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9 Ways Home Flipping Shows Lie to You

We all know the premise of home-flipping shows: An investor buys a veritable dump and then, with the help of a team of ready-and-willing contractors and landscapers, quickly transforms it into the best-looking home on the block. Next, that intrepid investor turns around and sells it for a hefty profit.…Read More

Online Video Open House of Clock Towers – 917 Columbia Ave Lancaster, Pa 17603

Welcome Back !  Today Nate Taggart and I are taking you through an Online Video Open House featuring a Lancaster County PA Condo community called Clock Towers.    Clock Towers is an architectural beauty, it’s the former Hamilton Watch Company (1892-1969) building that was converted to condominiums.  With exposed brick, original…Read More

4 Tips For Buying A Home In A Hot Market

When a market is hot, finding and buying a home can feel like an uphill battle. In a seller’s market, homes go quickly. They can be on the market one day and gone the next. And on top of the challenge of finding a home, most homes (especially the desirable…Read More

18 Tips For Living In Your Home While It’s For Sale

It’s one of the largest and most expensive assets most of us will ever own. It’s where we lay our head down at night, the place we make memories and call home. Selling it can be one of the most overwhelming and stressful experiences you may ever go through. So…Read More

How Selling Your House Is Like Making Lasagna

How many layers are there in a lasagna? There’s no right or wrong answer to that. Other than, “more than one” probably. Even two is pretty skimpy. So, let’s say three is minimal for argument sake. (But, four or more is better.) The number of layers probably just boils down…Read More

Sold! 146 W Front Street Marietta, Pa 17547 – 24/7/365 ONLINE VIDEO OPEN HOUSE – MLS# 266775

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 146 W Front St Marietta, Pa 17547! This Marietta home for sale is in the Donegal School District and in Marietta Boro!  Click through to check out the video and a link to all pictures/details to learn more!  To see this home in person, call…Read More

Sold! 53 ACORN BLVD LANCASTER, PA 17602 – 24/7/365 ONLINE VIDEO OPEN HOUSE – MLS# 264932

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 53 Acorn Blvd Lancaster, Pa 17602! This Lancaster County Condominium for sale is in the Conestoga Valley School District and in a fantastically convenient commuter location!  Click through to check out the video and a link to all pictures/details to learn more!  To see this…Read More

Don’t Sleep On It

Did I mention it’s a Seller’s Market? Homes are moving fast and many with multiple offers! If you see a home you like, waiting can cost you if you don’t move quickly.  

Here’s a Helpful Spring Clean-Up Guide To Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Spring has sprung, which means it’s the perfect time to get the outside of your home in top shape before the summer months. A little sprucing can go a long way with enhancing your home’s curb appeal! In fact a property’s outdoor appeal can dictate people’s home buying decision. And…Read More

Pi and the Constant Math of Home Pricing

Most of us are aware of what “Pi” is.  We learned about it in school, probably in junior high, and then we forget much more than it’s that number that goes on and on forever, with no end or solution. And we just know it as 3.14.  There’s certainly a…Read More

Which one do you do first? Buy or Sell?

Have you ever gone to an open house? Or called a real estate agent about a listing you see? Maybe e-mailed an agent about a property he/she has listed? You want to check out a house. Maybe you’re just curious. Or, serious about buying a house. Doesn’t matter. All you’re…Read More

The Spring Real Estate Market is here!

Welcome Back!  Today we have a quick post with some Lancaster County Real Estate Seller’s Market statistics for you.  Why?  Because math and statistics are fun!  Ok, they aren’t really fun but they will show you why you do not want to wait to put your home on the market…Read More

SOLD! 140 Valleybrook Drive Lancaster, Pa 17601 – 24/7/365 Online Video Open House – MLS # 261270

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 140 Valleybrook Drive Lancaster, Pa 17601 in the Valleybrook Estates Condominium community! This Lancaster County Condominium for sale is in the Manheim Township School District and brings you all the best of one floor living and modern design.  Click through to check out…Read More

SOLD! 12 Kennedy Street Lancaster, Pa 17602 – 24/7/365 Online Video Open House – MLS# 261044

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 12 Kennedy Street Lancaster, Pa 17602! This Lancaster County Condominium for sale is in the Lampeter Strasburg School District brings you all the best of one floor living and modern design.  Click through to check out the video and a link to all…Read More

SOLD! 17 Meisenhelder Road Wrightsville, Pa 17368 – 24/7/365 Online Video Open House –

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 17 Meisenhelder Road, Wrightsville, Pa 17368!  This home is located just outside East Prospect Boro in Eastern York School District just minutes from the Susquehanna River and Lake Clark!   Click through to check out the video and a link to all…Read More

SOLD! 349 Sunrise Drive Manheim, Pa 17545 – 24/7/365 Online Video Open House – MLS # 252911

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 349 Sunrise Drive Manheim, Pa 17545! This brand new home located on a peaceful cul de sac in Manheim Central School District brings you all the best of one floor living and modern design.  Click through to check out the video…Read More

SOLD! 256 North Oak Street, Lititz, Pa 17543 – 24/7/365 Online Video Open House – MLS#247522

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at the 24/7/365 Online Video Open House for 256 N Oak Street Lititz, Pa 17543 !  This wonderful home is located in Warwick School District in Lititz, Pa and features 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and tons of storage space!  Click through…Read More

Sold! 24/7/365 Online Video Open House for 322 Front Street Lititz, Pa 17543 – $159,900 – MLS #232575

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 322 Front Street Lititz, Pa 17543!  This fantastic home is a short walk to downtown Lititz, click through to check out the 24/7/365 Online Video Open House and learn more!

