Lynn's Tid Bits

Hey! Lynn Sharer here.  I am a full time realtor in the Doylestown area and have been for the last 20 years. My roots are firmly planted in the community.  I grew up here went to Our Lady of Mt Carmel for grade school and Central Bucks West to high school.  Left to go to college in Ohio and came back and have been here ever since.  I have watched our community grow, develop and change.  I love the area and can talk about it forever.  5 of my 6 siblings still live in the area.  One of them went rogue and lives in Virginia but we still talk to him. 

I enjoying continuing to discover the area and watching and participating in the ebb and flow of the area.  Doylestown is a quaint historic town but is alive and active with todays living.  I am a part of that live and active living.  I thoroughly enjoy working with my clients to get them what they want.  Its a discovery journey.  We talk about what they are looking for and then we put our heads together and come up with their dream.  It is way cool and exciting.

In this blog I hope to give you interesting tidbits about life in Doylestown and the area, buying and selling homes, everyday house issues and what ever else I think will keep you informed.

This is the page that I get to comment on what is going on in the local real estate market and alert you to things you should know before you buy and/or sell your home. 

So keep coming back to this page to keep up to date and to stay ahead of the real estate market.

Sept. 20, 2019

How to Downsize Your Home for a More Comfortable Future


A big house is convenient when you are younger in life — for instance, if you’re starting a family for the first time and need extra bedrooms for future babies. As you get older, however, you will come to appreciate a smaller property. For one thing, fitness levels decline with age, and everyday tasks like cleaning up a large kitchen may get tedious.

Additionally, a large house requires upkeep and investment, from the cost of roof repairs to landscaper fees. Spending this money becomes less appealing for seniors who are stressed about retirement funds — Americans’ biggest financial worry, according to one poll.

Downsizing lets you take advantage of the practical and financial perks of a smaller home, including having fewer maintenance and financial responsibilities.

Find the Right Space That Suits Your Needs

When looking for your smaller home, opt for a one-story model. Even if you’re in great shape now, this will allow you to “age in place” later without having to pack up and move again. Keep in mind, however, that you may want renovations for greater comfort: Senior-friendly home improvements include additions like non-slip mats in the bathroom and no-step doorways. This AARP guide has more great ideas, such as adding brighter lighting and widening doorways to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers. Besides making modifications, you’ll also have to consider how much you can spend on a new home as homes in Doylestown can be pricey (with a median listing price of $600K).

That said, downsizing shouldn’t be just about practical elements. Consider what you need to truly enjoy your golden years. Is a garden something you aren’t willing to negotiate on? Perhaps you absolutely need a pet-friendly apartment for your cat or dog. Downsizing doesn’t mean you have to compromise on what you’re passionate about.

Downsize Your Belongings Beforehand

Before you can downsize your space, you need to downsize your belongings. Have a family member or friend help you sort through everything. Designate items as “take” or “don’t take” — don’t give yourself the option of a “maybe” pile that you will revisit time and time again. This will ultimately slow down the entire process and have you going in circles.

When it comes to the “don’t take” items, you have many options on how to best dispose of them. Sentimental items like heirlooms could be gifted to family members, especially if you were planning to leave these objects as part of an inheritance anyway. Old furniture and household goods can be donated. Take a peek at this guide to know what you can and can’t donate, such as appliances with frayed electrical cords are a no-no.

If you have magazines, photographs, or videos sitting in boxes, consider digitizing them. This allows you to enjoy their content without having bulky objects taking up space. You can even digitize your books — this Huffington Post article explains how it’s done. If you’re having trouble, ask a more tech-savvy relative like a grandchild for assistance.

Rent a Storage Unit to Ease the Transition

Moving is an emotional process, even linked to an ailment called relocation stress syndrome. This is especially true if you have to part with beloved belongings. Make it easier by getting a storage unit to house things that won’t fit in your new home — but that you just can’t part with yet. Search engines like allow you to easily find units near you (a 10’x15’ unit generally costs between $75 and $140 a month). Remember to remind yourself that downsizing is for the better.

