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)

nick vandekar: Main Line Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) - 09/13/11 03:23 PM
The Main Line to the West of Philadelphia is a prime area for real estate, and even in today's challenged market. Many home owners in these western suburbs have owned their homes for may years and whilst their equity has reduced they are still in what many call an "Above Water" situation, owing less or nothing on their homes compared to what is due if anything to a mortgage company. What is important for many of these seniors is making sure that the mortgage company has filed a letter of satisfaction that shows not only that the mortgage was paid off … (0 comments)

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)

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Realtors - Selling the Main Line, PA Lic AB067198

Devon, PA

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