SOLD! 24/7/365 Online Video Open House for 2490 Mount Pleasant Road Mount Joy, Pa 17552 – $350,000 – MLS # 224499

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 2490 Mount Pleasant Road Mount Joy, Pa 17552 !  This fantastic home features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and  over 2,500 Square Feet, plus an 1,800 Sq Ft two story workshop/outbuilding on 1.79 acres with your very own mini orchard!  Click through…Read More

SOLD! 24/7/365 Online Video Open House for 409 North Concord Street Lancaster, Pa 17603 – $109,000 – MLS # 219722

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 409 North Concord Street Lancaster, Pa 17603!  This wonderful West End home is located in the Chestnut Hill area of Lancaster City and features 4 bedrooms, 1 bath and is in move in ready condition!  Click through to check out the…Read More

SOLD! – 24/7/365 Online Video Open House for 4262 Green Park Drive Mount Joy, Pa 17552 – $189,000 – MLS# 219372

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking at look at 4262 Green Park Drive Mount Joy, Pa 17552!  This wonderful semi detached home is in the Green Park neighborhood in Manheim Central School District and features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and over 1,600 Square Feet.  Click through to check out the…Read More

SOLD! 24/7/365 Online Video Open House for 1544 Robert Road Lancaster, PA 17601 – $139,000 – MLS # 218293

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 1544 Robert Road Lancaster, Pa 17601 !  This great home in the Conestoga Valley School District features 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths with a total of 1,620 Square Feet and an in ground swimming pool!  Click through to check out the…Read More

SOLD! Online Video Open House for 117 Roslyn Avenue Lancaster, Pa 17602 – For Sale – $245,000 – MLS# 217723

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 117 Roslyn Avenue Lancaster, Pa 17602!  This home features 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths,  gleaming hardwood floors, granite counters, a huge family room, a pool and a hot tub, almost 2,600 square feet on a 0.70 acre lot!

Sold! 320 Manor Avenue Millersville Pa 17551 Online Video Open House – MLS # 213054 – $129,900

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 320 Manor Avenue Millersville, Pa, 17551.  With 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths (one on the first floor) and 1,344 Square Feet (not counting he full unfinished Attic or Basement, this large home is definitely worth a look!  Click through to learn…Read More

SOLD! Online Video Open House for 299 Rock Point Road Marietta, Pa 17547 – For Sale – $169,900

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 299 Rock Point Road Marietta, Pa 17547!  This wonderful bi level home in Donegal School District offers 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, 1900 Square Feet total and lots more!  Click through to check out the Online Video Open House and…Read More

SOLD! Online Video Open House for 645 West Vine Street Lancaster, Pa 17603 – For Sale $84,900 – MLS # 209737

Welcome Back! Today we are taking a look at 645 West Vine Street Lancaster, Pa 17603, this semi detached home on Lancaster’s West End offers tons of potential, with 4 bedrooms (could be 5), 2 full baths, a double lot and off street parking!  Click through to find out more…Read More

SOLD! Online Video Open House for 31 Hampshire Court Marietta, Pa 17547 – MLS# 208552

  Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 31 Hampshire Court Marietta, Pa 17547.  This wonderful end unit townhome in the Village Square Community in Donegal School District is full of potential!  With a large backyard and an easy walk to community playgrounds, you’ll love this home!  Click…Read More

SOLD! Online Video Open House for 1311 Hunter Drive Lancaster, Pa 17601 – MLS# 208055

Welcome Back!  This property was Under Agreement in 74 days and closed 30 days later for for 94% of  it’s list price!  We had a lot of interest in this property from my marketing programs and in the end the seller sold the buyer a great home for a great…Read More

SOLD! – Online Video Open House for 5196 Oak Leaf Drive Mount Joy, Pa 17552 – For Sale – $214,900 – MLS # 204548

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 5196 Oak Leaf Drive Mount Joy, Pa 17552!  This almost new home has tons of upgraded features, with 3 bedrooms, 2 full and 2 half baths, private master suite, finished basement, relaxing screened in porch and so much more!  Click through…Read More

SOLD! Online Video Open House for 475 Hollyann Drive Landisville, Pa 17538 – $169,000 – MLS# 203480

 Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 475 Hollyann Drive Landisville, Pa 17538!  This nicely sized two story home offers 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, over 1200 sqare feet and a super efficient heating and cooling system!  Click through to the video tour and read on to find out…Read More

SOLD! Web Trek Online Open House of 33 North Ninth Street Akron, Pa 17501 – $99,000 – MLS # 199660

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 33 North Ninth Street Akron, Pa 17501!  This property offers either a two unit configuration or would be a spacious single family home!  Click through to watch the Online Video Open House and learn more!

SOLD! Web Trek Online Video Open House for 17 Kennedy Drive Ephrata, Pa 17522 – $220,000 – MLS # 199198

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 17 Kennedy Drive Ephrata, Pa 17522!  Located in the neighborhood of Lincoln’s Meadow, this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features an open layout spread over two levels totalling 2.085 square feet.  Click through to watch the Online Video Open House and…Read More

SOLD! – Web Trek Online Video Open House for 201 Eastbrook Road Smoketown, Pa 17576 – $154,000 – MLS# 199100

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 201 Eastbrook Road in Smoketown, Pa 17576!  This 3 bedroom , 2 bath home is located int he heart of Lancaster, Pa Amish Country, close to Rockvale Square Outlets, Dutch Wonderland, Tanger Outlets and so much more!  Click through to watch…Read More

SOLD! Web Trek Online Video Open House for 232 Park Avenue Lititz, Pa 17543- $250,000 – MLS# 198998

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 232 Park Avenue in Lititz, pa 17543!  This 3 bedrooms, 2 bath home is an attractive blend of contemporary and traditional, click through to watch the video and read more!

