As regards sellers helping buyers with closing costs, I'd have to say that 90% of the time buyers request help with closing costs - it is the norm these days for closing costs to be one of the inclusions in an Agreement of Sale - and I would say that normally the seller does help the buyer with some closing costs (a buyer's general closing costs on a $200,000 house, for example, with an FHA loan at 5% interest rate and 3.5% downpayment, would approximate more than $18,700, and many buyers wouldn't be able to get to the settlement table without some assistance from the seller.)
However, conventional lenders will only allow 3% sellers assistance, and coming soon, FHA will also be reducing their maximum allowed sellers assistance down to 3%, so fairly soon the most a seller will be ABLE to assist a buyer will be to the tune of 3% of the agreed-upon sales price.
Regarding market values of home in Birdsboro, according to the year-over-year statistics tracked by the Multiple Listing System, the Birdsboro average sales price increased in the past year by 12.31% and home sales increased by 10./53% over last years sales, as well. Average days on market (the length of time a house spent on the market before going under contract) was 166 days, which is pretty long - but it does look as if Birdsboro's home values are pretty stable.
If you'd like more information on the current real estate market in your area, or would like to get an idea of what your specific home might fetch on the market, please feel free to give me a call at 610-207-0172 or drop me an e-mail, and I would be happy to help.