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January 26, 2001 | by Donna W. Vance, Daily News Staff Writer
Say Delancey Street or Delancey Place to anyone in the city and the immediate thought is money. That's the image started when Quakers settled there in the 1800s, and that's the image it has maintained. The cost of a home on that tract averages upwards of $1 million. We look on that area with respect, admiring its traditional look, flat facades and the quaintness of its cobblestone sidewalks. At 10:30 tonight, in its weekly half-hour show "Drive Dreams," Home and Garden Television takes viewers through those historic homes.
NEWS
February 4, 2005 | By Rory Sweeney INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For years, the Paul Robeson House in West Philadelphia has needed a face-lift to brighten its fading complexion. Yesterday, it received $100,000 toward a full makeover. Frances Aulston, founder of the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, announced that Home & Garden Television made the donation and that two actors chosen by the alliance would offer two "60-second salutes" to the house. HGTV will air those spots nationally throughout February as part of a celebration of Black History Month.
NEWS
February 28, 1997 | by Theresa Conroy, Daily News Staff Writer
An entire 30 minutes devoted to crown molding. . . . A segment on how to buy small appliances. . . . Hour upon hour peeking into strangers' kitchens. . . . an afternoon watching some lady repot tulips. Settle back with your cocoa and putty knife, Philadelphians: Home & Garden Television has arrived. Watching this cable network is like viewing "Hometime" all the time. It's WHYY's Saturday afternoon How-To lineup on Tuesday nights - and Wednesday mornings, and Sunday afternoons, and Thursday after work.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2012 | By Christine Bahls, For The Inquirer
Want to see how your kitchen will look dressed in a nice sky blue? Or see if you'd like a set of chairs in that breakfast nook? What about checking out the view from the kitchen table after you knock out the dining room wall - without opening a can of paint, moving a piece of furniture, or swinging a sledgehammer? With this kind of power, who needs a professional? Lots of DIYers, apparently. As the market bulges with do-it-yourself interior design software - the most popular comes from Chief Architect, Better Homes & Gardens, and even HGTV - interior designers have felt the impact, just not in the way you might think.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
E GYPT SHERROD , host of HGTV's "Property Virgins" and a native of Philadelphia, was in Cherry Hill last week to sign copies of her new book, Keep Calm . . . It's Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide to Buying a Home . Sherrod, originally from West Oak Lane, is famous for being known as "America's most beloved real-estate agent," appearing on TV and radio. She's hosted "Property Virgins" since 2012. Co-authored by real-estate expert Amber Noble Garland , who also was born and raised in Philly, the book offers a guide to navigating the sometimes complicated process of buying a home - from saving for a down payment to signing on the dotted line at the closing table.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2003 | By STEVE GARY For the Daily News
Owners of antiques and fine furnishings are always on the lookout for those who can repair minor dings or carry out major restorations to return their treasures to pristine condition. They might look to Lana and Boris Yakushko, who are new to Philadelphia but have brought with them artistry that has roots going back centuries. They spent the past eight years working in New York City before recently moving to Northeast Philadelphia, where they established BorisLana European Restoration Services for furniture, paintings, art frames, sculptures and more.
REAL_ESTATE
January 11, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
A couple of years ago, friends in Society Hill listed their historic restoration for sale and were more than a bit surprised by prospective buyers' reaction to their nearly 200-year-old house. There was a bathroom on each of four floors, all well-maintained. Yet because the bathrooms did not look like the ones on HGTV, the house-hunters wanted the sellers to upgrade at a cost of thousands of dollars before they'd take another look. I asked several real estate agents about it. The response was, in effect, "Welcome to our world.
NEWS
July 8, 2007 | By Jennifer Dorazio, Inquirer Staff Writer
Married June 1 at St. Helena Church in Blue Bell, with the Rev. Joseph Nicolo presiding. Two hundred and thirty guests gathered at PineCrest Country Club in Lansdale for the reception. They met Steve first spotted Lyz outside Temple University's Anderson Hall in 2001. In Old City three years later, he recognized her at the Continental, approached, and asked if she had attended Temple. They struck up a conversation, but Lyz had recently ended a serious relationship, and wasn't looking to dive right in again.
REAL_ESTATE
September 1, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
A month or so ago, I interviewed three homeowners who had approached me after I wrote a column on the market's recovery, asking me why their houses weren't attracting buyers. In the course of our conversation, Gail Whittle of Oreland asked me something I've been pondering: "I'm wondering . . . if the plethora of property websites like Trulia and Zillow have changed the realty landscape," she said. "Do Realtors still work with couples and families the way they did when we were looking some 25 years ago?"
