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Halloween Events in the Harrisburg PA Area 2011

Halloween Events in the Harrisburg PA Area 2011

Here is a list of Trick or Treat nights in the Harrisburg PA area, along with Halloween parades, Corn Mazes, Haunted Forests, etc. Such a fun time of year!

Happy Halloween!

Harrisburg Area Halloween Events

            Trick-or-Treat:
                               
Camp Hill              Thursday October 27 from 6-8pm
                                East Hanover      Thursday October 27 from 6-8pm

                               
Hershey                  Monday October 31 from 6-8pm
                                Hummelstown  Thursday October 27 from 6-8pm
                                Lower Paxton     Thursday October 27 from 6-8pm
                                Middletown         Thursday October 27 from 6-8pm
                                Palmyra                  Monday October 31 from 6-8pm
                                Paxtang                   Thursday October 27 from 6-8pm
                                South Hanover  Thursday October 27 from 6-8pm
                                Swatara Twp        Thursday October 27 from 6-8pm
                                West Hanover     Thursday October 27 from 6-8

            Halloween Parades:
                                BOILING SPRINGS       Thursday, October 20 @ 7PM
                                CAMP HILL                       Tuesday, October 25 @ 6PM
                                CARLISLE                           Monday, October 17 @ 7PM
                                EAST PENN/ ENOLA    Wednesday, October 26 @ 7PM
                                HERSHEY                            Tuesday October 25 @ 7pm
                                HUMMELSTOWN           Monday, October 31 @ 7PM
                                DAUPHIN                             Saturday, October 15 @ 1PM
                                DILLSBURG                        Saturday, October 15 @ 8PM
                                GRANTVILLE (East Hanover) Thursday, October 20 @ 7PM
                                LOWER SWATARA         Thursday, October 20 @ 6PM
                                MARYSVILLE                    Monday, October 24 @ 7PM
                                MECHANICSBURG         Tuesday, October 11 @ 7PM
                                MIDDLETOWN                 Monday, October 17 @ 7PM
                                MILLERSBURG                 Wednesday, October 19 @ 7PM
                                MT. GRETNA                      Friday, October 28 @ 7PM
                                MT. HOLLY SPRINGS   Wednesday, October 19 @ 7PM
                                NEW BLOOMFIELD       Saturday, October 29 @ 10:30AM
                                NEW CUMBERLAND     Tuesday, October 25 @ 7:30PM
                                NEWPORT                            Tuesday, October 25 @ 6PM
                                NEWVILLE                          Monday, October 24 @ 7PM
                                PAXTANG                             Tuesday, October 25 @ 7PM
                                PENBOOK                              Thursday, October 20 @ 7PM
                                S. HANOVER TWP           Tuesday October 25 @ 7PM

Lancaster Halloween Events

Reading/Berks Halloween Events

York/Adams Halloween Events

These are just a sampling of some of the fun Halloween Events in the Harrisburg PA area in 2011 that are going on! Be safe… and have a Happy Halloween!

Harrisburg PA Real Estate Expert

Ken Huebsch is the premier real estate agent in the Greater Harrisburg area.  I am a specialist in Harrisburg real estate as well as the communities of Palmyra, Hershey, and Hummelstown.  My wife Leslye and I have a combined 40 plus years’ experience serving our clients -We KNOW Harrisburg. When you plan to buy or sell Harrisburg area real estate, allow us to work for you.  We are dedicated professionals and are here for your success.  For more information on how we can best serve your real estate needs, please complete our online contact form or give us a call.  Also, check out what our fabulous clients have to say about us on our testimonials page!

Cell: 717 514-1793                                               Email: mailto:Ken@KensHomesales.com

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The Homebuyer’s Guide to New Homes

10 TIPS TO SAVE YOU

MONEY and TIME –


The Homebuyer’s Guide to New Homes

“…read This BEFORE You Visit Your First Model Home!”


When shopping for your home, you’ll discover that most homes on the market are resales. Yet, one out of four homebuyers purchases a new home. Both new homes and resales offer advantages. Before you make a decision…

Compare These Points!

New Homes

  • offer innovative use of space and style
  • greater energy efficiency
  • a choice of options and upgrades
  • everything is new, and modern.

