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Elizabethtown - Enola - Hershey - Hummelstown
Lemoyne - New Cumberland - Lewisberry - Perry County
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These 5 Questions Will Help You Prepare for Your Home Sale


Before listing your home, there are five questions that you need to consider.

There are a variety of opportunities in the Central Pennsylvania real estate market for both buyers and sellers.
If you're a prospective buyer click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report, right here.

Here are the five questions you need to consider before putting your home on the market: 1. What level of attention and expertise do you need from a listing agent? Some sellers want a consultant who provides real estate expertise and others want their Realtor to back off while they make final decisions. Just as real estate agents need to determine what level of services they are going to provide to sellers, sellers need to decide exactly what services they expect their listing agent to provide and make those expectations clear up front. 2. What market-specific information do you have or plan to acquire? To keep a home from sitting on the market, when possible, timing the sale to coincide with the months of greatest buyer activity is smart. Prime selling seasons can vary from city to city and from home to home! An experienced, local real estate agent can guide you on the best timing for your home. Spring might be optimum to put properties on the market in general, but some markets are also lively from Labor Day until mid-December. 3. Do you know who your likely buyer will be? An agent who sells a lot of properties similar to yours is apt to have a better feel for which properties appeal to specific groups of buyers, which means they get snapped up fast while other homes linger on the market. What property condition and features do your probable buyers demand before they make an offer? If you don’t know what appeals to whom, plan to spend a few weekends visiting open houses similar to yours in what you think will be your broad price range. Then, pay attention to who attends the open house, as well as what the house looks like.
Timing the sale to coincide with the months of greatest buyer activity is smart.
4. Do you understand that today’s buyers expect homes to look like properties they have seen on HGTV? 

What that means in real life is staging a home to sell is no longer optional in most markets. Do not think that watching HGTV qualifies you to stage your own home in a way that hits the right buttons with buyers. Do not think that because you are an “artist” or you studied interior design in college that you understand how good stagers merchandise a house. You need professional help with this every bit as much as you need a plumber to replace the kitchen sink. This is not a DIY opportunity. 

5. Are you aware that in the wake of the housing crisis of a decade ago, mortgage lending standards have changed dramatically?  

Is financing readily available for your home? If not, sellers—or their agents—need to get financing options nailed down and addressed to the extent possible. Any issues that might affect whether buyers can find a lender to offer a mortgage on specific properties will depend on whether your home qualifies for FHA, VA, or USDA financing.

We are experienced, professional agents, and if you are thinking about listing your home, we are ready to represent you! Ask yourself these five questions and check back soon for five more questions you should consider before selling.  

If you choose to move forward with selling your home, we have a team of dedicated listing specialists who will help you realize your selling goals, so don’t hesitate to give us a call at (717) 695-3177 or send us an email at info@joydaniels.com. We look forward to helping you! 

Join us at Our Upcoming Seller Seminar?


Our seller seminar is just around the corner, and you won't want to miss this helpful (and free) event. REGISTER HERE
There are a variety of opportunities in the Central Pennsylvania real estate market for both buyers and sellers.
If you're a prospective buyer click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report, right here.


I’ve got some exciting news to share: You’re invited to our free upcoming seller seminar! The event will take place at the GIANT Food Store Community Room (2300 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110) on Thursday, October 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Navigating today’s dramatically changing real estate market can be challenging, especially when it comes time to try to sell your home. Listing these days can lead to a lot of confusion, and that’s why my goal for this seminar is to help you overcome this. This seminar will give you the tools, resources, and information you need to make the best decisions for one of your biggest investments.
This seminar will give you the tools, resources, and information you need to make the best decisions for one of your biggest investments.
I’ll explain the necessary steps it will take to achieve your selling goals, and also shed some light on current market conditions. 

We will also have a panel of expert speakers at the seminar, including a stager, a home inspector, and a mortgage lender—each of whom will offer invaluable insight into their role in the real estate process.

Ultimately, I want to set you on the path to success as a seller in today’s buyer’s market. 

Also, if there are any questions left unanswered at the end of the seminar, I will give you an opportunity before we wrap things up to ask me about them. 

If you have any other questions, would like more information, or are interested in attending, give my team and me a call at (717) 695-3177 or send us an email at info@joydaniels.com. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming seminar.

Clean Your Garage and Make Your Home Sell for More


As a home seller, cleaning and organizing your garage goes a long way in impressing buyers.
There are a variety of opportunities in the Central Pennsylvania real estate market for both buyers and sellers.
If you're a prospective buyer click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report, right here.


Do you think garages sell homes? Many people ask me whether or not garages play an important part in a home sale, and my answer is always yes. When preparing to sell a home, the garage is one of the most forgotten rooms in the house. By nature, garages are places where we store many things that we don’t want or need in the house. They are also places where oil and gas are spilled due to cars,lawnmowers, etc. Garages also tend to store toys, mementos, and many other items we thought were vitally important to us at one time. Then, when we go through our piles of things, we wonder why in the world we thought they were important in the first place! As you can guess, all those boxes, stains, smells, unorganized tools, and other items can add up to an unsightly mess in the eyes of potential buyers. This means if you’re putting your home on the market, it’s time for a cleanup. And, just as important, it’s time for a rigorous reorganization of the garage to make it shine in buyers’ eyes. Here are a few steps to help eat that elephant one bite at a time: 1. Go through all of your boxes and sort the items they contain. Be ruthless! Toss out anything that no longer has any use or meaning. Even better, donate items that are still useful to your favorite charity—it feels great and makes somebody else happy at the same time. Plus, you can claim a tax deduction. By cleaning out the clutter, it will be easier to take the next step.
Garages don’t actually sell homes, but they make a big statement about the home and the homeowner trying to sell it.     
2. Clean the garage as thoroughly as possible. Get rid of any dust and dirt wherever you find it. If you have minor oil or gas stains on the floor, try pressure-washing them. However, if they are larger or they’ve been longstanding, then you’ll need to find a more thorough cleanser. Even better, you can paint the floor to create a clean, pristine appearance, showing that you care. And if you are feeling really ambitious, consider coating your garage floor with an epoxy paint that was designed to turn it into a warm and inviting room. This also reduces slip-and-fall accidents and makes any future floor cleanings easier.    

3. Consider a garage organization system. Usually the cheapest options are storage bins and wall hooks. If you’re willing to spend more, there are also wall panels and flooring packages available. Depending on your needs, an organization system can range from approximately $40 to thousands of dollars. If you simply Google “garage organization systems,” you’ll find plenty of links to companies selling these products. Whatever system you choose, it will definitely give your garage a clean and organized look. 

I can’t stress how impressive it is to potential buyers to have a well-organized garage. This tells them that you’re a person who really takes care of every detail of your home and property. And that, in turn, let’s them know that buying your home will be a great investment on their part and well worth the asking price. 

The bottom line is this: Garages don’t actually sell homes, but they make a big statement about the home and the homeowner trying to sell it. Cleaning and organizing yours is well worth the effort.

Remember, if you’re thinking about buying a new home, the Joy Daniels Real Estate Group has a team of qualified, experienced listing partners and buyer specialists who are ready to work with you to make every real estate process a positive experience. 

If you or someone you know is ready to buy or sell a home, give us a call today at 717-695-3177, email us at info@joydaniels.com or you can visit us online at www.joydaniels.com.