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Chester County PA Real Estate Market Trends for March 2017

by Scott Darling

Chester County PA Real Estate Market Trends for March 2017

Chester County PA single family homes saw pending sales increase by 11.2% in March 2017 when compared to March 2016. 454 homes sold in March with a median sales price of $310,000, a 10.71% increase from March 2016.  The average sales price increased by 5.3%, and homes were on the market 5 days less.

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Home Buying Made Easy

by Scott Darling

If you are currently in the market for buying a house, then you are likely already aware of just how difficult it can sometimes be.  There are many stressors throughout the process that can make the home buying process seem anything but easy.  Below are a few ways that home buying can be made a bit easier if you do your part to put them into action.  

 

  1.  The first and most important thing you need to do before looking for a home to buy is to find an agent.  The reason this part is the most important is because buying a home is a huge financial obligation and you want to choose the right person to help you with such a big decision in your life.  A good way to find an excellent Realtor is to talk with your friends and family members that you trust to see whom they have used in the past.  Once they give you a few suggestions, you can meet each one and see which one best matches your personality wishes.  You will be spending quite a bit of time with this person so you want to make sure that you get along beautifully with them.   

  1. The next step in home buying made easy  is to find a lender.  Many times you can find out from your Realtor about what lenders they tend to use or who they think can be the best match for you and your particular situation.  If your Realtor doesn’t lead you to the best match, again you can talk to your friends and family for suggestions.   

  1. You then need to make sure your credit is as clean as it can possibly be.  Lenders can many times give you a bit of guidance in this area so that you can get approved for a loan.   

  1. It is important that you get pre approved for a loan before you go out searching for the home of your dreams.  The lender that you choose will help you to know exactly how much of a house you can comfortably afford before you get your heart set on one.  

  1. Lastly, figure out exactly what you are looking for in a house.  Make a list of your wants and desires in order of their importance.  This will help to guide you in your home buying  adventure and will help avoid wasting precious time.  
     

These are just a few ideas on how to make the home buying process a bit easier.  Once you do your part to put all of these in motion you will be well on your way to finding the home of your dreams.   

Courtesy of Chester County PA Realtor Scott Darling.

Coatesville PA Real Estate For Sale: 158 Bridle Path Ln

by Scott Darling

The original owners are heartbroken that it’s time to move out of their wonderful home. A lot of love and care has gone into maintaining and updating this home over the years. Your first step into the 2-story foyer with hardwood floors makes you feel welcome from the moment you enter. In fact, the upgraded hardwood floors carry right thru to the living room, dining room, kitchen and sunroom. Entertaining is a dream in this home as you have very spacious rooms to enjoy in many ways. The living room could be your cozy formal sitting area to read a book. The dining room can accommodate an expandable table to add many guests to a large holiday dinner. The kitchen (the hub of all entertaining) which includes a gas cooktop stove combined with a double electric oven and convection cooking is joined by a breakfast area and the pass thru allows the morning sun to enter from the large sunroom windows. And then there’s the very large family room with a fireplace. What an awesome space to catch your local sports team on the TV or just cozy up to the fire on a cold winter night. The sunroom is a warm and inviting room as well and has a door right out to the multi-tiered deck overlooking the fairly flat and open back yard. Upstairs is your dream master bedroom that includes a walk-in closet, luxury master bath with twin sinks/vanities and a large soaking tub. There’s also a separate sitting room off the main area. Three very good sized additional bedrooms and a large hall bath complete this floor. There’s also a full walkout basement. You’ll also enjoy the comfort of a whole house humidifier, a security system and a Nest thermostat so you can control the temperature of you home from the comfort of your smartphone. Many dear friendships were crafted over the years in the neighborhood which is something these owners will greatly miss. You’ll be sure to make friends quickly here. Come take a visit.

