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Why Today’s Seller’s Market Is Good for Your Bottom Line

Thinking about selling your house and wondering if now’s a good time to do it? Here’s what you need to know. Even though the number of homes for sale has been growing this year, there still aren’t enough homes on the market for all the buyers who want to buy.

So, what does that mean for you? To keep it simple, it means it’s still a seller’s market. Here’s how it works:

  • neutral market is when supply and demand is balanced. Basically, there are enough homes to meet buyer demand based on the current sales pace, and home prices hold fairly steady.
  • buyer’s market is when there are more homes for sale than there are buyers. When that happens, buyers have more negotiation power because sellers are willing to make compromises to close the deal. In a buyer’s market, sellers may have to do price cuts to re-ignite interest in their home, and prices may go down. But we haven’t seen this for years since there are so few homes available to buy.
  • In a seller’s market, it’s just the opposite. When the supply of homes for sale is as low as it is right now, it’s much harder for buyers to find homes to purchase. That creates increased competition among purchasers which can lead to more bidding wars. And if buyers know they may be entering a bidding war, they’re going to do their best to submit a very attractive offer upfront. This could drive the final sale price of your house up.

The graph below uses data from the National Association of Realtors to show just how deep into seller’s market territory we still are today:

a screenshot of a chart

What Does This Mean for You?

The market is still working in your favor. If you lean on an agent for advice on how to get your house list ready and how to price it competitively, it should get a lot of attention from eager buyers. That means you’ll likely get multiple offers and see your house sell quickly and for top dollar. As a recent article from Ramsey Solutions explains:

A seller’s market is when demand for homes is higher than the supply of homes. And that’s still the case right now. If you’re planning to sell your house, you can expect to sell it fairly quickly for close to your asking price—as long as your asking price is realistic for the current market.”

Bottom Line

Today’s housing market still favors sellers. If you’re ready to sell your house, let’s connect so you can start making your moves ! Give us a call or text at (717) 371-0557 !

Your Friends in Real Estate,

Jason Burkholder Team

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Jason Burkholder

Kelly Burkholder

Jaci Hoosier

717-371-0557 direct or text

Hometown Property Sales Group, LLC

717-207-8093 office

57 E Main St

Lititz, PA 17543

Lititz Fire & Ice 2024: Fri, 2/16-Sun, 2/25

Get ready for 10 days of ice sculptures, special menu items, family friendly fun, and a whole lot more in Downtown Lititz, PA ! Below is the full schedule! For the full event info, including food trucks, FAQs, a giveaway, and the sponsors who support the event, visit the Lititz site here!

We’re proud to sponsor the annual Hometown Fire Crawl, where Downtown Lititz shops create special dishes, drinks & samples for the Fire & Ice Festival ! Some examples include a creme brulee latte, hot cocoa cookies with some heat, hot sauce samples, handcrafted cocktails & more!

We hope to see you there !

 

Your Friends in Real Estate,

Jason Burkholder Team

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Jason Burkholder

Kelly Burkholder

Jaci Hoosier

717-371-0557 direct or text

Hometown Property Sales Group, LLC

717-207-8093 office

57 E Main St

Lititz, PA 17543

Grayed Out

You’ve seen how gray has become the norm for new construction and renovated homes in the last decade. We’ve seen it in the form of paint, furniture, and decorations. Rip out the carpet, replace it with hardwood flooring, paint the walls gray, cabinets white, add a gray couch, and you’re done.  They call this look “millennial gray”.

Why do they call it “millennial gray” when plenty of Gen X’rs and Boomers bathed their homes in gray?  We don’t know, probably because they blame millennials for everything, but we can’t solve that problem here.  Back to the gray.  Or is it grey?

However you spell it, it has been everywhere.  The perk of gray is it’s neutral. There’s a lot of versatility.  Now, it’s coming to an end as tastes change (thank you everyone, gray is so played out it’s just now grayed out – Jason).  People are ready for something different.  It’s time to bring back some color to the world, are you ready for color and unique interior design?  We are (well, Jason is)!

