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By Frank Dolski Associate Broker | Agent in 18901
  • What Factors Should Buyers Consider When Purchasing A Home?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Philadelphia, Financing in Philadelphia, Home Ownership in Philadelphia  |  September 17, 2014 8:09 AM  |  14 views  |  1 comment
    There are many buyers in a variety of categories who have different “wish Lists”, requirements and sometimes they are unsure and should be educated prior to making such a huge decision. I have compiled a list of suggestions to consider that I would recommend to buyers.

    1.       Buy a home within your means! Plan your home purchase carefully and make sure that you have done your homework in terms of financing. Do not buy any other large purchases during the loan process until you settle on your new home. Your loan office should be able to direct you.

    2.      Location, Location, Location! This is still the greatest factor in determining value, appreciation and is the #1 Rule when purchasing a home. Location within a specific area and to a micro level on where it is located in the community a home is located all makes a difference on the net worth of a home. For example, a home located on a busy road with no privacy may not be worth the same value as the same home (all things equal) located with on a lot with woods or privacy. The fact is that it may seem like a good value but you will reduce your buyer pool when you resell because a busy road backing to a home may seriously affect the value of what your next buyers are willing to pay.

    3.      Make up a wish list! Include a “must have” list as well as amenities that you would like to have. This is more critical when purchasing a new home. When buying new construction, focus on structural items that cannot be done in the future or may be cost prohibitive. Understand that you have a budget but try to make educated choices. Some popular choices include: Walk-out basements, extended kitchens and family rooms, basement height, 2 versus 3 car garages, morning rooms, basement plumbing rough-ins, type of façade and various upgrades throughout the home. Ask yourself this question. What value do the upgrades make to future appreciation? Your Realtor® should be able to give you advice in this area!

    4.     Schools – When purchasing any Real Estate, one of the greatest factors is the quality of a school district. Even if you don’t have school age children, many buyers purchase in specific areas because of the quality of schools. Do your research in this area! It is a critical factor for resale.

    5.      Home Inspection – It doesn’t matter if it is resale or new construction; make sure that you hire a professional inspection to inspect your home. I highly recommend a pre-dry wall inspection on all new construction!

    Many of the homes that I list and sell are in the greater Philadelphia area. Townships such as Buckingham, Solebury, New Hope Borough, Newtown, Upper Makefield, Montgomery, Warwick and Doylestown are only just a few areas where I represent buyers and sellers. These are only a few suggestions to consider when purchasing a home and there are many other considerations. Please feel free to contact me if you are considering buying or selling a home whether it is now or you are planning for the future. I would also like to hear your thoughts on what buyers should consider when purchasing a new home.

    Frank Dolski   MBA, ABR, e-PRO
    Associate Broker
    Certified Relocation Specialist
    Previews Luxury Home Specialist
    Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors
    215-803-3237 (mobile)
    215-794-1070 x-103
    f.dolski@cbhearthside.com
    www.FrankDolski.Com

    2006-2013 Top Producing Agent and Agent of the year for Coldwell Banker Hearthside in Lahaska Office!
    2013 Coldwell Banker President’s Circle Recipient – Top 6% of all Coldwell Banker International Realtors.
    Ranked in the top 1% of all Bucks County Realtor in 2013!

  • So Your Home Won’t Sell. Now What?

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Philadelphia, Curb Appeal in Philadelphia, Remodel & Renovate in Philadelphia  |  July 6, 2014 8:49 PM  |  69 views  |  No comments

    Perhaps your home has been on the market for 6 months, a year or even longer. What is the issue? No showings? Why isn’t selling?

    There are many reasons why a home will not sell. Perhaps it is overpriced, the market is slow, or what if there were things in your control to help your home sell.  It is easy to blame a Realtor/Broker and switch to a 2nd or 3rd Realtor/Broker. But sometimes this is not the issue and many times, all of this may be avoided. Selecting a new Realtor may not be the answer.

    Here is a list of ideas that will help you to sell your home quicker and in most cases, for more money.

    Preparation

    The first thing that you must do is to involve a Realtor® before you consider listing your home.  An assessment is done on what you need to do to prepare your home for sale. De-cluttering is typically the first step as buyers do not want to see a cluttered house. A Market analysis is also performed at this time.
     Fact: Reducing unnecessary stuff will make each room look larger and more appealing. This comes down to how much "stuff" you have on your kitchen counters to how your bookshelves are organized (or not) to how many items are on a coffee table. Less items throughout your home shows a more organized room and the perception of a larger room.

