BHHS HOMESALE REALTY 2014 Q4 AWARDS

Each quarter BHHS compiles a list of the top real estate offices throughout the country, ranking them based on their size and location. We are proud to announce that Homesale has offices that have ranked in the top 3 for their respected category for Q4 2014. Congratulations!

AWARDS

BHHS Homesale Realty – North Pointe 003

Office Awards:

  • Top 3 Offices by Region based on Office Size – 2nd Place in Award – ‘Top 3 Offices with a minimum of 76 Sales Professionals in U.S. Northeast for Residential Units’

Sales Professional and Team Awards:
The Craig Hartranft Team

  • Top 3 Agents or Teams within each state – 2nd Place in Pennsylvania for Residential Units

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BHHS Homesale Realty – Carlisle 012

Office Awards:

  • Top 3 Offices by Region based on Office Size – 1st Place in Award – ‘Top 3 Offices with a minimum of 21 Sales Professionals and a maximum of 40 Sales Professionals in U.S. Northeast for Residential Units’
  • Top 3 Offices by Region based on Office Size – 3rd Place in Award – ‘Top 3 Offices with a minimum of 21 Sales Professionals and a maximum of 40 Sales Professionals in U.S. Northeast for Total GCI’

 

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BHHS Homesale Realty – East York 014

Sales Professional and Team Awards:
Carr / Cleaver / Flinchbaugh Team

  • Top 3 Agents or Teams within each state – 3rd Place in Pennsylvania for Residential Units

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BHHS Homesale Realty – West York 015

Office Awards:

  • Top 3 Offices by Region based on Office Size – 2nd Place in Award – ‘Top 3 Offices with a minimum of 41 Sales Professionals and a maximum of 75 Sales Professionals in U.S. Northeast for Residential Units’

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BHHS Homesale Realty – Wyomissing 021

Office Awards:

  • Top 3 Offices by Region based on Office Size – 3rd Place in Award – ‘Top 3 Offices with a minimum of 76 Sales Professionals in U.S. Northeast for Residential Units’

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BHHS Homesale Realty – Clarkview 034

Office Awards:

  • Top 3 Offices by Region based on Office Size – 3rd Place in Award – ‘Top 3 Offices with a minimum of 76 Sales Professionals in U.S. South for Total GCI’
  • Top 3 Offices by Region based on Office Size – 2nd Place in Award – ‘Top3 Offices with a minimum of 76 Sales Professionals in U.S. South for Residential Units’

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BHHS Homesale Realty – Cinema Drive 037

Office Awards:

  • Top 3 Offices by Region based on Office Size – 2nd Place in Award – ‘Top 3 Offices with a minimum of 21 Sales Professionals and a maximum of 40 Sales Professionals in U.S. Northeast for Residential Units’

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BHHS HOMESALE REALTY 2014 Q4 AWARDS

Reel in the Buyers

Make the most of the season by trying these fresh updates to entice prospective buyers.

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Spring Cleaning
During the transition from winter to spring it is natural to want to clean. A glistening interior will impress buyers and allow them to envision living in your house.

Shape Up the Yard
Selling in the spring means you need to whip your yard into shape as soon as possible. Get rid of winter yard debris and use frost-resistant plants that won’t be affected during some of the chillier nights. Maintaining a clean and colorful yard will add curb-appeal to your home.

Put away your winter clothes
Keeping winter clothes in your closet will take up a great deal of space, which can make your closet area look smaller. So put your winter clothes in storage and impress buyers with all the open space.

Brighten up the entryway
It is time to swap out your winter welcome mat to a clean, appealing one. Adding a few decorative items to your front entry/porch will help set the tone for upcoming showings.

Bring the outdoor scents inside
Spring is an extremely aromatic season, so bring the clean flowery smells inside your home. Studies have shown that mood is affected by scent, so adding candles and freshly cut flowers into your home can positively change the overall feeling inside your home.

 

AskHomesale.com provides real estate advice and information for home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners alike. Askhomesale.com is part of the Homesale Realty Family. The Homesale Family of Companies is the leading real estate company serving the Baltimore, Maryland, South Central and Southeastern PA real estate markets.  Homesale Realty has more than 27 offices with over 1,200 REALTORS®. Homesale Realty’s footprint includes Maryland real estate offices in Baltimore City, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Westminster, and Timonium. Pennsylvania real estate offices include YorkLancasterWyomissingChambersburgGettysburgHarrisburg, and Schuylkill Haven.

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Reel in the Buyers

Are You Considering Renovating Your Home?

