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I have received two Lancaster Real Estate testimonials from clients today. I like to think that I live my life and run my real estate business by these words, and I hope it comes across to the people I meet and assist with their real estate needs: "You can have eveything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want." (Zig Ziglar)    "Because of my husband's job, we had to relocate to the area from out of state.  Jeannie was amazing!!  We immediately felt completely comfortable with her and knew that we could trust her to find exactly what we were searching for (and that wasn't an easy task!)  With Jeannie's help, we were in our ideal home in the perfect neighborhood for the price we wanted - all within our timeframe.  She continued to be a wealth of kno...
I've spent the afternoon raking leaves at my Manheim Township home.  Yes, I realize that it is January... but these darn leaves didn't finally fall off of the tree until sometime between Christmas and New Years.  The leaf collection organized by the township has come and gone, so now I'm left with all these leaves!   While I was out there toiling away, I was busying myself thinking about how much I hate these pin oak trees that grace my yard.  Everyone else's trees drop their leaves on time, but no - not my stately pin oaks.  They hold on to them, even while the wind whistles around their branches and limbs.  Those leaves, brown and dry, hold on.  I walk the dogs past the neighbor's homes in my Manheim Township neighborhood, Milton Estates, who all have their piles of leaves neatly arra...
By Merle J. Sollenberger, GRI, CRS
(Prudential Homesale Services Group)
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Homes are still selling in Lancaster County, PA.  On December 7 I searched in the Lancaster County MLS and learned the following:Nov 1 through 30      # Under Agreement             # Settled2007                            334                              398                               (-26.1% from 2006)            (-16.0% from 2006)2006                            452                              4742005                            420                              5052004                            428                              5192000                            375                              389 As of December 7, 2007 Active listings totaled 2,509 in the MLS for Lancaster County (down slightly from 2,594 in November), Under Agreement listings totaled 606 (down from 709 in Novembe...
I have been saving this special post for my 100th post -- because it's big news and I've just about been busting trying to be patient about writing about this.   A few days ago, I became an official member of The CORE.  The CORE is a network of Lancaster County women who are working together to empower women with real estate.  The brainstorm of Trish Kimmel of Arlington Capital, and her assistance Jacqui Howard, The CORE will be working together to assist women, and empower them, through their purchase of real estate.   If you are a single woman, a single mother, a woman who is making a very important decision about either the purchase or the sale of real estate -- whether it is a home or a commercial property to start or expand your own business -- you now have a group of professional ...
By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
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  Work continues on the Lancaster County, PA Convention Center and Marriott Hotel, as the steel framing takes shape!            The steel framing for the Exposition Level (main floor) is on track to be up by Thanksgiving.                               The concrete work for the entry level below the main level is already well under way.                                                                                     Above is the start of the concrete elevator shaft.    There will be five main levels including the Convention Center.  The fifth level cuts back toward the tower.            Floors six through nineteen of the tower will be the Marriott Hotel.  (There will be no 13th floor.)                                         Completion of the entire project is planned for 2009.  Copyr...
By Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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On October 5th Lancaster City finally got what was coming to it...it's very own renovation and salvage warehouse!  Tony Nies & Marty Hulse opened Building Character on that day to a first-friday crowd and have been rolling ever since.  I stopped by this week with Carole Wilson from Lancaster County Planning Commission to meet these entrepreneurs and tour their one-of-a-kind shop at 342 North Queen Street (Warehouse B).The store already has a large selection of home fixtures and trimwork in inventory.  Owner Marty Hulse commented "I've always been a lover of 'old things' and much of these items come from my collection".  Marty has been collecting for many years and it shows in the choices available on the warehouse floor.    Not only does Building Character have lots of home renovation f...
By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
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The Manor Shopping Center, located on the west side of Lancaster ,PA on Route 999, the Millersville Pike, is in the process of undergoing some major improvements!  This is a great example of an older shopping center being modernized, rather than precious farmland disappearing into  new shopping centers.    The McDonald's at the entrance of the shopping center is closed for demolition and upgrading.The Weis market remains open during construction of a total enlargement and remodeling project.  The new addition will house the customer service department among other features, and new locations in the store will boast a brand new deli section and an expanded bakery.                                The project is expected to be completed next year.  Other interesting recent additions to the M...
By Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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Nestled along Oregon Pike near Landis Valley Farms is Valleybrook Estates, one of the only true condominium communities in Lancaster County.  If you're looking for maintenance-free living with a great location, with low monthly fees, then you should consider Valleybrook for your next home.Built between 1971 and 1974, Valleybrook Estates homes are 1-floor living units set in a quiet, semi-wooded property.  Some of the units are 1-story, and some are 2-story arrangements (that is, 1 unit and 1 unit down).  While the convenience factor is very high, and the 2 bedroom units offer what amounts to double masters, the overall condition of these condos is somewhat dated.  For some reason owners don't seem to want to upgrade the interiors (at least on the units that have been on the market).  If...
By Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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Today I'm going to spend a little time talking about a popular neighborhood in Lancaster Township called "Hamilton Park".  Where'd the name come from?  Well, a relative of Alexander Hamilton named James Hamilton was the founder of old Lancaster City, and the employees of the nearby Hamilton Watch Company (named after James) had a lot to do with the housing growth in what is known as Hamilton Park.  Lancaster is a diverse Real Estate market and Hamilton Park brings a wonderful dimension with stately brick homes, neat rows of semi-detached homes that are wonderful for first-timers, tree lined streets and a family-friendly atmosphere.  Hamilton Park is situated south of Columbia Avenue and west of West End Avenue just on the outskirts of Lancaster City.  The zip code is all 17603 here - if...
By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
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Lancaster, PA Fall Art Walk Friday through Sunday October 5-7 was the Lancaster, PA Fall Art Walk.  47 different art galleries were on display.                                                                                                              On Friday Night, the Mayor's office sponsored a special dinner, held in the Art Garden at Prince and Chestnut Streets.  The dinner was held in The Dome, an inflatable structure 30 feet high and 60 feet in diameter.  Food, drink and live entertainment were the order of the evening, and the event was sold out before it started, with over 300 tickets sold at $30 each! On Saturday morning, a Harvest Breakfast was held at Lancaster's Central Market.  Catered foods were available, as well as  musical entertainment and dance demonstrations.     ...
By Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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For those of you who were down on Prince Street for Lancaster First Fridays last night - it sure was crowded, wasn't it?  I took the fam down to Senorita Burrita, 227 North Prince, for a dinner of BIG burritos.  The place was packed - I was happy for them.  They make some of the best food available in the city. After wiping up our hands, we bundled the baby in the stroller and headed down Prince along gallery row, which is the 0 and 100 blocks of North Prince.  The crowds were incredible.  Half the fun was bumping (literally) into people we knew.   Tonight was the first day of the 2007 Lancaster City Artwalk.  We especially enjoyed the work on display at Christianne David.See you on the next First Friday! 
It's times like this that I can drive myself crazy.   I consider myself a true professional when it comes to helping buyers and sellers in Lancaster.  I've successfully purchased and sold investment properties personally with my husband in and outside of Lancaster County.  And, I've taken great pride in assisting senior citizens and active adults with the very emotional and overwhelming task of downsizing to a smaller, more manageable home.  But how in the world do I help my parents, senior citizens that they are, do the same?  I've assisted them in purchasing a nice commercial investment property last year, which has been successful for them.  But now, after my father's recent illness, they are toying with the idea of putting their very nice Manheim Township home on the market for sale...
By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
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Eastern Market in Lancaster, PA Lancaster, PA has several farmers markets.  The largest and most famous is the Central Market off Penn Square, which has been in operation since the eighteenth century.  A lesser known market is the Eastern Market, located on East King Street near Shippen Street. Fresh produce and baked goods are as available in the city as they are in more rural areas of Pennylvania. A beautiful mural frames the Eastern Market. A hypnotic Caribbean rhythm lends a musical background on a recent Saturday morning.                                                                                                         
Wednesday is going to be a busy day in Lancaster County!  Our country's very own President Bush is scheduled to arrive in Lancaster at approximately 10:30 am, and will make his way through Manheim Township as he heads towards the Hempfield area.  He will be speaking to The Jay Group in their new $26million headquarters in W. Hempfield Township.  Invited by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, this event begins at approximately 11:30 am and is closed to the public. If you plan on being out and about in Lancaster anywhere near and between Manheim Township and Hempfield, you might want to plan on extra travelling time or take alternate routes.  So, does anyone think Mr. or Mrs. Bush would want to take a look at some beautiful, presidential Lancaster County homes for sale during their visit?   
By Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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Last Saturday morning I was able to stop by one of my favorite art shows in the County - the Landis Woods Art Show on the grounds of the Landis Woods township park in Neffsville, PA.  This show is more relaxed than some of the larger shows and the admission is free.  The artists are local and fun to spend time chatting with.  In fact, that's what I like best about the Landis Woods Art Show each year - I always meets someone new and interesting.  This year I was pleased to talk to Keith Grebinger, a Neffsville fine art photographer and also Jennifer Cavalcante of Jena' Studio photography.  We shared about our mutual love for photography and art.  The Landis Woods Art Show also hosts local musical talent each year, who lend a festive air to the event.  Lastly, hot dogs and other food is p...
By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
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The demolition phase has been completed for the Lancaster, PA Convention Center.  The hodge-podge of additions behind the historic Watt & Shand facade, which has been preserved to be included in the new Center, are now nothing but a memory.  The buildings behind and next to the former Watt & Shand department store are gone as well.                             The gigantic cranes that have been instrumental in the demolition, are now  lifting huge concrete footers and sections of preformed foundation wall into place.It's an awesome sight to stand under the cranes and appreciate the gigantic size of this project. Concrete subcontractors are busy pouring the sub-basement floors.                              Reinforced concrete footers are being put into place to support the high rise Conve...
Planning on purchasing a home for sale in Lancaster PA any time soon?  Now is a great time for buyers, as there is a large selection of quality available homes for sale at realistic listing prices.  But what are some of the common errors that you can try to avoid?  Here are Five Tips for Homebuyers in today's Lancaster Real Estate market:   1.  Don't Wait to List Your Home Many times buyers start looking for a home, but need to sell their home before purchasing.  Stop looking.  The best thing for you to do is to obtain a current comparative market analysis of your home for TODAY'S market.  If you had one done a year ago, it might not reflect what today's real estate market is doing.  Home prices generally follow a "supply and demand" cycle.  If you must avoid the pitfalls of carrying tw...
Today is the last day of the annual Harvest Used Book Sale put on by the Lancaster County Library at Overlook Park in Manheim Township.From 9AM to 6PM on Wednesday, Sept. 26th, you can find a plethora of quality, used books -- everything from cook books to children's books, self-help books and how-to books, science fiction to non-fiction.  There are also a large number of albums and tapes.  Many collectors come from near and far to browse and find some great deals.  This year, they started with over 150,000 books, records, CD's, tapes and books-on-tape for sale.  Many have been picked through already, but you will always find something of interest.  And the best news is that since it's the last day, they are half price!  As of Tuesday, over $32,000 has already been raised for the Librar...
By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
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Lancaster PA Latino Parade The 27th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade was held in Lancaster September fifteenth on a beautiful, cool, sunny Saturday! The parade started on South Duke Street, turned on Orange Street, then went up Queen Street to end at Binn's Park. Music filled the air, and a the sidewalks were crowded with celebrants watching the dancers, marchers, and musicians.  It would have been hard not to get caught up in the Latin beat!                                                                                                          The parade theme this year was "Latino Youth: Nuestro Futuro Positivo" (Our Positive Future).  
By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
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Lancaster PA Civil War Encampment September fifteenth turned out to a beautiful pre-autumn day for the recreation of a Civil War Encampment on the grounds of the Lancaster County Historical Society, at the corner of North President and Marietta Avenue. The pungent smell of campfires burning permeated  the cool morning air. The "Mayor" was in attendance in full top hat and tails!                        A military drill practice included a musket firing demonstration.                                                            The Lancaster Civil War Round Table was in attendance.  They meet on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm (except December) at the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Rd. in Lititz. Meetings are free and open to the public.  Donations to defray the cost o...

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