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When was the last time that you moved? Do you remember all the headaches, struggles, problems you overcame! I bet not, because it is so easy to forget. We remember the good times, the fun times, those moments that make us smile.We do not actively seek out the pain points. But, as a Realtor helping clients move, buy and sell real estate it is good to remember the pain points, so we can warn our clients of the frustrations that can lie ahead and how they can be avoided.For example, mortgage companies can drive you totally crazy with their requests for more information. I warn my clients about this all the time. However, I forgot it when we applied for our mortgage for our new house. I have felt like telling them multiple times to go...well anyway, after a deep breath, I usually comply and send them information I have already sent, or explain what they are asking about, although it is very clear from the information supplied already. For example, I had the processor tell me in an email last week she had no copies of statements from a bank account I use. Now, I knew I had sent her several already. Her very next email she says, she only has January and she needs February and March, which se did already have, but I sent again.Getting your house ready for sale is another headache. Luckily homes have been selling quickly, so having to maintain the unreal situation of every thing in its place for a long time is not required, but this will pass as more inventory comes on the market and higher interest rates cause homes to take longer to sell.As you prepare the house for sale, you might pack things up, let me assure you that no sooner do you move those boxes to a storage locker, than you realize you need what you  just packed, and of course you can now not remember which box you put it in.I know in a month or two I am going to forget about all the pain, and be enjoying our new home. As I said it is so easy to forget, but worth remembering, so you can have empathy with your clients and understand their frustrations.What was your worst experience when you moved, if you can remember it?

Nick Vandekar Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Giving you the confidence to makethe right decisions. 92 Lancaster AvenueDevon , PA 19333SellingTheMainLine.comMobile: (610) 203-4543 [call or text me]Email Me My Blog     If you are buying or selling on or around Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line, we can help you, contact us.

8/1/2022 4:07:20 PM

Although the market is cooling, certasin properties are still going strong. Welcome to 358 Devon Way in Hershey’s Mill. This oversized unit with Great Room won’t last long! Centrally located in sought-after Devonshire Village, this comfortable 2-bedroom, 2 full bath ranch-style home sits on a quiet cul-de-sac and offers the best in one-floor living, including a spacious carport with large storage area. This freshly painted home has been extended in the past giving it a spacious feel and added entertaining space. Entering the foyer to your Left from the front door, you see the eat-in kitchen which has access to the Great Room, or you can simply enter the Great Room directly from the hallway. The kitchen features stainless-steel appliances, luxury vinyl planking and solid wood cabinets, plus a pantry and plenty of room for a table and chairs. The L-shaped Great Room can be used in so many ways – this large living space features a wood-burning fireplace, leading to a large, sunny dining area with NEW skylights, recessed lighting, NEW centrally-installed ceiling fan, and sliding glass doors opening to the rear of the property. The entire space features hardwood floors while plenty of natural light bathes this area. The openness of the Great Room makes it an excellent space for entertaining. Entering the front door and heading to your right leads to truly private spaces –well-separated from the main living area. This part of the home features two spacious bedrooms. The recently carpeted master bedroom is at the end of the hall with an ensuite upgraded bathroom that includes a double-vanity, walk-in tiled shower, two medicine chests with double-sided mirrors, and luxury plank flooring. The master bedroom also has a spacious walk-in closet, New ceiling fan and central light. Large windows at one end of the bedroom give plenty of natural light. The second bedroom is also a good size with a California Closet upgrade for easy storage, along with New ceiling fan and central light. The second bathroom, updated in 2022, is across the hall with a tub shower, single vanity sink and luxury vinyl planking. There are two large storage areas off the central hallway – one area is used to house a full-size washer and dryer, along with storage shelves. The other closet features a California Closet upgrade, providing excellent organization for off-season clothing, photos, shoes, etc. The attic is easily accessible from a pull-down door in the 2nd bedroom, providing additional space for your belongings. The energy-efficient heat pump is just 3 years old, with the energy in the home run by a smart, Ecobee programmable thermostat. Forget to change the thermostat setting? No problem – you can do it right from an app on your phone! There is also an existing servicing contract for the heat pump – there are 9 years of annual service remaining in the contract. The house also features a NEW roof, soffits and gutters, all installed in 2022. Hershey's Mill is considered the premier 55+ community in the area for good reason: It is a gated community offering 24-hour security. Other amenities include a large outdoor pool and recreation area that features Tennis, Pickleball and Paddle Ball Courts, Community Center, Bocce Ball, Shuffleboard, Horseshoes, free social membership at Hershey’s Mill Golf Club for the first year (does not allow use of the course, but allows full use of the Hershey’s Mill Golf Club restaurant/ bar and facilities), as well as a greatly reduced membership fee after that, extensive walking/ jogging paths, a Library, along with close proximity to all major arteries (Routes 202, 30, 3, 202, 352 & 10 minutes to the PA Turnpike). The nearby healthcare facilities (Chester County Hospital & Paoli Hospital) are highly rated, and an adjacent shopping center with a Giant supermarket adds to the convenience of life at Hershey’s Mill. HOA fee includes: 24-hour on-site security, water, sewer, grass cutting and snow removal to the front door, HD cable, internet and phone, trash.You are too late for this one, but we can help you find another property when it becomes available. Just contact me to let me know your requirements and we will keep you informed.

