Susan Manners' Team
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1598 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
610-388-3246
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May 2018

Finally, it feels like spring! At least yesterday and today it feels like it. But we've been in the middle of real estate spring for a while, and there are many buyers waiting for new listings to hit the market. We continue to see multiple offers on many homes and in certain niches listings are in short supply. 

If you (or friends) are thinking about selling, we are happy to help you (or them) decide if you are ready and if now is the right time. We have great experience helping sellers determine what is important in preparing a home for the market. Please let us help.

If you (or friends) are interested in buying a home, we have a great record of success in helping buyers prevail in a competitive buying situation. We are happy to help you or your friend "win" the race for a new home. 

Either way, we’d love to fill you in on what's going on in the market today. Give us a call. 

In the meantime, enjoy the spring weather and tulip colors. 

Best wishes,

Susan

April 2018

And now it's spring...the weather may not be all in, but the real estate spring market is certainly taking off. We have sold two listings in the past week with multiple offers and sale prices in excess of the asking price. And, another was sold before being listed! All these sellers couldn't be happier...my team and I are all happy too!

Now, we are looking forward to listing a number of homes in our queue in the coming days & weeks. We have wonderful listings coming up. If you know anyone looking, check these out coming soon listings:

North Wilmington - Stunning 4 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath cape with a pool on 3/4 acre

Hockessin - 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath colonial backing to wooded open space

Kennett Square - Expansive & sophisticated 5 bedroom 5 full & 2 half bath colonial

Chadds Ford - 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath townhouse with finished basement and updated kitchen

We have a few more coming too but these are hitting the market first. Let us know if you know people who may be looking for a home like any of these. 

If you know of anyone who is thinking of selling, have them give us a call. We are ready to help them get top dollar and a low-stress sale too. 

Best,

Susan 

March 2018

Photo by Susan Manners, Longwood Gardens 2/21/18

 

Yay...there are just 18 days until Spring! March's arrival couldn't be more welcome. Like so many others this winter several of my teammates and I have been battling the flu since shortly after the holidays. Feeling well again is so welcome, as is the prospect of spring blooms and warmer weather. We can't wait.

While we wait for temperatures to rise there's no need to wait for the spring real estate market...it has already started. Unfortunately for the buyers who are out there waiting for new listings there continues to be a lack of inventory in our area and throughout the country. We couldn't be more eager for additional listings this spring. We have a good number of clients preparing their homes for sale in the coming weeks and our advice hasn't ever changed; We recommend taking care of every detail of home preparation and staging before hitting the market. There is only one chance to make a first impression and with eager buyers you want that first impression to be great.

We often recommend professional staging to sellers to ensure a quick sale at top dollar. We are proud of our teammate Edie Dutcher, a professional home stager as well as a Realtor, who just this week won a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach staging contest for the amazing job she did staging her recent listing in North Wilmington. The home looked stunning when it hit the market and more importantly it sold in 2 days for over asking with multiple offers. Edie is available to assist our team and clients when called on to help sellers prepare for the market. Buyers today want a move-in ready home and our team is positioned to help you or your friends and family put your home's best foot forward.

As we move toward spring we are also finalizing our community sponsorships for 2018. This year we are once again sponsoring the Unionville Community Recreation Association (URA) little league, the Kennett Library Home & Garden Tour (6/2/18), Ramsey's Revenge Mountain Bike Race (6/8/18) and the Kennett Square Mushroom Cap 1/2 Marathon (11/3/18). In addition to these main sponsorships, my teammates and I are open to smaller sponsorship commitments. If you have a recommendation or request for a community or school event looking for sponsors, don't hesitate to reach out to me. We are always open to supporting community events and causes. 

As always, if you have friends, neighbors or family members looking for caring professional real estate service, give me a call. We would love to help.

Happy Spring!

Susan

Fly Eagles Fly!

 Winter evening sky, Birmingham Hill. Photo by Susan Manners

Dear Sarah,

I've been saying for years that when we enjoy a relatively mild winter, the spring market starts right after the Super Bowl. Despite the deep freeze in December and some snowy days since, I think that time-line is likely to hold this year. Hopefully we will first take a day or two to celebrate the Eagles' Super Bowl Victory! Fly Eagles Fly!!

