nick vandekar: Don't let a vacant home sit uninsured - 01/16/13 01:11 AM

It happens all the time, sellers move out and think their homeowners insurance which they have paid the premium on for years will cover their vacant home only to find after some disaster they are uninsured. There are so many reasons why a home can stand vacant today, the owner moves into a retirement home, possibly is relocated by a new employer, or have purchased a new home and are waiting for their current home to sell.
Many homeowners ask agents to check on their vacant homes once a week, but a pipe can burst or a blocked sewer pipe … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Old Forge Crossing for sale and rent - 01/14/13 03:27 AM
No homes came on the market for sale in Old Forge Crossing this week, but a town home, two beds with two and half baths on two floors did come on for rent priced at $1375. This is a very good rental value for an old forge crossing townhome. There is also a two bedroom second floor condo that we have the listing for on an inner courtyard location close to parking currently priced at $1400 a month. We will also soon be listing a one bedroom with den on the second floor for rent in a great location with a wonderful … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: New listings in Chesterbrook - 01/14/13 03:08 AM
After commenting on the lack of inventory in Chesterbrook last week, two new listings came on the market. One on Witherspoon, priced at $205,000 went under contract almost at once, but has since come back on the market, and another on Headhouse Court priced at $224,000 came on as well, both are two bedroom homes, Witherspoon on one level, a ranch style home, rare in Chesterbrook and obviously of interest to buyers and the other over two floors, with a nice open floor plan and views of some open space behind the end unit town home.

There is still a lack of inventory in … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Should I wait? - 01/10/13 11:21 PM
Are buyers waiting for the Spring Market?
Homeowners are thinking right now should I list now or wait for the Spring Market? As mentioned in a recent post inventory levels for many townships, price ranges and developments are at very low levels, pending sales are high, indicating buyers are taking action, making use of the low mortgage rates and buying now.
So, if the buyers are not waiting for the Spring market, why should you? Contact us now and let's discuss the market for your home and if placing it on the market now makes sense.
If you think this … (6 comments)

nick vandekar: Are you looking for an investment property to buy? - 01/09/13 02:38 AM
We list many properties along the Main Line. Some are obvious properties for investors, that is someone who is going to hold the property and rent it out over a period of time as opposed to being a real estate speculator who is simply doing a rehab and re-selling the property for more money.
Sometimes, a property is listed that is not an obvious property to buy for investment, such as a single family home, for which there is a lot of demand in the rental market, or for a condo either one bedroom or two.
Locally we have Old … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Homes available to buy in Chesterbrook, PA - 01/08/13 01:04 AM
One of the issues for housing on the Main Line right now is the lack of inventory, and homes available for purchase in Chesterbrook is a good indication of this. As of this morning, there are only 4 homes available for purchase, of these three are two bedroom apartments or condos priced from $195,000 and one is a three bedroom town home priced at $359,900.

There are two homes that are under contract, whilst buyer have home inspections carried out, and nine pending sales of various homes around the Chesterbrook development including one bedroom and two bedroom apartments and three bedroom … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Homes available to buy in Old Forge Crossing Janaury 2013 - 01/08/13 12:49 AM
There are currently eight homes for sale in Old Forge Crossing in Devon, PA. Seven listed for sale in the MLS and one listed privately. The privatley listed home is a single bed and bath priced at $129,000. There are three other single bed, single bath condos available priced between $133,900 and $139,000. There are three two bedroom two bath condos available priced between $189,900 and $209,000, two of these are on the ground floor and one is on the second, and lastly there is a town home for sale priced at $214,900. One other two bedroom two bath condo is … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Single Family homes in Main Line Townships not out of range for buyers - 01/08/13 12:28 AM
Single family homes in many Main Line Townships have the reputation for being out of the range for first time and repeat buyers, but is this really true?

I pulled up this morning three homes in Tredyffrin, Easttown and Radnor to see what the lowest price home might offer. Many first time buyers desire to be in one of these townships because of the school districts, Tredyffrin and Easttown share T/E school district and Radnor obviously has the Radnor School District which covers homes in the following postal addresses, Radnor, Wayne, some of Villanova, Rosemont and Bryn Mawr.
Whilst the cheapest … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: 2012 home sales in Chesterbrook, PA in Tredyffrin Township. - 01/07/13 06:18 AM
Chesterbrook sales 2012

Chesterbrook carries a Wayne address but is in Tredyffrin Township, and is in part of Tredyffrin Easttown School District, it is a development of several sub developments of different names all grouped under the Chesterbrook name.
In 2012 Trend MLS reported there were 96 sales of apartments and town homes in Chesterbrook. There are also several single family homes in Chesterbrook, but this report does not cover those sales, that will follow later.
Homes vary from one and two bedroom apartments to three and four bedroom townhomes.
Valley Stream saw the most … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Chesterbrook, Tredyffrin Township has wide price ranges - 12/07/12 02:10 AM

Chesterbrook in Chester County in Tredyffrin Township is a development of offices, homes, town homes and apartments in various sub developments scattered across a wide area located between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Route 202. Chesterbrook has some wonderful landscaping with plenty of walking and jogging trails with easy access to Valley Forge National Park and the Schuylkill River Trail for those really active bodies.

Chesterbrook has restaurants and shops located centrally and plenty of options close by in Wayne, Berwyn and Paoli.

