Collegeville, PA Real Estate News

By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
Opinions differ about whether home buyers are best served by purchasing an older home or new construction.New homes enjoy that “new home” smell and the idea that you are the very first occupant can be very appealing. On the other hand, older homes resonate with nostalgia and many architectural design elements are no longer commonly used.While some people feel strongly one way or the other, it’s a lot like comparing apples and oranges. The right home for any home buyer is the one that fits your lifestyle. Consider these pros and cons of new and older homes when making your decision.Construction DifferencesHome builders often tout the state-of-the-art aspects of new construction. Perhaps the biggest pro to new construction is the integration of smart and energy efficient technologies.Toda...
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By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
Last week’s economic news included remarks by Fed Chair Janet Yellen about the diversity of opinions in the Federal Open Market Committee, readings on inflation, and the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index. The Commerce Department issued reports on housing starts and building permits issued; Freddie Mac and the Commerce Department issued weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims.Fed Chair Discusses Pros and Cons of Diverse Opinions Among PolicymakersDuring a panel presentation of global economic leaders, outgoing Fed Chair Janet Yellen discussed the pros and cons of having 19 members on the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee, which is responsible for the Fed’s policymaking decisions.Chair Yellen said that it was “challenging” in terms o...
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By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
4122 Dara Circle, Collegeville, PA 19426Asking Price: $419,900MLS#: 6854750For a Virtual Tour of 4122 Dara CircleVery desirable single family home on a beautiful cul-de-sac in the community of Reserve at Skippack. The 1.27 acre lot offers a stunning backyard oasis with an in-ground pool featuring a spa and waterfall and backing to woods for tremendous privacy. A large covered deck from the kitchen overlooks the pool area and has winding steps to ground level. The finished walkout basement has a large family room/recreation area, full bath with shower, counter with sink, and glass sliding doors to the yard. An ideal setup for entertaining! A covered front porch welcomes you to this home with 9’ ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors extend from the foyer throughout the living room, dining...
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By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
209 Brandywine Rd, Collegeville, PA 19426Asking Price: $319,900MLS#: 6808903For a Virtual Tour of 209 Brandywine RoadWell maintained colonial on a quiet street in the desirable community of Cranberry Estates. Enter into an impressive foyer with beautiful hardwood floors that extend throughout the entire main level of the home. The eat-in kitchen opens to a large sunken family room where a sliding glass door gives access to a secluded rear patio and yard. The kitchen is also adjacent to a spacious dining room (the current owners have reversed the uses of the dining and family rooms). A generously sized laundry room and a separate powder room with ceramic tile flooring complete the main level. Upstairs, the master bedroom offers a walk-in closet and private full bath. Three other nicely s...
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By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
4004 Sarah Court, Collegeville, PA 19426 Asking Price: $299,900 MLS#: 6654077 For a Virtual Tour of 4004 Sarah CtStunning 3 Br / 2.5 B End Unit Townhouse in CollegevilleMeticulously updated and upgraded end unit townhouse situated on a premium lot backing to wooded open space in the desirable community of Monroe Court. Private side entrance opens to a dramatic two-story foyer graced by a large palladium window. Stunning wide-plank Bamboo floors extend throughout the first and second floors. The stylish kitchen has been remodeled with espresso cabinets, granite countertops, decorative stainless steel backsplash, stainless steel appliances, gas cooking, and a breakfast bar. The kitchen opens to a large living room with a gas fireplace, crown moulding, abundant recessed lights, and sliders...
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By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
1211 Christina Court, Collegeville, PA 19426 Asking Price: $579,900 MLS#: 6500613 For a Virtual Tour of 1211 Christina Ct Beautiful and Spacious 5 Br/ 3.5 Ba Single Family Home       Space abounds in this stunning stone front colonial on a quiet cul-de-sac within walking distance of Skippack Village. A beautifully landscaped entrance welcomes you to this home with a paver walkway and circular front patio bordered by a stone wall.  Enter into a two-story foyer with a turned staircase and hardwood floors that extend throughout most of the main level.  The foyer leads to an eat-in kitchen with abundant white cabinetry, Corian countertops, center island, double wall oven, gas cooktop, and walk-in pantry. The kitchen opens to a gorgeous morning room with a vaulted ceiling, ceramic tile floor...
