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Chester County PA Real Estate Market Trends for April 2017

by Scott Darling

Chester County PA Real Estate Market Trends for April 2017

Chester County PA single family homes saw pending sales decrease by 2.2% in April 2017 when compared to April 2016. 490 homes sold in April with a median sales price of $310,000, a 1.64% increase from April 2016.  The average sales price increased by 3.1%, and homes were on the market 15 days less.

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How to Go Green This Spring

by Scott Darling

These days it seems everyone is all about going green.  Have you ever given any thought on taking part in going green?  If so you have come to the right place.  Below are a few tips on how you and your family can go green this spring!   Why not add going green to your spring cleaning list!  
 

  1.  One way that you and your family can go green this spring is to simply take your shoes off before you enter your house!  You read that right; you can go green by simply taking off your shoes. 40% of all indoor contaminants actually come from the bottom of our shoes so do your part to keep this from happening to you and your family by taking those shoes off!  
     

  1. Learn what ingredients are considered to be green so that when you go to the store to purchase all of your new green cleaners you can be confident that you are actually doing some good for the environment.  Some companies that claim to be green actually have some ingredients that are not green once they are mixed together.   Just read up on what ingredients are green and what ingredients are not and are typically passed off as green and you should be heading in the right direction on what to buy and what not to buy.  
     

  1. Don’t forget the outside of your home when you are going green.  Many grasses are able to grow and thrive without the help of any type of pesticides and /or fertilizers.  The best way to start going green with the outside of your home is to replace the grass you currently have with native grasses to your particular area.  One perk of this switch is that you may find that you have a lot less upkeep of your lawn once you do this!  Who wouldn’t enjoy having more time with their family and less time doing yard work on a weekly basis! 
     

These are just a few ways in which you can help to make your home a bit more green this spring.  Once you get started going green it is likely that you will find more and more ways in which to do so.  It can become addicting once you make the decision to go green in and around your home! 

Courtesy of Chester County PA Realtor Scott Darling.

Ahhhhhh! That’s the first words that will come out of your mouth when you drive up to this lovingly restored home. This is a very unique remodeled Cape Cod Farmhouse originally nestled on 3.5 wooded acres but the owners purchased the adjacent 4.7 acres you now have an 8.2 acre retreat right here in Downingtown. You say you like new but also rustic and character? Well, here you have both. The home was totally renovated in 2010 with new roof, gutters, siding, septic and HVAC. The kitchen is highlighted by hand crafted artisan tile. Enjoy the picturesque views right from the comfort of your favorite chair in the great room or newer covered slate patio. Nature abounds right in the back yard just on the other side of the babbling brook. With a 1st floor bedroom and full bathroom, you could live here for many years and never have to walk up another flight of stairs. In the meantime, the 2nd floor consist of a very large master bedroom with two walk-in closets and full bathroom. One of the other two 2nd floor bedrooms also has its own bathroom ready for your little princess or the weekend guest. Outside this home is just lovey. There is a “barn” with a workshop, a vault for your priceless possessions and a 2nd floor room for a guest room or studio office. There are also many walking/hiking trails right on the property. Whether looking out the picture window in the great room or relaxing on the slate patio, you’ll be in heaven in either place and will not want to leave. Come for a visit and you’ll see what I mean.

Spring Maintenance Check List for Your Home

by Scott Darling

Spring cleaning has likely already become underway in your household.  What you may not have given much thought however is spring maintenance for your home.   There are several things that folks generally check around their homes before the winter months but there are also a few things you need to check in the early spring months.  Below is a spring maintenance check list for your home. 

  

  1. Springtime means it is time to start mowing your lawn again.  If your lawn mower has been outside all winter due to lack of storage space you may need to do a bit of maintenance on it before you get it going.  Sharpening the blade is always a good idea before a new season so that you get a nice clean cut on the grass.  It’s also a good idea to check the oil on your lawn mower before beginning to use it for the warm season.  
     

  2. Spring is a great time to check your house for worn paint areas such as your shutters.  If you find worn or chipped paint on your house what better time to fix that than in the typically perfect weather of spring.   
     

  3. Be sure to check your crawl space vents for any debris that may have accumulated there over the winter months.  Also you want to keep your eye out for any animals such as snakes or rodents that may have made their home in your crawl space over the last few months.  Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong and repair anything that may be broken such as the vent covers. 
     
     

  1. Get your flower beds and any garden areas ready for spring by cleaning out any debris that may have accumulated and trimming back any old growth.  It is also a good time to add mulch to your flower beds and fertilizer to your garden.  
     

The above list of spring maintenance ideas is just a start in the right direction.  There is certainly much more that you need to do in and around your house before the summer time approaches.  Once you get started with these, you will likely find and think of more things that need to be done.   

 

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Downingtown PA Real Estate For Sale: 126 Kaiser Drive

by Scott Darling

Super clean and ready for immediate enjoyment! This immaculate home sits on an acre of beautifully landscaped grounds with mature shade trees keeping you cool in those hot summer months. Lyndenwood is a very sought after neighborhood due to its location in the Award-Winning Downingtown School District (also home to the STEM Academy) and is just a short walk to the Marsh Creek Park and Lake. Enjoy hiking, boating, fishing, hunting and picnicking right around the corner. This home has a wonderful open floor plan concept where you can be part of just about every room. It makes for a great entertaining home as well, from large family dinners, to cookouts on the expansive deck to the walkout finished basement, there’s something for everyone. Even a koi pond! The backyard is a wonderful place to play or relax in a hammock strewn between the trees. There’s also a custom playhouse and large 15 X 12 shed for all your lawn equipment. Do you like a nice open and airy kitchen? Well, you’re in luck here. The granite topped counters offer plenty of planning and prep space. The family room offers a great place to relax in front of the stacked stone gas fireplace. Hardwood floors greet you as you enter the home and carry thru the vaulted living room, formal dining room and butlers bar. There’s a wonderful laundry room and powder room off of the kitchen and garage entrances for convenience. Berber carpets in the living room and ceramic tile in the kitchen add to the look as well. Upstairs you’ll find an enormous master bedroom with hardwood floors, vaulted ceiling, large walk-in closet and a luxurious master bath. Ahhhhh! The upper hallway and 2 of the 3 additional bedrooms also have hardwood floors. Just so you know, the 4th bedroom was converted to a sitting room attached to the 3rd bedroom but could easily be converted back to the original 4th bedroom if desired. On the lower level, you’ll find a well thought out finished basement with a TV viewing area, a gas stove and a play area that includes a small office or study corner. There’s storage down there too. All this and a sliding glass door to the lower yard and patio overlooking the koi pond. This is a very relaxing retreat that shouldn’t be passed up. Come by for a visit.

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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