Monday, May 7, 2018

915 Noble Dr- Downingtown-Home for Sale in Welsh Ayres Community-Downingtown Schools- MLS 7174307



Very well maintained home on a quiet street, with an awesome backyard awaits new buyers. This neighborhood in Uwchlan township, is most popular for its location and lovely lots.  Welcome to a half acre private, lush green backyard, that has the added bonus of backing to HOA property, which means you maintain less, but have access to a much bigger open space.  The sellers have built an addition to extend the family room, that has special architectural details. The dining area was also bumped out, to create a much bigger open floor plan. The great room has a brick fireplace and large floor to ceiling glass windows, that offer spectacular backyard views. The main level has a formal living room and formal dining room as well. The Kitchen is flooded with light, has Corian counters and a large pantry.  Upstairs, in the Master bedroom, is a recently remodeled master bath, with a double sink and large frameless glass shower.  The walk-in closet in the master bedroom has built in organizers for efficiency.  The Hall bath has been recently renovated as well, with a large sink and modern finishes.  Sellers have made many updates over the years, a new roof (2009), new AC/Heat pump (2006) and new siding (2009), garage doors with openers (2000), and new hardwood flooring in foyer and dining room.  The extra-large deck is extremely well maintained and designed for backyard celebrations. 

 Nice quiet community with mature trees and friendly neighbors who love living here.  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.  Did I mention the home is extremely well maintained.  Nothing to do but move in!


For more information on this listing or to schedule a visit please call 484 947 3127.

Click on the following link for more information or to view a virtual tour of the property 
http://www.homesforsaletours.com/915-noble-drive--downingtown--pa.html

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Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

200 Warren Ct- Exton-Pa 19341-Windham Community - Home For Sale in Chester County-Downingtown Schools


Beautiful home with brick facade, located in the highly sought after neighborhood of Windham, where homes rarely come on the market. Meticulously maintained spacious home with an open floor plan great for entertaining. Beautiful yard professional landscaped by Waterloo Gardens, with an extensive in-ground sprinkler system and lovely perennials.

Relax in the expansive 2 story family room w/stone fireplace, wall of windows letting in lots of natural light & second-floor balcony overlooking into the family room. Large kitchen with upgraded cherry cabinets,granite counter tops, island seating, newer appliances, walk-in pantry, butlers pantry and large eat-in breakfast area will be a delight for the gourmet cook. Large  formal living & dining room with wainscoting, crown molding & architectural columns. Work from home in  well lit study w/french doors, tucked away for privacy. Bonus computer station/desk area between the kitchen & family room can be used as an 'Alexa' station, or to pay bills, or function as a study nook.

 Front & rear stair cases. Huge upstairs landing area, spacious enough to add a sofa & book shelf, would make a great reading nook. Large master bedroom with tray ceiling, 2 walk-in closets and nicely appointed master bath with double sinks, makeup vanity area, stall shower, alcove with large soak in tub & window, toilet with separate door for privacy and a large linen closet. Bedroom 2 & 3 share a full bathroom with double sinks. Bedroom 4 is a princess suite with its own private full bathroom, great for when of town guests come to visit.

Dual HVAC systems,new 80 gallon water heater in 2017, whole house water softening system. Recently updated powder room with new vanity & toilet. Whole house was recently painted & carpet replaced Feb 2018. Spacious laundry room/mud room with a convenient exterior door. Did we mention a 3 car garage?

Walk to parks, restaurants and shopping or walk or bike to Marsh Creek State park. Situated within the highly acclaimed Downingtown East 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 R5 Train station for a Philadelphia commute.  This one is Location Location!

Click on the following link for more information or to view a virtual tour of the property  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb24Z5WTEAY&feature=youtu.be

For more information on this listing or to schedule a visit please call 484 947 3127.

