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%.
 
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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)

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
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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)

 
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