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Chester County, PA Real Estate News

By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
In today's main line market there is a lot of competition. To get your buyer's offer accepted needs a combination of several things.The listing agent needs to have confidence in the buyer agent. There are a lot of agents in the Main Line, not all of them work full time or have the experience to get offers to closing. Many agents today do not answer their phones or return calls. By simply picking up the call it makes communication easier.The offer needs to be realistic. Prices have been increasing in our market at a rapid rate month over month. But this doesn't mean that every home has to sell for the asking price or more than the previous home in a development. We put in a good offer with an explanation of our reasoning and we got it accepted.Some flexibility is needed. When a seller co...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
Last year, we bought some verbena to put in our front bed alongside the path to our door. These are an annual, especially in our area of the country. They were not cheap, in fact they were the opposite, but they did really well, spreading out and being a very effective and bright ground cover with these wonderful pops of scarlet all over.I had just left them over the winter, expecting to have to pull them out this Spring. But, they never looked as if they had died off completely. Some did, and I pulled one out that was completely dead. But, as my tulips blossomed and the died off I noticed that the Verbena were doing really well.I have a friend who is a master gardener, having completed the program at Longwood Gardens. I ask her about what plants to choose and where to put them. When sh...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
People buying and selling homes on the Main Line and in Chester County have a choice of agents to use. There are many different reasons why people work with one specific agent. It may be via a recommendation, or a referral from family and friends. They may have found reviews online. Ultimately, you need to like the person you are going to be working with and trust them. So why choose Nick Vandekar? Below I offer up some reasons and follow this up with some past client testimonials.Concierge Real Estate Services I make buying and selling Real Estate An Amazing Experience Full Time Realtor; Communicator; Skilled Negotiator  Security of your personal information has never been more important. As a CSI Protection Certified Agent I am dedicated to providing my clients the safest and most sec...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
There are mornings like this one, where the mist or fog is so heavy you can hardly see in front of your nose as we say in England. It has felt that way with the multiple lawsuits brought against brokers, NAR and the MLS's in the real estate industry. Then as the sun rises, it slowly clears and before you know it, it is a bright and sunny day.After decades of homes being sold in a certain way, someone seems to have suddenly had the bright idea to bring a lawsuit and make some money. The people making the most will be the attorneys, who made a case and won. The firms and brokerages are settling faster than a set of ten pins falling. Without admitting any wrong doing they want to move on and put this behind them. BUT, there are other lawsuits, now being brought by the buyer side of the tra...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
Last year our dog Jackie, named after Jackie Robinson, who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, when my wife got Jackie she knew she wanted a name related to baseball, and as her mother grew up in Brooklyn, there was no way it was going to be Babe, so that is how Jackie got her name.Anyway, last year Jackie was diagnosed with a shrinking cerebellum, the cerebellum is the back part of the brain and is the center of your balance. We had thought she might have issues with her back as she had made some noise when we were stroking her back. This turned out after we had an MRI, and is ultimately much worse. There is nothing that can be done, some breeds develop this as they age. Jackie is now 6 1/2. We had her DNA done and it turns out she is 35% Pitbull, 25% Beagle, and the balance is a mix of H...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
Sunday was such a beautiful day here that we had decided to visit Longwood Gardens and catch the end of the tulips. However, when we arrived it was a sold out day, so we changed our plans and visited Winterthur. Winterthur is another Dupont Estate and museum full of lovely things, but many people do not realize what fabulous gardens they have as well. The gardens were laid out to create wonderful vistas from the main house, the estate even had its own private nine hole gold course. Whilst we were disappointed to miss the tulips as we walked up into Azalea Woods, yes it is really called that, we were greeted by a cacophony of colors. Reds, pinks, whites, creams, it was dazzling. There seemed to be no break in the colors, they ran into and beyond each other. Being among them was as wonder...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
You want to buy a home in the Main Line and Chester County areas. You go on line and search for homes and see some you like, there may even be an Open House you can visit. However, so far, you are unrepresented and not working with an agent who is going to protect your interests.You know you should have a buyer's agent representing you, guiding you, so you ask some friends and look online. You hope that you can just make a phone call and get an agent to help you. But, this would be a BIG mistake.When a customer calls me to ask about becoming a client I insist on a buyer consultation. It is VITALLY important that whoever you talk to insists you come and meet them for a buyer consultation. Before anything else, PA law requires agents to explain to you who represents who in a transaction, ...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
