Stroudsburg, PA Real Estate News

By Jason Feinman, Bergen County Real Estate Expert, ABR, CNE, e-PRO
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
     As of 3/26/2010, there are 214 homes for sale listed for sale in Stroudsburg on the Pocono Mountains Multiple Listing Service. Stroudsburg encompasses the townships of Stroud, Pocono, Hamilton and Jackson and there is a difference between the actual downtown borough of Stroudsburg and homes that maintain a Stroudsburg zip code but are actually in several smaller towns and hamlets such as Snydersville and Bossardsville to name a few. Single family home prices (not mobile homes) start from $99,000 and the highest priced listing currently is just under $1.5 million dollars, with most homes falling into a range between $150,000 to $550,000. 70 homes sold in Stroudsburg over the last 6 months with an average price just under $180,000. Homes can be found located within a community such a...
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By Bob Kelly
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
The Easter Bunny will be visiting the Poconos at the Stroudsmoor Inn this Sunday, March 28th, and next Sunday on Easter! Have your kids' picture taken with the Easter Bunny! Also, there will be gifts for kids ages 2-10!  This Sunday, you can find the activities from 12-2pm at the Lawnhaven building, and on Easter from 12-4 at Terraview.  Also, don't forget Stroudsmoor makes a great Easter brunch or dinner, for those of you who prefer to go out for the holiday (and let someone else do the work)!  The Stroudsmoor Inn is located in Stroudsburg, off Rt 191, just minutes from downtown.  For more information, call them at 570-421-6431 x485!
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By Valerie Sagheddu, ~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA
(Apostle Art Home Staging & Design)
The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Stroudsburg on Sunday was definately the place to be! If you have never been to Stroudsburg, Pennsylavania before, Sunday would have been a great time to be there. The streets were filled with people from all over the region celebrating St. Patricks Day in all it's glory. It was truely a glorious day, the second day of spring, seventy-five and sunny...not a cloud in the sky. Stroudsburg is located right in the heart of the Beautiful Pocono Mountains. With its quaint shops and Irish pubs it was a perfect setting for such an impressive parade. I last time I attended the parade was about eight years ago and now I am sorry I waited so long to return. There was truely something for the entire family to enjoy. From the kilts to the clowns to the classic cars we...
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By Jason Feinman, Bergen County Real Estate Expert, ABR, CNE, e-PRO
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
     Here in the Poconos, a good number of agents have jumped ship from one broker to another and even another in a period of just months. One thing is consistent and that is you will find me, Jason Feinman of Weichert, Realtors - Acclaim, at Weichert, Realtors - Acclaim for a very long time. When you have the solid brand recognition that Weichert brings, our widely recognized Open House program, one stop shop services, agents with a proven track record, like myself, who strive for and achieve excellence through sales, testimonials and earned designations, that equals an uparalleled level of stability and success that you can rely on when it comes to buying or selling "Your Pocono Home". If your agent just leaves you in the middle of your listing, where would you go? How would you know ...
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By The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos - RSPS - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
  PLEASE JOIN US in welcoming... 15 New Associates to the "new" Keller Williams Pocono A few months ago, the Keller Williams Realty office in Stroudsburg was aquired by a new ownership and leadership team. The new company, Keller Williams Real Estate, is now part of a group of eight Keller Williams offices stretching from West Chester to the Pocono Mountains. As a part of Keystone Partners Group, (comprised of well over 600 agents) the Stroudsburg KW office becomes a part of the largest group of real estate companies operating in the Pocono Mountains area. And without further ado, I am proud to introduce our newest affiliates... Nicole Palmer - Nicole sold an amazing $4M+ in real estate in her first 16 months as an agent and joins us from USA Realty. Bob Hay - Bob Hay is the former Pres...
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By Valerie Sagheddu, ~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA
(Apostle Art Home Staging & Design)
Welcome Spring! The Poconos is such a beautiful place to be any time of the year but after the long winter, Springtime is definately my favorite. Up here on the Mountain we still have a bit of snow in our yard but the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. No flowers blooming here yet but someone just gave me these beautiful dafodills yesterday to brighten my world. Get out and enjoy! Go to the St. Patricks Day Parade in Stroudsburg tomorrow and soak in this glorious spring weather we are having!                                                      ~Apostle Art Home Staging & Design offers professional real estate staging services to sellers, real estate agents and investors in the Pocono Mountains Region and beyond. www.apostleart.com ~ If you are selling your home or are a Real Es...
