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Castellum is the latin word for "Castle", and that's exactly how we want our clients to regard their home. So, it's only natural that Castellum Realty strives to treat our customers like royalty. We often go above and beyond to help our clients. For example, a recent client called us to help her pack up and ship her belongings to various locations across the country, including a remote part of Alaska. Other clients have relied on us to arange and even supervise landscaping and other improvements when selling their home.
Castellum Realty LLC. is serious about ensuring our customers feel happy and cared for. "We're not about the one time deal" We keep in touch with our clients beyond the sale and give you honest advice from the beginning-a fact we state in writing and incorporate in our step by step guide for sellers, which includes pull-no-punches tips on setting an asking price, making the home more attractive to buyers and even what Castellum's business expenses will be. With this level of attention and respect, half of our clients are referrals.
We met while working for a local real estate company, and realizing our personalities and goals meshed well joined together and established Castellum Realty LLC. in October 2005, focusing mostly on real estate in Lancaster County. In addition to being licensed realtors, SRES/Senior Real Estate Certified, each one of us has unique expertise. Everard, due to many years in the international corporate world has a multitude of negotiation skills and relocation experience. Nathan's experience as a restaurant manager (he owned the former Discovery Bin) gave him keen people skills, and he also specializes in a variety of financing programs. More...
• Negotiable and competitve commision scehedules. • Market information to support your home buying or listing price decisions. • Home improvement ideas to increase sale value. • Extensive interview of needs and wants before house hunting. • Home improvement ideas to increase sale value. • Solutions for temporary housing, storage and moving. • Help finding financial, tax or legal advisors.( Pre Paid Legal ) • Assistance in securing reliable subcontractors (( Mr.Handyman ) • Assistance in securing home warranties ( First American )
• Effective and frequent advertising in local newspapers and real estate magazines. • Extensive use of internet marketing tools, 360 degree virtual tours and several public web sites. • If warranted, advertising in upscale markets to attract a broader target group. • Use of professional marketing agencies to optimize the message.Our Advertisers
LANCASTER PA HOMES FOR SALE
Whether you are a first time buyer or an experienced investor, you will find useful information about how to choose the "right" property, making an offer, negotiating, financing, mortgage rates, moving, and everything involved in making an informed real estate decision in todays market. Please feel free to browse through this site to explore the Lancaster County communities of Lancaster, Lititz, Manheim, Mountville, Mount Joy, Elizabethtown, Strasburg, and Willow Street or any other town in Lancaster County. This comprehensive Online tool offers direct access to the latest properties for sale in your area. Featuring extensive community information, consumer links, school information, free reports, answers to commonly asked real estate questions, and more, you will find everything about real estate within one easy source.
Lancaster County Real Estate is Hot! With thousandths of acres of open land, willing builders and a vast contingency of outside buyers, Lancaster County Real Estate will continue to thrive, as it has been doing for the past 5 years with a 47.8% increase in home values. Now is the time to purchase property in this booming city as others have been doing for the past 7 years. The fallout from 9/11 has already begun and properties are being bought up frequently as investors look further down the road. Don't wait too long as house prices will continue to climb. Did you know that "Pennsylvania (at 93%) has the 3rd highest increase in house values since Quarter 3(2001)"? This according to ABC Real Estate.
Our mission is to help people relocate to lancaster via our relocation package. We'll also become your downsizing partners for those looking to scale down. With the services offered by our partners we'll be able to prepare, plan, stage, pack and unpack, and coordinate the entire move for you. Our partners will travel up to 3 hours across central PA to help render these services for you. This includes Berks, Lebanon, Lancaster & Dauphin Counties to name a few. This service has been favored with our Active Adult Community in High Pointe, Hershey. This new entity will take on the painstaking task of filling the needs of senior clients who seek extra help with moving expenses and all issues related to what most consider a life changing decision. Coupled with the relocation services will be financial assistance and advice brokered by yet another affiliate of ours that we've worked with for numerous years. People will be able to get advise on accessing equity in order to afford the purchase of a house. They will also get mortgage advise and be referred to a capable mortgage broker. During the settlement process, all financial tax queries will be taken care of with 100% guaranteed satisfaction. In short, we will help make the complete transition as smooth as possible.
Overall we can claim to be the only real estate company in lancaster to merge 3 vital components of moving together into one identity.
UPDATE: As of 11/13/08 we will now offer incentives for customers looking to list a property with our real estate company. These incentives will apply to moving expenses rendered using our relocating partners. Currently a credit of 20 hours is offered. Don't miss out on this special promotion.
