nick vandekar: That email or call indicates trust - 04/22/17 10:59 AM
If you want to be Trusted
Be honest!
Steve Maraboli
 
Last night my email dinged. As I opened it to see who was writing to me I was pleasantly surprised to see the names of some clients from a couple of years ago.
I helped them purchase a home for their oldest son, who has some disabilities. They wanted to encourage him to live on his own, but close enough to them that if he needed help, they were readily available.
Unfortunately, it did not work out, and he felt overwhelmed. So after renting the house for a year they decided to resell the property. Luckily prices … (14 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate Question - When do you want to see it? - 04/18/17 12:35 PM
How long do you need to set up an appointment?
In this video Nick Vandekar answers a question many buyers wonder. How long do you need to set up an appointment? Whilst buyers may desire showings on demand and many new brokerage models are trying to deliver this the answer we find at risk of sounding like an attorney is, "It depends."
 
 
Making appointments requires flexibility.
Remember whilst you are the buyer and feel the seller needs to cater to you, the seller also wants their home to show to its best advantage. Some Sellers require buyers appointments not overlap. If there … (4 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate - This week in review - 04/13/17 01:50 PM
Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate - The week in Review
Twenty three Tredyffrin Easttown homes were listed for sale this past week, ranging in price from $197,500 for a 2 bed condo in Tredyffrin Township to $3,495,000 for a 5 bed 5 full bath and 2 half bath single family mansion in Easttown Township.
Three homes listed had 2 beds and were apartment/condo living, there were two town homes listed, and the rest were single family homes of 4 and 5 bedrooms these ranged in price from $575,000 to the $3,495,000 mentioned above.
Nine of the homes listed in the last week are already under contract, 5 are … (5 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown - Setting Myself Apart - 04/12/17 10:13 AM
Evelyn Johnston challenged us to write this month about our niche, Setting Yourself Apart.
The Background
I have read on Active Rain and elsewhere develop a niche. When developing a business like Real Estate it is hard.  You need to do deals and somewhat when you first start any deal looks good. When I was an antiques dealer, my father and grandfather were before me, we specialized in ceramics, from anywhere till a certain period. This could be pottery, faience, porcelain, glass, terracotta, as I used to say anything that broke. It could be Chinese, Japanese, from all over Europe, and England as well.

But … (8 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Market Report March 2017 - 04/04/17 11:53 AM
Tredyffrin Easttown Market Report March 2017
This market report includes all homes, condos, apartments, town homes, twins and single family homes for March 2017.
Tredyffrin Easttown had 42 homes settle during March 2017, the median price for homes settling in March 2017 was $499,500, 96.3% of the original list price, whilst the average price was $491,738 and this was 94.3% of the original list price. The lowest price home sold for $134,000 selling in one day. The highest price home sold for $1.4 million taking 578 days to sell.
However there are 84 homes with a pending status, this does not include those homes which are … (6 comments)

nick vandekar: Are your home inspection reports confidential? - 03/30/17 07:25 AM
Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate Question
Are your Home Inspection Reports Confidential?
 
This question came up recently with another agent in our office when the listing agent requested on behalf of their seller a copy of the home inspection reports. Our video below covers the confidentiality of your home inspection reports.
Tredyffrin Easttown Home Buyer asks if their home inspection reports are confidential? While it would seem that you as the home buyer pay for the inspections and thus for the reports under the agreement of sale in paragraph 13 it states the seller and their listing agent can request a free copy of any … (12 comments)

nick vandekar: More Victorian Highlights - 03/28/17 01:37 PM
All along the Main Line in Devon and Wayne particularly we find Victorian homes. As stated in my post Not All Victorians are Alike there are many around the town of Wayne. On both sides of Route 30, Lancaster Avenue, in North and South Wayne we find Victorian homes, on Midland, N. and S. Wayne Avenues, all the tree named streets in N. Wayne and many others.
These Victorians do have a similar look, but as you go through them you notice certain features which make this or that one stand out. Sometimes as in our last post it was the openess and … (14 comments)

nick vandekar: Not all Victorians are alike - 03/27/17 07:13 AM
In our area, especially in the town of Wayne proper as opposed to just the Wayne zip code, there are plenty of Victorian homes. The whole area was developed when Philadelphians were encouraged to purchase property outside of the city to escape the heat during the summer. The new train line, now known as The Main Line precipitated and helped this exodus from the city. Many of the new wealthy merchant class purchased land and built along the train line from Wynnewood, Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Wayne, Devon to Paoli.
Whilst many of the homes used the same architects, like today, home designs used … (12 comments)

nick vandekar: Marketing your Tredyffrin Easttown Home Effectively - 03/22/17 10:46 AM

Eye catching? Effective, definitely different. Appropriate for the brand? Not sure.
How you market your Tredyffrin Easttown home is important. It needs to be eye catching, but appropriate as well. It needs to be seen and it nees to create a response with a call to action. Just like this post is asking you now if you are ready to get your home on the market then give us a call and see how we will effectively, appropriately and eye catchingly market your home to get you the best price and acheive your real estate goal. So call us today, Nick, office … (9 comments)

nick vandekar: They were not there to kill us! - 03/14/17 07:34 AM
My middle son, Jeremy, decided to become a Marine. He left for boot camp on Mothers Day.
He has written a book about his experiences called Kicking Ace Taking Names you can order the book by following the link and all profits go to support veterans.
One of the lessons I learnt from him was something he said about Boot Camp. As good parents we had tried to prepare him, on reading the book wrongly it seemed, by preparing him in case he did not make it through. 
Much later he said talking about the Drill Instructors and Boot Camp in general, "Dad, they weren't … (40 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate video - 03/13/17 03:06 PM
Why do homes show as for sale on the Internet, but are already sold?
Check out our latest video in our Frequently Asked Real Estate Questions series.
 
