A Day in the Life of a Main Line Realtor® – Part 9

Being a Main Line Realtor is my dream job, really. You want entrepreneurship? Nothing beats the job of a Main Line Realtor who has no association with the big firms in the area.  I have to be good at marketing, salesmanship, psychology, negotiating, construction methods, legal matters, office leasing, hiring and time management. But I also get to set my own hours, select my clients, hire the best associates, and support my favorite causes through my company. Recently, a friend decided to list her house with me. I am fortunate in having an associate who specializes in the Main Line neighborhood where this house is located and we worked as a team to come up with a strategy that resulted in my friend getting much more for her home than she had expected.  Truly a win/win situation. What I hate about taking a listing from a friend is that you have to tell them to do things in order for their home to sell. Most people love their home the way it is!  So having my associate explain that the books needed to be thinned out, the wood floors should be exposed, the deck should be power-washed and the roof had to have the leaves blown off was such a relief to me. Luckily, we had another friend living in the same Main Line neighborhood who had recently done all the hard work as well, and we sent our new clients over to talk to her about how she did it.  What a[...]

Consider Boomer Home Buyers When Remodeling your Main Line Area Homes for Sale

Boomers will be more and more involved in the search for Main Line area homes for sale as more are looking to find homes where they can age in place. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently reported that builders’ and developers’ year over year confidence in the 55+ Single-Family Housing Market has been increasing since 2012. This news bodes well for the Boomer generation, in that they will have a better chance of finding homes that meet their particular needs. Today’s homeowners may want to consider those needs when remodeling their homes in order to appeal to a wider audience when they put their Main Line area homes for sale on the market. Desirable Home Features for Boomers Some of these features will naturally appeal to Boomers looking for Main Line area homes for sale, because Boomers have been through the stage of choosing home features that are more practical for growing families. Now they can choose homes with features that simply improve their quality of life. Some of the features listed below will offer obvious advantages to seniors as physical mobility is challenged, even if no current need is evident. Master Suite on the Main Floor As mobility becomes an issue, aging Boomers are less inclined or able to climb stairs on a regular basis. Many do like the idea of a separate space, either upstairs or downstairs, for visiting family members or other guests. Lots of Light We need more light as we age. Bigger (or more) windows, quality lighting fixtures and[...]

A Day in the Life of a Main Line Realtor® – Part 8

This Main Line Realtor® is feeling very lucky to have such good clients lately. People who have been through the home buying or selling process more than once bring a few pre-conceived notions to the table, usually based on bad experiences, unfortunately. But they offer this Main Line Realtor® a chance to educate, outperform and over deliver, which is very satisfying. Working with first-time home buyers is rewarding, but working with experienced home buyers is actually often really fun! My buyer with her pre-teen daughter had only a limited period in which to find a home and was initially sure that would be too tight. Her lease was being terminated because the owners were returning to the States and they did not give her much notice. So we sat down and made up a list of her “must-haves” and went to work. Inventory is a little tight and she further limited her geographic area to one particular school catchment. In cases like this one, the Main Line real estate options can be slim, but having a detailed search set up that sends notices the moment a house gets listed really helps. She knew that she had to drop everything and go see any house that looked good as soon as it came on. And whenever possible, we had the daughter come along as well. Kids often have strong opinions about houses and make astute comments about their suitability that parents might miss. I remember one young man telling his mother that[...]

Top Remodeling Ideas to Make Main Line Homes for Sale More Appealing

In this season’s sellers’ market, what makes Main Line area homes for sale appealing to buyers? In some ways, the factors are different for everyone, but some basic tenets apply to a majority. These tips can help you make choices in a home remodel or simply give you great ideas for making your home show better if you are in the process of selling. Kitchen and Bath Remodels Increase Home Appeal In a recent article, Michael Shaw of Centennial360 commented that “Buyers want modern amenities and styling, and most aren’t interested in renovating post-purchase.” As homeowners make choices in updating their homes for their own comfort, they should keep this in mind in case they decide to sell in the future. Some updates are even quite affordable, so if you are just looking for ways to increase buyer interest, think about some of these options. Repaint Adding a fresh coat of the latest (or classic) color paint can change the whole look of your kitchen. The crispness of new paint on the walls AND molding really makes a difference in the initial impression that your kitchen makes on homebuyers. Add Accents Natural stone adds a feel of luxury, so you could add a backsplash in the kitchen or an accent wall with veneer. Other backsplash options include ceramic or metal tile accents in kitchens. Any of these materials will be functional as well as eye-catching. Replace Worn Flooring Tile floors can crack or chip over time and wooden floors can get scratched. If your floors are making your[...]

A Day in the Life of a Main Line Realtor® – Part 7

This is the time of year for more-than-full-time hours for this Main Line Realtor®.  When business is slow, such as during the winter holidays, this Main Line Realtor® complains, but drafting contract addenda at 11 PM on a Sunday is not a bed of roses either!   But it is all good!  Main Line real estate is booming, particularly for sellers, who are receiving multiple offers. We have 2 buyers closing this month who were in multiple offer situations and got the house, which is great, although it does present a challenge as we go through the inspection and final issues when the seller knows they have the leverage of perhaps one of the other offers still being in the wings. Another set of friends is down-sizing out of state and listing their home with us.  I love helping people I know get to the right place!  These friends, like many, have over 30 years of “stuff” to re-allocate to their new place, a resale outlet, or to the curb. Tough choices.  And the timing has to be perfect with the new home closing preferably after the old one sells, so they will not have to liquidate investments. Like most down-sizers, they prefer to pay cash rather than take on another mortgage. Timing is the aspect of real estate that should get a whole lot more attention from the agents than it does, in this Main Line Realtor’s® opinion. Most Sellers prefer to get their homes on the market either before or slightly[...]