King of Prussia Mall is only minutes away as is Wegmans and Trader Joe's for those cooks … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Old Forge Crossing market report - 12/07/12 01:30 AM
Old forge Crossing is an FHA approved condo development in Devon, PA with a great location close to Route 202 and a few minutes drive from the Paoli/Thorndale Septa line into center city. It has an active social life and the location allows residents to shop locally with Wegmans and Trader Joe's minutes away,

plenty of restaurants in Wayne, Devon, Berwyn and Paoli

 and if an active lifestyle is what you are looking for the development has a pool and tennis courts,

plus Valley Forge National Park with access to the Schuylkill River Trail is close by. Plenty … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Not one but two New Rental listings Old Forge Crossing, Devon PA 19333 - 12/03/12 07:08 AM
We have just listed two new rental listings in Old Forge Crossing. Both are similar two bed two bath condos on the second floor with just under 1000 square feet of space. Priced at $1400 per month these are excellent value when you consider each bedroom is basically $700 a month. Both have private entrances and their own laundry areas within the condo. Old Forge located on 40+ acres has walking trails, a pond, swimming pool and tennis courts. Condo fees paid by the landlords include gas for cooking, the dryer and the hot water, as well as water, pool access, … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Sunday December 2nd stop by for the Berwyn PA Tree lighting - 11/29/12 03:36 AM

Once again the Berwyn Devon Business and Professional Association together with the Easttown and Tredyffrin Veterans are hosting the Berwyn, PA Tree lighting this Sunday December 2 beginning at 5.30 pm. There will be singing, dancing and Santa will arrive by firetruck, Mrs Claus is coming in a Maserati, and one of Santa's Reindeer will also be visiting, there will also be food available at low cost for those who need a snack, including hot dogs, hot chocolate and lots of other goodies.

The Tree Lighting takes place at the Berwyn Train Station, home to the Gold Star Garden in … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Look who stopped by our yard in Berwyn PA? - 11/29/12 03:04 AM

We often get foxes through our yard, helps keep the squirrel and chipmunk communities in check. This one was very young out in the snow the other day. Every tine a car passed on the road by our property he got nervous. I think he just found something under the snow here and took it under a tree to have a better look.

He tok a while, not sure if it was a chipmunk or a mole. Then off he took to explore some more. As I said he looked like a very young cub, possibly from the vixen … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Why I vote - 11/05/12 05:53 AM
I am an immigrant, I was brought up in the United Kingdom and always voted there as soon as I was able. I have never understood people who choose not to vote. It is your chance, however bad the choices to have a say and have an impact in the running of your country.
When I arrived in America, there was a period of several years before I was able to vote. I arrived on an investor visa, and we needed to apply for citizenship which took a long time and was extremely frustrating dealing with bureaucrats who even though I spoke English … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: Main Line Home Prices qtr 3 2012 - 10/26/12 04:50 AM
There has been lots of positive news in the last few weeks regarding the housing market. We commented on this and how we are seeing multiple offer situations develop and a real lack of inventory at specific price points in Main Line townships. Every quarter we try to show you the market compared to prior years so youcan see how the market is doing in our area. We use a square foot price methodology and also show days on market as well as the ratio of the last listing price to the obtained sales price.
You can see that … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Wall paper with style making an appearance - 10/24/12 05:59 AM
I had read recently that wall paper was making a comeback as people move away from just paint, but had not seen any evidence of this whilst looking at homes with customers or visiting brokers opens till this week. Mostly, what I was seeing was old paper, often peeling at edges and with old fashioned patterns and color ways leaving you with a dated feeling which may be great if you are a TV producer looking for a home in which to film, but for todays buyer a definite turn off.

However, yesterday I visited two homes, both with wallpaper that … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: Main Line Haunts - 10/23/12 06:41 AM
This time of year everybody it seems has a story to share about a haunted house, I often get asked by clients when they are buying if a house might be haunted, for some it would be an absolute deal breaker, for others something of interest. Often we don't know, but can pass the question along to the owners of the home, in fact there are several cases moving through the courts right now in Pennsylvania to do with events that have happened in a home and whether they should be disclosed. Would you want to know about a haunted house? … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: Berwyn Fire company shows their stuff! - 10/22/12 01:49 AM

Saturday afternoon Berwyn Fire Company, an all volunteer fire company on the Main Line outside of Philadelphia showed their stuff with several examples of how they fight different fires and rescue members of the public in demonstrations at their firehouse in Berwyn, PA on Bridge Ave.
However, Sunday morning it was the real deal as they answered a call to a historic barn that was on fire on Sugartown Road taking several hours to bring under control and clear the site with Sugartown Road closed between Newtown and Leopard Roads. Many of these same volunteer firefighters who exhibited their skills Saturday … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Main Line market report - 10/15/12 05:21 AM
The market for homes on the Main Line outside of Philadelphia is seeing every month a reduction in the inventory of homes available. All this year the supply of homes for sale has been reducing every month. At the beginning of the year it was at a 14 and 15 months supply, this past month it has dropped to just above 8.

We are having a hard time finding homes for clients in some price ranges, and we are hearing of multiple offers on many of the homes going under agreement. Because of this prices have firmed and even risen in … (0 comments)

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