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The Penn Relays start tomorrow, Philly.  Are you ready?  We have details on events, links to tickets, and suggestions for how to get to the Penn Relays.

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Come to University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, April 28-30, for the 122nd year of the Penn Relays and Penn Relay Carnival.  The world’s greatest track-and-field athletes, as well as thousands of spectators will descend upon University City for this renowned meet, featuring events like the USA vs. World series of races (the crown jewel of the Relays); the pole vault; javelin throw; long jump; the 100-meter dash, and much more.  The event features Olympic athletes and hopefuls, top high school competitors, as well as collegiate contenders.

For those less inclined to run, jump, or throw,

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Uncertain about what to expect from your open house?  Hosting an open house can not only help your home sell more quickly, allowing you to limit the number of people who stroll through your living room, but it can also determine how close your home will sell to the listed price.  The best advice is to consult a professional: find an agent who can quickly put together a custom marketing plan with an effective price.

But to take some of the uncertainty out of what to expect during the open house process, here are some open house tips.

Clear Your Home of Personal Items

You’ve taken time to pick out the perfect furniture, had those great family photos taken at the beach, and your collection of antique porcelain dolls is proudly on display in the

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Located in the Northern Liberties area, this recently rehabbed 3 bed, 2.5 bath home is truly one-of-a-kind! As you enter, you'll notice the beautiful bamboo floors and recessed lighting throughout the home.

The gourmet kitchen is complete with stainless steel appliances, dovetail wood cabinets and a breakfast bar with granite counters. Glass and steel railings lead you up the staircase to the 2nd floor, where you will find 2 spacious bedrooms, washer and dryer and full bathroom with vanity and shower/tub combo.

The 3rd floor boasts a Master Suite like none other! The bedroom features an open layout with ample natural lighting. Pamper yourself in the master bath, which has a large shower with custom tile wall, dual-flush toilet, and

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Philadelphia is often ranked as one of the best walking cities in America. But visiting without a car is very different than living in Philly without a vehicle. Can it be done, and how difficult would it be to survive without four wheels? There are always Ubers and taxis, but what about affordable ways of getting around Philly without your own ride?  We've got ideas!

“Walk! Philadelphia”

There's an exclamation point in the title!  They must be serious.  The city has engineered a great way to not only encourage walking among city neighbors and visitors, but the “Walk! Philadelphia” signs are also meant to help you get to your destination easier. The signs were developed in 1995 and with their bright colors, easy-to-read display and

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Buying a home is certainly be one of the most exciting things you can do.

However, it can also be stressful – very stressful.

So stressful, in fact, some studies liken the emotional strains to premature aging!  We can't promise keep the cruel hands of time at bay, but Philly Living can make the process of buying or selling a home as painless as possible.  Lets see how a time of significant change can transcend fear or worry, and become the exciting and hopeful time it should be.  We aren't masters in mindfulness meditation or stress relief, but choosing the right real estate team can prevent heaps of unnecessary stress.

 

Home buying is an emotional experience and very personal to each buyer. Any time your emotions are involved in a

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Sure, Franklin Square is fun by day—whether munching on a snack from SquareBurger; playing 18 holes at Philly’s only mini golf course; or riding on the beautiful Parx Liberty Carousel, there is no shortage of fun in the park. 

But this Friday, as part of the 10th anniversary since the rededication of the park, the square will light up as part of Philly’s first Chinese Lantern Festival! 

As if sparked by the Bolt of Lightning statue near 6th Street, Franklin Square will be aglow!

If you have never explored Franklin Square at 6th and Race Streets, come check it out in the evening on April 22 to witness the glowing displays of the festival.  According to their website, the festival will have 25 illuminated lanterns, handcrafted giant flowers, a

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Stunning 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath Pimlico Farms colonial located on quiet cul-de-sac. Amazingly spacious. Gorgeous turned staircase greets you upon entry.

Chef's kitchen highlighted by upgraded antique white 42" cabinetry, Corian counters, s/s appliances, double oven and gas cooking. An entertainer's dream, with massive center island, open flow into the rear breakfast room/solarium and impressive family room complete with 2-story ceilings, gas fireplace and rear stairwell. Study off foyer with french doors. Formal dining room and living room round out the main floor.

Master suite has an attractive tray ceiling, separate sitting room, walk-in closet and oversized bathroom with double vanity, jetted tub and private W.C. Three other good sized

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This historic section of Philadelphia features a flourishing dining scene. Here are a few of our picks for the best outdoor eateries in the area.

 If the chill in the air ever yields to sun-warmed spring breezes, Philly’s al fresco dining scene is sure to burst into bloom with the seasons flowers.

 And one of the most charming areas of the city for dining during this time of year is Old City.

 It’s easy to work up an appetite as you stroll along the original cobblestone streets of this historic section of the city. Though unofficial designations differ, Old City can be said to encompass the area from Front and Sixth Streets, bounded by Vine Street to the north and Walnut Street to the south.  The area houses some of the most notable historic

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In PART I, we mentioned insufficient income and a blemished credit report as reasons you might be denied by your lender. 

But what if you have a good income and are covering the minimum payments on your debts?  You supplied all the necessary paperwork, but your lender still rejected your application for a mortgage.  Despite your good income, is your consumer debt robbing you of savings? If this is the case, you may be turned down for a mortgage due to too much debt and an insufficient down payment.  

Does this mean you are relinquished to a life of renting? Not necessarily.  Although debt and an insufficient down payment have no easy solution, and it is never pleasant to be turned down for a mortgage, there are steps that you can take ensure you

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Home improvement projects are difficult no matter where you live, but certain aspects of your location—features that make your city life great, like not having to depend on a personal vehicle—can compound their difficulty.

What do we mean? 

Well, if you are a suburban do-it-yourself handyperson, using your car or truck to pick up a few gallons of paint, or transporting a few lengths of trim, is a fairly simple task. 

But for the urbanite, a simple DIY task can suddenly seem monumental.  Just try taking 12-foot lengths of trim molding onto the subway or SEPTA bus.  It all depends on your project, but even 2 gallons of paint can be a burden with a 15 block walk.

You moved to the city for the ease of proximity and to save a few bucks on car

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