nick vandekar: As a buyer or seller do you understand the data? - 03/28/14 07:38 AM
One of the issues many real estate agents complain about is the online valuations many buyers and sellers find, be it Zillow or Trulia or elsewhere. However, our job as a real estate expert is to help with the interpretation of the reams of data buyers and sellers are finding online today.
The internet is a great tool, but sometimes, it gives you too many results for a search term and the answers are overwhelming. Also, you may have to dig down many pages to find the best answer, not always is what is on the first results page the best information.
This … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: Check out the video on this Main Line Devon 2 bed 2 bath condo - 02/26/14 04:19 PM
We just listed our third Old Forge Crossing Condo for 2014, the first one sold in 2 days, hopefully this one, 199 Old Forge Crossing, Devon PA 19333 will as well. It has tons of updates and is move in ready. Heater and central air are both newer,kitchen has just had a make over, with new ceramic floor tiles, you catch a glimpse in the video, new back splash and granite counters, hard wood floors and tons of storage; owners bedroom has a large walk in closet and en suite bathroom. Hall bath has a laundry area so no sharing. Steps … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Main Line condo for sale, 136 Old Forge Crossing, Devon, PA 19333 - 02/26/14 08:29 AM
Great condo for sale in Old Forge Crossing, just listed, 136 Old Forge Crossing, Devon PA a great Main Line location close to everything. More than just a home, from here you canlead whatever lifestyle you choose. Watch the video and call Nick for an appointment.

We also have a 2 bedroom coming on the market as well.
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nick vandekar: Design Trends for 2014 - 02/18/14 08:01 AM
Wondering how you should decorate that room? Another quick clip from our interview with Deb Bettcher of Decorating Den Interiors. Here she lets us know her opinion on the Design Trends for 2014. Need help with a room give Deb a call at 610-964-8403.

Most buyers today want everything to be move in ready, but if you have a little vision or use someone like Deb Bettcher from Decorating Den Interiors you can get a good deal and have the home of your dreams. Let us help you find the house on the Main Line and Deb can decorate it … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Inside the House Whisperer's Studio! - 02/03/14 12:40 PM
We had a great interview last week with Deb Bettcher of Decorating Den Interiors in Wayne, PA. This is a second clip from that interview where we get to see inside her studio and what she is currently working on.
 

 
We still have a little more footage with trends for 2014. If you want to reach out to Deb you can contact her by email at DebBettcher@Verizon.net, or call her for an appointment at 610-964-8403.
In the meantime, if you are looking for a property where you may be able to use Deb's talents give us a call.
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nick vandekar: Video of the week - Interview with the House Whisperer - 02/01/14 08:49 AM
This week we sat down with Deb Bettcher of Decorating Den Interiors and got tons of footage discussing Interior Design. This first video is really an introduction to Deb. Let us know what you think.

Keep an eye open for some other videos from this interview as we discuss 2014 trends
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nick vandekar: 2013 Charlestown Oaks market report - 01/30/14 12:22 PM
Charlestown Oaks is a town home development built about 15 years ago over a period of about 5 years in two sections. Located in Malvern, in Charlestown Township, this development is well liked with brisk sales during the 2013 year. Well located with easy access to West Chester, Exton, Wilmington and King of Prussia, the location has tennis courts and play grounds.
There were 12 sales during 2013. Average net sale price, this is net of any seller concessions was $329,742, with most sales happening in about 14 days. This gave an average price per square foot not including any basement … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: 2013 Charlestown Meadows Market Report - 01/30/14 11:51 AM
Charlestown Meadows is a great development in Charlestown Township, Chester County. Developed by Toll Brothers about nine years ago over a period of about 3 years, it is ideally located on Route 401 giving great access to Exton, King of Prussia, West Chester and locations on Philadelphia's Main Line.

In 2013 there were only 9 sales with an average sale price of $439,978, that drops to $437,978 if you take out seller concessions. Overall this gives a price of $154.50 per square foot, which would not include any basement space. Sales were relatively quick with the average days on market … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Get your home organized before selling to avoid a major seller mistake - 01/24/14 03:25 PM
Clutter is a major problem with many homes for sale. You cannot see the rooms for toys, or clothes, or closets are overflowing giving buyers the impression that there is little space. How do you overcome this?
We turned to The Organizing Consultant, Anna Sicalides and asked her for some tips. Watch the video and let us know what you think.

I think we will be meeting with Anna again and getting some tips for specific rooms.
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nick vandekar: One cool place in Berwyn, PA - {Homeology} - 01/14/14 04:05 PM
The sign says {Homeology} -  Handcrafted Furniture & Inspired Urban Farmhouse Decor, how can you not want to check that out! We did, and love it.

Contact Bill or Beth Merryfield at 610-500-9702 if you need some custom cabinets, furniture or something else catches your eye.
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nick vandekar: Are the new mortgage rules good or bad for you the customer? - 01/13/14 12:36 PM
Prosperity Home Mortgage held a seminar last week and I got an opportunity to interview one of the local managers Bob Frazer about what the new qualified mortgage (QM) and qualified residential mortgage (QRM) will mean for our customers.
Most thoughts are that the rules are not that bad and won't adversely affect consumers only affecting about 10% of loans; a big change is the cap on fees of 3% for the mortgage conmpany and any affiliated companies, so if you use mortgage, title and insurance  and those companies are all affiliated companies the most you can be charged is 3%, … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Long & Foster launches new mortgage company - 01/13/14 12:17 PM
With the start of 2014 Long & Foster launchged a new mortgage company. Having been linked with Wells Fargo for many years Long & Foster now has its own subsidiary lender. We interviewed Mike Dunn area manager of the new company Prosperity Home Mortgage about the company.

