All About Pennsylvania Real Estate

By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
      Several times a year I am hired by 4 different Realtor Associations to teach a full day on Business Planning . I have each participant introduce them-selves to the class and tell us what either their niche is or Primarily Market is . Through the yearsI’ve been shocked by how many answer by saying -“Wherever My Car Takes Me .”         On Page One of our Seminar I warm up the class with several quotes. Those that fail to plan ,have planned to Fail !  Also , you can not hit a Target that you do not have . Before we get to ourLunch Break, I introduce the concept of being Purpose Driven . I then quote Zig Ziglar from his Timeless Classic -See You at the Top. “ You will never get anywhere as a Wandering Generality, you Must Become a Meaningful Specific !”         To compete with 1,500 A...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Most tenants are required to provide a Security Deposit.The Security Deposit (SD) is used to protect the Landlord’s interest if the tenants damage the unit or defaults on rental payments.  In PA , the “Landlord Tenant Act” governs all residential SD’s.Here are a few of its provisions: 1. Maximum Amount of SD allowed - 2 Months 2.At the beginning of second year 1 month must be returned 3. From years 2-5   the SD can be increased to match the moly. Rent4. The SD is not to be used as the last month’s rent 5.After tenants vacate and have left a forwarding address the Property        Manager must do one of the following three :     1. Refund the entire SD      2. Partial Refund and send itemized list showing subtractions      3. No Refund , itemized list as why , and submit bill for add’l da...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
You have found the home of your dreams, made an offer and it has been accepted.Now what?Well it all depends on how your agreement of sale was written and what contingencies were included. Today, I want to focus on the home inspection, as I have come to realize, that every state is different in how a real estate transaction progresses.This post approaches from the perspective of a Pennsylvania, and principally a transaction on or around the Main Line and Chester County as even within a state there may be local idiosyncrasies. Generally in Pennsylvania, an earnest money deposit is made with the agreement of sale or within 5 days as so many agreements are signed remotely today. The inspections are generally done within 5-10 days from the signing of the agreement by all parties, and then a ...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
     More than a decade ago we moved to a development called Mill Creek in West Lampeter Twp. , Lancaster Co.PA 17602 . One of the deciding factors for me was a walking trail that was 2+ miles of mulched walking path along a tributary of the  Conestoga River . Two of our dogs love this walk and have swam in the River on hot sunny days .      Along our walks we see all kinds of wild life andnative plant species. Some of these are Geese and Ducks in the water and Egrets on the River Bank .Squirrels , rabbits are abundant and often we bumpinto a deer or two . Numerous Bird species are chirping from the trees . Sometimes it’s near impossible to get my Black Lab out of the Woods.       Thanks to West Lampeter Twp. for maintaining this Wood land paradise.
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Delaware County PA offers a wide range of housing for people who want to live in a Senior Community.  These communities range in price, style and amenities, from a trailer home to a luxurious townhouse.At this moment there are 6 Active Listings posted for Senior Communities in Delaware County.The price range is $284,900 - $580,000.If you would like more information, let us know.(info from Bright MLS various broker/agents)If you are in need of experienced agents, give us a call. Fox Hill Farm - 55+ Glen Mills, PAThe Villas At Golf View - 55+ Springfield, PATraditions At Ridley Creek - 55+ Brookhaven, PA 
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Homes For Sale in Springfield, Delaware County, PA as of January 20, 202313 Active ListingsPrice Range $324,960 - $1,250,00013 Houses Pending Sale Sold in Springfield in December  2020 2021 2022 # Sold 24 29 25 Average Days on Market 21 25 19 Minimum Price Sold $215,000 $185,121 $145,000 Maximum Price Sold $489,000 $530,000 $850,000 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Smedley Park Springfield PAGolf View 55+ Community in Springfield PA Looking for experienced agents, give us a call.
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Homes For Sale in Parkside, Delaware County, PA as of January 20, 20232 Active ListingsPrices $249, 900 - $319,9002 Houses Pending Sale Sold in Parkside in December  2020 2021 2022 # Sold 4 2 4 Average Days on Market 23 116 50 Minimum Price Sold $135,000 $80,000 $185,000 Maximum Price Sold $234,000 $184,900 $270,000 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Parkside PA is part of the Penn-Delco School District.Looking for experienced agents?  Give us a call.
