Mary Lou Erk

Mary Lou Erk - BROKER ASSOCIATE
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OPEN HOUSE at 1818 Keystone!

Friday, April 1, 2016

April, 3rd from 1-3pm. For more information, click here: 

http://1818keystone.upcomingopenhouse.com/176030

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OPEN HOUSE at 272 E Park Ave!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Price just reduced to $179,000! Stop by the open house, Sunday March 20th from 1-3pm at 272 E Park Ave in Sellersville. 

For more information please visit: 

http://272park.upcomingopenhouse.com/174824

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Price Reduction at 272 E Park Ave

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

PRICE REDUCTION: New Price is $179,000. Investors, first time home buyers & scale-down buyers - this one's for you! Over $31,000 in recent improvements and updates!

For more information, please click below:

http://272park.canbyours.com/

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Price Reduction at 4910 Crosspoint Dr

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Price Reduction at 4910 Crosspoint Dr

PRICE JUST REDUCED! New Price on this gorgeous listing in Hearthstone is $479,000. Call me for more information. 

www.4910crosspoint.canbyours.com

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OPEN HOUSE at 272 E Park Ave!

Friday, February 19, 2016

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, February 21st from 1-3pm at 272 E Park Ave in Sellersville. Investors, first time home buyers & scale-down buyers - this one's for you! Over $31,000 in recent improvements and updates!
 http://272park.upcomingopenhouse.com/171132

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, February 21st from 1-3pm at 272 E Park Ave in Sellersville. Investors, first time home buyers & scale-down buyers - this one's for you! Over $31,000 in recent improvements and updates!

For More Information, Please Click Below: 

 http://272park.upcomingopenhouse.com/171132

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8 Ways to Arrange Artwork

Thursday, February 11, 2016

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NEW LISTING at 4910 Crosspoint Drive

Monday, February 8, 2016

JUST LISTED: This outstanding "Aquetong" model in the sought after Hearthstone neighborhood is just what you are looking for! 4910 Crosspoint Drive in Doylestown!

For More Information, please click below: 

www.4910crosspoint.canbyours.com

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NEW LISTING at 1818 Keystone Drive

Friday, February 5, 2016

JUST LISTED! Down a country road sits this sturdy 1763 farmhouse with a 2-story barn and separate cottage!

 

1818 Keystone Drive, Hilltown, PA 19440.

For more information, please click below:

1818keystone.canbyours.com

 

 

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What is an Average Timeline for a Short Sale?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Question: What is an Average Timeline for a Short Sale?

A reader asks: "I am interested in doing a short sale but I hear horror stories about the timelines involved. Some people I know have been doing a short sale for more than a year. I've been told that it could take several years to get my short sale approved. That seems terribly long for no good reason. What is an average timeline for a short sale?"

Answer: The way most short sale agents would predict a timeline for your short sale is by first looking up your loan information. The type of loan you have and your lender's identity will set the stage for your short sale timeline. You might not recall the type of loan you originally took out. You could loan could be:

just to name a few types of mortgages. In addition, perhaps you are paying on two or three loans? Maybe your loan carries mortgage insurance? All of these conditions affect the wait for short sale approval and add overlays to your short sale.

Basic Timeline for Short Sale Approval

The first step of a short sale is to gather all for your paperwork. I like to collect my client's paperwork in advance. This consists of the following basic documents:

  • Last 2 years' of tax returns
  • Last 2 W2s / 1099s
  • Last 2 bank statements
  • Last 2 payroll stubs
  • Financial statement or 1126
  • Form 4506
  • Signed and dated hardship letter

Banks might ask for additional paperwork, but almost every bank asks for the above documents.

I scan those documents into a PDF file, noting the loan number on every page.

Then we sign the listing agreement, disclosures and third-party authorization, which allows me to speak with the seller's bank(s). I shoot photographs of the home, conduct my agent visual inspection and attach a lockbox.

In my area of Sacramento, from the time the listing enters MLS to the time of an acceptable offer is anywhere from 2 to 3 days to 2 to 3 weeks.

If the home is located in an area with high inventory, it could take an additional 60 to 90 days before we receive an acceptable offer.

Once an offer is received and signed, I send it to the bank, along with the seller's short sale package and a prepared HUD. From that point to the time of short sale approval, the average timeline is about 60 to 90 days.

This means 30 days to sell + 60 days for approval + 30 days to close escrow = 4 months, on average.

Causes for Short Sale Delays in the Timeline

One of the biggest problems we see in short sales today are buyers who are not committed to the short sale process. Because much of the timeline is unknown, it can make a buyer feel very insecure. A short sale listing agent can give an educated guess, but whether the buyer's agent understands how a short sale works is a wild card. If a buyer's agent cannot manage a buyer's expectations and does not know how to explain a short sale timeline to a buyer, that buyer can easily spin out of control. It's not the buyer's fault.

An out-of-control and frustrated buyer is a buyer who is about to cancel the short saletransaction. These types of buyers do not want to wait for short sale approval. They will cancel and then enter into another short sale transaction, which starts the clock ticking again. Makes you wonder why.

Another problem is the wait for the short sale timeline gives buyers too much time to think about buying the short sale. If they were buying a traditional sale, by the time they decided they did not like the home, hated the neighbors and wished they'd never laid eyes on the place, the transaction would be closed. But short sales take so long that buyers have too much time to consider all the negatives and drawbacks. Sometimes, they develop cold feet.

I had a seller cancel a short sale which she swore initially was her dream home. She had the approval letter and the lender was close to drawing documents. But the appraisal was $20,000 lower than the sales price because there very few sales in that neighborhood. The appraiser had to look outside of the area for comparable sales. He used sales that were not really comparable sales. The buyer was afraid the value of the home fell during her 30-day escrow period by $20,000, and she freaked out.

Instead of being thrilled that the bank was forced to reduce the price of her home by $20,000, the buyer canceled the short sale. She was not ready to buy a home. Not every buyer is ready to buy a home.

When these types of events happen and the buyer cancels, the short sale timeline starts over. This is why the most important thing you can do in a short sale is to keep the buyer informed, engaged and happy.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, DRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

http://homebuying.about.com/od/shortsale/f/What-Is-An-Average-Timeline-For-A-Short-Sale.htm

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OPEN HOUSE at 5421 Downs Run in Pipersville

Friday, October 9, 2015

OPEN HOUSE at 5421 Downs Run in Pipersville

OPEN HOUSE this Sunday, October 11th from 1-4pm at 5421 Downs Run in Pipersville. 

 

For more information, please click here. 

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OPEN HOUSE at 272 E Park Ave!

Friday, September 25, 2015

OPEN HOUSE at 272 E Park Ave!

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, September 27th from 1-4pm at 272 E Park Ave, Sellersville!

For more information, please click here. 

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OPEN HOUSE at 5421 Downs Run in Pipersville

Thursday, August 27, 2015

OPEN HOUSE at 5421 Downs Run in Pipersville

OPEN HOUSE! This Sunday, August 30th, from 1-3pm at 5421 Downs Run in Pipersville. Come see this 1-of-a-kind home in Country Greene!

For more information, please click here. 

 

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OPEN HOUSES: Sunday, August 23rd

Thursday, August 20, 2015

OPEN HOUSES: Sunday, August 23rd

OPEN HOUSE at 70 Woodland Drive in Doylestown, Sunday August 23rd from 1-4pm. For More information, please click here

 

OPEN HOUSE at 5421 Downs Run in Pipersville, Sunday August 23rd from 1-3pm. PRICE JUST REDUCED on this one of a kind home. For more information, please click here. 

 

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OPEN HOUSE at 5421 Downs Run in Pipersville

Thursday, July 30, 2015

OPEN HOUSE at 5421 Downs Run in Pipersville

OPENHOUSE Sunday August 2nd from 1-4pm on Downs Run in Pipersville!

For More information, please click here.

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OPEN HOUSES: Sunday, July 26th

Friday, July 24, 2015

OPEN HOUSES: Sunday, July 26th

70 Woodland Drive, Doylestown - July 26th from 1-4pm. For more information, please click here.

 

4825 Point Pleasant Pike, Doylestown - July 26th from 1-4pm. For more information, please click here.  

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OPEN HOUSE in Pipersville - Sunday, July 12th

Thursday, July 9, 2015

OPEN HOUSE in Pipersville - Sunday, July 12th

Open House on Downs Run in Pipersville on Sunday July 12th from 1-4pm. For more information, please click here.

 

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JUST LISTED!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

JUST LISTED!!!

Just Listed on Trails Way W in Doylestown, PA! For more information, please click here. 

 

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OPEN HOUSE in Doylestown!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

OPEN HOUSE in Doylestown!

Open House, This Sunday July 5th from 1-4pm on Woodland Drive in Doylestown! For more information, please click here. 

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JUST LISTED!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

JUST LISTED!

JUST LISTED on Walnut Lane in Doylestown,PA! 

http://23walnut.canbyours.com/ 

 

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Home Buying Loan Contingency Tips

Friday, June 5, 2015

Purchase Contracts with a Loan Contingency

The types of purchase contracts used in the United States varies from one state to another, but most of them will allow for a loan contingency period. In addition to the loan contingency, the residential purchase agreement such as those used in California, for example, might also contain an appraisal contingency, which is separate from the loan contingency.

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Purchase contracts generally provide a certain number of days by contract default to receive assurance that the loan is approved and the buyer will be allowed to use financing. That time period can range from 7 to 30 days, with many periods pushed toward the 3- to 4-week mark. This is why it is paramount for a home buyer to deliver all of the loan documents that a loan officer requests as quickly as possible. Any delay in submitting the required financial documents could cause a delay with the final loan approval.

When the Loan Contingency Expires

In some states, once the loan contingency period has expired, the buyer is out of time. If the buyer's loan is not approved during that time period, that's too bad. The buyer can ask for an extension, but sellers are not always required to allow it. TIP: Don't make the mistake of thinking that you have all the time in the world to give your lender copies of your tax returns and to provide all of your banking information because the clock is often ticking.

In other states such as California where the purchase contracts tend to favor the buyer, if the buyer does not remove the loan contingency on the final day, the seller can take steps to cancel the contract after issuing a Notice to Perform. If the seller does not take any legal steps to enforce the contingency period, it remains. It's not a good idea to hope that the seller in California will waive the loan contingency because most sellers are represented by listing agents who will remind them of their rights under the contract.

I often get a lot of resistance from buyer's agents when as a listing agent I request a release of the loan contingency from the buyer. They ask for more time or, in some cases, they blow it off all together because, for whatever reason, maybe they don't feel like pushing their buyers to adhere to the contract. If buyers need more time, though, we aren't allowed to give our verbal OK because our California contracts allow a buyer to submit only a formal written request for more time. All contracts and agreements should be in writing for everybody's protection.

What Happens if Underwriting Denies the Loan?

The question that often arises is what can happen to a buyer who is not approved for a loan but has either released the loan contingency or for whatever reason has lost the loan contingency protection in the purchase contract. Can a seller sue the buyer? Will the buyer lose her earnest money deposit? What it is at risk?

The risk factor and the consequences vary from state to state. A lot can go wrong in underwriting. Home buyers who think they are approved for a loan because their lender gave them a preapproval letter based on a loan application can later discover that underwriting will not approve the loan. There are really no such things as slam-dunkmortgage loans. Many reasons exist for underwriting to reject a loan. Those home buyers who have a loan contingency typically can cancel the contract and receive a refund of their earnest money deposit.

If home buyers cannot get a loan due to the appraisal contingency, because the appraisal came in low and the seller will not reduce the purchase price, that is typically also grounds to cancel. But to be completely protected in these circumstances, you've gotta have a loan contingency and an appraisal contingency in place. Be sure to talk to your real estate agent before signing a purchase contract to obtain a firm understanding of how a loan contingency works in your state.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, BRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California

 

http://homebuying.about.com/od/offersnegotiations/fl/Home-Buying-Loan-Contingency-Tips.htm

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OPEN HOUSES - Sunday May 31st

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

OPEN HOUSES - Sunday May 31st

1229 Swamp Road in Furlong from 1:00-4:00pm. Please click here for more information!

5421 Downs Run in Pipersville from 1:00-4:00pm. Please click here for more information!  

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OPEN HOUSE on Sunday!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

OPEN HOUSE on Sunday!

OPEN HOUSE: This Sunday, May 24th from 1:00-4:00pm on Woodland Drive in Doylestown, PA. 

 

For more information please click here or contact me today! 

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What are the Benefits to Paying Cash for a Home?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Question: What are the Benefits to Paying Cash for a Home?

A reader asks: "We aren't bragging or anything, but my wife and I have saved enough money to pay all cash for a home. We know we might get a better rate of return in the stock market, but with prices the way they are in Los Angeles, we believe that a seller might give us a break on price if we pay cash. What are the benefits to paying cash for a home?"

Answer: Good for you for setting aside money to buy a house. Very few buyers are disciplined enough to save enough to pay cash for a house, much less a home in California. Prices are astronomical here as compared to the rest of the country.

Depending on the temperature of the marketplace, paying cash has its benefits from a seller's point of view. Now, some experts might argue that it's always cash in the end, and it is. But getting to the "end" prevents some buyers who are using financing from getting there.

Reasons Why Sellers Like All Cash Offers

Sellers will often accept an all-cash purchase offer over a higher priced offer with conventional or FHA loan financing. That's because they know the cash offer is more likely to close. It involves fewer stumbling blocks. And sometimes a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, so to speak.

  • No Appraisal Contingency.

    Appraisals are like . . . no, I'm not going to repeat that colloquialism, but everybody has an opinion. Appraisals are not cast in gold. The most common method is reliance oncomparable sales, known as the comparative method, which involves choosing 3 properties and comparing those values to the property in question, adjusting upward or downward for updates / missing features.

    If a home does not appraise for the purchase price and the buyer is obtaining a loan that requires a 20% down payment or less, the lender will not lend unless the buyer coughs up more cash or the seller discounts the price. There are other options for dealing with a low appraisal, but they can also spell contract cancellation.

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  • No Loan Funding Contingency.

    Even though a buyer may be fully qualified to buy a home at inception, a hundred things can come up during the loan process. Apart from the home itself not qualifying, to conditions for loan approval that a buyer cannot meet, to loans that were once available drying up during escrow.

    More commonly, lenders deny loans because the buyers' qualifications change upon further scrutiny. Maybe the buyer wasn't fully employed in the same occupation for the past two years, perhaps financial situations were altered prior to closing such as the buyer purchasing a new car or worse, maybe the buyer was unwittingly a victim of identity theft.

  • Faster Closing.

    A buyer does not need 30 or 45 days to close if the buyer is not obtaining a loan. Once thehome inspection and other contingencies have been satisfied or released, closing can take place in as little as seven days, providing the buyer is willing to sign a lead paintwaiver.

    A faster closing puts money into the seller's pocket sooner. There are also fewer things that can go wrong in a short escrow period.

Benefits to Buyers to Pay Cash for a Home

When REO lenders have a lot of foreclosures in their portfolios, often the lender will discount the list price of the home in hopes the property will attract multiple offers. Buyers who pay cash for REO homes tend to win multiple offer situations. But there are other benefits for buyers:

  • No mortgage payment
  • Sense of security
  • Available equity in the event of a financial emergency
  • Market fluctuations do not matter
  • No restrictions on title transfer due to underlying loan
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Memorial Day Weekend Events

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Events For 5/23/15 (Saturday) 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT THE NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER       5/23/15-5/25/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street Independence Mall , PHILADELPHIA , PA 
   WEBSITE

 

During Memorial Day Weekend, the National Constitution Center will pay tribute to those brave men and women by exploring how Americans today honor our military heroes.
 
SELLERSVILLE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE       5/23/15
 

Location: Downtown / Main Street / Sellersville Borough, Downtown / Main Street / Sellersville Borough , SELLERSVILLE , PA 
Time: 9:00 AM
Sponsored by: Sellersville Borough
Contact: 215-257-5075    WEBSITE    EMAIL

 

The annual Memorial Day Parade will be held in Sellersville on Saturday, May 23rd. The Parade forms at 9:00 a.m. and starts at 10:00 a.m. The parade route begins on South Main Street at East Grandview Avenue and proceeds north to North Main Street & Temple Avenue; then from Temple Avenue to the Lake Lenape Park entrance located off from Walnut Street. Immediately following the parade there will be a ceremony at the War Memorial
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OUR HOMETOWN HEROES       5/23/15-5/25/15
 

Location: 101 Founders Way , BETHLEHEM , PA 
Time: 3 - 7 pm
Contact: 610-332-1300    EMAIL

 

For the fifth year, join Embassy Bank in honoring the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in a weekend - long community celebration. For the fifth year the SteelStacks Campus will be transformed into a living memorial honoring our hometown heroes. The campus will be draped with images of local military heroes as a display of the appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifices and contributions.
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MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY- HIGHBRIDGE       5/23/15
 

Location: CK Hoffman Park, , HIGH BRIDGE , NJ 
Time: 11 am
Come join the American Legion Post #188 and the Cultural & Heritage Committee as we remember the American Service people who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Join is at CK Hoffman Park, located at the intersection of West Main Street and County 513 next to the NJ Transit Commute Parking Lot
 
MEMORIAL DAY AT SESAME PLACE       5/23/15-5/25/15
 

Location: Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road , LANGHORNE , PA 
Time: Saturday and Sunday 5:00PM and 7:30PM, Monday at 5:00PM
Contact: 1-866-GO-4-ELMO    WEBSITE    EMAIL

 

Come celebrate Memorial Day with everyone's favorite Sesame Street friends! Enjoy an open air, traditional holiday BBQ in Big Bird's Riverside Pavilion! After a fun-filled dinner, enjoy a spectacular fireworks show at 9PM (Saturday and Sunday only), set to Sesame Street music, making the festivities on Memorial Day weekend truly memorable. *Reservations Required Please email allergenfriendlyspl@seaworld.com with dietary or
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PHILLY POPS AT LONGWOOD       5/23/15
 

Location: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road , KENNETT SQUARE , PA 
Time: 7:30 pm
   WEBSITE    EMAIL

 

Memorial Day Salute to Broadway will include a program full of classic Broadway hits and patriotic tunes to create a memorable Memorial Day weekend concert. The Philly POPS will feature vocalists Klea Blackhurst, Ross Lekites, and Kathryn Guthrie.
 
MEMORIAL DAY BEACH BASH       5/23/15-5/25/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: Chaddsford Winery, 632 Baltimore Pike , CHADDS FORD , PA 
Time: Sat 12-9, Sun 12-8, Mon 12-5:30
Contact: 610-388-6221    WEBSITE    EMAIL

 

In honor of the unofficial start of summer, we’re bringing the beach to Chadds Ford! It’ll be a fun-filled three day weekend of music, food, and wine!
 
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FIREWORKS       5/23/15-5/24/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road , LANGHORNE , PA 
Time: 9:00 PM - 9:10 PM
   WEBSITE

 

Don’t miss our fireworks show, set to Sesame Street music! Rock out with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and Count von Count, as their music fills the air and the sky is covered with colorful bursts of brilliance. Be sure to watch us paint the sky red (and green and blue) from inside the park. This impressive display will certainly give you something to celebrate!
 
DOYLESTOWN 5K       5/23/15
 

Location: , DOYLESTOWN , PA    WEBSITE

 

The Doylestown 5K through downtown has always been the biggest of the Bucks 5k Series races. This year will be no exception.
 
Events For 5/24/15 (Sunday) 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT THE NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER       5/23/15-5/25/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street Independence Mall , PHILADELPHIA , PA 
   WEBSITE

 

During Memorial Day Weekend, the National Constitution Center will pay tribute to those brave men and women by exploring how Americans today honor our military heroes.
 
