nick vandekar: Coffee shop in Paoli - 09/06/11 06:01 PM
Paoli, PA yes we have the Starbucks, right by Paoli station, not sure what they will do when the station moves and becomes a transportation center, maybe they will move with it, but the biggest problem with Starbucks is lack of parking. However, a little way away, there is Saxby's, with plenty of parking and a nice atmosphere as well.

The coffee shop is cozy with a fireplace, some arm chairs, wireless wi-fi, some tables and chairs in the front and back, you can also sit outside weather permitting. Located right on Lancaster Ave next to Bryn Mawr Trust and … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: Lots of lights - 09/06/11 05:49 PM
Our youngest son moved into a new apartment this weekend in Philadelphia and we ended up helping him move and as he is now living in Philadelphia having his car at our house. So we also had to help out when they needed some furniture from Ikea by providing transportation. As much as i want to get rid of my Trailblazer and get a cool fuel efficient car I just can't.
I like Ikea, maybe because I am European I like the designs and the way they can get so much in to such small spaces. Anyway whilst wandering around I came across … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Solving problems is what our business is all about. - 08/30/11 05:04 PM

Last week just before Hurricane Irene, when I was busy making sure I got everything done in time for the storm I got an email from a contact of mine at an insurance company asking if I knew of any short term rentals in a specific area for a client of theirs who had been burned out of their home after a lightning strike. I could have chosen to stay focused on getting ready for the storm, or preparing for a settlement I had this week, but I thought what it must feel like to be living in a hotel, knowing … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Do you really want a mongrel real estate agent? - 08/23/11 10:23 AM

I have shown photos of these canna lillies before, but looking at the plant today I noticed how one flower is totally red and the rest are yellow. As Trudy said, they cut and splice bulbs together to make different hybrids or a mongrel flower, mongrel is a term used originally to describe two different breeds of dogs that have been mixed.
Made me think of all those real estate agents who have become mongrels, one part Realtor and and seven parts working another job to pay the bills. Can they really keep up with all the changes to the … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: What an anti-climax! - 08/19/11 01:56 PM
I have a client who has wanted to see a home that was on the market but was not available to see. Every time it showed active and I tried to make an appointment I was told it was not available for showing. It has happened a lot recently on several other showings. Sellers have only specific times they want their house shown and I have written about this before but the point I want to make today is that when you can't have something you build it up in your own mind and it becomes something you think you must … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Main Line rental market is pretty strong - 08/16/11 05:27 PM
I don't do that many rentals a year, but recently I have had several Main Line clients who are willing to hold properties and put them up for rent, a smart strategy if you can afford it. Obviously you have wear and tear and the need to keep track of any costs you have for painting and maintenance but it can be helpful if the monthly payment is not too high and you have a positive cash flow.
I have listed several rental properties along the Main Line this year and found they attract tenants quickly, one of the other things this … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Chester County PA market report - 08/15/11 04:46 PM

Chester County homes for sale now stands at a 12.3 month inventory. what this means is that if no other homes came on the market it will take 12.3 months to clear the backlog of homes for sale. That is 2 months more than July 2010. There are actually 4035 homes for sale according to the market data from Trend MLS, that is 85 more than this time last year. Making your home stand out in the crowd is difficult but not impossible. As you can imagine the days on market have increased as well as the absorption rate mentioned … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: VA Loans - some benefits and what you need to know. - 08/11/11 11:36 AM
VA loans for past members of the military are a great way to finance and purchase a home. I sat down and spoke with Jeremy Durkin one of the Prosperity Mortgage Representatives in our office to hear what are some of the benefits and what you need to obtain a VA loan.


nick vandekar: For sale - Really? - 08/10/11 12:25 PM
In the past few weeks I have come across at least three listings where different buyer clients want to see properties and we have been told no appointments allowed, although each property is showing as being actively marketed. These are not short term issues either.
One property the agent contacted me to let me know I could show it on Thursday and Fridays only between 3 and 5 pm.
Another property the agent let me know the sellers are not allowing showings right now because they are also selling their business and it is all too much. I had been trying to get an … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Wine down Wednesday - 08/03/11 02:51 PM
As you know if you read my regular columns about wine. I like Portuguese Rose wines and have written before about Mateus. In one of those posts I mentioned Lancers Rose and how I had drunk it in the past and found it a little sweet. But to be honest I had not drunk it in a long time, so could not resist when I was last at the wine store to pick up a bottle and compare it to Mateus rose.

