All About Pennsylvania Real Estate

By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Year in Middletown Twp Price Range Median Price Sold Average Days on Market Houses Sold 2020 $32,000 - $963,000 $413,100 28 178 2021 $82,000 - $1,148,000 $488,517 29 221 2022 $90,000 - $1,482,500 $584,362 34 235 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Middletown Twp is part of Rose-Tree Media School District.
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Year inUpper Providence Price Range Median Price Sold Average Days on Market Houses Sold 2020 $110,000 - $1,400,000 $495,000 34 131 2021 $220,000 - $1,700,000 $536,500 26 159 2022 $90,000 -$2,200,000 $671,500 20 113 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Providence Animal CenterUpper Providence Twp is part of Media PA zip code 19063.Providence Woods SubdivisionThe Providence Animal Shelter is always in need of supplies.  
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
  Year in Springfield PA Price Range Median Price Sold Average Days on Market Houses Sold 2020 $155,000 - $635,000 $345,000 31 290 2021 $170,000 - $650,000 $390,000 18 304 2022 $145,000 - $880,000 $415,000 14 280 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Smedley Park Springfield PAGolf View 55+ Community in Springfield PA 
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
  Year in Parkside Price Range Median Price Sold Average Days on Market Houses Sold 2020 $65,000 -$259,900 $169,999 35 41 2021 $80,000 - $290,000 $199,950 20 52 2022 $93,000 - $350,000 $206,000 26 34 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Parkside PA is part of the Penn-Delco School District.
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Year in Media PA Price Range Median Price Sold Average Days on Market Houses Sold 2020 $120,000 - $970,000 $381,250 41 78 2021 $158,000 - $810,000 $399,950 20 70 2022 $165,000 - $1,545,000 $415,000 34 73 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Media, PA is the County Seat of Delaware County.  Its motto is "Everybody's HomeTown".   
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Year inBrookhaven PA Price Range Median Price Sold Average Days on Market Houses Sold 2020 $71,000 - $379,900 $210,000 21 157 2021 $45,000 - $420,000 $244,500 14 200 2022 $48,000 - $485,000 $285,900 13 127 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Brookhaven PA is part of the Penn-Delco School District
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Yearin Delaware County PA Median Price Sold Average Days on Market Houses Sold 2020 $249,000 33 7138 2021 $272,000 21 8262 2022 $299,000 21 7001 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)55+ Communities in Delaware County PAAre You Really Ready To Buy A Home? 
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Yearin Aston PA Price Range Median Price Sold Average Days on Market Houses Sold 2020 $9,900 - $570,000 $276,000 26 217 2021 $30,000 - $690,000 $306,500 15 253 2022 $40,000 - $735,000 $309,500 17 222 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Aston PA is part of the Penn-Delco School District.
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
The names chosen for a development can be boring usually and other times they can be extremely interesting. Ever since moving to Big Elk we have wondered about the road names. Some are fairly obvious, but it is not till you do a little historical research that the others become meaningful.For example our road Thomas Penn is quite obvious, son of William Penn who after his father died in 1718 travelled to Pennsylvania in 1732 to become the Proprietor of Pennsylvania. William, who had actually been in the Tower of London because of his Quaker views, had been given land in Pennsylvania in 1681 after a charter from Charles II.His three sons inherited the land equally, and Thomas came to Pennsylvania in 1732 and negotiated with the Lenape Indians in 1737 to extend the land owned by the famil...
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Ceiling FansKitchen FansExhaust FansPortable FansWhole House FansAttic Power VentsBathroom VentsA/C Units have fansMicrowaves have fansForced Air Heat SystemI’m sure there are more.Anything that moves air, has a fan.I did not know much about ceiling fans until I became a homeowner. I did not know that the direction of a fan’s osculation can make a difference on how the air helps during different times of the year. The paddles are tilted, the paddles can either pull up air as it turns, or the paddles push down the air. And sure enough on those hot days when not quite ready for a/c, the ceiling fan can help cool down the air in a nice way.Every once in a while during our real estate activities, we come upon a house that has the old pull beaded cord kitchen fan. It has a particular sound w...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
I was talking with a friend yesterday as we were watching The Philadelphia Eagles beat San Francisco to go forward to play in the Superbowl. Go Eagles!Anyway, I digress, because as our conversation progressed I realized that even with so much talked and written about it buyers still think they need 20% as a down payment to buy a house. This friend mentioned that without 20% she would need to pay a large PMI, mortgage insurance rate, so she has been renting. As a single mother she is in the process of putting her daughter through college, however her rent is about to rise again.I told her that all she was doing was paying the mortgage for her landlord. That most likely she could get a mortgage, even with PMI and pay the same as or less than her rent for a home of her own.As we were holdi...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
