trudy vandekar: How to support Surrey Services for Seniors without walking 400 miles - 09/14/18 01:01 PM
Surrey Services for Seniors is a local charity helping Seniors to age in place, allowing them to remain in their homes and their communities. They do much more than that, and to fully discover the depth of their offerings it is best to check out their website at www.SurreyServices.org.
But how do you support them with out walking 400 miles? I recently found an anonymous donor who will match gifts up to $5000 and therefore a simple click allows you to double your gift and also support Surrey Services for Seniors at the same time.
Simply go to https://surreyservices.org/donate-now click the honor box and in … (4 comments)

trudy vandekar: 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)

trudy vandekar: 2013 Charlestown Oaks market report - 01/30/14 04:22 AM
Charlestown Oaks is a town home development built about 15 years ago over a period of about 5 years in two sections. Located in Malvern, in Charlestown Township, this development is well liked with brisk sales during the 2013 year. Well located with easy access to West Chester, Exton, Wilmington and King of Prussia, the location has tennis courts and play grounds.
There were 12 sales during 2013. Average net sale price, this is net of any seller concessions was $329,742, with most sales happening in about 14 days. This gave an average price per square foot not including any basement … (0 comments)

trudy vandekar: 2013 Charlestown Meadows Market Report - 01/30/14 03:51 AM
Charlestown Meadows is a great development in Charlestown Township, Chester County. Developed by Toll Brothers about nine years ago over a period of about 3 years, it is ideally located on Route 401 giving great access to Exton, King of Prussia, West Chester and locations on Philadelphia's Main Line.

In 2013 there were only 9 sales with an average sale price of $439,978, that drops to $437,978 if you take out seller concessions. Overall this gives a price of $154.50 per square foot, which would not include any basement space. Sales were relatively quick with the average days on market … (0 comments)

trudy 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)

trudy vandekar: Will oil heating affect the price of homes? - 08/10/12 05:39 AM
As we are getting ready to lock in (or not) for heating oil prices for the coming winter season, the question comes to mind: Does heating on oil effect the list price or sale price of a house?

In my own experience as a realtor it hasn't thus far. I wonder how high oil prices would have to go to have a negative effect on the price of a house.
It certainly is a very common question for a buyer to ask what the utility bills are on a property they are interested in.
My projection or prediction is that … (0 comments)

trudy vandekar: A rose in Berwyn, PA - 05/24/12 07:39 AM

We got this rose as a gift, it was in a small pot intended to be displayed inside. Well like all good gardeners, Trudy decided it needed the great outdoors. We have done nothing to coddle it, it had to styand on its own, and this morning it just looked glorious.
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trudy vandekar: Friendship - 05/23/11 12:05 AM
We moved to America more than 20 years ago now. Soon after we arrived we met a Russian man who was studying at a local university and invited him to spend Sundays with us, going to church and then time with our family. Little did we know that more than 20 years later we would still be friends.
When we met Vladamir he was a professor at a Russian university and was checking out an MBA course at the American university for a joint project. We spent many Sunday afternoons together, and although his English improved, it was never terrible, we … (0 comments)

trudy vandekar: Commuting to Philadelphia from the Main Line - check out this Open House in Strafford - 05/07/11 01:41 AM
If you live on the Main Line and work in center city Philadelphia there are not too many options for getting to work. Driving you can go via the Schuylkyll along the river and take your chances on traffic, head down route 30 Lancaster Ave and take some back roads, with a couple of alternatives when you reach City Line Avenue.
Or you can take the R5 Septa line, that runs the length of the Main Line reaching out to Downingtown and Exton nowadays, when I moved here 20 years ago, many people felt the Main Line ended at Paoli, nowadays … (1 comments)

trudy vandekar: Gardening with native plants - 03/31/11 01:08 AM
We went to an evening at Penn State Great Valley Campus in Malvern. It was a talk about using native plants in your garden by Ray Murphy, Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturalist and Master Gardener from Nemours Gardens in Wilmington Delaware. Now I am all for doing that, although I have to admit, not fanatically so, but as much as you can.
What I han't realised is that native plants will support much , much more animal life and insects (for the birds and bats) than exotics.
Makes sense when you think about it, I had just not really thought about it  for … (3 comments)

trudy vandekar: Just Reduced! - Townhomes sell for more! - 10/22/10 02:36 AM

This beautiful home sits on a great lot at the quiet end of a cul de sac in West Brandywine Township. Our client just reduced the price and is interested in looking at an offer. I have seen townhomes sell for more than the $317,900 this home is currently listed for. View the Virtual Tour.
Gently lived in, virtually new colonial of 2644 sq feet sits in a large fenced yard, is not overlooked and offers a great deal of privacy. Master with ensuite bath room and walk in closet;  2nd bedroom almost as large as the master, with two additional … (0 comments)

trudy vandekar: New Listing in Old Forge Crossing, Devon, PA - 05/10/10 06:35 AM

We just released a new listing in Old Forge Crossing in Devon, PA. 300 Old Forge Crossing is a very nice ground floor unit overlooking one of the interior courtyards so you have no traffic in front of your home, instead you have great views of a nice grassy area.  The home has been totally reahbbed with a complete overhaul of the kitchen and bathroom. Decorated with bright and sunny colors this home gives a truly spacious feel, with plenty of storage, always a big plus and your own laundry area inside your home. Full property details are on our website.

