nick vandekar: Have Student Loans? Think you Can't Buy a Home? WRONG! - 08/17/17 02:47 PM
Getting good information on mortgages is so important in today's market. Not all lenders are the same and having the right information is essential. Sometimes, to make sure you can acheive your goals. It may mean you have to wait or adjust the plan initially, but at least it allows you to plan.
This is an excellent post by Gene Mundt about student loans and how you can get a mortgage and what you are going to need to obtain one to buy a home.
If you need help in the Tredyffrin Easttown and surrounding Main Line area contact Nick Vandekar, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate Things to do in the Fall - 08/16/17 11:23 AM
One of the great things about living in Tredyffrin Easttown is that there are so many events one can attend and enjoy. We are only about 20 miles outside of Philadelphia with all that the city has to offer with museums, the orchestra, theater and award winning restaurants. 
But locally too we have many great events. One such resource is the local Penn State Campus. Penn State Great Valley, located at 30 East Swedesford Road, Malvern PA 19355 has lectures and events throughout the year, they just released their fall calendar and there are several events worth noting.
Motown meets Jazz sounds like something to set … (6 comments)

nick vandekar: Gardening in Tredyffrin Easttown - 08/15/17 06:18 AM
When we moved to this house, it was very dark, in the first summer here I took down about 80 trees of varying sizes which covered mainly what is now the back lawn. We could see no form to the garden, no plan. We had no idea of the way the sun tracked. But as we cleared, light entered and we tackled the vines and the scrub which had been allowed to take over.
As I have said many time, Trudy is the gardener and planner. Things get moved constantly if she thinks they will do better elsewhere. She is never finished. I … (21 comments)

nick vandekar: The Tredyffrin Easttown July 2017 Market Update - 08/11/17 07:53 AM
July 2017 Market Report for Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate
I always find it interesting to hear national statistics bandied about in relation to local real estate. I noticed this year whilst everyone was talking about how the lack of  inventory was causing a drop in sales and a slow down in settlements that this was not the case for Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate. So why don't national real estate stats apply to Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate?
In May when everyone was crying how there were few if any pending sales Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate had them stacked up for June and July settlements. … (5 comments)

nick vandekar: Being Human - 08/08/17 07:43 AM
I grew up in a family which dealt in antiques, every trip to the countryside often resulted in a purchase as did our vacations as well. This is a photo of my Dad at a major antiques show in London called The Grosvenor House Fair, held at the hotel on Park Lane in London in the ballroom, unfortunately the show is no longer in existence.
I did not want to be an antique dealer, I joined the British Army and went to Sandhurst, our equivalent of West Point after high school. But I had injured my back just before I went and … (25 comments)

nick vandekar: Business Practices - 08/07/17 08:36 AM
Part 1 Open Houses
In my first year of business I did lots of open houses, I never liked making phone calls, but put me in front of people and I can chat for a long time. My very first open house a couple came in who were moving to the area from New York state. No, they did not have a Realtor, could I help them? They liked this house, but it was not really what they were looking for. It took a while to zero in but we found them a great home, and they are still living there today. … (21 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown home owners - We generated 11 offers! - 07/27/17 10:23 AM
Last week we began marketing a new Tredyffrin Easttown listing. Yesterday we presented our seller with 11 offers.
What did we do to generate 11 offers?
Firstly we realized the home required work and was going to be sold "As is" with the seller unable to do any repairs. The home was not going to be staged and had been vacant for a while but we felt that honesty was the best policy.
I took photos, and filmed a walk through video, highlighting the salient points. Our description let everyone know the home required work but underneath had good bones.
We discussed who the likely … (5 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate - New Listing - 07/19/17 06:01 PM
Just Listed Main Line Home
Large 4 bed 2 1/2 bath colonial with great flow. Located in a cul de sac in Tredyffrin Township this home sits on just over half an acre with a large flat back yard and an in ground pool. The home has great flow throughout with hard wood floors, 2 wood burning fireplaces and plenty of access to that lovely back yard with sliders to a brick patio and porch.

Home appears to have good bones and is being sold as is, and is in need of some cosmetic updating and rehabbing, but offers builders, contractors and investors … (8 comments)

nick vandekar: My Lender just got suspended - What now? - 07/14/17 09:08 AM
This week a local lender was suspended by HUD from issuing any FHA program loans due to fraudulently submitting false accounting statements to the government authority. The company, Seckel Capital submitted accounts over a period of years which were supposedly audited by independent certified public accountants. But, they weren't. As such HUD has suspended the lender from issuing loans backed by FHA.
 "In addition, HUD's Departmental Enforcement Center suspended owner John Seckel from doing business with the Federal government"
Suddenly, borrowers in the process of obtaining mortgages with this company are finding they can no longer obtain them. 
So what do you do in … (15 comments)

nick vandekar: The daily life of a Realtor - 07/13/17 02:23 PM
Nick, where have you been, what have you been doing?
Being a Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor can be erratic. We all try to create a rythm to our lives, having set times for specific work, but the nature of the job is to satisfy your clients and wow them with superior service. So, that rythm does not always work out. As an agent I am putting my clients needs ahead of my own within reason. But a hot market means you need to be available to show properties.
The past couple of weeks have been busy. July the 4th weekend I had family come … (18 comments)

