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:

Location:
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?

Cost:
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.

Lifestyle:
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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Relocating to Philadelphia

Relocating to a new region, state, or city can be tough. As a child we moved 4 times to 4 different states. We made our way from St. Louis Missouri and ended in Royersford, Pennsylvania over a 20 year span.  Before the internet, I'm impressed how my parents made such a big decision with little research or knowledge. They did a great job though- each town was a wonderful place to grow up!

How do you choose where to live? Where do you begin?
Unlike the 70s, 80s and 90s when my parents moved us around, today we can do so much on the internet to learn about areas, schools and even utilize virtual maps to see certain things.

Here are some tips on how to begin:

First, figure out what's important to help narrow down areas. For example:
School Districts and/or specialty schools
How close (or far) do you want to be to shopping, grocery stores, parks, church, etc
Finalize your Price Point and annual Taxes. This will help narrow down towns you can/want afford

Second, talk to your new colleagues to get "real" opinions. Keep in mind, they are most likely bias opinions, but at least it can offer some advice!

Thirdly, do your online homework,
Here are some helpful websites to check out:
http://www.schooldigger.com/stateuserrankings.aspx
http://www.greatschools.org
http://www.realtor.com
http://www.walkscore.com
http://www.city-data.com/forum/

Check out township websites once you've narrowed those down. A lot of towns have Facebook pages too!

Lastly, do some leg work. Once you've determined a few towns, drive around, go to grocery stores, visit coffee shops, etc. This is the only way to get a good sense of the area. It takes time, but it's worth it.

Even with this accessible information, it's still essential to work with a Realtor. They will provide more details about what's happening in the area in terms of prices, parks, statistics, etc. They usually live and work throughout the area and can provide professional opinions and guidance.

If you know someone moving to the Philadelphia region, I can help! I have my NJ and PA real estate license which comes in handy when helping Philly work based individuals and families. Contact me today!