Lansdale, PA Real Estate News

By Kathy McGuriman, CRS, SRES, ACRE, Realtor for Lansdale, PA area
(First time home buyers, downsizers,seniors,new construction)
  This Weekend in Lansdale First Friday Lansdale - runs from 6 - 9PM.  Flowers to the first 1000 Moms at Chantilly Florist; Univest Main Stage features Dirk Quinn Band; PEAK Center shows the 1948 film "I Remember Mama"; The Water Gallery present Eye to Eye by Bruce Katsiff and Brian H. Peterson. Bicycle Safety Workshop - Whites Road Park, upper parking lot, Saturday from 9AM to 1PM. Geared for children 3 to 12, free bicycle helmets, bicycle safety and bicycle skills development. The Run for the Roses - Kentucky Derby - Saturday - Will it be Dialed In, Uncle Mo, Mucho Macho Man. Bet on the race and watch it at the Turf Club - Oaks, PA. Mother's Day - Sunday - Do not forget your Mom  Whiskey River Grille - Mainland - Brunch for Mothers Day - 11AM, 1PM and 3PM seatings... 215-256-6192 Club...
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By Kathy McGuriman, CRS, SRES, ACRE, Realtor for Lansdale, PA area
(First time home buyers, downsizers,seniors,new construction)
Thought for the Day: A Mortgage company is a place where they will lend you money if you can prove you don't need it. What is the Very First Step in Buying a Home?  [for the answer - read on] Seeing if you can get a loan (the mortgage).  This assumes that you wouldn't be paying all CASH. The common comment I still hear from people at open houses, cocktail parties, well honestly anywhere when someone finds out I am a realtor, "it must be impossible to borrow money today to buy a home."  Actually, no it's not, if you fit within a certain set of criteria:  You should have a job, and that job should pay you, so you can prove it. You should have some money saved.  How much?  You should discuss that with your Realtor.  You should have a decent credit score.  What should your credit score be, ...
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By Kathy McGuriman, CRS, SRES, ACRE, Realtor for Lansdale, PA area
(First time home buyers, downsizers,seniors,new construction)
  This weekend in Lansdale.......... North Penn Arts Alliance' 17th Annual Spring Members Show at Elm Terrace Gardens.  Show starts today and runs through Saturday.  Admission to the show is free.  Show your support, today and Friday 10AM to 8PM, Saturday 10AM to 7:30PM.  Artists reception on Friday 6 - 8PM.  For more information:  www.northpennarts.org or 215.393.9110.       North Penn High School is putting on The Sound of Music.  Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30PM and a matinee on Saturday at 2PM in the high school auditorium.   Turbo Lofts has opened a new model of the popular Turbo floor plan.  Model is for sale, and there are only 3 remaining units available in this popular loft project.  If you haven't been to see what Moulton Builders has done in converting this hos...
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By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
On a weekly basis, we talk with local homeowners who are thinking about a move to a new home. Sometimes, they are relocating to a new town or city. One of the first questions a homeowner asks about the home they currently live in is: what should I keep in the house and what should go? As someone on the outside looking in, this is usually a much clearer picture. For the homeowners, it’s sometimes difficult to notice when there are too many items in a room because they have functioned in the home with these things in place over a period of time. Things like extra furniture pieces, bookcases, knick knacks, picture frames, toys and exercise equipment can be better located in the home or taken out all together. Getting a house ready to sell and introduce to buyers is a key element in today’s...
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By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
Note from author: My original idea was to say why this area was one of the best places to live, but in researching the topic, this is what I found.  We figured our readers would prefer the honest assessment of what is good and bad about Lansdale and Montgomeryville than just all the fluff and stuff.  ~Lisa There are all kinds of surveys out there of places to live – the overall best, worst, healthiest, safest, cleanest, most miserable, and even the most dangerous – in the United States. For a while, Philadelphia was making the Forbes Top 20 Most Miserable Places to Live. In 2008, Philadelphia ranked #5; it fell to #20 by 2010, and in 2011, it did not even make the list. In other surveys, nearby towns do score good grades occasionally in different areas. In Money Magazine’s 2010 Top 100...
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By Vacation Rentals The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos Vacation Rentals
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
  Towamencin Township Montgomerty County  One of the premiere Townships in Montgomery County! The Community Is: Situated within the North Penn School District Situated minutes from the Turnpike (Northeast Extension) route 476 The Community Has: Beautiful residential neighborhoods and historic farmhouses   Outdoors in The Community Has: First-class recreational facilities, and wide-open spaces   Township Map Where Towamencin Township Is Situated in Montgomery County Click here to view current homes for sale in Towamencin Township or contact us for more information.   Jeff and Heather Rickert, Realtor®, RSPSNew Home Construction SalesResale Home SalesInvestment Properties    Keller Williams Real Estate601 Bethlehem PikeBuilding B, Suite 100Montgomeryville, PA 18936Main Office: 215-631-190...