OUR HOMETOWN HEROES       5/23/15-5/25/15
 

Location: 101 Founders Way , BETHLEHEM , PA 
Time: 3 - 7 pm
Contact: 610-332-1300    EMAIL

 

For the fifth year, join Embassy Bank in honoring the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in a weekend - long community celebration. For the fifth year the SteelStacks Campus will be transformed into a living memorial honoring our hometown heroes. The campus will be draped with images of local military heroes as a display of the appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifices and contributions.
MORE INFO >
 
MEMORIAL DAY AT SESAME PLACE       5/23/15-5/25/15
 

Location: Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road , LANGHORNE , PA 
Time: Saturday and Sunday 5:00PM and 7:30PM, Monday at 5:00PM
Contact: 1-866-GO-4-ELMO    WEBSITE    EMAIL

 

Come celebrate Memorial Day with everyone's favorite Sesame Street friends! Enjoy an open air, traditional holiday BBQ in Big Bird's Riverside Pavilion! After a fun-filled dinner, enjoy a spectacular fireworks show at 9PM (Saturday and Sunday only), set to Sesame Street music, making the festivities on Memorial Day weekend truly memorable. *Reservations Required Please email allergenfriendlyspl@seaworld.com with dietary or
MORE INFO >
 
MEMORIAL DAY BEACH BASH       5/23/15-5/25/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: Chaddsford Winery, 632 Baltimore Pike , CHADDS FORD , PA 
Time: Sat 12-9, Sun 12-8, Mon 12-5:30
Contact: 610-388-6221    WEBSITE    EMAIL

 

In honor of the unofficial start of summer, we’re bringing the beach to Chadds Ford! It’ll be a fun-filled three day weekend of music, food, and wine!
 
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FIREWORKS       5/23/15-5/24/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road , LANGHORNE , PA 
Time: 9:00 PM - 9:10 PM
   WEBSITE

 

Don’t miss our fireworks show, set to Sesame Street music! Rock out with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and Count von Count, as their music fills the air and the sky is covered with colorful bursts of brilliance. Be sure to watch us paint the sky red (and green and blue) from inside the park. This impressive display will certainly give you something to celebrate!
 
BRING YOUR OWN PICNIC OPEN HOUSE       5/24/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: Historic Moland House, 1641 Old York Road , HARTSVILLE , PA 
Time: 1 to 4pm
Sponsored by: Warwick Township Historical Society
Contact: 215-918-1754    WEBSITE    EMAIL

 

Have your lunch in the serenity of our picnic grove near the beautiful Garden of Native Plants. Afterwards, walk the enchanting guided nature trail of Moland Park. Stop by the house and learn of the time when the Continental Army was camped at the site for 13 days in August of 1777. Hear about how the Marquis de Lafayette first assumed his duties as a Major General, and Washington met Count Casimir Pulaski for the first time at
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MEMORIAL DAY PARADE, SERVICE AND RECEPTION       5/24/15
 

Location: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue , PHILADELPHIA , PA 
Time: Noon
   WEBSITE

 

The traditional Decoration Day service of the Grand Army Meade Post #1 will be recreated at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia in 1868. The entourage will gather at the resting place of General George Gordon Meade, hero of the Battle of Gettysburg, to perform the traditional service honoring all veterans who fell defending the nation.
 
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE - WASHINGTON CROSSING       5/24/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road , WASHINGTON CROSSING , PA 
Time: 1 pm
Contact: 215-493-4076    WEBSITE    EMAIL

 

Washington Crossing Historic Park will hold a Memorial Day observance at the gravesite of Continental soldiers. The event is free and open to the public. The observation will include a colonial color guard, the Old Barracks Fife & Drum Corps, Revolutionary War reenactors, the Guardians of the National Cemetery Firing Party, Daughters of the American Revolution, veterans, Boy Scouts, and other honored guests. During the event,
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BRING YOUR OWN PICNIC TO MOLAND       5/24/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: Moland House, 1641 Old York Road , HARTSVILLE , PA 
Time: 1 - 4 pm
Sponsored by: Warwick Township Historical Society
   EMAIL

 

 
MEMORIAL DAY PICNIC - TELFORD       5/24/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: Rising Sun Inn , 898 Allentown Road , TELFORD , PA 
Time: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sponsored by: Rising Sun Inn
Contact: Fred Duerr - 215.721.6350    WEBSITE    EMAIL

 

Memorial Day Weekend! Sunday, May 24, 2015 Buffalo Hamburger & Hot Dog Specials! $2 Beer Specials Quoits Tournament at 2:00 PM - Free Entry! Prizes! FREE!! http://www.risingsuninn.net/memorial-day-weekend-picnic/
 
Events For 5/25/15 (Monday) 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT THE NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER       5/23/15-5/25/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street Independence Mall , PHILADELPHIA , PA 
   WEBSITE

 

During Memorial Day Weekend, the National Constitution Center will pay tribute to those brave men and women by exploring how Americans today honor our military heroes.
 
OUR HOMETOWN HEROES       5/23/15-5/25/15
 

Location: 101 Founders Way , BETHLEHEM , PA 
Time: 3 - 7 pm
Contact: 610-332-1300    EMAIL

 

For the fifth year, join Embassy Bank in honoring the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in a weekend - long community celebration. For the fifth year the SteelStacks Campus will be transformed into a living memorial honoring our hometown heroes. The campus will be draped with images of local military heroes as a display of the appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifices and contributions.
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MEMORIAL DAY AT SESAME PLACE       5/23/15-5/25/15
 

Location: Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road , LANGHORNE , PA 
Time: Saturday and Sunday 5:00PM and 7:30PM, Monday at 5:00PM
Contact: 1-866-GO-4-ELMO    WEBSITE    EMAIL

 

Come celebrate Memorial Day with everyone's favorite Sesame Street friends! Enjoy an open air, traditional holiday BBQ in Big Bird's Riverside Pavilion! After a fun-filled dinner, enjoy a spectacular fireworks show at 9PM (Saturday and Sunday only), set to Sesame Street music, making the festivities on Memorial Day weekend truly memorable. *Reservations Required Please email allergenfriendlyspl@seaworld.com with dietary or
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MEMORIAL DAY BEACH BASH       5/23/15-5/25/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: Chaddsford Winery, 632 Baltimore Pike , CHADDS FORD , PA 
Time: Sat 12-9, Sun 12-8, Mon 12-5:30
Contact: 610-388-6221    WEBSITE    EMAIL

 

In honor of the unofficial start of summer, we’re bringing the beach to Chadds Ford! It’ll be a fun-filled three day weekend of music, food, and wine!
 
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE - LANSDALE       5/25/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: Main Street, , LANSDALE , PA 
Time: 9 am
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Memorial Park (Ceremony - 10:00 am) Sponsored By: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 32, The Virgillio Schembri Battavio Post No. 23, and the American Legion William Hare Post No. 206
 
A TIME TO REMEMBER       5/25/15
 

Location: Levitt Pavilion Stage, 101 Founders Way , BETHLEHEM , PA 
Time: 6 pm
Contact: 610-332-1300    EMAIL

 

The Memorial Day Weekend celebration will conclude with a memorial service to remember the Lehigh Valley's fallen soldiers.
 
COMMUNITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT SALEM       5/25/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: Salem United Church of Christ, 186 E. Court Street , DOYLESTOWN , PA 
Time: 7:30 am to 10:00 am
Sponsored by: Salem United United Church of Christ
Contact: Eileen Chalmers 215-348-9860    WEBSITE    EMAIL

 

Pancake Breakfast at Salem Church. Plain, Chocolate Chip and Blueberry, pork and vegetarian sausage, OJ, Coffee, Tea and Milk. All are welcome! We are on the Parade Route, Take out available! Donation: $8 for adults $6 for children 3-9. At the door
 
COMMEMORATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIETNAM WAR       5/25/15
 

Location: Levitt Pavilion Stage, 101 Founders Way , BETHLEHEM , PA 
Time: 3 pm
Contact: 610-332-1300    EMAIL

 

In ordinance with the Proclamation passed by President Barack Obama, the local chapter of the Gold Star Mother's will pay tribute to veterans of the Vietnam War.
 
DOYLESTOWN MEMORIAL DAY PARADE       5/25/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: , DOYLESTOWN BOROUGH , PA Time: 10 am
Sponsored by: United Veterans of Doylestown
Contact: Jim McComb, 215-489-7711    WEBSITE    EMAIL

 

 
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE - READINGTON TOWNSHIP (NJ)       5/25/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: , READINGTON TOWNSHIP Time: The parade starts at 10:30 a.m.
Sponsored by: Readington Township
Contact: Tom Auriemma    WEBSITE    EMAIL

 

The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Whitehouse Mall on Route 22 and continues to the Municipal building. A flag raising ceremony will be held in front of the Municipal Building immediately following the parade. Community Day, for township residents, will be held at Pickell Park after the ceremony. Township residents, veterans, organizations, businesses and classic vehicles are encouraged to participate in the parade.
 
MEMORIAL DAY FESTIVAL - SANDS BETHLEHEM EVENT CENTER       5/25/15
Family Events in Bucks, Montgomery, Hunterdon, and Lehigh County, Plays, Live Performances, Live Stage, Playhouses

Location: Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Blvd Bethlehem , BETHLEHEM , PA 
Time: Noon
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Preparing Homes for the Summer Months

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Summer is right around the corner, and while your mind may be on sunshine and beaches, there are a few home improvement fixes your clients- and you!- should take care of before the season hits.

Change air filters. Some manufacturers say you should change them out monthly. Although we don’t know anyone who actually does this, it’s worth noting that they do actually work more efficiently when changed out regularly, and that can save money – even though you’re spending more on the filters.

  1. Change the refrigerator filter. Presumably, you’ll be drinking more water when it’s hot outside, so change the filter now and improve the taste of your water before you really need it.
  2. Buy some decent outdoor furniture. Or fix yours up with outdoor paint. It’s easy to do, whether you’re dealing with wood, metal, or plastic.
  3. Plant something pretty. Wait until it’s scorching and you run the risk of floppy flowers. Get info about what to plant when for your climate online.
  4. Ditch ruddy throws and blankets. It’s time to bring in something light and soft. Even if you’re not one who does a big seasonal swap with your furnishings, this easy change out will make your home feel fresh and summery.
  5. Change out your backsplash. If it’s dark, drab or dated, a new backsplash can give the kitchen a lift without knocking anything major down or adding anything super expensive. Choose something reflective to bounce light around the room if it is a dark space.
  6. Clean the carpets. Were you aware that E. coli, salmonella, staphylococcus and other bacteria can live in the carpet? Gross, right? “Research indicates that your carpet probably contains about 200,000 bacteria per square inch, making it 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat,” said Men’s Health. “The average person sheds about 1.5 million skin cells every hour; these skin cells hit the rug and serve as food for germs. Add in food particles, pollen, and pet dander and you have a gratis buffet.” A vacuum cleaner might not be able to reach deep down to grab all of those germs, but a professional carpet cleaner will.
  7. Plant a vegetable garden. Summer is the perfect time to start eating better. Give yourself an edge with an at-home vegetable garden. Veggies that can be planted in early spring include spinach, kale, radishes, broccoli and peas. “Summer favorites like okra, squash and tomatoes require long, hot days to grow,” said P. Allen Smith Garden Home. Get a complete how-to for planting your first garden online.
  8. Clean your windows. They’re probably gross, and they’re also blocking the light.
  9. Slap on some solar screens. If you’re in a high-heat area and you want to block the sun, solar screens may be the answer. “Solar screens are the most effective window treatments that you can apply to your home for lowering energy bills by stopping the heat transfer through your windows and doors while still maintaining your view,” said Lone Star Solar Screens.
  10. Take on a project and make it a family affair. Summer fun doesn’t have to be relegated to vacations. Want to lay new tile in the kitchen? Take the family to the local big box store for a workshop and then get started. It might just be fun. And even if you have to overcome some occasional (or more than occasional) whining along the way, you’ll always have the pride of knowing you did it yourselves once you’re done.
  11. Build a firepit. You could always buy one, but why should you when you can build one of these 38 options yourself?
http://www.parjustlisted.com/preparing-homes-for-the-summer-months/
Kelly Leighton

Kelly Leighton is the Multimedia Content Manager at the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®.

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Pattern Focus: Greek Key

Thursday, May 7, 2015

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Price Reduction

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Price Reduction

Price just reduced on this beautiful home in Pipersville, PA Bucks County. 

 

Please click here for more information or contact me today! 

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Before You Refinance, Look into Loan Modification

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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For months now, we’ve been telling you to take advantage of lower interest rates by refinancing. But you know what? There’s another option to consider as well: loan modification. Wait, isn’t loan modification what distressed homeowners used to get through the post-2008 housing crisis? Well, yes, but it’s more than that. Here’s the lowdown, and whether it’s the right choice for you.

OK, what’s the difference? 

If you refinance your home, you’re replacing your old mortgage with a new one, whether to take advantage of lower interest rates or to reduce your monthly payment. This can be done by your current lender or a new one. You can choose a loan that’s similar to what you currently have—or something completely different. As always, your creditworthiness, equity, and loan type play a role in determining your rate.

When you get a loan modification, on the other hand, you’re tweaking your existing loan from your current lender.

Again, this used to be an option just for people struggling to make their payments—lenders figured that some money is better than no money. But even if you’re not falling behind, you might be able to get a modification in your favor—even reducing interest rates.

That’s right, your lender might—might—be able to give you a lower rate for a one-time flat fee.

That sounds like a deal almost too good to be true. Why would a bank lose thousands and thousands of potential dollars in interest for a relatively small fee? Tom Pasqualini ofHudson United in the hamlet of New City, NY, says it’s a client-retention tactic—it prevents you from refinancing through another bank. It’s also “the lowest-cost solution for a rate/payment change for a consumer loan they are servicing,” he says.

The availability of this service is subjective to each lender, says Pasqualini. “Conservatively, [it’s] 50-50 if they offer the service.” With so many private lenders all over the country, you’ll just have to ask yours.

How much it’ll cost you

According to Carlos Jaime, owner of CTC Brokers & Associates in Corona, CA, one-time fees can range from $1,200 to $2,500. Some modifications don’t cost a thing.

But there won’t be any hidden fees, which is good. “When you elect to modify a loan, there can be no changes other than the rate of interest associated with the loan,” says Pasqualini.

If you refinance, remember, you’re getting a whole new loan—at whatever rate and monthly payment you agree to. If you have a no-cost refi and the closing costs aren’t paid by the lender, then the closing costs are rolled into the loan or are “bought out” by your accepting a higher interest rate.

There’s one thing that loan modification can’t do, but refinancing can: write someone in or out of a mortgage. So if you’ve gotten married or divorced, and want to add or remove a name from the loan, you’ll want to refinance, not modify.

Use caution and run the numbers

Be careful what kind of modification you choose. Unlike a good refinance, certain types of loan modification can trap you in surmounting debt.

Here’s how it works. Let’s say you get your lender to agree to an interest-only loan repayment period of five years, which reduces your monthly payment by $500, with the remaining balance tacked on to the loan. You’ll be paying $30,000 less over five years—but you won’t have saved that sum, you’ll still owe it. That $30,000 will be calculated into the loan, ultimately increasing your monthly payments by more than you paid before the modification. If you ask your lender for an extension and get one, you could be setting yourself up for trouble down the line.

In fact, a recent study found certain modification programs, such as the Countrywide program, actually induced strategic defaults, so make sure you fully understand any modification before agreeing to it.

Elysia Stobbe, branch manager of NFM Lending in Jacksonville, FL, says modifications can also come with teaser rates, just like mortgages.

“It can be a 2% teaser for the first year, then adding 1% each year for a few years, and then staying fixed in the 5% range,” says Stobbe.

Ask your lender

If you want to find out your loan modification options, you first want to identify who owns your loan (not the servicer). You can see if it’s Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae by using their websites. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both offer the government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program and the Home Affordable Modification Program. Both of these programs have broader income and credit requirements and may lessen your monthly payment and rates, if you’re eligible. Contact your lender for their requirements.

Even if your lender can’t offer you HARP or HAMP, it may have another option to help you out.

Making the choice

Choosing between a modification and a refinance can be tricky. Jaime says the first stop should be to see if you’re eligible for HARP for a refinance because of the program’s relaxed income requirements. If your lender doesn’t offer it, you’re ineligible, or you’re too underwater for a traditional refinance, it’s time to look into modifications. Consider the following:

  • How long will you live in the home? If you’re not planning on staying for the long term, it might be smarter to sell the house, if possible.
  • If you’re too far behind or too underwater, going into a foreclosure or short sale might be the better option. “If you’re delaying the inevitable and it’s unlikely you’re never going to reach that [equitable] value again, or take you forever to pay it back, you may be better off to cut the ties,” says Jaime.
  • How much does the refinancing cost, and how long will it take to break even?

But if you can just lower your rate for a one-time fee, you’re in the clear. It’s cheaper than a refinance, and if you’re moving in the next few years, just calculate your break-even point.

For example, let’s say a modification on your $250,000 30-year fixed-rate mortgage lowers your interest rate by 1%, dropping your rate to 5%. That would save you $157 a month—$2,512 total—and you would break even in 16 months. If you were going to move before then, it’s not worth it.

Now let’s say you want to refinance using the same example. But since closing costs are involved, it’ll take you $5,000 to reduce your interest rate. You’ll still save $157 a month, but it’ll take 32 months to break even. But if you want to write someone out of the mortgage or change the loan type, this could be your only option.

Bottom line? Ask your lender. Call and see if it can reduce your rates and about what modifications or refinancing options it can offer you.

 

http://www.realtor.com/advice/loan-modification-vs-refinancing/

By: Craig Donofrio

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OPEN HOUSE, This Sunday May 3rd in Doylestown!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

OPEN HOUSE, This Sunday May 3rd in Doylestown!

OPEN HOUSE This Sunday, May 3rd at 2666 Red Gate in Doylestown, PA 

For more information, please click here or feel free to contact me! 

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The Case of Hidden Storage

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Price Just Reduced and Open House

Monday, April 20, 2015

Price Just Reduced and Open House

Price just reduced on the delightful Buckingham Township Townhouse at the Townhomes of Heritage Center! OPEN HOUSE This Sunday, April 26 from 1-4pm! 

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Why Wait to Buy? Now is the Time!

Friday, April 17, 2015

If you have the goal of homeownership in 2015, take note that the market has never been so ready for you! Upon reading the following (4) explanations below, you’ll see why you don’t want to wait any longer.

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1. As Time Passes, Prices will Rise

Recently a panel of over 100 renowned housing market analysts, investment strategists and economists completed The Home Price Expectation Survey.  Their findings show the appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 11.7% (most pessimistic) and 27.5% (most optimistic).

Simply said bottom dollar days of home prices are a thing of the past- waiting just doesn’t make sense anymore. The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. More than Likely Mortgage Rates will Continue to Rise

While the Primary Mortgage Market Survey by Freddie Mac reflects the softening of 30-year mortgage interest rates, many industry professionals are indicating there will be a rise in them over the next year. The increase of rates by almost a full percentage point is what the Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac & the National Association of Realtors are all projecting.

As you can surely expect, your monthly mortgage payment will be impacted by rate increases. This can most certainly dictate how much house you’re able to buy and the location as well.

3. Whether you Rent or Buy, You are Still Paying a Mortgage

The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University in a recent paper explains: “Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”

4. Get Going with Your Life and Live Out your Dreams

Both the current mortgage rate and the price of the home are the factors in determining the true ‘cost’ of a home and both are increasing. Think through if now is the time for you to buy- maybe it means you can establish a great place for you to create memories with your family or you can live in an area that is more convenient to your office and activities. It could also mean you could have the opportunity to renovate or build the home of your dreams.

