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

Thursday, November 14, 2019

New Construction Homes in Chester County, Pennsylvania




Chester County is booming with New Construction! 
Below are some of the new construction sites in progress.  
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Waterloo Reserve - Luxury 3 bedroom carriage homes. Pricing from $485-550k. Square footage from 1,794 to 2,703.  Excellent location and wide open green space views from every home. Some models offer an option of a first floor master bedroom room, or an option of two master bedrooms, one on the main level and and one on the upper level. Offered by Lennar this community is located in West Chester school district. More info on Waterloo Reserve Community.


The Reserve at Glen Loch- A community of 108 carriage homes and townhomes priced from the high $300s-$494,900.  All homes are 3 bedrooms and have an option of 1-2 garage. Square footage range from 1,976- 2,938. Offered by JUDD Buikders. The Reserve at Glen Loch is located in West Chester school district. 

Malvern Crossing- Luxury 4-bedroom townhomes with the space of a single homes. Offered by NVHomes,a community of 66 homes located Malvern, PA. Malvern Crossing is located in Great Valley schools.  Prices start in the upper $500s. 


Downingtown Walk- Townhomes starting from the low $300s. Offered by Ryan Homes these 3 bedrooms, 2 baths have an option of  1-2 car garages. Downingtown Walk is located in Downingtown schools, and in the heart of everything-shops, restaurants and parks are all in a walking distance

Bradford Walk- Spacious single family estate homes starting from the upper $400s offered by Ryan Homes. Located in West Bradford, PA. Bradford Walk is located in the Downingtown area school district. Homes starting from 3,000+ square feet of living space, offering up to 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms with an option of a first floor bedroom. 

Stargazers Village - Single family homes starting in the low $400s offered by Ryan Homes. Located in Romansville. PA. Stargazer Village is located in the Downingtown area school district. All homes have a side-entry garage and with up to 4,869 square feet of living space available. 

East Village - A community of 225 twins, carriage and single family homes in Downingtown borough. 14 home designs to chose from,3-4 bedrooms and 2.5-3 baths. Two car garage and basements in every home. Priced from the mid $300s. Offered by Southdown Homes. East Village is located in Downingtown school district.

Greystone-  Greystone is situated on a 100-year old estate, this 163-acre nature preserve with three lakes, nearly seven miles of walking trails and beautiful stone bridges that cross winding creeks. Offered by NV Homes located in West Chester school district. 

Greystone Twin and Townhomes  priced from the mid $500s.
Greystone Executive Homes- Luxury single-family homes in a park like setting. Priced from the $790s. 4+ bedrooms, 4+ bathrooms, 1+ half baths, 3= car garage. Square footage from 4,411- 5,747.
Greystone Estate Homes- The estates is the most sought after neighborhood in Greystone,with just 28 home sites available. Choose from 3 unique home designs with included three-car side-entry garage on half-acre+home sites. Priced from the low $1 millions. Homes offer up to 8 bedrooms, 8 baths, and 9,740 square feet of living space, plus up to a 5 car garage.
The Woodlands at Greystone-  Active adult  55+ single homes in a gated community. Choose from  4 home designs offering first floor masters. Lawn care and snow removal included in HOA fee. Starting from the mid $600s. Square footage range from 2,820- 3,492.

For more information on any of these the communities or to schedule a visit contact 
Bela Vora on her cell at 484 947 3127.




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

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Lennar - Waterloo Reserve Community



 If you are looking to up size or downsize, and still want the luxury of fine living, this community is the one for you. Tired of being disappointed of neighborhoods where builders fit too many homes too close to each other? You will appreciate how open and green this neighborhood is! New construction carriage homes in the heart of Exton, with all the finest upgrades offered by Lennar, one of America's leading Home builders since 1954.

Waterloo Reserve Community is located in a very central location in Exton. Only 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 Main Street at Exton, Exton Mall, Whiteland Towne Center, theater/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. Only a 20 minute drive to King of Prussia Mall the second largest mall in the US.

 Community consists of 2 story luxury Carriage Homes showcasing elegant finishes, open floor plans, modern kitchens, and luxurious master suites.  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 these homes. Ask for a list of everything that is included including Alexa, Nest Thermostat and more. Every home at Waterloo Reserve comes filled with a high level of upscale features that add style, value and efficiency at no additional cost!

  • Pricing from $485,950s-$549,950s
  • Square footage from 1,794 to 2,703
  • Bedrooms 3- some offer first floor masters
  • Bathroom 2.5

HOA fee includes- lawn mowing, snow removal, park & trail, maintenance free living at its finest. Move in to this worry free brand new construction that is covered by builder warranties!

For more information on the community or to schedule a visit contact Bela Vora on her cell at 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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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

For Rent - 206 Sills Lane, Downingtown, PA 19335-Applecross Community-MLS PACT486996





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Welcome to Applecross "Live Where You Play." A beautiful town home in this popular neighborhood makes for a great stay-at-home-vacation. The Applecross resort style amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the only neighborhood in the area with a large indoor pool. Brand new club house, state of the art fitness facility, Caribbean pool bar & grill w/TVs & 2 restaurants, tennis courts, walking trails, community events & activities, subsidized golf and more. You can get involved with as much, or as little as you like. Award winning Downingtown schools with STEM Academy, ranked No. 1 in PA! This 4-year young town home is available Sept 1st! The house features an open floor plan. Walk in and you will see a large living room with a fireplace and adjoining dining area. The upgraded kitchen includes granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, gas cooking. Lovely backyard views and some privacy. Upstairs you will find a spacious master bedroom with an en suite master bath and large walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms, full bathroom and laundry room, with washer and dryer, complete the second floor. Extra storage space in the basement, 2 car garage.


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Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.

Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Home for sale - 2 Graham Dr, Downingtown, PA 19335- MLS PACT481054



Click here to view a virtual tour of the property with more photos

Location combined with lifestyle! New construction, in a great location, at a fair price... welcome to The Enclave at Bell Tavern! The Enclave is Downingtown's newest community of 12 townhomes on a private cul-de-sac street. These 2 story townhomes are all 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, with an in-ground basement, and a 1 car garage. Yes, no flight of stairs to reach main level, and no more unloading groceries in the rain. Enter from the front porch into the main living area, with hardwood floors throughout. The Century Kitchen cabinets with 42" wall cabinets, Quartz countertops with an oversized Stainless Steel undermount sink, Whirlpool stainless steel appliances, and recessed lights in the Kitchen. This level has a Powder room. The 2nd floor offers a generous sized Master bedroom with a walk-in closet, ceiling fan pre-wire and master bath with Quarts double sink countertop on vanity. Laundry Room in the hallway and two more bedrooms plus a full bath complete this level. Basement is ready to finish with an egress window and the heating unit tucked away to maximize the finished space. All units have a fire suppression sprinkler system. Ask for the Options list on the Quick deliveries which include 9' Basement Walls, 36" Gas Fireplace, Oak Staircase, recessed lights and more. The local reputed builder has used highly popular brands like Jeld-Wen windows, Moen Faucets, Mohawk carpets.

This neighborhood is centrally located - shopping, movie theatre, a fabulous township playground, pharmacy, Golf club all just around the corner. Award winning Downingtown East schools with access to the STEM Academy. Great location off rRt. 113 with easy access to Rt. 30, Rt. 202 Rt. 100, Rt. and turnpike for a convenient office commutes. Less than a 5 min drive to the train station for a Philadelphia commute, or to catch the Amtrak into NY city. Only a 15 minute drive from Marsh Creek state park and trails, where you can enjoy, walking, biking, boating and other activities. Quick deliveries available for immediate occupancy at pre-construction prices, or pick your lot and select upgrades for the To-Be Builts. Photos and floor plan may differ than what is actually shown.

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

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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, August 6, 2019

202 Tall Trees Circle - Downingtown-PA 19335 - Tall Trees Community-Downingtown Schools- MLS PACT484984





Well maintained town home in Tall Trees awaits new buyers. Bright airy home with lots of natural sunlight, and a wide open floor plan. Main level has a large bright living room with fireplace, an open concept kitchen with an adjoining dining room. The Kitchen has beautiful upgraded cabinets, granite countertops, large island and a pantry. Dining and Living areas makes this level a great space to entertain friends and family. Upper level offers a Master bedroom with a walk in closet, upgraded en suite with a large shower stall and double sink, a hall bath and 2 more good sized bedrooms. Entry level features a foyer with hardwood floors, a powder room and garage entry, plus a huge unfinished basement with windows. 

Real estate is all about location, this popular Tall Trees neighborhood is sure to meet the most discerning buyer's location criteria. Easy access to all major local routes 113, 100, 30, 202 and PA turnpike for your daily commute. Maintenance free townhome living at its best. Enjoy nature with a nearby access to the Struble trail and the popular Marsh Creek State Park offering seasonal activities not too far. Wegmans, Exton Square Mall, Main Street at Exton only minutes away for all your shopping needs. All of this in the excellent award-winning Downingtown schools with the new STEM Academy, ranked No 1 in PA. No need to feel crammed in apartments or dark small townhome units anymore. Come check out this home and make it yours!


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


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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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Thursday, August 1, 2019

My Favorite Local Restaurants

Looking to get out and enjoy a good meal? There's plenty of options for delicious dining in this area, but here are a few of my favorites!

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Al Pastor (Mexican)
560 Wellington Square
Exton, PA 19341
Website: www.eatalpastor.com
*My favorite dish: Cauliflower tacos, Guacamole flight





Ron's Original Bar & Grille (Italian)
1203, 74 E Uwchlan Ave
Exton, PA 19341
Website: www.ronsoriginal.com
*My favorite dish: White Garlic Oval, Alicia Salad







Aroma (Mediterranean)
10104 Valley Forge Circle
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Website: aromamedcuisine.com
*My favorite dish: Falafel platter, Baklava











Mama Wong (Chinese)
268 Eagleview Blvd
Exton, PA 19341
Website: www.bestmamawong.com











Umami (Pan-Asian)
150 Eagleview Blvd
Exton, PA 19341
Website: www.umamipa.com
*My favorite dish: sweet potato roll, mochi icecream




Manam (Indian)
124 Lancaster Ave
Malvern, PA 19355
Website: www.manamindiancuisine.com
*My favorite dish: Kal Dosai, filter coffee







Victory Brewing Company (Americana)
420 Acorn Lane
Downingtown, PA 19335 
Website: www.victorybeer.com
*My favorite dish: The pizza!








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Wow, just writing this up made me hungry.....

Do you have a favorite local place? What makes it so special for you? Would love to hear about other spots worth a visit in and around Downingtown!



Thursday, July 25, 2019

For sale in Downingtown Schools - 8 Graham Dr- Lot #9 - Downingtown - PA 19335 - MLS PACT481064





Click here to view a virtual tour of the property with more photos

Location combined with lifestyle! New construction, in a great location, at a fair price... welcome to The Enclave at Bell Tavern! The Enclave is Downingtown's newest community of 12 townhomes on a private cul-de-sac street. These 2 story townhomes are all 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, with an in-ground basement, and a 1 car garage. Yes, no flight of stairs to reach main level, and no more unloading groceries in the rain. Enter from the front porch into the main living area, with hardwood floors throughout. The Century Kitchen cabinets with 42" wall cabinets, Granite countertops with an oversized Stainless Steel undermount sink, Whirlpool appliances, and recessed lights in the Kitchen. This level has a Powder room. The 2nd floor offers a generous sized Master bedroom with a walk-in closet, trimmed ceiling with ceiling fan pre-wire and master bath with 2 sinks. Laundry Room in the hallway and two more bedrooms plus a full bath complete this level. Basement is ready to finish with an egress window and the heating unit tucked away to maximize the finished space. All units have a fire suppression sprinkler system. Ask for the Options list on the Quick deliveries which include 9' Basement Walls, 36" Gas Fireplace, Oak Staircase, recessed lights and more. The local reputed builder has used highly popular brands like Jeld-Wen windows, Moen Faucets, Mohawk carpets.


This neighborhood is centrally located - shopping, movie theatre, a fabulous township playground, pharmacy, Golf club all just around the corner. Award winning Downingtown East schools with access to the STEM Academy. Great location off rRt. 113 with easy access to Rt. 30, Rt. 202 Rt. 100, Rt. and turnpike for a convenient office commutes. Less than a 5 min drive to the train station for a Philadelphia commute, or to catch the Amtrak into NY city. Only a 15 minute drive from Marsh Creek state park and trails, where you can enjoy, walking, biking, boating and other activities. Quick deliveries available for immediate occupancy at pre-construction prices, or pick your lot and select upgrades for the To-Be Builts.

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


To learn more about me visit Zillow and read my reviews -                            



Bela Vora, REALTOR®,

Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton Real Estate.

Office: 610 363 6006; Cell: (484) 947 3127
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