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By Jason Feinman, Bergen County Real Estate Expert, ABR, CNE, e-PRO
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
     Stroudsburg and other parts of the Poconos, lay claim to a large percentage of Irish Americans dating back to the 1800's. Many Irish immigrants used to work on the coal mines and the railways during the era. A group of coal miners who dubbed themselves The Molly Maguires, fought back against the coal barons who were greedy and subjected the workers to deplorable conditions. Unfortunately, that story didn't have a happy ending, with the group dismantled and many members being jailed and executed. A jail in Jim Thorpe, PA that housed some of the members was featured on Unsolved Mysteries, as a handprint from a Molly proclaiming his innocence can still be seen today.  A St. Patrick's Day parade has been on going in the Poconos since 1977. The Poconos Irish American Club was founded to...
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By Bob Kelly
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
March 17th! It's St. Patrick's Day tomorrow already! Right here on Main Street will be a fun time as usual, especially with the opening of a new Irish Pub called Grace O'Malley's! Make a day of it and hit Siamsa Irish Pub, Grace O'Malley's and Floods, all offering good food, spirits and fun! And don't forget the St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday, March 21st! It begins at the Stroudsburg High School at 1:30pm and ends on Crystal St in East Stroudsburg. Get a seat early...the streets fill up quickly with spectators!
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By Bob Kelly
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Yes, everyone is excited and anxious for the much anticipated Poconos to NYC train service, but I'm talking about Train the MUSIC coming to Stroudsburg!  Friday, March 26th, Train is performing at the Sherman Theater on Main Street in Stroudsburg! I can't believe they've been around for over 15 years! However, they're still releasing great music and big hits! Head on down to the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg in just 3 weeks to enjoy their music! You can purchase tickets or get additional information at shermantheater.com!
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By Jason Feinman, Bergen County Real Estate Expert, ABR, CNE, e-PRO
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Please call me, Jason Feinman of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins and Associates, at 570-242-0299 or 570-421-8950, for all your real estate needs. I have the experience and proven track record of results that you need when it comes to buying "Your Pocono Home". I am an Accredited Buyers' Representative and certified e-PRO by the National Association of Realtors.
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By Valerie Sagheddu, ~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA
(Apostle Art Home Staging & Design)
 Thanks to Bob Kelly Of Keller Williams Real Estate, Stroudsburg, My family enjoyed a lovely Saturday afternoon with a brisk walk down Main Street Stroudsburg taking in all of the lovely ice sculptures on display. We were thinking of hiking it up to Scranton for their Ice festival until I saw Bob's blog about Stroudsburg Ice festival this weekend. We were already heading downtown for Mass with Cardinal Rigali at St. Lukes Parish so we left a bit early and this what we saw...                                               ~Apostle Art Home Staging & Design offers professional real estate staging services to sellers, real estate agents and investors in the Pocono Mountains Region and beyond. www.apostleart.com ~  
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By Bob Kelly
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Looking for something to do this weekend? This Saturday & Sunday (13th & 14th), come on over to downtown Stroudsburg for an Ice Festival! Stroll down Main Street and window shop, or head inside to any of our great boutiques for gifts on this Valentine's Weekend! Or enjoy one of our many restaurants for a nice meal and some sweets for dessert! As you're walking around, take note of the amazing ice sculptures that will be on display too! For additional information, visit stroudsburg.net! Stay warm!
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By Valerie Sagheddu, ~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA
(Apostle Art Home Staging & Design)
                       Did you know that selling a Vacant Home is like selling A Home without a Soul? It never ceases to amaze me how I can walk into any property and see such great potential...I look around, my mind runs wild...vision upon vision of how absolutely lovely these spaces could be... this here, that there, a space for this, a space for that. Do you do that? If so , You are in the minority as only 10% of the population have the ability to visualize the full potential of a space. That means that the other 90% will only see what they see. Soooo...what does that mean for a vacant home? It means 9 out of 10 buyers will see cold, bare spaces that are uninviting and virtually lifeless...Like a home without a soul. And what's worse...the photos buyers will see online will do nothin...