 

 

http://www.firsthomefirstloan.com/why-wait-to-buy-now-is-the-time/

By: Stephen Katz 

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OPEN HOUSE on Sunday!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

OPEN HOUSE on Sunday!

Open House this Sunday, April 19 from 1:00-4:00pm on Downs Run in Pipersville. Please click here for more information. 

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Mary Lou receives International Diamond Society Award

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mary Lou receives International Diamond Society Award

International Diamond Society (Top 11% of Coldwell Banker Agents)

2014 Hearthside Platinum Club for Sales Excellence

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JUST LISTED in Furlong, PA

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

JUST LISTED in Furlong, PA

Just listed on Swamp Road in Furlong, PA! Contact me for more information.

 

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Doylestown Happening

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Doylestown HappeningWhat makes a “Happening” community? A bustling downtown? Creative, committed locals? Awesome events? No matter what your check-list includes, it’s likely that Doylestown will check-off every single box.

This month, we’re spotlighting a town that is arguably at the heart of Bucks County-  geographically, economically, and culturally.  As the county seat of Bucks County, the home of several world-class museums and parks, and the beginning of the Lansdale/Doylestown Septa Line, Doylestown serves as a crossroads for thousands of people each and every day.

Since the Borough of Doylestown was incorporated in 1838, it’s played an vital role locally. Notable residents have included architect and archaeologist, James A. Michener, lyricist and playwright Oscar Hammerstein II, the Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and pop-rock star Pink.

Attractions including The Mercer Museum, Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, the art deco County Theater, and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa bring in a regular stream of tourists. In fact, several U.S. Presidents have paid visits to Our Lady of Czestochowa. A feast for the mind as well as the tastebuds, Doylestown is also home to dozens of acclaimed dining establishments – from innovative tapas at Honey’s to cocktails at 86 West to coffee at Zen Den.  This unique combination of notable history, rich culture, and delicious dining brought Doylestown national attention last year when it was named one of America’s Quirkiest Towns by Travel & Leisure Magazine.

While these highlights are no doubt impressive, what truly keeps a “Happening” community afloat are the everyday stories – the people, places, businesses, and events bubbling to the surface. It’s the untold stories, the everyday interactions, that are so often driving a community forward.

By: Bucks Happening Magazine http://bucks.happeningmag.com/doylestown-happening-bucks-county/ 

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Time-Saving Packing Hacks for Your Next Move

Monday, April 13, 2015

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As moving day approaches, the idea of packing all your household belongings can be daunting. It’s one thing when you a have a few hours to pack a suitcase for a trip, but moving from one home to another takes packing to a whole new level.

When you’re ready to get started, some careful thought and a creative approach can help save you both time and money.

Begin with basics

Planning the packing of your home will ensure that you waste no time in the process, and achieve maximum results with minimum resources and effort. Make a schedule based on the time left until your move, so you don’t end up packing everything on moving day.

This is the time to prove yourself as a strategic thinker. Divide your household items into groups based on the room they’re located in, material they’re made of and frequency of use.

Start with the items you use rarely, and don’t mix items from different rooms, or items of different types, such as liquids with clothes. And when it comes to packing very high-priced items, don’t try to save money on your move by cutting out professional movers. It may be worth it to have some help.

Packing is a natural time to discard or donate items you no longer need — but be sure to keep a balance between emotion and logic as you make your choices. This principle may be hard to follow, but do your best to adhere to it. During your household purge, get rid of anything you won’t use anymore.

As you pack, create an open-first box with vital items you’ll need in hand as soon as you arrive at your new home, such as a first-aid kit, basic toiletries, towels, a change of clothes, a tool kit and a flashlight.

Think outside the (moving) box

Don’t spend time and money on buying packing supplies until you take stock of what you already have. Your home is full of free packing materials, such as clothing, bed linens, pillows, laundry bins and suitcases. There are many unconventional ways to use these items:

  • Enlist linens, towels and socks to protect glassware inside boxes.
  • Wrap dishes in T-shirts, or insert Styrofoam plates in between yours.
  • Pack books inside suitcases to make them easier to carry.
  • Wrap shoes in shower caps and stack them in a medium-size box.

It’s in the bag

The secret weapons for painless packing are probably right under your kitchen sink. Garbage bags, plastic wrap and sandwich bags have a multitude of uses.

  • Use cling wrap to keep necklaces and bracelets from tangling. Lay a few pieces of jewelry on a length of plastic wrap and fold the wrap over. Press around your items to keep them separate.
  • Don’t pull clothes off the hangers — instead, make a hole in the bottom of a garbage bag, and put the hooks of several hanging pieces through the hole. Pull the bag down over the clothes, and cinch the drawstring at the bottom tight. Voilà! Unpacking will take only minutes.
  • Cover shampoos and other liquids with plastic wrap before putting the top on.
  • Leave light items in dresser or desk drawers, and stretch plastic wrap firmly over the drawer.
  • Store all screws and bolts in securely closed sandwich bags.
  • Put pillows and blankets in garbage bags and seal them. When you load the truck, use them as padding between furniture or breakable items.

Electronic engineering

Make wiring diagrams for hooking up your entertainment system and computer, so you can connect them easily in your new place. Labeling cords and taking pictures of the setup will help, too.

Organize cords and cables by wrapping each one and stuffing it inside an empty toilet paper roll.

If possible, pack all electronic devices in their original box with enough cushion, and no empty spaces within the box.

Easy reading

Don’t underestimate the importance of labeling. You probably don’t have an army of helpers standing by to help you unpack and organize all your goods, so labels are essential to finding items fast.

Be sure that all boxes containing breakable items are clearly marked as fragile.

Packing can be a tedious and time-consuming task, but if you approach it cleverly, the results may surprise you.

By Manuella Irwin

http://www.zillow.com/blog/time-saving-packing-hacks-173648/

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OPEN HOUSE

Friday, April 10, 2015

OPEN HOUSE

This Sunday, April 12 from 1pm-4pm! For more information please click here

 

 

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New Listing: 5421 Downs Run in Pipersville!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Listing: 5421 Downs Run in Pipersville!

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It Doesn't Pay to Wait to Buy A Home

Thursday, April 2, 2015

There will always be those who try to "time the market," but there's one factor you can't know -- when buying a home will become more expensive.

Certainly you can tell from recent trends whether or not prices and mortgage interest rates are in your favor. Monthly prices have risen year-over-year for three years. Mortgage interest rates are slowly rising, but remain at extremely attractive levels.

 

You could wait for prices to fall, but there are two problems with that idea. First, it would take an economic recession to lower prices, which could take months or years. With the exception of the Great Recession, you won't know if you're in or out of a recession until the talking heads online inform you.

Second, mortgage interest rates have been kept artificially low for five years. That's a very long time. With steady gains in employment, it's not likely they will go any lower. In fact, higher interest rates could wipe out any gains you could save by waiting to buy.

Here's a real life example:

If you buy a home and get a $200,000 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage at 4.5 percent, your monthly payment will be $1,013.37 and you'll pay $164,813.42 in interest over the life of the loan.

The same home at 5.0 percent interest costs $1,073.64, a difference of $60.27 more per month and $186,511.57 in interest over the life of the loan. The difference in interest payments alone is $21,698.15.

If your home dropped 5% in value and you were able to buy it at $190,000 and 4.5% interest, your payment would be $962.70, a difference of $50.67 per month, with $156,572.75 in interest over the life of the loan. You'd save $50.67 more per month than if you'd paid $200,000.

At 5.0 percent, your $190,000 home costs $1019.96, or $53.68 more per month than if you'd gotten the loan at 4.5 percent. Your interest payments would total $177,185.99 over the life of the loan. The difference in payments is $20,613.24.

Currently, mortgages for borrowers with good credit are around 4.00 percent. If you had purchased your $190,000 home a year and a half ago when prices were lower and interest rates were at 4.00% interest, it would cost you $907.09 per month and a total of $13,6552.06 in interest.

The question is -- did you?

There's never a perfect time to buy a home and you shouldn't buy a home just for financial reasons. Buy your home to raise your family, be close to friends and relatives and to be free from a landlord where you get nothing back but cancelled checks at the end of the lease.

Don't put your dreams off to gamble with the market. Think of getting the home you want at a reasonable price and payment as the best way to beat the market.

 
 http://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/buyersadvice1/item/34045-20150402-it-doesnt-pay-to-wait-to-buy-a-home
By: Blanche Evans

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OPEN HOUSE: This Sunday, March 29 from 1:00-4:00 in Furlong, PA

Friday, March 27, 2015

OPEN HOUSE: This Sunday, March 29 from 1:00-4:00 in Furlong, PA

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OPEN HOUSE

Monday, March 23, 2015

OPEN HOUSE

OPEN HOUSE This Sunday, March 29 from 1:00-4:00pm at the Townhomes at Heritage Center in Furlong, PA

 

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/reb/4945222420.html 

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SAVE THE DATE: Open House Next Sunday, March 29 from 1:00-4:00pm

Friday, March 20, 2015

SAVE THE DATE: Open House Next Sunday, March 29 from 1:00-4:00pm

Open House Next Sunday, March 29th from 1:00-4:00 at the Townhomes at Heritage Center in Furlong, PA 

 

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/reb/4940640144.html

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JUST REDUCED: 3 Bd 3.1 Bath In Townhomes At Heritage Center!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

JUST REDUCED: 3 Bd 3.1 Bath In Townhomes At Heritage Center!

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Text for info & pictures: Text "9116076" To 79564
Call for more info: Mary Lou Erk, Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Hearthside at show contact info 

Buckingham Twp. Delightful 3 bedroom, 3.1 bath in The Townhomes at Heritage Center! From the Marseille Collection, this former model home boasts over $51k in upgrades including 2 gas fireplaces - one in the family room surrounded by a breathtaking 2-story wall of windows, and one in the finished walkout recreational area on the lower level. Other upgrades include gleaming hardwoods on the entire main floor plus turned wood staircase to second floor, picture frame molding, full bathroom on lower level, On-Q home entertainment system with hardwired speakers throughout home, security system. Kitchen with double ovens, gas cooktop, brand new granite counter tops, coffee bar. Backs to treeline, with deck off the kitchen and covered area off the lower level. Main bedroom with coffered ceiling, a walk-in closet with additional closet, and a tiled bathroom with soaking tub, stall shower and double sinks. Second floor laundry makes chores a breeze! 1-car attached garage with inside access. Plenty of additional storage area in the unfinished part of the basement. The Association Fee of $144 per month includes the swimming pool, fitness center, tennis and clubhouse, plus trash, common grounds maintenance, lawn care, snow removal on streets and common areas. Ideal commute to New Jersey, or hop the train in Warminster to Philadelphia. 10 minutes to Historic Doylestown with all the museums, shopping, recreation areas, bike and walking trails, and fine restaurants. Award winning Central Bucks School District. 1 year First American Home Buyers warranty.

Equal housing opportunity.

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/reb/4937490026.html

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Is Buying a Historic Home Right for You?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Some home buyers want new, modern and move-in ready. Others prefer older homes, with character and charm they can’t find in new construction. If you’re interested in historic homes, take these factors into consideration as you shop.

Historic neighborhoods often impose restrictions

Many towns and villages throughout the country have zoning and planning commissions that, among other things, set out to preserve and protect historic homes and neighborhoods.

As a result, renovating and altering a historic home — particularly the building’s façade — will require a separate layer of approval, and sometimes bureaucracy. If you buy a 100-year-old home, you may not be able to renovate it the way you want, and that is a serious consideration.

Some landmark or historic districts retain an immense amount of control. As a result, renovations and planning can take longer and cost more. If you’re purchasing a historic home with intentions to renovate, you should consult both an architect and town officials.

Re-creating architecture from the past can be challenging — and expensive

Let’s consider the example of Victorian-era homes. Contractors and homebuilders constructed Victorian homes through the mid to late 19th century, often with materials that are no longer in use today.

If you buy a home in less-than-perfect condition, finding the wainscoting, picture rails, crown moldings and richly decorative and ornate features common in Victorian architecture can be tricky. Architectural salvage companies can track down these materials, but there’s often a steep cost attached.

Repair and maintenance needs could be extensive

Most buyers want move-in ready homes because they don’t have the time, money or energy to embark on a renovation project. These buyers also don’t want to be burdened with systems going out or having to live with older or outdated technology. For them, it’s a quality of life issue.

If you want a historic home, you need to have a maintenance strategy for the home. Unless you plan to do a major renovation or updates (subject to any landmark or historic area regulations), you have to be ready to address issues that arise. Broken systems, leaks or flaws equate to time and money.

For history buffs, no amount of time commitment or money will stand between them and a “one of a kind” home. That person appreciates the architecture and knows that intensive maintenance is par for the course. If you don’t share that appreciation, a historic home is not right for you.

People fall in love with historic homes for their charm, character and personality. If you are that buyer, you likely understand that buying a historic home comes with a commitment.

 

By Brendon Desimone

http://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-in-historic-district-168891/

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Small-Space Heroes

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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Coldwell Banker Hearthside, Realtors® recognizes Mary Lou Erk

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Coldwell Banker Hearthside, Realtors® recognizes Mary Lou Erk;
honored with the Coldwell Banker
International Diamond Society Award and named to the Hearthside Platinum Club for 2014 sales excellence.

 

Doylestown, PA:  Coldwell Banker Hearthside, Realtors® President Jamie Mancuso announced that Mary Lou Erk has been honored with the prestigious Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society Award and named to the Hearthside Platinum Club for 2014.  The International Diamond Society is a sales honor bestowed on less than eleven percent of Coldwell Banker real estate agents internationally.

In recognizing the award, Mancuso noted "Mary Lou had a fantastic year in 2014 and worked hard to help buyers and sellers of real estate throughout our area.  Her commitment to her clients is unquestionable, and I am pleased that she is being honored in this way." 

“I take great pride in spending the time and energy needed to produce positive results for my clients,” said Mary Lou.  “I am thrilled to be recognized by Coldwell Banker nationally, but more importantly I am honored to have the opportunity to represent and build trust with each and every one of my clients!”

 

The awards recognize performance for the prior year and are carefully measured against all other agents in the Coldwell Banker® system.   Winners are presented with acknowledgement of the awards at various company and brand celebrations during the course of 2015. 

To reach Mary Lou directly call 215-340-3500 or visit www.marylouerk.com.

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JUST LISTED‬: Delightful 3 bedroom, 3.1 bath in The Townhomes at Heritage Center,priced at $39

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

JUST LISTED‬: Delightful 3 bedroom, 3.1 bath in The Townhomes at Heritage Center,priced at $39

Buckingham Twp. Delightful 3 bedroom, 3.1 bath in The Townhomes at Heritage Center! From the Marseille Collection, this former model home boasts over $51k in upgrades including 2 gas fireplaces - one in the family room surrounded by a breathtaking 2-story wall of windows, and one in the finished walkout recreational area on the lower level. Other upgrades include gleaming hardwoods on the entire main floor plus turned wood staircase to second floor, picture frame molding, full bathroom on lower level, On-Q home entertainment system with hardwired speakers throughout home, security system. Kitchen with double ovens, gas cooktop, brand new granite counter tops, coffee bar. Backs to treeline, with deck off the kitchen and covered area off the lower level. Main bedroom with coffered ceiling, a walk-in closet with additional closet, and a tiled bathroom with soaking tub, stall shower and double sinks. Second floor laundry makes chores a breeze! 1-car attached garage with inside access. Plenty of additional storage area in the unfinished part of the basement. The Association Fee of $144 per month includes the swimming pool, fitness center, tennis and clubhouse, plus trash, common grounds maintenance, lawn care, snow removal on streets and common areas. Ideal commute to New Jersey, or hop the train in Warminster to Philadelphia. 10 minutes to Historic Doylestown with all the museums, shopping, recreation areas, bike and walking trails, and fine restaurants. Award winning Central Bucks School District. 1 year First American Home Buyers warranty.

Pictures and More at the link below: 

http://www.3262waterstone.canbyours.com/

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How to Know If a Short Sale is for You?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If you’ve been unable to keep up with your mortgage payments, it might seem like your only option is foreclosure. There is, however, another option.

You may be able to do a short sale on your home before foreclosure. Here are the advantages and disadvantages to consider before deciding on a short sale.

What is a short sale?

A short sale is when a property is sold at a price lower than the amount the homeowner owes on the mortgage, and the mortgage lender agrees to the “short” payoff. Banks and lenders have specific rules on which properties qualify for a short sale. If you decide on attempting a short sale in lieu of a foreclosure, call your lender. You will need official approval, as the lender is agreeing to a discounted payoff.

Keep in mind that a short sale, like a foreclosure, is a serious financial and credit reporting situation. A real estate attorney and tax accountant may advise which path is better to follow. In addition, your accountant should advise you of any possible income that may be taxable from a short sale.

Pros and cons

The advantages of a short sale:

  • Your loan will be considered paid in full.
  • You’ll avoid foreclosure.
  • A short sale has a smaller impact on your credit.
  • After a short sale, you may be able to buy another home sooner than you would with a foreclosure.

The disadvantages of a short sale:

Impact on your credit

A foreclosure puts a serious black mark on your credit history that will last for seven years and hamper your ability to get loans and credit in the future. There is also a time limit after a foreclosure in which you will not be allowed to buy another home.

A short sale doesn’t have the same impact as a foreclosure, but your credit will still be damaged and you may struggle to find a lender that is willing to give you another mortgage soon after a short sale.

Getting help

If you’re unsure whether a short sale is right for you, speak to a real estate attorney. A real estate attorney can review your situation and help guide you to the best solution. You can also speak to your lender. Your lender has specialized loan officers who are able to review and guide consumers at risk of foreclosure.

Updated from an earlier version by Susan Wellish

http://www.realtor.com/advice/short-sale-right/

By: Angela Colley

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Just Listed! 23 Carousel Circle in Doylestown

Thursday, February 12, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRYG1E0jgAU

http://23carousel.CanBYours.com?rs=youtube
For more info and pics, Text "67866" to 79564
3 Bd 2.1 Ba Townhome in Carousel Pointe
Feels like home! Welcome to this adorable 3 bedroom 2.1 bath townhome in Carousel Pointe! The wood foyer welcomes you into the open floorplan with brand new neutral carpet throughout and fresh paint ... beckoning you to move right in! Large eat-in kitchen has loads of cabinets and counterspace, and a cutout window to keep the cook included in the living room conversation. Sunny and bright dining room with a slider leading onto the patio and fenced-in yard. The powder room has new tile floor. Upstairs the bedrooms are all spacious. The main bedroom has a walk-in closet and its own bathroom renovated in 2011 with tasteful tile shower stall. One of the secondary bedrooms has crown molding. Second floor laundry makes chores a breeze! Plenty of extra storage in wrap-around closet under stairs. Attached 1-car garage with inside access. Convenient location - only minutes to Historic Doylestown for shopping, dining, theatre, parks, and more - in addition to easy access to major commuting routes to New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Enjoy award winning Central Bucks School District. 1 year home buyers warranty included for peace of mind!

For more info and pics, Text "67866" to 79564
3 Bd 2.1 Ba Townhome in Carousel Pointe

Feels like home! Welcome to this adorable 3 bedroom 2.1 bath townhome in Carousel Pointe! The wood foyer welcomes you into the open floorplan with brand new neutral carpet throughout and fresh paint ... beckoning you to move right in! Large eat-in kitchen has loads of cabinets and counterspace, and a cutout window to keep the cook included in the living room conversation. Sunny and bright dining room with a slider leading onto the patio and fenced-in yard. The powder room has new tile floor. Upstairs the bedrooms are all spacious. The main bedroom has a walk-in closet and its own bathroom renovated in 2011 with tasteful tile shower stall. One of the secondary bedrooms has crown molding. Second floor laundry makes chores a breeze! Plenty of extra storage in wrap-around closet under stairs. Attached 1-car garage with inside access. Convenient location - only minutes to Historic Doylestown for shopping, dining, theatre, parks, and more - in addition to easy access to major commuting routes to New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Enjoy award winning Central Bucks School District. 1 year home buyers warranty included for peace of mind!

