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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Comments 15
      The Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits discrimination in the lending process and applies for all lease applications. Property Managers need to know and implement the Act into all of their tenant selection activities. Property Managers need to conductthemselves in a consistent and systematic manner . The Property Manager should usethe same Lease Application for every applicant. Additionally if the Property Manager requires a Credit Report from one applicant, they must require them for all applicants .The same can be said about Criminal Background Checks . A Property Manager will use the following when evaluating potential tenants :1. Credit References & Credit Report 2. Criminal Backround Check 3. A Search of the Public Record 4. Information on previous Landlords 5. Employment ...
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Comments 4
.     Tenants occasionally find themselves in a rental where the Landlord is slow to fix things . Many times that Landlord is actually “milking the property”. They are pocketing the CashFlow the Property is generating , but not investing it back intothe property . Many are renting properties that may not be legally habitable.        So what exactly is the Implied Warranty of Habitability,that is offered to tenants? It’s a warranty contained in every Residential lease promising that the landlord will provide a rental unit that is safe, sanitary , and environmentally healthy.The Landlord must make necessary repair through out the lease period to maintain the unit as “fit to live in” . The right to livable housing can not be waived by the tenant . Some examples of violations:1. Unit is ins...
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Comments 2
    Many Propery Managers are confronted with one more challenge when inspecting a now vacant rental unit . The exiting tenants have left behind Personal Property . What should they do with all of this stuff ?     The “PA Landlord Tenant Act” requires tenants to remove their personal propery from the rental unit when they have relinquished possession. Regardless of why they leave , tenants have 10 days to communicate their intentions ( to the Property Manager) that they want to retrieve their property. The LT Actrequires Landlords To give the tenants notice that all personal property needs to be removed within 10 days of abandoning the property.     If the tenants communicate their intention to collect their abandoned personal property , then the Landlord must safe guard the tenant’s pr...
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Comments 4
     Some investors attempt to improve Cash Flow by eliminating unnecessary operating expenses . And some of these investors quickly learn that a Property Manager is not an expense , but rather a key component to your Investment Team. No business can grow unless the person at the top can Delegate . The true value of a Property Manager quickly becomes obvious when you realize just what they can do better than you ( the owner) . Here’s a short list of services / attributes :1. A Property Manager(PM) will keep a full time eye on eliminating Vacancy 2. A PM has been professionally trained how to Legally screen potential tenants. 3. A PM has ongoing Marketing that produces a pool of potential tenants. 4. A PM uses Legally Approved Leases and documents ( that hold up in court).5. A PM has a t...
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Comments 3
Most tenants are required to provide a Security Deposit.The Security Deposit (SD) is used to protect the Landlord’s interest if the tenants damage the unit or defaults on rental payments.  In PA , the “Landlord Tenant Act” governs all residential SD’s.Here are a few of its provisions: 1. Maximum Amount of SD allowed - 2 Months 2.At the beginning of second year 1 month must be returned 3. From years 2-5   the SD can be increased to match the moly. Rent4. The SD is not to be used as the last month’s rent 5.After tenants vacate and have left a forwarding address the Property        Manager must do one of the following three :     1. Refund the entire SD      2. Partial Refund and send itemized list showing subtractions      3. No Refund , itemized list as why , and submit bill for add’l da...
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 5
A carefully planned trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Amish country for plants at Groff's Plant Farm took me back in time today.    We had to get reservations for the plant farm as they were monitoring how many people were wandering around the greenhouses (I counted 8 greenhouses separated by type of plants).  This was in addition to the open air benches loaded with every plant appropriate for our growing area.  Not only is it great just to see all the hundreds of different types of plants, but just getting to the farm is a delight. I knew I was in Lancaster County the first time I saw fresh "road apples" on the road. Sure enough, there was a driver with his horse and buggy up ahead. This meant slowing down until it was safe to pass this vehicle, doing a max 10 MPH. On the way ...
