vandekar team: 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)

vandekar team: 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)

vandekar team: 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)

vandekar team: Devon PA Builders Competition 2008 - 05/12/08 10:28 AM
For the second year running John McClintick a local painter in the Berwyn Area organized a builders competition giving several local builders a chance to contribute to the Hurricane Relief in Louisiana. Last year three teams particiapated and this year that increased allowing more homes to be framed and sent down to Habitat for Humanity to use in building homes for those in need. What is great about the whole process is that it raises funds for the local Habitat for Humanity chapter as well.
The competition has gathered great support from local builders and trades suppliers as well. Times vary … (0 comments)

vandekar team: 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)

vandekar team: 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)

vandekar team: A growing number of real estate signs! - 04/27/08 12:32 AM
Recently I have noticed that our local code enforcement officers have been pretty relaxed about directional for sale and open house signs. In the past this has been the case till someone in the township complains when an overzealous real estate agent has plastered them everywhere and not removed them even weeks after the sale. I can only believe that this relaxed attitude has been because of the state of the housing market and a feeling of compassion upon neighbors and those needing to sell their homes in this market.
What are you finding in your market and why if there is a change … (4 comments)

vandekar team: Chesterbrook, PA is it Wayne or Chesterbrook? - 04/23/08 01:14 AM
Chesterbrook is a 28 year old development that is well liked in our area, for more information go to Homes in Chesterbrook on our website for information about developments, shops, restaurants, the Valley Forge Suites Hotel and offices that all make up Chesterbrook.
Chesterbrook has for a while tried to obtain it's own zip code. I don't know what is happening with that right now. Currently it is part of Wayne, which is weird as Wayne is in Delaware County and Chesterbrook is in Chester County, Wayne is Radnor Township and Chesterbrook is Tredyffrin, even the school district is different. Having a new … (2 comments)

vandekar team: Just a few more days.... - 04/14/08 05:27 AM
As many of you know our son Jeremy is currently serving in Iraq, you can read his emails and see his photos at Iraq Diaries. This was his second tour and although the area he was in is much quieter than when he was there before the stress as a parent was no less. His unit goes out of contact pretty regularly as they embark on a mission. We have no idea of how long he will be gone, where he is, or what he is doing. During his last deployment twelve of his unit gave their lives serving their country, three … (4 comments)

vandekar team: A few questions to ask a 1031 Exchange Facilitator before you entrust him with your transaction. - 04/14/08 03:38 AM
I was reading an entry on Realty Times this morning that related to a topic that came up in a seminar we hosted a couple of weeks ago on 1031 exchanges. I found the title interesting "What to look for in a 1031 Exchange Facilitator but the content lacking or unclear.
So here are some points that I jotted down from our seminar.
1) Ask how many transactions the company carries out a week, a month etc?
2) How big is the company you are dealing with, how many signatures are needed for a transaction, is the money guarenteed, how safe in other words … (2 comments)

vandekar team: Trudy Vandekar awarded Accredited Home-Staging Specialist (AHS) designation - 03/31/08 05:00 AM
Trudy Vandekar of Long & Foster in Devon PA completes "Giving Sellers The Power Of Staging" course which focuses on providing real estate professionals with a basis and solid overview of all key aspects about home staging. The course was created by professional home stager and interior designer Andy Capelluto, and shows licensees how to help their clients stage their house for a faster sale.
Upon completing the course and passing a final examination, Trudy Vandekar was awarded the nationally recognized Accredited Home-Staging Specialist (AHS) designation.
Buyers now have many choices, and sellers are looking for only the most qualified agent … (2 comments)

vandekar team: Avoiding ID Theft - 02/23/08 05:36 AM
When buying a home or an automobile your credit rating is very important. So protecting your identity is one of those things you should make an issue about in your daily plans. There are several common ways that ID theft is carried out, these include Dumpster Diving; Skimming, Phishing, Change your address and old fashioned stealing.
Dumpster diving is self explanatory. Skimming is where a special storage device steals your credit card number when you use it. Phishing is where you are encouraged through emails or pop up software to reveal your personal information. Changing your address causes your bills to be diverted … (0 comments)

vandekar team: Open House Sunday February 24th 1-3 PM Chesterbrook. - 02/21/08 10:42 AM
This is a great home for someone looking for a home which has new windows and hardwood floors but is willing to do a spot of painting and some other decorative fixes and upgrades. Because this home is an end unit it is bright and airy, with a great wrap around deck. It is directly opposite the Picket Post Swim and Tennis Club and has 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms, a great finished basement plus plenty of storage. A second floor laundry makes life simple to enjoy. this home awaits your touches to make it your own, some new carpeting … (0 comments)

vandekar team: Easttown market Statistics - 01/16/08 08:30 AM
Real Estate is Local!
 
