Considering Making a Move During the Holidays?

Moving During the Holidays

If moving AND the holidays aren’t stressful enough by themselves, moving DURING the holidays can be just downright overwhelming for some people.

People do it, they get through it! Your most serious buyers and sellers are out shopping for a new home during the holidays. There are deals to be found, made and had! But moving during the holidays can be very stressful if you are not prepared, especially if you have children at home.

Consider packing a duffel bag for your child (or children). Put some of your child’s favorite items in the bag, pictures of your family, their favorite toys, and a special holiday gift from you for their new bedroom that they can’t open until you’re in your new home. That will add excitement to their move and something to take their mind off of the scary thought of sleeping in a new place.

Keep it Real! Don’t overwhelm yourself by forcing yourself to do things you typically do during the holidays. Mailing out holiday cards, baking homemade cookies, etc. can all be put on the back burner to save your sanity. Store bought cookie dough can be just as fun and less time-consuming for parents who are busy trying to pack up a house.

Prioritize and Label your boxes. All boxes labeled #1 (obviously) should be opened first; fill those boxes with your most needed items to get you through the season. Don’t go crazy forcing yourself to decorate your new home immediately, but do put up some items that remind your family of their favorite holiday things. You can always National Lampoon your new home next year and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, go crazy then to make up for it!

Invite friends and family over. No – don’t cook for them, have a pot luck party! It’s less you have to do and just think of the left overs you will have in the fridge so you don’t have to cook dinner for a few days giving yourself more time to unpack.

Walk around your new neighborhood (or drive if you moved to the sticks) – check out all of the holiday lights and seasonal activities in your new area, make yourself at home!

Don’t forget Fido and Fluffy, they are lost too. Show them special attention during the adjustment. Don’t just let them out in their new yard, go out with them, toss them a ball and have some fun. Remember, they don’t know where they are, they may have accidents because they don’t know where the door is to their new yard, make sure to walk them to the door when you see signs they have to go do their business and don’t get too mad at them if they do make a mistake. They are almost human, too!

Start a NEW tradition, something easy … maybe a family Christmas eve portrait each year or snuggling up with your family for some pizza and movie (may I suggest Polar Express?) to celebrate the Winter Solstice on December 21st.

Lastly, play music and watch movies that remind you of your favorite holiday times. Relax and enjoy your new home. God willing, you will have plenty of years to enjoy each holiday in your new space! Yes! You can do this!

Happy Holidays from Kim SchreinerKim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
2011 Philadelphia Magazine 5 Star Real Estate Professional
Office: 215.992.1726
Cell: 215.510.2149

Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays are here! No matter how you celebrate or which holiday you celebrate, there are usually some kind of decorations involved that have to do with electricity. Please be safe this season, protect your family and your investment and please follow these tips featured by the Home Safety Council:

  • Look at each string of lights carefully. If any are cracked or damaged, buy new ones.
  • When you buy new lights, look at the box for a label that shows they have been tested for safety, such as ETL or UL.
  • Follow the directions on the box. It will tell you how many strings to use together. As a rule, UL recommends using no more than three standard-size sets of lights together.
  • Hang or mount light strands carefully to avoid damaging the cord’s insulation.
  • Do not plug in too many things at one time. Use a surge protector.
  • Unplug all holiday lights when you go to sleep or leave home.
  • Plug outdoor decorations into outlets protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) to prevent shock.
  • Automatic lighting timers can be used to ensure that lights are not left on by mistake. These are available for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Do not put electrical cords under rugs. Try to keep them away from places people walk.
  • When replacing a holiday bulb, be sure to use the correct bulb size (wattage) that is right for the fixture.
  • Use safety caps to keep children from putting things into electrical receptacles/outlets.

Happy Holidays from Kim SchreinerKim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
2011 Philadelphia Magazine 5 Star Real Estate Professional
Office: 215.992.1726
Cell: 215.510.2149

Fundraiser: Accept the Challenge! Bike MS Ride, City to Shore 2011

MS Ride to the Shore National MS Society
 
This weekend, John Simpson, son of one of my friends and a RE/MAX associate, Jack Simpson, will be riding 75 miles in the MS City to Shore Ride to Support the National MS Society.
 
John has raised some money but still needs to raise more and he is hoping you might be able to help him reach his minimum goal of $300.00.
 
All money is tax-deductible and goes to the National MS Society which is a national leader in MS research.
 
