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11/5/2011 Be Happy. Volunteer!

Voluntarily Happy (edit/delete)

I read a magazine article this morning entitled Voluntarily Happy in November's issue of Good Housekeeping. 

The article in Good Housekeeping is about volunteering and offers these statistics:

  • About 1/4 of all Americans volunteer.
  • About 1/3 of those volunteer more than 100 hours a year. 
  • This, while sounding like a lot of time, only equates to about 2 hours per week. 


Aside from the fact that I truly believe all people should give back to their communities, studies show that ahabit of helping others boosts happiness.  I am a firm believer in working very hard to be as happy as possible.  It doesn't happen by accident, you need to be mindful to be happy.

Some people hold the opinion that Real Estate Agents are a bunch of greedy money grubbers, only out to make a buck.  While there are bad apples in every profession, I know far more that do good work for others than you might think.  I am a people pleaser by nature and that extends from my personal life into my professional life.  I am a helper and real estate is the natural progression of doing what I love, which is helping people. My other passion is feeding people and I get to do that through my volunteer work for Meals on Wheels.  I know many agents who work hard at their profession of helping people buy and sell homes and then spend countless hours helping others through the various charities and causes they champion.  What follows is a short list of only some of the endeavors that real estate agents across our country support either through their time and talent, or with monetary donations, or both:

Meals on Wheels.  This link is for my local chapter.  Meals on Wheels organization provides warm and nourishing meals for shut ins.  My favorite place to volunteer. 

Mothers Fighting For Others.  This organization provides orphaned girls with a loving and nurturing environment and a quality education, so they can learn, thrive and achieve their highest potential.  Starting in Kenya, the goal is to build orphanages all over the world.

Our Special Place.  This organization was founded by two special families with a mission to enrich the lives of children with special needs by providing a variety of professional services in a nurturing and therapeutic environment.  You can read more about this here.  

Mobile Loaves and Fishes.  Provides food and clothing and promotes dignity to homeless men and women.  You can read more about this here.

Habitat for Humanity.  Is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian Ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. 

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.     Dedicated to raising funds to improve medical facilities and health-care for sick and injured children. 

re/max proudly sponsors

Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Making us one step closer, every day to imaging a world without breast cancer.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals


I am very proud to say that RE/MAX Associates have proudly sponsored both the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals since 1992  and Susan G. Komen for the Cure since 2002 

11/2/2011 You can search for a home the hard way.... or you can do this.

Chester County Homes for Sale, November 2011

If you do not put a price range in your search, or if you did as I did and go from $0 to $10,000,000, you will see that there are 3817 listings currently for sale in Chester County.  Yikes!  In any give price range, there are lots of really great houses to choose from with really great interest rates still to be had for folks who have good credit.

Unbelievably, there are 632 homes for sale between $100,000 and $200,000!  

In eastern Chester County, where my office is, particularly East Goshen, there are 174 homes between $0 and $2,000,000!  The average price of the homes for sale is $401,968.  The high is $1,850,000 and the low is $119,000.  Did you realize that you could go to my website and search for homes just like a Realtor?  You could. In my opinion that's doing it the hard way, but you could.  The easy way would be to find a real estate agent you trust, sit down over a cup of coffee and let them know what you are looking for.  They, in turn, will introduce you to a mortgage person.  He/she will let you know what you qualify for, based on your income, debts and credit score.  The real estate agent you trust will then set you up on a search in the MLS, emailing you listings that are in your price every day, or contacting you often to make sure you know that they are working hard to find you just the right house.  At least that's how I do it.


875 W. Miner Street

I find that when I sit down over a cup of coffee with a buyer, we are exchanging information.  They are telling me what they want, and I am telling them who I am.  Buying a home is not a process of selection.  It's a process of elimination.  A good real estate agent will give you all the information you need to start eliminating what you don't want so that when you see the house you do want, you can act on it right away.  You see, even though there are 3817 homes for sale in Chester County, there are probably only about 5 that would suit you once you know what you want to eliminate.  Chances are there is also at least one other buyer who wants the same thing.  He who hesitates is often left losing the house they want!



Find a good real estate agent.  Get a pre-approval.  Start eliminating.  You'll whittle 3817 to 5 in a very short while with the help of a professional.

If you'd like to sit down over a cup of coffee and discuss it, I'm ready when you are!

Susan C. Mangigian

re/max preferred
1595 Paoli Pike, Suite 101,West Chester, PA  19380

610-719-1700 main office, 610-299-6237 cell 

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10/31/2011 416 Flagstone Circle

416 Flagstone Circle, Sadsbury Township, Chester County - Just Listed! 

416 Flagstone Circle, 

Sadsbury Township

Chester County

Just listed for $264,900

An important thing to note about this gorgeous house is that it is NOT a short sale!  

Meticulously cared for home in desirable Quarry Ridge.  