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Homes For Sale in Middletown Township, Delaware County, PA as of January 20, 202330 Active ListingsPrice Range $119,000 - $1,600,00029 Houses Pending Sale Sold in Middletown Twp in December 2020 2021 2023 # Sold 17 26 13 Average Days on Market 11 32 17 Minimum Price Sold $265,000 $280,000 $320,000 Maximum Price Sold $675,000 $899,999 $774,900 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Middletown Twp is part of Rose-Tree Media School District.If you are looking for experienced agents to help with your real estate needs,give us a call.
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Houses for Sale in Media, Delaware County, PA as of January 20, 20237 Active ListingsPrice Range $445,000 - $1,795,0003 Houses Pending Sale Sold In Media in December  2020 2021 2022 # Sold 5 3 7 Average Days on Market 17 22 24 Minimum Price Sold $167,000 $180,000 $285,000 Maximum Price Sold $865,000 $325,000 $999,777 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Media, PA is the County Seat of Delaware County.  Its motto is "Everybody's HomeTown".   If you want experienced agents to help you with your real estate needs, give us a call/text/email.
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Homes For Sale in Brookhaven, Delaware County, PA as of January 20, 20234 Active ListingsPrice Range $157,000 - $284,9006 Houses Under Contract Sold in Brookhaven in December 2020 2021 2022 # Sold 13 17 9 Average Days on Market 31 29 22 Minimum Price Sold $103,000 $88,000 $85,000 Maximum Price Sold $379,900 $420,000 $350,000 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Brookhaven PA is part of the Penn-Delco School DistrictIf you are looking for experienced agents to help with your real estate needs,give us a call.
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 What is Happening In Delaire Landing Gated Waterfront Community  Currently, there is one active listing for sale in Delaire Landing For Sale:  2BR 2Bath 3rd floor 1036 Sq 'unit w/balcony updated kit  $214.900One is temporarily off the market: 2 BR 1 Bath first floor unit 992 Sq' $215,000 There is one pending listing There have been 5  SOLD Settled Condos in the last 40 days since my last report Sold:  1BR 1Bath first floor 816 Sq'unit SOLD $150,000  DOM 23 Sold: 1BR 1Bath first floor 818 Sq' remodeled Sold $200,000 DOM 71 Sold: 2BR 1.5 Bath second fl unit 980 Sq' remodeled Sold $232,500 DOM 9Sold: 2BR 2Bath third fl unit 1031 Sq' newer heater Sold $222,500 DOM 23 Sold: 2BR 2 Bath 2nd floor unit 1334Sq' ft balcony Sold $245,000 DOM 6 All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed...
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Houses For Sale in Delaware County PA as of January 20, 2023547 Active ListingsPrice Range $27,000 - $13,950,000548 Houses Pending Sale Sold in Delco in December  2020 2021 2022 # Sold 750 772 440 Average Days on Market 25 27 24 Minimum Price Sold $7,500 $22,000 $25,000 Maximum Price Sold $2,450,000 $1,950,000 $3,338,088 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)55+ Communities in Delaware County PAAre You Really Ready To Buy A Home? If you want experienced agents to help you with your real estate needs, give us a call/text/email.
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Houses for Sale in Upper Providence Township, Delaware County, PA as of January 20, 20231 Active ListingPrice $625,0008 Houses Pending Sale Sold in Upper Providence Twp in Dec 2020 2021 2022 # Sold 17 8 8 Average Days on Market 10 47 56 Minimum Price Sold $272,500 $340,000 $90,000 Maximum Price Sold $781,000 $1,500,000 $1,315,000 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents) Providence Animal Center Upper Providence Twp is part of Media PA zip code 19063. Providence Woods Subdivision The Providence Animal Shelter is always in need of supplies.     If you want experienced agents to help you with your real estate needs,  give us a call/text/email.