    Updates: This goes hand in hand with preparation. If your competition has it, you better! Using a professional stager is critical and for me, I use Creative Staging and their assessment is of no cost for my clients. It may be as simple as painting, caulking or adding granite or new appliances. The return on investment must be calculated but I assure you that in the majority of cases, the ROI is well worth it! Occasionally, I hear “The buyers may not like the colors we pick” or “we’ll just give a credit”. Totally not true! I have my stager help to pick the paint colors, granite, carpeting and whatever needs to be done with close colabration with the sellers and I.  Consistently lowering the price is an option but do you really want to do that? My professional opinion is do it right the first time! I can site many situations and give you dozens of recommendations but trust me, it works!

    Curb Appeal: The exterior must look as good as inside or better! The first impression is lasting! So, freshen up the outside by weeding and mulching and adding some landscaping if needed. Exterior painting, power-washing, driveway sealing and gutter cleaning are only some of my suggestions. If the outside of your home does not look good, you may never get buyers inside! Dressing your home to sell is essential.

    Pictures

    Good pictures and videos give buyers a clear vision of how your home shows. Poor pictures can have buyers and Realtors overlook your listing. It is imperative that good pictures are taken of every room and from different angles. 90% of all buyers go on the Internet to look for homes. If the pictures are poor and the home may really show well, they may overlook your listing. Sun glaring or uneven pictures are distracting and do not depict a clear image of your home. Feel free to visit my website at www.FrankDolski.com and look at my listings for some example of the pictures that I post. Professional photographers are sometimes used but make sure that they are experienced with architectural /Real Estate pictures.

    The greatest complaint and I look at it as an opportunity up front is that I have is “that when sellers do not listen and roll the dice”. Or. “Let’s see what happens”.  Six months later after numerous price reductions I am asked what I am doing to sell their homes. Let me be clear that this is not the majority but the minority of educated sellers that Realtors represent. Sure it is nice to be the second or third Realtor in but I’d rather see sellers be proactive. So, remove that wallpaper, paint those rooms and employ a team effort with your Realtor® to place your home in its optimum condition. Please feel free to contact me if you are considering listing your home. I service buyers and sellers of Real Estate in the greater Philadelphia Suburbs in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and the adjacent counties. Cites such as Doylestown, Buckingham, Newtown, North Wales, West Chester and New Hope, just to name a few.  Feel free to contact me. There is a difference!

    Frank Dolski   MBA, ABR, e-PRO
    Associate Broker
    Certified Relocation Specialist
    Previews Luxury Home Specialist
    Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors
    215-803-3237 (mobile)
    215-794-1070 x-103
    f.dolski@cbhearthside.com
    www.FrankDolski.Com

    2006-2013 Top Producing Agent and Agent of the year for Coldwell Banker Hearthside in Lahaska Office!
    2013 Coldwell Banker President’s Circle Recipient – Top 6% of all Coldwell Banker International Realtors.
    Ranked in the top 1% of all Bucks County Realtor in 2013!

  • Ultimate Skiing At Your Backdoor!

    Posted Under: General Area in Philadelphia, Entertainment & Nightlife in Philadelphia, Parks & Recreation in Philadelphia  |  June 3, 2014 2:34 PM  |  280 views  |  No comments

    Are you getting ready to pack up and move to BucksChesterMontgomeryLehigh, or Philadelphia County areas?  Yes?  Have you ever considered what fun activities you’ll be able to plan for you and your family?  There are a countless number of opportunities and places to go to have fun, including driving up to some of the most popular ski resorts around here! Listed are some of the best slopes in the general area.

    Blue Mountain
    Blue Mountain is best known for skiing, boarding, and snow tubing in the Winter, and Disc Golf, Mountain Biking, Adventure Camp, Adventure Parties, Meetings, Weddings, Teambuilding and more during the Spring, Summer, and Fall! Here, there is something to do for everyone, all year round!  Check out the website at http://www.skibluemt.com to learn about experiencing more blue and how to plan a family trip today!


    Jack Frost Big Boulder
    Snow comes first here at this premier Pocono resort.  With 21 different slopes and terrains that include learning hills to advanced slopes, this mountain is perfect for first timers all the way to advanced skiers and boarders.  Plan your visit and buy your tickets for the upcoming winter seasons at http://www.jfbb.com.