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Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel

Thursday, February 12, 2015

We opened our new kitchen in the Spring, 2000. The previous winter, Fred was busy in the garage making the cabinets. As you can see from the pictures the glass doors were actually old, leaded glass windows that he found at a local auction house. Note the brass handles for pulls.  I love these cabinets as it shows off the original Fiestaware that we had purchased in the 1980's.







As you can see by the pictures, it became a galley kitchen with windows on each end.





Prior to opening it up, it was a small u-shape kitchen with a full bath behind.


We managed to squeeze in a very tiny powder room (door with lace curtains) that comes in handy when entertaining. The previous kitchen was fairly dark since it had only 1 window. It is now bright and cheerful with a white farmhouse sink and cute animal tiles as the backsplash behind the sink.



The double glass doors lead to the dining room, which used to be an open porch in the 1920's.



Fred built a pantry at one end with another glass window top and we use the tippy top for large French bakeware storage.



The ceiling is painted a pale blue beadboard which gives the feeling of a blue sky.


It's a happy kitchen!

We used buttercream corian countertops which gives a warm glow and stainless steel appliances. We recently purchased a new stainless steel stove, refrigerator and dishwasher as the other set was 14 years old and was time for an update.





The flooring was old barn wood that was stripped and stained.



All in all this was a fairly low budget kitchen since the cabinets were hand made by my husband. If you are not handy, then this would be the largest expense, as the previous kitchen was completely gutted. We actually sold the old cabinets which were a very good cabinet but didn't fit in with a galley style. 

If you would like to share a kitchen makeover,  I would love to hear about it.  It's exciting to share ideas!

Think Spring!

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OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Feb. 8th from 1-4PM at 2666 Red Gate Dr. in Doylestown!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

http://youtu.be/bWTQWhIRrfs

4 Bd 2.5 Bath Colonial Home in Red Gate Farm
Gorgeous Country home in Red Gate Farm on over an acre of ground! Nestled on a wooded hillside, this colonial home features a beautiful eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops and undermount sink, Bosch gas range, handsome cabinets and wine rack. Built-in microwave is also a convection oven! Open plan kitchen flows nicely into the sunken family room complete with Mercer tile fireplace (gas) adorned with built-in cabinetry. READ MORE!

4 Bd 2.5 Bath Colonial Home in Red Gate Farm

Gorgeous Country home in Red Gate Farm on over an acre of ground! Nestled on a wooded hillside, this colonial home features a beautiful eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops and undermount sink, Bosch gas range, handsome cabinets and wine rack. Built-in microwave is also a convection oven! Open plan kitchen flows nicely into the sunken family room complete with Mercer tile fireplace (gas) adorned with built-in cabinetry. See my video!

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Price Reduced to $499,000! 2666 Red Gate Drive in Doylestown, PA

Friday, January 30, 2015

http://youtu.be/C9wZMK6OctQ

ID #:
6456083
List Price:
$499,000
Town:
Doylestown 
School District:
Central Bucks 
Bedrooms:
Bathrooms:
2 Full, 1 Half
Approx. Age:
42 
Acres:
1.01 
Taxes:
$6,907 
Assessment:
$45,200 
Zoning:
R1 
Walkscore®:
10

Room Measurements


Living Room:
18 x 15
Dining Room:
12 x 12
Kitchen:
18 x 13
Family Room:
18 x 14
Main Bedroom:
18 x 13
Second Bedroom:
16 x 11
Third Bedroom:
13 x 11
Fourth Bedroom:
11 x 10
OFFICE:
30 x 23
SCRNPRCH:
16 x 15
Interior Sq. Ft.:
2631
 

Gorgeous Country home in Red Gate Farm on over an acre of ground! Nestled on a wooded hillside, this colonial home features a beautiful eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops and undermount sink, Bosch gas dual range (oven is electric), handsome cabinets and wine rack. Built-in microwave is also a convection oven! Open plan kitchen flows nicely into the sunken family room complete with Mercer tile fireplace (gas) adorned with built-in cabinetry. Adjacent is a screened porch, with new beige indoor/outdoor carpeting, that connects to the large deck, with steps down to the yard and great view of the land. Family room carpeting was recently replaced with a nice neutral tone. The formal dining room and living room have built-up crown moldings, chair rail and the foyer and staircase boast wainscoting and have been freshly painted in neutral colors. Hardwood floors are throughout. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms with hall bath including double sinks. The master boasts large custom built-ins and French door access to master bath's jacuzzi style tub and newer shower. The finished walk-out basement is perfect for an office or recreation area. Separate door to outside on this level. 3 year old well pump with acid neutralizing system on, radon system in place, and less than 1 year old LG washer and dryer. Home was recently surveyed and part of side yard would be nice for swing sets or recreational area. Two car attached garage with inside access plus plenty of parking in the newly repaved driveway with paver retaining walls which have built-in lighting for the evening. PUBLIC SEWER and private well make this an awesome choice! Gorgeous perennials with tons of bulbs for the Spring and interesting plantings for year round enjoyment! TWO YEARS First American Home warranty for peace of mind! Central Bucks School District! Move in and enjoy!

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Kitchen Cabinets 101

Thursday, January 29, 2015

 

Whether you select solid wood or laminate, the cabinets you choose will be an important factor in the look and function of your kitchen remodel.

By LuAnn Brandsen [Article from BobVila.com]

Kitchen Cabinets

Wellborn Cabinets in Bristol Maple, Natural and Milan Oak Espresso. Photo: Wellborn Cabinet

New kitchen cabinets will likely be your biggest expenditure and will also determine the tone and functionality of your renovated space.

A professional can help you sort through the many different types. You’ll want to compare wood and laminate finishes and shop for smart storage and organization solutions, such as pull-out spice racks, hideaway bins, and pop-up shelves that mimic a jack-in-the-box to let you access or hide counter appliances.

 

Kitchen Cabinets

As a whole, cabinetry trends lean toward simplicity and an uncluttered look. Bulky, ornate cabinets are being replaced by streamlined options. Slimming features include integrated handles, sliding doors, open low cabinets, floating islands, sleek materials, and simple Shaker or frameless styles.

To save money, buy stock cabinets in standard sizes or consider a trip to nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity ReStore (nationwide) or Green Demolitions (Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) to purchase donated or salvaged cabinetry from demolition projects at a fraction of their original cost.

For super savings, update your existing cabinetry with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. If you have recessed panel doors, consider covering the center with bead board or replacing it with reeded, textured, or etched glass. Or go a step further to replace one or more wall-hung cabinets with open shelving to create a light, airy feel.

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5 Classy Kitchen Cabinet Updates for Under $100

Thursday, January 29, 2015

 

 

You don’t have to spend a lot to give your tired cabinets a lift. These five inexpensive cabinet updates will brighten the mood of your entire kitchen.

 

Before and after a kitchen cabinet upgrade

 

1. Handsome Hardware


Knobs and pulls are kitchen jewelry that can dress cabinets up. Note that cabinet hardware can get very fancy and expensive — costing $30 and up for a single ornate knob. But you’ll get a huge bang for a few bucks by buying 10-packs of simple, contemporary hardware at big box stores for less than $20 (that’s $2 a knob!).

To save time and money, replace 1-hole hardware with 1-hole upgrades; 2-hole with 2-hole. That way, you won’t need to drill or patch.

 

2. Pretty in Paint

Nothing updates old cabinets as quickly as fresh coat of paint

Painting cabinets yourself is cost-effective — a few gallons of paint, sandpaper, cleaner — but the process is time-intensive. You can paint most cabinet surfaces, but proper prep is key to success. For laminate and melamine finishes, be sure to rough up the surface with 150-grit sandpaper, and apply a good bonding primer before topping it off with the color of your choice.

If you’re going to dive into this DIY project, keep these tips in mind:

  • Lighter-colored paints will make your kitchen seem bigger.
  • Don’t skip on prep. Thoroughly clean cabinet doors and boxes to remove grease and dried-on gunk; fill holes or nicks with wood putty, then sand.
  • Sand each coat of paint so your final coat will look perfect.
  • Lay doors flat to paint, and wait until each side is completely dry before painting the other side. It will take more time, but you’ll avoid ugly drip marks.

3. Molding Miracles

Crown molding adds a touch of class to the tops of tired cabinets for less than you’d expect. Three-inch, primed composite crown molding with a dentil design costs as little as $20 for 8 feet. 

It’s easiest to add molding when you’re repainting cabinets; that way you’ll get a perfect match. 

If you order matching wood molding from your cabinet’s manufacturer, be prepared for a color difference between new molding and older cabinets. Natural wood cabinets (especially cherry) will darken with age.

For a look at other crown molding miracles, take a look at this slideshow.

4. Fancy Glass

Change the glass insert in a cabinet door, and you change the look and feel of your kitchen. 

“Decorative glass takes stock cabinets and gives them a custom look,” says Anthony Longo, who sells glass panels. 

Not all cabinet doors are candidates for a changeover, however. You’ll need the kind of door with a removable panel. Check the backs of your doors to see if the center panel can be taken out.

Types of glass inserts are limitless — contemporary, bubbles, raindrops on water, antique — and cost $7 to $9 per square foot. So, you can change the look of a 2-door, 30-inch-by-24-inch cabinet (about 5 square feet of glass) for between $35 and $45. 

5. Task Lighting

Once, the only way to shed light on kitchen tasks was by hard-wiring under-cabinet lights — an expensive and messy task. But you can add lighting under and inside cabinets with battery powered, peel-and-stick LED lights.

Of course, battery-run lights are not as bright as their hard-wired cousins. But at about $8 each, you can afford to buy several and scatter them around. LED light bulbs last for thousands of hours of use.

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15 Interiors with High Ceilings

Friday, January 23, 2015

 

15 Interiors with High Ceilings

We are certain that you have seen homes with high ceilings. They look like gigantic homes because they sure looked so big inside especially if you put down all the decorations inside. It is interiors like these where you could hear your echo if you try to speak. If that is the case, the house won’t be cozy but if you try to fill it in with furniture and other decorations, you will see that interiors with high ceilings are actually lovely.

There are different ways to treat interiors like this. We have already given tips on how to do this. So, today, we will give you more sources of inspiration through the pictures that we are about to show you. Check on how these interiors were decorated and how the designers worked on the decorations to make the space look totally lovely and amazingly beautiful.

Gray Living Room

Gray Living Room

 
Image: Tadecorado

 

Few items were placed in this gray living with high ceilings but you can see how well it looked like especially with the pendant lights in the center.

Salon with Custom Plaster Ceiling

Salon with Custom Plaster Ceiling

 
Image: dSPACE Studio Ltd

 

A traditional home was renewed in this manner. The designer created decorative ceilings which is a good way to treat interiors with high ceilings.

Distinctive Design Mt. Pleasant, S.C

Distinctive Design Mt. Pleasant, S.C

 
Image: Nkba.org

 

A huge painting was placed on the wall and the other side had exposed brick walls – both made this space stunning.

Outdoor Living

Outdoor Living

 
Image: Johnston Design Group

 

A porch with high ceiling looks relaxing especially with the use of stones and wood in it.

America’s Cup Living Room

America's Cup Living Room

 
Image: Flagg Coastal Homes

 

This white interior is so easy in the eyes! Its color makes the space a lot larger.

Yorba Linda Living Room

Yorba Linda Living Room

 
Image: International Custom Designs

 

Elements from nature particularly river streams and stones inspired this interior. You can see that in the wall decor, glass panels, and even the throw pillow covers.

Plantation Sunroom

Plantation Sunroom

 
Image: Olga Adler

 

Large windows with roman wood blinds just looked right in this sunroom with high ceilings.

Stockholm Loft

Stockholm Loft

 
Image: Eklund Stockhold New York

 

Check out the shelves of books here that occupied the walls. Also, notice the mezzanine on the other side of the room which is a smart way of using the space of a high ceiling room.

Interior 1

Interior 1

 
Image: Cierseruwal

 

A space with high ceiling has an effect to your home’s acoustics. Invest on carpets and other soft objects to absorb the sound waves.

Living Space Design

Living Space Design

 
Image: Ando Studio

 

Adding textured wall panels or accent walls is a good way to decorate rooms with high ceilings.

Lower Level Living

Lower Level Living

 
Image: Princeton Design Collaborative

 

This modern contemporary interior is a true beauty! Acoustical panels were used for the ceiling and some wooden panels for the walls.

1930s New York Mansion

1930s New York Mansion

 
Image: Steven Gambrel

 

The furniture in this living space brings in sophistication to the area but the details in the ceiling as well as the long curtains added so much beauty to room with high ceilings.

Dramatic Double-Height Apartment

Dramatic Double-Height Apartment

 
Image: Corcoran Group 10am Special

 

Look at this cozy apartment. You would really feel relaxed once you get into a space like this for it makes you feel like you have so much room for air.

Pillars Interior

Pillars Interior

 
Image: Dbox

 

Its high ceiling is being underlined with the pillars that go from the floor to the ceiling. The glass walls make this place look like an open area allowing natural light to get inside.

Kylemore Communities

Kylemore Communities

 
Image: Jane Lockhart Interior Design

 

Jane Lockhart is known for her impressive designs just like the one you see above. Look at how this high ceiling interior was treated making it look totally stunning.

Interiors with high ceilings give an airy feeling to the homeowners but it is true that it is quite challenging to decorate. If you happen to live in a house that has high ceilings, you can check onHow to Decorate an Interior with High Ceilings. You will be given some helpful tips on how to work your interior and make it cozier.

By Kareen Liez
[Article from Home Design Lover] 

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Exterior Doors

Friday, January 23, 2015

 

Exterior DoorsFor most people, exterior doors provide three things: security, weather protection, and style. There are many different styles to choose from that will allow all three things. You can get paneled, flush, or glass in front entry doors, back doors, French doors, sliding doors, and patio doors.

Types of Doors

Paneled doors are designed to exhibit style while still giving the doors quality. They have raised inserts framed and fitted to allow the wood to expand and contract with the changes in weather so they will not damage over time.

Flush doors are covered with veneer that can range from inexpensive pine to costly exotic wood. The veneer provides smooth unbroken exterior covering on the door.

Glass insert doors can range from small windowpanes in entry doors to full door-size panes in patio doors. When multi-panes of glass are inserted into a door, they are referred to as lights. The doors are then identified by how many "lights" it has. Lights are most commonly found in French doors. Full single panes of glass are considered as atrium or patio doors.

Exterior Door Materials

Exterior doors are constructed from wood, steel, fiberglass, aluminum or a combination of these materials. The standard exterior entry door is three feet wide and six feet, eight inches tall. 

Wood is still considered the most popular material used in exterior doors. The types of wood used often include oak, fir, and pine. Vertical rails made from separate pieces of wood and laminated together lengthwise are used to construct the doors to prevent warping in dampness. This process causes warping in opposite directions to avoid bowing of the door.

Steel doors have become very popular due to the security that they provide. Most commonly, they are sheathed with 24-gauge steel. This can be chosen in paneled or flushed styles in a variety of colors. If you have fluctuating weather, you should purchase a weather-resistant steel door with vinyl coating. Steel creates great security, but can be easily dented and will bow and chip easily if exposed to continuous sunlight.

Fiberglass doors are ideal for humid areas. They are resistant to warping and bowing. They require the least maintenance of the door materials available. These doors can be purchased in flush or paneled. There are a variety of colors available to give the doors a natural wood look with faux wood stains and finishes.

Aluminum doors are usually custom made to fit the opening you have. It is a good choice for unique shapes of openings. You can get aluminum in finishes like the fiberglass doors that have a natural wood appearance. Aluminum doors will not rust and usually have a longer warranty, but are lightweight and will dent easily.


[Article from The House Designers]

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OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Jan. 25th, 1-4PM! 2666 Red Gate Drive, Doylestown, PA 18902 - $510,000

Thursday, January 22, 2015

http://youtu.be/C9wZMK6OctQ

For more info and pics, Text "71914" to 79564
4 Bd 2.5 Bath Colonial in Red Gate Farms!

Gorgeous Country home in Red Gate Farm on over an acre of ground! Nestled on a wooded hillside, this colonial home features a beautiful eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops and undermount sink, Bosch gas dual range (oven is electric), handsome cabinets and wine rack. Built-in microwave is also a convection oven! Open plan kitchen flows nicely into the sunken family room complete with Mercer tile fireplace (gas) adorned with built-in cabinetry. Adjacent is a screened porch, with new beige indoor/outdoor carpeting, that connects to the large deck, with steps down to the yard and great view of the land. Family room carpeting was recently replaced with a nice neutral tone. The formal dining room and living room have built-up crown moldings, chair rail and the foyer and staircase boast wainscoting and have been freshly painted in neutral colors. Hardwood floors are throughout. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms with hall bath including double sinks. The master boasts large custom built-ins and French door access to master bath's jacuzzi style tub and newer shower. The finished walk-out basement is perfect for an office or recreation area. Separate door to outside on this level. 3 year old well pump with acid neutralizing system on, radon system in place, and less than 1 year old LG washer and dryer. Home was recently surveyed and part of side yard would be nice for swing sets or recreational area. Two car attached garage with inside access plus plenty of parking in the newly repaved driveway with paver retaining walls which have built-in lighting for the evening. PUBLIC SEWER and private well make this an awesome choice! Gorgeous perennials with tons of bulbs for the Spring and interesting plantings for year round enjoyment! 1 year First American Home warranty for peace of mind! Central Bucks School District!

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Decorating Ideas for Homes with Low Ceilings

Friday, January 16, 2015

Unless you’ve built your home from scratch, it’s hard to get everything you want. Some of us compromise our dream of a large kitchen in favor of a place with two bathrooms while others sacrifice the hope of additional square footage for the opportunity to live a little closer to work. For some homeowners or renters, the drawback of their living space is its low ceilings.

The art of interior décor means working with the space you have and transforming it, at least visually, into the space you want. Here are a few helpful hints for taking your space with alow ceiling and giving it the illusion of a much loftier feel.

low ceiling kitchen design ideas Decorating Ideas for Homes with Low Ceilings

Low ceiling – kitchen design ideas

One of the best known tricks in the book for low ceilings is to paint your walls and ceilings the same color. This technique camouflages the ceiling instead of setting it apart from the rest of the room. However, if you’re going to use this method, be sure not to choose a color that shrinks the space itself. In other words, stick with light and airy shades such as soft blues or beiges.

If you have a chair rail and wainscoting, use the same shade on the bottom half or your room as you do on the top. This tricks the eye by not breaking up the room.

contemporary white kitchen with low ceiling Decorating Ideas for Homes with Low Ceilings

Contemporary white kitchen with low ceiling

Some homeowners with low ceilings complain that their space provokes their claustrophobia, but it’s easy to offset this feeling by creating a more open atmosphere. For example, if you have control over the structure of your space you may want to make changes with a more open floor plan by taking out one or two non load-bearing walls or adding large picture windows.

Another easy way to create more space in a home with low ceilings is to use recessed lighting. Sometimes hanging light fixtures and elaborate chandeliers can actually make ceilings seem lower. However, recessed lighting helps you avoid this concern and you can supplement the rest of the light with tabletop lamps. This way you’ll have the illusion of higher ceilings without sacrificing the things you need.

