Thursday, January 10, 2019

5 Reasons You Should Buy A Home This Winter



Winter is a wonderful time of year to buy a home. Here are five reasons why you should house hunt this season:


Avoid the competition
While other home buyers hibernate during the winter season, you can take advantage of a potentially slower market, which means more options to choose from at potentially lower prices.


Take control
Since most home buyers make their purchase during the spring and summer months, some sellers become more anxious during the winter, giving you the upper hand.


Be the holiday host
It’s your turn to invite friends and family to your brand new home for winter festivities!


Invest your extra dough
There’s no better way to use that end of year bonus than on a down payment for your new home.


Seize the season
Buying in the winter means spending your summer living, rather than house hunting.

Don’t get left out in the cold, find your dream home this winter.

Thanks to Michael Lamborn at Guaranteed Rate Affinity for this article.    https://app.grarate.com/#/start





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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

3640 Wagner Lane- Byers Station- Home For Sale


54k Price Reduction on brand New Construction in popular Byers Station! Doesn't get much better than this and more incentives to celebrate the holidays in your new home. Beautiful move in ready Fairmont model presented by Lennar, one of America's leading Home builders since 1954. Invite the family over for holidays this year - you have room for everyone! Finished Basement with a powder room and small kitchenette is perfect for entertaining. Hardwood throughout first Floor, Gas Fireplace, Recessed Lights, Morning room breakfast area with a tech package which can be used as a butlers pantry, or to pay bills or as a homework station. Study tucked away for privacy and home office. Completely Open floor plan with Espresso kitchen cabinets and Granite. The mud room is expansive with built-ins and an exterior door plus counter space for phone recharging, or space to organize the clutter that busy daily lives create. Tray ceiling in Master bedroom, luxurious Master Bath Spa package await you. Pictures are of the actual home. If your general impression about new construction is, the list price is the base price, and everything else is going to cost extra... you should check out this home. An incredible 54k in savings! Ask for a list of everything that is included including Alexa, Nest Thermostat and more... 

The Byers Station neighborhood is very popular for its amenities. The neighborhood has 2 swimming pools, fitness room, club house, walking trails, tennis and basketball courts, many playgrounds and tot lots. Ice cream socials and movie nights allow for great community participation. Connect to Rt. 100 for the turnpike or Eagle Farms rd to connect to Rt 113 and 401. All major arteries - Rt.30, Rt.202 and SEPTA/Amtrak train stations are within reasonable access. No Stucco! move in to this worry free brand new construction that is covered by builder warranties. Schedule your showing today!


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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Real Estate Shifting Market- The housing market shifts to a buyers market.





After several years of escalating home prices, bidding wars, and inventory shortages, the national US real estate market appears to be hinting toward a significant correction It appears the pendulum is swinging away from sellers and back toward buyers

This trend, I believe, is due to a combination of factors like - rising mortgage interest rates, high student loan balances, shifting demographics with the millennial's forming households much later in life, stellar stock market performances making real estate investment questionable and more.... 

Zillow shed more than a quarter of its market value last week, as a downturn in the housing market weighs on the company's core services and drags profits lower.
According to a Joint Center for Housing Studies - Harvard University, Immigration has become an increasingly important source of household growth and Millennial's will lead household growth.

All real estate however is local.  So whats happening in our area? We have Malvern a growing thanks to Vanguard and Great Valley corporate center, Collegeville area thanks to the Pharma companies like GSK, Pfizer, SAP adding to Newtown square growth, local IT industries hiring big time, J&J and QVC in West Chester...all leading to a steady growth in employment.

All the big builders are now building new construction communities in our area - some of the top national builders have now found northern Chester county and there is a flurry of new construction activity.  Check out all the new construction in West Whiteland Township.  With access to the mountains and all activities, NJ beaches, city life in NY city and Washington DC all within about 2 hrs drive, and of course the thriving and growing 5th larges city in the country -  Philadelphia, we are the perfect storm of population growth

I predict that the housing downturn is not likely to affect our Northern Chester county area significantly.  We will see a downward trend and shift from large single family homes on large acreage, to low maintenance town homes or smaller single family homes.  New construction is the highly preferred housing for the Asian immigrant population and it will continue to thrive.  

