal has been around for decades, its appeal keeps rising. Mischel Schonberg, a spokeswoman for Mason, Ohio-based garage door manufacturer Clopay, says: “Home improvement shows and magazines have drilled the importance of curb appeal into the minds of homeowners looking to increase the value and appearance of their homes.”

Here are five top-of-mind trends for curb appeal in 2016.

1. Update the Front Door A fresh coat of paint can spruce up a ho-hum front door and help make a better first impression when someone is eyeing your home.
Veronica Solomon, owner and lead designer at Casa Vilora Interiors in Katy, Texas, says: “Painting a front door a bold color is my favorite curb appeal trend. It creates interest and a focal point to the façade of the home. It gives the home personality. It is inexpensive to do, but has an immediate and big impact.”
Pat McGeehan, CEO of a real estate investment company in Spring Lake, N.J., suggests contrasting the color of your front door with the color palette of your front yard. He also recommends installing a new knob on the front door — one that’s shiny and ornamental.
If you replace the front door altogether, beware that you’ll need to pony up more money than if you just touch up the door with a fresh coat of paint. According to the Remodeling 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, the average cost of replacing a front door on a home is $1,230 (steel) or $2,926 (fiberglass), with an owner being able to recover 102 percent of the cost for the steel door or 72 percent of the cost for the fiberglass door.

2. Lighten Up the Exterior
Outdoor lighting can add a touch of elegance to your front of your home. Furthermore, it can enhance the safety of your house. Outdoor lighting should go beyond ordinary lampposts and wall-mounted lighting to make your landscaping really stand out. Try installing stylish and modern lighting on your front porch.
A 2012 survey by the National Association of Home Builders found that 90 percent of homebuyers rated exterior lighting as an “essential” or “desirable” feature.

3. Liven Up the Landscaping
Flowers and fertilizer can be your friends when it comes to bumping up the curb appeal of your home. A study by Alex X. Niemiera, a horticulture professor at Virginia Tech, shows that a well-landscaped home holds a higher value than a home without proper landscaping. The advantage ranges from 5.5 percent to 12.7 percent, translating into an extra $8,250 to $19,050 for a home worth $150,000.
Of course, landscaping goes beyond flowers and fertilizer. Trim any overgrowth and pull weeds to spiff up the front lawn, McGeehan says. “Neatness will make the yard look bigger and will make your plants look greener and more vibrant,” he says.
McGeehan also says you consider putting up a low-height fence around the front yard to create a “welcome boundary” and make the front yard look larger. While you’re installing that fence or planting those bushes and shrubs, don’t overlook the lawn itself. According to a 2015 survey by lawnmower manufacturer Briggs & Stratton, 62 percent of American homeowners say the lawn influenced their home-buying decision.

4. Put Furniture on the Porch
Placing a bistro table or a couple of chairs on your porch can cost an average of $800 to $1,200 but can yield a return on investment of 40 percent to 60 percent, according to Styleathome.com.
“Nothing is more inviting than a pair of matching rockers on a front porch that are visible from the street,” McGeehan says.

5. Upgrade the Garage Door
One of the easiest ways to improve your home’s curb appeal is upgrade your garage door. Schonberg says: “Garage doors can represent up to 40 percent of a home’s curb appeal, especially in markets where lot sizes are narrow and builders have no choice but to position the garage on the front of the house. That much real estate presents a huge opportunity to enhance or detract from a home’s appearance.”
According to the Remodeling 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, the average cost of replacing a garage door on a home is $1,595, with an owner being able to recoup 88 percent of that cost.
Schonberg says that 10 to 15 years ago, garage doors weren’t considered a key element of exterior design. Now, she says, replacing the garage door ranks among the top 5 home improvement projects.
“It’s no longer about just about getting a steel door in a different color or with windows. Homeowners can customize their door to fit their home style perfectly and make a statement,” Schonberg says.


This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall.

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For Sale- 203 Harding Ave, Havertown, PA 19083

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Kick off your shoes and relax- your turnkey home awaits you! Walk right up onto your updated front porch where you can create your own oasis.  The first floor features brand new hardwood floors installed in 2015 in both the living room and dining room; and living room features a brick fireplace wired for a electric insert. The kitchen has Granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances; included is a freestanding butcher block and a Crate and Barrel tall cabinet for more storage.  Exit your brand new storm door to your backyard which has a large 15 x 20 concrete rear patio installed in 2010, and vinyl fencing to create privacy and a storage shed. The 2nd floor offers 3 good size bedrooms with newer carpet & updated full hall bath with new porcelain toilet (2015). The 3rd floor is a full room with electric & ready for finishing as the 4th bedroom or office. The basement is full & finished with wall to wall carpeting & ceramic tile flooring. Centrally located to Haverford schools, shopping & public transportation. Additional upgrades include; new hot water heater (2015), front bedroom rug (2014), ceiling fans (2013).

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Sold! 3053 Nespar St, Philadelphia PA 19152

3053 NESPER ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19152

Great house, in a great neighborhood! 3053 Nesper is move in ready with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a completely finished basement. Current owner spent the last 10 years renovating the home. Master Suite with a full bath on the second floor, large Dining Room and Living Room separated by a foyer/stair hall, galley style eat-in Kitchen. Large, newly redone, basement with hardwood flooring, ample closet space, and a half bathroom. Well within a short drive/walk to all the shops & restaurants along Frankford Avenue, Roosevelt Blvd, and Cottman Avenue. Surrounded by schools, both public and

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For Sale- 24 Waverly Road, Havertown, PA 19083

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Lovely home on a great quiet street in sought after Havertown.  New state of the art Manoa Elementary. Walk up to see the covered front porch, great for relaxing on a quiet day or evening.  Enter through the large sunny living room with gas fireplace.  Beautiful Oak hardwood floor with walnut inlay borders throughout the first floor.  Follow into the spacious dining room which opens into the newly updated kitchen.  Kitchen has great breakfast bar and a good deal of counter and cabinet space.  Upstairs you will find 3 spacious bedrooms and an updated hall bath.  Large backyard is fenced in with great space for entertaining.  Convenient location to public transportation and shopping. Close to Blue Route entrance. Short commute to downtown Philadelphia.  Not a home to pass up, hurry and schedule your appointment today!

