Susquehanna County, PA Real Estate News

By Cindy Stys, The Premier Equine Realty Broker
(Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd)
Click Here For More Information on This Property! Ever dream of owning a ranch out west? You can stay in Pennsylvania & get the same feel by owning this luxurious professionally landscaped waterfront cedar & stone home nestled in the heart of the State Game Lands. The property sits on over 57 acres of prime real estate. Spanning over 6,500 SF, this magnificent residence graced by soaring ceilings and wall-to-wall windows is a haven for gazing at the multiple barns totaling 19 stalls with indoor & outdoor arenas. Lighted outdoor ring. With breath-taking views from multiple vantage points, this is what luxury country living is made of. The grand entryway with wide open views draws you into a voluminous layout made for entertaining. The 2-story great room with 18 sliding-glass doors, opens...
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By Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin
Let's see - Animal - Vegetable or Mineral - It's been awhile since I played this game. A diamond is a mineral.  Coal is a mineral.  Gas is a mineral.  Is a rock a mineral? The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania may have to decide whether it is or not. The Marcellus Shale deposits located in North East Pennsylvania have been the subject of both adulation and damnation. These deposits represent one of the largest fields of natural gas discovered in our country. Some experts predict the fields will supply gas for a hundred years. Before the nature of the find was fully disclosed, land agents flocked to North East Pa like Carpetbaggers hitting the deep South after the Civil War.  They bought up mineral leases for $25.00 an acre speculating on the richness of the find.  Most land owners did not c...
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By Keith Landis, Pennsylvania - "Your Pennsylvania Mortgage Source"
(Keystone Home Finance - NMLS#834342 - Conventional - FHA - VA -USDA - Jumbo Programs - Direct Phone 412-726-1654)
Looking to buy a home in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania? You might want to make a quick check to see if you and the property are eligible for a Pennsylvania USDA Mortgage, also known as a Pennsylvania USDA Rural Development Loan. Here's Why... USDA home loans offer a few benefits that other mortgage programs cannot match, including no down payment and financed closing cost. If the home appraisal allows, the closing costs can also be wrapped into the mortgage resulting in no money needed at the closing table. USDA is the only mortgage program that allows for all closing costs to be financed into the loan amount on a home purchase. Interest rates for USDA mortgages are comparable and often lower than the low fixed rates of Conventional, FHA and VA financing. The USDA Mortgage program do...
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By Gregory Scheer
(GCS Home Inspections and Thermal Inspections)
Thermographer Identifies Heat Loss Montrose Home Inspection company specializes in thermography and identifies drafts, missing insulation, and escaping heat using a high-tech camera. Thermography is the science of infrared imaging and is used to identify problems, accurately predict failure, and also assist home owners make their homes more efficient.  Notice the infiltrating cold air at the bottom right corner of the door. Call GCS Home Inspections for your thermal scan.570-504-8393
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By Gregory Scheer
(GCS Home Inspections and Thermal Inspections)
A home inspector that's a worm farmer?  What's a worm casting?  Simply put, it's worm do-do.  Yes, I'm a home inspector serving Montrose, Great Bend, Scranton, and more areas in PA, but we raise red worms to help put our garden.  It's a very easy thing to do and costs only a few dollars to begin.  We started a couple years ago when a friend of mine gave me about 500 red worms.  We fed the worms a daily diet of coffee grounds, old veggies and fruits and apple cores.  After only two years our worm population grew to an incredible 25,000 (and that's estimating LOW!).  Today I harvested the worm castings and placed my worms into a brand new worm bin that we built out in the yard.  Now I have over 200 pounds of the richest fertilzer money can buy. We'll have our third garden this year using ...
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By Gregory Scheer
(GCS Home Inspections and Thermal Inspections)
News Flash! Montrose Home Inspector takes Moon's temperature! Wow, now that could be an image no one wishes to see!  It was about a week ago when the moon was full and we had a brilliantly clear evening here in Montrose.  I bet I could have seen New Milford, Hallstead, Great Bend and probably Scranton had the mountains not been in the way.  I got out my Fluke TiR1 Infrared Thermal Imager (camera) and pointed it up at the moon.  It was a bit over 150 degrees.  Thermal imaging works even through the vacuum of space!  Greg GCS Home Inspections570-504-8393
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By Gregory Scheer
(GCS Home Inspections and Thermal Inspections)
From your Montrose Home Inspector Your Montrose Home Inspector just read the Montrose Independent and found information that directly backed up what a Dimock resident told me yesterday at a local fresh water supply; this new gas-drilling operation going on in our area, although making some very wealthy, is possibly to blame for contaminants in drinking water.  You now have  GCS Home Inspections and our services (including AFFORDABLE water sampling).    You're probably reading this blog on our web site but I can't believe some of the possible negligence that has occurred in Dimock.  A water sample analysis is in order for every concerned resident and I wish I could do it for free, but I can make it affordable! CALL me!!! I would like to develop a plan of monthly tests for you, beginning ...
