Gettysburg, PA Real Estate News

By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Gettysburg Festival  June 18-27 Arts, Food & More...For roughly 10 days in June Gettysburg Pa puts on a show of sorts. The Gettysburg Festival offers over 100 events including art, music, theater, dance and even culinary events. There are also children's events throughout the entire festival. One of the highlights of the Gettysburg Festival are the two culinary events, the North - South dinner, and the Edible Art Tour, both events are designed by a former White House chef.     Event sites include The Majestic Theater, Lincoln Square (which is the center of town), and Gettysburg College.The Gettysburg Festival is a major financial event for the local economy, it brings alot of people through town for the entire 10 festival. There are a lot of wonderful events for the whole family, and it...
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By David Monsour, ABR - www.realty-insights.com
(Keller Williams Keystone Realty)
The Real Estate Association of York and Adams Counties just released the year to date sales statistics.  "The REALTORS Association of York & Adams Counties (RAYAC) reports that a total of 241 homes were sold in Adams County in the first five months of 2010, an increase of 17% over 2009 sales. In York County 1,562 homes were sold through the end of May, a 17% increase over last year. The median sales price in Adams County was $180,000, a 7% decrease from last year. In York County the median sale price was$149,000 reflecting a decrease of 4%." Home sales have been higher than year-ago levels for 11 straight months in York County," stated Kraig Hursh RAYAC President. Hursh added, "The upswing in May sales was expected because of the tax credit, and the pace should remain elevated in June. ...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Gettysburg Pa Celebrates Memorial Day The weather for the annual Gettysburg Memorial Day Parade could not have been better. While honoring our Veterans, Gettysburg Pa sure knows how to celebrate as well. What was wonderful was the spontaneous applause that erupted any time a Veteran went by, it is a pleasure to live in a community that goes the extra mile. Gettysburg Pa has the distinction of remaining a small town, but what happened here for three days 1863 it gives just a little more focused footnote to our countries historical background. I am sure it is the same with any town that had a major historical event. I digress, here is a first hand look at Gettysburg Memorial Day Parade. Enjoy...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Robert E Lee and George Meade Continue to Faceoff in Gettysburg PaConfederate General Robert E Lee and Union General George Meade continue to face each other here in Gettysburg Pa. You will see two different equestrian statues pictured in this post, one of General Robert E Lee, and the other of General George Meade. First a little background on the two statues. The Meade statue was sculpted by Henry Kirke Bush-Brown, who incidental also did the John Reynolds, and John Sedgewick equestrian statues at the Gettysburg National Military Park.  The Meade statue was dedicated on the morning of June 5, 1896. Meade is depicted on his favorite mount "Old Baldy". Despite suffering fourteen bullet wounds during his service in the Civil War, Old Baldy outlived Meade and served as the riderless horse...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Gettysburg Battlefield - Landscapes and EmotionIn observance of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, I will be posting a daily feature on the Gettysburg Battlefield. I wanted to start with something that captures the emotion that one feels when touring the battlefield, yes the Gettysburg National Military Park is beautiful, but there is no denying the raw emotion that one feels as well. My goal in this exercise was to capture some of that emotion through the landscapes of the Gettysburg Battlefield, as well as though the faces of the various sculptures that dot that landscape. I have never thought of the Gettysburg National Military Park as a vacation  place, but rather a place of great solemness, sadness, and emotion. A very powerful place for lack of a better word. I hope that comes acr...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Smart Style with an Art Vibe @ Grace Kelly Salon in Downtown GettysburgLooking for a salon that can offer smart styling with an art vibe, then look no further than Grace Kelly salon right here in downtown Gettysburg, Pa. Grace Kelly salon has quickly become a popular, sought after place to get the hair thing done here in Gettysburg, Pa. The smart styling and chique atmosphere grabs you from the minute you walk in. While Grace Kelly salon fits in wonderfully with the new vibrant atmosphere of downtown Gettysburg, Pa. The feel in the salon is much the same as one might feel in any stylish downtown urban area. Owner Kelly Kaiser has found a way to mix two contrasting vibes in her almost three year old salon. Grace Kelly salon offers smart styling with an art vibe that would one find in an ...
