Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Coming Soon - 1110 Harding Cir, Chester Springs

 
 

Well Maintained townhome for Sale in Windsor Ridge, Chester Springs.  End unit
$400,000.  3 beds 2.1 baths, unfinished basement.

Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Lifetime clients...always my goal


Introducing Amanda, a lifelong client ...

I initially met Amanda at an Open House and helped her buy her first home with her now ex-husband. Here is the review she wrote back then -

Bela was an excellent real estate agent for my husband and I who just purchased our first home together! Bela was very personable when we first met her at an open house and we knew right away we wanted to have her as our agent. She was very meticulous in sending documents and communicating what needed to be done to ensure a deal was made. She was on top of everything, which let my husband and I not have to worry so much and knew we could trust Bela to get everything done and make sure we got a great deal on a great house! Thanks, Bela!

Last year, the Amanda and her husband decided to part ways.  When the couple needed title transfers during the divorce, they reached out to me, and worked with our super efficient inhouse title agent Patty Pickard.  A huge shout out to Patty who does all my buyer closings and leaves me worry free.

Now, newly single, Amanda decided to buy a nice townhome.  Having done her last house hunting with a super analytical, engineer husband, she was a little intimidated by the process at first.  However, she asked a lot of questions, did her due diligence and patiently waited for the right house.  During this process, her trust in me and the advice I gave her, was incredibly flattering.  

This is what she wrote on my Zillow Review this time around.

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!

I know when it comes time to upgrade or move on, or anything real estate, Amanda will be giving me a call. This is exactly the lifelong relationship that I seek when I give my top notch service to every single client,

Thank you Amanda for your trust - simply makes it all worthwhile! Read about my other Success stories here.

Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Friday, March 18, 2016

News regarding Sunoco Pipeline in Chester county

Just in from the Suburban West Realtors Association

Residents air concerns about pipeline ‘bullying’
Led by state Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-19th), local residents frustrated with the alleged tactics of Sunoco’s ‘pipeline agents’ delivered testimony about their experiences during a rally at a former Revolutionary War battlefield in Malvern. Sunoco has plans to lay pipelines across Chester County and has contracted agents to negotiate easements with residents in order to lay pipeline through their property. The event, organized by Sen. Dinniman, drew roughly 30 residents and revolved around the theme “pipeline bullying.” During the event Dinniman highlighted legislation he has proposed to handle disrespectful and abusive agents. The legislation calls for background checks and requires land agents to have a thorough knowledge of Pennsylvania’s eminent domain laws. He said if agents fail to adhere to the criteria specified in the legislation, they could lose their right to practice their profession. In more serious situations, some could go to jail. Dinniman said Sunoco is involved in 36 lawsuits in Chester County, 33 of which deal with eminent domain. State Rep. Duane Milne (R-167), whose district is also impacted by the pipeline construction, said he is sponsoring legislation similar to Dinniman’s. He said some pipeline agents have behaved like they belonged in the “wild west.”
Source: Daily Times; 3/12/2016

Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Monday, March 14, 2016

Keeping clients away from a Short sale - Success Story

289 Tall Trees Circle, Downingtown, PA 19335

The Sellers had tried to sell their home over several years, before they reached out to me. They called and said  "We recognize that you are the expert in the Downingtown schools area, can you help us?"  They believed I could help where the other Realtors had failed.  They asked to be released from their contract with the current agent and signed on with me.

Renting their home again was an option - but their last experience was not a pleasant one nor financially viable, so their preference was to sell.

Now, the biggest thing I have to overcome is the high 'Days on Market' count.  In a hot real estate market, which it currently is in areas covered by Downingtown schools, when a house sits on the market for more than 6 months, people start wondering 'whats wrong with it?'

The house is lovely, extremely well maintained and already priced below local comps.  So I set my marketing machine to work.  The sellers admit that the marketing materials were way better than before, online advertising exposure like never before and my level of communication and updates unprecedented.  While they were very happy with my services and attempts to market the listing, the real proof of my work is in meeting my clients goals - which in this case was to sell and avoid a short sale.

Well, after almost 2 months into the listing, after agonizing over a couple of lowball offers, the client decided to give up and make it a short sale. They stopped making their mortgage payments, started the short sale procedure with their lender and basically submitted themselves to a long haul of offloading the property and ruining their credit as a result.  To me, that seemed like a failure.  I had failed to help them achieve their goals.  Yes, I was saddled with marketing history, yes the neighborhood had its challenges, yes there are times when you have tried it all and nothing works.  But ...had I tried it all??

