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 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 … (8 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 … (19 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate benefits - 02/18/17 01:44 PM
Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate Benefits
One of the great things about living in Tredyffrin Easttown is the easy access there is to the Chester Valley Trail. Today and tomorrow the temps are up in the 60's, very nice for February.
So, I threw my bike on the car and headed down to Westlakes business center in Berwyn, not far from my house, where there is parking for the Chester Valley Trail and easy access. There are several easy points to access the trail in Tredyffrin Easttown, Old Forge Crossing has their own access, the Tredyffrin Township Park, D'Ambrosio Park at the end of … (6 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate - 26 Cypress Lane - 02/12/17 11:47 AM
Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate
This week we are preparing 26 Cypress Lane, Berwyn, PA 19312 for sale. This Tredyffrin Easttown home sits on just under an acre of gently sloping land backing up to Crabby Creek a Tredyffrin Township Park.
This Tredyffrin Easttown Craftsman style 3 bed 2 1/2 bath, 2 car garage, split level has a recently added great room addition which expands the square footage to 2740 sq feet. The master suite with walk in closet and en suite bathroom overlooks the back yard, with another two large bedrooms and hall bath this home has all the space a family might need. 
When viewing … (8 comments)

nick vandekar: Where is Tredyffrin Easttown? - 02/07/17 10:34 AM
Where is Tredyffrin Easttown?
Located about 20 miles north west from the center of Philadelphia lies two townships in Chester County. Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships. These two townships have one combined school district referred to as Tredyffrin Easttown or T/E.
Tredyffrin Township
Tredyfrrin Township was originally settled in the late 17th century. In the 2010 census it held a population of 29,332. It is 19.9square miles and is part of Chester County. A small part of Valley Forge National Historical Park sits in the township which has many historical links to the Revolutionary period. It has a very active historical society that works hard to … (8 comments)

nick vandekar: Top Staging Tips from Top Stager USA 2017 - 02/06/17 07:43 AM
I listen to a lot of self development and bsuiness advice and encouragement. One of the prime take aways is to do what successful people do if you want to be successful. So, when a top stager lays out her top tips for selling a home it is worth reading and making sure you take notice of what she is saying.
Sometimes as a Realtor we share these things with clients who are listing their home for sale. Hopefully, by posting this information from Kristine Ginsberg it might make a larger impact in the Tredyfrrin Easttown area for those who are wishing to sell their homes … (5 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Community Event - Beer and what? - 02/06/17 06:32 AM
Tredyffrin Easttown Community Event - Beer and what?
Berwyn Devon Business Association invites you to a unique event at LaCabra Brewing, 642 Lancaster Avenue in Berwyn, PA 19312 on Wednesday, February 8th, starting at 6 pm, $10.00 at the door. We will start with some networking then we will be tasting combinations of different LaCabra brews and chocolate. Yes, chocolate!
We did this for the first time last year with different regional brews and it was a great success. Amazingly different beers go very well with certain types of chocolates, but which would you pair with which. Turn up this Wednesday and find out … (11 comments)

nick vandekar: An explanation of cricket - 02/05/17 01:44 PM
Being English I am often asked if I can try to explain Cricket. Whilst I think it is easier to explain how to buy a home in Tredyffrin Easttown than explain cricket this was the best explanation I saw over 10 years ago. It hopefully brings a smile to your face whilst you wait for the big game which many a Brit might ask you to explain to them as well. Never quite sure how you can take a 1 hour game and spin it out to last almost 4, a little like Cricket.
It is much easier to explain how to … (7 comments)

nick vandekar: Avonwood in Tredyffrin Easttown Market Report - 01/30/17 01:02 PM
What’s the value of my Tredyffrin Easttown, Avonwood Single Family Home?
Avonwood is a development in Tredyffrin Township at the intersection of Pugh and West Valley Roads, this neighborhood is also referred to as Avonwood so there is sometimes confusion when a home is listed as being in Avonwood whether it is in the neighborhood or the development. The address of course will be clear to any Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor who knows the area. 
The following data is taken from the Trend, soon to be Bright  MLS for single family homes (private sales are not included in these statistics). The data is believed … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown School District - 01/27/17 11:41 AM
Tredyffrin Easttown Public Schools
Tredyffrin Easttown is a combination of two townships, Tredyffrin and Easttown to form one school district, currently rated in 2017 as the #1 School district in the nation on Niche. It consists of one high school, Conestoga High School, two middle schools Valley Forge Middle and Tredyffrin Easttown Middle, and 5 elementary schools, Beaumont, Devon, New Eagle, Valley Forge and Hillside. The area primarily consists of single family homes and includes Paoli, Berwyn, Daylesford, Devon, Strafford and Wayne including Chesterbrook. It consists of 38 square miles all located in Chester County.
 Conestoga High School
Located on Irish Road in Tredyffrin … (5 comments)

nick vandekar: Tredyffrin Easttown Single Family Home Market Report January 2017 - 01/27/17 11:04 AM
What’s the value of my Tredyffrin Easttown Single Family Home?
Tredyffrin Easttown is a combination of two townships, Tredyffrin and Easttown to form one school district, currently rated as the #1 School district in the nation on Niche. It consists of one high school, Conestoga High School, two middle schools Valley Forge Middle and Tredyffrin Easttown Middle, and 5 elementary schools, Beaumont, Devon, New Eagle, Valley Forge and Hillside. The area primarily consists of single family homes and includes Paoli, Berwyn, Daylesford, Devon, Strafford and Wayne including Chesterbrook. It consists of 38 square miles all located in Chester County.
The following data is … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Frequently asked real estate questions - how long does it take? - 01/26/17 01:16 PM
Frequently asked real estate questions - How long does it take from offer to settlement?
In Tredyffrin Easttown we often get asked by buyers how long the real estate process is for buying a home. Obviously, it depends, a buyer needs to find the right home. But Nick Vandekar, a Tredyffrin Township resident and Main Line Realtor can answer how long it takes once an agreement is accepted to settlement.
Generally, if the buyer is using a mortgage, the time is 45-60 days. Most mortgage firms since TRID implementation in the Tredyffrin Easttown area require a minimum of 45 days. This allows for appraisals, the … (9 comments)

nick vandekar: Communication or not - 01/24/17 09:54 AM
In honor of Belly Laugh Day, which I learned about from Kathy Streib I was inspired to write this post.
A lot has been written about communication, making yourself clear and understanding what the other party in a conversation is talking about or asking for in some cases. Repeating it back so there is clarity is another great way to ensure this. We all have great examples of misunderstanding, and I am not sure if you know about Mrs Mallaprop, who was a character in a play who always used the wrong word that sounded like the one she replaced but totally … (9 comments)

nick vandekar: Do you know who is representing you? - 01/23/17 10:29 AM
Who is representing you?
Listing Agent
Our job as a listing agent is to represent the party we represent, the seller. That may sound obvious but often we encounter situations where other people, consumers or buyer agents think we represent them or should do when in fact we represent our client, the seller.
That representation means we will do our best to obtain the highest price we can in the time frame the seller wants with the best terms for the seller and offering compensation to buyer agents the seller has agreed upon in the listing agreement.
Our fiduciary duty, is the highest level of … (15 comments)

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 … (8 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)

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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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