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By David Monsour, ABR - www.realty-insights.com
(Keller Williams Keystone Realty)
Followers of my blog probably already know that I've finally been bitten by an appraiser.  The bite of the out of town appraiser can cause home owners to lose proceeds from the sale and can be potentially deadly to pending contracts.  My particular appraiser was from York, PA which is about an hour from Gettysburg, PA.  The average sale price is much lower and it's more of a city than a town.  This got me thinking.  In the past when I've been asked to list properties in York I have told people that while I'm capable of listing there I am not equipped to provide proper information about that market because I simply don't spend enough time there.  I started to wonder if there was a appraiser code of ethics that prevented them from working outside their area of expertise.  The very first p...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Gettysburg Area School District InformationGettysburg area school district encompasses a 185 square mile area of Adams County Pa. It services four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Graduation rate district wide: 2009 - 89%2008 - 93%2007 - 93% Eisenhower Elementary School Academic Achievement rankings are based on student performance on three years PSSAs results in: reading, writing, math, and two years of science. 2010 - 238th2009 -292nd2008 - 283rd2007 - 318th out of 501 school districts   Gettysburg Middle School                  Lincoln Elementary School The Gettysburg Area School District employs approximately 233 teachers with an average salary of $54,489 for 180 days worked, which places Gettysburg Area School District teachers in the top 10 average of tea...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Gettysburg Pa has some Great GrassYes it's true, there is some of the best grass here in Gettysburg Pa, Blue Grass that is. Twice a year the Granite Hill Camping Resort just outside of the greater Gettysburg area offers some of the best Blue Grassacts this side of the Appalachians. The first 3 day event occurs in May, the second event is held in August. This past weekend I had the pleasure of checking off an item on my bucket list. I had the pure pleasure of seeing, more importantly, listening to AKUS. For those that are not familar withAKUS, the initials stand for Allison Krauss & Union Station. I have always wanted to see this band perform and listen to one of the purest voices in Blue Grasstoday. Actually I don't think there is musical style that Allison Krauss can't perform.   It wa...
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By The Somers Team, Delivering Real Estate Happiness
(The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia)
Need a staycay? Why not consider a family day trip to Gettysburg? The annual Gettysburg Festival, a 10-day arts fest that runs from June 18-27, offers a unique experience that can satisfy your family staycation criteria: It's not too far. Gettysburg is about a two and a half hour drive from Philadelphia The festival will feature 800 artists and performers, with Philly's Kevin Eubanks (from the Tonight Show) giving a special performance on Saturday, June 26. Local wineries will be highlighted Jazz music fans will love the tunes Former White House Chef to the Clinton’s, Walter Scheib, will be creating 10 unique culinary events including a North/South” family-style dinner for 400 people There's plenty of history to school the kids with, along with children's programs and art exhibits A fu...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Gettysburg Pa - Fighting a Battle all over AgainNo I am not talking about the proposed Casino, I am talking about Gettysburg Pa's fight for it's business life. It appears that the Gettysburg boro is clearly on the ropes, it has been down for the count in this fight and it's small business life is losing, big time. Lets take a look at how this battle in Gettysburg Pa has played out so far. Not too long ago the National Park Service decided to build a new visitor center, that move has put an incredible  financial burden on the businesses in the Steinwehr corridor. It has become clear that the recent economic downturn was not the culprit, even with the economy improving, the Steinwehr business corridor continues to hurt from the lack of foot traffic that the relocation of the visitor cente...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Historic Lincoln Train Station-Gettysburg-PaNovember 18, 1863 at about 6:00 pm a train would be arriving from Hanover junction carrying a very important passenger that in less than 24 hours would be making what would become the most famous speech of his career. The following day November 19, would be the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery with President Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg address. The then named Gettysburg train station would see a lot of action over the next 48 hours. Gettysburg would be playing host to some 20,000 guests and dignitaries the majority of which would be arriving via train. The Gettysburg train station would see many different types of service during the course of the Civil War as well as the battle of July 1 -3, 1863. Many soldiers would depart ...
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By David Monsour, ABR - www.realty-insights.com
(Keller Williams Keystone Realty)
Like every other Real Estate market across the country the Gettysburg, Pa home market has been influenced by the current economic turmoil.  It may have been the meltdown of the big banks,  personal monetary losses on wall street, or simply witnessing the equity in your home flying out the window like dandelion spores in summer.  Forced stimulation by government intervention has been the theme of the past few months years in the form of government controlled interest rates, and the first time buyer tax credit(s).  As we see ourselves functioning in market under it's own control, we will start to wonder if all of this tax dollar spending stimulated anything besides outrageous personal tax debt.  That being said lets just take a look at the numbers, and the tax credit deadline dates and se...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Devastating Fire in Gettysburg Colt Park Neighborhood - Are you Adequately Insured Earlier this week the Colt Park neighborhood of historic Gettysburg Pa suffered a devastating fire in one of the many beautiful homes that make up the neighborhood. As is clear from the accompanying pictures the structure is a total loss. That got me to thinking about friends and family as well as my own liabilities. When you see devastation on the level that this property suffered you hope that if this occurred to you, you would be prepared. I guess the word is insured because I don't believe that a fire of this magantude one could possibly be prepared for. Of course there are things that we can all do to make a situation like this (if we should be unfortunate enough to have to deal with) make the situat...
