A Day in the life of a Main Line Realtor® – Part 13

Main Line Realtor®Main Line real estate is a market well known to all who live here, but a mystery to those from the outside.  This Main Line Realtor® knows how difficult it can be to explain the area that I cover. Although all the towns are distinct in character, they run one into another with no break or visible boundary line, making it difficult to search for homes using the traditional means. “What do you mean,” out-of-town clients ask, “How can the area cover 3 counties and multiple townships? What is a Township anyway? Why is one zip code used for areas that are in 3 counties?  Why don’t you just call it ‘Villanova’ or ‘Devon’ or ‘Ardmore’?”

Main Line Real Estate got its name from the commuter train line that runs into these suburbs from the City of Philadelphia, which was originally known as the Main Line.  Passing through small neighborhood stations, the neighborhoods around the train eventually closed in to make one large suburb, but the individual station areas retained their character and nomenclature. With the growing emphasis on public transportation, the rail system has become a real asset for the area.

Matching a new client to the right neighborhood on the Main Line is part of the challenge of being a good Main Line Realtor®.  Do they want to be minutes from the city, in an older, slightly denser neighborhood, or will they need a large lot with a newer home, most of which will be further west?  Are they looking for more of an estate neighborhood or a small town community feel?  We have it all, with many permutations.  Many of the original neighborhoods were settled by specific groups—the Welsh, Irish, etc., but those distinctions have largely gone away.  Still if a client is looking for a good religious (Quaker, Catholic, etc.) school, or any other particular need, a Main Line Realtor® needs to know where those solutions are located and what the surrounding housing options are.

Since the Main Line offers so much in the way of good housing stock, educational opportunities, award-winning  health facilities and proximity to cultural attractions, it is a stable and usually rising market. Less volatile than the nearby City real estate market, the right home on the Main Line can be an excellent investment.

So on this day in the life of a Main Line Realtor®, it is fitting that my office looks out onto the tall oak trees surrounding the commuter line into Wayne, PA, a town with all the charm of an ideal childhood hometown to those who are lucky enough to live here.  We have sidewalks, a brand new local library, our own Arts and Crafts-designed movie theater, a real 4th of July Parade with antique cars, bands and horses, and plenty of mom and pop shops and restaurants where the proprietors know your name.

Welcome to the Main Line, if you can figure out where it is!

 

 

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)

 

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!"

Read more about what our clients have to say

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!"

Read more about what our clients have to say

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.