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Congratulations, Dave Rippon, our 2017 Agent of the Year!

agent Dave Rippon of Brownstone Real EstateBrownstone Real Estate is pleased to announce Dave Rippon as our 2017 Agent of the Year. Kicking off 2018 and honoring our top producers of 2017, Brownstone recently held a Friday night event for all agents and staff, plus their spouses or guests at the Historic Acres of Hershey. The evening was casual, held in the venue’s renovated barn, with hors d’oeuvres provided by Uncommon Catering and several rounds of “Name that Tune” by DjSlim.

As Agent of the Year, Dave Rippon received Brownstone’s highest honor.

Selling Your Home During the Winter: Tips for a Successful Sale

ranch home with front porch in winter snowEveryone knows winter isn't the preferred season for selling a home, but sales happen more frequently than most suspect. As a home seller, there are steps you can take to make your property more appealing to buyers, even during cold weather months. On the plus side, there is usually less inventory from December through February, meaning there are less properties competing with yours.It might be cold and blustery outside, but earnest buyers are on the move!

Congratulations to Joan Hains!

Brownstone Real Estate agent, Joan HainsCongratulations to Brownstone Real Estate agent, Joan Hains, who was recently elected South Lebanon Township's Judge of Elections!

Among her official duties, Joan will be responsible for the setup, running and break down of the polling place, assigning Election Day tasks to poll workers, assuring the polling place is in compliance with all election laws and overseeing the flow of voters, answering questions and generally keeping things running smoothly.

Holiday Pet Safety

kitten with santa hat peeking out of gift wrapped boxIf you’re like me, you adore furry friends. Amid the hustle-bustle of the holidays it’s easy to overlook or forget precautions related to their safety. As a cat owner for years, I know my felines loved glittery Christmas balls, bows, ribbons and wrapping paper. It’s one matter for frisky felines to “sled” across the carpet on a piece of wrapping paper, another to bat a glass ornament until it falls and shatters, creating a safety hazard for soft paws. To help keep your cats and dogs safe, here are some handy tips to remember when preparing for the holiday season: