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Recently moved to Yardley? Community links that may be useful

gristmillIf you have recently moved to Yardley, you are more than likely still trying to find your way around town. Trying to navigate a new community can be tough. Here are some of our community links that you may find useful, such as information on cable, trash pickup, recycling, and more.

Comcast Cable services Yardley, and offer XFinity bundles, phone service and internet. Visit the website for Comcast to price out your bundle and find out which services would be best for your home.

Yard waste can be recycled at the Lower Makefield Township Public Works Recycle Yard. Waste must be in a pick-up truck to be discarded, and there is a dumping fee. You may also come by the recycle yard if you are a resident to pick up free mulch.

If you are thinking of moving to Yardley, Doylestown, or New Hope, or considering selling your home, call me today at 215-519-1399 or visit my website for more information.

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Local Neighborhoods – Yardley Hunt

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Built by Toll Brothers, Yardley Hunt is a very large neighborhood, located off of Edgewood Road in Yardley, Pennsylvania. With over 600 homes throughout the development, it is one of the largest neighborhoods in Yardley and possibly even Bucks County.  Majority of homes in Yardley Hunt are 4 bedrooms and were constructed between 1977 and 1980. Home structures vary between ranch, colonial and split-levels.

Yardley Hunt is abundant with mature trees and the neighborhood is located minutes from a large community playground, Lower Makefield community pool, baseball fields and the Bucks County Free Library.

Located in the Pennsbury School District, the development is well-sought by many home buyers. Yardley Hunt is a wonderful community. I would be privileged to show you any homes for sale throughout the development.

Thinking of moving to Yardley, PA and not sure which neighborhood is right for you? Call me today at 215-519-1399, or visit my website for more information.

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What I’m Thankful For

 

 

 

I love this time of year – knowing the holidays are approaching rapidly always means seeing friends and family more often.

I’m so thankful that I get to spend my life with friends and family, and my grandchildren!

I’m thankful I have the opportunity every day of my life to help homeowners achieve the dream of owning their first, second or third home. Not to mention having the privilege of helping homeowners sell their home.

I’m thankful I get to work with great realtors, who love this business as much as I do.

I am also thankful that I live in Bucks County, and get to “show it off” to people thinking of moving to the area.

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?

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What Is The Best Time to List Your Home?

So you’ve decided to sell your home.  You may be asking yourself – is this a good time to list my house?  What is the best time to list a home?

Most homeowners want to list their home as soon as possible.  They’ve been thinking about it for some time, and now that the decision has been made, they want to put it on the MLS as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, that is not very realistic.  The REALTOR® has work to do to gather information and enter it into the MLS.  The home must be cleaned and repairs made.  Pictures and virtual tours must be taken, signs put up, and a lockbox installed.  The home should not go onto the MLS until it is entirely ready to be sold.

So, once all of that is complete, what is the best day of the week to list the home?  The best answer is as soon as possible after midnight on Thursday morning.  This is because your house is now available for all the Realtors planning their weekend showings, and the house will show 0 days on the market on Thursday, 1 day on the market on Friday, and 2 days on the market on Saturday (and Saturday is the most important day of the real estate week).

The fewer the days on the market, the greater you have of selling your home quickly and attract a full price offer.

Now let’s look at the best season to sell.  Opinions vary widely on this.  A lot of people think that selling to coincide with the school year is best – so late spring and summer.  There are surely more buyers out in warm weather, but there are also usually, double the active listings.  In the off months, there are fewer listings and the buyers who are out there are more serious about buying – not just out looking.  This means there is less competition and homes that sell in winter sell 1.4% closer to their original listing price.

Research shows that the tail end of winter is an excellent time to list, with March being the best month.  Listing your home in March results in it being on the market for the shortest amount of time, with homes listed in October taking the longest time to sell.

In Bucks County, confidence is high and inventory is low right now.  Combine that with historically low interest rates, and the result is high buyer activity.  Buyers who have been sitting on the fence waiting are now jumping into the market, making this a perfect time to list your home.

A recent listing of mine in Yardley Hunt, sold within days of going on the market for virtually the asking price, and another in Yardley Estates, sold well over the asking price with multiple offers.

As March is rapidly approaching, and you have been considering selling your home, it’s time to make a move.  Your window of opportunity to sell your home quickly and for top dollar is almost upon us.

Feel free to contact me if you are looking for a new home in 2013.

There are a lot of great homes in Yardley, Newtown and all of Bucks County.