Existing Homes

  • on the average they are less expensive
  • often they are in established neighborhoods with mature landscaping
  • homes have already settled, eliminating possible problems that arise from this happening after the purchase of home

As you can see, there are advantages to both. Most people consider both new and existing homes before they decide to purchase. Should you be thinking about buying a new house, here are 10 points to consider before you visit your first model home.

1. Determine a Comfortable Price Range

Before you visit your first model home, sit down with your agent and do your homework. You’ll want to be prepared so that you can determine a comfortable price range for your new home.  If you own a home, you’ll first need to know the net proceeds from its sale in order to determine how much cash you’ll have to work with. Don’t simply estimate this but carefully calculate every possible selling cost. If you’re a first time buyer, you’ll need to first qualify your income. Determine the size of your down payment, then work out a monthly debt load so you can determine a comfortable price range.

2. A Builder For All Reasons

Like all tradesmen, builders vary in their fields of expertise. For example there are builders who specialize in craftsmanship, others who are known for their innovative use of space, and those who offer below-market financing or customer attention during construction and after move-in. Determine your own specific needs or preferences then shop around for a builder that will best address your requirements.

3. Get the Facts About Your Builder

Before making a final decision, it is wise to check out the reputation and financial strength of the builder. Get “spec sheets” on home features covering everything from floor plans to energy efficiency, including lot availability and delivery of your home.

4. Check Out the Neighborhood

  • Learn as much as you can about the community.
  • Discover what amenities it has to offer.
  • Investigate if financial reserves have been set aside to build or replace major amenities like schools or community roads
  • Find out from local land-use officials what else is planned or could be constructed in the area, especially where vacant land is applicable.
  • Review the rules for the homeowner’s association, or find out if one will be set up.
  • Think of how you will be affected by commuting routes and times.

5. Choosing Options and Upgrades

The less expensive the base price of the house is, the more options and upgrades you can add without fear of overpricing it for the neighborhood. Options are items the builder installs during construction, such as adding usable space like a sunroom or a powder room. These features can add the most to the resale value of your home. Upgrading means selecting quality above “builder standard” such as carpeting, ceramics, detailing, kitchen fixtures and appliances. Be sure to take advantage of builder incentives that offer free upgrades or credit off the sale price. Remember, you can add a deck, finished basement or landscaping later and sometimes for less money.

6. Negotiations

Some builders will not negotiate..which in my opinion gives them credibility. They do for one what they do for another, which I believe is the most fair approach to their sales. However, with other builders there may be room for negotiating price, upgrades, or options. For example, you have some leverage for negotiating with the builder if he has a completed a home but hasn’t sold it. Also some “premium lots” are priced higher and are sometimes saved to be sold last. Keep in mind that typically, all lots cost the builder the same, so be sure to enquire about lot pricing. Builders may offer discounts or special financing to help close a sale.

7. Be Sure the Contract Works in Your Favor!

When spelling out the particulars of an agreement with your builder, ensure you protect yourself by having safeguards written into the agreement, such as:

  • can you place your deposit in escrow? (some deposits go directly to the builder to allow them to start building)
  • detailing your upgrades;
  • allowing you access to the construction site to check on progress;
  • a 30-day advance notice of the closing date.
  • an explanation of what the fine print means in the warranties of the builder and manufacturer.

New Construction In Harrisburg, PA - Village Glen

8. Financing – What’s Best for You?

Some builders, especially in high-volume communities that place large numbers of loans, can offer special financing packages. However, because “home loan” lending is highly competitive, you have many financing choices other than those being offered by the builder. Shop around for everything, from rates to lender fees. Appraisals, inspections, surveys, attorneys and closing fees can vary as well.

9. Just Because it’s New…. – Doesn’t Mean it’s Perfect

Yes it’s new and typically it’s built with modern materials that are durable, low maintenance, stronger, quieter, and safer. But because nothing is perfect, even if it’s new, consider hiring a reputable, licensed home inspector. Most builders will not allow your contract to be contingent upon this inspection, but  you could create a builder “punch list” from what you’ve learned to address any problems before closing.

