Bucks County, PA Real Estate News

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
It's time for some Philadelphia Steals and Deals TGIF. Believe me, if you are shopping for bargains these days, they are truly hard to find.I found a few worth writing about for my readers, so let's look.The Dollar Tree If you're looking for a place to shop to get a wide range of products for $1 or $1.25, look no further for bargains. This popular American discount store chain is the perfect place to find great deals on everything from household goods to party supplies. With its vast selection of products and unbeatable prices, Dollar Tree is the go-to destination for savvy shoppers who want to save big without sacrificing quality. So why wait? Head to The Dollar Tree today and start stocking up on all your favorite items at prices that can't be beaten!   Valentine Greeting Cards: they ...
Comments 18
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Are you looking for a 4BR 2.5 Bath single house in Upper Southampton? Here's a great opportunity for you to become a homeowner. This house is priced below market value, but it requires some updates, decoration, and paint. With some loving care, you can make it your dream home. The house features four generously sized bedrooms, including one main bedroom with a sitting room. Additionally, there are two full bathrooms. Don't miss out on this chance to own a lovely home! On the main level, you'll find a formal living room and a formal dining room with custom wood flooring. The kitchen has a breakfast bar where you can relax and enjoy your meal while admiring the unbelievable wooded view. It also opens up into the family room where you can have fun with your loved ones.As you move forward, ...
Comments 14
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Tricks or treats long tails and short tails - no puppy dog tailsBack in 2009 when I first joined AR I would see Blogs about market reports and wonder why people were writing them. One person Jeff Dowler, CRS was always writing about Carlsbad California.  I started to learn about Jeff as he relocated from my area and branded himself the relocation dude. Here is a link to his post   Way back when I also attended several Rain Camps and heard  Bob Steward and Ben Kinney speak. They taught me about the long and short tails. In blogging, it simply meant taking a specific area and choosing a small section/subdivision .. Try to choose a section that is not being worked on by other agents. Blog about this area and do market reports. Blog about events and restaurants in the area. You can even int...
Comments 33
By Marcie Purcell Associate Broker, Realtor, Bucks & Montgomery Co PA
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Cassidon Realty)
Water has quite the calming effect on people whether it is sitting on a deck near a river, beach, bay, creek or lake.  It is also a life long dream for people to want to purchase a home with water views.   Let's talk about how Flood Insurance can protect you and what to look for when you are searching for home.  Trust me, I'm not going to talk you out of any dream you have and especially one with water views!  It's is also one of my dreams I'm working to come true!There are different types of flood insurance and flood zones.  FEMA ( Federal Emergency Management Agency)  declares flood zones through the United States.  In the area I live in Pennsylvania the "AE" Flood Zone is when you will need to get Flood Insurance.   There are exception to rules of course but your mortgage lender will...
Comments 2
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Echo Beach is a delightful riverfront community situated in Bensalem, near Station Avenue and State Road. It comprises a variety of custom single-family homes of different sizes, some of which are located right on the river. Despite being a hidden gem, many homes in the area have been handed down to family members, and there are a range of small and large properties available, both old and new. Echo Beach's proximity to I-95, Septa Trains, and Amtrak makes it an accessible and sought-after location.  Echo Beach has a unique charm, perhaps due to its proximity to the Delaware River. As I drove through the area, people waved and said hello, which is rare in many places. It's no wonder that families have made this place their home for generations. Even when sons and daughters move away, th...
Comments 18
By Marcie Purcell Associate Broker, Realtor, Bucks & Montgomery Co PA
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Cassidon Realty)
I don't know how 20 years has gone by, but it feels like forever since my first day of training at Weichert, Realtors Fast Track program.    I literally called my manager after the first day and told her I don't think I can do this. They gave me the big black "Doors" suitcase, tons of papers, talked about real estate terms I have never heard of, and told stories about getting homes under contract in their first week of real estate!  I was 21 years old, never rented or purchased a home and  still living at home while working at my job at a daycare to fund my new straight commission job and pay my bills.    My manager told me come to office tomorrow right after training and you will do this. A lot has changed since those early days. My mentor turned into a teammate and partnership which t...
