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One of my most favorite reviews to date

Recently my client’s Kristin and Scott settled on their first home in Fishtown.  They were so pleased with my service they reviewed me on Yelp and here is what they had to say:

Having Capri as your real estate agent is like instantly having a new, very smart, best friend to help you make one of the most important decisions of your life. As first time homeowners she was fantastic at educating us on the process and made us feel completely comfortable asking dumb questions and asking them often. Capri also has an extensive network of professionals that helped us along the way. Anytime we had a concern, she knew someone who could help.She is incredibly patient and flexible. She took us on showings for at least once a week, often 2 or 3 for almost 5 months. Capri always found the time to work in a showing and she always made us feel like we were her only clients. She gave her honest opinion on properties and never pressured us on anything. I’m convinced that after a couple of weeks getting to know us, Capri knew which properties were right and wrong for us before we did but amused us with showings on opposite sides of the city anyway. Most importantly is that Capri kept the process fun and positive. As a self -proclaimed worrywart, having Capri in our corner let me enjoy the hunt. Before we saw any properties, Capri told us that our home would find us and not to get discouraged, even if deals fell through, in the end it would work out for the better. At the time I didn’t understand that but when we found two houses that we thought were “the one” and each didn’t work out we channeled Capri’s positive energy. She was completely right. Now that we are all moved in to our house, I couldn’t even imagine living in the first two.

Thank you so much Kristin and Scott for your fantastic review.  I am so glad that who I strive to be is exactly how I am perceived!

If you would like to read more of my reviews on Yelp you can click here.  Currently many of them are “filtered” but as more reviews come in, the other should migrate to the main review page.

Still want more reviews or would like to write one of your own?  You can also find me here:

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Luxurious End-Unit Condo, Originally Builders Sample

290 Byberry Road #19, Philadelphia PA 19116

$259,900 ~ 2BR/ 2Bath ~ 1,800sqft ~ MLS # 6001556

This former sample end unit luxury condominium is bright and cheery. Spacious living room complete with hardwood flooring, 9′ ceilings, crown molding, extra windows and triple glass sliding door which leads to the front balcony. Peninsula kitchen boasts 42″ cabinets, ceramic tile floors, ceramic tile back splash, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and a large walk-in pantry. Generous sized master suite is neutral in decor, includes 2 large closets and full master bath with double sinks, ceramic tile and glass accent flooring along with a fully tiled shower. Main floor also includes 2nd nice sized bedroom, full tiled bath, and convenient main floor laundry. Downstairs features a huge family or recreational room. Plenty of closet and storage space. 1-car attached garage with entrance to the family/rec room. Ask about the 7 year remaining tax abatement.

For more information about this property or to schedule a showing, contact me:

Capri D’Amario, Realtor®, ABR®, ALHS® ~ RE/MAX Home Experts

Cell: (215) 266-5557 ~ Capri@CapriCloses.com

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Outstanding Fundraiser Sponsored by the First-Timer Allies to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Thanks so much to my friends and Allies who helped me pull this event together!  The night was full of fun, food, booze and fundraising!  Smith & Wollensky Rittenhouse went above and beyond to accommodate this huge group of do-gooders!  Looks like everyone had a blast!  If you have more pictures from the night please email them to me at Capri@CapriCloses.com.

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Positive Cash Flow – Home Run – Investment Property!

www.114N55thSt.info

Price reduced to $64,900 and Seller is offering a $1,000 closing cost assist!

 

Autumfest was a Blast!

Thank you to all my clients, friends and allies who came out and celebrated Autumfest with me!  And a BIG thanks to Scannicchio’s for hosting such a delicious event!!

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A Word from our Engineer on Energy Efficiency

A Word from our Engineer on Energy Efficiency

For those of you who know ally Harris Gross from Engineers for Home Inspections, then you know he knows his stuff about making “home” a better place to live!

Thanks Harris for answering some common questions that homeowners have about energy efficiency.  Harris truly loves what he does and for an engineer he is very chatty, so if you have more questions after you read this I’m sure Harris would like to hear from you!

1.  With energy prices so high, what are some (cheap!) ways to make my home more energy-efficient?

a.  Seal the gaps around any holes in the ceiling.  When you take an outlet cover plate off, usually a gap around the junction box is obvious.  Well for each light fixture in the ceiling, this same gap is present.  Other places such gaps exist are around smoke detectors, bathroom exhaust fans, etc.  A 1/8” gap around the perimeter of a junction box equates to a 1.5” x 1.5” hole in the ceiling, per box.  With 10 boxes, that’s a big hole in your ceiling.  Gaps can
be sealed with caulk, good tape, etc.

b.  Seal the holes in your ductwork with aluminum backed (foil) tape.  This prevents 20 to 40% of the expensive conditioned air from escaping into your utility area, crawl space or attic and brings it to the living area, where it
should be.

c.  Insulate the ductwork and HVAC unit.  This will GREATLY improve the operating efficiency of your system.  The cost of insulation will be paid back quickly with lower heating and cooling costs and a more comfortable living area.  Fiberglass insulation is great on the ducts but only use aluminum backed (no paper-backed) insulation around the furnace (do not cover any vent holes).  Also, don’t insulate the hot round pipe (flue) coming from the unit.  ITS AS EASY AS WRAPPING A PACKAGE!  A MUST for those with duct work and HVAC units in attics, crawl spaces or chilly areas.

2.  What should I be looking for proactively in my home every winter to ensure that my home is energy-efficient?  This might include my furnace, windows, insulation.

Once your home is made energy-efficient, keeping the home efficient is easy.  All it takes is a review of the steps you’ve already taken to ensure everything is working correctly.  Don’t be afraid to blow out a match to see which way smokes travels (to pick up the direction of the air flow) or to run your hand along a wall to check for cold spots.  Our country has an energy crisis and 40 % of the country’s energy use is in the home!

If your home has radiator heat, it’s a must to “bleed” the system of air at least once per season.

3.  What is the future of energy efficiency and the cost(s) associated with it?

The future of energy efficiency is pushed, or not pushed, by the cost of energy.  If the cost of existing energy is low, then slow strides will be made to improve energy efficiency.  If energy costs are high, then there is a lot of motivation to improve.  LED bulbs are the next wave.  They run on very little energy and have a lot of light.  90 % of
the energy of an incandescent bulb is lost to heat.

Currently, we have 95 % efficient heaters that are very available.  This means $0.95 of every $1 is used to generate heat.  If you have a 65 % efficient heater, as a lot are, then you get only $0.65.  So to calculate your payback, if you spend an average of $100 per month on heat, you can save $30/month with a new high
efficiency heater.

 

For more information you can find Harris on Facebook, “Harris Gross”…

Be sure to check out his “Things you don’t see often”!!

Harris Gross ~ Engineers for Home Inspections

~ www.engineersforhomeinspection.com ~

~ (215) 510-5008 ~ engforhomeinsp@aol.com ~

 

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