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Big Kid - Small House

Posted by Stephanie Schade on July 08, 2020 in  Real Estate Advice
Your home used to be big enough. When your kid was small, even though his toys were everywhere, they were small toys. His room was big enough for reading and sleeping even six months ago. But somehow in the last few months your home has shrunk. There just isn’t enough room for everything that has to happen in it and moving is NOT an option. Your teenager is working on schoolwork, yes, but he is also working on developing a sense of identity, exploring who he is as an individual and maintaining friendships ou... read more
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Home Styles: Bi-Level

Posted by Stephanie Schade on January 28, 2020 in  Home Styles
What is the difference between a bi-level and a split level? A bi-level has two levels accessed by a common entrance. When you enter the front door you are faced with a choice: up to the main level or down to, commonly, to the family room and other public rooms. Bi-levels started to gain prominence in the 1970s for many of the same reasons as split levels were popular – it afforded expansive square footage on a modest sized lot. Additionally, just like split levels, the family rooms were separated from the b... read more
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Home Styles: Split Level

Posted by Stephanie Schade on January 01, 2020 in  Bucks County  Home Styles
What is a split level you ask? You know what a split level is; it's the home style that has a front door entering into the living room with the kitchen and dining room on the main level and a step down to the family room and a step up to the bedrooms. Think of it as the mini-van of residential architecture. Not too exciting but supremely functional.  Bucks and Montgomery Counties are full of split levels built in the 1970's. For many years, when house hunting with new Buyers, a common directive was: "You can s... read more
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Should I buy a generator for my house?

Posted by Stephanie Schade on November 29, 2019 in  Preparing for Emergencies  Real Estate Advice
Electrical power outages are unavoidable in our area. “SnowTober” the Delaware River Floods and Hurricane Sandy, just to name a few, were all incidents that cause local power outages for a week or more in duration for many areas in Bucks County. So what’s a homeowner to do?One increasingly popular option is to purchase a standby generator, also known as a whole-house generator. These power-producing machines are your own personal electrical power source. Within seconds of a bla... read more
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Selling Your Home: IBuyers

Posted by Stephanie Schade on September 02, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Sell your home
We have all heard the commercials: “Sell your home when YOU want to paying no real estate agency commission!” Can this be true? What are the Pros and Cons? Full disclosure – since we have a dog in this fight we will be spending a lot of time on the Cons. What the heck is an iBuyer? iBuyers are companies that purchase homes outright, directly from the owner. The seller doesn’t have to pay an agent, list the home, stage it, market it, or even show it to potential buyers. Instead, they tell th... read more
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