Why should you use colors?

  • Stand out- accent walls and accent pieces help differentiate each room. You could have a room where 3 walls are a neutral color, with a 4th wall painted a bold color. Or the whole room is painted neutral, but you have a bold couch. Or an office where the built in shelving serves as the pop of color.
  • Feels more spacious- brighter tones can open up a room and help the space feel larger ! Darker shades can lead to rooms feeling smaller.
  • Add character- as thrifting has become more popular, and people are willing to experiment with interior design, there’s room for one-of-a-kind spaces that can’t be replicated like this gray and white color scheme.

How can you implement color ?

  • Accent wall or an accent piece- as we mentioned earlier, we can still use and appreciate the neutral aspect of gray, but can consider some other colors. A soft tan, pale green, or powder blue- there are a lot of options. Pick something neutral, then consider adding an statement wall or piece. For a wall, you can add texture (such as wood paneling), wallpaper, and/or a much bolder color. Or use cabinets, artwork, table, etc. You can see in the photo below that they chose a turquoise for the statement wall, then added a blanket in the same color to tie it in. You can also choose different shades of the accent color for smaller decor items.

  • Look at all aspects of the space- curtains, artwork, furniture, flooring, fabric, paint color, decor pieces, light fixtures, and more. Those are all an opportunity to use color!  Thrift stores and Facebook Marketplace are a great place to start when looking for affordable pieces.
  • Think about the versatility – whatever you do, you’re likely changing it in  the next 5-10 years, so find ways to balance what makes you happy with what balances the budget.  While fresh paint makes homes more desirable, no amount of color increases a property’s value, and your decor is going with you when you move.

Of course, no amount of new paint will fix everything, so if you’re looking for a new space altogether, you know we can help!  Give us a call or text at (717) 371-0557, let’s talk about where you want to go next!

Your Friends in Real Estate,

Jason Burkholder Team

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Jason Burkholder

Kelly Burkholder

Jaci Hoosier

717-371-0557 direct or text

Hometown Property Sales Group, LLC

717-207-8093 office

57 E Main St

Lititz, PA 17543

Info & ideas pulled from this article written by Evelyn Long for NAR.

 

How to Stop Junk Mail

Hey friends, how many of you love getting junk mail? Would you like to find a way to get out of getting junk mail?

It’s really actually easier than you think. The three credit reporting companies out there that keep track of everything you do, TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian, have lists that they sell on a regular basis to financial companies, credit cards, auto loan refinancers, insurance companies, you name it.  Watch this video for an easy way to opt out and protect your privacy!

A huge majority of these solicitations you find in your mailbox come from the fact that the credit reporting companies sell you on a list. If you want to get off that list, you can go to this page on FTC.gov and fill out the information requested. Your junk mail is going to trickle down to next to nothing, not nothing, because, you know, of course it’s 2024, you’re going to get tons of junk mail, no matter what, you’re not going to stop robocalls or all spam emails, but you can stop the credit reporting companies from selling you on lists of people that just want to spam your mailbox with mail that you don’t want, you don’t need, and things you’re just going to throw away anyway. So, you want to get rid of the junk mail? Go to www.OptOutPrescreen.com or find the link on FTC.gov

After you’re done, feel free to go to the individual credit reporting companies, TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian, and see if they have additional opt out methods on their website. You might have to create an account, but go in there and turn off their ability to sell you. Just because they’re collecting your information doesn’t mean you have to allow them to profit off of it. I hope that helps, and if you ever have any questions that I can answer for you, feel free to give me a call.

Your Friends in Real Estate,

Jason Burkholder Team

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Jason Burkholder

Kelly Burkholder

Jaci Hoosier

717-371-0557 direct or text

Hometown Property Sales Group, LLC

717-207-8093 office

57 E Main St

Lititz, PA 17543

Holiday Decor Organization

As the holidays come to a close and you begin to “de-decorate,” here are a few ways to keep your decorations organized.  Plan it out, be intentional, and your future self will thank you!