416 Flagstone Circle

Airy morning room with skylights and large windows featuring custom top-down bottom-up window treatments.  A sliding door opens to a new 400 square foot Ipe Brazilian hardwood deck with built-in bench. 

Sun Room


Deck made of Ipe Brazilian Hardwood












Family room with gas fireplace and marble surround.  

For additional photos, click here.  

10/31/2011 New Lisiting. 718 Morgan Circle

718 Morgan Circle, West Whiteland, Chester County, Just Listed

You will appreciate the way this ranch style home has been maintained.  Bright kitchen, hardwood flooring in living room, dining room and hall, large deck overlooking a wonderful backyard, a finished walk-out basement and room to grow.

Just listed!  718 Morgan Circle in West Whiteland Township.  

Asking $324,900 on 3/4's of an acre at the end of a cul-de-sac street.

718 Morgan Circle

Brick and siding with a neat front porch out front and large deck out back.  2 car over sized and attached garage.  Kitchen appliances include a smooth top stove, dishwasher and refrigerator.  

view from the deckHere's the view from the deck of this great house.  If you are a nature lover, you'll love sitting out here and watching the seasons pass in this great home.


Fireplace in finished basement

You'll be cozy and warm this winter snuggled up in front of this fireplace with wood burning insert.


For additional photos, click here.  

Susan C. Mangigian

re/max preferred
1595 Paoli Pike, Suite 101,West Chester, PA  19380

610-719-1700 main office, 610-299-6237 cell 

Did you realize you could search for homes?  Or just keep an eye on your own neighborhood?  Just click the link and sign up!  It's free!  Don't forget to include your email and you'll have all the latest emails sent listings to you.

Please visit me on facebook:  chester county 360 on facebook


4/12/2011 Good Sportsmanship. It counts in life as well as sports!

I went on a listing appointment last week and found out on Saturday that the listing went to another local agent.  When the seller called me to give me the news I was disappointed, obviously, but I was also curious.  What information didn't I impart to them to convince them that I was the right person for the job?  I had sold two listings in that neighborhood last year, and I had come prepared, I was enthusiastic about their home.  Turns out they know the agent they picked for quite a while, friend of friends, alumni parent, etc.  You can't win them all, so in losing, I was gracious.  I let the seller know that the agent has a great reputation, is not only qualified but a nice person, and I wished them luck. 

I try to never have sour grapes.  Sour grapes make poor wine and almost always bite you in the end.  Sure, I was disappointed.  The listing is beautiful, clean, and ready to go.  But if you have to lose a listing, knowing the sellers knew the other agent better and that their minds were probably mostly made up before you got there, makes the pill a little easier to swallow.  They are nice folks and I wish them well.

Years ago when  I competed on a listing that I did get, the seller shared with me that the other agent, someone I know very well, suggested that she thought they "wanted a full time agent".  You see, I have two children and the other agent's children were grown.  I've been selling real estate for 26 years, full time.  The fact that I have children, to me, is irrelevant to how I do business.  When my children were small, my clients never suffered because I was a mom first.  The agent was upset and when I called to suggest to her that this was bad form, she did apologize.  She said it was "sour grapes" and realized as soon as she spoke that she was being small.  But it raised a doubt in the seller's mind and I had to work twice as hard to assure them that their home was a priority.

My son plays soccer.  He's a good player and he's a big kid.  The league is 7th and 8th graders and he's an 8th grader and on the older side.  He's got a great team this year, and so far with two games they are 2 and 0 (I think that's how you say it - I'm not much into sports unless my son is playing)!   The first game they won 2 to 1 and Max made the two scoring goals.  Yesterday, it was 3 to 0 with Max scoring 2 of the 3 goals.  Yes, it's exciting to win, but I am happier for Max to score, whether they win or not.  He would not agree with me on this point.  Winning is everything to kids and winning is great.  But it's not everything.  Living a good life that you can be proud of whether you win or lose, that's more of everything than just winning.

At the end of every game, the teams line to high five each other and I think it teaches the kids something.  Saying great game to winners and losers alike makes everyone a winner.  

Sour grapes are bad in wine and bad in life.

4/10/2011 Spring Makes an Appearance in East Goshen, Chester County

Spring has been a long time arriving this year, in my opinion.  It seems to me that we are almost ready to pay taxes and only a few trees are in bloom.   Aside from yellow daffodils and forsythias, there really hasn't been much color.  Yesterday, though, I came across this lovely flower in my front garden bed!

HyacinthThere aren't many of them, but they are a welcome sight!

Today, while driving through Hersheys Mill doing my meal deliveries for Meals on Wheels, I came across this beauty.  

Spring in Hersheys MIll

Hersheys Mill is a lovely over 55 Community that is breathtakingly landscaped in all seasons.  Spring happens to be my favorite time of year to drive through this great neighborhood.  With a wide variety of home types and price ranges, beautiful landscaping, walking paths, golf club views and lakes, it's simply a beautiful spot.


I'll keep my camera handy and share some of the beauty of Chester County as it develops this spring!

