Monday, March 6, 2017

Conshohocken, PA Real Estate Update

Did you know, the average days it took a home to sell in Conshohocken was 27 days quicker this February compared to last February? And the average sale price increased by over 3%! If you're looking to move here, what are you waiting for?

Conshohocken has become the place to live (check out it's ranking here www.niche.com), invest and entertain over the last few years. It's convenient to highways, has 2 regional rail stops, nestled along the Schylkill River trail and has a vibrant downtown!

According to studies, living in a walkable neighborhood increased a homes value, desirabilty and not to mention your quality of life!
Have you used Walkscore.com before? It's a fun and easy tool to see what's around such as schools, trains or restaurants and determine how 'walkable' a property is.
Here is a great opportunity for you to invest in , as the equity in the building and neighborhood continues to increase:
300 W Elm St. Unit 2413 Conshohocken, PA 19428

The Grande at Riverview

300 West Elm Street

Walk Score of 300 West Elm Street Conshohocken PA 19428


300 W Elm St. #2413

Overlooks the Pool and Courtyard

Open floor plan- great for entertaining!
Sources: http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2015/07/23/clients-value-walkable-neighborhoods
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-homebuyers-want-now-walkable-neighborhoods/

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Gilbertsville, PA is Hot Hot Hot

Over the last 3 decades, Gilbertsville which is part of New Hanover Township, has spiked in development and population. Over the last 10-15 years, both national and local builders such as; NV/Ryan Homes, Beazer, Gambone Brothers, Sal Lapio and TH Properties have been assisting with the growth by developing new neighborhoods.
Fun Fact:
The name Gilbertsville derived from the large number of Gilbert family, descended from Hans George Gilbert who relocated from Hoffenheim, Germany in 1750. He and his sons Bernhard and Johan George Gilbert are buried in the New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Churchyard. The village was originally a part of McCall's Manor.

Gilbertsville is within Boyertown School District and located conveniently near Rte 100, 73, 663, and 422. If you love golfing, shopping and quaint bars and restaurants- this may be a great town to call your own.

I have just the home for you too- 112 Marisa Lane- just 3 years old, lovely upgrades throughout and spacious layout!


Golf courses just around the corner too!


Contact me for more details and a private showing:
Kelly Steyn
484-343-2406
Kelly@PhillyLiving.com

Friday, January 6, 2017

Green Living in 2017

You have probably heard the term "VOCs" and know it's a negative thing. But do you know why and understand how they affect you and the environment?   Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are organic compounds that easily become vapors or gases. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects according to the EPA. They are common in paints, stains, adhesives, and glues, which means that many 'safe' building materials may make indoor air toxic because they’re paired with them.

When you do decide to paint, consider manufacturers using low to or zero-VOC lines, such as Benjamin Moore with its Aura and Natura brands or Ecos and SafeCoat


If you change out your flooring, it's important to research the product, but also the adhesives and varnishes that adhere layers of solid pre-engineered boards together. If you're refinishing old floors or using reclaimed board, natural oil is best. 


Just remember, when you purchase products, materials, and systems to remodel a home you already own or are thinking about selling, ask questions! Here is some basic information organized by category:

http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/green-basics

Household cleaners can be another source of unhealthy chemicals. First of all, most cleaners contain dangerous solvents, acids and other hazardous chemicals that have been proven to cause irritation to noses, eyes, and lungs. Some of these chemicals are proven to cause indoor air pollution, and some are suspected carcinogens-especially with repeated and prolonged use. Secondly, they are bad for the environment once flushed down the drain and into our water systems.
(source: http://ecocycleecobuzz.blogspot.com/2011/03/dirt-on-household-cleaners.html)

It's very simple and affordable to actually make your own cleaning products! I currently make my own disinfectant, hard surface floor cleaner and air freshener! If I can do it, anyone can! 
Here are some recipes to get you started: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/green-living/natural-cleaning-recipes

Other helpful sites:
https://living-future.org/declare/about/red-list/ cites chemicals to watch out for; called the "Red List"
Useful guides include the nonprofit Environmental Working Group and Tree Hugger.

Ask professionals, do your research and determine what's best for you and your family! 

(Sources: http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2016/11/understanding-vocs-and-indoor-air-quality?om_rid=AAAmDu&om_mid=_BYZs0sB9W3kUB$&om_ntype=RMODaily)