LIVING
October 21, 2005 | By Eils Lotozo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Howie Shanker and Typhaney Bennett learned they'd been chosen for a new HGTV show featuring first-time home buyers, it sounded like the answer to a prayer. They were about to sink every penny they had into a South Philadelphia fixer-upper. So they were thrilled by the show's premise, which would give them $3,000 and the services of an interior decorator to help furnish one room. But in the middle of a four-day shoot for the program, My First Place, Shanker and Bennett started to wonder.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
E GYPT SHERROD , host of HGTV's "Property Virgins" and a native of Philadelphia, was in Cherry Hill last week to sign copies of her new book, Keep Calm . . . It's Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide to Buying a Home . Sherrod, originally from West Oak Lane, is famous for being known as "America's most beloved real-estate agent," appearing on TV and radio. She's hosted "Property Virgins" since 2012. Co-authored by real-estate expert Amber Noble Garland , who also was born and raised in Philly, the book offers a guide to navigating the sometimes complicated process of buying a home - from saving for a down payment to signing on the dotted line at the closing table.
REAL_ESTATE
January 11, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
A couple of years ago, friends in Society Hill listed their historic restoration for sale and were more than a bit surprised by prospective buyers' reaction to their nearly 200-year-old house. There was a bathroom on each of four floors, all well-maintained. Yet because the bathrooms did not look like the ones on HGTV, the house-hunters wanted the sellers to upgrade at a cost of thousands of dollars before they'd take another look. I asked several real estate agents about it. The response was, in effect, "Welcome to our world.
REAL_ESTATE
September 1, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
A month or so ago, I interviewed three homeowners who had approached me after I wrote a column on the market's recovery, asking me why their houses weren't attracting buyers. In the course of our conversation, Gail Whittle of Oreland asked me something I've been pondering: "I'm wondering . . . if the plethora of property websites like Trulia and Zillow have changed the realty landscape," she said. "Do Realtors still work with couples and families the way they did when we were looking some 25 years ago?"
REAL_ESTATE
February 3, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
I can't begin to count the number of times this has come up, or even how often I've mentioned it, but today's buyers are incredibly picky. The attitude is, of course, a refreshing change from the boom years of the last decade, when everyone thought he or she should own a house and would write a check at the front door, without seeing the rest of the place. Or so it seemed. Still, I'm left to wonder: Is the choosiness of today's buyers motivated by obvious concerns about spending more money for houses that are not guaranteed to increase in value?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2012 | By Christine Bahls, For The Inquirer
Want to see how your kitchen will look dressed in a nice sky blue? Or see if you'd like a set of chairs in that breakfast nook? What about checking out the view from the kitchen table after you knock out the dining room wall - without opening a can of paint, moving a piece of furniture, or swinging a sledgehammer? With this kind of power, who needs a professional? Lots of DIYers, apparently. As the market bulges with do-it-yourself interior design software - the most popular comes from Chief Architect, Better Homes & Gardens, and even HGTV - interior designers have felt the impact, just not in the way you might think.
NEWS
June 16, 2012 | Pop quiz. Who said it?
"I would say … that 70 to 80 percent of the shows on TV are bull****. They're loosely scripted. Things are planted, Things are salted into the environment so things seem more shocking. " That would be Mike Fleiss, talking this week about reality shows. As the creator of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and about a score more of this invasive species, Fleiss would probably know. (His own programs, his insists, are legit.) His comments coincided with a scandal that rocked House Hunters, HGTV's signature show.
NEWS
May 21, 2010 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Real estate agent Diane Williams is always amazed by how much reality TV house-hunters watch. "My buyers will walk into a house and immediately comment, 'Oh, this house has been staged,' just as they see it done on television," said Williams, who sells newly built and older homes out of Weichert Realtors' Spring House office. "So many people watch . . . that their expectations of how a house should 'show' have been heightened," she said. And she warns sellers to step up their game accordingly.
NEWS
July 8, 2007 | By Jennifer Dorazio, Inquirer Staff Writer
Married June 1 at St. Helena Church in Blue Bell, with the Rev. Joseph Nicolo presiding. Two hundred and thirty guests gathered at PineCrest Country Club in Lansdale for the reception. They met Steve first spotted Lyz outside Temple University's Anderson Hall in 2001. In Old City three years later, he recognized her at the Continental, approached, and asked if she had attended Temple. They struck up a conversation, but Lyz had recently ended a serious relationship, and wasn't looking to dive right in again.
LIVING
February 24, 2006 | By Eils Lotozo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brian Levine was definitely not the sort of guy to go out and hire an interior decorator. In fact, four years after he bought a condo in Wilmington, the 37-year-old bachelor, an emergency-room physician at Christiana Hospital, was still living like a college student in rooms sparsely furnished with his parents' castoffs. How bad was it? When Levine had friends over, they gathered in an upstairs den dominated by a hulking TV, piles of medical journals, and a puffy blue velvet sectional that had seen better days.
LIVING
October 21, 2005 | By Eils Lotozo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Howie Shanker and Typhaney Bennett learned they'd been chosen for a new HGTV show featuring first-time home buyers, it sounded like the answer to a prayer. They were about to sink every penny they had into a South Philadelphia fixer-upper. So they were thrilled by the show's premise, which would give them $3,000 and the services of an interior decorator to help furnish one room. But in the middle of a four-day shoot for the program, My First Place, Shanker and Bennett started to wonder.
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