Thursday, May 21, 2020

Thursday, May 7, 2020

COVID-19 Chester County- Virtual Real Estate







We have pivoted to the virtual world - Buyers are buying homes sight unseen. Home Inspections managed remotely... Good time to refinance the mortgage! Is now the right time to sell or buy a home?

For more information on the COVID-19 impact on Chester County real estate you can reach me directly at 484 947 3127.





Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred 
390 Waterloo Blvd, Exton, PA 19341.
Cell: (484) 947 3127
Office: 610 363 6006

What happens to Chester county Home Values under COVID19? Bela Vora Homes





For more information on the COVID-19 impact on Chester County real estate you can reach me directly at 484 947 3127.





Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred 
390 Waterloo Blvd, Exton, PA 19341.
Cell: (484) 947 3127
Office: 610 363 6006

Thursday, March 12, 2020

731 Stoncliffe Rd, Malvern, PA 19355- ATWATER Community



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Location Location Location! Welcome to this meticulous 2 year old East facing Build Smart energy saving home in popular Atwater, where sellers have spared no detail. Why wait for new construction, all the popular options are already selected for you, simply move in. Premium lot with flat front and back yards and spectacular views, a rare find in this neighborhood. Inviting front porch, where you may linger with neighbors, a grand open floor plan with 2 story family room, in addition to formal living and dining rooms on the main level. Spectacular upgraded kitchen with a large Granite island, where guests can gather while you entertain. Adjoining butlers pantry, extensive cabinets for storage, gas cook top with an upgraded hood, under-cabinet lighting & electric outlets, and walk-in pantry are a chef's delight. Did we mention a first floor in-law suite with an upgraded full bath and walk-in closet? This extra room for guests or family is not often found in resale homes. Step out on the back deck and relax on this covered space in rain or shine, enjoy the spectacular views of the woods and ever changing sunsets! Gas line and a dedicated electric circuit on rear porch for a grill or a fireplace. Keep the daily clutter organized with cubbies and hooks in the mudroom, by the garage entrance. You are now ready to walk up the extra wide oak stairs, with painted risers and metal railings, another highly desired new construction upgrade. The expansive master bedroom has a tray ceiling, upgraded en-suite bath with his & her vanities and two rather expansive walk in closets. Three other good sized bedrooms on this level, each with en-suite bath and walk in closets. Spacious laundry room with a storage closet and an additional hallway linen closet complete this level. Expansive walkout basement with large windows, a full bath, and still plenty of unfinished storage space. The basement also has wet bar rough ins for future. Public record sq ft differs slightly from Builder info (4290 sq ft above grade & 5747 sq ft total finished area) provided to seller, builder floor plan attached with room dimensions. Ethernet ports on all 3 levels, along with wireless access point, USB chargers on Kitchen Island, Two independently programmable Nest controls (remotely accessible via app) the two furnaces & two AC units in the house, hardwired security system and LED bulbs in all recessed lights in the home. Post purchase sellers have added premium fans in every room and have overcome challenges of landscaping, and maintaining a lush lawn on this new construction lot, underground drainage installed for most of roof gutters. Floodlights in backyard. Extra wide and dual door garage with each door remotely accessible via ~Liftmaster~ app. All of this in award winning Great Valley schools! 

Easy access to Malvern work commutes, the great Valley corporate center, Minutes to PA turnpike via the 29 slip ramp, Close to Paoli and Malvern Septa R5 train stations for a city commute, or conveniently catch the Amtrak to reach New York city in 2 hrs. Easy access to the best local Universities for Executive Education. Minutes from the famous Chester Valley Trail and walking trail access to the East Whiteland township park, with children's play area, picnic areas and tennis courts. Neighborhood access to scenic Echo Lake, Dog Park and walking trails. Atwater is a modern community with all shopping conveniences right at the entrance. Pick up a working lunch from Panera or Naf Naf Grill, make a daily Starbucks coffee run, drop off dry cleaning, get gas or essential groceries at Wawa, quick stop by the bank and preschool pickups made easy. Meet colleagues for happy hour or dinner at nearby P J Whelihan's. Wegmans less than 3 miles away, Target 8 mins and Costco about 15 mins, It's a lifestyle thing. You won't find all of these features in a home easily - grab it before it's gone. Schedule your showing today!