So our dinner at Talula's Table was wonderful. The table was beautifully set, there are only two tables in the restaurant/shop. We got there a little early, to make sure everything was ready for when our guests started arriving. Menus were on the table.Spring 2024 Salmon MosaicAvocado, Aguachile, Radish & Citrus-Tortilla Española The Elusive Farm Egg and Potato Torte, Romeso Crema-Truffle HunterCrisp & Tender Braised Pork Croquettes, Truffle, Maitake & Mustard Greens-Parisian GnocchiSpinach Fondue, Parmesan & Bright Artichoke-Dorade RoyaleMediterranean Sea Bream, Bagna Cauda & Vegetable Tournée-Roasted Ribeye of BeefOnions Galore, Buttery Bone Marrow Bordelaise & Chimichurri-Our Cheesemonger’s Pick, Wine-Soaked Cherries, Olive Oil and Focaccia Crisp-Key Lime GetawaySalted Graham & Cocon...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
There are many options to cover the buyer agent's fee, discover some in this post and what you should be looking for in an agent representing you.There has been a lot of misleading commentary recently about how the real estate buying and selling processes are going to be changing due to several lawsuits, and how this will save consumers money both as sellers and buyers.Well, let's discuss some facts.Originally, both the listing broker and selling broker worked for the seller, that is why listing brokers shared commission with the broker bringing the buyer. That agent/broker was a sub-agent for the seller, representing the seller even though they brought the buyer. Then, because of confusion, many of those buyers had thought the agent taking them to the listings was working for them, buy...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
I was able to sit down with Shane McIntyre of Comparion Insurance Agency this week and cover several things about home insurance. Some of the things we covered were:Are you covered when a neighbor's tree falls in your yard?Do you need an UMBRELLA Policy and what the heck is that?How to shop for home insurance?Who to call before making an insurance claim?What is happening to rates?What is an insurance credit score? Check it out, it is quite long, but time flew, and we covered a lot.Shane is just one of the many connections I have and offer to my clients when buying or selling a home along the Main Line or Chester County. If you need representation buying or selling contact Nick Vandekar, Realty ONE Group Advocates, office 484-237-2055, cell or text 610-203-4543, email Nick@VandekarTeam.c...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
This is like a coming soon post about a dinner we are attending/hosting this evening.We are very lucky to have a wide group of friends and to live where we do. Firstly, friends - most people know a small group of people, well Annie is one of those people I discovered when we got married who stays in touch with everyone she knows, I would say 70% of our guests were from her side. Many of those friends are wine collectors, her previous partner who died loved wine and introduced Annie to many of his friends, and they have remained friends. We attend a monthly dinner with some of these and the wines tasted are wonderful, as well as some great food. In fact Saturday we have one of those dinners, which are mostly in New Jersey as most of the people live in New Jersey.But today, we have ten fr...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
We can all lose ourselves in Facebook, but sometimes it is a place to discover a new bakery. I recently came across the BlackLab Bakery page, isn't that a great name, you want to go just because of the name. I haven't found a really good baker in our area yet. Yes, in West Grove there is a Mexican Bakery which is great for Mexican pastries. But really good baguettes and Miche loaves. No. Well, looking over BlackLab Bakery's Facebook page I noticed their photos and they looked really good. They are generally only open Friday and Saturday, and this weekend, I decided to go and give them a try. Well, the line was almost out the door when I arrived,, and it did trickle out behind me.They had all sorts of loaves, tomato pies, cannoli which they fill as you purchase them, bagels, plain and se...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-PoohA long, long time ago, it feels that way at least, I dug some holes in our yard and planted several tulip bulbs around our front walkway. Tulips need to be exposed to the cold  and have to overwinter in the ground, preferably planted in the fall.“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”― Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to DieWell, then you have to wait, and wait, through the end of the fall, through winter, through the snow, the rain, cold winds. It doesn't help to stand over the spot and will them to grow. And you know that saying a watched kettle never boils, well they do but it f...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
Casa Carmen,  on Old Baltimore Pike in Jennersville, West Grove PA, the winery and vineyard that is right behind our home in Big Elk community has at last begun their soft opening. Every Friday and Saturday from 4.00 to 8.00 pm they will be open. The winery had worked with Ryan Homes and offered all homeowners in Big Elk a complimentary glass of wine, distributing some tasting glasses at an event in the fall. Bring the glass along and your first glass of wine is free.We have been busy the last few weeks, but last night we visited the tasting room, built in the style of Spanish and South American tasting rooms to see how things were going. I have already purchased some of their vermouth which they also offer and used them in some cocktails at home. But chatting with one of the sons last ...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
.  Much of my family hails  from Southern Chester Co.I also grew up in the Philly suburbs and went tonumerous Deli’s and enjoyed Hoagies & Cheesesteaks.But recently I rediscovered a hidden gem in a smalltown called West Grove . Brothers Pizzeria offers personalized meals that exceed it’s interesting menu.Pictured above is a Pizza Steak Sandwich. I have had one of these at as many as 30 restaurants. But after enjoying the above sandwich, I can assure you thatBrothers makes the best ! Two friends of mine Tim & Che are regular diners at Brothers and are thrilled with some of the Chef’s creations that have been cooked from scratch. Brothers is a BYO .Stop by soon . 
