Devon, PA Real Estate News

By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Many years ago, I got a call from an elderly customer. She had heard about me through the work I do at Surrey Services for Seniors. She lived on her own in a second floor condo, could I stop by and let her know what she needed to do to get her home sold.When I arrived, I had expected to meet an elderly single lady, who was most likely a little frail. She had told me she was in her late 70's.Well, did I get a surprise. Firstly, she had a wonderful attitude, full of energy, spry and very humorous. She was part of the Surrey Services Choir group and she enjoyed performing very much. Looking around her condo it became obvious that some things needed to be put away. She was planning to move to Cleveland to be near her son and his family as they needed some help. Note, they needed the help, n...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
In cold weather many buyers stay home in the warm. But this is great weather to look for homes and get an advantage over those who don't venture out. But you need a realtor who is not afraid of the cold.Thursday is hiking day, well every day is hiking day. But Thursdays the Appalachian Mountain Club hosts a hike at Valley Forge Park, 6-7 miles. When I got up this morning, although it was blue skies, the temperature was zero degrees Fahrenheit. I was having second thoughtsI decided to go hiking anyway. So dressed in several layers, put some warmers in my gloves and as I headed out, added one more layer and a second scarf to cover my face. Stepping outside the cold made me gasp.Well, it wasn't bad once we got going. Although my photo below I look pretty cold and my hands were. But out of ...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
If you have kids, no doubt they love dinosaurs. Heck, maybe you love dinosaurs. Well this event over the weekend, just up the road to Tredyffrin Easttown is a must see. Jurassic Quest!As their website states experience living, breathing even walking dinosaurs. I know my kids loved dinosaurs. they may not have known the capitals of the states but they knew the names of all the different dinosaurs. I think we even have dinosaur figures still in our basement and my kids moved out years ago.Opening today January 25 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks PA, just off Route 422 through January 27, tickets  cost for Seniors $20, Adults $22, Kids (2-12) $22 and there is a Kids VIP ticket at $36 which gives unlimited rides and activities. You pay for these separately with a regular tick...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Real estate is often said to be all about location, location, location. I was reading something this morning which was talking about perspective and seeing things from a different perspective or view. It got me to thinking about changing your view or your location. I realize also how we talk about things can change how people view things. I remember when I was at the doctor and discussing some test results a few years ago he presented them as "there is 30% or greater chance this is aggressive". That did not sound good. But later, when I thought about it, I thought so there was a 70% or less chance it was not aggressive. How it is presented will affect us.The same goes for news, politics, opinions etc. If we are able to change our perspective and see things from a different angle of from...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Walking is such a basic thing, we can take it for granted. There are many people who suffer disabilities or due to ill health don't have the ability to walk. But for those who do and live in Tredyffrin Easttown you have a lot of options for places to walk. Some of the trails which are paved are also suitable for those who use wheel chairs, some are more rugged and not wheel chair accessible.It is one of the things we love about the area. Some neighborhoods are better than others for walking. Although we have lived in three homes in the area, since we came to the States 30 years ago, all of them allowed us to walk out the door and enjoy fresh air and some exercise.On top of this there are many places within a short drive that allow you to walk or hike. In my video today, I hiked with som...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Usually the term waterfront property is an attractive term. Here it takes on a whole new meaning. When I was walking the Camino Portugues last year I passed this house next to a river. My first thought was who would buy a home with water running through or underneath it. It was not the only home I saw with water running underneath it on the walk but it was the most extreme example. There was no indication this was a mill of some sort although it could have been and the mill apparatus was inside.Buyers need to know everything about a property to make wise decisions and be aware of all issues relating to a home. We represent buyers and sellers in Tredyffrin Easttown and along the Main Line. We pride ourselves at making sure they have the information and understand the process to be confid...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
This story has been adapted to not reveal those mentioned. It is not located in PA or on the Main Line but it does contain a good moral worth remembering.A client loved a particular home. They made an offer and their offer was accepted. It was an estate selling the home as is. Home inspections were arranged. Issues arose.The home was riddled with mold. Water was getting into the basement.  It was going to take extensive remediation to fix.There were also potential issues with the electrical wiring and the home inspector called for further investigation by an electrical contractor. However the inspector said the house was solid and had good bones.The buyer arranged some further inspections and contractors to visit the house. Yes the wiring needed to be replaced, it was old and was not up...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
We are always being asked by buyers about new homes in Tredyffrin Easttown. Well it is January 2019 and we thought this quick video showcases three town home developments, all of which are new construction, two have just a few homes left and one, a small development of just five homes has just been listed. These homes are all priced above $600,000 and vary from 3 bed 2 1/2 bath homes to 4 bed 4 1/2 bath homes with attached garages.  Call us for help.Watch the video for a quick review. If your interest is for a single family detached home contact us directly ass there is a large supply priced from $799,000 to $3,095,000 across the school district. Many of these are in the $1,000,000 to 1,500,000 range.Remember builders price a buyers agent into their spreadsheet, so don't be unrepresente...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Why isn't your home selling? How to get to SOLD!Real estate is hot, it is a sellers market, we have all heard the reports, there is a lack of inventory and buyers are desperate to find homes. So why isn't your Tredyffrin Easttown, T/E, or Main Line home selling in this market?As full time Tredyffrin Easttown and Main Line Realtors we have seen a change in the market since the summer months. This change happened as we entered June and July. And whilst historically this usually happens, it did not really pick up when September came as it did in the past.Some of this was due to the lack of inventory; buyers simply could not find the home they wanted from those being offered. Some of it was the rising interest rates; increased rates priced some buyers out of their preferred price point. Som...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Buying a fixer upper.With all the shows on TV showing homes being flipped for cash, many buyers when they first start looking for homes are asking for fixer uppers. I mean how hard can it be with all these shows on TV and everyone making money. Forget about the drama in those shows of the problems unearthed during rehab, the delays incurred waiting for permits and the fact the show is paying the wages of those featured, so those costs are not included. Frankly, for Main Line and Tredyffrin Easttown home buyers, buying a fixer upper can be a good option. Yes, there is definitely competition. With the lack of inventory, not only are contractors and builders looking for these homes, but many buyers are as well.However when a buyer sees many fixer uppers their comeback is: "That is way beyo...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
