nick vandekar: To offer or not to offer that is the question? - 04/18/12 12:47 PM

Buyers are out in force, new listings are coming on every day this Spring along the Main Line and when a buyer finds a home that meets their list of requirements the next question is "To offer or not to offer". Some buyers don't want to compete with others feeling it will encourage them to pay too much. Some don't want to offer because it is the first home they have seen. Some want to just wait, in case they reduce the price.
Several times in the last few weeks I have heard of properties that have received multiple offers, … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: 528 Foxwood Lane, Paoli, PA 19301 for sale - 04/13/12 11:26 AM

528 Foxwood Lane in Paoli, a large end unit town home in the Foxwood development. Tredyffrin Easttown School District, Easttown Township. Open Sunday April 15 2-4 pm. three beds with a loft that could be a fourth bedroom or a home office. Main floor with a den, living room, kitchen and dining room, slider to deck, basement with walk out slider to private patio area. close to shops and Paoli train station with trains to Philly and direct to New York.
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nick vandekar: Multiple offers? Yes. Full price? No! It is not always about price. - 04/05/12 06:49 AM
In the last week along the Main Line I have made an offer on a home for a client, and visited two other listings where I learned that each had multiple offers. These were different townships and different price points. Buyers are out and active. But, what I am noticing from homes that are settling is that buyers are not offering full price, even where multiple offers are happening.
Sellers have definitely got a better handle for the market and are pricing their homes accordingly, but buyers are very wary still of making full price offers and are holding firm on price … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: New listing in Charlestown Oaks, Malvern PA - 04/04/12 11:52 AM
Another great listing you can view right here with a YouTube video. Charlestown Oaks is one of the better town home developments in our area, built by Iacobucci Builders it sits a little out of the way, but only minutes from shops, transportation and plenty of restaurants. Homes in this development are always desirable, but this one with a cul de sac location and two car garage, with plenty of other upgrades, two fireplaces, granite counters and upgraded cabinets and a princess balcony over the family room. Check it out, and if you want to stop by this Sunday, yes April … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Are you thinking of living on the Main Line, PA? - 03/24/12 08:34 AM
Are you thinking of living on The Main Line? I wrote this blog as a guest writer for Dale Siegel on her blog Diaries of a mad mortgage broker
Devon is part of the Main Line to the west and north of the city of Philadelphia. Perfectly located with easy access to many major road and train routes, both north and south, and east and west with a well developed International airport it has become home to many National and International Corporations.
Before the 1600’s Lenni Lenape Indians called this area their home. In the 1600s William Penn sold land to … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: This is the view you will have at 437 Old Forge Crossing - if you rent it. - 03/19/12 02:46 PM

Probably one of the best views in the development, this one bedroom condo has just become available for rent at $1050 per month. One of the larger floorplans for one bedroom units at 1025 square feet, this end unit on the second floor overlooks the reflection pond and has recently had all the windows and heater and a/c updated providing low cost utilities for the new tenant.
The kitchen is a good size with a breakfast bar leading to an open plan layout that allows easy movement between living room, dining area and kitchen. Every unit here has its own … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: Why selling is not always the best option. - 03/19/12 02:34 PM
It may seem obvious but selling a Main Line home and buying a new one, larger or smaller costs money.
Selling your Main Line home the costs include the commission which is negotiable but probably your largest individual item, this is divided between both the listing broker and the broker representing the buyer. Fees for obtaining certificates of tax bills, sewer bills etc having been paid, a notary fee for the closing officer, transfer tax as charged by the county and the municipality and any use and occupancy certificate fee. These most likely will run about 6-8%.
 
As a buyer … (2 comments)

nick vandekar: 10 Tips for choosing the right agent to list your home for sale. - 03/09/12 10:17 AM
A home for many people is their biggest investment or potential investment. So choosing the right person to list your home for sale is important. Where ever you are things have changed, especially with Main Line Philadelphia Real Estate. Here are 10 tips to bear in mind as you select the right agent to not only list your home but to sell your home.

