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Thursday, August 6, 2020   /   by John Salkowski

How to Decide Whether an HOA Is Right for You

Here’s what you need to know before deciding whether an HOA is right for you.
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Is a homeowners or condominium association right for you?

The purpose of a homeowners association (HOA) is to maintain a clean, cohesive, law-abiding community. So, are you the type of homeowner who prefers following rules and regulations, or would you like the freedom to do what you want with your property?

The reason most people buy in an HOA is that it relieves some of the responsibility of homeownership (exterior building maintenance, landscaping, etc.). Whether you’re buying in a homeowners or condominium association, make sure you review its rules and regulations to the letter. We recommend having your Realtor or an attorney review them with you.

An important question you must ask your homeowners association is how solvent they are. In other words, ho ...

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Thursday, July 23, 2020   /   by John Salkowski

Q: What Are the 5 Best Home-Selling Tips?

Here are five things that every home seller should be doing.
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Here are five great tips to get your home ready for a profitable sale:

1. Contact us for a free consultation. We can give you tips on what to do and what not to do to get your home ready. There’s never any cost or obligation involved.

2. Making improvements vs. selling in as-is condition. What I mean by “as-is condition” is the way your home is in its current state. Whether you have an outdated kitchen, bathroom, roof, etc, we can assist.

3. Declutter your home. Walk through each room and see what you can get rid of, what you can pack away for now, and what you can adjust. 

4. Hire a professional cleaner. They’ll clean the floors, windows, bathrooms, kitchen, and more to make your home look perfect.

5. Hire a professional photographer. Your home's fi ...

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020   /   by John Salkowski

Q: Why Is Now the Right Time to Sell?

Here are some reasons why market conditions are perfect for sellers.
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Is now a good time to sell your home? Well, for starters, interest rates are historically low, and money has never been cheaper. This means that homebuyers can afford more than they could in the past, and many are coming to the market now to look for a home to buy. It’s also a great time to sell because inventory is at an all-time low. Finally, home prices are going up and the possibility to get more than what your home was listed for is much greater.  

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020   /   by John Salkowski

Q: What Is the Latest Update for Our Marketplace?

If you’re in the market to buy or sell a home, here’s what you should know.

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As we head further into June, I wanted to bring you an update on the markets that we service in Montgomery County, Delaware County, Chester County, Berks County, parts of Bucks County, and Philadelphia County.

My big message to you today is that the market is doing fantastically. Prices are up, homes are selling more quickly than normal, and we’re seeing multiple offers on more and more of our listings.

If you are thinking of selling or buying, it’s a great time. Prices are up for sellers and interest rates have dropped for buyers, but it's still important that you’re properly prepared. 

When you’re a seller, this includes having us come out to your home to help you maximize your investment through staging and other methods. It ...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020   /   by John Salkowski

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Here’s a quick maintenance checklist to help you prep your home for summer.

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Summer is a great time to be outdoors having fun, but homeowners can’t forget to take care of their properties. Here’s a quick summer maintenance checklist you can use to keep your home running smoothly:

1. Make sure there’s nothing growing in or around your HVAC unit. If any weeds, brush, or grass start growing in or around your HVAC unit, that will cause it to run less efficiently. Neglecting to check this may end up costing you thousands when you have to replace the unit, so evaluate it’s condition every summer. Also, make sure it’s balanced and not leaning to one side. Again, this can affect its efficiency. 

2. Inspect your deck and patios. Check your decking for nail pops, loose nails, splinters, etc., and whether the sealing ne ...

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