Archive for February, 2010

7 days and 43″ Later

February 15, 2010

For those that happened to see the pictures from the first storm, I went back Saturday morning to take the same pictures.  I know this is not that unusual for other parts of the country, but it was record breaking for this area.  A bit of a difference after a week and 43″ of snow:

View of Downtown Swarthmore – Sat Feb 13

Saturday’s View from the Warmth of Hobbs Coffee

The Swarthmore PA SEPTA R3 Regional Rail Station

Well – I was standing underneath this pile for the original so
this is the best I could do for now – you get the drift.

Not quite that calming atmosphere as seen last week (and actually a bit dreary), but this much snow is still quite extraordinary for this area.

Looking forward to Spring!

Happy Valentines Day

February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!

Relax and Take Time with Your Family and Your Loved Ones.

(and hope for the end of the snows!)

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-353-1199/Direct: 610-359-3853/Cell: 610-618-0808

Swarthmore in Winter

February 6, 2010

Yes – We have snow here….

View of Downtown Swarthmore

The view from the warmth of Hobbs Coffee.

The Swarthmore PA SEPTA R3 Regional Rail Station

We don’t usually see drifts blowing through the station.

Finally just one more thought:  The most snow produced in a single snowstorm was 15.75 ft/ 189″ at the Mt Shasta Skibowl in California between February 13-19, 1959.  No problems here.

Enjoy and be safe!  And it continues to snow …..

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-353-1199/Direct: 610-359-3853/Cell: 610-618-0808

Rutledge PA History and Homes

February 3, 2010

Welcome to Rutledge PA in Delaware County Pennsylvania.

Rutledge is one of the smallest boroughs in Delaware County containing less than 275 residential properties per the tax records and about 860 residents. Occupying about 1 square mile, it was founded in 1885 and incorporated as a Borough in 1885.  The earliest reference to its name was from the Rutledge Mutual Land Improvement Association but the origin of the name is still in question.  It was either named after an early sweetheart of Abraham Lincoln or the novel Rutledge by Miriam Coles Harris.

Today it is a popular Borough conveniently located in southern Delaware County just east of Swarthmore.  It has its own fire department, parks, and Borough Hall and Rutledge is part of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School DistrictIt is within easy driving distance to I-95 by driving south on Route 420 or to I-476 by traveling west on MacDade Blvd.  The SEPTA R3 Regional Rail Line serves the Borough through the Morton-Rutledge Station just to the north.

On a relative basis, Rutledge has had a fairly stable real estate market as compared to many of the surrounding communities.  The average prices for homes in the area first surpassed, $200,000 in 2004 with an average sales price of $226,000.  Since then the average sales price has varied between a low of $244,000 in 2009 to a high of $281,000 in 2007.  There has consistently been 5 or 6 sales per year from 2004 through 2009.  In 2010, there has been one home sold for $150,000 and there are currently 3 additional properties on the market with an average asking price of $296,000 (there are no properties currently under contract).

With its stable sales and stable pricing, Rutledge seems to have successfully avoided much of the volatility seen in other areas of Delaware County.  With its great location, strong school district, and solid housing stock, it should continue to be a popular and stable area for the future.

As always, should you ever have any questions or are considering buying or selling in the area, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-353-1199/Direct: 610-359-3853/Cell: 610-618-0808

The EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RPP) Rule Affects You!

February 2, 2010

I just wanted to pass on a reminder from the Home Builders Association of Chester and Delaware Counties that the new EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting ( RPP ) rule will be effective on April 22, 2010.

From the EPA website:

“Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.

To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.”

The EPA RRP Rule covers any work for pay that disturbs 6 square feet or more in the interior or 20 square feet or more of lead based paint on the exterior.  As with most government mandates, consumers should expect increased costs and time associated with any of this work in the future.  “By April 22, 2010, firms must have “Certified Renovators” assigned to jobs where lead-based paint is disturbed.”

In our day-to-day activities, it is important to note that this does apply to Property Owners of Rental Housing.  It also can impact all the associated groups such as Contractors, Homeowners, Tenants, Realtors, Property Management Firms, and Training Providers so it is essential that individuals be aware of the new rules and general requirements.  For more information or questions on the EPA RPP Rule (Renovation, Repair, and Painting), be sure to check out the EPA Website.  You can also find more general information on their site at their Lead Home Page.

This is important information for this region as there are many homes and buildings built prior to 1978 that could potentially contain lead based paint.  EPA fines per violation are $37,500 so it is important not to ignore the potential consequences of not following these new regulations.  The National Association of Realtors Site also has a great Lead Paint Renovation Rule Compliance Guide answering the most frequently asked questions.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-353-1199/Direct: 610-359-3853/Cell: 610-618-0808