Christina Briglia

CHRISTINA BRIGLIA, REALTOR®
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A President’s Day Tour of Philadelphia

post by Erica Minutella What do you do on President's Day? Go on a presidents' tour of Philly, of course! Did you know that beyond the more well-known historical attractions in the city, Philly has a wealth of memorials to cool presidents past? We've rounded up our favorite lesser-known 'national treasures' below. Graff House: You've probably been to Independence Hall, but why not swing by for a visit to the house where the Declaration of Independence was originally drafted? Every writer needs a place of inspiration, and Thomas Jefferson certainly found his among the second floor rooms there. Museum of...

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Top News in Philly Development: February 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 January news. 1.Philadelphia enlisting mega-consultant McKinsey in quest for Amazon HQ2 When: January 30, 2018 Where: The Inquirer 2.NFL Cribs: Where Do the Highest-Flying Philadelphia Eagles Choose to Nest? When: January 31, 2018 Where: realtor.com 3.A more sustainable Philadelphia? Green Building United is on the case When: January 2, 2018 Where: Keystone Edge 4.Philadelphia Struggles to...

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How the New Tax Code Affects Homeowners and Real Estate Professionals in 2018

The new tax reform bill, which was signed into law by President Trump in late December, will be effective for the 2018 tax year. The National Association of REALTORS® has put together a useful summary to help you understand how the law affects homeowners and the real estate industry. Below, I have shared direct excerpts from that summary about a few of the major provisions affecting current and prospective homeowners. Tax Rate Reductions The new law provides generally lower tax rates for all individual tax filers. While this does not mean that every American will pay lower taxes under these...

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How to Save for Your First Big Purchase: A New Home

post by Erica Minutella If you've been looking to buy a new home, but aren't sure where to start when it comes to saving for your first big purchase, you might find the tips in our latest interview of use. We talked to John R. Oliver, a personal private wealth manager from Executive Wealth Management, LLC in Brighton, MI, on ways that you can begin to think about budgeting your expenses. Erica: Can you start off by telling me about your background in finance? John: I’m a personal private wealth manager, so basically I work for small business owners, entrepreneurs,...

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Top News in Philly Development: January 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 December news.   1.Real Estate 2018: What to know before you buy or sell next year When: December 12, 2017 Where: Philly Weekly 2.A comprehensive list of new building projects coming to Penn's campus in 2018 When: December 11, 2017 Where: The Daily Pennsylvanian 3.Investors weighing if industrial real estate’s hot streak to continue When: December...

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Designing (and Decorating) Your New Home on a Budget

post by Erica Minutella So you've finished unpacking the boxes and now the REAL work begins. Because you've just realized you own nothing more than a few dishes and a mattress from your old apartment and now you have a whole HOUSE to fill. To help you through this stressful time, we talked with Marguerite Rodgers of Marguerite Rodgers Design, who founded an interior design business in 1991 and specializes in high end residential design. She gave us some tips about how you can begin thinking about designing a new home - especially if you're on a budget (which, let's...

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Top News in Philly Development: December 2017

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 November news. 1.New Philadelphia condos, with Miami-like features, list for $3.1 million to $9 million Where: The Washington Post When: Nov. 16, 2017 2.As Construction Booms, Philadelphia Seeks to Preserve Its Past Where: The New York Times When: Nov. 14, 2017 3.Are the Days of Shuffling to a Million House Listings Over? Where: Philly Mag When:...

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Oh, What Fun It is to Sell Your Home this Holiday!

Post by Christina Briglia, Realtor® We already know that the holidays are a time for buying. You’re buying everything from decorations to food and, of course, gifts. So, why do so many homeowners find it hard to believe that people are buying houses this time of year as well? There is a common misconception that homes just don’t sell during the holidays. This myth is so widespread that many people will put a hold on their long-desired plans and wait another 4-6 months before attempting a sale. If you’re ready to go – mentally, emotionally, physically – then a little...

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Top News in Philly Development: November 2017

Ever feel like Philly changes so fast you can't keep up? No sweat. We'll be bringing you the latest news in Philly neighborhood development - North, South, East, and West - right here on the Philly Home Connection Blog. See below for a roundup of all the best local articles from October news. 1. "Inside the Estate that Inspired ‘The Philadelphia Story’" Where: The New York Times When: Oct. 18, 2017 2. "Archdiocese inviting proposals to redevelop center city property" Where: CatholicPhilly.com When: Oct. 23, 2017 3. "18-story tower on North Broad next to Blue Horizon breaks ground" Where: Curbed...

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Project-Based Learning Opens Up a Whole New World for Kids

post by Erica Minutella When you move to a new city, or even just a new neighborhood, one of the first concerns you might have to address is what the school system is like, and how easy a transition to a new school will be for your child. But when you're confronted with nothing but aggregate sites full of facts and figures, it can be difficult to get the full picture of what your child's experience at any given school will actually be like. That's why we're launching a new series of interviews with local Philly schools, to give you...

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