There are so many reasons to love West Chester, from arts, culture and community parks, to low taxes and award-winning schools. But my favorite is the people who make this such a great community. Shout out to “America’s Greatest Small Town!”
West Chester is a foodie town and one of my top choices in the Borough is Roots Café. With a constantly evolving menu and seasonal choices, this is local, farm to table dining at its best. In this edition of Local Lowdows, John Hearn, the head chef and owner of Roots, talks about one of his favorite dishes, and the importance of creating fresh and relevant meals. The impressive variety and creativity in the menu keep people coming back. The next time you feel like having dinner out on the town, why not try Roots?
Roots Café:Visit their website
Local Lowdowns With Mike Ciunci – Phineas Gage
If you’re looking to update your summer wardrobe and support local business right here in town, be sure to visit Phineas Gage on High Street. In this edition of Local Lowdowns, I had a great time trying out some of the spring and summer looks that Phineas Gage has to offer. Whether you need a new golf look or if you’re heading out for a night on the town, the founder and owner of Phineas Gage, Jaime Weisbrot, will greet you with personalized service. Offering men’s contemporary and casualwear, you can discover a fresh new wardrobe right here in our hometown. This boutique store has a cool history which Jaime has transformed into a trendy and relaxed atmosphere.
Phineas Gage - Men's ClothingVisit their website
Local Lowdowns With Mike Ciunci – Jaco Juice & Taco Bar
Jaco is one of my favorite places to grab lunch in the Borough. It’s a great place to get a quick, healthy lunch, from fish tacos to a wide variety of smoothies - including their signature Baco Juice which includes fresh squeezed orange juice, carrot and ginger. In this edition of #WCLocalLowdowns, Jaco’s managing partner Kim O’Donnell explains why West Chester was the perfect location to open a juice & taco bar. Everything they serve is made with fresh ingredients, handmade from scratch. It’s a favorite spot for many West Chester residents and it’s one of my go-to spots in town.
Jaco Juice & Taco Bar:Visit their website
Local Lowdowns With Mike Ciunci – Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
West Chester is full of people with amazing talent, from theater to dance to music. Check out this edition of Local Lowdowns and learn why the founders of Uptown! had a vision of bringing live entertainment to our amazing town. The theater provides a home to more than 50 arts and culture organizations in Chester County that previously didn’t have a venue. It also offers a theater school and provides scholarships to kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center offers amazing community outreach and it’s an integral and vibrant part of the West Chester community - bringing magic to our town all year round. Be sure to check out my video blog at http://mikeciunci.com/video-blog/ to see more Local Lowdowns of West Chester.
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center:Visit their website
Yori’s Church St Bakery
On this episode of Local Lowdowns, we’re featuring a place to get the most heavenly desserts in West Chester – Yori’s Church Street Bakery. David Yori loves the creative outlet that baking provides, and it’s obvious when browsing the delicious and colorful treats in his shop. Everything is hand made with fresh, natural ingredients and no preservatives. He offers a different selection of baked goods throughout the year, depending on what fruits are in season. From traditional Christmas cookies to summer sweets, Yori’s has you covered. Stop in to discover your new favorite sweet, and be sure to check out my video blog at http://mikeciunci.com/video-blog/ to see more Local Lowdowns of West Chester.
Yori's Church St Bakery:Visit their website
Local Low Downs With Mike Ciunci – Gemelli
On this episode of Local Low Downs, we’re featuring a local West Chester spot that has brought a little bit of Italy to our own backyard. I had the opportunity to chat with Vincenzo Gemelli, the owner of Gemelli | Artisanal Gelato & Dessert Café. Recently voted as a Best in Town Award Winner by People’s Choice, this is one of West Chester’s finest, located right on Market St. Gemelli creates gelato from scratch with natural flavors, and they respect the original process of making gelato which, according to Vincenzo, is even disappearing in Italy.
Gemelli | Artisanal Gelato & Dessert Café:Visit their website
Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic
Just a couple of weeks left of summer and you know what that means? Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic!! This is one of my favorite events of the year and you should not miss it, this Saturday 3-10pm. This event is rain or shine and all businesses will be open for commerce. I will see you there!.
LOVE LIVING IN WEST CHESTER
West Chester is a special place. I came here as a student and there is a reason I never plan on leaving. The amazing restaurants and shops, combined with the beautiful brick-lined streets have earned it the title “The World’s Most Perfect Small Town.” With a first-class selection of schools and parks, there is no better place to raise a family. And there is no one better to help you find your perfect home. In the past year alone, many of my listings have sold before they even hit the market, and the reasons are simple. I know this town and no one works harder or is more innovative. Selling or buying a home is a big event and you need a friend in your corner who is going to look out for you during that process. I would love to be that friend and ensure that you get the maximum value for your home.
