Friday, October 28, 2011

Meet the Team: Rachel

Rachel Gosselin
Position at Matt Fetick Real Estate Team 
Listing & Marketing Coordinator.  Most importantly I make all listings go live and active and I create all marketing materials.
How long have you worked for the Matt Fetick Real Estate Team?
About 5 months
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor 
I love all ice cream except for vanilla!!!!
Favorite spot to grab dinner in Chester County 
To many to choose from!  The Half Moon, I am a big fan of exotic meats.
Where was the best vacation you have ever taken?
One of my best friends lives in St. Croix and I go every year.  Every year gets better than the last!
Eagles or Phillies?
Truthfully, neither.  Sports does nothing for me, but if I had to choose I would say Eagles.
Why do you like working in real estate?
I like interacting with all the different people, and I really enjoy looking at all the photos of homes.

Favorite thing about Chester County?
The location and all the beautiful surroundings. 
If you could have lunch with 1 famous person, who would it be and why?  
Chelsea Handler. I think she is hilarious and a lunch with her would be unforgettable to say the least.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Design Tips from David

Perfect Proportions

Resist the urge to keep your furniture against the walls, thus creating a dance floor in the center of the room (unless you have a spare disco ball!)  Try floating your furniture away from the walls.  Think about traffic and how you walk through the room.  Sofas can make great room dividers when placed properly - put a console table, sideboard or small desk behind it to make the look complete.

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Remember these three words:  Simple, Edited and Clear.  Simple - clean lines, opt for seating with legs or at least an open bottom (no skirts!).  Solid fabrics should be dominant, with patterns used as accents.  Edited - go light on the amount of pieces; opt for fewer pieces of furniture that are larger to accommodate your needs.  Clear - think glass; glass topped tables with thin legs, glass front cabinet doors too.  Windows count as glass too - try and keep the window treatments light and airy; layered looks work, but make sure the light comes through.

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Chronicles of a First Time Homebuyer: Potential

Today's Tip: 

When my husband and I were in the process of looking for homes, we walked through lots and lots of houses.  I mean TONS.  And there were quite a range of homes: nice homes, trashy homes, condemned homes, remodeled homes, dream homes, and nightmare homes.

Yes. We saw them all.

Not everyone has a lot of money to throw at a house, so some people go into the home-touring process knowing they cannot afford to gut a kitchen or redo a bathroom.  Other people are determined to get a "fixer-upper" because they have the money to invest in the renovations.

I absolutely love love love the show House Hunters on HGTV.  Since I enjoy real estate, I love seeing all the houses in different areas of the country.  It's fun to get inside the minds of the people looking for homes, and being a part of their victory when they get an agreement of sale.  One of the things that drives me crazy, though, is watching countless buyers writing off houses because they cannot see past the little things to the home's POTENTIAL. I get so tired of hearing, "This is a great house but, uggg, I hate the paint colors!"

I want to shake them (politely) ask, "Are you really going to give up your Dream Home over an easy-fix like paint?" Regardless of what end of the invest-in-a-house spectrum you fall on, every house needs a little bit of something.  Whether it's a coat of paint, a few whacks of a hammer, or even switching out light switch plates.  

Every house also has POTENTIAL.  Some houses need a lot of work to reach true potential.  Many houses need just a few tweaks to really shine.  When walking through a home, it's often difficult to look past what's right in front of you: different decorating style than the seller, furniture arrangement, paint color, wallpaper, dirty carpets, etc.

But here is my tip today: LOOK AT THE POTENTIAL.  You don't have to write off a house because the powder room has 70's striped wallpaper clinging to the walls.  You don't have to walk away from a potentially awesome future home because the family room carpet is berber instead of plush.  While you may not have the money to renovate the kitchen, many fixes can be made for minimal cash output. Think of the potential: There may be great hardwood floors under that dingy carpet; sellers WILL take their stuff, and you get to start with a clean slate; paint can be changed; wallpaper can be taken down. And in this economy, it may be worth a $100 for paint, some scrapers and a little elbow grease to get into your Dream Home.

