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When does settlement end? - 10/24/11 02:26 PM
You didn't really think it was over just because everybody had signed the HUD? You may have come across this strange aberration that settlement is never finished. Because of the errors forms that clients are asked to sign at settlement, just in case a form is missed or there is some error, settlement is not over when everyone leaves with smiles on their faces after signing all the paperwork. That signed HUD form can be changed post settlement if errors were made. As a buyer or seller you need to understand that the settlement company may contact you to fulfill that (2 comments)
A welcome sight this Saturday - 10/22/11 09:07 AM
It was cold this morning, down in the 30's but this flower a late blooming canna lilly just amazed me.
I have posted shots of these plants before, note the red tinge to the flower opening behind, we seem to be getting red and yellow mixed flowers of this hybrid bulb.
How NOT to sell your home - 10/21/11 05:19 PM
Sometimes I wonder if people are even aware of how their properties are marketed, but presume that as this is the highest value thing they own and might be selling they would take some interest and give guidance to the agent they hire, so with tongue in cheek these are ways to NOT sell your home. Hire an agent that it took you at least five phone calls to get them to respond Hire an agent who is only available part time and does not work weekends Ask the agent not to put any measurements in for any room, just in (4 comments)
Philadelphia, Main Line Townships Market Report - 10/21/11 12:03 PM
Philadelphia Main Line Townships Market Report Over the last five quarters we have been tracking the price per square foot in several different Philadelphia Main Line Townships for single family homes that have settled in that quarter. As you can see the information below shows those townships where prices are rising, Radnor, Charlestown and Willistown, and those where prices have fallen or been steady. Obviously the biggest increase recently is Radnor, with prices increasing by almost 4%. Generally the last quarter also saw a large increase in sales in each township over previous quarters and the low interest rates may have (0 comments)
Money is being invested in roads and rail transportation in Chester County. As you may know a $550 million investment is being made to improve Chester County’s roadways, including sections of Route 202, if you drive between Chesterbrook and Route 401 you will have noticed some on going changes and the new Route 29 slip ramp was recently started from the turnpike.
In addition, another $66 million is being invested in public transit to significantly quicken Amtrak’s trains and to rebuild train stations in Paoli, Exton, Downingtown and Parkesburg. The photo of Paoli station, (0 comments)
Replacement windows can give a whole different look - 10/18/11 05:20 PM
New windows a whole different look! We just had some of our older windows replaced by WindowsPlus from Media, they use a vinyl replacement window by Okna. It was a simple process and went much faster than I thought it would, here are some photos that show the before and after and the process.
Actually this is a really old photo and we had just replaced the large picture window a little while ago and added some shutters, split levels are hard to give good curb appeal, we have worked hard on the garden and that has improved a lot (0 comments)
Main Line Antiques Show 2011 will be spectacular save the dates. - 10/17/11 04:26 PM
November 12 and 13 2011, put them in your diary right now and if you want to attend the opening night party then November 11. In it's sixth year this year's Main Line Antiques Show at the Radnor Valley Country Club on Sproul Road in Villanova is going to be spectacular.
Many of the dealers from last year have returned, and the new additions have lifted the level of the show to new heights. If you have never been to an antique show then take time over the weekend of November 12th and 13th to stop by, there is a (0 comments)
Our broker posted the following link on our Facebook page about Consumers remain skittish on obtaining mortgages. Many young buyers today don't feel that they can afford a mortgage, not realizing with the low rates what they can afford, even if they have some debt as the story that follows bears witness. I recently had a rental listing and had a young man visit to see the property, whilst he applied unfortunately the landlord went with another couple who had seen it previously. But whilst he was looking at the apartment he asked, would the landlord consider a lease purchase. Interesting (1 comments)
412 showings but only 5 people came to the house? - 10/11/11 07:31 AM
More and more people today are looking for homes, either to buy or rent online than ever before. There is not much room for growth in the numbers looking online, such that it is changing the way Realtors and real estate agents market their listings. As more people look on line less people seem to be looking physically. Every real estate website will tell you that those homes with MORE photos get more views, so selecting the right photos is even more important than before. As internet searching grows more buyers are looking online for longer periods and without representation because (37 comments)
Do you want an honest answer? - 10/10/11 12:15 PM
Most people who ask you a question, don't really want an honest answer. They want you to tell them what they already believe, or confirm for them what they believe. Like when your wife asks "Does this dress make me look fat?" But the job of a Realtor or real estate agent or broker is to tell your client the truth, whether they are a buyer or a seller. I have found these "truths" are the ones clients most want you to confirm for them. Buyers: 1) It is a buyers market so I can make this low ball offer2) Nothing (0 comments)
Should you be leaving feedback? - 10/09/11 10:39 AM
When representing a buyer should you be leaving feedback? It is all the rage now with the automated showing systems to be asked for feedback over and over again if you don't respond, but should you be responding? How many buyer agents sit down with their clients and asks them if they the buyer wish their agent to leave feedback on the properties the agent shows them. Do you get them to sign an authorization to leave feedback on their behalf? Do you ask your buyer after each home, what feedback would you like me to leave on this property? I (5 comments)
5 Things to do before you list your home for sale - 10/06/11 11:57 AM
Everyone wants to know what to do to make sure their home is one of the first to sell, here are five tips plus a bonus to get you started before you list your home for sale to help it to sell. Firstly take of your home owner glasses and see your home as a buyer will. 1) How long have you lived in your home, if it is more than 5-7 years have a home inspection before you list. There are benefits and negatives of doing this which are a s follows. Every home today has a seller disclosure statement, (3 comments)
September sales in T/E School District - 10/04/11 11:23 AM
In August we saw a big leap in the number of homes sold in T/E School district, on average these have been in the region of approximately 30 homes per month across the two townships. In August we saw it jump to 54 homes with it settling back in September to a more normal 35 homes settling between the two townships. These homes are across the range including one and 2 bedroom condos in Old Forge Crossing, Drummers Lane and Chesterbrook as well as single family homes upto million dollar properties around the townships. Homes in the higher end have generally (0 comments)
The Radnor Hunt - 10/03/11 02:43 PM
Saturday, I stopped by at the start of Chester County Day and saw the Radnor Hunt leaving at the satrt of their day, something that was traditional, but with the constant infilling happens less today than before, however, The Radnor Hunt still hunts during the season 3-4 days a week.
The hounds wait for the call, 31 in all, puppies and older dogs.
At the sound of the horn, hounds started baying and the excitement rose in the pack.
Many people turned out to see the hunt off and tour the house, which sits on 79 acres and (0 comments)
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