nick vandekar: Old Forge Crossing Condo news - 02/09/12 02:37 PM
For those who live here, the condo association fee at first seems high but it covers lots of things.
Gas for the dryer, gas for cooking, gas for hot water, water, pool fee, tennis courts, exterior maintenance, trash collection, a club house and snow clearing, a host of social activities arranged for homeowners and those who rent here.
What it does not cover is the cost for the sewer, this is billed separately and this year it is $250, bills go out during February and are due March 1st, if you are later than March 10th there is a late fee. … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Berwyn Village, Pennsylvania 2012 - 02/07/12 01:47 PM
One of the things about living and working in a village is that it is always evolving, and Berwyn, Pennsylvania is no different. Straddling two townships, Easttown and Tredyffrin it is a beautiful place. From when you step off the train having travelled along the famed "Main Line" you can't fail but notice the friendliness of the surroundings.
But don't take my word for it, watch the video and then take some time to come visit.


nick vandekar: Main Line PA Real Estate negotiations - 02/06/12 11:44 AM
"We do not want to gain at someone else's loss; we want to gain while helping the other person to also gain."
— Jose Silva: 
Many people today want the first part of the quote above, they want to crush the opposition, take no prisoners and be acknowledged as the winner. But in our business and in representing our clients the latter part is far more beneficial. It reminds me of the Zig Ziglar quote about achieving success through helping others achieve what they want.
Negotiations whether in a buyers market or a sellers market are all about helping both sides … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: Why you are not seeing my signs! - 02/02/12 02:12 PM

The market has been picking up recently and you are not seeing my signs because...
As the sign above shows we have sold all our current listings. Really, we have no listings at the moment, but we have two coming soon, a Town home in Exton and one in Villanova an executive quality home, which has all the bells and whistles. Both will be on our website soon.
We don't expect to have these long, so if you are thinking of listing your home soon, give us a call and find out what makes us different. We are not like … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: Main Line Homes Inventory dropping - 01/30/12 01:25 PM
Last year 2011 the market started off strong and we saw many homes selling in the beginning of January. 2012 seems to be reproducing that phenomenom and the Main Line Homes Invetory for buyers has dropped significantly over the last few weeks.
For example Chester County has seen month on month improvements and is now at 9.4 months, whilst this is  not excellent it is much better than the 11.9 months from a couple of months ago. a 6 month level is the sign of a blanced market with buyers absorbing homes at almost the same rate that they comne on … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Just back from Harrisburg - 01/25/12 05:04 PM
Just got back from attending the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors Winter meetings in Harrisburg. I always find these meetings interesting and a chance to learn new information and to participate in helping my industry protect private property rights.

Yesterday we heard that some legislature we had been supporting had passed out of concurrence and was on its way to the Governor of Pennsylvania for signing. This deals with Appraisal Management Companies needing to be licensed. Working with several appraisal groups and different legislators in the House and the Senate, including Representative Stevenson who introduced the legislation, The Pennsylvania Association of … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: It is always satisfying to reach the finish line! - 01/20/12 12:49 PM

Another Main Line home in Villanova in Lower Merion Township sold by Nick Vandekar

nick vandekar: Credit Suisse home report released for December - 01/06/12 03:05 PM
There are lots of opportunities for buyers in the Main Line market right now, inventory is high, prices are being reduced and mortgage rates if needed are low. If buyers are willing to make compromises to their needs and wants they can certainly find and buy a home from what is on the market today. Sellers are motivated to sell and willing to negotiate with reasonable buyers.
There are some interesting facts from the December report from Credit Suisse indicating signals are still mixed but improving. As we all know by now real estate is local and this report looks at … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Main Line restaurants - 11/29/11 01:50 PM
Yesterday I had the chance to eat at two good restaurants on the Main Line, one is a BYOB in Berwyn, being my birthday and my brother being in town he treated me to lunch at Tiramisu, located on the corner of Lancaster Ave and Knox it has quickly become a local favorite with seating hard to come by in the evenings. I know because we have tried to get in recently and been unable to find space. The kitchen is based on Jewish Roman cooking, I say based as it is not a Kosher kitchen with lobster and other shellfish … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: Consumers don't think they can qualify for a mortgage - 10/14/11 08:41 AM

