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 Supermarket Community Center (3301 Trindle Road, Camp Hill) on Thursday, June 13 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.

Your Vote Could Make All the Difference


If you didn’t already know, Harrisburg Magazine’s annual “Simply the Best” survey is underway for 2019! What’s not to love about this competition?

VOTE 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’m coming to you from Al’s Pizza in Mechanicsburg, where the pizza is great, and so is the beer. I simply love Central Pennsylvania. Another reason to love our hometown is Harrisburg’s annual competition called “Simply the Best.” What makes this survey so special is that it gives residents of Pennsylvania the opportunity to showcase the local attractions and businesses that they love. We’d love to have your help—with your support, we’d be honored to win the title of Simply the Best Realtor of 2019. After all, without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

You can cast your vote here, at HarrisburgMagazine.com

Where will you find us on the list? We’ll be in the category labeled as “Realty" representing "Joy Daniels Real Estate Group". 

Voting is today, April 15th through June 15th. 
We’d love to have your help—with your support, we’d be honored to win the title of Simply the Best Realtor of 2019.     
Our mission is to deliver world-class service to our communities, past clients, neighbors, friends and their families. We look forward to serving our local community here in 2019. Please contact us with any Real Estate questions you have. Our office number is 717-695-3177 or send us an email at info@JoyDaniels.com. We would love to help you!

Where Sellers Get the Biggest Bang for Their House-Prepping Buck








Friends and Clients —

Home shopping season is quickly approaching, which means home sellers are busy cleaning, painting, decluttering, landscaping and deciding which other projects might reap the greatest reward given limited time and money. Their best bet – once the curb appeal projects are done, tackle the bathrooms.

The key is making smart decisions about what to upgrade because home-improvement projects don’t necessarily pay for themselves — and some improvements actually cost more than they return in value.

1. Dive into the “curb appeal” projects first. That said, do them smartly. New paint inside and out and basic landscaping and yard care typically runs about $3,000, according to recent research by Zillow and Thumbtack, and are typically the most common and necessary improvements. And choosing the right eye-catching colors can increase a home’s value far beyond just the appeal of new paint. A Zillow analysis found that yellow homes sell for nearly $3,500 less than expected, while the right color door can lead to an extra $6,000 in a seller’s pocket.


2. Upgrade the bathrooms (but not too much). A mid-range bathroom remodel, such as replacing the toilet, tub and light fixtures, adding a double sink, tiling the floor and hanging some wallpaper, typically results in a $1.71 increase in home value for every dollar spent, if the bathroom is at least 25 years old. But an upscale bathroom remodel with top-end features, full-body-wash shower wall, bidet could actually cost a seller, adding 87 cents of home value for every dollar spent.

3. Install new windows. New mid-range windows can return $1.15 for every dollar, but get too fancy and you’ll end up breaking even.

Until next time, make it a great week!


Joy Daniels

How to Prepare Your Home for the Spring Market


If you want to ensure your home stands out in the upcoming spring market, there are a few things you should do. Here’s what they are.
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.


Spring is just around the corner, so now’s the time to get your home prepared for the year’s hottest selling season. Here are the steps you should be taking now so that you’ll be ready by the time the spring market arrives: 1. Complete a pre-inspection. By knowing what needs to be worked on in your home, you can take the necessary steps to ensure your home is completely fixed up and ready to go. 2. Prepare your home. Commit to completing a deep clean of your home, decluttering your living spaces, and staging your home so that it’s ready for some beautiful spring photography.
With a little attention to detail and an early start, we can help you get the results you want this spring.
3. Find the true value of your home. Meet with our listing specialist and find the best pricing strategy for your property. We understand that a home is an investment, and we’ll give you everything you need to ensure it sells for top dollar.

On top of this, we have a great “Coming Soon” program that we can use for your home listing. This program gives us the ability to market your home before it even hits the market. It’s a great way to build some buyer buzz and showcase your home, and it also gives you time to make sure it’s ready—inside and out!

With a little attention to detail and an early start, we can help you get the results you want this spring. If you have any questions or need further information, call 717-695-3177 or email Info@JoyDaniels.com. We look forward to working with 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 Supermarket Community Center (3301 Trindle Road, Camp Hill) on Thursday, February 28 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.

Answering a Few Common Questions About Septic Systems


There are plenty of homes in our area that aren’t connected to their respective town’s septic system. Here are a few things you should know about these homes. 
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.


