Tuesday, April 25, 2017

5 STAR ZILLOW REVIEW

Highly likely to recommend





We are glad that we got connected with Bela. She is phenomenal in what she does for living. Me and my wife we were the first time home buyers not familiar with the process or vocabulary for for sake of argument anything related to real estate transaction. Bela helped us to navigate through various  steps of the process and was readily available to address any questions or concerns. Our builder and we had a conflict over a blocked window and Bela was a mediator not only to resolve the conflict but also get us an additional credit. I believe Bela is in this business for long enough to identify the hiccups in the process or transaction well before the client realize it. In our transaction, her proactive nature helped us to get the settlement done on time. Bela is very personal, analytical, and aggressive when it comes to get things done. I would recommend Bela anybody who is looking at buying older or new constructions. My wife and I will be very happy to deal with Bela again.Less 




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Response from Bela Vora on 04/21/2017
Very humbled by your kind words. Thank you for the wonderful review and I look forward to your referrals! I do take a lot of pride in my work, and it is an awesome feeling when it is appreciated so....
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Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Williamsburg Community - Downingtown- PA 19335


Williamsburg is a very popular community in Chester County. It is very family friendly oriented and has a lot of amenities. The community has its own swimming pool with a clubhouse that is available to rent for birthday parties and pool parties, a playground, basket ball court and lots of planned community social events  like the huge annual community yard sale, Easter egg hunt,movie night at the park etc. In October enjoy the adult only Oktoberfest celebration in the clubhouse ,where the neighbors mingle while enjoying some German beer and brats.  

Struble Trail
 From Williamsburg their is a paved access trail to the Struble Trail . The trail runs alongside the Brandwine river , there you can bike, run, walk your dog while taking in the beautiful scenery or go fishing. Downingtown borough in only a 15-20 minute walk along the trail, there you can go shopping or have dinner in the local restaurants. 

The community has over 400 homes, that consists of carriage homes that range in square footage 2000-3000 square feet. Medium size single family home that range in square footage 2000-3000 square feet. The larger single family homes range in square footage 2400-4200 square feet. 

The community is in a very good location with easy access to the regional rail (SEPTA) for commute into Philadelphia, and access to  major arteries like the PA Turnpike, Route/202/76/113/401 and the 30 Bypass. 

Williamsburg is located in the highly ranked Downingtown Area School District and home of of the STEM Academy voted the number one school in Pennsylvania a few years in a row.

If you have any questions about Williamsburg or would like to visit some of the active listings in the community, please reach out to me.

Struble Trail - Chester County-

Borough of Downingtown

Main Street at Exton - Shopping

Downingtown Area School District

Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring Time at Longwood Gardens





Springtime is one of my favorite times of the year to visit  Longwood Gardens. What better way to get  get some exercise while spending time with family! Breathe in the fresh air as you stroll along the many pathways and relish the beauty of the gardens, where everyday something new bursts into bloom. 

Enjoy hundreds of lush acres featuring burgeoning gardens of tulips, daffodils, wisteria and more. Flowering cherry trees and magnolias color the outdoor landscape. Indoors lilies ans hydrangeas take center stage, filing the conservatory with fragrance and color.

Tulips are one of my favorite flowers.  Longwood  Gardens has thousands of colorful and beautiful tulips that are in bloom (more than 240,000) expected to last through early May. I have never seen so many tulips and of so many colors. This place is tranquil and beautiful! 

Guests can also enjoy the visiting the whimsical Topiary Garden, the Italian Water Garden and grand Treehouses. Daily vistor programs, including gardening demonstrations and behind the scenes tours add to Longwood' charm. 

Events At Longwood Gardens


Easter Weekend
https://longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/easter-weekend

Mother's Day Weekend

Summer Spectacle

Main Garden Fountain Premiere Weekend 
https://longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/main-fountain-garden-premiere-weekend

Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Property Tax Assessment Appeals in Chester County





The property tax is used as a revenue source by county government, 14 school districts and most of the 73 municipalities in Chester County. It is the responsibility of the County Assessment Office to place a value on each parcel of land and any improvements (structures) thereon. Assessments are derived by assessors who are state certified under Pennsylvania law.

New Construction Assessment
The county assesses the value of a home when it is built.  They send an inspector to all new construction properties to determine the assessed value of the property.  The homeowner gets the first Tax bill (called the Interim bill) a few months after Settlement.  As all my new construction clients know, you definitely want to appeal the tax assessment when you get this bill, because new construction is always assessed too high. The letter you get from the county has the info on how to make the interim appeal, but you can also get more info here.  http://www.chesco.org/255/Assessment-Appeals.  Remember there is a time limit to making this appeal - and your letter will state what it is.

Resale Homes Appeal 
You don't just appeal taxes for new construction homes.  In a recessive market, when home values have fallen, it definitely makes sense to appeal the assessment, in order to lower the tax bill.  The process is very similar - go to http://www.chesco.org/255/Assessment-Appeals which answers a lot of frequently asked Questions.  The time frame to appeal in Chester county is May-July, they will not accept the appeals throughout the rest of the year.