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Homes For Sale in Aston, Delaware County, PA as of January 20, 202310 Active ListingsPrice Range $185,000 - $1,200,00015 Houses Pending Sale Sold in Aston in December 2020 2021 2022 # Sold 20 15 13 Average Days on Market 9 28 19 Maximum Price Sold $370,000 $647.500 $590,000 Minimum Price Sold $100,000 $222,500 $145,000 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Aston PA is part of the Penn-Delco School District.If you want experienced agents to help you with your real estate needs, give us a call/text/email.
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
.    Retirement seems to sneak up on most people. They believe they will live forever . Tragically many Realtors reach the Vocational Finish Line with nothing to sell ! How does this continue to happen to people who have labored 40+ years in their trade ?      There are several Primary Reasons for this failure : 1. They have nothing to sell because they have never harnessed ( organize)their business.  Since 2000 a real estate practice begins with a database.A newbie is taught that a database of 2,000 people will yield 40 closings per year . Most never accomplish this . A major reason for this failure islack of supervision by management, constantly drilling into them the daily practice of Lead Gen and building up this database. This same database is where all of their Settled clients wil...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
      The Cassidy Clan  came together again to wish Cousin Jimmy an amazing 80th Birthday . Jimmy is the character in the center with the purple hat . He could pass for 70 ! We had the party at very unique brewery in the town of Slippery Rock . Thanks to all who put this together !        But this was more than just a Birthday Party .Growing up we were an inseparable Family who celebrated all Holidays together . In addition to those we came together at Wm. & Opal Cassidy’s home in Strawberry and Peach season . Opal made the best Strawberry Shortcake and “I must have a second slice” Peach Pie !           However all of our “ Greatest Generation “ family members have passed . A number of the Family have relocated to other states . And be before we knew it, 10 years had passed . In my spir...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
I want to introduce you to Rich Filipone. Rich just joined our team at Long & Foster Real Estate in Devon working for Prosperity Mortgage as our in house Mortgage Consultant. Rich has plenty of experience in the Mortgage industry and you will get to hear more from him in the weeks to come as we bring more mortgage information to video.If you need to get pre-approved as you begin your home search give Rich a call his number is 610-716-3329, or email him at Rich.Filipone@phmloans.com, you can even fill out a loan application on line at www.richfilipone.phmloans.com. As we have said before one of the first steps is getting pre-approved and knowing how much you can borrow. In this changing mortgage market, you may need to do that multiple times as rates change. Many buyers are finding it ha...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Everyone knows about the Longwood Gardens Christmas Lights Display, but just down the road at the Herr's Factory in Oxford is a FREE display on the trees and factory.The whole campus is lit up, offices, factory and all the trees and the grounds as well. It is a drive through experience, but a fun one.After you have driven through there are plenty of places to enjoy dinner locally in Oxford and Nottingham, or a bit further away there is West Grove and Kennett Square. People come from Maryland, and all over to drive through and enjoy the display. No free chips, but a wonderful free light display.
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
        We live along several miles of Woods and a Tributary ( that as wide as a River) . My Black Lab ,Tucker is always ready to navigate his walks into the Woods. We have a well maintained & mulched pathway along the Conestoga River. We see all types of birds, squirrels, deer and egrets . But there’s one character that always lets us know he is there .         You guessed it the Woodpeckers, busy peckingon trees along our trail . The other creatures attempt to stay out of our way , but not Woody . He is determined to make sure we know these are his trees ! Well in late December we had a Cold Wave for 7+ days and stayed out of the Woods . Woody seemed to miss us because I was awakened by himknocking on our Sunroom’s exterior wall ! He continued this for a second day until I got his mes...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Every year in January our local board of Realtors installs their Board of Directors, those elected by the membership to serve and represent the local Realtor members.With COVID I have not attended one of these for some time, however this year i booked a seat for the luncheon, the installation and the program afterwards by Terry Watson. I have seen Terry at Triple Play our three state Realtor conference and program in Atlantic City. Below is one of his famous stories which I found particularly thoughtful at the time I heard it and worth remembering as you deal with real estate on a daily basis. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.Remember if you need help buying or selling on and around the Main Line and Chester County, contact Nick Vandekar, with Long & Foster Real Estate, office 610-2...
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