selling a home: Did they mean what you thought you heard? - 02/26/19 12:29 PM
I have been reading a book by Celeste Headlee, We need to talk. Something I read in there, and I will paraphrase: Do not presume that because you are both speaking English you mean the same things with the words you choose and speak.
My wife is from the Netherlands, so automatically I know she is smarter than me because she speaks English very well, plus German, and some French, and of course Dutch. Unfortunately, many English speakers speak well, English and that is it, oh yes, LOUDER ENGLISH as well, because that will help them to be understood. My mother came … (22 comments)

selling a home: Expectations can throw you off your stride - 02/12/19 09:42 AM
I am reading Gary Zukav's book Soul to Soul. In there he tells a story about his wife,  running a race. It began with a long uphill section, which then became a second stage also uphill. As they reached the end of this stage looking forward to the downhill part of the course they were greeted by another uphill section. Starting to get angry, she thought well everything that goes up, comes down she waited for the downhill section of the course, but no it continued to climb. Struggling with her anger it then dawned on her that the whole course was uphill. … (31 comments)

selling a home: 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)

selling a home: Another 5 star review for Nick Vandekar - 01/18/18 12:53 PM

selling a home: Tredyffrin Easttown Single Family Home Market Report January 2017 - 02/17/17 01:33 PM
Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate - Single family homes January 2017
The Tredyffrin Easttown Real estate market is strong and healthy.
There are currently 126 single family Tredyffrin Easttown homes for sale. 12 of these homes for sale are under contract. Prices range from $215,000 for a 3 bed 1 bath home to $8,000,000 for a 9 bed 7 full baths and 2 half bath home. So you can see there is a large difference in the types and price of homes available.
There are 29 homes Pending and 15 homes Settled during January ranging in price from $329,000 - $1,400,000. Of the homes which … (2 comments)

selling a home: Tredyffrin Easttown FAQ Real Estate - what do you charge? - 02/10/17 09:17 AM
Tredyffrin Easttown Frequently Asked Real Estate Questions - What do you charge?
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor Nick Vandekar answers the questions what do you charge, covering it from both a seller and a buyers perspective. 
Sellers- Commission is spelt out in the listing agreement and covers how the commission is split between the listing broker and buyer broker.  Why you need your own buyers agent and how approaching the listing agent will not save you money as the commission is set in the listing agreement before the home is listed for sale. Buyers - Commission is paid by the seller, as explained above … (3 comments)

selling a home: 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)

selling a home: 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)

selling a home: There are only three reasons why your home does not sell! - 02/14/13 05:38 AM
There are only three reasons why your home does not sell. That's right three. Even with the worst marketing it comes down to this, of which you can only do something about two of them.
1) Price
2) Condition
3) Location
Obviously you cannot do anything about the location of your home. If it is not in the school district buyers want, or it is located under or within sight of high tension electric wires these are going to affect the sale of your home.
But the other two things, Price and Condition you have the option to improve before you list.
I am amazed at … (1 comments)

selling a home: Easttown Township Greens @ Waynesborough no homes available for sale - 02/12/13 10:00 PM
In Easttown Township the Greens at Waynesboro is a deisrable residential development next to Waynesborough Golf Club, originally built by Toll Brothers and located just off Route 252 with a Berwyn postal address it is convenient for access to Newtown Square or Paoli. It is close the Episcopal School campus built a few years ago although it lies in the Tredyffrin Easttown School District.
At the moment there are no homes available for sale in the Greens @ Waynesborough, one sale from last year in the last six months comes up when searching for homes. As we have said several times in the … (0 comments)

selling a home: Ahh!!! Why do they do that! - 09/27/11 04:01 AM
The biggest complaint I get from clients when they view information from our MLS system is no room sizes, after no photos of course, but by then they have already rejected those properties of course. Why do some agents and brokers insist on refusing to enter room sizes. Are they lazy, do they realize the dis-service they are doing for their clients? Do their clients the owner of the home listed realize that many buyers are turned off by listings with no room sizes? 
When a buyer looks at property information, their first curb appeal moment is the photos, if these … (3 comments)

selling a home: What an anti-climax! - 08/19/11 06:56 AM
I have a client who has wanted to see a home that was on the market but was not available to see. Every time it showed active and I tried to make an appointment I was told it was not available for showing. It has happened a lot recently on several other showings. Sellers have only specific times they want their house shown and I have written about this before but the point I want to make today is that when you can't have something you build it up in your own mind and it becomes something you think you must … (0 comments)

