I am a small investor with several properties in the mid-atlantic region. About a year ago, I decided that Philadelphia seemed to be an up and coming market and wanted to purchase a single family rental property in a hot neighborhood. I was lucky enough to hook up with Brian Borden and Philly Living. Brian was a big help in dealing with the sellers realtor and helping me with my initial offer, but afterwards is when Brian was an invaluable person to have on the team. During inspection it was discovered that the house had a few issues that were outside of my comfort zone of fixing myself. Brian was able to correctly identify how expensive the issues were due to his past experience in the construction industry, and then helped to bring the seller along to correct the issues with reducing the final price of the house. He was then able to put me in contact with the right people to fix the problems at a reasonable price. This made the whole processes of buying an investment property in a new city much easier and all together much more pleasant. I plan on using the Philly Living team again when I am ready to purchase another investment property in the Philadelphia region and highly recommend them to anyone that is interested in buying a home here in Philadelphia.
Norman & Scott
Hi Carmel, We just received your lovely card and wanted to thank you again for all you did....you were great in ALL ways and really did help us get the apt of our dreams in no time at all! Let your manager know what a gem he/she has in you!
Where do we start?! We can't believe we have know you for almost a year now. Thank you for sticking with us and helping us find our home. We know it wasn't easy, but we appreciate your patience, diligence, and dedication. You are welcome to visit anytime, you know where we live
Mikhal was amazing to work with in finding our first home. She made us feel confident as she led us through all of the steps to buy a house and was always available. Mikhal was responsive to our needs and showed us houses that matched our preferences well. She made the overwhelming process of buying a house fun!
I have had the pleasure to work with Carmel Archdekin on two separate occasions, as she helped me purchase two properties in Philadelphia. Carmel is professional, cordial, and extremely helpful in all the phases of the real estate experience. She had a wealth of information on all the properties we saw and always came to the showings with complete materials that helped me with my decisions. As my interest lay in purchasing properties to rent out, she also prepared for me rental comps of all the properties (and we saw many!) and gave me additional advice when I was considering renovations.Carmel is extremely well organized, knows the city very well and all it can offer in terms of real estate. Prompt in answering calls and requests for information, Carmel always welcomes you with a smile and a friendship that is clearly innate and natural. I look forward to working with her in the future and, needless to say, she is also my agent for the rental properties.I definitely recommend working with Carmel and her husband, Dale Archdekin. Real estate is not an easy proposition, but with the right help and a professional and friendly agent such as Carmel, every purchase (or sale) will be a breeze!
Jon and I worked together to secure a property for a mutual client. He was the agent and I am the finance guy. I can attest that Jon is as good as it gets and professional throughout. I usually do not write reviews because my word is all I have but in this case I can confidently say that If Jon Cohen is in your sphere of search you should reach out to him and let him represent you in your purchase or sale.
"My fiancee and I just moved from NYC in September and bought our first home. We decided to work with Susanna Kunkel after speaking to many different Realtors in the area because of her low pressure demeanor and professionalism. We were relocating for work and needed to find a house in an extremely short period of time. Susanna was very responsive to our sense of urgency and her impressive knowledge of the area was helpful while we picked out properties we wanted to view. We looked at over a dozen properties in only a couple of days in many different neighborhoods in Center City, while she helped us selectively narrow down our decision. We finally settled on a beautiful home in Society Hill. Additionally, she recommended a fantastic mortgage broker who helped us close in under 25 days and who provided us with terrific rates. Susanna really helped us a lot through a process we didn't know much about. Her guidance was invaluable. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a home."
As first time homebuyers, we were lucky to find an agent like Carmel. Carmel took the time to understand our needs and preferences and helped us think about things we would never have considered. Through the negotiation and closing process, Carmel was responsive and provided just the right amount of guidance to make the process go smoothly. We can't thank and recommend Carmel enough!
Where do we start? So many thank yous are in order. Thank you for the fabulous wine! I'm sure it will be great since it came from Harvey's wine stash. They are very special bottles and Ralph and I plan to drink them on moving night. We will need it!
Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication! The house is fabulous! We are excited to live there and call it home. Your attention to sound structure all the way down to the smallest detail is amazing. We appreciate how you all care about the house as much as we do.