1. Tubs & labels- purchase clear tubs or heavy duty tubs like these to store everything. Having items “tucked away” keeps your storage area looking its best! Labels can be printed or handwritten onto masking/painter’s tape- just make sure you have the label on the side AND top of bin! Take it one step further and use an app like Sortly, which assigns you QR codes for each bin. Scan the code and you’ll be shown photos of that bin’s contents! (source)

2. Use cardboard for string lights– avoid tangles by wrapping string lights around cardboard! It’s the perfect way to use up empty gift boxes!

3. Hang wreaths- if you’re already using a closet to store decorations, you can use the existing rod to hang wreaths, or buy another rod to have a double decker closet ! That way your wreaths won’t get flattened in storage.

4. Accessibility- what decorations or materials are you reaching for first? Pack those away last so they’re easy to pull out next season!

5. Door organizer- maximize your storage space and have an over the door organizer for wrapping supplies! Stay organized and keep the supplies within arm’s reach for all gifting occasions!

6. Reuse tissue paper- save used tissue paper to wrap around fragile ornaments

7. Purchase a tree bag- keep your artificial tree clean & looking its best

8. Declutter- with all your decorations already out, now’s the time to decide what to keep, throw away, or donate!

Ready to be in a new home for next holiday season? We can help! Give us a call or text at (717) 371-0557!

Your Friends in Real Estate,

Jason Burkholder Team

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Jason Burkholder

Kelly Burkholder

Jaci Hoosier

717-371-0557 direct or text

Hometown Property Sales Group, LLC

717-207-8093 office

57 E Main St

Lititz, PA 17543

10 Simple Home Upgrades, on a Budget

You don’t have to knock out a wall or rip apart your kitchen to upgrade your living space. Small changes can make all the difference !

  1. Add some plants- a snake plant, peace lily, or fern can liven up your bathroom! Hang it from a ceiling hook, install a shelf, or have it on the vanity. Read here for plants that thrive in a bathroom. Consider shopping at the thrift store for a planter!
  2. Swap out hardware- simply changing out handles on cabinets & drawers can modernize your kitchen or bathroom space. You can do the same for all your doorknobs!
  3. Add a mirror- this is where we recommend searching a second hand site, such as Facebook Marketplace or OfferUp. You can find unique mirrors, of all sizes, for a low cost. They look great in a bedroom or living room! Hanging or propped up, mirrors make can make rooms appear bigger and brighter.
  4. Lighting- there are a few directions you can take this tip:
    • Add new lighting- purchase a floor or table lamp
    • Swap out light bulbs- consider changing the temperature of your current light bulbs. Does the bathroom feel too cool? Does the kitchen look orange? Light temperature (color) is measured on the Kelvin scale, with lower numbers (such as 3000K) being warmer, and higher numbers being cooler (5000K)
    • Spruce up light fixtures- you can change out a lamp shade, repaint the base, or change a fixture altogether! For example, your dining room light can be a statement piece.
  5. Texturize- adding texture can make a space more visually interesting. This can be as intense as you choose- find a TV stand with fluting, or just add a chunky blanket to the couch! You can look for pillows, couch covers, or even accent chairs to mix up the texture. Thrift stores are a great place to start! The best part is you can easily change out blankets and pillows for the seasons to keep a living room or bedroom feeling fresh.
  6. Home organization- for in and out of plain view, cohesive organization systems not only look cleaner, but make you feel better as well. This could look like clear drawer organizers, a canister set for your counter, or adding bins to your pantry. Dollar Tree and Five Below have affordable bins!
  7. Wallpaper- peel and stick wallpaper can be used on a statement wall or for bookshelves & drawers!
  8. Outdoor planters- add flower boxes below your windows, a hanging basket stake along your walkway, or just a planter on your front porch!
  9. Rugs- the price varies, but again, try checking out local thrift stores, Facebook Marketplace, and discount stores, such as Ollie’s
  10. Curtains- not only are they practical for privacy, but they can help tie a room together! Consider sheerness, length, and color, depending on the room.