 
Often homes are sold, but under a contingency period which may last a few days to much longer for buyers to conduct their due diligence or even to obtain their mortgage. As a result, some sellers ask for the home to be continued to be marketed although they often then reject showings because they have not kept the home in show ready condition. However on third party sites such as Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com the … (6 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Homeowners use SEPTA - 03/08/17 06:45 AM
When you live in Tredyffrin Easttown how do you get into Center City Philadelphia?
You can drive, but many of those who work and play in Philadelphia use SEPTA our regional rail authority. Check out our video at Berwyn Train Station. This is why the area is called The Main Line because of the train line running from the city to the area that was developed to ship produce into the city and to give those in the city a way to escape the hot summers and travel out to areas in the country where they built country homes.
When buying or selling … (10 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown February Market Report 2017 - 03/04/17 06:24 AM
Tredyffrin Easttown Market Report February 2017
                   
This is a real estate market report for Tredyffrin Easttown School District for the month of February 2017. As a Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor we have noticed the market has not slowed down over the winter period, encouraged by the warm weather buyers have been busy and there is a shortage of homes for sale at several price points. This has been resulting in many homes receiving multiple offers.
 
Homes for Sale
 
 
This report is made as of March 4th, there are 90 homes for sale showing active in the MLS. … (13 comments)

nick vandekar: Memories of home! - 03/01/17 10:34 AM

One of the things I miss from home is a good pork pie. Generally most pork pies you get in England are from Melton Mowbery or made in that style. Of course many game pies are made as well. The last couple of years I have resorted to making my own pork pies. It takes a while and there is an art to getting the pastry right, but I cannot tell you how delicious it is. And you have to have Branston Pickle with it. I eat way too much in one sitting, but I only make it once or twice … (6 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Drug Drop? - 02/28/17 07:52 AM
Tredyffrin Easttown Drug Drop?
The problem
Ever have left over medicine? Of course you do and it sits around in your medicine cabinet because you know you don't want to flush it down the sink or the toilet. But what do you do with it? Theft of medicines at Open houses is one of the top things we warn sellers about when listing their homes. So knowing how to dispose of unwanted medication is information you need to know about as a home owner.
The Answer
Some pharmacies will take returns and dispose of them, but most will not. But in Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships … (9 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Condo Sales February 2017 - 02/27/17 09:22 AM
Trdyffrin Easttown Condo Sales February 2017
Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate is primarily single family homes but does consist of townhomes, apartments and some condos. This report features on Tredyffrin Easttown Condos which are located all around, but mainly in Tredyffrin Township. These communities differ in their facilities, some have community pools and tennis courts and some don't. The list of homes for February for sale, pending and settled come from:
Drummers Lane in Glenhardie, these are arranged as apartments in a building with a central corridor and with a shared laundry room on each floor. Old Forge Crossing, these are apartments with … (13 comments)

nick vandekar: Applying for a Mortgage? When "Plan A" Doesn't Work .. - 02/24/17 06:06 AM
Tredyffrin Easttown home buyers often ask about why they need to be pre-qualified before an agent will show them homes. And yes, there are plenty of agents and I am sure you will find one who will unlock a door and let you see the house. But this post below Applying for a mortgage? When Plan A Doesn't Work.. by Gene Mundt is a fine example of why we insist on buyers getting pre-qualified.
You are not always ready to purchase and it is better to discover the roadblocks early on and find your way around them as suggested in Gene's post … (15 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate - FAQ Why do I need a pre-approval? - 02/23/17 09:18 AM
In this series we are answering frequently posed Tredyffrin Easttown real estate questions.
We get many inquiries to show homes and buyers often balk when we ask them if they are pre-approved for a mortgage and if so how much. This video answers this question. Let me know if you have a real estate question, you can email me a t Nick@VandekarTeam.com. In the meantime subscribe to our blog and to our channel on YouTube so you don't miss any of this series.
 
Points from the video:
Put your self in the sellers shoes, you are asking them to vacate their home, often … (14 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Historic Homes - 02/22/17 01:34 PM
Tredyffrin Easttown Historic Homes
Whilst many of the homes in the two townships are not historic we do have several historic homes located in Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships. In fact this article on a local blog by Pattye Benson focuses on four of seven historic homes which are threatened with destruction by a developer so they can erect an apartment building.
 
Last year Pattye Benson persuaded CVS who are developing a site with an historic buildings on it to move their new building back within the envelope and preserve the old building in Strafford on Lancaster Avenue. Hopefully we will prevail in keeping these historic … (9 comments)

nick vandekar: Think about that first impression? - 02/20/17 08:02 AM
I was reading Sharon Tara's post today Creating a Positive first impression- Burden of Proof falls on Sellers which was excellent and well worth reading about the first impression on a buyer. Just click the link, take your time, we'll be here when you get back.
It reminded me of something about 36 or 37 years ago. If you read my posts, you know I grew up in a family of antique dealers and I was an antique dealer as well exhibiting all over the world. At one of these shows, at TEFAF in Maastricht,  a city in the south of Holland, often called … (23 comments)

 
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