Closing the door on 2014


Yesterday, S&P Dow Jones Indices released the latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices Indices. The index tracks home prices nationwide and in 20 major cities.

There are two composites conducted; 10-City and 20-City. Both of the composites saw year-over-year declines in October compared to September. The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, which covers all nine U.S. census divisions, recorded prices grew 4.6% in October 2014 compared to October 2013. Although this is the slowest paced price growth since September 2012, many economists say it is healthier for buyers and sellers than the aggressive growth (double-digit) growth last year at this time.

From September to October housing prices scantily climbed to 0.7% (after adjustments). The results from the 20-City composite reveal that San Francisco and Tampa, Fla were the strongest gains, and Chicago and Cleveland were the weakest gains. Even though the price gains have been gradually slowing since the beginning of 2014, David M. Blitzer, chairman of Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, noted that the October numbers could be a positive change in direction. “After a long period when home prices rose, but at a slower pace with each passing month, we are seeing hints that prices could end 2014 on a strong note and accelerate into 2015,” stated Blitzer.

Stan Humphries, Zillow’s Chief Economist, commented on the report, “Housing definitely came back to earth over the second half of 2014, and we welcome and expect to see more of the same as we look ahead at 2015.” Humphries also stated, “A slower-moving housing market is inherently more stable, more balanced between buyers and sellers and more sustainable over the long-term. We’re ending 2014 on a good note, and this momentum will continue.”

If you are planning on moving or know of someone who is thinking about moving in 2015, then contact your local Homesale Agent for buyer/seller help. For more real estate information, please visit our Homesale website.


References: RIS Media, Forbes
Closing the door on 2014

12 Things You Should Know About Pennsylvania

1.) Off To Market You Go….

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No matter which county you move to in Pennsylvania, you’ll see a vast amount of roadside stands and indoor/outdoor farmer’s markets where you can get fresh produce. You should venture out of the grocery stores and load up your reusable bags with fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods and delicacies to support your local farms. Some of the major markets include, Green Dragon Farmer’s Market, Lancaster Central Market, Roots Country Market, Reading Terminal Market and Pittsburgh Public Market.


2.) Be Prepared For All the Sweet And Salty Temptations

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Pennsylvania is the snack food capital of the nation. As many know, Pennsylvania is the home of Hershey’s chocolate, but not many people are aware that we produce more potato chips than any other state. PA creates enough potato chips to fill 80 million 12-ounce bags every year. The original soft/hard pretzels (Sturgis) and the original animal crackers (Stauffer) were produced in the late 1800’s right here in Pennsylvania. Let’s not forget to pay homage to Philadelphia cheesesteaks, Tastycakes, marshmallow Peeps, Mrs. T’s pierogies, Lebanon bologna, shoo-fly pie, and the Heinz ketchup and relish on all those delicious hot dogs we love.


3.) We Have Four Seasons, But Autumn Knows How to Paint Each Town

Whether you already live in Pennsylvania or are considering moving somewhere within the state, residents are able to experience all four seasons, but the colors of fall truly compliment the state’s complexion. The changing leaves paint the open landscape’s scenery with breathe-taking colors and the crisp air is usually filled with the flavorful smells of apple cider and pumpkin.


4.) Sightseeing in Pennsylvania Is Endless


Throughout the state, there are numerous historic monuments to see and nature sights to experience. Mountains, skyscrapers, museums, vintage railroads, coal mines and even the view from the Philadelphia Art Museum steps are just a few options to keep your weekends packed with family/friendly fun.


5.) Be Prepared for a Bouncy Ride

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Due to various weather conditions, roads in Pennsylvania start to crack and eventually turn into large potholes. Therefore make sure you are aware of the mini ponds on the roads/highways while you are driving to protect your vehicle from any potential damage.


6.) Least Populated Municipality in PA is Centralia


Over fifty years ago, it is believed that burning trash in a landfill near an old abandoned strip mine sparked an exposed coal vein. The fire quickly spread throughout the maze of mines underneath the town, creating an unstoppable blaze, which has yet to subside. Originally the town was home to over 2,000 people, but due to the toxic fumes and unsafe living conditions, the population has now reduced to around 10 people. Those who still reside there are fighting the state from eviction and demolition of their homes. Experts say that the amount of coal left will keep the fire burning for another 250 years.


7.) Pennsylvania is home to America’s oldest brewery…and many others


Established in 1829, D.G. Yuengling & Son is one of the largest breweries by volume in the country. The brewery is headquartered in Pottsville, PA. Yuengling is an Anglicized version of Jüngling (aka the founder’s surname), and is the German term for “young man”. Due to the popularity of Yuengling Traditional Lager in Pennsylvania, it can simply be ordered by asking for a lager. Pennsylvania is also home to many other popular brewing companies such as, Slyfox Brewery, Rumspringa Brewing, Spring House Brewing, Troegs Brewing, Victory Brewing, Yards Brewing, Saucony Creek, Neshaminy Creek Brewing, Appalachian Brewing and many more.


