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Ghosts, ghouls and goblins! Prepare for a hair-raising Halloween season in Bucks County with bewitching attractions. Come face-to-face with historic apparitions and brave your way through heart-racing haunted houses. Stay alert and beware, for Bucks County has nine sure-fire ways to get you scared.

1. Step foot onto Malfate Manor for a house tour of horrors at Midnight Productions’ House in the Hollow in Newtown! The property boasts 17 chilling rooms, a creepy crypt and cemetery. Through the end of October, test your bravery at the Field of Fright and spook1hold tight to your loved ones on the Haunted Hayride; you never know what is coming around the corner!

2. Experience fear like you’ve never felt it before at the Valley of Fear in Feasterville! Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for ghoulish figures. Travel through the dark forest on the Haunted Hayride, watch your nightmares come to life with Scary Tales and escape contamination in the Zombie Escape Maze. Valley of Fear is open for screams and scares through the beginning of November.

3. Discover New Hope after dark on a Ghost Tour of New Hope. This lantern-led tour reveals the historically haunting tales of this quaint borough. Stay on your toes and beware of the Phantom Hitchhiker and floating figure of the late Aaron Burr. Begin the tour at the corner of Main and Ferry Streets and let your unfamiliar moonlit journey begin. Tours are available on Saturdays from June until the third weekend in November; in September and October, tours meet every Friday and Saturday night!

4. Embrace the wacky characters and lively sounds of The Rocky Horror Show movie October 30 and 31 at the Bucks County Playhouse. Follow Brad and Janet’s stormy journey into the chaotic world of Rocky Horror and friends. The Playhouse has been providing visitors with quality entertainment for more than 70 years, and the tradition continues with this cult classic.

5. Walk along the hauntingly exciting halls of the Mercer Museum! Discover the unsettling folklore and mysterious history of this six-story castle. Inspect archaeologist Henry Mercer’s chilling artifacts including a hearse, gallows and a mystical “witch” doctor’s cane. spook2

6. Travel through the 18th century village of Historic Fallsington on October 25 for a chilling Spirits of the Past Tour. Be exposed to the Village’s eerie tales dating back to 1693 coupled with lurking spirits along the way. With connections to William Penn and General George Washington, there is more than meets the eye at Historic Fallsington!

7. Sesame Place is celebrating Halloween all October long at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular and you are invited! Bring the kids and dress to impress for this not-too spooky Halloween celebration with all of your favorite characters! Get comfy on the character hayride, travel through two winding mazes and attend three Halloween spectacles!

8. Shady Brook Farm is providing visitors with the ultimate Halloween fun at Fall Fest! Attend Pumpkin Fest through Halloween for creative pumpkin carving, a giant corn maze, live entertainment and more. Looking for a dash of frightening excitement? Stick aroundspook3 for Horrorfest open through October 30! Walk through the cryptic Barn of Horror, experience the destructive fields at Carnage, travel through the unsettling woods on the Hayride of Horror and come face-to-face with towering extraterrestrials at the 3-D Alien Encounter.

9. Hop aboard New Hope & Ivyland Railroad throughout the month of October for their spooky Trick or Treat Train Rides. Bring the kids to ride aboard dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes to make the train a scary sight.

**Courtesy of visitbuckscounty.com


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How to Make Your Bedrooms Your Homes Best Selling Feature

bedroom1To potential home buyers, a bedroom is more than just a place to lay your head at night. It’s a place to relax, retreat, and recover, a place where the demands of the busy world are locked out. If you properly stage your bedrooms, you can tap into potential buyers’ desire for relaxation and make your home their number one pick.

So how can you stage your bedroom in a way that buyers will love? Here are three strategies you can use to make your bedroom look like a modern oasis – without spending a fortune.

Position the Bed in the Right Place

One easy-to-change yet often overlooked detail in staging the perfect bedroom is the location of the bed. The bed is the focal point of the room, so position it accordingly. If your bedroom has French doors or a large window, positioning your bed bedroom2directly opposite that amenity will create balance.

Ideally, your bed should have space to walk around it on both sides. If that’s not possible, place it against the longest wall in the room.

