Home Buying

Published by matt on 17 Apr 2012

First Quarter Home Sales Up 18.6% in Harrisburg Tri-County Area

Harrisburg area Realtors have been witnessing a positive turnaround in the local real estate market and now we have the statistics to substantiate what we’ve been experiencing over the past four months.  After four years of market decline, buyers are ready to  finally commit to buy as mortgage interest rates continue to be at historic lows and a generous inventory of homes to choose from.

For more information about the 18.6% increase in home sales for first quarter 2012, please read the attached article published by the Central Penn Business Journal.

Harrisburg Area Q1 Home Sales Up 18.6%

If you are a potential buyer, come to our FREE Home Buyers Seminar on April 25.  For more information, please contact Michelle Leo at 717-623-8508.

Published by matt on 25 Aug 2011

Ask A Realtor…

Realtors can be a valuable resource when you are looking for a professional to assist with home ownership needs. During the course of a real estate transaction, we come in contact with a variety of experts that make an impression on us and our clients. Below is a brief list of experts from the Harrisburg area that I would be happy to refer you to should the need arise.

- home inspectors
- appraisers
- lenders (home purchase or refinance)
- roofers
- plumbers
- electricians
- wood pest inspectors or treatment
- asbestos testing and removal
- radon testing and installation of mitigation system
- general “handy man” services
- painters
- landscapers
- general contractors for remodeling/additions
- HVAC services
- septic inspectors
- real estate attorneys and/or title companies

Personally, I would trust a referral from a friend than simply picking a name that I see listed on the Internet. Also, if you know of anyone who provides top-notch service and is reliable, please pass along their contact information to me. I’d love to add them to my referral list.

As always, I’d like to be the one that you refer your family and friends to when they are looking for a real estate professional. I am NEVER too busy to accept a referral from you.

Published by matt on 24 Aug 2011

Single Family Home Under $110,000!

619 South 25th Street, Harrisburg

If you’re looking for a home that offers convenience, generous living space and affordability this is the property for you. All this and more for under $110,000!

- 3 Bedrooms
- 1.5 Baths
- Formal Living Room with fireplace and Dining Room
- Central Air
- Full Basement (unfinished)
- Corner Lot
- Two Covered Patios
- All Brick Exterior

With as little as 3.5% down (4.25% interest), the monthly mortgage payments would be approximately $932. Where can you rent a 3-Bedroom single family home for under $1,000? Give me a call at 717-623-8508 for more information or if you wish to schedule a private showing.

Published by Michelle on 28 Apr 2011

First Quarter Home Sales Decrease in Harrisburg Area

As reported by the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors (GHAR), home sales in the first quarter of 2011 are down almost 8% compared to last year.  1,169 homes were sold during the first quarter of 2011, whereas 1,266 homes were sold during the same time period in 2010. 

In addition, the median home sale price decreased 5.4% from $158,000 (2010) to $150,000 (2011) during the first quarter.  Days on market increased from 99 days to 127 for the same time period.

If you’re trying to sell your home, you know the competition is fierce.  The key is to have your home “show ready” and priced competitively.  Before listing your home, take the time to visit the competition with your Realtor so you can see what Buyers are seeing in your price range.  By doing so, you may realize that you have some work to do before you put the sign in your yard.

If you have any questions about the Harrisburg real estate market, please contact me at Michelle@HarrisburgHouses.net.

Published by Michelle on 27 Apr 2011

Character, Modern Amenities & Priced to Sell at $408,900!

Do you appreciate the character and charm of older homes but don’t want to give up modern amenities?  If so, we have the property for YOU!  Located at 220 W. Main Street in the borough of Mechanicsburg, this tastefully restored home offers over 5,400 square feet of living space, original Carriage House that is currently being used as a 2-car garage and extra storage, and so much more.  Highlights include:

- 4 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths, 3 Fireplaces (gas)

- 3rd Floor Extended Guest/In-Law Quarters or Rental Opportunity (2 Bedrooms, 1 Full Bath, & Kitchen)

- Spacious Formal Living Room, Family Room, & Centrally Located Dining Room (all with gleaming hardwood floors)

- Modern Kitchen with granite counters, original Butler’s Pantry and beautiful brick fireplace 

- Covered Patio and Beautifully Landscaped Private Gardens (.3 acre lot)

This is only the 4th time this home has been available in 150+ years!   Come see a historic residence where modern amenities coalesce with classic period charm and character.  Open house scheduled for May 1, from 1-4pm.  For a private showing, please contact Michelle Leo at (717) 623-8508.

 

   

  

    

Published by Michelle on 07 Apr 2011

How Does a Realtor Know that a Community is FHA Approved?

I want to share some very helpful information that I learned this week when working with a lender regarding condos.  A high percentage of today’s Buyers are “FHA Approved”.   When picking out properties to show a potential Buyer, the Realtor should verify if the planned community is “FHA Approved”. 

