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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:

Lighting up the Night

fireflies twinkling in foliageThe heat is ratcheting off the charts this week. July in Central PA usually brings an increase in humidity, thunderstorms roll through with familiar frequency and fireflies are abundant. Did you know the firefly is the state insect of Pennsylvania?

When I was a kid we called them lightning bugs. Many people still refer to them that way, particularly in our state where the term is popular. Some less common names include glow fly, moon bug and garden sparkler.

Mortgage Interest Rates from the Seller's Point of View

house, money and calculatorInterest rate fluctuations affect both buyers and sellers, with both enjoying financial savings at lower interest rates. Most consumers, however, only think about rising interest rates from a buyer’s perspective, when sellers need to consider the consequences of a rising interest rate environment.

Here's the effect rising interest rates have on a mortgage payment:

Remembering Hurricane Agnes and the Flood of '72

Susquehanna River and Harrisburg's East and West ShoreLazily cutting between Harrisburg’s east and west shore, the Susquehanna River is widely known as a spot for pleasure boating and fishing. But it hasn’t always been a benign and picturesque waterway.

In late June of 1972 the remnants of Hurricane Agnes struck the Keystone state, including the Susquehanna Valley. Ranked as Pennsylvania’s worst disaster, Agnes inundated the area with eighteen inches of rain in a two day period from June 22nd to June 24th. The Susquehanna River swelled and surged over her banks before cresting at a staggering 33.27 feet, a record that remains to this day.