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By Gregory Scheer
(GCS Home Inspections and Thermal Inspections)
Is your home properly insulated and ready for winter?  Will your roof suffer from roof dams and subsequent water damage?  Thermal inspections is the key to non-invasive inspections of critical areas maybe needing insulation.  A complete thermal inspection of your home will cost between $375 and $500; a small price compared to the huge energy bills that can occur from not having a properly insulated home.  I thermal imaged our travel trailer and here's our story why. We're traveling to Montrose, PA on our big move from CA.  Home Inspection in PA will take a turn when we get there with our thermal imaging technology.  We hit bad weather about 60 miles west of Laramie, WY and pulled into a rest area when we just were tired of struggling with the icy road and crazy drivers (who ened up off ...
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By Gregory Scheer
(GCS Home Inspections and Thermal Inspections)
Hi everyone in NE PA!  We are soon relocating to Montrose, PA and we're looking forward to it!  Life in CA has been really good, the weather exceptional, the ocean "right on!" but after 26 years in the military and over a year doing business in CA we're too far from family.  We're coming home, as sung by Daughtry says it all.  We're bring our business with us and aspire to offer Susquehanna and surrounding counties the best inspection service ever!  We're bringing with us our thermal imaging capability.  Soon the cold weather will be knocking at the door, the windows, the under-insulated walls and ceilings; and then the snow will fall, ice dams will develop and the ensuing damage they can cause.  We can help identify those areas needing more insulation before your utility bills are sky-...
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By Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin
  MARKET UPDATE BY SCHOOL DISTRICT AUGUST 1, 2009 - AUGUST 31, 2009 FOREST CITY REGIONAL Browndale,Crystal Lake, Dundaff, Forest City, Herrick, Honesdale, Lakewood, Mount Pleasant, Pleasant Mount, Uniondale, Vandling, WaymartUnits Sold              6 Aver Sales Price                    $113,250 Median Sales Price                    $115,000 Aver Days On Market                  134   Information provided by Scranton Board of Realtors and deemed to be correct.  Author is not responsible for any inaccuracies or typographical errors.
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By Jason Price, The Mortgage Rider
(Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650))
Day 4 of the vacation:Things are greatly improving.  The morning started off with a trip into Halstead to get some milk and few other supplies. Hallstead is small quaint town just minutes outside of New Milford.  There is not much more I can say… other than photos speak for themselves. Oh, yeah… it was a cool day today.  This photo was taken at 11:00 AM. I saw this house on the way out of Halstead… someone has an obsession for Shell Gas… We got back just in time for some friends visiting from NJ.  They brought their three dogs (2 rotties and a black lab).  The latter has its own personal life vest for swimming.  We quickly learned why as the dumb dog jumped in the water and started to swim towards the far end of the lake. I got my exercise in for the day when I had to jump in the row bo...
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By Jason Price, The Mortgage Rider
(Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650))
Today there was improvement in the vacation part of taking a vacation (at least in the part that nothing else can really go wrong... only improvements).The repairs for the furnace started early (and ran a little late into the afternoon).  While all that was going on, we started to clean the house that we are really supposed to be vacationing at.  Tricia started to tackle the kitchen while I took the task of cleaning the bathrooms and vaccuuming the floors.I have never seen bathrooms more disgusting than the ones I had to clean.  There were iron and rust stains, mildew, and who knows what caked on the toilets after 2-3 years.  The kitchen showed that the local wildlife had taken up residences within the home.  But after a couple hours of scrubbing and cleaning, the house was finally wort...
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By Jason Price, The Mortgage Rider
(Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650))
After a rough start on Day 1 of the vacation, I was hoping that today would be a better day.  WRONG!!!Madison did not sleep well last night due to here new surroundings.  So needless to say, we did not sleep well either.  Plus, add on the fact that it was roughly 45 degrees.  Coming from Florida weather and a warm 80-90 degree climate, we were not prepared for the cool snap.Well, after eating some breakfast, I checked my emails and was shocked at the response I got to Day 1.  After responding to the comments, I had to make my way in to town to the hardware store.  Need to buy some outlet covers to keep the little one from finding out about electricity.  While we were there, I got the names of a couple plumbers to find out about getting the pump to work.After getting the referrences, we ...
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By Jason Price, The Mortgage Rider
(Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650))
The day has finally come... my first vacation in 5 years.  Over the course of the next 2 weeks (Jealous?  Don't be), I am going to be blogging about the daily activities of a mortgage broker (business owner) on vacation (or at least an attempt at vacation).Day 1 - The Departure6:30 - Get up.  Take care of the animals - Feed the horses.  Muck the stalls.  Turn the goats out.  Feed the dogs.  Feed the fish.7:30 - Wake Madison up.  Fix breakfast.  Finish packing the car.  Get ready.8:30 - Leave to pick up our friend to help drive us to the airport.10:00 - Arrive at airport.10:20 - Check luggage.10:30 - Catch a break at secuirty and get shuffled through the handicap lane (thanks to Madison's tri-stroller).10:45 - Hear announcement of final boarding for our flight.  Proceed to run down the t...
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