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By Andrew Himes
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors)
OPEN HOUSES  - SUNDAY- APRIL 6, 2014 31 EDGEHILL LN COLLEGEVILLE, PA5 beds 3 /1 baths 3612 sq. ft. sq. ft. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO & PHOTOS Only a job relocation makes this amazing 3 year old Bentley built home in Edgehill available. Why wait for new construction when you can have everything available immediately? This true 5 bedroom 3.5 bath home on 1 full acre has everything the discriminating buyer is looking for. Walkthrough the front the door and the gleaming Dundee plank hardwood floors will welcome you home. Off the foyer is a classic living room that is drenched in sunlight and features extensive crown molding, recessed lighting and just one of the many rooms that is wired as part of the Bose Invisible rooms of audio package. A large formal dining room with extensive crown mold...
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By Vacation Rentals The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos Vacation Rentals
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
The Jeff Rickert Team, Realtor®, RSPSNew Home Construction Sales Resale Home Sales Investment Properties Keller Williams Real Estate Direct: 215-850-9640Contact FormWhat Others Are Saying... Heather Rickert RSPS / Jeff Rickert RSPS Real Estate in Lower Salford, Souderton, Telford, Skippack, in Montgomery and Bucks County, PA   Welcome to The Borough of Collegeville One of the premiere Boroughs in Montgomery County! The Borough Includes: Wide variety of shopping and businesses Ursinus College, which is regarded as a Liberal Arts college Near by premium shopping malls in King of Prussia, and Plymouth Meeting Outlets Shopping at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick Pfizer the pharma giants global campus GlaxoSmithKline research and development facility Community Has: Residential H...
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By Vacation Rentals The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos Vacation Rentals
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
  Collegeville is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia on the Perkiomen Creek. Collegeville was incorporated in 1896. It is the location of Ursinus College, opened in 1869. Collegeville Homes Search Collegeville Homes 500,000 TO 1,000,000Collegeville 1Mil to 10mil homesCollegeville HomesCollegeville LandCollegeville Rental
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By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
A Few Red Flags To Look For When Buying Real Estate   If you're looking to purchase real estate, keep in mind that the homes you are considering might be in need of repairs or improvements. In a recent study done by a major home inspection company, at least 40 percent of previously owned homes on the market have at least one serious issue or defect. When buying real estate, you should have a professional inspection performed on the property to look for any issues that might not be visible to the untrained eye. It's better to identify this damage before you buy so that you are not stuck with budget-busting renovations. Below are a few major red flags you should look for when buying a home. Foundation Damage Look at the slope of the yard. If the land slopes towards the house, this could b...
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By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
3 Common Home Financing Problems And How To Avoid Them   Getting the best mortgage financing for your new home can sometimes be a complicated process and, unfortunately, things can go wrong. Using a licensed and trusted mortgage loan specialist can help alleviate many of these challenges. There are certain mistakes that many homebuyers make when applying for their mortgages that can seriously damage their chances of being approved. If you are aware of the most common mortgage issues, you will be better able to prevent them when applying for your own mortgage. Make sure that you keep the following tips in mind when applying for a mortgage: Making Large Purchases Before Closing On The Mortgage Many homebuyers think that they are in the clear once the mortgage deal is approved and they mov...
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By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
Home Prices Highest Monthly Gains Since Case Shiller Index Inception   The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices for April indicate that the housing recovery gained ground. In April 2013 average home prices tracked in the Case-Shiller 10 and 20-city Composites increased by 11.60 and 12.10 percent year-over-year. On a month-to-month basis, the Composites increased by 2.60 and 2.50 percent respectively. According to David M. Blitzer, Chairman of the S&P Dow Jones Indices' Index Committee, the 10-and 20- City Composites experienced their largest month- to- month gains since their inception: "Thirteen cities posted month- to-month gains of two percent or more, with San Francisco leading with a month-to-month gain of 4.90 percent." The 10-and-20 City Indices reported the highest year-over-year...