    Elk Mountain Ski Resort
    Always dreamed about skiing and boarding in Vermont?  Well now you can closer to home!  Elk Mountain is the “skiers’ choice” because “it’s like skiing in Vermont without the drive!”  With over 27 trails, this mountain has the most challenging terrain in Pennsylvania.  Learn more about Elk Mountain and what this mountain has to offer at http://www.elkskier.com 


    Camelback Mountain Resort
    If you thought this resort was only good for the famous waterpark and mountain adventures, you thought wrong.  This resort also offers skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and so much more fun!  Camelback Mountain is a place where kids can be kids, adults can be adults, and families can be families.  Whatever level skier or boarder you are, Camelback will make you feel comfortable and right at home!  Begin planning your winter fun today at http://www.skicamelback.com. 

    Shawnee Ski Resort
    Known for its "aggressive snow making and quality grooming," this resort is located right in the heart of the Pocono Mountains.  Shawnee Ski Resort offers activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and some.  Visit 
    http://www.shawneemt.com to learn more about this resort and how to plan a trip for you, your family, and friends today!

    Please contact me for additional information if you are considering settling down in BucksChesterMontgomery,Lehigh, or Philadelphia County areas.   I am here to help guide you on your journey in buying Real Estate, and I hope to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible.  If you already live in this general area and have not yet visited these ski resorts, I highly recommend you start planning your winter vacation today!

     Frank Dolski   MBA, ABR, e-PRO
Associate Broker
Certified Relocation Specialist
Previews Luxury Home Specialist
Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors 
215-803-3237 (mobile)
215-794-1070 x-103
f.dolski@cbhearthside.comwww.FrankDolski.Com

2006-2013 Top Producing Agent and Agent of the year for Coldwell Banker Hearthside in Lahaska Office!
2013 Coldwell Banker President’s Circle Recipient – Top 6% of all Coldwell Banker International Realtors.
Ranked in the top 1% of all Bucks County Realtor in 2013!

  • Let The Good Times Roll At Local Theme Parks!

    Posted Under: General Area in Philadelphia, Entertainment & Nightlife in Philadelphia, Parks & Recreation in Philadelphia  |  June 3, 2014 1:08 PM  |  103 views  |  No comments

    "Let The Good Times Roll" At Theme Parks Local To Bucks County, PA!

     

    Perhaps you are thinking about moving to the Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, Lehigh,  or Philadelphia County areas? Maybe you already live here or perhaps are visiting? Finding the perfect home is a important but what are your going to do here for fun? There are many things to do in the area and one of the best that I like to do is visit theme parks. Roller Coasters are may favorite rides and these parks sure do have some good ones! Listed are some of the best theme parks in the general area!

     

     

    Hersheypark

     

    Hersheypark has been putting smiles on people’s faces and has been a place for families to build memories for over 100 years.  With 12 thrilling roller coasters, 14 water attractions, and over 65 rides and attractions, there will never be a dull moment for anyone at any age!  Learn more about this park at http://www.hersheypark.com/.

     

    Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

     

    Here, there is something for everyone!  A day at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will leave every family member dreading to go home.  The wide variety of roller coasters, thrill rides, family and water rides will make this trip a very special one.  Learn more about Dorney’s thrilling rides and fabulous food at http://www.dorneypark.com to make your stay at the park as enjoyable as you’d like it to be!

     

    Knoebels Amusement Resort

     

    Knoebel’s is the largest free admission amusement park in America!  What’s better than free?  “Free Admission, Free Parking, Free Entertainment, Free Picnic Facilities all make Knoebels a great place for an affordable family outing.”  Go on rides and attractions, go camping, or go swimming all at Knoebels Amusement Resort! Learn more at http://www.knoebels.com/.

     

    Sesame Place Theme Park

     

    Sesame Place is designed to allow kids and parents to laugh and learn their way through this park.  With over 18 dry rides, a number of water rides, and shows and parades that give families a chance to meet the characters of Sesame Street, this vacation will be one to remember!  Go to http://www.sesameplace.com to learn more about all the events Sesame place has to offer.

     

    Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark

     

    Did you know Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark is the biggest water park in Pennsylvania?  There are more than 37 rides, slides, and attractions here at Camelbeach.  Splash your way through this park on a hot summer day with family and friends!  Buy your tickets today at http://www.camelbeach.com.  