If you ever need a recommendation of any type, please let us know. Also, you are all invited with your wives to dinner one night in the near future. I'll let you know once we are settled in. And yes, Harvey, there will be plenty of wine!
We truly appreciate all of your care up to settlement and beyond.
As a first time home buyer and a single woman I was pretty intimidated by the whole home purchasing process when I first began my mission. Thankfully, with Carmel’s help and support my initial worries were put to rest immediately. Carmel was absolutely amazing from beginning to end and really guided me through the ins and outs of finding and purchasing my first home. I could not be happier with the service she provided and I am absolutely thrilled with my new home! A million thank yous to Carmel and her team!
I sold a house in the Graduate Hospital area in late 2007. I was renovating the property and had more than a few construction struggles. When I was ready to sell the house we interviewed 4 or 5 agents and landed with Paul. I couldn't be more pleased with the results.
Paul went out of his way many, many, times to ensure that not only was the house ready to show, but that it was ready to sell. He would stop by the house (while still under construction) and give me call to let me now of the progress, what was working, and what needed further attention. He worked around the construction materials to put together a set of wonderful pictures which showed off the house beautifully and made it look completely finished. All that on top of the regular work of listing, promoting, and showing the house. Once he found a buyer, Paul and I were in constant communication (several times daily) working through our construction punch list and made it to closing on time.
Once sold, there were still a few finishing items to be done on the property, he set up an escrow account for me, brought in a highly skilled handyman, and worked with me and the buyer to ensure that at the end of that week, everything came together as intended.
If I hadn't had Paul, I do not think that I would have been able to sell this house at all, let alone in the 2 months or so it took in a tumbling housing market. Paul went well above and beyond his duties and I am grateful to have had his experience and expertise when selling my house. Paul is the only agent that I recommend to my friends in the Philly area.
We were first time home buyers two years ago and were lucky enough to have Mikhal as our Realtor. She helped us through every step and made us feel comfortable. She always got back to us right away. I would definitely recommend Mikhal Mary!
Working with Carmel made the overwhelming experience of buying my first house significantly easier. Carmel was consistently able to answer all of my questions and was always willing to work around my frequently variable work schedule. Considering I had next to no idea what I actually wanted or what I could afford, she very quickly helped me obtain a pre-approval and rarely showed me anything that lacked potential. Once she helped me find my current home, she seamlessly guided me through the negotiations, inspections, shopping around for financing, and paperwork. I could not have been happier with the help that Carmel provided or my eventual purchase.
Ryan assisted us in selling our condo last winter. We were in a major time crunch with a baby on the way, and Ryan did everything he could, including an open house, to get it sold fast and at the price we deserved! We were very happy how he always kept us up to date with potential buyers feedback. We would definately reccomend him to friends and family!
I came into town to look at the market, with just two days to do so. I had selected several properties to see, who I contacted Mikhal, who was representing the seller on one of them, so I had just happened upon her as the agent to use, but she was terrific. When I decided that I wanted to see more, the first day, she scrambled to be sure we could see as many as possible and, by the end of the second day, having seen enough (and that was a lot), I had signed on the place I am living in now. And, even following the market thereafter, remain sure that it was a great choice. She also helped me identify contractors for renovations and was responsive, helpful and a delight to work with, throughout the process.
We are so happy we chose Jon as our Realtor. From start to finish he was perfect. Jon's background in home approvement gives him an advantage over other realtors and provided us with additional information that proved invaluable. He was available morning, noon, and night for any questions we had and always responded in a timely matter. Jon is a pleasure to work with and we recommend him highly!
Jon helped us through every step of the home-buying process. He always answered any questions we had quickly and in a manner that thorough, but easy to understand, which is important because there are so many complicated details in this process. He gave his honest opinion and knowledgeable feedback on aspects of all the homes we visited, and with his sharp attention to detail, he was able to point out any issues with the roof, windows, siding, land, and other major structural components of a house. On top of all that he's a very friendly, easy-going, and organized person to work with. I highly recommend working with Jon if you are planning to purchase a home, especially if you are a first-time buyer like we were.
I have to tell you, you are fantastic as a Realtor. You have a nice way and care about the way you present and you go over how you market property, etc. and provide great contacts.
