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Also this past Thursday, July 30, 2009 was the 'The Village at Pocono' Resort Grand Opening @ Pocono Raceway. One of NASCAR's premier motorsports facilities, is proud to unveil its newest venture: The Village at Pocono, an all season vacation destination. The Village at Pocono, the newest resort in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, is located in Long Pond, Pa. The Village, owned (0 comments)
41-2001-20 Arapaho Path, Pocono Lake, PA 18347 List #09-4663 Walking distance to the Choctaw pool. Maintenance free 3 bedroom, 2 bath home that features large kitchen & dining area great for family gatherings. Master bedroom suite, laundry room and nicely landscaped. Furniture is negotiable. Outside Grill is even hardwired to propane tank!
13-1501-15 Catawissa Drive, Pocono Lake, PA 18347 List #09-7048 Desirable lot in Arrowhead Lakes. No need to wait a year or more for the sewer. No Grinder Pump required. Location, location, location......located 1/2 block from heated swimming pool. (0 comments)
An EF2 tornado ripped through the Cherry Valley area at about 1:40 p.m. on Today (Wednesday), leaving behind heavy damage.
STROUD TWP - Scattered but heavy damage is reported from what appears to be a tornado that hit the Cherry Valley area south of Stroudsburg, shortly after 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. Roofs were blown off some structures. At least one home lost an attached garage. Dozens of threes are down. Cherry Valley Road between Blakeslee Road and Route 191, remained closed as of 8 p.m., because of numerous downed trees. PennDOT expects the road to reopen by late evening. As (0 comments)
Existing-home sales up for third straight month! - 07/28/09 07:23 AM
More Good News!!! The associated press said we are in a three-month streak in an upward rise in existing home sale which hasn't happened since 2004, which was during the housing boom. It also appears the turnaround in the housing market is finally here and indeed may be gaining some speed!
June New Home Sales up Nationally! - 07/28/09 07:14 AM
More Great News!!!!!!!!!!!!! New-home sales rose 11% nationally in June. Sales of newly built homes rose 11 percent in June over May's levels, but they were 21.3 percent below June 2008's number, the Commerce Department reported yesterday. Link for more info. http://www.philly.com/philly/business/homepage/20090728_New-home_sales_rise_11__nationally_in_June.html
This past week was a good week for us. We put 2 lake fronts and a ranch style vacation home under contract. Our web hits are up our social network activity is up and more then normal activty with other agents showing our listings is up. Something is going on in the vacation home sector!
This is bill has been created to amend the Truth in Lending Act and is reform for consumer mortgage practices, provide accountability and to provide certain minimum standards for consumer mortgage loans. It permits a consumer to assert a right to mortgage loan rescission as a defense to foreclosure. It prohibits specified practices, including: (1) certain prepayment penalties; (2) single premium credit insurance; (3) mandatory arbitration (except for reverse mortgages); (4) mortgage loan provisions that waive a statutory cause of action by the consumer; and (5) mortgages with negative amortization. This could be scary stuff. Here (3 comments)
The Bill makes the following changes to the current law: 1. Extends the deadline from Dec. 1,'09 to Jan. 1, '11 2. Eliminates the income restriction to qualify for the credit 3. Opens up qualification to ALL BUYERS, not just First Time Buyers.
Here is a link for more info. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-2801 Lets keep our fingers crossed.
Stock Market Hit 9000 Mark! - 07/24/09 06:21 AM
The stock market hit 9000 yesterday, first time since January 2009. They say that a few of the reasons are: Realestate up in June 3.6% Ebay is up AT&T is up Cash for Clunkers up to $4500 for trade ins. The newest car campain. US Senate passed a $1 billion Cash for Clunkers bill. This program begins today. Here is the website for more info http://www.cars.gov/. The continued dollars for first time buyers $8,000 All sectors are up. This could be a leading indicator for the future.
One of the premiere Poconos Vacation Communities! Amenities include: 2 Lakes 4 Beaches with Boat Docks Playgrounds Food Concessions Fishing Piers 3 swimming pools (2 are heated) 7 tennis courts (2 are lighted for night games) Website for all the details on these listings http://jeffrickertteam.com/
This Saturday July 25, 2009 @ 7:30 PM at the Clubhouse is come and meet the candidates night for those running for the Board of Directors. The following are running: Anthony Pane Donald Childers Jack Adamson Jules Weinbaum Chip Allen Elmer H. Money ,Sr. Jeff Rickert (Yes I am running) William Lucas The following dates are also important: August 27, 2009 Ballot Return September 5, 2009 Ballot Couting September 6, 2009 Annual Meeting 1PM To get in you need to have currenty year ALCA badges and must be worn as well as your membership card.
