Gettysburg, PA Real Estate News

By David Monsour, ABR - www.realty-insights.com
(Keller Williams Keystone Realty)
Cedarfield Model Home for Sale, Gettysburg, PA SOLD for  $197,500.  Home features crown molding, chair rail, and custom paint as well as custom window treatments.  This 3 bedroom 2.5 bath condo includes 1980 sq ft of living space.  This unit was built in 2008 but has been used exclusively as the model home for the Cedarfield development.  Green features include energy star appliances. Cedarfield is a low maintanance community that is ideal for seniors or the busy person that doesn't have time for landscaping and snow removal.  The $115 dollar a month condo fee covers landscaping, mowing, snow removal, and exterior building maintanance.  Cedarfield is convenient for maryland commuters due to it's location only a few miles from Rt 15. Cedarfield is technically located in Bonneauville jus...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Adams County Speaks up in GettysburgFriday afternoon about 150 - 200 Adams County taxpayers gathered in front of the Adams County Courthouse to make their voices heard regarding the recent job done by 21st Century Appraisals. The event was organized by People's Voice Adams, an organization formed in response to the forced reassessment.  There were many people, A LOT of seniors, and property owners of all kinds. Many of the crowd carried signs, some fun and some that cut closer to the bone. Of course all the local news stations were there, and the event was closely monitored by the local law enforcement agencies. Below I have posted some of the signs that I saw at the protest. The work of 21st Century Appraisals is being contended for the same reasons in two other counties where they per...
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By David Monsour, ABR - www.realty-insights.com
(Keller Williams Keystone Realty)
Gettysburg Open House - 925 Highland Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325 - Sunday 8/22/10 from 1-3pm Sunday August 22nd, 2010 I will be hosting an open house at 925 Highland Avenue in Gettysburg, PA.  The home is located in Colt Park.  Colt park is located within the Gettysburg borough and in close proximity to Gettysburg College, the Gettysburg recreational park, the Gettysburg Hospital, Gettysburg College, and the Gettysburg Battle Field. Click the video to watch a video tour of the property   Click within the map for more information about the areaView Colt Park, Gettysburg, PA 17325 in a larger map   OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $255,000 Single Family HomeFor Sale Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1757 sqftLot: 0.29 acre(s) Location 925 Highland AveGettysburg, PA 17325 To ...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Gettysburg Pa Grab a BiteAfter a long day of touring the Historic Gettysburg Battlefield one can work up a major hunger. Luckily there are numerous place's and cuisines to choose from here in Gettysburg Borough to beat that hunger. There is everything from Montezuma Mexican, to Mama Ventura, and even Cafe Saint Armand. For a small town there are a number of quality places to choose from, pizza at Tommy's Pizza or the Roman Inn, classic american at The Avenue Restaurant, or Dunlaps. Maybe you have a hankerin for Irish food, then try O'Rorks or Garry Owen Irish Pub. If you are looking to get a bit more exotic there is always Tai Classic. The point is there are a number of wonderful places to eat all right here in Gettysburg Borough, in walking distance of the square. Next time you are vis...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
You are Your CommunityLast night I interviewed for an open position on the Gettysburg Area School Board, I wasn't chosen, but the experience did remind me how important it is to become a part of your community. The experience was interestingGettysburg Area School District, they place you in the middle of a room with all these people around you, and there you are with a few big microphones in front of your face and the Superintendent fires questions at you. It really felt like testifying before a senate sub committee. An odd way to conduct business, but this is Gettysburg and everything here is bent to the dramatic. Gettysburg Area School District has the second highest school tax rate in Adams County. Upper Adams School District has the highest. The tax rates in both school district's i...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Be Careful It's Back to School TimeHere in the Gettysburg Adams County area our kids will be heading back to school with all the districts starting their first day all together. Bermudian Springs, Conewago Springs, Fairfield, Gettysburg, Littlestown, & Upper Adams school districts are starting the 2010 - 2011 school year on August, 25th, 2010. While it is easier for older kids to make the transition back to school mode, for the little ones it can be more difficult. Time to start getting to bed earlier, up earlier it can be a tough transition for some kids. Making the transition easier can be as simple as involving the kids in the back to school buying process, allow them to be a part of the organizing and purchasing of supplies. It can generate interest in the coming changes and make th...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
