Housing Market Updates-January 2015- Pottstown, PA 19464

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Housing Market Updates-January 2015- Pottstown, PA 19464

If you have any questions about real estate in Pottstown, PA 19464 please do not hesitate to contact me at Kevin.Toll@LNF.com or 610-609-1096.

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Center City, Fairmount, and Callowhill Housing Market Updates – January 2015

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Housing Market updates for Center City, Fairmount and Callowhill for January 2015.

Zip Codes: 19103, 19102, 19106, 19107, 19130, 19123

If you have any questions about Real Estate in Center City, Fairmount or Callowhill, please do not hesitate to contact me at Kevin.Toll@LNF.com or 610-609-1096.

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Pottstown, Spring City and Honey Brook Housing Market Updates- January 2015

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Housing Market updates for Pottstown, Spring City, & Honey Brook in January 2015

 (Zip Codes: 19465, 19475, 19343, 19520, 19470, 19457, 19316)

If you have any questions about real estate in Pottstown, Spring City or Honey Brook, please feel free to contact me at Kevin.Toll@LNF.com or 610-609-1096.

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Congratulations to my West Chester home buyer!

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Congratulations to my West Chester Buyer!

It was a pleasure working with you and helping you find the perfect place to call home!

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Staging Curb Appeal for Web Appeal

Great article about staging your home for web appeal- If you don’t think about how your home will look on the web, you are limiting the potential home-buyers and traffic to your home.
By Justin White
RISMEDIA, Tuesday, February 17, 2015— In today’s real estate market, curb appeal is about more than neighborhood drive-bys and official home showings. That’s because, if there’s one thing you can bet about today’s potential homebuyer, it’s that he or she is searching online. Thanks to a bevvy of easy-access real estate websites, it’s simpler than ever for anyone with a computer and an Internet connection to find details about homes for sale. And whether you’ve got a listing filled with photos or none at all, interested buyers can input your address and view the front of your home through Google’s Street View.So how does your property look? When a potential buyer pulls up a picture of the front of your home, will it delight or disgust? To help you make sure you’re making the most of your online curb appeal, here are some specific tips for strategically staging the exterior of your home.

Clean Up the Landscaping: Buyers like a fresh, manicured appearance, so if you have any overgrown bushes or trees, take care of them fast. Mow the lawn regularly. Rake the leaves. Cut down rotted trees. Sweep away debris on walkways or the front porch. Add colorful flowers. Not only can caring for your plants and lawn improve the way your home looks to buyers — it can showcase more of your house. Free from overgrown brush, your residence will be front and center, ready for buyers to fall in love.

Declutter: Sure, you love the wacky, colorful lawn furniture your aunt made you — but to buyers, they just look cheap and junky. That’s why you need to get rid of all clutter and personal artifacts when selling. Toys, furniture, lawn ornaments, signs — anything that doesn’t make a home’s curb appeal look more beautiful and inviting should go. Make it as easy as possible for buyers to imagine themselves calling your property home.

Make Any Needed Repairs: If the front of your home needs work, it will be the first thing buyers notice. Repair or remove the broken storm door. Replace the dingy home numbers. Switch the busted porch light. Get that broken window fixed. When buyers pull up your home’s photo you want them to notice how pretty it looks, not how much work they’d have to do to fix it.

Update the Façade: Whether you replace all the siding completely or pay for a professional paint job, you want to find a way to update your home’s exterior. Make it look fresh and clean with a new look, one that modernizes your home’s style or simply shows that the property has been cared for.

Power Wash the Deck: It won’t cost a bundle to power wash your front deck, but it will go a long way toward improving the look of your home. If you don’t own a power washer, rent one for the day from a local home-improvement store.

Clean Up the Garage: It should go without saying that the garage needs to look its best when your home is on the market, particularly if it has front-facing doors. Repair any damages and, if the budget allows, consider replacing outdated doors with something a little more eye-catching like custom doors that feature windows at the tops. While you’re at it, declutter and clean out the inside of the garage — in order to make it a place to store cars and not all your out-of-season storage items.

Staging your home’s curb appeal for the Web does take time and money, but it’s an investment well worth the effort. In return for your updates, you’ll gain a home that’s worth more to potential buyers, as well as one that will draw in prospects the minute they see it on their computer screens. Use the tips above to get started!

Justin White is the Marketing Director for Mid Atlantic Door Group, the leading distributor for Overhead Door Corp.

View this original post on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall.

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Congratulations Ardmore Home Buyer!

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79 e spring ave

Congratulations to my recent Ardmore Home Buyer! 

It was a pleasure working with you.

 

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Fast-Growing Careers Don’t Usually Lead to Homeownership

Fast-Growing Careers Don’t Usually Lead to Homeownership
By Mary Ellen Podmolik
RISMEDIA, Monday, February 16, 2015— (TNS)–Here’s a strong dose of reality on why millennials might not be the housing market’s prayer in the near future: The fastest-growing careers aren’t necessarily those with traditionally high homeownership rates.