Arrowhead Lake Lake Front on North Arrowhead Lake - 07/22/09 07:16 PM
Arrowhead Lake Lake Front Home on North Arrowhead Lake 20-55-10 Winona Path, Pocono Lake, PA 18347 View Map Beautiful Lake Front Home in Arrowhead Lake Community. Home features 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths with recent upgrades. Large deck overlooking North Arrowhead Lake. Private dock, stone fireplace, game room area all within walking distance to the new heated Island Pool. http://jeffrickertteam.com/vacation_homes_for_sale/20_55_10winona_path_1.html Details Asking Price: $369,900 MLS: 09-6667 Sq. Feet: 1,708 Lot Size: 0.42 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 HOA/Maintenance Fees: 96 Subdivision: Arrowhead Lake Year Built: 1972 Contact InfoHeather Rickert Realtor®, RSPS
Main 215-631-1900 Cell 215-850-9640 Dir 215-631-1900 Email | Website (0 comments)
Here is the link for more info. http://www.realtor.org/RMODaily.nsf/pages/News2009072001?OpenDocument
Economic indicators up more than expected in June - 07/20/09 01:32 PM
Yahoo News Said: More Good News! More plans to build homes, higher stock prices and fewer people filing first-time claims for jobless aid sent the private-sector forecast of U.S. economic activity higher than expected in June. Link for more info: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090720/ap_on_bi_ge/us_econo
This Saturday 7/25/2009 is the Sand Castle building Contest
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMLocation: Beach 2 Bring buckets, shovels and creative ides to build a unique work of art out of sand. this contest is for all ages. upon arrival at the contest please be sure to see one of the Recreation Staff to complete an entry form. Prizes will be awarded to winners the catagories are Most creative, Best teamwork, Largest Sand Castle, Best Sand Art, and our newest category Just sand.
The Fishing Derby was a big success. This was the 10th year for the derby. Ten years ago there were 40 kids this year there were approx. 175 kids. The kids got to stock the lake with fish. The kids walked away with a hat and some type of door prize and most of all great memories.
Youth Fishing Derby 7/18/2009 to 7/19/2009 Location: Island Pavilion PRE-REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AT THE FRONT DESK OF THE MEMBER SERVICES BUILDINGFor ages 6 - 13 Activities include teaching fishing skills, boat & water safety, promoting an appreciation for the environment.No fishing gear (0 comments)
Agents Not Showing other Agents Listing is it a disservice to the public? - 07/17/09 11:46 AM
I just had to share this. Today I received a call from a buyer. This buyer called another local national company prior to me in the area to see homes. The other agent said there was only one house in their price range. After I did a search I surprisingly found 8 in that price range. The reason why the other agent said 1 (one) is that is how many listings the agent has in that price range. The buyer was surprised to know that there were 8. My comment was "we show every ones listing". The agent said something that (2 comments)
Have You Found Your Niche Market? Here Are 5 Ways - 07/15/09 11:47 AM
Realtor .org said 5 Ways to Find Your Niche Own Your Niche Make a name for yourself by carving a real estate specialty that combines your interests with local market opportunities.
1. Analyze local demographics. 2. Pinpoint your passion. 3. Zero in on a defined geographic area. 4. Look right in front of you. 5. Tap your existing networks.
Become the Expert: Tips for Success 1. Get the credentials. 2. Understand the lifestyle. 3. Share their enthusiasm. 4. Become an online resource.