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Bucks County Events February 1st – 3rd

Bucks County Events February 1st – 3rd

Baseball Stories with Darcy Fair

Early dismissal in Central Bucks! Bring a lunch and a drink, and join Darcy Fair of Buckslore for a rollicking afternoon children’s story time featuring baseball-related oral tales, book readings, poems, music, participatory activities, intriguing artifacts, and a visit to the museum’s women’s baseball exhibit, Linedrives and Lipstick. Suitable for children of all ages; kids under eight must have a parent or caregiver with them. $5 per child, payable at door; caregivers free.

Date: Friday, February 1st, 2013   1-3 pm   Mercer Museum – 84 South Pine Street -  Doylestown,  18901

 

First Friday Doylestown

WHEN: Held the first Friday of every month – 6PM to 9:30PM – rain or shine.

WHERE: Downtown Doylestown PA
(Bucks County Pennsylvania.)

DESCRIPTION: Merchants in Doylestown are open late to exhibit work from local artists and invite you to enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Bring your family and invite your friends – for art’s sake.

 

Last Weekend for Winter Lights Festival – Milford, Pa

 

The town will be aglow with a unique ice and light installation, ice skating and original theatrical ice dancing performance.

SATURDAY, February 2, 2013 3:00 – Ann Street Park – Closing Ceremony

Location: Village of Milford PA

 

Feel free to contact me if you are looking for a new home in 2013.

There are a lot of great homes in Yardley, Newtown and all of Bucks County.

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Weekend Events for Bucks County, January 18-20, 2013

Hello Bucks County Friends!

Here are some fun events in the area for you to put on your calendar for this weekend!

January Heats up with the 2013 Winter Festival

January is here and the winter season’s biggest event is just around the corner!  Winter Festival runs from Saturday January 19, 2012 through Sunday January 27, 2013.

 

Saturday January 19th

 

Kick-off Winter Festival with the Fire & Ice Ball from 7pm to 11pm Tickets $20 Advance/ $25 at the door.

New Hope Borough Community Room
123 New Street, New Hope

 

 

Bird Walks @ Peace Valley Nature Center, Doylestown

8:00 am – 10:00 am  Walk the trails of Peace Valley Nature Center searching for winter birds. Bring your binoculars and enjoy this great sport. Meet some like-minded folks who enjoy birding. Or come to learn a new activity, great.

PEACE VALLEY NATURE CENTER
170 N. Chapman Road,

Doylestown, PA 18901

The Ottsville Indoor Farmers’ Market @ Linden Hill Gardens

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

8230 Easton Road (Route 611),

Ottsville, Pennsylvania 18942

Saturdays, Jan. 5th-Feb. 23rd 10 am-1 pm

 

Head to the greenhouse for fresh, local food and handmade products as well as winter activities including ice-skating,   s’more-making and sledding.

 

Pairing Wine and Dessert

Crossing Vineyards & Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road

Washington Crossing, PA 18977

 

Friday, January 18, 7:00 pm.  Event Manager Kate Sielski will warm up your winter with a class filled with tips on how to pair wine and desserts.

Includes instruction, wine tasting and assorted sweets.

Cost: $40 per person. Call for reservations: 215-493-6500, ext. 19 or buy on- line: www.crossingvineyards.com.  Email: info@crossingvineyards.com

 

Feel free to contact me if you are looking for a new home in 2013.

There are a lot of great homes in Yardley, Newtown and all of Bucks County.

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The Housing Market is rebounding, both Nationally and in Bucks County!

The Housing Market is rebounding, both Nationally and in Bucks County!

 

For the first time in almost 6 years, most Real Estate markets experienced increases in home prices in 2012.  It is still a long road back to where we were in 2005 and 2006, but the market has stabilized and is now improving.

In the 3rd quarter of 2012, home prices had the biggest home price gains in more than two years – an increase of 3.6% on a National level.

If you look back a year ago to the 3rd quarter in 2011, there was a 3.6% decrease.  We’re moving in the right direction.

There are a number of factors helping the market recover – historically low mortgage rates, low inventory in most markets (a lot of this is caused by and investors taking advantage of Short Sale and Foreclosure opportunities), an improving jobs market (slow, but moving in the right direction), and lower than usual construction on new units.

 

With the kinds of numbers we have seen over the past 6 months, it is safe to say that we are in the midst of a housing recovery, and that things will continue to improve.

 

Here are what the numbers look like for Buck County:

Metrics obtained from trendmls

 

If you are looking to purchase Real Estate in Yardley, Newtown or Doylestown, please visit  our Featured Homes section for wonderful properties or search the Multiple Listing Service for all available listings. We’ll help you find your perfect home.