Renovating your home is exciting but it does come with a few surprises and overlooked expenses. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty wants to give you the opportunity to complete your dream renovation, CLICK HERE to find out more information on the BHHS $50,000 HGTV Fixer Upper Sweepstakes. You have until June 15th to enter. In the meantime, here are some tips to consider before and during your home renovation.

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AskHomesale.com provides real estate advice and information for home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners alike. Askhomesale.com is part of the Homesale Realty Family. The Homesale Family of Companies is the leading real estate company serving the Baltimore, Maryland, South Central and Southeastern PA real estate markets.  Homesale Realty has more than 27 offices with over 1,200 REALTORS®. Homesale Realty’s footprint includes Maryland real estate offices in Baltimore City, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Westminster, and Timonium.
Pennsylvania real estate offices include YorkLancasterWyomissingChambersburgGettysburgHarrisburg, and Schuylkill Haven.

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Are You Considering Renovating Your Home?

BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HOME

Now that spring has officially arrived, it is time to put your heavy winter blankets away, open up the curtains and let the light in. If you are looking to place your house on the market or are a homeowner, here are five simple and cost effective ways to brighten up your home.

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Swap your Light Bulbs

Switch out your yellow bulbs for bright white ones. This will make your space look crisp and fresh. Lightbulbs are measured on a kelvin or K scale – the higher the kelvin number, the whiter the glow. Look for counts between 3500 and 4100k.

Paint your walls

Nothing compares to a fresh coat of paint to brighten up a space. Going over a wall with a new coat will help light bounce off the walls and open up the room.

Remove Screens

Screens do help keep the bugs out, but they also collect dirt. You should remove screens seasonally, since during the colder months your windows aren’t normally open and you can give the screens a nice cleaning. When the warmer months roll around, return the screens to their proper windows.

Clean Your Fixtures

When was the last time you truly cleaned, not just dusted, your light fixtures? Wash down your sconces and chandeliers to get rid of months and months of dirt buildup and to allow more light in your house. Try to make this part of your seasonal cleaning.

Expand Your Curtain Rods

By expanding your curtain rods a few inches beyond the window frame, your windows will appear bigger. This will also ensure that when you draw back the curtains, the fabric won’t block any light from coming in. Another great idea is to mount the braces slightly above the window frame to give the illusion of height.

AskHomesale.com provides real estate advise and information for home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners alike. Askhomesale.com is part of the Homesale Realty Family. The Homesale Family of Companies is the leading real estate company serving the Baltimore, Maryland, South Central and Southeastern PA real estate markets. Homesale Realty has more than 27 offices with over 1,000 REALTORS®. Homesale Realty’s footprint includes Maryland real estate office in Baltimore City, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Westminster, and Timonium. Pennsylvania real estate offices include York, Lancaster, Wyomissing, Chambersburg, Gettysburg,Harrisburg and Schuylkill Haven.

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BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HOME

Spring-spiration

Finally, spring is officially here. As the days continue to pass by during the season, day time will begin to increase. Spring refers to the season/idea of rebirth, rejuvenation and regrowth.  Therefore, spring is the perfect time to renew your garden/landscaping.  Here are a few tips to get your garden/landscaping a fresh new look.

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Prepare your lawn:
Rake your lawn to remove winter debris, dead growth, and leftover leaves from the fall. This will help bring light and air to the top soil level and allow the grass to grow. If there are any bare patches on your lawn, rake the area(s) firmly and then reseed.

Weed the young weeds now:
Any weeds that are in your garden beds will be the easiest to pull now since the roots are shallow. To minimize the growth of new weeds, cover bare spots with mulch or a ground cover.

Clean your gutters:
To prevent water from drowning on your plants below, be sure to clean your gutters. A house-end attachment specially designed for gutters will make the process a lot easier.

Fertilize:
Using coffee grounds to prep your soil is a great way to save money and be ‘eco-friendly’. Coffee grounds are filled with nitrogen, a mineral that helps in plant growth.  You can also use egg shells as a fertilizer. Crushed egg shells are rich in calcium carbonate which helps enrich the soil.

Water your plants:
Use cooking water. Watering plants with left over cooking water is a great way to add vitamins and minerals left behind after boiling pasta and vegetables. Make sure that the water has cooled down before you shower your plants. To fight off plant infections, use cooled off chamomile tea.

Garden at night:
Studies have shown that planting in the moonlight will actually make your plants grow faster and stronger. Planting at night also maximizes water usage.