Here is the link for the full article http://www.realtor.org/rmosales_and_marketing/articles/2009/0907_niche
GO GREEN! - 07/15/09 11:38 AM
Daily Real Estate News said: Windmill Saves Owners 25 Percent of Energy Homeowners who want to go green and are looking for a source of alternative energy might consider the Windspire by Mariah Power.The 1.2 kilowatt-producing mini-windmill can cut a typical household's energy use by 25 percent in an area where the wind speed averages 12 mph. In urban Raleigh, N.C., near where the Windspire is being reviewed at North Carolina State University, the turbine will produce only 5 percent to 10 percent of a household's energy, says Brian Miles, a wind energy specialist at N.C. State's Solar Center. The (1 comments)
No there is no skiing in August but at Jack Frost and Big Boulder in the poconos on 08/01/09 they will begin selling season passes. Lowest prices are now here is their website for more details http://www.jfbb.com/plan/season-passes. 2009/2010 Season Passes Unlimited Passes An Unlimited Pass is good for one all-access snow pass per day anytime JFBB is open.
Jay Mattioli the Magician will be at Arrowhead Lake - 07/13/09 09:34 AM
There is a big announcement to make at Arrowhead Lake. We are going to have a celebrity at our presents on August 15, 2009 Jay Mattioli (here is his website http://www.jaymattioli.com/) he will be sharing magic with Arrowhead Lake residents.
Jay was on America's Got Talent see link http://www.break.com/tv-shows/americas-got-talent/jay-mattiolis-performance-802769.html. The Time: 6:00 PMLocation: Clubhouse Cost: $7.00 per person (all ages)There are two shows for this event.Purchase tickets at the Member Services Building.Includes: the show and four flavors of ice cream with the toppings on either waffle or in a cone.
Visit Arrowhead Lake's website http://www.arrowheadca.org/outside_home.asp for more activities. Visit our website at http://jeffrickertteam.com/ for (1 comments)
Youth Fishing Derby at Arrowhead Lake - 07/13/09 09:11 AM
Youth Fishing Derby 7/18/2009 to 7/19/2009 Location: Island Pavilion PRE-REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AT THE FRONT DESK OF THE MEMBER SERVICES BUILDINGFor ages 6 - 13 Activities include teaching fishing skills, boat & water safety, promoting an appreciation for the environment.No fishing gear required...On Sunday after the derby there will be a lunch which trophies will be presented and a raffle.
Visit Arrowhead Lake's website http://www.arrowheadca.org/outside_home.asp for more activities. Visit our website at http://jeffrickertteam.com/ for vacation homes in the Poconos.
All You Can Eat Breakfast Arrowhead Lake - 07/13/09 08:55 AM
On Sunday July 19 2009 from 8:30am to 11:30am at the clubhouse there will be an all you can eat homemade country breakfast buffet. The cost is $6 (6 years and older) $3 (3-5years old) children under 3 FREE!!! Breakfast menu includes, made to order eggs and omelette's, pancakes, french toast ( strawberry, blueberry toppings) sausage links, bacon, breakfast potatoes, cereal, english muffins, waffles, toast, danish muffins, orange juice, coffee and tea. Make sure you wear your badge. Visit Arrowhead Lake's website http://www.arrowheadca.org/outside_home.asp Visit our website at http://jeffrickertteam.com/ for vacation homes in the Poconos.
Coffee House / Live Music at Arrowhead Lake - 07/13/09 08:44 AM
This Friday July 17 2009 at the Clubhouse will be the Coffee House / With Live Music. Doors open at 7pm. Robb and Taylor and Friends will be will be the music for the night from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. The event is for all ages but if you are under 18 you must be accompanied by an adult. There will be coffees, teas and baked goods for all. Make sure you wear your badges. Visit Arrowhead Lake's website http://www.arrowheadca.org/outside_home.asp Visit our websit at http://jeffrickertteam.com/ for vacation homes in the Poconos.
Teen Man Hunt Game at Arrowhead Lake - 07/13/09 08:33 AM
Teen Man Hunt Game Thursday July 16 2009 8:30 pm to 10 pm at the Clubhouse Grounds. This is a teen version of hide & seek and tag. This is for kids 12-17 years of age. The cost is FREE!!!! No prizes will be awarded. Remember to bring your badge for admission. Visit Arrowhead Lake's website http://www.arrowheadca.org/outside_home.asp Visit our website at http://jeffrickertteam.com/ for vacation homes in the Poconos.
This Wednesday July 15, 2009 from 8-10 will be family movie nigh. The admission is FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You will be given one cup of popcorn and one cup of fruit punch/lemonade. The movie is Beverly Hills Chihuahua Rated PG Badges must be worn. Visit Arrowhead Lake's website http://www.arrowheadca.org/outside_home.asp Visit our website at http://jeffrickertteam.com/ for vacation homes in the Poconos.
