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Today Everyone is Irish!

Cute dog dressed with shamrocks for St. Patrick's DayHappy St. Patrick’s Day

Go n-eírí an bóthar leat.
May the road rise with you.

On this day when everyone is Irish, it’s a time for wearing ‘o the green, leprechauns, and a bit ‘o traditional Irish luck. You needn’t have a shamrock handy to embrace an Irish blessing, or even St. Patrick’s Day customs. The luck of the Irish extends far and wide and is particularly evident on this day honoring Ireland’s patron saint. But did you know Saint Patrick was not truly Irish?

Easy Steps to Prepare Your Home for Sale

attractive residential home with covered porchYou’ve been debating about it for a while, and you’ve finally come to the conclusion it’s time to put your home on the market. Whether you’re looking for something smaller, larger, relocating to another area, or simply want to take advantage of the spring selling season, you’ve decided to move ahead and list your property.

You love your home. And, of course you know exactly why it would make a wonderful property for any potential buyer. Ideally, you want others to see it that way, too. Below are several tips to make your home as appealing as possible to anyone viewing it for the first time.

Before you list, follow through with these simple spruce-up ideas for maximum advantage:

Start Where You Are

magnifying glass over top the words Credit ScoreIt’s never easy to think about speaking with a lender when you know that you’ve had some credit problems. The truth is that we’re all messy human beings and no one fits into the category of a perfect home buyer. For most us, buying a home is a process and when we know where we stand, we can chart our path to success in buying a home.

Your credit history will play an important role in the process of buying your home, so having a conversation with a mortgage loan officer before you begin shopping will provide you with informational tools that will be invaluable. You may think that your credit history will prevent you from ever being approved for a mortgage, but speaking with a loan officer may give you options.

Congratulations to our 2015 Agent of the Year, Dave Rippon, and Our Top 10 Producers

Top 10 Brownstone Real Estate Agents of 2015There’s nothing better on a bitterly cold day than a room bathed in the warmth of a roaring fireplace. Each year in January, Brownstone Real Estate holds an annual kick-off breakfast to review the achievements of the previous twelve months and take a look ahead at the coming year.

We never know what we’re going to encounter when it comes to the weather—snow, ice, or bitterly cold temperatures. Today it was the latter, but that didn’t stop our group from gathering at the Hershey Country Club, where we honored our top producing agents and recognized the contributions of our entire Brownstone family of management, agents, and staff.