And of course, the ultimate home upgrade, buying a new place to start all over again is something we can always help you with!

Ready to make a move? We can help! Give us a call or text at (717) 371-0557!

Your Friends in Real Estate,

Jason Burkholder Team

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Jason Burkholder

Kelly Burkholder

Jaci Hoosier

717-371-0557 direct or text

Hometown Property Sales Group, LLC

717-207-8093 office

57 E Main St

Lititz, PA 17543

Ideas pulled from this article!

News to Share !

The Jason Burkholder Team has affiliated with Hometown Property Sales Group, LLC! We’re thrilled to partner with Broker Jeff Bowman and his team at this independent real estate firm, where we offer depth of experience and a partnership like none other.

We plan on increasing our local community involvement, while helping sellers and buyers move forward with a commitment to making any market successful! This partnership also allows us to add an affiliation with Hometown Property Management Services, to bring you an even wider range of services.

We’re based in Lancaster and Lititz, we serve clients in Lancaster, Lebanon, Berks, York, and Dauphin counties, and we have relationships with a wide network of professional Realtors that are everywhere we aren’t. Our team is locally focused, with a regional reach and global connections to help you move anywhere you want to be.

Looking to sell or buy real estate? Call us at 717-371-0557!

Your Friends in Real Estate,

Jason Burkholder Team

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Jason Burkholder

Kelly Burkholder

Jaci Hoosier

717-371-0557 direct or text

Hometown Property Sales Group, LLC

717-207-8093 office

57 E Main St

Lititz, PA 17543

5 Fall Maintenance Tasks to fit in before Winter

Winter is coming…..

Ok, well, not to be that dramatic but it is fall, so winter will be here soon.  Don’t forget to take care of a few outside chores in the next month before it arrives, so you can stay indoors cozy and warm this winter without preventable problems!

Before we get to the chore list, don’t forget to follow Tom Roe Photography so you can find out where he is selling his fantastic 2024 calendars featuring scenes from Lititz PA!  This pic is in our 2023 calendar in the office, and if you want one for 2024 you can find Tom on Facebook or check out his website for order info!

  • Clean your gutters- clogged gutters can lead to roof damage and even attract pests and rodents. After the leaves have fallen, clear out your gutters (or hire someone to help!), and make sure they are attached securely to your home.
  • Detach your hoses- if you wait too long, water could freeze and result in a cracked faucet or pipes.
  • Mow your lawn one last time- cut your grass ½ an inch lower than usual to prevent pests and keep your grass healthy!
  • Add fuel stabilizer to your mower- after your last mow of the season, add fuel stabilizer to your mower’s gas tank to prevent the gas from breaking down. Otherwise, you can clog up your carburetor and have a mess when it’s time to mow in the spring.
  • Furnace maintenance- have an HVAC professional look over your furnace, and replace the air filters, before it’s time to use it! No heat is no fun, preventative maintenance goes a long way towards keeping you warm!

Need help with any of the above? We can connect you to the right person ! Give us a call or text at (717) 371-0557!

Your Friends in Real Estate,

Jason Burkholder Team

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Jason Burkholder

Kelly Burkholder

Jaci Hoosier

717-371-0557 direct or text

Hometown Property Sales Group, LLC

717-207-8093 office

227 N Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602

 

Aerial view of community park in manheim township pa

Outdoor Spaces in Lancaster County – Manheim Township

Our area has a lot to offer when it comes to outdoor public spaces.   There are lots of parks in Lancaster County, there’s hiking, walking trails, and more. Spending time outside can do wonders, whether it’s for exercise, play, or leisure. Come by yourself or bring friends along!

This is post #2 in a series where we highlight the spaces available throughout the county, let’s talk about what you can find in  Manheim Township!   