Use Neutral Colors and Ample Lighting to Boost Appeal

bedroom3As a highly personal and intimate space, the bedroom is one area of the home where potential buyers are likely to try to imagine themselves in the space. If your bedroom incorporates loud colors, unique patterns, or poor lighting, it’ll be harder for potential buyers to envision themselves there. What you want is a neutral color and lighting scheme.

Take out any dark curtains and heavy drapes, as they can make the room seem dirty. Swap out your bed sheets with white duvets and covers, and use some solid-colored throw pillows for contrast. Add a lamp to give the room a cozy feel.

Remove Everything That Screams “You”

The point of staging a home is to help potential buyers see themselves living in it – if you can get buyers to picture themselves actually living in your home, they’ll form an emotional connection to it and will be more likely not just to buy, but to bid at or above asking price.

But in order to help buyers see themselves living in your home, you have to make it look as if you were never there. That means the family photographs, books on the nightstand, and exercise equipment has to go.

Staging your home is an effective way to help your home sell faster and for more money. It may seem like a big undertaking, but by talking to a real estate agent can give you valuable insight and help make staging easier.

If you have any questions regarding staging or other advice about selling your home, feel free to call me directly at 215-519-1399.













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Understanding Valuations and How a Real Estate Agent Can Determine Your Home’s Value

If you are thinking about listing your home for sale, one of the biggest factors that may be holding you back from pulling the trigger on this decision is the value of your home. You may have a decent idea about the value of your home by researching other listings in your community, but you may not be able to pinpoint a fair asking price that would get your home sold quickly without leaving money on the table. The fact is that your knowledgeable real estate agent will provide you with a valuation up-front, and this can help you to make a more informed decision. There are several components to the valuation that you may need to know more about.

home values 1The Layout of the Home

When a real estate agent is preparing a market valuation, he or she will initially tour your home to get a feel for the layout. Factors like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the size of the living areas, if the kitchen is closed off or open to the home and more will all impact desirability and therefore value. Because of this, it is not always easy for a homeowner to determine value with accuracy, and the insight of a knowledgeable and experienced agent is important.

The Square Footage of the Home

Your real estate agent will know the average price per square foot of homes in the area, and this price per square foot can be applied to your own home. However, keep in mind that there is a difference based on one or two-home values 3story homes. Generally, one-story homes will have a higher price per square foot than two-story homes. Other factors such as the condition of the home and special features will come into play.
The Condition and Special Features

When you receive a valuation for your home, the real estate agent will give you additional value for special features that have broad market appeal or for an improved condition over other homes in the community. For example, if your home is in home values 2an older community and you have recently updated the kitchen, you may have a value based on a higher price per square foot than other homes in your area.

The fact is that the average price per square foot of similar homes in the area will come into play for your valuation, but there are adjustments made for different features and for the condition of the home.

If you have any questions regarding the value of your home, feel free to call me directly at 215-519-1399.


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Celebrate Museum Day in Bucks County

Bucks County museums are joining others across the country for Smithsonian Magazine’s 11th annual Museum Day Live! On Saturday September 26, for one day only, museums all over the United States will offer free admission to those who download a complimentary Museum Day Live! ticket. Join Bucks County and other participating museums in making learning accessible to everyone by visiting one of the following places listed below.

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• The Pearl S. Buck House National Historic Landmark Museum will open its doors at 11 a.m. and offer tours of the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s circa 1825 farmhouse every 15 minutes with the final tour starting at 3 p.m. See her legacy through an intact collection on a picturesque 68-acre estate.

• Step back in time at Glencairn Museum, a medieval inspired castle-like museum in the Bryn Athyn Historic District. The museum will offer tours on both Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27 at 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are required as space is limited.

• Come see many rare artifacts related to the Civil War period at the Bucks County Civil War Museum in Doylestown. The museum will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and tours will include rare flags, guns and documents on display with uniformed docents to guide visitors through the exhibits.museum day 2

• While you’re in Doylestown, don’t forget to stop by the James A. Michener Art Museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. What began as the Bucks County prison in 1884 now houses a world-class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionism, the Nakashima Reading Room and outdoor sculptures.