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
Michael J. Perry sent me a message last week with a link to The Landenberg Store. As my wife had the day off on Friday we decided to go visit as it is only about twenty minutes away and the link looked interesting.Well this store is in Landenberg, obviously, right on the creek, and it was busy, we parked behind the store as the front was full, and when we went inside it was pretty busy. What had attracted us was the bread, which looked home baked, but, unfortunately is not, but still pretty good.It seemed to be a place where people stopped on their way home to pick up a sandwich or something else they had. As I mentioned the bread, we purchased some, a small baguette, nice and crusty and very good flavor; and a cranberry walnut loaf, which is very nice toasted with some honey on it with...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
Well, early March gave us a beautiful spring like even a summer day feeling with warm temperatures that encouraged us to get out with our dog and then see where we ended up. Our initial plan after our walk at Nottingham Country Park was to drive to Maryland and pick up some Shrimp, but when we got there the place was closed. So, on our way home we saw that Wayvine Winery, which we have not visited yet had some live music. On arriving we saw it was pretty crowded with plenty of people sitting outside enjoying the weather. I sat with Jackie our dog whilst Annie went to investigate. Returning with a Dry Riesling and a Barbera Red, with a portion of Parmesan Arancini. Both the wines were good however, the arancini were a little oily.I went to walk around and took the photo above of the oak ...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
Well, after lots of interest and multiple showings we received an offer and the promise of a second offer. My sellers did not want to be rushed as we had open houses planned for the weekend. However, when an offer meets most of the parameters that a seller wants, then the natural thing to do is to counter that offer.Having done that, seller and buyer this morning reached terms acceptable to both, and both signed the agreement of sale.Showings were cancelled along with the Open Houses over the weekend.My seller is very happy, relieved to know that they are now able to settle on the home they are buying without having to arrange bridge loans or any other alternative financing. The buyers are excited to own a home on the Main Line that is so gorgeous, modern and filled with natural light a...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
I have just listed this beautiful Main Line home in Tredyffrin Easttown school district at 726 Mancill Road, Wayne, PA 19087.Check out the Video TourMy clients bought this  home four years ago, we had the challenge of selling their home during the COVID interruption. With their help hosting Facebook Live events we got the word out and got their home sold in time for them to move into this home at the time. It was new construction in an established neighborhood. The only reason they are moving now is because their son was accepted at a prestigious sports school.Peaceful and quiet they have come to love the yard which was professionally landscaped and is flat and large enough for soccer or archery. The driveway doubles as a pickleball and basketball court and has enough space for four car...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
.   We are heading over to one of our favorite ItalianRistorante , Rocco & Anna’s . It is located in Parkesburg in Chester County. Scrumptious Italian food with Homemade noodles and desserts. Their weekend Specials are incredible fresh cooked seafood over Veal & Salmon . They cook Fine Italian Cuisine Abruzzese at very fair prices. Being close to Kennett Square they offer several options with Mushrooms.Their Appetizers always have something that’s tempting and their salads are always fresh and aunique House Dressing. Wine is served by the glassor Craft and they usually have a featured Bottle .Dessert is a dilemma because you will like more than one choice ! All I can say is Buon Appetito !   
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