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Pottstown (19464) Housing Market – December 2014

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Pottstown Housing Market Update

19464

December 2014

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City Center, Fairmount, and Callowhill Housing Market Updates- December 2014

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City Center, Fairmount, and Callowhill Housing Market Updates

Zip Code(s): 19103, 19102, 19106, 19107, 19130 and 19123

December 2014


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5 Star Review from Havertown Home Seller

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Havertown Market Updates – December 2014

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Havertown, PA 19083

December 2014

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5 Star Review From Havertown Homeseller

A review located on Trulia from 1/19/2015 from Havertown Home Seller  

“I interviewed 5 agents when I decided to list my Havertown home on the market in September 2014. Kevin Toll was far & away the clear choice. He shot me straight, skipped the fluff, and promised to deliver results. He guaranteed his presence at Home Inspect AND the Appraisal. He always answered emails/texts within an hour, usually within 5 minutes. He is professionally direct and to the point and he will be real with you. His direct style is refreshing in these times of overstated sales pitches, empty showmanship and gimmicks that can’t deliver. You will be treated like his 1 and only client.”

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Top Producer – December 2014

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KEVIN TOLL  NAMED   TOP PRODUCER

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DEVON, PA January, 2015 Kevin Toll, a sales associate with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States, Devon office located at 92 Lancaster Avenue has been named Top Producer for December, 2014.

Kevin Toll and the Kevin Toll Team were the Number One Sales Team for Long & Foster’s Philadelphia Region in 2013. Kevin and his team also finished in 3rd place in the Region for Settled Units, and were 3rd in the Region for Gross Commission Income.

Kevin was also named a Top Producer of the Devon office for Satellite Office, and the Top Listing and Selling agent. He was honored with membership in Long & Foster’s prestigious Gold Team, Founder’s Club level, an honor reserved for the top 2% of all Long & Foster sales agents.

As leader of the Kevin Toll Team, Kevin is the team leader of the company’s Havertown/South Eagle Road office, managed by Vice President Janet Rubino, who also oversees Long & Foster’s Devon office. The Kevin Toll Team takes a family-focused approach to the business.  Kevin and his fiancee, Megan Kiczek, bring their dynamic relationship to the business, working together to meet the needs of all of their clients. Clients remark on Kevin’s excellent communication skills, honesty and appreciate his swift attention and no-nonsense approach to handling their real estate needs.

According to Rubino, “It’s a great testament to Kevin’s hard work and the enthusiasm he has for the real estate business. At Long & Foster, we recognize that becoming one of our multi-million dollar producers is only accomplished with marketplace expertise and a long-standing commitment to serving buyers and sellers.”

An award-winning top producer, Kevin specializes in Chester, Montgomery, Delaware Counties, the Main Line and the Greater Philadelphia/Delaware Valley area.   Although he specializes in residential resales, he is also an REO (real estate owned) specialist, and has experience in new homes marketing.

To contact Kevin, call 610-609-1096 or the Havertown office at 610-449-2600. Please email him atKevin.Toll@LNF.com or visit his website at www.KevinTollRealEstate.com.

For more information about Long & Foster, visit www.LongAndFoster.com

 

About Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. is the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States. The company is part of The Long & Foster® Companies, which also includes Prosperity Home Mortgage; Long & Foster® Insurance, Inc.; and Long & Foster® Settlement Services. Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. represents nearly 10,000 agents in seven Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, plus the District of Columbia. The company sold more than $28.3 billion worth of homes and helped almost 80,000 people buy and sell homes in 2013. The combined sales and equivalents for the Long & Foster Companies in 2013 were in excess of $51 billion. Visit www.LongandFoster.com for more information.

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Philadelphia Home Show

The Philadelphia Home Show is coming this weekend, January 17-19th and the following weekend, January 23-25th.

The Philadelphia Home Show is conveniently located at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on 12th and Arch Streets in downtown Philadelphia.

I will be hosting the Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc booth from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.  Stop by and check it out. There will be many celebrity guest appearances and speakers.

Saturday, January 17 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, January 18 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday, January 19 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday, January 23 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 24 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, January 25 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Holiday & Winter Home Safety Tips

The holidays and winter months present their own specific safety considerations in the home. Learn how to protect yourself and your family by minimizing the risk of fires and other hazards.

Heating the Home

Fireplaces

At the beginning of each winter season, get your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional before using it. Buildup in the chimney can cause a fire if it is not properly cleaned.

Also, never use the following in your fireplace:

  • Flammable liquids.
  • Evergreen trimmings or boughs.
  • Wrapping paper, cardboard, trash, or debris.

These materials can cause intense flames that can start chimney fires or send sparks into the room. Some of these materials may even cause toxic smoke.

Use a fireplace screen to keep sparks and embers from coming into the room.

Portable Heaters & Space Heaters

Make sure all heaters are in safe working condition. Place space heaters at least three feet away from anything that could catch fire, including paper, clothing, and furniture. (Do not use heaters to dry clothing.)

Small children and pets should not be left alone with heaters. Make sure to turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Cooking & Kitchen Safety

Cooking fires are the most common type of fires in U.S. households. By paying attention while cooking, you can prevent a kitchen fire.

If you are frying, grilling, or broiling food, stay in the kitchen. Turn off the stove if you have to leave the kitchen, even if only for a short time.

