nick vandekar: Jenkins Arboretum - 01/17/17 09:09 AM
Jenkins Arboretum
There are those places you drive past often without realizing what you are missing until you stop and visit. Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens is one of those places in Tredyffrin Township. A small gem hidden away off Berwyn Baptist Road and trickling down the hillside to Devon State Road. Sometimes when the day is busy and I need a moment I will stop off here.
Entrance is free. Yes, no charge for this wonderful attraction, which if you have young children will easily tire them out and give you some rest when they fall asleep, after making their way back up the … (4 comments)

nick vandekar: New Business in Berwyn PA - 01/16/17 12:33 PM
New Business in Berwyn PA.
Berwyn PA is a growing town on Philadelphia's Main Line. Lots of new construction going on and plenty of new businesses moving in to the neighborhood. This video interview is with Lonnie Beck of Dragon Gym, a kid's based Martial Arts program located at 812 Lancaster Ave, Berwyn PA 19312, Call 610-647-4753, or
Look on our YouTube channel for more interviews of new businesses and Main Line real estate news and events including listings.
Need help finding a home or a new owner for your much loved home, give us a call, Nick Vandekar, Long & Foster Real … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Why people want to live in Chesterbrook PA - 01/14/17 09:26 AM
Why people want to live in Chesterbrook PA
Sitting between the PA Turnpike and Route 202 in Chester County Chesterbrook developed about 34 years ago has become one of the "in demand" developments for home buyers moving to Chester County in Pennsylvania. It is in Tredyffrin Township, part of the award winning and highly ranked Tredyffrin Easttown School District, #1 in the nation according to Niche. It has a Wayne address, which for many is desirable. The development includes office buildings, shopping center, a township park and hotel; apartments, town homes, carriage homes, single family homes all in their own sub developments.
New … (5 comments)

nick vandekar: I Don't Think About SEO .... - 01/13/17 06:40 AM
I am a Realtor among other things, and as such a small business owner, and therefore wear a multitude of hats. There are many things I need to do each day to prospect, to follow up on listings, call clients, meet new clients, call past clients, have coffee with someone, be involved with the local business association, update my website, make a video, look at the MLS and make sure my clients know about the latest listings, call some realtors to see if they just might have something coming on in this area because I have a client looking for a … (10 comments)

nick vandekar: My secret revealed - There is a video! - 01/13/17 06:14 AM
My secret Revealed - There is a video!
You know the interview question, "What don't our readers/viewers know about you?" Well I have a secret, well had may be a better term, because there is a video, so it's not really a secret if you can uncover it on the Internet.
If you follow my posts, you know I grew up in England and was an antiques dealer as were my father and grandfather before me. We bought and sold ceramics, basically anything that broke. Ceramics includes glass, pottery, delftware, ironstone, porcelain, both hard and soft paste, Chinese, Japanese, European, English, you name … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: Waynesborough Wood Market Report - 01/11/17 01:56 PM
Waynesborough Wood Market Report January 2017
Waynesborough Wood is a gated community of homes built by Realen Homes about 27 years ago alongside Route 252 in Easttown Township. As such they are all in the Tredyffrin Easttown School District, reported as the top ranked school district in the nation by Niche
At this time in January 2017 there are two homes for sale both with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, one has 2 powder rooms one has one, prices range from $549,000 to $619,000, both homes have been on the market for a long time, one for 260 days, the other for … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Do you buy a new home or sell your current home first? - 01/09/17 01:43 PM
Do you buy a new home or sell your current home first?
In today's real estate market with low inventories at almost all price points other than the $1 million to $2 million range the question asked by many potential home buyers is "Do we buy first or do we sell first?"
It is highly competitive out there buying a house today and for sellers when they list a home there is a big chance they will get multiple offers to select who the next owner of their home might be if it is correctly prepared for sale.
I decided to take this question … (6 comments)

nick vandekar: What is my Chesterbrook home worth? - 01/09/17 10:41 AM
What is my Chesterbrook home worth?
Chesterbrook Market Report January 2017
Chesterbrook is a large mixed community in Wayne, Tredyffrin Township, Tredyffrin Easttown School District. It is situated on an old farm, with offices, single family home sub-communities, town home sub-communities with Home owner associations and town home sub-communities with Condo Associations and apartments as well.  There are two swimming pools which require separate membership and also tennis courts as well.
Sitting between Route 202 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike it is well located for those who want to be close to Paoli for transportation to center city or New York via Amtrak. Easy … (4 comments)

nick vandekar: Historical homes - 01/08/17 08:57 AM
Historical homes
In Amsterdam along the canals and side streets almost all the homes are historic. The one in the center here dates from the seventeenth century, it has a date near the top of 1657. Even in those days land was precious and homes were built very narrow. Often so narrow that furniture could not be carried up the stairs to the upper floors. If you look closely you can see high up near the tops of the building what look like pulleys reaching out over the street. With these they would lift furniture to the upper floors and swing them in through … (18 comments)

nick vandekar: Main Line Residential Real Estate 2017 Predictions - 01/07/17 08:05 AM
Main Line Residential Real Estate 2017 Predictions
Main Line Residential Real Estate all revolves around, well The Main Line, the train line running north west of the city, now called the Paoli Thorndale line, but lovingly referred to by older Main Liners as the R5.
So 2016 drew to an end with every Main Line township suffering from a lack of inventory. The election and lack of clarity about what is actually going to happen moving forward has created lots of uncertainty. But we are seeing plenty of Main Line buyers trying to beat the rising interest rates before they get pushed out of their … (14 comments)

