berks county real estate: Amazing Article in Top Agent Magazine - 05/01/14 01:30 PM
About one month ago I was contacted by the staff at Top Agent Magazine. They wanted to do an article on me and asked if I was interested. I eagerly accepted the proposal. Within a week an editor called me to do a phone interview. He stated that it would take about 20 or 30 minutes. He obviously was not aware of who he was talking to.
We were on the phone for an hour and 10 minutes. At the end of the interview he stated that there was so much material it may be impossible to put it all on … (8 comments)

berks county real estate: Middle Class Americans Negatively Affected by Govt Housing Policies - 03/13/14 03:34 PM
The dream of home ownership traditionally meant that anyone could get ahead using their ability and working hard. Over the past several decades, the United States government created housing policies that created incentive laced housing programs and the tax code that changed the dream for many American citizens. Families began to think of their home as an investment, not just shelter and a place for their families to grow up. When the housing market crashed in 2007, many suffered, homeowners, investors, the working middle class and taxpayers.
Creative robust housing programs initiated by the government have not always helped the poor … (0 comments)

berks county real estate: 1790 Limekiln Road, Douglassville, PA 19518 - 02/13/14 12:10 PM
1790 Limekiln Road, Douglassville, PA 19518 from Jeffrey Hogue on VimeoThere are times when a visit to a home can transform your whole perspective on the subject of habitation. This is such a home. Welcome to Glendel Farm, Est. 1757. It is my sincere pleasure to present this historical farmhome with it's barn/apartment, 4-car garage with studio apartment & 73 golden acres for your review and consideration. From 1752 homestead to reparation project to what it is today. A complete frame off restoration. Click HERE for the full story...
Here are some photos taken by the owners prior to the restoration...  
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berks county real estate: Country Classic in Brecknock Township, pennsylvania - 02/12/14 04:21 PM
103 Horning Road from Jeffrey Hogue on Vimeo.Many homes tout the phrase "Custom Home" without much merit. This home deserves the moniker. The traditional architecture and floor plan are closely related to homes of the 1800's. This general design is used quite often for its practicality. The thing that makes this home custom is the manner in which it was modified and how the building materials and accompaniments were chosen. It starts with the highly efficient geothermal heating system and works its way up from there. The cabinetry throughout the home was handcrafted. It features beaded edge recessed doors, easy draw … (0 comments)

berks county real estate: 700 Fabers Road, Reading, PA 19606 - 02/11/14 04:08 PM
700 Fabers Road from Jeffrey Hogue on Vimeo.Exeter Township was founded December 7th, 1741. Previously considered part of Oley Township, the area's residents petitioned Philadelphia County to become a separate Township six months after the establishment of Oley. The actual name of the Township, "Exeter", is generally credited to the George Boone family. That family was from a town called Bradninch, England, just outside the town of Exeter. Many similarities still exist between the two cities, among them being the geography, soil type, and proximity to a town called St. Lawrence. In 1775 settlers built an 18 x 13 log cabin, bank … (0 comments)

berks county real estate: Living Grand - 02/09/14 03:02 PM

10 Open Hearth Drive, Reading, PA 19607 from Jeffrey Hogue on Vimeo.
If life has allowed you to reside where you desire, in the style of home that pleases you, this grand offering may be compelling. The estate was built by Ledge Rock Builders. The home is a testament to the capabilities of the builder who is the owner of the company.
The builder believes that life is too short to settle for anything less than grand. His investment in this French eclectic estate is witness to his belief. This style of home is popular in Europe and became a … (1 comments)

berks county real estate: The Bucket Truck Rolls in the Snow and Plays in the Cold - 01/27/14 02:39 PM
Living in Berks County, Pennsylvania creates challenges. One of them is the weather in January and February. The photo / bucket truck / cherry picker, if you prefer, runs on diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid. Not the best combination with close to or sub-zero temps.
On this below 20 degree snowy day she performed admirably.
While the truck did it's job I fared less well. I left my tripod and camera stabilazion equipment in my car. Not very smart when you are trying to take a twilight shot of an 11,000 square foot home. It requires a long exposure time which … (0 comments)

berks county real estate: Qualified Buyers & Your Berks County Home - 01/27/14 02:20 PM

When I meet with a  Berks County home owner who is thinking about selling, many questions are asked. One particular question that is being asked more and more is "Will my home be shown to qualified buyers?". What I find they are really asking is "Will people who have no business being in my home be allowed to see it?" Unfortunately, I know my answer will not please them, unless I am showing the home myself.
Just 6 or 7 years ago this question was not often asked. Everyone was qualified. Ask any lender. From 2004 to 2006 there wasn't … (0 comments)

berks county real estate: The COST FACTOR of a Berks County Home Purchase - 01/27/14 02:18 PM
How much does a Berks County home cost? The question seems simple enough. The answer is not that easy. The answer is even more complex if there is a mortgage involved. The National Association of Realtors states that approximately 65% to 70% of all buyers obtain a mortgage to purchase their home.
The first thing we need to find out is the interest rate and term of the mortgage. For this example I will use a mortgage amount of $100,000(easy math). Our interest rate will be 3.75% and the term of the mortgage will be 30 years.
The principal and interest … (0 comments)

berks county real estate: Real Cost of Berks County Home Ownership ~ Pt 2 - 01/27/14 02:13 PM
Pricing A Berks County Home Part #2 My Third Berks County home value consideration is intrinsic value. This is what I think buyers will think of the home, or something like that. It would be weird if things were different. The internet has educated many home sellers as to the true value of their home. This does not mean that it is not fun to play a lottery ticket now and then. After all somebody, somewhere always wins….I think? My goal here is to bring reason to the forefront, while not losing my sense (or a prospective buyer's) of what looks, … (0 comments)

berks county real estate: Real Costs of Berks County Home Ownership ~ Pt 1 - 01/27/14 02:10 PM
Pricing A Berks County Home Part #1 My hope is that this article will help you understand factors that I use when valuing a home in Berks County. It is one of the most difficult and criticized things any real estate professional deals with in his or her career. Price a home and it sells within a week. The seller may think it was under priced, and they could have gotten more. Okay, it doesn't sell in a week. Matter of fact, it still has not sold 6 months later. The seller may think the agent is not doing their best … (0 comments)

berks county real estate: Offensive Odors Can Mean No Home Sale - 01/24/14 03:55 AM

