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The Numbers are In – February was Pretty Good!

Welcome Back Readers!   It’s time for a Market Update, The Lancaster County Association of Realtors® (LCAR) just  released their monthly recap of real estate market activity in February 2010 and there were a few good things to point out.

I’ll tell you what those are after the jump, but in the meantime just a note, March was busier than February, April will most likely be too.  As a reminder, if you are buying a home, as a first time buyer or a repeat buyer, you have 29 days left to place a home under agreement to ensure that you qualify.  Buyers who want to claim the credit must have a home under agreement by 4-30-10 and must settle by 6-30-10.  Call me if you’d like more details, now on the the market report!

Remodeling Lancaster – How to Choose a Remodeling Contractor

Welcome Back Readers!  In real estate, I often have clients who have remodeling and home improvement needs and they ask me “Who should I call?” or “How do I pick the right contractor?”. 

Well, my answer is usually pretty simple, I tell them to call Mike Blank at MBC Building and Remodeling, LLC.   Mike is always available to answer questions and does quality work at a great price, you can call him at 717-371-5136.

For some people though, they want to talk to different contractors, shop around a little bit, make sure they are getting the best deal.  That’s O.K. too, but you always have to be careful when selecting a contractor that you pick the best one for the job.  Mike feels the same way too and he has put together some great tips for you on how to select a contractor.  Read on after the jump to check them out, see you on the other side!

The Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – Heat Pump Inspections

 Welcome Back Readers!  Thanks for stopping by again, this week we will be learning about what Home Inspectors look at when inspecting Heat Pumps.  Matt Steger, with WIN Home Inspection will be telling us some more after the jump, don’t forget that Matt is the man I call when my clients need to make sure they are purchasing a problem free home, you should call him too, 717-361-9467.  See you on the other side!

Legos, Tax Credits and Lancaster County Real Estate!

Welcome Back Viewers! 

Thanks for stopping by, it’s time for another video blog post here on www.TheLancasterConnection.com, there’s some great info in there on tax credits that will save you money, check out the video to find out more and click through the jump to get the links mentioned in the video!

Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – How S.E.E.R Can Save You Money

Welcome Back Readers!  Thanks for stopping by, this post is the second in our Heat Pump article series by Matt Steger of WIN Home Inspection.

This week, Matt tells us what SEER means and more importantly, how paying attention to the SEER numbers can save you  lots of money on your utility bills, as well as what types are available to you.  Read on after the jump for more details, see you on the other side!

Monday Lancaster Fit Bit – Walking isn’t Enough

Welcome Back Readers!  It’s time for another Monday Lancaster Fit Bit with Mickey Glick, owner of Body and Soul Fitness Studio in Lancaster! 

Walking, we all do it, it’s long been known that more walking leads to a  healthier lifestyle and walking has numerous benefits to your overall life.  Did you know though, that walking isn’t enough?  Mickey will tell you all about it after the jump, see you on the other side!

Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Heat Pumps in Lancaster PaWelcome Back Readers!  Thanks for coming back, it’s time for another installment of The Lancaster Inspector’s Corner with Matt Steger of WIN Home Inspection!  This installment is a little late, I meant to have this one out last week but between being busy with the world of real estate and a few technical difficulties, it just didn’t happen. 

Either way, here we are again and Matt brings us a great article on how a heat pump works (Warning, Science Content!), it’s the start of a 3 part series.  It’s full of great info, read on after the jump for more and remember, if you’d like to have your heating and/or cooling system inspected, call Matt Steger of WIN Home Inspection at 717-361-9467!  See you on the other side!

Did You Know That We Can Blame it All on Snow?

Welcome Back Readers!  Or should I say viewers?  This is the first of many video blog posts on www.TheLancasterConnection.com .  I’m excited about being able to bring you this content in a way that is relevant and timely but don’t worry, there will be more than just video posts to keep you up to date on what’s happening in real estate and the rest of Lancaster County, as we’ll still have all of your favorite guest authors as well!

This week, I wanted to talk to you about snow and ice.  Not just any snow, but huge amounts of snow and ice we had that according to NAR is bringing the national housing market to a halt.  Or is it?

Watch the video after the jump to see what I am talking about and why the thought that snow is stopping home sales anywhere in the nation is just WRONG!  Oh, and that italian ice there in the picture?  You’ll see why that’s there in the video too.

A FEW FORECLOSURE SOLUTIONS SIMPLIFIED, HELP FOR DISTRESSED HOMEOWNERS IN PA

Welcome Back Readers!   I wrote this article a little over a year ago and thought it would be worthwhile to refresh it and repost.  Why?  Well, here in Lancaster Pennsylvania we are in much better shape than many other areas, we do not have, and should not expect, a flood of foreclosures.  That being said, foreclosure is the reality many homeowners are currently facing and the majority of them do not understand the process. First and foremost, this article is not in any way considered to be, or offered as, legal advice.  I am not an attorney and all  homeowners with specific questions about the foreclosure process should consult with an attorney.  With that being said, I am going to lay out in simple terms just what to expect in the process.  Let’s get started, read on after the jump for more! 

Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – Saving Energy in Lancaster Pa Part 2

Energy Efficiency in Lancaster PAWelcome Back Readers!  This post wraps up the two part series on energy efficiency from Matt Steger with WIN Home Inspection !   As we began discussing last time. electricity costs in Lancaster PA have skyrocketed due to the deregulation of electric companies here in PA.  One of the ways to combat this is to take steps to make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible, so this week Matt has some specific steps you can take, so read on after the jump to find out what they are!