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March 2016

There are 15 blog entries for March 2016.

Are you totally in the dark about the home-buying process?  Then don’t hesitate to ask or research the right questions.  It is time to swallow your pride and explore the basics.   


So, what is a mortgage? 

Since most of us don’t have enough in our coffers to simply cut a check to a seller for the full price of a home, we need funds, through mortgages, to help actualize our goals. In the simplest terms, a mortgage is a type of installment loan you take out to bridge the gap between the money you have and the money you actually need to buy the home.

The typical mortgage covers 80 percent of a home’s purchase price and is repaid in monthly installments that combine interest (what the lender charges for using the money lent to you) and

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Main Line Fashion Week

When you think fashion, you think of New York City, Paris, and Milan—but what about the Main Line?  Main Line Fashion Week kicks off April 4 at Grace Winery in Glen Mills, PA. 

Main Line Fashion Week is not only a paradise for fashion fixated locals, but it also supports local designers, stores, and boutiques, and celebrates the style of the Main Line and Philadelphia’s western suburbs.  No. 109 in Kennett Square and Posh Collections in Malvern are among the boutiques that will be featured during the Runway Shows, which take place April 5-6, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.  April 7 will focus on Fitness in Fashion.  Click here for tickets or to check out the list of sponsors and participants.

Have you Checked out the Wayne Art Center

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From the squares in central Philly (Logan, Rittenhouse, Washington, Franklin) to Fairmount Park, Philadelphia has an abundance of open, green space, but try sowing a row of veggies or herbs in Rittenhouse Square, and you will likely be fined—or, at the very least, have a disappointing and trampled harvest. 

You’re in luck!  PhillyLiving.com knows that gardening isn’t just for those with spacious lots and a green thumbs. Don’t be afraid to delve into the world of herbs, fruits and veggies, even if your apartment is tight on space. In fact, you may have more of a green thumb than you think.  There’s only one way to find out. Grab your seed packets and pots, and let’s get started!

 

Railings Are Not Off Limits

Get creative and use window seal

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Easter is over, and if you did an indoor egg hunt, you may have discovered more than eggs.  Did Dust Bunnies leave more of a mark than Easter Bunnies? 

With longer hours of daylight and flowers in bloom, who wants to stay inside and clean?  Don’t let a dusty and unorganized house distract you from enjoying the season.  Home and garden magazines and websites offer tons of tips, but PhillyLiving.com has synthesized and organized the best ones for you.  You don't need Mary Poppins or a week off from work to catch up on house keeeping.  We want to stress a spring season of simplicity.  If you keep it simple, the work might actually get done!  The task seems large, but don't let it freeze you in your tracks!

Make Decluttering and organizing your first

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You’ve been denied by your mortgage lender for a loan.  Your dream house is out of reach.  Or, is it just on hold?  A rejection does not mean you should sit around and disgruntledly crumple the letter declining your loan application and let the dream wither.  There are any number of reasons your lender turned down your loan, but we will focus on two—insufficient income and credit report blemishes—and examine some potential remedies to these common problems.  Workarounds for these are difficult.  Some may require time, patience, and reevaluating, but at the very least, there are steps you can take to increase your chances of approval the next time you apply.

Credit Blemishes

You may be through with payments on your past credit hiccups, but your

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A fabulous new construction town home located in Graduate Hospital!

This home includes fantastic features throughout; such as hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, high ceilings and large windows for tons of natural light.

The open living and dining area offers just the right amount of space for entertaining family and friends, while also showcasing the modern Kitchen, complete with white cabinetry, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, bar top and a tiled backsplash. The Kitchen also includes access to a rear patio perfect for those summertime barbecues!

Upstairs are 3 light filled Bedrooms with ample closet space and a modern tiled hall Bath with a shower. The third floor features a gorgeous Master Suite with large windows,

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Education + Drinking?  And You Thought that was Just for College Students

Philly is known as a place of liberty, but what about libations?  Dark history, dark brews, and compelling historical narratives coupled with a pub crawl—you can’t beat it!  March means Grim Philly is back at it with their Bootleggers Ball Prohibition Pub Crawl.

 According to their website, the tour explores everything from “ruthless "businessmen" gangsters shooting up the city in a war to control the liquor trade, to a few haunting stories of pirates and colonial brewers.”  Get immersed in the narrative—and a little booze along the way as the tour makes 3 tavern stops—as your guide explains “Philly's early tavern & waterfront drinking cultures” and stories about some famous

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It’s time to shake off the winter woes and add a pop of color (or two) to your home, just in time for Easter. Preparing your house for spring doesn’t take a complete overhaul. Use everyday items you already have to create a welcoming environment for family, friends, and the Easter Bunny!

Bring the Outdoors In

Nothing says Easter quite like fresh flowers. Whether you trim a bouquet from your garden or stop by the floral section of your super market, fresh flowers awaken the senses and will make your home a little brighter.

CentralSquareFlorist recommends using flowers that are tied to the spring season. Many of those types of flowers grow from bulbs. Bring a wide array of color into your home by using tulips. These simple, easy-to-care-for

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The Main Line has a lot to offer this week.  We've got wine, ways to unwind, and Easter eggs-travagance (not your typical egg hunt).

If There’s One Thing Vino, it’s Wine!

Paramour at the Wayne Hotel is offering a wine tasting that will get at the root, or more accurately, the soil behind a variety of wine and the characteristic of “minerality.” 

On March 24, from 6 p.m.-7 p.m., the informative tasting, titled All About Soil, will also feature hors d’oeuvres from Paramour’s kitchen that were carefully paired with the wines featured at the tasting. 

“From chalk in Chablis to gravel in Bordeaux,” you need only go as far as the Paramour in Wayne to explore French soil and the wine it produces.

 

Eggs-travagance at The Radnor Hotel

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If you missed your local Easter egg hunt over the weekend, the thrill of the hunt is still available in many neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia this week.

Along with the bunny and the sweets, the Easter egg hunt is a ritual of the season of renewal.  Even though Easter is a religious holiday, some of its customs, like Easter eggs, can be linked to pagan traditions. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century!

So how about celebrating Easter this year with an egg hunt?  The Easter Bunny has been very busy in Philadelphia.

Here are a few Philly area events that the kids will surely enjoy! 

Buckley Park - Saturday, March 26, 12 p.m.

If you’re looking for some Easter fun for toddlers, head to

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