Competent and trustworthy. That’s how I’d describe Dale. My partner and I couldn’t have sold our home in a buyer’s market without him. Every step of the way, Dale made smart recommendations that were backed up by data and reason- he's particularly good at balancing your needs with the realities of the market. In the end, our goals regarding selling price and timeframe were met. If you’re looking to sell a home in the Philly area, Dale’s your man.
A few days few days after Halloween I contacted Jon to say I needed to purchase a new home ASAP. A few days after Christmas we were moving in to the perfect house for our family!!! Jon's knowledge and professionalism made this super fast process stress free. I would highly recommend him to the people I care about. As a matter of fact I would insist they use Jon!!! Thank you Jon for all your hard work!!!
I have known Ryan Kanofsky for years on a personal level, and now I am happy to say I know him on a professional level as well. When I started this process, I was open to looking in any area in Bucks County and wasn't really sure what I wanted. Working with Ryan helped me to realize what was really important to me in a home and what to be on the look out for. He was knowledgable about the whole process, was easily accessible, and most of all, he allowed his schedule to be flexible enough to show me a wide range of homes in multiple areas. Ryan would not let me overpay for a property and most importantly, negotiated a great deal for me! If you are looking for someone that that is reliable, dependable, a pleasure to be around, and knowledgable, I would recommend Ryan Kanofsky anytime.
Jon helped us find a great spot in Northern Liberties. He was really responsive in helping us secure the apartment, even though we were going through the process from out of town. We felt that Jon had our best interests at heart and really wanted to find us the right place.
If you're looking for an incredibly hardworking realtor who is highly responsive, knows the market and can negotiate a great deal - work with Mikhal. I have bought and sold with her through three transactions and she always had our best interest in mind and I will continue to call her for any real estate needs.
Susanna helped me purchase an investment property in 2012. After only few showings, she knew exactly what I was looking. She quickly narrowed down the search according to my preferences. The one thing that stands out in my mind during the process of purchasing my property is that Susanna would promptly return all my calls. Also, she is great with getting the entire price negotiating process done electronically. I appreciated that as I was working full time and could not take much time away from work. I would recommend Susanna!
My name is Steven DeBonis and I recently had the privilege of using phillyliving.com for the first time as I searched for an apartment in Philadelphia. It was during this time that I had an opportunity to meet and begin working with one of your employees David Ferrando. From the outset David took the time to listen and carefully gather my needs and wants of an apartment.
Additionally, David was able to quickly return and answer phone calls / texts (and at times I know I was overbearing and a nuisance). I have never experienced such professional and prompt returning of calls and texts through my experiences. Additionally, David was flexible beyond belief, willing to drop things and move his schedule to accommodate my busy and hectic schedule. It was refreshing to deal with such a courteous and professional individual - you truly have yourself an unique and stellar professional. I cannot thank David enough and I felt compelled to inform you of his outstanding professionalism through and through.
I recently purchased my third home with Carmel, a REO, and with it came some challenges that without Carmel I would not have made it through. She was attentive to the details, and she helped to keep the process moving along. The most important part to me has been knowing that I can trust in Carmel. I always recommend her to my family and friends.
It was a great experience working with Mikhal! She is an experienced realtor that is extremely responsive and great to work with. She always works hard on your behalf to get the best deal.
My husband Adam and I have worked with Paul Rhodes to buy and sell two houses and we plan to work with him in the future if and when we move again. He is an excellent realtor. He works quickly and is very flexible (we have tough time constraints). He has great resources to get anything in your home fixed up based on a pending deal for very reasonable prices (the best I’ve seen). He got us great sale prices for our houses in a bad economy! Both times we were incredibly close to the asking price. We were seeing other houses in our area selling well below asking, so this was quite a feat. He has a great eye and made sure our house was well marketed, photographed and positioned in the market. Both sold quickly too.
Thank YOU for all of your hard work, dedication....and PATIENCE (with me) :-) I can't emphasize too strongly what a treasure Carmel is. Over the years she has both helped me find a new home...and now helped my Mother and I find a new family for...just as she states, our family treasure. If you have ANY real estate needs, please contact Carmel Archdekin...she's the best!
Jamie was aware of my financial limitations and made it happen. One of the most down to earth yet professional Realtors I've ever known. She was the agent for the purchase of my second home and I SO wish she was there with the purchase of my first!
