Champion, PA Real Estate News

By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
The good news is that the number of resale transfers is up! As you can see in the chart below in 2008 there were only 28 sales recorded, in ‘09 that number climbed to 39. Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 # of Resales 94 67 80 41 28 39 We know that EVERYONE ALWAYS wants to buy BEFORE the market begins to recover! The increase in number of transfers is one indicator of a shift in the market! We are here to tell you that in the last six weeks of 2009 we personally negotiated 7 agreements! This is the first sign of a pulse for our markets. NEVER HAVE BUYERS HAD THE PRICES, INVENTORY, AND INTEREST RATES THAT ARE NOW AVAILABLE! Average sales prices have come down from $391,648 in 2008 to $326,534 in 2009. Swiss Mountain carried 41% of the 39 resales with Southwind following with 15%. Speaki...
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
T4 SunRidge   $420,000 313 DeerRidge   $700,000 3001 Swiss Mtn   $118,000 153 Southwind   $1,250,000 49 Southwind   $765,000 Stay tuned for the 2009 update on year end market stats!
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
Telepalooza Telemark Ski Event is the Largest in the Mid-Atlantic for the Eighth Year Running. January 30 and 31st 2010 Seven Springs, PA Telepalooza, a weekend gathering of telemark or "free heel" skiers is being held at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, PA. The event features two days of races, lessons, prizes, food, beverage and fun. This is the eighth year the Appalachian Telemark Association (ATA) has sponsored Telepalooza and it is anticipated to be bigger and better than ever.  This multi-day, multi-event, multi-fun festival celebrates "free heel" or telemark skiing, a style that originated in Norway. Telemark skiing is the predecessor of today's downhill skiing and is experiencing a resurgence of interest.  The skis are similar to downhill, yet the bindings and boo...
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
After 8 years with Kettler Forlines Resort Homes and two years with Seven Springs SeResort Realty Kathy has become an independent contractor for Prudential Preferred Realty. Bill Hammill Jr, Manager for Prudential, is excited to offer another EXPERIENCED RESORT agent to the office. Kathy, Abe, Robin and Kelli go back years at Seven Springs.   Kathy shared, "My goal is to continue to provide accurate, ethical, and prompt service that my homeowners and clients have come to expect and deserve from their REALTOR. Prudential Preferred offers a multitude of seller, buyer, and agent services that will enhance the service I can provide. I am very excited to be a part of such a respected and conscientious group of agents!"   The Donegal office of Prudential Preferred Realty offers real estate br...
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
106 Southwind         $675,000 2907 Swiss Mtn        $100,000 Recorded sales transfers for the resorts are acquired electronically from records inputted at the Somerset County Court House, Office of the Recorder of Deeds. We review sales in Jefferson (Hidden Valley) and Middlecreek (Seven Springs) Townships on a weekly basis. Prices do not reflect bill of sales and other out of settlement transfers. Furnishings, which are included in the majority of sales are assigned no monetary value. We do not post transfers that carry $1.00 values
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
For the locals on the Seven Springs side the "old post office" located across from the ICV Trail has had its share of residents. Ski and sandwich shops never seemed to be able to make a go of their business models there. Now we are very excited to WELCOME locally owned, Somerset Trust as our newest mountain neighbor! We have great faith that they will be here for a very long time. For over a century they've been serving Somerset County. They currently have 13 offices along with 49 ATM's. You'll find them in Somerset, Cambria, Fayette, and Westmoreland counties! Here's their story!  September 2, 1889 the doors were open to the First National Bank of Somerset. During it's first year of operation it showed earnings of $4,002.12 Two years later their first dividend was declared and every ye...
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
116 Southwind         $580,000 4607 Swiss Mtn        $151,000 We keep a multitude of statistical information and welcome the opportunity to share our market knowledge with motivated parties. Recorded sales transfers for the resorts are acquired electronically from records inputted at the Somerset County Court House, Office of the Recorder of Deeds. We review sales in Jefferson (Hidden Valley) and Middlecreek (Seven Springs) Townships on a weekly basis. Prices do not reflect bill of sales and other out of settlement transfers. Furnishings, which are included in the majority of sales are assigned no monetary value. We do not post transfers that carry $1.00 values.
