Top Main Line Real Estate Firm Sage Realty Discusses How the New Property Tax Laws Impact 2017 Tax Filing

March 23, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA – Tax season is here, and many homeowners are wondering how recent changes to the tax code will affect their tax filings – as well as their property values.  Sage Realty, a respected Main Line real estate agency, wants people to know the impact of the 2017 law changes in 2018. In fact, property values are expected to go up slightly in 2018, even considering the tax code changes in the estimates.  A recent report by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) predicts that overall, prices in the U.S., and for Pennsylvania specifically, will increase about 4.2%

A Day in the Life of a Main Line Realtor® – Part 20

Spring is supposed to be here. The first day was yesterday. But this Main Line Realtor® is not seeing the usual signs. First of all, we are experiencing a huge snowstorm! No one wants to have their house on the market in this weather! The low inventory has affected the entire United States, but weather issues plus low inventory can make a Main Line Realtor® a little dispirited. My instinct (usually reliable) is that we will have a burst of new listings as soon as this weather changes, which would be wonderful news for my buyers. They are just not finding anything right now. At least they believe me that I am telling them everything that is available. Many buyers are suspect of the process and particularly about knowing all the houses that are for sale here on the Main Line or wherever they are looking. On-line resources are both a boon and bane for agents because they help buyers feel they have alternate sources but they also provide a lot of mis-information that needs to be corrected during the home search process. Only the multiple listing service that Realtors® subscribe to has requirements that the data be accurate and up-to date. Other sites then “pull” certain pieces of information and post them, but do not always keep the site current and do not always pull correctly. Realtor.com is the most accurate, as it is part of the National Association of Realtors®. But even that site can have issues. This Main Line[...]

Homes Sold in Radnor Township in February 2018

In February, 17 homes sold in Radnor Township, 10 for over 90% of the asking price and 9 for over 95%. In Tredyffrin Township, 19 homes sold. Of those, 16 went for over 90% of asking price and 9 for over 95%. This is reflective of the low inventory and time of year but a positive sign for prices generally.   Call Sage Realty to Learn about Homes Sold in Radnor Township and the Main Line Real Estate Market At Sage, we stay up to date on the Main Line real estate market. We know what buyers are looking for and we know what sellers need to do in order to get the best price for their homes.   We are committed to helping each Main Line buyer or seller achieve success and we never practice dual representation. To learn about the trends in homes sold in Radnor Township and other Main Line communities, or to get skilled real estate guidance, contact Sage today.

How Much of a Down Payment is Needed for Buyers Seeking Homes for Sale in Wayne?

Many first-time buyers seeking homes for sale in Wayne and other Main Line communities worry that the necessary down-payment will be too much to allow them to qualify for a mortgage. However, you may be surprised to learn that 61% of first time home buyers make less than a 6% down payment, according to National Association of Realtors’® latest Realtors® Confidence Index.

A Day in the Life of a Main Line Realtor® – Part 19

Make Your Listing Convenient for Buyers to View Sometimes being a Main Line Realtor® has a lot in common with my other profession-an attorney. That is especially true when changing hats from the Buyer agent side to the Listing agent side. Just like in lawyering, you have to be able to see both sides of the “case” to be able to represent your client well. The best results in both professions come when I keep in mind the needs and wants of the other side when negotiating. That does not mean, of course, that this Main Line Realtor® gives things away that might be contrary to my client’s best interests. It does mean that I try to give the other side everything they want that costs my client very little. That way, I am more likely to get the important things for them. Of course, all of this involves a completely separate set of negotiations with my own client, who has the ultimate authority and whose buy-in I have to earn as part of the process. Who said this business is easy? I also have to wear 2 hats when advising a listing client how best to market their home. Often, this involves explaining why they need to make the showings as easy as possible for the prospective buyers and, by extension, their agents. The other day, I set up 8 appointments for Main Line homes in geographic order with proper times in between each listing for the travel distances. About 10 minutes later,[...]

Sage Realty Explains the “Secret” of Why Actual Transactions are Down on Homes for Sale in Wayne

February 26, 2018 – Wayne, PA – The Main Line Realtors® at Sage Realty have noted that sales of homes have decreased in the area, but that this fact in no way indicates that buyer demand for homes for sale in Wayne have dropped. Sage explains that the underlying reason for the reduced sales is lack of inventory of existing homes. Sage real estate agents note that home sales year over year actually increased, but they would have had a much stronger increase if available homes for sale were in better supply. The sellers’ market that dominated Main Line real estate in the summer and fall of 2017 is still going strong, but since buyer demand is unabated, those seeking to purchase homes for sale in Wayne will have to be ready to move when the right house comes onto the market.

Radnor Township Home Market Sales Update for January 2018

In January, 11 homes sold in the Radnor Township home market, ten for over 90% of the asking price and 6 for over 95%. This is reflective of the low inventory and time of year, but a positive sign for prices generally. Call Sage Realty for Information About the Radnor Township Home Market At Sage, we are well versed in Radnor Township home market trends as well as trends in other Main Line communities.  That knowledge and our experience is a big advantage when looking to buy or sell a home. To speak to a Sage Realtor® about how we can help you have a more successful home buying or selling experience, contact us today!

A Day in the Life of a Main Line Realtor® – Part 18

Changes are Constant in the Real Estate Business I love my job as a Main Line Realtor®, but some weeks in the real estate business are a bit like spinning wheels in the snow. Two clients who had been looking for a very long time with limited success finally found what they were looking for and went under agreement to buy; this Main Line Realtor® was very happy for them. In both cases, the clients then elected to terminate the deal, and being an agent means you are responsible for doing what the client wants you to do in the best way possible. Hopefully soon my clients will find just the right place.

Walkability is Key to Buyers Seeking Homes for Sale in Main Line Communities

The trend has been building, and according to a recent study by the National Association of Realtors®, more and more of the buyers across the country, including those looking for homes for sale in Main Line communities like Wayne and Bryn Mawr, place a high value on walkability. Close, walkable access to community features and even to workplaces has become a very popular home feature. Of 3000 residents surveyed, over 70% agreed that walkability, closeness to highways, and short commutes were important factors in their choice of home.

The Main Line Real Estate Professionals at Sage Announce Predictions for the 2018 Housing Market

January 28, 2018- Philadelphia, PA – With the New Year will come new challenges to Main Line Realty, as well as real estate across the country.  Based on its long years of experience buying and selling across the Philadelphia Main Line area, Sage Realty offers several predictions for what the 2018 Main Line real estate market will look like.

Featured Testimonial

I moved to PA from Washington State and learned that realty is local. There were things that I thought I knew about buying a house previously but boy was I wrong. Linda was very patient with me but also did not hold back when she saw potential problems, and always made sure I had all the information I needed before making a decision and didn’t belittle concerns to just get a sale. Above all else, and this was the most important thing to me, Linda has a high ethical standard, is very transparent in her approach and is someone I trusted making one of the biggest decisions of my life. – A. Lindsay (Courtesy of Google)

 

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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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Sage Buyer Tips

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.