I decided to redouble my efforts.  Executed another burst of marketing for the listing.  I explored avenues like Home Partners of America, held multiple Open Houses in succession, massive follow up efforts with 30+ agents who had showed the listing, aggressivley followed up with rental prospects, all in an effort to to get a buyer.

Well. as I am writing this blog entry, we have an executed contract!   The buyer recognized the value of the home, paid very close to list price to avoid waiting indefinitely for a short sale settlement, and seller is willing to come to the table with the requisite funds to make up the difference.  A win win all around.  Could not have asked for a better outcome.  Needless to say, my clients are thrilled.  Now my priority is holding this deal together and taking it thru settlement.  You can tell, I will give it all I have.

Whew, What a success story!  Read more Success Stories here.
How can I help you achieve your real estate goals?

Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Procrastination actually made this story way more interesting!

Here's a success story that broke my long hiatus from writing these blog posts.  I just got too busy and neglected to write, what to me, was the best part of my work - the client stories.    I took so long to write it, I have way more good news to share with you now.

Its been over 3 years since I sold this home in the Twin Hills community of Chester Springs.   In 2012, the real estate market was in recession, my sellers were worried about lower home values... their move closer to King of Prussia seemed iffy and distant.

How many conversations I have had over the years with sellers, who agonize over and over about losing equity in their home, and prefer to not upsize or downsize, because they are simply paralyzed into inaction.  Well, these sellers took my advice to move on with their life, and I would help them get the best price possible for their home.

1303 Harness Lane, Chester Springs - Sold!

Well, I listed and sold their home in Oct 2012.   The couple moved to King of Prussia, as planned, They wanted to take some time to plan out their future which involved returning to their home country India.  But Mr Seller's consulting business and Mrs. Seller's job had to be wrapped up, opportunities in India had to be pursued and fully developed, and accommodations in India had to be finalized.  

When I reached out to them a few months after their KOP move, life had turned absolutely upside down.  The couple was expecting their first child!  Something they had been trying, for over a decade, and almost given up on.  Maybe it was the reduced stress of having finally dealt with the house and recessive market, maybe it was feng shui of the new place, maybe it was just blessings at the right time ....but they were ecstatic about this new development in their lives.

I connected with them, after the birth of their lovely daughter to wish them, and they mentioned that the move to India was shaping up nicely.  Today, when I called, the updates were even more phenomenal!   They had bought their own flat in the city of Cochin, very close to both sets of parents, who are all involved in raising their lovely daughter.  Mr Seller tells me, it has been awesome to go back, be so close to the family, having that precious family life they really really wanted for their daughter who is now speaking the local language and growing fast, keeping them all busy.   Plans are to buy a lovely home in their small village in another year or so, and live the stress free life they have always dreamt about.  Home values there are very very reasonable.  They have identified the perfect area, where their daughter will have access to one of the best schools in the state that provides international level education.  

In the meantime, all their proceeds from the sale of their home had been sent to India.  They made some safe investments with yielded high interest, which when compounded, will double their savings by 2021.   

I cannot stop smiling as I think about the family and feel their happiness.  Personal and financial success - priceless!  To think I was partially instrumental in setting this whole chain in motion....cannot love real estate any more than I do right now. 


Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Monday, September 7, 2015

911 Springton Rd, Glenmoore, PA 19343 What a unique Home for Sale!

  

 

 