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
128 Swiss Mtn $254,000 4704 Swiss Mtn $180,000 5001 Swiss Mtn $107,500 9021 WoodRidge $350,000 Fifteen of the 26 resales at Seven Springs this year have been in the Swiss Mountain community.  Recorded sales transfers for the resorts are acquired electronically from records inputted at the Somerset County Court House, Office of the Recorder of Deeds. We review sales in Jefferson (Hidden Valley) and Middlecreek (Seven Springs) Townships on a weekly basis. Prices do not reflect bill of sales and other out of settlement transfers. Furnishings, which are included in the majority of sales are assigned no monetary value. We do not post transfers that carry $1.00 values.
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
2505 Swiss Mtn       $195,000 8C1 Mtn Villa          $65,000 72 Southwind          $605,000 150 Southwind        $813,117 2807 Swiss Mtn       $110,000 S4 SunRidge           $350,000 Finn and Feather     $900,000* As this posting takes us through the first half of 2009 we thought you would enjoy some other statistics. The good news is that the first half of 2009 resale transfers have exceeded 2008 numbers, 18 sales to 12! The bad news for sellers is that the average sales price for the first six months is off from the same time frame last year.   Below are the Active Listings by number of bedrooms and their price ranges! Information is from the West Penn MLS Bedrooms 7S Price Range One 12 $115,000 -    $235,000 Two 22 $189,000 -    $399,000 Three 34 $195,000 - $1,250,000 Four 13 $259,00...
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
For years Seven Springs has been providing a multitude of camp offerings. Here's their line up for this year. Of special interest to folks who come up JUST for the day and would enjoy some grown up time is the Kids Adventure Day Camp. You can check out the new spa. golf, lounge by the pool, take a hike or any of the many other amenities offered while the kids have the best day of the summer without you!! Overnight Adventure Camps These are week long camps that are designed to "challenge your limits in adventurous activities, and build self-esteem through conquering gaols and supporting others through team building activities." You'll find these offered throughout the summer for pre-teens and teens (8-17). $649 per child with sibling discount available, call 800-452-2223 extension 7396 K...
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
They are more commonly referred to as EAB. Why are we writing about them? Have you seen the billboards that say, "I promise not to move firewood?" They started appearing locally a few months back and made us wonder, "What's behind that unusual message?"  Shortly after that we started to notice purple hanging boxes in the trees. Turns out they are traps set only in Ash trees to determine if the EAB is here. In fact there's one on County Line road as you're headed up to Seven Springs on the right and several on Rt 31. We owe all of this promotional marketing to the Emerald Ash Borer. In 2002 Michigan residents first identified this vibrant green beetle. Over 700 million dead trees later, (in Michigan ALONE) the fight to contain this pest wages on. Destroying Ash trees in twelve other stat...
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
Don’t be surprised to see the paparazzi lurking about the resort this week! Tomorrow, Wednesday (June 24) will welcome Irlene Mandrell and her sisters, Barbara and Louise to our mountains! Specifically to Seven Springs newly finished shooting lodge for Irlene’s Irlenes Celebrity Shoot 2009. There are several registration catagories and prices. Thursday is Kid’s Day with celebrities signing autographs. According to her web site, “competition is 200 rounds of Sporting Clays with side games including, 9mm pistol side event, Paintball Challenge, Wobble Trap, 5 Stand, Tomahawk Throw, 22 revolver, Gamo air rifle, Two man flush, Terrible teal, and the Cotton ball drop.” Wag’s has been shooting and watching the new facility go up and took some pictures for you! He says it’s awesome! There’s sev...