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Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Coldwell Banker Preferred-Exton's Annual Appreciation Party


Hope you can join me for our annual Coldwell Banker Preferred-Exton's Annual Appreciation Party.This year the anniversary event is at a really fun venue, the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester. Come hungry, lots of free food and refreshments. Kids can have a great time exploring all the various aircrafts on display. Even adults become kids again.  Bring your families!
Last year one of my clients' son, won the raffle for a free helicopter ride - how cool!



Thursday, April 12, 2018
Open House from 5-8 pm
American Helicopter Museum
1220 American Boulevard,
West Chester, PA 19380


Catering by Anthony's Italian Restaurant
Craft Beer and Wine Bars
Live Entertainment
Photo Booth

Raffle and Silent Auction 
to Benefit Unite for HER 


By Invitation Only
RSVP to 484 947 3124
Email: bela@belavora.com


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Bela Vora, R3ALTOR
Top 1% of all Realtors in Chester County 2016, 2017.
#1 Agent, Coldwell Banker Preferred Exton 2016, 2017.
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton
Office: 610 363 6006
Cell: (484) 947 3127


Friday, March 9, 2018

These smiles after settlement pretty much say it all - what a success story!



These are the smiling faces of my wonderful clients who just bought their first home!  Buying a home can be daunting - but this couple did it just right in my opinion.  Did their research, engaged a knowledgeable local Realtor, asked a lot of questions, weighed all options, waited for the right home....and when they saw one they fell in love with, never hesitated a bit! 

We had to fight other buyers over multiple bids and deal with the appraisal that came in short, yet they never lost their unwavering faith in me through it all.  Always tried to understand pros and cons and trusted my advice as to the next steps.  It was a textbook case, of how a seasoned agent who is strong at negotiation, understands paperwork/contracts and is fiercely protective of the client's interests, can not only hold the deal together, but save the home buyers big $$$$! 

Yes, in a multiple bid we managed to bid just the right amount to be the winning bid, and ofcourse managed to negotiate a failed appraisal to the buyers' advantage.  The trust that these buyers had in me was truly very humbling.  You can tell I had to be on top of my game,  I just couldn't let them down.  Yet another perfect example of how you can save a lot more with the right Realtor! 

This was extra special to me because as I with with young couples like them, I see in them, my own kids a few years down the line, possibly with their significant others, going thru the same house hunting process.  So Abhi mentioned her dad is a Realtor in India... likewise, my kids may be looking for a home in another state or even another country.  I hope their experience is awesome as well, and they have such happy faces at settlement! 

I cannot tell you exactly how I will make a difference to your real estate transaction, because each transaction is unique, with different set of players and circumstances.  But I will confidently tell you, I am customer service oriented and fiercely loyal to my client's interests, so there will be a noticeable difference.  Read about my other Success stories here.

To learn more about me visit Zillow and Linkedin and read my reviews.

Bela Vora, R3ALTOR
Top 1% of all Realtors in Chester County 2016, 2017.
#1 Agent, Coldwell Banker Preferred Exton 2016, 2017.
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton
Office: 610 363 6006
Cell: (484) 947 3127

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Downsizing And Moving Toward A More Sustainable Lifestyle



De-clutter: downsizing and moving toward a more
sustainable lifestyle

Multigenerational, not just empty nesters

The American ideal of the big house, a family showplace full of accumulated belongings, has
gradually eroded and is steadily being replaced by a more economical and environmentally
conscious mindset. It’s a new paradigm that crosses generations, from millennials to empty
nesters, who want to simplify their lives and be shed of the physical encumbrances typical of an
acquisitive culture. It’s tempting to chuckle at the fashionable “mini” houses, extreme
manifestation of this movement, but it’s a symptom of a deep-seated conviction that “bigger” no
longer means “better.”

Sustainable & Environmental Friendly
Reduce

Downsizing isn’t just a reference to moving from a large, suburban house to a compact, more
efficient use of space. It also means getting rid of all the things you don’t need anymore, and
doing it in an environmentally friendly, socially responsible way.

Donate

Members of Gen X and the millennial generation have led the way in this revolution of reduction,
donating clothing and other items to charitable organizations or thrift stores, and using the
opportunity to make a little money. All in all, an inspired form of recycling.