Nick Vandekar Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Giving you the confidence to makethe right decisions. 92 Lancaster AvenueDevon , PA 19333SellingTheMainLine.comMobile: (610) 203-4543 [call or text me]Email Me My Blog     If you are buying or selling on or around Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line, we can help you, contact us.

7/13/2022 1:22:10 PM

Communication is so vital in our business. I have read several posts today, where it mentions listening. I discovered a while back, that when I listened, what I was really doing was waiting for a break to say my witty comments, or story and was not really focused on what the other person was saying.It was hard for me to face the fact, that I viewed conversation as a competition which I wanted to consider I had won at the end. I read many books about self improvement and none really tackled listening.Then some time back I came across a book, I have forgotten who wrote it that talked about actively listening. It opened my eyes to everything I was doing wrong. I realized, I was not truly listening, but as I mentioned above just waiting to respond and tell my story.Then, I learnt, and I have to admit, I don't it enough, this short phrase, "Tell me more?"Firstly, it shows you are listening and are interested. It puts the person talking at ease because you show your interest and they open up, relaxing as they do so. They do not think you are going to jump in and take over the conversation. From there, you can ask questions about what they are telling you, such as, "How did that make you feel?"I had a new client interview me on the phone the other day, they were trying to decide if they were going to change agent. As we processed through the conversation, they mentioned how refreshing it was to be able to speak without being interrupted. We met last week as I showed them houses whilst they were in town. I had already sent them one home they had not seen and physically showed them another which although it didn't quite fit their requirements they mentioned that it was pretty close and they appreciated I had listened to what they wanted.No one wants to know how witty we are. They want to know we are listening.  Don't we all want to be heard. So, if you haven't used it before ask "Tell me more?" Use it at a listing presentation or just when you are out and about with your clients, family or friends.And come back and let me know how it goes, what results you get.

Nick Vandekar Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Giving you the confidence to makethe right decisions. 92 Lancaster AvenueDevon , PA 19333SellingTheMainLine.comMobile: (610) 203-4543 [call or text me]Email Me My Blog     If you are buying or selling on or around Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line, we can help you, contact us.