SOLD! – Web Trek Online Open House for 78 Wise Avenue Lancaster, Pa 17603 – $70,000- MLS# 197848

Welcome Back!  Today we are taking a look at 78 Wise Avenue Lancaster, Pa 17603.  This 2 bedroom, 1 bath home on Lancaster’s West End is perfect for anyone who wants a compact home with lots of storage space!  Click through to the video to take a look inside and…Read More

SOLD-Web Trek Online Video Open House 1520 Park Lancaster, Pa 17601 – For Sale – $160,000 – MLS# 192630

Welcome Back!  Today we have an Online Video Open House for 1520 Park Road Lancaster, Pa 17603!  This spacious brick ranch style home offers over 1,400 square feet of living space with natural green views from all of the windows!  Click through to the video and read on to learn…Read More

SOLD! Web Trek Online Video Open House for 2007 Stonemill Road Lancaster, Pa 17603 – MLS # 186685 – $179,900

Welcome Back!  Today we’re taking a look at 2007 Stonemill Road Lancaster, Pa 17603!  This beautiful brick rancher has a new kitchen and bath, gleaming hardwood floors and tons of space!  Click through to watch the video and find out more!

Short Sales are the Answer! But What Was the Question Again?

I was reading an article on CNN Money.com today titled “How to rescue the housing market: Foreclosures!”.   Not a great title I would say and more importantly in my opinion not a great concept at all. The gist of the article is that the government needs to reverse the policies…Read More

Web Trek Online Open House 113-115 North Ronks Road Ronks, Pa 17572 – $175,000 – MLS #183721 – SOLD!

Welcome Back Readers!  Today we have a Web Trek Online Open House of 113-115 North Ronks Road Ronks, Pa 17572!  This duplex home is located in the Heart of Lancaster County’s Amish Country and presents an excellent opportunity for the home owner or investor!  Click through to the tour and…Read More

SOLD – Web Trek Online Open House of 100 Red Maple Lane Mountville, Pa 17554 – $192,500 – MLS# 182920

This property is now sold 11-14-11! Welcome Back Readers!  Today we have a Web Trek Online Open House for 100 Red Maple Lane in Mountville, Pa 17554!  This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is just 4 years young and being offered for sale at $192,500!  Close to everything just a…Read More

SOLD! Web Trek Online Open House of 617 West Vine St, Lancaster, Pa 17603 NEW PRICE – $69,900, MLS 181811

Welcome Back Readers!  Today we have a Web Trek Online Open House at 617 West Vine Street in Lancaster City’s historic West End!  This huge detached property is 1,619 Sq ft and offers 4-5 bedrooms and loads of storage space!   Check out the video for your personal tour!

Again, Zillow Ranks Lancaster PA one of the Best Places to Buy a Home Right Now!

Welcome Back Readers! Once again Zillow.com  has ranked Lancaster County as one of the best places to buy a home right now!   As reported on Forbes.com yesterday, due to “affordability, as measured by home price to income ratios; the unemployment picture (both the absolute figure and how it’s trending over time); the foreclosure…Read More

Zillow Ranks Lancaster County 7th Best Place to Buy a Home!

Welcome Back Readers!  Today we are bringing you some particularly awesome news, Zillow has recently ranked Lancaster County PA as one of the top places in the nation to buy a home 2011!  We hit the list at Number 7, which considering we were competing with literally thousands of places across…Read More

Help with Foreclosure in Lancaster Pa, Foreclosures Rising

Welcome Back Readers.  Today we are touching on a timely topic for many.  Foreclosure.  Timely for many, as an article about it in today’s paper was titled “Record number losing homes”.  Ouch.  Record number.  The article cites 2010 Lancaster County Pa Foreclosure filings as setting a new record at 1,334.  This is an increase…Read More

Ask The Property Manager: What is Lancaster Pa Property Management?

Welcome Back Readers!    This week we have the beginning of our guest columns from Sam Gorgone, Property Manager/Owner of Hometown Property Management Services.  Sam gets alot of questions, from landlords looking for help renting to tenants looking for apartments or homes to rent in Lancaster Pa.  We thought it would…Read More

Home Buyer Incentives for Lancaster Pa Homes for Sale

Welcome Back Readers!   Today we’re talking about Buyer Incentives.  You’ve seen them, buy this house and seller will pay selling agent bonus, seller will include new Cadillac, enter contest to win a Cruise to Bahamas.  Now, not many sellers have been offering these types of incentives in Lancaster, but in…Read More

Avoid Pet Odors When Selling Lancaster Pa Home!

Welcome Back Readers!  Today we are going to talk a little about the subject many home buyers complain about, Pet Odors.  Pet Odors can be a big problem when selling, many pet phobic buyers who catch the slightest whiff of Fido or Fluffy the Kitty turn around an walk right…Read More

SOLD – 8 Blaine Avenue, Leola, Pa 17540 – $209,000 MLS# 172547

Welcome Back Readers!  Today we have a new video tour of 8 Blaine Avenue in Leola Pa!  Just minutes away from major commuter routes, bring your Time Machine & Imagination and this home will shine!   Here are the basic stats, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2155 Square Feet,  read on after…Read More

Remodeling Lancaster – 8 Things to Consider Before Replacing Your Windows

Welcome Back Readers!  Thanks for stopping back for this edition of Remodeling Lancaster with MBC Building and Remodeling!  This week, we have some great tips on replacing windows!  Old, drafty windows are not only unattractive, but they let your dollars literally fly right out the window with all the heat they…Read More

Is There a National Real Estate Transfer Tax On All Homes Sold After 2012?