If you can help support John, please click here … any and all donations are appreciated!
 
THANK YOU!

Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Office: 215.992.1726
Cell: 215.510.2149

 

Fall Happenings in and around Philadelphia PA!

Pumpkin Patch It’s a beautiful time of the year here in Pennsylvania. The air is cooler, the leaves are changing colors, the scenery can be spectacular.

Try out local  Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, PA. They have great hay rides which take you out to the pumpkin patch where you can pick your pumpkins, corn mazes where you really do get lost, and THE MOST AMAZING kettle corn on the east coast! There is nothing like a hot bag of this popcorn right out of the kettle!  There are moon bounces for the kids along with pig races and pony rides and even a ride in a Monster Herse! But … BEWARE! At night, the freaks really do come out! The evening hayride is much more creepy …. so is the haunted house…. eeeeek!

Another local favorite, Styer Orchard great for picking your own apples and stop by the store for the best apple pie in town!

For those daring souls who want a little more fright in their Halloween season, check out Terror Behind the Walls in Philadelphia, PA 19130 – Eastern State Penitentiary, a real haunted prison with the most maddening, nasty ghosts in Philadelphia!

Enjoy the Fall Season in PA! And don’t forget to watch my favorite, It’s A Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Boo!

Its a great pumpkin charlie brown

Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX AFFILIATES
Office: 215.992.1726
Cell: 215.510.2149

WOW! 19154 … UNDER 100K! Meadowbrook Townhome For Sale

Meadowbrook Philadelphia PA 19154 Home for SaleThis is a Bank Approved Short Sale!! On top of this ultra LOW PRICE, the bank is offering to pay full 6% Seller Assistance towards the buyer’s closing costs! Please Call for Details! 215.510.2149!!  2 Story 2BR, 1.5 Bath Townhome in sought after Meadowbook Private Community. Features laminate flooring in L/R-D/R areas with Gas Fireplace and Ceiling Fans. Kitchen w/gas cooking, D/W and nice size dining area, main floor powder room. 2 Good Sized Bedrooms w/Ceiling Fans, Master has walk in lighted closet. Full Bath on 2nd floor along with 2nd floor laundry (washer/dryer included, as is). Fenced, private patio. 1 deeded parking spot + plenty of street parking. Needs a little bit of TLC and has endless potential to be a great value buy! Property is a short sale and is being sold as is. FHA/VA approved condominium but owner cannot do any repairs required by buyers lender. Home inspections welcome but being sold as is, reflected in price. Buyer responsible for U&O and Cert of Resale/Condo Docs. One time capital contribution paid by buyer due at closing of 500.00. Seller requests buyer uses sellers title company to expedite the short sale process. Assn Inc: ComAreaMaint, ExtBldgMaint, LawnMaint, SnowRemoval, TrashRemoval, WaterFee, SewerFee, ParkFee, InsuranceFee, AllGroundFee, ManagemtFee .   PROPERTY DETAILS

Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
The #1 RE/MAX Office in the City of Philadelphia
Office: 215.992.1726   Cell: 215.510.2149
Main Office: 215.335.6900 x1726
www.KimSchreiner.com        www.PaRealtyWeb.com

Philadelphia Real Estate: New Listing! Fox Chase 4 BR Single

509 Solly Avenue Fox Chase Home for Sale Philadelphia
Fabulous Fox Chase 4BR Home For Sale

• 1,440 sq. ft., 1.5 baths, 4 bedrooms – MLS® $255,000 – Charming 4BR Single

  –  Charming is an understatement! Beautiful 4 BR Single on Large Lot in Heart of Fox Chase. Huge Yard, Driveway will fit 3-4 Cars, Detached Garage/StorageShed, 2nd Floor Balcony overlooks Yard. This is an original Sears Roebuck Honor Bilt Home. These homes are scattered throughout the United States and were very popular, well built homes. Check out the original ad and floor plan for this particular model!

Enter thru enclosed Porch/Sunroom. Grand Foyer entry w/Stunning Staircase. Original, refinished Pine Hardwood Floors and Crown Molding throughout. Plenty of Sunlit Rooms. 10ft Ceilings. Living room features gas stove/fireplace. Formal Dining Room w/Main Floor Powder Room. Updated kitchen with Apron Farmhouse Style Sink, Recessed Lights, Butcher Block Style Countertop, Gas Cooking, D/W, G/D, Refrigerator Included. Off the kitchen is Main Floor Laundry Room (W/D included) with Oversized Pantry and access to rear yard.