Our broker posted the following link on our Facebook page about Consumers remain skittish on obtaining mortgages. Many young buyers today don't feel that they can afford a mortgage, not realizing with the low rates what they can afford, even if they have some debt as the story that follows bears witness.
I recently had a rental listing and had a young man visit to see the property, whilst he applied unfortunately the landlord went with another couple who had seen it previously. But whilst he was looking at the apartment he asked, would the landlord consider a lease purchase.
Interesting … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: 412 showings but only 5 people came to the house? - 10/11/11 07:31 AM
More and more people today are looking for homes, either to buy or rent online than ever before. There is not much room for growth in the numbers looking online, such that it is changing the way Realtors and real estate agents market their listings. As more people look on line less people seem to be looking physically.
Every real estate website will tell you that those homes with MORE photos get more views, so selecting the right photos is even more important than before. As internet searching grows more buyers are looking online for longer periods and without representation because … (37 comments)

nick vandekar: Do you want an honest answer? - 10/10/11 12:15 PM
Most people who ask you a question, don't really want an honest answer. They want you to tell them what they already believe, or confirm for them what they believe. Like when your wife asks "Does this dress make me look fat?"
But the job of a Realtor or real estate agent or broker is to tell your client the truth, whether they are a buyer or a seller.
I have found these "truths" are the ones clients most want you to confirm for them.
1) It is a buyers market so I can make this low ball offer2) Nothing … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Should you be leaving feedback? - 10/09/11 10:39 AM
When representing a buyer should you be leaving feedback? It is all the rage now with the automated showing systems to be asked for feedback over and over again if you don't respond, but should you be responding? How many buyer agents sit down with their clients and asks them if they the buyer wish their agent to leave feedback on the properties the agent shows them. Do you get them to sign an authorization to leave feedback on their behalf? Do you ask your buyer after each home, what feedback would you like me to leave on this property?
I … (5 comments)

nick vandekar: 5 Things to do before you list your home for sale - 10/06/11 11:57 AM
Everyone wants to know what to do to make sure their home is one of the first to sell, here are five tips plus a bonus to get you started before you list your home for sale to help it to sell. Firstly take of your home owner glasses and see your home as a buyer will.
1) How long have you lived in your home, if it is more than 5-7 years have a home inspection before you list. There are benefits and negatives of doing this which are a s follows. Every home today has a seller disclosure statement, … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: September sales in T/E School District - 10/04/11 11:23 AM
In August we saw a big leap in the number of homes sold in T/E School district, on average these have been in the region of approximately 30 homes per month across the two townships. In August we saw it jump to 54 homes with it settling back in September to a more normal 35 homes settling between the two townships.
These homes are across the range including one and 2 bedroom condos in Old Forge Crossing, Drummers Lane and Chesterbrook as well as single family homes upto million dollar properties around the townships.
Homes in the higher end have generally … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: T/E School District - New Eagle Elementary School awarded Blue Ribbon - 09/30/11 03:47 PM
T/E school district announced to day that New Eagle Elementary School has been selected as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School, one of 304 schools from across the nation, and one of 14 in Pennsylvania. This award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress. The U.S Department of Education will honor the entire 255 public and 49 private schools with their National BlueRibbon School awards at a conference and awards ceremony Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C.
The process of review began last school year when the state ofPennsylvania nominated New Eagle Elementary School for this recognition. A committee of New … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Old Forge Crossing prices - 09/30/11 03:14 PM
We recently have had several clients decide to rent their units rather than try to sell them in the current market at Old Forge Crossing in Devon. Prices this year have really come under pressure, with one bedroom units now selling in the low to mid $130's, one bedrooms with dens selling for high $130's or low $140's and few if any two bedrooms selling at all, although there is one currently under agreement with a listing price of $210,000.
Rents are all over the place, depending on how updated the units are, the more updated the higher the rent. If … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Ahh!!! Why do they do that! - 09/27/11 11:01 AM
The biggest complaint I get from clients when they view information from our MLS system is no room sizes, after no photos of course, but by then they have already rejected those properties of course. Why do some agents and brokers insist on refusing to enter room sizes. Are they lazy, do they realize the dis-service they are doing for their clients? Do their clients the owner of the home listed realize that many buyers are turned off by listings with no room sizes? 
When a buyer looks at property information, their first curb appeal moment is the photos, if these … (3 comments)

nick vandekar: They'rrrreee Back - 09/25/11 10:32 AM
The Canada Geese are back, out walking this morning, I snapped this photo...with the mist across the field and the geese feeding it made me realize Fall is here.

One of the joys of living on the Main Line is we are surrounded by parks and open spaces allowing nature to live around us, deer, foxes, raccoons, groundhog, squirrels, all sorts of different birds sometimes they can be annoying, the deer especially, but it doers allow you to stop and enjoy nature right in your own back yard, sometimes literally.

nick vandekar: Another Main Line Success - Sold! - 09/20/11 10:35 AM

SOLD IN 46 days. It is really hard for buyers today to know whether to list first or buy first if they can afford it. Our sellers of this home were getting ready to list when they came across the home of their dreams. We ended up putting in an offer that was accepted and the pressure was on to get their home ready for sale and on the market. These are dream clients and the home at 122 Devonwood Lane in Devon was a delight to list, well decorated rooms with good colors on the wall and a great lot … (0 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

Office: (610) 225-7400

Mobile: (610) 203-4543

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