nick vandekar: Am I an expert? I don't know but am I worse than anyone else? - 06/06/11 11:29 AM
Every week there are blogs and news articles about housing and house prices. Prices are rising, prices are dropping, mortgage rates are their lowest ever, mortgages are harder to get etc.Am I an expert? I don't know but am I worse than anyone else? Many people are getting paid lots of money to make predictions and the press is very willing to listen and make them out to be experts. But are they right? Seth Godin in several blogs recently has talked about making predictions and seeing how accurate you are over a period of time.Professor Philip Tetlock  from the University … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: My favorite flowers - peonies - 05/27/11 01:49 PM

Fabulous white peony, smell is gorgeous, very sweet like honey, intoxicatingly so.

Pink peony, these are so heavy they continually flop over, also have no smell like the white one above, but gorgeous to look at.

nick vandekar: Weekend wine down - 05/27/11 01:43 PM
Usually I post about wine on Wednesdays, but had some problems this week being able to post. So here we go a few days late, but a great week for wine.
I mentioned Mateus Rose a few weeks ago, well there it was on the shelf when I was buying some wine, and with weather this hot this early in the year, could not resist, so many memories come flooding back just looking at the bottle of family, holidays, and good times. But more of that after we have tried it, but worth picking some up if you are at the wine … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: Friendship - 05/23/11 07:05 AM
We moved to America more than 20 years ago now. Soon after we arrived we met a Russian man who was studying at a local university and invited him to spend Sundays with us, going to church and then time with our family. Little did we know that more than 20 years later we would still be friends.
When we met Vladamir he was a professor at a Russian university and was checking out an MBA course at the American university for a joint project. We spent many Sunday afternoons together, and although his English improved, it was never terrible, we … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Things to do in and around Berwyn PA this weekend - 05/20/11 05:17 PM
Like yard sales, take your pick among all the other great things to do in and around Berwyn PA this weekend. All week everywhere I have been, in almost every development there are yard sale posters and signs. If you are looking for a bargain or a possible find you can show on Antiques Roadshow this is the weekend to go browsing among the collectibles and treasures in everybody's yard.
We love yard sales, you can approach them with specific things that you are looking for or just go on a whim, but they are fascinating from the objects to the people, both … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Running the rapids - 05/19/11 05:53 PM

Setting out on a journey is always so exciting, everyone is filled with enthusiasm, dreaming of the destination, thinking about what they are going to do when they get there, what they will buy, they often forget the challenges they may encounter on the way.
Real estate is just like that, there are many simple steps to buying or selling, everyone can do it, but there are many things that can go wrong with poor planning or lack of foresight. Anyone can get lost without a GPS or map, you need to know where you are going and how you … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Floral delights - 05/15/11 10:18 AM
I think my favorite flower is the peony, but at this time of year before the peonies start blooming, I am always amazed at the variety of colors you can see on the irises in our neighborhood. Check out these examples and send me some of the ones from your neighborhood:

Bright yellow iris

This is a dark purple almost brown

This is a more typical color, the pale lavender/blue

This looks purple and white, but it is actually a pale blue color, this and the yellow are probably my favorites

This is a true white … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: We just listed a fabulous stone fronted cape in Devon - 05/13/11 05:18 PM
When my clients bought this several years ago I thought although I would see them regularly I would not be selling their home for a long time. However, they called the other day, having seen a home on the internet they liked, it has a gorgeous swimming pool and wanted to get their home ready for sale. Well when they decide they move and today we listed this gorgeous home for sale in Devon, PA right in the heart of the Main Line.

It is beautifully decorated throughout, with hardwood floors, a fabulous kitchen and is one of those homes … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Face lift your room! - 04/13/11 07:53 AM
Any time of year can be a great time to spruce up your home - with new colors, new styles, even a few new furniture and accessory pieces to breathe life and energy into a tired old space! 
Here are a few great ideas - guaranteed to "uplift" any tired room! 
1.  Lighten and Brighten!  Declutter!  What a great word!  Try clearing your rooms of excessive clutter - even consider downsizing your precious collections.  Brighten your floors with a new area rug!  Change out your window treatments to lighten your room!  Add a few accent pillows to your furniture for a … (5 comments)

nick vandekar: Are you ready for the competition? - 03/14/11 04:04 PM
Are you ready for the competition? Whilst the housing market is said to be depressed, there are signs of movement, but what you may not realize is just how competitive it is and why you really need some good guidance to get you through the competition. Below are the numbers of homes for sale in the respective areas, data obtained from Trend MLS active listings as of 3/14/11:
Chester County - 3585Delaware County - 3586Montgomery County - 5171
Tredyfrin Township - 221Easttown Township - 71Radnor Township - 167Lower Merion - 511Haverford -291Charlestown - 56Willistown - 94
As you can … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: Wine Down Wednesday - 03/02/11 05:52 PM
Towards the end of last year i was invited to join the wine group here on Active Rain. It was not a hard decision considering we drink wine every day, yes us Europeans or as someone said in a class I was attending last week, "You're Nick the British Guy from Active Rain!"
So I decided as we have so many wineries close to us to feature some of these and their wines. However as this is more of an introductory post it may not be as informative as later posts.
If you follow my posts you know I attended the Philadelphia … (4 comments)