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By Valerie Sagheddu, ~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA
(Apostle Art Home Staging & Design)
  The Pocono Mountains, PA is truely a magestic place to be in winter. Skiing is a given...lots of slopes to choose from, but for those who prefer a more laid back form of recreation, just taking in the crisp air and freshly fallen snow can be a wonderful experience. Natural beauty abounds here and while the weather can be harsh, there is plenty of wildlife brave enough to tough it out ... and if you sit still long enough, you just might catch a glimpse.                                                                                                             ~Apostle Art Home Staging & Design offers professional real estate staging services to sellers, real estate agents and investors in the Pocono Mountains Region and beyond. www.apostleart.com ~
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By Bob Kelly
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
I was coming back to the office after showing houses all day Saturday in the Poconos. I've said it before, I love our Main Street in Stroudsburg, and I'm lucky enough to have my office right there! As I drove up Main Street, looking at the store fronts and the white-lights wrapped around the trees, I looked ahead and just stared at the beautiful colors the sunset was drawing in the sky.  I had to take a picture and share it. Just add this to my list of reasons why I love Main Street, Stroudsburg!
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By Valerie Sagheddu, ~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA
(Apostle Art Home Staging & Design)
By request, here are some more photos of the Hexagon house that sold in 8 days!  By the way, I forgot to mention in the initial post that this home sold for almost FULL ASKING price...(just $1000 under list) Homes that are unusual can often be a hard sell as buyers think resale. While this home was cute, it had pie shaped rooms that were quite small. Apparently the home had been on the market previously without much interest. Apostle Art staged and the rest is history! See new photos below...                                                             This was your view upon entering...odd shapes aside...another bland vacant.                                You can kind of see the angles in the dining room...even more awkward in person.             In the shot below, you can see how I ha...
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By Valerie Sagheddu, ~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA
(Apostle Art Home Staging & Design)
  Yes...we staged a Hexagon house that sold in 8 days! Homes that are unusual can often be a hard sell as buyers think resale. While this home was cute, it had pie shaped rooms that were quite small. Apparently the home had been on the market previously without much interest. Apostle Art staged and the rest is history! http://smilebox.com/playBlog/4d5451304d7a6b304d7a633d0d0a&blogview=true     Apostle Art Home Staging & Design provides professional Real Estate Staging services to Sellers, Agents and investors in the Pocono Mountains region and beyond. www.apostleart.com
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By Valerie Sagheddu, ~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA
(Apostle Art Home Staging & Design)
OK real estate agents... Why should I hire you? As a professional stager, and a real estate investor I know the importance of having the best agent out there when selling your home. I see the frustration of so many of my clients who are not getting the attention they so desperately need to sell their homes in this challenging market. So many of them are ready to drop their current agent (that is if their contract is expired) and find someone who is really willing to work for them.   I believe it is important to interview several agents to compare how they propose to market your property and to see if their personality and manor mesh with yours. I am told however, that most sellers end up going with the first agent they meet with. SOOOOO....what do you think are the top 5 questions a se...
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By Valerie Sagheddu, ~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA
(Apostle Art Home Staging & Design)
Ok...this one may not apply to those in the warmer climates but we here in the mountains of PA and elsewhere can see some wicked winter weather. I woke up encased in ice yesterday morning (see photo) which fortunately melted by my afternoon appointment with a seller. So the roads are clear, the sun is shining, I'm good right? Well the home had been on the market for sometime and since there had not been any activity they had not bothered to plow from the last 2 snow storms. It was a circular driveway, the homeowner was already parked and the end didn't look so bad so I eased my way in. So I do a walk through with the homeowner, sign the contract for the staging, stress the importance of keeping the driveway clear for sellers and of course, our truck. She says "Thank you, I finally have ...
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By Thomas R. Wilkins, PoconoRealEstate
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Assocs)
Monday, August 24, 2009 A great article for Brokers. TRW  To open this discussion, let's say that those of us on board with social media know how easy it is to socialize with friends and family, swap pictures, and re-connect with school mates and past co-workers. One of the best features is the ability to sign on and off whenever you want to, 24/7.Within all types and phases of business there are literally millions that conduct transactions of all types using social media. Being privy to discussion boards and Tweets (rather anonymously) is just worth its weight in gold. You have access to tons of people yet don't get sucked in to long meetings, long-winded conversations or touchy interactions you'd rather not engage in, unless of course you choose to. Walking away is as simple as closin...
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