     

    Six Flags Great Adventure

     

    Looking for a relaxing day with young children or a thrill-filled day for dare devils?  You found the perfect place! Six Flags Great Adventure has not only family rides, but in fact “some of the fastest, tallest, wildest, gut-wrenching-est rides in the country—including a few record breakers.”  Go to http://sixflags.com to start planning your memorable trip. 

     

    If you are considering moving to the Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh, Chester or Philadelphia counties, please contact me for additional information. Buying  Real Estate is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make and I am here to help. Or if you already live in the area, there is much to do in terms of year round entertainment and visiting theme parks are only just one of my favorite things to do!

     

     

    Frank Dolski   MBA, ABR, e-PRO
Associate Broker
Certified Relocation Specialist
Previews Luxury Home Specialist
Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors 
215-803-3237 (mobile)
215-794-1070 x-103
f.dolski@cbhearthside.comwww.FrankDolski.Com

2006-2013 Top Producing Agent and Agent of the year for Coldwell Banker Hearthside in Lahaska Office!
2013 Coldwell Banker President’s Circle Recipient – Top 6% of all Coldwell Banker International Realtors.
Ranked in the top 1% of all Bucks County Realtor in 2013!

  • Historic Doylestown, Pennsylvania, One Of America's Favorite Small Towns!

    Posted Under: General Area in Philadelphia, Parks & Recreation in Philadelphia, Home Buying in Philadelphia  |  December 14, 2013 7:24 AM  |  467 views  |  No comments

    Doylestown has a rich history and has received numerous accolades over it's 250 plus years.  Caroline Hickey, a senior researcher for the National Geographic Guide to Small Town Escapes, has said that Doylestown has an artistic legacy, naming former area residents James A. Michener, Oscar Hammerstein, Pearl S. Buck and Henry Mercer. "Plus there's a bunch of places, like potter and tile works, the Bucks County Playhouse, the nearby historic Washington Crossing, and lots of local festivals". Doylestown has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservationas one of it's 'Dozen Distinctive Destinations' for combining a dynamic downtown, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscape, and a strong commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and revitalization. The Trust explained that Doylestown is a place "where four world-class museums are within walking distance," and went on to say it "rivals many large cities such as nearby Philadelphia with its world-class cultural facilities, elegant Victorian architecture, and historic attractions. Its commitment to the arts is exceeded only by its ingrained preservation ethic."

    Early Beginnings
    In 1640 Edward Doyle immigrated to America from Ireland and lived for a time in Rhode Island until he moved to Bucks County upon receiving a land grant from William Penn in 1692. After his death in 1703, Edward Doyle's children remained in Bucks County and settled in the area of present day Doylestown.
    In 1745 the town was officially founded when the Doyles family built an inn, resulting in the town being referred to early on as "William Doyle's Tavern" and "Doyle's Town." William Doyle went on to construct seven taverns in the mid-eighteenth century, including The Fountain House, which has been the center of Doylestown life for over 200 years and the only remaining of the seven taverns built by Doyle. The first part of the building was constructed in 1758. Owned by a Tory during the American Revolutionary War, it was seized by government authorities and sold at auction. Throughout the 19th century, The Fountain House hosted, in addition to a tavern, the first Doylestown post office, and a stagecoach line connecting Philadelphia and Easton. “William Doyle’s Tavern” marked the crossroads in the Delaware Valley for tradesmen who met there to arrange transport of their goods to the major cities of the day: New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. While they waited for the ferrymen from Correyell’s Ferry (New Hope) or Swede’s Forde (Norristown) they slept in their wagons and hoped for good weather. Travelers could now share a hot meal and a pint or two with other tradesmen and merchants before settling into their wagons for the night. The Fountain House was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

    In 1777, George Washington and his Army passed through Doylestown durning The Occupation of Philadelphia. One year later in 1778, George Washington and his Continental Army camped near Doylestown, on their way from Valley Forge to fight the British in New Jersey.

    In 1813 Doylestown became Bucks County’s government seat. Area solicitors began to build homes and offices across the street from the courthouse. This created a compact group of Federal style buildings known as “Lawyer’s Row.” The courthouse brought new business, which brought inns, public houses and shops. You could now spend the night, have a meal, and shop for goods while waiting for the ferrymen.

