Christina Briglia

CHRISTINA BRIGLIA, REALTOR®
267-231-5484 | phc.christina@gmail.com

Are there Skeletons in your New Closet?

post by Kim Minutella Have you ever found yourself up late at night -- maybe you’re hunched over your laptop with a strict deadline to meet, or laying on your bed with your eyes wide open and glued to the ceiling fan because you can’t sleep -- and then suddenly you hear a noise in the dark that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end? The sound could be the creak of a floorboard, or the screech of rusted hinges as a door shifts, or maybe the thump of a fallen object. Either way, it...

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Why Stamped Concrete Makes Sense For Your Home

guest post by Bill Michaels City dwellers are accustomed to living in the “concrete jungle.” Life can be exciting amidst the many neighborhoods and activities of urban life. The concrete itself is usually pretty boring, though. Philadelphia has unique ways of bringing some life to the drab surface, like its world-famous murals in unexpected places. But there is another way to bring life to this grey blandness: stamped concrete. Whether you only have a couple square feet of sidewalk or a large patio and driveway, stamped concrete can add some character to your home. With its huge variety of designs,...

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End-of-Summer Maintenance for Homeowners

Guest post by Paul Denikin Whether you’re a new homeowner or a seasoned one, you quickly find out that there are never-ending checklists of things to do to keep your home in shape, especially at the end of the summer season. If you live in a warmer climate, your list might look different, but for homeowners living in climates that involve seasonal temperature change (especially if you have a pool) there are definite tasks that need to be accomplished in a timely manner. While there are plenty of resources out there for assistance on home maintenance tasks, let’s focus specifically...

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Budget-Friendly House Selling Tips for Families on the Go

Guest post by Suzie Wilson When you have a busy family, preparing a house for sale can sometimes make you feel like a deer in headlights. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take heart. Here are some smart strategies for getting things together for a successful home sale. Think neutral Selling your home in a competitive market can feel challenging enough, but when children are part of the picture, opportunities to prepare can seem slim. However, focus your mind on presenting your home as neutral. Your objective is to make your house as easy for buyers to envision living in as possible....

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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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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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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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Our Pitch for Why Philly Is the Place Amazon Should Call Home

post by Erica Minutella If you ask me where I got my new patio cushions, or that cute party dress, or the gladiator costume you saw on my cat, the answer will be the same every time: Amazon. It's a bastion of reliable necessities, motley oddities, and affordable desires. In fact, in that way, it's a bit like Philly. Because as cities go, Philly breaks expectations by meeting every expectation, no matter how strange or seemingly impossible. It's equal parts quaint, sophisticated, down-to-earth, cultured, grungy, with a little bit of something to offer every personality type and an outlet for...

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Four Interior Design Lessons I Learned from Playing Design Home

post by Erica Minutella If you haven't already downloaded the Design Home app, you might want to give it a try. The app sets a series of interior design challenges for its users by presenting a series of unfurnished virtual rooms in need of a few finishing touches. The user can then select from an array of furniture and home decor items and begin populating the empty rooms with personality and comfort. It's a challenge infinitely more satisfying than anything Candy Crush can throw at you, but it comes with some additional benefits you wouldn't necessarily expect - like learning...

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How to Know Philly: the 7 Best Local Websites

post by Erica Minutella When you first move to a new city, finding new daily routines and local hangouts can feel a bit overwhelming. So we've compiled a list of the best online resources that Philadelphia has to offer - whether that involves filling up your social calendar, visiting cool cultural attractions, or simply keeping up-to-date with a Philly that keeps getting better. Drink Philly: A new job in a  new location requires a new go-to happy hour spot. Drink Philly offers an exhaustive breakdown of the region's best specials, longest craft beer menus, and tastiest cocktails. Not to mention...

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