lancaster county pa: Cherry Blossoms - 05/02/08 04:13 PM
This spring has produced a magnificent crop of cherry blossoms!  I have always been fond of cherry blossoms ever since as a small child I played under the canopy of pink trees in front of my parents' home.

The problem with cherry blossoms is how fragile they are.  They bloom in late April and early May for only a few weeks, and then are blown away by the wind and rain.

As I walked in Musser Park in Lancaster, PA today, I saw a beautiful tree with many of its blossoms still intact.  The wind and storms of the last few … (10 comments)

lancaster county pa: Why You Need a LOCAL Real Estate Agent - 05/01/08 09:31 PM
There are several country-wide internet sources that purport to give you a long-distance estimate of what your home is worth.  Many of these sources rely on public records and owners' estimates of what their homes are worth.
I'd like to give you a glaring example of why many of these estimates are almost useless and even dangerous.
Zillow.com sent me an "update" on April 28 of a Lancaster, PA city listing that I had sold earlier this year.  The house had been in need of renovation, and sold, in a slow market, for $36,000.
Here's Zillow's analysis: 
Recently Sold:  $36,000.                     
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lancaster county pa: Second Lancaster Real Estate Bloggers Summit Ties Attendance Record! - 04/30/08 07:38 PM
Yup, that's right - the Second Lancaster, PA Real Estate Bloggers Summit tied its previous attendance record.  That is to say, all three of the Charter Members were there - myself, Jeff Geoghan, and Jeannie Kontis!
We met on April 29 at Senorita Burrita, a trendy cafe in the heart of downtown Lancaster.  Jeff had eaten there a number of times before, but for me it was the first time.  I was amazed at the size of the customizable burritos - truly a two-handed affair!  Makes the Whopper look like an appetizer...
There have been a couple of major real estate franchise … (14 comments)

lancaster county pa: Manheim Township High School Gets a Fantastic New Wing - 04/28/08 08:33 AM
 Last Friday I had the privilege of taking a tour through the marvelous new wing of the Manheim Township, PA High School!  Realtors from Lancaster County were invited to a continental breakfast to view the new wing and get an update on the latest improvements.
The wing greatly expands and remodels the original school building build in the 1950s. 
To start off, the entire project has been planned with green technology in mind.  A state of the art geothermal heating system taps the heat from under-water wells that maintain a temperature of 65 degrees Farenheit throughout the year.
300 wells were dug to a … (6 comments)

lancaster county pa: Why Doesn't the National Association of Realtors Promote BUYERS' Agency? - 04/17/08 08:06 PM
Did you know that the NAR (National Association of Realtors) is the largest trade association in the US?  With 1.3 million members, the NAR is a major proponent for home ownership and property rights.
NAR's national publicity campaigns have promoted a more professional image of Realtors(R) helping buyers find just the right house, and helping sellers market their homes in the most effective way.
I was not big fan of the previous campaigns that stated "You have a life.  Real estate is our life."  Nonetheless, it did make the point that Realtors are prepared to work hard and ethically for the … (82 comments)

lancaster county pa: Big Price Reduction on Starter Townhouse! - 04/15/08 04:37 PM
Are you looking for a suburban townhome at a really reasonable price?  This town house has had a BIG price reduction, and is now available for only $114,900!
It's located in a great subdivision, close to Route 30, near shopping centers - yet off the busy streets, and with a lovely park nearby.
Central air conditioning, off-street parking, a corner fireplace and a modern kitchen are some of the features of this economical home.
                                                                         
