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Just Listed: 4781 Manayunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128

January 3rd, 2017 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off on Just Listed: 4781 Manayunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128

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Move in ready 4 bed, 3.5 bath home in Roxborough with PARKING! The main floor features a large, open and spacious living room with fireplace and ceiling fan, tons of natural light, central air, dining room, beautiful hardwood floors, modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, cherry cabinets, island and granite counter tops. Walk outside to the patio that is perfect for entertaining and the huge side yard that is perfect for gardening! The upstairs features the master bedroom with a walk in closet, master bathroom with a tub, shower and double vanity. Two large bedrooms, bathroom and laundry room are also on the second floor. The large, finished basement has a nice sized bedroom, full bath with tiled shower and access to the front patio. The basement can also have a separate entrance and it can be as an in law suite or home office. 10 year tax abatement. Make your appointment today!

Frank L. DeFazio, JD (previously licensed to practice law in PA/NJ)
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS
530 Walnut Street, Suite 260
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215.521.1623 Direct
610.636.4364 Cellular
888.308.1148 Fax
Frank@CenterCityTeam.com
www.CenterCityTeam.com
PA License # RS299840
Click Here to get your home’s value instantly for free!
Over 48 Million in 2014 sales!
2015, 2014 “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” a prestigious national award by Real Trends, Trulia and Zillow recognized in the Wall Street Journal

Just Reduced: 2237 Fitzwater St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

January 3rd, 2017 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off on Just Reduced: 2237 Fitzwater St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

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Just Reduced: $774,900

Welcome home to one of the best renovations in Graduate Hospital! THREE BEDROOMS PLUS LARGE DEN WITH PARKING! Completely redone from top to bottom in 2015, 2237 Fitzwater mixes in beautiful original detail with modern finishes. The perfectly designed first floor starts with a grand two story living room which shows off beautiful exposed brick and the natural hard wood ceiling. Wood burning fire place and a custom tile entryway complete this ideal entertaining space. The dining room and kitchen follow the living room to create an open floor plan. Don’t miss the large powder room and coat closet in between, neither of which interrupt the flow! New Preverco wide plank dark oak hardwood throughout. Designer kitchen consists of Samsung and Bosch appliances, granite counter tops, porcelain tile back splash and a farm house style sink. Head out through the brand new sliding glass door to the newly paved brick patio which has been regraded for proper draining. Patio is complete with a custom cedar fence with planter boxes on top, and is large enough for entertaining or parking your car! The second floor holds a large second bedroom and third bedroom, both with great closet space, hall bath with tub and linen closet, and full size stackable Samsung washer and dryer. Versatile third floor consists of the large master suite which holds two closets, over-sized master bath with walk-in open shower that has two shower heads and a rain shower with separate controls and its own dedicated water supply, granite counter tops, bluetooth speaker bathroom fan for music, large linen closet with outlets and separate water closet. Finally, the large den (or potential fourth bedroom) off the master bedroom is great for a second living area, can be closed off or can be combined with master to create a full floor suite! Full, unfinished basement great for additional storage! Additional features and upgrades are: all new electrical and plumbing throughout, newly coated roof (potential for roof deck) with 3 yr warranty, low flow toilets with push button flush, all new double hung windows with deep sills throughout ( including wood front windows), updated HVAC delivery system, high efficiency spray foam insulation on third floor, structural support to facade added to isolate home from others, video doorbell system with monitors on the first and third floors, smart Ecobee thermostat, and so much more! Partial TAX ABATEMENT through 2025. Nothing was missed in this beautiful home!

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Frank L. DeFazio, JD (previously licensed to practice law in PA/NJ)
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS
530 Walnut Street, Suite 260
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215.521.1623 Direct
610.636.4364 Cellular
888.308.1148 Fax
Frank@CenterCityTeam.com
www.CenterCityTeam.com
PA License # RS299840
Click Here to get your home’s value instantly for free!
Over 48 Million in 2014 sales!
2015, 2014 “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” a prestigious national award by Real Trends, Trulia and Zillow recognized in the Wall Street Journal

Implementation of Soda Tax Leaves Philadelphians Astounded

January 3rd, 2017 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Implementation of Soda Tax Leaves Philadelphians Astounded

It’s a new year, and with it comes new changes for the City of Philadelphia. Notable among those changes is the implementation of Mayor Jim Kenney’s notorious “soda tax” on sweetened beverages. The tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on sodas, sweetened teas, juices, and sports drinks was passed last year as a means of not only combating the obesity epidemic, but also to raise funds in city coffers for worthy causes like universal pre-kindergarten education, community centers, and schools. Philadelphians have known that this tax was coming for a few months. By several reports, however, the actual implementation of the tax has left residents dumbfounded by the increased prices of sweetened beverages.