Coming from out of town and having no knowledge of the Philadelphia area, let alone the real estate market, Ryan Kanofsky was a tremendous asset for me. Ryan and I had worked together for some time before we found a place, mostly because my search criteria changed midway through the search. Ryan was knowledgable and was able to take care of the process for me while I was out of town. He was able to use his resources to make this process as easy as possible for me while I was away, and on top of it, got me a great deal on my house! I would recommend Ryan for any real estate transaction in the future.
Buying your first home is very exciting but it's also very overwhelming. Carmel was great from beginning to end! She was there to guide us through every step of the process (and we had a lot of questions!) Carmel is very dedicated to her clients and to helping them find their dream home! She'll do whatever it takes to make it happen! I highly recommend Carmel for All your real estate needs!Thanks Carmel! We couldn't have done it without you!!!
Working with Mikhal as a first-time homebuyer was great, she took the time to explain and help me through every step of the process and was always available with her professional advice and experience (especially on negotiation, my weak spot!). She is extremely quick and responsive with any communication and helped me find the perfect house!
Why we listed our home with Susanna Kunkel: “We were planning on selling our home on our own but we’re so glad we decided to go with Susanna. She helped us to decide on a reasonable selling price and then put an aggressive marketing strategy into action, which resulted in our home selling in just six days. Our home inspection revealed some serious problems that we were not aware of and caused some great difficulties. We’re grateful we had Susanna to smooth out the wrinkles and bring us to a successful close. I would, and do, recommend Susanna Kunkel to anyone interested in buying or selling real estate. She genuinely cares about her clients and works very hard for their interest.”
Dale – I wanted to thank you for everything you did. I feel I was excellently represented from day 1. Your counsel during the process was invaluable and you never stopped going the extra mile to help me out. I would recommend your services to anyone.
My husband and I worked with Mikhal on and off for 2 years while we looked for the right home. She was very helpful throughout the entire process. After looking in several different areas we finally settled on a location that she was not familiar with. Even though this was not the area she typically works in she researched the area and found the perfect home for us! It was great working with her and we still keep in contact.
Jon helped me a buy a home recently. He helped me understand the market I was buying into and gave advice I couldn't have gotten elsewhere. He always had my best interest at heart, which was crucial because this was my first home and I was not too knowledgeable. He made the process very easy and took care of any questions or concerns I had. Really a great agent all around.
Mikhal assisted my husband and I in the process of selling our home as well as buying our next home. She responded to emails throughout her vacation (which was in another time zone,) helping us to sell our house quickly. She also worked hard to negotiate a low price for our next home. We would highly recommend her.
"My family recently had the pleasure of working with Carmel on the sale of our Father's home in South Philadelphia. From our first meeting we were impressed by her enthusiasm, professional yet friendly demeanor and frank, insightful assessment of the property and it's sale potential. her style is collaborative with the right measure of constructive guidance. The staging and presentation of the home was remarkable and resulted in a transaction that exceeded our expectations. We would highly recommend her as a Realtor of choice!"
Susanna patiently helped my wife and I find our first house, one that is just right for us. Susanna is easy to work with, very knowledgeable, professional, and goes the extra mile in ensuring you get the best possible home buying experience. Can't recommend her any more highly!
Jon was fantastic to work with from start to finish. He was available any time of day for questions/concerns. He truly took the time to listen to what we needed/wanted in our new home. Jon knows the area so well, we didn't feel we were wasting our time because he knew the exact areas for us to look. We highly recommend Jon!!
Jon did a great job in helping me find a home. I was working with a realtor prior to Jon and it felt like I was doing all the work and he had no idea what I was looking for. I'm so glad I switched to Jon, he understood exactly what I was looking for, he knows the area very well and is great at assessing the condition and needs of a home. He was available whenever needed and offered some great advice. He also had excellent referrals for any services needed. I would highly recommend Jon to anyone looking for a home!