Always great to see if my predictions came true in hindsight.   This is what I had written last year - in my blog article How will the Trump Presidency affect Chester county real estate?  What do you think?

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West Whiteland Township - New Construction- Chester County


In West Whiteland Township there is an explosion of building activity. The area is undergoing a renewed interest with development that has the township buzzing with new projects, both residential and commercial and lots of proposed projects in the pipeline.

 Just this week it has been announced that four acres of the Exton Square Mall property, adjacent to the mall itself has been sold to developers for $10.3 million. The developers plan to build an apartment complex that will consist of 300-unit luxury apartments. 

Below is a list of the new construction project and proposed projects. 

Approved  & Under Review Projects 

Dantes Run - 7 single family homeshttp://www.moserhomes.com/land-available.php

Power Back Rehabilitationhttp://www.powerbackrehabilitation.com/exton

Ashbridge at Main St. - 410 apartment units. https://www.dailylocal.com/news/national/ashbridge-house-site-eyed-for-development/article_a86893a6-da57-5f89-8f0b-58cfbc4e9e30.html

Boy Scouts of America- A new administrative building. https://www.dailylocal.com/news/national/in-funding-secured-for-new-boy-scout-center-in-exton/article_2c18041f-8cc6-5d5c-811f-af415bc660bc.html

Chop House- The former T.G.I Friday's is being renovated into a new  steakhouse.  http://www.watersretailgroup.com/chop-house-grille-signs-a-lease/

Keva Flats- 240 apartment units.  https://www.kevaflats.com/

Waterloo Reserve - 86 carriage homes being built on the site of the former Waterloo gardens.https://www.lennar.com/new-homes/pennsylvania/chester-county/exton/waterloo-reserve

Exton Elementary School- The school will be adding 5 additional classrooms to the existing building.

First Watch & Zoe's Kitchen- The former Bob Evan's is being spit into two, with a new cafe-First Watch and restaurant -Zoe's Kitchen. https://zoeskitchen.com/?utm_source=google_centro&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=zoes&utm_campaign=Brand%20-%20Tier%203

Homesense and Sierra Trading Post- The former Sports Authority is being split into 2 new retail stores. Homesense has already opened. Sierra Trading post is coming soon. https://www.sierratradingpost.com/

New Horizions Montessori Acadmey- A new 2 story building to increase  the capacity of the existing school.

Parkview at Oakland's- 291 apartment units. https://www.cbgbuildingcompany.com/Portfolio/Project/Parkview-at-Oaklands

Reserve at Glen Loch- 108 Carriage homes. https://juddbuilders.com/PA/chester-county/reserve-at-glen-loch.php

Church Farm School- Construction of an addition to Greystock Hall.

Hanover Exton Square- 342 apartment units next to Whole Foods Market.https://www.globest.com/2018/11/13/preit-completes-sale-of-land-parcel-at-exton-square-for-mf-development/

Harry Simon Estate- 8 single family homes along Grove Rd. between Boot Rd. and Stewart Dr.

Horn Plumbing & Heating Inc.- Commercial flex space (warehouse/offices) off S. Whitford Rd.

Lochiel Farm- 140 Townhomes. https://www.dlhowell.com/blog/lochiel-farm-receives-conditional-use-approval/

Mini LP- 3 story-self storage along Pottstown Pike, next to Boot Rd. CVS.

Sunrise Blvd. Hotel- a new 65 unit, 4 story hotel along Sunrise Blvd. next to Sunrise Assisted Living facility and across from Target. 

Collegium Charter School- Construction of an addition to the existing Performance Arts Center with the Oakland's Corporate Center.

Frame Property - 169 carriage homes along E. Lincoln Hwy. between Church Farm School and Lochiel Farm.

J.B. Brandolini Inc. - 7 single- family homes along Kirkland Ave. between Sweet Briar Rd. and Pottstown Pike.

NVR Homes- 90 single family homes- http://www.nvrinc.com/


Fall 2018 Present and Proposed Township Development


* 54 unit, 4 story hotel on 4 Tabas Ln. Exton. This is located  close to Exton elementary school.

* New Wawa convenience store and gas station at the former Entenmann's site at the corner of ship and Lincoln Hwy.

* 7 single family homes between Old Pottstown Pk. and Pottstown Pike. (PA100).



