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The Best Places to Get a Haircut near Temple University

If you need a fresh cut around the Temple area, you may be overwhelmed with the
various barbershops you see stretching along Cecil B. Moore and neighboring streets. If you’re looking for a spot that’s basically on campus, I highly recommend Diamond Cutz, which is located at 1000 Diamond St right by the Temple Train station. They even take Diamond Dollars!

If you want an authentic experience, you can try out Ron’s Barber Shop (Ask for Nafis) or
1617. If you want to venture into Center City, stop by the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. On the third floor, there is a husband and wife duo that has proved to be a hidden gem. They work out of a barbershop that looks right out of the 1950s.

Philadelphia prides itself on barbershops and each offers a unique experience. Explore a
bit until you find a shop and barber that fits your style.

MK Employee Spotlight: Chris

 

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Christopher is one of our four leasing agents at MK Management. He’s the longest tenured employee at the company and has extensive knowledge of the Temple University area and the property management business, as it pertains to real estate dealings.

In addition to Christopher’s primary role of the facilitation of lease signings and property showings to prospective tenants, Christopher is in charge of all lead organization and communication. Due to his extensive knowledge of the Temple neighborhood, he also chooses the units to be shown from the vast pool of properties that we manage.

The primary reason Christopher loves MK Management is because of the people he works with. Property management can be a challenging business at times, but when you’re surrounded with a solid team that cares about the integrity of the company and the people around them, anything is possible.

Due to the knowledge Christopher has acquired during his time at the company, it has enabled him to develop his first student housing project and expand his expertise into the acquisitions and development realms of the business. His long term goal is to own multiple investment homes in the Philadelphia area.

Outside of MK Management, Christopher is a professional filmmaker and screenwriter and has won multiple awards for his work. His current film is a documentary that was made in Belize and will be screening in film festivals all over the world over the 2019-2020 year. He is in the process of settling on his first home and is getting married in October of this year.

The Best Food Trucks at Temple University

Burger Tank

Everything on the menu at Burger Tank is amazing, and they have options for everyone. It occasionally has a long line, so you may want to call ahead to order and grab your food on the way to class! Give this Temple University classic a try.

 

Halal Cart

There are many Halal Carts on campus. You can’t go wrong with any of them, and you can’t go wrong with chicken over rice or lamb over rice. For $6 you will get a drink included with your meal!

 

The Creperie

Looking for something sweet? The Creperie is the place to go for a quick and easy dessert on your way to class! This Temple favorite is located right outside the Tyler School of Art.

 

 

Honey Truck

The honey truck located on 12th and Norris has a selection of comfort foods.  You can get anything from Chicken and Waffles to a Shrimp burger!

 

 

Richie’s Lunchbox

If you are looking for a quick breakfast or lunch this is your spot! They offer a wide selection of sandwiches at a very reasonable price.

 

Owl Glossary

The Temple Owl Glossary

We’ve compiled a list of terms and phrases that only a Temple University student or alumni could understand. If you’re a prospective student, we hope this list gives you a jump start in appreciating all of the unique, quirky aspects of life around Temple’s campus. If you’re a recent alumnus, we hope this list brings you a bit of nostalgia for your alma mater.

If there are any terms, places, or things you think we’re missing that should be added to this list, hit us up!

Cherry and White – Our school colors and part of our fight song. Fight fight fight for the cherry and the white.

Jawn – In Philly, a person, place or thing.  “Hey, can you grab me that jawn on the table?”

The Horse – The best bar near Temple for events, sports, and grabbing a bite when your parents are in town. The bar is called Draught Horse and pronounced Draft Horse.

Wild Wednesday – Special night on Wednesdays at the Draught Horse. Enjoy it for cheap drinks and a lot of people.

Maxi’s – Temple’s on-campus bar with pretty good food and karaoke on Tuesday nights.

Fox – One of the schools that our university is known for. Say hi when you walk across the new sky bridge.  

Tyler – Do you like art? Do you like good food trucks? Do you like trendy clothes? This is the place for you.

IBC – The only gym you need to worry about.

Club Tech – Where you will spend most nights before an exam. Also, where you’ll see students asleep in the lobby who have camped out there all night.

The Library – Good luck finding an outlet for your computer in this place. Some people may check out books from here, but it’s used mostly as a studying spot.

The Beach – The Temple hangout area when the weather is nice. Otherwise known as our two little patches of grass next to the bell tower.

Narnia – Our hidden chill spot if you want to relax in peace.

The Sac – Where you can go for books and food, but mainly Chick-fil-a.