Today, I am thankful for the signs of spring in the landscape, my family, my pets, my friends and life in general.

Carpe Diem!

Susan C. Mangigian

re/max preferred
1450 E. Boot Road, Suite 600-A,West Chester, PA  19380

610-719-1700 main office, 610-299-6237 cell 

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Moving?  I can help!

3/24/2011 Great price. 659 Leeward Street

Great price on a great home! 659 Leeward Street, Valley Township

 I love this home.  Meadowbrook is a great development in Valley Township, just minutes from the Airport Road exit of the 30 bypass.

You'll love the decorating and especially the great finished basement!


Susan C. Mangigian

re/max preferred
1450 E. Boot Road, Suite 600-A,West Chester, PA  19380

610-719-1700 main office, 610-299-6237 cell 

search for homes:


Moving?  I can help!

3/24/2011 Preparing your home for the market

I am not a professional stager.  When we meet, if I think you need a stager, I will recommend one that I like to work with.  A lot of people today, though, are quite up to date, through watching loads of shows on cable TV, on how to ready their home for the market.  

I am a real estate agent with 26 years of experience.  This market is no place for sissies and you need to put your very best foot forward when you put your home on the market. If I feel that you will benefit from the expertise of a stager, I will not hesitate to recommend one.   If you need just a touch of tweaking, you and I can work on that together.  

Susan C. Mangigian

re/max preferred
1450 E. Boot Road, Suite 600-A,West Chester, PA  19380

610-719-1700 main office, 610-299-6237 cell 

search for homes:


Moving?  I can help!

3/24/2011 875 W. Miner Street, West Chester

My new listing at 875 W. Miner Street is a magnificent 25 room Federal Style  home about 1 mile west of the great town of West Chester, PA, in East Bradford Township.   According to the current owners, the original stucco over stone historic homestead was deeded in 1686 from William Penn to Philadelphia legislator Arthur Cooke.  With 10 foot ceilings on the first floor, it's rich in architectural detail and a pleasure to show.  

875 W Miner STreetThe stone stairs are guarded by a gorgeous set of lions that are really breathtaking.  

Historical SiloHistorical silo on the property.

The stone walls from the original barn are still on the property.

stone walls of original barn

So many neat features, far too many to detail here.  This property is rich is Chester County History.

horse detail

Make an appointment to preview this piece of history.


3/24/2011 Selling your Home? The nose knows!

The nose knows.  When my first son was born, the hospital bathed him and washed his hair with Dove soap.  To this day, I buy Dove soap, the original scent, and every time I shower, I put the bar of soap to my nose and take a sniff.  It brings me right back to those early days, in the hospital, holding my son for the first time, his soft hair tickling my nose and the fragrance of Dove will be forever linked to that special time in my life.

Friday, my cousin Joe treated my cousin Donna and me to a beautiful lunch at the Union League.  The food was superb, the company even better, and we laughed and talked for almost 2 hours together.  We were talking about disease and familial links and Joe said that we grew up in South Philadelphia and it was his opinion that we were exposed to a lot of toxins in the air by the various factories and such that spewed poison out on a regular basis.   I decided that this was possible but that he needed to remember that we also stood in the fumes of the soft serve ice cream truck for more than a few minutes every summer night, waiting for our turn.  "Every time my husband starts the lawn mower, I get the urge for a Mr. Softie", I exclaimed.  We howled laughing and so it is.  Smells bring back memories and the smell of my husband's lawn mower reminds me of soft serve ice cream!

If I am near a man who uses the old fashioned cologne, Aqua Di Silva, I think of Mr. Appa from middle school.  Estee Lauder perfume reminds me of my mom, who always wore Youth Dew or Cinnabar when I was growing up.  When I deliver meals on wheels on Thursdays, one of my little ladies wears Youth Dew and I always feel great when I walk in because it transports me to my childhood and warm memories of my mom.   Although I am lucky to still have her, she doesn't wear Estee Lauder anymore.

I have always maintained that heaven, when I arrive, will smell like my mother's kitchen; aromatic with spices and tomatoes boiling on the stove or a roast in the oven.  I love the smell of my garden flowers, most especially my butterfly bushes.  The smell of the seashore, a lovely combination of salt and sunscreen is also a smell that could transport you to a happy place.

Smells are important.   The nose knows!   If you are selling your home, it should smell clean.  It should smell like apple pie, fresh flowers and clean breezes.  It shouldn't smell of stale cooking odors, unwashed dog,  cigarette smoke or the kitty litter box. While I find doggie smells to be very comforting, most people would argue they are offensive.   When selling your home, call a real estate agent.  All homes have their own distinctive odor, and we really can't smell it on a day to day basis.  Your agent will let you know what you need to do have your house smelling just right to put it on the market.   

Susan C. Mangigian

re/max preferred
1450 E. Boot Road, Suite 600-A,West Chester, PA  19380

610-719-1700 main office, 610-299-6237 cell 

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