Harrisburg, PA Real Estate News

By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
Why Buy a House Now in Harrisburg, PA - A Must-See Comparison that Will Blow Your Mind!A Bird’s Eye View Comparison of Prices, Rates and Costs Clearly Shows Today’s Golden Opportunity! Typically homeowners and potential homeowners measure the financial viability of their purchase in two ways; the price of the home and the monthly payment. Very surprisingly to most, they both do not depict the same overall picture when examined in comparison to other factors affected by the current economy at the time. To help illustrate exactly what benefits lie in seizing the low interest rate and housing price opportunities that are out there right now, we’ve assembled a simple comparison chart (also explained on the video blog). This chart shows you exactly how much you are getting for your monthly p...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
How to Buy a House in Harrisburg PA - Why Days on Market Matters   One of the first questions buyers ask me when considering how to buy a house, occurs when I hold an open house. They want to know its days on market.One of the first things a buyer asks about a listing is its days on market. Days on market matter when you're on the hunt to learn how to buy a house. How to Buy a House - Do Average Days on Market Matter? Which is more important? The "average days" on market or the "number of days" on market of each listing? If you're a buyer, of course, it's the home you want to buy that matters when thinking about how to buy a house.  If you're a seller whose home has been on the market for 60 days, you want to know how long it is taking homes like yours to sell. How to Buy a House - How ...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
A Guide to New Construction in Harrisburg, PA "...read This BEFORE You Visit Your First Model Home!" When shopping for your home, you'll discover that most homes on the market are resales. Yet, one out of four homebuyers purchases a new construction home. Both new homes and resales offer advantages. Before you make a decision, Compare These Points! New Construction Homes offer innovative use of space and style greater energy efficiency a choice of options and upgrades everything is new, and modern. Existing Homes on the average they are less expensive often they are in established neighborhoods with mature landscaping homes have already settled, eliminating possible problems that arise from this happening after the purchase of home As you can see, there are advantages to both. Most peop...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
How to Sell a Home - Fall Maintenance Tips in Harrisburg PA   Fall is upon us and that means cooler weather is setting in. With this colder weather comes higher energy costs when heating your home, additional chores to take care of around the house, and the potential for damage to your home thanks to the weather. So, before the really cold weather arrives you should use this time to do some fall maintenance to ensure your home is ready for the winter. This can not only help you save money by making your home more efficient, but it could also prevent significant and costly damage if a problem goes unnoticed through winter. How to Sell a Home - Outside Jobs 1. How to Sell a Home - Clean the gutters. Your gutters are important part in keeping your home in good working order. Did you know t...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
How to Sell a Home -Fall Home Staging Tips in Harrisburg PA        No doubt, autumn is upon us. The leaves are will soon be turning bright colors of orange and amber and there is an unmistakable crispness in the air. Autumn like spring presents challenges when you consider how to sell a home both inside and out. Therefore, what can you do to make your home look and show it's best? Here are some top home tips on how to sell a home this fall and making it look it’s finest.     1. How to Sell a Home: Create a cozy get a way. Cool days make us think of warm inside and there is no better way to welcome a buyer than with cozy settings throughout the house. Throw a colorful blanket on the sofa to create a cozy sitting area or add fall-scented candles to bring the outdoors in and to create an i...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
   Townhomes for Sale in Bradford Estates, Harrisburg PA   I wanted to keep you up to speed on my latest 3 Bedroom Townhomes for Sale in Bradford Estates   If you'd like more info on the next steps in selling your townhouse in Bradford Estates, (or buying your next home!) contact me at 717 514.1793   Here are all townhomes for sale in Bradford Estates Check out what's for sale in Bradford Estates!   315 Buckley Drive - $139,9003 Bedroom Townhouse for Sale in Bradford Estates   Interior Camden with a Front Porch and Full Daylight Basement   Great house w/ desirable features! New carpet & tile on First Floor!! New dishwasher. This freshly painted home offers 3 private BRs. You don't have to walk through 1 BR to get to another like in the earlier built floorplans. This home comes w/ a deck...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
How to Sell a House in Harrisburg, PA - Three Ways to Help Get Your Home Sold   How to sell a house? The challenged market these days makes it very difficult for homeowners to sell a house.  A few years ago, it was more than enough to put up a listing and let the home sell itself.  But now, during a time when in most markets inventory levels exceed six months or more, it is no wonder that people struggle with how to sell a house. They need as many tools as possible to help the process along.   While struggling with how to sell a house, factor in that you are competing directly with your neighbors also vying to sell their homes. You really have to get an edge somehow.  In this article, there are three smart ways to sell a house, and to do so within a reasonable time.How to Sell a House: ...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
How to Sell a House in Harrisburg, PA- If You Must Leave Your Home Vacant, at Least Do These 7 Things! If you sell a house in the Harrisburg area, or anywhere for that matter, it is usually best to show it furnished.   However, there are situations where your property must be left vacant, and if you do here are 6 tips that will help your property in the "race for the sale". 7 Tips for Selling Your Vacant Home: 1.  How to Sell a House: Make sure every inch of your property is white glove clean.  Because there is no furniture, your Buyer's focus will be on the structure.  Dirt, cobwebs, and bad paint jobs will stand out like a sore thumb.  If you must, bring in a professional crew and get every inch clean! 2. How to Sell a House: Get your windows sparkling clean!  This is imperative since...