 10. Buyer Advantages Your Builder May Not Reveal!

Here’s a fact that you may not be aware of, some builders have newly-constructed homes available for immediate delivery. Usually these homes are ready to move into within 30 days. Even if some builders are eager to sell, they’ll probably keep that knowledge to themselves. Immediate delivery homes are often available for various reasons:

  • the community, where new homes are being constructed is nearly complete, so the builder proceeds to have the on-site-contractors build “spec” homes (homes built on speculation for sale) on the last lots;
  • the model home is for sale;
  • the contract on a home has fallen through;
  • builders include constructing homes for immediate delivery for buyers who are relocating or who have sold their previous home and need one to move into quickly.

Immediate delivery homes may be more desirable because, sometimes builders offer financing incentives or free options. This may be done in place of chopping prices to appeal to buyers purchasing later in the building phase. An immediate delivery home is an advantageous way to purchase a home if you need to move in quickly, or need a physical space to walk through and see before you sign a contract. Be sure to inquire.

For a FREE No Obligation list of New Home Communities in your Area and Price Range click here!

Harrisburg PA Real Estate Expert

Ken Huebsch is your premier real estate agent in the Greater Harrisburg area.  I am a specialist in Harrisburg real estate as well as the communities of Palmyra, Hershey, and Hummelstown.  My wife Leslye and I have a combined 40 plus years experience serving our clients -We KNOW Harrisburg. When you plan to buy or sell Harrisburg area real estate, allow us to work for you.  We are dedicated professionals and are here for your success.  For more information on how we can best serve your real estate needs, please complete our online contact form or give us a call.  Also, check out what our fabulous clients have to say about us on our testimonials page!

Cell: 717 514-1793                                               Email: mailto:Ken@KensHomesales.com

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How to Buy a House in Harrisburg PA – Why Days on Market Matters

How to Buy a House in Harrisburg PA –  Why Days on Market Matters

 

One of the first questions buyers ask me when considering how to buy a house, occurs when I hold an open house. They want to know its days on market. One of the first things a buyer asks about a listing is its days on market. Days on market matter when you’re on the hunt to learn how to buy a house.

How to Buy a House – Do Average Days on Market Matter?

Which is more important? The “average days” on market or the “number of days” on market of each listing? If you’re a buyer, of course, it’s the home you want to buy that matters when thinking about how to buy a house.  If you’re a seller whose home has been on the market for 60 days, you want to know how long it is taking homes like yours to sell.

How to Buy a House – How Buyers Look at Days on Market

There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. When buyers see extensive days on market, they figure the seller is desperate to sell because the home is still on the market. Buyers also believe there might be something wrong with the home that caused other buyers to pass it up. Both of those assumptions, however, can be wrong.

How to Buy a House – Homes can Linger on the Market for the following Reasons:

  • The common reason is overpricing.
    The agent may have “bought” the listing by misleading the seller into believing the home was worth more than the market will bear. It’s not unusual for an agent to deliberately take an overpriced listing.
  • Little seller motivation.
    Sometimes sellers want to “test the market” by pricing too high, just to see if they can find a fool to pay that price. It’s known as a seller’s worst mistake.
  • Stubbornness.
    Sellers could be stuck on the price and willing to wait out the market until the market catches up to the asking price.
  • Down real estate market.
    In buyer’s markets, it can take longer to sell a home than in seller’s markets. A home that would sell in five days in a seller’s market might sell in 120+ days in a down real estate market.
  • Unavailable to show.
    If the property is tenant occupied, it might be difficult to obtain an appointment from the tenant. In most cases, homes with a lockbox get shown more often than those without.
  • Unsuitable to show.
    Sometimes sellers put homes on the market before they are ready to let buyers see it. They might be finishing resale repairs or painting during the first 30 to 60 days of a listing.
  • Reduced commission.
    Although buying agents are required to show all listings, many agents refuse to show homes that don’t pay the same commission as competing homes. Often these homes are listed by discount brokers.
  • Little Internet or MLS exposure.
    If the home has one photograph in MLS, buyers are likely to pass on the listing and instead choose homes to see that have multiple photographs.

