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The following is a very interesting short history of Speedwell Forge County Park:Speedwell Forge was built in 1760 in Elizabeth Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It operated continuously until 1854, when it closed as iron production moved west.James Old (1730-1809) emigrated from Wales in...
 Here is part 3 of the history of East Petersburg, PA, a Lancaster County gem: Part One Part TwoIn 1888 David Gochnauer built the house at 1977 State Street (originally known as Columbia Avenue) which was the first in town to have electric lights and indoor plumbing.  It is still there today in e...
Just a quick post to express my frustration at listings with only one photo on the MLS.  Come on, people!  What is the seller paying for, anyways?  Even the worst foreclosure prop will benefit from a couple of photos.  Let's all agree to stop the photos with the car mirror obvious in the corner.....
People keep asking me "what's the latest?" for the local southeast PA real estate market.  I've been mulling this over in the wee hours of the morning and come up with my first "top ten" list (I've always wanted one of my own - goes back to my old Letterman days).  This is a list of the words or ...
 Continued from Part 1:Be familiar with the most common issues found during an inspection: 1) Improper Surface Grading and Drainage. By far the most frequent problem. It is responsible for the most common household aggravations, including water penetration into the basement or crawlspace. Water i...
 Continued from part 1, history of East Petersburg, PA:From 1812 through the end of the century, Petersburg continued to develop as more residents moved in and set up shop as businesses, churches and other ventures primarily geared around supporting the many farms in the area.  In comparing the 1...
Today I talked to another homebuyer who got sucked into working with the listing agent for a property he really liked.  I'm constantly amazed at the lack of solid buyer education that's out there.  Buyers in Pennsylvania need to know about buyer agency!  If you as a buyer are working with the lis...
 As a resident and councilman in "East Pete", and as a history buff, I became interested in the history of this small Pennsylvania town with deep roots.  So, in 2006 I authored a book entitled "Walking Tour of Historic East Petersburg" with a committee of local residents.  Carole Wilson of Lanca...
This article is courtesy of Herb Ingram of Amerispec Home Inspections of Lancaster: Most likely, when an offer is presented to you for your home, it will contain some type of contingency related to the findings of a professional home inspection. In order for that process to go as smoothly as poss...
Everyone's been following the latest meltdown in the mortgage subprime world.  I was quoted in a front-page article in Lancaster's Sunday News on the subject.  Generally, practitioners in the area agree that the effect on the price of homes will be slight, and then only in a price range condusive...

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