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[Article from Decoist]

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Weird Decor: What Are Priest Holes?

Friday, January 16, 2015

 

Plenty of old buildings have unexpected quirks and compartments, but in Elizabethan England, a particular architectural trend arose with a very specific purpose. Want to know more about these oddities and the man who was a master of building them? We investigate the priest hole.

Priest holes are tiny, hidden compartments meant to provide Jesuit priests a place to hide during the many religious raids of the day.

When staunchly-Protestant Queen Elizabeth began her reign of England in 1558, she enacted a new set of laws to promote her faith, starting with prohibiting the practice of Catholicism. With her Catholic cousin — Mary, Queen of Scots — imprisoned, Elizabeth found herself the target of several assassination plots by Catholics who hoped to restore Mary to the throne. Elizabeth retaliated with a crack down on all Catholics, forcing them to swear an oath of supremacy or be treated as traitors. She also began ordering raids on the homes of Catholic priests who continued to not only practice their religion, but secretly travel the country to promote the Catholic faith. If caught, a practicing priest would be arrested, tortured and likely executed.

As priest holes grew more common, searchers began to look specifically for these little hiding places. Enter Nicolas Owen, a Jesuit — a devout sect within the Catholic church — with a knack for building especially un-findable priest holes. He put them in chimneys, behind walls, under floorboards and even in bathrooms. He would also connect these hiding places to a series of passages that could allow the priest to escape to safety. Since he guarded the details and locations of all of his priest holes so carefully, some even suspect that there are more of them yet to be discovered in these Tudor homes.

Since the days of Catholic persecution, many of these little spaces have found new uses as hiding places for other things like jewelry and other valuables. And these days, they're more likely to be used as a tourist attraction.

 

 

(Image credits: Harvington HallThe Catholic Catalogue )

By Jennifer Hunter
[Article from Apartment Therapy] 

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How To Paint Your Front Door

Thursday, January 15, 2015

 

We’re back as promised with the whole front door shebang. First, here’s what we started with:

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/FrntDr-Before-Screen-Door.jpg

 

Yup, it was an old maroon storm door with three issues: 1) the grids didn’t match up with the six paneled door behind it, 2) it was always jamming, and 3) it didn’t latch closed very well, so it would bang open in a storm.

It was nothing but a nuisance to us, so we opted to go storm-doorless (just like we chose to do in our first house) since we didn’t use it once in eight whole months (we have a screen/storm door on the side of the house that we occasionally use along with screen doors in the living room and sunroom that we use a lot more often). It’s definitely not a choice that everyone would make, but we’re psyched to go storm-door-less so we can appreciate our awesome six-paneled solid wood door that was hiding behind it:

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/FrntDr-Before-Open.jpg

 

So off came all the hardware that held our slammy-jammy storm door in place. Then all we needed to do was spackle those holes and use some exterior paint to touch up the trim (thank goodness the previous owners left that in the basement for us).

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/FrntDr-Hardware-Removed.jpg

 

Oh but before we did any spackling we got to the fun part: picking the paint color. We held up a ton of options in all colors of the rainbow (plum, turquoise, navy, lime green, and beyond), but kept coming back to a happy yellow color. Here are the final four contenders (they look pretty similar in this pic but they varied slightly by how much white or orange they had in them). After looking at them in all types of light (morning sun, afternoon shade, artificial porch light at night, etc) we ended up choosing the top one: Full Sun EB1-1 by Valspar’s Eddie Bauer Home collection.

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/FrntDr-Paint-Yellow-Swatche.jpg

 

But removing the screen door and spackling & painting the trim wasn’t the only prep task we took on. We also decided that our awesome original door knocker (which was rusting and peeling) could use some love.

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/FrntDr-Before-Door-Knocker.jpg

 

So we carefully removed it with the hope of bringing it back to its former glory and reinstalling it on our bright yellow door when we were finished painting.

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/FrntDr-Door-Knocker-Gone.jpg

 

Then we sanded the paint around those areas, just to get everything nice and smooth.

We also opted to remove the rusting brass plate on the bottom of the door and spackle and sand those holes. We didn’t have one in our first house and prefer the uninterrupted look of one big boldly colored wood door (but it’s definitely another one of those personal preference things like nixing a storm door). Oh and we also took off our door handle and lock too – since we had hopes of sprucing them up while they were removed like the door knocker.

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/FrntDr-Kick-Plate-Removed.jpg

 

And now for a shot of sunshine in a can:

 

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We mentioned that we chose Full Sun EB1-1 by Valspar’s Eddie Bauer Home collection as “the one.” So we talked to the paint pro at Lowe’s about what exterior primer + paint she would recommend (sadly none of which are no-VOC yet). She recommended Valspar’s Duramax since it has a built-in primer and is formulated to be extra durable since it’s exposed to the elements outside. So we had her color match our Full Sun paint chip to the Valspar Duramax stuff and grabbed a quart of it in semi-gloss finish for around $15.

Oh but before we applied a single coat we used a liquid deglosser (Next Liquid Deglosser by Crown since it’s non-flammable, biodegradable, and low-VOC) to remove any oil, grease, or other paint-adhesion-saboteurs (I’ve never typed that word, and I have to admit I liked it). Basically it’s a shortcut when you don’t feel like sanding something you’re about to paint (albeit not as thorough, but usually good enough to get ‘er done). You do definitely want to sand any areas that aren’t smooth before deglossing though (like the nail holes from the brass plate and other places we removed hardware or spackled) since liquid deglossers don’t smooth things, they just remove residue that might mess with paint adhesion.

Then it was time for coat one of our yellow primer + paint, applied with a small foam roller (to cut down on brush strokes) and a 2″ angled brush (to get into the frames of the six paneled door). Of course one coat didn’t do the trick, but for yellow paint going over deep maroon it was actually a pretty impressive showing for just one thin coat:

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/FrntDr-One-Coat.jpg

 

And four thin and even coats later (yes, there I go with the “thin and even” thing again), honey was looking miiiighty fine:

 

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As in, I couldn’t stop staring at her and smiling. So glad we chose such a happy color to wake up our drab brick and cream wood-sidinged exterior. And it looks just as cute from the inside as it does from the outside:

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/FrntDr-After-Inside.jpg

 

Mmm, glossy yellowy goodness. It came out really smoothly, partially I think due to using good exterior paint, and partially due to those thin and even coats that were carefully applied with a small foam roller and high quality 2″ angled brush. Not globbing it on (and waiting for each coat to dry before moving onto the next paper thin one) is the key to no visible brush strokes when things dry.

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/FrntDr-After-From-Below.jpg

 

Oh yeah, and you might notice the hardware is all sorts of spruced up. We’ll be back with a dedicated hardware-upgrade post full of photos and instructions when it comes to that part of the process (there are too many pics and not enough time to squeeze that in here).

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/FrntDr-After-Door-Knocker.jpg

 

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/FrntDr-After-Doorknob.jpg

 

In the meantime, here’s the door from outside (I couldn’t completely close it for pics because it was still drying – but if you paint something in the morning, by evening it should be all cured up and ready to close).

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/FrntDr-After-Straight.jpg

 

Isn’t our porch happier without the old broken maroon screen door + dark hidden front door combo?

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/FrntDr-After-Whole-Porch.jpg

 

Shucks, it just makes me giddy. And John loves it too. Oh happy day.

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/FrntDr-After-Plant-Foregrou.jpg

 

So there it is. A front door makeover that involved:

  1. checking out swatches taped on the door at all times of day (to ensure nothing would change from something we love in morning sunlight to something we hate in evening porch light)
  2. removing the screen door and spackling/sanding/painting those holes left in the door surround
  3. removing the hardware and sanding those areas to smooth them before painting
  4. permanently removing a rusted brass plate at the bottom of the door and spackling/sanding those holes
  5. thoroughly deglossing the entire door
  6. refurbishing the hardware (we’ll be back with all those details for ya soon)
  7. applying four thin and even coats of exterior primer + paint in semi-gloss for a nice shiny finish
  8. reattaching the hardware when the paint was dry enough (but not completely closing the door until evening, so it can fully cure)

Woot. Love it. As for the budget breakdown, whoop, here it is: one quart of Valspar Duramax paint in semi-gloss from Lowe’s: $15. Das it. Oh and if someone didn’t have spackle and a deglosser on hand those might be around $4 each on top of the cost of a quart of paint. We still have tons of paint leftover bee tee dubs, so a quart for a front door should definitely do it – even if you’re painting both sides of it (we left the back of ours white like our interior doors).

Have any of you recently painted your front door? Any plans to if you haven’t? Is it crazy that this is the fourth time I’ve painted a door in five years (and the second time I’ve gone with a happy yellow color)? It’s just so dang cheerful. Here’s hoping it spurs us on when it comes to about a million other exterior upgrades that we want slash need to tackle (including the possibility of painting the cream siding around the door, and even trying something with the brick exterior down the line). I guess time will tell where we’ll end up with that stuff. But you know we’ll keep you posted…

Update: There were a bunch of requests for some wider shots from the curb, so here they are. Remember that nearly everything else in the pics besides the yellow door might be on our change-that list down the line (so it’s all a work in progress)…

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/door-far2.jpg

 

… especially the big barricade o’ bushes that makes the door nearly invisible from certain angles…

 

image: http://images.younghouselove.com/2011/08/door-far11.jpg

 

Wouldn’t the power to move bushes with the point of a finger be an awesome superpower? Methinks I’d pick that over flying and reading minds.

 

By Sherry Petersik
[Article from Young House Love]

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OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Jan. 11th from 1-4PM at 2666 Red Gate Dr. in Doylestown!

Friday, January 9, 2015

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/reb/4816522538.html

Gorgeous Country home in Red Gate Farm on over an acre of ground! Nestled on a wooded hillside, this colonial home features a beautiful eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops and undermount sink, Bosch gas dual range (oven is electric), handsome cabinets and wine rack. Built-in microwave is also a convection oven! Open plan kitchen flows nicely into the sunken family room complete with Mercer tile fireplace (gas) adorned with built-in cabinetry. Adjacent is a screened porch, with new beige indoor/outdoor carpeting, that connects to the large deck, with steps down to the yard and great view of the land. Family room carpeting was recently replaced with a nice neutral tone. The formal dining room and living room have built-up crown moldings, chair rail and the foyer and staircase boast wainscoting and have been freshly painted in neutral colors. Hardwood floors are throughout. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms with hall bath including double sinks. The master boasts large custom built-ins and French door access to master bath's jacuzzi style tub and newer shower. The finished walk-out basement is perfect for an office or recreation area. Separate door to outside on this level. 3 year old well pump with acid neutralizing system on, radon system in place, and less than 1 year old LG washer and dryer. Home was recently surveyed and part of side yard would be nice for swing sets or recreational area. Two car attached garage with inside access plus plenty of parking in the newly repaved driveway with paver retaining walls which have built-in lighting for the evening. PUBLIC SEWER and private well make this an awesome choice! Gorgeous perennials with tons of bulbs for the Spring and interesting plantings for year round enjoyment! 1 year First American Home warranty for peace of mind! Central Bucks School District!

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Family’s New Style Rises in the Aftermath of a Flood

Friday, January 9, 2015

After their damaged walls are demolished, homeowners realize they like the open space and decide to keep it

[Article from Houzz]
 
 
“After you survive a flood, you do kooky things,” says homeowner Janet McMahen; the basement of her home was filled with water and its first floor had more than 9 inches in it after the disastrous June 2013 floods in Alberta, Canada. Once the floodwaters had receded, homeowners and volunteers got busy in a race against mold, tearing out the walls of homes as quickly as possible. After the sledgehammering in their home was done, McMahen and her husband, Trey Petty, stood in the open space and realized they really liked it. 

The small, compartmentalized rooms in their 1928 home were all gone, and the couple saw the potential to design an urban loft look they had loved so much when they lived in New York City. “We realized we had an opportunity,” McMahen says. “We said, ‘If we’re going to stay here for many years, let’s make it exactly what we want.’” With the original details on their firstfloor wiped out and their furniture ruined, there was no reason not to complete a radical renovation. Besides, planning a few kooky details kept up their spirits while they were displaced from their home.

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Doors, Floors and Ceilings, Oh My!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Living in an old home offers many charms but also a few challenges.
In our kitchen, in order to wire for lighting, it was easier to put bead board up so wires could be fished behind it. I loved the look and the boards were painted a light blue to imagine the sky. This was very popular to do on porch roofs.



Our current dining room used to be an outdoor open porch, hence the large concrete stamped look of blocks. Of course, it also gently slopes downhill so that rain water would run off! We painted the concrete floor a deep gray to go with the walls. For many years we had a terracotta red in there which also looked fine.



Our dining room also has a typical Dutch door so that the top half can open to allow a nice breeze.



The ceiling in the dining room had wooden beams which we painted an off white. It made the room seem so much lighter and open than the natural wood finish.



Note the smaller glass doors leading to the porch/now dining room. I can imagine when it was a porch that these doors locked and used a skeleton key.



We have the same type of door but solid, no glass, leading into the living room. These are painted white to make the living room light and airy.



Primarily the floors are wood, either original to the house, or salvaged from old homes or barns. This old door going into our family room was original to the house when we bought it. The glass door located on the first level goes to the outside.





In the foyer, a local artist painted the floor to resemble an Oriental rug. It's very cool!



Upstairs we painted the floor boards to provide some color to the room.



The kitchen and living room have the natural wood floors.





Bathrooms used real tile in one...



...and a really good vinyl look alike in the other.



I love the idea of mixing and matching different styles of flooring.




The ceiling in one of the baths has the wood ceiling as does the family room in the lower level. In some places it's for ease of getting wires behind and others we liked the look.




Do you have a particular challenge with your old home? I'd love to hear about it.

Happy New Year and Stay Tuned!

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What's the Right Wood Floor Installation for You?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Straight, diagonal, chevron, parquet and more. See which floor design is best for your space

[Article from Houzz]
 
Installing a wood floor? Whether you’re using hardwood, laminate or even plank tiles, once you’ve picked that beautiful product, you’ll have to make another important decision: which way to install it. While straight and horizontal patterns are the most popular, there are many more options, and one might be better for your project. Here are the pros and cons of some of the most popular installation methods for wood flooring to help you make the best choice for your home, budget and style.

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OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Jan. 11th from 1-4PM at 2666 Red Gate Drive, Doylestown!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

http://2666RedGate.CanBYours.com?rs=youtube
For more info and pics, Text "71914" to 79564
4 Bd 2.5 Bath Colonial in Red Gate Farms!
Gorgeous Country home in Red Gate Farm on over an acre of ground! Nestled on a wooded hillside, this colonial home features a beautiful eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops and undermount sink, Bosch gas dual range (oven is electric), handsome cabinets and wine rack. Built-in microwave is also a convection oven! Open plan kitchen flows nicely into the sunken family room complete with Mercer tile fireplace (gas) adorned with built-in cabinetry. Adjacent is a screened porch, with new beige indoor/outdoor carpeting, that connects to the large deck, with steps down to the yard and great view of the land. Family room carpeting was recently replaced with a nice neutral tone. The formal dining room and living room have built-up crown moldings, chair rail and the foyer and staircase boast wainscoting and have been freshly painted in neutral colors. Hardwood floors are throughout. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms with hall bath including double sinks. The master boasts large custom built-ins and French door access to master bath's jacuzzi style tub and newer shower. The finished walk-out basement is perfect for an office or recreation area. Separate door to outside on this level. 3 year old well pump with acid neutralizing system on, radon system in place, and less than 1 year old LG washer and dryer. Home was recently surveyed and part of side yard would be nice for swing sets or recreational area. Two car attached garage with inside access plus plenty of parking in the newly repaved driveway with paver retaining walls which have built-in lighting for the evening. PUBLIC SEWER and private well make this an awesome choice! Gorgeous perennials with tons of bulbs for the Spring and interesting plantings for year round enjoyment! 1 year First American Home warranty for peace of mind! Central Bucks School District!

http://2666RedGate.CanBYours.com?rs=youtube
For more info and pics, Text "71914" to 79564
4 Bd 2.5 Bath Colonial in Red Gate Farms!

Gorgeous Country home in Red Gate Farm on over an acre of ground! Nestled on a wooded hillside, this colonial home features a beautiful eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops and undermount sink, Bosch gas dual range (oven is electric), handsome cabinets and wine rack. Built-in microwave is also a convection oven! Open plan kitchen flows nicely into the sunken family room complete with Mercer tile fireplace (gas) adorned with built-in cabinetry. Adjacent is a screened porch, with new beige indoor/outdoor carpeting, that connects to the large deck, with steps down to the yard and great view of the land. Family room carpeting was recently replaced with a nice neutral tone. The formal dining room and living room have built-up crown moldings, chair rail and the foyer and staircase boast wainscoting and have been freshly painted in neutral colors. Hardwood floors are throughout. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms with hall bath including double sinks. The master boasts large custom built-ins and French door access to master bath's jacuzzi style tub and newer shower. The finished walk-out basement is perfect for an office or recreation area. Separate door to outside on this level. 3 year old well pump with acid neutralizing system on, radon system in place, and less than 1 year old LG washer and dryer. Home was recently surveyed and part of side yard would be nice for swing sets or recreational area. Two car attached garage with inside access plus plenty of parking in the newly repaved driveway with paver retaining walls which have built-in lighting for the evening. PUBLIC SEWER and private well make this an awesome choice! Gorgeous perennials with tons of bulbs for the Spring and interesting plantings for year round enjoyment! 1 year First American Home warranty for peace of mind! Central Bucks School District!

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OPEN HOUSE: 1/4 from 1-4PM at 115 Cottage Street, Doylestown!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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For more info and pics, Text "666825" to 79564
Historic Twin in Doylestown Borough!
This historic colonial twin, circa 1878, sits on a beautiful level lot in the heart of Doylestown Borough! Charm and antiquity abound with the gleaming wood floors throughout, cheery, eat in kitchen with sliding glass doors, lots of windows, formal dining room and enormous living room. New counter tops, newer roof and siding, brand new oil heater and tank, forced air heat which would make an easy install for central air, and new water pipes to street. A rear mud room leads to the back yard, where the extra-deep lot provides for a beautiful spacious back yard and is a great place to grow your summer veggies and plants! Off-street parking in driveway. This home is located in the historic district so any changes you wish to make does get reviewed and approved by the Borough's historical review board. Walk to downtown Historic Doylestown for shopping, dining, parks, museums, library, theater, and everything else that Borough living has to offer! Easy access to major routes or a short walk to the train station and public transportation. Enjoy award-winning Central Bucks School District. A 1-yr Buyers Home Warranty is included for peace of mind!

http://115cottage.CanBYours.com?rs=youtube
For more info and pics, Text "666825" to 79564
Historic Twin in Doylestown Borough!

This historic colonial twin, circa 1878, sits on a beautiful level lot in the heart of Doylestown Borough! Charm and antiquity abound with the gleaming wood floors throughout, cheery, eat in kitchen with sliding glass doors, lots of windows, formal dining room and enormous living room. New counter tops, newer roof and siding, brand new oil heater and tank, forced air heat which would make an easy install for central air, and new water pipes to street. A rear mud room leads to the back yard, where the extra-deep lot provides for a beautiful spacious back yard and is a great place to grow your summer veggies and plants! Off-street parking in driveway. This home is located in the historic district so any changes you wish to make does get reviewed and approved by the Borough's historical review board. Walk to downtown Historic Doylestown for shopping, dining, parks, museums, library, theater, and everything else that Borough living has to offer! Easy access to major routes or a short walk to the train station and public transportation. Enjoy award-winning Central Bucks School District. A 1-yr Buyers Home Warranty is included for peace of mind!