How to Buy a House – Finding Out the Cumulative Days on Market

Some MLS systems refuse to let agents withdraw a listing and enter it as a new listing without first canceling or expiring the listing. In either case, it is relatively easy for an agent to determine the number of days on market; it’s not so easy for a buyer.

  • Check Listing History.
    One way is to enter the address of the property into MLS to find duplicate, expired or withdrawn listings. In the Sacramento MLS, this is known as pulling the “history” of the property.
  • Look for Cumulative DOM.
    Some MLS have changed the way listings are reported and will include cumulative days on market in the listing itself.
  • Ask Your Agent.
    If you are working with a neighborhood specialist, your agent will have a fairly good idea if the home has been listed before, for how long and by whom.
  • Ask the Listing Agent.
    Since real estate agents cannot misrepresent a property, you might ask the listing agent a direct question. Do not ask how long the home has been on the market because there might have been a price reduction, so the agent will feel justified in telling you the days on market at the new price. Ask if it has expired / withdrawn / canceled and then relisted. Be specific.
  • Search Online.
    Enter the property address several different ways into a search engine such as Google or Yahoo. All of its previous online listings should pop up.
  • Ask Neighbors.
    Neighbors know everything that goes on in their area and often are more than happy to tell you how long a home has been on the market.

 

When thinking about how to buy a house, buyers figure the longer a home has been on the market, the more eager a seller is to sell. If the seller is eager to sell, the seller might be willing to negotiate a much lower price. So, you can see how this piece of knowledge is useful to buyers.

 

 

Harrisburg PA Real Estate Expert

Ken Huebsch is your premier real estate agent in the Greater Harrisburg area.  I am a specialist in Harrisburg real estate as well as the communities of Palmyra, Hershey, and Hummelstown.  My wife Leslye and I have a combined 40 plus years experience serving our clients -We KNOW Harrisburg. When you plan to buy or sell Harrisburg area real estate, allow us to work for you.  We are dedicated professionals and are here for your success.  For more information on how we can best serve your real estate needs, please complete our online contact form or give us a call.  Also, check out what our fabulous clients have to say about us on our testimonials page!

Cell: 717 514-1793                       Email: mailto:Ken@KensHomesales.com

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Buying a House in Harrisburg PA – 6 Reasons to Google the Address

Buying a House in Harrisburg PA –
6 Reasons to Google the Address

With virtually any type of information imaginable online, it makes sense when buying a house to do regular internet searches for the home’s address.

If you are considering buying a house, there are at least six compelling reasons it makes sense to do so, especially if it’s an address you’re thinking of renting, buying or selling. Smart homeowners would do well to search for their addresses, too, and here’s why:

Buying a House in Harrisburg PA - Google the Address

1. When Buying a House:  See If Megan’s Law Registrants Live Nearby

There is plenty of information available to the public when buying a house regarding registered sex offenders in their neighborhoods. Nearly every state that has a Megan’s Law-­type sex offender registry has an online version that serves up the names, addresses, sex-offense history, and even photos in many cases, of convicted sex-offenders.

So, when considering buying a house, Googling the address and “Megan’s Law”-or even the city or ZIP code and “Megan’s Law”-­will turn up a quick list of nearby registrants.

2. When Buying a House: Find Crime Reports and Data For The Home and Environs

When buying a house, consider that City, County, and State law enforcement agencies all post crime data online, but a Google search for the address or city and “crime reports” is most likely to turn up the local police office’s crime map. Or, you can check out Trulia Crime Maps when buying a house for a crime map of recent incident reports for the whole city, ZIP code or neighborhood. The map is color-­coded to represent the intensity of crimes in each area.

3. To Detect Scammers Trying to Rent or Sell Your House

Internet scammers have taken to ripping off home information and putting together fake listings offering other people’s homes for rent, or lease­to­own. They often list the home on extremely cheap and easy terms, and then ask the would-­be-­buyer or tenant to please wire or send the deposit money overseas. These scams often come to light only after the homeowner or current resident notices bargain-­hunters checking out the place.  If you start getting an inordinate amount of foot-traffic to your home, or someone knocking on your door asking if they can see the place, you may want to Google your address. If you find a fraudulent listing, identify yourself as the home’s rightful owner and ask the offending site to take the scam posting down stat!