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trudy vandekar: Location, Location, Curb Appeal! - 03/23/09 11:29 PM
You know what they say in real estate: Location, Location, Location. Surely after location it is curb appeal though, so may be the saying should be Location, Location, Curb appeal.
How many of you have not even wanted to get out the car, because the house looked so UN-appealing just from the curb?
So now that Spring is finally coming.... get out there and do something about your yard and the exterior of the house. My first love is gardening, so to me it is less of a chore than for some, but there are some easy guidelines to go by.
I always … (0 comments)

trudy vandekar: Quick Trip - 10/30/08 12:18 AM
Well, I just got back from the UK after a quick trip to celebrate my mother's 80th birthday. Following my sister's death this year I wanted to be there for my mom. Trudy came with me and Jeremy our son who was in the Marines till June. It was a wonderful time visiting my neice who had twins just before my sister died and my nephew as well. We also got in one day to do some sightseeing as well.
We watched the news whilst we were over there, it was liking watching the news here, prices for real estate are … (0 comments)

trudy vandekar: Builders views on green construction - 09/09/08 05:58 AM
So my last post arising out of the roundtable at our local Realtor Association coffee morning with some builders arises out of a question regarding "green" construction. Everyone nowadays seems to be jumping on the bandwagon to label their products green or energy efficient.
Since the national building code was altered in 2003 most homes could probably qualify as being green because of the added sealing that goes in to them to make them tighter. This has brought some of its own problems as house breathe less greater allergies have been reported and problems with higher radon readings where it might have … (1 comments)

trudy vandekar: Treehouses and childhood dreams, fantasies and treehouses... - 06/16/08 11:24 AM
To me, childhood dreams, fantasies and treehouses are directly linked.

As a child I always dreamed of owning a tree house, a big one, one where elves could live nearby, high up so that it is all hidden in the leafy branches away from our parents spying eyes.  My brother did for a while have a little platform high up in a tree. You had to climb up it with a rope and it was very hard to do, on top of which girls were not allowed. I didn't care though it was to tricky to get up to that tiny … (4 comments)

trudy vandekar: Touching local people. - 06/10/08 12:08 PM
This past Friday our office took part in our company's community service, offering our time to a local organization that I hold in high esteem Surrey Services for Seniors. Of course I forgot my camera and we did not take any photos, but we helped prepare lunch, took care of some yard work for various clients of Surrey, ferried one lady to a hair appointment, put in some screens for another lady, and made a group of visits bringing home made cookies, plus changed light bulbs and planted a bunch of plants.
It is such a delight to help those within your … (1 comments)

trudy vandekar: So how good is your Real Estate Agent? - 05/20/08 08:44 AM
When choosing an agent to represent you what should you be looking for? Professionalism, integrity, skill yes they should exhibit all of these but what else?
Is your agent working at this full-time? Do they know the market and the price bracket you are budgeting? What I mean by this is that one township can have very different markets at different price points. For example in our own township the statistics show that homes priced below $400,000 are in short supply and the market is still a seller's market as there is a shortage of homes in this price range. But homes priced … (3 comments)

trudy vandekar: T/E and Radnor market - 04/30/08 12:38 AM
As usual for Tuesday we went on our broker's open tour yesterday, we saw several homes and had added to this having been out on Sunday as well since we have sold all our listings. Yes, the market is strong in our area, but prices have become more realistic or so I thought till yesterday.
We saw only one house we thought was well priced. Many were priced too strongly and in some instances we wondered what they were thinking. however, there has been a lot of sales in our area and there was a shortage of homes on the market, but … (0 comments)

trudy vandekar: Yard signs - how big should they be? - 04/27/08 12:48 AM
I was on my way to the local mall a few days ago and cut down a street I normally take and was amazed at an enormous FOR SALE sign in the front yard of a home in our neighborhood. We live just outside Philadelphia in Berwyn and our house prices whilst they have levelled a little have not collapsed as some markets and compared to other areas of the country our prices are quite strong. We are talking about a home priced at $585,000.
As you come along the road, do you see the mailbox in the background?
So I realize it … (8 comments)

 
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