  Market Statistics All MLS Statistics for: Class=RF, LD, MF, CI AND Date Range=07/01/2010-08/31/2010 AND County=01 AND Board=1; As Of: 8/7/2010   Class Bedrooms Current Active Avg List Price Avg DOM All All 967 $258,607 151 RF All 967 $258,607 151   Class Bedrooms Total Listed Num Sold Pct Sold Avg List Price Sold Avg Sale Price Sold Sale Price/List Price Ratio Avg DOM Sold Avg List Price Unsold Pct Expired All All 217 64 29.49% $196,795 $183,775 93.38% 138 $254,105 52.07% RF All 217 64 29.49% $196,795 $183,775 93.38% 138 $254,105 52.07% What are the above stats telling us about the market conditions for the Gettysburg Borough Adams County area. The good news;         sale price/list price ratio looks healthy at 93.38%. Considering the market conditions we are currently going through t...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
The Product is FlawedRecently Adams County tax payers got together with Adams County Commissioners to discuss the recent property tax reassessment that was Conducted by Century 21 Appraisals.  The above statement was made by one of the tax payers during his statement, and you kmow what, he is exactly correct.  I have been listening to and reading all of the information that is coming out regarding the process and it's outcome and two things seem very clear to me. First, Century 21 used the wrong appraisal approach. Under USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) one of the first things addresses in an appraisal is "Scope of Work". One of the assignments in Scope of Work is to determine Intended use, in other words, who and what is the appraisal for.In my opinion Centu...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Gettysburg Adams County Pa Colt ParkCurrently their are 4 active listings in Gettysburg's Colt Park neighborhood. Prices ranging from $255,000 to $429,000925 Highland Ave, 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, MLS # 21008767930 Highland Ave, 4 bedroom, 2 full bath, 1 half bath, MLS # 21008595815 Sunset Ave, 4 bedroom, 2 full bath, 2 half bath, MLS # 21006374912 Sunset Ave, 4 bedroom, 3 full bath, 1 half bath, MLS # 21003688Colt Parkis a wonderful neighborhood of homes that were mostly built in the 1950's within walking distance to downtown, Gettysburg Rec Park. A quaint, quiet neighborhood to raise a family.If you or a friend or family member is looking for a home in Colt Park neighborhood of Gettysburg, Pa, feel free to contact GettysburgGerry for assistance.
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Understand What you are Getting IntoLiving here in Gettysburg Pa can be fun, informative and yes a big pain in the butt. The chapel in the picture is causing a huge controversy here in Gettysburg. This building is built on a formerly useless rocky empty lot, a gentleman moved here from NH and erected a Civil War chapel, but it was a tent (temporary). During the winter the tent was destroyed and this is what was constructed in it's place. No big deal, one would think. Problem, this is a permanent structure and the Gettysburg wants their pound of flesh, to the tune of $10,000+ in renovations, heck they want bathrooms installed and much more. There are really two things that stand out in this situation, one, the Gettysburg Boro councildoes not understand how many tourists this structure br...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
blue brick gallery in Gettysburg PaThe blue brick gallery in Gettysburg Pa is one of the newest additions to Gettysburg Adams County area art scene. The exhibited works that comprise the gallery are a collection of work by 7 well known Adams County artists. The art within the walls of blue brick gallery runs the gamet of art mediums, including photography, pottery, painting, as well jewelry and much more. The artists, all women where brought together by Lisa Gohr-Harman, who happens to own the building that houses the gallery. Each artist brings something different to the table. Harman works in paintings, the jewelry of Jill Rakowicz, Amy Thrush-Dreves metalwork and jewelry, Deborah Yargar-Reed photography, painter Sarah Schaeffer-Maclay, jewelry from Wendy Spicer-Heiges, and Pottery fr...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
  Single Family Homes For Sale in Gettysburg PaBelow is a list of all the single family homes for sale in Gettysburg Pa. As you can see there is a wide variety of properties that are offered. Gettysburg Pa is a wonderful place to call home, take a look at whats for sale, decide which one you want, and give me a call. Yeah, it's just that easy, NOT. Buying a home takes the assistance of a professional Realtor, be sure and contact GettysburgGerry to help you through the transaction from home search to closing. Interest rates are at all time lows and now is a perfect time to buy a home...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
19th Century Base Ball TourneyGettysburg Pa enjoys Americas Past timeToday I attended the first of what I hope becomes an annual event here in Gettysburg Pa. This was an absolute blast, and if you are a base ball fan like I am, you will love seeing a 19th century base ball game. There are differences, for example to start base ball was spelled as two words, not baseball as we know it today.Some of the early rules included;         outs were referred to hands,         umpires were referred to as remedial        there were no base ball gloves        a ball caught on the first hop counted as an out        there were no balls & strikes as we know them today        if a pitcher didn't throw pitches that were hitable, the remedial would "warning pitcher"        same for the "the striker" (hit...