As much as you read and hear in the media about the crashing real estate market you must always remember real estate is local. As we do not have a national weather forecast so the real estate market varies from area to area. What is happening in Boston, San Francisco, Miami, Detroit is not the same as is happening in Philadelphia. And what is happening in Philadelphia is not the same as is happening in Chester, Delaware or Montgomery Counties. And what is happening in the counties is not necessarily the same as is happening at township level … (0 comments)

vandekar team: Tredyffrin Real Estate market - 01/15/08 10:32 AM
Real Estate is Local!
 
As much as you read and hear in the media about the crashing real estate market you must always remember real estate is local. As we do not have a national weather forecast so the real estate market varies from area to area. What is happening in Boston, San Francisco, Miami, Detroit is not the same as is happening in Philadelphia. And what is happening in Philadelphia is not the same as is happening in Chester, Delaware or Montgomery Counties. And what is happening in the counties is not necessarily the same as is happening at township level … (2 comments)

vandekar team: What one thing can you do for your client today? - 12/29/07 03:49 AM
I have been listening and reading material by different people over the past two months, such as Jim Rohn, Jeffrey Gittomer, Dan Kennedy etc. Today as I was working out I was thinking "What one thing can I do for my customers today?"
My thinking was triggered by reading something about giving value, if you do not give value why do you deserve an increase in income, or why do you deserve the job you are in? Many people want more money, better health care or whatever, but what value are they giving to deserve that? In our profession of real estate … (5 comments)

vandekar team: Berwyn Paoli Little League Baseball sign up - 12/20/07 02:37 AM

 It may be winter but this is the season when Little League Registration begins. We have some great players locally, some great coaches at every level and some great fileds as you can see above. So don't miss the opportunity to register for next season.
Berwyn-Paoli Little League Registration Online registration now for all returning players, go to Registration
Not sure if your home is in the boundaries for Berwyn Paoli Little League follow the link and see if you home is within the blue outline.
New players can register in person at the TE Middle School Library on:
January 12th from 10am -2pmJanuary 19th … (0 comments)

vandekar team: Saying Thank you without words. - 12/19/07 04:19 AM
Have you ever wanted to thank someone, but didn't because you felt awkward or did not have the time to stop and say Thank you. A friend just sent me this great link about a sign you can give. It has been primarily designed to say Thank you to our Servicemen and women, but you can use it for anyone you care to. It is worth the click and worth the effort.
What other ways do we have to say Thank You without words, a nod, a smile, a hug. Use them all and don't hold back. I realize that as you say … (6 comments)

vandekar team: Why use a buyer's agent? - 12/17/07 03:20 AM
That's right, money, your money. a buyer's agent saves you money. Their job is to represent you and protect you. Their fiduciary responsibility is to YOU. I love the word agent, because if people fully understand what an agent is they can grasp that having an agent represent them is the best thing they can do for themselves. The agent does not represent themself, they put their client's interests before their own. It is not about selling a house, it is about selling you a home and to make sure it is the right home for you.
Don't fight your agent, they … (4 comments)

vandekar team: 12 Days of Christmas from Iraq from a US Marine's point of view - 12/16/07 04:09 AM
As many of you know Jeremy our son is currently in Iraq. His emails and photos are posted at Iraq Diaries. But he also loves to make movies and although he cannot post many of these till he returns from Iraq because of security issues he has been inspired to post his latest video made while in the field. Moved by the season and his love for Christmas he got the guys in his platoon to sing the 12 Days of Christmas. Not everyone was as enthusastic as Jeremy as you will see. But a great chance to see the morale … (6 comments)

 
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Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Devon, PA

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