So, if you need help getting pre-approved for a mortgage, Jeremy Durkin or Eric may of Prosperity Home Mortgage bnoth based in our Devon office can get you set up at no cost. Also under the new mortgage rules and regualtions relating to qualified residential mortgages the cap of 3% fees includes any … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Great value with price reduction in Bryn Mawr - 01/08/14 08:14 AM

Very sunny house in great location in heart of Bryn Mawr. Walk score of 97/100 makes this a walkers paradise, you could walk to work, 25 yards from playground. Walking distance to two train lines, Septa R5 and Light Rail line. Price reduced to $299,000 makes this home great value in the heart of Bryn Mawr.

Rehabbed in 2008 when house was gutted, with new plumbing, electrical box, heating and air conditioning installed. This twin has off street parking, is very spacious with lots of storage. Ready to move in. Some new carpets, other carpets cleaned and all rooms … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: New Listing in Old Forge Crossing - 01/08/14 07:45 AM
Located in a preferred location in Old Forge Crossing this single bedroom Main Line end unit condo overlooks the community reflecting pond, with views of trees and water.

One of the largest condos in the Old Forge Crossing development it has recently been updated with newer heater, a/c and newer energy efficient windows all saving you money on utilities.

 
It also has hardwood floors and newer kitchen cabinets, updated bathroom and a large bedroom with two walk in closets. There is plenty of storage throughout this unit, with a nice open floor plan.

 
Gas … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: Thought about Frozen pipes recently? - 01/07/14 10:52 AM
Being the coldest day for several generations in our area got me thinking about Frozen Pipes and talking with Nick Kiniry of Long & Foster Insurance. The conversation morphed a little into discussing investment properties as well and the needs of insurance in light of frozen pipes. let me know what you think.
 

If you need insurance help, feel free to contact Nick Kiniry at 856-208-4347 or Nick.Kiniry@LNF.com. Need help buying an investment property along the Main Line call Nick on his cell at 610-203-4543, office 610-225-7400 or Nick@VandekarTeam.com.
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nick vandekar: What are those black streaks on your roof? - 12/22/13 09:04 AM
 
Frustrated with those black streaks on your roof. I had a conversation about this with Mike Hansen, our local roofing contractor at Dunbar Roofing and Siding in Berwyn, PA and he sent me this aticle they had written some time back. Hope it helps.
 
   
The black streaks we see on roofs are caused by an ancient bacteria named "Gloeocapsa (pronounced Glow-e-o-cap-sa) Magma." More commonly known as "Blue Green Algae" many roofers mistakenly refer to this tiny-little life form as just plain old "algae."
 
This one-celled, one-chromosome bacteria has abilities to:
1) Turn black to protect itself … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: What does 2014 hold for the Philadelphia Main Line Real Estate Market? - 12/13/13 06:06 AM
This last week Trudy and I were down at Triple Play in Atlantic City, this is an annual real estate convention organized by the Real Estate Associations of PA, NY and NJ and is one of the largest regional events in the country. 
I took the opportunity to sit down with Bob Albanese, Regional Director of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc to ask him what he thought the market is going to do in 2014 along Philadelphia's Main Line and what issues he thinks are going to be relevant. 

 
Let me know what you think the market holds, … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Why you need a little patience if you are buying a home. - 12/05/13 12:59 PM
When I was young, I could get a little excited, and was often told I needed to be patient. Fishing was not a sport for me, sitting on a river bank watching a line, no way. Soccer, rugby and squash all fast moving sports was what I liked. Journeys, birthdays, holidays, all were reasons for patience I was told. But, I am finding that I am telling my clients who are trying to buy homes today that they need to be a little patient.

Depending where and at what price you are looking to buy there may very well be a … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Why your bank really wants you to order title insurance - 12/04/13 12:45 PM
We often get asked why a buyer has to order title insurance. This interview by Nick Vandekar of Long & Foster Real Estate Devon, PA with Amy Sniras of Sage Premier Settlements covers this subject and the three endorsements you see on the HUD settlement sheet.

 
You have a choice about ordering an owners policy, but if you have a mortgage, you will be required to order title insurance to protect the lenders position. If you have any other questions about buying a home on or around the Main Line contact us, we will be happy to help.
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nick vandekar: Will QM affect your home purchase? - 12/03/13 01:25 PM
There is a lot of discussion about Qualified Mortgage and Ability to Repay, but will they affect your home purchase in 2014. This interview with Jeremy Durkin of Prosperity Mortgage covers the main points. The main thing this is only going to affect about 5% of loans. Most mortgages today are already following many of the requirements but in a slightly looser form.

If you have any questions about buying a home or obtaining a mortgage along the Main Line contact us.
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Devon, PA

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