Love Parades? Come see the Home Parade this weekend!

Love to see decked out model homes?

Come see a ‘Parade’ of them all over York County this weekend!

The Parade of Homes is a weekend event where many model homes from all the local builders are open for extended hours. Many offer prize entries, and staff is on hand to answer all your questions.

The Parade Main Page can be found here:  https://yorkbuilders.com/events/parade-of-homes/

September 15th & 16th, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

The Carr, Cleaver and Pendergast Team represent:

Jeff Henry Builders: https://yorkbuilders.com/home/jeffreylhenry2018-entry/

Dombach Builders: https://yorkbuilders.com/home/dombach2018-entry/

Come join us at these locations to see how easy building your dream home can be!

 

When the call comes

“I need your help”

My friend’s words came through the phone with a high level of anxiety.  “My husband just had a stroke, and we need to move. I can’t bring him home because we have all these stairs.”

My heart goes out to them, and I go immediately to help. But now, their lives have been stressed to the breaking point, trying to move while he is recovering from a stroke.

I have encountered this as a Realtor more times than I want to count. Every time, seeing the struggle I wish we could prevent this from happening again.

If you are in a place where you wonder, “Is now a good time for me to make a move, before we are in a stressful situation?”  I can answer yes, please take action now to prevent the anxiety and stress later.

As a Realtor intimately familiar with the market, we can save you many hours of time by matching you with the best options for your needs and budget. Call for a no obligation consultation to make an easy move, before it becomes a call for help.

New Home: Development Options and Choices

This is part 3 of a series: New Home: Part 1, Luxury, Part 2, On Your Own Land,

Part 3, Development options and choices.

Many builders offer homes in developments where they are the exclusive builder.

A new home in a matter of months! Yes it is possible. Here is what you need to know.

  • Pricing: When looking through options, it may seem some builders have much better prices. The real question to ask is: What is included? ‘Pricing strategy’ varies from builder to builder.

Some will have very low ‘Base’ prices, but practically everything is an ‘Upgrade’ which adds $100,000 to the price.

Other builders will offer a higher ‘base price’, but include features that may the home attractive and comfortable even with no ‘upgrades’.

To compare apples to apples, ask them to price the same features in the same size home, so you can compare the bottom line.

Many communities have ‘Lot Premiums’ for the best lots, so make sure you select a lot you like before asking for a price.

  • Incentive: An incentive may be offered to entice you to buy. Sales strategy makes them ‘Limited time offers’ to get you to buy sooner rather than later. These may be reasonable, or it could be a bate and switch. Having a Realtor who knows the builders and their pricing strategy is helpful to ensure you get the best deal possible.

Many builders employ new home salespeople to sit in the model homes and sell. These folks are not Realtors, just salespeople for the builder. Keep this in mind before disclosing information that may hurt your negotiation.

Many Builders tie any incentive to using their preferred title company and lender. This can be fine for a buyer, but compare interest rate and terms with preferred lenders before committing to ensure you are getting a reasonable rate and terms.

  • Locations: When looking for a new home, you may be set on a certain school district or area.

Think about your taxes and resale value before settling on a location. Having a local Realtor pro can ensure you know all your options within your target area. We may be able to suggest options you may not have entertained on your own.

On a new home, taxes have not been established, so make sure you know what property taxes will reasonably be, before committing to a mortgage.

  • Quality: Not every home is created equal!

No one wants to buy an inferior home. Do you know what features to look for in a new home? Many higher standards can be easily achieved by minimal costs. Selecting a builder who gives a higher level of quality will be well worth it in the end.

  • Resale value and stability: Protect your investment!

Make sure the builder you are purchasing from is established and has a history of satisfied customers. Nothing can be worse than buying a new home, only to see the builder slide into bankruptcy or chaos. Financial stability is essential to honor the new home warranty you will receive and provide a quality product.

  • Time: If you are not familiar with the market, you can spend many hours figuring out all the above items. Our new home experts know the market, know the lots, and know how to match you with the best options based on your needs. The best part? It does not cost you anything. As a buyer, the compensation your Realtor receives comes from the seller, but their duty is to represent your interest and serve you.

If you want to get started on the fast track to your new home- contact us today for a free consultation. Save time and fast track to your dream home!

 

New Home: On Your Own Lot

This is part two of a three part series: New Home, what you need to know. Click here for part one.

Want to buy land and build a home? How hard can it be?

If you have looked into this option, you may know there are many details of which you need to be informed. Have no fear, your new home experts are here to help.

Building on your own land does not need to be scary and hairy, but should be approached with an understanding of the details involved. Here are key details to fit your plan.

Understand that the cost is more than House + Land.   In our day of regulation, complying with the details of constructing a new building has become increasingly burdensome.  A builder with experience will understand how to break down these cost for you. They include:

  • Costs for Well and septic if applicable.
  • Costs and availability to connect to public utilities if available
  • The requirements for a ‘Storm Water Mitigation Plan’. Every new home must have a way to control water runoff during a storm.
  • Driveway requirements: if on a hill, state road or other limiting factors, a driveway permit may not be granted, which can shut you down before you get started. The length of driveway may also have a huge impact on your budget.
  • Costs to remove trees, rocks and prepare the site. These can be staggering if you have not prepared for them.
  • Heat source: is natural gas available? If not, will you bury a propane tank or use a high efficiency heat pump?