Old World charm in a much younger, well maintained home anyone? Check out this beauty created by the famous architect John Diament for his own residence. The architect deconstructed homes and used salvaged material to create this unique retreat, made to look like a 17th century settlement house. The home has authentic 17th century colonial American wallpaper, oil stained floorboards from an old granary, John's signature bead detailing on all woodwork, kitchen backsplash tile from Moravian Pottery and Tile Works and exquisite period hardware on all doors. Usually this kind of Old World charm comes with a lot of maintenance headaches, but this home is 35 years young, well maintained and updated. Roof replaced in 1999 and recently maintained with a 1 yr transferable warranty to buyers. Geothermal heat pump installed in 2000. The home has a forced central air system and a very creative staircase design, which helps with air circulation to higher floors. Waterford porcelain propane stove in family room, Central all-house vacuuming, and laundry chute. Wood burning stove in basement and wood fireplace in living room are just some of its features. Step outside to take in the outdoors and enjoy all seasons on 3.5 acres. Jump into your very own spring-fed pond to cool off on hot summer days. There is also a dock and a boat for your pleasure. Sip a beverage on the huge wrap-around deck, grow your own herbs in the garden boxes, or rock the deck and have a weekend barbecue with friends. Warm up by the fire pit on chilly fall evenings. The pond freezes over in winter, so you can try ice-skating! Sellers have fond memories of building a fire on the frozen pond, friends sitting around it sharing stories. The home has a separate large bank barn style garage. Parking space for 3 cars in the garage, additional storage and another car in the back. 2-story shed for boats, campers or lawn equipment, which could also be a stable for barn animals. Trees like corkscrew willow, apple, flowering cherries, dogwoods, lilac, viburnum... perennials like bleeding hearts, pachysandra, peonies, daffodils, fragrant butterfly-attracting bee balm and more. Vacation at home, yet stay close to all activities, shopping and restaurants. Did I mention the award-winning Downingtown School District with the new STEM Academy, ranked No 1 of all high schools in PA? Definitely worth a visit. Sq Ft in public records is incorrect. Closer to 2600sq ft per sellers.  

Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

New Listing - 1009 Chiswell Dr. Downigntown, PA 19335

Popular Williamsburg neighborhood!  Downingtown school district.
4 Beds 2.1 baths - $375,000.



Great Opportunity to buy a move-in ready home in popular WILLIAMSBURG! Well maintained home with updated kitchen open to the family room for an open floor plan. This home is tucked away in a quiet area of the neighborhood yet close to all HOA amenities. Almost like a single family with the garage being the only one common wall with the neighbor. Move in ready with most rooms freshly painted recently. Very well lit and spacious house with a finished basement ready for you. Enjoy alfresco dinners on the private deck. Williamsburg is a very popular sidewalk community with a swimming pool, clubhouse, playground, basketball court, baseball field, paved access to the Struble Trail and neighborhood activities. Enviable convenience to SEPTA, 30 bypass, Rt. 202, 113 and PA Turnpike, shopping, dining and more. Award winning DOWNINGTOWN Schools, with the new STEM Academy. 


Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

What challenge did you have at your settlement?

It appears that I have had some challenge or the other with all my settlements recently.  I had to keep telling myself, patience is a virtue.  Clients are stressed and emotional, disappointed or perhaps even angry at circumstances beyond their control.  It is their Realtor's job to help resolve the situation and pull it together.

Some of my recent challenges
1.  Water leak and non working refrigerator at walk thru before settlement.  Seller paid to fix the leak, but refrigerator part ordered did not fix the refrigerator.  Fortunately for my client, the title company as able to escrow funds and I was able to negotiate funds in addition to the escrow amount, so my buyer could simply replace the appliance.  Can your real estate agent negotiate escrows at settlement?

2. New construction sale and client not happy with a long punch list at pre-settlement walk thru.  Constant follow up with the site agent and manager to ensure that the punch list is taken care of before final walk thru.  Did you use a Realtor for your new construction purchase?  Did they disappear after the contract was signed or did they stay in touch through the entire time that your home was being built?

3. Opening a new line of credit before settlement.  It was very tempting for the client to get a store card to save some money on new purchases.  However small the amount, an additional line of credit has to be recorded and mortgage paperwork updated and ratios worked out again.  Fortunately it was a mere formality because it did not affect client's ratios - but settlement was extended for hours until the new paperwork was processed.  Does your Realtor leave for their next appointment or do they stay by your side just in case there are any further complications?

4. Previous year's tax transcripts were needed by underwriters but international client did not have them because they held expatriate position for the company in another country that year. Last minute switch to a new lender - settlement extended by 10 days , new lender paperwork pulled together last minute - great team effort with help of the title agent - made settlement at 5 pm on the day the extended AOS contract was to expire.

Oh I could go on.. maybe I will write a book shortly....

Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Friday, May 29, 2015

Another study ranking schools in PA - 2015

So this one ranks Elementary schools.  Came across it at a website https://k12.niche.com/


Best Public Elementary Schools according to this website, ranks 40,403 elementary schools based on key student statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents. A high ranking indicates that the school is an exceptional academic institution with a diverse set of high-achieving students and faculty, and the students are very happy with their experiences.

The website has details of the methodology used in the study.



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