Chester Springs PA Real Estate For Sale: 193 Windgate Drive

by Scott Darling

This, by far, is the most spectacular home in all of Weatherstone! Once the formal model home, 193 Windgate Drive will make you feel comfortable in your own home AND has all the bells and whistles. Some of the most impressive upgrades include the gourmet kitchen with upgraded 42" cabinets, custom crown molding, under cabinet lighting, lots of recessed lighting, hardwood floors, designer architectural columns and a gigantic island with an overhang so you can just chill out with the chef. Adjacent to the kitchen is the family room with the gas fireplace and ceiling mounted speakers for true entertaining. The expansive breakfast room is great for your morning breakfast or a casual meal. The formal dining room with its arched entrance area has an ambience for both the family dinner and the elegant fine dining experience. Hardwood floors cover the dining room and foyer and lead right into the formal living, which is also wired for sound. The walk thru bar that includes a bar sink and cork floor is located between the living room and family room and works great for small groups or a cozy gathering. It is highlighted by beautiful glass front cabinets and designer lighting. Upstairs you will fall in love with the master suite with hardwood floors and large walk-in closet featuring a California closet system. The gorgeous master bathroom features a Jacuzzi, separate marble shower stall, recessed lighting and upgraded vanity. There are two more good sized bedrooms and a hall bathroom that connects into one of the bedrooms. Heading down to the basement will never be the same again. You will be blown away by this totally finished level. The impressive bar seats at least six of your friends and behind the bar are the sink, dishwasher, icemaker, disposal, wine refrigerator and custom tile accents. The back wall of the bar is mirrored and has glass shelves and designer sconces above the countertop with custom cabinets and drawers. There are two adjacent seating areas, a powder room and plenty of room for a pool table or ping pong table. Loaded with recessed lighting you can create any mood you’d like in this area. Moving to the other side of the finished area is an office or just another sitting area. Lastly, the utility room houses the 2 zoned gas heating system and storage. This premium lot backs up to a beautiful green space and is just steps from the Hankin Public Library.

How to Choose the Best Offer When You Have Multiple Offers

by Scott Darling

These days’ houses are selling like hot cakes!  If you have ever thought about selling your house, now is the time to do so!  The only “issue” you are likely to run into is that you may end up with multiple offers.  While multiple offers may be a good thing, you still should know how to choose the best offer   in the event this happens to you. Below you will find a few ideas on how to best handle this particular situation. 

  1.  Finding out which of the potential buyers have the best financing available to them is a great way to help you choose which offer you would be best to go with.  If you pick someone who hasn’t got the financial side of it all worked out for themselves you will likely end up spending more time than you would like getting all the kinks worked out.  Choosing someone who has a reputable lender on the other hand and has already been pre approved will make the transactions go nice and smoothly for all involved.   
  2. Another way to choose the best offer  when you have multiple offers is if the closing date is good for you.  You may have one person that wants to buy your home that has to wait on their home to sell first while another person is ready to go right away.  If you want to and are ready to move out quickly you may want to go with the latter however if you are not quite ready to move that fast you may want to go with the folks that need to wait a while.  Choose the offer that best suits your own personal needs.
  3. Yet another way to choose the best offer on your house when you have been given multiple offers is to make a checklist of the pros and cons of each offer.  This will make sorting out the details a bit easier for you. 
  4. Be sure that you have peace about each offer and if you don’t feel a peace about a certain offer, take that one off the list of who to choose from. 

It is a good idea to go through all scenarios that may arise with each offer that is given before deciding which one to go with.  Once you choose the right offer, you can look forward to moving into a new chapter of your life! 

Courtesy of Chester County PA Realtor Scott Darling.

What a beautiful setting and such a beautiful home. This 3 bedroom 2 bath home has plenty to offer and you can tell the current homeowners really have maintained it well. There is a very large and updated kitchen right off the living area with a pass through and access to the patio, so you can be a part of either area as you choose, all with plenty of recessed lighting. The solid construction of the 1960's is evident throughout the home. You'll find hardwood flooring from the living room to the bedrooms. A generator panel and security system are just a few extra features included with this home. Enjoy a cozy fire in the sunroom during the cold winter months, then a cool beverage on a hot summer day. The central air and modern windows will keep you comfortable no matter what the season. The formal dining room has room to expand for those large family gatherings. The lower level is finished for additional relaxing or play. Three ample sized bedrooms and a full bath are all located on the upper level. The outside of this home is very appealing with a slate patio and picnic deck with a fish pond in site. You'll love the landscaping with all the beautiful gardens, room for a swing set, and flat yard for a soccer match. The detached garage with electric and heat is a one car garage with room for two. So bring your wood shop, lawn equipment, and motorcycle, there's plenty of room for all. This is one home you'll want to see right away.

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Scott Darling
RE/MAX Action Associates
403 W. Lincoln Highway #101
Exton PA 19341
(610) 594-SCOT
610-363-2001
Fax: (610) 363-5275