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By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
You’ve read and heard a boat load of news on current home prices and each time you hear it you’re wondering whether we’ve reached “the bottom”. Sound the gong!  Someone said “the bottom”! In our region of Southeastern PA, many experts believe we are near bottom prices, if not already there. One of the ways this is determined is to look at the percentage of distressed properties on the market. A distressed property is defined as a home in foreclosure or that is bank owned. It is these kinds of homes that bring down the value of non-distressed properties. In Pennsylvania, the distressed property rate is 17%, as of last month. We are in better shape than most states. Only Iowa, New Mexico, South Dakota and Alaska have fewer distressed properties. That means that 46 other states have a lon...
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By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
Pysanky is the ancient Ukrainian method for hand decorating Easter Eggs using a wax resist process.  Ukrainians have been decorating stunning Easter eggs this way for centuries.   PYSANKY WORKSHOP FOR THE ADVANCED STUDENT WHEN:  Saturday, April 16, 2011 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM WHERE:  Parks & Recreation Office 660 Lansdale Avenue (East Seventh Street & Lansdale Avenue) FEE:   $22/session for Lansdale BOROUGH Residents or $27/session for Non-residents INFO:  215-361-8353 TO REGISTER:  Pysanky Egg Workshop in Lansdale PA         Contact Scott Loper, Associate Broker, Realtor®, RE/MAX Realty Group at 215-513-1333 for help buying or selling a home in Lansdale, Harleysville, Hatfield, Souderton, Skippack, Collegeville, North Wales and the surrounding areas of Montgomery County of Pennsylvania. ...
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By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
The Re-enactment of Holy Week presented by Central Schwenkfelder Church This family friendly version of the story of Easter and the last week in the life of Christ is presented by Central Schwenkfelder Church.  This dramatization will include a re-enactment of the last supper, crucifixion and resurrection. GOOD FRIDAY, April 22nd 2011 8PM Freddy Hill Family Center, 1440 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale PA This 17th annual open-air 30-minute performance will be held against the back-drop of a realistic man-made mountain, towering nearly 30 feet into the air; where the drama will reach a somber climax when the Christ character is raised above the mountain on a cross. The recreation of Christ's resurrection at dawn on Easter Sunday morning concludes this most moving presentation. This performance...
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By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
Freddy Hill Farm in Lansdale PA (Towamencin Township) will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt for children 2-6 years old on Saturday, April 16, 2011.  The hunt is held on the driving range and begins promptly at 11am.  Children should bring their own baskets or bags to collect their Easter Eggs. The raindate is Saturday, April 23rd.  For more information you can call Freddy Hill at 215-855-1205 or visit their website www.freddyhill.com.  Freddy Hill Farm is located at 1440 Sumneytown Pike in Lansdale PA. Contact Scott Loper, Associate Broker, Realtor®, RE/MAX Realty Group at 215-513-1333 for help buying or selling a home in Lansdale, Harleysville, Hatfield, Souderton, Skippack, Collegeville, North Wales and the surrounding areas of Montgomery County of Pennsylvania. To Search for Homes F...
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By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
1st Quarter Results for Home Sales in Lansdale-Montgomeryville The first quarter of 2011 finished up last week and the results for home sales in Lansdale-Montgomeryville area are in. Using the North Penn School District as a gauge, there currently are 564 active listings, 109 listings were taken off the market, 159 went under contract, and 156 sold and settled in the period of January through March 2011. Of the 156 listings that sold in North Penn, the average list price was $284,475 but the average sold price was $262,539. These homes took on average 92 days to sell. How does this compare to last quarter (October through December 2010)? 213 listings sold with an average list price of $294,610 and sold price of $275,925. The average time on market then was 76 days. North Penn School Dis...
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By Vacation Rentals The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos Vacation Rentals
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
    Towamencin Township Montgomerty County  One of the premiere Townships in Montgomery County! The Community Is: Situated within the North Penn School District Situated minutes from the Turnpike (Northeast Extension) route 476 The Community Has: Beautiful residential neighborhoods and historic farmhouses   Outdoors in The Community Has: First-class recreational facilities, and wide-open spaces   Township Map Where Towamencin Township Is Situated in Montgomery County Click here to view current homes for sale in Towamencin Township or contact us for more information. Jeff and Heather Rickert, Realtor®, RSPSNew Home Construction SalesResale Home SalesInvestment Properties    Keller Williams Real Estate601 Bethlehem PikeBuilding B, Suite 100Montgomeryville, PA 18936Main Office: 215-631-190...
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By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
To Rent or To Own, that is the Question..... .....when looking for a new place to live in the Lansdale Area More and more this is a topic of discussion on network news, in your workplace and just about anywhere the conversation turns to moving from one place to another. The “buy or rent” debate can be argued one way or another, but ultimately it is a choice lending more to lifestyle than anything else. Okay, it’s also about whether you can afford to buy and own a home, but I think you’ll be surprised to learn how close the monthly costs actually are in our neck of the woods. I’ll use real examples of homes in and around Lansdale. A home should not be solely viewed as an investment. It is the place you make your own, become more a part of the community and maybe raise a family. Can you i...