6/27/2022 12:14:04 PM

I was reading a post this morning about creativity by Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO and as I was leaving a comment it got my mind rolling. Tuning in!I was thinking how one needs to tune in to an idea. There are lots of ideas out there, floating around but you don't always tune in. Just as when it is cloudy and raining you do not think of the sun, but if you take off in a jet as you break through the clouds there is the bright sunshine. It is there, but you are unconscious of it till you break through the cloud level.Imagine what ideas are floating around out there you can use?I remember reading a book, I believe it was by the lady who wrote Under the Tuscan Sun. She mentioned how she had an idea for a story following the success of that book. But, she just could not get started. She had sketched out the book, the start, the characters etc, but still she could not get started writing it. Then she was reading a new book by another author, and there was her book, the same idea. Ideas do not always wait for us she said, they find someone who is receptive and willing to give them life.What ideas are you ignoring? The photo above is outside a restaurant we like to go to, I was introduced to it by my fiancée. I had wanted to go there before, but never had the opportunity. You generally have to book up well in advance. But, on my first visit, I saw this bench and thought what a creative way to use all those old skis one sees in a yard sale for just a few dollars.Tuned out.With all the streaming services we have today, you may have forgotten how you had to tune your radio in, and if you were in a car driving, you might have to adjust as you travelled to keep the radio tuned to the station you wanted to listen to. What are you tuned into? What are you listening to?Maybe what you are hearing is slightly distorted, or even something negative which is not doing you any good. Maybe the clouds are blocking your sunshine and you have forgotten just how wonderful the sun can feel upon your skin. But, all it takes is usually a small adjustment to change channel.What are you going to tune into this week? Every day, I walk, usually in total about 5-6 miles, sometimes more. This morning it was raining, but it was so quiet, it was lovely. Often we see some animal, maybe a turtle, or a mother duck with her ducklings, a heron or possibly a fox, which will excite Jackie our dog. Some days it is a flower, blooming for just a short time, or maybe before it blooms, and you get to imagine the hope there is in the potential for that flower. It may even be the shape of a tree, or the texture of a rock or the bark on a tree. All these things give me joy, with a capital J. They let me tune in to the peace and the energy around me as I walk or maybe just stand or sit and enjoy the moment. They let me still my mind and just be.Going with the current!When I went on my Camino, a pilgrimage walk across Portugal and Northern Spain I changed my channel. It ended up causing me to change my life dramatically. I got rid of a lot of things from my life, I changed direction somewhat, tacking differently. I felt I started swimming with the current not against it. Life became easier, and I enjoyed being me, something I had not enjoyed for a while as i was not being authentic to who I was. Maybe you need to tune in to a new idea or to who you truly are, it too might change your life. I think we all do better when we are our most authentic self.

Nick Vandekar Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Giving you the confidence to makethe right decisions. 92 Lancaster AvenueDevon , PA 19333SellingTheMainLine.comMobile: (610) 203-4543 [call or text me]Email Me My Blog     If you are buying or selling on or around Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line, we can help you, contact us.

6/23/2022 9:17:26 AM

Our local Veterans Association fly this flag at the War Memorial in Berwyn, PA. The frame is designed to look like a Conestoga wagon. Conestoga is the name of our local high school, winner of many awards, and a leading school for many years in the nation.The names of all those who have served from the Township are inscribed in the bride over the train tracks and in Wilson Farm Park in Tredyffrin, including my son, Jeremy. In Wilson Farm Park, the Veterans fly a Garrison flag, a large flag usually flown at military bases. This is my entry for this week in the monthly contest.

Nick Vandekar Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Giving you the confidence to makethe right decisions. 92 Lancaster AvenueDevon , PA 19333SellingTheMainLine.comMobile: (610) 203-4543 [call or text me]Email Me My Blog     If you are buying or selling on or around Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line, we can help you, contact us.

6/15/2022 7:54:28 PM

Our local Veterans Association fly this flag at the War Memorial in Berwyn, PA. The frame is designed to look like a Conestoga wagon. Conestoga is the name of our local high school, winner of many awards, and a leading school for many years in the nation.The names of all those who have served from the Township are inscribed in the bride over the train tracks and in Wilson Farm Park in Tredyffrin, including my son, Jeremy. In Wilson Farm Park, the Veterans fly a Garrison flag, a large flag usually flown at military bases. This is my entry for this week in the monthly contest.