4. When Buying a House:  See What the Neighbor’s Place Sold For and Possibly Lower Property Taxes

In real estate, the value of a home is largely driven by what is similar or how much nearby homes have sold for. When buying a house, search the address.  Trulia will first surface some sort of image of the home, a map, the basic property details from the public records (see No.5, below), and recent sales data for the home before listing out the comparable homes with similar numbers of beds, baths and square feet near yours, and what they recently sold for. When considering buying a house, if you see a pattern of homes selling for lower than the home’s assessed value, you can use those comps to petition the county to lower the property taxes!

5. When Buying a House:  To See the Home’s Property Records (attn: Homeowners, too!)

When buying a house, did you know that the home’s records online are populated from the public records? However, some of these are either so old they don’t include upgrades and additions, or they’re just flat-out wrong. If you Google the address, or search for it on Trulia, and find that the home’s description is riddled with errors, contact your county public record agency to correct them and edit your home facts on Trulia. This is particularly important if you’re planning to sell your home anytime soon.

6. When Buying a House or Selling a House:  See Your Home’s Google Street View

When you’re selling your home or buying a house, it’s especially critical to see everything that prospective homebuyers will see. That means checking out how your home’s listing looks on all the online real estate sites (yes, even on Trulia), checking out the flyer,  even stopping by to check out any staging your broker or agent did if you’ve already moved out.  One thing even the most savvy sellers don’t check out is the way Google Street View depicts your home. If you’re about to sell your home and you notice that the street view is outdated, mention it to your agent, and ask them to make a note of that fact in the listing information.

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Harrisburg PA Real Estate Expert

Ken Huebsch is your premier real estate agent in the Greater Harrisburg area.  I am a specialist in Harrisburg real estate as well as the communities of Palmyra, Hershey, and Hummelstown.  My wife Leslye and I have a combined 40 plus years experience serving our clients -We KNOW Harrisburg. When you plan to buy or sell Harrisburg area real estate, allow us to work for you.  We are dedicated professionals and are here for your success.  For more information on how we can best serve your real estate needs, please complete our online contact form or give us a call.  Also, check out what our fabulous clients have to say about us on our testimonials page!

Cell: 717 514-1793                                                 Email: mailto:Ken@KensHomesales.com

 
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Moving With Kids Does Not HaveTo Be A Struggle

Moving With Kids Does Not HaveTo Be A Struggle  

 

Summer is the busiest home moving time of the year, as families try to get settled before the start of the new school year.  Many thousands of kids move each year.  Scared, excited, angry — are just a few of the feelings kids have about moving. Moving isn’t easy for anyone, even for adults. And while moving can be a time for some great new things — like your own room or a new place to explore — it can also be a time that’s sad and stressful, too. 

Carefully preparing children for the move will ease the transition and make the process smoother for the entire family.  Here are some ways to make a move a little easier.

Communicate
Maintain an open dialogue with the children about the decision to move. Engage them at the beginning of the process to give them time to get used to the idea. Explain why you must move and answer questions truthfully.

Here are some helpful questions to begin the conversation:

How do you feel about moving to a new area?                    
What are you going to miss most about our current home?
What are you looking forward to at the new house?

 

Listen
Listening to your kids’ concerns is equally important. Pay close attention to statements so you can alleviate any fears.  Avoid being dismissive of any social concerns; acknowledge them and remind the kids about the new opportunities ahead.

Check Things Out
Involve your children in exploring the new area.  They will feel less nervous when they know what to expect, and second, they may start getting a little excited about the new place you’re headed to.

Take them to see the new home.  Exploring the inside would be ideal, however if you are unable to show them the inside at least drive by and explore the outside and the neighborhood.  This will gives them a chance to think about how they want your room to look. And they may be able to run into kids who live on the street.

Stop by their new school.  It is another important place to visit.  Call the school and ask for a tour so they will know what it looks like inside.  If they are into band, sports, or other clubs, it will give them the opportunity to ask which activities are offered at the new school.

If you’re moving far away to another part of the country, or even a different part of the world, you’ll need to check things out in a different way. You can do an Internet search and find out about your new town. You also can visit your library and check for books on that city or state.

