Stress free real estate closings, in Yardley, Bucks County, Pa.
I represented a buyer in one of the transactions, and the seller in another.
Both the buyer and seller, had very similar comments following the transaction. They both said that although they had been warned by family and friends, that real estate transactions these days are always difficult and extremely stressful, they found their transactions to be very smooth, and without much of the stress they anticipated.
They both attributed their experience to the fact that they followed my advice, and also that they worked with people that I recommended.
I thought it might be helpful to share with you the names of the people who help make me look good, and who contribute towards such smooth real estate experiences.
Vince Tecce, of the Building Inspector of America, did the home inspection for the buyer. As a result of his inspection, the buyer was able to negotiate a credit of more than 2,000 towards inspection repairs.
Lisa Stump of Mnet Mortgage, provided the mortgage for the buyer. We received our mortgage committment right on time, and Lisa was there at closing, to be sure that the buyer understoond every document they were signing.
Kathy Weber, of the Laureson Agency, provided the buyer with insruance for the house they were buying. Kathy took the time to explain, in detail, various coverage options, so that the buyers could make informed decisions about their home owners insurance policy.
On the sellers side, we were asked to make several repairs to the house, as a result of the home inspection on their house.
Ed Sutter, of Sutter House HVAC, certified that their HVAC system was in proper working order.
Ed Kaplan of EZ Bears Handyman Services, completed several, small, general repairs prior to closing. (215-300-4700)
Dominic Mormando, of Mormano’s Plumbing, took care of a couple of plumbing issues.
Rich Kohn, of SBS Electrical Services, solved a couple of electrical issues. (215-499-2255)
Isaac Pressley, of Isaac’s Cleaning Service, thoroughly cleaned the buyers house before they moved in, and the sellers house, before the new owners moved in. Cleaner houses you will never see (215-431-1879)
Finallly, Rich Crocker of Broaday Moving and Storage provided a stress free move.
I greatly appreciate the hard work that all of the above people do, which helps me provide such wonderful support for my real estate clients.
Every one of the people who helped with the transactions that I referred to, have worked in my house, at one time or another. This is just another way that I try and provide the best possible real estate experience.Continue Reading > Add a Comment
Yardley, Lower Makefield Township Real Estate update.
Time to take a look at our market statistical update, for Lower Makefield Township & Yardley, in Bucks County.
These are statistics that are taken directly from MLS data, and provide a detailed look at the market, through the end of May, 2010.
This provides us with an interesting perspective, because it gives us some hint, as to what is happening, following the expiration of the tax credit, which ended April 30th, 2010.
Here is what things look like in Lower Makefield Township:
- Inventory of homes for sale in May 2010, was 223
Inventory of homes for sale in Apri 2010, was 236
Inventory of homes for sale in May 2009, was 247
Unit Inventory is down 9.7% when comparing what was on the market at the end of May this year, with what was on the market at the end of May, last year.
Inventory dropped by 13 homes, (5.5%) from the end of April of 2010, to the end of May 2010.
- The average price of a home for sale at the end of May 2010 was $510,000.
The average price of a home for sale at the end of May 2009 was $536,000.
List price of homes in inventory fell by 4.9%.
- 106 homes closed this year, through May, at 93% of asking price.
66 homes closed through the end of May, 2009 at 90% of asking price.
This represents a very large unit increase in sales, of more than 60% from last years pace. Buyers are achieving about a 7% discount from the asking price.
What does it all mean to buyers and sellers. No big surprise, in my opinion, that factors still favor buyers. There is still an inventory of more that 9 months. We consider a market balanced, when there is a 6 month supply of inventory. Buyers still have lots of choices, but it appears as though sellers are gradually becomming more realistic with their asking prices.
We are also fortunate, that our market is not being dominated by distressed property sales, although there are more of those, in every neighborhood, than I ever remember. Bottom line is that for sellers who are serious about selling, price your house properly, given current market conditions, and it will sell. For buyers, there are many choices, and with interest rates still hovering at or near all time lows, it is a great time to buy.
