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Gettysburg Celebrates Memorial Day - 05/31/10 07:42 PM
Gettysburg Pa Celebrates Memorial Day The weather for the annual Gettysburg Memorial Day Parade could not have been better. While honoring our Veterans, Gettysburg Pa sure knows how to celebrate as well. What was wonderful was the spontaneous applause that erupted any time a Veteran went by, it is a pleasure to live in a community that goes the extra mile. Gettysburg Pa has the distinction of remaining a small town, but what happened here for three days 1863 it gives just a little more focused footnote to our countries historical background. I am sure it is the same with any (4 comments)
MEMORIAL DAY MEMORIES - 05/30/10 11:52 AM
This a great post from my friend Paula Hamilton from Texas, great memories and a great comparison about being safe. Thanks Paula.... Via Paula Hamilton (BANDIER REALTY PARTNERS, LLC): MEMORIAL DAY MEMORIES. As I reflect today on the meaning of Memorial Day and what it means to me, I am pulled back into time remembering lives that have gone before me as well as fun memories of the holiday itself. As a child I remember that our family would always get together on this holiday. Barbecue, hamburgers, lemonade, watermelon, swimming pools, insect repellent and Coppertone are some of the memories that evoke my (4 comments)
Memorial Day History behind the Holiday - 05/29/10 09:09 AM
Memorial Day - History behind the HolidayWe all know that the Memorial Day holiday is about honoring our Veterans, but how did the holiday get it's start? It is known that Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. There are many different stories as to the start of the tradition, many claim it started with the women's groups in the South decorating graves even before the end of the Civil War. President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, NY as the origin of Memorial Day back in May of 1966, however there is no conclusive information that makes the true origin of the holiday clear. What's (9 comments)
How Generation Y Plays into the Recovery - 05/28/10 03:18 PM
How Generation Y Plays into the RecoveryGeneration Y goes my many names, Millennial Generation, Generation Next, Net Generation etc. The Gen Ygroup follows in the footsteps of Gen X. It is generally agreed that births that occurred between roughly the mid 1970's to the 2000's includes what we are now calling Generation Y. Gen Y are noted for their familiarity of the fast based world of technology, everything from communications, media, any and all digital technologies. The largest percentage of Gen Y'ers makes up the age groups from 16-24. The age where most other generations were first leaving home and getting (5 comments)
Robert E Lee and George Meade Continue to Faceoff in Gettysburg Pa - 05/28/10 12:42 PM
Robert E Lee and George Meade Continue to Faceoff in Gettysburg PaConfederate General Robert E Lee and Union General George Meade continue to face each other here in Gettysburg Pa. You will see two different equestrian statues pictured in this post, one of General Robert E Lee, and the other of General George Meade. First a little background on the two statues. The Meade statue was sculpted by Henry Kirke Bush-Brown, who incidental also did the John Reynolds, and John Sedgewick equestrian statues at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The Meade statue was dedicated on the morning of June 5, 1896. (2 comments)
Gettysburg Battlefield - Landscapes and Emotion - 05/27/10 04:58 PM
Gettysburg Battlefield - Landscapes and EmotionIn observance of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, I will be posting a daily feature on the Gettysburg Battlefield. I wanted to start with something that captures the emotion that one feels when touring the battlefield, yes the Gettysburg National Military Park is beautiful, but there is no denying the raw emotion that one feels as well. My goal in this exercise was to capture some of that emotion through the landscapes of the Gettysburg Battlefield, as well as though the faces of the various sculptures that dot that landscape. I have never thought of the (9 comments)
Smart Style with an Art Vibe @ Grace Kelly Salon in Downtown Gettysburg - 05/27/10 12:22 PM
Smart Style with an Art Vibe @ Grace Kelly Salon in Downtown GettysburgLooking for a salon that can offer smart styling with an art vibe, then look no further than Grace Kelly salon right here in downtown Gettysburg, Pa. Grace Kelly salon has quickly become a popular, sought after place to get the hair thing done here in Gettysburg, Pa. The smart styling and chique atmosphere grabs you from the minute you walk in. While Grace Kelly salon fits in wonderfully with the new vibrant atmosphere of downtown Gettysburg, Pa. The feel in the salon is much the same as one (2 comments)
Is your Market Plan on Track and Ready for the Hills Ahead? - 05/26/10 01:21 PM
Is your Market Plan on Track and Ready for the Hills Ahead?It is no secret that our current real estate market is unstable. Just because we are on unstable ground doesn't mean that we as Realtors need to interpret unstable as not profitable. If you have a solid marketing plan that is on track and ready for hills ahead, you can make it through unstable conditions and come out ready for the boom that is on the horizon. Many of us "seasoned" Realtors have seen markets like this before, does anyone remember the 80's and the land of the 18% mortgage? (4 comments)