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By Melissa Stahl, Realtor, Exit 1st Class Realty
Dauphin County Jazz Fesitival At Fort Hunter Park September 10-11 The 5th Annual Jazz Festival will take place this Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. but gates will open at 3:30 p.m. so you can get your lawn chairs and blankets set in place.  The festival will feature national recording artists and central PA’s elite jazz artists. Children under 12 are free, general admission is $20 you get your tickets in advance or $25 if you get them at the door.  Your ticket will get you admission on both days.  Besides the great music, you will also find regional wineries and other food and craft vendors. You can pick up advance tickets at the Whitaker Center, Mr. Mike's Records and Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Office.  Or call Fort Hunter Mansion at (717) 599-5751 ...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
Buying a House in Harrisburg PA – 6 Reasons to Google the Address With virtually any type of information imaginable online, it makes sense when buying a house to do regular internet searches for the home’s address. If you are considering buying a house, there are at least six compelling reasons it makes sense to do so, especially if it’s an address you’re thinking of renting, buying or selling. Smart homeowners would do well to search for their addresses, too, and here’s why:     1. When Buying a House:  See If Megan’s Law Registrants Live Nearby There is plenty of information available to the public when buying a house regarding registered sex offenders in their neighborhoods. Nearly every state that has a Megan’s Law-­type sex offender registry has an online version that serves up the...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
Selling a House in Harrisburg PA: Seeing the Light! Most homeowners claim to be eco-friendly and want to help the environment, yet they worry that when confronted with selling a house, making changes in their home will be costly or inconsequential. This is especially true for someone who is in the process of selling a house and doesn't want to make any substantial changes to a place they hope to be leaving soon.             However, making-energy efficient home improvements doesn't have to mean sweeping changes and, by creating a better carbon footprint for your house, you will attract green-conscious homebuyers when selling a house.             Recent studies have reported that 80% of homebuyers identify energy savings and comfortable surroundings as key factors when deciding between l...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
Homeowner Tips in Harrisburg, PA - How to Clean Up a CFL Bulb   Compact fluorescent light bulbs are widely praised for their energy-efficiency and relatively low price points. However, unlike traditional light bulbs, they pose a specific health risk to humans and pets. Most compact fluorescent light bulbs are loaded with mercury vapor and mercury is poisonous – even in very small doses. And, unfortunately, sometimes light bulbs break, releasing toxins into the air. To assist homeowners in Lake Mary , the EPA published a series of CFL-handling guidelines on its website under the heading “How Should I Clean Up A Broken Fluorescent Bulb?“. The EPA’s advice is specific and geared toward safety. A few of the tips include: Have people and pets leave the room immediately Shut down your home’s ...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
  How to Sell a House in Harrisburg PA: A Deck May Make the Difference!             With summer upon us, the exterior of a home becomes even more important when considering how to sell a house. Buyers now will spend more time outside looking at your property and envisioning what their summer barbeques and family playtime will look like.             The addition of any amount of usable real estate to a property increases value when you sell a house.  Customized decks and personalized outdoor living areas are a hot trend in home improvement upgrades, and a great-looking deck may entice more people to come see your home.             Knowing how to sell a house, means knowing when to update. Building or updating an existing deck isn't simply a great investment; it also provides opportunitie...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
Selling a House in Harrisburg PA - Tips to Showcase the Garage!      Many homeowners may not put the right amount of effort into the appearance of their garage when selling a house. Plenty of sellers neglect this space when selling a house, thinking it’s ok because it’s the garage! However, it does matter. Many a real estate deal has come down to the couple buying a house, not because the wife loved the kitchen but, because the husband fell in love with the garage!    So, here are a five tips to help set the stage when selling a house and showcase this all important room of the house.   1. When Selling a House: Pack unneeded belongings  - Try not to use the garage as a storage facility. If there’s too much stuff it will be a turn off, because most buyers can't visualize how to use the s...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