I have a wonderful marketing update report that is available by email, that will provide very detailed information about recent sales activity in any neighborhood in our general area. It will show you what has sold, was is active, and how long homes have been on the market. If you are interested in receiving the report, just send me an emai and you will receive the report automatically, every month.Continue Reading > Add a Comment
Where are the Bucks County, Yardley, Newtown Farmers markets?
If you live in Bucks County, you have probably noticed how many more, seasonal farmers markets there seem to be.
In fact, there are currently at least 10 seasonal farmers markets, offering all sorts of locally grown fruits, plants and vegetables. In addition, many of the local farms, offer farm stands, as well.
According to Robin Hoy, executive director of Bucks County Foodshed Alliance, the number of farmers markets in the County, has quadrupled since 2006.
Many of the farmers markets, have special events every week, that really create a festive atmosphere.
Here is a list of the Bucks County Farmers Markets, that I am aware of. Be sure to check them out:
Lower Makefield – Thursdays, 3:30-6:30 through October 14th. Edgewood & Heacock Roads.
Langhorne - Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. June 28th through October 26th. Jesse Soby American Legion Post, 115 W. Richardson Ave, Langhorne.
Wrightstown Farmers Market – Saturday’s, 9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. Through November 20th. 2203 Second Street Pike .
Warrington Farmers Market at Valley Square – Fridays 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Valley Square, Routes 611 & 132 , Warrington.
Doylestown Farmers Market – Saturdays 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Through November 20th. Hamilton Ave, near West State Street .
New Hope Farmers Market – Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Through November 18th. NHS high school, 180 W. Bridge Street .
Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market – Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Through Oct 30th. Near 611 & Kellers Church Road.
Ottsville Farmers Market at Linden Hill Gardens – Fridays 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Through Oct 29th.8230 Easton Road.
Springtown Farmers Market – Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Through September 30th. Springtown Firehouse, 3010 Main Street.
Indian Valley Farmers Market – Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Through October 16th. Penn Ave & Main Street, Telford.
In addition to the above, there is a wonderful, indoor farmers market, in Newtown, that is worth checking out. The Newtown indoor farmers market offers a great variety of vendors, from Amish to Middle Eastern, Asian and Mexican.
Be sure to check the following website, to get more information about which farms offer farm stands: Penn State Cooperative Extension.
If you know of other, interesting, local farmers markets, please let me know.
Enjoy the best of local foods!Continue Reading > Add a Comment
Morrisville, PA Another Great Event for music, art, camping, and more!
On Saturday June 26th the Gates at Snipes Farm in Morrisville, PA open
early at 11:00am. “THE MIXXER CUP” quoit tournament begins at 11:30am,
with all the proceeds benefiting the T.A.S.K. Then at 12:01pm the music
starts, with non-stop music on two stages ranging from rock, funk,
reggae, folk, blues, bluegrass, jam indie, and more. The MIXXTAPE,
Chris Harford & the Band of Changes, Crucial, Groove Train Riders,
Justin Pope band, The Low Down, Skip’s Museum, Blackflower, The Wallace
Brothers Band, and Ghost in the Woods play all day into the night.
There will also be great food and vendors selling their crafts and
arts. Plus don’t forget to bring a tent to camp under the stars too!
THE MIXXER 2010: A music, art, camping, FOOD DRIVE festival!
Saturday, June 26th 2010
890 W Bridge St
Morrisville, PA 19067
There will be live bands, solo performers, a quoit tournament,
litebrite contest and more! We will also be collecting non-perishable
food items at the door that will be donated to the Trenton Area Soup
Kitchen, the top donator receiving an amazing prize too!
Ticket Prices: $15.00 Advance $20.00 Day of Show $5.00 Camping (per
person) at the gate All Ages, under 12 is FREE