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State of the Market – January 2016

I recently had a friend, from when I was much younger, reach out and ask me: I see unemployment is down but the numbers don’t reflect how many are not actively pursuing jobs. Gas prices are down and the stock … Continue reading

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Back To School

It’s back to school for most of our area…  what does  that mean in Real Estate?  Well, for much of the Berks County and surrounding market areas, it means buyers are once again becoming focused on their search. Let’s face … Continue reading

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Government Shutdown… What will this mean to the mortgage industry?

With the possibility of a government shutdown looming in the hours ahead of us… what can one expect? Here is a statement released from the Mortgage Bankers Association that can answer some of the questions you might have. Click Here … Continue reading

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Buyer – and Seller – BeAware!

Well, I knew this time would come.  The DOW Jones is at an all-time high, and homebuilder stocks are on the rise.  There has been talk for some time about a “Housing Recovery.”  Well, it is here. I have been … Continue reading

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Is housing still dangling off the Fiscal Cliff?

The recent bill passed to avoid the financial crisis we now identify as “The Fiscal Cliff” has some items in it that will impact housing for the short term.  However, some items are yet to be addressed, and they could … Continue reading

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Just Dropped In (to see what condition my condition is in)….

This post is motivated by the current market, and furthered by my love for the movie “The Big Lebowski.”  The title of the post is one of my favorite songs from the movie, and it’s a good spark to my … Continue reading

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Strategy – Short Sale, now or never?

We, as a country, have gotten better over the past few years at getting back to treating our personal finances like a business. We’ve made decisions for the betterment of our family based on needs, not wants, and we have … Continue reading

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Gentleman…. (and ladies)…. Start your Grills!!!

Outdoor Appliance Guide: Gas Grills With models priced from $29 to $5,000 and up, outdoor gas grills offer convenience and ease-of-use to fit any budget. Read Outdoor Appliance Guide: Charcoal Grills and Smokers With models priced from $35 to $1,000, … Continue reading

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2010 Common Level Ratio Numbers

I just spoke to the State Tax Equalization Board, and I was given “tentative” numbers for Berks and Chester Counties for the upcoming year.  This is the single most important number when considering a Property Tax Appeal. Berks County’s number … Continue reading

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As A Buyer…. Do I NEED A Realtor?

Does a buyer “need” a Realtor when buying a home?  Sounds like a simple enough question; however, it’s not just a yes or no type of thing.  Really, to make this as cut and dry as possible, it’s the equivalent … Continue reading

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