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5 Ways to Get the Look of Exposed Brick at Home

Saturday, December 20, 2014

 

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Exposed brick walls can read as either rustic charm, storied industrial decay, or effortless warehouse cool. They supply endless character, warmth and texture — no matter what the context. If the look has been on your interior bucket list for eons, but you don’t have the actual digs to back it up, you can still pull off the look. Here are five DIY ways...

1. Brick Wallpaper: Above, this wall isn’t brick at all, but a paper mural installed by Fall for DIY. Even better, it’s applied using temporary wallpaper paste, which makes it good for renters.

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2. Brick Paneling: A quick and easy option involves these brick panels, which are readily available at big box hardware stores, for starters. They go up in large sheets, and can be painted any color you choose, like this turquoise one from Mr. Kate.

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3. Brick Drywall: A more detailed project involves faux “brick” created from interior stucco or drywall mud — with great results. You can see the whole process, from start to finish, in this post from DIY Design.

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4. Brick Veneers: You can achieve the look of whole bricks with veneers instead, or thin slivers of brick that are applied to the surface much like ceramic tile. This rustic industrial kitchen used them as an accent wall.

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5. Brick Stencil: If you prefer something that’s easier painted over down the road, you can do brick pattern using a stencil and paint.Cutting Edge Stencils has a product and tutorial to check out.

(Image credits: Fall for DIYMr. KateDIY Design; Dreambook Design;Cutting Edge Stencils)

By Dabney Frake
[Article from Apartment Therapy] 

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How To Remove Wallpaper

Thursday, December 18, 2014

 

APARTMENT THERAPY TUTORIALS

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How long have you been living with that wallpaper you hate? If you answered "too long," read on—we just might have the inspiration you need to get going on your long-awaited project.

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We recently moved into an 1870s home that was covered—with the exception of one room—in wallpaper. It was mostly Victorian (1980s Victorian), and we couldn't wait to get in there and remove every last bit. It wasn't awful, but it was in bad shape and just didn't have the "fresh and clean" aesthetic we were going for.

Once we were actually living in the house, it seemed to bother us less and less. The thought of the endless hours of work it was going to be to strip everything coupled with our complacency slowed the whole removal process down significantly. Finally, after discussing it at dinner one night, a friend walked over to the wall and decided to "just test it to see how difficult it would be to remove." She grabbed the bottom corner and the paper came off in one continuous sheet all the way up to the ceiling. This started a dinner party stripping frenzy. There was much rejoicing.

We were lucky enough that though our home is almost 150 years old, there was just one coat of paper in each room. Our walls actually spoke to us and let us in on a little bit of our home's history (something I will be very sad to paint over). The wall revealed that Mr. Rasmussen had papered it in 1955, and that Mr. Herren had papered it again in 1980.

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While I understand we were very lucky in this process, I want to encourage you to not be complacent. If you have something, be it wallpaper, carpet, a ceiling fan, in your home that you just don't love, do something about it!

What You Need

Materials

  • Spray bottles (lots, we had about 4 per person)
  • Warm water
  • Dish soap
  • Putty knives, tape knives, or straight edge scrapers in 3"-6" widths
  • Vinegar
  • Drop cloths
  • Ladder or scaffolding
  • Tape
  • Plastic wrap

Instructions

1. Prepare the room in which you are working by doing the following:

Move all the furniture from the room so you can have a large, clear workspace. If this is not possible, push the furniture towards the center of the room and cover everything with sheets or drop cloths.

Lay drop cloths around the perimeter of the room where you are working to protect your floors from moisture.

Carefully remove wall and plate covers. Once you begin the paper removal process you'll want to work around these areas first, making sure to switch off power in the room before getting too close to the outlets. After you've removed the paper from these areas, protect the sockets by covering with plastic and taping all around the parameter, making sure no water can enter.

2. To remove the paper, start at the very bottom of the wall, grabbing a small corner section and slowly pull upwards, in a diagonal.

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By doing this you should be able to pull up the remaining paper on the bottom opposite side while keeping everything attached. It's much easier and faster to remove the paper if the sheets stay connected. Sometimes, it's possible to remove an entire room's paper without having to get on a ladder by applying slow, steady pulling pressure while walking backwards. If you feel a tug on the left side and the paper doesn't seem to want to budge, pull up on the right side to alleviate pressure. This action will make the left side less tense, and easier to manage.

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3. Continue to pull up on the paper by slowly walking backwards. Ideally, it will remain as one continuous sheet and come off only when you've worked your way to the top of the ceiling.

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4. Once you've removed the vinyl skin, it's time to work on the backing. Mix your solution in your spray bottles: Warm water filled almost to the top, with a few pumps of dish soap. The backing/glue can be really stinky, so I opted for a big, economical, fresh smelling, all-natural grapefruit dish soap.

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5. Soak the backing with the solution and let it sit for a few minutes. If the top coat of your paper doesn't separate from the backing, or if it does and your backing is really thick, you may want to invest in awallpaper scoring tool. This is a great product that will allow your solution to work it's way in and around the backing and aid in removal.

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Your backing might start to bubble up in areas —if this happens it's a good sign! This means the backing is starting to voluntarily remove itself from your walls!

6. Start to peel the backing off in the same manner you peeled the top layer of the paper or vinyl. Use your putty knife and start at the bottom.

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Slowly and steadily work your way across the strip, collecting as much of the contained sheet as you possibly can.

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7. Once you've removed the backing, spray down the walls with a solution of 3 parts warm water, 1 part vinegar. Use a clean straight edge to take away any excess glue.

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8. Wash down the walls and baseboards with water and vinegar to ensure they are as clean as possible before starting the restoration and painting process.

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Wainscoting and Paneling in Early American Homes

Thursday, December 18, 2014



When we first bought our new Old House we noticed the plaster walls would get damp. Particularly on the north walls where sun doesn't warm them, we would get flaking and be constantly scraping and repainting. My husband researched old homes in the 18th century and found out it was pretty typical to plank the lower third of the wall, either vertical or horizontal. In the living room, we chose the horizontal planks (1 x 12) with ship lap joints.





By doing this you accomplish two things- hiding the old plaster and allowing a different paint color to be on the lower half giving the room more dimension and architectural interest.



In our kitchen, new bead board is very popular as used as a backsplash where you are not using water. Behind the sink, we chose colorful tiles to perk up the area. On the long ends we painted the bead board a bright French yellow color as I am a fan of Quimper ware. This was all new bead board and easy to find. I like the chair rail higher in the kitchen than in the living room. Again, more interest in the room. Even if you have a brand new kitchen and not old plaster, still a nice look.







We also used the bead boards down our staircase to the lower level. We liked the fact that it could be painted and repainted to give a fresh look. On the lower level, the utility room has the new bead boarding going vertical. Gives a nice, clean look and can be painted as desired. The family room has the wider plank vertical wainscoting which fits in this room. Fred had exposed the stone walls on two sides of this room which shows off the boards beautifully. On one wall old salvaged barn wood came from a barn that was torn down. It is wonderful to re-purpose old wood. You are truly living with history and know that it will be passed on to a future generation. We are just the keepers for the present time.





If you have an interesting story to tell about your walls, I would love to hear from you!

Happy Holidays!

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11 Ways to Have More Fun at Home

Friday, December 12, 2014

Every house needs a touch of humor — a funny sign or an accessory that always makes you smile. Here’s where to begin

[Article from Houzz]
 
Building or renovating a house is serious business — as it should be. But once the important stuff is done, the bills are paid and the dust has settled, you can let the fun begin. It’s clear from Houzzers’ comments that you enjoy putting your personalities on show in your homes. Expressing ourselves through humor is one of the most enjoyable parts of personalizing our castles. 

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that physical, emotional and social blessings flow from looking at life in a lighthearted way. Today’s world is not always easy to come to grips with, but at least we can give one small patch of it a warm and happy glow. Our homes are not only about beautiful design; they are about us and about how we live. Here are some ways to enhance your lifestyle and your home through the best medicine of all.

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OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Dec. 14th from 1-4PM at 115 Cottage St. in Doylestown!

Friday, December 12, 2014

#OPENHOUSE: Sunday, Dec. 14th from 1-4PM at 115 Cottage St. in #Doylestown #BucksCounty!
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For more info and pics, Text "666825" to 79564

Historic Twin in Doylestown Borough!

 

 

This historic colonial twin, circa 1878, sits on a beautiful level lot in the heart of Doylestown Borough! Charm and antiquity abound with the gleaming wood floors throughout, cheery, eat in kitchen with sliding glass doors, lots of windows, formal dining room and enormous living room. New counter tops, newer roof and siding, brand new oil heater and tank, forced air heat which would make an easy install for central air, and new water pipes to street. A rear mud room leads to the back yard, where the extra-deep lot provides for a beautiful spacious back yard and is a great place to grow your summer veggies and plants! Off-street parking in driveway. This home is located in the historic district so any changes you wish to make does get reviewed and approved by the Borough's historical review board. Walk to downtown Historic Doylestown for shopping, dining, parks, museums, library, theater, and everything else that Borough living has to offer! Easy access to major routes or a short walk to the train station and public transportation. Enjoy award-winning Central Bucks School District. A 1-yr Buyers Home Warranty is included for peace of mind!

 

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PRICE REDUCED! - 115 Cottage Drive in Doylestown!

Monday, December 8, 2014

See it for yourself! http://youtu.be/OXDRRJQAjMU

PRICE REDUCED! $307,000 - 115 Cottage Street in #Doylestown, PA 18901
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This historic colonial twin, circa 1878, sits on a beautiful level lot in the heart of Doylestown Borough! Charm and antiquity abound with the gleaming wood floors throughout, cheery, eat in kitchen with sliding glass doors, lots of windows, formal dining room and enormous living room. New counter tops, newer roof and siding, brand new oil heater and tank, forced air heat which would make an easy install for central air, and new water pipes to street. A rear mud room leads to the back yard, where the extra-deep lot provides for a beautiful spacious back yard and is a great place to grow your summer veggies and plants! Off-street parking in driveway. This home is located in the Historic District. Walk to downtown for shopping, dining, parks, museums, library, theater, and everything else that Borough living has to offer! Easy access to major routes or a short walk to the train station and public transportation. Enjoy award-winning Central Bucks School District. A 1-yr Buyers Home Warranty is included for peace of mind!

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How to Use Marsala, Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

Friday, December 5, 2014

Pantone digs deep and goes earthy with its selection. Here are ways to make it work in your home

[Article from Houzz]
 
Though the Color of the Year selections from paint companies are geared specifically for use in home decor, Pantone’s choice is meant for broader application, such as in the field of graphic design and the fashion industry. Indeed, Marsala, Pantone’s pick for 2015, does remind me of a pair of Toughskins pants I sported as a kid growing up in the 1970s. But in all seriousness, this earthy rum-raisin hue also could work well in the home. I just think it needs to be partnered with colors that have a bit more life to them to keep the palette from feeling dull.

One in a series: Keep an eye out for more coverage of companies’ featured colors for 2015.

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20 Chinese Home Decoration in the Living Room

Friday, December 5, 2014

 

20 Chinese Home Decoration in the Living Room

Most of the Chinese people that I personally know have a way with incorporating their culture in the furniture, decor and small trinkets that they add in their homes. Today, what you will be seeing are living room spaces that have their Chinese touches in them – whether a bit subtle or super bold – take a chance with Asian furniture and design and discover its awesomeness.

Below are photos of stunning living rooms with a Chinese twist. The decorations and furniture that you will be seeing in this list is really familiar and fairly common, the designers and decorators just made sure to give it a wonderful feel. For sure, you will love the photos in this list because of their Asian feel that makes you hope to travel more and see other countries that showcase tons of culture like the Chinese people. Brace yourselves for this awesome list!

1. Asian Chic

Asian ChicImage: Lori Levine Interiors, Inc.

Asian inspired touches used to create a serene family gathering place. Please notice the use of natural materials and textures.

2. Asian Influence

Bandon BlueImage: Bandon Blue Designs

This family room sure is lovely as one Asian living room should actually look like – although of course the designer just added a couple of accents that are Asian to make it more homey and comfortable.

3. Burlington Eclectic Living Room

Burlington EclecticImage: Laura Garner Design

The contemporary-leaning interior, with its soaring ceilings and walls, huge sash windows and plenty of natural light, is an ideal gallery space for Ciambra’s art collection. “I often rotate the art on the walls if I get bored of it,” he says.

4. Diamond Head Renovation

Diamond HeadImage: Peter Vincent Architects

Another basic room as far as furniture but plants, red colored pots and Asian inspired prints.

5. Eclectic Asian Fusion

TSD GlobalImage: TSD Global Designs

Look at the interesting screen behind the red sofa chair – it sort of depicts the Chinese culture in a small scale. I love the carpet though.

6. Great Falls, Virginia Home

Great FallsImage: Fisher Group LLC

Using wood in decors and details – you can see how wood makes the Asian look come together with modern sofa.

7. Hanalei Bay Vista Estate

Hanalei BayImage: Justin Kurtz, Designscape

Beautiful Asian inspired tropical modern estate perched on the bluff overlooking majestic Hanalei Bay.

8. Hawaiian Retreat

Hawaiian RetreatImage: Willman Interiors / Gina Willman, ASID

Great looking family room; especially like the fact it has doors. Love the TV console.

9. Makena Residence

Makena ResidenceImage: Architectural Design & Construction

Soft green with wheat and medium wood tones instead of white.

10. Marin

Design StudioImage: Prescott Design Studio, LLC

This San Francisco home showcases a mix of contemporary and Asian design.

11. Marrakesh Hua Hin

Marrakesh HuaImage: Indese

Various Chinese antique elements used here for an Asian inspired living room made this room totally awesome!

12. Minneapolis Asian Inspired Living Room

Eminent InteriorImage: Eminent Interior Design

This Asian inspired living room space sits in Minneapolis’ Lake Calhoun neighborhood. The room, designed by Eminent Interior Design’s Brandi Hagen, is both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. A punch of Chinese red in the table lamp and the art work brings the room to life.

13. New York Asian Family Room

New YorkImage: Kim E Courtney Interiors & Design Inc.

Awesome set of furniture paired with awesome Asian accents on the background.

14. Noe Valley Apartment

Noe ValleyImage: Adeeni Design Group

Warm tropical yellows are very complementary to neutral furnishings. Banana and brown is somewhat of a ’70s retro color palette but it can also add a light-hearted twist to a more formal space.

15. Palm Beach Apartment

Palm BeachImage: Annie Santulli Designs

Chic but casual Palm Beach Apartment, incorporating seaside colors in an ocean view apartment. Mixing transitional with contemporary. This apartment is Malibu meets the Hampton’s in Palm Beach.

16. San Francisco Asian Living Room

San FranciscoImage: Fine Designs by Coco

Screen. Screen. Screen. Need I say more?

17. Saudi Arabia Asian-Inspired Living Room

Saudi ArabiaImage: Utopia Lifestyle

Pretty much enamored with the bells by the walls and the stunning view this home has!

18. The Azumi

The AzumiImage: Webb & Brown-Neaves Design

Look at the details of the side chairs and the little pretty wooden-paper umbrella on the left corner of the room – pretty Asian room, don’t you agree?

19. Toronto Asian Living Room

Elle DecorImage: Elle Decor

The overall furniture and theme of this Toronto living room is just phenomenal! I love it!

20. Tufenkian Asian Living Room

Tufenkian ArtisanImage: Tufenkian Artisan Carpets

Definitely fancy the red-framed photos on the wall by the dining area – and the cute throw pillows on the sofas!

This was one list to drool on because of the interesting culture that the Chinese people have. When you search for spaces with an Asian theme, it is usually the Chinese designs that pop out because they seem like the primary example of culture and design for Asia – they just differ on the decors like the Buddha’s or elephants for Thailand and so on.

By Jessa Kristia
[Article from Home Design Lover] 

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OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Dec. 7th from 1-4PM at 3246 Waterstone Court in Furlong, PA!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Check out the video here.

Here is the perfect opportunity to purchase a nearly new townhome! This 1 year old open and airy Versailles model, in the Townhomes at Heritage Center, is absolutely spotless! Beautiful wood floors throughout the main living area. The kitchen features 42" Maple cabinets, granite counter tops, large island, 5-burner gas stove, Kitchen-Aid counter depth refrigerator, double stainless steel sink. The family room includes a gas fireplace with slate surround, custom fitted Hunter Douglass wood blinds and patio door sun shade. The patio door leads to private, non-common area, with mature and newly planted trees. Main bedroom suite has a tray ceiling, large walk-in closet plus a double closet, ceiling fan and custom fitted wood blinds. The Master bath offers tile floors, luxurious soaking tub, double vanities with cultured marble and glass shower. Two additional bedrooms offers generous closets and pre-wired for ceiling fans or light fixtures. The laundry room is conveniently located upstairs. Full basement has roughed-in plumbing for another full bathroom. The Association Fee of $144 per month includes the swimming pool, fitness center, tennis and clubhouse, plus trash, common grounds maintenance, lawn care, snow removal on streets and common areas. Easy commute to New Jersey, or hop the train in Warminster to Philadelphia. 10 minutes to Historic Doylestown with all the museums, shopping, recreation areas, bike and walking trails, and fine restaurants. Wonderful value in award-winning Central Bucks School District. A one-year home warranty is provided for extra peace of mind!

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20 Contemporary Windowless Living Rooms

Saturday, November 29, 2014

 

20 Contemporary Windowless Living Rooms

When I was looking at this keyword of windowless living rooms – I was a little bit confused, because ever since college, we were always taught to add ten percent of opening to any space in the house; so planning to collect photos of windowless living rooms was a little challenging for me. This list covers twenty living rooms that do not have windows.

The 20 Contemporary Windowless Living Rooms we have for today covers small spaces and others that are located in the basement wherein designers are okay with adding skylights but not necessarily windows for ventilation since these spaces already have artificial ventilation. So, here we go – let us check the list of photos below!

1. 13 Foxley St.

13 FoxleyImage: Ruby Studio

Though not originally in the plans, a cozy spot for hanging out as a family was added to the basement at the request of Enman’s three grown children. The space is awash in warm neutrals, with pops of sunny yellow to energize the decor.

2. Apple Blossom Thornhil

Apple BlossomImage: ALLDECOR Home Staging & Design

Use functional fabrics. Keep the space family friendly by using practical fabrics such as dark upholstery that hides stains, or slipcovers and fabrics that are easily washed. “This ensures that the whole family, including the pets, can hang out in the space without great worry for the upholstered items,” says Hullinger.

3. Atlanta Media Room

Atlanta MediaImage: The Consulting House Inc.

Built out a basement and designed a media room with a reading nook and a bar.

4. Blue Dream Living Room

Blue DreamImage: Melyssa Robert Designer

I like the thick shelf look and that it does not have a recessed toe kick.

5. Blue Pickle Loft

Pickle LoftImage: Paul Welschmeyer Architects

Interesting use of color, light, integration of concrete into the design.

6. Calgary May Renovation

Calgary MayImage: Urban Abode

Love the fire place, the cabinet and the touch of purple in the decor. Actually it’s a very nice decor.

7. Canada Traditional Home with Cottage Flair

Cottage FlairImage: The Uncommon Law

A 1,500-square-foot basement takes up the downstairs, including a home theater with a custom built-in surrounding a large TV.

8. India Contemporary Apartment

India ContemporaryImage: Savio & Rupa Interior Concepts (Bangalore)

This is one very impressive living room! I want one at home!

9. Industrial Living Room

Elad GonenImage: Elad Gonen

Nice use of grey and wire coffee table; I like the chairs too!