Call 484 947 3127 for more information on any of these projects.
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Monday, November 12, 2018

464 Lee Pl. - Exton, PA 19341- West Chester Schools- MLS 7280269






Over 80k in upgrades built into this price!!! Ready to move in, new construction in the heart of Exton. The Ridgeway Grande end unit, with all the finest upgrades offered by Lennar, one of America's leading Home builders since 1954.
 If you are looking to downsize, but want the luxury of fine living, this is the one for you! Open floor plan with morning room, maintenance free deck and 3 spacious bedrooms upstairs. Kitchen has upgraded level 5 shaker style cabinets with dovetail drawers, cushion close doors, beautiful quartz countertops, under cabinet lighting and more. Hardwood floors on main level.

All this in an incredible location, minutes to 3 train stations for a SEPTA ride into Philly, or AMTRAK ride into NY City. Around the corner from plenty of dining, shopping and entertainment options. A small, welcoming neighborhood tucked away like an oasis. This is the lifestyle change you were looking for! Have easy access to theatre/movies, play a round of golf at the local country club, make your restaurant reservations in nearby charming West Chester, named among the 100 best places to live in America. Nature not too far away - Enjoy biking on nearby Chester Valley or Struble Trails, boating and other activities at Marsh Creek lake, only 15 mins away. Upstairs is the elegant master suite w/tray ceiling, walk in closet and recessed lights. 2 additional bedrooms with Hall Bath and a Laundry room complete the second level. The foyer upstairs is open to the 2 story Living room. A large walk-out unfinished basement for storage, if you are downsizing from a large home, or waiting to be finished with a 3 piece bath rough in, if you need additional living space. Highly rated West Chester schools. Move in to this worry free brand new construction that is covered by builder warranties. Schedule your showing today! Incredible savings if you act quick!
Click here to view a virtual tour of the property- http://www.homesforsaletours.com/lot-83---464-lee-place--exton--pa.html
Call 484 947 3127 for more information or schedule a showing appointment!
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Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Home for sale in Byers Station- 3816 Trembly Ct.- MLS 7276409




New construction in popular Byers Station! Beautiful move in ready Richmont model presented by Lennar, one of America's leading Home builders since 1954. Upgrades include Hardwood throughout First Floor, Shaker style Cabinets,top quality Granite, Stainless Steel Appliances,Gas Fireplace, Recessed Lights, Frameless Glass Master Bath Shower Door, and so much more. Pictures are of the actual home, not the model. The cul de sac location, with great views from upstairs windows, happens to be my favorite part of this property. If your general impression about new construction is, the list price is the base price and everything else is going to cost extra... you should check out this home. It has hardwood, granite, tile, glass, stainless steel, upgraded lighting, an amazing mudroom with built-ins, at an incredible 60k in savings! Ask for a list of everything that is included. It is ready to move in, and has the most amazing upgrades and selections. 

The Byers Station neighborhood is very popular for its amenities. The neighborhood has 2 swimming pools, club house, walking trails, tennis and basketball courts, many playgrounds and tot lots. Ice cream socials and movie nights allow for great community participation. Connect to Rt. 100 for the turnpike or Eagle Farms rd to connect to Rt 113 and 401. All major arteries - Rt.30, Rt.202 and SEPTA/Amtrak train stations are within reasonable access. No Stucco! move in to this worry free brand new construction that is covered by builder warranties.

Click here to view a virtual tour of the property- http://www.homesforsaletours.com/3816-trembly-court--chester-springs--pa.html
Call 484 947 3127 for more information or schedule a showing appointment!
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Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Friday, October 26, 2018

