It is always a very hot issue, one that stirs up heart felt emotions, when talk is made of closing down an elementary school. Neighbors, home owners, parents, teachers, students, local business owners and taxpayers, all have strong opinions about what should happen to the Caln Elementary School in Thorndale. Its never a simple issue and parents whose children attend Scott already welcome the idea. What are some of the alternatives and reasons for the strong opinions?
Tell me what your opinion is.
Ruth Parker, Realtor,Keller Williams Realty Midway
Many are surprised to see what good deals
can be found in Coatesville area for investors, for first time buyers and families hoping to move up into a larger home with land. This area has history providing some beautiful historical mansions and homesteads. Located just minutes from Lancaster and Philadelphia, a convenient location for living and playing. Check out this real estate website devoted to the Coatesville area.
I watched with pride as I sat in a meeting the other day with Faith Based leaders from the Greater Coatesville area and representative from the Chester County Commissioners office, Terence Farrell, and from the Chester County Department of Community Development, Pat Bokavitz. There was very sincere and honest dialogue there about improving Coatesville. The question was asked, "As faith based organizations, how can we best help the County with their difficult task of dividing up a shrinking supply of funds to a growing supply of critical needs?" The answer put by the Commisssioner Terrell was, "Please continue improving the souls and spirits of members of your community. That is something that you can do that a governmental body can't."
One of the other speakers said that the attitude and pride of ownership would improve immensly, making the economic growth in the community improve, as the hearts and minds of the individual citizens were changed. The biggest problem in Coatesville, in West Chester, in Chester County and in the United States is a Spiritual one. We shouldn't be asking God to work a miracle and limit His answer to a government source. Instead of demanding that more money be given by the government (using tax money) for meeting our neighbor's needs, lets put on our coats and boots and get out there on our blocks, and do whatever we can for each other. If your church members can't provide a needed service, refer your neighbors to the church down the block that can. With over 70 churches just in the City of Coatesville area, there is no excuse for our city to not be improving daily!!
I live in Coatesville, and I am proud to work in Coatesville. Check out my website for current homes for sale right now in the Greater Coatesville area. www.RuthSellsCoatesville.com
or look at this show of Beautiful Coatesville, PA. www.realestateshows.com/468225
Part 2 Short Sale progress report.
Its been a few weeks since we got the home on the market. I put some nice bright yellow mums out front, but the two tall oaks in the yard dumped on them and buried everything. We are maintaining the electricity and water so the crowds of short sale buyers will be comfortable looking around. Even though we are now listed at $185,900 (started out at market value $214,900), no one is even looking at it yet. It is a wonderful opportunity for some buyer or even investor who isn't in a hurry. We are pulling together the paperwork for the bank's short sale division, all ready for an offer when and if it comes. Price will continue to go down until we have an offer. Its a great house. Take the virtual tour and if you are interested in purchasing it, contact me. I will give another update next week. http://realestateshows.com/437888 www.RuthParker.net
I have a home listed in Coatesville that I was hoping would not end in foreclosure or short sale. It is one thing to really know and like the house, the construction, the open beams, the shady side porch, the fenced in back yard... but it is another when you know the people who lived there, ate at the picnic table with the peeling paint, sipped lemonade on a hot day on the side porch feeling the breeze and cooling shade from the HUGE oak tree in the front yard. Now that they have had to move away, before the equity in their home had a chance to develop, the waves crashed around them, the market receeded leaving them beached. The home is caught up in the receding values in Coatesville and all of the surrounding area. This is good news for some lucky buyer. They will find this home to be a solid Stone Harbor.
Heres a link to the property flyer http://www.realestateshows.com/flyer.php?id=437888
Now that we know it is going to have to be a Short Sale, we need to submit papers to the bank and start the process. Would you like to take a sail with me to learn how a Short Sale works? Climb aboard and watch your step.
Coatesville is feeling down but her pride is still strong. Individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own walk the streets among the steeples and the bars, remembering when this town was the happening place. Lukens Steel plant employed 1000's of men and women and due to a change in the market's needing the products of Steel, jobs were lost. Skeletons of the buildings and equipment loom over the horizon of the once beautiful and thriving town. Once gainfully employed men and women now frequent the bars and churches looking for significance and hope. There are bright days ahead in Coatesville but those days lie on the other side of a dark veil of purposelessness. Yes, the City needs a new identity, purpose, vision. Something that could allow people to lift their heads again and watch as neighborhoods go back to work, lawns are well tended, the trains and buses start and stop regul
arly in town again, outsiders visit the local restaurants and movie theaters again. Lottery sales will go down, crime will go down and new grocery stores and shops will go up. I saw a burned out house being worked on the other day. It looks beautiful now. The delapidated row homes are crying to be revived and the prices are very low. Is there someone out there who believes in Coatesville's revival? Is there someone out there who will fix up some houses and let them become homes to the many families who are homeless now due to foreclosure? If you are out there, willing to invest in this great city, the needs are great and so are the opportunities. Come and Get it. I will send you a list of all the homes listed under $50,000 in Coatesville.