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?

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

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 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