The Top 5 Things a Buyer Specialist Provides Homebuyers


Here’s why you should always enlist the help of a buyer specialist.
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.

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you need someone who can advocate for you and negotiate on your behalf. This is why reaching out to a buyer specialist is so important, especially in a crazy market like ours. The best part of it all is that an agent’s services are free for the buyer, as the seller is the person who covers commission fees. A home purchase is a complex transaction full of many complicated details, so you want to be sure you’re in good hands throughout the process. This is why you want to sign a buyer agency agreement, which provides you with 100% commitment from an expert who knows how to help you beat the competition. The buyer agency agreement entitles the buyer to the following things: 1. Loyalty: The agent will always act in the best interests of their client. 2. Disclosure of all material facts: The agent will research properties to identify any potential issues, helping the client to make a fully informed decision.



An agent’s services are free for the buyer, as the seller is the person who covers commission fees.


3. Confidentiality: The agent will keep your bargaining and financial position confidential while promoting your best interests. 4. Accounting in dealings: The agent will provide assistance in securing appropriate financing. 5. Reasonable skill and care: The agent will advise you on how to structure an offer by providing pricing and negotiating advice through a competitive market analysis. When you have a buyer specialist, you can feel confident that you will be fully represented throughout your transaction. If you’re ready to find an expert who can help you accomplish your home buying goals, or if you have any questions about our market, feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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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.

Our team celebrated our 11th anniversary in April, and we’ve been very fortunate to work with excellent clients who have trusted our work. Over the last few months, we’ve received some wonderful, five-star Google reviews from our clients, and we take the time to read each one of them. They are extremely encouraging and meaningful to us. Today we just wanted to say thank you for them. Buying or selling a house is one of the most significant decisions of your life, and having the right person to help you can make the process an easy, enjoyable experience. Our specialists enjoy educating and supporting your buying and selling needs, and we love hearing your success stories! If you haven’t left us a review yet, please click here and do so. If you ever have any questions about real estate, please call or email us. We would love to be your real estate resource.


6 Tips for Sellers to Live By in This Market


These six tips will ensure your home sale goes off without a hitch.
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 six tips to abide by when approaching this chaotic market as a seller: 


1. Don’t price for the unicorn. Every area has an idea of unicorn buyers who sweep in to pay more than anyone else. That’s the dream, but fixating on an outlier buyer can be a huge mistake. That means you’ll sit instead of sell. My advice? Ignore Zillow, price for the market that actually exists, and rejoice if your home gets bid upward. 


2. Don’t expect cash. Selling to a cash buyer could happen, but how many cash transactions are happening in our area right now? Remember, the vast bulk of the market is financed, so buyers using financing can get it done. 


3. Be realistic about timelines. Nearly every real estate vendor is slammed, so if you counter a potential buyer, be realistic about requiring shorter return times. Don’t insist on requiring, say, eight days for everything to get done when eight days isn’t a realistic timeline.



Ignore Zillow, price for the market that actually exists, and rejoice if your home gets bid upward.


4. Don’t price an apple according to an orange. This is a classic real estate mistake. Too many sellers want to price based on a sale or listing that’s superior in quality, condition, location, or some other feature. Here’s the strategy to remember: Price according to similar homes—not dissimilar ones. 


5. Know if the market slows. At this time of year, we usually start to see seasonal slowing. As you list in the coming weeks or months, be realistic about the market if it changes. Right now the market is still ultra-hot, and the verdict is still out on what type of season the summer and fall will shape up to be. It usually softens, but we’ll see what happens. There's a temptation to price according to the hottest moments from a few months ago. My advice if you're late to the spring party is to price your home according to how the market feels right now. 


6. Expose yourself. Be sure your home gets adequate exposure to buyers. Honestly, you only need a weekend to sell in today’s crazy market, but don’t sell within the first few hours after listing. Letting your home sit for a few days gives more buyers the chance to see it, and it’s helpful for those who made offers because it gives them time to ensure they don’t have buyer’s remorse (which might lead to them backing out of the deal at a later date). 