Diamond Dollars – Temple’s form of currency. Ask your parents for some and enjoy swiping that card.

Burger Tank – The be all end all for burgers on campus and the favorite Temple food truck of many students.

Anderson and Gladfelter – Enjoy waiting in line for the elevators in both of these buildings. You’ll have a bunch of undergrad classes in them.

Stella – Our beautiful mascot. Hoot Hoot

The Bell Tower – Pretty much the center of campus. When the weather is nice, meet your friends there and enjoy whatever festivities are going on. Also, the spot for pep rallies before football games.

Go Owls!

3 Tips for Decorating Your First Apartment on a Budget

You’ve recently gotten your first salaried job, you’ve finished school or training, and you’ve got the keys to your first apartment in your hand — you’re well on your way to becoming a full-fledged adult! But before you start enjoying post-grad life to the fullest, you’ll probably want to spruce up your space without breaking the bank. Use these five quick and wallet-friendly tips to spruce up your apartment!

  • Invest in removable wallpaper. Apartment rentals in Manayunk may not allow you to permanently change the color of your walls, and even if they do, paint jobs can get expensive. Easily removable and affordable temporary wallpaper is perfect for commitment-phobes.
  • Give old furniture a fresh layer of paint. Have an old desk, chair, or bookshelf that’s looking a little outdated? Instead of throwing it out and buying a new one, why not unlock your inner artist and add a layer of paint? First, head to your local hardware store and pick up paint or spray paint, sandpaper, and water-based lacquer to finish the job. Remove the hardware, sand the furniture, and get to work! By the time you’re finished, you’ll have a totally new piece that’s one-of-a-kind for less than $20!
  • Bring the outdoors in. Looking for a way to instantly brighten and freshen any room? Pick up a plant! Houseplants like ferns, cacti, or succulents are affordable, largely self-sustaining, and add life to any bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, or living room. For an extra layer of customization and personalization, check out your local flea market or vintage store for unique potters and planters — or consider painting one yourself for a truly unique look!

Still searching for the perfect post-grad place to call your own? MK Management Group provides apartment rentals and property leasing in Manayunk to help you enjoy more comfortable living. Give us a call today at 215-765-1429 to learn more and get started!

Choosing Tenants: What’s Legal and What’s Not

Companies that provide professional property management in Francisville know that the best way to get the most out of your rental property is to choose great tenants who will respect your space. Unfortunately, your desire to find the perfect tenants to fill your rental property doesn’t mean that you can illegally pick-and-choose who to show or rent your home to. If you’re deciding between multiple competing tenants, here’s how you can choose the right couple, family, or individual to rent to — without running afoul of the Fair Housing Act.

  • Legal: renting based on credit score. Though some tenants may not love the practice, it’s totally legal to look at a potential tenant’s credit report (with their permission, of course) and rent to only those with good credit. Feel free to run a credit check on potential tenants to see how their past payment history looks; if he or she has a great credit score, chances are that he or she will be diligent when it comes to paying rent on time.
  • Illegal: renting based on ability or handicap. A renter with a handicap is entitled to reasonable modifications to enter and use the home safely. While some landlords may believe that adding a ramp or assigning a handicap space to a tenant who uses a wheelchair may be an annoying burden, they are required to modify their space if needed — and they may not discriminate against applicants living with a disability.
  • Legal: renting based on pet status. Everyone loves cats and dogs, but there’s no way to deny that they may take a toll on your home. You are free to make your rental property a “pet-free” zone; however, you may want to consider allowing pets and charging a monthly pet deposit to widen your pool of applicants.
  • Illegal: renting based on familial status. Young children are rambunctious, loud, and can be messy — but you cannot refuse to rent to a family because they have children. However, this doesn’t mean that the parents can’t be held responsible for damage caused by the children to your space. Make sure to keep detailed records of what your property looked like before the family moved in.

Full service property management companies in Philadelphia like MK Management Group make it easy to find great tenants for your space! Give our team a call today at 215-765-1429 to learn more!

4 Common Lease Violations that Can Be Grounds for Eviction

When your tenant signs their lease, they are entering into a mutually beneficial contract with their landlord; the tenant gets the right to private and quiet enjoyment of the space and the landlord gets a monthly rent payment. Unfortunately, some tenants believe that they can get away with violating the terms of their lease. Lease violations are the second most commonly cited reason for eviction, topped only by non-payment of rent. Many lease violations can also allow the landlord to terminate the lease and evict if the tenant refuses to correct the violation.

