Monthly Archives: July 2014

Clue #3 in 7/25/14 Guess the Address Contest!

This spacious Swarthmore twin is ALMOST ready for you!  I think this may be your last clue…

You know what to do – if you can guess the address of this house before I reveal it on this site, I will buy you a one year subscription to The Swarthmorean weekly newspaper! Clue #1 is hereClue #2 is here. Below is Clue #3!

The location’s great – in a word, it’s convenient

Now comes the clue, for any who’ve seen it,

Have you, on your evening walks,

Ever seen this flower box?

Clue #3

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Clue #2 in 7/25/14 Guess the Address Contest!

As you know, I will soon be marketing a spacious Swarthmore twin!  While the owners scramble to prepare for your visits, I’m having fun teasing you with clues!

You know what to do – if you can guess the address of this house before I reveal it on this site, I will buy you a one year subscription to The Swarthmorean weekly newspaper! Clue #1 is here. Below is Clue #2!

Despite being built in historic days

There’s something playful about this place:

Cheerful hues on every wall,

Beds of flowers large and small,

It’s charming and handsome, but never solemn!

Now… do you recognize this column?

Clue #2

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New Guess-the-Address Contest 7/25/14!

Charming Swarthmore Borough Twin coming up in the $300,000 to $325,000 range!

I am very excited to be introducing this home to the public very soon! As the sellers make a few last-minute preparations, I get to have my fun teasing you here!

You know how this works – if you are the first to guess the address of this new listing I will buy you a one-year subscription to The Swarthmorean newspaper!  You can post a reply on this page, or email your answer to carrie@dpwelsh.com.

About a hundred years ago

This lovely home was built, although

You wouldn’t guess it by the master suite

Or the kitchen counter’s swank concrete!

A clue for those with a discerning eye,

Who might look up while passing by:

Have you seen this transom & portico arc

A block away from a wonderful park?

Clue 1 transom

The transom style window and portico are just the beginning of the charm of this lovely home! Happy guessing! And stay tuned for more clues!

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Welcome to the Media community!

This happy couple just got the keys to their new home today!  They will be living right around the corner from Linvilla Orchards and two swim clubs!  It’s great when things come together for first-time buyers!

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A 3rd bedroom goes from groovy 1974 to sleek 2014 in just five days!

BEFORE: Shag carpet & panelling-look wallpaper overwhelmed this cozy bedroom!

BEFORE: Shag carpet & panelling-look wallpaper overwhelmed this cozy bedroom!

This hard-working client bought a well-built but dated home and she has been updating it room by room. When it was time to bring her third bedroom out of the 1970s, she and a friend put in some elbow grease! Here’s what they accomplished in less than a week’s time:

–       Removed shag carpet!

–       Took down dark paneling-look wallpaper.

–       Painted the walls a soft neutral color.

–       Deep cleaned the beautiful oak floor.

AFTER: The room now has a light & breezy feel!

AFTER: The room now has a light & breezy feel!

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A side porch becomes a mudroom/breakfast room in a sunny Springfield stone colonial!

Before with drop ceiling, painted paneling & an old ceiling fan...

Before with drop ceiling, painted paneling & an old ceiling fan…

When my clients bought their home, this space was a musty side porch. It looked nice in the before shot, but you can see the rough-shod painted paneling, and the drop ceiling. One day my clever clients decided to give it an overhaul.  Here is what they did:

–       Ripped out paneling and drop ceiling, insulated the walls and ceiling, and installed new drywall (notice how they left the ceiling vaulted when they were finished rather than dropping the angle back down).

–       Re-framed the windows with new moldings.

–       Built pre-made closets and bench seats to fit the space.

–       Added hooks for hanging jackets.

–       Added a fun light fixture.

...After with lifted ceiling, insulation, built-in storage & more!

…After with lifted ceiling, insulation, built-in storage & more!

The space now is useful, bright and pretty. The owners tell me that since creating this elegant area with ample storage for coats and shoes the rest of the house stays neat and tidy. As a bonus, the space is so pleasant and sunny their children like to bring their easel out and do art projects!

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2014 Swarthmore Spring Market Wrap-up!

Days like this make my heart smile!It was certainly an exciting spring in the Swarthmore market! Our “spring” season stretches from January through June. (Of course there will still be summer settlements of homes that went pending in the spring and those are not included here.)

Here is a rundown of how this spring played out:

The Swarthmore condo market:

There were 11 condo sales in Swarthmore Borough this spring. Of the 11 condo sales this spring, 3 sold at the listed price and 1 sold higher than the listed price. Our condos seem to be slowly but steadily making up the value losses they took in the recession years. As you can reference in my post about last year’s market here, condominiums took a bigger hit than the rest of our market in the downturn. Last year there was a run on condos and we ended up with a limited inventory. It’s great to see sellers marketing their condos again and buyers continuing to purchase them.

What a beautiful view...

510 Riverview Road received 5 offers and sold for $28,000 over the asking price!

The Swarthmore single family home market:

There were 21 single family home sales in Swarthmore Borough this spring. Of the 21 single family home sales this spring, 5 sold at the listed price and 6 sold over the listed price. The theme of light inventory and robust buyer activity continued where last year left off. The multiple offer situations, particularly in the early part of the season were unprecedented. Two of the most noteworthy were my own listing at 510 Riveview Road which listed for $449,500 and sold for $477,500 with five offers and Heidi Foggo’s listing at 438 Riverview Road which listed for $934,900 and sold for $981,000 with multiple offers. Our own Becky Hansen brought the buyers! (Please see here for my blog post about the benefit of working with a local buyer agent who really knows the micro-market when entering a multiple offer scenario.)

I am proud to report that of the total 32 transactions, 16 sides were handled by D. Patrick Welsh agents! Our tiny boutique is comprised of just 10 local professionals. In context, the Suburban West Realtors Association that serves our area has 4,700 members.

Overall the market was robust and we’re seeing continued activity in spite of unusually hot and stormy weather.

If you are not working with an agent and would like to talk about buying or selling a home in town, please feel free to contact me!

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