selling a home: For sale - Really? - 08/10/11 05:25 AM
In the past few weeks I have come across at least three listings where different buyer clients want to see properties and we have been told no appointments allowed, although each property is showing as being actively marketed. These are not short term issues either.
One property the agent contacted me to let me know I could show it on Thursday and Fridays only between 3 and 5 pm.
Another property the agent let me know the sellers are not allowing showings right now because they are also selling their business and it is all too much. I had been trying to get an … (2 comments)

selling a home: Homeowner Seminar - Berwyn, PA - 01/06/11 02:09 AM
DECORATOR and REALTOR teeming up with to host
Deborah Bettcher, interior decorator and owner of Decorating Den Interiors and Nick Vandekar of Long and Foster are pleased to present a free seminar for local homeowners - open to the public.  Entitled, It's the Dead of Winter! What Should We Do About Our Home? Should We Stay or Should We Go? Ask the Experts. This informative event promises to highlight practical insights and design solutions that will solve a variety of homeowner challenges.
 The seminar will be held Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 7-8:30 pm at Easttown Library

selling a home: Tredyffrin Easttown School District Real Estate market steady! - 08/02/10 05:17 AM
The 2010 real estate market in Tredyffrin Easttown School District appears steady. Looking at sales of homes priced above $400,000 since the beginning of the year, we see sales as lackluster in the winter months of January and February, 18 and 16 homes selling respectively, 17 more settled in March, whether this was the winter blahs or the economy it is hard to tell, snow storms definitely affected showings and Open Houses, but so did the predictions and feelings about the economy. Sales were definitely down on previous years, and the extended tax credit did not seem to be having an effect … (0 comments)

selling a home: What do you think are the top 5 reasons a house does not sell? - 06/29/10 09:05 AM
This is an unofficial survey on why a house does not sell. Please give the 5 reasons why you think a house does not reach settlement or get an offer that is acceptable to the seller?
The top five reasons I think are:
Priced unrealistically for the market Location Curb appeal Lack of maintenance and upkeep House is dirty or untidy So what do you think?

selling a home: Vacant home...keep it insured. - 07/31/09 03:14 AM
I have written before about keeping your home covered by insurance until settlement with graphic photos of a home that burnt down the night before settlement on my street. However, in today's market with people moving trying to fins jobs many homes are sitting vacant and insurance companies will not cover them if they are unaware in the case of a claim. Some insurance companies will cover you if you notify them, many won't, so you may need to change insurance carrier to keep your home insured.
 It is not enough that Uncle Ernie stops by once a week to check … (0 comments)

selling a home: How many photos? - 07/08/09 01:02 AM
I have had a web site for a long time and one of the main features I looked for was the ability to post multiple photos. It seems odd to say that now but our own MLS has only recently allowed us to post more than six photos, now we can post twelve and still agents only post six or even less.
My buyers want to see photos, they skip properties with no photos, they ask why aren't there any photos, sometimes it is because the property has a tenant and it is hard to get in to photograph or it … (0 comments)

selling a home: Did you read the home inspection report? - 04/22/09 02:56 AM
Every home inspection I attend I hear inspectors explain that in their report they will list maintenance that home buyers will need to undertake over the course of their ownership of the home. I watch them explain how to change filters and make sure the buyer understands the workings of their new home.
So why is it that when they come to sell so many homes are in dis-repair? Do buyers ever pick up that home inspection report and look at it after they buy? A home inspection is not a method to just get another few hundred or thousands off the price of … (0 comments)

selling a home: Seminar Friday Feb 6th Achieving Success selling your home in a buyers' market - 02/04/09 08:33 AM
This Friday as part of the First Friday events in Berwyn, PA supported by the Berwyn Devon Business and Professional Association I am holding a seminar together with Kathy Scipione from our Long and Foster Devon office and Linda Sticklin of Home Staging and Organizing.
This is a free community seminar to be held at Easttown Library from 5 to 6 PM and will touch on Staging your home for sale both decoratively and financially and cover issues such as the questions you should ask before hiring a Realtor to sell your home, local market trends, does advertising work and why … (0 comments)

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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

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