If making a move in 2021 is one of your goals, let’s have a conversation about how my team and I can help. If you have questions about this or any real estate topic, don’t hesitate to call or email me. I’d love to hear from you.

Here Is Why You Should Hire JDREG


Here’s everything that sets us apart from the other companies.
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 have been helping buyers and sellers reach their real estate goals since 1992. Since we opened the doors here at Joy Daniels Real Estate Group in 2010, we've helped thousands of families successfully buy or sell a home. We believe experience matters, and we strive to give amazing customer service that connects us with people to become the most respected real estate firm in the communities we serve. We have been recognized locally in Harrisburg Magazine's “Simply the Best,” Central Penn Business Journal's “Top 50 Fastest-Growing Companies,” and we were included on their “Power Player 100” list. We've also been recognized nationally in Real Trends America's “Best” list and in The Wall Street Journal as the “Top One Percent Team Owned Brokerages in Transaction and Volume in Pennsylvania.” We are committed to staying at the forefront of the real estate industry on all platforms. You will find our advertising on local TV, radio, social media, and also endorsed by Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”



We provide our clients with one-on-one service that will give you peace of mind when it comes to home buying and selling.


Our team includes a social media department, settlement department, professional photographer, courier, marketing coordinator, and so many more. We want to make sure your home receives the best possible marketing. Our seller specialists know how to net you the most amount of money in this market. We will also offer a buyer's advantage program that includes a Love It Or Leave It Guarantee. Not only do we guarantee your satisfaction during the process, but we also guarantee it up to 18 months after you buy your home. With over 35 highly specialized people, we provide our clients distinctive one-on-one service that will provide you with ease of doing business and give you peace of mind when it comes to home buying and selling. We give back and make a positive impact in our community by helping those in need and we are grateful for the opportunities we are given daily. We love what we do. Our team operates as a unified group that specializes in leveraging our dollars in a way that's simply not done in the industry today. Our close-knit team's highest priority is benefiting our clients first. At Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, we are looking for a long-term win-win relationship with our clients.


If this sounds like the kind of team that you would like to work with, don't hesitate to reach out to us by phone or email. We work hard for our clients, helping each one to achieve their dreams and goals. It is the real joy of our business.

“Simply the Best” Voting Is Now Open


Here’s how to cast your vote for our team in this year’s “Simply the Best.”
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.


As you may have heard, we’ve once again been nominated for Harrisburg Magazine’s 2021 “Simply the Best” in three major real estate categories: best real estate agent, best real estate team, and best real estate agency. We are so grateful to the people who made the effort to register our names for the nominations. Now is just as crucial because it’s time to vote. Simply click on this link or scan the QR code below and choose the real estate category to cast your vote for:

  • Best Real Estate Agent – Joy Daniels
  • Best Real Estate Team – Jennifer Hollister Group
  • Best Real Estate Agency – Joy Daniels Real Estate Group
Voting is open now through June 15, 2021. You will need to register with your name and email address, and you may only vote once per category. Thank you to all our past and present clients, family, and friends—we appreciate your support! 

If you have real estate-related questions for us or need help with anything else, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone at 717-695-3177 or email us at info@JoyDaniels.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

How to Make Sure Your Home Appraisal Is Accurate


A low appraisal can derail a sale, but your agent can fix it all.
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.

Though we’re in an incredibly hot market right now, some sellers have been running into problems during the appraisal process. They may have gotten a fantastic offer from a buyer, but then the appraiser finds that the home is worth less than the offer. Unfortunately, someone’s going to need to make up the difference.


There’s no need to worry, though—there are ways to avoid this frustrating situation altogether. First, it pays to find a real estate pro in a hectic market like ours. Most homes are getting multiple offers, which can easily drive the price up, but an expert agent can handle bids with ease. More importantly, they can help you figure out where to start with your list price.


We take time to research everything there is to know about your home’s value, which involves looking up comparable properties, neighborhood statistics, and much more. There are so many variables involved when it comes to properly pricing a home, and we make sure to leave no stone unturned. We price homes in a way that nets sellers the highest possible price, but we always keep our eye on the looming appraisal. 


