Darby, PA Real Estate News

By David Henke, Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
Seemed like a good time for a quick update on numbers in the area. In an unusual coincidence, all three counties have almost equal number of sales reported by the MLS as of July 21 (sales for all three counties are within 9 properties of each other).New Castle County Delaware:New Castle County has the most sales with 4169 properties showing sold on the MLS through this morning. This is up 19% over 2020 sales to this date (3481 in 2020). There are also 736 properties currently on the market - down 4% from 2020, and 1043 properties pending - up 5% from 2020.Delaware County Pennsylvania:Delaware County is following close behind with 4163 properties sold year to date. This is up 42% from 2020 (2916 sales in 2020). There are also 791 properties currently on the market - down 6% from 2020, an...
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Fannie Mae homepath property. Home sits on quiet tree lined block of Darby area. First floor feature large front porch, living room and eat in kitchen. Second floor has 3 beds and one full bath. There is also one half bath. Home need some work but has lots of potential. All offers must be submitted through homepath website. Buyer pay all transfer tax. Closing is contingent on recording of sheriff deed. FirstLook period applicable. Investors can make offer after 20 days on market if property still available.  Agent: Please provide EMD check and proof of fund or pre-approval letter when making offer. https://postlets.com/posts/12741028
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Fannie Mae property in Darby Twp area close to public transit, shops. First floor has large living room and kitchen leading to back yard. Second floor offer 3 bedrooms and one full bath. The property is being sold in As Is condition. Buyer pay all transfer tax. Offers must be submitted through website below.  Agent: All offers must be accompanied by EMD check to be considered. https://postlets.com/posts/12479183
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By James Yoakum, SFR
(US Spaces, Inc.)
It may sound like a trick given that it's the day before Halloween, but this house in Darby, just outside Philadelphia could turn into a treat for a lucky essay writer. The owner is conducting an essay contest with a $100 entry fee - the prize for the best essay a free house. Check out this Daily News article for details.
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By David Henke, Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
Welcome to the Darby Station of the SEPTA R2 Regional Rail Line located just in the southeast corner of Darby Borough PA. The SEPTA R2 Regional Rail Line running from downtown Philadelphia to Wilmington and Newark Delaware just crosses the southeast corner of Darby Borough. The Darby station is located in this corner of the borough at the 4th Street overpass of the SEPTA R2 Regional and the Amtrak Northeast Corridor Rail Lines. Colwyn Borough lies just to the east of 4th Street and roughly to the south of the tracks. This is a nice spacious local station withsome limited parking on the southbound side but witheasy access for the local residents of both Colwyn and Darby Boroughs. There is plenty of adjacent space in the adjoining parking lot for dropping off and picking up passengers. Th...
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By David Henke, Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
Darby Borough PA has been one of the most stable real estate locations in Suburban Philadelphia and Delaware County.  It is also one of the least expensive areas appealing to a wide variety of home buyers as well as to investors looking for solid investments.  With this steady demand and support, the prices in the area have remained almost flat for the last several years. Darby has a long history and has always seen good demand for its housing due to its convenient location adjacent to Philadelphia and close to the Philadelphia International Airport.  Over the years though, its housing has not kept pace with some of the current trends.  Row homes remain the most common housing, but there has been a lack of new investment in the township resulting in much new growth and development movin...
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by Rich Schiffer, Weichert Realtors As a Real Estate Agent, I rarely get the opportunity to participate in events that cover both of my primary interests:  Historic Preservation, AND Community Revitalization, which are often at odds with one another.   Needless to say, when I found out about this project, which encorporates both passions, I got very excited, and thought I should share it with you:The Friends of  the Blue Bell, are dedicated to the preservation of area historical asssets and are sponsoring the The Friends of Old Borough Hall in their efforts to create a museum of Darby and Area history.  Please join us on Saturday, March 29Darby Fire Company No. 1 on Chester Pike (next to Walgreens). Seatings are continuous from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM Take-outs will be available. Bring famil...
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By Rich Schiffer, Referral Agent, e-PRO
By John Haigis, Darby Historical CommissionThe significance of the archeological dig going on near the site of the President's House at Sixth and Market Streets in Philadelphia goes well beyond artifacts and place. It can be considered a major milestone in coming to grips with the inconvenient and uncomfortable truths of slavery. It can also tell the story of the beginnings of the regional resistance to slavery, which later became known as the Underground Railroad. That the dig is taking place in the shadow of the Liberty Bell is either ironic or wonderfully appropriate, depending of your perspective. The bell's inscription from Leviticus 25:10 speaks of venerating the 50th year as a year of jubilee. The bell commemorates the 50th anniversary of William Penn's 1701 Charter of Privileges...
