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)

nick vandekar: Another Old Forge Crossing rental listing - 10/08/12 09:37 AM
We just listed another Old Forge Crossing condo for rent today. We have an investor cxlient who purchased it recently and is in the process of literally replacing everything in the condo. Carpets, coving, wainscoting, kitchen ceramic tile floor, new maple cabinets, bathroom vanity, toilet,bathroom tile floor, new carpet thoughout, new window and slider to the patio. All will then be freshly painted.
He has widened doorways, opened up the kitchen and replaced the old flat panel doors with colonial doors, is installing a home office work area, and replaced the entrance foyer floor with a lovely ceramic tile finish.
At $1350 a month this … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Historic Chester County property right in Berwyn - 10/08/12 08:07 AM

Upper Stream Farm in Berwyn is a unique and historic property built on four point eight acres out of five hundred acres originally owned by William Penn and deeded to William Mordant in 1681. On the property is the oldest bank barn in Chester County. We got the chance to tour the property today with the listing agent and get some shots of this fabulous barn. The property is zoned commercial so there are some great uses this property can be put to, maybe an antique store, or a destination wedding location, the property has its on pub located in … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Chester county Barn - 10/07/12 04:02 AM
This barn sits next to a property in Chester County built in 1771, that is before the Declaration of Independence. Was the barn built then? Not sure if it is that old, but certainly nice to see.


nick vandekar: Am I allowed an opinion and can I share it? - 09/19/12 05:43 AM
Social Media encourages people to share their opinions, we have all read how consumers share what they think about company A or B, or Product x, y and z and how that influences others.
Many real estate sites show properties, Trulia allows agents to check in to properties, allowing consumers to know they have seen plenty of properties and know their neighborhood and share these check ins on Facebook and Twitter. In checking in they can leave a comment. Should we? Does it cross a boundary ethically, or under the Realtor Code of Ethics.

What comments can you leave? How … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: Buying a home? Stop before you choose an agent to represent you? - 09/17/12 04:45 AM
One of the hardest and most important things for buyers is choosing a real estate agent.  Hard because you need to do a little background work. For most agents you can find recommendations or references if you do some looking around on the internet, Trulia and Zillow carry comments by past clients, check both as it is hard sometimes for agents to get clients to comment on both. Also check out the agents own website and see if they have a page, video or comments by past clients.
Ask friends, family and co-workers who they have used and why they liked … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Exorcism helps home to sell! - 09/13/12 05:55 AM

I recently had a client bury a St Joseph to help their home sell, did it work, yes, we got the home under contract shortly after she buried the figure and it went through to settlement.
Today I was reading a similar story on a Zillow blog but in addition it mentioned a relocation company using an exorcism to address the issue of the local agents and neighborhood feeling the house was haunted. I know we prayed at the home of one client who also had problems with noises in the house late at night and in the attic rooms, after … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: How varied was your week? - 09/06/12 06:02 AM
One of the things I love about real estate on Philadelphia's Main Line is how varied your week can be. It allows you to be flexible with your time and how different each day can be. As long as you schedule your time correctly you can always make those important family appointments.
Yes, there are some "customers" who cannot wait and will call another agent to show them a property, but you probably don't want to work with them anyway because they don't value you or your knowledge that you bring to the process. However, it works both ways, there are days … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: No home is ever perfect! Don't let it hold you back. - 08/21/12 06:58 AM
No home is ever perfect! Today many buyers are searching for the perfect home, and holding off till they find it. Don't let it hold you back, because no home is ever perfect what ever the cost. Almost every multi-millionaire movie star or football player who buys a home for millions of dollars tears it apart making it just how they want it. If anyone can afford the perfect home it is these buyers and still they make changes because no home is ever perfect.

Even buyers of new construction custom homes often make changes once they live in a home … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Old Forge Crossing sales this year tell a story - 08/14/12 01:01 AM
Old Forge Crossing sales so far this year stand at twelve, one of these a one bedroom unit is a pending sale, nine are for one bedroom or one bedroom with a den units, one is a two bedroom unit and one is a two bedroom townhome with two and a half baths on two floors. These sales tell a story of owners who have bought at high prices and todays buyers looking for bargains.
Like elsewhere in Chester County, prices have been under pressure, especially condominiums. Last year there were few sales as buyers needing FHA financing could not obtain … (0 comments)

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Realtors - Selling the Main Line, PA Lic AB067198

Devon, PA

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