    A Town Flourishes

    By the time Doylestown incorporated in 1838, the town was rich in diverse architectural detail: Victorian mansions, Gothic revival homes and Federalist offices were all built in this period.
    An electric telegraph station was built in 1846 and the first gas lights were introduced in 1854. In 1856, a railroad line, a branch of the North Pennsylvania Railroad,  was completed between Doylestown and Philadelphia and shortly thereafter the present-day Doylestown Train Station was built. In 1869 Doylestown establish a water works followed by the first telephone line in 1878, the same year that a new courthouse was erected. 1897 saw the first of several trolley lines connecting Doylestown with Willow Grove, Newtown and Easton beginning operation. 

    Due to the town's relatively high elevation and a lack of strong water power, substantial industrial development never occurred and Doylestown evolved to have a professional and residential character. The mid-nineteenth century saw a boom in residential building with several large tracts, located east of the courthouse, being subdivided into neighborhoods. The next significant wave of development occurred after the Civil War when the 30-acre (120,000 m2) Magill property to the southwest of the town's core was subdivided for residential lots.

    The Mercer Museum of the Bucks County Historical Society in Doylestown


    Henry Chapman Mercer

    In the early 20th century, Doylestown became best known to the outside world through the "Tools of the Nation-Maker" museum of the Bucks County Historical Society. Henry Chapman Mercer constructed the reinforced poured concrete building in 1916 to house his collection of 40,000 mechanical tools and utensils of early American Life. Mercer feared losing his properties to fire after witnessing his Uncle lose his own fortune in the Great Boston Fire of 1872 and this is what compelled him to make them of 'fireproof' concrete.
    Mercer had a deep love of dogs and found companionship in his own Chesapeak Bay Retrievers. At one time Doylestown officials decided that there were too many loose dogs on the streets, and rounded them up. They then announced that any dog unclaimed and unlicensed after five days would be destroyed. Mercer quickly bought fifty collars and fifty licenses and attached them to the impounded dogs, allowing them to go free in the street again. "Now they're legal," he explained!
    Upon his death in 1930, Mercer also left his similarly constructed home Fonthill and adjacent "Moravian Pottery and Tile Works", to be operated as a museum. The home was left on the condition that his housekeeper be allowed to live there for the rest of her life. She lived there and gave tours until the mid nineteen-seventies.

    1930s
    By 1931, the advent of the automobile and improved highway service had put the last trolley line out of business and Doylestonians were forced to embrace the automobile as the primary means of travel within the region. The Great Depression took its toll, as many grand old houses constructed a century earlier fell into disrepair. During the 1930s, the Borough also expanded its land area to the north by admission of the tract known as the Doylestown Annex.

    Post War Boom

    In the decade following World War II, Doylestown's business community boomed. During the 1940s, streets were paved for the first time in two decades and parking meters were introduced downtown in 1948. However, the Borough's post-war housing boom did not begin in earnest until the 1950s, when 550 new homes were built. This housing boom continued into the 1960s and 1970s, as more than 1,600 new homes were built during those decades and the Borough's population grew from 5,917 in 1960 to 8,717 in 1980.

    Revitalization

    As with many small towns across the country, the growth of the post war decades also brought a new competitor to the downtown business district—the shopping mall. By the 1960s, the toll could be seen in Doylestown by the numerous vacant buildings and dilapidated storefronts in the center of town. The Bucks County Redevelopment Authorityresponded with a federal urban renewal scheme that called for the demolition of 27 historic buildings to make room for a huge parking lot. The Fountain House, a town landmark, was to be removed. Fortunately, Doylestown's citizenry opposed that approach and responded with its own plan called Operation '64—the Doylestown Plan for Self-Help Downtown Renewal. This private initiative was successful in saving Doylestown's old buildings and historic character, while improving business at the same time. One historic landmark that could not be saved was the 80-year-old courthouse and clock tower, which was replaced by the present county complex in the early 1960s.

    By the end of the 1980s, the downtown business district was again showing the toll of massive new competition from the latest wave of suburban shopping centers, as well as the recession that hit hardest in the northeastern states. In response, the Borough Council established a volunteer group of civic-minded representatives from business organizations, government, and the residential community to begin to formulate plans for the downtown area in 1992. This effort resulted in streetscape improvements composed of cast iron street lamps and brick pavers, facade improvements and other beautification efforts, and the establishment of a Main Street Manager Program.

