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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Home search and area search by way of a Lifestyle search!

This is a nice new feature that our clients and any guests to use... search areas by "lifestyle search" 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

6 Steps to taking a mystery out of Feng Shui

Interesting article - I see applications that coincide with many other ways of making a home more pleasing and easier to manage  - good ideas

Feng Shui:

as well as supporting our local business



Ida J. McCausland Interior Design

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Coventry Woods in Springfield PA

The reason I love sitting an Open House here at Coventry Woods is that this builder is the type of builder who does things right. Here are some Standard Features:

42" Gourmet kitchen cabinetry with island
G.E. Monogram series appliances
Hardwood floors throughput the main level
Oversized crown molding in foyer, upper level, LR and DR
Two piece chair rail with wainscoting in dining room
Large 6" baseboard
3 1/2" window and door trim
Direct vent fireplace with remote
Pre-wired for six telephones and six cable televisions
So much more, call me or email me for a list ...

I must share just a few more features near and dear to my heart ... Energy Efficient features:

* Energy-efficient Marvin Windows
* High-efficiency 75 gallon hot water heater
* Dual zone heating
* Dual zone air conditioning
* 200 amp electrical service...

It will be worth your while, stop by. I'm here till 4pm today!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Take advantage of this critical time for buying a home

I agree and support what our chairman had to say about today's situation in Real Estate Market in Philadelphia area. It is one of the best times ever to buy a home...

"In June of last year, mortgage interest rates dropped to what were then historic lows.  I thought they could never go lower.  I was wrong.  For the past week, mortgage interest rates have gone even lower than they were at the beginning of last summer – I’ve seen 30 year fixed mortgages hovering around 4%, 15 year mortgages at 3.375% and FHA mortgages between 4% - 4.25%. 

Why is this happening amidst all the financial and economic turmoil?  It’s exactly because of the financial and economic turmoil that we’re seeing this historic drop.  Investors are anxious and are placing their funds in US Treasuries (so much for the S&P credit rating downgrade!) rather than the stock market.  When that happens, mortgage interest rates tend to decrease.  In this case, they have.

So what does this mean?  There are some potential buyers who are too anxious to make any kind of move right now, regardless of interest rates.  They will stay on the sidelines.  But for those buyers who are secure in their employment and are ready to move, the time has never been better:
·         Affordability has NEVER been better!

·         Today’s current rates add up to increased buying power when compared to last year’s highest rates.  Those who could afford a $200,000 home in January now qualify for a $224,000 home simply due to lower interest rates. 

·         Buyers can achieve significant savings (about 12%) on their monthly payments just because of these lower rates.

As investors shed their anxiety and gain greater equilibrium, they will once again invest in the stock market.  When this happens, mortgage interest rates will rise to about where they were before this drop.  Last year’s rate decrease lasted about a month.  ... 

... Buyers who are more willing to move ahead this is a critical time for buying a home, a time that can truly work to their advantage.  Contact your Trident or Premier mortgage consultant for the latest information.



Call with any questions.  Two of my clients are re-financing today and are very happy about it.  Our buyers are starting to act on this as well. As our experience shows, window of opportunity does not stay open a long time.  

Thursday, August 11, 2011

So, you wish to improve your home...

In today's economy it may not be easy to go and purchase a new home, yet your family needs may have changed,  or you just wish to update and improve your present home -  Here are some links to help with this process:

Possible Refinance - Trident Kenton Davidson

I have the $$$ but need a contractor who is reliable and I can trust:

 be sure to tell them that I have sent you. They may give you an additional discount as they continue to have specials.

* or try this local business Harry the Handyman

For more names and services please feel free to email a request.  I will be glad to share names of people which my clients and freinds have recommended to me.

How to buy a home before your present home sells?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fed to Keep Interest Rates Low Until 2013 Refi or Buy

Go figure! First time ever! It is still great time to refy or buy! Fed to Keep Interest Rates Low Until 2013

Home security systems and how they work

20 Steps in selling your own home - FSBO - Step 3

Step 3

Fix it early ... Make all necessary repairs and improvements before you begin to advertise your property. 

An item which is $10 may cost you $100 or more if the buyer receives a quote from a contractor.  By doing so, you save money and bring the value of your home up with each item that is no longer a problem or at least you will make your home more appealing to more buyers. 

Remember in today's market buyers are looking for a "deal", for an attractive home where they can just move in and live.  Most  buyers are not interested in making repairs which should have been completed by a seller.    

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

20 Steps in selling your home FSBO step - 2

This is one of the most crucial steps in today's "Buyers Market" Prepare a pre-selling check list

Conduct a walk-through, a mini inspection.  Make a list of ALL repairs and improvements. Some of the items that most likely will be needed are look in all areas approach to the house, top to bottom - and inside

  • Inside of the house each room is clear of clutter and clean throughout
  • Paint walls and woodwork throughout make the house is fresh and sparkling clean
  • Clean windows and window coverings
  • Be sure that all plumbing and appliances are in working order
  • New or clean carpets throughout
  • All sealants in good condition ( window, tub, shower, sink...)
  • Floors in good condition
  • No electrical issues such as missing cover or up to code wiring
  • All storage areas organized and not overstuffed...

Call or email me for a more detailed list.




Monday, August 8, 2011

Create a Home Inventory for Insurance

Not a nice picture! Rates will go up!

Not a scare technique - just a reality.  If you been thinking of buying... we all know that rates will not remain the same.  Time for a decision is now!

From a mortgage prospective - Week in review

20 Steps to selling your home FSBO

You have decided to sell your home on your own. Now what? Selling a home For Sale By Owner requires a great deal of knowledge, research and an amazing amount of work.  There are many steps that must be taken in order to be successful.  In the next few posts I will make an effort to draw a map for you to follow. 

Step One - Do your research

1. Do you know what are the prices and terms of sale in today's market?  Conduct a careful research.

2. Investigate recent sales of homes in your immediate area to be sure that if price is achieved your home will appraise - be sure you check with public records, take in account pending settlement properties and any concessions which may have been given or  in a sale of homes in your neighborhood for alike homes

3. Establish realistic and competitive price for your property

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Very nice homes and good values...Call me with any questions.

Sherwood Ln

Sherwood Lane

Surrey Lane

Wedgewood Ln


Wyncroft Rd


Red Oak Dr


Monday, August 1, 2011

From a mortgage prospective August 1, 2011

Real Estate Update - August 2011

This Newsletter is full of interesting and useful information that I think you will enjoy whether you are a buyer, seller, homeowner, or renter.

This month's issue includes topics such as:

Plus a roundup of July real estate activity as well as much more advice and information.

I hope you enjoy this monthly newsletter. If you have any comments, please e-mail them to me. Or, if you would like to see a certain topic covered in future months, let me know that too!