Carpe Diem

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

Seize the day! Something I have believed in throughout my life, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each day offered something to celebrate even in the midst of upheaval. So in my future world I don't really see things changing too much. I will be seizing the days ahead and living life to the fullest as much as I possibly can.


I have certainly found some things which work well for clients in this past year. Remote signing of settlement paperwork especially.


I think we have managed to sell homes without broker opens with food and drinks provided. That frees up several hours a week. Public opens have returned in force as buyers want to seize the opportunity to see a home and possibly beat the multiple other buyers to the purchase. I am looking forward to be able to meet with clients again over a coffee.


Sellers want their homes presented professionally and even in the midst of the pandemic expected professional service with professional quality photos and top notch marketing. So, I do not see that changing in any way.


Cardinal Drive


Personally, life during the pandemic did not change much, I walked, I met some regular friends, and developed a new relationship in that way and even travelled. I made trips to Key West, Miami, Orlando, a couple of trips to New Jersey and abroad to the Maldives. So, I know I will be travelling as I realized there were lots of people moving around the world even in the midst of the pandemic. So carpe diem and get moving, there are many places on my bucket list and where I want to go visit.


I have a trip to France lined up with three days in Paris and then a river cruise to Normandy. Several nights in Iceland, an overnight in New York, and probably some trips to see family who I have missed seeing as they have been spread out, so Charlotte and Nashville will be on the itinerary as well.

Camino Passport

I also know, in my heart, that another Camino, the pilgrimage route I took up through Portugal to Santiago de Compostella, is in the future. I loved being away, and having such a simple life, wake up, walk, eat, walk, eat, wash your clothes, eat dinner and sleep, and repeat. It gave me time to enjoy the countryside and see the people.

Antique Wheelbarrow

And of course I started a side business dealing in antiques this past year, so I see future oportunities revolving around that as well, with trips to purchase items and possibly taking part in a show or two as well.


Seize the day - Carpe Diem - as you never know what lies ahead, so make the most of it.



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Nick Vandekar
Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

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Comments (31)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Nick, for sharing your positive experience and your advice.

Jun 02, 2021 11:52 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - Carpe Diem!!! Attaboy! You're such an inspiration and you give me hope. Some people crawl or hide under the covers. You run and seek new adventures. Another Caminio, the pilrimage would do the soul good. Since the last one, you're a new man and your journey continues. I wish you all the best in all your endeavors. I'm speaking for myself, but I think you just made this challenge more difficult for the rest of us! Nonetheless - CARPE DIEM! 

Jun 02, 2021 05:04 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debe Maxwell, CRS and Kathy Streib - thank you for this challenge. This is a good one. It will be an inspiring month reading all the entries. 

Jun 02, 2021 05:07 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Nick - I agree seize the day and I have been doing just that which planning for the future.

Jun 02, 2021 06:24 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Nick- You are not just seizing the day but grabbing it and not letting go!!!!  Good for you! I can't wait to see photos and read about all of your trips. Thank you for participating in the June Challenge. 

Jun 02, 2021 07:41 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Nick! So glad to have seen you during the pandemic and to hear that you have done so much more traveling during these crazy past months! I can't wait to hear about your upcoming trips - and of course, your wonderful photos too. I hope you'll be able to catch up again on your next trip to The Queen City!


I'm thrilled that we have found some hours-saving means to achieve what we did before for our clients too. Open houses have returned here in force as well and it does feel great to be able to have coffee with clients again...and HUG! Gosh I missed hugging!


Thank you so much for your delightful entry in this month's challenge!

Jun 02, 2021 10:00 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Nick

Carpe Diem indeed, I do that every day.  At my age when I wake up, I know it's going to be a great day

Jun 03, 2021 02:42 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love all of it and I am so happy for you!  I am glad that you traveled through the pandemic and will continue to travel more in the future, you have some great trips planned!

Jun 03, 2021 05:16 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! my girlfriend's first name is Wanda and I always appreciate your posts, they make me smile and I am amazed at your creativity.

Roy Kelley thank you for your comment and the encouragement.

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP you have always been an inspiration to me with your comments and posts. Always thoughtful and well expressed.

Grant Schneider planning allows us to dream a little and then find steps to bring those dreams to reality.

Kathy Streib it was a fun challenge to participate in, allowing me to plan for the future months.

Jun 03, 2021 07:52 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 -I appreciate your frankness and feedback. Also, that is one of the most beautiful photographs you've posted! If I was taking that picture, I wouldn't want to leave that spot. But you did; therefore, the only thing left to do is Carp Diem! 

Jun 03, 2021 08:02 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Debe Maxwell, CRS it was good seeing you, not sure when I will be back down, but have to find the time over the summer hopefully, will let you know.

James Dray it is always good to wake up and have another day. I always had a friend when asked how he was, he said, if I was any better it would be criminal.

Brian England thank you, I love travelling, it opens up my mind and allows me to enjoy other cultures and learn from them.

Jun 03, 2021 07:55 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

You are doing the Camino? Oh, how I envy you. As well as your other trips. I just imagine the Camino to be so special.

Jun 03, 2021 08:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Nick... I am sooo, sooo envious of your upcoming trip to France and to my second home-town, Paris. Not that I couldn't take a trip myself... but I've decided to hold off on long travel until we can do it without masks.

Jun 03, 2021 10:07 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, so happy to hear about your upcoming plans. Have a great time!  

Jun 03, 2021 02:28 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Carpe Die indeed! Sounds like some wonderful travel adventures ahead, along with some other changes as things ease up! I look forward to heard about it all!


Jun 03, 2021 08:06 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nick as a latin student for four years.... yes I believe in Carpe Diem.... who was it Julius Caesar?:)Endre

Jun 03, 2021 11:53 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Rocky Dickerson I did it once from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostella and then out to Finisterra via Muxia, and have wanted to go back and take a different route from Porto along the coast rather than the inland route. The Camino is special, it gives you time to think and you meet such interesting people as well and have great conversations.

Nina Hollander, Broker I have not been for a long time and am looking forward to it.

Beth Atalay thanks, I am sure we will be down in the Orlando area several times as well.

Jeff Dowler, CRS I am looking forward to it, a spreading of wings so to say.

Endre Barath, Jr. my Latin was never that good, it became famous from the movie Dead Poet's Society when Mr Keating was teaching his students, but it was actually from Roman poet Horace's work Odes.

Jun 04, 2021 08:20 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It's wonderful to hear you kept on enjoying life during the past year. It wasn't that way for many.  We stuck close to home, for the most part, but still made the most of each day. 

Jun 04, 2021 09:09 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

Wanted to send some links to your posts in the email I sent to friends moving to the Main Line this summer. I loved this post. I always think of you+adventure as one.
All the best - Lynn 

Jun 06, 2021 07:43 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - What a fabulous post.  I love the title. "Carpe Diem" is the only way to live your life.  You have a very exciting life and I am sure you will never regret it when it is time to move on.  Carpe Diem!

Jun 12, 2021 09:58 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD initially it was just getting out and walking in my local park, then it was meeting with my pod of friends at a distance, then it was a new relationship and making some trips together. Life carries on, and I realized as we travelled, a lot of people were still travelling if in a slightly different way.

Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727 thank you, I love to travel and discover new people and places. Enjoyed a day in New York city this weekend.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I don't want to feel if only...when it comes time to move on, and I know that too will be an adventure.

Jun 16, 2021 01:00 PM