Once the celebrations are over (I'm optimistic), please let us know if we can help you with a home sale and/or purchase. Of if we can help a friend or family member with a sale or purchase. My team and I are ready to serve this spring market. Give us a call.

Best

Susan

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! When you receive this New Years hello I'll be on a plane returning from a remarkable vacation in Italy. I took the photo I shared above on New Years Eve from the beautiful Boboli Gardens in Florence. Winding our way up the narrow Florence streets to Boboli was a big climb. but wow, was it worth it!

My holidays couldn't have been more special or memorable, and although I missed my family and our traditional holiday festivities, I'm so fortunate to have had this beautiful time. I feel very lucky. 

As I reflect on this trip and think about returning home tomorrow and to work on Wednesday, I can't help but consider the fresh start that a new year and a return home brings. 2017 was a great year for me and my team, and I'm looking forward to our continued success in 2018.

For many people, a home sale or purchase is the ultimate fresh start. Like a New Year, embarking on the home buying or selling process is stressful, exciting and full of unknowns. In my years as a Realtor, I'm most proud of helping my clients navigate through the buying or selling maze with ease and grace. A low stress experience is always our goal, and in 2018 we would love to help you, your friends or family. Please don't hesitate to call with any real estate questions or needs. We are here and eager to be of service.

Whether or not you are thinking about buying or selling, I invite you to follow us on Facebook. We share tips on buying, selling, decorating and our area, as well as sharing information about our listings and our team. It's a fun way to keep up with our team. Here's the link - Susan Manners Team on Facebook.  

And in the meantime, I send wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2018.

Best wishes,

Susan

Happy December

Happy December! It's hard to believe it will soon by 2018. I think December is the busiest month of the year for most of us. Between wrapping up the work year and preparations for holiday gatherings and celebrations there is often no time to take a breath. My wish for you in December is for a little breathing time and possibly some down time to reflect on 2017 and plan for 2018. My photography is what gives me breathing time and joy. I hope you have or find something in 2018 that gives you the same joy. 

 Once again, I'll be sending our thank you calendar. We have retired the "Life's Little Instruction Book" calendar and are introducing a new "American Splendor" calendar, featuring beautiful photos of iconic National Park views. They will be in the mail soon. I hope you enjoy it.

In the meantime, our office is sponsoring photos with Santa again this year. Santa will be at our office in Chadds Ford on Sunday, December 10 from 2-4 PM. Stop by and see Santa. He'll be happy to see you. So will my team and I.

If you are considering a move in 2018, call me now so we can starting helping you sooner than later. The earlier you starting planning the easier it goes. We're always happy to help.

Best,

Susan

November 2017

 

Our 6th Annual Client Appreciation Pumpkin give-away...a resounding success!

We had an amazing Saturday early in October when we celebrated our clients by hosting our 6th annual Client Appreciation Pumpkin Give-Away. There's no question this was our best "pumpkin day" ever. We warmly welcomed so many recent and long-ago clients, shared a snack, took a photo & helped carry pumpkins to cars.  This event is our way of saying thank you for supporting our team with your business and referrals. Whether or not you were able to attend our gathering, please know we appreciate your business and referrals, and that our goal is to provide the highest quality service every day.  

We continue to have a wonderful real estate year, with one of the best Octobers in years, and continued strong activity even as we approach what is typically a quieter time of year. As I think I've mentioned every month this year, we still need listings. There are buyers waiting. If you know of anyone who we can help with a sale (or purchase) now or in 2018, please give us a call. We are eager to help.

In the meantime we are proud to be sponsoring the 2nd annual Victory Kennett Square Mushroom Cap Half Marathon this Saturday, November 4, 2017. We will be manning the water station at mile marker 4, and once again our team's kids will be adorably dressed up to inspire the runners (our theme is secret) and the adults will be cheering along while handing out water & Gatorade to the 700+ runners. If you are near Kennett Square on Saturday and want to come to cheer please join in the fun. Here is the link to all the info: Mushroom Cap.