Comments 1
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
As I was driving to the Bensalem Real Estate office today I saw lights flashing and heard sirens. There was a car behind me. It was not a police car. I pulled over some to see if he needed to get by me thinking it might be a volunteer fireman. Nothing he stayed behind me. The light was green so I proceeded to turn. He followed again I moved to the right so he could pass me and he did not. Lights still flashing I became nervous and my heart started pounding as I had seen on the news about women being stopped by cars, not police vehicles, and being cautioned to be aware of the dangers. I knew I was not speeding and had not gone through stop signs or red lights so I continued to the main road where he passed me and signaled me to pull over and I saw he had a uniform.  I explained I thought...
Comments 18
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 The Right House is Screaming "Wait For ME"  Buying a home can be very frustrating. Not only the qualifying first step. You know where you sit down with the mortgage banker with all your information. Your pay stubs, bank statements, and tax forms. You know all the things you had to search for. Hopefully, you did not try to skip this step. Then you figure out the price of the house you can really afford the payment you can live with. Now we are ready to hit the road and find the house of your dreams. The one when we walk into you get that feeling. Oh yes, it is a feeling. It is the feeling that deep inside you know that this is home. You can live here. It may not have everything you thought you wanted but it does feel like home.  It has that this is my house feeling. You decide you are g...
Comments 20
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
You are getting ready to sell your house. You called your agent and received a list of things to do to get the house ready for sale. If you are like many people you probably looked and said where do I start?    The closets are a great place to begin. You are going to be moving so let's pack up the closets and clean them up. If it is warm weather and you live in a four-season climate, take your cold-weather clothes and shoes. Pack them away. Let's make room in these closets and make them look big and spacious.  Clean them out. All the closets in the house even the linen closets. If you have not worn clothes in the last year you most likely will not wear them. Bag them up and donate them. There are many books and even videos online to show you how.  Keep only what items are necessary.  No...
Comments 19
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
In Pennsylvania, we do not use attorneys in Real Estate transactions. We use forms that attorneys prepare and fill in the blanks. There are times when there are situations when we find it is time for our clients to seek legal advice. We as agents should never give legal advice we are not attorneys.Here is a situation I ran into -  entry March Challenge Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  and Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist I had a beautiful listing under contract. The owner was looking for a small condo to purchase she was a divorced woman and I was very fond of her. We had been looking and there were a few she liked we had not pinpointed the exact location yet.  One morning I received a call from her. She was going to be a grandmother. I congratulated her and she thanked m...
Comments 28
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's take a look at what is going on in the Neshaminy Valley Townhouse Market in Bensalem Township. These townhomes are always in high demand as they are so spacious and there are no HOA or Condo fees. Neshaminy Valley townhomes are owned by Fee Simple and were built in the mid-1970s-1980s by Korman. There are many different sizes and styles to choose from. I lived in one for many years and it always amazes me the additions and customizations that have been made. Many of the two-story model's main bedrooms have a sitting room. The second bedroom is large and if you walk into this room first you may think it was the main bedroom.   There is one active townhouse for sale and I will be surprised if it will last long as it is an end with a custom addition put on with many upgrades and a la...
Comments 15
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's Talk about the Coves Townhouses in Bensalem. These townhouses were built in the mid-1970s  and offer a variety of styles that are spacious and some are larger than many single homes you may walk into. The split-level models are very popular also the large straight-through models both feature 3BR and 2.5 bathrooms and lower-level rec rooms. There is also a yard most of them through the years have been fenced.Most of the end units have 4 BR 2.5 baths no lower level and are around 2200 Sq' and have a main bedroom that is larger than many single homes in this price range. I have however found one 4 bedroom end with a lower level. One of the best features of these townhomes is that they are fee simple owned with no association fee. Yes, you heard me right no HOA or Condo fees      Behi...
Comments 13
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's talk about the Clusters townhouses in Bensalem. Townhomes are very spacious and come in many styles. The floor plans vary but are always spacious. Some are three levels with finished rec rooms others are two levels. When they were built they built in the 1970's you could pick your model and add on. There were also some with premium lots that backed up to wooded areas. Best of all there are no Hoa or Condo fees here. They are owned fee simple.    The location of the Clusters is very desirable as there is a wonderful school within walking distance. Many people call requesting to live near the school called Russle C Stuble. The Clusters also has a great location, located near Septa Trains, I95, US #1, and the Pa Turnpike are just minutes away. Easy access to  Burlington Bristol Bridg...