Welcome Back Readers!  Thanks for stopping by again!  There’s alot of emails that circulate during an election year, one of the most common ones this year relates to a real estate is that the federal health care legislation (affectionately called Obama-care) passed in March 2010 contains a 4.0% transfer tax on all…Read More

Help with Foreclosure

Welcome Back Readers!   Thanks for stopping by again, I just wanted to take a minute and let you know about a new website from Fannie Mae.  The site, www.KnowYourOptions.com is full of great information regarding forclosure and as the title would suggest, what your options are.  Check it out and if…Read More

10 Simple Steps to Buying a Lancaster County PA Home

Welcome Back Readers!  Ok, so you’ve decided to buy a house.  What do you need to do?  How does the process work? I’m going to give you a simple 10 step approach to buying a home “the right way”.

Is it the right time to buy a house?

To buy a house or not to a buy a house, that is the question.   It’s a big decision, some would say due to the huge impact it can have on your lives it’s the biggets decision you’ve ever made.  Some people will tell you to buy a house right…Read More

Craigslist Rental Scams

Welcome Back Readers!  Thanks for stopping by, I wanted to pass on a little info about a scam that has been happening across the internet, as always if something sounds to good to be true it probably is. If you think Nigerian Bankers are the only ones out there scamming…Read More

Fannie Mae EXTENDS Popular Closing Cost Assistance Program!

Welcome Back Readers!  It’s been a hugely busy month for me in real estate, with the end of the Federal Tax Credit for Homebuyers the Lancaster County real estate market has warmed up with the spring!  Even as we close the door on the tax credit, there are many, many other…Read More

It’s Not Easy Bein Green …. or Is It ?

Welcome Back Viewers!   Happy Earth Day, it’s time for another installment of our Green Tip Video Series with Matt Blank from MBC Building and Remodeling!  This week Matt has some easy tips to reduce your electric consumption and save you money! Click the “read more”  link to check out the…Read More

Remodeling Lancaster – Green is Good Color, it’s Even Better in your Wallet!

Welcome Back Viewers!  Thanks for stopping by, today we have the start of our GREEN series in honor of Earth Day!  Matt Blank, from MBC Building and Remodeling, LLC is here to share some tips with you on how being earth friendly can save you lots of money!  You’ll have…Read More

The Numbers are In – February was Pretty Good!

Welcome Back Readers!   It’s time for a Market Update, The Lancaster County Association of Realtors® (LCAR) just  released their monthly recap of real estate market activity in February 2010 and there were a few good things to point out. I’ll tell you what those are after the jump, but in the…Read More

Remodeling Lancaster – How to Choose a Remodeling Contractor

Welcome Back Readers!  In real estate, I often have clients who have remodeling and home improvement needs and they ask me “Who should I call?” or “How do I pick the right contractor?”.  Well, my answer is usually pretty simple, I tell them to call Mike Blank at MBC Building…Read More

The Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – Heat Pump Inspections

 Welcome Back Readers!  Thanks for stopping by again, this week we will be learning about what Home Inspectors look at when inspecting Heat Pumps.  Matt Steger, with WIN Home Inspection will be telling us some more after the jump, don’t forget that Matt is the man I call when my…Read More

Legos, Tax Credits and Lancaster County Real Estate!

Welcome Back Viewers!  Thanks for stopping by, it’s time for another video blog post here on www.TheLancasterConnection.com, there’s some great info in there on tax credits that will save you money, check out the video to find out more and click through the jump to get the links mentioned in…Read More

Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – How S.E.E.R Can Save You Money

Welcome Back Readers!  Thanks for stopping by, this post is the second in our Heat Pump article series by Matt Steger of WIN Home Inspection. This week, Matt tells us what SEER means and more importantly, how paying attention to the SEER numbers can save you  lots of money on…Read More

Monday Lancaster Fit Bit – Walking isn’t Enough

Welcome Back Readers!  It’s time for another Monday Lancaster Fit Bit with Mickey Glick, owner of Body and Soul Fitness Studio in Lancaster!  Walking, we all do it, it’s long been known that more walking leads to a  healthier lifestyle and walking has numerous benefits to your overall life.  Did you…Read More

Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Welcome Back Readers!  Thanks for coming back, it’s time for another installment of The Lancaster Inspector’s Corner with Matt Steger of WIN Home Inspection!  This installment is a little late, I meant to have this one out last week but between being busy with the world of real estate and…Read More

Did You Know That We Can Blame it All on Snow?

Welcome Back Readers!  Or should I say viewers?  This is the first of many video blog posts on www.TheLancasterConnection.com .  I’m excited about being able to bring you this content in a way that is relevant and timely but don’t worry, there will be more than just video posts to keep you up to…Read More

A FEW FORECLOSURE SOLUTIONS SIMPLIFIED, HELP FOR DISTRESSED HOMEOWNERS IN PA

Welcome Back Readers!   I wrote this article a little over a year ago and thought it would be worthwhile to refresh it and repost.  Why?  Well, here in Lancaster Pennsylvania we are in much better shape than many other areas, we do not have, and should not expect, a flood of…Read More

Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – Saving Energy in Lancaster Pa Part 2

Welcome Back Readers!  This post wraps up the two part series on energy efficiency from Matt Steger with WIN Home Inspection !   As we began discussing last time. electricity costs in Lancaster PA have skyrocketed due to the deregulation of electric companies here in PA.  One of the ways to combat this…Read More

Lancaster Inspectors Corner – Saving Energy in Lancaster Pa

Welcome Back Readers!  It’s time once again for another installment of The Lancaster  Inspector’s Corner with Matt Steger of WIN Home Inspection.  This week, we address an issue that matters alot to the folks of Lancaster Pa lately, energy efficiency.  With the recent de-regulation of electricity rates causing some people’s electric…Read More

Remodeling Lancaster – Tips On Cleaning up Garage Clutter

Welcome Back Readers!  Thanks for checking in and reading the latest installment in our Remodeling Lancaster series with Mike Blank from MBC Building and Remodeling .   Whether you are selling or staying, having a clean, organized, clutter free garage can make a huge impact in the use and enjoyment of your…Read More

The New Age of Social Media and Blogging – An Ethics Minefield?

