• THE VALUE OF USING A REALTOR

    A 2014 study by the National Association of Realtors confirms that Agent-assisted home sales typically are 13% higher than For Sale by Owner sales (FSBOs). This is really impressive! Most folks choose the For Sale By Owner (FSBO) route to “save” the commission. While commissions are negotiable, they generally range in the 5-6% range. Obviously, the use of a Realtor MORE than covers the cost – – by a wide margin, actually.

  • THIS N’ THAT

    As we find ourselves squarely into the traditional busy spring market, I thought I would pass along some “tid-bits” that I have taken from the numerous trade publications that I review frequently.  For the most part, it remains good news:

    Real Estate again named best long term investment. That is according to a recent Gallup Survey where respondents chose real estate ahead of stocks, gold, savings accounts, CD’s or bonds as the best long term investment. Real Estate also took the top spot last year.

  • SO, YOU’VE GOT CASH…

    SO, YOU’VE GOT CASH…

    BIG DEAL!

     Really, it’s not that big of a deal.  You just think it is.

  • “THE ROAD TO SUCCESS……”

    …is always under construction”.  This is another adage from my favorite baseball manager, Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter.  So, what does it mean?  Well, I think it speaks to the need to adapt and adjust to new and changing trends within your business or industry.

  • THINGS LOOKING UP?

    I have reasonably good vibes on the continued improvement of the real estate market both nationally, across the state and here locally.  Overall activity for this time of year, and particularly this kind of weather, is good.

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    I would like to take this opportunity again to thank our many friends and clients for making 2014 one of our best years ever.  We are off to a very good start and I am extremely optimistic about 2015 as well.

  • MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    This will likely be my last blog for 2014.  Once again, we have been very blessed with a quite profitable 2014 – – the best year that we have enjoyed since 2006.  I thought I would end the year just with some quick bullet points and a quick comment on each.

  • IT’S ALL LOCAL FOLKS!

    I still read the newspaper every day.  A recent national survey indicated less than 13% of Americans still read the newspaper – – but I do.  It is the very best way to keep up on local news.

    While I am not a voracious reader by any stretch, I also read business and trade publications religiously.  Everything that I read lately, by all sorts of so called “experts”, is really just what I would refer to as a “mixed bag”.

  • Alternative to the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Lou Gehrig ’s disease (ALS) is a terrible, terrible disease.  The recent national effort to draw awareness and funding is to be lauded.

    The ALS Association, the organization behind the Ice Bucket Challenge, supports embryonic stem cell research.  While the Catholic Church supports stem cell research, it does not condone stem cell research which frequently involves embryos harvested from the death of an aborted fetus.  For me, and likely many others, this has presented a difficult moral dilemma.

  • Real Estate and Geography

    The Real Estate micro-market in which I primarily work, as does my office, is the Greater Carlisle Area.  This is basically the same area encompassed by the Greater Carlisle Chamber of Commerce and is recognized in the Bright Multiple Listing Service as Area 7.

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