Comments 13
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Every November we are challenged to write what we are grateful for hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS . I sat here and Immediately a few things popped into my mind. So I will start to write about what I did two years ago For over thirty-six years I worked in a traditional Real Estate office I had my own office there and went in to meet clients when I needed to but also went there too as they say to hang out at the water cooler. That really is an expression. I wasn't hanging there but I did go there even if I didn't have anything to really do. I would work on my computer and chat with some agents. Sometimes we would go out to lunch or order lunch. Maybe a mortgage person would stop by or a Home Inspector. I had not done Floor time also called opportunity time in many years but past clients or o...
Comments 23
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Challenges help to motivate and inspire us. There is a wonderful challenge going on right now regarding blogging success stories. I hope you are going to enter. If not I hope you are reading the entries and learning from them. This challenge reminded me and inspired me that I have many years of blogs that I have to check and refresh. You probably wonder what I mean by this well let me explain Almost two years ago I switched my Real Estate company. I started blogging back in 2009 so almost all of my Videos and somewhere in my post, have my old Real Estate office name and phone number in them. I have a terrible habit of repeating myself. I also do this when speaking it drives my family crazy. I do not know if I mentioned I have been licensed since 1984.  I need to go back and check all my...
Comments 26
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's take a look at what is happening in the Pine Tree Farms Area Feasterville Pa. Right now there are no active listings but there is a coming soonComing soon : 3 BR 1 .5 Bath single w/walkout basement priced $399,900There were three closed properties in Pine Tree Farms in the last 90 Days SOLD : 3 BR 1.5 Bath single 1398 sq ft, unfinished basement, estate sale, buyer  responsible for U&O repairs  DOM 5 -SOLD $280,000SOLD: 3BR 2.5 Bath single  2200 sq ft remodeled detached garage SOLD $435,000  seller concession $10,000 DOM 8SOLD:4BR 2.5 Bath 2 story 2616 sq ft remodeled, unfinished basement, SOLD $475,000 DOM  5 information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. DOM means days on the market, sq ft means days on the market It is my professional opinion that we will continue to see a rise...
Comments 15
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Ravioli and pasta soup recipe  I know I am late again, but better late than never, hope it was  worth waiting for  It was actually inspired by Endre Barath, Jr.  and his lasagna soup recipe 2 containers of vegetable cooking stock I use organic, but any kind will do you can also substitute beef or chicken broth or mix and use bone broth  ! can of diced tomatoes 2 chicken breasts, split (any chicken) pot luck first time I used wings can delete if you use bone broth or can use meat balls One large green and yellow zucchini, cut   thick slices and quartered, plus carrots sliced soup size cook on the stove, I added water filled  into the containers to boil and simmer chop 3 gloves garlic to taste or add one  TBS powdered / black pepper one tsp dash red pepper  powder or flakes   One TBS Grou...
Comments 20
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Pine tree farms is a small single home community located in the Feasterville section of Bucks County. It is also in the Neshaminy school district, which is a highly rated school. There is a homeowners association it is not, however, mandatory, but the cost to belong is very low and they do upkeep the community and run a very nice newsletter.  They are a friendly group of people and very neighborly especially around the holidays . If you belong to the association you certainly benefit from this very small yearly donation .  Local businesses also advertise in the newsletter because the people do use the services and it is a wonderful community full of great warm loving people .Folks that live here have lived here for many years and it is not an area that you see people moving in and out o...
Comments 12
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 Calling all Builders here is a rare opportunity to build in an established neighborhood called Echo Beach.  This is a Riverfront community and in my professional opinion an up-and-coming community. A short walk from the River you can walk to the dock and down to the river. The Yacht Club is your neighbor and the new condo development Waterside is being built nearby on the waterfront.   Echo Beach remains to be an established community by the Delaware River where families seem to come and go for generations from generations. A place to call home. Where everyone waves and says 'Hello' and smiles so rare in today's world of chaos.   Please watch this video about Echo Beach and Enjoy  
Comments 24
By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
Let's talk about Echo Beach a small Single Home Community in Bensalem Pa along the Delaware River. You will find houses of all sizes and shapes old and new. It is next to the Yacht club and also close to the Waterside development Many people do not even know that  Echo Beach is there even though there is a sign that says Echo Beach  Echo Beach is a very old community but in my professional opinion a very up-and-coming community. Each street you drive up is different than the next. Every house has its own character. Everyone waves to you and says's "Hello how are you" Such a friendly place to live.  Something rare to find in today's world.   There is a special charm about this place called Echo Beach. Maybe it is because it is so close to the Delaware River. It seems to have a magical fe...
Comments 19