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Under Contract – 216 David Dr, Havertown, PA 19083

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Welcome home to your 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath multi-level home located in the convenient Paddock Farms area of Haverford Township with easy access to highways (476 and Rt 3), shopping & recreation. Charming covered front porch leads to new double wood entryway doors & a wide foyer with new flooring. Enter into the main level where you will find a center hall coat closet, powder room & storage closet. Main level also features a family room with Berber carpet, beamed ceilings, large storage closets, exit to flat rear yard & the laundry/utility room. Open layout living/dining areas with hardwood flooring, bright windows & recessed lights. Eat-in kitchen with new flooring, white cabinets, gas range, built-in microwave, dishwasher & stainless steel sink. Upstairs: Master Bedroom has hardwood floors, generous closet space & adjoining master bath. Two additional bedrooms both with hardwood floors and ceiling fans. Upstairs hall full-bath with tile tub/shower, vanity sink & built-in cabinets. Large unfinished attic for storage. There is a new roof with a transferable roof warranty.

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5 Healthy Home Habits to start in 2016

5 Healthy Home Habits to Start in 2016
By Oseye Boyd
RISMEDIA, Monday, January 11, 2016— (TNS)—It’s the time of year when we’re inundated with articles on how to be healthy, start good-for-you habits and dump the bad ones. But, what about giving some attention to another major investment in your life — your home.
To help get your home in tip-top shape, here are five healthy home habits to start in the upcoming year:
1. Create a home maintenance and repair budget
Don’t break the bank when your washing machine stops or the hot water heater leaks. Create a budget now for expected maintenance projects, and set aside extra funds for those unexpected, emergency repairs that always seem to occur at the most inopportune time. According to financial pros, you can expect to spend about one to four percent of your home’s value annually on repairs and maintenance.
2. Clean refrigerator condenser coils
Help your refrigerator live longer and stay cool by cleaning the condenser coils. Appliance repair pros say it’s the No. 1 refrigerator maintenance task. Condenser coils, which are located under or behind the refrigerator, eventually become covered with dust and pet hair. Keeping the condenser coils clean can save up to 10 percent on your energy bill. A professional cleaning costs around $100. However, you can do it yourself with a vacuum cleaner and an inexpensive coil brush.   3. Service your garage door
Regular garage door maintenance ensures safety and helps prevent costly repairs. In many houses, the garage door is the most used door — and it’s a big, heavy one. Hire a garage door pro to check the tracks, rollers and hinges; tighten screws and bolts and lubricate the moving parts. According to professionals and Angie List members, garage door inspections cost $40 to $100.
4. Hire a chimney sweep
Regardless of whether you use a wood-burning fireplace or a gas log fireplace. A gas fireplace burns clean, meaning there’s no creosote or soot, but you want to be sure the ceramic logs, valves and connections work properly. A gas log fireplace poses the risk of carbon dioxide poisoning if not properly ventilated.
For wood-burning fireplaces, highly flammable creosote builds up in the chimney walls and can cause a fire if not removed. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) advises hiring a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) Certified Chimney Sweep.
Also, inspect the chimney for debris, such as bird nests or other objects that could block ventilation.
5. Schedule a furnace tune-up
Annual furnace inspections and cleanings cost less than $100, but can potentially save you hundreds of dollars in repairs by keeping your HVAC system in optimal working condition and catching problems early. HVAC maintenance contracts typically cost $150 to $500 per year. Don’t forget to change the furnace filter as a clogged air filter puts extra stress on your HVAC system.   Oseye Boyd is a reporter at Angie’s List.   ©2016 Angie’s List Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC
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Under Contract: 1071 Burgundy Circle, Pennsburg, PA 18073

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Step into this immaculate three bedroom, three bathroom Merlot model in The Vineyards. This newly carpeted home features vaulted ceilings, a gas fireplace and a full basement. The dining room has beautiful hardwood floors and is adjoining your spacious kitchen with tile flooring. The kitchen has recessed lighting, granite counters, a large pantry, and room for a breakfast table. French doors lead to the den, and sliding doors to the outside. Down the hall, you’ll find your master suite with large walk in closet and full hc accessible bathroom with double vanity and tile floor. Featured on the main floor are a second bedroom and a second full bath, as well as your laundry room, with washer and dryer. Upstairs is a third bedroom with a walk-in closet and full bath for guests, home office, exercise room, or craft room. All bedrooms are wired for ceiling fans or lighting, and phone/cable. This lovely home has been freshly painted throughout. Large basement awaits use for all your hobbies, storage needs, or finish as you wish. Whole house air filtration system and humidifier for your health and comfort. Large two car attached garage. This welcoming community also has a putting green, gazebos, walking trails, and a clubhouse with a library, exercise and billiards room. HOA fee includes common area maintenance, lawn care, snow and trash removal. Enjoy life in The Vineyards! Range in kitchen is electric; however gas line is built into kitchen and laundry room if gas cooking and or drying preferred

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