Photo courtesy of Pearl Buck House
Photo of Michener Museum by Bob Krist, courtesy of Visit Philly


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Ways to Make an Older Home Modern and Updated

modern1Newer properties may be infused with built-in designer touches that give them an instant sense of luxury, but older homes may lack many of these built-in features. Whether buying or renovating an older property, many people are interested in learning how to instill modern luxury in older property. The good news is that this is easier than it sounds, and it can be accomplished by following a few simple tips.

Make Thoughtful Upgrades

It may not be cost-effective or reasonable to upgrade the entire space with an extensive renovation, but making a few thoughtful upgrades can yield fabulous results. The light fixtures, faucets and hardware in the space should receive modern2attention first, and homeowners should choose a modern finish that goes well with the rest of the home. If funds permit, consider upgrading the counter tops, sinks and bathtubs to further add luxury and modern style to the style.

Choose the Right Fabrics

When decorating the home, it is important to choose fabrics that speak to the luxury that is desired in the space. While some affordable materials have a luxurious look, it may be necessary to invest in premium materials like leather or upgraded upholstery in some areas to achieve the desired results. Think about the use of color, and layer fabrics for a truly upscale, finished look in the space.

Take Advantage of Antique Charm

modern3Older homes have a special antique charm, and homeowners may have better results when working with this charm rather than trying to remove it from the space. Antiques can be incorporated with modern pieces to create a historic, classic, or even rustic look to a home. Consider which aspects of the existing décor to highlight, such as gorgeous wood floors or an antique banister, and celebrate these areas while also including modern fabrics and other decorative touches to create the luxurious, modern look that is desired.

Decorating an older home can be challenging for many reasons, but it is possible to instill a sense of modern luxury into the space without a complete renovation. Some smaller remodeling efforts may be needed for the best results, and they can be incorporated with these tips to provide a lovely look that homeowners can truly fall in love with. Those who are thinking about buying an older home or renovating their older home may consult with a real estate professional for more ideas.

If you have any questions regarding specific designs that can make an older home more modern, feel free to call me directly at 215-519-1399.





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Closing Costs That Buyers Forget when Purchasing a New Home

closing cost1If you’re in the process of buying a home, you probably have your deposit and monthly mortgage charges in a spreadsheet, along with a chart of your other expenses and your monthly income. But when it comes to buying a home, there are lots of different costs that will come into play – and it’s easy to forget something. When you’re preparing to close on your new home, make sure you consider these three closing costs that most buyers forget.

Home Inspection Fees: A Small Charge for Peace of Mind

Most home purchase agreements are contingent upon a successful home inspection and if you’re planning to buy a home, you should definitely have it inspected before you buy it. However, home inspectors don’t work for free, and you’ll have closing costto pay a home inspector for a thorough evaluation of the premises.

Home inspection fees depend on the kind of property you’re buying, and can vary depending on your location. For a condo unit, you’ll only need to pay about $250, but a single-family home might cost up to $500. Luxury properties are often more expensive, sometimes running as high as $1,500.

Private Mortgage Insurance: Obligatory With Small Down Payments

closing cost2If you’re only planning to make the minimum down payment on your home, you’ll need to buy mortgage insurance (PMI). Mortgage insurance protects the lender in the event that you default on your loan. This is an added cost that your lender pays, and in general, almost every lender will pass the cost on to you.

You can pay for your mortgage insurance in one large payment, or you can add it to your monthly mortgage payments. Note that if your down payment is less than 20% of the purchase price, you’re legally required to buy mortgage insurance.

Lender Fees: All Sorts of Charges On Top Of Your Mortgage

One large, catch-all category of closing costs that buyers often forget is lender fees.  Lender fees are fees that your mortgage lender will charge you in order to recoup their costs and turn a profit. These include appraisal fees, credit report fees, processing and application fees, and administration fees for underwriting.

These fees can range depending on the lender, but in many cases they exceed $3,000. You’ll want to budget about $3,500 to $5,000 to be safe.

Buying a house is a major undertaking, and there are lots of ways that the process could go awry. But a real estate professional can help you navigate the industry and get the home you’ve always wanted without any issues.

If you have any questions regarding specific benefits associated with a refinance loan, feel free to call me directly at 215-519-1399.




