home buying: Not an everyday occurrence - 08/01/19 05:34 AM
I was reading some local Tredyffrin Easttown news this morning and my eye fell on something that for our suburban area is not an everyday occurrence.
Maybe for those who live a little further out in Chester County or elsewhere in the state these things happen more often. One of our local police departments is seeking the owner of an errant pig found wandering in the township.
Not sure where the pig is being kept right now, or how they will find the owner as I am unsure of the rules for keeping pigs on your property in Tredyffrin Easttown. Dogs need a … (12 comments)

home buying: Just not right! - 06/28/19 05:38 AM
Municipalities in and around Philadelphia trying to flout the law.
A disturbing trend is emerging around U&O inspections
A trend is emerging among some municipal code inspectors in the Philadelphia suburbs — they're asking home buyers to sign away their rights. Per state law, buyers have at least 12 months to make repairs cited in a use-and-occupancy inspection. But Downingtown Borough, for example, has a “U&O Waiver Form” on its website in which buyers agree that, "I will make all repairs [within] 30 days of the closing of the sale.” These 30-day affidavits are popping up in municipalities across the region. Considering the power these … (10 comments)

home buying: Accepting life as it is! - 06/18/19 06:10 AM
I was reading Michael Jacobs post today about Kindness without Borders, a worthy read. As I thought about what he had written and how he mentioned that the practice is an ongoing lesson, I realized my  ongoing lesson is to accept what is. To be present, and without judgment, to stay in flow, without labeling things either good or bad.
We are so quick to jump to a decision that an event is good or bad. We label it and react accordingly. Our emotions rise or fall depending on the label we post upon the event. We then allow our emotions to control how we … (20 comments)

home buying: What's holding you back? - 03/21/19 12:04 PM
Many Tredyffrin Easttown home buyers today are frustrated because interest rates are low and they want to buy a home but the number of homes for sale is not keeping up with demand. This being said, many buyers are so used to low interest rates that they are not aware of just how low these rates are and any uptick is making them hold off purchasing as it impacts their buying power.
So let's look at this logically for a minute.
1981 saw mortgage interest rates at 18.63%. Since then they have steadily declined. They hit bottom in 2012 at 3.31% according to … (15 comments)

home buying: A great question to ask when interviewing agents - 03/08/19 09:14 AM
How do you select an agent when buying or selling a home? Most people according to research by the National Association of Realtors use the first agent they meet, usually without really knowing anything about them or their business practices.
A second way many people select an agent is to ask friends and family for a referral. This may get them several names, especially if they use social media to ask for a referral. This often leads to a short listing of agents who the buyer or seller will interview based on an arbitrary list of reasons. I like Sam so anyone … (19 comments)

home buying: Tredyffrin Easttown home buying is like finding a bed on the Camino! - 02/15/19 08:01 AM
I walked the Camino de Santiago last year from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostella,the Camino Portugues and then on to Muxia and Finisterra, a distance of 532 miles. What I love about the different Camino routes is the hostels that are along the route for Pilgrims, as the walkers are called because these are all ancient pilgrimage routes.
Each day you have an intention of where and how far you are going to walk. At the end of the day you hope you will be able to find a bed in a hostel, municipal or private, or resort to a hotel. The … (8 comments)

home buying: Frigid, but great weather to look at homes - 01/31/19 11:57 AM
In cold weather many buyers stay home in the warm. But this is great weather to look for homes and get an advantage over those who don't venture out. But you need a realtor who is not afraid of the cold.
Thursday is hiking day, well every day is hiking day. But Thursdays the Appalachian Mountain Club hosts a hike at Valley Forge Park, 6-7 miles. When I got up this morning, although it was blue skies, the temperature was zero degrees Fahrenheit. I was having second thoughts
I decided to go hiking anyway. So dressed in several layers, put some warmers in my gloves … (11 comments)

home buying: Can you change your view? - 01/22/19 06:34 AM
Real estate is often said to be all about location, location, location. I was reading something this morning which was talking about perspective and seeing things from a different perspective or view. It got me to thinking about changing your view or your location. 
I realize also how we talk about things can change how people view things. I remember when I was at the doctor and discussing some test results a few years ago he presented them as "there is 30% or greater chance this is aggressive". That did not sound good. But later, when I thought about it, I thought so … (41 comments)

home buying: Who will tell me not to buy? - 01/15/19 08:37 AM
This story has been adapted to not reveal those mentioned. It is not located in PA or on the Main Line but it does contain a good moral worth remembering.
A client loved a particular home. They made an offer and their offer was accepted. It was an estate selling the home as is. Home inspections were arranged. Issues arose.
The home was riddled with mold. Water was getting into the basement.  It was going to take extensive remediation to fix.There were also potential issues with the electrical wiring and the home inspector called for further investigation by an electrical contractor. However the … (31 comments)

home buying: Have you made any resolutions for your house! - 01/02/19 08:23 AM
It's that time again! Tredyffrin Easttown homeowners bet you forgot about making any resolutions for your house!
You know the start of the new year when everyone makes personal resolutions, new personal and business goals, a word to live the year by.
That is all well and good on the personal front, we all need to continue to grow. But as a Tredyffrin Easttown home owner have you made or set any resolutions or goals for your home this year?
When you buy a home, it is never perfect, whatever we tell ourselves and all our friends. Even those buying multi-million dollar homes … (18 comments)

