Bucks County Farmhouses
Historic Homes that cannot be replicated
Bucks County Farmhouses are sough after residences for those who appreciate the vernacular architecture of 1700-1900’s Bucks County Fieldstone Farmhouses.
Whether you are looking to buy or sell a Bucks County Farmhouse, Kim Bartells is the premier agent in the field offering an advanced level of knowledge when it comes to the era architectural details that make Bucks County Farmhouses such sought after homes.
Every agent knows farmhouses have deep window sills, Kim knows if goes far beyond that. Their unique features are sought after by discerning buyers from our local market, to Philly, to NJ, to NYC.
If you ever have a question, no matter how general, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to help.
Considering Buying a Farmhouse?
Here's what you need to know...
When purchasing a Farmhouse, your agents knowledge of the local Farmhouse Market is just as important as when you are looking to sell one.
• I run a comparative market analysis on any home you are considering purchasing to help you determine an offer price.
• Are there conservation, easement, or deed issues you should be aware of that can affect the value of the home? Is the home situated in within a HARB district?
• I can provide you with a list of home inspectors that specialize in older homes.
• Septic & well inspectors are also very important for older homes.
Purchasing a home is a large investment. Sometimes, Farmhouses will require some renovation. It is important to be level headed and realistic about the amount of work a Farmhouse may truly need.
• Most Farmhouses are located close to busier roads. These were the main roads that enabled the transportation of goods between northern areas, like Bethlehem, down to Philadelphia. Be prepared for this, or be prepared to pay more for the ones situated down long drives in quiet areas.
• Layouts are not as ‘open’ as the homes of today, although renovations can correct this.
• Main Bedrooms with there own full Bath were not common.
• Closet space was much smaller. People didn’t have as many ‘things’ as we do today. They also used wardrobes.
• Basements can be a little interesting. Dirt floors and low ceiling height was common.
• Sloping floors are common. That doesn’t mean the house is falling down.
You have options to remedy these items. You can buy a Farmhouse that has already been renovated to include todays modern conveniences, or you can renovate them yourself to ensure you get exactly what you want.
Why go to all this effort, you might ask? It’s because of the vernacular architecture that simply isn’t cost effective to build into the homes of today.
• Bucks County Fieldstone Exteriors
• Interior Stone Walls
• Walk-in Fireplaces
• Random Width Wood Floors
• Deep Sills
• Pegged & Scribed Beams
• Pie Staircases
• Pent Roofs, Cornice Details, & so much more.
Every one of these homes has a unique story. The materials, design elements, and architecture of the homes speak to the history and home building practices from hundreds of years ago. It’s truly priceless character.
Selling a Farmhouse
Why picking your agent may be harder than you think
Marketing for sale Bucks County Farmhouses takes creativity, resources, and professional marketing knowledge, including direct mail, print, and internet marketing. Each home Kim lists receives:
• Its own website specifically key-worded to attract Farmhouse Buyers.
• Professional marketing materials including brochures and direct mail.
• Descriptive, professional copy.
• Social media presence.
• Professional wide-angle lens photography with accompanying Virtual Tour.
• Access to her personal database of Bucks County Farmhouse owners and potential buyers.
Those are just the basics to my marketing strategy. For each listing I receive, I evaluate it as if it were a new business venture using the criteria below. This enables me to expedite the selling process and target the most likely buyer. Sometimes, my marketing efforts find buyers who were not even actively looking.
• What makes your home better/unique compared to those already on the market?
• Which listings are your biggest competitors?
• How does your home compare on amenities and price?
• What are your homes strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement?
• Who is your target market?
• What types of people are more likely to buy a farmhouse over a colonial?
It is very important to price your home correct, initially. Nine times out of ten, Buyers (and I) will value your home less than what you probably feel that it’s worth. I can tell you from experience, if you list too high you will end up greatly increasing your days on market, and may end up taking less for your home then if you had priced it per my recommendations initially.