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The Perfect Offer – Bucks County Real Estate 2013

Have you heard news of the real estate market in Bucks County changing to a “seller’s market”? You may notice home prices are rising again, and competition for homes has increased as well. Competing with another buyer can happen frequently, and sellers have an advantage when this happens.

When the real estate market transitions from a buyer’s to a seller’s market, it’s important to do everything you can as a buyer to improve your chances of having a seller accept your offer. Here are a few offer-writing tips to help solidify a contract on your new home in Yardley, Newtown or anywhere in Bucks County:

* Don’t waste time – When you find the home you want, submit an offer as quickly as possible. Don’t assume that no one else is considering your dream home as well.
* Realistic offer – this market may not be the proper one in which to make “lowball” offers. Be reasonable and submit comparable sales that justify your offer.
* Pre-approval letter – alleviate the seller’s biggest concern that an unqualified buyer will unnecessarily take their home off the market and the seller will miss other opportunities.
* More earnest money – money up front will show that you’re serious, and makes the seller feel more confident that the contract will actually close.
* Minimize contingencies – don’t give the seller too many reasons to think the sale won’t go through. Multiple contingencies lessens the seller’s willingness, because they feel the home is “off the market” with less certainty of closing.
* Shorten inspection period – your agent can help you set a reasonable date, but it helps if you let the seller know you’re willing to close prior to that if possible.
* Write a personal letter to the seller telling them why you want their home – this emotional connection to the seller can make the difference in you getting the home.

A confident seller is one who will be more likely to accept your offer.  Following these tips can positively affect negotiations and help you present an offer that is most likely to be accepted. I am happy to assist you with the details of purchasing Bucks County real estate.

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First weekend of 2013 in Bucks County

Hello, Bucks County friends! The holiday festivities may be over, but there it’s still a good time to relax with friends and family this weekend. Here are a few things happening in the area this weekend:

 

Vinyasa Yoga & Wine Tasting

Sunday, January 6, 11:30 am

Crossing Vineyards and Winery

Washington Crossing, PA

A one-hour yoga class, followed by private wine tasting and tour. Bring your yoga mat and be ready for a relaxing good time.

 

Holiday Light Show

Saturday, January 5, 12:00 – 10:00 pm

Sunday, January 6, 12:00 – 9:00 pm

Shady Brook Farm

931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley

It’s not too late to see the light show at Shady Brook Farm. Fill up your car and enjoy the lights. This is the last weekend!

 

Philadephia Flyers Alumni Game

Saturday, January 5, 5:00pm

Bucks County Ice Sports Center

1185 York Road, Warminster

Enjoy a great game with the Flyer alumni vs. Team Berube, and a $10 donation at the door benefits Kids vs. Cancer.

 

Feel free to contact me if you are looking for a great home this New Year season. There are a lot of great homes in Yardley, Newtown and all of Bucks County.

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Happy Holidays – Enjoying Bucks County, PA

Last minute shopping in Yardley, Newtown or anywhere in Bucks County? Looking to show visitors some holiday traditions that are unique to Bucks County? Are you looking to buy local this year for your holiday shopping? Here are 3 great ways to shop, recreate and support the local economy.

 

Holiday Drop and Shop

Sunday, December 22 and 23,  10am – 2pm

Doylestown Rock Gym

Need more time to prepare for the holidays? Instead of dragging the kids from store to store, or trying to hide things in your shopping cart that they can’t see, or chasing them around the store as they show you all the things they want to buy, simply bring them to the Doylestown Rock Gym. This way you can enjoy your time and they can enjoy theirs. At our drop and shop program, the kids will climb, have lunch and make a cool climbing holiday craft. Ages 5 – 12yo.  Call 215-230-9085 or visit the website.

 

Holiday Light Show

Through January 6, 2013 dusk to 10 pm

Shadybrook Farm

931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley

I’ve mentioned it before, but the Shadybrook Light Show is worth mentioning again!  This is a spectacular night time extravaganza of lights, and it gets better every year! Bring a full carload, as they charge by the vehicle!

 

Wrightstown Farmers’ Winter Mini-Market

Saturday, December 2, 2012   10-11am

Wrightstown Township building, 2203 Second Street Pike

Quick, 1 hour mini market! Get in, get out and get on with the rest of your day! There will be pastured pork and lamb, grass-fed beef and eggs, fresh fair trade organically roasted coffee, honey, mushrooms, prepared foods, baked goods, nuts, applesauce, cider, goat cheese and natural pet foods. Also buy great gifts, like fragrant soaps, lotions, fruit butters and other jarred treats.

I wish you a great holiday season! Feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance to you in any of your real estate needs.

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