home buying: Another 5 star review for Nick Vandekar - 05/23/18 12:50 PM
We had the pleasure of helping another buyer complete the purchase of their Tredyffrin Easttown home last week.
Located just a few steps away from the Upper Main Line YMCA it is in a glorious quiet location, surrounded by million dollar homes. The original home has had additions and extensions added over time and sits on a flat piece of land. Currently it has 3 beds, but one room had been converted from two and will be changed back to a four bed home. 
We worked with these clients through a period where there is little to no inventory and homes are receiving … (4 comments)

home buying: How Much House Can I Afford? What Every Homebuyer Needs to Know - 05/14/18 10:34 AM
How Much House Can I Afford In Tredyffrin Easttown PA?
This is a great article I want to share with you, it goes into the ins and outs of not only mortgage affordability but also the costs that come after owning a home? We discuss with our buyer clientsd all the costs associated with buying and how it will impact the way they live their lives in Tredyffrin Easttown and along the Main Line. This is not a cheap area, and if you like eating out you may need to curtail that once you own a home. Maintenance costs of owning a … (2 comments)

home buying: 444 Chandlee Drive, Berwyn PA 19312 - SOLD - 05/11/18 09:18 AM
After being on the lookout for about 18 months our Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate buyer was ready when 444 Chandlee Drive, Berwyn PA 19312 in Waynesbrooke East had a recent price reduction. She was educated, prepared and understood what it might take to win a bidding war. Today we settled and 444 Chandlee Drive in Berwyn PA 19312 has a new owner.
It was a delight to work with the listing agent Kathie Bushey, who I have known for a long time as we worked through several home owners association responsibilities that arose from the home inspection and she was wonderful. As … (10 comments)

home buying: Getting ready to buy a home - 04/11/18 11:14 AM
If you watch any of the home buying programs it all seems so easy and quick. Call a real estate agent and hey presto half an hour and three homes later you make an offer and it is accepted.
 
But the reality of buying a Tredyffrin Easttown, Main Line home is before you start looking at homes you need to do some leg work and educate your self to be ready.
So what do you need to do?
1. What is your Credit Score? 
Discover - first you need to find out what your credit score is, and then realize the number you find won't be … (13 comments)

home buying: What makes an offer succesful - 04/10/18 05:41 AM
There are many things that make an offer successful, and in this tight Tredyffrin Easttown Resal Estate market with little to no inventory it is important to include as many as possible. So, let's examine a few.
 
Clean
By clean, I don't mean avoid spilling your coffee over the agreement, although it doesn't help. Don't include things that make a seller nervous. If an area doesn't have issues with oil, gas and mineral rights, including an addendum that addresses those can make a seller nervous as they don't understand why it is included. Avoid needing to have a home for sale or settlement contingency. … (17 comments)

home buying: What Do Lenders Want to See in Bank Statements? - 03/21/18 08:02 AM
One of the biggest complaints I get from buyers is about their mortgage process. I try to paint the most dire picture so that it won't seem so bad when they go through it. But, what is actually the problem is not understanding the process and/or how it has changed over time. This post by John Meussner is a great explanation of one step of the mortgage process and why it is required.
Well worth a read if you are going to be applying for a mortgage soon so you are better prepared for the process and hopefully it will go more smoothly.
Once you … (4 comments)

home buying: It is not just about selling homes - 03/17/18 01:41 PM
Most of the time our job is to sell homes, either representing the buyer or the seller. We guide the buyer client through the transaction, we might suggest some local lenders who know the market, so they are approved and in a stronger position when it comes time to make an offer. We sit down and discuss the areas they want to look. We ask them what they are looking for and how they are going to live, are they indoors or outdoors people, with kids without kids, what about pets? All this we use to guide them to the right home. … (14 comments)

home buying: My buyer is under contract - 03/12/18 11:20 AM
The Tredyffrin Easttown real estate market has been very low on inventory at all price points. Every home coming on the market is being marketed to take advantage of this. Homes are going under contract in hours.
We had one client we had an appointment for this Friday evening and late afternoon, the home had only been listed in the morning, the listing agent called to say they had received two offers and the seller had accepted one of them so the appointment was cancelled.
Well, I was out with another client Friday evening, they had missed a couple of homes not understanding … (7 comments)

home buying: Wherever you are we can help you! - 03/07/18 07:57 AM
Many customers and clients only realize after a simple conversation that you can help them find an agent elsewhere regardless of where they are moving from or to even if on the other side of the world. Large brokers are often members of different referral or relocation networks and as an agent you are asked to use the network to make the referral.
Referrals are nice both ways, receiving one and giving one. 
Receiving you get a warm lead, someone has recommended you and the potential client is open to that. Yes, you are going to give up some of your commission but you … (16 comments)

home buying: Can't wait till the Weekend to see homes in this market! - 02/24/18 06:49 AM
I have several showings set up today with two different clients. Or at least I thought I did.
Late last night I got an email cancelling one of them, under contract. Properties are selling fast and buyers need to be aware that they cannot dawdle and wait till the weekend to see properties if they want to be successful in obtaining a home.
Hopefully the other showings will hold up and these clients will see something they like that does not have lots of offers...my joke to myself before I leave.
We love to help clients be successful and make sure they are educated … (15 comments)

 
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Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Devon, PA

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