My husband and I learned to clear our minds when walking through houses.  We knew we might not get a turn-key property.  So we had a lot of fun imaging how we would arrange things, how we could spruce up the kitchen cabinets, what color we would paint a room.  We knew a few hours of weeding could transform flower beds.  We knew with some ideas and willingness to work, we could make any house our home.

So if you are in the process of looking at houses, keep in mind that little things can be changed. As you open the door to the next house you tour, let your mind run free with ideas.  Be creative. Imagine. Think of how your living room furniture might be arranged.  What might the kitchen look like with a different color paint?  Curtains do wonders for a room!  Try to look past what the house currently is to what the house could be. With a little work, the next house could be your home


Steph is in no way a realtor, and all opinions are her own. She is only sharing her own experience with buying a house.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Long-Listed Properties Advice

We've all been there: our eyes glance over a cute property with lots of potential.  After some research, we find it's been on the market for a long time.  The gears in our brains start turning, and we start devising an offer to a seller who is "clearly" desperate, and who will be willing to take all but $1 for the property that's been sitting on the real estate pages.

Well...not so fast.

Some advice found on says there is a lot to weigh when making an offer, however long the property has been listed for.  You can read the answers two realtors shared here...

What are your thoughts? Have you dealt with offers (as a seller, buyer or realtor) on houses listed for several months?  What is appropriate?

You weigh in!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Meet The Team: David

David Maio Williams

Position at MFRET
Lead Buyer Specialist, helping Buyer's get the best home at the best price.  Answering any questions about the home buying process, expert contract negotiator and creative problem solver.  Add to that an extensive creative background that can help offer a unique counterpoint to visually challenging aspects of the home.  :-)

How long have you worked for the MFRET? 
2.5 years

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?
Mint chocolate chip

Favorite spot to grab dinner in Chester County?
Harvest in Glen Mills

Where was the best vacation you have ever taken? 

Eagles or Phillies? 
Steelers (Blogger Steph note: BOOoooo)

Why do you like working in real estate? 
Because I love to help people fulfill a dream, be part of their lives and make sure that they have professional guidance along the way.

Favorite thing about Chester County?
It's beautiful to start, second is the proximity to so many locations.  I also think the people are very nice.

If you could have lunch with 1 famous person, who would it be and why?
Bob Lutz, he's responsible for so many innovative automotive products/designs.

Meet the Team Spotlights

We thought it'd be fun for you to see the people behind the Matt Fetick Real Estate team.  It's not just a business, but real people living real lives (surprise!).  So, over the next few weeks, you can meet all the team members: from the agents to the behind-the-scenes people whose hard work make your home dreams possible.

Stay tuned - we'll be posting the first Team Spotlight this afternoon!  

Do you have any fun questions for any our team members? What would you like to know? Leave a comment below and we'll try to get you an answer!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Introduction: Chronicles of a First Time Homebuyer

Hello!  My name is Steph, and almost a year and a half ago, I became a homeowner for the very first time.  Before becoming a homeowner, my husband, Bill, and I were first time homebuyers. Off and on for 2 years, we trudged around our county, looking at homes, putting down offers, and receiving a LOT of rejections. I can't begin to count how many houses we viewed in that time (I'm positive it was over 100 - and I am not exaggerating). And if you can believe it, we submitted over 10 offers on different houses. We redefined the term "rejection." We experienced finally entering into an agreement of sale, only to have the deal fall through after a bad inspection.  We saw a lot of...interesting...houses. And after a long journey, we finally settled on our current home.

All that to say, we became quite seasoned in what it takes to look for a house, bidding on a house, settling on a house, moving into house, and making that house a home.

I'll be posting weekly about what we learned on our home search adventures.  I'll be sharing tips, stories, and resources about buying a home, settling on a house and moving.  I'm not a realtor, and I am no expert, but like I said, we learned a lot on our journey!

It is my hope to encourage all of you who are looking for a home, commiserate and connect with those of you who currently own a home, and share ideas for all people on how to make a house a home!  If you have stories, tips or ideas to share, please leave a comment below - we'd love to feature you!

Check back for our first post!