Tractor Supply, STS Auto & Giant Gas Coming to Harleysville!

Shops of HarleysvilleThe Shoppes of Harleysville Shopping Center in Harleysville, PA will be getting some new neighbors soon.  Currently, there is a traffic light and the intersection of Route 113 and Park Avenue that also leads to the rear entrance of the shopping center that houses Walmart, Giant, Radio Shack, Harleysville Mattress, Great Clips, GNC Store, Zachs Pizza, JJ Asian Cuisine, and Parks Royal Cleaners.  But there is a lot of land left at that location, and it will soon be filled up with more retail shops to serve the community.
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Who was Smoking What When They Came Up with Montgomery County’s Real Estate Tax System?

PropertyTax_jpg_800x1000_q100Welcome to Montgomery County.  A beautiful County filled with great people, tons of things to do, a perfect location close to the hustle & bustle of Philadelphia, weekend hikes & winter skiing in the Poconos, & a short drive to the beauty, peacefulness & tranquility of the Jersey Shore.  It really is a great place to call home.  However, Montgomery County has one of those black sheep, also shared with its neighbors in the Commonwealth.  Real Estate taxes.  What were they thinking when they came up with this system?

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The Importance of Real Estate Photography – From Clicking to Closing

At least 88% of prospective home buyers use the internet as an informational resource during their real estate search (Realtor.com). With popular real estate syndication sites such as Realtor.com, Trulia.com and Zillow.com as well as social media networks, consumers are able to proactively find properties on their own.  It doesn’t stop at the computer. 63% of online searches result in a property walkthrough.

What do these developments mean for real estate photography? The pressure is on. Real estate agents need photography that stands out and appeals to the ultimate decision makers, home buyers. [Read more…]

2011 Housing Market Stats for Montgomery County PA

Happy New Year!  Here we are at the end of another year in Montgomery County.  So how did the real estate market fair this year?  Check out this end of year wrap-up video for the details. [Read more…]

Montgomery County Budget Cuts Threaten Our Parks!

It’s out…the proposed 2012 Montgomery County budget.  Good news is, no tax increase for residents.  Bad news is, some of the finest parts of the County are in jeopardy of losing their funding or being completely eliminated!   [Read more…]

It used to be Mainland, now, look out for tumbleweeds.

The zip code was 19450.  The town is called Mainland.  Situate between Towamencin and Harleysville on Sumneytown Pike, Route 63, just off of exit 31 of the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike, this quaint, cozy little village had a daily traffic count of 22,000 cars a day.  Pretty good exposure for a small town.  Well, that has changed rather quickly! [Read more…]

Montgomery County Market Update

Do you watch the news?  All that you see about housing these days is how horrible the real estate market is.  Why does everyone always focus on the negative?  Oh yeah, ratings.  They prey on the bads news; maybe in some weird way it makes us feel better about ourselves.  However, what is happening in one neighborhood, in one city, in one state, does not represent what is happening across the country as a whole! [Read more…]

Fall Festivities in Montgomery County

I love summer!  Unfortunately, it does not last too long in our area, at least it seems to fly by.  However, fall isn’t too bad.  And from what I hear, it is a favorite with most people.  So what is it that makes fall so special?  Apple cider, cinnamon sticks, hayrides, caramel apples, pumpkin picking?  Well you can find all of those things occurring right here in Montgomery County, PA! [Read more…]

Where it all started!

It was 1994, gas was $1.09, Tonya Harding won the figure skating championship after attacking Nancy Kerrigan, interest rates were 8.5%, and I was just starting my career in real estate.  Without having any idea of what I was doing, I walked into my first sales meeting at the beautiful Manor House in the village of Skippack, PA.  With my new briefcase in hand, I find a seat in the conference room.  My broker starts the meeting by announcing that the FBI was coming in to seize all of the files in the office!

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