I used Mikhal for my first home purchase. She came highly recommended by a family friend. She did not disappoint! Mikhal was extremely responsive and honest throughout the process. There was no BS, which is exactly what I needed being a first time buyer. Even though I know a lot about the Philadelphia market, she really took seriously her responsibility to lead me in the right direction and point out pros/cons of each property. She was sending me properties every other day and was generally available at times I was available to see homes. She was responsive to my requests to see homes she hadn't sent me. Most importantly, when it came time to pull the trigger on a home, she was instrumental to the closing. Her friendliness, responsiveness, and overall pleasantness clearly has led her to form strong and reliable relationships within the community with other professionals. Her connections were likely able to secure my purchase over another buyer (and relator). Also, each person she has recommended to help with other components of home ownership have been responsive and professional. I would definitely recommend reaching out to Mikhal if you are looking to purchase in Philadelphia (be sure to ask how her children are doing!).
As an analytically driven person and first time home buyer, I had a lot of questions throughout the home buying process. Luckily I found Susanna. Her breadth of knowledge of the process, market, and area was invaluable to me. You can tell with Susanna that she wants the best possible outcome for you when buying a home. I was probably not the easiest buyer to deal with and Susanna was always warm and welcoming to my stream of ever changing requests. We ended up looking at 20-30 different properties before landing on the right one. Susanna was supportive throughout, guiding me in the right direction and ultimately my first home! If you're looking for a great home buying experience, contact her! Moving isn't fun, Susanna provided some aid in the form of beer and pizza, awesome!
I have been looking at apartments since October. I have had many opportunities to work with several companies and people who seemed to be interested in a quick service approach, and in some cases, I never felt my needs were getting met in terms of what I was looking for. There were times my head was spinning, running from one place to the next.Jamie was meticulous with her sending me potential apartments that were not only on target, but she followed up daily so that we were both communicating and I felt we were moving in the right direction. She also took me around to each apartment, instead of meeting people all over Philadelphia. Jamie made me feel like she really cared about my situation, since this is the first time I will be living on my own.I feel her professionalism, sincerity, and unique personal attention made all the difference in my experience with Philly Living. To make my story complete, she found me the most wonderful new place to live. I am extremely grateful to her. She followed up on every detail leading up to my move in date. My experience with her was excellent!
I have had the opportunity to work with Paul on several real estate transactions over the past few years. I can HIGHLY recommend Paul for many reasons. Foremost on the list is his customer service. Paul is always readily available to answer my questions, provide good advice, or give access to potential buyers. I've never been disappointed using Paul as my real estate professional and I don't think that you will be either.
I am a California resident who owned property in Philadelphia, with no personal contacts in the city to assist me. I had gone through property managers who were not collecting rent, or not keeping the place rented, and not keeping me informed of the rent flow/or lack of it. When eviction became a possibility I was taken advantage of by an opportunistic attorney in Philadelphia at a significant financial loss to me. My property had been listed at a price significantly below market with no offers and poor communication from the listing agents. Needless to say, I was not inclined to trust anyone representing Real Estate dealings in Philadelphia, and was considering the possibility of going forward with non-payment of the mortgage and possible foreclosure. One Saturday morning I received a call from Brian Borden with Keller Williams inquiring into my expired listing. I can't say enough good things about my experience with Mr. Borden and his team of professionals. Within a short period of a few weeks, he assessed the situation, strongly recommend remodeling the property, given its desirable location, and quoted me a price in total, with net profit figures expected upon the sale.
I was hesitant and inclined to let it go 'as is" to an investor. Mr. Borden continued to encourage the re-model as being in my best interest, so reluctantly I agreed to "trust" another stranger. He appeared sincere, knowledgeable and well connected with the community. I remember asking, "how do I know I can trust you"?, and his responses had the ring of credibility, so I proceeded. Brian went promptly forward and handled the entire project from start to finish. He kept me informed, sometimes daily of the progress of the project. He sent many pictures as things proceeded, and made decisions on my behalf for the interior design and color scheme of the re-model.
I am pleased to say escrow closed on the 20th and I now have significant funds beyond what I ever expected to pay off my debt and get back on my feet: All without the mess of a foreclosure! Brian is also representing me in Court in a law suit against the nefarious and unscrupulous attorney referenced earlier.
It's nice to know that my continual faith in human nature and belief that people are basically good has been renewed and fortified through my fortuitous association with Mr. Brian Borden.
Yesterday I closed on 538 Moreland Rd, Huntingdon Valley. I was so thankful that Eric was the broker. He helped me every step of the way along our long road to a sale. He was professional and cooperative and I appreciated his work on this sale. This is a tough market and Eric was a good listener that also had good ideas. Just wanted to let you know it was a good job – well done. Thanks again.