Today I am joined by Lee Ann Grajales, a listing specialist on the Joy Daniels Real Estate Team. Lee Ann is a bit of a “road warrior” in our office and often travels to some of the more northern locations of our traditional marketing area to service clients. She’s joining me to answer a few questions about the differences between selling homes with septic sewer systems versus the more common public sewer system. When would a home have a private septic sewer system instead of a public sewer system? Basically, cities, towns, and surrounding areas will be on sewer systems that are maintained by the local public works department. If a neighborhood is outside the area serviced by the local public sewer system, these homes will generally use a private septic system to handle their sewage and wastewater. What are some of the things sellers and buyers should be aware of when selling and purchasing a home with a private septic system? First off, I would say that buyers should not be frightened away by homes with septic systems. Most buyers have never had any experience with them. If properly maintained, septic systems can last the life of the home. Also, it is very important that the seller is aware and discloses whether they have a traditional septic system, which should be pumped every three years, versus a “holding tank” septic system, which has no drain field and may need to be pumped monthly. Another critical factor is knowing exactly where the system is located to avoid accidentally drilling into the covering of the system.
Buyers shouldn’t be frightened by homes with their own septic systems.
What are some best practices for properly maintaining a septic system?

At a minimum, do NOT flush paper towels, baby wipes, cigarettes, coffee grounds, cat litter, medications, or hazardous materials. Avoid dumping grease, oils, or fats down the drain, as they may solidify and contribute to blockages. A neat trick I picked up at a seminar was flushing a dime sized piece of baker’s yeast every three months to maintain healthy bacteria growth.

When selling a home with a septic system, what should the buyer and seller keep in mind regarding inspections?

Normally, the buyer pays for all the inspections.  However, per the agreement of sale, if it is required by the inspection company, the seller must pump the septic tank at their own expense. Buyers want a clean tank! When a property has been vacant for longer than a few weeks, a hydraulic load test is often needed. This test verifies that the system can efficiently receive and filter a volume of liquid that would normally pass through the tank on a “peak flow” day.  

I want to thank Lee Ann for all the great information she had to share with us today. Speaking from personal experience, I had a septic system in every home I lived in up until last year. Lee Ann was right on the money when she said that a well-maintained septic system should last the life of the home. If you want to download a copy of “Tips and Care for the Health of Your Septic System,” compliments of Trimmer Home Inspections, click on the link below or call our office at 717-695-3177 and ask for a copy to be sent to you.

At the Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, we have a team of qualified, experienced listing partners and buyer's 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 info@joydaniels.com, or visit us online at joydaniels.com. Until next time, make it a great week!

7 Winter Home Care Tips for You


Winter is right around the corner. Here are seven tips to make sure your home is ready for the cold. 
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.


Winter is coming and now is the time to prepare your home for the colder months. I have seven winter preparation tips to share with you that will you save you time, money, and hassle: 1. Tune up your heating system. For about $100, a technician will inspect your furnace or heat pump to ensure it’s clean and able to achieve its intended efficiency. Change your filters every month since your heating will be running constantly throughout the winter. 2. Protect your pipes. Pipes near outer walls can be susceptible to freezing in extreme temperatures. Be sure to add extra insulation to exposed pipes in your attic, basement, or crawl spaces. 3. Windows. If you don’t have double-paned windows, remove the screens and install storm windows to ensure that the heat stays in and the cold stays out! Caulk anywhere you feel cold air seeping into your house. 4. Fireplace. Burning firewood is another way to save energy costs. When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox or open the nearest window about one inch and close doors leading into the room. That will prevent the fire from drawing warm air out of the rest of the house and replacing it with cold air.
Pipes near outer walls can be susceptible to freezing in extreme temperatures.
5. Reverse your ceiling fans. If your fans have a reverse switch, turn it clockwise to create an updraft that will push warmer air down from the ceiling. This is especially helpful for those with high ceilings, and it may even allow you to turn the thermostat down a degree or two. It also gives you a chance to dust those ceiling fans! 

6. Check your gutters. If they are full of leaves, water will back up against the house and damage roofing, siding, and gutters, causing leaks and ice dams all over the house. Also, make sure water isn’t draining from the gutters directly next to your foundation. Add extensions to your downspouts to divert water four feet or more away from the foundation. This is an inexpensive and easy fix that could prevent water entry in your basement.  

7. Last but not least, be ready for an emergency! Blackouts and snow-ins can occur during the winter months, so take a moment to prepare yourself and your family for such emergencies.  Having the following items ready will help you make it through safely:

• Flashlight
• Bottled water
• Nonperishable food items
• Blankets
• Battery backup for your computer and other important electronic equipment
• First-aid kit
• If you have an emergency generator, make sure you have gasoline stored and available to fuel it!

At Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, we have 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 info@joydaniels.com, or visit us online at joydaniels.com. We hope to hear from you soon.