Simme Valley Estates in Adams County Brings the Conveniences of the City to the Country - 05/25/10 01:58 PM
Simme Valley Estates in Adams County Brings the Conveniences of the City to the Country Simme Valley Estates in Adams County Pa brings the conveniences of the city to country living. Simme Valley estates is outside the quiet town country town of New Oxford Pa, just minutes away from historic Gettysburg Pa. New Oxford is known for it's beautiful and numerous antique shops, it boasts over 500 dealers in the area. Simme Valley estates homes are built by New Age Associates, Inc. The owner of New Age Associates, Harry McKean was recently honored by the Gettysburg Adams County Chamber of (0 comments)
Tips for Improving Your Credit Score - 05/24/10 10:15 AM
Here is some great information from Kathryn Maguire of Chesapeake, Va. This is still a tough market and having a good credit score on longer determines your rates, it now determines whether you will get or not. Thanks Kathryn Via Kathryn Maguire (Rose and Womble Realty Company): One of the most critical factors that will determine if you qualify for a mortgage or whether you will receive a favorable rate on your mortgage is your credit score. For some people, how a credit score is determined or what they can do to improve their credit score is a complete mystery. However, you CAN (3 comments)
Gettysburg Area School District Information - 05/21/10 01:09 PM
Gettysburg Area School District InformationGettysburg area school district encompasses a 185 square mile area of Adams County Pa. It services four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Graduation rate district wide: 2009 - 89%2008 - 93%2007 - 93% Eisenhower Elementary School Academic Achievement rankings are based on student performance on three years PSSAs results in: reading, writing, math, and two years of science. 2010 - 238th2009 -292nd2008 - 283rd2007 - 318th out of 501 school districts
Gettysburg Middle School Lincoln Elementary School The Gettysburg Area School District employs approximately 233 teachers with an average salary of $54,489 (4 comments)
Does Your Lender (or Agent) Leave You Out in the Cold Just Because You Don't Qualify Right NOW? - 05/21/10 09:26 AM
Readers, I don't reblog others people stuff very often, but this is such great information from my colleague Charita Chadenhead, my Birmingham, Al connection that I have no choice. If you are looking for home in the Birmingham, Al area be sure to contact Charita @ (205)321-1200. As you can tell from her post, she is knowledgeable and a true professional that looks out for her clients. Thanks Charita Via Charita Cadenhead, www.bhamwiire.com (Bham WIiRE Realty, LLC (You've Got Options)): Does Your Lender (or Agent) Leave You Out in the Cold Just Because You Don't Qualify Right NOW? So you're ready to buy (3 comments)
Gettysburg Pa has some Great Grass - 05/20/10 10:37 AM
Gettysburg Pa has some Great GrassYes it's true, there is some of the best grass here in Gettysburg Pa, Blue Grass that is. Twice a year the Granite Hill Camping Resort just outside of the greater Gettysburg area offers some of the best Blue Grassacts this side of the Appalachians. The first 3 day event occurs in May, the second event is held in August. This past weekend I had the pleasure of checking off an item on my bucket list. I had the pure pleasure of seeing, more importantly, listening to AKUS. For those that are not familar withAKUS, the initials stand (1 comments)
New Home Construction-Existing Inventory-Lending- Appraisals-I have a Headache - 05/18/10 11:23 AM
New Home Construction-Existing Inventory-Lending- Appraisals-I have a HeadacheHow can anyone out there make any kind of serious prediction regarding where the Real Estate market is going? We Realtors have seen a nice jump in activity in the first quarter of 2010, with existing home sales showing signs of recovery throughout the nation. It is too early to tell however whether the tax credit was the catalyst that pushed that recovery trend.The real long term health of the entire real estate market is what we need to be focusing on. The real estate market on a whole needs to addressed, not just existing (3 comments)
Gettysburg Pa - Fighting a Battle all over Again - 05/18/10 09:02 AM
Gettysburg Pa - Fighting a Battle all over AgainNo I am not talking about the proposed Casino, I am talking about Gettysburg Pa's fight for it's business life. It appears that the Gettysburg boro is clearly on the ropes, it has been down for the count in this fight and it's small business life is losing, big time. Lets take a look at how this battle in Gettysburg Pa has played out so far. Not too long ago the National Park Service decided to build a new visitor center, that move has put an incredible financial burden on the businesses in (2 comments)
Lions and Tigers and Bears - Come on By - National Zoo - 05/17/10 11:36 AM