10. John Willis Custom Home

John WillisImage: John Willis

Even light fixtures can make a difference when it comes to acoustics. Wiener suggests using fabric shades instead of glass or metal fixtures.

11. Los Angeles Contemporary Living Room

Los AngelesImage: Bliss Home Theaters & Automation, Inc.

Pick a favorite movie you’ve unearthed, throw some popcorn in the microwave and pick up some Milk Duds – you’re having a movie night. Personally, I’m going to have a Darrin’s Dance Groove party.

12. Newark Contemporary Living Room

Michael RobertImage: Michael Robert Construction

Comfortable seating, cool decor and cute frames! Love the color palette of this living room too!

13. Pacific Heights

Pacific HeightsImage: Jeffers Design Group

JDG undertook a complete transformation of this family residence, taking it from bleak to chic. The space marries custom furnishings, fabulous art and vintage pieces, showcasing them against graphic pops of pattern and color.

14. Philadelphia Lower Level Living

Philadelphia LowerImage: Princeton Design Collaborative

The panels of plain sliced maple are blueprint matched, meaning the veneer supplier took all of the wood from one tree and numbered the panels in the order they were taken off the tree so they could be placed accordingly.

15. Solaris, Vail

Solaris VailImage: Salinas Lasheras

From the toboggan and snowshoes to the gallery wall of vintage ski posters, this living area pays tribute to cold-weather sports. What I love most, though, is that the designer resisted the lodge look, taking the rest of the trappings in the opposite direction: a plush rug instead of a bearskin, a sleek sectional and mid-century modern chair, grass cloth rather than paneling.

16. Tiong Bahru Apartment

Tiong BahruImage: Architology

This living room is a little too industrial for me but I love the look of those walls and the modern coffee table!

17. United States Living Room

United StatesImage: Elad Gonen

I love the shelving in this living space; cool furniture and decor too!

18. U.S. Family Room

Roy CampanaImage: Roy Campana

Things I like in this space are – TV off ground with storage area underneath; couch, paint color, carpet, coffee table & ottomans. How about you?

19. Willow Glen Residence

Willow GlenImage: Lizette Marie Interior Design

Take a risk and paint your basement a dark color. Bold color equals a dramatic and cozy basement.

20. Gloucester Road Apartment

Gloucester RoadImage: David Churchill

This wood paneled wall adds warmth to the room, and does not allow the television to command too much attention.

There are living room layouts with two or more focal points. This list though covers spaces with no windows intended for ventilation. This design is pretty much compatible for spaces that are cold already – how do you like the spaces above? Tell us about what you think guys!

By Jessa Kristia [Article from Home Design Lover]

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OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Nov. 30th from 1-4PM at 172 Moyer Dr. in Dublin, PA!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

#OPENHOUSE: Sunday, Nov. 30th from 1-4PM at 172 Moyer Dr. in #Dublin, PA!  Bring the family!
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172 Moyer Dr, Dublin, PA 18917

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Listed by Mary Lou Erk

Coldwell Banker Hearthside

 
ID #:
6486947
List Price:
$164,900
Town:
Dublin 
School District:
Pennridge 
Bedrooms:
Bathrooms:
1 Full, 1 Half
Approx. Age:
39 
Acres:
0.05 
Taxes:
$2,852 
Assessment:
$17,200 
Zoning:
R1 
Walkscore®:
30

Room Measurements


Living Room:
23 x 12
Dining Room:
11 x 10
Kitchen:
11 x 10
Main Bedroom:
14 x 12
Second Bedroom:
12 x 10
Third Bedroom:
11 x 11
Fourth Bedroom:
0 x 0
Interior Sq. Ft.:
1457
REMARKS

First time buyers, scale down buyers or investors, this end unit townhome in Dublin Acres is perfect! Light-filled three bedroom, 1.5 baths with 2 off street parking places is ideally situated. Convenient to all major routes and walk to Dublin shopping in a pinch. Freshly painted throughout in neutral colors. Enter through the new steel insulated paneled front door with leaded glass arch window and new lockset, into the foyer with new laminate wood-tone flooring. The kitchen was just redone with Maple cabinets, granite countertops with backsplash, sink, faucet, flush mount lights over sink, under cabinet lighting, ductless vented microwave, oven, and new laminate wood-tone floor. The sliding glass door locks have been replaced and laminate floor laid in front. There is a new chandelier in the dining room. Main floor powder room with new vanity, mirror, light, faucet, and vinyl flooring. Upstairs some (6) of the custom windows have been replaced. There is new vinyl flooring in the bathroom, and the bathtub has been professionally refinished and valves replaced, a new medicine cabinet over water closet, vanity sink/countertop, added water shut-off valves to sink, new vanity doors and faucet, framed mirror, new lights. All new heat/ac vents. Laundry room conveniently located on 2nd floor. All carpets have been professionally cleaned. $105 monthly HOA includes common area maintenance, all lawn maintenance, snow removal, and community water. New tub and countertop still under warranty. Enjoy Pennridge School District. A 1-year Buyers Home Warranty is included for peace of mind!

 

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Lighting Up Your Old Home

Monday, November 24, 2014





Our old home, prior to 1826, did not originally have any lights. Candlelight was the norm, or at best, oil lamps. We found out about that in some of the storms we have had recently. It may be fun for an hour or two but gets very old when a week goes by and still no power. No, we don't have a generator. I think Fred would be called a purist!!

I went around and took some samples of the lighting we have used. When possible our lights have been recycled from auction houses and converted to a new use. For example, our master bath ceiling lights were once stage lighting.



You can angle where you want - the original track lighting, so to speak. We also have numerous wrought-iron pole lamps that provide adequate lighting in our living room, family room, bedrooms or wherever we need that extra light.





In our main hall bath, however, we were able to find lights that look old, but aren't, at any of the large box stores in our area. Don't be afraid to mix and match the old with new. We have a standard fan and light in our dining room that serves the purpose and has been there for years.





Our foyer boasts a Victorian fixture that a friend bought for us at auction.



Edison developed the first long lasting light bulb in 1879, so ushered in the age where homes could be illuminated. Quite an accomplishment! Gas lights were also used in the Victorian era so this one could have been a gas fixture first. Our master bath lights on each side of the medicine cabinet and one on a wall were all converted from old gas fixtures. We also continue to use kerosene oil lamps. When we have no power, or just want some ambiance, these oil lamps give a nice glow and are brighter than candles plus safer.



Do you have a unique light fixture that you would like to share? I'm sure I would like to hear about it and other old home lovers.

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Kitchen of the Week: Opening Up a Traditional Kitchen to a New Look

Friday, November 21, 2014

A glass wall system, a multifunctional island and contemporary finishes update a family’s Illinois kitchen

By  [Article from Houzz]
 
In 2000 Brett and Jill White moved into their Winfield, Illinois, two-level brick home about a year after it was built. They never quite felt at home with the traditional style of the home, located on a scenic site along a golf course. “We’re in the burbs of Chicago, but our style is more the lofts of downtown Chicago,” Jill says. Recently they undertook a major update, paying special attention to opening up the cramped kitchen. “We hold a lot of parties, and it never worked,” she says. Working with kitchen designer Susan Klimala, the couple came up with a more efficient layout and a fresh look, with bamboo cabinets, a new glass wall system that makes the kitchen feel more spacious and a multifunctional island with a versatile sink. The kitchen now allows them to entertain, enjoy views and spend time together.

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Just Listed! 172 Moyer Dr. in Dublin, PA!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Just Listed!
172 Moyer Dr. in Dublin, PA!
http://youtu.be/RQhctCX2ss8

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http://172moyer.CanBYours.com?rs=youtube
For more info and pics, Text "447824" to 79564
3 Bdrm 1.1 Bath Townhome in Dublin Acres

First time buyers, scale down buyers or investors, this end unit townhome in Dublin Acres is perfect! Light-filled three bedroom, 1.5 baths with 2 off street parking places is ideally situated. Convenient to all major routes and walk to Dublin shopping in a pinch. Freshly painted throughout in neutral colors. Enter through the new steel insulated paneled front door with leaded glass arch window and new lockset, into the foyer with new laminate wood-tone flooring. The kitchen was just redone with Maple cabinets, granite countertops with backsplash, sink, faucet, flush mount lights over sink, under cabinet lighting, ductless vented microwave, oven, and new laminate wood-tone floor. The sliding glass door locks have been replaced and laminate floor laid in front. There is a new chandelier in the dining room. Main floor powder room with new vanity, mirror, light, faucet, and vinyl flooring. Upstairs some (6) of the custom windows have been replaced. There is new vinyl flooring in the bathroom, and the bathtub has been professionally refinished and valves replaced, a new medicine cabinet over water closet, vanity sink/countertop, added water shut-off valves to sink, new vanity doors and faucet, framed mirror, new lights. All new heat/ac vents. Laundry room conveniently located on 2nd floor. All carpets have been professionally cleaned. $105 monthly HOA includes common area maintenance, all lawn maintenance, snow removal, and community water. New tub and countertop still under warranty. Enjoy Pennridge School District. A 1-year Buyers Home Warranty is included for peace of mind!

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OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Nov. 23rd from 1-4PM at 115 Cottage St. in Doylestown!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#OPENHOUSE: Sunday, Nov. 23rd from 1-4PM at 115 Cottage St. in #Doylestown #BucksCounty!
http://youtu.be/OXDRRJQAjMU

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For more info and pics, Text "666825" to 79564
Historic Twin in Doylestown Borough!

This historic colonial twin, circa 1878, sits on a beautiful level lot in the heart of Doylestown Borough! Charm and antiquity abound with the gleaming wood floors throughout, cheery, eat in kitchen with sliding glass doors, lots of windows, formal dining room and enormous living room. New counter tops, newer roof and siding, brand new oil heater and tank, forced air heat which would make an easy install for central air, and new water pipes to street. A rear mud room leads to the back yard, where the extra-deep lot provides for a beautiful spacious back yard and is a great place to grow your summer veggies and plants! Off-street parking in driveway. This home is located in the historic district so any changes you wish to make does get reviewed and approved by the Borough's historical review board. Walk to downtown Historic Doylestown for shopping, dining, parks, museums, library, theater, and everything else that Borough living has to offer! Easy access to major routes or a short walk to the train station and public transportation. Enjoy award-winning Central Bucks School District. A 1-yr Buyers Home Warranty is included for peace of mind!

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National Recycling Day: How Will You Get Involved?

Friday, November 14, 2014

 

Take the pledge to figure out when, where and how to recycle in your community

 [Article from Coldwell Banker]

Tomorrow is national recycling day in America, organized by Keep America Beautiful. There are so many ways to get involved, from official events being hosted across the country to creating your own way of participating.

Looking for ways to celebrate and participate? Think about this….

Did you know that only 15 percent of textile waste is recycled and nearly 100 percent of clothing can be recycled? I would have thought that number would have been much higher since we have so many easy ways to drop off our used clothing so they don’t end up in the landfill. Why not designate a spot in your closet to store clothes that don’t fit or have hung on the shelf for more than a season without wear. When that pile gets big enough, drop it off at a nearby clothing recycling bin or your local thrift shop.

Most of us are forced to constantly monitor our closet space because our homes never seem to have enough room for all our goodies. Think about hosting a neighborhood clothing swap party if the pile idea doesn’t suite your fancy. You could promote it on Nextdoor and meet some of your neighbors. You could even theme it around all the outgrown kid clothes you have piling up and little Jonny and Suzie might meet a new friend too. However, here are some homes that don’t seem to have a closet issue. A girl can always dream, right?

Even if you think clothing items can’t be resold, don’t toss it in the garbage, add it to the donation pile. When you think that shirt or pair of jeans is ruined because it either shrunk in the wash or you spilled wine all over it, don’t be so quick to toss. Clothing can be broken down and used for cleaning rags, carpet padding, rubberized playgrounds and insulation. The EPA estimates that the average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing per year. That adds up to 3.8 billion pounds of unnecessary waste added to landfills.  I know we can reduce this number if we all pitch in so why not start tomorrow and join the movement.

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JUST LISTED! Colonial Twin at 115 Cottage St. in Doylestown!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Follow this link! http://youtu.be/OXDRRJQAjMU

http://115cottage.CanBYours.com
For more info and pics, Text "666825" to 79564
Historic Twin in Doylestown Borough!

This historic colonial twin, circa 1878, sits on a beautiful level lot in the heart of Doylestown Borough! Charm and antiquity abound with the gleaming wood floors throughout, cheery, eat in kitchen with sliding glass doors, lots of windows, formal dining room and enormous living room. New counter tops, newer roof and siding, brand new oil heater and tank, forced air heat which would make an easy install for central air, and new water pipes to street. A rear mud room leads to the back yard, where the extra-deep lot provides for a beautiful spacious back yard and is a great place to grow your summer veggies and plants! Off-street parking in driveway. This home is located in the historic district so any changes you wish to make does get reviewed and approved by the Borough's historical review board. Walk to downtown Historic Doylestown for shopping, dining, parks, museums, library, theater, and everything else that Borough living has to offer! Easy access to major routes or a short walk to the train station and public transportation. Enjoy award-winning Central Bucks School District. A 1-yr Buyers Home Warranty is included for peace of mind!

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OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Nov. 16th, 1-4PM at 2666 Red Gate Dr. in Doylestown!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Follow this link! http://youtu.be/C9wZMK6OctQ

http://2666RedGate.CanBYours.com
For more info and pics, Text "71914" to 79564
4 Bd 2.5 Bath Colonial in Red Gate Farms!

Gorgeous Country home in Red Gate Farm on over an acre of ground! Nestled on a wooded hillside, this colonial home features a beautiful eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops and undermount sink, Bosch gas dual range (oven is electric), handsome cabinets and wine rack. Built-in microwave is also a convection oven! Open plan kitchen flows nicely into the sunken family room complete with Mercer tile fireplace (gas) adorned with built-in cabinetry. Adjacent is a screened porch, with new beige indoor/outdoor carpeting, that connects to the large deck, with steps down to the yard and great view of the land. Family room carpeting was recently replaced with a nice neutral tone. The formal dining room and living room have built-up crown moldings, chair rail and the foyer and staircase boast wainscoting and have been freshly painted in neutral colors. Hardwood floors are throughout. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms with hall bath including double sinks. The master boasts large custom built-ins and French door access to master bath's jacuzzi style tub and newer shower. The finished walk-out basement is perfect for an office or recreation area. Separate door to outside on this level. 3 year old well pump with acid neutralizing system on, radon system in place, and less than 1 year old LG washer and dryer. Home was recently surveyed and part of side yard would be nice for swing sets or recreational area. Two car attached garage with inside access plus plenty of parking in the newly repaved driveway with paver retaining walls which have built-in lighting for the evening. PUBLIC SEWER and private well make this an awesome choice! Gorgeous perennials with tons of bulbs for the Spring and interesting plantings for year round enjoyment! 1 year First American Home warranty for peace of mind! Central Bucks School District!

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How To Green Clean Grease From Kitchen Surfaces

Friday, November 7, 2014

 

APARTMENT THERAPY TUTORIALS

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Grease is the word. Whether you're frying up a pan of bacon or sautéing veggies in olive oil, grease splatter abounds. It multiplies in tiny little droplets and clings to your stovetop, cabinets, backsplash and any other areas close by. It's often difficult to remove, especially if you aren't able to clean it right away, so we've compiled a simple how-to for cleaning up the mess with basic items you already have in your kitchen.

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What You Need

Materials

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda and/or Vegetable oil

Tools

  • Dishcloth
  • Sponge
  • Spray bottle

Instructions

Vinegar: Pour undiluted vinegar into an empty spray bottle and apply generously to the greased surface. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, then wipe clean with a dishcloth or non-abrasive scrubber.

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Baking soda: Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge or non-abrasive scrubber and wipe down all greased surfaces. Follow with a clean, damp cloth to remove any powder residue.

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Vegetable oil: If all else fails, a surprising grease remover is non other than —grease! A natural vegetable oil on a paper towel can remove a really difficult stain. Follow up with one of the methods above for that like-new sparkle.

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Note: For extremely difficult grease stains, you can use a Phosphate-free TSP (trisodium phosphate). It is a good replacement for the toxic, heavy duty cleaners that we all want to avoid.

By Ashley Poskin
[Article from Apartment Therapy] 

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Before & After: Book Lovers Make the Most of a Boring Basement Wall

Friday, November 7, 2014

 

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Vicky and her husband had this blank basement wall just crying out for some pizzazz and they knew exactly how to get it there. Hint: it has to do with one of their favorite activities.

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From Vicky:

My husband and I like to collect books. There is just something important about holding a real book in your hands, putting it on your bookshelf when you've finished it, and lending it to someone else if it's worthy. We moved into our home last September and figured out pretty quickly that we wanted to make built-in bookshelves in our basement. We had a brick wall (the back of our fireplace) on which the previous owners had installed a random shelf. We tore it down and got to work.

What I thought would be a pretty straight forward project ended up being a little trickier, but we got through it. Lesson learned: nothing—-no wall, no floor, no surface—-is perfectly level in a house built almost 100 years ago. It took a little hard work and ingenuity, but we made something that's worthy of all that wonderful literature.

See more at Things I Made Today. Thank you Vicky!

(Image credits: Vicky Cassidy)

By Jennifer Hunter
[Article from Apartment Therapy] 

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Pond Encounter

Friday, November 7, 2014





I don't know that we would ever have put a pond in, but when we first bought our home, this big pond was included! Originally built in the '60s, it was a clay-lined pond. I say "big," I mean about 70 feet long and about 50ft. in width. It's about 3.5-4ft. in depth in the middle. It's a spring-fed pond so water is constantly moving around. Typically this type of pond wouldn't freeze over because of the constant moving water. In some really cold winters the right half would freeze but that wasn't large enough to ice skate on. When the boys were small, my husband did divert the water so the pond could freeze over. That was quite nice but didn't happen too often.



About 15-20 years ago, we had an attack of voles in the pond. According to Wikipedia, a vole is a small rodent resembling a mouse but with a stouter body, a shorter, hairy tail, a slightly rounder head, smaller ears and eyes, and differently-formed molars (high-crowned and with angular cusps instead of low-crowned and with rounded cusps). There are approximately 155 species of voles. They are sometimes known as meadow mice or field mice in North America. Vole species form the subfamily Arvicolinae with the lemmings and the muskrats.

They like to burrow and forage for food so our pond seemed the natural place!! The pond was leaking badly and in all areas. We were worried because we have some very old koi in there who can survive during the winter months by going to the bottom of the water. We didn't want to see them die.



So, my handy guy, Fred, rented a back hoe and trenched the pond, lined it with heavy plastic and refilled the trench. That seemed to do the trick and we haven't had voles in the pond again. If you haven't used a back hoe, this may not be the place to start. However, there are pond people that will come to the rescue.

Do you have a pond encounter that you want to share?