Ultimately, the lender will verify however (I feel that) it’s the Realtor’s responsibility to make sure that he/she is not showing homes to a potential Buyer where they can not purchase.  

Link_to_Verify_FHA_Approval

Realtors can share this link with their Clients as well.  Hopefully this information will save a few Realtors some time and help potential Buyers from getting frustrated. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at Michelle@HarrisburgHouses.net.

Published by Michelle on 30 Mar 2011

Price Reduced to $309,900! 1076 Hidden Valley Road, Loysville

A lucky Buyer is going to get one heck of a deal on this amazing property.  Built in 2008, this 5 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath home offers over 2,600 square feet of living space and 3.3 acres of paradise.  The main level has an open floor plan that is perfect for entertaining. 

Other highlights include:

-  2,674 Square feet of living space with 3-car side entry Garage

- Spacious eat-in Kitchen with pantry and breakfast bar

- Formal Dining Room with cherry hardwood and chair rail

- Living Room with beautiful stone gas fireplace

- First floor Master Bedroom with walk-in closet and luxurious full Bath with jetted tub

- Four Bedrooms on second level (two share Jack and Jill full Bath)

- Full unfinished Basement with high ceilings, coal stove (negotiable) and exterior access

- 22′ x 12′ two stall Barn with feed room

For additional information, or for a private showing, please contact Michelle Leo at (717) 623-8508.

Published by Michelle on 28 Mar 2011

Modern Ranch in Hampden Township/Shaull Elementary

Wow!  Totally updated and ready for new owners…this 3 Bedroom brick Ranch will blow you away!  Offered at $209,900 (current appraisal on file for qualified buyers to review).

Located on 0.84 acres, this modern home offers hardwood throughout, renovated Kitchen (2007) with generous storage and counterspace, renovated full Bath (2006) on main level with granite floor, new roof (2006), two fireplaces and so much more.

The open floor plan on the main level is perfect for family gatherings.  Formal Living Room with fireplace flows into the formal Dining Room and Kitchen with breakfast bar and pantry.  There is also a “Mud Room” connecting the 1-car garage to the Kitchen that offers endless possibilities (playroom, home office, storage, workshop, etc.)

The lower level is partially finished and is currently being used as a studio.  You can access the lower level from inside the home or from the rear yard (exterior access).

This home is located within Cumberland Valley School District (Shaull Elementary).

For a private showing or more information, please contact Michelle Leo at 717-623-8508 or Michelle@HarrisburgHouses.net.

Published by Michelle on 23 Feb 2011

Social Media Safety…Beware Buyers and Sellers!

We’ve all heard the saying “do as I say, not as I do.”  As parents, we are constantly reminding our children of the potential dangers of the internet and to practice safe computing while visiting social media websites.  If this is true, then why don’t we take our own medicine?   

Our innocent posts and information that we share on social media websites can be used against you and could even place your family in danger.  A few examples include:

- “I’m counting down the days to Saturday when we leave on our two week cruise to Alaska.  Can’t wait to get out of here!”

- Including your home and/or work address in your profile.

- Posting photos of children with their school’s name visible in the photo.

More specifically, Buyers and Sellers also need to beware of the information they share.  Buyers tend to get very excited once they found “the one” and sometimes share too many details of the transaction in a public forum.  By doing so, it can compromise their negotiating position by indicating how badly they want to buy the house or even how much they are willling to pay.   

For Sellers, it is required by law that you must disclose what you know about the property (via the Seller’s Disclosure).  However, public posts that include your opinion of the neighborhood, your impending divorce, or how you would do anything to sell your home so you can move to Florida where it’s warm will compromise your negotiating position. 

Human are very curious creatures.  I’m guilty of looking up people on social media sites or “Googling” someone’s name to see what I can learn.  It’s my responsibility as a Buyer’s Agent or Seller’s Agent to provide all the information that I find to my client so we can make an informed decision.  If it’s out there for the world to see, those words can be used against you in the future. 

Before you hit “share” the next time you create a post, re-read it to make sure the content is truly for the public to know. 

Safe computing everyone!

Published by Michelle on 16 Feb 2011

Adorable Brick Ranch in Mechanicsburg…$169,000

Adorable 3 Bedroom brick home on 0.28 acres with private rear yard.  Hardwood floors grace formal Living Room and all Bedrooms.  Updated eat-in Kitchen offers all modern amenities, generous storage and countertop space for the family chef.  Sliders from Dining Area lead to fenced rear yard with oversized deck (2007).  One car garage and plenty of storage available throughout the home.  Lower level is partially finished with Media Room and Office. 

For more information or a private showing,  please contact me at (717)623-8508 or Michelle@HarrisburgHouses.net.

 

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