The size of the broker is irrelevant! Yes, it is shocking but true. The internet has leveled the field not just for retail, travel and other industries but also in real estate. An agent from a … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: How buyer agency has changed real estate? And why that is good for you! - 03/08/12 01:17 PM
Several years ago, well 1988 to be exact buyers were allowed to have their own agent represent them in a real estate transaction. It seems amazing, a little like women being given the vote, or equal rights for all! But before this buyers were not represented, all agents in the transaction represented the seller. Regardless of what broker they worked for they were a sub-agent for the seller. So, even if you thought you were being represented you were not. Sort of like having one lawyer represent both parties in a divorce.
Today, many buyers want to remain un-represented as long … (43 comments)

nick vandekar: Selling the Main Line - Wayne, Radnor Township, PA - 03/05/12 08:29 AM
People often ask what makes one township more desiarable than another, and to frankly everyone is looking for something different. Wayne is a town loved by many along the Main Line because of its victorian homes, walkability, small town feel, easy access to Philadelphia, and the choice of coffee shops, restaurants, bars and chich and stylish shopping available all within walking distance. Check out this short video of downtown Wayne in Radnor Township and let us know what you think.


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nick vandekar: Why you won't buy what you want...exactly. - 03/05/12 07:18 AM
Every buyer along the Main Line has a list of what they want from a home. Regardless of price point. The $150,000 one bedroom condo buyer and the multi-million dollar single family luxury home buyer. Many things on those lists actually are similar, just different scales. But every buyer also has a list of things they are willing to compromise on when they buy a home.

The want list you put together is very logical. What you buy is very emotional. Many buyers walk into a house and just know this is the one! Then they qualify it logically, ticking … (11 comments)

nick vandekar: Artesano Iron Works in Wayne - 03/01/12 02:34 PM

I have driven past Artesano Iron Works for the past couple of years, always meaning to stop off as this shop just looks so cool from the outside. Well today, I had been out taking some photos for a new rental listing that is coming in Wayne, a 1 bedroom 1 bath condo on the ground floor and was on my way back to the office when I grabbed the opportunity to stop off and see what Artesano Iron Works was all about.
I got to meet Igor Roa, yes that is his name and he is delightful, and is … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Are home prices really as low as 2002? - 02/28/12 01:14 PM
Once again, national sales data is not truly reflective of local real estate markets. Plus these reports lag the market, so when the reports are made they are already behind what is happening in the market today.
The Case Schiller Report referenced above is based on sales back in the fall, not even winter. All I know is that in the last two weeks as I call to make appointments I am hearing often, "Sorry, that went under contract this morning."

Now, prices have definitely dropped, but as I have mentioned before, you can have prices falling on one street … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Philadelphia Suburban Home & Garden Show 2012 - 02/24/12 11:32 AM
Every year about this time Oaks comes alive to the sound of hammering as contractors, homebuilders and landscapers prepare for the Suburban Home and Garden Show at the Greater Philadephia Expo Center in Oaks. It is a busy weekend up in Oaks, there is the home show and the extreme sports expo as well.

I stopped by the Philadelphia Suburban Home and Garden Show last year and saw some wonderful ideas for roofing and some cool landscaping, along with some wine tasting from Chaddsford Winery.

Well worth a visit and if you go and are an ourdoors sort of … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: 5 quick ways to improve curb appeal - 02/23/12 11:18 AM
5 quick ways to improve curb appeal          I recently read that when a buyer drives up to your home to view it you have about 5-10 seconds to make the right impression. Curb appeal can be elusive and even a million dollar home can need improvement, when a lower priced home just sings out to everyone passing by. Know one of those, let us know, even if it is not for sale send us a photo.
Good landscaping takes some effort and some planning. Now is the time to act. Think back to your yard last year, if … (0 comments)

nick vandekar: Just too much choice! - 02/13/12 12:56 PM
Whilst I could be talking about the inventory of homes along the Main Line for buyers to consider, actually I am talking about where to go for Valentine's Day with your significant other.

Every village and town along the Main Line outside of Philadelphia is stuffed, literally stuffed with restaurants to go, most of them are good, some are excellent, with appropriate pricing. Most cultural tastes are catered for, there may be a lack of vegan restaurants but you can always find something to eat at either Chinese, or Indian. Whether it is Bryn Mawr, or Exton and all points … (1 comments)

nick vandekar: This may just be your Valentine. Open House Sunday 2/12/12 at 160 Sheldrake Dr in Paoli, 2-4 PM - 02/10/12 05:22 PM
I love to sit Open Houses especially this time of year when people are getting out and about to see homes that are on the market. I chose to sit this home at 160 Sheldrake Drive in Paoli, PA 19301 this Sunday from 2-4 PM. It was the model home for the development when it was first built 49 years ago, and this is the first time it has been on the market since then. Situated on a nice lot of 0.64 acres it has a nice presence in the neighborhood.

It is a solid stone colonial, and I wrote … (0 comments)

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.
 
 

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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)

 
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