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What the heck is Crazy Uncle Sam doing now? - 01/29/10 04:16 PM
Welcome Back Readers! It's been a busy month in real estate, so many things happening both locally and nationally it seems everyday there is something new! That's actually the becoming the normal state of affairs nowadays and I don't mind as it gives me lots of things to write about! I wanted to let you know about a program announced today by Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae has a little problem, namely 50,000 homes they now own through the foreclosure process and they are looking to move them. You can see a list of what's there at www.homepath.com (there are 19 Fannie (10 comments)
The Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – How to Fix a Radon Problem - 01/29/10 03:09 PM
Welcome Back Readers! Thanks for stopping in, you've arrived at the last installement of our Radon series with Matt Steger of WIN Home Inspection. This week Matt tells you how to go about fixing your Radon problem, read on for all the details! Before I forget, you know I tell you this every week but it needs repeating, when it comes time for me to recommend an expert to protect my home buyers, I always recommend Matt. Call Matt Steger at 717-361-9467 when you need any home purchase related inspections. --------------------
Last time, we discussed how a radon test is performed (0 comments)
The Trouble with Tribbles or Why Loan Modifications are Failing to Solve the Foreclosure Problem - 01/26/10 09:07 PM
Welcome Back Readers! I put up a post the yesterday about how FHA has recently changed their policies to allow loan modifications for qualifying borrowers before they miss a payment . This is a great policy and I sincerely hope it will help more people stay in their homes. The problem though is that in many cases it won't. Loan modifications nationwide are failing to help avoid foreclosures. Why is that? What does it have to do with Tribbles again? Ok, let's start with tribbles. For those of you who may not be geeks and have no idea what a tribble is, check (3 comments)
Remodeling Lancaster – Homeowner Tax Credits You Can Claim this Year! - 01/26/10 03:16 PM
Welcome Back Readers! This is the first in our new Remodeling Lancaster Columns by Guest Columnist Mike Blank with MBC Building and Remodeling, LLC ! If you live in Central PA and you have ever wondered who you could trust to provide quality remodeling and handyman repair services, look no farther than Mike Blank. From Decks to Kitchens, Additions to Painting, repairs needed to sell a home, if it needs done at your house Mike can either make it happen or find you someone who can. Call Mike at 717-371-5136 for the best service for your contracting needs. This week Mike (0 comments)
FHA Allows for Loan Modifications for Homeowners Who Haven’t Yet Missed a Payment - 01/25/10 09:54 PM
Welcome Back Readers! It was a busy week last week in the real estate world, the Lancaster County PA Real Estate Market is moving quickly. I apologize for the shortage of posts recently due to this but you can expect a little more consistency in the coming weeks. I wanted to start of this week with a nice change announced by HUD last Friday. Until HUD made this change to the rules for FHA loans, in order to qualify for a loan modification, struggling homeowners had to actually MISS payments. So, if you knew you were going to be in torouble, you had (3 comments)
Monday Lancaster Fit Bit – You Can’t Turn Fat into Muscle - 01/25/10 07:32 PM
Welcome Back Readers! It's time once again for another Monday Lancaster Fit Bit from Mickey Glick at Body and Soul Fitness Studio! This week Mickey wants to dispel a common myth, you'll have to wait to see what she has to say though because I want to point out that Mickey is not just the expert we turn to at TheLancasterConnection.com, she is also an expert the local media turns to. Check out this article from our local newspaper featuring Mickey: http://articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/247539 Now, read on to find out what she has to say about turning fat into muscle! **************************************************************** Yesterday, I was (0 comments)
The Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – Where to Test for Radon - 01/25/10 10:50 AM
Welcome Back Readers! This is the third of four articles in our Radon series, this week Matt Steger from WIN Home Inspection talks a little more about Radon Testing where it should be done and how important "Closed House" conditions are. Don't know what that means? Read on to find out! ------------- This week, let us continue our discussion about radon testing. Since radon concentrations depend upon air movement within a structure, to properly and reliably test for radon, the EPA has specific standards for radon testing. Namely, closed house conditions must exist before the radon test starts to help limit (0 comments)
The Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – How Radon Testing Works - 01/20/10 02:14 PM
Welcome Back Readers! Thanks for returning again for the second part in the Radon series from Matt Steger at WIN Home Inspection! This week, Matt is going to tell you a about how radon testing works, so read on after the jump for that. Don't forget that Matt is THE expert I recommend to all of my clients for their inspection needs, call him at 717-361-9467 so he can help you with yours!
---------------------------- Last time, we started discussing what radon is and why radon is considered a serious health issue. Let's continue the discussion to learn what units of measure (2 comments)
Lancaster Inspector’s Corner – January is National Radon Action Month - 01/20/10 01:55 PM
Welcome Back Readers! Thanks for stopping in again for another installment of The Inspector's Corner with Matt Steger from WIN Home Inspection! This week starts a series for January on Radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States according to the EPA. Read on after the jump to learn more! *************************************************************** January is National Radon Action Month, so what better topic to discuss this month than radon. From my experience as a home inspector and PA licensed radon testing professional, radon is an often confused subject among many real estate agents, their clients, and the general (2 comments)
Did FHA just Throw First Time Buyers in Front of the Bus for a PR Gain? - 01/20/10 11:58 AM
Welcome Back Readers! I apologize in advance for the negative tone of this post, but it is information that people who plan on buying this year need to have. There are many solutions available to this problem, there are other programs that allow cash poor buyers to still purchase homes. Call me if you want to find out how those programs can benefit you, in the meantime please be aware of the following info. FHA has announced policy changes today that will potentially have a negative impact on the housing market. Read on after the jump to see excerpts from a release by NAR: (0 comments)
A New Year, a New Code of Ethics - 01/17/10 10:22 PM
Ok, well maybe not entirely new, but there have been some changes the National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics (COE). This important document governs our conduct with not only the public but also with each other and the standards outlined are what set us apart as an organization and as a profession from other salespeople. In the interest of space I am not listing all the language specifically so to review the entire COE and understand better the context of these changes, go to http://www.realtor.org/mempolweb.nsf/pages/code . Here are the changes affecting the COE this year: •· Standard of Practice 3-2 (8 comments)
Group Workout For St. Jude 1-9-10 - 01/04/10 03:31 PM
Group Workout For St. Jude 1-9-10 In conjunction with the 3rd anniversary of Bootcamps With A Purpose, join me at Body & Soul Fitness Studio in Lancaster for a fun and challenging group workout session. Date: Saturday, January 9, 2010 Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am Location: 618 Columbia Avenue, Lancaster (Yellow building with blue awnings beside Porter's Used Furniture. Plenty of free parking.) Please spread the word among your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Donation is $15 per person or bring a partner for a $25 donation. (Or, if you prefer, feel free to get sponsors.) It really helps (2 comments)
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