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)

nick vandekar: I'm thankful For Jenkins Arboretum - 11/22/16 12:49 PM
I'm thankful for Jenkins Arboretum!
Do you notice a trend here in what I like and am thankful for...nature, I find it immensely relaxing. The Jenkins Arboretum is located in Devon, PA and sits on a wooded hillside plot filled with Azaleas and Rhodedendrons. I may get this wrong, but I believe all Azaleas are Rhodedendrons, but not all Rhodedendrons are Azaleas, or the other way round. Anyway, come Mothers Day this garden open to the public is a riot of color, with some rare hybrid types of great color. Enjoy a short walk with me.




Happy Thanksgiving, Spring will be here soon and … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: I'm thankful for Chanticleer - 11/17/16 12:08 AM
We LOVE gardens and so I am Thankful for Chanticleer.
Living on the Main Line people think there is not much green around us, but that is far from the truth. I shared how I am Thankful for Valley Forge National Park, But, Chanticleer is a wonderful garden open during the late Spring through the Summer season. It was a private estate, but now in trust and has wonderful natural gardens on the rolling hills of the estate. Friday evenings in the summer you can bring a picnic and the place is packed, and although you may find it hard to find a … (4 comments)

nick vandekar: I'm thankful for Valley Forge National Park - 11/15/16 10:48 PM
I'm thankful for Valley Forge National Park!
Being a Brit, I always found it ironic visiting here with my kids and hearing about all the history they were learning and how bad the British were portrayed. But, over the years it has become a favorite place to visit. I love walking here, around the loop, along the river in the woods, there are so many places to enjoy. It helps on bad days to soak in the sunshine, to feel the breeze, look out over the vistas and clear your mind, and just breathe. For this I am thankful that wise men, … (9 comments)

nick vandekar: Do you decorate or collect? - 11/15/16 08:06 PM
Do you decorate or collect?
When you buy a house, you begin to turn it into a home. Whilst I am a big believer in a home is made by people rather than things we all inevitably gather things around us as well. Some people are decorators, they artfully mix and merge things from all over the place and blend them together. They take Aunt Mary's old table and mix it with a new piece from Restoration Hardware for example and it is as if they were made to stand next to each other. Others become collectors, some in an extreme way, … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: What Next? - 11/14/16 04:28 AM
What Next?
 
Life changes are often hard. Especially when you are not quite sure of what they might entail and depending on your reason for making one.
 
Selling your home today
 
There is a big difference in selling your Pennsylvania home today from when you bought your home most likely. This post explains the differences and lets you know the best way to obtain the most amount of money for your home.
 
Today’s market
 
Let’s deal first with the market as it stands post election 2016. This year has seen a fairly robust real estate market with increased sales and a lack of inventory at many … (6 comments)

nick vandekar: Open House 11/20/16 in the heart of the Main Line, Bryn Mawr, 1-3 pm - 11/14/16 01:35 AM
Open House 11/20/16 Cul de sac location in the heart of the Main Line 1-3 PM.
This well priced home is well located in Radnor Township, with a Bryn Mawr address. Backing to open space, it is a large home, with a bucolic creek babbling at the edge of the back yard. As one neighbor described it, our local beach. 
Good size rooms throughout and a finished walk out basement with additional kitchen area, they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Look at the photos which tell the story, almost as well as the video. Open this Sunday 11/20/16 from 1-3 … (9 comments)

nick vandekar: My favorite object at the Delaware Antiques Show 2016 - 11/11/16 01:22 AM
Delaware Antiques Show 2016
I went to the opening night party of the Delaware Antiques Show last night, which benefits Winterthur, as well as plenty of delicious food there were of course some wonderful objects. The show is open today through the weekend, click the link above to get exact times and prices.
You are probably thinking that as a past dealer in ceramics I would choose something along those lines, and there definitely was plenty of choice. As there was for furniture and paintings as well.
This is probably my favorite object:
A bird bath which had water in it and some floating flower petals as well, … (4 comments)