Social networking sites such as Facebook, Activerain, RealTown, Trulia Voices, etc. provide a myriad of ways to connect consumers and colleagues alike with real estate info.  Blogs have proliferated in the last few years, people are writing them reading them and commenting all over the internet.  These formats allows for…Read More

Fannie Mae Offers Closing Cost Assistance and Appliance Incentive

Welcome Back Readers!   It’s been a busy month in real estate, so many things happening both locally and nationally it seems everyday there is something new!  That’s actually the becoming the normal state of affairs nowadays and I don’t mind as it gives me lots of things to write about!…Read More

The Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – How to Fix a Radon Problem

  Welcome Back Readers!  Thanks for stopping in, you’ve arrived at the last installement of our Radon series with Matt Steger of WIN Home Inspection.  This week Matt tells you how to go about fixing your Radon problem, read on after the jump for all the details! Before I forget,…Read More

The Trouble with Tribbles or Why Loan Modifications are Failing to Solve the Foreclosure Problem

Welcome Back Readers!  I put up a post the yesterday about how FHA has recently changed their policies to allow loan modifications for qualifying borrowers before they miss a payment .  This is a great policy and I sincerely hope it will help more people stay in their homes.  The problem though…Read More

Remodeling Lancaster – Homeowner Tax Credits You Can Claim this Year!

Welcome Back Readers!   This is the first in our new Remodeling Lancaster Columns by Guest Columnist Mike Blank with MBC Building and Remodeling, LLC ! If you live in Central PA and you have ever wondered who you could trust to provide quality remodeling and handyman repair services, look no…Read More

FHA Allows for Loan Modifications for Homeowners Who Haven’t Yet Missed a Payment

Welcome Back Readers!  It was a busy week last week in the real estate world, the Lancaster County PA Real Estate Market is moving quickly.  I apologize for the shortage of posts recently due to this but you can expect a little more consistency in the coming weeks.  I wanted to start…Read More

Monday Lancaster Fit Bit – You Can’t Turn Fat into Muscle

Welcome Back Readers!  It’s time once again for another Monday Lancaster Fit Bit from Mickey Glick at Body and Soul Fitness Studio!  This week Mickey wants to dispel a common myth, you’ll have to wait to see what she has to say though because I want to point out that…Read More

The Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – Where to Test for Radon

Welcome Back Readers!  This is the third of  four articles in our Radon series, this week Matt Steger from WIN Home Inspection talks a little more about Radon Testing where it should be done and how important “Closed House” conditions are.  Don’t know what that means?  Read on after the…Read More

Did FHA Just Throw First Time Buyers in Front of the Bus for a PR Gain?

 Welcome Back Readers!  I apologize in advance for the negative tone of this post, but it is information that people who plan on buying this year need to have.  Let me start with this:  There are many solutions available to FHA’s problems, and there are other programs that allow cash poor…Read More

Monday Lancaster Fit Bit – Getting the Best Results from Your Workout

Welcome Back Readers!  It’s time again for another Monday Lancaster Fit Bit with Mickey Glick from Body and Soul Fitness Studio!  This week Mickey has 8 ways for you to get the best results from your workout, read on after the jump to find out what they are! For those…Read More

A New Year, a New Code of Ethics

Ok, well maybe not entirely new, but there have been some changes the National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics (COE).  This important document governs our conduct with not only the public but also with each other and the standards outlined are what set us apart as an organization and…Read More

The Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – How Radon Testing Works

Welcome Back Readers!  Thanks for returning again for the second part in the Radon series from Matt Steger at WIN Home Inspection!  This week, Matt is going to tell you a about how radon testing works, so read on after the jump for that.  Don’t forget that Matt is THE expert…Read More

Monday Lancaster Fit Bit – A Workout with No Equipment Needed!

Welcome Back Readers!  Glad you are here for this one, this is the first of what I plan on including more of here on The Lancaster Connection.com this year, video entries!  Mickey Glick from Body and Soul Fitness Studio has produced a quick little video showing you how to do quick…Read More

Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – January is National Radon Action Month

  Welcome Back Readers!  Thanks for stopping in again for another installment of The Inspector’s Corner with Matt Steger from WIN Home Inspection!  This week starts a series for January on Radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States according to the EPA.  Read on after…Read More

Monday Lancaster Fit Bit – A Solid Plan for Lifetime Fitness

 Welcome Back Readers!  It’s time once again for our Monday Lancaster Fit Bit from Mickey Glick at Body and Soul Fitness Studio!  This being the first Fit Bit of 2010, Mickey wanted to make sure she gave you the basis for a solid plan to carry you through the year. …Read More

Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – Who Knew There Were So Many Things to Say About Fireplaces and Chimneys?

