Yardley, PA Real Estate News

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Yardley boro, Bucks County, Real estate market report, July 2012 I looked up the mls for real estate activity in Yardley in July 2012. I looked for residential listings sold in July . This does not include homes not listed, commercial and multi units . It is deemed to be correct but subject to errors and omissions. There were 7 homes that settled in July 2012. The average original list price was $ 229,357. The average last list price was $227,850 The average sale price was $ 215,857 Highest sale price was $310,,000 The lowest sale price was $125,000 The average days the homes were marketed was 56 The average settled price to original price ratio 94.45 % The average settled price to last list price ratio is 94.47% The homes were priced high and sellers had to reduce price as seen from ra...
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By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Yardley Commons Condos are located in Yardley boro. People love to live in Yardley Commons becaues of the location. You can walk to Septa train station and take the train to Philadelphia. You can go to Trenton and take the train to New Yok. It is located close to US route 1. You can walk or ride your bike along the Canal and enjoy the view and walk to the stores in the boro. There is a clubhouse and pool in the community. I looked up the mls this morning and found 6 units listed for sale with one bedroom ranging in price from $137,500 to $159,900 and 3 units with 2 bedrooms.. There were 6 units that sold in last 6 months with lowest price being $134,000 and highest price being $170,000 If you want to buy a condo in Yardley you should look at Yardley Commons. Call Gita Bantwal at Re/Max ...
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By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
Yardley, PA has so much to offer both residents and visitors. This weekend is a great time to explore the delectable side of Yardley, and visit one or more of its fine dining establishments. Here are just a few of Yardley’s top-notch restaurants:   Canal Street Grille 27 East Afton Avenue Yardley PA 19067 (215) 321-1333 Right on the Delaware Canal, enjoy authentic Greek cuisine in an indoor or outdoor setting at the Canal Street Grille. This family owned restaurant features regular Greek appetizers like spanakopita and tzatziki, along with sandwiches, pastas, seafood, meat moussaka and other specialty entrees.  Top off your meal with baklava or another tasty dessert. Serving lunch and dinner.   Carlucci’s Grill 1633 Big Oak Road Yardley, PA 19067 (215) 321-9010 Excellent Italian restau...
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So, is there a new, 3.8% real estate tax, that is associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which the Supreme Court recently ruled on? From emails I receive, along with Facebook posts I’ve seen, and questions that clients, friends and customers ask me, I sense that there is a great deal of confusion, along with misinformation, about this tax. I won’t dare wade into the discussion about the merits of the law, but because of all the confusion about the tax, I can clarify that question. First, to be clear, in actuality, the 3.8% tax, is not a real estate tax at all. It isn’t a transfer tax either. It is a tax that will apply to some investment income. Because, under very specific conditions, it could effect some real estate transactions, it is important to understand...
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By Dale Cosack, Newtopias: The Cosack Team
(BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors - Newtown)
  Welcome to 7904 Spruce Mill in Makefield Glen. This one of a kind Brockton Elite end unit has been beautifully re-designed, offering a bright and airy living room with fireplace and sliding doors to sunny patio. A fabulous remodeled kitchen with (movable) center island and large dining area. The second floor has a master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, great closet space an an en-suite bath. A second bedroom, hall bath and laundry area complete this floor. Third floor loft can make a super 3rd bedroom, office etc. The finished basement makes a great den or play room with lots of storage. All this plus the great Makefield Glen location, close to stores, mall and major arteries. Whether it is cozy winter nights by the fire, or balmy summer brunch on the sunny patio, this home offers it a...
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This year’s mid-week July 4 holiday may be keeping more people home than traveling. Not to worry! As usual, there are always great things happening in Yardley, Newtown and all of Bucks County to celebrate Independence Day and the following weekend! Yardley Celebrations Wednesday, July 4, 2012 The Blawenburg Band: 4:00 to 6:00pm, Yardley Community Center - Enjoy the great music of Sousa and other patriotic songs by this 75 piece band. - Yardley Ice House will be providing cool confections during intermission. - Tickets: $15; (215) 493-5014 Independence Day bike ride:  12:00 to 3:00pm, starting at Black Rock Road picnic area - Enjoy a 7 mile bicycle ride along the Delaware Canal - 610-982-0161 for more information   Newtown First Fourth Celebrations This year’s events in Newtown will tak...