 

Pack It Up

Before you move, your house will probably be full of chaos and boxes. Have the kids pack a special box of their favorite stuff – stuff they will want to have as soon as you get there. This can include personal items, such as stuffed animals, photos, and other stuff that will make them feel at home. It’s also a wise idea to include stuff they’ll need the first night, such as sheets for their bed, a pillow, pajamas, toothbrush, and other must-haves. Mark this box with their name on it, so they can get it as soon as it comes off the truck.

Once they taken care of their most precious stuff, have them help with other moving tasks.

Another suggestion would be to pack up the kids’ rooms last to minimize the feeling of any disruption.  The longer they feel secure in their own rooms, the easier the transition will be.  Then, set up their bedroom first so they feel like they’re back in familiar surroundings.

Preparing for Goodbye
It’s sad to say goodbye to friends, family, and neighbors. Have them make it less sad if by grabbing an address book (or just a plain notebook) ahead of time and have everyone write down his or her address, phone number, and email address. You can also get them a big blank book so they can ask their friends to fill it with messages.

Have them take lots of pictures or videos of their friends, favorite places, and neighborhood. They can even put together a scrapbook or shoebox full of things that remind them of Their hometown and all their friends.

Moving Day
When moving day finally comes, let them know that it’s OK to feel sad.  Let them know what do your going to do when they get there?

Have them start with unpacking the special box of favorite stuff. That will help them feel more at home.

Surprise
Arrange for special treats to be waiting for everyone at the new house.  New games or new cuddly friends will keep the kids busy during the unpacking and make the first memory of the new house a pleasant one!

 

Harrisburg PA Real Estate Expert

 

Ken Huebsch is your premier real estate agent in the Greater Harrisburg area.  I am a specialist in Harrisburg real estate  as well as the communities of Palmyra, Hershey, and Hummelstown.  My wife Leslye and I have 40 plus years experience serving our clients -We KNOW Harrisburg. When you plan to buy or sell Harrisburg area real estate, allow us to work for you.  We are dedicated professionals and are here for your success.  For more information on how we can best serve your real estate needs, please complete our online contact form or give us a call.  Also, check out what our fabulous clients have to say about us on our testimonials page!

 

Cell: 717 514-1793
email: mailto:Ken@KensHomesales.com

 

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What Is a Home Warranty and Why Do I Need One?

What Is a Home Warranty and Why Do I Need One?

Your home is probably your single biggest investment.  For most new home buyers the last thing they need to worry about is an unexpected repair that can seriously strain their budget.  For peace of mind and as added protection against anything major that might go wrong with a home’s major systems, it’s a good idea to get a home protection plan.

 

It safeguards you against the financial strain of a major repair and for first-time homebuyers that have little or no experience in maintaining a home, this can be a real lifesaver.

What exactly is a home warranty?  It’s actually a renewable service contract that covers the repair or replacement of most of a home’s major systems.  Most home warranties will cover the plumbing, electrical, and  heating systems of the home and also some of the home’s major appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and ovens.

What is Home Warranty?

The way it works is that the home warranty company contracts with local repair companies and servicemen to provide service.  If something breaks you call the home warranty company and they send an insured and approved contractor to do the work.  In most cases, you’re only out-of- pocket expense will be a small service charge to the contractor. All other work and replacement parts are assumed by the warranty company.   If it becomes necessary to replace any appliance or system, they will replace like with like or, in the case of a discontinued item, with the next closest comparable item.

 

If, as a seller of a home, you offer a home warranty to your buyer, then the coverage offers protection for the home the entire time it’s on the market  from the time it’s listed until one year settlement.  This gives buyers extra confidence in the real estate transaction; since they know that if anything goes wrong while the house is under contract, the home warranty company will fix it.  They don’t have to rely on a seller who might avoid investing more money into a home he’s trying to sell.

The best source for a Home Warranty company would be your Realtor since he deals with these companies daily and know which ones are the most popular ones with his home buyers.