nick vandekar: History in our midst - 07/09/17 10:09 AM
What I love about our area is the glimpses of history around us. Driving out via Valley Forge Park to Phoenixville along Route 252 North a little before you get to Route 23 you see the bridge below. Recently repaired after a truck clipped the side and demolished a portion of it it is a glimpse of days gone by. 
There is parking close by and a lovely trail along the river or creek bank under the shade of trees. It is popular with those who want an easy flat walk and those who will challenge the hill it sits at the … (17 comments)

nick vandekar: Chesterbrook first half of 2017 - 06/30/17 08:22 AM
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 access for all major routes provide short drives to … (16 comments)

nick vandekar: For first time buyers and those who may be downsizing - 06/30/17 08:18 AM
Old Forge Crossing Condominiums
There are certain developments that are loved by the residents, be they owners or tenants. Old Forge Crossing is one of those. Located in Tredyffrin Easttown School District the two bedroom apartments and townhomes are desirable for those with smaller families who want to get into a home in this award winning and #1 rated school district by Niche.
Elementary School is New Eagle
Middle School is Valley Forge
High School is Conestoga
This development is located on a historical patch of land, close to Valley Forge Park, the British camped close by here and returned to this camp after the Paoli Massacre. … (14 comments)

nick vandekar: So you want to live in Wayne - 06/29/17 11:16 AM
So you want to live in Wayne PA. 
Wayne is a popular place for those moving to want to live, it is a lovely town with its own Art Deco Cinema and sidewalks to stroll.
Bur living in Wayne without specifying where can have you living in any one of three different counties, Montgomery, Delaware or Chester, each has very different tax rates. Secondly, you can end up in one of three different townships Tredyffrin, Radnor, or Upper Merion Township. And hence one of three different school systems if you are going to have your children attend public school, Tredyffrin Easttown, Radnor or … (12 comments)

nick vandekar: Why do I need title insurance? - 06/27/17 01:22 PM
Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate
This week we are tackling a question we get asked frequently, Why do I need title insurance, what does it do?
Secondly as our clients talk with the title company they then get asked do you want the standard or enhanced policy?
Well we sat down with Colleen P Heath of Sage Premier Settlements, (disclaimer they are a subsidiary of Long & Foster Real Estate and if you use them, Long & Foster makes money from that transaction).
Watch our video and let us know if you have any other questions?
Title Insurance has two parts, an owner policy which covers … (20 comments)

nick vandekar: Do you know when you need a survey? - 06/22/17 09:13 AM
Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate - Do you know when you need a survey?
Buying a home in Pennsylvania and in Tredyffrin Easttown School District does not require the buyer to obtain a survey. it is a choice unlike some other states around us.
However, there are circumstances whenyou should definitely have a survey carried out. Check out our video for advice:
When you should have a survey:
If there are any disputes over property lines Building a pool Erecting a shed Planning to extend the house after purchase Erecting a fence If the amount of property you own is important to you Knowing your … (46 comments)

nick vandekar: Another 5 star review for Nick Vandekar - 06/21/17 10:52 AM
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor Nick Vandekar just received another 5 star review from a satisfied and happy client.
We were contacted by this client after they had moved out of the area and had an Old Forge Crossing condo to sell having rented it for a while. Location was wonderful and working with the tenant went very smoothly as we got the home prepared for sale arranging showings and giving plenty of notice to the tenant. 
We got the home under contract with multiple offers very quickly and moved it along to settlement making sure to help both tenant and owner know the process … (16 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate - Do I need a home inspection? - 06/21/17 10:26 AM
Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate
A common question from buyers is "Do I need a home inspection?" Watch our short video with Nick Vandekar, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. in Devon PA who tackles this simple question from several different angles.
The purpose of a home inspection is to make sure the home has no material defects or safety issues that can affect the value or safety of the home. The general buyer doe snot have the experience to know the condition of a home. An agent, even an experienced agent is not a home inspector with the experience of inspecting … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate 6/12/17 to 6/18/17 - 06/19/17 10:12 AM
Tredyfrrin Easttown Real Estate 6/12/17 to 6/18/17
Last week in real estate in Tredyffrin Easttown School district.
Another busy week in Tredyffrin Easttown with 31 homes settling with prices ranging from $147,000 to $1.25 million, these homes sold in an average of 46 days on market at 96.3% of their original list price.
Seven homes went pending with prices ranging from $219,000 to $999,000 these homes selling with an average days on market of 83.
21 new listings came on the market with prices ranging from $269,000 to $1.8 million, although this latter home was a relist having already been on the market for 120 days … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate, What if I can't get a mortgage? - 06/17/17 08:40 AM
Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate
Frequently Asked Question: What happens to my deposit if I can't get a mortgage?
Even when you have a mortgage pre-approval things can happen to derail a real estate transaction. Many first time buyers worry they will lose their deposit if they cannot get a mortgage. Well, it all depends, and is another reason to select an experienced and strong buyers' agent to represent you so you are protected.
Watch our video that deals with this question:
Depending how your agreement of sale is written matters when a mortgage is refused.
The reason for your failing to get a mortgage might be loss … (3 comments)

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Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Devon, PA

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