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Brownstone Real Estate’s Hometown Series: Memories Are Made Daily in Mt. Gretna

recreational area by mt. gretna lakeTake a leisurely stroll in Mt. Gretna and it’s equivalent to stepping back in time. Residents of the area will tell you Mt. Gretna is a lifestyle, not a town. That philosophy has made this charming community a favorite for residents and visitors alike. From its quaint turn of the century cottages with inviting covered porches, to its shaded, tree-lined streets and idyllic postcard surroundings, Mt. Gretna is endowed with the vibrant echoes of yesteryear.

I’ve been fortunate enough to call Mt. Gretna home for the last eleven years. Prior to that I was a frequent visitor and, like most, quickly fell in love with the area. It’s an easy passion to develop given Mt. Gretna’s eclectic old-fashioned charm.

Lynn Vastyan's Sweet Spot ~ Le Sorrell in Mt. Gretna

realtor lynn vastyan on the porch of Le Sorrell restaurantOne of my favorite things to do is to dine out. There’s nothing better than a good dinner with an entertaining atmosphere, a place where you feel like you’re transported someplace else. Let’s face it - - sometimes the food only tastes as good as the surroundings where you eat it!

Is Sweat Equity Right for You?

woman on ladder with paint bucketMany buyers contact me looking for a great deal in the foreclosure or short sale market. They think they are ready and willing to roll up their sleeves and build some sweat-equity! Having been there and done that, I always feel it is my duty to caution clients.

It is SO important to truly have some idea what you are diving into. Are there great opportunities out there? Absolutely! But it isn't called "sweat-equity" for nothing!

Why Have a Home Inspection?

home inspector checking electrical panelAs a buyer, a home is your biggest investment. On average, a full home inspection (excluding, water testing, septic inspections, radon, lead, etc.) costs around $300-$400. That's a small price for an inspection that may uncover serious defects about the property.

The top 12 home defects according to HouseMaster, are: