Devon, PA Real Estate News

By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
As many of you know, I used to be in the antiques business, it was family run and I was third generation. A photo of my dad is below at an antiques show in London. My brother is still dealing and I am still attached, running antiques shows for local charities.This post was inspired by Ron and Alexandra Seigel post this morning Marketing Savvy - The Importance of details well worht a read. As I was leaving a comment it reminded me of an event from when I was actively dealing in antiques.I was on a trip to Hong Kong and walking past a shop with a friend we saw some figures that were quite late, very dirty but attractive. We went in, inquired about the price negotiated and purchased them together. Once they arrived in the UK and we cleaned them, we had to decide what to do with them. My fr...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
These are different times. And every day we are adapting as rules change. I decided to host a Virtual Open House at a listing as my clients really want the house promoted. Initially I was going to go to the house and do it with the husband. But, then we got a stay in place order and our State Association told us we must not be having any one on one meetings with clients as part of that stay in place order.What to do? Well I made my client an admin on my Facebook Business Page, you can find it by searching Facebook for either Nick Vandekar, Long & Foster Real Estate. or @BuyingAMainLineHome, in Facebook it is all lower case, not sure if that matters. My clients asked me to advertise it as much as possible and enter it in the MLS so that an alert would go out via sites like Zillow etc. So...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Old Forge Crossing Condominiums in Tredyffrin Township, Devon PA saw 23 sales last year, same as 2018. These Devon condos remain popular being in the Tredyffrin Easttown School district selling on average in 9 days.Full data is below, but a quick recap those 23 homes sold for a total of $4,026,405 after concessions to buyers, homes sold for an average of 99% of list price, and the average square foot price was $201. Four of the listings were 2 bed 2 bath apartments, two were town houses with 2 beds and 2.5 baths and the remaining 17 were 1 bed 1 bath apartments. Generally those in better shape got higher prices, even more than some in lesser shape which had a den.Condition matters to buyers today, as does updated mechanicals, windows and kitchens and baths. Those which are updated will ...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
One of the joys of living in the Tredyffrin Easttown part of the Main Line is being able to enjoy Jenkins Arboretum. There is always something going on and the early spring is a wonderful time to enjoy the Azaleas and Rhododendrons for which they are famous.Recently, a new executive director was appointed, Tom Smarr, and he will be sharing the history of the arboretum at a lecture at Easttown Library, another favourite place of mine located on First Avenue in Berwyn on Tuesday January 28th at 11.00 am. Register here.The property was originally home to H. Lawrence and Elizabeth Phillipe Jenkins and since then has been under the care of many wonderful gardeners. Jenkins Arboretum is famous for hybridizing new azaleas and rhododendrons. Tom Smarr will discuss some of the unusual and intere...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
I love adventure and being on a quest, part of the fun is enjoying the journey not just reaching the destination or goal.I am currently visiting a friend in Germany. She is still working so I have a couple of days to entertain myself during the day. Yesterday, I decided to go to Ratzeburg, where I have been before and know how to get there using the local bus system, or thought I did.I duly caught the right bus, and knew I needed to change and transfer to a different bus in the next village. However, my bus driver decided I needed to learn a different way to get to my destination. At first as he drove off, not letting me off the bus where I needed to change I was concerned. Then, I decided this bus goes to another small local town and most likely there will be another bus to where I wan...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
The only purpose of this precise post is to wish you Happy Holidays, whatever you celebrate.I wish you a time of peace, rest and reflection of your blessings. Every one of us, whatever is happening in our lives has things we can consider are going right. Whilst the holidays can be a time of stress for many people, focusing on those things that are right and good in your life will allow you to enjoy the people and events around you, coping with the hiccups or bumps in the road which inevitably happen over the holiday period.It is also a time, when hopefully, you have a little bit of time away from the pressures of work and can relax and enjoy where you are and where you want to be. Maybe you realize you want a little more space, or possibly less. Whilst the tiny house movement is taking ...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Every year we host the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign out of our office in Devon Pennsylvania. We are located at 92 Lancaster Avenue, Devon PA 19333, the blue dot on the map below marks our office. Our parking lot is behind our building off of S Valley Forge Road and the entrance is right there off the parking lot.We have just placed our bins, one in the lobby of our building, as I mentioned just off the parking lot behind the building and another in our office itself. Drop off unwrapped gifts for children in the bins and they will be collected by the Marine Corps Reserve who store them and wrap them for distribution next year. Last year we were told was the most successful year to date serving the most children. Make a child smile with a well deserved gift for those who need it...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
It is my birthday month and several friends and clients have offered to treat me to lunch or dinner. Yesterday, a client took me to lunch at the NEW Nudy's Cafe in Devon on Swedesford Road close to the intersection with N Valley Forge Road, next to Wells Fargo bank. Located close to Old Forge Crossing and Chesterbrook from what I saw yesterday they have plenty of customers willing to visit.Originally an Asian Restaurant and Bar they have transformed the space, making it open and bright, whilst it is a little noisy, I think it is worth a visit.The menu is American, breakfast options and plenty of sandwiches, and salads, you will find something worth eating. I went with the Mushroom Cheesesteak and was not disappointed, would definitely order it again, but there are as I said plenty of ot...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Old Forge Crossing October 2019 Market ReportWouldn't you want to live here? Old Forge Crossing has been very active throughout this year with sales happening quite quickly when apartments or town homes have come on the market. Demand has been sustained throughbout the year mainly for two reasons; one it is a wonderful location for everything in the area, secondly it is a great price point with many amenities for owners and renters. Located just south of Route 202 there are just over 500 units in the development, it was originally constructed as a rental complex then converted to condominium ownership. It is built on over 40 acres of land with walking trails and has a community swimming pool, tennis courts, club house, and gated access to the Chester Valley Trail. There is plentiful par...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Due to this property having a tenant in place, we did some pre-marketing using the Coming Soon option in the Bright MLS and marketing the property on our website and through video.We had a terrific response, with several calls from agents asking questions ahead of the On Market date of November 1st. Come the day, an appointment at 9.00 am and an agreement later that afternoon. Some minor negotiation around dates and this awesome 1 bed 1 bath condo with DEN and wood burning fireplace is waiting for its new owner.  And not surprising with wonderful location, surrounded by plenty of easy to access restaurants, bars and coffee shops, with a great assortment of top quality supermarkets like Wegman's, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and plenty of other shopping close by in King of Prussia Mall.If y...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Why be an ostrich?As a Tredyffrin Easttown or Main Line seller it is easy to ignore an issue in your home before you list it for sale. So you are in control of the process and the cost I suggest in many istances to sellers to have a home inspection before listing to identify any major issues and get them fixed before listing .A home inspection report issue will always cost more than fixing an item before hand due to being on a deadline and having someone else, a buyer,  demand how it is repaired and sometimes demand you need to replace rather than repair an item.But, even more than general home issues when dealing with stucco or stone cladding why wait for an issue to be identified by a buyer who then demands you repair every side of a home when there may only be an issue on one side.Ch...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
A past client called out of the blue a couple of weeks ago. What was the value of their condo which they were renting to a tenant? They were interested in selling and the tenant might be interested in buying and could I handle the sale and the paperwork? It turned out the tenant is not ready yet to purchase. So, they decided to put the unit up for sale. The tenant said it will be able to be shown during the last month of his tenancy. So November 1st 463 Old Forge Crossing, Devon, PA 19333 will be available for showings but you can click the link for a virtual tour before that. We used old photos when the unit was vacant as the tenant is already packing up. Old Forge Crossing in Devon, sits just under two miles from the Devon train station providing easy access to Philadelphia on what wa...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
This week I got to spend some time with Ron Clarke, Senior Vice President PA/NJ/DE Region for Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. Ron spoke at our office meeting last week and I have never heard him be so positive in 5 years about the Main Line and Suburban market. Whether you are buying or selling now is a great time to make a  move. Listen to our interview in our Center City Office on Arch Street, Philadelphia. If you are buying or selling along the Main Line or in Tredyffrin Easttown contact Nick Vandekar, Selling The Main Line, with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. Office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543, email Nick@VandekarTeam.com,  www.SellingTheMainLine.com. I look forward to starting a conversation with you.
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
When the Senior Vice president for your region is upbeat, more so than you have seen him in five years it is usually an indication that the housing market is pretty positive.For years we have been warning buyers to act now as interest rates are going to rise and all the indications have been there that this was true. But, for various reasons it has not materialized and we are still in a position when interest rates are extremely low, so much so that people think this is the new normal.So for buyers today things look very positive for purchasing a home, mortgages are available, down payments are reasonable and the only issue is lack of inventory at certain price points.Yesterday, I got time with Ron Clarke, our Senior VP for the PA/NJ/DE Region of Long & Foster Real Estate and asked him ...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
I was reading a post by Kathy Streib this morning Yes Color can Make a Difference and I was thinking about a program I saw on Netflix called ABSTRACT, The Art of Design, which is all about design. Fascinating program from different viewpoints and each program can stand on its own, so you don't need to see the whole series.The first one I watched was from Season 2 about Olafur Eliasson, he begins discussing color, and using a light that removes colour he has a color spectrum behind him which looks monochromatic. Then he pulls a chain switch and the colour spectrum burst into color. He then goes on to discuss how different colors bring different moods, using colr card right up against the screen to change the lighting in your room if you have turned off allother lights as he suggests at t...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Don't miss this Open House, the sellers have just made a major price adjustment and the home is now priced at $699,500, excellent value.This historic home, has a lovely fenced yard, a wonderful enormous two tier deck excellent for entertaining and enjoying that fenced yard. The home has been updated throughout and is packed with charm and character. Great location, just a short distance away is Pour Richards Coffee House, or Starbucks which is also close to Whole Foods. Devon Station is also near by for those who want to commute to Philadelphia.Check out the video, then stop by and say Hi! I look forward to seeing you.  If after touring this is not the home for you, let's chat and see if we can find you a Main Line or Tredyffrin Easttown home, there is plenty of choice with many new hom...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
407 Old State Road, Berwyn, PA 19312, a delightful center hall Tredyffrin Easttown colonial just settled.This gorgeous home was remodelled in 2015/2016 and the owners would never have been selling except for a job transfer out of the area.At the entrance to a cul de sac with access to a township park, where dogs are allowed to be off-leash, and two homes away from where General Howe stayed when the British army camped in the area during the Revolutionary War.This 4 bed 2 1/2 bath home sold for $720,000. If you are interested in knowing what your Tredyffrin Easttown or Main Line home is worth in today's market contact Nick Vandekar, Selling the Main Line with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543, email Nick@VandekarTeam.com.We currently have list...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Just Listed Tredyffrin Easttown home in Devon, check out the tour and come to one of the open houses this weekend, Saturday 6/29 and Sunday 6/30, from 2 to 4 pm. This home is gorgeous and full of charm. Great location close to everything you want to be close to on the Main Line. A wonderful traditional updated Devon home in a prime location, close to train station, Devon Yard, coffee shops, Whole Foods and so much more. Enter the home from a driveway with plenty of area for parking of multiple cars, via a wrap around porch. The entrance hall goes through to a  modern kitchen  with an island, stainless steel appliances, plenty of cabinetry and breakfast  area  with window bench. Access a large multi-level Trex deck via French doors, the top deck with attached umbrella looking over the fe...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Just Listed this lovely home: $715,000. Six bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths in Tredyffrin Easttown School DistrictA wonderful traditional updated Devon home in a prime location, close to train station, Devon Yard, coffee shops, Whole Foods and so much more. Enter the home from a driveway with plenty of area for parking of multiple cars, via a wrap around porch. The entrance hall goes through to a  modern kitchen  with an island, stainless steel appliances, plenty of cabinetry and breakfast  area  with window bench. Access a large multi-level Trex deck via French doors, the top deck with attached umbrella looking over the fenced in private yard. Very large lower level deck with Bilco doors to the basement. Gate access to the large driveway and detached garage which has plenty of additional stor...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
I grew up in the UK, just outside of London, I know I never thought I would not own a home. It just seemed the obvious thing. Even when I left home and rented an apartment it was my brother's who had moved to the States, so I was helping him out by renting, so he could pay the mortgage.As the saying goes, you are either paying your mortgage or the landlords. It costs money to live in an apartment or a house, and we need to understand that, owning a home is a long term way to build wealth,but sometimes if you sell quickly you may have to make a payment at the settlement table as well if the value has not grown enough to cover the costs of selling.As soon as I got engaged I looked for a home to buy, it was small, a row house initially outside of London, after having a baby we realized we ...
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