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By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
It was a beautiful weekend in Yardley, PA and throughout Bucks County to celebrate the Canal Fest. I had a great time. The boat decorations were very creative this year, and as always, there was music, food, family, friends and fun! I captured some great video and photos at the festival.  Enjoy them below. I hope to see you there next year!  
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By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
  Folks of Yardley and all of Bucks County, get your boat and duck decorations ready! It’s time for the 3-day Delaware Canal Festival, running this weekend, June 22 – 24, 2012.   Join in the fun at four locations; Bristol, Yardley, New Hope and Morrisville. Besides music, food and friendship, there are various participant activities planned at each area, including:   READ MORE ON MY BLOG-->   Contact me for more information on wonderful Bucks County, PA!    
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  Many times, I’ve found that first time homebuyers in Yardley, Newtown and Bucks County, PA are not sure about the reason for the pre-closing walk thru. It is so very important, and this video explains why. Watch the video, or read a quick summary below.   Some Items to Check on the Pre-Closing Walk Thru   1. Make sure house is in same condition as it was when offer was originally made. Be sure to look in places where furniture once was for changes or things that may have been missed.   2.  Check appliances to confirm that they are still working. Flush toilets, check faucets and look for any plumbing leaks.   3. Check for water in the basement.   4. Check to make sure air conditioner works, especially if it was not able to be checked at the home inspection.   Sometimes, I request that ...
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By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
  I have written a number of posts about the process of filing tax appeals in Yardley, Newtown and all over Bucks County. From the comments that I get whenever I post about tax appeals, there is a great deal of confusion about the process.   There was an article in the Bucks County Courier Times on June 3rd that mentioned how the pace of assessment appeals has slowed in Bucks County. In fact, according to the article, only about 400 property owners have applied to the Bucks County Board of Assessment thus far, seeking to reduce their tax bills by appealing their properties assessed value. The article further states that appeals filed have slowed throughout Bucks County since 2009.   The actual process for filing an appeal is really quite simple.  The biggest challenge that most home ow...
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By Dale Cosack, Newtopias: The Cosack Team
(BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors - Newtown)
  Asking $234,900   Welcome to 1622 Covington Rd, a lovely first floor Barrington Model in Makefield Glen. This property offers a large living room with fireplace, a dining area and remodeled kitchen with corian countertops. Kitchen overlooks the vaulted family room with palladian window and sliding doors leading to a private patio which backs to trees. This home has a master bedroom with en-suite bath and plenty of closet space plus a guest bedroom and full bath. All this plus an attached one car garage in a fabulous location within Makefield Glen When the owner bought this home in 2006 she had many renovations made including new windows, new HVAC, new flooring, new kitchen cabinets, corian countertop and sink, new appliances (including front load washer and dryer) new window dressing...
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By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
  The real estate market has heated up in Yardley, Newtown and all of Bucks County, PA.  I was making appointments to show a buyer client of mine 6 houses tomorrow, and 5 of the 6 are under contract and no longer available.  Several of my own listings have been on the market for several weeks, and have recently gone under agreement.  For buyers, it is important to present the most attractive offer possible, given your particular circumstances. Here are a few tips to put your best foot forward to a seller and still give yourself a great home buying deal.    First Things First – The Offer Price   The first thing sellers will observe on an offer is the proposed sales price. Be realistic with your offer price Try and base your offer on the last six month sale prices in the neighborhood. Ma...
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By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
  Summer is around the corner, and hopefully we have time to make plans for some excursions. The change of seasons is also a good time to review our home safety plan. UL, the company known for international safety certification, has a great Home Safety Checklist that focus on electrical, water and fire safety.   Here are a few tips from UL’s checklist and from my own experience with my years in Yardley, Newtown and Bucks County real estate:   Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – Be sure detectors are in working order. Change the batteries at least every Daylight Savings Time. Fire Extinguishers - If you don't have them, get one for each floor and for major living areas of your home (e.g. kitchen, bedrooms). OSHA's Fire Prevention standard requires all fire extinguishers to be "inspect...