    Looking Ahead

    As the 1990s progressed, the downtown rebuilt itself largely by turning to an out-of-town audience. Doylestown had long been respected as a bucolic tourist destination. The gentry of Philadelphia and New York maintained country estates in the area—including figures of the Manhattan theater and literary scenes— who often summered there. The Mercer Museum, Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, and the local National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa brought a regular stream of short term visitors through the area as well. With charitable support, the art decoCounty Theater was restored and reopened showing arthouse fare, and a new main library and art museum were built around the ruins of the old stone jail, across the street from Mercer's castle. An official "resort town" designation exempted the area from liquor licence caps and empty commercial space began to fill with a dense and vibrant nighttime scene of bars and restaurants.

    This development goes hand in hand with the broader development of the region; as the Philadelphia metropolitan area expanded from southern into central Bucks County, the fields and farms of the communities around Doylestown quickly began to sprout housing developments. This development brought thousands of people to the area, but the neighborhoods created often lacked longstanding institutions or discernible centers. Centrally located Doylestown has been able to position itself as the regional center of culture and nightlife.


     

    The County Theater in the Doylestown Historic District


     

    Main Street


     

    Borough Hall of Doylestown

    As you can clearly see, Historic Doylestown Borough and Bucks County in General has lots of history! Perhaps you ant to stop for the day or stay the weekend in a nearby hotel? In any event you will not be disappointed! Or maybe you are considering moving to the area?  If so, Please contact me of visit my website at www.FrankDolski.Com or stop and visit me at Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors located in Peddler's Village!

    Respectfully Yours!

    Frank Dolski   MBA, ABR, e-PRO
    Associate Broker
    Certified Relocation Specialist
    Previews Luxury Home Specialist
    Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors
    Ranked #1 In The State of PA in 2012 For Affiliated Coldwell Banker International Realtors
    2012 Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite Award
    2010-2011 Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle Award
    215-803-3237 (mobile)
    215-794-1070 x-103
    f.dolski@cbhearthside.com
    www.FrankDolski.Com

  • How Safe Is Your Home From A Fire?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Philadelphia, Home Selling in Philadelphia, Home Ownership in Philadelphia  |  March 30, 2013 5:44 PM  |  498 views  |  No comments
    Fire Safety In The Home. Is Your Home Safe?

    My Name is Frank Dolski, Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors in Lahaska, PA.  I represent buyers and sellers in Real Estate in Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh, Philadelphia and Chester County Area in Pennsylvania.  Doylestown, Buckingham, Quakertown, Perkasie, Newtown, New Hope, Jamison. Yardley, N. Wales and Langhorne are only a few of the towns that where I cover.  This business facinates me and I learn something new everyday.  One of the most important things that I have learned is regarding Fire Safety. 

    One thing about this business is that I meet people.  One of the most influential and knowledgeable people that I have met is Ed Pfeiffer, the Fire Marshall for Warwick Township, PA. Selling homes in the township requires a U & O.  So, I run into Ed quite frequently and I learn something everytime we meet.  I wanted to post one of the recent articles that Ed Wrote:

    Smoke Detectors Part 1


    Our Problem

    Whenever firefighters are dispatched to a residential fire, our system has failed. Fire codes, fire officials, fire prevention efforts and a lot of individual homeowners have failed. Although all fires are not preventable, traditional thinking has been directed at preventing
    them from starting. This is a good plan and has prevented many fires from beginning. However, history has shown that this isn’t good enough. Fires happen in all kinds of homes, big and small, to the rich and the poor. Reasons include, careless cooking, recalled appliances, electrical products of China, careless smoking, candles, children playing with matches, old wiring, and a million others.

    Early smoke detection is fundamental to preventing the cause of the smoke to progress into a fire. Most fires occur when the residents are home. How many fire incidents have you seen or read about that
    have caused you to ask, how did the fire get that big and they were home? This is the first in a series of articles that hopefully will help readers understand the importance of smoke detectors. Most of us have upgraded our computer and phones. Could it be time to upgrade your detectors?

    Wireless
    interconnected smoke detectors – new technology for older homes.

    Ed makes some very valid points.  One thing that I have learned as a non expert, that smoke detectors must be wired so they all sound at the same time.  What would happen if a fire occurred in the basement and you were sleeping without a wired system? It may be too late by the time the fire hits the second level. Thus the importance of a wired system with battery backup! The newer technology allows for radio communications via wireless smoke detectors. They too have batteries and talk to each other.

