main line real estate: Sold and Closed 744 Moore Avenue, another happy buyer! - 09/29/20 01:57 PM
Finding the right home is not easy at the best of times. Lack of inventory, moving across the country, learning your way around, looking at homes on line and virtually all made it harder for this client. 
But, after a couple of weeks or arriving in PA, settling down, renting a short term apartment, finding a new car, getting school established for her son, she was ready.
We took a day to tour, we visited ten homes, many we were able to discount right away. I had her son naming them as we left so they would remember them and ranking them as … (18 comments)

main line real estate: 407 Old State Road, Berwyn PA 19312 is now under contract - 06/14/19 07:35 AM
Tredyffrin Easttown School district center hall colonial now under contract. Great location close to Tee Garden township park, where dog lovers are able to off leash their dogs for some doggie socialization. Fenced pathway to children's playlot and bridge to Winston Way and access to neighborhood streets.

This home was totally remodelled in 2016 and only a job transfer brings it to market. These homeowners love the location and all the upgrades made to the home in 2016.
Have a Berwyn or Tredyffrin Easttown home to sell, contact Nick Vandekar, Tredyffrin 
Easttown Realtor, Selling the Main Line with Long & … (3 comments)

main line real estate: 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)

main line real estate: Are you walking today, how far? - 02/09/19 04:21 AM
Today I have woken to find the lovely spring/summer temperatures have dropped. My hiking group has a 10 mile hike planned today down on the Pennsylvania/Delaware state line. I have been promised that it is very scenic and well worth the trip. It is about an hour away, and I have not been on a hike this long since I finished my camino in October. I am looking forward to it.
I am taking my backpack, along with some additional layers, rain jacket and poncho although I don't think I will need those other than as a windbreak. But, it also allows … (21 comments)

main line real estate: Not every new house gets finished on time! - 02/08/19 08:36 AM
Home buyers on and around the Main Line love to purchase new construction homes for a lot of reasons. You get to choose all the finishes, no one has used or lived in the house and everything is obviously new and clean. Everyone is new to the area and making friends in a new development can be a little easier.
But what often gets forgotten is that builders contracts often allow for pushing settlement back due to weather, extreme cold or rain. Any of these can hold construction or finishing up and delay closing.
Many buyers also forget, if they have a mortgage, … (4 comments)

main line real estate: 2019 Tredyffrin Easttown and Main Line Real Estate Outlook video - 02/06/19 11:54 AM
I got the chance today to catch up with Long & Foster Companies, President, Gary Scott. In this short video he gives us his view of the 2019 market, a little longer than our usual videos but very interesting to get the view of one of the leaders of the real estate industry.
Nick Vandekar, Selling the Main Line is excited to be paired with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., being one of the leading companies within the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services of America group. We have the tools and the knowledge to help you sell or buy your Main Line or … (3 comments)

main line real estate: Buying a fixer upper. That is way beyond my skill level! - 01/03/19 08:23 AM
Buying a fixer upper.
With all the shows on TV showing homes being flipped for cash, many buyers when they first start looking for homes are asking for fixer uppers. I mean how hard can it be with all these shows on TV and everyone making money. Forget about the drama in those shows of the problems unearthed during rehab, the delays incurred waiting for permits and the fact the show is paying the wages of those featured, so those costs are not included. 
Frankly, for Main Line and Tredyffrin Easttown home buyers, buying a fixer upper can be a good option. Yes, … (12 comments)

main line real estate: The big week is here! - 09/17/18 04:03 PM

Well my big adventure starts this week. Tuesday I leave for Portugal, flying in to Lisbon Airport on Wednesday late morning barring any delays. Then a trip into town on the Metro, a quick visit to a sports shop and then onto the Se de Lisboa to collect my Camino de Santiago credentials/passport which will allow me to stay in the Albergues/Hostels and obtain a Pilgrim meal from restaurants along the way at discounted rates. Then Wedensdaynight I will be staying at an AirBNB in Lisbon close to the Se de Lisboa where I will begin my trek on Thursday morning.
Each … (9 comments)

main line real estate: A new beginning - 09/12/18 07:16 AM
As we age we go through different seasons of life. There comes a time when we no longer need  a large home, and we may need one level living or even some additional help to live our lives as fully as we wish. What is next?
I have been a long time supporter of Surrey Services for Seniors that encompasses this in their mission to help seniors age in place and to remain in their community. So much so that as I walk the Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Santiago a distance of 400 miles I am raising funds for Surrey, you … (5 comments)

main line real estate: Do you know what to ask? - 07/19/18 11:57 AM
When did you last buy appliances?
If you ever wonder about communication skills needed for sales or selling real estate, go buy some appliances.
We just purchased some updated appliances for our kitchen. We learned a tremendous amount about the process and we thought we were relatively savvy buyers. We did all the on line research, we knew what we wanted before we ever went to the store.
However, we discovered all the things we didn't know only when the items got delivered and which no salesman ever told us.
Appliances which are white or black are white or black all over. But, if you buy … (25 comments)

main line real estate: 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.
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)

main line real estate: Main Line Residential Real Estate 2017 Predictions - 01/07/17 08:05 AM
Main Line Residential Real Estate 2017 Predictions
Main Line Residential Real Estate all revolves around, well The Main Line, the train line running north west of the city, now called the Paoli Thorndale line, but lovingly referred to by older Main Liners as the R5.
So 2016 drew to an end with every Main Line township suffering from a lack of inventory. The election and lack of clarity about what is actually going to happen moving forward has created lots of uncertainty. But we are seeing plenty of Main Line buyers trying to beat the rising interest rates before they get pushed out of their … (15 comments)

main line real estate: I'm thankful for Chanticleer - 11/17/16 12:08 AM
We LOVE gardens and so I am Thankful for Chanticleer.
Living on the Main Line people think there is not much green around us, but that is far from the truth. I shared how I am Thankful for Valley Forge National Park, But, Chanticleer is a wonderful garden open during the late Spring through the Summer season. It was a private estate, but now in trust and has wonderful natural gardens on the rolling hills of the estate. Friday evenings in the summer you can bring a picnic and the place is packed, and although you may find it hard to find a … (4 comments)

main line real estate: 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)

main line real estate: 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)

main line real estate: Main Line Real Estate - 1724 Jennings Way, Paoli, PA 19301 - 10/13/16 04:40 AM
Main Line Real Estate - 1724 Jennings Way, Paoli, PA 19301
Many homes sell in Valley Green where 1724 Jennings Way is located because it is a well loved community in a good location with many homes undergoing extensions. The location about 1 mile from Paoli train station and town center is excellent for those commuting to downtown Philadelphia and elsewhere as the station is a main stop for Amtrak as well as SEPTA, so you can also commute to New York, Harrisburg and all points west. Major roads are easy to access and King of Prussia, West Chester, Wayne and even … (6 comments)

main line real estate: 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)

main line real estate: 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)

main line real estate: Frequently asked question: Can you show me this house? - 01/05/15 02:20 AM
Can you show me this house?
The phone rings and when I answer, a voice asks "Can you show me this house?" This one seemingly simple question releases a waterfall of other questions so the answer initially is "Well it depends". 
First, are you working with a real estate agent with whom you have a written buyers agency contract and what are the terms of that contract? Does this contract restrict you from working with other agents in my area. I am not allowed to interfere with a relationship you may already have with another agent by PA real estate law. However, if you … (8 comments)

main line real estate: Top Mistakes to avoid when buying or selling a Main Line home - 10/22/14 06:49 AM

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543

Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, 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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