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By David Monsour, ABR - www.realty-insights.com
(Keller Williams Keystone Realty)
I want to preface this blog with the fact that my available rentals are in Chambersburg and not Gettysburg, but since my primary market is Gettysburg I've titled the blog accordingly.  This blog was motivated by some current events involving my personal rental properties that I found distastful and put some future tenants in a negative light.  Applying for a rental is much like applying for a mortgage, but no nearly as intense.  A landlord wants to verify that they aren't getting a lemon of a tenant.  The landlord tenant law is so in favor of the tenant that once a person has occupied a rental it's worse than removing wisdom teeth to get them out.  In fact Novocain is welcomed to ease the pain a bad tenant can have one your wallet.  So that being said I'd like to state a few things that...
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By David Monsour, ABR - www.realty-insights.com
(Keller Williams Keystone Realty)
There aren't many people in the US right now that aren't wondering what the real estate market is going to look like after the tax credit.  Buyers are wondering if they'll extend it yet again, but from what I understand it's highly unlikely.  Realtors are wondering if the spike in activity we just witnessed represents their "nut" for the year, and well I have some opinions of my own.  As we close in on the deadline we are seeing the last minute flurry of buyers that decided that $8000.00 was enough of an incentive to pull the trigger on a home.  Realtors and buyers alike are hustling to get those contracts agreed upon and ratified in time for the April 30 deadline.  Unlike the last credit, there will be two months to get from ratification of the contract to settlement.  This should take...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
The Gettysburg National Military Park is prime Real Estate in the Gettysburg Adams County areaLiving in the Gettysburg Adams County area it is hard not to have the Gettysburg National Military Park in your face most of the time. What usually happens is that you kinda get sick of hearing about it. I try to spend at least a few days a month driving or walking the Gettysburg Battlefield, many times I will grab a lunch and head out to the battlefield and enjoy a peaceful moment. I do that because the Gettysburg National Military Park is probably the most important real estate in the country, it is where our country was saved to go on to become what it is today.Some fast facts about the Battle of Gettysburg:The Battle of Gettysburg occurred between July 1 - 3, 1865Union troop counts were app...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Springtime in Gettysburg Borough Springtime in most any area is beautiful, beside the colors and blooms that usually accompany spring, Gettysburg Pa adds historic architecture to the mix. As much as winter brings me down I really enjoy spring, the mix of rain and sunny days we are getting is making Gettysburg a beautiful place to stroll. In the next few weeks the orchards should be in full bloom, I will definitely have to get some shots of that to share with you all. For now enjoy....
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
 What do Stone Mtn Georgia, Mt. Rushmore and Gettysburg Pa have in common? The answer to that question would be Gutzon Borglum don't you know. Borglum is the creator of the North Carolina Monument here on the Gettysburg National Military Park Battlefield. The North Carolina Monument was dedicated on July 3, 1929. It is one of the most popular stops for visitors to the battlefield in part because of the notoriety of is famous creator. The monument itself dipicts a group of Confederate soldiers during Picketts Charge. The State of North Carolina suffered the heaviest casualties on any other Confederate state during the Battle of Gettysburg.  One in every four Confederate soldier killed during the battle of Gettysburg was from North Carolina. The monument is fenced in and surrounded by the...
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By David Monsour, ABR - www.realty-insights.com
(Keller Williams Keystone Realty)
Beautifully kept mobile home in Lincoln Estates, Gettysburg, PA 17325 being offered at $30,000.  This single wide mobile home features central air conditioning, propane forced hot air heat, 924 sq feet of open living area, and a garden tub in the master bath.  This 3 bedroom, 2 bath mobile home was build 1999 and in fantastic condition.  Lincoln Estates is an extremely well kept and clean mobile home park located just minutes from downtown Gettysburg and is also in very close proximity to the Gettysburg Battlefield.  The monthly lot rent is currently $315/mo.  The monthly lot rent includes water, sewer, trash, and snow removal.  Lincoln Estates features 187 home sites and is pet friendly as long as the pet is under 10 lbs. If you're looking to downsize or looking for a weekend home in G...
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