Aerial view of community park in manheim township pa

Community Park (209 Petersburg Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601)- 33.5 acres with outdoor pavilions available for rent (one with a kitchen!), softball field, basketball court, two volleyball courts, playgrounds, and four horseshoe pits. 

path going into the woods

Landis Woods (2369 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601)- 70 acres with a focus on preservation! Enjoy the hiking paths and the small museum inside the Boettcher House Environmental Education Center. You can also rent the house for special events!

Jaycee Park (1031 Edgemoor Ct, Lancaster, PA 17601)- small neighborhood park with a stream, grills, picnic tables, talk tubes, slide, shaded picnic areas, and more!

outdoor community pool with kids playing

Overlook Community Campus (301 Golf Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601)- this is a one stop shop! Within 140 acres, this space includes a pool, golf course, mini golf course, library, skating rink, disk golf course, playgrounds, dog park, and restaurants.

Municipal Park (304 Clay Rd, Lititz, PA 17543)- plenty of room for sports! This park has four soccer fields, two softball fields, and a batting cage. Also located here is the police building, ambulance association, and of course, the Township’s Municipal Building. 

Skyline Park (245 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601)- home to Skyline Pool (also open to people outside of the Township!), a walkway/bikeway, lighted football field, basketball court, and volleyball court.

Reidenbaugh Park (1001 Buckwalter Rd Lititz, PA 17543)- part of Reidenbaugh Elementary School, this space is focused on sports! Four tennis courts, one volleyball court, one basketball court, two softball fields, playground, paved walking trail, and more! 

outdoor pavilion next to green grass

Photo credit: Brian Skuzinski

Stoner Park (1280 Winchester Dr, Lancaster, PA 17601)- complete with a walkway/bikeway path wrapping around the outside of the park, this space has eight exercise stations, soccer fields, volleyball court, basketball court, and a playground. 

Perelman Park (1996 Landis Valley Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601)- bring your kayaks and canoes to enjoy the Conestoga River! Or take a walk along the nature trail and visit the butterfly garden in the summer months. 

10 Tips for a Smooth Move

  1. Tubs over boxes- they’re durable, have lids, and double as permanent storage once you’re settled in. Start collecting them once you know a move is coming! Shoe boxes are also great to store smaller items inside the bins.
  2. Essentials bin- designate a tub or tote bag as the one you’ll use once you’ve made it to the new place. Put in hand soap, trash bags, paper towels, cleaning supplies, change of clothes, toiletries, phone chargers, disposable silverware, and paper plates. 
  3. Order takeout- on the topic of food, now’s the time to embrace takeout. Use it as an opportunity to try out the new local restaurants!
  4. Labels- put a strip of masking tape on each box with the appropriate label, such as kitchen, bathroom, etc. Bonus points if you list the items inside!
  5. Towels over paper- instead of buying packing paper or bubble wrap, use your towels to wrap the fragile items.
  6. Closet to go- this one you may have seen on the internet: with your clothes still hanging in your current closet, just put a trash bag over them, leaving the hangers exposed, and you can easily hang them back up at the new place!
  7. Purge BEFORE you move- dedicate a weekend to going through your items to see what to donate, sell, or throw away. No point in moving items you don’t need, use, or want!
  8. Get a head start on furniture- it can take weeks, if not months, to get furniture shipped. Try to pick out your furniture sooner rather than later!
  9. Consider a new credit card- speaking of ordering furniture, there’s a good chance you’ll be dropping some money during the move. Similar to a wedding, this is a great time to consider a new credit card with some awesome welcome rewards for spending x amount in the first few months of opening it. 
  10. Keep sandwich bags on hand- you’ll be taking apart and reassembling furniture. Make sure you’re keeping everything sealed and clearly labeled!

 

Looking for help finding your new place? We can help ! Reach us at (717) 371-0557

 

Your Friends in Real Estate, Jason Burkholder Real Estate Team

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Jason Burkholder

Kelly Burkholder

Adam High

Jaci Hoosier

717-371-0557 direct or text

Welcome Home Real Estate

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