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)

nick vandekar: Frequently Asked Question: Do you reduce your commission? - 01/09/15 03:50 AM
Frequently Asked Question: Do you reduce your commission?
Real estate is this funny business where customers want to hire you but before they do they want you to reduce how much your are going to be paid. I don't know how many of my clients' bosses ask them to reduce their take home pay before take on a job. I understand no one likes to pay more than they have to pay. I also understand that the price for selling a home in America is high compared to other countries.
I posted a blog yesterday about how much we charge which … (4 comments)

nick vandekar: Looking for a Realtor? - 01/05/15 03:59 AM
Looking for a Realtor?
There are many real estate agents out there, not all are Realtors. What is a Realtor? A Realtor is a real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors and as such a member of both their State and Local Realtor Association as well. As a Realtor they are expected to abide by a code of ethics which is of a higher standard than the duties required by the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission.
As a licensed real estate agent, the state allows you to sell real estate anywhere in the state. However, no one … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Greens @ Waynesborough, Chester County November 2014 sales info - 12/11/14 12:16 AM
Greens @ Waynesborough, Chester County November 2014 sales info

The Greens at Waynesborough in Easttown Township, Chester County have had no settled sales or sales go pending during November 2014.  There is one home that is under contract priced $859900 for a 4 bed 3 1/2 bath home of 3875 sq feet, however this went under contract on December 7th.
There are two other homes for sale priced $935,500 for a 4 bed 2 1/2 bath home of 4577 sq feet on a 1/3 of an acre on Saint Andrews Drive, and another home priced at $1,190,000 for a 4 … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: 9 Tips for Mold Prevention - 12/03/14 12:47 AM
9 Tips for Mold Prevention
People often think mold only grows in the summer, but if the conditions are right, mold can grow anytime of year. Here are 9 tips for preventing Mold.
1) Never store paper products or cardboard in attics or basements. Store these items in plastic bins with lids.
2) Maintain attic and basement relative humidity at 55% or less.
3) Make sure your attic has vents and a fan, preferably one activated by humidity levels.
4) Never use a dehumidifier which requires emptying. Always buy a unit with a pump.
5) Immediately repair plumbing leaks and dry out and wet building materials.
6) … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: Just Listed in Devon, PA 19333 Tredyffrin Twp. - 12/02/14 06:12 AM
Just Listed in Devon, PA 19333, Tredyffrin Township.
Great Main Line condo, located in Old Forge Crossing, on a quiet and serene inner courtyard, but close to multiple parking options. Old Forge Crossing is a premier location for the Main Line allowing owners easy access to Center City, Wilmington DE, King of Prussia, PA Turnpike, etc.
For those who love the outdoors, not only is Old Forge Crossing located on 40+ acres, but the new Chester Valley Trail runs right by it and owners have private access, as well as Valley Forge National Park, Jenkins Arboretum, plus multiple township parks … (5 comments)

nick vandekar: Normal schedule will be resumed shortly - 11/24/14 04:26 AM
Every year I work on a charity event for Surrey Services for Seniors, The Main Line Antiques Show. It takes all year planning this event but the actual week of the show it is all I focus on. I try to set up my blogs ahead and schedule them for release but it does not always work out. Last year we raised over $130,000, this year we are still waiting for some final bills so I don't know the actual number as yet.
We have 33 or more dealers from all over the East Coast and Mid West who attend the … (5 comments)

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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543

Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Devon, PA

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Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400

Address: 92 Lancaster Avenue, Devon, PA, 19333

Office: (610) 225-7400

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