Welcome Back Again!  I’m glad you’re here  for the last in our Chimney and Fireplace series from Matt Steger with WIN Home Inspection!   Before we begin, let me wish you a Happy New Year! Don’t worry, just like last week I am not actually writing your latest tips from Matt…Read More

Monday Lancaster Fit Bit – Do What You Hate Before You Lose It

 Welcome Back Again Readers!  It’s Monday, Christmas is over and it’s almost time to ring in the New Year, so what better way to prepare than with a Monday Lancaster Fit Bit from Mickey Glick at Body and Soul Fitness Studio!  This week, Mickey brings us some short and sweet…Read More

Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – It’s Time to Get Down to the Hearth of the Matter

Welcome Back Readers!  It’s Friday again, not just any Friday but Christmas Day!  Don’t worry, I’m not actually writing this today, through the magic of technology I wrote your Lancaster Inspector’s Corner tip on Monday and set it to post today, so even though we are celebrating Christmas you still…Read More

Monday Lancaster Fit Bit – Commitment, it’s Not Just for Weddings Anymore!

Happy Monday Readers and welcome back!   This week’s Lancaster Fit Bit from Mickey Glick at Body and Soul Fitness Studio is all about commitment.  It’s a big word, lots of people don’t like to hear about it, but like many things in life we don’t like, commitment is critical to anything we expect…Read More

Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – What Happens During a Chimney and Fireplace Inspection by a Home Inspector?

Happy Friday Readers!   Welcome back to our Friday Inspector’s Corner, where we are continuing Matt Steger’s discussion on Chimney and Fireplace inspections.  Matt is a Home Inspector with WIN Home Inspection and he is the one I call for all of my Lancaster County Pa Home Inspection needs, you should…Read More

It Isn’t a Question of “If” Waiting Will Cost You, but Rather “How Much?”

Waiting.  Sometimes a wise strategy, sometimes a foolish one.  When it comes to home buying, waiting will surely cost you.  There are a number of reasons why, but before I go into that, let’s get one thing clear…. if you aren’t in a positions to buy, if you truly can’t afford…Read More

Monday Fit Bit – Get Healthy for a Great Cause!

  Happy Monday Everyone!  this week’s Fit Bit from Mickey Glick comes with a great offer!  

Inspector’s Corner – The Level 2 Chimney Inspection

Happy Friday Readers, it’s time once again for some helpful tips from Matt Steger at WIN Home Inspection!   This week Matt discusses Level 2 Chimney Inspections as part of a fireplace and chimney maintenance plan.  Don’t have a chimney maintenance plan?  You should!

HUD Secretary Donovan woke up this morning and got himself a gun……

… and he plans to use it to take out the US Housing Market! I know, very dramatic.  Maybe even a little uncalled for.  On the other hand, there is really no other way to describe how potentially dangerous the policy changes that  HUD Secretary Donovan is proposing this week. …Read More

Inspector’s Corner – Fall Maintenance Tip 6 of 6 – Warm Coats are Good for Your House Too!

Happy Friday Readers!  Here we go, this is the last in a Series of 6 Fall Maintenance Tips from Matt Steger at WIN Home Inspection.  Don’t worry though, Matt will be back next week with more helpful tips and advice.  This week’s tip deals with the not so glamorous, but ever so…Read More

The numbers are in and they’re…… not that bad!

I know, I know, not the most inspiring title but seriously, when we look at market statistics in today’s ecnomy not that bad is pretty darn good!  Read on to find out more!

It’s Back! PHFA Allows Buyers to use the First Time/Repeat Buyer Tax Credit to Close!

It’s official!  Today, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) announced that it has allocated funding in the amount of $5,000,000 for the continuation of their Tax Credit Advance (TCA) program!   This is a limited time offer, so take note, once they run out of money it will be too late, so you need…Read More

Monday Fit Bit – Workouts You Can Do at Home!

Happy Monday Readers!  It’s time again for another Monday Fit Bit from Mickey Glick at Body and Soul Fitness Studio.  When people tell her they don’t always have time to go to the gym, Mickey tells them that going to the gym isn’t the only way to stay healthy and…Read More

Inspector’s Corner – Fall Maintenance Tip 5 of 6 – Just Say No to Drafty Windows!

Happy Friday Readers!  Time for another Fall Maintenance Tip from Matt Steger with WIN Home Inspection!   Windows.  They bring in light, add beautiful accents to the look of a home, create a warm, welcoming environment and, if you aren’t careful, drive your heating costs through the roof!   Read on to…Read More

Monday Fit Bit – It Really is That Simple

Good Afternoon Readers!  It’s Monday, time for another Monday Fit Bit from Mickey Glick!   The one thing I hear all the time from Mickey is that fitness isn’t about making huge radical changes, but about all the little things that add up to an overall healthier life.  Stand up, walk,…Read More

A Whole New World – Why the New and Expanded Tax Credit May Save the US Economy!

This past Friday, President Obama signed into law H.R. 3548.  This bill, at it’s heart a bill to extend unemployment benefits {which, by the way, is being completely overlooked as the critical step it was to help the unemployed workers in this country, but that’s a topic for another day (see, I’m…Read More

Inspector’s Corner – Fall Maintenance Tip 4 of 6 – Cold is Not Your Plumbing’s Friend

Happy Friday Readers!   It’s time once again for another timely tip from Matt Steger at WIN Home Inspection!  Fall is definitely here and with temperatures dipping below freezing, Matt has some tips regarding your plumbing and how to keep it healthy and intact all winter long! 

Home Buyer Tax Credit Passes House 403-12!

With a quick and resounding “Yes” vote, the House today passed HR3548, extending and expanding the Home Buyer Tax Credit!  All we need now is for President Obama to sign the bill into law!

Home Buyer Tax Credit Passes Senate 98-0!

The Senate voted today 98-0 to pass the HR 3548.  HR 3548 is a bill  that extends unemployment benefits for an additional 20 weeks and contains an amendment that extends the existing $8,000 First Time Buyer Tax Credit and adding a tax credit for Move Up buyers!

