Susan Manners' Team
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1598 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
610-388-3246
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March 2019

Good morning & happy March!! The photo I'm sharing above was taken at sunrise a few weeks ago at Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna Delaware. Although the photo suggests warmth and a hint of spring, it was frigid that morning. 

This picture is a reminder that appearances can be deceiving. Our team always keeps that in mind when our buyers are searching for a new home on-line. There are a plethora of resources for consumers to search for homes, and sometimes buyers are making all their home selections based on posted photos without seeking a Realtor's input or advice. It behooves us as agents to remind buyers that some homes are more photogenic than others. And some photographers are better than others. I generally suggest that our buyer clients tour a range of homes that have features they are seeking, even if the photos aren't beautiful. Sometimes there are happy surprises, because nothing takes the place of seeing a house in person. 

That being said, it is always our team's goal to present every one of our listings in its best light. We are big advocates of home staging, and we provide our sellers a room by room detail on prepping the home for the market. For our listings, our goal is to have our listings on every prospective buyers list of "must see" homes. 

Whether buying or selling, our clients get our professional advice and support. Our goal is to "walk" every client home to a happy home purchase or sale.

If you have a friend or family member who is buying or selling, we would love to help them. 

Thanks, as always, for your support and referrals.

Best,

Susan 

February 2019

Happy Super Bowl Weekend! I've been saying for years that the Super Bowl is the marker that starts the spring real estate market. As I've been saying for a while, listings are in short supply and there are buyers waiting for great homes to come on the market. My team has had great success selling the majority of our listings quickly. The keys to our success are preparation and teamwork.

As you know, we have built our business on repeat business and referrals. We strive every day to provide "Walking You Home..." service. That service doesn’t end when the transaction is complete. It continues throughout the months and years in between your moves.

In fact, that’s one of the main reasons I keep in touch with you with these informative updates.

Is there anything more I can be doing to be helpful? If so, please let me know. I welcome your call or email anytime.

If you - or a friend, colleague, family member or neighbor - ever need to talk to a real estate sales associate with the kind of commitment to client service that I strive to provide, I hope you’ll think of me.

I appreciate your support!

Enjoy the game! 

Susan Manners

Happy Holidays 2018

Like most people, I spend time reflecting at the end of each year. This year is no different and over the past few weeks I’ve reflected on both personal and professional highlights of 2018.  

Last Sunday, my mother hosted our family holiday celebration, and it was one of my highlights of 2018. We are a pretty big group, and our gatherings are a joy to me. I love catching up, reminiscing and sharing all those laughs. In her toast before dinner my mom expressed her gratitude for being together and enjoying each other’s company. Mom said her father, my grandfather, used to talk about embracing a concept he called “instant nostalgia;” he advised recognizing and basking in the delight of special moments while they are happening, rather than reminiscing about them later.  I love my grandfather’s advice, which today we’d call “being present” or “mindfulness” and I consider myself a dedicated practitioner of “instant nostalgia”.  

Another of my most cherished moments of “instant nostalgia” in 2018 was hearing Michelle Obama on her “Becoming” book tour at the Wells Fargo Center. The theme of the talk is expressed in this quote:

“What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.” Michelle Obama

As Mrs. Obama spoke those words, I looked over at my mother, who was smiling and nodding in agreement. Going on 90, my mom has never stopped “becoming”; I’m inspired by her enthusiasm for new experience, new people and learning new things.  Just joining 15,000 enthusiastic fans for a stadium event is too much for many of my mom’s contemporaries. But she was game for the adventure and found inspiration and joy in sharing the experience with her daughters and daughter-in-law. We all loved the night.

Professionally I’ve savored special moments with clients with a sense of “instant nostalgia”.  Many of my clients this year made major life changes. Knowing that I helped make a challenging time a little easier is gratifying. The friendships borne of those business relationships are just as important; those bonds are what I love what I do.