906 Francis Dr., Downingtown, PA 19335- Home For Sale in Williamsburg Community- MLS 7272663



Finally a 4 bedroom single for sale in popular WILLIAMSBURG! Well maintained home with updated galore...Brand new HVAC (Oct 2018), Water Heater (Feb 2018), Roof (2015). Updated kitchen, with beautiful granite counter tops, all newer stainless steel appliances. Entire main level and upper level is all hardwood flooring. Upgraded 2 foot bump out along both the length and breadth of house makes the room seem much bigger. Seller believes this upgrade not factored into public records sq ft. Buyer to verify. The bump out allows for additional room in the garage as well, just right to store the lawn mowers, bikes etc. No need for a shed, which many neighbors need. Garage is semi finished with drywall and shelving. Very well lit home with an open floor plan. Full finished basement. Enjoy alfresco dinners on the oversize deck. A lot of pride of ownership with top quality preferred on all updates made over the years.
 Williamsburg is a very popular sidewalk community with a swimming pool, clubhouse, playground, basketball court, baseball field, and neighborhood activities. All this for a very low HOA fee! Paved access to the popular Struble Trail, move in soon to enjoy walking the trail on crisp autumn days. Enviable convenience to SEPTA train stations, 30 bypass, Rt. 202, 113 and PA Turnpike for work commutes, local shopping, dining and more. Award winning DOWNINGTOWN Schools, with the new STEM Academy, ranked No. 1 in PA! 

Click here to view a virtual tour of the property-http://www.homesforsaletours.com/906-francis-drive--downingtown--pa.html
Call 484 947 3127 for more information or schedule a showing appointment!
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Home Moving Tips- Chester County-PA





If you have a move coming up, here a few  tips to help your move go smoothly.

1.  Research movers ratings thoroughly. We’ve all heard horror stories about movers stealing, losing or recklessly damaging belongings, make sure you’re choosing a reputable, licensed company with ample experience. Check reviews, Better Business Bureau ratings and references before committing to hire. It’s also a good idea to purchase appropriate insurance for your belongings if you have a lot of expensive items, just in case.

2. Don’t wait till the last minute to book your movers. Moving companies do book up, especially during the busy summer months, so don’t leave this decision until the last moment. Start looking for a company early and get on its schedule.


3. Toss or donate unwanted belongings before getting a quote. So you don't end up paying to have these item moved, or run out of room in the moving truck — If you pare down your belongings a great deal between the time of your quote and moving day, you can save yourself some money.
If you do require flexibility in truck space for your move, be upfront about it. Some companies allow you to pay by the foot, which means you pay only for the space you end up using. Usually this involves sharing space with another customer, in which case your belongings will be divided with a locked partition inside the truck.
4. Label your boxes. If you’re planning to hire professional packers, it’s smart to ask about their policy for labeling boxes. If they don’t label (surprisingly common), plan to be present while the packers work (a good idea anyway) and make it your job to label each box as it’s completed.
Packing tip: Label your boxes with your last name as well as the name of the room in your new home where you want the box to end up. When labeling rooms, use language that will make sense to the movers: Instead of “Madison’s room,” you could label a box “Upstairs small bedroom.”

5. Block out close parking in advance . If your movers can’t park the truck close to your home, you’ll probably get stuck with what’s known as a long-carry fee — and the farther the movers have to walk to bring each item, the longer it will take. To avoid this, do whatever you can to ensure there’s a close place to park the truck at both your old home and new. You may want to notify neighbors in advance, park your cars in the closest spaces to hold them, or put cones and signs in the space in front of your house on the day of the move.
6. Remember to measure openings at your new home. After one harrowing experience attempting to get a giant sofa through a narrow stairway (our movers eventually gave up), I now know the value of measuring doorways and stairwells in advance. If bulky furniture doesn’t fit, you may be forced to leave treasured pieces behind, or — if you simply can’t do without an item — you may need to ask for hoisting services, which aren’t cheap and may not be available right away.
7. Take the time to read the fine print. Before the movers leave at the end of the day, you’ll be asked to sign off on the inventory sheet and bill — and you’ll be exhausted when this happens. It’s easy to breeze through these last steps and just sign whatever papers they thrust in front of you, but it’s important that you take the time to actually read what you’re signing.
Double check that everything that went into the truck has actually arrived. Look over the bill carefully and be sure there are no extra charges.It’s a good idea to take a look inside the truck before it pulls away. And look close: Tiny (but necessary) items like drawer knobs and shelf brackets can easily get overlooked on the floor of a big truck.
8. Just get the big stuff into position at your new home; the rest can wait. Think rugs and major (read: heavy) furniture pieces — anything you can’t easily move on your own — are the things that should be put into position by the movers. Ideally, you’ll already be armed with a floor plan of the new space with furniture positions marked out. But if you didn’t get anything that elaborate organized, no worries. Just station yourself in the new place as early as possible before the movers arrive and make some decisions about where things will go.
Then locate the box with your bedding, because you’re going to be ready for a good night’s sleep!

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