8.) You will never run out of Wine

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The first vineyard in Pennsylvania began in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. Today there are over 200 licensed wineries in Pennsylvania, with 12 wine trails throughout the state. PA is ranked 7th nationally in the number of wineries and is the 5th largest producer of grapes in the U.S.  No matter where you are in PA, there is never a winery more than an hour away.



9.) Kennett Square is the Mushroom Capital of the World


Over 65 percent of mushrooms consumed in the United States come from Kennett Square. Due to the large amount of mushrooms, enthusiasts within the community decided to host a small Festival to celebrate what their town is renowned for in hopes to raise money for a good cause. Today the Festival has grown to a large affair, hosting over 200 vendors and up to 100,000 guests.


10.) Remember in Pennsylvania, Amish is pronounced Ah-mish, not Ey-mish

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Mainly focused around the Lancaster county area, Pennsylvania has the second largest Amish population in the country. The Amish travel all throughout the state to sell their delicious homemade goods to those who aren’t lucky enough to live close by. Be mindful of the parade of horse and buggy’s you will witness every Sunday, that is, if you live near Lancaster.


11.) Pennsylvania knows quality shopping


The shopping options available suit any shopping personality whether you’re a spontaneous and impulsive buyer or a dedicated and true bargain hunter. PA offers large shopping centers, outlet malls, chic boutiques and unique main streets. Pittsburgh is home to the quaint and quirky Strip District, or at King of Prussia, you can shop at the largest shopping mall on the east coast. Pennsylvania also features Tanger Outlets, located in Lancaster and Hershey, and the Philadelphia Premium Outlets.


12.) The Amount of Entertainment Will Never Leave You at a Loss for Fun

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There are numerous events and festivals throughout the state all year round. Some Pennsylvania events, such as the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, and the Flower and Garden Show, have been recognized as two of the Top 20 Events in the United States. Other popular events include the PA Farm Show (Harrisburg), Groundhog Day (Punxsutawney), Three Rivers Arts Festival (Pittsburgh), The Gettysburg Festival, Musikfest (Bethlehem), and the Square Applefest (Franklin). More information and events can be found at







12 Things You Should Know About Pennsylvania

Brighten up Your Home

Staying home on a Saturday night doesn’t mean you have to relax in a boring and colorless home. Chances are your home has the potential to be vibrant with the things that you already have. These tips can help you spruce up your home:




Home Office: Let some light in; the best way to light a home office is through natural light, not only because it’s brighter, but also because it’s free. Organize your office by giving some of your office essentials their own separate space. Placing storage behind your desk decreases the clutter and organizes of all your necessities.




Living Room: This is the room where friends and family come for entertainment. Experiment and set the mood with the use of pillows. Did you know that pillows can change the whole aura of the room? Toss a few throw pillows on sofas or chairs for a pop of color and style. Rearrange your furniture to elongate the room and create an intimate seating area.





Dining Room: Bright blue and brown wallpaper and cool colored tables add to the casual and cozy atmosphere in any dining room. Line photos of you and your family around the sides of the wall to create a relaxed and comfortable setting to host dinner gatherings.





Bathroom: Don’t be scared of paint. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way toward creating a new look in any space, and not just on the walls. Give that tired white bathroom of yours second life by painting it coral blue. 





Bedroom: Let that room of yours stand out with statement artwork. Likebbr mentioned earlier, natural light is beautiful for your bedroom and studies show that chronic exposure to light at night leads to a host of health problems. Investing in a small nightstand and lamp gives you just the right amount of light to keep you comfortable and save your money.






Now, try some of these fun ideas in your home.

Brighten up Your Home

10 Ways To Clean Your House Using A Lemon

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When life gives you lemons, grab the salt and scrub-a-dub-dub. The common household fruit is the ultimate, all-natural cleaning agent. Lemons not only deodorize the house with a zesty fragrance, but they also dissolve dirt and act as an antibacterial solution, thanks to a high level of citric acid. Whether you’re looking to finally rid your microwave of that mysterious caked-on mess or find an environmentally-safe way to mop up the muddied snow the kids tracked in, we’ve got 10 house cleaning tips that’ll get the job done with a little bit of elbow grease and a whole lot of lemons.

Got a funky smell wafting out of your kitchen sink? Take matters into your own hands. Quarter a lemon, drop it in the disposal, and turn on the hot water. Flip the switch, and it’ll be good to go.

Polish metal pots

Tarnished metal and burnt bottoms have a way of making your first-rate cooking pots look like bargain-basement finds. Shine ’em up until they’re spic-and-span by dipping a half of a lemon in salt and rubbing gently in circular motions. The same rules apply for chrome faucets and grills. Just steer clear of anything brass-plated, which won’t hold up under pressure.

