Happy July 4 2016!

July 4, 2016

Happy July 4, 2016!

I hope everyone is having a great year. Be sure to take some time off to relax and enjoy your friends and family this July 4th. Thanks to everyone and have a great holiday!

David Henke 
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE 
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808 
http://www.DelawarePAHomes.com

Remember to Vote in the Primary! Now!

April 26, 2016

Today is Primary Day in both Pennsylvania and Delaware. The polls will remain open in both states until 8:00 PM. Please be sure to make your vote count before you lose the opportunity!

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It continues to be a volatile year with many closely contested races in many areas. Many elections will be effectively decided with the results of the primary …. and it is a beautiful day to be out, see your friends, and vote.

David Henke 
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE 
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808 
http://www.DelawarePAHomes.com 

 

Quick 2015 Delaware County PA Wrap Up

January 5, 2016

So how did it go in Delaware County real estate last year? – Pretty Good!

Although there has been a wide variation in activity throughout the county and townships, the overall market has continued to strengthen.

From January 1, 2015 through January 4, 2016, there were 6,122 reported sales on the MLS. This compares to only 5,465 at the beginning of last year, a rise of over 12%. It could be worseLikewise, pending sales have grown from 622 in 2015 to 660 in 2016, an increase of 6%. Active for sale home inventory has also decreased from 2,580 active lisitngs to 2,507, a fall of over 2.5%.

This looks even more promising when compared to the depth of the market in 2011. On January 4, 2012, there were 3,142 homes on the market (25% higher), 480 homes pending (27% lower), and there had only been 4089 sales in 2011 (33% lower).

Based on the local market and economy, it appears that we should have another solid year in 2016. This could be disrupted, however, depending on the major potential economic and political impacts currently developing around the world.

Call me if you are interested in more information on the market in your particular area.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808
http://www.DelawarePAHomes.com

(All statistics per the TrendMLS system and believed accurate but not guaranteed)

Open House Sunday – 911 Concord Ave Drexel Hill PA 19026

September 17, 2015

Drexel Hill Open House This Sunday, September 20, at 911 Concord Ave 19026 from 12:00 to 2:00.

DSCN1133This Sunday, we will be holding an open house from 12:00-2:00 at 911 Concord Ave in Drexel Hill PA. This property is located just 2 blocks north of State Rd and 4 blocks south of Township Line Rd (Concord is 4 blocks east of Drexel Ave) in Upper Darby Delaware County. This location makes it a great location for quick access to I-76, I-476, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and the Philadelphia International Airport.

Listed by Karen Walsh for $154,900, this well maintained four bedroom one bath Drexel Hill twin is ready for a new owner. The enclosed front porch is bright with plenty of windows, a ceiling fan and is heated for year around use. The large living room features crown moldings, a gas fireplace and has neutral paint & carpeting. There is a large formal dining room with chair rail, crown molding, built-in storage and ceiling fan. DSCN1129The eat-in kitchen has been updated with newer appliances, including dishwasher and built in microwave, a ceiling fan, and has an entrance to the rear yard. The second floor features 3 spacious bedrooms, all with ceiling fans, and an updated ceramic tiled, hall bath. The heated third floor has an additional 4th bedroom with huge walk in closet. There is a lower level laundry with gas or electric hook ups for dryer.

Outside there is a private Driveway with ample parking and detached one car garage with newer roof & extra storage. The home is near shopping, major commuter routes, parks & schools.

Be sure to take a break this Sunday to stop by and compare this great value in Drexel Hill. Newer updates, a prime location, a great neighborhood, and easy commute options throughout the area, make this a must see for anyone currently in the area market. Feel free to call or stop by with any questions. I look forward to seeing you.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808
http://www.DelawarePAHomes.com

(All statistics per the TrendMLS system and believed accurate but not guaranteed)

New Listing! 1000 Turner Ave Drexel Hill PA 19026

September 14, 2015

1000 Turner Ave is a beautiful Center Hall Stone Colonial located in prime Drexel Hill PA 19026

1000_turner_avenue_MLS_HID1058333_ROOMMainExterior (2)Imagine a Tree lined street, neighbors waving to you as you walk by, well manicured lawns and a spacious corner lot. If this is what you are looking for in a neighborhood, this is the home for you! 1000 Turner is located in a perfect Drexel Hill Delaware County location just moments off Township Line Rd and State Rd. These streets provide easy access onto either I-76 north along City Avenue or to I-476, the Blue Route, down Route 1. Both provide easy access into Philadelphia, toward the Philadelphia Airport, or down to Wilmington. Public transportation, buses, trolleys, and regional rail are all near. livingarea_700

Listed for $244,000, 1000 Turner Avenue itself is a classic Drexel Hill Center Hall Stone Colonial. After entering through a welcoming foyer, a formal dining room with chair rail is to the left. Just beyond this is the eat-in kitchen. This kitchen has all the makings for a gourmet kitchen including stainless steel appliances, Corian counter-top, contemporary oval pot rack, island, and wall spice rack. The large living room with a wood burning fireplace opens to a relaxing private porch. This is a great place for spending afternoons and weekends. kitchen3_700An updated powder room is also on the main level. Upstairs there is a luxurious master bedroom with private master bath, walk-in closet, and hardwoods. Two spacious additional bedrooms with organized closets and full bath complete the second floor. The finished third floor is a perfect fourth bedroom, den, or home office with additional storage space. There is a full finished basement with carpeting that could make a great family room or game room.