My mom’s reminder to enjoy life in the moment is one I’ll continue to embrace. “Instant nostalgia” may be my catch phrase for 2019.

As I continue my “becoming”, I promise to share more of my photos in 2019. In the meantime, I’m sending warm wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. 

 

January 2019

Welcome to the new year. I hope 2019 is a wonderful year for you and your family.

I’m not sure what your plans are for the coming months. Chances are, you will need to speak to an expert in a specific field at some point during the year. For example, you might ask a gardening expert some questions later this spring, get some recommendations from a trusted investment advisor, or ask your doctor an important health question.

It makes sense to take advantage of expertise when you need it.

That’s why I’m here. When you need to talk to someone about real estate - someone who is knowledgeable about the local market and considers you a valued client - I will be available.

So, don’t forget to add me to your list of experts!

December 2018

Traditionally, this is the month people write down their hopes, dreams, ambitions and goals for the new year - or, at the very least, they think about them.

What are some of your hopes and dreams for the coming months? Do any of them have to do with your home?

As you know, I do a lot more than help my clients buy and sell homes. In fact, an important part of my job is to ensure that you continue to be happy with your home and that it continues to meet your changing needs.

So, if you have any questions about the local real estate market, about the current market value of your property, or about anything else that is real estate related, please feel free to give me a call.

Just consider me one of the people who can help make 2019 your best year ever!

Susan

November 2018

Happy Fall! We finally have beautiful fall colors and some brisk temperatures.  Yay!

Our Client Appreciation Pumpkin Give Away early in October was our best ever. Attendance was so great that we ran out of apple cider donuts and parking this year, so we have made plans to increase the donut inventory and situate in a way that makes parking a little easier. A number of people mentioned "this is our favorite fall event". That was music to my ears. For all who attended, thank you for coming. If you didn't join us this year, please plan to come next year.

We also have been enjoying a busy fall selling season, with most niches of the market selling briskly. We continue to experience a shortage of listings. If you or a friend, family member or co-worker is considering selling a home, please let us help them. We would be honored to receive your referral.

Happy Fall,

Susan

September 2018

Happy Labor Day! I hope you've had a wonderful summer. For me it flew by, but we still have a little more time to enjoy the warm weather. 

I just returned home on Friday from two weeks in the Adirondacks hiking, kayaking, swimming, camping and enjoying a nightly fire in the fire pit. This active and relaxing time was the perfect summer's end vacation for me. I loved basking in another gorgeous part of the country and, wow, does New York have a great state park system. 

I remember when I started my real estate business in the late 80s, there really weren't many large parks close by. I'd work with relocating buyers who would ask "where are the parks?" and I'd suggest Brandywine Creek State Park in Delaware or Ridley Creek State Park. That was about it.

But in the years since, between the "save open space" initiative in Chester County and a public desire for beautiful green spaces, there are more and more parks providing opportunities for a relaxing walk or vigorous hike. For me, there is nothing better than being in nature. 

With The Natural Lands Trust, Brandywine Conservancy, The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (to name a few) preserving green spaces throughout our area, and the expanding municipal park systems in both PA & DE, we now have no shortage of places to find a little tranquility. These organizations are helping to make our area even better and more appealing.

Fortunately, green spaces and parks are great for real estate. Convenient natural areas enhance home values. Abundant parks and conservation lands are among the reasons the Brandywine Valley just keeps getting better. 

If you want a suggestion for a hike, let me know. I'll be happy to share some of my favorites.

I'm also happy to receive your referrals because listing and selling homes is what I'm doing when I'm not taking a walk in the woods with my camera. 

And don't forget:

Our 7th Annual Client Appreciation Pumpkin Give-Away

 Saturday, October 6 from 9:30 - 12:30.

I'd love to share a donut and cider with you.

Have a great September. 

Susan

August 2018

It's August and the Eagles are preparing to defend their Super Bowl title while my team is preparing for the fall market. We have had a very busy year so far, and during our team meeting today, we reviewed our upcoming listings and discussed our fall plans.