Wash dishes

Cut grease on hard-to-clean dishes by adding 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to your detergent. This one’s great for little dish washers who want to help out Mom and Dad, but haven’t developed their scrubbing muscles.

Clean coffee & tea pots

Rid your coffee and tea pots of daily mineral buildup by slicing lemons and boiling them in the pot. Let the sweet smelling potion steep for 1 to 2 hours, and then stick the pot in the dishwasher. Bonus: Banishing those unwanted impurities makes for a better tasting cup of Joe.

 Brighten whites

Revive your munchkin’s dingy whites by adding ½ cup lemon juice to the rinse cycle of a regular-sized load of white or “bleachable-safe” clothes. While you’re at it, tackle tough spots on polyester and cotton with a stain-fighting mixture that’s equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar. Rub in the solution (after testing on a small patch), and let it soak in for 1/2 hour. Wash as normal.

Create a natural oven spray

Avoid toxic chemicals found in traditional oven cleaners, like Easy-Off. They may work like a charm, but they’re hazardous to your health. We suggest replacing the synthetics with a paste of lemon juice, water, and baking soda until it reaches the consistency of gel. Coat the inside of the oven, let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, and rinse well. The best part? In the words of TLC, “no scrub, no scrub, no scrub.”

Make a DIY toilet bowl spray

Cleaning doesn’t have to be dirty work. When it comes to your toilet bowl, combine ½ cup of lemon juice and a sprinkle of baking soda, and let the magic happen. After 15 minutes, give it a quick turn with a toilet brush, and flush. Fresh as a daisy!

Polish furniture

Mix a pint of mineral oil with one tablespoon of lemon juice, pour in a spray bottle, and go to town. But don’t forget to wipe down your surfaces really well. Nothing interrupts an intimate dinner party quite like greasy Gucci.

Wash windows

Say goodbye to streaking, sister—that was in another life. Nix window grime and tiny hand prints with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ½ cup white vinegar, and 1 quart of warm water.

Sanitize your microwave

Despite your kids’ best attempts, the inside of your microwave is not a Jackson Pollock masterpiece. Clean those pesky splatterings by slicing a lemon and dropping the pieces into a hot water vessel—a breakfast bowl or teacup will do. Turn the microwave on high for 1 minute and immediately give it a couple swipes with a wet sponge. If only everything in life could be this easy.

10 Ways To Clean Your House Using A Lemon

Quick Fixes

These days everyone has a hectic schedule.  Between work, family, household chores, and social functions it can be hard to get everything done.  Those small tasks around the house can easily get pushed to the bottom of your to-do list.  Believe it or not, most of them can be done in under an hour!

Don’t procrastinate, take one hour and start checking these items off your list.

Hardware Update – Give your kitchen a new look by replacing those drab door handles and drawer pulls.  All you need is a screwdriver.  (If you’re adding knobs for the first time, create a template to ensure you drill your holes in the same spot each time)quick fixes blog

Time to De-grime – Fire up the power washer and give your home’s exterior, sidewalks, and driveway a good cleaning.  It can be used to clean gutters and siding, even 2nd floor windows.  (Make sure all windows are securely closed before you begin)  It will also remove stains left on walkways from leaves and mildew.

Clothes Dryer Duct – Built-up lint can cause your dryer to work less efficiently and is also a fire hazard.  Move the dryer away from the wall and unplug it.  Use your vacuum to remove lint from the wall duct and the dryer itself.

Freshen up – Pick a bold paint color to use on just one wall in a room.  Covering only one wall costs less and takes less time than painting the entire room!

Furnace Filter – This will improve the air quality in your home as well as the furnace’s efficiency.  This should be done at least once every three months and is a cinch to replace.  A simple swap of the new for the old and you’re done.

Build raised flowerbed/garden – Yes, you can actually do this in an hour.  Basically, all you need is a saw, a drill, 8’ sections of pressure treated lumber, screws, construction adhesive, landscape fabric, rubble, and soil.  Cut lumber to size and secure them together, add landscape fabric to the base to prevent weed growth, add a layer of rubble for drainage, and fill with fertilized soil.  Happy gardening!

Fix a Faucet – Tired of a leaky faucet?  If you can wield a wrench, you can install a new faucet.  Turn off your water supply before you begin.  Unscrew connections to your old faucet and screw in the new one. (More detailed instructions should be included with your new hardware)  Adding an aerator at the same time can help lower your water bill.

Weather-stripping – Replace worn weather-stripping in under an hour.  Look around windows and doors for worn pieces that need replaced.  Taking the time to do this now will help save you money on heating and cooling later.

 Hopefully these suggestions have shown you all that can be accomplished with just a little bit of time!

 The best way to get something done is to begin.  ~ Author Unknown

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