You want to spend your time with family and friends, or enjoying hobbies you love as you get older — not doing household chores to taking care of busywork. With this handy downsizing guide, you’ve gotten your golden years off to a good start.

Photo Credit: Unsplash

More credits for this article-fitness levels decline, one poll, age in place, non-slip mats, AARP guide, rice of $600K, this guide, Huffington Post article, relocation stress syndrome,, $75 and $140





Posted in Selling a Home, Seniors
April 18, 2019

7 Easy Ways to Take Your Bed and Bath From Basic to Beautiful



Is your bedroom ready for a major refresh? Or maybe your blah bathroom needs a serious dose of style? Most people think they need a major renovation to make these rooms look and feel like new. So, you may be surprised at how easy it really is to add some updated style by updating just a few elements in each room. To help get your bed and bath makeover jump-started, here are just a few of the simple ways you can create your own custom design.




Update Your Walls With New Paint




If you want a serious upgrade, without a lot of serious work, then you should think about repainting your bedroom or bathroom. Coating those bedroom walls with comforting shades of blue, green, and pink can spruce things up while keeping your bedroom cozy. If you’re not up for repainting an entire room, you could also use one of these relaxing bedroom colors to create a fun accent wall.




Create Your Own Custom Headboard




A change of color can give your bedroom a bright new look, but you may want to style up your bed as well. If you don’t have a headboard or frame already, why not create one of your own? Use a darker shade of paint to add a simple shape above your bed, or a few thin boards and fabric to whip up a more posh design.




Add a Fun Throw Blanket and Accent Pillows




Your bed is the centerpiece of your room. Adding a cute headboard can help jazz things up, but you can also update your style with ease by picking up some new throw blankets and pillows. Think beyond basic solids and go for a pop of pattern or texture, to add something different. You can even save by grabbing a few pillow inserts and just buying new covers when you’re craving change, but be sure to fluff correctly for maximum impact.




Show Off With a Fresh Shower Curtain




Much like your bed, shower curtains tend to be the focal point for decor in the bathroom. You can change the look of your room by adding a creative shower curtain that really expresses your personal style. Go bold and boho with mandalas and fringe or keep things casual with a fun sloth print. Look for double-sided hooks to make swapping a snap with each season.




Trade Basic Towels for Ones With Style




Once you have your beautiful palm-printed shower curtain hung up, you may want to freshen up the rest of your bathroom. A basic trick for making your bathroom look professionally styled is to hang up some textured or boldly patterned bath towels. Put your towels on display by neatly folding them onto shelves or rolling them into pretty little baskets for storage.




Add a Spa Feeling With a Few Plants 




Your bathroom should inspire more calm in your life, whether you’re getting ready for or winding down from a long day. A fun idea for keeping this space super relaxing is to pick up some bathroom-friendly plants. Philodendron is nearly impossible to kill, while orchids will add a splash of tropical color to your decor. You can also add a few potted plants to your bedroom, for a bit of natural beauty and added air-purification benefits.




Keep Both Refreshed Spaces Neat and Tidy




You may end up spending a few hours or a weekend making these small, but impactful, changes to your bathroom and bedroom. Either way, after all that hard work and attention to detail, you will want to keep those rooms looking amazing. Use a few cleaning and organizing tricks throughout the week to maintain organization with ease and reduce clutter in both rooms. Pick up items as soon as you’re done with them and wipe down surfaces often.




So there you have it! It really is so simple to add more style and personality to your bed and bath spaces. You can even do so within minutes by swapping linens, bedding, or towels, but you can also complete bigger changes with minimal effort.




Photo Credit: Unsplash




Posted in Home Maintanance
April 1, 2019

Servicing your air conditioner in 7 steps

If you are at all handy you could save some money and give your AC a yearly check up yourself.  Here is how...

Servicing Your Air Conditioner in 7 Steps

A professional air-conditioner service or checkup can cost you a lot of money, but you can keep that cash in your pocket by doing some simple maintenance of your own at the beginning and the end of the air-conditioning season. Follow these do-it-yourself servicing steps to stay cool all spring and summer long.