nick vandekar: Starting a wine collection - 11/10/16 02:42 AM
Starting a wine collection
When we first moved here 26 years ago, not that many Americans drank wine, today, almost all do and lots on a daily basis. I was introduced to wine by my father, and learnt a lot about French wines mostly, and when I first tried to impress girlfriends I would buy some of these classic wines, the Chablis, Chateau Neuf du Pape, Burgundies, etc. As I learnt a little more I started drinking Italian, Spanish, German, Bulgarian, Australian, South African and American wines. 
When we vacationed we drank local wines, and in Portugal not only did we drink Mateus … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: Making a home, classic or contemporary design - 10/28/16 07:36 AM
Making a home, Classic or Contemporary design.
One of my roles in life has been as an antiques dealer. My family have been antique dealers for three generations. My brother still deals and exhibits across America, currently exhibiting at the San Francisco Antiques Show. As I used to say when people asked what I dealt in, "Anything that breaks, ceramics, pottery, terracotta, delft for example, as well as garden ornaments"
I helped many wealthy people find the perfect piece for their homes, either as parts of collections or simply as a decorative item.
When a client buys a house today they take that house … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: Only 10 days left! - 10/26/16 02:30 AM
Only 10 days left!
Not to the election, that is a little longer. But to the Philadelphia Heart Walk. It is not all about real estate, as much as that is a big part of what I do but about helping my community.
Most of us have been touched by heart attack or stroke, the—#1 and #5 killers in America. I’m no different.
Did you know that one person dies from heart disease every 39 seconds? And every 45 seconds, someone has a stroke. That’s one person too many when its within our power to turn these numbers around through medical research, public advocacy … (4 comments)

nick vandekar: Main Line Homes are selling but few are coming on the market - 03/06/15 01:28 AM
Main Line Homes are selling, but few are coming on the market.

The real estate market is strong along the Main Line, however there is a problem. As homes are selling, little or no new homes are being listed and those that are sell quickly. Inventory continues to fall, making buyers act quickly when new listings appear. There is little or no time to think it over if you want to buy a Main Line Home right now. Also those homes that are in "inventory" are homes that have been listed longer and rejected by many buyers. These homes need … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Are you connected? - 01/27/15 05:12 AM
Are you connected?
I was clearing snow yesterday and stopped to listen to the silence from the snow and looked at the oak trees beside our drive. They look pretty stark right now, cold and windblown with snow clinging to their sides. In the summer though they provide us with shade, and all year long there are birds hoping through them looking for insects or building nests. In the Spring they offer a hope of what is to come as their leaves begin to show and unfold, I know if the bulbs and flowers are not yet pushing through the earth they … (8 comments)

nick vandekar: Confused - not sure which way to go? - 01/22/15 04:16 AM
Confused, not sure which way to go?

I totally understand, many of our clients feel this way when they first come to us looking to buy a home on Philadelphia's Main Line for a variety of reasons.
They are relocating from  a city where prices frankly are not as high on the Main Line. When we first talk about wants and needs and they tell us their price range we have to educate them that this is a different ballpark, and prices here are not at AAA price points but at major league prices. It sometimes takes a little while, … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: Frequently Asked Question: Why do I need a pre-approval? - 01/15/15 05:24 AM
Frequently Asked Question: Why do I need a pre-approval before seeing homes?
We get many phone calls from customers who want to see a home. Many of these people have no relationship with any agent and do not understand the main line real estate process for buying a home. They just want to see a house they saw that they liked and so they often call the first number they can find.
Our job is not to just show houses. Our time is limited, and therefore we ask those we are going to work with to obtain a mortgage pre-approval for several reasons. … (4 comments)

nick vandekar: Frequently Asked Question: How much money do we need? - 01/14/15 01:44 AM
Frequently Asked Question: How much money do we need?
One of the most often asked questions from home buyers we hear is "How much money do we need to buy a home?" 
Yes, there have been lots of different mortgage products that cater to those buyers with little money for a deposit. And it has just been announced that loans with 3% down are being considered and offered.
However, this is not the end of the story. When you buy and sell a house there are what are called closing costs, agent commissions, transfer taxes, title insurance, mortgage fees, insurance, and … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Frequently asked question: Who pays you? - 01/12/15 02:06 AM
Frequently asked question: Who pays you?
One of the questions we get often is who pays you? Many consumers are aware that a real estate agent gets paid and it is a percentage of the purchase price of the home but is there a difference if you are a seller or a a buyer? Many buyers still believe they as a buyer are going to pay the commission in some way.
Well in reality as a buyer you do because you buy the home and fund the transaction either with cash or through a mortgage. If you don't buy and close … (0 comments)

 
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Realtors - Selling the Main Line, PA Lic AB067198

Devon, PA

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Long & Foster Real Estate Inc

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