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By Rich Schiffer, Referral Agent, e-PRO
 A meeting of the Darby Borough Historical Commission will be heldOn Tuesday, March 20, 2007 beginning at 7:30 P.M. AtDarby Borough Hall, 821 Summit Street(Your presence and input is cordially invited) PROPOSED AGENDA Darby Historic Demolition Ordinance - Next StepsStatus reports - ongoing concerns and projects a)  Old Borough Hall - b)  Villa St. Theresa/Scott Estate c)  1000 Main Street...report of meeting and discussion of plan d)  1904 pony-truss trolley bridge - Greenways e)  Historical Marker Nominations f)   OtherOcTrolleyFest 2007Zoning Task-Force Report Main Street Vision Plan Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Underground Railroad Walking/Driving Tour Future Goals a)  Celebration of Pennsylvania/Darby 325b)  Celebration of Centennial of 102 and Rt. 13 c)  Historical sit...
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By Rich Schiffer, Referral Agent, e-PRO
On Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m at the Darby Borough Hall, 821 Summit Street, Darby Pennsylvania there will be a public meeting regarding the Main Street Vision Plan which is being prepared in cooperation with the Delaware County Planning Department.Your attendence is encouraged, so that the County and Borough planners can hear your thoughts on what would make Main Street a better place to live, work, shop, or travel through.  This revitalization effort will serve to spark job growth and beautification, in the Borough, improve the quality of life for Darby residents, and serve to improve real estate values throughout the Borough.  Your input matters.With a common vision, anything can be achieved.
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By Rich Schiffer, Referral Agent, e-PRO
I have been recently focussing my attention on Darby Borough, in Delaware County, PA.  This community in Southeastern Pennsylvania has shown a strong improvement in real estate values over the past 5 years, and out paced the County's increase by nearly a 2-1 margin.2002:Average Residential Sales in Delaware County = $180,294Average Residential Sales in Darby Borough = $38,881Average Multi-family Sales in Delaware County = $104,794Average Multi-family Sales in Darby Borough = $39,7402006Average Residential Sales in Delaware County = $251,743Average Residential Sales in Darby Borough = $68,549Average Multi-family Sales in Delaware County = $181,090Average Multi-family Sales in Darby Borough = $92,128Using a compound interest calculator (I use this one) you can see that over the last 5 yea...
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By Rich Schiffer, Referral Agent, e-PRO
      EDIT:  A similar session is being offered this week: Shirley Xu & Wayne Charles & possibly others, will present an all day workshop on "The Short Sale Process -From Foreclosure to Finish" on Saturday May 17, 2008, 9am-4:00 PM at the Emergency Services Training Center, Darby, PA.  http://www.delcopropertyinvestors.com/documents/short_sale_workshop_05_17_2008.pdf For those of you interested in learning about Short Sales, and investing in foreclosure homes, there is an all-day seminar, sponsored by DELCO PROPERTY INVESTORS coming up this Saturday, January 13, 2007 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Delaware County Emergency Response Center, 1600 Calcon Hook Road, Darby, PA.  The seminar is being presented by Bob Diamond, Attorney at Law, an expert in Foreclosures, Sheriff Sales, and Tax...
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By Rich Schiffer, Referral Agent, e-PRO
Some interesting statistics about the borough: Population (year 2000): 10,299. Estimated population in July 2005: 10,046 (-2.5% change)Males: 4,752 (46.1%), Females: 5,547 (53.9%) Delaware CountyZip code: 19023Median resident age: 32.5 years Median household income: $30,938 (year 2000)Median house value: $51,300 (year 2000) How does this help me, you might ask?Well, when I see that the Median income is 60% of the Median home value, that tells me that there are alot of tennants who may not realize they can afford to buy instead of rent.  That tells me I have some work to do...If I can help a few of those tennants become home buyers, several things will happen:First-Time homebuyers are more likely to be loyal to their Realtor than someone making their 2nd or 3rd purchase.Satisfied first-t...
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By Rich Schiffer, Referral Agent, e-PRO
Darby Borough is nestled in the hills overlooking Philadelphia's International Airport.  Living here combines strategic location and an excellent public transportation network with an immense amount of history. First settled in 1682, Darby was incorporated on May 3, 1853.For a sampling of Darby history, as well as details of any upcomming events that celebrate the unique history of Darby Borough, visit DarbyHistory.com   Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his essay, "History", wrote: "All history is subjective, therefore, there is no history, only biography". The biographies of the people buried in Darby Methodist Meeting Cemetery tell the story of our community." --excerpted from Darby Borough Historical and Preservation Society website. Within Darby is the site of Hilldale Park, former home of t...
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