Given all these questions, costs and requirements how do you proceed?

Do not buy land without doing your homework! Many regrets have formed from this mistake.

Our new construction experts can help you through the process to arrive at your dream home on your own land.

Not every builder will build on your own property. You will want and need a builder who builds many homes ‘On your own lot’ and is intimately familiar with costs and requirements to do so.

Working with many of the local builders, we can match you with a builder who shares your vision and can make it a reality WITHIN your budget and time frame.

Call us for a free no-obligation consultation  to start the process of taking your dream home from a dream to a reality!

Are you considering a new home? Start here.

Have you been considering a NEW home, but are not sure where to start?

Don’t be intimidated,  we are here to make you the expert.

The options can be overwhelming. Location, size, price point? When you build, you get exactly what you want, but with so many options it can be overwhelming.

There are many facets of building. You may want to buy your own 50 acre estate and build a custom home.

Or, if your dream home is in a neighborhood with large lots, we know exactly where to look.

This will be a 3 part series:

  1. Luxury
  2. On your own lot
  3. Development options and pricing

If you are looking to be in the best areas of York County, the premier custom home builder you need to talk to is  Jeffrey L. Henry.

Locations offered are close to Country Clubs, and communities are designed with Luxury in mind.

  • New Brittany II, an upscale location set in rolling hills just outside the Outdoor Country Club in Central York, features acres of green space and stately brick wrapped homes.
  • Spring Forge, located in Spring Grove offers fabulous views of the surrounding farmland and hillside. The amenities of the town are within walking distance and the location is convenient to main highways.
  • Donwood Estates in Dover, offers a quiet setting with many home sites backing to farmland or trees. The community is within an easy walk of many shopping and restaurant choices, yet has a secluded feeling.

Satisfying your vision for your dream home is the goal of every Jeffrey Henry custom home, and the builder works directly with you to make the dream take shape. From design to move in, the Henry’s legacy of quality and customer care bring reality to your vision. Hundreds of satisfied homeowners will tell you: Jeff Henry’s quality and process are the best of the best!

There has never been a better time to bring to life your dream home! Call us for a free tour of models and consultation. 717-880–2111

Our new home experts are here to help. As the representative for multiple builders in the area, there is no better place to come for full service to make your dream a reality.

Proof Ghosts do exist?

Still skeptical about Ghosts? If you are ready for proof they DO exist, the Golden Lane Antique Gallery in New Oxford can show you…

Why is this old brick warehouse so haunted?

Being close to the historic battlefield of Gettysburg sets the stage. Many of the spirits on the battlefield find home there. In the days as a shoe factory, 5 or more workers died in the building and their spirits dwell closely by.

For the past 27 years, as an Antique Gallery, the spirits have come and gone with the many historic furniture and art that have graced the structure to tell their story.

There is in particular, a young girl names Clarissa, and she has a doll that she plays with. The doll is on display at the Antique Gallery, and in use by her at night. Clarissa loves to ‘play’ with visitors, who have felt their hair pulled, toes stepped on and pokes in behind by Clarissa.

 Look closely below: you will see Clarissa’s doll on display.

The former shoe factory turned Antique Gallery is now for sale, courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway, Naomi Brown. Would you love to start a haunted house or similar venue? The owner, Barry Strohm has given ghost tours for many years. Now is the perfect opportunity while the building at 11 North Water St, New Oxford is still for sale. Come make it your own and join the ranks of those who experience the realm of the unseen……

The Ghost Tour room in the basement of Brick Warehouse.

Dated, Dark and Dirty

When Liz and Matt walked into my new open house recently, they said they have visited practically every house in their school district. Everything was dated, dark and dirty for a high price.  Want pink carpet and leaking roofs? Not them. They had walked into a home and walked right back out in 2 minutes flat with the last house.

Then, they thought about new. Why not? Everything is at the beginning of its life. It has tons of natural light. And it smells new. What’s not to love?

Liz and Matt picked an open floor plan with a soft gray color scheme, and built it on a lot backing to a park. “Everything is exactly what we picked, right down to the color of the front door” Matt said, “We can move in and only argue about where my flat screen TV will go”.

If you are thinking of new, there has never been a better time. Beautiful home sites are available in every location throughout York County. Tom Pendergast and Naomi Brown of the CCP Team with Berkshire Hathaway Realty are your local New Home Experts. Representing a host of builders and developers, they can find an option for everyone.

Building New Homes had almost completely stopped during the recession years, but has come roaring back in 2017. A hard decline in homes for sale, coupled with an increase in buyers has resulted in a very low inventory market. According to Realtor.com, sales of New Homes are forecast to rise in every market, to meet the demand from buyers.

Want to buy a lot and build? That is a different process, but we can help you there.  Always available to help walk you though the details and excitement of a new home!

Call  Naomi at 717-819-2825 for more details on your new home!