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By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
Will Your Township’s U&O Derail the Sale of Your Home? Are you aware of some of the potential pitfalls of the Use and Occupancy inspections required by some municipalities in the Lansdale-Montgomeryville area and how those inspections are costing some sellers thousands of dollars? U&O stands for Use and Occupancy. Some municipalities may call it a Resale Inspection or use another term, but it essentially is an inspection required by some boroughs and townships in our area when an existing property is being sold. In the North Penn School District, the following municipalities require a U&O: Towamencin Township, Hatfield Township, Hatfield Borough, and North Wales Borough. The others do not. The items these specific municipalities look for can and will vary widely. Many of these boroughs ...
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By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
Built in the early 1700's on land deeded by William Penn, The Morgan Log House was home to Edward and Elizabeth Morgan.  The Morgan Family was identified as being among the earliest Welsh settlers in the Lansdale/Towamencin area and the first settlers of the land the house currently sits on.  Among the descendants of the Morgans are the frontiersman Daniel Boone, the Revolutionary War Brigadier General, Daniel Morgan, journalist/broadcaster Lowell Thomas, and mutual fund industry pioneer, Walter L. Morgan.  The Morgan Log House is run by the Welsh Valley Preservation Society. Guided tours are available from April 1 through December 30.  Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors and children; 5 and under are always free.  To kick off the 2011 season, on Saturday, April 2nd, from 12-4...
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By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
Mortgage Costs Inch Their Way Up Across Southeastern PA and The Nation. Spring is upon us! And for some in the Lansdale area, this means the start of finding and buying a new home! If you’re just beginning to search for a home, you need to know about a new cost that affects everyone applying for a conventional mortgage loan. The Government Sponsored Enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are increasing the cost of a loan to offset the risk of lending to borrower’s with lower credit scores. These increases are called lower level pricing adjustments (LLPA) and adverse market delivery charges (AMDC). This is not entirely new. LLPA’s and AMDC’s previously existed for people with a credit score below 700 and then 720, and eventually moved to 740. Now, no matter what your credit score is, s...
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By James Harner, James Harner Group - Philadelphia PA Real Estate
(Considering Selling Your Home? Call 610-310-7646 first)
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By Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate
(American Foursquare Realty)
Who doesn't like fresh vegetables?  And they always taste better when picked fresh out of your own garden! Lansdale Borough is offering a class on vegetable gardening.  At only $5 for residents and $7 for non-residents, it's a bargain! This two hour class is a must for anyone starting a vegetable garden! Learn how to start a vegetable garden from the ground up.  The class will cover what to do, when to do it, and how.  Topics include soil-testing, soil amendments, mulch, early crops, and the importance of crop rotation.  Class includes handouts, tips, web sites, etc. WHEN:  Thursday, March 17th @ 7:30 PM WHERE:  Lansdale P&R Office, 660 Lansdale Avenue FEE:  $5.00/resident; $7.00/non-res. Open to students 16 years of age and older. Sponsored by Lansdale Department of Parks and Recreatio...
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By Vacation Rentals The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos Vacation Rentals
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
    Towamencin Township Montgomerty County  One of the premiere Townships in Montgomery County! The Community Is: Situated within the North Penn School District Situated minutes from the Turnpike (Northeast Extension) route 476 The Community Has: Beautiful residential neighborhoods and historic farmhouses   Outdoors in The Community Has: First-class recreational facilities, and wide-open spaces   Township Map Where Towamencin Township Is Situated in Montgomery County Click here to view current homes for sale in Towamencin Township or contact us for more information.   Jeff and Heather Rickert, Realtor®, RSPSNew Home Construction SalesResale Home SalesInvestment Properties    Keller Williams Real Estate601 Bethlehem PikeBuilding B, Suite 100Montgomeryville, PA 18936Main Office: 215-631-1...
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By Vacation Rentals The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos Vacation Rentals
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
  Basket Bingo Friday, Mar 11 6:00p atBasket Bingo, Kulpsville, PA Price: $20.00 Phone: 215-362-2776 ext. 308 Towamencin Volunteer Fire Co. 1590 Bustard Road, Kulpsville, PA - The Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a Basket Bingo featuring Longaberger Baskets on Friday, March 11th. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door. There will be door prizes, a raffle, 50/50 and food will be available for purchase. For further information call 215-362-2776 ext. 308.     Jeff and Heather Rickert, Realtor®, RSPSNew Home Construction SalesResale Home SalesInvestment Properties    Keller Williams Real Estate601 Bethlehem PikeBuilding B, Suite 100Montgomeryville, PA 18936Main Office: 215-631-1900Direct: 215-850-9640 · Contact FormWhat Others Are Saying... R...
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