This home is now available for immediate occupancy.
For your own private showing, call Brian Schulman at (717) 951-5552.
Copyright2008BrianSchulman©
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lancaster county pa: "Subprime" Need Won't Go Away - 04/13/08 12:54 PM
There has been a great deal of negative publicity about the subprime mortgage industry.  High interest rates and the adjustable rates that are now resetting have been a major cause of foreclosures and the unrest in the housing market.
Don't misunderstand me.  There's plenty of blame to go around.  Many borderline borrowers went way beyond common sense in the houses and mortgages they committed themselves to.  Many real estate agents did not adequately prepare their buyers for the worst cases possible in their mortgage terms.  And many loan originators were only too happy to have more transactions provided by the extremely … (8 comments)

lancaster county pa: Misleading Real Estate Statistics - 04/04/08 04:12 PM
Every month new statistics are published regarding the state of the housing industry.  Recently these statistics seem quite depressing!  While not discounting the fact that the real estate market has been soft in most areas of the country, several factors combine to make these statistics somewhat sensational and rather misleading.
In the first place, all real estate is local.  Just like the old joke about location, location, location.  National statistics don't tell the story of what conditions are like in your area.
Furthermore, even if you separate the local statistics into average sold price or median sales price, it still doesn't … (17 comments)

lancaster county pa: Refinancing Cheap Investment Properties - 04/03/08 06:08 PM
Let's say that you bought an inexpensive investment property for cash.  Let's say that the property needed some work, and you fixed it up so that it is now ready to be rented.  Now you'd like to get some of your money out of the property, so that you can either pay back your line of credit, or start in on another project.
How do you get your improved equity out of the property so you can move on to your next goal?  Refinancing this type of property is different than financing owner-occupied houses.
In the first year since you purchased the propertry, … (4 comments)

lancaster county pa: Millersville University Lockdown - 04/01/08 05:34 PM
As I drove through Millersville, PA this morning, traffic was blocked on North George Street, the main thoroughfare past the University.  There were several Millersville University police cars, a policewoman directing traffic, and what looked like a TV news crew truck.
At first I thought it must have been another vising politician.  With the Pennsylvania presidential primary scheduled for April 22, Hillary had been here last week with a large police entourage, and Senator Obama was in Lancaster earlier this week.
It turned out that the University was under lockdown for 90 minutes.  A student had reported to police that he was afraid … (6 comments)

lancaster county pa: Think Spring! - 03/21/08 05:20 PM
Spring arrived yesterday!  The vernal equinox is here.  It didn't feel like Spring yesterday, what with the cold winds and temperatures in the 30s.  Today in Lancaster County, PA the day started in the 30s as well - but it warmed up and the sun is out!
Buyers, who may have been hibernating for the winter, have been timidly emerging from their caves and testing the housing waters again.
Spring is a time for rebirth.  It's always been my favorite season.  You can actually smell the difference in the air.  There's an excitement, a feeling of possibilities, an energy that seems … (19 comments)

lancaster county pa: A Log Home That May Get Raised Instead of Razed! - 03/19/08 05:20 PM
I was passing by the Chesapeake Crab Connection yesterday on Columbia Avenue near Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA.

Next door to it was a house in the process of being torn down (you can see it in the corner past the sign).
                       
The roof had already been torn off.  As I passed by, I noted, to my surprise, that underneath the clapboard, the home was an eighteenth century log house!
                                           
I was dismayed, thinking that yet another piece of Lancaster County history was about to be destroyed.  I turned around, which in rush hour traffic on … (24 comments)

lancaster county pa: Lancaster County, PA Firsts and Biggests - 03/16/08 11:04 AM
Robert Fulton, born in Lancaster County in 1765, was the first to make navigation practical with a ship powered by steam.  Fulton did not invent the steam engine, but he made history with his steam powered voyage on the Hudson River in 1807.   A township in southern Lancaster County is named after him.
Milton S. Hershey, whose name has become synonymous with the chocolate bar, actually started his first milk chocolate factory in Lititz, Lancaster County, PA.  Hershey learned his trade in Lititz, before founding the famous factory and town that was named after him in nearby Dauphin County.
The Stehli Silk Mill … (10 comments)