      Several times a year I am hired by 4 different Realtor Associations to teach a full day on Business Planning . I have each participant introduce them-selves to the class and tell us what either their niche is or Primarily Market is . Through the yearsI’ve been shocked by how many answer by saying -“Wherever My Car Takes Me .”         On Page One of our Seminar I warm up the class with several quotes. Those that fail to plan ,have planned to Fail !  Also , you can not hit a Target that you do not have . Before we get to ourLunch Break, I introduce the concept of being Purpose Driven . I then quote Zig Ziglar from his Timeless Classic -See You at the Top. “ You will never get anywhere as a Wandering Generality, you Must Become a Meaningful Specific !”         To compete with 1,500 A...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Most tenants are required to provide a Security Deposit.The Security Deposit (SD) is used to protect the Landlord’s interest if the tenants damage the unit or defaults on rental payments.  In PA , the “Landlord Tenant Act” governs all residential SD’s.Here are a few of its provisions: 1. Maximum Amount of SD allowed - 2 Months 2.At the beginning of second year 1 month must be returned 3. From years 2-5   the SD can be increased to match the moly. Rent4. The SD is not to be used as the last month’s rent 5.After tenants vacate and have left a forwarding address the Property        Manager must do one of the following three :     1. Refund the entire SD      2. Partial Refund and send itemized list showing subtractions      3. No Refund , itemized list as why , and submit bill for add’l da...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
You have found the home of your dreams, made an offer and it has been accepted.Now what?Well it all depends on how your agreement of sale was written and what contingencies were included. Today, I want to focus on the home inspection, as I have come to realize, that every state is different in how a real estate transaction progresses.This post approaches from the perspective of a Pennsylvania, and principally a transaction on or around the Main Line and Chester County as even within a state there may be local idiosyncrasies. Generally in Pennsylvania, an earnest money deposit is made with the agreement of sale or within 5 days as so many agreements are signed remotely today. The inspections are generally done within 5-10 days from the signing of the agreement by all parties, and then a ...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
     More than a decade ago we moved to a development called Mill Creek in West Lampeter Twp. , Lancaster Co.PA 17602 . One of the deciding factors for me was a walking trail that was 2+ miles of mulched walking path along a tributary of the  Conestoga River . Two of our dogs love this walk and have swam in the River on hot sunny days .      Along our walks we see all kinds of wild life andnative plant species. Some of these are Geese and Ducks in the water and Egrets on the River Bank .Squirrels , rabbits are abundant and often we bumpinto a deer or two . Numerous Bird species are chirping from the trees . Sometimes it’s near impossible to get my Black Lab out of the Woods.       Thanks to West Lampeter Twp. for maintaining this Wood land paradise.
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Elk Creek Farms is a development of 194 homes built by Iacobucci Builders between 2002 and 2004, located on route 896. It comprises of single family detached homes of three, four and even five bedrooms, with two and three bathrooms.Whilst most homes have a two car garage I have seen some with three car garages. Most homes sit on  about 1/3 of an acre and homes vary between 2900-3900 square feet approximately with additional space in the basement.Children living here will attend Avon Grove Schools, Penn London Elementary, F S Engle Middle and Avon Grove High School. These homes have a West Grove mailing address.Eight homes sold in 2022, with the average days on market being 10. The average home price was $567,700. The lowest price home sold for $480,000 and the highest price home sold fo...
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Delaware County PA offers a wide range of housing for people who want to live in a Senior Community.  These communities range in price, style and amenities, from a trailer home to a luxurious townhouse.At this moment there are 6 Active Listings posted for Senior Communities in Delaware County.The price range is $284,900 - $580,000.If you would like more information, let us know.(info from Bright MLS various broker/agents)If you are in need of experienced agents, give us a call. Fox Hill Farm - 55+ Glen Mills, PAThe Villas At Golf View - 55+ Springfield, PATraditions At Ridley Creek - 55+ Brookhaven, PA 
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 What are my marketing strategies for this year's challenging market in Real Estate Industry?  Stay Positive  Smile it is easier than frowning  Be enthusiastic and passionate  Be honest  Consistansisy and self-disciplined  Take seminars never too smart to learn  Make a presence on Social Media  These are steps that I have always taken. It is important not to fall into a negative mindset. Even in a changing Real Estate Market the basics still work in my humble opinion. There are no secrets to success just communication and perseverance  Keep the public informed about the market.  Keep in touch with your clients by email, phone, and or social media  Write personal notes to past clients to let them know you are thinking of them Send out just-sold and just-listed cards. People want to know ...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
This is a question I get asked often, especially by first time buyers, but also clients moving from other states. So, I am going to address what happens here in Pennsylvania.Firstly, the earnest money can be different amounts, sometimes there may be one deposit, other times two deposits. Usually a buyer will give a first deposit of $1,000 followed by a second deposit after completion and negotiation of inspections that will be about 5% of the purchase price, but this amount is negotiable.My advice to clients is to always make sure your earnest money deposit is being held by a real estate broker and not an attorney or title company. The agreement of sale explicitly details how that deposit is handled by the real estate broker as does Pennsylvania law.Title companies and attorneys are not...
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