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The new soda tax is leaving some city residents baffled by sticker shock.

It should be mentioned that the tax is levied at the distributor level, and that means that merchants do not necessarily have to pass the cost on to customers. Just try finding one who hasn’t, however. As the tax is per ounce, larger volume beverages (or packs of beverages) have seen the biggest increases. A 20-ounce soda at Acme that cost $1.88 on New Year’s Eve is now up to $2.18, says ABC6. That’s a moderate 30-cent increase. Another customer mentioned bought a gallon of sweet tea that was labeled at $1.77. At the register, however, a tax of $1.92 was added, making the tax higher than the actual price of the product. This has led to some protests of a lack of transparency by customers, since the price posted is far different from what the final price ends up being.

NewsChannel5 had this to say: “Selena Zito, a contributor for CNN and the New York Post, shared a photo of a receipt on her Twitter account. The receipt shows that a case of Propel flavored water that sold for $5.99 had a final cost of $9.75 after tax.” In short, Philadelphians are experiencing post-soda tax sticker shock.

Mayor Kenney: The End of Year One

December 30th, 2016 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Mayor Kenney: The End of Year One

With the start of 2016 came a new mayor for the city of Philadelphia. Democrat Jim Kenney was sworn in, replacing outgoing mayor Michael Nutter. With Kenney came a new administration, new policies, and, so far, twelve memorable months in office. Local station ABC6 recently checked in with Kenney to discuss the year in review.

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Mayor Kenney is close to having served one full year in office.

First of all, Mayor Kenney is a busy man. The station pointed out how he spent the last week dressed as an elf delighting small children in the City of Brotherly Love. That’s just one example of Kenney’s commitment to stewardship, and the genuine pride he takes in his office.

It was pointed out that a critic of Kenney’s said that he doesn’t smile enough. The mayor brushed that one right off:
“I think if you walk around smiling all the time, you’ll go crazy, especially in this environment,” Kenney said.

To date, Kenney’s greatest legislative victory has been the ever-controversial “soda tax,” which was signed into law and will take effect in January. The levy on all sweetened beverages, including soft drinks, sports drinks, and sweet teas, has been roundly attacked by the beverage lobby as unconstitutional, unfair to less-privileged citizens, and everything else besides anti-American. Kenney supported the tax because the funds would be channeled into worthy causes: universal pre-kindergarten education, community centers, and schools.

“We have nine community schools that are up and running. We’ll have 25 before the end of term and we’re moving forward with rebuild,” Kenney said.

It was also pointed out that the relationship between the Philadelphia police and the public has been warmer under Kenney’s care since the mayor put an end to the controversial “stop and frisk” policy that many intimated was a form of racial profiling.

The biggest question facing Kenney and Philadelphia next year is whether Donald Trump will take federal funds away as the city clings to its “sanctuary city” status for illegal immigrants.

New Anti-Smoking Rules Go Into Effect Jan. 1

December 29th, 2016 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on New Anti-Smoking Rules Go Into Effect Jan. 1

The New Year is fast approaching. Have you made your resolution(s) yet? There are a lot of common resolutions that people opt for: some want to lose weight and/or get healthier, some want to start attending church, others resolve to spend more time with friends and family. Yet another frequently-heard resolution is to quit smoking. It’s news to nobody – not even smokers – that smoking is terrible for your health. Secondhand smoke is harmful to people around you, and especially to children. The city of Philadelphia will be cracking down on certain aspects of tobacco and smoking law starting the first day of January 2017. These actions are not meant to be punitive to smokers, but rather to keep cigarettes and secondhand smoke away from children.

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Philadelphia will crack down on illegal tobacco sales, as well as the density of tobacco retailers.

