ABOUT US This is Love Your Block® and we're here to help you buy, sell or rent real estate in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. You probably figured that much out just by looking at our logo, and you most likely know how to search for properties using services like Zillow and Realtor.com; what you may not know is how to pick an agent you'd actually want to work with. (And, it's a difficult topic to google because "how to find a good real estate agent" doesn't get you a very meaningful list of results--try this, instead.) The truth is, most agents are good agents. When you really think about it, you're not just looking for a "good" agent, you're looking for someone you vibe with, because, let's face it, you could potentially be spending a lot of time with this person; and, not only that, but they are going to be advising you on a transaction that has a lot more zeroes in it than most people normally deal with. So, even though we don't really like talking about ourselves, in the spirit of awkward self-promotion, we figured you deserved some real insight into who we are, not just as professionals, but as people. It's longer than a typical "About Us" description, but see it through to the end--we promise it's worth it. [Can't resist cheating? Here, we'll help--we are not ashamed to enable your wicked ways.]
We are Laura Seaman and Tiffany Zachry, a two-person operation who enjoyed geeking out about real estate and Philadelphia so much that they made a career of it. Laura is a Realtor® and Tiffany does most of the behind-the-scenes work, which is why she's been affectionately dubbed the Block Captain (get it?). And, given that she is the one writing this and finds it quite irritating referring to herself in the third person, she's/I'm going to stop doing that now. Anyway, we recently became a team in the matrimonial sense, too (thanks Supreme Court!), so...yeah...that's pretty cool.
What you really need to know, though, is why you should work with Laura as your real estate agent. Simply put, she has a combination of education, experience and enthusiasm for the city of Philadelphia (warts and all) that is rarely seen. She's lived here for over 20 years, has a Master of City Planning from Penn and worked for the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority for four years, so her knowledge base is vast and she has a level of insight about Philadelphia and the surrounding areas that you're not likely to find anywhere else. And I'm not just saying that because I'm financially dependent on her.
Hmmm...what else do you need to know? Oh, her spirit animal is a pigeon--you see flying rats, she sees streetwise little spitfires who can have a busted wing and trash stuck to their foot and still strut around like the queen of England. Also, she will probably show you a picture of our dogs at some point. She can wax poetic on everything from the latest revival of Fiddler on the Roof to the reason the plumbing aisle of Home Depot smells extra weird on Saturday mornings. And she'll probably volunteer me to help you change the locks at your new place. Are we exceedingly helpful or just desperately seeking approval? Absolutely.
Still not convinced? You should come check out a House Crawl™, then. There are full details on the House Crawl™ page, but the gist is this: we pick a neighborhood in or around Philadelphia (every other Saturday or so) and take a small group of people like you into several houses on the market right now at various price points so you get a real sense of what the housing there is like and how far your money goes. It's low key, entertaining (seriously, you should see some of the things we've seen) and completely devoid of pressure or obligation (we really hate feeling pressured and/or obligated, so we assume you do, too). Oh, and it starts at a coffee shop and ends at a bar--maybe shoulda led with that.