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Jean Rowe's blog

Brownstone Real Estate’s Hometown Series: The Historic Charm of Schaefferstown

Bank at SchefferstownOne of the oldest towns in Lebanon County, Schaefferstown--a rural community dating to the early 1700s--is a place where small town ideologies continue to thrive. On any warm-weather evening you’ll find residents amiably chatting with neighbors on the front porch, catching up on the news of the day. A visit to the post office isn’t simply a trek to pick up mail, but a friendly outing guaranteed to bring a smile. Here, the postal clerk knows you by name and even box number!

I’ve lived in Schaefferstown for the last thirty-eight years, ever since marrying my husband, Eddie, in 1975.

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!

Springtime in Penn’s Woods

Purple and white wildflowersMost of us have noticed the many hues of green that come with spring in our beautiful state of Pennsylvania. What you may be missing are the delicate blooms of spring wildflowers. April and May are the perfect months to discover the beauty of our native plants. The Lebanon Valley has many areas that are in bloom right now!

Some of the plants you'll see in our woods range from the prolific Mayapples to the rarer Yellow Lady Slipper and Trillium. One of my personal favorites is the delicate, lavender Hepatica.

Reflections for the 4th of July

A beautiful wheatfieldWe sometimes forget to appreciate the beauty of our wonderful Lebanon Valley!Eddie and Ipassed this scene on the way to an appointment Saturday and it was so breathtakingwe wanted to share with everyone!

Don't these "amber waves of grain" make you want to sing "America the Beautiful" out loud? I did! A happy, safe 4th of July to everyone!