As a Realtor I generally encourage both my home sellers and buyers to invest in a home warranty.  They range in price between $350-$600 /yr depending on the company, location and coverage. It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Harrisburg PA Real Estate Expert

Ken Huebsch is your premier real estate agent in the Greater Harrisburg area.  I am a specialist in Harrisburg real estate  as well as the communities of Palmyra, Hershey, and Hummelstown.  My wife Leslye and I have 40 plus years experience serving our clients -We KNOW Harrisburg. When you plan to buy or sell Harrisburg area real estate, allow us to work for you.  We are dedicated professionals and are here for your success.  For more information on how we can best serve your real estate needs, please complete our online contact form or give us a call.  Also, check out what our fabulous clients have to say about us on our testimonials page!

Cell: 717 514-1793
email: mailto:Ken@KensHomesales.com

 
 

How to Buy a House in Harrisburg PA- Step 7 – Home Purchase Negotiation

How to Buy a House in Harrisburg PA  – Step 7 –

Home Purchase Negotiation  

When considering how to buy a house, here are ten important questions you should ask and why you should ask them.

 

 

How to Buy a House - Home Purchase Negotiation

 

Property Specific Considerations in How to Buy a House:

1. HOW LONG HAS THE PROPERTY BEEN ON THE MARKET?

Why: The length of time a property has been on the market may indicate the seller’s willingness to negotiate.

2. HAVE THERE BEEN ANY PRICE REDUCTIONS DURING THE LISTING   PERIOD?

Why: The amount of any price reduction, as it relates to the overall purchase price, may indicate the seller’s desire to attract an offer.

3. HAVE THERE BEEN ANY OTHER OFFERS ON THE PROPERTY?

Why: It will be helpful to know what offers have been turned down and for what reasons.

4. WHAT IS THE MOTIVATION OF THE SELLER?

Why: Motivation is a key element in any negotiation. As an example, if the seller has already purchased a new property, your ability to close quickly may be an attractive element of the negotiation.

5. WHAT PERSONAL ITEMS ARE INCLUDED IN THE SALE?

Why: Anything the seller is willing to leave behind that you won’t need to buy when you move in has real value. Consider those items in your offer

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Neighborhood Specific considerations in how to buy a house:

1. WHAT IS THE PRICE RANGE OF SOLD PROPERTIES IN THE AREA?

Why: This information is important since it will indicate the top and bottom of that specific market.

2. WHAT IS THE AVERAGE TIME ON THE MARKET FOR PROPERTIES IN THIS AREA?

Why: Short market times may indicate a seller’s market. If this is the case, you may face competition from other buyers.

3. WHAT IS THE LIST-TO-SALE PRICE RATIO IN THIS AREA?

Why: This information will indicate sellers’ past willingness to negotiate and by how much.

4. WHAT IS THE AVERAGE PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT OF RECENTLY SOLD PROPERTIES?

Why: This approach to establish value works best where there are similar homes, lot sizes and improvements.

5. WHAT OTHER FACTORS ABOUT THE PROPERTY and/or  NEIGHBORHOOD COULD AFFECT VALUE?

 Why: The Sellers Disclosure must be reviewed to determine if there are items that could affect value before thinking of how to buy a house.

Final Recommendation for how to buy a house – home purchase negotiation: Determing your offer price when learning how to buy a house is a crucial detail. Each of these factors can suggest how much you want to spend for a particular property. How much is this house worth to you? Review the Seller’s Disclosure Statement very carefully. If you will be financing the property, get pre-approved for a mortgage prior to making your offer. This will show the seller your commitment and ability to perform. Once we know what other homes have sold for in the area, and the intricate details of the home, I will advise you on where to beging our negotiations for you to buy a house. Call me to be personally represented in your home purchase. 717 514-1793 or Ken@KensHomesales.com

Harrisburg PA Real Estate Expert

Ken Huebsch is your premier real estate agent in the Greater Harrisburg area.  I am a specialist in Harrisburg real estate  as well as the communities of Palmyra, Hershey, and Hummelstown.  My wife Leslye and I have 40 plus years experience serving our clients -We KNOW Harrisburg. When you plan to buy or sell Harrisburg area real estate, allow us to work for you.  We are dedicated professionals and are here for your success.  For more information on how we can best serve your real estate needs, please complete our online contact form or give us a call.  Also, check out what our fabulous clients have to say about us on our testimonials page!

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