Upstairs you will find continued H/W Floors, 4 Tastefully decorated BRs, updated Full Bath and good sized closets. There is a large, floored, walkable attic and a full unfinished basement, both could be finished for EVEN more space. Ceiling Fans in all BRs and Kitchen. All window A/Cs included. This is a unique home and is truly a must see. Please call today to schedule your private tour!    Property information      Property Website

Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
The #1 RE/MAX Office in the City of Philadelphia
Office: 215.992.1726   Cell: 215.510.2149
Main Office: 215.335.6900 x1726
www.KimSchreiner.com        www.PaRealtyWeb.com

Five Star Real Estate Agent: Thank You to My Clients

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I would like to sincerely thank my clients and peers for giving me the honor of being nominated and awarded Philadelphia Magazine’s  Five Star Real Estate Agent Award 7 years in a row (2011-2017)! This is an award achieved by less than 7% of agents in their market and will be featured in a special section of an upcoming issue of Philadelphia Magazine!  It makes me incredibly happy that my clients have benefited from my service and think so highly of me and my work.

This award is given by surveying an agent’s clients and peers in nine categories: customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication, negotiation, closing preparation, finds the right home, marketing of home, and overall satisfaction. Additionally, respondents are asked whether they would recommend the agent to a friend. Each real estate agent is reviewed for regulatory and/or disciplinary action as reported by state regulatory agencies and given a Regulatory Adjustment Score. In order to be named a FIVE STAR Real Estate Agent, an individual must hold a current real estate license and be in good standing.

I look forward to maintaining your highest standards of excellence!

Sincerely,
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Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates
Office: 215.992.1726
Cell: 215.510.2149
Main Office: 215.335.6900 x 1726
www.KimSchreiner.com
www.KimsTestimonials.com

New Listing in West Mayfair! Philadelphia Homes For Sale

West Mayfair Philadelphia Homes For SaleWest Mayfair, Philadelphia, PA 19149  –  Super nice location, great block, clean/quiet! Exterior features lg front lawn w/patio, big, fenced rear yard w/driveway parking, +garage for storage. Living room has decorative fireplace, plush double padded newer carpeting and is tastefully decorated. Exposed, real hardwood floors in Dining Rm (H/W floors T/O under carpet). AirLite, EatIn kitchen w/dishwasher, gas cooking and updated cabinetry. 3 Bedrooms! Master features FOUR closets! Other 2 Bedrooms are KidFriendly and custom decorated (will be repainted for the new owner if you’d like)! Main bath w/skylight has been updated w/ “Bath-Fitter” tub/surround, newer vanity and “over the tank” storage. Full, finished basement w/another FULL bath!! Basement space is currently being used as playroom, would also make great man-cave, office or family room!! Washer and dryer stay. Newer heater, roof and windows t/o. No homes out back.. This is a great buy for the savvy home-shopper! And yes, this home has Central Air too! Close to Transportation, Shopping and More! Call Today! 215.510.2149

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RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
The #1 RE/MAX Office in the City of Philadelphia
Office: 215.992.1726
Cell: 215.510.2149

Open House Sunday 5/15 1230-330 Meadowbrook, Philadelphia PA 19154

COME ON OUT 5/15 FROM 1230-330!
Enjoy some yummy cookies and tour this lovely home!

3333 Comly Rd. # 34
Philadelphia, PA 19154

Directions? Click Here for Google Map!

Meadowbrook, Philadelphia, PA 19154
1.5 baths, 2 BRs, 2 story Contemporary Townhome
REDUCED! NOW ONLY MLS® $135,000 – Rarely Offered End of Row

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Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor

RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
The #1 RE/MAX Office in the City of Philadelphia
Office: 215.992.1726
Cell: 215.510.2149

Northeast Philadelphia Open House! Morrell Park Homes for Sale! 5/15 1-330

Morrell Park, Northeast Philadelphia Homes for Sale Open house

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Morrell Park, Philadelphia, PA 19114  –  I invite everyone to visit the open house and have some yummy cookies at:

3662 Morrell Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19114

on May 15 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

DIRECTIONS? GOOGLE MAP! CLICK HERE!

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Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
The #1 RE/MAX Office in the City of Philadelphia
Office: 215.992.1726
Cell: 215.510.2149