Step 1 — Switch the Power Off

First, switch off the main electricity current to the air conditioner and locate the capacitor. You can easily locate the capacitor by following the directions provided by your air conditioner's manufacturer.

Step 2 — Clean the Condenser Fan and Oil the Fan Motor

The condenser fan will probably be covered with dust, so you should clean it with a brush thoroughly.

Although an air-conditioning servicing expert could charge you around $700 to repair the condenser, you can begin by removing the cover grill and detach the setscrew holding the fan in place. Then, remove the fan to gain access to the oil parts. Lubricate the fan motor with oil specified by the manufacturer.

Step 3 — Clean the Condenser Coils and Fins

Clean the condenser coils using a garden hose. Remove the coil guard before spraying the inside unit. This will prevent the accumulation of water-soaked debris inside the fins.

If the fins are bent, straighten them with a fin comb. You can also clean the fins with the fin comb.

Step 4 — Recycle the Refrigerant

If you need new refrigerant, you should consider hiring a professional. While you can change it yourself, it’s important you know how to ensure that no harmful gases are leaked into the atmosphere during the process.

Step 5 — Service the Filter

If the filter is beyond repair, you should change it. However, if it’s just dirty, you can easily clean it. Failure to clean the filter or change it can lead to developing fungi and bacteria that shouldn’t be inhaled.

Clean the Filter

To clean the filter, remove the casing that encompasses the air-filter. Remove the filter and clean it with a cloth. You can then clean the filter with non-abrasive soap and water. Repeat this procedure once every two weeks to enhance the life of the air-filter. Ensure that it is completely dry before reattaching it to the unit.

Purchase a New Filter

If your filter is too dirty, you can purchase a plastic electrostatic-mesh filter from a local supplier for about $7. Cut the new filter with a pair of scissors. Rinse it with clean water, and then allow it to dry off completely. Then, install the filter by slipping it into place where the old one was.

Step 6 — Service the Ducts

Clean the air ducts regularly with a vacuum cleaner. This will help to remove debris or dust particles that get sucked into the ducts.

Step 7 — Perform Routine Checkups

Check various parts such as fuses, breakers, and the thermostat on a regular basis. Ensure that all the connections are in place, and continue to check the heat side of your HVAC, too, for optimum performance.


Posted in Home Maintanance
March 18, 2019

How to get the most money for your home in a changing market.


Every homeowner wants to make sure that they maximize their financial reward when selling their home, but how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house especially in a shifting market?


Here are two ways to ensure that you get the highest price possible.


1. Price it a Little Low


This may seem counterintuitive, but let’s take a look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their homes a little OVER market value will leave them with room for negotiation when, in actuality, it just dramatically lessens the demand for their houses (see chart below).



Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, consider pricing your house so that demand for the home is maximized. By doing so, you, the seller, will not be fighting with a buyer over the price but will instead have multiple buyers fighting with each other over the house. gives this advice:


“Aim to price your property at or just slightly below the going rate. Today’s buyers are highly informed, so if they sense they’re getting a deal, they’re likely to bid up a property that’s slightly underpriced, especially in areas with low inventory.”


2. Use a Real Estate Professional


This, too, may seem counterintuitive as you, the seller, may think that you will make more money by avoiding a real estate commission. With this being said, studies have shown that homes typically sell for more money when handled by real estate professionals.


study by Collateral Analytics, reveals that FSBOs don’t actually save any money, and in some cases may be costing themselves more, by not listing with an agent. The data showed that:


“FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices than comparable home sales, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.”


The results of the study showed that the differential in selling prices for FSBOs, when compared to MLS sales of similar properties, is about 5.5%. Sales in 2017 suggest the average sales price was near 6% lower for FSBO sales of similar properties.


Bottom Line


It has been my experience that pricing your house at or slightly below the current market value and using a very good marketing strategy by a professional will guarantee that you maximize the price you get for your house.




Posted in Selling a Home
March 11, 2019

Can I get gift money to use to purchase a home?

Posted in Buying a House
March 11, 2019

Do you need 20% down when purchasing a home?

Posted in Buying a House
March 4, 2019

Simplify Your Life with These Home Tidying Tips