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
143 Southwind         $694,905 4807 Swiss Mtn        $105,000 126 Southwind         $525,584 9006 WoodRidge     $325,000 2304 Swiss Mtn        $225,000 124 Southwind         $987,792 8064 MeadowRidge  $200,000
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
151 Southwind         $693,969 114 Southwind         $976,652 152 Southwind         $853,434 133 Swiss Mtn          $260,000 93 Swiss Mtn            $265,000 125 Southwind         $694,905 Recorded sales transfers for the resorts are acquired electronically from records inputted at the Somerset County Court House, Office of the Recorder of Deeds. We review sales in Jefferson (Hidden Valley) and Middlecreek (Seven Springs) Townships on a weekly basis and posted monthly. Prices do not reflect bill of sales and other out of settlement transfers. Furnishings, which are included in the majority of sales are assigned no monetary value. We do not post transfers that carry $1.00 values.
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
4006 Swiss Mtn    $200,000 127 Southwind     $550,488 151 Southwind     $693,969   Recorded sales transfers for the resorts are acquired electronically from records inputted at the Somerset County Court House, Office of the Recorder of Deeds. We review sales in Jefferson (Hidden Valley) and Middlecreek (Seven Springs) Townships on a weekly basis. Prices do not reflect bill of sales and other out of settlement transfers. Furnishings, which are included in the majority of sales are assigned no monetary value. We do not post transfers that carry $1.00 values.
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
Sorry, it's NOT an April Fools Joke. It's time to face the fact. The old work environment of days past, where families, not just individuals, worked their entire lives at the resort, those days are gone. Where you could walk down any hall way, sit in any bar stool or dining room chair, and greet employees by their first name and they knew you, your family, and what you liked. Progress on major financial investments continues. The foundation for the Lodge at the Sporting Clays center has been poured. The Spa is soon to open.  Yet March saw major employee cutbacks (many were long term employees) and a change in philosophy of the day to day operations at Seven Springs. Several shops and eateries are now open four days instead of seven. Hours have been cut back. Many of the familiar faces a...
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
8016 MeadowRidge           $252,000 130 Southwind                  $441,527 8102 StineGate                 $425,000 121 Southwind                  $684,119 94 Swiss Mtn                     $235,000 H7 SunRidge                     $225,000 9065 WoodRidge               $376,845 123 Southwind                   $534,832 136 Southwind                   $954,038 132 Southwind                   $791,489 122 Southwind                   $814,632
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
This week's frigid weather is setting up an excellent kick off for the 22nd WTAE-TV Winterfest. Beginning Saturday you'll find events and activities for kids of all ages.  Spanning nine days (Feb 7 - 15) TV personalities, celebrities and folks young and old get together to enjoy all that old man winter and the snow makers have given us! There is way more to do than just outside activities. Take for example the Craft Shows on the weekends, Salsa Dancing Lessons, Roller skating and Daily activities for the kids!  Here's a schedule for you to see for yourself! If you are able to sneak away during the week there are some awesome deals! Like Monday the 9th        there's a two hour tubing sessions for ONLY $4.00!! Tuesday offers a $15 Learn to Ski Day! Just a note of caution there's a footno...
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By Robert Wagner, Your CHOICE for Real Estate.
(BHHS The Preferred Realty 3802 St RT 31 Donegal, PA 15628)
Saturday, Jan 31 and Sunday Feb 1, offer all of you a chance to "free your heels!" Yes we know it's Superbowl weekend and we intend to be in front of the flat screen too!!  Registration for Telepalooza starts at 8:00 in the Main Ski Lodge (look for the banner) and there's rental and share gear available for you to try telemark skiing.  Plenty of time to give a whole new deminsion to the slopes, trails, and woods and be back in time for kick off!!! Ten years ago after mastering skiing and boarding Wags took up Telemarking. He wanted to find a way to put the edge back on his snow time experience. His good friend Jim Kapp got him into the sport and they've spent many trips out West together skiing the back bowls and trees. One of the benefits of telemarking is that it's great for skiing on...
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