Recording your documents will cost you more starting December 2009

Fees.  It’s an interesting word and many people don’t know just how many fees are involved in a real estate transaction.  Lender fees, title fees, inspection fees, notary fees, administrative fees, recording fees, if you’ve ever looked at a settlement sheet you’d be amazed at just how many there are. …Read More

Monday Fit Bit – Cut out those liquid calories!

Happy Monday Everyone!  This week’s Fit Bit from Mickey Glick  has the simplest solution yet to losing weight, don’t drink your calories!  Check out the tips listed below

Inspector’s Corner – Fall Maintenance Tip 3 of 6

Another Friday has come, it’s time for your next helpful tip from Matt Steger, with WIN Home Inspection!  Today’s tip deal with a commonly overlooked maintenance item, the chimney.  Don’t forget, call Matt Steger at 717-361-9467 for all of your home inspection needs!

Extending the Home Buyer Tax Credit – So Close, Yet So Far Away

Here is the headline from the AP Story that ran yesterday “Senators agree to extend homebuyer tax credit”.  Look spretty good, doesn’t it?  Reading that, you would think we were in the clear, tax credits for everyone!   Well, I hate to rain on everyone’s parade, but we still have a long…Read More

Senate Voting today on amendment to extend the $8,000 First Time Buyer Tax Credit

According to a quick release from The National Association of Realtors today, the Senate is voting on an amendment to Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits.  In this bill, there is an amendment titled “Dodd-Lieberman-Isakson Amendment to Extend and Expand the $8,000 First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit”.  

Monday Fit Bit – Strength Training can ease your pain!

Happy Monday Everyone!  It’s time once again for the newest Monday Fit Bit from Mickey Glick at Body and Soul Fitness Studio.   This week Mickey, wants you to know that back pain can be addressed through strength training: STRENGTH TRAINING 5 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE THAN AEROBICS AGAINST LOW BACK PAIN

Tax credit hoops? What hoops?

I saw an article posted on Rismedia the other day (http://rismedia.com/2009-10-15/8000-tax-credits-hoops-frustrate-house-hunters/) that was picked up from the Orlando Sentinel.  The reporter (Mary Shanklin) titled the article “$8,000 Tax Credit’s Hoops Frustrate House Hunters”.  She wrote a nice article about the challenges some people are facing in today’s market, concise and well…Read More

Using The 99 Cent Effect to Sell Your Home Faster

The 99 Cent effect, maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe not, but did you ever wonder why prices end in 99?  Turns out there is a proven psychological effect (dating all the way back to 1800’s) with prices that end in 9.  Researchers at the Rutgers School of Business found…Read More

INSPECTOR’S CORNER: FALL MAINTENANCE, TIP 2 OF 6

Time for another Tip from Matt Steger at WIN Home Inspections, any questions call Matt at !  Enjoy! This week’s maintenance tip sends us outside to check your roof, gutters and downspouts, and the grounds  around your home.

HOUSE VOTES 416 – 0 IN FAVOR OF EXTENDING FIRST TIME HOME BUYER TAX CREDIT FOR ARMED SERVICE MEMBERS

The House of representatives passed a bill 3590 on October 8, 2009 that: “…. Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) exempt members of the uniformed services, the Foreign Service, and employees of the intelligence community on official extended duty service from the recapture requirements of the first-time homebuyer tax…Read More

MONDAY FIT BIT: PAY ATTENTION!

Ok, here we go, this is the first of many regular Monday columns on The Pulse of Lancaster from Mickey Glick, Owner of Body & Soul Fitness Studio.  Mickey will be giving you tips and advice on how to do quick, simple workouts to keep you Healthy at Home.  For…Read More

INSPECTOR’S CORNER: FALL MAINTENANCE, TIP 1 OF 6

This column is the first of many from my friend Matt Steger at WIN Home Inspection, when one of my clients need an inspection, Matt is the man I call.  Matt’s Home Inspection Services are thorough, detailed and his reports are easy to read and understand.  Call Matt at 717-361-9467…Read More

STRATEGIC DEFAULTS – RIGHT OR WRONG?

A recent article by Ken Harney at the LA Times cited a study done by Experian (one of the 3 major credit reporting bureaus) that highlighted some very interesting information about foreclosures.  Think foreclosures only happen to people with bad credit?  Think again! Traditional thinking indicates that foreclosures happen to…Read More

HANDS OFF THE TIL!

Recently, some changes were made to Regulation Z and RESPA that affect lenders and their requirements to disclose fees for their services and the total cost of the loan. The changes affect specifically how lenders are required to deliver the Truth in Lending (TIL) statement and what they are/are not…Read More

DOING YOUR PART TO HELP HOUSING RECOVERY

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is asking its 1.2 million members to write to Congress to extend the successful homebuyer tax credit into next year.  NAR has a great system email system to reach all of it’s members allowing massive responses to these “Call to Actions”.  According to realtor.org,…Read More

PROTECTING TENANTS CAUGHT IN FORECLOSURE

This past May, a new law went into effect that did not capture much media attention at the time. The “Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009” became effective May 20, 2009 and included some much needed protection for tenants caught in the crossfire of the foreclosure process. Here…Read More

2009 HOUSING OPPORTUNITY PULSE SURVEY

Survey Reveals Downpayment, Closing Costs Still Greatest Obstacles to Homeownership, NAR Survey Shows (article republished from www.Realtor.org) NAR’s seventh pulse survey reveals that despite improved affordability conditions, eight in 10 Americans still consider having enough money for downpayment and closing costs to be the biggest obstacle to buying a home. The…Read More

CONSUMERS WERE TOO OPTIMISTIC? REALLY?