Call 484 947 3127 for more information or schedule a showing appointment!



Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred 
390 Waterloo Blvd, Exton, PA 19341.
Cell: (484) 947 3127
Office: 610 363 6006

Friday, March 6, 2020

1308 Broadview W, Downingtown, PA 19335- Summit Ridge Community-Downingtown Schools



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Welcome to this completely renovated, charming home on a quiet cul-de-sac street. Conveniently located between West Chester and Downingtown Boroughs, this 4 beds 2.1 bath colonial, with about half acre of completely flat professionally maintained front and back yards, is just what you have been waiting for! Sellers have put in a lot of hard work into making this a warm, inviting and charming space. Enter thru the front door into the formal living and family rooms on either side that was completely redone. The family room paneling was all removed and the fireplace got a new mantle and hearth. The grey and white color tones, and the warm Acacia hardwood flooring, invite you to sit and relax with loved ones. The height of the entrances from these rooms to the kitchen was raised, to let in more light and gives the entire home an open feel. The brand new completely renovated kitchen has a new French doors which replaced a small window, so the space is now flooded with lots of light. The white cabinets, Quartz counters and floating kitchen island are a chef's delight. Don't miss the lovely back splash, recessed lights and there is even under cabinet lighting all wired and ready to go. All appliances are stainless steel and just over 1 year old. There is a separate dining room for those formal dinners. My favorite part of this kitchen is the antique barn style sliding door, leading to the powder room and laundry area. There is some new storage cabinets installed next to the laundry sink, and a door that allows backyard access. Leave this amazing lower level to walk up the updated wooden stairs with painted risers, to the 4 bedrooms on the upper level where the carpet is all new. A brand new master bath has glass shower doors and tile surround, all new porcelain tile flooring, all new electric and plumbing, vanity, sink and toilet. The bathroom access is a pocket door; make sure you don't miss it. The walk in master bedroom closet has convenient built- in organizers. The hall bath was also completely redone with modern grey and white tones. On the lower level is a full basement which can be used for storage and built-in 2 car garage that has shelving and work benches for the handy homeowner. There is also an area wired for a TV set up - to play your favorite sport as you work on projects.

 The sellers have done extensive exterior work - had a concrete walkway installed, had 5 trees removed, that were too close to the house. They worked on landscaping to remove wild overgrowth, re-edged and enlarged the mulch beds and thoughtfully planted shrubs and bushes. This large flat backyard awaits kid activities, family barbecues, cozy Fall weather fireside chats, and large scale entertaining. The custom shed will be a gardener's delight and offers plenty of storage. Move in soon and be surprised with Spring and Summer colors, as perennials pop up in beds all over. Public record sq ft indicates basement is finished, however it is an unfinished basement. Buyers are asked to verify the sq ft themselves. Take advantage of the top ranked Downingtown schools and the STEM Academy. Embrace the city life, shopping and restaurants about half hour away in King of Prussia or closer in Exton. Enjoy the country side living with nearby Marsh Creek, Brandywine River and walking trails, or simply indulge at nearby charming West Chester Borough or Marshalton Village restaurants. Easy access to Downingtown train station for a center city Philadelphia commute, or catch an Amtrak to New York City. This is your happy place - schedule your showing today, and call it home!



Call 484 947 3127 for more information or schedule a showing appointment!



Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred 
390 Waterloo Blvd, Exton, PA 19341.
Cell: (484) 947 3127
Office: 610 363 6006