We have a variety of great homes on the market now and many that will be hitting the market over the next few weeks and months. Let us know if you or a friend are looking for a new home. We may have the perfect match. 

In the meantime, please SAVE THE DATE for our 7th Annual Client Appreciation Pumpkin Give Away. We will be greeting our clients - old and new - on

Saturday, October 6 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

with apple cider donuts, a cup of cider or coffee, a pumpkin, and a thank you for being part of what makes our business great. 

Enjoy the last of your summer vacations and back-to-school fun. 

Stay cool,

Susan

July 2018

  Longwood Gardens Fountains, photo by Susan Manners

Happy Fourth of July! With a mid-week Independence Day, it seems like half of the Brandywine Valley is taking a holiday week rather than weekend. Whether you are vacationing for the entire week, taking a five day "weekend" or just enjoying a mid-week one day holiday, I hope you have a wonderful time in celebration of our country's Independence Day. Enjoy! 

For my team, in addition to the holiday celebration, we will be spending the week evaluating what we have accomplished during the first half of the year as well as making plans for the balance of the year. We've had a stellar six months and have high hopes for the rest of 2018.

One challenge we've faced is a shortage of listings, as I've mentioned nearly every month recently. The statistic our regional manager shared at a breakfast last week celebrating our May sales successes really drove this issue home. On May 30, 2017 there were 40,000 active listings in our company's market area. On May 30, 2018 there were only 22,000 active listings. That's quite a drop. It's also good news for sellers. 

For any who are considering selling a home, this statistic translates to the possibility of a pool of anxious prospective buyers waiting for your home's listing to hit the market. This isn't true in every niche of our market, but it is certainly the case for many segments. We'd love to talk to you or your friends who may be thinking about making a move. Now's the time. 

In the meantime, as you look forward to the holiday week, stay cool and have a wonderful break. 

Happy Fireworks,

Susan 

June 2018

Backyard Peony. Photo by Susan Manners

May was at least as rainy as April, but there were also beautiful flowers and lots of home sales by our team. Now it's June, the month when the spring market rushes to its end. We are ready.

We had reason to celebrate in May for recognition we received for our recent success. Our team is proud to have received the BHHS Fox & Roach Chairman's Circle Platinum Award for 2017, ranking us among the top 1% of agents for sales production within our nationwide network. I am also proud to have been recognized as a Philly Five Star Real Estate Agent for the 8th year. Five Star is recognition based on client and agent reviews, as well as production. In the Philly market of 19,000+ agents, about 950 agents receive this recognition. We appreciate being recognized with awards like these, but what makes us feel best is happy clients smiling at settlement and referring us to their friends. We love that.  

We are looking forward to another busy month in June and we have a number of listings going onto the market soon. If you know a prospective home buyer waiting for new listings, please take a look at this list and have them give us a call if any might meet their needs. Here is the sampling of affordable homes we have coming on the market:

A classic Hockessin 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath colonial backing to wooded open space - $479,900 Listing agent Susan Manners

A 2 BR, 2 bath Armstrong model home in Foxfield w/ screened porch and basement - $375,000 Listing agent Susan Manners

A 3 BR & 2 bath end unit townhouse in Clifton Heights with updated kitchen and bathrooms - $164,000 - Listing agent Suzanne Connor

Large, 3 BR, 2 1/2 bath charming stone twin w/updated kitchen and attached garage on N. Van Buren St, Wilmington - low $200,000s - Listing agent Meala Duckworth

Single Family home with 3 BRs, 1 1/2 baths with large fenced yard on Pennsylvania Ave, Claymont, DE - Low $200,000s - Listing agent Meala Duckworth

Expansive single, 2 family with potential for office use in Coatesville. Mid $100,000s Listing agent Brian Spangler

We will be busy in June. It will be a great start to summer.

Enjoy,

Susan

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