The last few years have brought some significant changes to the real estate world.  If you’ve been watching the media coverage, by now you probably think there was only one possible cause to this mess….. the evil mortgage companies taking advantage of consumers! Well, a recent study (yes, apparently they…Read More

WEICHERT FINANCIAL PROVIDES ACCESS TO THE FIRST TIME BUYER TAX CREDIT BEFORE SETTLEMENT TO USE AS CLOSING COST $$

Weichert Financial is pleased to announce the release of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s Tax Credit Advance Loan Program (TCA) now available throughout Pennsylvania.  TCA provides an interest free loan of up to $6,000 (for newly constructed homes and $5,000 for existing homes, with a minimum loan amount of $500)…Read More

PENDING HOME SALES RISE FOR THE 4TH STRAIGHT MONTH

Lawrence Yun explains the numbers here: As always, you can call me Direct at 717-371-0557 or at the Office 717-490-8999, email me atJason@JasonsHomes.com or send me a text message using the tool to the right of this post! Your Friend in Real Estate, Jason Search for Lancaster County Homes for…Read More

ACCORDING TO BUSINESSWEEK.COM, LANCASTER IS THE 19TH BEST PLACE IN THE NATION TO START OVER!

THAT’S RIGHT, 19 OUT OF 20! AS ALWAYS, THE SECURITY AND STABILITY OF OUR LOCAL ECONOMY CONTINUES TO KEEP OUR COUNTY IN THE TOP 20 LISTS OF MULTIPLE PUBLICATIONS AS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO LIVE IN AMERICA! IF YOU WERE WONDERING IF NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY…Read More

HAVOC! OH, I APOLOGIZE, I MEANT HVCC!

Recently, the fine folks in the government implemented a new set of rules called the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC). The purpose was to protect consumers and lenders from buying or lending for over-valued properties. The problem was that in some cases, in a few areas in our nation,…Read More

VIDEOS POSTED BY STEVE HARNEY: HOW TO COUNSEL BUYERS THAT INTEREST RATES ARE A REASON TO BUY NOW

Take a few minutes to watch this excellent discussion of interest rate trends by Steve Harney of www.KeepingCurrentMatters.com .  Steve offers a well thought out and easy to understand analysis of interest rate trends and explains very simply why NOW is the time to buy and waiting for a better rate…Read More

GIVING THE FINGERPRINT: NEW POLICY RAISES PRIVACY CONCERNS – CBS2CHICAGO.COM

Check out this article, then come on back: Giving The Fingerprint: New Policy Raises Privacy Concerns – cbs2chicago.com Well, this does not really affect the world of real estate here in Lancaster, but I can’t imagine I am the only one who sees this as problematic.  Check out the link…Read More

HELP FOR OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN AFFECTED BY POOR HOUSING MARKETS

The US Department of Defense, in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers, recently announced the Homeowner Assistance Program (HAP).  The program is designed to “assist eligible homeowners who face financial loss when selling their primary residence homes in areas where real estate values have declined because of a base…Read More

IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE……

I was perusing some online info the other day and came across this article on the new York Daily News Site: RADIO ‘FORECLOSURE SPECIALIST’ LAVETTE BILLS HELD IN $800G MORTGAGE CON BY Melissa Grace and Edgar Sandoval DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS  Thursday, March 19th 2009, 10:16 PM A Bronx real…Read More

FANNIE MAE SAYS NO TO LENDERS WHO WANT TO CUT YOUR COMMISSION IN SHORT SALE SITUATIONS!

Fannie Mae released a new rule in their lender servicing guide published February 24, 2009. Part VII, Section 504.02 states: “Effective March 1, 2009, closing of preforeclosure sales may not be conditioned upon a reduction of the total commission to be paid to real estate agents to a level below…Read More

PUTTING YESTERDAY’S HEADLINES INTO PERSPECTIVE

Amidst all the excitement over the end of 2008, the local paper published some articles that you may not have seen.  Well, alright, you probably saw them, 2 of them were pretty big headlines, at the top of the page.  The morning paper had the headline “Jobless rate here hits 5%,…Read More

FINALLY, AN EASY TO USE OPEN HOUSE INTERFACE FOR CONSUMERS IN LANCASTER COUNTY!

Here at Weichert, we have been at the forefront of open house marketing for a long time.  Our websites [ www.JasonsHomes.com , www.WeichertEH.com & www.Weichert.com ] have always featured all of our open houses information online, with photos, customizable tours, printable brochures, mortgage info, you name it. Unfortunately, while consumers benefited…Read More

NEW MORTGAGE RULES TO PROTECT CONSUMERS IN PENNSYLVANIA

Check out the press release from the Department of Banking I posted below.  Great changes, putting things into law that should always have been there, hopefully this puts an end to the predatory lending practices that the recent licensing law changes may have missed. If you’d like to read the complete Code…Read More

CALIFORNIA DOES IT AGAIN!

I came across some interesting info the other day on realtor.com.  They republished some info from Zillow that showed the Top Ten Areas where home prices have either Decreased or Increased.  Here is the break down: Top 10 Increases Ithaca, NY                     +5.6% State College, PA          +4% Jacksonville, NC            +3.9% Winston-Salem, NC     …Read More

LANCASTER COUNTY IS THE 9TH MOST SECURE MID SIZE CITY IN THE US!

We are also the 21st Most SecureMetro area of any size in the US! According to www.bestplaces.net “Health, prosperity, safety and security are all desirable aspects when it comes to seeking a place to live, work or raise a family…..The rankings took into consideration crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of…Read More

ANOTHER HOUSING MARKET REPORT, NOW WHAT?

Every week a new report is released that talks about the national housing market.  It’s up, it’s down, predictions of doom and gloom.  These indexes measure housing statistics using a number of indicators and interestingly enough, sometimes the people publishing the reports have agendas of their own.  For example, the folks…Read More