AskHomesale.com provides real estate advise and information for home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners alike. Askhomesale.com is part of the Homesale Realty Family. The Homesale Family of Companies is the leasing real estate company serving the Baltimore, Maryland, South Central and Southeastern PA real estate markets. Homesale Realty has more than 27 offices with over 1,000 REALTORS®. Homesale Realty’s footprint includes Maryland real estate office in Baltimore City, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Westminster, and Timonium. Pennsylvania real estate offices include York, Lancaster, Wyomissing, Chambersburg, Gettysburg, Harrisburg and Schuylkill Haven.

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Spring-spiration

NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT – YORK COUNTY, PA

yorkThinking about moving? York County, Pennsylvania has a diverse selection of neighborhoods and locations to choose from. York County stretches all the way from the Maryland border to Harrisburg. It is in the Susquehanna River Valley of South Central Pennsylvania. York offers big-city amenities while still maintaining the charm of a small town. Plus, York is only a short drive to Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York City.

Although York continues to embrace its agricultural roots, it has evolved its manufacturing and business efforts. Major companies with roots in York include Harley-Davidson, York Barbell, Voith Hydro, Utz Quality Foods, Snyder’s of Hanover, BAE Systems and many more.

 

centralYORK CENTRAL MARKET

Central Market or “Market” – Located on the corner of North Beaver and W. Philadelphia Street, has been around for 125 years. It is the economic and social heart of the city. “Market Day” means strolling down the market isles, listening to live music, grabbing fresh vegetables and baked goods, and socializing with the town.

 

 

GO FOR A WALK IN THE PARK

There are parks on nearly every corner.  The William Kain Park consists of 1,637 acres and 2 lakes, and includes fishing, boat rentals, hunting and numerous other recreational activities.

 

HAVE A SWEET TOOTH?
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Don’t forget to tour the Wolfgang Candy Factory. York, PA prides itself in crafting a premium chocolate experience. The tour includes a presentation of the Wolfgang History and a chocolate experience on how the chocolate is made by hand. Also, remember to check out the Das Sweeten Haus store/museum to check out old-time American candy.

 

INTERESTING FACTS

York County was founded in 1749, after separating from Lancaster County. Called “America’s first fair,” The York Fair was originally held in York City in 1765, 11 years before the nation was founded.  In 1940, the famous York Peppermint Pattie was created in York City.

 

If you are considering moving, why not consider moving to York? Contact your local Homesale Agent to help locate your next home in York County.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT – YORK COUNTY, PA

It’s Time to Spring Ahead

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It is almost that time of year to “spring ahead” and to enjoy an extra hour of daylight each day!  Mark your calendar and get set to change your clocks this Sunday, March 8, 2015.  Daylight Saving Time (DST) officially begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.  DST is observed in most of the United States (except AZ, HI, PR, and a few other US territories) as a way to conserve energy.  In order to avoid confusion or possibly forgetting, it is recommended that you set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

DST is a great time to get into the habit of taking care of some very important items around your home. 

Here are a few great suggestions:

• Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

• Replace your smoke detector if it is more than 10 years old
• Replace your carbon monoxide alarm if it is more than 5 years old

• Check around your home for any hazardous materials that need to be discarded…make sure you handle their disposal properly.

• Check your medicine cabinet for out-of-date medications and discard them.  This applies to over-the-counter medications also!  Some can cause serious problems if you use them after the expiration date.

• Check the contents of your home emergency kit.  Replace any item that is outdated or needs to be replenished…don’t forget to replace old batteries.  If you don’t have a kit, this would be a great time to put one together.

• Check the contents of your car emergency kit too!

• Practice and review fire escape routes and family disaster plans.

• Reprogram your thermostat if applicable; check the filter on your furnace while you are thinking about it.

• Check all the lights and signals on your car and/or bike.

• Now is also a great time to think about those annual/semi-annual medical exams, vaccinations, dental visits, or other appointments you may have forgotten for you, your family, and pets.

Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November…begin making it a habit to run through these checks twice a year!  It will help make you and your family safer and more prepared!

AskHomesale.com provides real estate advise and information for home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners alike. Askhomesale.com is part of the Homesale Realty Family. The Homesale Family of Companies is the leading real estate company serving the Baltimore, Maryland, South Central and Southeastern PA real estate markets.  Homesale Realty has more than 27 offices with over 1,000 REALTORS®. Homesale Realty’s footprint includes Maryland real estate offices in Baltimore City, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Westminster, and Timonium.  Pennsylvania real estate offices include York,LancasterWyomissingChambersburgGettysburgHarrisburg, andSchuylkill Haven.

Tips for Home Buyers  |  Tips for Home Sellers | Tips for Homeowners

It’s Time to Spring Ahead