    For me, selling a home is great but I would like to know that buyers are safe long after they move in and sellers are safe while they live there. Buying a home is a huge investment and a home can be replaced.  A life cannot be replaced so do your best to be proactive and learn as much as you can to make your homes a safer place to live! NFPA also has some very good tips on fire safety. I'd also like to hear any comments or ideas that you wish to share regarding this topic.

    Frank Dolski   MBA, ABR, e-PRO
    Associate Broker
    Certified Relocation Specialist
    Previews Luxury Home Specialist
    Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors
    Ranked #1 In The State of PA in 2012
    For Coldwell Banker International Affiliated Realtors
    2012 Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite Award
    2010-2011 Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle Award
    215-803-3237 (mobile)
    215-794-1070 x-103
    f.dolski@cbhearthside.com
    www.FrankDolski.Com

  • Why is it so critical to use a Realtor to represent you as a Buyer’s Agent on the purchase of new construction?

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Philadelphia, Home Buying in Philadelphia, Financing in Philadelphia  |  January 30, 2013 4:37 AM  |  446 views  |  No comments

    The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has indicated that new construction increased in 2012 and will only continue to increase in 2013. So as a buyer, what is the process and how are you represented in the purchase of new construction?

    In the state of Pennsylvania, the Consumer Notice clearly defines agency which includes the definition of a buyer’s agent, a seller’s agent, a dual agent and a transactional licensee.  In the case of new construction, the builder is represented by a seller’s agent. They only represent the builder and do not represent the buyer as clearly defined in the Consumer Notice.  My recommendation is that anyone who is considering buying or even looking at new construction strongly consider employing the services of a buyer’s agent, who is typically “free” to buyers! You should do this prior to your first visit to a any new construction site and your Realtor® should also accompany you.

    What are the benefits of buyer representation? My name is Frank Dolski and I am an Associate Broker/Realtor with Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors located in Bucks County, PA. I represent buyers in areas such as Buckingham, Doylestown, New Hope, Newtown, Furlong, Jamison, and many areas in Bucks and Montgomery counties.  There are many reasons why I encourage buyer representation on new construction and I will site a few reasons to do so:

    A buyer’s agent will represent you from start to finish in every aspect of the transaction. That means from the signing of the agreement of sale to settlement. They will help you to negotiate the best possible price for the property including options, lot premiums, and overall price.

    I review all contract verbiage to insure that there is no “hidden verbiage” and insure where applicable that some be added where warranted. Keep in mind most new construction contracts are written by attorneys who represent the builder and these contracts are therefore heavily weighted in favor of the builder. A Buyer's Agent with assist in evaluating alternatives to a particular new construction development (may include showing other homes, visiting other new construction sites, gathering info on other options).  Also included is evaluating the selection of building lots, especially for future resale value. Some options can be deferred until after construction and some are critical which may not able to be done at a later time. All this helps buyers to make an informed and confident decision.

    A buyer's agent can assist the in directingg you to the the appropriate Township to review plans regarding easement restrictions and future development surrounding the area. This is critical because you may want to put in an in-ground pool on a lot that will be restricted by the township or you may own wooded areas where you may never be able to thin out the trees to expand your yard. Builders are required to disclose plot plans, easements and otheer disclosures but it is always best to have a Realtor represent you to review all of these documents as you are executing the contract or better yet, prior to execution!

    As a buyer’s agent, I also recommend that at a minimum, a pre-drywall home inspection is down to insure that there are no obvious defects which could not be seen after the drywall goes up. I also
    recommend a final inspection as any new home purchase is a huge investment.

    Assist the buyer in attaining financing and a review of the financitng paperwork, settlement charges on the HUD1 settlement sheet. I also help the buyer to select a title company with various options.

    Attend a pre-settlement walk-through to help determine a punch list and the give a second opinion for any obvious defects.

    My objective as a buyer’s agent for new construction or resale is to help the buyers make informed decisions during every step of the process.  Again, I strongly encourage all buyers to strongly consider using a Realtor® to represent them when purchasing a newly constructed home. Most if not all builders rely on Realtors to help to sell their inventory. It is our responsibility as a "Buyers Agent" to get you the best possible deal and represent you every step of the way!


    Frank Dolski
       MBA, ABR, e-PRO
    Associate Broker
    Certified Relocation Specialist
    Previews Luxury Home Specialist
    Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors
    2012 Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite Award
    2010-2011 Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle Award
    215-803-3237 (mobile)
    215-794-1070 x-103
    f.dolski@cbhearthside.com
    www.FrankDolski.Com

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