This last weekend was perfect Rose wine weather, hot and humid. We certainly enjoyed the glasses we had of … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Main Line Real Estate - New construction by in-fill - 08/02/11 08:05 AM
Along the Main Line there are not a lot of areas where you can build new, especially on large tracts of land. Most "New Construction" is further out, bringing with it all the trials of commuting on roads that get busier every year.
However, even further out we are seeing builders finding smaller lots to in-fill, like what is available to buyers further in along the Main Line. Whilst in Lower Merion, Radnor and Tredyfrring and Easttown this in-fill is usually limited to one or two new homes, further out the tracts of land may still allow 20-25 homes to be … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Main Line Stations - Wayne train station - 08/01/11 12:37 PM
Wayne, for many the best place to live along the Main Line, either North or South Wayne, the downtown with its coffee shops, restaurants and shops is a great place to visit. Its station was recently restored as you can see from these photos below.

The front of the Wayne Station, contains a coffee shop/cafe along with the ticket office and plenty of parking.

The station building from across the tracks

Old meets new, with the original Wayne station sign below the new Septa digital notification system.

Note the double heights of the platforms for the trains.


nick vandekar: Change is not always bad - 07/29/11 10:17 AM
We often resist change, fighting to maintain what we know and are comfortable with so that we can remain that way. Sometimes change happens quickly, sometimes slowly. I think when it is slower we can adapt and accept it better, but when it happens fast or we feel it is forced upon us we resent it and fight against it. Nature has some of its own changes, think of butterflies, I read a quote yesterday that there is nothing in a caterpillar that leads us to think of or see a butterfly.
I posted this photo on Wednedsay of a canna … (4 comments)

nick vandekar: What does it matter who or what your agent is? - 07/28/11 12:27 PM
Do you ever take notice of who or what you real estate agent actually is, go on, I'll wait take a look at their business card again, how do they describe them self?
Salesperson - Realtor - Associate Broker - Broker - Consultant - Real Estate Agent
Are they part time or full time? Did you ask? How many transactions did they do last year? Do you think it is important to know a little about your agent before you sign a contract with them?
Salesperson - someone who has 60 hours of education and passed the state and national real estate exam … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Flowers need to add curb appeal through the summer - 07/27/11 06:14 PM
Onme of the issues for many gardeners is getting the mix right throughout the year of flowering plants. Perennials are great, but they often bloom and then leave you with a bed of greenery and nothing else. Annuals help out adding color, but sometimes it is just a mater of doing some research and mixing what you plant to flower at different times. Harder said than done but one of the flowers we have admired over the past few years when our yard is looking kind of drab was "Canna Lillies".
This one is just beginning to flower, as you … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: Main Line Stations - Strafford - 07/26/11 08:04 AM
One of the few stations along the main Line to have been totally rehabbed, rather than restored, is Strafford just west of Wayne. All the platforms were rebuilt and the building was repaired and repainted. Ramps werte installed, pretty steep, so not sure if they are ADA compliant, but to get up them you will need help or some really strong arm muscles.

The main station building.

Eastbound platform looking west

Westbound platform.

nick vandekar: Main Line Stations - Devon - 07/25/11 08:06 AM
The Main Line is famous for its railway line, what gave the region its name, man y of the old stations have been restored or are in need of restoration. Devon used to be an important stop, now only the Septa trains stop here, but in the past the was a big hotel, The Devon Hotel and Polo Grounds located just across the road where Waterloo Gardens and The Horse Show Grounds stand today roughly. Many Philadelphians came to take the country air and get away from the heat of the city. Whilst it is probably cooler than the city today … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Paoli station - believe it or not the 5th busiest Septa Regional station - 07/21/11 10:08 AM
Paoli, site of the Paoli massacre during the revolutionary war, and a growing center for transportation. According to Septa Paoli station is the 5th busiest regional transportation center in the system. When you look at the station it is hard to believe and you realize why for the past several years there has been a plan to move the station to a new site further west and create a brand new Transportation Center. The current station looks like something out of a third world country rather than a station in the suburbs of one of America's larger cities.

The … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: Everything is fine - then it isn't - 07/18/11 10:45 AM
Rentals - not favored by many agents because the commission is not high and brokers often split these differently, not sure why but they do. Anyway, I don't mind doing rentals, they need to be fast and quick to make it worthwhile but if you can do that, make the tenant happy they may buy with you later, that is my thinking.
Anyway a couple of weeks ago I had just such a client, relocating to the area, need a home quickly, Mom lives close by and she will come look at homes. There were only two that came up in their … (4 comments)

nick vandekar: A book and a house what they have in common! - 07/15/11 03:22 PM

I love to read, all sorts of books, and yes I like a book, the tactile feel of it, historical novels, mysteries, business books and thrillers. When I read I get engrossed, I can see the story right before me, usually in color, I place faces on the characters and the story becomes like a movie as I read. Trudy accuses me of getting lost in a book, she can be talking to me and I just don't hear a thing I am so engrossed.
Recently, having read several great business books I took a turn to some lighter reading, … (0 comments)

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Devon, PA

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