Nick Vandekar Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Giving you the confidence to makethe right decisions. 92 Lancaster AvenueDevon , PA 19333SellingTheMainLine.comMobile: (610) 203-4543 [call or text me]Email Me My Blog     If you are buying or selling on or around Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line, we can help you, contact us.

6/15/2022 7:53:51 PM

Ever since I came to America, I have been impressed by the patriotism of Americans. Everywhere you look there are flags flying proudly. Whatever your political party, original nationality, age, color or race citizens fly the flag with pride. I remember how I saw flags on building sites beside the turnpike and thought to myself that would never happen in England.In our neighborhood, I took this photo this morning, June 8th 2022 and behind me was another flag flying, every home in our little pod was flying the Stars and Stripes.We live in a 55+ community and our two neighbors are 95 and 79 respectively, yet they fly their flags. At the entrance to our little development a flag flies high, sometimes, unfortunately too often, at half mast to mark some tragedy or loss of life that as a nation we mourn. The flag tells a story depending how it is displayed.When we first came to America, we were not citizens and did not fly the flag. Holidays we saw all our neighbors with their flags outside their homes. When we received our citizenship, almost the first thing we did was buy a flag to hang outside our house. The first thing we did was celebrate.When you are born here, you take your citizenship for granted, but as an immigrant I can tell you, even as an English speaker, how hard it was to complete all the forms, interviews and processes involved in becoming a citizen.As a member of our local, state and national association I proudly swear allegiance to the flag. With a son who has served this nation in battle and lost many friends in war, I do not take holidays honoring our Veterans or those who have made the ultimate sacrifice lightly, and I also remember their families and friends who have also borne the weight of service through loss. Not every scar is visible.Today, let the flag fly high with pride and joy!

Nick Vandekar Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Giving you the confidence to makethe right decisions. 92 Lancaster AvenueDevon , PA 19333SellingTheMainLine.comMobile: (610) 203-4543 [call or text me]Email Me My Blog     If you are buying or selling on or around Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line, we can help you, contact us.

6/8/2022 12:55:17 PM

One of the poems I have always loved is In Flanders Fields by John McCrae. Partly because the school I attended in England had many young men who fought and died in World War I. I find the words extremely moving, they express the waste of life and yet at the same time the bravery and the duty of those who serve their countries fighting for freedom.There is a backstory to the poem which you can find online. Suffice to say the last word in the first line can be blow or grow, supposedly the publisher asked to change it, but McCrae would write it both ways when sending copies to people. Please read very slowly and take time this Memorial Day to pause a moment and consider those who served and gave their all.In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,    That mark our place; and in the sky    The larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,        In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe:To you from failing hands we throw    The torch; be yours to hold it high.    If ye break faith with us who dieWe shall not sleep, though poppies grow        In Flanders fields.

Nick Vandekar Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Giving you the confidence to makethe right decisions. 92 Lancaster AvenueDevon , PA 19333SellingTheMainLine.comMobile: (610) 203-4543 [call or text me]Email Me My Blog     If you are buying or selling on or around Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line, we can help you, contact us.

5/26/2022 7:58:38 AM

This week we had a workshop at our office about not losing listings. As we all know inventory is low and when you lose a listing you lose income. With low inventory and strong demand many sellers see us as a commodity. I have found they have been asking for very low selling commissions that frankly won't pay the bills. We had one buyer at an open house ask one of our team members to give up 50% of her commission as an agent credit so they could buy the house! We all know our worth, but how comfortable are we with explaining our worth, our unique selling proposition to a potential client so they do not ask for a commission reduction. Do we even know what our unique selling proposition is or do we sound like everyone else out there.What makes us stand out and can we sum it up quickly and easily without looking like a deer in the headlights.I was working on my listing presentation, and realized I needed to change a lot in there to modernize it and make it more about how I help the client, rather than just my history and background. How do those things benefit the customer.Think about what your clients say when they leave a testimonial as a starting point to discover what the client might consider important.Then you need to practice saying these points so you are comfortable and it is just muscle memory, rather than having to think hard every time a potential client asks why should I use you?Now, I am off to practice with some friends from the office. Have a good day. I will post another post later once I have finished working on my points and am comfortable with them.