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By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
  It may be a bit cloudy for our long Memorial Day weekend, but visitors and residents of Yardley, Newton and all of Bucks County can still relax with family and friends, and enjoy some special holiday activities and celebrations. Below are a few. Enjoy your weekend!       Memorial Day Celebrations and Parades   Yardley – Makefield Township   7:00am - 21-gun salutes at Slate Hill, Saint Andrews and Saint Ignatius cemeteries.   9:00am – Ceremony at Yardley Veterans Monument   11:00am - Yardley-Makefield Memorial Day Parade starting on North Main Street       Washington Crossing   10:45am – Memorial Service at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery       Newtown   9:00am - Newtown Memorial Day parade starting at Commons West Building. Short memorial service at Newtown Cemetery.       ...
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  Here is a video that I created in spring of 2011. The tips are still very relevant today to home sellers in Yardley, Newtown and all of Bucks County, PA. Click to watch the video, or here is a quick synopsis:       Three Important Tips to Get your House Sold Quickly   Move-In Ready   Buyers are looking for homes that are ready to move into, with little or no updating or repairs needed.  Make some easy and relatively inexpensive updates like paint and carpets to “neutralize” the color scheme of your home. Focus on the kitchen, family room and master bedroom. Also take some time to add a little curb appeal to your exterior to create a great first impression.   Beautiful Photos   Because so many buyers are starting their home searches online, it is very important to have great pictures ...
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By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
  Most people who live in Bucks County, PA know and appreciate the rich history of the area. Named by William Penn after his hometown in England, Bucks County became known for its importance during the Revolutionary War.   For those who are new to the area, or are thinking of moving to Yardley, Newtown or any of our wonderful Bucks County towns, there are many opportunities to immerse yourself in our local history.   Here are just a few:   The Old Library in Yardley   Opened in 1878 on land donated by William Yardley’s heirs, the Yardleyville Library is situated on Lake Afton in the town of Yardley. It was used as a library for the community until 1977, and can now be rented out for events. Visit the website of the Yardley Historical Association for more information on the library and ...
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By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
  Homeownership is supposed to be the American Dream, and the government has long supported offering tax advantages to homeowners. The question is: Will this tax benefit continue? With the government looking for more revenue, and mortgage interest being one of the highest dollar tax deductions, a change to the laws may be in our future.   As it Stands... READ MORE ON MY BLOG->>   I’ll continue to keep you updated on issues that affect you as a home buyer or home seller in Yardley, Newtown or anywhere in Bucks County, PA. Please contact me for more information about Bucks County real estate.    
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By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
1494 Merrick Rd, Yardley, PA     This is a beautifully appointed home on a large one acre lot with golf course views!   This 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 4364 Sq Ft home in Lower Makefield Township has many upgrades and features, including custom wainscoting  in the formal living room, airy den that could be used for office or playroom, two-story great room with extravagant riverstone hearth, bright kitchen with granit counters, stainless steel appliances and a freestanding island with barstool seating.   Upstairs, the spacious master suite offers a separate sitting room, jetted tub, separate shower and double vanity with makeup area. All other bedrooms are on the second floor, and are spacious and bright.   The professionally finished basement is well lit and offers a separate office, ample stor...
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By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
  Interest Rate News   Freddie Mac announced on May 3, 2012 that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage interest rate is at an all time record low. Lowest-ever rates and still-recovering property values are creating an interesting real estate market for both buyers and sellers.   According to Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist at Freddie Mac, “Signs of slowing economic growth and inflation remaining subdued allowed yields on Treasury bonds to ease somewhat and brought most mortgage rates to new all-time record lows this week.”   The national 30-year fixed rate averaged 3.84%, down from 3.88% last week. 15-year rates averaged 3.07%, down from 3.12% last week. Freddie Mac has been keeping records of interest rates since its inception in 1970. See Freddie Mac’s site for more inter...
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By Martin Millner
(Coldwell Banker Hearthside)
  In selling a home, creating the proper atmosphere is just as important as pricing your home properly. Elegant furniture can enhance a room, or stifle buyers’ ability to envision themselves there if the placement is incorrect. Depending on presentation, beautiful flowers can appeal to a potential buyer or detract from the mood of the showing. Simple yet aesthetic additions can sometimes make all the difference.   When consulting with sellers, I help them determine what their home is worth in Yardley, Newtown or anywhere in Bucks County.  I can assure that a more inviting home will result in a quicker sale and a better price. Here are three easy do-it-yourself ideas to quickly add some eye-catching appeal and dollar value to your home:   Proper furniture placement...   READ MORE ON MY ...
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