The property has been beautifully maintained throughout. The tree-lined backyard is great for outdoor activities and pets. Upgrades include: Central Air, Gas Heat, Renovated kitchen, All updated baths, masterbedroom_700New front stoop and door, Upgraded windows, Recessed lighting. There are many additional inclusions: Refrigerator, Stove, Chandelier in DR, Kitchen island, washer, dryer, and TV support over the fireplace. Be sure to check out the additional pictures at www.1000Turner.com

This is an great home in an ideal location. Be sure to include this as an option on any tour in the area and Come view this magnificent home before it’s gone!

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808
http://www.DelawarePAHomes.com

(All statistics per the TrendMLS system and believed accurate but not guaranteed)

Happy Labor Day 2015

September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day!

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Enjoy the remaining days of Summer and take some time to recharge for a traffic fall season!

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808
http://www.DelawarePAHomes.com

(All statistics per the TrendMLS system and believed accurate but not guaranteed)

Delaware County PA Real Estate & Homes Market Update

September 5, 2015

Despite a bit of a cool down, Delaware County PA continues to see strong home sales activity throughout the county – continuing a trend seen throughout the year.

After getting off to a tremendous start in 2015, the real estate market has cooled quite a bit in many parts of Delaware County PA, but total sales still remain well above last year at this time.

AsRidley Creek of September 1, there have been 4,115 settled home sales in the county. In addition there are 3,184 properties currently on the market ranging in price from less than $20,000 to over $19,000,000. and 853 properties are currently pending.

This is better across the board from this date in 2014. The active listings have dropped 2% from 3,233, Pendings are up 12% from 758 pending listings, and sold homes have risen 14% from the 3,602 properties that had sold as of this date last year.

It looks even better when compared to the trough in activity 5 years ago with active listings down 20% from 3,971, Pendings up 55% from 547, and sales up 50% from 2,728.

Overall the county continues to maintain a healthy sales rate compared to last year and is holding up well to both New Castle County and Chester County. Through September 1, New Castle County reported 4,039 home sales while Chester County reported 4,539 home sales. Delaware County began the year with a greater sales rate than both counties but all have been relatively healthy.

As long as the economy does not fall off the rails again, we would expect to see consistent sales activity through the rest of 2015.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808
http://www.DelawarePAHomes.com

(All statistics per the TrendMLS system and believed accurate but not guaranteed)

Who Has An Earned Income Tax or Wage Tax in Delaware County PA?

July 15, 2015

Seventeen communities in Delaware County PA currently impose an Earned Income Tax or Wage Tax on their residents and/or workers.

Taxes are a necessary evil to pay the government for essential services but no one likes to pay more than the other guy. Since 1960 when no Philadelphia suburb had an earned income tax or wage tax, the tax has slowly spread throughout the area. When evaluating where you want to live in Delaware County, the earned income tax is not as readily apparent as the local real estate taxes that are imposed but should be included as you weigh your options.

In Delaware County today, seventeen of the 49 communities in the county impose an Earned Income Tax or Wage Tax. According to the latest information from the Delaware County site, 16 communities impose a tax of 1% while the City of Chester currently has an Earned Income Tax rate of 2.15% for residents and 1.15% for non-residents. Those communities with a 1% tax include:

Chester PAAston Township
Brookhaven Borough
Chester Township
Darby Borough
Eddystone Borough
Folcroft Borough
Lower Chichester Township
Marcus Hook Borough
Media Borough
Millbourne Borough
Thornbury Township
Tinicum Township
Trainer Borough
Upland Borough
Upper Chichester Township
Yeadon Borough

and the City of Chester has the highest rates with either 2.15% or 1.15% rates

Each community also has various County, Township/Borough, and School real estate and income taxes, so the total tax burden varies quite a bit from location to location, but it is important to factor all these rates into your decision as you evaluate where you would like to live in the county. (Thornbury is unique with no Township tax)

Be sure to consult your accountant – you always have options throughout the county and every individual’s tax situation is unique.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808
http://www.DelawarePAHomes.com

(All information and rates believed currently correct but are subject to change anytime and should be verified with local community)

Have a Happy July 4 2015!

July 4, 2015

Have a Happy July 4 2015!

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Have a great Holiday weekend! Relax, Enjoy, and get ready for the rest of a great summer! Be sure to remember it is always a good time to buy a home!

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808
http://www.DelawarePAHomes.com

Memorial Day 2015

May 25, 2015

Have a Great Memorial Day!

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Good Memorial Day to all. Welcome to the unofficial beginning of summer. It’s a great time to relax, reflect, and recharge as we head into the summer. It’s also a great time to move! Enjoy the weekend, friends, and family, and take time to remember all those who have made it possible.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808
http://www.DelawarePAHomes.com