WHY USE A PROFESSIONAL REALTOR
For financial investments like a 401-K, Roth, IRA, etc., most people use reputable financial advisors since they are aware of the risks of doing it themselves or having it done by a family member or friend who claims to have the knowledge and skills. For that same reason, you should use a professional realtor with extenSive training and experience to handle the largest financial transactions that most people will ever make -- the sale of your real estate property. All Castellum Realty, LLC realtors work full time and have recently completed all the education requirements to be a real estate broker. All agents are also Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES), a designation that prepares realtors to handle the unique needs of Senior Citizens. This is not common in the world of realtors and thus simply shows our commitment to excellence. Castellum Realty LLC Realtors are also E-Pro Certified which makes them knowledgeable with Real Estate 2.0 practices online which will give our clients much greater exposure on the internet. Our Marketing plan, changes month to month to ensure our customers can take advantage of all the latest technology. With the availability of the internet and digital technologies, the work of the realtor has changed a lot. Most buyers and sellers today know where to find real estate information and choose their realtor accordingly. It is up to our agents to provide excellence in this area which ultimately will make our clients buying and selling decisions easier.
THE TASK OF THE REALTOR
The task of the realtor as we see it is to act as the advisor who helps with the preparation of a home for the sale (repairs, clean up, staging, etc., and who advises on the listing price strategy which is then integrated into the marketing plan to sell your home. All th ree activities are equally important to the success of the transaction. The realtor gives regular feedback on showing results and then recommends a course of action. When purchasing a property, the advise a realtor gives will essentially help a buyer purchase a property that covers his/her immediate needs and offers the long term potential to cover most of the wants of the buyer within his financial reach. We understand that choosing a home involves a lot more than the actual house layout and appearance. These secondary factors will have a large impact on the long-term success of the purchase. For this reason, an in-depth fact finding process should precede any attempts to select houses. This process includes advice on which mortgage companies to choose for the most likely financing scneario. Clients should be pre-qualified before the buying process begins.
HOW WE WORK WITH OUR CLIENTS
We will work in an environment of total honesty in order to avoid false expectations for either buyer or seller. This encompasses the use of a comparable Market Analysis for each transaction in order to use actual up-to-date market numbers and not necessarily the numbers a buyer or seller wants to see. Through the use of the Comparative Marketing Analysis (CMA), we can advise sellers the best possible list price to sell a house quickly in order to avoid a long, drawn-out process of unsuccessful showings, price reductions and frustrations. Buyers will be advised what the offering price should be irrelevant of the asking price which is often not based on the actual market, but on sellers' dreams. We will not use in-house services for mortgages or settlements to avoid any conflicts of interest. This gives us the ability to recommend companies that offer the best possible rates in our area. Castellum Realty, LLC realtors work closely together to give our customers the benefit of our combined professional business knowledge and experience.
THE PURCHASING PROCESS
When a buyer has been identified by a cooperating realtor, or us, we will take the following steps:
We will ensure a buyer is qualified to get financing or has the funds to purchase the house.
We will together with the seller, ensure the offer is sincere and that all critical elements in the "Agreement of Sale" are reasonable and acceptable. We will point out any issues, like contingencies, that might impact the positive outcome.
We will represent our clients in all negotiations or matters related to the sale.
We will help our clients get the optimum transaction.
We will help our clients coordinate all inspections and administrative activities to stay within the agreed time fram outlined in the agreement of sale.
We will, whether we represent the buyer or seller, work cooperatively with the other agents during the inspection process to help find contractors to ensure repairs and fixed quickly and economically.
We will be with our clients at the settlement table and will make sure everything is executed as agreed upon.
We will be available for our clients during the selling or buying process.
We will keep in regular contact with our clients during the entire purchasing process and beyond.
We will be there to offer help when an issue would surface that needs immediately attention to ensure the problem gets resolved quickly and correctly. You can count on us for this help. Do not hesitate to ask us!
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International Investment properties - (Dubai, Belize)
10. Castellum Realty, LLC.is knowledgeable about Lancaster county. Our company's Realtors have lived here a combined total of 89 years! 9. We work with many top companies in the area to ensure you get top quality treatment. 8. Nathan specializes in many different kinds of financing programs with many different lenders. 7. Everard has a lot of experience in negotiations and will help you find the best deal for your needs. We go the extra mile to help you in every phase of buying or selling. 6. We pride ourselves in our ability to provide you with top notch tradesmen if you should need additional services. 5. We try to make each and every client feel as though they were our only client. 4. We offer testimonials from previous clients as proof of our superior service. 3. We try to utilize superior lenders and title companies to not only give you the best service, but at the best price! 2. We try to think outside the box to meet your requirements and wishes.
.... and the #1 reason to work with Castellum Realty, LLC. is:
we enjoy what we are doing in Real Estate and it shows!!
CLIENT SUPPORT RANGE
Internationally focused on helping our clients in the following countries.
There is always something happening in Lancaster City and it's surrounding neighbor cities. Some of these things are even Free! For information about these daily local special events go to cityoflancasterpa.com. For an even larger list that includes all of Lancaster County, go to PADutch's website.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.