If the appraised value somehow does end up lower than the sale price, the first thing we do is check for human error. Mistakes can happen on the appraiser’s end, meaning we must be vigilant on behalf of our sellers. If there turns out to be no error, we then gather as much evidence as we can to show the home’s value. We understand that each home is unique, so we always showcase properties in their best possible light and highlight the features that make your home valuable.




There are so many variables involved when it comes to properly pricing a home, and we make sure to leave no stone unturned.

If this doesn’t bridge the gap between appraised price and sale price, it’s time to bring out another key skill in our repertoire: negotiation. Backed up by the knowledge, grit, and determination we build throughout our careers, we’re able to do everything we can to ensure your sale goes through. 


If you’d like to make sure the selling process is efficient, effective, and hassle-free, feel free to reach out to us. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have or share more information about real estate with you. Until then, we look forward to hearing from you soon.


Cast Your “Simply the Best” Vote for Us Today


Here’s how to help us get another win in “Simply the Best” 2021.
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’m joined by Jennifer Hollister of the Jennifer Hollister Group to deliver some great news: We have both been nominated for Harrisburg Magazine’s 2021 “Simply the Best” in three major real estate categories.



Thanks in advance for your vote!

I’m nominated for “Best Agent,” and I’m proud to share that the Jennifer Hollister Group has been nominated for “Best Real Estate Team.” Both of our teams have also been nominated for “Best Real Estate Agency.” Thanks to everyone who registered our names for the nominations.

Now it’s time to vote! Simply follow this link and choose the “Real Estate” category to cast your vote for “Best Agent” (Joy Daniels), “Best Real Estate Team” (Jennifer Hollister Group), and the “Best Real Estate Agency” (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group). You’ll need to enter your name and email address, and you can only vote once per category.

We thank all of you in advance for your vote. As always, we appreciate your support. If you have any real estate-related questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact me via phone at 717-695-3177 or email at info@joydaniels.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

3 Reasons You Need a Realtor to Sell Your Home


Here’s why selling your home on your own is not a good idea.
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.

Have you been hearing from friends and family that the local real estate market is hot right now? Or maybe you watched your neighbor’s home sell in the blink of an eye? It is undeniable that central Pennsylvania is experiencing a healthy and lucrative real estate market. For a small percentage of homeowners, this means that they start to wonder if they can sell their homes themselves and bypass hiring a professional. This is called For Sale by Owner (sometimes referred to as FSBO).

Listing your home without the expertise and guidance of a real estate agent, while possible, is most often a mistake that homeowners regret. Here are the top reasons why sellers who try to sell their homes without representation regret their decision or why they eventually call a Realtor for help:

1. Paperwork! The sale of your home is likely the biggest transaction in your lifetime. So it is no surprise that each transaction contains a mountain of paperwork. Hundreds of pages! Sellers do not have access to or knowledge of the necessary paperwork needed to make the sale of their property legal and safe. Can you imagine the liability this causes? This is a mistake that can be avoided by hiring a professional.



Call a trusted professional, and let us use our years of experience to your benefit.

2. COVID-19! Do you know the proper protocols for showings, inspections, and appraisals during a pandemic? Are you protected from buyers who tour your home that exposed themselves to the risk of COVID-19? Real estate has adapted to the changes presented by COVID-19, and we prepare all sellers and buyers in the safest ways to conduct real estate in this new atmosphere.

3. Negotiations and beyond! Getting a contract on your home is just the beginning! Licensed real estate agents are professionals who negotiate, maintain deadlines, and coordinate groups like lenders, title companies, and HOAs. While selling a home may look easy, that’s only because most of the hard work happens daily through the knowledge and perseverance of the Realtor. Many For Sale by Owner transactions will never reach the settlement table for this reason.

Rather than opening yourself up to risk, stress, and heartache, call a trusted professional, and let us use our years of experience to your benefit. Imagine a real estate transaction with exceptional communication, transparent fees, and dedicated staff who know you by name. This is the level of service that you will enjoy from Joy Daniels Real Estate Group. If you would like to learn MORE about the benefits of hiring a Realtor, please reach out by phone or email, and let us show you what we offer. We look forward to hearing from you.

What Will You Learn in My Home Selling Workshop?