lancaster county pa: The Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Conestoga Wagon - 03/16/08 09:45 AM
Did you know that the Philadelphia to Lancaster Turnpike, first completed in 1794, was the first successful turnpike in the new American nation?  It was built with the help of Conestoga wagons from Lancaster County!  The cigars that the Conestoga wagon drivers smoked became known as"stogies".
Turnpikes were originally built as for-profit enterprises with private money.  A toll taker would rotate a pike or timber that blocked the highway, after a toll was paid, clearing the way for a vehicle to pass - hence the name of "turnpike". 
Later on, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, started in 1938 and completed in 1941, became the first … (10 comments)

lancaster county pa: Why Buy an Historic Home? - 03/14/08 03:29 PM
I know, I know - I've heard all the practical arguments.  Old Houses are drafty.  They need constant maintainance.  They don't have up-to-date conveniences.
I can't argue with the people who bring up reasons why living in a modern house has many advantages.  Yet, there is a mysterious attraction in historic homes.  For those of us who are smitten by the homes built by our ancestors, nothing can compare to their charm.
Homes built many years ago by highly skilled artisans cannot be economically duplicated in newer homes.  Certainly skilled craftsmen still exist, but their work would be prohibively expensive for … (15 comments)

lancaster county pa: Wonderful Testimonial - 03/06/08 02:33 PM
Yesterday I received this testimonial from a client.   Their sale of an investment property was complicated by the poor housing market, yet we were able to bring the transaction to a successful conclusion.
"Brian,  I just want to thank you for all that you have done for my husband and myself.  It has been a real pleasure dealing with you.  You have responded to all our questions and concerns with promptness, and have given us great advice.  We so appreciate all you have done in helping us to buy and sell our rental property.  The whole process went very smoothly, and … (14 comments)

lancaster county pa: Lease-Purchase This Fixer-Upper! - 02/11/08 01:38 PM
SOLDThe present owner saw the potential in this great house and started a rehab, but isn't able to continue - so the opportunity to own a reasonably priced future pride-and-joy home can be yours!  The price has been reduced to only $39,900, and the seller will consider a short-term Lease/Purchase to a qualified buyer.

There are three bedrooms plus a possible fourth bedroom on the third floor.  There are 1.5 baths.  The powder room, off the kitchen, already has new fixtures installed.  The kitchen renovation has already been started...
                    
Extensive hardwood floors in the foyer, living room and dining room are in excellent … (9 comments)

lancaster county pa: Lancaster, PA Starter Townhouse Priced Below Others! - 02/04/08 07:18 PM
This 2-bedroom starter townhouse has some features you wouldn't necessarily expect at the low price of $124,900!
Central air conditioning and economical gas heat provide effective heating and cooling.
                
In the kitchen all the appliances stay.  There is a pass-through from the kitchen to the dining area.  The powder room downstairs and the full bath upstairs both have new vanities.
                                                  
                                                              A corner gas fireplace offers a focal point in the living area.
The location offers a suburban feel, yet is close to shopping, restaurants, and Route 30.  For more information or your own private showing, call Brian Schulman at 717-951-5552.
Copyright2008BrianSchulman©
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lancaster county pa: Restoring Old Houses - 02/04/08 12:08 PM
 
Buying and restoring old houses is indeed a labor of love!  In my career I have restored a number of homes, including in historic Marietta PA.  You still need to be cognizant of costs, and probably everything you estimate for renovations will turn out to cost more because of unknown factors you will discover during the course of the renovation.
The Victorian house in the photograph is a home that I once owned in Columbia, PA.  The third floor had been in a fire and the roof destroyed.  Still, there was beautiful oak and cherry woodwork inside.
Do be careful not to … (13 comments)

lancaster county pa: What Future For This Historic Lancaster PA Farm House? - 01/14/08 07:40 PM
What Future For This Historic Lancaster PA Farm House?
For years I have passed this vacant and boarded up stone farm house on Charlestown Road, Lancaster, PA.

                            When I first saw it, there was farm land on both sides of the road.
            
                                      Now there are commercial property and municipal projects nearby.

                                                    This is the old barn on the property.
              
      There is a matching stone outbuilding next to the farm house.  Perhaps it once was a carriage house.
                               
The style of the farm house indicates that it was probably built circa 1780 or 1790, … (42 comments)

 
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