CBS3 quoted Dr. Thomas Farley, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health: ““These new measures put Philadelphia out front as a leader in the effort to protect children from the harmful effects of tobacco products. This Administration is committed to making sure our kids don’t start smoking.”

From now on, no tobacco retailer permits will be allowed within 500 feet of any K-12 place of education. The cost to get one of these permits will also go up: a tobacco retailer permit fee will now be $300. The hike is intended to cover the costs associated with greater enforcement of monitoring illegal tobacco sales. Retailers will also face stricter penalties for selling smokes to underage customers: if caught selling to minors three times within two years, offending retailers will have their tobacco permits revoked for twelve months.

Another aspect of the law, which places density restrictions on the number of tobacco retailers in the city of Philadelphia, won’t take effect until February.

Also quoted by CBS3 was Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, Director of the health department Division of Chronic Disease Prevention: “These new regulations are aimed at protecting children in these neighborhoods from [tobacco] marketing.”

Just Sold: 1819 Carpenter St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

December 29th, 2016 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off on Just Sold: 1819 Carpenter St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

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Just Sold: $428,000

GRADUATE HOSPITAL AREA Big and Wide (16′ x 74′ Lot), 3 story, 1.5 baths, roof deck and HUGE BACK YARD! Value-priced! Hardwood flooring, Walk-in closet, Roof Deck, Granite, Stainless and a yard big enough so that you will need to buy a lawn mower! First Floor: Living, dining, kitchen and powder room. Second Floor: two bedrooms, bathroom and door to the Fiberglass ROOF DECK and steel railings. Third Floor: Large Bedroom with a walk-in closet. Deck has direct views of center city. New construction all around, including right next door. Full size basement for future growth and great storage.

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Frank L. DeFazio, JD (previously licensed to practice law in PA/NJ)
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS
530 Walnut Street, Suite 260
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215.521.1623 Direct
610.636.4364 Cellular
888.308.1148 Fax
Frank@CenterCityTeam.com
www.CenterCityTeam.com
PA License # RS299840
Click Here to get your home’s value instantly for free!
Over 48 Million in 2014 sales!
2015, 2014 “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” a prestigious national award by Real Trends, Trulia and Zillow recognized in the Wall Street Journal

Just Sold: 230 Pensdale St, Philadelphia, PA 19128

December 28th, 2016 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off on Just Sold: 230 Pensdale St, Philadelphia, PA 19128

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Just Sold:  $242,000

Move right in to this super well maintained Manayunk 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath brick row airlite. This property features a covered front porch overlooking a cute fenced front yard with newer vinyl fencing. Enter the home through a full view screen door and newer insulated steel entry door. Large living room with refinished hardwood flooring and ceiling fan. Open dining room also with hardwood flooring and chair rail moldings. New ultra modern eat in kitchen with 42″ shaker wood cabinetry, refrigerator, dishwasher, gas range, microwave and garbage disposal. Recessed lighting, ceramic tile flooring and back splash, pantry closet and exit to very large fenced rear yard with large patio and rear private off street parking. Full basement with family/play room, newer modern powder room, laundry room and storage and mechanical areas. The 2nd floor features large master bedroom with wall to wall carpeting, ceiling fan and closet, new modern ceramic tile hall bath and 2 other good sized bedrooms with wall to wall carpeting closets and ceiling fans. Newer windows throughout, 100 amp circuit breaker electric, newer hot water heater, alarm system and freshly painted. Don’t miss your opportunity to own this home today!

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Frank L. DeFazio, JD (previously licensed to practice law in PA/NJ)
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS
530 Walnut Street, Suite 260
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215.521.1623 Direct
610.636.4364 Cellular
888.308.1148 Fax
Frank@CenterCityTeam.com
www.CenterCityTeam.com
PA License # RS299840
Click Here to get your home’s value instantly for free!
Over 48 Million in 2014 sales!
2015, 2014 “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” a prestigious national award by Real Trends, Trulia and Zillow recognized in the Wall Street Journal

Just Reduced For Rent: 2218 Delancey Pl Unit #2F, Philadelphia, PA 19103

December 28th, 2016 Frank L. DeFazio Comments Off on Just Reduced For Rent: 2218 Delancey Pl Unit #2F, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Just Reduced For Rent: $1,550/month

Completely renovated 2nd floor front 1bed, 1bath with high ceilings, central heat/air. Located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square. Great location for Penn, Drexel. Pictures are of the actual unit from a previous tenancy. First, last, security due at lease signing.