Here’s what you can learn at my upcoming home selling workshop.
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.

Are you thinking of selling your home in Central Pennsylvania in the next 12 months? Or, are you curious about how homes are being shown safely these days?

If your answer is “yes,” you’re invited to my home selling workshop, “How to Get Top Dollar in Uncertain Times,” on Thursday, March 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During this live video chat, I’ll answer all of your questions and share my tips for getting your home prepared for the market and selling for top dollar. 

RJ Harris of “RJ Harris in the Morning” will start things off with some trivia, and then I’ll have a lender and home inspector join me for some home selling Q&A. If you have other real estate questions, feel free to submit them in advance and I’ll try my best to answer them during the event.



I’ll answer all of your questions and share my tips for getting your home prepared for the market and selling for top dollar.

Here are several questions we’ll be answering:
  • Is COVID-19 affecting prices?
  • Are buyers motivated right now?
  • Can my home be sold safely?
  • Are home prices dropping?
  • Is now a good time to sell?
  • What mistakes should I avoid?
  • How do I get rid of my stuff?
  • How do I attract buyers?
  • Should I pre-inspect my home?
  • Can I purchase a home before selling my home?
Attendance is limited to 20 homeowners, so if you’d like to reserve your spot at this seminar, use this registration link. You can also give me a call or send an email. I look forward to having you join us from the safety of your computer, tablet, or phone. 

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m here to help.

Get Your Home Ready for the Spring Market Now



Here are three tips to help you prep your home for the spring market.
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.

If you’re like me, you’re already dreaming of spring. There is no time like the present for homeowners to begin preparing for the spring market. While winter’s chill is still outside, begin inside by focusing on the following activities: 1. Declutter. One of the most common pieces of advice that a Realtor will offer to homeowners is to clean one room at a time and think like a buyer. Consider packing away extra knick-knacks, personal items like photos, and any other items that may collect dust or distract a potential buyer. 


Never underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint.

2. Let the sunshine in. Take the time to clean your windows, window sills, blinds, and drapery. Everyone loves a bright and welcoming home, so focus on letting in as much natural light as possible. Light is money! 3. Paint. Never underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint. Choose neutral colors and accomplish a great winter day’s task by painting and freshening up common areas that need attention like baseboards, stairwells, and bathrooms. Of course, once the weather warms up, you can boost your curb appeal by taking on small projects like weeding flower beds, replacing bulbs in exterior lighting, and sprucing up your porch. Here at Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, we love providing our friends, family, and neighbors with exceptional advice and trustworthy resources. This is also the time of year when we reach out to you to help us reach more people. You can help Joy Daniels Real Estate Group by nominating us for “Simply the Best.” This is a fantastic way for new people to learn about the wonderful customer service we provide. Please visit this link and head over to Harrisburg Magazine’s “Simply the Best” to nominate Joy Daniels Real Estate Group for Best Real Estate Agency, Agent, Brokerage, and Team. Nominations last until February 21, and voting begins in April.

Please Nominate us for Simply the Best 2021!



Here’s how you can vote for us for “Simply the Best 2021.”
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.

We need your help once again to win Central Pennsylvania Real Estate Journal’s “Simply the Best 2021.” It’s a two-step process, and we need your help with the first step: our nomination. These awards recognize and celebrate the best our community has to offer. Only the top five businesses in each category make it to the final voting stage, and Joy Daniels Real Estate Group needs your help to be nominated in several categories. The nomination period begins on January 1 and ends on February 21.


Only the top five businesses in each category make it to the final voting stage.

First, go to the voting page. Second, click on the “business” category and nominate The Joy Daniels Real Estate Group for the following categories:
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Real Estate Agency
  • Real Estate Brokerage
  • Real Estate Team
  • Family-Owned Business
We’d love to have your help. By your choice, we’d be honored to be nominated for “Simply the Best 2021.” Our mission has been and always will be to deliver world-class service to our communities, past clients, neighbors, friends, and families. We look forward to continuing to serve the local community here in Central Pennsylvania in 2021 and beyond.
If you have questions for us or any real estate needs we can assist with, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you, and thanks in advance for your support.