nick vandekar: Roofing mess alternative - 02/28/11 01:12 PM
Roofing mess and debris is one of the most ugly sides of roofing a home. Normally roofers drape tarps off the side of a house and everything slides down to the ground, nails, shingles, everything. it then needs to be picked up and put in a wheel barrow, pushed to a dumpster which then needs collecting at a later time.
However, at the Philadelphia Suburban Home & Garden Show this past weekend I saw a great idea at JH Roofing and Construction, Inc. Chatting with Tim Harley he explained how the system worked.

Here is bad photo of what they use. … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: Great offer for new homeowners - 02/16/11 04:11 PM
Great offer for new homeowners along the Main Line. I recently did a seminar with Deb Bettcher of Decorating Den Interiors in Devon at our local Easttown library and was amazed at some of Deb's before and after pictures for projects she has worked on.
Deb has generously offered any clients I refer to her a free intial consultation great for when you have just moved in and a 10% discount on window treatments, one of those things that most new owners need first.
I also added Deb to my list of contractors and other providers of services locally that many … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Video of Merion Golf Manor Cape for sale - 11/05/10 07:49 AM
The is great home has just come on the market for the first time in 42 years, lovingly maintained and available for purchase.
Merion Golf Manor Cape cod for sale produced by Nick Vandekar on WellcomeMat … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: Relationships - friends, family, clients - 10/27/10 11:31 AM
Everything, not just real estate is all about relationships, friends, family, clients, it all revolves around the relationships we have with each other. Depending on that relationship is how we view each other, how we empathize with a client and how we might grieve and mourn for a friend or family member.
I woke this morning with trepidation, knowing it would have been my mother's 83rd birthday today, but she died this summer suddenly. As I looked at my phone, part of my morning routine as I make tea or coffee to see if there is an emergency needing attention I see a … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: Just Reduced! - Townhomes sell for more! - 10/22/10 09:36 AM

This beautiful home sits on a great lot at the quiet end of a cul de sac in West Brandywine Township. Our client just reduced the price and is interested in looking at an offer. I have seen townhomes sell for more than the $317,900 this home is currently listed for. View the Virtual Tour.
Gently lived in, virtually new colonial of 2644 sq feet sits in a large fenced yard, is not overlooked and offers a great deal of privacy. Master with ensuite bath room and walk in closet;  2nd bedroom almost as large as the master, with two additional … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: The single most important thing to getting your home sold - 10/19/10 08:52 AM
What is the single most important thing you can do to sell your house?  I surveyed several agents and sellers what they think is the best thing you can do to sell your home and overwhelmingly it revolves around PRICE!.Yes, nearly everything you can do that is going to make a difference ranks below getting the price right from the start or reducing the price once on market, especially if the market is moving against you, or in everyday terms, prices are going down.Landscaping to improve the curb appeal, repairs, updating bathrooms and kitchens, these all help, but often you will not … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: Getting a mortgage and buying a house is all about being prepared today - 10/05/10 10:56 AM
All the news everywhere is about how difficult and hard it is to qualify for a mortgage, and even when you do, the rules and requirements from underwriters make the whole process tiresome and frustrating.

But as with everything, it is all a matter of being prepared. That means today that long before you are actually ready to purchase a home you need to start cleaning up your credit. The higher your credit score, the lower your rate can be, so making sure you pay all your bills on time is very important. Not having all your credit on one … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: Preparing to list your home and selecting an agent - 10/04/10 01:34 PM
This blog is inspired by a post from a comment on Jeff Belonger's blog Should we hide our past business experiences in posts., based on comments in a post by Patricia Kennedy on When they say mean things about their first agent
 In Jeff's comments Bill Gassett mentioned a post How to interview a Realtor he has written. How we all get inspired to write blogs is another good blog title.
Anyway, whilst there have been many blogs on preparing for a listing presentation, what to include and what advice to give, I thought about how the consumer could prepare for the listing presentation … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: What a way to celebrate 9/11? - 09/10/10 05:54 PM
It saddens me that 9 years following the disaster of 9/11 America has moved away from the wonderful position they took immediately following that disaster and attack. Our fight is with terrorists who happen to claim to be Muslims, but not with Muslims. As was stated by George Bush himself. When Britain dealt with the IRA their fight was against terrorists not the Irish people, although many on both tried to project it as otherwise. But peace came when people, mainly women decided enough was enough.
Today, in a country founded upon religious freedom and tolerance, we have so called pastors threatening to burn … (4 comments)

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Nick & Trudy Vandekar

Realtors - Selling the Main Line, PA Lic AB067198

Devon, PA

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Long & Foster Real Estate Inc

Address: 92 Lancaster Avenue, Devon, PA, 19333

Mobile: (610) 203-4543

Office: (610) 225-7400

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