Economists at Freddie Mac paired the federal government’s homeownership data with job growth predictions to determine homeownership rates by profession, and they vary widely.

“A large portion of projected job growth comes in low-education occupations, and these occupations have lower-than-average wages and homeownership rates,” Leonard Kiefer, Freddie Mac’s deputy chief economist, wrote on the agency’s blog. “We found that jobs in the professions with higher homeownership rates (70 percent or more) are likely to see average growth (10 percent) or less.”

Restaurant cooks, for example, have only a 36 percent homeownership rate but job openings in that profession, where median earnings were just over $22,000 in 2012, are expected to increase almost 15 percent from 2012 to 2022. Chief executive officers, almost 85 percent of whom own homes, will see job opportunities rise only 5.3 percent in the 10-year period, according to the analysis.

Real estate brokers, a profession that traditionally has had a high homeownership rate — more than 75 percent — should increase their ranks by 11 percent in 10 years.

Freddie Mac found one profession stood apart from the rest, showing both high homeownership and good job prospects. About 75 percent of registered nurses own homes, and job openings in that field were expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022.

©2015 Chicago Tribune
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Mortgage Rates Move Higher on Strong Jobs Report

Mortgage Rates Move Higher on Strong Jobs Report
RISMEDIA, Tuesday, February 17, 2015— Average fixed mortgage rates are moving higher amid a strong employment report, according to the results of Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). Regardless, fixed-rate mortgage rates still remain near their May 23, 2013 lows.

“Mortgage rates rose last week following strong economic data,” says Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist, Freddie Mac. The economy added 257,000 new jobs in January after robust increases of 329,000 in December and 423,000 in November. The unemployment rate edged up to 5.7 percent last month from 5.6 percent in December. Average hourly earnings rose 0.5 percent, following a 0.2 percent decline in December.”

The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.69 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending February 12, 2015, up from last week when it averaged 3.59 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.28 percent.

The 15-year FRM last week averaged 2.99 percent with an average 0.6 point, up from the week prior when it averaged 2.92 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.33 percent.

Data shows that the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.97 percent last week with an average 0.5 point, up from the week prior when it averaged 2.82 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.05 percent.

Additionally, the one-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.42 percent last week with an average 0.4 point, up from the week prior when it averaged 2.39 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.55 percent.

For more information, visit www.freddiemac.com.

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Congratulations to my Media — Ryland Home buyer!

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7 skylar circle

Congratulations to my homebuyer on purchasing their new Ryland Home in Media, PA. 

It was a pleasure working with you and getting to know you!

 

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7 Ways to Get Creative with Kitchen Storage

Living Smart: 7 Ways to Get Creative with Kitchen Storage
By Oseye Boyd
RISMEDIA, Monday, February 16, 2015— (TNS)–No matter the size of your kitchen, it always seems like there’s never enough space. Maybe at one time you thought it was the perfect size, but after years of purchasing kitchen gadgets and new dishes, along with having a growing family, the thrill is gone.However, there’s no need to fret. We’ve got you covered with seven space-saving, creative storage solutions to make your kitchen feel brand new, and hopefully you’ll fall in love with it all over again.

1. Go high. Step back and look at your kitchen as a whole. Notice anything? You may see there’s prime real estate up high, such as on top of the refrigerator and above cabinets and doors. Take advantage of these spaces to store cookbooks, canisters or even wine bottles.

2. Get low. Make existing features in your kitchen functional with toe-kick drawers. Most cabinets sit off the floor with toe kicks, and now there are kits available to create drawers that open with a tap of your toes. A toe-kick drawer is a great place to house pet feeding dishes.

3. Hangin’ on. Sure, you can hang pots and pans from the ceiling or add a rack to a wall, but you might try hanging baskets to store dish cloths and towels. Use hooks to hang pot holders or utensils. Peg boards aren’t just for tools in the garage. Use them to create a cool place to hang pots and pans, mugs or utensils.

4. Slide and glide. Install sliding drawers on the side of your range to add functionality. The drawers don’t take up much room but are deep enough to provide plenty of storage. A sliding storage tower (on wheels!) is another option to make use of narrow spaces, such as between your oven and fridge.

5. Rack it up. Door racks on the inside of cabinet or pantry doors provide instant space-saving storage. While you’re in the mood, add racks to the wall near the stove to store spices, olive oil or other often-used items for easy accessibility, or create a wine rack with everything you need — bottles, glasses and a corkscrew.

6. Island living. The options for using your island are endless. Add cabinets underneath for additional storage, shelves on one side to store kitchen gadgets, or install a built-in trash can to preserve floor space.

7. Cubby it up. Take it back to elementary school by creating cubby holes for cookie sheets, cake pans or other bakeware. Think high again, and build cubbies in the space between the cabinet and ceiling to store wine bottles.

©2015 Angie’s List
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