York, PA Real Estate News

By Kimberly Gribbin
(Selections Real Estate Services, LLC. )
All too often I feel as though consumers want to blame us, Realtors & Lenders, as to the reason they can not purchase a house.  I have yet to meet a Realtor or Lender who is responsible for a potential buyers credit score, debt to income ratio, lack of savings, lack of job security,etc. Buying a home is something we earn.  We work hard, pay our bills, save for our future and live within our means.  It is not an entitlement or something that everyone is granted---it is earned. While I support the efforts to help bring some stability to the Housing Market I also agree that as a society we need to get back to the basics. The 1st time Buyers Tax Credit and Tax Credit for repeat buyers is a great opportunity to take advantage of---however they should not be the reason you make such a large i...
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By Gregory Scheer
(GCS Home Inspections and Thermal Inspections)
The winter weather is playing havoc on residents in southern PA especially those in the York area. I travelled to York earlier this week for a thermal inspection of only the exterior of a home. Heat loss is seen through the infrared camera and to be sure the sun's thermal loading wasn't going to be a factor, I arrived before sunrise. The three hour drive was long but the benefits of my thermal report far outweighs any inconvenience I endure because of the drive. I'm glad I brought my boots and bibbed overalls because I needed them. I walked around this home knee-deep in snow. The roof was mostly obscured with deep snow and the western end of the roof had huge drifts hanging over just waiting for some unsuspecting victim to walk under--that could be a cold ordeal! Yesterday, as most know...
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By Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida
(Glasswork Media Arts)
Got Some News on my Pig TodayI got some good news about my pig today, you see my wife got me a pig for Christmas. The pig doesn't live here with us, she is living abroad helping a family and eventually a village get on it's feet. No my pig didn't join the peace corps, it is a pig from Heifer International, what's that you say, Heifer International, what's that?Let me give you a bit of background on Heifer International.Heifer International was started back in 1937 by a relief worker named Dan West. West was working to help feed civilians during the Spanish Civil War, realizing that the job at hand was bigger than he was going to be able he handle, he formed an organization who's mission is to end world hunger. That desire to end world hunger lives on today in Heifer International.      ...
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By Kimberly Gribbin
(Selections Real Estate Services, LLC. )
Well the stats for year over year sales for the York PA area are here. Overall the York PA area has seen a 3% decline in Median home prices and a 7% decline in the total units sold compared to same period in 2008. Many in the Real Estate profession here locally in York PA expected total units sold to be above the 2008 lows with incentives like FHA interest rates in the high 4's to low 5%'s, a $8000 Tax Credit for 1st time buyers, aggressive listing prices and a PHFA $5000 Tax Credit Advance to help 1st timers enter home ownership.Compared to our -27% decline in total units sold thru August 2008 over same period in 2007---all in all I am please at the 1st eight months of this year----it will be interesting to see what happens over the traditionally slower 3rd & 4th quarters. With the pos...
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By John Hersey, e-PRO Realtor
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty)
2 Story For Sale in York County   Very well maintained! • 1,475 sq. ft., 1 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story "Colonial" - MLS® $199,000 York County, Pennsylvania  -  Well kept 2 story in nice neighborhood. Custom Keener kitchen, Living room with fireplace and berber carpet, Bonus room over garage used as den now, could be used as BR if needed. Mature lawn and landscaping with private deck and enjoy the front porch too! Call to see it today!! Property information
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By Ryan Hartman
(ReTechulous, LLC)
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By John Hersey, e-PRO Realtor
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty)
I just read in our local Community Courier that there will be an assembly to honor veterans. It will take place at the Christian School of York at 907 Greenbriar Rd. in York.  This is the 2nd annual veterans assembly to be held there. It will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, November 11th to honor veterans and active duty military personnel. All veterans and their families, active duty and their families and families of those lost in Iraq are invited to attend.  It does not say anything about Afghanistan or any other conflicts but I say if you are a veteran of any time or family member, I would call and go. Any community members that would like to honor our veterans are also invited! Veterans and military personnel will be honored in song, drama and other presentations by the school's stu...