Monday, January 13, 2020

931 Brittney Terrace - Downingtown - PA 19335 - Uwchlan Hunt Community - Home For Sale


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Gorgeous home in popular Uwchlan Hunt awaits new buyers! If you are tired of the cookie cutter homes stacked too close to one another - this is the community for you. This well maintained home is flooded with natural light. Enter into the 2 story foyer with gracefully curving staircase of wrought iron spindles, & lovely chandelier, making for a grand entrance. The main level has cherry hardwood floors throughout. The bay window in the formal dining room, and large set of windows in the family room, have custom cushions for extra seating... or to be used as reading nooks... or simply sunny area for pets? The upgraded kitchen is an entertainer's dream w/6 burner Thermador gas range, Viking refrigerator, upgraded cherry cabinets, granite counter tops and soft close drawers. Gather family & guests around the large Granite center island, and enjoy the conversations while you cook. The family room has a bump-out wet bar. The highlight of the home is the exceptional sun room, with lovely backyard views, making this home perfect for entertaining all year round. This home has an incredible cozy private backyard. Just imagine the lovely views as seasons change from snow covered trees branches, to bright Spring flowers, to flaming Fall colors. The sellers created the backyard decorative wall/bench seating and outdoor stone fire pit in 2015. There is a separate large Patio area, current patio furniture included in the sale. A laundry/mud room with interior access to a 2 car garage, and an updated powder room complete this level. The Garage has an electric car charger installed 2017. Upstairs is the master bedroom with a walk in closet and a large sitting room currently being used as an office. There are 3 additional bedrooms and a hall bath. The lower level is a walkout, and has a partially finished area perfect for an office or exercise room. New HVAC (2014) & water heater (2014) New Palladium window (2019), whole house was professionally painted in 2017 with modern paint colors. 

Nature not too far away - Enjoy biking or walking on the nearby Struble Trails, boating and other activities at Marsh Creek Lake, only 5 mins away. Situated within the highly acclaimed award winning Downingtown school district, home of the STEM Academy. Conveniently located near the PA Turnpike, Routes 100/202/401/30/113. Less than a 10 min drive to the train station for a Philadelphia commute, or to catch the Amtrak into NY City. This one is as truly a gem. Grab it before it is gone, nothing to do but move in!


Call 484 947 3127 for more information or schedule a showing appointment!



Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred 
390 Waterloo Blvd, Exton, PA 19341.
Cell: (484) 947 3127
Office: 610 363 6006

Friday, January 3, 2020

How a Real Estate Agent can help with Rental Properties





Finding tenants for your rental property can be time consuming and stressful. Using a Real Estate Agent can help make the process easier, here is a list of the things i can help you with.

Market Value- Will do a Comparative Market Analysis of rental properties in the area. Doing a CMA will help get the highest rent possible but not price the property too high that your rental sits on the market for months.

Market the Property- Set the property up on a Multiple Listing Service, Bright MLS. The MLS is accessed by thousands of Real Estate Agents in PA. Promote the property on Zillow, Realtor.com, Craiglist, BelaVoraHomes, Downingtown Real Estate Blogspot, at our Coldwell Banker Preferred office meetings and market to my large Database/Network.

Showing Times- This is a service we use for scheduling showing appointments. You will get notified each time an appointment had been booked. The service also provides feedback from the agent that showed the property.

Lead Follow Up- Will follow up with all leads on the phone and do a basic screening to see if they are good potential tenants. We don't want any unnecessary showing appointments if a lead is not a good candidate or not quite ready to move. Especially if your property is currently rented and occupied by a tenant.

 Showings- After i have done a basic phone screening i will arrange arrange and attend all showing appointments at the property with the prospective tenants.

Rental Application-A rental application is different than a lease. I like to have all tenants fill out the form called "Pennsylvania Association of Realtor" also known a PAR form. This from will give information on the tenants income, household information etc.

Pay Stubs/Offer Letter- I like to collect two recent pay stubs from tenants and review. Sometimes a tenant make be relocating and starting in a new job therefore will not have recent pay stubs. In this scenario i will request an offer letter and review.

Tenant Screening/Background Checks- Our office subscribes to National Tenant Network. Doing a  background check and credit checks using NTN will help determine if the information the tenant fills out on an application is accurate. The NTN will show the tenants credit score, any foreclosures, criminal background, defaults on payments, child support, credit card debt etc.

Draft a Lease Agreement- Once a tenant has been found i will prepare the lease with all necessary clauses etc. and send for signatures.

Walk Through- After we have a signed lease i will arrange the walk thorough with the tenant and hand over the keys.


Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred 
390 Waterloo Blvd, Exton, PA 19341.
Cell: (484) 947 3127
Office: 610 363 6006

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Financial Tips & Buying a House Tips that Fit on an Index Card



There are countless personal finance books and blog articles that offer advice on investing, savings, retirement and taxes. 

You could read all those books, or you can listen to University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack.Professor Pollack advice, he believe that you can fit all the investment advice you'll ever need on a single index card.

In 2013, professor Harold Pollack did an online video chat with personal finance writer Helaine Olen about her book, Pound Foolish. The topic was how regular people get steered into bad investments  by financial advisers. 

During the interview Pollack said "The best personal finance advice can fit on a 3-by-5 index card, and is available for free in the library," "So, if you are paying someone for advice, almost by definition, your're probably getting the wrong advice because the correct advice is so straight forward.

After Pollack posted the video, he started receiving emails asking where to find this index card and what was the advice. The index card didn't exist.

So, Pollack grabbed an index card from his daughter wrote several personal finance principles, snapped a photo with his phone and posted it online. The result, the photo went viral ( image above is of the index card).

Here are Pollack's 9 personal finance tips from his original index card:

1. Max your 401(k) or equivalent employee contribution.
2. Buy inexpensive, well-diversified mutual funds such as Vanguard Target 20xx funds.
3. Never buy or sell an individual security. The person on the other side of the table knows more than you do about this stuff.
4. Save 20% of your money.
5. Pay your credit card balance in full every month.
6. Maximize tax-advantaged savings vehicles like Roth, SEP and 529 accounts.
7. Pay attention to fees. Avoid actively managed funds.
8. Make financial advisers commit to the fiduciary standard.
9. Promote social insurance programs to help people when things go wrong.
The index card was widely criticized for not including "buy a home" so he wrote an entire article later called Buying a Home? Here are 10 things you should know.

See the photo below of the housing index card - a handy resource to use as you look at houses or think about buying one, plus some additional advice as you contemplate making the big decision.







Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred 
390 Waterloo Blvd, Exton, PA 19341.
Cell: (484) 947 3127
Office: 610 363 6006

Friday, November 22, 2019

Tips for Selling or Renting your home



  Sellers and landlords have to be selective about where they spend their money and what exactly should be done. Here is the order....based on current local market trends in northern Chester County and surrounding areas. With all the competition from new construction in the area...Buyers don’t want honey do list as soon as they move in and if they accept it - you will certainly get beat up on price. Which upgrades give biggest bang for buck? 

Basic level is to declutter and deep clean - often forgotten things - appliances (oven), baseboards, windows, screens, power wash exterior an deck/patio, take care of weeds and overgrown landscaping.

Next - fix everything broken (floor tiles, kitchen cabinet hinges & handles),leaking (faucets,toilets) stained (carpet) creaking (doors) missing (light bulbs, door knobs) peeling paint, plumbing issues shaky railing etc etc. for a well maintained home. Make sure everything is up to code - make sure appliances are working fine. 

Inexpensive updates like faucets, mirrors, light fixtures, paint colors, window treatments that date a property - modernize them to make them appear move in ready. Check local trends, nickel finish versus gold finish faucets, beige neutrals versus warm grey neutral paint colors. 

The above can apply to any home whatever the price range - for rental or for sale.  If what buyers can see on their visit needs work - total turn off.  If everything appears neat and well maintained - they will assume what cannot be seen is also well maintained. When renting - if a clean and well maintained property is handed to tenant - you are likely to get tenants who are more cleanliness and maintenance conscious - and they are likely to maintain it in that condition as well. 

Flooring - stained carpet is a no - if steam cleaning doesn't get stains out replacing is inexpensive relative to value of home.Consider modern better quality laminates for rentals - re-engineered hardwoods that are more long term upgrades. 

Non visible expensive upgrades - septic, well, roof, HVAC, windows - these are big ticket and whether they are needed Depends on location of property - age - level of competition, nature of visible problems -  timing for sale - this decision would have to be customized to each home.  I might recommend pre-inspections - and prefer repairs to replacement as far as possible. Call me - for a customized assessment and plan of action. 




Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred 
390 Waterloo Blvd, Exton, PA 19341.
Cell: (484) 947 3127
Office: 610 363 6006