nick vandekar: Is your vacant home covered? Maybe not! - 01/31/13 03:17 AM
One problem many homeowners face is when to list their home for sale, before or after they have found where they want to move. There are many reasons for this but one is so the home does not sit vacant after they move into their new home because what many don’t realize is that they may be uninsured. Most home owner policies cease coverage after 30 days of vacancy, and vacant home insurance can be costly. But it can be more costly to be un-insured if this would be coming into your home!

We have found an answer. Our broker … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Cedar Grove Farm, Broomall Open House Sunday 1/27/13 1-3 pm - 01/24/13 05:55 AM

Cedar Grove Farm in Broomall, PA Open House 1/27/2013 1-3 PM. This attractive brick front colonial four bedroom home at 2 Hunters Run, Broomall, PA 19008 a corner lot, is where you will find me this Sunday. This Marple Township home has a wonderful flowing floor plan that is just perfect for entertaining or having a family get together. Lots of light, and hardwood floors throughout with a sweeping staircase to the second floor. Don't worry about storage this home is full of it, with plenty of built in bookcases and closets. Three fireplaces, one gas and two wood add … (4 comments)

nick vandekar: Old Forge Crossing sees uptick in sales - 01/23/13 02:08 AM

In the last week we have seen an uptick in sales in Old Forge Crossing, eight homes show as either being active or pending. Of these four are pending sales, two one bedroom units and two two bedroom units. For sale there is one one bedroom T shape unit on the second floor with no balcony, priced at $137,700. Two two bedroom units are for sale priced between $189,900 and $209,000, and finally one townhouse for sale priced at $214,900.
Condo fees for the one bedroom units is $220 and for the two bedroom units is $290. Located in … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Chesterbrook market update - 01/23/13 01:56 AM
After mentioning the lack of inventory in the housing market for the past few weeks, Chesterbrook has seen a definite uptick in activity. Currently there are seven homes for sale, one is under contract but is still being marketed and can be shown, of the seven, six are two bedroom homes priced from $195,000 to $289,900 and one is a three bedroom townhome priced at $359,900; with nine homes pending,five two bedrooms and some three and one four bedroom homes, these latter selling very quickly in a matter of days with prices ranging for all from $205,000 to $389,000. So there is still a … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Mark Zandi's view of the housing market 2013 - 01/18/13 03:09 AM

Mark Zandi of Moody's spoke yesterday at the Suburban West Realtors Association installation of its new board of directors and Chair, Kathy McQuilken.Overall he was pretty confident about the economy and the housing market in general.
Whilst the next two quarters according to Mark Zandi might be a little soft, by the end of the year we most likely will see GDP at 2% about the same as 2012, with it picking up in 2014 and 2015 to about 4%. The approach of the debt ceiling negotiations is approaching fast and this is what is going to affect the economy for the next … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: Waynesborough Woods, Berwyn, PA market Report 1/16/2013 - 01/16/13 05:21 AM
Waynesborough Woods is located in Berwyn in Easttown Township part of Tredyffrin Easttown School district . .
I looked up the mls for real estate activity in last six months. This is what I found :
There are 2 active listings The highest list price is $569,900 and lowest list price is $535,000.
There is 1 home pending settlement.
There were 2 homes that sold in last six months.
The highest sale price was $645,000 with a $2,000 seller assist and lowest list price was $445,000 with a $4661 seller assist. these were marketed for an average of 42 days.
If you are looking to sell … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Greens at Waynesborough market report January 2013 - 01/16/13 05:03 AM
As mentioned in several recent posts, the local market is suffering from a lack of inventory. In Chester County the inventory absorption rate has dropped to just over six months, implying if no more homes came on the market, every home currently on the market would take just over six months to sell. Whilst this is unrealistic it does indicate compared to last year when the rate was well above fourteen months how the market has changed.
This lack of inventory is well indicated by the recent statistics for the Greens at Waynesborough located in Berwyn in Easttown Township off route 252 … (0 comments)

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)

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