Top 7 Home New Year’s Resolutions

With the start of the New Year, thoughts naturally turn to change. If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to sell your home, then making the right resolutions can help you sell your home quickly and for the best possible return.

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  1. Move Up Spring Cleaning – Time to do your spring cleaning now. Declutter,
    depersonalize and make the home look roomier.
  2. Stage Your Home – Whether you hire someone or do it yourself, this is the time to rearrange your furniture to make your rooms look bigger and brighter.
  3. Think it Through – Before you spend money on renovations and upgrades, think
    carefully and don’t overspend by guessing.
  4. Take Care of Neglected Repairs – This is a great time to hire a handyman or break out the tool belt to take care of deferred maintenance and take care of minor repairs.
  5. Interview Real Estate Agents – Hiring a real estate agent is critical to your success. Take the time to interview a number of agents and choose the right one for your needs.
  6. Check out the Competition – Go see homes listed for sale in your area and adjust your timing, staging, and pricing based on the market.
  7. Prepare Mentally – Selling a home can be stressful. Be prepared for low offers, picky buyers, drop-by agents, and odd terms. Prepare yourself now so you will take them in stride when you’re on the market.

Choosing the right agent is crucial to stress-free and easy home buying or selling on the Main Line, Center City and Southern New Jersey. The right agent has the resources and expertise to guide you through the process, every step of the way. If you have any questions or you’re ready to get started, please do not hesitate to call or email us. We’d love to hear from you!

The Stephanie MacDonald Team | 610-246-1048 | stephanie@themacdonaldteam.com

The Top Factors that Make the Main Line a Great Place to Call Home

If you’re looking to relocate to the Philadelphia area, don’t look any further than the Main Line. Taking its name from the Philadelphia Main Line Railroad that is spans across, the Main Line is comprised of some of the most luxurious neighborhoods in the state.

The Main Line offers a unique blend of urban, suburban, and rural living, so there’s an ideal neighborhood for every lifestyle. Wondering what life in the Main Line could look like for you? Dive in to the top reasons why locals love the area, and find your new home in one of these communities today.

A Variety of Amenities

An art exhibit.Whether you settle down in Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Wayne, or Villanova, you’ll never be far from all of the amenities you need. Each community offers a variety of things to do, including movie theaters, shopping malls, five-star restaurants, and museums and galleries.

If you’re looking for a little more excitement, Philadelphia is never too far away. Take a trip into the city and enjoy visiting major attractions like the Philadelphia Mills shopping center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the weekly events in the iconic LOVE Park.

Stunning Parks

A person exploring the woods. A major selling point of the Main Line is living near the city, but there are also tons of natural areas to explore! Visit the historical sites, monuments, and meadows of the Revolutionary War site and national park, Valley Forge. For beautiful sites and sounds, explore the American College Arboretum or Chanticleer Gardens, both of which are known for their stunning and diverse array of flora and fauna.

Other smaller parks — like The Willows, Saw Mill Park, and Ithan ValleyPark — are scattered along the Main Line. These natural areas provide residents with access to hiking, fishing, picnicking and more!

Active Community Life

A Holi festival color celebration. Are you looking for a place where you can get involved with weekly, monthly, and annual events? The Main Line is always buzzing with celebrations, festivals, and performances that are open to the public. From expansive holiday markets to elaborate parades during every season of the year, there’s something happening every weekend on the Main Line.

The tight-knit, active community provided by the towns along the Main Line are hard to find anywhere else. Stay up-to-date with the community calendar so you don’t miss out on any of these events.

Breathtaking Homes

A beautiful new home. Are you looking for a multi-million dollar estate? A modest single-family home? Or perhaps a cozy townhome near the city? Whatever you need, the Main Line has it.

If you’re looking for luxurious living, explore some of the listings above one million dollars. These homes offer unique access to features like home theaters, marble floors, fitness centers, and wet bars. Many of these impressive listings are under 30 minutes from the heart of the city, and provide acres upon acres of privacy.

Is your style of living more suited to a private penthouse suite? We offer several different listings located in exclusive penthouse buildings that offer unbeatable city views. Enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows, luxurious amenities, and easy access to all that the heart of the city has to offer.

Find Your Main Line Home

The Main Line is one of the most unique collections of neighborhoods in the country. No matter what sort of home you’re looking for, you’re never far from the heart of the city. Explore more about the Main Line, and find your new home here today.

If you have any questions or want to set up a showing, feel free to contact the Macdonald Team today!

Deck the Halls & Get in the Holly Jolly Spirit with these December Events

While the weather outside may be frightful, these Main Line holiday events are nothing less than delightful! Get ready to trim your tree, deck the halls, and ring in the holiday season in the bustling Main Line area.

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate all of the festivities of the season, there are tons of events going on around Philadelphia and the Main Line. Check out a few of the highlights, and put some of these celebrations on your holiday lists!

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Holiday lights.Drawing inspiration from the imaginative mind of Benjamin Franklin, the Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show is a dazzling winter event. With more thank 75,000 twinkling lights, seasonal food and drink, holiday shopping, and festive music, the festival is completely free and lasts for seven weeks.

The main attraction of the show is a 12-foot tall kite that floats over ten feet above the square. A nod to the festival’s inspiration, Benjamin Franklin, the lights on the kite will dance along to the holiday music.

