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)

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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

Woodlyn PA Zip Code 19094 Homes Update

May 7, 2015

After several years of decline, it appears that the market price for homes in Woodlyn PA has stabilized with increasing activity.

Woodlyn PA Post OfficeWoodlyn PA is a census designated area located in the western portion of Ridley Township. This is the area covered by the 19094 Zip Code. Woodlyn is conveniently located and easily accessed by the MacDade Blvd exit off the Blue Route (I-476). It is bordered by Chester to the west, Nether Providence to the north, Eddystone to the south, and the balance of Ridley Township to the north and east.

Tax records indicate that there are approximately 1340 residential properties in the zip code. After prices for Woodlyn PA homes peaked in 2007, the average price  generally declined through 2014. In 2007 the average sold price was $196,000 with 55 sales. Woodlyn PA HomeThe average then declined to $181,000 in 2008, $162,000 in 2009, $156,000 in 2010, $143,000 in 2011, $126,000 in 2012, $135,000 in 2013, and $128,000 in 2014. By 2014, sales activity had recovered to 56 sales for the year after reaching a low of 27 sales in 2012.

In 2015 year to date, there have been 7 sales with an average sales price of $117,000 and 10 properties are currently under contract with an average list price of $147,000. As these properties settle, it appears likely that the average sales price could recover to the 2014 price level.

There are also 34 properties currently on the market ranging in price from $319,000 to $64,000 with an average asking price of $157,000.

Based on the increase in activity and the generally increasing prices in several nearby areas, it appears that Woodlyn has reached the low point with prices expected to be stable or rising from here.

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)

Daylight Savings Time Begins Tomorrow

March 7, 2015

Remember to move your clocks ahead!

 

Once again, it’s that time of year to move your clocks ahead. Imagine the possibilities: You will able to sleep later in the dark. You won’t waste an extra hour sleeping tonight. You will have an extra hour of light in the evening. It really can’t get better than this so ….. Enjoy!

(BTW – It also makes it easier to buy and sell properties. Contact me now!)

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

Haverford Hill Condo Sales and Activity Real Estate Update – Haverford PA

November 14, 2014

The Haverford Hill Condos have continued to be a popular housing choice in Delaware County, but prices have fallen.

Since the last update on Haverford Hill in 2011, prices have weakened considerably resulting in increased activity. Haverford Hill Haverford PAFor the two bedroom condos, in 2011 there were 4 sales with an average settled price of $120,000 (down from an average $143,000 in 2012). Average prices then declined to $98,000 with 5 sales in 2012, and then $89,000 with 8 sales in 2013. In 2014 year to date, there have been 5 sales averaging $108,000. In addition, there are three 2 bedroom units on the market with an average asking price of $110,000 and one unit listed for $185,000. With the average pending unit prices lower than settled year to date, the average price for the year should fall from the $110,000 level.

For the one bedroom units, in 2011 there was only one sale for $94,000. This then fell to 3 sales averaging $65,000 in 2012 and no sales were listed for 2013. In 2014, year to date, there have been 5 sales with an average sold price of $66,000. There are also 2 units on the market with an average list price of $75,000.

Haverford Hill CondominiumsThere have also been several scattered 3 bedroom sales with pricing from $80,000 to $135,000.

Overall the pricing and activity in the Haverford Hill condos has tracked the activity seen in much of the county except that the fall in pricing occurred later here than seen in many other individual communities. It appears though that pricing and activity have stabilized or strengthened as we have moved through 2014 and it is expected that it should remain solid going forward.

As always, if you have any questions or would like to visit the area, please contact me anytime.

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)