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Frank L. DeFazio, JD (previously licensed to practice law in PA/NJ)
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS
530 Walnut Street, Suite 260
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215.521.1623 Direct
610.636.4364 Cellular
888.308.1148 Fax
Frank@CenterCityTeam.com
www.CenterCityTeam.com
PA License # RS299840
Click Here to get your home’s value instantly for free!
Over 48 Million in 2014 sales!
2015, 2014 “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” a prestigious national award by Real Trends, Trulia and Zillow recognized in the Wall Street Journal

Philly Employers No Longer Able to Ask for Wage History

December 28th, 2016 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Philly Employers No Longer Able to Ask for Wage History

As a means of attempting to narrow the wage gap for women and minorities, employers in the city of Philadelphia will soon be barred from asking for an applicant’s wage history when hiring. The story broke on the National Law Review yesterday, but the vote to pass the new ordinance took place on December 8th. The City Council unanimously passed the bill, and Mayor Jim Kenney has expressed support for it as well. It’s expected that the bill will pass into law 120 days after it is signed by the mayor.

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Philadelphia employers will soon be barred from asking prospective employees for their wage history, in a move intended to narrow the pay gap for women and minorities.

The bill was sponsored by Councilman Bill Greenlee as an amendment to the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance that would bar employers from asking potential hires about their wage history at any point in the application process. It has been shown that, when employees are forced to disclose their past salaries, they largely make less money at their new jobs than they would otherwise. Philadelphia will become the first city in the United States to pass such a measure. The state of Massachusetts passed an influential wage gap law earlier this year that is credited with inspiring the Philadelphia ordinance.

The wage history bill was badly needed because the wage gap is alive and well in the City of Brotherly Love. According to the National Law Review article by Paul Lancaster Adams: “the U.S. Census Bureau found, in 2015, that women in Pennsylvania earn 79 cents for every dollar earned by a man, which amounts to a median annual wage gap of $10,507. According to the Census Bureau, among minorities, African-American women are paid 68 cents, Latinas are paid 56 cents, and Asian women are paid 81 cents for every dollar paid to men.” Clearly a change is needed.

Employers who violate the new law will be subject to punishment by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, which can include fines, remediation paid to the prospective employee who made the complaint, and possible court costs.

Where to Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Philly

December 27th, 2016 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Where to Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Philly

It’s December 27th. The presents have all been unwrapped, the malls have returned (almost) to normal, and maybe you have started thinking about undecking the halls. Most people will keep their trees up through at least New Year’s Day, but it’s time to start thinking about taking down the Christmas tree in a few days and how to dispose of it.

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Now that it’s nearly time to undeck the halls, find out where to bring your Christmas tree for recycling.

The City of Philadelphia is in its 28th year of providing a Christmas tree recycling program for residents. The program will run from January 2nd through January 14th, and the city will mulch and recycle the tree for you, free of cost. All you have to do is undecorate the tree completely – no ornaments or tinsel or garlands – and bring it to one of the tree recycling sites throughout the city.

As per CBS3, here is a list of where you can drop off your dead Christmas tree:

  • 3901 N Delaware Ave.
  • 5100 Grays Ave.
  • 2601 West Glenwood Avenue
  • 3033 South 63rd Street
  • Domino Lane and Umbria Street
  • State Road and Ashburner Street

Carlton Williams with the Philadelphia Streets Department says that an alternative to dropping the Christmas trees off with the city is for residents to chop them up and recycle them themselves. “If people really want to go through the effort of shredding up their tree and placing it in the back yard, it’s a great way to give back to the environment,” he told the local CBS station.

Williams also explained that there is an option for people who don’t have a car to haul their trees to one of the recycling centers: “If you don’t have a car to bring it to one of those six convenience centers, we do have a special set of collection days through various locations throughout the community on Saturdays,” Williams explained.

Now you know that you have a few different options for saying goodbye to your Christmas tree.