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Price Reduction! 3246 Waterstone Court in Furlong, PA

Friday, October 31, 2014

Price now reduced to $337,500 at 3246 Waterstone Court in Furlong, PA 18925-1284!  It's definitely worth taking a look!
http://3246waterstone.canbyours.com/

Price now reduced to $337,500 at 3246 Waterstone Court in Furlong, PA 18925-1284!  It's definitely worth taking a look!

http://3246waterstone.canbyours.com/

3246 Waterstone Ct, Furlong, PA 18925

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Listed by Mary Lou Erk

Coldwell Banker Hearthside

 
ID #:
6459273
List Price:
$337,500
Town:
Furlong 
School District:
Central Bucks 
Bedrooms:
Bathrooms:
2 Full, 1 Half
Approx. Age:
Acres:
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Taxes:
$5,306 
Assessment:
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Zoning:
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Walkscore®:
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Room Measurements


Living Room:
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Dining Room:
12 x 12
Kitchen:
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Family Room:
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Main Bedroom:
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Second Bedroom:
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Third Bedroom:
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Fourth Bedroom:
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BRKFT RM:
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Interior Sq. Ft.:
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REMARKS

Sad but true-seller is relocating and would love a mid January closing!!This 1 year old open and airy Versailles model in the Townhomes at Heritage Center is absolutely spotless! Beautiful wood floors throughout the main living area. This modern open space concept allows for flexible arrangements of furniture and living space. 42" Maple cabinets, granite counter tops, large island, 5-burner gas stove, Kitchen-Aid counter depth refrigerator, double stainless steel sink. Gas fireplace with slate surround. Main bedroom suite has a tray ceiling, large walk-in closet, master bath with tile floors, luxurious soaking tub, double vanities with cultured marble, glass shower. The laundry room is conveniently located upstairs. All 90 degree corners on the walls are curved! This was a nice upgrade by the builder. Full basement with roughed-in plumbing for another bathroom. Home backs into private, not-common area, with mature and newly planted trees. The Association Fee of $144 per month includes the swimming pool, fitness center, tennis and clubhouse, plus trash, common grounds maintenance, lawn care, snow removal on streets and common areas. Ideal commute to New Jersey, or hop the train in Warminster to Philadelphia. 10 minutes to Historic Doylestown with all the museums, shopping, recreation areas, bike and walking trails, and fine restaurants. Wonderful value in award-winning Central Bucks School District. A one-year home warranty is provided for extra peace of mind!

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Halloween Safety Tips

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Safety Tips

Stay safe tonight!

 

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OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Nov. 2nd from 1-4 PM at 2666 Red Gate Drive

Monday, October 27, 2014

There's an Open House! Sunday, Oct. 5 from 1-4PM at 2666 Red Gate Dr.! Come take a look! http://2666RedDate.CanBYours.com/

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Listed by Mary Lou Erk

Coldwell Banker Hearthside

 
ID #:
6456083
List Price:
$510,000
Town:
Doylestown 
School District:
Central Bucks 
Bedrooms:
Bathrooms:
2 Full, 1 Half
Approx. Age:
42 
Acres:
1.01 
Taxes:
$6,848 
Assessment:
$45,200 
Zoning:
R1 
Walkscore®:

Room Measurements


Living Room:
18 x 15
Dining Room:
12 x 12
Kitchen:
18 x 13
Family Room:
18 x 14
Main Bedroom:
18 x 13
Second Bedroom:
16 x 11
Third Bedroom:
13 x 11
Fourth Bedroom:
11 x 10
OFFICE:
30 x 23
SCRNPRCH:
16 x 15
Interior Sq. Ft.:
2631
REMARKS

Gorgeous Country home in Red Gate Farm on over an acre of ground! Nestled on a wooded hillside, this colonial home features a beautiful eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops and undermount sink, Bosch gas dual range (oven is electric), handsome cabinets and wine rack. Built-in microwave is also a convection oven! Open plan kitchen flows nicely into the sunken family room complete with Mercer tile fireplace (gas) adorned with built-in cabinetry. Adjacent is a screened porch, with new beige indoor/outdoor carpeting, that connects to the large deck, with steps down to the yard and great view of the land. Family room carpeting was recently replaced with a nice neutral tone. The formal dining room and living room have built-up crown moldings, chair rail and the foyer and staircase boast wainscoting and have been freshly painted in neutral colors. Hardwood floors are throughout. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms with hall bath including double sinks. The master boasts large custom built-ins and French door access to master bath's jacuzzi style tub and newer shower. The finished walk-out basement is perfect for an office or recreation area. Separate door to outside on this level. 3 year old well pump with acid neutralizing system on, radon system in place, and less than 1 year old LG washer and dryer. Home was recently surveyed and part of side yard would be nice for swing sets or recreational area. Two car attached garage with inside access plus plenty of parking in the newly repaved driveway with paver retaining walls which have built-in lighting for the evening. PUBLIC SEWER and private well make this an awesome choice! Gorgeous perennials with tons of bulbs for the Spring and interesting plantings for year round enjoyment! 1 year First American Home warranty for peace of mind! Central Bucks School District!

 

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Outdoor Walls, Spring House, Spring Pond

Monday, October 20, 2014


Stone wall break with steps

Outside your home, you can have divisions, whether your home has to have them because of the natural topography of the land, or whether you want to create some areas - this post is about those divisions.
The stone walls have been here for many years to create a more level yard at the bottom. Otherwise, it would have been a very steep and slippery slope. In the early 90's those walls were leaning over precariously, and I'm sure would have crumbled if not repaired. Even though my husband, Fred, is not a mason by trade, he took all the stone walls down, built them back up and re-mortared. It took one summer to do one side and another summer to do the other. We have stone steps leading up to the next level.  If you are not handy, I wouldn't recommend this as a summer project. :)

Stone wall break with steps

However, there are stone masons available that will do this job. The spring house, which pumps our water into the house, was slammed by a tree in a recent storm. Since the spring house shifted, we do need a professional to determine if it can be repaired.  Will keep you posted in a future post about what will be required.

Stone wall

If you like lots of little areas in the yard, you can minimize grass cutting by creating landscaped areas. Our natural spring was over to one side of the yard, and we wanted to hear the babbling water as it went down to the pond, so Fred built a new one. You can see in this picture and it goes down to the pond.  I will be discussing the pond In a future post. 

Stone wall break with steps

By the way, we get several seasons of watercress that grow along the stream bed. Great for salads, and I make watercress soup. Another post will be devoted to gardening, herbs and food.
If you have questions or interested in hearing more, about a particular post, don't hesitate to email me:  MaryLou@Marylouerk.com  Facebook or Twitter
 
 
 

Pond and Lily Pond

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Old Homes

Monday, October 13, 2014



I am beginning a series of blogs about my historic home. I hope I can give some insight and provoke some thoughtful conversation about whether an old home is for you. I welcome questions and comments and will do the best to answer. It will be divided into segments so that each aspect of an old home, from the roof to the basement plus any exterior outbuildings and even landscaping can be discussed.


PLASTER OVER STONE!
Our home, built prior to 1826, is a plaster over stone farmhouse. The stone used in this method was typically "rubble stone". According to Wikipedia, rubble stone is rough, unhewn building stone set in mortar but not laid in regular patterns. In our case, I'm not even sure mortar was used between the stones. It looked like a combination of straw, mud, old newspapers, etc. With a home as old as ours, many changes could have been made by the previous owners. The plaster was used as added insulation and to secure these stones, however they were placed or materials used. We are also lucky to have our home facing south to provide additional warmth in the winter months.



In the grander homes of the day, good stone was used that did not require the plaster to go over top. You can see many examples of both styles throughout Bucks County, Pa.



Maintenance - every 10 years or so, the home has to be painted. Any plaster repairs are also taken care of at this time. All the shutters which are original to the home are carefully removed, patched where needed, sanded, and then repainted. It's quite an undertaking but well worth the effort and makes your "old" home look new again.



If you have any specific questions, do not hesitate to ask. I can be reached by email, facebook or twitter.

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Now Available! 3-Bdrm 2.5-Bath Home on 4.10 Acres in Pennsburg

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Now Available! 3-Bdrm 2.5-Bath Home on 4.10 Acres in Pennsburg. Take a look here!
http://1406schoolhouse.canbyours.com/

Now Available! 3-Bdrm 2.5-Bath Home on 4.10 Acres in Pennsburg. Take a look here!  http://1406schoolhouse.canbyours.com/


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Listed by Mary Lou Erk

Coldwell Banker Hearthside

 
ID #:
6467572
List Price:
$379,000
Town:
Pennsburg 
School District:
U Perkiomen 
Bedrooms:
Bathrooms:
2 Full, 1 Half
Approx. Age:
45 
Acres:
4.10 
Taxes:
$5,418 
Assessment:
$204,030 
Zoning:
R1 
Walkscore®:
55

Room Measurements


Living Room:
22 x 13
Dining Room:
13 x 12
Kitchen:
15 x 12
Family Room:
20 x 15
Main Bedroom:
20 x 12
Second Bedroom:
14 x 11
Third Bedroom:
14 x 12
Fourth Bedroom:
0 x 0
Interior Sq. Ft.:
2036
REMARKS

Set back and high on a hillside, this outstanding custom rancher built by Paul Moyer overlooks the Upper Perkiomen Valley Park!! The 4 plus acres and setback provide privacy and the location provides all the conveniences imaginable. Convenient one floor living with traditional floor plan including lovely entrance foyer, formal living room, dining room, and family room. Kitchen with Kitchen Aid appliances, Corian type counters, and tile floor. Sit back and relax by one of the three fireplaces - stone in family room, brick in living room and master bedroom - all with propane gas logs. The rear slider from the family room invites you to the awning covered patio where you can enjoy the 18 x 30 gunite in-ground pool and the beautifully manicured and professionally landscaped grounds. Clean, unfinished basement. If you enjoy woodworking or just plain tinkering, this is a large basement which leads right to the garage for convenience! MAIN FLOOR LAUNDRY! Over-sized side-loading garage. Newer energy efficient windows, garage door and roof. Central vacuum. Backs up to forever green area - Montgomery Park District land. Zoning allows for the keeping of 3 horses - outbuildings permitted. $5000 credit provided as a decorating allowance. Side lot can be subdivided. In town conveniences with grocery, hardware store and schools close by. PUBLIC WATER. Upper Perkiomen School District. 1-yr home warranty is provided for peace of mind!

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3 Important Things to Know Before Becoming a Landlord

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

 

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If the home you own has increased in value or you’re looking for a supplement to your holdings in the stock market, you may want to consider becoming a landlord.

While some investors buy and flip homes for a quick sale, others are interested in benefiting from long-term appreciation along with the cash flow that comes from tenants.

Ideally, as an investor, you’ll have a tenant whose rent covers your mortgage payments and other costs while you can enjoy tax benefits and pay down your loan. Eventually, you can have rental income without the mortgage expense.

Real Estate Investment Basics

Buying a home as an investor rather than as an owner-occupant typically requires a higher down payment, at least 20%—and often 25%.

According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, 46% of investors paid cash for their property in 2013. Among those who financed the purchase, the average down payment was 26%.

You’ll need good credit and a low enough debt-to-income ratio to qualify for the newmortgage in addition to your current housing payment and other recurring expenses.

A lender may allow you to credit some of the potential rent payments as income, but it depends in part on your other qualifications for the loan and whether the property you’re purchasing has a tenant in place or a solid history of tenants.

In addition, you need to have cash available to pay the mortgage if you lack a tenant for a month or two—and the funds to pay for routine maintenance and repair.

Buying Rental Property

There are several factors that influence whether a property will make a good investment. For example, a REALTOR® experienced with investment properties in your area can give you good advice about neighborhoods that are popular with renters.

Your goal, as always with real estate, is to buy low and sell high—but when you’re investing, you also need to estimate the potential rental income and the probability your property will be consistently occupied.

Renters with kids often look for a location within a good school district, while young singles and couples may be more attracted by a rental near public transportation with easy access to recreational amenities and nightlife.

Next, you need to estimate the time and money required to maintain the property. While many landlords manage their property themselves, you need to realize that this means your tenant may call you with problems you’ll need to fix yourself—or have reliable contractors to call.

Some investors choose to hire a property management company, particularly if they own several properties. While using a property manager can relieve the stress of becoming a landlord, you’ll also need to pay a fee—typically 6% to 10% of the rent.

Finding the Right Tenants

Another responsibility of a landlord is to find and evaluate tenants.

A property management company can do the job for you, but you can also use a professional tenant-screening service to check credit reports, references and criminal backgrounds on prospective tenants.

Taking the time to thoroughly evaluate potential tenants will make a big difference to your experience as a landlord, since you want responsible tenants who will not only pay the rent on time but also take good care of your property.

Owning investment property also has tax and insurance implications, so be sure you consult a tax adviser and insurance agent so you understand your responsibilities.

Taking a methodical approach to buying a rental property and relying on experienced professionals for advice increases the likelihood you’ll make a worthwhile investment.

Updated from an earlier version by Emmet Pierce.

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How To Make Decorative DIY Halloween Candles

Friday, October 3, 2014

 

APARTMENT THERAPY READER PROJECT TUTORIALS

By Dabney Frake [Article from Apartment Therapy]

DIY Halloween Pillar Candles

Reader Krys shows you how to make these Halloween-themed DIY pillar candles for the holiday. You choose your image, and use a simple technique to make your own festive (and inexpensive) tabletop decorations.

What You Need

Materials

  • Candles
  • Wax Paper
  • Tissue Paper

Tools

  • Rubber Stamps or InkJet Printer
  • Colored Pencils and Pens
  • Heat/Embossing Tool or (very hot) Blowdryer

Instructions

1. Print or stamp image onto smooth, shiny side of tissue paper. Then, cut image out as close to edges as possible.

2. Place tissue paper image on candle. Secure with a bit of glue if you need to.

3. Place wax paper on top of tissue paper image (wax side down). Then, heat the area with your heat gun, embossing tool, or blow dryer until wax paper is melted and tissue paper is covered in wax. Take care not to overheat it and warp the candle itself.

4. Display and enjoy!

Head over to Krys' blog Melodrama for more photos and helpful tips for the project. And thanks for sharing Krys!

Have a really great DIY project or tutorial that you want to share with others? Let us know! We love checking out what you're making these days, and learning from our readers. When you're ready, click here to submit your project and photos.

(Image credits: Melodrama)

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OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Oct. 5 from 1-4PM at 2666 Red Gate Dr.!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

There's an Open House! Sunday, Oct. 5 from 1-4PM at 2666 Red Gate Dr.! Come take a look!
http://2666redgate.CanBYours.com/

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Listed by Mary Lou Erk

Coldwell Banker Hearthside

 
ID #:
6456083
List Price:
$517,000
Town:
Doylestown 
School District:
Central Bucks 
Bedrooms:
Bathrooms:
2 Full, 1 Half
Approx. Age:
42 
Acres:
1.01 
Taxes:
$6,848 
Assessment:
$45,200 
Zoning:
R1 
Walkscore®:

Room Measurements


Living Room:
18 x 15
Dining Room:
12 x 12
Kitchen:
18 x 13
Family Room:
18 x 14
Main Bedroom:
18 x 13
Second Bedroom:
16 x 11
Third Bedroom:
13 x 11
Fourth Bedroom:
11 x 10
OFFICE:
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SCRNPRCH:
16 x 15
Interior Sq. Ft.:
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Gorgeous Country home in Red Gate Farm on over an acre of ground! Nestled on a wooded hillside, this colonial home features a beautiful eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops and undermount sink, Bosch gas dual range (oven is electric), handsome cabinets and wine rack. Built-in microwave is also a convection oven! Open plan kitchen flows nicely into the sunken family room complete with Mercer tile fireplace (gas) adorned with built-in cabinetry. Adjacent is a screened porch, with new beige indoor/outdoor carpeting, that connects to the large deck, with steps down to the yard and great view of the land. Family room carpeting was recently replaced with a nice neutral tone. The formal dining room and living room have built-up crown moldings, chair rail and the foyer and staircase boast wainscoting and have been freshly painted in neutral colors. Hardwood floors are throughout. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms with hall bath including double sinks. The master boasts large custom built-ins and French door access to master bath's jacuzzi style tub and newer shower. The finished walk-out basement is perfect for an office or recreation area. Separate door to outside on this level. 3 year old well pump with acid neutralizing system on, radon system in place, and less than 1 year old LG washer and dryer. Home was recently surveyed and part of side yard would be nice for swing sets or recreational area. Two car attached garage with inside access plus plenty of parking in the newly repaved driveway with paver retaining walls which have built-in lighting for the evening. PUBLIC SEWER and private well make this an awesome choice! Gorgeous perennials with tons of bulbs for the Spring and interesting plantings for year round enjoyment! 1 year First American Home warranty for peace of mind! Central Bucks School District!


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Big Or Small: Which Size Home Is Best For You? [Article from Realty Times]

Friday, September 26, 2014

 

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This can be a tricky question to answer. Partly because our needs change over the years and decades. After kids leave home, maybe smaller is better but prior to that, maybe a bigger home is what you're seeking–room for the kids, dog, and tons of the kids' sleepover friends.

The trends reflect our indecisiveness too. Sometimes McMansions are on the rise and then there's the complete opposite: tiny, tiny homes. In fact, you can watch fascinating shows online about families of four with a couple of dogs moving into these tiny well-designed homes or homes on wheels.

 

While that small may be far too small, size is a big consideration. It's also something you should think about before you go house-hunting for that perfect home.

Of course,while there are many personal reasons involved in choosing which size home is the best fit, there are also some very important considerations that can help you decide.

Here are few things to help you weigh your options.

The bigger the home, usually the higher the mortgage. You pay for what you get. It's likely the mortgage payments will be more. However, a smaller home with more amenities is sometimes not that far off in price from a larger home that gives you a bit more square footage.

Think about if you are planning to stay in the home a long time. If so, getting a bit more square footage now might be better than having to move again in a short period of time when you may outgrow the home.

Decide how much home you're willing to maintain. For instance, do you want the responsibility of a big back yard or do you want to have something in a planned development, such as a town home, where there is limited yard space to decorate and maintain. That reduced yard size can give you a lot more freedom and leave you with more money in your bank account as opposed to paying for landscaping maintenance.

Do you work from home or might you someday? This is really important these days as more and more people are working from home and setting up desk space on the dining room table is not optimal. If you think you might be working from home someday, look for a home that will have enough space for you to work, even it it's just a screened-off nook somewhere in the house. No doubt, you'll find a good use for the space, whether or not you actually work from home

If you want a bigger home but aren't sure you can afford it, consider your options. Can you get a roommate? Increase your income? Decrease your debt? Or maybe you can wait a little bit longer and save more to get into the home you really want.

The important thing is to think about the size and style of home you want before you start your house-hunting. This will help you target homes that are most suitable for your needs. Be sure to consult with experts to get the best advice and find out how much home you can really afford.

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Get Free Admission to More Than A Dozen Area Museums on Saturday

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

 

Sept. 27 is Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live, and a number of Pennsylvania museums are participating.

Get Free Admission to More Than A Dozen Area Museums on Saturday

By Alison Smith:

More than a dozen regional museums are offering free admission on Saturday, Sept. 27, as part of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live.

You’ll need to register will Smithsonian here, and then you’ll be able to download free tickets instantly. The tickets can then be printed or accessed on a mobile device, Smithsonian says.

Participating in the region are:

  • Penn Museum, 3260 South St. in Philadelphia
  • The Wharton Esherick Museum, 1520 Horse Shoe Trail in Malvern
  • American Philosophical Society Museum, 104 S. 5th St. in Philadelphia
  • Woodford Mansion, 33rd and Dauphin streets in Philadelphia
  • African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St. in Philadelphia
  • Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. 6th St. in Philadelphia
  • Wyck Historic House, Garden and Farm, 6026 Germantown Ave. in Philadelphia
  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. in Philadelphia
  • The Print Center, 1614 Latimer St. in Philadelphia
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia
  • Historic St. George’s UMC, 235 N. 4th St. in Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, 15 S. 7th St. in Philadelphia
  • The National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East in Philadelphia
  • Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 2008 Delancey Pl. in Philadelphia
  • Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road in Chadds Ford
  • American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, 1220 American Blvd. in West Chester

Find the full list of participating museums here.

[Article from Patch] 

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Just-listed Home at 3246 Waterstone Ct. in Furlong, PA!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Here is a beautiful, just-listed home at 3246 Waterstone Ct. in Furlong, PA to feast your eyes on!
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