Love is in the air #2

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198

As I have thought back over transactions it is so hard to pick out any of my clients as being special. At the moment, the client I am with is special. They have my attention and I work diligently to make sure they are happy and understand the process of buying or selling.

However, a recent post I wrote helped me select the second of my Love is in the air posts. I realized with a recent call from a potential client I love to work with people who really need my help. They want to live in the Tredyffrin Easttown area but for one reason or another that is a challenge for them. Often it is a financial challenge.

We get many clients who want to live on the Main Line, but this is a very pricy location. Some of our zip codes feature in the reports on highest incomes in the country. And as such those zip codes are often out of range for a buyer starting to look for a home. Likewise, we get customers moving from Texas or North Carolina for example, used to large homes for a price of $300,000 or so. They often have a hard time adjusting to the fact that a home in this area similar to what they had is going to be $700,000 or more.

So, this client came to me, a first time buyer, working for a local charity, and wanting to live nearby. 

Firstly, the income was going to be a challenge because the charity did not pay well, second the area prices were on a tear at that time.

Anyway, we got her pre-approved and after some discussion we realized the search area was going to have to be a little wider than she initially wanted. Our job as I have said before is to provide options when there are challenges. The option here was to consider a location that was nearby, but in a different county with lower prices.

We found several homes in the price range, and some needed work, some required too much work, and at this stage my client explained she also wanted something just a little bigger so she could have a live in tenant to share costs.

After some time and a couple of failed offers we found a home. The bedrooms were painted, one in a deep dark blue, one in a bright pink. But the house had good bones, a small yard for her dog, and was in a safe and nice neighborhood that was walkable to a downtown area that was rapidly being transformed with gastropubs and new shops and restaurants.

Her offer was accepted, and she moved in, very happy to have achieved her dream, the home was a short drive to work, and a couple of coats of primer helped to cover the dark blue and bright pink paint.

It was a challenge, but I loved working with this client and it felt so satisfying to help her launch her home ownership course.

If you are a first time buyer looking to buy a home in Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line, contact me today, I love working with first time buyers, making sure you know and understand the process and your options and are confident in the decisions you make.

Call Nick Vandekar, Selling the Main Line, with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543,, email

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Nick - the client you are with NOW is truly special and you expressed that sentiment quite well.

Feb 05, 2019 05:50 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 your persistence and desire to get the client the right home made all the difference in the world... 

Feb 05, 2019 05:56 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Nick. I loved reading this story. It is so special to help someone who appreciates you and is grateful.

Feb 05, 2019 06:02 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Buyers are lucky to have someone like you that will help them get what they want.  It seems that buyers are always wanting more home than they can afford, haha.

Feb 05, 2019 06:07 AM #4
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Nick, You have a way of being so good at what you do with all your clients!

Feb 05, 2019 06:42 AM #5
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nick, another wonderful story of your excellent customer service to your clients, and congrats on finding just the right property!  

Feb 05, 2019 07:12 AM #6
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Michael Jacobs that is very true, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Barbara Todaro sometimes it takes a while fort a client to truly know what exactly they are looking for and want.

Sheila Anderson always good to be appreciated.

That is so true Brian England 

Feb 05, 2019 08:35 AM #7
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Will Hamm thank you for the compliment, I appreciate it.

Joan Cox it can take a little time,but we work hard to help them uncover what they want and why.

Feb 05, 2019 08:36 AM #8
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Sounds like you achieved a winning situation here Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 it is difficult when a buyer comes to the big city and discovers the high costs of living compared to where they lived.   Great job

Feb 05, 2019 09:09 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story, and I have a friend who moved from NC to Santa Barbara.  What she had in Winston-Salem what a huge home with land at $600,000, and our median price is over $1million. down from $1million 60....A

Feb 05, 2019 10:40 AM #10
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Ashburn, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Nick, your persistence and dedication to finding your client the right home sets you apart from other agents. You put her needs first and never gave up. We face the pricing challenge here too, relocation clients are often sticker shocked. 

Feb 06, 2019 06:13 AM #11
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Hannah Williams very true.

Ron and Alexandra Seigel that move you describe would be a big shock.

Amanda S. Davidson persistence is mymiddle name.

Feb 06, 2019 06:38 AM #12
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Fitst time buyers and their "happily ever afters" can be just the best ..congratulations on yours !

Feb 06, 2019 04:27 PM #13
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 your patient professionalism paid off, your client was so fortunate to have had you in her corner!

Feb 15, 2019 11:06 AM #14
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