Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Home for the Holidays

During this time of year, no matter what religion or holiday you observe or how you celebrate, we all have a common theme of gathering at a home and surround ourselves with the ones we love. And don't deny it, we surround ourselves with the food we love too!

Over the years, I've had the pleasure of traveling to my siblings homes or have them here in Pennsylvania for the Holidays. You see, when there's 5 of us and each living all over the US and Canada, it's a rare occassion for us to be together for major events. So when we are, it's big deal! Here are some of my favorite things about my family holidays:

Dallas, Texas 2009 my 3 nephews and niece (we've grown since then!). Having kids around during the Holidays makes it even more fun in my opinion!

Ginger Bread making contest with my mom and sister, Linda. We are a competitive family!


Calgary, Canada in 2011. COLD but beautiful! It's amazing how cold -11 degrees feels. And people (including me) are out playing in it!

Each "home" had their own traditions, decorations and foods which has made the holiday memorable.

A lot of people aspire to have a home of their own to host gatherings and hang up decorations. I work with a lot of people that find personal value over financial gains when deciding to buy a home and I totally understand! A home is more than a roof over your head. It's a tradition and memory.

If you know someone wanting to celebrate the holidays in their own home next year, let me contact them today so we can make that a reality!

Kelly Kneeland Steyn, Realtor®, SRES
Keller Williams Real Estate
(215) 646-2900 Office
(484) 343-2406 Cell
(267) 419-2970 eFax

RE License: PA-RS306853 NJ-1109349

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Living in Phoenixville

Growing up in a town next to Phoenixville, I've had the opportunity to see the the area transition into one of the most desirable places to live. From the school system to restaurants and shops, the town has really progressed while keeping it's historical charm. 

Do you know the history of Phoenixville? 
According to  Phoenixville Historical Society; "Manavon was settled in 1732 and incorporated as a the Borough of Phoenixville in 1849. In its industrial heyday early in the twentieth century, it was an important manufacturing center. It was the site of great iron and steel mills such as the Phoenix Iron Works, boiler works, silk mill, underwear and hosiery factories, a match factory, and the famous (and now highly collectible) Etruscan majolica pottery. Like so many American towns and cities, Phoenixville owes its growth to its waterways. 
It is not only situated on the broad Schuylkill River, an historic thoroughfare to Native Americans and early settlers alike, but it is bisected by the fast-flowing French Creek, which was quickly harnessed for waterpower. Phoenixville has the largest registered historic district in Chester County. Many homes have been maintained and improved. Many stores have retained their Victorian facades."

One of the reasons why I love the Philadelphia region is all of the history behind every town. Phoenixville has a great mix of history and fresh new things! Downtown & just outside the main drag is constantly bringing in new restaurants, shops, salons, real estate, etc. 

If you're wanting to be a part of all the fun in Pville, here's a great house currently for sale:

Visit the town for a day and you'll be hooked. Here are some sites with helpful information:

If you're looking for other houses for sale in Phoenixville, please contact me. I'm here to help!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Finding the right 55+ community

I'm not sure if you're noticed, but there are numerous Active Adult 55+ communities being built throughout the Philadelphia region. The baby boomers are retiring and adult communities are in demand!

Do you know someone that is thinking about moving to an age restricted community over the next couple of years? Here are some questions to think about when choosing the best community:

Do you prefer living close to family/friends or in a particular area for health or weather reasons? Do you want to live in a development with minimal amenities within a city or prefer a more isolated community that meets all your social needs and includes all the onsite amenities you desire?

How much can you invest in your new house and what is your monthly budget for living expenses? Remember to include all Homeowner Association (HOA) fees and any upfront move-in fees if applicable.

What types of activities and amenities would improve your quality of life? Do you want a residence close to major cities? Are you interested in a "niche" community of people with the same interests/priorities/beliefs?

Tax and Financial Impact:
Expert advice now could save you thousands and improve your options during retirement. How will the move impact your tax liability, especially for capital gains with you sell your home? If you have to pay a large "up front" fee, will that be returned should you decide to leave?
What are the property taxes in particular areas?

If you'd like a free brochure with some additional tips, contact me directly.