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September 05, 2015
Event Location: Sellersville Theater
24 W Temple Ave, Sellersville, PA 18960early sept 1
Phone: 215-257-5808
8:00 PM
Admission: $29.50, $45
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This mullet wearing Nascar watching take on the “3 Tenor” genre has been traveling the country for 9 years filling the air with laughter and outstanding music! The 3 Redneck Tenors are a new breed in the “tenor genre” with their musical comedy featuring classically trained veteran artists… think Duck Dynasty goes to Carnegie Hall! These boys take us on a side splitting ride featuring comedy and audience interaction, vocal prowess, and a smorgasbord of songs ranging from Gospel and Country, to Broadway, Pop and Classical. Based in Dallas, 3RT have been seen on America’ Got Talent and Larry The Cable Guy’s History Channel Show Only in America.


From: September 05, 2015 – September 13, 2015
Recurrence: Every Sunday, Monday, Saturdayearly sept 2
Event Location: National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
654 Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA 18901
12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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We invite you to join us this year and to become part of the hundreds of thousands of folks who have visited the Festival throughout its history. It’s a unique opportunity to have a great time at a great bargain while supporting a great cause.




From: September 12, 2015 – September 13, 2015
Recurrence: Recurring dailyearly sept 3
Sponsoring Partner: Bucks County Parks and Recreation
Event Location: Tinicum Park
River Road, Erwinna, PA 18920
Phone: 267-337-0955
Sat 10 AM to 5 PM, Sun 11 AM to 4 PM
Admission: $5 Donations
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The 33rd annual Tinicum Park antiques show will feature nearly 30 dealers of quality antiques displaying their merchandise for sale in the historic farm setting of Tinicum Park. This popular rural show sponsored by the Bucks County department of parks and recreation is noted for its bucolic and relaxed atmosphere along the Delaware River in Erwinna. Proceeds from the show will again benefit public programming and restoration of the historic Erwin-Stover House Museum within the park. The general flavor of the show is country primitive but with other eras also represented. Tables, chairs, chests, cupboards, paintings, prints, glassware, jewelry, quilts and textiles will fill booths in the landmark red barn, outbuildings and banquet tents. In addition to larger pieces, an array of collectibles, kitchen utensils, bowls, books and hardware will be exhibited for sale.

Information courtesy of Visit Bucks County


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Reasons Not to Set a Home Price High

high price 1One goal when you’re selling your house is to get as much money as possible. It can be tempting to overprice. There’s always a chance you might score big. Right?

Technically, yes. But that doesn’t mean testing the market by setting your home’s price above what the house is worth is a good strategy. In fact, there are many reasons not to test the market this way.

You won’t get offers (but your neighbors might)

It’s great to be a good neighbor, but unintentionally sacrificing your sale to help your neighbors sell their homes might be going a bit far.

When you price too high, you’re helping sell the other homes in the. After seeing your high-priced home, buyers may be eager to get the better-value house nearby — even if they liked your home better.

You lose credibility

Buyers are savvy. They’ve usually done the research and have a ballpark idea of what homes in your neighborhood are worth. When you price too high, people might decide not to even look at your property.

Not everyone likes to play “Let’s Make a Deal”

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A common reason seller’s price high is that it leaves room for negotiation. What is the problem with this tactic? If buyers overlook your house because it’s out of their budget, there will be no one to negotiate with. While some buyers might enjoy negotiating, a solid buyer respects and appreciates a home priced just right.

You’re turning people into “yes men”

Some sellers who price high are given false hope by agents who are uncomfortable telling their clients the truth. Some agents may agree to any price you want just to get their sign on your lawn. Instead of listing at an inflated price, sellers should come to a realistic expectation of what the home will likely sell for.

You squander the early days

Sellers are in the driver’s seat the first 30 days a house is on the market. The listing is still new, so you have buyers’ attention.

The ideal scenario is that you price to sell in the first two weeks. That way, you stand to get multiple offers. When you price a home too high, you waste time during which you have the most leverage with any potential buyer.

Your house gets stale

If your house is on the market longer than 30 days, buyers will start wondering whether something’s wrong with it.