Communicate with your family
Empty nesters are of a similar mind, though their motivation is considerably different. These are
people looking to get their children to take as much “stuff” with them when they move away from
home. Whether they do or not, it’s not necessary to throw things away without any forethought.
Instead, try choosing an item to get rid of every time you acquire something new. Don’t assume
that your kids will want objects just because you think they should. They have their own ideas
about what’s useful and important. Talk to your children about what they’d like to take with them
rather than trying to foist your excess on a young person who may not have room.

Timing
Be Proactive

For aging couples, a good rule of thumb is to move when you’re able, not when you have to
move. If your children have left the nest, it might be an ideal time to begin looking for a s

Location
People in their 50s are increasingly interested in having the freedom to walk to shops, theaters
and restaurants in a more urban setting, without the burdens and cost of home maintenance. It
makes sense to make such a move when you’re still young enough to enjoy the benefits.
Consider the potential cost of remodeling when you consider purchasing a smaller home. Bear
in mind that the costliest upgrades will be in the kitchen and bathrooms.

How to
Three Categories
As you begin to weed through your belongings, divide them into three categories : donate, give
away, or throw away. This will help you begin the process of parting, emotionally and
intellectually, with things you no longer need or want. It also applies a rationale to your actions,
making it a little easier to part with things you may have owned for a lifetime.

Ask For Help
You may consider hiring a professional organizer, someone who can help you downsize in ways
that make sense from a financial and logistical standpoint. According to HomeAdvisor, on
average, it costs about $483 to retain an organizer, though in many areas you may be able to
find one for as little as $100. A professional can help you clean out closets and overstuffed
drawers and provide guidance on de-cluttering before you move.

Simplifying one’s life is a natural and desirable goal. Today, it’s the objective of both young and
old. A growing sense of personal responsibility to the environment and the unsustainability of
our throwaway culture have encouraged new generations of Americans to “de-clutter” every
aspect of their lives.

"Thanks to Gene Ramsey for this article!" For more information on downsizing you can visit Gene's website, http://downsizingdad.com/category/posts/

Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

House Of Mirth - Edith Wharton





I had picked up this book several times before and abandoned it after the first few chapters. It was recommended to me once again recently, and this time around I was absolutely riveted and read the entire book within a week. If you ever picked up a book that others seem to have loved and is very popular, but you just could not get into it...well, give it another shot after some time has passed. There is often a "right time" to read some books. 

If you are going to read this book, I highly recommend a copy with an introduction by Pamela Knights. Just her intro felt like getting into a book club discussion with several people. She drew attention to several aspects that made the book such an incredible experience - life during the time period at the turn of the century, social settings, author's pace of writing, personalities of the characters and their relationship with the main protagonist Lily Bart....I loved reading her analysis. You may want to read the book first though, or the Intro may seem too confusing. 

Another incredible thing about this version was that there was a chronology of events throughout the life of Edith Wharton - the author. They chronology allowed us to see her life in the Literary context (what other important works were published during that time) and Historical events (inventions, wars, scientific achievements and major landmark events that shape the world). This perspective was incredibly informative and helped greatly to understand the novel better. 

We completely visualize the life of the upper class in New York around the turn of the century, the role of women, the fashion of the times, entertainment, communication and transportation. The human connection, story about relationships, a love story, all combined. I have no words to express thoughts that have been so eloquently written - you have to simply read it for yourself.

 Edith Wharton won a Pulitzer Prize - a first woman to do so, back in 1921 - for her book Age of Innocence. That is next on my list of books to read. 

If you read this book - please call me 484 947 3127 so we can chat about it. I would love to hear from you! What are you reading currently?To learn more about me visit Zillow and read my reviews -https://www.zillow.com/profile/Bela-Vora/#reviews 


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Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Friday, February 9, 2018

The Village At Byers Station - Toll Brothers New Construction -Downingtown Schools - Chester Springs - Chester County





The Village at Byers Station Site Plan


The Village at Byers Station

Construction begun on December 2017 at the Village at Byers Station Town home development proposed site. The Village at Byers Station is a 121 unit town home development being constructed by Toll Brothers. The site is also zoned for commercial construction, it is still unclear what the commercial part will look like. The Village at Byers Station is located in Chester Springs,19425, Pennsylvania.
Located in the highly acclaimed award winning Downingtown Area School District.