Lions and Tigers and Bears - Come on By - National ZooThis past weekend my wife and I spent some quality time at the National Zoo in Washington DC. Yes there were Lions, Tigers & Bears, and a great time was had by all. We were joined by our son and his finance for the day. It was great to take some family time and let loose a bit. The National Zoo is located at 3001 Connecticut Ave, Washington DC. It is run by the Smithsonian Institute and is therefore free to enter. That is quite incredible in today's world, while (7 comments)
It IS Alright to WALK Sometimes! - 05/14/10 01:20 PM
Here is an excellent post from my friend Paula Hamilton from the Woodlands, TX. Paula makes a great point that it is okay to walk sometimes...something a lot of us fail to remember. Thanks Paula for the reminder Via Paula Hamilton (BANDIER REALTY PARTNERS, LLC): It IS Alright to WALK Sometimes! This morning as I was running along Towne Lake here in Austin, (I am here with my husband on business) I found myself feeling guilty because I simply needed to walk some today. Why do I feel guilty? I am outside and moving my body and that should be enough right? (4 comments)
The Lure of Urban Living-Is it Calling You? - 05/13/10 09:34 AM
The Lure of Urban Living-Is it Calling You?Here in the south central Pennsylvania area there is a trend happening. Empty nesters, young professionals, new families are making the move to the cities. Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York specifically. While the majority of those moving into all three cities are empty nesters and young professionals, new are also beginning to make the move into the urban area's. Clearly the chic urban lofts and condos that are being built through out the south central Pa area are attracting those that are looking for that upscale restaurant night club style of living. Young families are (9 comments)
Dallas Burglar Posing As Potential Homebuyer - CBS 11 - 05/13/10 08:02 AM
I don't reblog often, but this is great information from Bob McCrainie from Texas. Second one today, must be reblog day for me. This goes nicely with my previous reblog this morning... Via Bob McCranie (Texas Pride Realty): http://cbs11tv.com/local/Steven.Breed.Highland.2.1690705.html
Suspected 'house for sale' burglar, Steven Breed. Highland Park Police Dept. He poses as a potential North Texas homebuyer, but police say one man has stolen thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from houses that are up for sale. The suspect, Steven Breed, has already (3 comments)
Really, I Am Not A Bitch - Please Respect My Need For Personal Safety! - 05/13/10 07:32 AM
Whether you are a seasoned agent, or brand new to the business, male or female this information from Leesa Finley is great to be learned a first time or reminded of. Thanks Leesa Via Leesa L. Finley, REALTOR®/RE Strategist Wake Forest NC Real Estate and Area Info (Circa Properties - Your Wake Forest NC Homes Specialist): I don't know why, but I still find it amazing when Potential Buyers get mad at me for not dropping everything at a moments notice and meeting them at a vacant house. Mind you, complete strangers! By my nature, I am a friendly person, never met a (7 comments)
Great little Investment Property - 05/12/10 04:21 PM
Great little Investment Property in Hanover PaGreat little investment property in Hanover Pa just on the market. Great little investment property in Hanover Pa features up and down design, nice 1 bedroom, 1 bath units. Both units boast lots of living space. Downstairs unit has lots of natural wood highlights, large living room and large eat in kitchen, and large bathroom, as well as laundry room and back porch. Upstairs unit has large bathroom, lots of living space and nice back porch as well. Great little investment property in Hanover Pa offers lots of off street parking and close to the town (5 comments)
Pa to see changes to State Uniform Construction Code-Good for the Housing Market? - 05/12/10 09:20 AM
Pa to see changes to State Uniform Construction Code-Good for the Housing Market?Changes in the 2009 state Uniform Construction Code are set to take effect this year as well as a number changes that go into effect next year. Some of these changes are going to be easy enough to handle on the job site, and some will not increase cost, others however will be difficult at both the job site and the selling model. There is enough concern from the new construction arena that money to purchase new homes is hard enough to get from banks and lending institutions. Now (5 comments)
Historic Lincoln Train Station-Gettysburg-Pa - 05/11/10 09:44 AM
Historic Lincoln Train Station-Gettysburg-PaNovember 18, 1863 at about 6:00 pm a train would be arriving from Hanover junction carrying a very important passenger that in less than 24 hours would be making what would become the most famous speech of his career. The following day November 19, would be the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery with President Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg address. The then named Gettysburg train station would see a lot of action over the next 48 hours. Gettysburg would be playing host to some 20,000 guests and dignitaries the majority of which would be arriving via train. The (7 comments)
Is the Disappeared Tax Credit going to turn the Market into a Desert - 05/10/10 09:09 AM