If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, you don’t have to stay in the kitchen, but you do need to stay in the home. Check the food regularly and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

Keep flammable objects—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, and paper or plastic bags—away from the stovetop. Wear close-fitting clothing that won’t drape over or touch burners while you are cooking.

Although turkey fryers may produce delicious holiday dinners, they pose significant fire hazards. For safe turkey fryer use tips visit the U.S. Fire Administration’s page on cooking safety.

Decorations

When choosing decorations for your home avoid materials with the following characteristics:

  • Sharp or breakable.
  • Leaded.
  • Flammable or combustible.
  • Anything that a child could swallow or inhale or might be tempted to eat.

Candles

If you decorate with candles, keep them away from decorations, evergreens, or other combustible materials. Never place candles on trees.

Keep candles in stable holders where they cannot be knocked over. Do not leave children unattended with lighted candles.

Electric Lights

Only purchase lights that have been safety tested by an independent lab. This will be stated on the label. Check that extension cords and strings of holiday lights are in good repair, with no fraying, cracking, or bare wires.

Do not connect more than three strands of lights, unless the directions specifically say that is safe. Use an extension cord for lights instead of plugging them straight into the outlet. Make sure to turn off the lights when you go to bed or leave home.

Keep lights out of reach of children who might be tempted to play with them. The bulbs can break, which can cause cuts and electrification or choking hazards.

Holiday Trees

If you use trees for decorations, make sure they do not block doorways or get in the way of people moving through the room. Do not place trees next to heat sources, such as a fireplace or heat vent.

Never use candles on or near trees.

Artificial Trees

If you buy an artificial tree, make sure its label says “fire resistant.”

Fresh Trees

If you purchase a real tree, keeping it fresh will make it less of a fire hazard. If the tree is a conifer (e.g., pines, firs, cedars), “fresh” means the following:

  • The tree is green and does not shed needles when tapped on the ground.
  • Needles are hard to pull off the branches and do not break when bent.
  • Sticky resin is around the trunk.

To keep the tree fresh, cut a few inches off the trunk to expose live wood. Put the tree in a tree stand filled with water. Heated rooms can dry out a tree, so be sure to check the water levels in the stand and fill it as needed.

General Precautions

Following these tips can help make life safer year-round, not just during the holidays.

  • Keep candles, matches, and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Install at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home, including near sleeping areas.
  • Keep fire extinguishers in the kitchen, laundry room, and garage. An extinguisher with an ABC rating can fight fires caused by paper, wood, cloth, flammable liquids, and electrical short circuits.
  • Make a family plan for fire emergencies. Practice your escape plan.
  • Use your common sense. Identify potential danger spots in your home and take the proper precautions.
Adapted and excerpted from:

C. Lehtola, “Cool Weather and Holiday Safety Reminders,” Safety News & Notes, Vol 7., No. 11, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (11/2006).

Holiday Decoration Safety Tips (CPSC-611)” (1.35MB pdf), U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(accessed 11/2011).

Winter Fire Safety,” U.S. Fire Administration(11/2011).

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Are you PREPARED FOR WINTER STORMS?

BE PREPARED FOR WINTER STORMS WITH THESE SAFETY TIPS FROM LONG & FOSTER INSURANCE
 

Preparing for winter storms, whether your work involves being inside, outside or in a vehicle, is crucial to survival and safety. Become familiar with winter storm warning signals so you can take appropriate action, and learn the dangers of winter ailments so you can avoid injury. Use these tips from Long & Foster Insurance,  a leading independent insurance agency that represents many of the nation’s top rated insurance companies, to refresh your knowledge on winter storm preparation.

Winter Weather Warnings

Keep in touch with the following weather alerts and familiarize yourself with what they mean so you know when to be on your guard and what actions you may need to take:

  • Winter storm watch: Be alert, a storm is likely
  • Winter weather advisory: Experts expect winter weather conditions to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists
  • Frost/Freeze warning: Experts expect below freezing temperatures that may cause damage to plants, crops or fruit trees
  • Winter storm warning: Take action, a storm is entering – or is already in – the area
  • Blizzard warning: The combination of snow and strong winds will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts and life-threatening wind chill – seek refuge immediately

Gearing Up to Prevent Cold Injuries

Frostbite and hypothermia are serious conditions resulting from extreme cold that can progress rapidly if ill-equipped. To prevent these conditions, which could result in death or permanent damage, do the following:

  • Select proper clothing for cold, wet and windy conditions
  • Layer clothing when possible, and be sure to include layers that repel moisture away from the skin
  • Take frequent, short breaks in warm, dry shelters when possible
  • Avoid over-exhausting yourself, as the body needs this energy to keep the muscles warm
  • Plan to work in pairs when it’s cold to share the load and watch for warning signs of frostbite or hypothermia
  • When you know you will be exposed to extreme cold, prepare yourself warm, sweet beverages to drink – avoid drinks containing caffeine or alcohol
  • Prepare warm, high-calorie foods to consume if you know you will be outside for long periods of time

Other Winter Storm Hazards to Be Prepared For

  • Adverse driving conditions such as low visibility and slippery roadways
  • Slips and falls on icy walkways or from heights
  • Being struck while walking or in your vehicle by falling objects like icicles, tree limbs and utility poles
  • Electrocution due to downed power lines or downed objects in contact with power lines
  • Roof collapses under weight of snow or flooding from melting snow
  • Exhaustion, dehydration and back injuries from conducting manual labor in the snow

 

Source: OSHA, © 2010, 2014 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.

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