Yardley, PA Real Estate News

By Andy Raffle, Team Leader - NMLS#156564
(Emery Federal Credit Union)
The first half of Giants/Bengals did not go quite as I might have liked but, now it's halftime and my thoughts have turned to dinner.  The girls stuck with me through the first half (maybe just until the pepperoni and white pizza from Vinces was gone) but, now they're off to the dance studio. I'm a wine guy, not a "collector" because I don't see my gathering, cellaring and drinking of wine as having anything to do with "collection".  Maybe it's semantics but, it's a differentiation that suits me well. At any rate, I bring up the wine thing because unlike a lot of you, it is not unusual for me to first select a wine before choosing what I will have for dinner.  I then look for something to pair with the wine.  Backwards for most but, it's how I often "roll".  Last night, I was down in th...
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By Carol Swain, Realtor, -www.swainsells.com- Bucks County, Pa
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Yardley Alive, http://yardleyalive.com/  is a sub site of BucksCountyAlive.com.  It is a great resource if you are visiting the area, or if you live in the area. It offers things to do, community resources, quick links, guides, newsletter, and even an up to date gas price locator.  The website is an endless wealth of knowledge, so check it out!  I was very impressed.
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By Andy Raffle, Team Leader - NMLS#156564
(Emery Federal Credit Union)
  July 2008 - Market Data Market statistics in Lower Makefield Township, for the seven months ended July 31, 2008 show some mixed results.  The average price of the 157 single family homes sold this year is up 4% from the same period last year.  This is a positive number, particularly when compared to national news but, the increase has declined from +16.2% in April to +11.5% in May to +3.5% in June and the July figure of +4%, which is in line with June. Units sold year-to-date are down 28% from the 218 units sold for the first seven months of last year.   The number is tempered slightly when viewed in conjunction with an 11% increase in inventory of homes for sale.  The fact that homes that are not on the market cannot be sold is difficult to dispute.  We are, however, seeing a slight ...
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By Andy Raffle, Team Leader - NMLS#156564
(Emery Federal Credit Union)
2007 Year End Market Data For the year ended 2007, our primary markets (Lower Makefield, Upper Makefield and Newtown Township, PA) remained consistent with 2006 sales figures. In the three noted markets, average sales price was up insignificantly from $521,000 to $522, 000. Sales volume was down 20 units from 2006 at 738 units versus 758 a year earlier. Inventory levels were up only slightly in those same markets with 413 units available at 12/31/2007 versus 400 units available at the previous year end - a 3.25% increase. The homes in inventory had an average list price of $894,000 versus an average of $769,000 a year earlier, a 16% increase.In summation, our primary market has experienced a flat year, in spite of tremendous external pressures from interest rate markets and a negative n...
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By Carol Swain, Realtor, -www.swainsells.com- Bucks County, Pa
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
I have been contacted by the local pantry to organize a Food-Fuel of Life Drive.  Given the position of Keller Williams Cultural Chairperson it has been brought to my attention that the local food pantries are in need of food.  They are crying out for help restocking the many local pantries. A fellow agent, is a pastor a local congregation.  She asked if we could team with the teen center  which is to open in September.  The teens will  aid in the collection & distribution to the local pantries. The Food - the Fuel of Life Drive will begin Sept. 22, 2008.  Non perishable groceries maybe dropped off at our Keller Williams Real Estate office located at 584 Middletown Blvd across from Macy's in the Oxford Valley Mall.  Call me, Carol Swain,  if you need the items picked up on Sept. 29th.  ...
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By Carol Swain, Realtor, -www.swainsells.com- Bucks County, Pa
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Technology has advanced in every facet of life.  We use technology for everything now.  Do you even know anyone who does not have a cell phone?  I know more people now that do not have a home phone.  And with technology advancements, come home advancement.  Homeowners want their home to advance as well.  The home automation industry has risen considerably in the past few years.  For homeowners it is all about convenience.  We want our blinds to go up instantly, and our lights to dim with the push of a button.   Many vendors now are offering a package to builders, which include remote home monitoring and automation.  One of these brillant vendors is offering new software that allows the user to monitor their home control system from your PDA (or any device with a web browser).   The soft...
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By Carol Swain, Realtor, -www.swainsells.com- Bucks County, Pa
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Technology has advanced in every facet of life.  We use technology for everything now.  Do you even know anyone who does not have a cell phone?  I know more people now that do not have a home phone.  And with technology advancements, come home advancement.  Homeowners want their home to advance as well.  The home automation industry has risen considerably in the past few years.  For homeowners it is all about convenience.  We want our blinds to go up instantly, and our lights to dim with the push of a button.   Many vendors now are offering a package to builders, which include remote home monitoring and automation.  One of these brillant vendors is offering new software that allows the user to monitor their home control system from your PDA (or any device with a web browser).   The soft...
