One of the things you cannot often tell from looking at homes on the internet sites is how long it takes to get from that house to where you work. Does it matter? Depends. If you are single, or if you have children but your spouse is close by, maybe not. But if you are a parent who is expected to pick up a sick child or attend the school play, you will care A LOT. Or, if you are concerned about your “green footprint”, you might want to live near public transportation or within bicycling distance.
Many on-line sites now have the “walkability” index listed for each home. That is a measure of how many places someone usually needs to visit (grocery stores, theaters, restaurants, post offices, doctors’ offices) are within a distance reasonable to walk. And if there are sidewalks to walk on. This factor can not only make a homeowner’s life much more pleasant, but can affect the value of the home for the long term.
Newer sites, like the Sage Realty site, have the option of calculating your commute time at different times of the day, based on the GPS data that is now out there. This is a great tool, and often unused. Of course, you need to factor in how likely it is that you will continue to work where you are now. Some people know they will be moving. A good agent asks those types of questions at the first meeting so as to better serve you.
A recent study has found that homes near public transportation weather downturns significantly better than other homes. This is especially true here on the Main Line where many folks commute into Philadelphia every day. So how do you factor that in when looking for the perfect home? It needs to be near the top of your list. In my opinion, location, location, location means:
• on a non-busy road well within an established neighborhood
• in a good school district
• near the train
Since June of last year, we have seen an increase in the inventory of homes for sale month per month. Every spring and summer, the inventory increases because people want to sell their home. For those with children, they may want to be in their new home for the beginning of the school year.If you are one of those sellers, you may find these 4 tips helpful in getting your home sold more quickly.Read More
At a recent Suburban West Realtors Association board meeting, Linda Walters was touted as the only member of the association to achieve the C2EX Designation. Commitment to Excellence (C2EX), a program that empowers REALTORS® to demonstrate their professionalism and commitment to conducting business at the highest standards.Read More
A Good Day Times 3 for these Lucky Sage Buyers of a Main Line Mid-century home. What makes a good day in the life of this Main Line Realtor®? One where my clients are happy with some result I have obtained for them. Recently it was closing day for one of my clients. Actually, it was 3 clients. A mother, her son and her daughter-in-law.Read More