The Experienced Main Line Realtors® at Sage Realty Discuss Renting vs. Buying a Home

Home ownership is a dream for many Americans, however, a large portion of them are still renting homes. Why are so many people reluctant to buy when in most cases, renting is more expensive? Sage’s Main Line Realtors® discuss home buying vs. renting. Financing is the leading cause of stress for new home buyers, with many worried about the ability to save up for a down payment. New home buyers can have difficulty accumulating cash for a down payment, but some may have access to gifts from parents or can tap into their tax-deferred accounts. Even though, according to a recent Welcome Home survey released by the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® (PAR), 1 in 3 home buyers who have an income of less than $50,000 can pay for their new home with cash, these are mostly older buyers who are using the proceeds from the sale of their previous home. While saving for that large of a sum can be difficult, saving for a lower down payment is doable. Finding the right lender is key to real estate success. As Main Line Realtors®, we find that many potential home buyers still have the impression that they will be required to have a 20% down payment. The truth is, a buyer can purchase a new home with as low as a 3% down payment. That percentage is a lot less daunting and makes home ownership more achievable for many. In addition to down payment worries, many renters feel that their credit scores are too[...]

A Day in the Life of a Main Line Realtor® – Part 6

We are fast approaching the busiest time of year for Main Line Realtors® and Main Line real estate in general. We have 2 closings this month, have interviewed 4 new clients, have been on a listing presentation and unfortunately lost out on a house that had 4 other offers. The house was for our buyers who really need to find a home quickly (due to the imminent birth of their 4th child). Do you believe it? Five offers on this house located in a top neighborhood, priced exactly right and in pristine condition. That is the way to do it when you sell.

A Day in the Life of a Main Line Realtor® – Part 5

What a change Spring has brought for this Realtor® and our Main Line area! People are popping up like the many colorful bulbs that appear this time of year in our beautiful Philadelphia Main Line.  New clients are fun and I love the process of getting started with them. Thankfully, past clients have been sending potential buyers my way lately and those are always the best folks to help.  They already understand the need to find the right agent first and they have a sense of comfort having been referred by someone who had a good experience.

Our Experts Explore the Key Role of Pricing When Listing Homes for Sale in Wayne, PA

The latest data shows that the more your home is above market value, the less visibility you will receive on the marketplace. Many sellers across the region are facing listings issues which cause their homes to remain on the market for months. Few elements play as important a role within the sale process as the price of the home compared with its market value. We will explore how to price your Wayne, PA houses for sale effectively and strike a balance that assures a fast sales process and a strong return.

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  • "We were so pleased that a co-worker recommended someone in the area that she trusted. Boy, did we strike gold on all counts. You are amazing!"
  • "Instead of trying to take advantage of conflicts of interest, she puts the client's interests first."
  • "Linda is a hardworking, proactive and knowledgeable realtor. Throughout the process of finding and buying our new home, she was always responsive and kept us up to date on every detail."
  • "Linda and the group at Sage are the right fit. You won’t find more knowledgeable, prepared and professional agents."
  • "Linda and Tracey really know the Main Line area."
  • "Throughout the entire process we never doubted that she always had our best interests in mind. We wouldn’t consider anyone else when buying a home on the Main Line."
  • "From start to finish, Linda brought to bear a most helpful combination of experience, knowledge, attention and integrity on a somewhat complicated transaction. There was never any doubt that she represented our interests."
  • "Her knowledge of the area helped us quickly narrow our search and ultimately scored us an amazing home in an incredible neighborhood."
  • "It is hard to trust when you are not sure of the rules of the game. Working with Linda made us feel like we were family. Linda took her time to relay and explain everything in detail."
  • "Linda’s honesty and real estate savviness made for a wonderful home buying experience!"

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Hear from our Clients

  • "We were so pleased that a co-worker recommended someone in the area that she trusted. Boy, did we strike gold on all counts. You are amazing!"
  • "Instead of trying to take advantage of conflicts of interest, she puts the client's interests first."
  • "Linda is a hardworking, proactive and knowledgeable realtor. Throughout the process of finding and buying our new home, she was always responsive and kept us up to date on every detail."
  • "Linda and the group at Sage are the right fit. You won’t find more knowledgeable, prepared and professional agents."
  • "Linda and Tracey really know the Main Line area."
  • "Throughout the entire process we never doubted that she always had our best interests in mind. We wouldn’t consider anyone else when buying a home on the Main Line."
  • "From start to finish, Linda brought to bear a most helpful combination of experience, knowledge, attention and integrity on a somewhat complicated transaction. There was never any doubt that she represented our interests."
  • "Her knowledge of the area helped us quickly narrow our search and ultimately scored us an amazing home in an incredible neighborhood."
  • "It is hard to trust when you are not sure of the rules of the game. Working with Linda made us feel like we were family. Linda took her time to relay and explain everything in detail."
  • "Linda’s honesty and real estate savviness made for a wonderful home buying experience!"

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Use Sage Buyer Tips to research the Main Line and stay up to date on real estate news. This online destination is chock full of resources for buyers and sellers: you can see our Main Line communities or explore Sage favorite places. Browse properties here and search other Main Line real estate. With Sage’s advice and experience, first-time buyers and those looking to upgrade can find homes best suited to their needs.