Dear Noah and Sheena,Thank you for the work you did on our behalf for the sale of our house at 317 Titan St., Phil., PA 19147.Having been our agent on both the purchase and sell of the house, you were in a unique position to know the work that our family has dedicated to the upgrade and care of the property. We feel satisfied that, at this time, we can put this property in the hands of new owners knowing that it is good value for both buyer and seller.Should we need you in the future, we will be sure to call.
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Being from around here, Jon knows the area very well. He is very honest and will largely recommend houses that are actually within your price range. He is also honest about what houses are worth buying, and he will point out the reasons why a house is or isn't a worthwhile investment. Finally, Jon is a big help when it comes to negotiations. He helped us set a limit on improvements (so we could walk away with no losses if we couldn't afford to fix whatever was broken), and he ensured that the seller fixed what he promised to fix. Jon knows his stuff, and he's fun to work with!
Found exactly what I was looking for in a home all thanks to Jon! He responded quickly and was very eager to help and answer any questions we had along the way. He did everything he could to make the process quick and painless, and I couldn't be happier!
Mikhal is an absolutely amazing Realtor. She is honest and supportive. My husband and I felt 100% comfortable with Mikhal and she helped us make a great decision on the purchase of our home. She was a fantastic negotiator and always asked all the right questions. Mikhal worked tirelessly to show us many, many, many houses before we settled on our home. I highly recommend working with Mikhal to anyone who wants to purchase a property - she's a fantastic Realtor!
We have been working with Mikhal for years and recommended her to our friends. She assisted us in the process of buying a home under construction and provided her expertise in dealing with the developer. She found renters for our first home in no time and when it was time to sell it, she was on it an sold it at the first Open house. She is very dedicate to her clients and care about finding the right place for them. She has been excellent in responding promptly to our questions and been available to us.
Carmel was a joy to to work with! She was so patient with us as we spent the better part of a year off and on looking for houses. She was very responsive and diligently followed up with every question we threw her way! Hopefully we won't be moving again any time soon, but if we do, we'll certainly be calling Carmel.
Ryan helped my wife and I find our first house last year and I don't think we could have done it without him. Being new to the process of buying a home, Ryan was a perfect guide as he educated us on each step along the way and patiently answered our (sometimes endless) questions. He was always plugged into the market which gave us an edge in finding the our new home.
I ended up with Mikhal as my agent just by luck. I requested more information about a property and she responded to my inquiry. I stuck with her because she is a super star of real estate. She was incredible to work with. I ended up looking at so many properties before settling on the one I did. Mikhal was patient with me throughout the whole process and kept finding me new, interesting listings until the right one came along. She never pressured me and was completely understanding when I backed out of one contract. She was always flexible with meeting to view properties and I really felt like she was on my team. When it came time to go through the offer, inspection and closing process she proved herself to be a skilled negotiator. Mikhal was an absolute pleasure to work with and I consider myself lucky to have ended up with her.
Jamie was great to work with while selling my condo! I was semi-long distance during the process which was somewhat challenging and she was always available to help and give advice. Jamie was also great at communicating with contractors, condo boards, financial institutions, and management companies. She was very clear, open, and hardworking throughout the experience. I appreciate her motivation and dedication, and would highly recommend her!
Jon was a tremendous help in our long-distance search for the perfect home in Cherry Hill. He understood exactly what we were looking for and worked tirelessly to find us several options. Before, during and after our 48-hour whirlwind house hunting weekend, Jon devoted long hours to our search. He was invaluable to the entire process, answering LOTS of questions along the way and helping to make the purchase process smooth. We truly couldn't have done it without his expertise.
Jon, Your demeanor and professionalism, in representing your client, enabled me to present your client in a favorable light. In turn the landlord was more optimistic about moving forward with your tenant. You did a great job and always remained amicable. It was a pleasure working with you.
