Christina Briglia

CHRISTINA BRIGLIA, REALTOR®
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Giving Students a Voice at Andrew Jackson

post by Erica Minutella Welcome to our new series of interviews with local Philly schools, to give you a behind-the-scenes look into the day-to-day activities of the students, parents, and teachers involved in making a school a second home. The next up in our series is Andrew Jackson Elementary School, serving the Bella Vista and Passyunk Square neighborhoods. We spoke with Principal Kelly Espinosa, who gave us a peak into what a typical day at the school is like for the students there. Can you tell me about your role there and how you're settling into Andrew Jackson School? I...

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3 Things Every Homeowner Should Do Before Putting Their House Up for Sale

post by Suzie Wilson Selling your home for the first time can be just as exciting as it was buying one. You have to stay on top of the market and coordinate with a real estate agent in order to sell at the highest price. As you begin the process of listing your home, you should consider its current condition and the various ways you can increase its value. Here are some home improvement tips for upping the resale value of your home. [caption id="attachment_968" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo by Jamie Street[/caption] Start from the Bottom Up When putting your home...

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Top News in Philly Development: May 2018

Ever feel like Philly changes so fast you can’t keep up? No sweat. We’ll be bringing you our favorite articles from the month on Philly development – North, South, East, and West. See below for a roundup of all the best local articles from April news. Philadelphia area embraces in-law suites for inter-generational living Where: Philadelphia Inquirer When: April 3, 2018 How Phoenixville was able to rise from the ashes – and what other towns can learn from it Where: Philadelphia Business Journal When: April 5, 2018 Philly home values spike 10.5 percent in new property assessment Where: Curbed Philly...

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Curating Art for Your Home: An Interview with Linda Dubin Garfield

post by Erica Minutella When you purchase a new home, the most exciting part is filling in the empty spaces and making the place your own. But after the furniture is taken care of and the first layers of paint are up, you might still feel like something's missing. It could very well be art. If you've never collected art before, it might feel intimidating to start now, when your budget's already been set towards a mortgage and a new couch. But luckily Philly is brimming with affordable options, like art fairs and student exhibitions. We spoke with Linda Dubin...

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Increased Property Taxes: What Are Your Options?

post by Christina Briglia We know that many Philadelphians are concerned with the most recent 2018/2019 reassessment of property values. A great majority of properties have significantly increased in value, and homeowners are feeling the burden of higher real estate taxes. You may have received mail from the City with your new assessment. You’re also able to check out your home’s new assessed value here - http://property.phila.gov. To determine your new annual tax payment, please take the Market Value for 2019 and multiply it by the assessment rate of 0.01379. If you do the same for 2018’s Market Value, you’ll be...

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Know Your Neigborhood: Bella Vista

post by Erica Minutella The Bella Vista Neighbors Association (BVNA) has been around since 1992, but it's seen a lot of changes since the early years. Originally formed as a neighborhood town watch, the volunteer organization now oversees a number of efforts, from zoning to planning local events. We spoke with Executive Director Eugene Desyatnik about what exactly the association does, and how neighbors can get more involved in their local community. Erica: What sort of programs does the Bella Vista Neighbors Association offer for residents? And how can community members get involved in helping out? Eugene: Community members are...

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Top News in Philly Development: April 2018

Ever feel like Philly changes so fast you can’t keep up? No sweat. We’ll be bringing you our favorite articles from the month on Philly development – North, South, East, and West. See below for a roundup of all the best local articles from March news. Philly developer envisions townhouse community jutting onto Delaware River Where: Philly Voice When: March 5, 2018 Amazon Prime Now food delivery could hit Philly, with permit for University City grocery hub Where: Philadelphia Inquirer When: March 5, 2018 How to negotiate down your rent increase in Pennsylvania and New Jersey Where: Philadelphia Inquirer When: March 7,...

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How to Live Like a Roman: Philly-Style

post by Erica Minutella One thing the Romans knew how to do well was work hard, and play harder. This March 15, live like a Roman for a day and treat yourself to some middle-of-the-week luxury. Here are our recommendations for how to do Philly like a Roman:   To Market, To Market: While they may have been innovators in the field of plumbing, food storage was still a long way away from achieving long-term results. So Romans were pretty big on fresh groceries, which meant having to go to market every day. It just so happens that the Reading...

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The Top 5 Tips for Planning a Successful Open House

post by Suzie Wilson, Guest Contributor Visibility is crucial to getting your house sold, and holding an open house is one of the best ways to increase visibility and get potential buyers in the door. You don’t want to go into it unprepared, though. Make sure you plan ahead and get your house in pristine shape so that buyers can immediately envision themselves calling it home. [caption id="attachment_921" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo credit: Pexels[/caption] #1.  Plan Ahead: The first step to having a successful open house is to start with a plan. Make a timeline for any updates, cleaning, and other...

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Top News in Philly Development: March 2018

Ever feel like Philly changes so fast you can’t keep up? No sweat. We’ll be bringing you our favorite articles from the month on Philly development – North, South, East, and West. See below for a roundup of all the best local articles from February news. 1.How a legal loophole benefits neighborhood newcomers while leaving longtime residents behind When: February 19, 2018 Where: PBS NewsHour 2.The Most Expensive Real Estate Rentals In Philadelphia When: February 19, 2018 Where: Hoodline 3.Philadelphia’s First Step to a Platform of Innovation When: February 20, 2018 Where: The New York Times 4.How craft breweries are...

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