We also want to take a minute to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. We hope it's filled with family, friends and fun. 

Best wishes,

Susan

October 2017

It's that time again. This Saturday, October 7, my team and I will be celebrating our 6th Annual Client Appreciation Pumpkin Give-Away. We will be at our office (1598 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317) in Chadds Ford from 9:30 to 1:30 serving refreshments (apple cider donuts, cider, coffee...basically yummy fall food), making crafts (crafts for kids but kids-at-heart are also welcome), taking family photos (or bring your pet), and sending you home with a pumpkin. Fall is my favorite season, and I love our Pumpkin event! My favorite part of the day is visiting and catching up.

 

Happy Fall!

Susan

September 2017

 

 

And suddenly, it's September. Happy Fall! 

I share my photos in my monthly newsletters (and many more on Facebook and Instagram) because for me, the best anecdote to a stressful life is hiking in a beautiful park or preserve and taking photos of that beauty. Real Estate is a stressful business and my goal is to make every transaction as stress free as possible. Calm is my default demeanor and nature & photography help me maintain that disposition. I hope some of that calm translates in my photos when I share them each month. 

I also like to share information about the amazing parkland we have in our area. The sunflower fields where I took the photo above are at the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance in Pocopson Township at 1760 Unionville Wawaset Rd, West Chester, PA 19382. The fields are spectacular and worth a visit. Hurry before it's too late! 

Our August was stellar, with our sales for the month bringing our 2017 sales to date nearly equal to the total sales for 2016. But we are still in need of listings so please spread the word. The homes that are selling best are pristine, clean & updated. If you are thinking of selling in the next few years go ahead and update that bathroom that needs a facelift. You can enjoy it now and you will thank yourself when the time comes to sell. I'm always happy to recommend contractors who can help.

Finally, I want to share the photo below from the day my team and I spent in NYC celebrating our year so far. Earlier this week, on a picture perfect day, we enjoyed the musical Come From Away, which tells the story of the goodness and resilience demonstrated in the town of Gander, Newfoundland when planes were grounded there and the tiny town welcomed 7000 unexpected guests in the days after 9/11. I'd recommend it. We ended our day at The Refinery Rooftop with good food & drink, a view of the Empire State Building, and time to enjoy each others company. I loved that day! 

Now we are ready to finish the year with a bang. Can we help you or any of your friends with their real estate sale or purchase? 

One last reminder - please join us at our Pumpkin Giveaway Client Appreciation Event on Oct 7 from 9:30 to 1:30 at our office in Chadds Ford. Please stop by.

Happy fall!

Susan

August 2017

Happy August! I hope you are having a great summer and have had a chance to enjoy some vacation time or that you are looking forward to an upcoming vacation. I haven't taken a vacation yet, but I've been enjoying our area's beautiful parks and conservancy land during my free time. The photo above was one I took on a hike during a light rain at The Brandywine Conservancy's Laurels Preserve last Saturday.  

My team soared through our busy spring with a record number of sales and that meant a record number of settlements over the past 2 months. I often say a primary goal is smiling faces at happy settlement tables. We've had more than our share of those so far this year and look forward to more as we look forward to the balance of the year. If you have a friend or family member we can help, give me a call. We will do our very best to keep them happy from start to finish. 

I want to remind you to "save the date" for our annual Client Appreciation Pumpkin Give-Away. You are invited to join me and my team at our office on October 7, 2017 between 9:30 and 1:30 to say hello, enjoy a fall snack, have a fall family portrait taken and pick out a pumpkin. It is one of my favorite events. I hope you can join us. 

We also want to invite you to support or run in the Kennett Square Half Marathon on November 4, 2017. We are proud to be sponsoring this event, and will also host the aid station at mile 4. Last year our theme was "There's No Place Like Home..." complete with pint-size Wizard of Oz characters. I'm excited about the theme we've chosen this year. I can't wait. Register to Run...or learn more. If you register, enjoy a $10 registration discount by using the discount code:  RUNMANNERSTEAM.

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and don't hesitate to call me with any real estate questions.

Best wishes,

Susan Manners

Pumpkins are coming October 7, 2017