When Selling your Home in Harrisburg PA....SWEAT the Small Stuff! Everyone has heard, "Don't sweat the small stuff"...but when selling your home, The Small stuff can make a BIG difference.  Some Buyers can overlook the small stuff, but most can't and won't.  By Small Stuff, I am referring to things like burnt-out light bulbs, loose doorknobs, closet doors that are off the hinges, small tears in the screen on the back porch.  There are also quick & easy "Housekeeping" items that can make the home feel tidy, clean, and well maintained while selling your home. So, you are selling your home. Are your dresser drawers closed? Is your cute little trash can in the bathroom empty? Replace the empty toilet paper tube. Remove the stickers off your child's bedroom door. Touchup and/or repaint, if n...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
How to Buy a House in Harrisburg PA - Step 5 -  Know Your Property Taxes  Taxes in Central Pennsylvania fall into two categories. If you want to know how to buy a house, an important step is learning about property taxes. How to Buy a House... Know your Income Taxes Pennsylvania is unique in that you must pay Federal, State, and Local Income Tax.  Federal Income tax is variable.  State Income tax is equal to 2% of your salary and the local income tax is between 1% and 2% of your salary.  You will need to file three separate tax returns, annually. How to Buy a House...Be Aware of the Occupational Privilege Tax (Derry Township) The Derry Township Board of Supervisors approved replacing the township's $10 occupational privilege tax with a Local Services Tax (LST) and increasing the tax rat...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
Seller Resources for Selling a Home in Harrisburg PA Selling a home is a complicated process that should not be taken lightly. If you're thinking about selling a home, you'll find answers to commonly asked questions below. When you're ready to move to the next step, be sure to contact me - my experience can make all the difference. Look before you leap into Selling a Home You'd never buy a home on a whim, you shouldn't try selling a home that way, either. So before you try selling  a home, take some time to study the local market and current trends. The best way to do that is to schedule a pre-market consultation. I can help you understand your competition and how to properly prepare your home for sale.   Is this a good time to try selling a home? YES! There are ample buyers to purchase...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
Welcome to Harrisburg, PA! Welcome to Pennsylvania's state capital, Harrisburg. Harrisburg is centrally located with easy access to all the Central Atlantic metropolitan hubs. It is only 170 miles southwest of New York City, 103 miles west of Philadelphia, 211 miles east of Pittsburgh, 85 miles north of Baltimore, and 129 miles north of Washington.  This area has grown from a modest ferry outpost to a capital city. Harrisburg is made up of Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties which includes the Pennsylvania real estate areas of: Hershey, Palmyra, Hummelstown, Middletown, Elizabethtown, and Harrisburg on the East Shore.  The West Shore consists of Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Enola, and Lemoyne. Harrisburg, offers city living, and you can choose from Harrisburg row homes, Harrisburg condo...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
How to Sell a House in Harrisburg PA: Make Sure Your Home Sells At The Right Price Establishing a reasonable and profitable listing price for a home is perhaps the biggest challenge in considering how to sell a house. Before coming to a final figure, many sellers ask themselves: "That home down the block went for a lot; can I just price my home in the same ballpark?" "Can I jack the price up in a hot market?" These and many other factors must be considered before deciding how to sell a house and settling on a listing price. As a Real Estate professional, while considering how to sell a house, I recommend taking the following steps before setting an asking figure. Do The Homework. Ask for a written comparative market analysis (CMA) before you continue on your quest of how to sell a house...
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By Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
(3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction)
How to Sell a House in Harrisburg PA: Looking Through the Buyer's Eyes Below are questions to ask yourself when preparing your home for sale to ensure it looks the best it possibly can in the buyer's eyes. How to Sell a House: Prepare the Exterior Does your yard look well maintained? Are the trees and bushes trimmed? Is your lawn mowed and edged? Is your lawn free of weeds? Are the decks and patios clean? Does your house need painting? Are there any exterior holes or cracks? Are your walks and porches clean and in good repair? Does your roof leak or sag? Are any shingles or tiles missing? Is your chimney in good shape?   How to Sell a House: What Condition are the Carpeting/Walls/Ceilings In? Are your carpets clean and in good condition? Do your carpets need to be stretched? Are there a...
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