Location: 6th and Race Streets, Philadelphia

Date: November 15th-December 31st, 4:30pm-8pm

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

The Sesame Street characters on stage.Whether you’re celebrating the holidays with a couple of kiddos or just a big fan of the friends down at Sesame Street, be sure to check out a Very Furry Christmas. The Sesame Place park will turn into a winter wonderland, complete with a Merry Marketplace, a Christmas tree show, and a festive train tour.

The Sesame Street cast will also be celebrating with a few special guests. Expect appearances from iconic holiday characters like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™, Clarice, and Bumble. Bring your camera along to snag some pictures of this memorable celebration!

Location: Sesame Place

Date: November 17th-January 1st, park hours

Shadybrook Farms Holiday Light Show

A holiday light show.What’s better than a holiday show with one million lights? A holiday show with 3 million lights! With elaborate displays and familiar holiday characters, the Shadybrook Farms Holiday Light Show is a great way to get in the holiday spirit from the warmth of your car. The two-mile long road takes about 20 minutes to complete.

After you complete the drive, grab a cup of hot cocoa and make some s’mores over the warm flames of the bonfire. Don’t forget to grab some treats from the Farm Market, and say hi to Santa on your way out!

Location: Shadybrook Farm

Date: November 17th-January 6th, hours vary

Christmas Village Philadelphia

AN open air Christmas market.Taking inspiration from the iconic open-air Christmas markets in Germany, the Christmas Village in Philadelphia is one of the most amazing holiday experiences that the city offers. Try authentic German foods like hot Gluhwein, Schnitzel, and Bratwurst. Then, browse the variety of wares from over 80 local and national vendors!

Throughout the month, the Christmas Village will feature a variety of special events, including many visits from Santa Claus. Make sure you check out newest addition to this year’s village, the Alm Beer Garden!

Location: Love Park, Philadelphia

Date: November 22nd-December 24th, 9am-5pm

Nerberth Dickens Festival

A decorated lamppost. Dedicated to celebrating all things Charles Dickens and 1800s London, the Nerberth Dickens Festival is the perfect way to celebrate, 19th century style. The town of Nerberth transforms the streets, and familiar Dickens characters roam the street. Enjoy a variety of period costumes, various live performances, and tasty holiday food and drink.

The festival is perfect for visitors of all ages.  Events include a free scavenger hunt, horse and carriage rides, and a professional ice sculpting displays!

Location: Downtown Narberth

Date: December 2nd, 12pm-4pm

Don’t Miss Out on Festive Fun

From Christmas markets to themed holiday celebrations, you won’t want to miss the chance to attend any of these amazing Main Line and Philadelphia area events. Find your new home in the Main Line today, and be a member of this great community!

If you have any questions, would like more information, or want to set up a showing, feel free to contact the Stephanie MacDonald Team today!

Celebrate these November Events in the Main Line Area

If you can believe, October is officially over, and the holiday season is almost here! No matter how you choose to celebrate in the coming weeks, the Main Line area provides tons of festive events to enjoy.

From charming holiday markets to dazzling light shows, browse through a few of the highlights happening in the Main Line and Philadelphia areas this month. Have fun, enjoy the community, and get ready to ring in the coming holidays and winter season!

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

A close up of a string of lights.Get in touch with your holiday spirit this year at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival! Hosted by Historic Philadelphia, Inc., the festival will feature a dazzling Electrical Spectacle light show with over 75,000 lights, tons of deliciously festive food and drinks, and special events for different days of the week. Some of the activities available include a carousel, a mini golf course, and a holiday train!

Enjoy festive holiday music, warm drinks, and special appearances from Santa himself at this vibrant, bustling city festival. The celebration will be held from November 15th-December 31st from 4pm-8pm and 9pm on the weekends.

Philadelphia Marathon

An overhead view of a runner on a street. This year, the Philadelphia Marathon will be celebrating its 25th year of operation. The 26.2 mile course winds through charming historic districts, scenic waterfront views, and rolling green hills (don’t worry, most of the course is flat terrain) and attracts over 30,000 people from across the world.

Check out a map of the course that’s often listed as one of the top ten in the nation, and come cheer on the runners at this year’s marathon! The race weekend will take place from November 16th-November 18th.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

A marching band on a city street. Did you know that the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country takes place right here in Philadelphia? Older than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade will be celebrating its 99th anniversary this year. With special celebrity guests, tons of floats and balloons, and dozens of bands and choirs, the parade brings in thousands of visitors ever year.

This year’s parade will be on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, from 8:30am-12:30pm. If you plan on attending, take a look at the parade map to see the route!

Christmas Village

A Christmas marketEmulating the style of the renowned open-air, European Christmas markets, the Christmas Village in Philadelphia features over 80 different vendors. With goods for sale like ornaments, original art pieces, winter apparel, and local food and drink, the market operates daily and features tons of live performances and special events. The Christmas Village is one of the most festive and picturesque holiday events in the country.

The Christmas Village will take place from November 22nd through December 24th in LOVE Park. Take a look at some of the vendors and special events, and plan your visit today!

Don’t Miss out on Main Line Events

With an active calendar full of events and festivals, you won’t want to miss out on all the fun that the Main Line and Philadelphia area has to offer. Let the MacDonald Team help you find your new home in this bustling and dynamic area!

If you would like more information on the area or to set up a showing, feel free to contact me, Stephanie MacDonald, for more information.