Is the Disappeared Tax Credit going to turn the Market into a Desert I have been listening to different agents making their predictions about what the market is going to do now that the tax credit is a done deal. I have been taken aback by the confidence in which some are speaking. Personally I don't see it, I am not trying to be a pessimist, but really in these economic times how one make statements that they are sure things are going to continue to get better. I don't believe that is prudent. Maye it is bravado, maybe it is (9 comments)
A Mothers Day Toast to all Moms - 05/09/10 06:27 PM
A Mothers Day Toast to all Moms I could not pass up a chance to offer a toast to all the moms out there in the rain. I know many of you are moms because I have followed your blogs and have seen some your children growing up right here on Activerain. There is no greater joy than being a parent, so here's to all you moms out there... (9 comments)
Are you your Neighborhood Expert? - 05/08/10 10:19 AM
Are you your Neighborhood Expert?A friend from high school recently posted something on his facebook page that really got me thinking. Tommy Butler from East Rockaway Long Island quoted his dad "Always remember you're unique - just like everyone else." While I find the statement to be hysterically funny, and more than a bit correct, it got me thinking about the challenge we as Realtors face trying to stand out in a crowded sea of Realtors. One of the most important things I have learned from the AR community is how to correctly and efficiently market myself. I need to be (11 comments)
Come on Out to the York Young Professionals 11th Annual Home Tour - 05/07/10 12:40 PM
Come on Out to the York Young Professionals 11th Annual Home TourCome on out this evening for the York Young Professionals 11th annual home tour from 5:00pm - 8:00pm with a reception at the The York Water Company. The YYP was founded in 1999 with a mission to "Strive to make the city of York a more vibrant and enjoyable place to live, work, and play." They are an excellent organization that takes it's mission statement seriously. The YYP practices what they preach with monthly social events, dining events and many community outreach events. The members of the YYP are young, (2 comments)
Devastating Fire in Gettysburg Colt Park Neighborhood - Are you Adequately Insured - 05/07/10 08:52 AM
Devastating Fire in Gettysburg Colt Park Neighborhood - Are you Adequately Insured Earlier this week the Colt Park neighborhood of historic Gettysburg Pa suffered a devastating fire in one of the many beautiful homes that make up the neighborhood. As is clear from the accompanying pictures the structure is a total loss. That got me to thinking about friends and family as well as my own liabilities. When you see devastation on the level that this property suffered you hope that if this occurred to you, you would be prepared. I guess the word is insured because I don't believe that (5 comments)
2944 Village Square - New Listing in Dover, York County, Pa all ready for the family to move into.This 4 bedroom 2 full bath home has been completely remodeled top to bottom. All new carpet, appliances, tile, paint. Enjoy some together time in the family room, or get some sun on the spaciouse deck. Large lawn front and back, Laundry room, separate dining area, lots of closet space, 1 car garage, and a large wooden sporage shed for gardening tools. Excellent condition in a desirable, quiet neighborhood. This one (3 comments)
Abrah Cadabrah - your Debt is Gone - 05/05/10 08:49 AM
Abrah Cadabrah - your Debt is GoneIn these difficult economic times many new debt relief companies have been born offering a magician like solution to your debt problems. Abrah - Cadabrah - your debt is gone is not the answer. While debt management may be the answer, it is important that you the consumer do your homework when choosing a debt management company. Remember the old adage "if it is too good to be true, it is probably too good to be true."There is no easy way out of uncontrolled debt, before spending more money on a magic solution try meeting (2 comments)
Inspections...We Don't need no stinking Inspections - 05/05/10 08:00 AM
Inspections...We Don't need no stinking InspectionsIt always amazes me that I get asked repeatedly by first time home buyers here in the Gettysburg Pa area, "Do we need to get an inspection?". My answer is always the same, yes you do need to get an inspection, why would you not want one on probably the most important purchase of your life. Depending on where in the country you are buying, whether it is the Gettysburg, Adams County area or San Francisco, Calif, you are going to be spending at least $100,000 for a building that you are not only going to be (11 comments)
Asbestos is a natural mineral that is used in a myriad of building products, especially in the fireproofing industry. Prior to 1979 asbestos was used widely in the building industry. Studies show that asbestos can cause in humans. Asbestos levels become dangerous when the material is disturbed, making the fibers airborne. Inhaling the fibers into the lungs is the manner in which asbestos becomes a problem. What follows is a list of areas where asbestos is common.
Fireproofing materials= almost any product that was used as a fireproofing material contains asbestos.
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