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2009 

I have written before about keeping your home covered by insurance until settlement with graphic photos of a home that burnt down the night before settlement on my street. However, in today's market with people moving trying to fins jobs many homes are sitting vacant and insurance companies will ...
Posted over 4 years ago
   Time is flying fast to obtain the First Time Buyer Credit. Whilst there is plenty of inventory many buyers are being demanding making low offers and asking for seller assists or not making any choice, overwhelmed at the selection of homes on the market. But, if you think it through you have to...
Posted over 4 years ago
So to continue with this series, last week on a glorious summer day we visited Chanticleer in Wayne, PA on the Main Line outside of Philadelphia, one of our favourite places. This is a wonderful garden that in our opinion rivals Longwood Gardens and feels more real. What I mean by that is Chantic...
Posted over 4 years ago
When searching for a home, remember to smell the flowers along the way - or is it the golf courses.   Philadelphia has many private and public golf courses.  Four links are very useful for locating a course near your new neighborhood:  www.golfphilly.com, www.golfphilly.org, www.golflink.com/golf...
Posted over 4 years ago
Ever since I moved here 20 years ago I have loved Valley Forge. 3700 acres of National Park right on your door step to enjoy, trails to jog, bike or hike hills or along creeks or the Schuykill River. This 10 minute video gives a short tour of the park with some interesting clips from around the p...
Posted almost 5 years ago
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This is the beginning of a new series I decided on today as I was driving around that there are masses of places I like, that you may not have tried.  Some are restaurants and cafes, some are stores, some are just cool places like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, always worth a visit. Today I disc...
Posted almost 5 years ago
Just finished reading a commentary on a survey  on the new HVCC from NAR. As I blogged recently in Why are Appraisal firms using appraisers from way out of the Area we have had two appraisal issues in the last week. I also heard from agents whilst out this week that they are having problems, so t...
Posted almost 5 years ago
New video of our listing in Daylesford Lake of a great end unit on a quiet street, beautiful upgraded kitchen, and lots of room. Priced aggresively at $459,000 with 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and 3 car garage. Want to live in award winning T/E schools close to Paoli station and minutes from King of ...
Posted almost 5 years ago
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I have had a web site for a long time and one of the main features I looked for was the ability to post multiple photos. It seems odd to say that now but our own MLS has only recently allowed us to post more than six photos, now we can post twelve and still agents only post six or even less. My b...
Posted almost 5 years ago
I understand separating appraisers from mortgage brokers and bankers but do these third party firms have to use appraisers from way out of the area? We have had two appraisals recently by banks that are way off the mark. One of these appraisals is off by $55000 and the bank then advises the clien...
Posted almost 5 years ago
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Realtors - Selling the Main Line, PA Lic AB067198
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Some thoughts and ideas about real estate that might help you when you buy or sell.