LOCAL LOW DOWNS WITH MIKE CIUNCI - WEST CHESTER COCKTAILS
In this segment of Local Lowdowns, I’ll explore three great cocktails from our favorite West Chester barkeeps. The cocktail has always been an art form and along with its recent resurgence, we’ve seen some pretty amazing takes on some beloved classics. Sidebar, located at 10 E Gay St, offers excellent affordable food and great local spirits. Although known for its extensive craft beer selection, Sidebar also creates some of the best cocktails in town, like the Bourbon Sunrise. Ryan’s Pub, at 124 W Gay St, has played a key role in the revitalization of the downtown West Chester business district. As soon as it opened up shop, West Chester became the place to be and you can always find a friend on one of its 30 bar stools. Step outside your comfort zone and try their Key Lime Pie Martini. Located at 38 E Gay St, Teca has a new age Italian feel coupled with a local vibe and outdoor dining. Nothing kicks off a nice Italian meal like the Sorrentino. Check out this video for an insider’s peek at these three great establishments, and be sure to follow my video blog at http://mikeciunci.com/video-blog/ if you want to see more Local Lowdowns of West Chester.
2018 SPRING REAL ESTATE MARKET
Even if there's snow on the ground, you may not realize the spring real estate market is already upon us. Get the inside edge in West Chester's unique local market, whether you need to sell a home or buy one. If you're a homeowner who needs to sell, this is the time to start your preparation so that your home is in pristine showing condition by the time landscaping is in bloom. This is when buyers will have the strongest emotional attachment. If you're a home buyer, you'll want to be connected to a local expert who can give you an edge in this competitive market. I'm here to help make sure your transition is as smooth as possible. Especially in this market - Who You Work With Matters.
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PRICING YOUR HOME COMPETITIVELY
If you're in the market to sell your home, it's natural to want the highest possible price. You've probably heard over and over again that inventory is low. Buyers are in competition with each other and multiple offer scenarios are common. All of this is true in the current West Chester real estate market.
As a seller, you might be tempted to overprice your home, hoping that a buyer will overpay simply because there aren't a lot of homes for them to choose from. But if you truly want to net the most money out of your home sale, overpricing is not the answer. There is a strategy for how to price your home so that it sells quickly, and for the highest price. Tune in to learn more, or feel free to reach out to me with questions. Always remember, especially in this market, who you work with matters.
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SEARCHING FOR AN AGENT ON ZILLOW
It’s intriguing to me to learn how people select their real estate agent, so it’s a question I ask frequently. Getting a referral from a friend or family member is a great way to choose an agent. On the other hand, if your cousin who lives in NJ recently got their PA license, you might not be hiring the most qualified agent to fit your needs.
This is where 3rd party websites like Zillow can be helpful. If you’re debating between 2 different agents, you can use a site like Zillow to research each agent and get unbiased reviews, sales activity, and current listings, to see how active each agent is in your local market. You can go to Zillow.com, click on Agent Finder, and type in the zip code for your target market. You’ll see agents listed by activity level, you can read reviews and you can even click through to that agent’s website or Facebook page to learn even more about them. This is most likely one of the biggest financial transactions you’ll make in your life, and you owe it to yourself to find the right fit, especially in today’s very competitive real estate market. Best of luck in your real estate transaction, and always remember, who you work with matters.
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As a home buyer in the current West Chester market, it’s more than likely that you’ll be competing with other buyers in order to “win out” on the home of your dreams. Inventory is low, and homes that show well and are priced correctly are selling very quickly.
So, what can you do to help make your offer stand out from the competition? In this video, I share some tips and tricks on putting your best foot forward. There are a number of strategies that can gain you an edge and make your offer look the most appealing to the seller. From being the first person through the door, to flexibility with your requested closing date, to working with an agent who has strong relationships in the local market, you can give yourself every opportunity to come out on top in a multiple bid scenario.
Always, always, always remember, especially in this marketplace, #WhoYouWorkWithMatters.
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INTEREST RATE TRENDS
Although mortgage interest rates have recently been rising, it’s important to note that rates are still at historic lows. My good friend Nick Fratini, the branch manager of GMH Mortgage in West Chester, talks about interest rate trends and how they will affect you as a home buyer or a home seller.
Many people who are in the market to purchase a home want to know if waiting a few more months to save additional down payment money is a good strategy. In this video, Nick will answer that question and demonstrate why waiting may not be the best financial decision.
On the converse side, interest rates affect home sellers as well. With rates projected to trend upward over the coming months, a purchaser’s buying power won’t be as strong as it is today. This could potentially take them out of the market as a viable purchaser for your home.
If you’re in the market to either buy or sell a home, it’s a great time to talk to a Realtor. Always remember, #WhoYouWorkWithMatters.