Homeownership Rate Rebounds from 50-Year Low

The U.S. homeownership rate may have finally bottomed out, as the share of Americans who own homes is steadily climbing. The ownership rate posted an increase in the second quarter, reversing a sharp downward trend that begun in the Great Recession. The homeownership rate was 63.7 percent in the … [Read more...]

Owners Tackle More Remodels as Equity Rises

Spending on repairs and home improvement continues to grow at a stable rate as homeowners feel more confident about starting projects as their home values increase. That said, an annual increase in remodeling expenditures may soften somewhat in the coming months, but will likely remain at or … [Read more...]

How to Get Rid of Squirrels If They’re Driving You Nuts

Inner_Vision/iStock How to get rid of squirrels? It’s a question that many homeowners will ponder the day these bushy-tailed critters start causing problems—no matter how cute they look in Disney movies. And they can do a lot of damage. They might munch on vegetables in your garden, … [Read more...]

The Best Paint Color to Sell a Home

Lure potential buyers with a simple and clean palette. Shades of white and off-white are the top colors for a quick home sale, Jody Finglas of Finglas Painting in Ossining, N.Y., told USA Today. Watch Out: The All-White Room Trap “White is the foundation that anchors the home,” adds Friley … [Read more...]

Have a Bad Credit Score? It Could Soon Get Better—but Is It Enough to Buy a Home?

Have a bad credit score that's keeping you from buying a home? You're in luck: In July, credit reports are undergoing a major cleanup that could help. Your credit report and score, of course, are scrutinized by lenders since they reveal how well you've paid off past debts. The problem? A … [Read more...]

The Butler’s Pantry Is Back in Style

A butler’s pantry could be a strong selling point for your listing. These spaces are often used as staging areas for meal prep and typically include a countertop and cabinets for storing tableware, dishes, serving pieces, and other items. More upscale butler’s pantries may include a dishwasher, … [Read more...]

18 WOODLAND LEBANON , PA 17042

Well cared for, bright, roomy, 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in Woodland Estates, with 1 car detached garage. Lawn, snow and trash included in HOA fees. HOA fee is $226 monthly.  MLS 266260 - $119,000 - SOLD 2 weeks! … [Read more...]

21 MOUNTAIN DRIVE JONESTOWN , PA 17038

Very nice brick rancher sitting on hill with Little Mountain as a back drop, over-sized 2 car garage, with ramp walk down full basement with workshop, wood burner for heat, and much more! Country peace, quite and privacy, but only minutes from 78 and 81. MLS 265054  -  $195,000  -  SOLD in less … [Read more...]

1 Scenic Drive, Myerstown PA 17067

A beautiful, open, bright well cared for home on a corner lot with 2 car garage, walk up attic with plenty of storage, Florida room with fire place, large master and guest bathrooms. A must see home in Arbor Gate 55+ community.  MLS 264969  -  $140,000  -  Sold in less than 30 … [Read more...]

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Get Ready to Negotiate!

Now that the market has showed signs of recovery, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their home on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation. In most cases, the seller is not. The seller must … [Read more...]