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October is fire prevention awareness month; this is great time to increase consumer awareness on clothes dryer fire prevention.  Clothes dryers account for over 15,000 fires per year, with failure to properly clean and maintain dryer vent systems being the number one cause.   Cleaning and maintenance are very important, but so is having dryer duct system made of proper material that meets today's safety codes.  Older systems have dryer ducts made of vinyl or plastic, which becomes brittle as it deteriorates.  It cracks, bends and becomes crushed when people push their clothes dryer closer to the wall.  This results in restricted air flow, causing overheating and eventually, a fire.   Current UL safety codes require dryer ducts to be made of semi-rigid metal to prevent crushing and make ...
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Energy costs are soaring!  So why are we allowing our clothes dryers to vent all this precious heat and moisture to the outside?  Our furnace dries the air, causing upper respiratory problems.  It just makes sense that the heat and moisture from our clothes dryer could be beneficial and energy saving at the same time.  Why not disconnect the dryer vent hose to add heat and humidity to the air in the winter?   Air Diverters are devices that have been used in the past for allowing dryer heat to be filtered into the home.  When we experienced an energy crisis in the seventies, people purchased this type of combination air filter/valve that was installed between the clothes dryer exhaust vent and the outside dryer vent.  It was a type of valve that allowed you to switch to either direct the...
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Most people are conscientious about having their furnace cleaned, however, very few people think of clothes dryer in relation to fire prevention. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports an estimated annual 15,500 fires, some resulting in deaths and injuries, due to clothes dryer fires. Besides fire, improper dryer venting also poses a carbon monoxide risk.  These accidents can be prevented with properly installed and maintained dryer venting.    A clothes dryer fire occurs when lint accumulates restricting airflow which then leads to overheating.  The heat and the combustible lint are the main ingredients for a clothes dryer fire.  Dryers produce a lot of lint and simply cleaning the lint screen is not enough.  The lint screen catches most of the lint, but some ends up under...
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By Jerry Pilgrim
(Professional Realty Associates "The Pilgrim Team")
by Kaitlin Kraft (interview with Jerry Pilgrim)Although 2007 may have been a bumpy road for manymarkets and real estate agents, the Pilgrim Team of theProfessional Realty Associates has had a differentexperience. With so many hyped-up stories about the lending crisis and the supposed downfall of the real estate market, how does Jerry Pilgrim, broker/owner,remain positive?"We expect to have a great year in 2008. The Pilgrim Team actually had a positive increase in volume this year,which we're very pleased about. We expect that trend tocontinue in the upcoming year, even though volume maybe down with the competition," says Pilgrim.Pilgrim continues that not only did his team fare betterin 2007 than the competition, but that the York housingmarket has also been holding stable. "There hasn'...
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   I was at work Saturday and an English couple were sitting in my parking lot, lost. They were in Lancaster City  looking for the Amish.  I directed them towards Intercourse PA and warned them not to slam on the brakes when they see the buggies and not to take pictures of the locals. It got me to thinking as a non York native, what else would these good English folks like to see if they hung out awhile.  Well, I have a few for them and others visiting our fine part of the country.The Harley Plant-  great place, full of American history.  Watch out during Bike Weeks! http://www.harley-davidson.com/Apple Wood Farms-  I hate to say it, I have never been there and it is so close to me!  Great for kids. http://www.applewoodfarm.org/The City of York- Talk about History!  If you love it, you ...
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By AL Romero
(Keller Williams Realtors)
You know I have and have helped clients invest in apartment rentals in and around York,pa and surrounding cities through out my carrier I get one question most, often which is a better rental a single family or multi-unit, and my answer is always the same. "It depends on your strategy" and your goals and time available. It can be no different than assessing risk in the investment market . If you are apt for more risk and are generally looking for immediate cash flow then I would (depending on the property) recommend a multi-unit situation if your newer to investing and don't want to take a deeper plunge into apartment units then a small single family will be the prescription and again it depends on your goals and specific situation.http://www.yorkhomeguide.com/http://www.yorkforeclosure...
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By AL Romero
(Keller Williams Realtors)
As clients starting to look for a home in york they have questions as most would so I put together a report to help answer questions and put you on track to buy the home thats right for you especially for Maryland buyers this info is for you " 5 things you must do before you buy a home in York County" just call 888-679-0051 ext110 24 hour recorded info.until next time--AL
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