This development is located between Pottstown Pike and Graphite Mine Road, and is bordered by Station Boulevard to the south and Darrell Drive to the north in the Village of Eagle in Upper Uwchlan Township. The community is convenient to major commuter routes like the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Rt. 113, and Route 202. Construction crews are currently working to construct storm water and roadway infrastructure along Graphite Mine Road. Currently Toll Brothers has no information on the community available on there website, as the community is still in the very early stages of development of the sites groundwork's. Construction of the actual town homes is expected to commence in early 2018.
For more information on this community please call 484 947 3127

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Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

6 Reasons why the kickback isn't worth it - Expensive or cheap, choose wisely!




Let me begin by defining a "Discount Agent" - A buyer's agent who will 'kickback' to their buyers, a portion of their Realtor fees, as offered to them by the seller's Listing agent. 

Here are 6 Reasons why the kickback isn't worth it -

1. Buyer agent fees
Firstly, hiring a good buyers agent costs you nothing!  The agent fees are paid by the seller - so why not take advantage of a knowledgeable professional Realtor to assist you with the purchase of your home - a decision that you are involved with financially, personally and emotionally...potentially for decades!  

2. Knowledge and Education
Barriers to becoming a Realtor are quite low. All you have to do is pass 2 exams and you can get licensed. The question then is, what separates one Realtor from another.  In this profession more than any other, experience and learning matters. Does your realtor understand contracts? Do they educate you on the market? Are they available to answer your questions or follow up with related parties to the transaction?

3. Wal Mart home shopping
Realtor fees are predetermined, so why do these agents decide to share them with the buyers?  When asked, the reason the agents discount give is  "We would not get any business otherwise!"  Literally, Discounting is the only way they get business.  These agents are essentially the "WalMart" analogy in real estate, competing on price alone.  Would you really buy a business suit, for your most desired job interview, at WalMart?   Would you trust a discount agent with the most expensive thing you will ever buy or sell - your home?  

4. Real Savings
Are you really "saving" money?  The kickback from the agent helps reduce a specified amount in your settlement costs - but that is completely wiped out if they unable to protect your best interests.  You may not be aware of issues in the home you are buying, and only find out at the time of resale.  They do not have the contractual skills to protect your interests, in case an issue arises during the transaction.  You miss the house you really really wanted because they were simply not answering your phone call.  How effective would those savings be under these circumstances?

5. Negotiation Skills
Would a discount agent negotiate strong on your behalf?  An agent who does not have the negotiation skills to protect their own fees, how well will they negotiate on your behalf?  Negotiation not only happens at time of putting in an offer - it may happen during Inspections, it may happen during walk thrus or when appraisals come in short.  

6. Multiple bids 
In a hot market it is essential to "win" the house from competing buyers.  Agent reputation and professionalism matters a lot in such situations.  The discount agents are not respected and in fact perceived as highly unprofessional and seen as diluting the professionalism standards, so most Listing Agents prefer to not work with them.  

In my experience over the years, I have encountered many incidents where all of the above was true - the clients involved knew it - and really appreciated they went with a full time, knowledgeable, reputed and professional Realtor like myself.  As the graphic suggests - Expensive or Cheap - choose wisely. 

Every transaction is different and has different set of players and circumstances,  Every house is different, even in cookie cutter neighborhoods.  Hire a Realtor who makes a difference, every single time, someone who looks out for your best interests and is willing to put in the time and effort.  Read some of my success stories here 

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Bela Vora, REALTOR®,
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.
Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

GRIT!

"Dedication is simply reminding yourself what you want. Then paying the price to get it. Every day." -John F. Groom



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