I remember when I first started my real estate career. It was autumn 1993. I was eager to gain all the information and experience I could. I took every opportunity that came my way.
One day I received a call from a prospective home seller. He invited me over to preview his home. I studied everything I could get my hands on relating to the home. I was about to embark on a great journey. I was excited and ready.
On my way to the home I thought about all I had learned about homes in Berks County. I was ready. … (4 comments)

berks county real estate: Great Photos Positively Affect Value of Your Home - 01/24/14 02:47 AM
Attention desperate home sellers. Don’t want to lower the price on your house? Consider better photos. Real estate listings that use photographs taken by the higher-end SLR cameras favored by photographers and photography enthusiasts, tend to do better than those that use photos from cheaper point-and-shoot cameras, according to a new analysis done by Redfin Corp., a Seattle-based brokerage.
Not surprisingly, listings with better photos command higher asking prices: If you believe your home is worth the investment of good photography, you’ll probably ask more money for it. The surprising part is that the tactic works. At the closing table, listings with nicer … (0 comments)

berks county real estate: Home Sellers Should Think More like Buyers - 01/21/14 12:45 PM
In past articles I have laid a solid foundation of ideas for someone who plans to sell their home. I used the five senses to show how home buyers will value your Berks County real estate.
If you have not read the articles yet here are the links:
SIGHT- Berks County Home Buyers Need to See the Light
SMELL- Berks County Home Buyers can Smell a Good Deal
HEARING- Berks County Buyers Hear What Your Home is Saying to Them
TOUCH- Simple Touches Can Lead to a Successful Berks County Home Sale
TASTE- Taste Affects The Intrinsic Value of a Berks County Home
The most … (0 comments)

berks county real estate: De-clutter ~ De-clutter ~ De-clutter! - 01/17/14 11:56 AM
The mantra of real estate value has always been “Location ~ Location ~ Location”. While this is still true De-clutter ~ De-clutter ~ De-clutter may now be running a close second.
It is no mystery that people everywhere have more stuff than ever before. This is especially true in Berks County where we tend to keep things we know should have been discarded years earlier.
Now it is time to sell that Berks County home but there is one problem…You cannot find it through the clutter.
What to do? Well, if you are a true Pennsylvania Dutchman it is time to … (38 comments)

berks county real estate: Do Buyers Hear What a Home is Saying - 01/11/14 11:43 AM

Before a Berks County real estate home buyer enters a home that is for sale their senses are already at work. Sight is normally the first sense used. Second is hearing, unless there is such a rancid smell outside the home it cannot be ignored. Some of the sounds around a home can be controlled by the owners, some cannot. Read on for important home staging tips. There are many Berks County homes for sale so it’s important that your home looks and sounds its best before it goes on the market.
Things like trains close by the home cannot … (0 comments)

berks county real estate: What is “Taste” and how is it Valued? - 01/05/14 04:02 PM

 Since you cannot (or should not) eat Berks County real estate I will have to improvise a bit on this one. Instead of “Taste” being a sense as in “Eat”, I will switch the theme to a sense of “Taste” as in home decorating.
I remember getting priceless feedback from a particular agent after a showing on a Berks County home I had listed. The agents comment was "Upon entry of the home my buyers and I were assaulted by the decor". It was something I did not appreciate hearing about the home but I never forgot it.
It is a common rationale that … (1 comments)

berks county real estate: Digital Perspective on Berks County Home Improvements - 01/05/14 07:47 AM
Having photographic and digital skills can take you almost anywhere!
Thinking of or trying to sell your Berks County home? Do you wonder if a new color of paint would make a difference? Maybe you think the kitchen appliances or the counter top look dated. You can look at photos of other homes to get an idea of what changes may help and wonder how they could assist you in getting the most out of your home sale.
The only real way to know is to paint the wall or change the appliances but that is risky and expensive. What if … (2 comments)

berks county real estate: “RWA”WHAT HOME BUYERS SHOULD BE, WHAT HOME SELLERS NEED TO BE - 12/29/13 01:01 PM
There cannot be enough articles about preparedness in any field of endeavor. This is especially true when selling or purchasing a Berks County home. “RWA” stands for Ready, Willing and Able.As a Buyer “RWA” is being ready to make a decision, willing to complete the purchase and financially qualified to do so.
So how does a Berks County home buyer become “RWA”? Ready means having a plan that includes things like location, type of home that fits your needs, understanding the available homes in the Berks County market and having a good idea of their value. Many of these things can … (0 comments)

berks county real estate: Are You Ready For Christmas Yet? - 12/25/13 03:48 AM
That blessed day is finally upon us, Christmas! It is the day we celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ. It is a day to visit family members, give gifts and spread cheer. It is also the day when people stop asking if you are ready for Christmas yet (at least until next December).
Yesterday, I was asked if I was ready for Christmas. After giving the question some thought, I replied, “I am always ready for Christmas and will still be ready for it on December 26th”.
My answer was inspired by the thought that Christmas is kept in the heart … (0 comments)

 
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