I moved to Philadelphia about a year ago, and after renting, knew that I wanted to buy a home. My girlfriend and I were walking our dog one day in our northwest Philadelphia neighborhood when we came across an open house, which Brian was hosting. Although we were out earlier in the morning before the open house officially started, Brian invited us in and made us feel at home. We informed him that the price was out of our desired budget, but regardless, he took an active interest in our situation. During our conversation, we discussed the pros and cons of the open house to our needs, and Brian was knowledgeable about the local market, assuring us that we would find something we liked without having to go far at all- or breaking the bank. This led us to a fruitful relationship, in which we met many times, saw many listings, and had a few potential winners that didn’t work out. Unfazed by our stubbornness and particularity, Brian arduously researched and found us more options. He was in contact with us at any time in the day, any day of the week, and kept an upbeat attitude. This led us to purchase our home 2 blocks from the beautiful Wissahickon Valley Park, all under budget and with a couple perks that we hadn’t expected! I would recommend Brian Borden as a realtor to anyone- you will not be let down.
Jon is incredibly knowledgeable on the market, the purchasing process, and setting me up to succeed. In addition, he is friendly and an absolute pleasure to work with. Thank you for everything!
Selling a home in the current real estate market can be tough. Throughout the process, Dale and Carmel were extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and better yet they got the job done! I would highly recommend them!
Ryan is a pro and a class act. He knows the market well and offers balanced advice throughout the negotiation process. He's super responsive and communicates. With Ryan there are no miscommunications or gaps. I'd work with him again any time!
Brian Borden has been a pleasure to work with and has worked hard to bring me deals that make sense and are profitable. He's not your typical realtor. He sends me new listings every day, even weekends! Brian takes pride in his work and keeps the buyer happy.
My wife and I are not new to real estate "world", having dealt with different Real Estate Agencies in different states whether it was a purchase of a primary residence or an investment property. A striking difference working with Susanna Kunkel. To summarize in a short sentence - professionalism and class sets her apart from all our prior real estate dealings. We were not sure of what exactly to expect from the Philadelphia Center City condo market and what would fit the best for us in our search for the perfect Center City condo. Without any pressure, Susanna carefully guided us through a tough decision making process while managing to educate on what Center City has to offer. We ended up with a perfect property! I think if it would not be for her professionalism and sophistication we would still be on the market trying to make an "educated decision" and frustrated with a search process. Thank you very much for your great service!"
As a military family we move about every 2-3 years and usually the Army helps us find housing. This move was different because my husband's job was "remote" and not close enough to a base to use the military services we are normally used to. I was a mess and stressed out trying to find a place to rent in an area I was completely unfamiliar with all while trying to move out of our old location. Luckily a friend recommended Jon. When I contacted him, he responded immediately. And after our first conversation, I knew I no longer had to worry and stress when it came to finding a home to rent and could focus on the packing, moving and getting on the road. He promptly answered all my questions and concerns, whether it was via phone, email or text. His knowledge of this area amazed me and that alone helped us filter out the 25+ houses we had saved, all before we even arrived. With his help, we narrowed our list to 5 houses. He set up the showings and we were able to meet up with him the day after we arrived at our temporary hotel home in the area. He showed up with a packet with all the houses, so I could take my notes. That day went so smooth and that was due to the work Jon had done before we had even arrived. And having him there as we went through each house was key to making our final decision, especially since we were in a time crunch and looked at houses that were newer, townhouses, which I was weary of, and even one that was from 1863. I knew I could trust his opinion. I can't even imagine if I had to set up all these showings and do it alone. When it came to the final choice, he helped us work out all the little details of the lease and we were able to sign the it and other paperwork via email/online services! How convenient! We were able to move in a week after first seeing the house, which was very important and I attribute that to Jon's hard work and dedication to his clients. He was there for us through the entire process, every step of the way. I was impressed with his technology skills, as today so much is done via email/text/social media and from what I found, most of the realty companies we looked into didn't seem like they used the latest technology. But he is just as good over the phone & in person. Very professional and knowledgeable. Jon provided priceless information about the PA/NJ area. The moment we first talked on the phone, I knew I hit the jackpot. He took the time to find out who we were and what we were looking for. I highly recommend him for any of your real estate needs.
As a first time home-buyer I had no idea of what I was getting myself into. I was going to random open houses and trying to schedule showings whenever the seller was available. Then I met Carmel Archdekin. I met with Carmel once during a open house and briefly described the ideal location and type of house I was interested in. Less than 12 hours later Carmel had sent me a list of 20+ homes for sale in the area, most of which I couldn't find elsewhere, and all of which were available to look at whenever was convenient for me. Carmel coached me through the process, answered every question I had and worked at my pace. We settled on my dream house in November 2014 and I couldn't be happier. More importantly I couldn't have done it without Carmel.