Some realtors refer to this as a stale home. When you price your home too high, all you’re doing is enabling buyers to wait until you lower your price. And here’s the real problem: When you do drop the price, you often get less for your house than if you offered a realistic price from the start.

People won’t even see your listing

People generally set up search parameters by price when looking online for a home.

Let’s say your house is worth $319,000, but you’re asking $330,000. You won’t capture buyers who search for houses within the $300,000 to $325,000 range. If your home is priced properly, it will show up in the buyers search results.

high price 3The house won’t appraise at the high price

If you’re selling to buyers who are getting a mortgage – in other words, most buyers — the lender will need an appraisal. If comparable home sales over the last six months and current market conditions don’t support the sales price, then the buyer won’t get the mortgage.

If you have any questions about what is the best price to set for your home, feel free to call me directly at 215-519-1399.



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Stockton Inn Lobster Extravaganza          Aug 21 – Sept 6

Location: Stockton Inn, 1 Main Street, Stockton, NJ
Time: Open Wed-Sun at 5pm
Contact: (609) 397-1250
The Stockton Inn’s Executive Chef Alan Heckman will partner with celebrated Philadelphia Chef Al Paris for a tantalizing tasting menu featuring the quintessential summertime favorite-lobster! The clawed crustacean gets the spotlight in this tasting menu, which features lobster in every course, event dessert! The chef duo designed this lobster lovers’ feast, which will be available from August 21 through September 6th as a 5-course indulgence. Make a reservation today at stocktoninn.com

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Casting Now      August 21-23
is now casting outgoing and fun current or soon-to-be owners of historic homes in Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties that are in need of serious restoration work! For example, do you have several rooms in your home that are severely outdated or have horrible layouts? Or do you have some living spaces that you’d like to return to their former glory? If so, we would love to hear from you! If you would like to be considered for their show, please submit your information ASAP! See website for details.


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Location: Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, YARDLEY , PA
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Contact: 215-968-1670    WEBSITE    EMAIL
Join us every Friday for wine tasting,live music & more! Sorry, no outside food or beverage. $5 Wine Tasting: includes sampling of 6 different wines. No need to pay for wine tasting if you already know what you want and you do not taste the different wines. NEW for 2015 Join us in the Festival Field for these special Fridays, June 19, July 17 & August 21. $5 admission includes wine tasting for adults and an activity wristband for all. The wristband includes inflatable attractions, jumping pillows, Bears playground, Tryke track and the ALL NEW Lil Bouncing Bronco’s.




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Want to stay cool? Then get to the pool!

web_banner_newLower Makefield Township Community Pool
1050 Edgewood Road,  Yardley, PA 19067

The pool complex consists of: 4 heated pools, Olympic size 50 meter, 25 meter x 25 yard lap, intermediate pool, tot pool diving boards, dual 18 foot slides one speed, one flume, snack bar, rest/changing Rooms with showers. Membership required.

OxfordValleyPoolOxford Valley Pool
445 Hood Boulevard,  Fairless Hills, PA 19030

Pool opens Weekends and holidays only, May 24-June 22 Noon-7 p.m. June 23-Sept. 1- Open daily Noon- 8:00 p.m. Closed after Labor Day (hrs. of operation may change due to staff availability). Water slide closes before pool and occasionally closes due to classes or programs. Pool closes during swim meets.

brrookfieldBrookside Swim and Tennis Club
499 Stony Hill Road in Yardley/Lower Makefield

Brookside offers a unique swim lesson program focused on pool safety and familiarizing our youth in an aquatic environment. Each Class will reflect American Red Cross appropriate skill level. In addition, new this year, we will be offering stroke and turn proficiency for the level 6 swimmers who already participate on swim team but want to develop maximum efficiency.

thevillageThe Village 2 Swim & Tennis Club
2 Rittenhouse Circle, New Hope, PA 18938

Village 2 Swim & Tennis Club offers six sparkling clean swimming pools:


  • 6-lane, 25-meter lap pool
  • Deep-water diving pool with three diving boards
  • Sports pool
  • Secluded lounging pool
  • Upper deck pool
  • Children’s pool with fountains

The children’s pool is a great place for small children to enjoy the water, while parents relax around the pool or on nearby lounges. And it’s only steps away from the locker and bathroom facilities.

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