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Old Time Baseball in Gettysburg PaAre you a baseball fan, what about baseball of yesterday. If you are a baseball fan you have to attend the first annual Gettysburg Vintage Baseball Tournament. The tournament will take place on July 17th & 18th at the Hickory Hollow Farm. This event is taking place just outside of Gettysburg Pa. The tournament will involve six teams for a 19th century base ball club, the Vintage Base Ball Association that travels up and down the east coast from April to October. The equipment and rules will be those used and followed in base balls infancy. Tournament will feature equipment and rules from 1864. There will be displays highlighting the history of the game and where it all began.Gettysburg Eddies, a local Gettysburg restaurant that is named after Hall of Fa...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Here are Market Stats for the Gettysburg Area. These stats are for Residential, Land and Multi Family from Jan 1, 2010 to July 6, 2010. From where I am sitting, my concerns are are Pct Sold, Pct Expired and Avg DOM. I find it troubling to see twice as many lisitngs expiring, as those that sell. Our Avg DOM is also getting to be an issue, it appears lisings are sitting and then going expired. Again, the information is what it is, even if the information is distressing, it is still helpful to know where we are heading. Market Statistics All MLS Statistics for: Class=RF, LD, MF, CI AND Date Range=01/01/2010-07/31/2010 AND Area=01375; As Of: 7/6/2010   Class Bedrooms Current Active Avg List Price Avg DOM All All 371 $336,268 198 RF All 282 $313,996 176 LD All 82 $414,748 276 MF All 7 $314,...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
There's More than Civil War in Gettysburg Pa The Civil War Battle Reenactmentis a big deal with participants coming from all around the country and the world for that matter. But if you are a local here in Gettysburg Pa the real local fun this weekend is the Gettysburg Fireman's Carnival. This is a REAL local event right smack in the middle of the borough of Gettysburg Pa.       Fair food staples, Cotton Candy & Funnel CakeEvery year from June 28th to July 3 the Gettysburg Fireman's Carnival lights up the night with bright lights, noise and on the Friday, what else FIREWORKS. There is something for everyone at the Carnival, food, games, rides just to name a few. Traditional fair food as well a home cooked meals from the kitchen will be available, games and rides for the kids, bingo, cas...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Gettysburg Pa Prepares for It's Biggest Weekend of the Year  Annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle ReenactmentThis past week has been a busy one for residents of Gettysburg Pa, residents that are year round, as well as those that come in for the same weekend year in and year out. Gettysburg Pa has been readying itself for it's busiest and most famous weekend event of the year. The Annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment draws many thousands of spectators as well as reenactors during the July 4th weekend.   This year the reenactment will be taking place out on Table Rock Rd, for those of you that may not know, the battle reenactments and encampments do not take place on the actual battlefield. It is far too large and would cause much too much damage. You are talking battle reenactmen...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Gettysburg Adams Chamber of  Commerce Mixer Alert The next Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce mixer event will be held Thursday July 15, 2010 - 5 to 7 pm Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, 1857 Gettysburg Village Dr. in Gettysburg The event sponsor, Country Inn & Suites by Carlson is a wonderful chain of motels. I have done a number of posts and reviews for them over the last year. I often stay with  them when traveling on business, they have wonderful staff and a great room rate with great rooms. Besides, my buddy Bryan Johnson is the regional manager and he always puts on a great mixer, see you all there.
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Spirit of Gettysburg 5K Run in it's 20th YearON June 26th more than 1,00 participants will be coming together for one of the biggest run events in the Central Pennsylvania area. Besides the 5K run the event also features a 1 mile fun/fitness walk, as well as a kids run. Proceeds from this event go towards helping the YMCA to provide quality programs that enrich the lives of those in the Gettysburg, Adams County community. The running events will be followed by a post race party on the YMCA/Seminary grounds, and will include balloon artists, stilt walkers, moon bounce house, and much more. Entertainment will be provided by the Buss Jones Jazz Camp Band. Refreshments will also be available. The full list of events:    >5K Run/Walk    >5K Wheelchair    >1 mile fun run/fitness walk    >Kids...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
 Gettysburg Pa Celebrates Flag Day - Pa has Close Ties to Flag DayFlag Day is celebrated on June 14th and commemorates the adoption of the flag on the United States. What is amazing that the resolution deeming it so was passed way back in 1777 by the Second Continental Congress. Woodrow Wilson issued the proclamation that officially established June 14th as Flag Day in August of 1949. While Flag is not a federal holiday such as Memorial Day or July 4th, there is one state (and the only one) that has made Flag Day an official State Holiday. My home state of Pennsylvania is that state. Be sure to take time to learn more about Flag Day. Our Flag is a big part of our history, and our future.
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