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May 8, 2018

Buying and Selling a Home at the Same Time

Here is some advice on how to wade through the challenges involved in selling your current home while buying a new one.

Buying a home can be an overwhelming experience. The paperwork, deadlines, and research can all be a little stressful. Couple it with selling a home at the same time, and it has the possibility of turning into a giant headache. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're buying and selling a home simultaneously.

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May 8, 2018

What does a "Coming Soon" listing Really Mean?

6 years ago when I ventured into the career of Real Estate, "Coming Soon" was not yet a "thing". Now you see "Coming Soon" on homes for sale pretty regularly. Here are the answers to a few of questions I frequently get asked.

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May 8, 2018

What is an Absorption Rate? And Why is it Important?

Absorption rate is a calculation of how many "months worth of homes" are currently for sale in a specific market. This is calculated by establishing how many purchases were made in the past 6 months within a given set of parameters. Next, we find how many homes are currently on the market with the same set of parameters. By dividing the number of current listings by the number of Buyers per month, we arrive at the absorption rate. Dauphin County currently (as of 2/21/2017) has an Absorption Rate of 3.8. 

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May 8, 2018

What is "The Best School District"?

Is this a“good” school district? I get asked this question quite often. As a Realtor I am not allowed to give my opinion or recommendation as to “the best” schools or school districts in the area.

Federal Fair Housing laws prevent me, and any Realtor, from discriminating against a number of protected classes. This prohibits me from disclosing anything remotely related to those protected classes. Therefore, I cannot disclose crime rates, school stats, or ethnic mixes of neighborhoods. If that information is important in your home buying decisions, I CAN tell you where to find that information.

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May 8, 2018

Rent-to-Own ~ The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

The other day, I was cruising through my Facebook news feed and noticed a link that a good friend had shared with her daughter. The link said "Rent to Own your Home". Her daughter and several friends had "liked" the link. I cringed because my professional experience has been that MOST of the time, rent-to-own situations turn out to be bad news for one or both parties. 

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