Some of the most commonly-cited lease violations include:

  • Pet violations. Companies providing real estate management in Northern Liberties know firsthand that pets can cause serious damage to residential properties. Keeping an “illegal” pet against the terms of the lease is the most common lease violation that leads to eviction.
  • Unauthorized occupation. Many tenants believe that they are allowed to move in their boyfriend, girlfriend, or classmate whenever they want. However, most leases dictate that only those on the lease may live in the space.
  • Noise violations. Your tenants have the right to “quiet enjoyment” of your space — which means that too many wild parties and nights spent blasting loud music can constitute a lease violation. Even worse, too many noise complaints to the police can result in a fine, leaving the owner of the property to pay the bill. Always remember to write a noise clause into your lease when welcoming new tenants.
  • Running a business out of the home. Most home-based businesses can be operated without a lease violation — very few landlords will see issues with renters picking up a little freelance programming on the weekends or selling makeup to their friends. However, some tenants may abuse this privilege and attempt to open restaurant, nightclub, car wash, or any number of intrusive businesses from their space. Unless your lease specifically states that the space may be used for commercial purposes, your tenants should not be running a high-traffic business from their home.

The best way to avoid lease violations is by choosing tenants who respect your space. Property management companies in Philadelphia like MK Management Group can help you avoid the headaches that come along with bad tenants. Give us a call today at 215-765-1429 to learn more!

The Top 3 College Expenses — and Where Students Can Save

Earning a college degree is an investment towards your future. One study from researchers at Georgetown University found that men and women who earn a bachelor’s degree go on to make about $1 million more in income in their lifetime when compared to their classmates who only graduated high school. Unfortunately, like most investments, college can be expensive. Read on to learn more about the top three areas in which college students spend money — and how you can cut costs on each.

  • Tuition — Unless you’ve received a full-ride scholarship to your university of choice, chances are high that your biggest expense as a student will be tuition. According to research from College Board, the average student will pay about $9,970 for each year they study at an in-state public university and $35,000 for each year at a private college. Students can curb the cost of tuition by applying for scholarships both locally and directly through their university. Don’t be afraid to apply for small community scholarships — each year, thousands of dollars in scholarship money goes unclaimed because no one applies!
  • Student housing — Mom and dad live too far away from your school to commute? Your 2nd highest collegiate bill will probably be from your school’s housing department. Students can seriously save on housing (and avoid sharing a cramped dorm room) by choosing to live off campus. Apartments for rent near Temple University offer the same convenience as on-campus housing while offering more space and a cheaper bill!
  • Textbooks — College textbooks can cost students upwards of $1,000 per semester. Buying used textbooks online can help you save hundreds of dollars. Before the beginning of the semester, email your professors and ask if you can use a previous edition of the textbook — older editions typically have almost identical information as the latest version and can cost significantly less than the newest version.

No matter if you’re looking for the perfect space to start your student career at Temple University or you’re in need of property management services in Manayunk, MK Management Group is here for you! Give our team a call today at 215-765-1429 to learn more!

5 Fun Facts About Philadelphia

Philadelphia is about much more than cheesesteaks and the Liberty Bell! You might be living in the city, but how much do you know about its strange history? MK Management Group provides Philadelphians with fun Philly trivia alongside real estate management in Francisville. How many of these five fun facts did you already know?

  • The first household computer was made in Philadelphia. Invented in 1946 at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia was home to the first general purpose computer. It weighed a whopping 50 tons—not exactly the portable laptops we prefer today!
  • Philadelphia has the oldest zoo in America. Speaking of “firsts,” the first American zoo was also created in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Zoo has had its doors open since 1959!
  • Immigrants make the city. Philadelphia is a cultural melting pot. It has the 2nd largest populations of both Irish and Italian immigrants—first place, of course, goes to New York City.
  • The Phillies almost had a name change. In the 1940s, the owner of the Philadelphia Phillies decided that he didn’t like the name and tried to have it switched to the Philadelphia Blue Jays. Unsurprisingly, the name didn’t stick around.
  • It’s where eating champions chow down on wings. When it comes to Philly’s signature food, there’s no doubt that the cheesesteak reigns supreme. But did you know that Philadelphia is also a gathering spot for chicken wing lovers? Every year, the city hosts a buffalo wing eating contest called the “Wing Bowl.” Though the first Wing Bowl in 1993 drew a crowd of only 150 men and women, modern Wing Bowls see attendance numbers of over 20,000!

Are you a property owner in the City of Brotherly Love? Protect your investment with real estate management in Northern Liberties with MK Management Group. Give our team a call today at 215-664-7824 to get started!

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