"I just purchased a home through your agency with Susanna Kunkel as my agent. Susanna was extremely helpful with the whole real estate process. Helped me find properties to fit my needs, was very informative about various homes, suggested offer amounts and kept me up to date with the real estate market in Queen Village where I was looking to purchase. Also, she was really knowledgeable about the mortgage process. Thank you for suggesting Susanna when I called your agency."
Dale has assisted us with the rental of our house last few years. He was not only helpful, courteous and professional but I'm convinced he had our best interests in the process. Dale was extremely patient and responded to all our questions and emails with impressive alacrity. He seemed to monitor his email and voicemail 24-7. It's pleasure to work with someone who exudes such professionalism.
Brian was very helpful in the sale of my Center City house. I now live in Los Angeles, so I was not there to do some of the things that needed to be done. He was ready and willing to pitch in for me. He helped to coordinate staging, repairs, cleaning, etc. He had a great list of local resources as well. The house had a lot of showings, and he provided me with weekly reports and feedback. He was also responsive and easy to get a hold of when I needed him.Victoria Schriver
It is with pleasure and gratitude that I share comments on my experience with Brian Borden in the listing and sale of my home. I originally had my home listed with another agent but I withdrew due to trying to get a home equity loan. While my house was off the market, many agents called on daily bases, but Brian stood out for many reasons. He wasn’t pushy, he just provided me with all that he could do for me and why I should change agents. He sent information through email and even came out to meet me and see my home. He was working on potential buyers even before I listed my home with him. His in depth know how and the numerous professional and personal contacts in the business, places him in an enviable position from where he can take advantage of opportunities for his clients which other realtors can only dream about. The experience at each phase of the sales effort was superior. I never expected to sell my home within the first month of it being on the market. Thus, I highly recommend Brian Borden for residential real estate needs.
Jon recently helped us buy our second home. He was exceedingly pleasant to work with. He was very flexible, knowledgable (with locations, pricing, resale values, school districts and home repairs), responsive, professional and polite. Without reserve I would recommend Jon to anyone needing a realtor.
We worked with Carmel for around a year and a half on the purchase of our second home. During that time she also listed and sold our first home in less than a week. Throughout both processes, Carmel was fantastic to work with; she was thorough, dedicated, and proactive. In addition, she is a genuinely caring, energetic, and kind person to be around. The purchase of our new home was not a simple one and it kept us all on our toes, but Carmel handled it with ease. We were lucky to have her!
Jamie Hartman was very knowledgeable and responsive during my whole scary house search process. She was really helpful with explaining the ins and outs of the mortgage process and was instrumental in linking me to a great first time home buyers' mortgage program. Initially, she made me feel at ease, like getting my first home was something that was doable and was going to happen for me in time. During the search process, Jamie was knowledgeable about the area I was looking at in Philly and was aware of how quick houses were moving in that market. She was able to accomodate my schedule to get me into houses quickly so I didn't feel like I was missing any opportunity to see a house. She helped me prioritize exactly what I was looking for in a house, which features were necessary and which I could live without, and she was very patient with me when I changed my mind, many times, about what exactly I was looking for and where. During my closing, the sellers and I did not agree on one condition of the sale. Jamie was professional and worked through the issue with the sellers and the listing agent until I felt satisfied and comfortable with our agreement and the purchase of my home. Overall a great experience!!
My husband and I worked with Ryan to purchase our first home in Philadelphia. As first time home buyers we were nervous about what to expect during the home buying process, however we had an excellent experience with Ryan and have since recommended him to our friends. The process was smooth and Ryan was helpful and knowledgeable which led us to finding the perfect home. We will definitely be using Ryan again in the future!
“Working with Susanna Kunkel made selling our home a stress-free experience. She’s professional, knowledgable, extremely helpful and the most pleasant agent we’ve ever dealt with. Because of her accessibility and dedication, there was never a need to worry about anything. She sold our house quickly, the closing went off without a hitch and we gained a valued friend! Susanna knows her business – we strongly recommend her services!”
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