It's that time again! Tredyffrin Easttown homeowners bet you forgot about making any resolutions for your house!You know the start of the new year when everyone makes personal resolutions, new personal and business goals, a word to live the year by. That is all well and good on the personal front, we all need to continue to grow. But as a Tredyffrin Easttown home owner have you made or set any resolutions or goals for your home this year?When you buy a home, it is never perfect, whatever we tell ourselves and all our friends. Even those buying multi-million dollar homes usually make changes before or when they move in. Often when you live in a home you realize this or that does not work how you thought it would, so it needs changing. Remember that home inspection report you shelved or s...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
As a Main Line and Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor we are always looking for resources for our clients and customers. I wish all of us could always be in good health. But sometimes we suffer physical or neurological challenges due to trauma or disease. Dynamic Home Therapy and Dynamic Neurofit is a new business that has just opened in Devon at 890 Lancaster Avenue, opposite the Dunkin Donuts in Devon. It looks to be a wonderful resource for those suffering from Parkinsons and other neurological diseases as well as those with brain trauma. They are associated with Rock Steady Boxing which has over 700 affiliates world wide. Today, I met with Dr. Jennifer Brown, CEO and Founder, so watch our video below and see how this business can be a resource for you or a loved one who is suffering from a...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
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 the comments say CAMINO so the gift gets matched.In the meantime I will be walking 400 miles from Lisbon in Portugal to Santiago di Compostella in Spain so you don't have to do anything ...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
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 can make a donation here just click the honor box and enter Camino as an anonymous donor will be match gifts up to $5000, so double your gift and please be generous.Today, I got to meet the wonderful team at BrightView Senior Living in Devon and learn about their new project at...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
As a realtor my job is to help people buy and sell houses in Tredyffrin Easttown and along and around the Main Line. But it includes a responsibility to support our communities as well. One of the driving forces in my life is to help others. So, when I do anything I always consider how I can use it to help others even when it is something personal. I recently decided to embark on a personal challenge, to walk one of the Camino de Santiago routes. These are pilgrim routes dating back thousands of years across parts of Europe all ending in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. I am going to be walking the Camino Portgues from Lisbon to Santiago a distance of 620 kilometers, just under 400 miles. The way I am supporting my community with this walk is to ask others to make a donation to one of t...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
The Philadelphia luxury real estate market report July 2018The luxury market has slowed down somewhat compared to other parts of the market, but there is plenty of choice of homes, unlike other parts of the market. We work closely and directly with our clients to find them the homes they want, or to acheive the sale of their home. Contact Nick Vandekar, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Selling The Main Line with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543, email Nick@VandekarTeam.com, website www.SellingTheMainLine.com. 
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
I showed a home yesterday to some investor clients who are looking for a home to flip. We thought we had found a good contender and made an appointment to show the home. We got rejected because the agent could not meet us at the time we asked for, not sure why the agent had to be there, as the home was priced in the low 600's. Strike 1, make your home easy to show!Then I get an email from the agent, he is away at the moment, can we do later in the afternoon when he was going to have an open house. OK, no problem, we adjusted our plans and agreed.Well it all be came clear when we visited why the agent needed to be there. The home is described as a 4 bedroom 3 bath home. Location was great as I said, and there was room for a flip as the comps supported some upgrades and a resale. So our h...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
How long will it take to sell my Tredyffrin Easttown or Main Line home?" is an often asked question at a listing presentation. We can answer it, using all the flashy statistics at our fingers, days on market, price points etc. But, is it the right question to ask?A better question might be "How quickly will you have my Tredyffrin Easttown or Main Line home on the market?"There are many agents you can use, different brokers, teams, etc. How do you know which is the right one?We know when we list a property exactly when it is going to go live on the internet, on our MLS because we control everything. We enter our own descriptions, we arrange the proffesional photographer ourselves, we are in control. We do not rely on a listing coordinator, or an office administrator who might be busy wit...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
When did you last buy appliances?If you ever wonder about communication skills needed for sales or selling real estate, go buy some appliances.We just purchased some updated appliances for our kitchen. We learned a tremendous amount about the process and we thought we were relatively savvy buyers. We did all the on line research, we knew what we wanted before we ever went to the store.However, we discovered all the things we didn't know only when the items got delivered and which no salesman ever told us.Appliances which are white or black are white or black all over. But, if you buy stainless steel, it may be grey, or black on the sides, top or bottom. When you go to the store and they are all lined up next to each other you rarely if ever see the sides of them. If your appliance is go...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
It only takes one buyer!We often use this expression when you have a listing that doesn't sell for one reason or another and everything is right with the price and the presentation. Our job then is to reassure the seller not to panic and understand that you need to find that buyer and sometimes it takes a little longer than others.But, sometimes it works when you just list a property as well. Friday morning after posting coming soon and just listed blog posts, uploading photos to our website and syndicating the listing, video of the property on Facebook and YouTube we had our first showing for our latest listing 380 Old Forge Crossing in Devon PA 19333, a wonderful Tredyffrin Easttown condo, on the second floor with updated bathroom and kitchen, lovely hardwood floors and a great locati...
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