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Comments 32
    America has always been a Land of Opportunity . From its' beginning you had no guarantees and had to take risk to live here . Those who boarded ships to sail here , knew that 10-20% would not survive the trip . But they came . Once they arrived, many decided to settle in some of the most dangerous parts of the Western territories. They slept with their guns , knowing they could be subject to hostile attack at any  moment . But still they came !      They came for opportunity , and greater freedoms than they had experienced in  Europe (and other parts of the world ) . Clearly they knew that they were risking  their lives and of their families to pursue settlement in America . But they came ! At any time did they have Fear ? Of course they did ! But many also had Faith . They had vis...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
Comments 6
The Lancaster, PA area was recently found to be one the HAPPIEST PLACES IN AMERICA! For anyone that has visited the area recently, this is obvious! Lancaster is growing larger while still holding onto that "small town vibe."  There are excellent restaurants, great shopping, and abundant historical and cultural experiences in Lancaster.  Looking to put down roots in one of the Happiest Places? Take the time to tour 1201 Fruitville Pike, Lititz. This gorgeous home is sure to make you smile with all of its amenities and luxury upgrades. Almost 2 acres of privacy packed full of features- a custom in-ground pool, cabana pool house, spacious open concpet floorplan and SO MUCH MORE!  View Listing     https://www.seniorliving.org/research/20-happiest-us-cities/ 
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Comments 21
Open House 1-3pm Nearly new 2 Story that's Move In Ready ! Spacious Master Bedroom Suite ,oversized garage and LED lighting throughout . Expandable walkout basementwith Superior Walls in popular Green Hills Estates . Great for outdoor entertaining on one of the largest decks you've ever seen ! Country location , yet convenient toshopping . Don't miss touring this "must see "home !
By Don Hess
(KW Elite Keller Williams 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601)
Comments 1
  The society at 1932 Robert Fulton Highway (US Route 222) Quarryville, PA 17566 will host its next program on Saturday February 16 at 1:30 PM. “Revolutionary War Patriots of Chestnut Level” will be presented by Roberta “Bobbi” McMullen, a professional genealogist specializing in the Revolutionary War period.  Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call 717-584-2679. Source: Solanco Advertiser Don HessKW EliteKeller Williams Realty1280 Plaza Blvd.Lancaster, PA 17601717-553-2500 Office717-715-6288 Mobile717-786-7967 Directdonhess39@gmail.com    
By Don Hess
(KW Elite Keller Williams 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601)
Comments 2
    SECA (Southern End Community Association Quarryville, PA) is reminding everyone that registration for coed flag football is Friday February 15Th. Visit http://secarec.org/2019/01/03/co-ed-flag-football to register.  Opportunities are available for adults to volunteer to be coaches. Call SECA at 717-806-0123. Source: Solanco Advertiser Don HessKW EliteKeller Williams Realty1280 Plaza Blvd.Lancaster, PA 17601717-553-2500 Office717-715-6288 Mobile717-786-7967 Directdonhess39@gmail.com    
By Don Hess
(KW Elite Keller Williams 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601)
Comments 1
  Quarryville Library at 357 Buck Road will be showing a movie Friday February 1st at 1 PM. The movie is about a pushy boss who forces her young assistant to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the U.S. And avoid deportation to Canada. Attendees may bring snacks. Source: Solanco Advertiser   Don Hess KW Elite Keller Williams Realty 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601 717-553-2500 Office 717-715-6288 Mobile 717-786-7967 Direct donhess39@gmail.com 
By Don Hess
(KW Elite Keller Williams 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601)
Comments 1
 The club will hold its reorganization meeting on Monday January 14th at 7 PM at the Hoffman Building on the Solanco Fairgrounds in Quarryville, PA. Parents are encouraged to attend the meeting along with their youth as this is the club's sign up meeting. Registration for the club will close on January 14th. No enrollments will be accepted after that date. The club's dues are payable at the meeting. For details or to request accommodations call Hillary Bauer at 717-940-4231.  The club has projects such as: Sewing Foods Rocketry Knitting The club meets on the second Monday of each month from January to August. All 4 H programs are available to all youths who are ages 8 to 18 before January 1st. For more information on joining 4 H call Lori Little at 717-394-6851 or email LancasterExt@psu...