This past Sunday July 12, 2009 Was Christmas in July at Arrowhead Lake. The kids loved it and I think some of the Adults liked it toooo. From 1-3 pm there were crafts and a cartoon for the kids cost for the crafts was $1. The cartoon was Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July. Santa and Mrs. Santa arrived at 2:30 pm. As the grand finally there was an all you can eat homemade Dinner just like Christmas day that was from 5-7pm and Santa and Mrs. Santa was there for that as well. Visit Arrowhead Lake's website http://www.arrowheadca.org/outside_home.asp Visit (0 comments)
Outlook Favorable for Second-Home Market - 07/10/09 11:37 AM
NAR said: Despite weakening second home purchases in 2008, the long-term demand looks favorable for the second-home market because there are large numbers of people in the prime years for buying a second home. Currently, 39.2 million people in the United States are ages 50 to 59-a group that dominated sales in the first part of this decade. An additional 44.8 million people are between 40 and 49, and another 40.7 million are 30 to 39. Sounds good for us second home market realtors. Here is the link for more details http://www.realtor.org/rmodaily.nsf/pages/News2009033003
97-25-8 Owassa Dr, Pocono Lake, PA 18347 List #09-6496 Amazing Lake Front home in Arrowhead Lakes. Totally renovated 3 bedroom, 2 full bath cottage that is as neat as a button! Many upgrades including hardwood floors. Move in and relax on the back deck overlooking the lake before the summer is over! Priced to sell hurry before you are too late.
18-1909-19 Maxatawny Dr, Pocono Lake, PA 18347 List #09-6348 Five Bedroom three full bath Lakewood Chalet is waiting for that special buyer. Home features a detached 2 car heated garage with a room above, Propane stove, ceramic tiled floors, wet bar, vented skylights all on central sewer. Furnishings included per list. Walking distance to the heated pool.
I have a question. What is more successful? Marketing listings in local books at the grocery story or by spending hours doing social networking, blogging, direct mail leaflets, newspaper ads and other traditional marketing avenues? I look forward to hearing your feedback.
So how long are rates going to stay down this time? Someone tell me why the rates are like a seesaw.
Morgan Stanley said: An end to the Fed's emergency measures poses a "cliff-effect" risk for the bond market. The effect "increases the risk for a policy misstep and produces greater uncertainty," Morgan Stanley analysts wrote in their midyear outlook published on Wednesday. They forecast benchmark 10-year Treasury note yields could push toward 4.25 percent by the end of the year, almost 0.70 percentage point above current levels. Short-term yields on the other hand will likely stay steady. They (6 comments)
The Next Wave of Foreclosures is Commercial Real Estate Fact or Fiction? - 07/06/09 04:19 PM
Washington Business Journal said: Distressed Commercial Real Estate Tops $97B The total value of distressed commercial real estate reached $97.8 billion in June, doubling every three months since December 2008. Not good. Foreclosures of commercial mortgages reached a 3.2 percent delinquency rate in the first quarter of 2009, up from 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2008. Also not good.
Indian Mountain Lakes Private, Gated CommunityVacation Rental4 Bedrooms, 2 BathsSleeps 12Link for more info http://www.jeffrickertteam.com/vacation_homes_for_rent/indian_mt.html Private Development with a secured entrance. Centrally located to major ski resorts, shopping, recreational activities. 2 pools, 5 lakes, fishing, tennis, hiking, etc.
Vacation in Arrowhead Lake - 07/06/09 03:06 PM
Pocono Lake, Pa Private, Gated CommunityVacation Rental4 Beds, 3 BathsSleeps 18 Max.More info http://www.jeffrickertteam.com/vacation_homes_for_rent/arrow_rent.html Spacious contemporary chalet located in Arrowhead Lakes. This gated community has plenty to offer all year long. In the summer enjoy the three pools and two lakes for swimming, boating or fishing. We are located within walking distance to the one of the lakes and heated pools. There is also tennis & basketball courts, playgrounds and planned activities.
Pocono Lake, Pa Arrowhead LakeVacation Rental4 Beds, 2 BathsLink for more info. http://www.jeffrickertteam.com/vacation_homes_for_rent/arrow2.html Ground floor - 1 bedroom with Queen size bed, Pool table in rec (0 comments)
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