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By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
Homeowners -- Are You Making These Mistakes Planning Next Year's Taxes?     Filing your taxes can be a complicated and confusing process. If you are a home owner you may have many different home tax deductions and credits to consider. Since we recently passed the filing date for 2012 taxes, it may be a good time to plan for next year and get your tax tracking systems in place. Check carefully to make sure that you are not making any of these common homeowner tax mistakes – which could cost you money or get you in trouble with the IRS. Miscalculating Your Home Office Tax Deduction If you work from home, you will be able to deduct a percentage of your housing costs for your home office. However, most people don't know how to calculate this and don't realize that it also has to be recaptur...
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By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
3 Critical Tips To Improve Your Credit Score And Mortgage Terms   When you are looking for a mortgage for your home, your credit score is very important. Any potential lender will check your score and will use the number to assess your creditworthiness and the interest rate that they offer you. The better your credit score the lower the mortgage interest rates will be available to you, as the lender will be able to see that you can handle credit well. However, if you have a very bad credit score, it could be causing you to be offered high interest rates on your mortgage that could cost you thousands over the years. Improving your credit score before searching for a mortgage will ensure that you get the best rate possible. But what can you do to improve your credit score? Here are three ...
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By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
6 Ceiling Solutions To Update Your Home   If you're absolutely sick of looking at the popcorn ceiling of your 1980's home - it's time for a change. However, behind the facade of a ceiling is a mess of plumbing, wiring, joists and structural beams, so you have to be careful and creative when updating your home. Whether you're dealing with an older home, a tricky duct system or an unfinished basement, below are several ceiling solutions to brighten up the space above your head. Bring Back Wood Paneling The 70's are making a comeback. If you have a flat or slanted ceiling, wood paneling is easy to affix and can create a cozy cabin-like feel. This works well in living rooms, bedrooms and basements where you want generate a warm, comfortable atmosphere.  Create An Industrial Vibe If you like...
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By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
Simple Tips To Help Your Flowerbeds Flourish This Spring   Flowerbeds can be a very attractive addition to any Collegeville home -- if you have the time to set up and maintain them. Flowerbeds don't necessarily require a profusion of costly flowers that need to be fertilized, mulched, covered during severe weather, and possibly re-planted on a yearly basis. So put on your green thumb and brave the outdoors this spring. With the tips below, you'll keep your flowerbeds filled and your house looking cheery without a huge money or time commitment. Weed Eradication Before you even start picking out roses and tulips, take care of the weeds. Gardens get weeds because there are already pesky roots hiding below the surface. Dig up the soil and weeds before you plant. It will save you hours of ma...
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By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
Benefits Of Owning A Green Home You May Not Have Considered   Going green is not just a new trend; it is a way of life that benefits not only the environment, but also your health — and your pocketbook. Green living cuts down on carbon emissions and creates a healthier environment both inside and outside of a home. While green structures sometimes cost more initially, the money (and environment) saved in the long run is well worth the investment. Health Benefits Owning a green Collegeville home has significant health benefits. Many conventional buildings are not properly ventilated and indoor air quality is often more polluted than the air outside. Poor air quality is bad for your health and can aggravate asthma and allergies. Certified green properties tend to have excellent airflow an...
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By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
Know Your Real Estate Disclosure Laws Before You Sell Your Home   When deciding to sell a piece of Collegeville real estate, there are certain things you must disclose about the property to the buyer before the sale can go through. Disclosure laws are put in place to protect the buyer from unknowingly purchasing defective property. Not disclosing certain information about the property can jeopardize the sale, or worse, invite a lawsuit. This has become more of an issue lately as some sellers are tempted to gloss over deficiencies in the home they are selling in order to try to get a higher sales price.  In fact, a recent poll of real estate agents showed that 75% of agents ranked non-disclosure among the "top three current and future issues." What You May Need To Disclose The main items...
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By Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
(CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029)
What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week - April 29, 2013   Mortgage rates fell again last week and are again near record lows. According to Freddie Mac, the average rate for a 15-year fixed rate mortgage did achieve a record low of 2.61 percent as compared to 3.1 percent one year ago. The average rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 3.40 percent and near the record low of 3.31 percent. Low mortgage rates are helping homeowners with refinancing and are boosting housing markets as more buyers can qualify for mortgage loans. Home Values Continue To Rise Last week's economic news was mixed; The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, released its Home Price Index for February. According to this index, home prices increased by 0.7 percent betwee...
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