By Don Hess
(KW Elite Keller Williams 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601)
Comments 1
  The Quarryville Library at 357 Buck Road Quarryville, PA is presenting a film from 1 to 3 PM Friday January 4th. The film takes place in prehistoric times and is about a young man and a wolf that are lost and struggling to find their way home. The boy was separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt. The wolf is also lost and separated from his pack.  Attendees are invited to bring snacks. Source: Solanco Advertiser Don Hess KW Elite Keller Williams Realty 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601 717-553-2500 Office 717-715-6288 Mobile 717-786-7967 Direct donhess39@gmail.com    
By Don Hess
(KW Elite Keller Williams 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601)
Comments 3
  Happy Thanksgiving to all ! Don Hess
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Comments 6
    × It looks like you are using an ad blocker in your browser.This may cause challenges with your Personalized Posts, and prevent the share buttons from appearing with each post. We recommend whitelisting the KCM website or changing your settings to prevent any potential issues.   Where Lancaster Values are Headed over the Next Few Years? There are many questions about where home prices will be next year as well as where they may be headed over the next several years to come. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer these questions: The Home Price Expectation Survey – A survey of over 100 market analysts, real estate experts, and economists conducted by Pulsenomics each quarter. Zelman & Associates – The firm leverages unparalleled housing market expertise, extensive ...
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Comments 2
     × It looks like you are using an ad blocker in your browser.This may cause challenges with your Personalized Posts, and prevent the share buttons from appearing with each post. We recommend whitelisting the KCM website or changing your settings to prevent any potential issues. Copy Copied to Clipboard!Unable to Co Are You Spending TOO Much on Rent in Lancaster? Chances are if you are renting you are spending too much of your income on your monthly housing expense. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a household should not pay more than 28% of their income on their rent or mortgage payment. This percentage allows the household to save money for the future while comfortably covering other expenses. According to new data released from ApartmentList.com, 49.5 million renters in the Un...
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Comments 2
5 Ways Tax Reform Has Impacted Lancaster's Housing Market Starting late last year, some predicted that the 2018 tax changes would cripple the housing market. Headlines warned of the potential for double-digit price depreciation and suggested that buyer demand could drop like a rock. There was even sentiment that homeownership could lose its coveted status as a major component of the American Dream. Now that the first quarter numbers are in, we can begin to decipher the actual impact that tax reform has had on the real estate market. 1. Has tax reform killed off home buyer demand? The answer is “NO.” According to the Showing Time Index which “tracks the average number of buyer showings on active residential properties on a monthly basis” and is a “highly reliable leading indicator of cur...
By Don Hess
(KW Elite Keller Williams 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601)
Comments 1
 The kickoff event will begin on Saturday August 18th at 6 PM with a two mile run, jog, or walk, on the Solanco Cross Country Course, 585 Solanco Road Quarryville, PA. Registration will begin at 4:30 PM. Attendees may bring lawn chairs to watch the current varsity teams scrimmage with Octorara and Oxford. The girls will scrimmage at 5 PM and the boys at 5:30 PM.   An alumni and family picnic will follow the scrimmage at 6:30 PM. Hot dogs, beverages, side dishes, desserts, and tableware will be provided. In the event of inclement weather the event will be held in the high school. All registered participants may purchase running merchandise, and gift certificates from the prize table. All proceeds will benefit the Art Harrington and Lee Rhodes Scholarships. To preregister visit www.solanc...
By Don Hess
(KW Elite Keller Williams 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601)
Comments 1
  The library has posted two events: The Book Club will meet on August Wednesday August 8th at 1:30 PM to discuss “The Girl You Left Behind” by Jojo Moyes. The Friends of the Quarryville Library will meet on Tuesday August 14th at 10 AM. Source: Solanco Advertiser Don Hess KW Elite Keller Williams Realty 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601 717-553-2500 Office 717-715-6288 Mobile 717-786-7967 Direct donhess39@gmail.com 

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