The Process
The form is pretty easy to fill, you can download from the website.  There is a $25 fee, and you are required to give 3 comparable sales or a recent appraisal.   The form asks what you think the current Market value of your home is.  It does not have to be your purchase price.  Call or email me, and I will be able to provide you with 3 comparable properties required for the appeal.  No need to pay for an appraisal.  Ofcourse you only want to appeal taxes if your appeal is likely to lower your taxes.  If property market values have risen, you do not want to bring that to the attention of county officials.

Relation between Assessed value and Market value
How do you know if your property assessment is too high?  The county decides on a Common Level ratio (CLR) which determines the relationship between the Market value and Assessed value of a property.  Currently,  in March 2017, the Chester county CLR is 53.8%.  Which simply means that if the assessed value of your property (building and land) is $100k, its fair market value is about $186k. (100,000/53.8%)  Once you know the fair market value, it is easy to calculate the assessed value and vice versa.  All taxes are a % of the Assessed value, the Chester county millage rates are available here, so it is easy to determine if you are paying too much tax relative to your neighbors, simply do the math.

Hope that was helpful.  Look out for my next blog article regarding the savings thru the Homestead Tax relief.

Always making a difference...

Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ZILLOW REVIEW 2016


06/08/2016 - zqflower
Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $600K in Chester Springs, PA.




Bela is such a pleasure to work with! She has high level of integrity and is filled with passion to find the right house for me. Her knowledge of the area (being a resident herself) is extremely helpful when we first moved to Exton. She is action and results oriented and got me the dream house I  wanted through her dedication and hard work, despite multiple offers on the house. I could not be happier!! I trust Bela with her judgment and would have her as my realtor in a heartbeat if I ever need one again in future. 
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Response from Bela Vora on 06/10/2016
Thank you my dear. I am so excited we found this house that was just perfect for you! Once you saw the house and said "Bela make it happen", the pressure was on. With 8 offers on the listing - I gave it all I had. I look forward to coming over and sipping some tea with you, at your basement bar ;)


Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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05/30/2016 - AmandaVarone Hooper
Bought a Condo home in 2016 for approximately $275K in West Chester, PA.



Bela was great. This was my first home purchase on my own and she was patient with explaining how things work and finding just the right house for me. I felt like she was looking out for my best interests and listened to what I wanted and needed. I would highly recommend!
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Response from Bela Vora on 06/01/2016
Thank you so much Amanda! You knew what you wanted, asked all the right questions and did your due diligence. Your trust in me was incredibly flattering. I am so happy you found this wonderful home which you will enjoy for many years. Congratulations!


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Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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05/26/2016 - hassmh
Sold a Townhouse home in 2016 for approximately $325K in Downingtown, PA.

Bela did a fantastic job coming in and getting the property sold after a very poor experience with another realtor. It was a difficult position for Bela to be in with months of history on the market and short timetable before I would need to convert to a short-sale, but with luck she secured a  buyer and negotiated successfully to avoid a short-sale and limit my cash-out to the budget I had given. I wish I had contracted with Bela at the beginning rather than losing months and many thousands of dollars wasted with the property sitting with another realtor. Bela's marketing and negotiating was fantastic, and I would recommend Bela to anyone, buyer or seller, for her openness, thoroughness, and responsiveness. She is a true professional realtor who will give it her all to ensure your satisfaction. 
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Response from Bela Vora on 05/27/2016
Thank you so much Mark! Somewhere there I was worried that it wasn't going to happen, but together we did it. Was a true pleasure working with you. I am so very happy for you and your family.

Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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12/13/2015 - mayurdate
Sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $400K in Downingtown, PA.



Bela was very helpful in staging, listing and selling our home in Downingtown! She even coordinated few repair work. She was extremely good in communicating with me and potential buyers and also was very prompt in responding queries and working with my relocation company.



Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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11/10/2015 - Meghan Rath
Bought a Townhouse home in 2015 for approximately $225K in West Chester, PA.



Working with Bela was absolutely great! My boyfriend and I are (were) first time home buyers and were referred to Bela by a client of mine. Our first meeting with Bela was everything we hoped it would be and so much more than we expected. We went through some financial exercises to help us  narrow down price range, taxes, etc. as well as went through what aspects we valued in a home and location. Her attentive nature and organizational skills made us feel most comfortable with her and quieted any fears of breaching contract or experiencing anything but a smooth road to closing. We were never disappointed with Bela's advice or her desire to negotiate and "fight" for us. I could go on and on about Bela. I highly recommend her for anyone who wants a smooth home buying experience. I know we will definitely giving her a call whenever we decide to move again. 
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Response from Bela Vora on 11/12/2015
Thank you so very much! It is easy when have responsive and attentive clients like you and Ryan. Make lots of memories in your lovely new home! Best Wishes,



Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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