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May
29

When selling your home, you should make it look like it is out of a magazine and no one lives there.  I know this can be difficult when you have pets, kids or maybe a demanding job, but it will help your home sell quicker and for a higher price. 

Here are some free or inexpensive ideas to help you reach that goal:

  1. Clean – If you can only get to one item, this is the one you should do.  Do a deep cleaning from top to bottom.  I can't tell you how many homes I've walked in and they are dusty and the windows are dirty.  This may take some time and effort, but this is FREE! Something that could cost some money would be steam cleaning the carpets or hiring a professional cleaning company, it could be a nice touch.
  2. Depersonalize and Declutter – Your kids, pets and family are fabulous but having pictures of them all over the house doesn't help the buyers picture themselves in your home. Clear off flat surfaces, corners of rooms and your fridge of clutter.
  3. Paint – If your home is already a neutral color, maybe do some patch work and touch up paint.  If you have bright and/or dated colors or wallpaper, maybe consider painting a neutral color. Another idea for paint would be sprucing up the front door with a pop of color.
  4. Curb Appeal – keep the leaves raked, the lawn mowed and the gardens looking fresh.  Curb appeal is so important.  If need be, power wash the exterior of the home.  Again, this will take time but is essentially FREE!  If you want to go the extra mile, consider changing light fixtures if they are broken or dated.

Four easy, cost-effective steps when you are preparing to sell your home. They may not seem like much, but these steps will go a long way in helping Buyers fall in love with your home.

May
29

Sports City, 4141 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112Sports City - 4141 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP, PA -- The same developer planning the Forest Hills Commons retail/restaurant center in Lower Paxton Township is now offering sale or lease of the Sports City building, across the street, for synergistic, low-cost opportunities to locate on the booming Linglestown Road corridor.

One tenant, the popular Kimlee Vietnamese Restaurant, will stay, said owner Eric Kessler, of Vanguard Realty Group. The  Capital Area Soccer Association, is "not sure if they're going to remain after this year," Kessler said, so he will seek another long-term tenant to join the Kimlee Restaurant.

Kessler said construction will soon begin on his Forest Hills Commons across the street from Sports City and is expected to start leasing in spring 2019. The new shopping center is meant to attract restaurants, a bank, a cellphone company, and a small boutique grocer – locally based neighborhood services for the 2,550 families living in Blue Mountain communities, Kessler said. The location's proximity to residents traveling past several times a day makes it attractive to retailers.

The site offers an opportunity for a business hoping to capitalize on the rising visibility of Linglestown Road, also known as Route 39, said RSR Realtors CEO Jim Koury. RSR is also involved in marketing Forest Hills Commons.

"It's rare to see an existing building with so much potential become available just as new development is underway nearby," Koury said. "The synergies are tremendous. When Forest Hills Commons comes online, RSR will help businesses seeking all the advantages new construction can offer, while the Sports City complex offers affordable flex space in the heart of one of the region's strongest growth corridors."

The Sports City property, built in 1972 and with systems refurbished in 2005-06, offers proximity to the same demographic, but at lower rates in tune with older construction. The highest and best use could be a discount retailer, Kessler said. Other possible uses for the 47,000-square-foot property include distribution or wholesale center.

Sports City offers:

  • Newer electric, gas furnaces, bathrooms, HVAC roof units, and parking lot, all from the 2005-06 renovations.
  • 36-foot ceilings.
  • 198 parking spaces.
  • Build-to-suit and ground lease possibilities.

"The Linglestown corridor features growing communities,'' Kessler said. "That's where people live, and that's where retailers want to be."

May
29

Jola and Mia

Jola and Mia Rothman

LEMOYNE, PA – Everyone who works at RSR, REALTORS® considers themselves family, and after company founder Bill Rothman successful battle with lymphoma, they came together to help raise $213,565 in two campaigns for the Central Pennsylvania Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Leading one campaign was Jola Rothman, the wife of Bill Rothman's son, Garrett Rothman, RSR's Vice President and Broker of Record. She raised $158,869 to become the top fundraiser and in May was named Central PA Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2018 Woman of the Year.

The other campaign was led by Mia Rothman, the daughter of Bill Rothman's son, state Rep. Greg Rothman and RSR's Chairman. In her Student of the Year fundraiser, the Cumberland Valley High School junior raised $54,696.

"To me, we're all winners because we're working toward the same goal: raise as much money as we can to stop cancer,'' said Jola Rothman, who put together a fundraising team and held events ranging from a wine tasting at Greystone Public House to knitting high-end hats with big fur pom-poms. "It was amazing to see all the support, and it speaks volumes about our community.''

Overall, the Society's Man and Woman of the Year campaign raised $561,000 and the Student of the Year Campaign raised $281,000. Former PennDOT secretary Barry Schoch was named 2018 Man of the Year after raising $81,000.

Both Jola and Mia said when Bill Rothman was diagnosed with cancer, they wanted to help in a meaningful way.

"The campaign allowed me to have the power to fight back against something that has caused so much pain,'' said Mia Rothman, who, with her team, organized a host of events including fundraisers at Twin Ponds and a Spin for the Cure at H2L Studio in Mechanicsburg. "Watching someone suffer from cancer is something no one should ever have to witness.''

As part of the campaigns, for every $50,000 raised, the fundraiser can name the grant in someone's honor and decide the kind of research it will fund. Jola and Mia intend to name a grant for  Bill Rothman, which will allow him to choose the study and receive updates on the progress.

Jola Rothman said she would name another grant in honor of Emilia Dameshek, a family friend who was a seventh grader at New Cumberland Middle School when she died from cancer in 2016.

Bill Rothman said he was moved by the outpouring of support and wanted to thank everyone that took part.

"It was an amazing effort, and I feel blessed to have the love and support of my family and so many friends,'' Bill Rothman said. "Cancer is hurting too many people and their families, and I hope the money Jola and Mia raised speeds the day when there is finally a cure.''

RSR President Jamie Berrier said when Bill Rothman was diagnosed with cancer, everyone at the company wanted to help and immediately embraced Jola and Mia's campaigns. Looking for ways to better the community is a priority at RSR, which this year kicked off its "12 Months of Giving" campaign that focuses on a different charitable organization every month to support.

"Bill Rothman always looks for ways to help, whether its spending time with new agents to supporting important causes in our community,'' said RSR President Jamie Berrier. "Supporting cancer research through Jola and Mia's fundraisers was the perfect way for RSR to honor Bill, celebrate his recovery and make a difference.''

 

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