nick vandekar: Are you really listening? - 01/06/17 08:36 AM
Are you really listening?
 As I travelled the last few days I was reading a book about negotiation. I came across the following statement:
If you agree, then negotiation is the art of listening, to uncover the information you need. One of my goals for this year is to improve my listening. I realized several years ago that I viewedmany conversations as a war to be won and I have worked to change my position. Often whilst listening I was already formulating my response, preparing to speak before I heard everything said. This often led to interruptions. It is hard work to listen, to … (27 comments)

nick vandekar: Old Forge Crossing condo for sale - 12/30/16 08:00 AM
Old Forge Crossing condo for sale
One of the condo developments in the Main Line area that many people gravitate to is Old Forge Crossing in Devon. It's location is a major benefit for many, being close to anywhere you need to be. That each conod has its own laundry area or room, plus plentiful storage that is nearly always commented on by buyers as well as mail delivery to your door. That the community also has its own pool and tennis courts is appealing to many. For those who wonder if the condo association is well run can rest assured because the … (11 comments)

nick vandekar: You want to be succesful? I'll tell you the secret - 12/23/16 09:29 AM
How to be successful in 2017
There are plenty of sites that will give you the Secret to Success and sell you some new course or book or system. Maybe it is a new lead site, and they always have leads in your area they are looking to place. I always find it amazing not one of these sites is willing to take a referral fee, they always want money up front.
But, I digress. I offered to share with you the secret to success.
Now, please put away your check books, remember what those were, credit cards and paypal account numbers. You … (12 comments)

nick vandekar: What is happening to Fritz Lumber in Berwyn PA? - 12/22/16 12:17 PM
We are seeing and going to see unprecedented development in Berwyn PA over the next few years, from 1067 Lancaster down the pike next to Nectar; townhomes on the old Surrey Services building site opposite the Berwyn Firehouse; the Mack Oil site with town homes and the Sir Speedy building being converted to condos next to or behind Handels’ depending on how you look at it. 
Homes for sale in Berwyn PA
The Fritz Lumber site will also be developed and it is right in the heart of Berwyn. We recently interviewed Stacey Ballard of Eadeh Enterprises who will be developing the site … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: What is your personal Mantra? - 12/21/16 07:07 AM

Trudy gave me this saying when I came home from surgery for Prostate Cancer two years ago and it hangs by my desk at home,
Yesterday is history
Tomorrow is the future
Today is your life
Live it.
I try to live this every day, living in the moment, appreciating the people around me and what I am doing right now, like writing this post. Thinking of those who will look but not comment but maybe think about what they read and those who take the time to leave a comment, a word of encouragement or a word of wisdom they live by.
Thank you everyone, what … (9 comments)

nick vandekar: Is this the right question? The HOA fee is how much? - 12/20/16 03:10 PM
The HOA fee is how much?
When looking at town homes and condo developments many buyers ask how much the HOA(Home Owners Association) fee or Condo fee is on a monthly basis. Is this the right question? The benefit of living in a community with a fee of one sort or another is that these fees take care of much of the general maintenance, possibly some of the exterior maintenance and in a condo even more. It allows the home owner to live their life without having to be concerned with as many chores on days off.
Everybody likes the fee to be … (26 comments)

nick vandekar: The biggest mistake home owners make - 12/04/16 09:13 AM
The biggest mistake home owners make
It is easy to avoid, but equally easy to be culpable in making the biggest mistake. We all get comfortable and dislike change. And maybe we are all just a little bit lazy. Avoiding maintenance and updating your home will affect the value of your home more than anything else.
Sure you can sell it. But how much value are you leaving on the table because you didn't make some easy to do maintenance.
When you bought your home, you probably had  a home inspection. You thought that was so you could negotiate the price a little more … (9 comments)

nick vandekar: Wow - King of Prussia Mall looks gorgeous! - 12/02/16 09:28 AM
Not sure if you have been to King of Prussia mall recently. Over this last year they had been extending or connecting the two parts of the mall, which actually went by different names even. Now under one name, King of Prussia Mall, it is connected with the most gorgeous bridge, extra parking under cover and valet parking where they will also clean your car whilst you shop. It is gorgeous! As a local Realtor where people can shop is important and having one of the premier locations in the country nearby helps home values considerably.
I was over at the mall early … (5 comments)

nick vandekar: Sometimes a client gets it! - 11/29/16 07:51 AM
This last month I helped a young man buy his first home in Old Forge Crossing, a wonderful condo development in the Devon, PA area. It basically sums up a day or a week in my life, it can vary day to day, but this is common. He contacted me through Zillow late one Monday evening, asking about a condo which was basically a FSBO, which was quite highly priced for the current market, so I sent him what else was available and also recent comparison sales. He was a delight to work with, ready to buy, pre-approved, listened to advice and … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: I'm thankful for Old Forge Crossing - 11/22/16 01:22 PM
I'm thankful for Old Forge Crossing!
Within a five to ten minute drive of my home sits Old Forge Crossing. This is a most delightful condo community of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and a number of 2 bedroom townhomes as well with 1 cottage. Located on the site of an old farm, this development was built as apartments by Prudential in the late 60's early 70's and then was turned condo.
It is a delightful setting on 40+ acres, with walking trails, a reflecting pond, community pool, tennis courts and also keyed access to the Chester Valley Trail. When our son moved … (0 comments)

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Nick & Trudy Vandekar

Realtors - Selling the Main Line, PA Lic AB067198

Devon, PA

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Long & Foster Real Estate Inc

Address: 92 Lancaster Avenue, Devon, PA, 19333

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