Nick Vandekar Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Giving you the confidence to makethe right decisions. 92 Lancaster AvenueDevon , PA 19333SellingTheMainLine.comMobile: (610) 203-4543 [call or text me]Email Me My Blog     If you are buying or selling on or around Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line, we can help you, contact us.

5/12/2022 12:49:50 PM

1. What was your first job and what did you learn from it?I joined the British Army as an officer and went to Sandhurst, unfortunately I had injured my back and was medically discharged. I then went into Aviation Insurance at Lloyds of London with Norwich Union and discovered a life at a desk was not for me.2. How long have you been in the real estate or related service industry? Since 2004, 18 years.3. What is your biggest fear and what have you done to try to conquer it?Heights, try to avoid them wherever possible and if I cannot, don't look down. 4. What would you do if you knew you would not fail?Selling antiques again, loved the life. 5. What is a habit you would love to eliminate or change?Biting my nails when nervous.6. What is your favorite meal (forget about calories or what you shouldn’t eat)Anything, I love all food, this is such a hard question...I mean there is Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding with my Mum's roast potatoes, but I also love a good curry, or a Chinese dish, oh and don't forget a really good cheese and chacuterie board; see it is so hard...there is so much good food! 7. What is something you wish you’d done?Travel more, I know, you will all say I travel plenty, but I went through a time when I did not travel and I missed it, there is so much to see, and so many foods to try.... 8. Who has been most influential in your life? My Dad, he was larger than life and taught me so much about how to be myself and to respect all people regardless of what they do.9. What are your favorite business-related books?Think like a Monk! 7 Habits of highly effective people, The millionaire next door, Millionaire mindset.10. Other than business books what are your favorite things to read?Historical fiction, adventure stories, mysteries, travel stories, legal thrillers.11. What are your top 5 favorite movies?Zulu!, All the Bond Movies, especially Daniel Craig, The Transporter, Saving Private Ryan, Avatar, 12. If I came to visit your city for one day what is the one thing I must do or see? Visit Valley Forge National Park to sense the history of this great nation and the men and women who  helped make it.13. If I came to your city to visit for one day what is the one restaurant you would recommend?Too hard there are too many great restaurants, but definitely visit The Reading Terminal Market14. If I was going to relocate to your area what advice would you give me that is unique to the area?We are located where you are not far from shore or mountains, so decide if either is more important to you and locate in relation to that.15. Do you have any special talents? I am really good with spices, and love cooking.16 Do you have any quirks?I am sure I do, I can be very patient until the straw breaks the camel's back and then you may wonder what happened!17. What is your best character trait? I like meeting people, I am a good listener and I like to please people.18. Have you ever done anything you would never do again because it was too hard or too dangerous? Anything with heights.... 19. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?Walk and read, but not at the same time, followed by drinking a glass of wine, that can be at the same time as the reading. 20. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you want to live?Hard to choose, as there are so many wonderful places still to discover, but so far Portugal or France. 21. What is something that we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I have been on the American Antiques Roadshow as an appraiser at the start of the program and tried out to be the presenter, but kept flubbing my lines due to nerves. If only.....

Nick Vandekar Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Giving you the confidence to makethe right decisions. 92 Lancaster AvenueDevon , PA 19333SellingTheMainLine.comMobile: (610) 203-4543 [call or text me]Email Me My Blog     If you are buying or selling on or around Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line, we can help you, contact us.

5/5/2022 8:39:20 AM