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By Carol Swain, Realtor, -www.swainsells.com- Bucks County, Pa
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Yardley Alive, http://yardleyalive.com/  is a sub site of BucksCountyAlive.com.  It is a great resource if you are visiting the area, or if you live in the area. It offers things to do, community resources, quick links, guides, newsletter, and even an up to date gas price locator.  The website is an endless wealth of knowledge, so check it out!  I was very impressed.             Carol Swain, Owner/PartnerKeller Williams Real EstateLanghorne, Pa(215) 757-7257carol@swainsells.com Visit my website for area listings: www.swainsells.com  
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By Halli Eckhoff
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
Open House 11 Milton Drive, Yardley, PA 19067 View Map Join me for an Open House to tour this elegant Colonial located in Yardley, PA. With it's tremendous curb appeal, lush landscaping and it's spacious interior you will not want to miss out on seeing this home. Sunday, August 3rd from 1-3pm I look forward to seeing you! Please contact me via my website at www.HalliEckhoff.com if you want to see this home but are unable to make the Open House. Details Asking Price: 725,000 MLS: 5359711 Sq. Feet: 4,824 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.5 Subdivision: Wynnewood Year Built: 1967 Contact InfoHalli Eckhoff Realtor Dir 215-794-1231 X 143 Email | Website Robert Tait Senior Loan Officer Chase East Pennsylvania Newtown 115 Pheasant Run Newtown, PA 18940 215-489-2505 Email
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By Cheryl Conte, MBA
(Coldwell Banker, Hearthside Realtors)
Besides excellent proximity to NYC, Princeton and Phila, we've got great Realtors (LOL), friendly people, fabulous recreational facilities, excellent schools, and excellent housing at all price points.  I've been following the interest rates and the real estate market cycles and now would be a fabulous time to buy in Yardley,  The Continental Tavern just reopened for family-friendly dining, YMS is still accepting registration for your kids Fall Soccer league and Pennsbury school start AFTER Labor Day this year.  I have 3 kids, live in a great neighborhood and am very real.  If you need someone to talk to, someone to be HONEST about your options, just give me a call.  I am no pressure and very genuine. 
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By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
First quarter statistics are in, so we are able to begin to develop a better indication of where things are with regards to real estate in the communities I serve, in Bucks County.  I have written many posts in the past, explaining that the market in Bucks County, is nowhere near as depressed as it is in some markets in the country.  I will address that issue, in another post to follow shortly.  Here in Bucks County, looking at first quarter statistics, there is no question that we are continuing to experience a buyers market.  That means that there are lots of things on the market, not as many buyers.  One point of emphasis though, is that contrary to what the press would have everyone believe, foreclosures in our area, are still not influencing the market significantly.  I still have ...
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By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
I finally saw an article in the local press, (Feb 26th) that accurately described our local market.  Here is a link to the entire article, which appeared on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer. (http://www.philly.com/inquirer/real_estate/Houses_still_find_eager_buyers.html)  Basically, the article said that there are still situations in our current real estate market, where houses attract more than one buyer.  Essentially, it comes down to price.  If a house is priced appropriately, it will get shown, and it will sell.  According to the article, for all of 2007, the median price of houses sold in Bucks County, was down 0.3%, in 2007, which represents a pretty insignificant drop.  Even in terms of units, for the entire county, Bucks was off 4.4% for the previous year.  Again, if ...
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By Vickie Cohen
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside, Realtors)
We all know that when we start the listing process we look at the comparable sales in the neighborhood.  If the house is not in a neighborhood, then we look outside the neighborhood.  We have to keep in mind that although the ACTIVE listings are the competition, we need to examine the SOLD listings to determine a realistic price.  I just had a situation in which a Seller was convinced that an over priced listing in a different but comparable neighborhood was a comp.  They will both probably be on the market for a long time.
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By Stacey McCarthy, @SmartGirlsOwn
(McCarthy Real Estate)
Happy Pumpkin Picking!Shadybrook Farm is having their annual PumpkinFest in Yardley until October 28th. My husband and I took our son who is 2 1/2 to the farm on Saturday to pick a pumpkin and it was so much more fun then I even thought it would be! Last year, we stopped by the farm on our way home from school and had a great time shopping in the store and picking out pumpkins from the stand. This year, we decided to stop by on a Saturday to see what all the fuss was about. There was food, ponies, hayrides, inflatable amusements, and there was even a haunted house for the little ones. After cheking out some farm animals and taking a bunch of pictures, we hopped a ride on the little train, then off to the hayride. My son was so excited, he didn't know what was going on, but he liked bopp...
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By LaCarol Hill Jr.
(Advisor Mortgage Group LLC)
The Seller Finance SolutionSeller financing can be a great way to get a house sold without slashing the price. By recognizing the millions of people who can't get traditional financing as potential buyers, resourceful property sellers (and their real estate agents) can minimize their time investment in getting a property sold. Even better, sellers who offer financing can usually get a higher asking price for their property, even in the slowest markets. Clearly this is a win-win situation. Most home sellers never consider financing the buyer directly because they are not aware of the benefits or don't fully understand how creating a note works. Let's take a closer look at the advantages of owner finance. Three Advantages Seller financing is very powerful when the market is slow or when t...
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By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
Welcome to my Bucks County real estate -- and other related and/or non-related  -- blog spot.  My goal in creating this blog is to provide a personal perspective on Bucks County life, as well as providing an insight into real estate in Bucks County.  Although I am new to blogging, I am not new to real estate or Bucks County and I love to write.  I have lived in Bucks County for almost 30 years and have been working as a realtor for more than 13 of those years. This means that I should know Bucks County real estate.  Because Bucks County, Pennsylvania is so close to New Jersey -- and because I was born in New Jersey -- I also do real estate in New Jersey.  There are definitely advantages and disadvantages to living in either state.  To those who do not know Bucks County, let me familiari...
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By Judie Elliott, Realtor, 'The Elliott Team' - www.SoldByJudie.com
(eXp Realty)
  "Buy, Sell or Rent a Home With Me... Use This Moving Truck For Free"! 
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