Fix This House Up for a Cheap Rental


Rehabbers Special

 

FOR SALE

 

132 Howard Ave, Lancaster  PA

$19,000

 

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/132-Howard-Ave-Lancaster-PA-17602/9732069_zpid/

 

Small 2 BR 1 bath house. Double lot allows for lots of off street parking in an area where parking is very limited. (Potential to rent spaces to neighbors)

 

Has newer gas furnace. Roof appears to be good but has some old water damage.

Some soft spots in floor will need some new subflooring. Some walls need to be dry walled.

 

Electric is on but some lights not working. Take flashlights.

Water turned off in basement, small leak in water line under basement steps.

If you are interested, do not wait till next week on this one.

Call Dave Miller, Realtor 717-951-0201

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Published in: on July 26, 2012 at 8:47 am  Leave a Comment  

Refreshing! Home Values First Annual Increase In Nearly Five Years


“There was a surge in real estate this spring”, I answer to the question,”How is real estate?” I’ve been asked the question many times lately and that was my response. Really the response was just a gut feeling. Until I read the following article:

The housing market has finally turned a corner. In Q2, we saw continued momentum in the housing recovery, despite of some economic turmoil, like flagging job growth numbers and sovereign debt issues in Europe. Nationally we hit a bottom in the first quarter of the year, and the Zillow Home Value Forecast shows that 67 of the 156 markets it covers will experience an increase in home values over the next 12 months. Nationally, Zillow forecasts home values will rise 1.1 percent……………………………(Click to Continue Reading Article)

My final thought summed up in one word, “Refreshing”.

 

Published in: on July 26, 2012 at 8:05 am  Comments (2)  
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Create a Phonestack


by Dave Miller

It’s called a phonestack.  At dinner time everyone puts their phone on a stack, if someone removes their phone they pay for everyone elses dinner. It’s that simple.

Sit down to eat and everyone removes their phone from their pocket and put it on the stack . If you remove your phone then dinner is on you.

The main thing is you can sit back and watch dinner etiquette improve.

Published in: on July 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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Can a Dragon Write a Blog?


By Dave Miller

I bought a Dragon. Now what? Do I slay the Dragon or train him to be useful? In this day and age where technology has moved to the realm that it is, sometimes we need to train the old dog. At times the easy way to train the old dog is by giving it a new tool.

I am a very cumbersome typist. I hunt and peck. I hunt for the letter then I peck at it. Over the years I’ve gotten fairly fast at pecking. Emphasis on fairly! So I’ve came to the conclusion that I need to learn how to type faster. I was mulling over the idea of taking a typing course. Then right on time, Fred Pryor called me about a course on speed-reading. I signed up. Next they tried to sell me on a package deal. They have a program where you buy a year’s worth of courses for $199. You can take any course that they offer. Plus they have online courses. I thought it quite a good deal. So I signed up.

I decided to find out what they have in typing courses. I searched. And I looked. None. So I called the lady, and she searched also. She found nothing. So now I’m back to square one. I have a year’s worth of Fred Pryor courses and nothing else.

So I looked for some alternative methods. I knew of one all along. I just never knew if I wanted to take that step. But I did.

I bought a Dragon. Dragon Naturally Speaking.

So this blog I wrote by talking. Which as many of you know comes quite naturally to me, talking that is. My hope is that this will make it easier for me to update my blog. And many other things. The real question is still should I rather have taken a typing course than rely on some device that I just talk to? I’m afraid I know the answer. I should take the typing course. But I do know that I am far better off producing material by talking than not producing material at all. So this is the step that I take right now: I will talk to my computer and have it write for me.

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Published in: on July 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Get Closer to Your Asking Price


By Dave Miller

Is the real estate market getting stronger? Here is a graph that would support that claim. This either supports it or tells us a whole other thing. This could mean that the sellers are being more realistic with their asking price.

This graph is Lancaster County home sales for the last year. It is saying the average home is selling at 93% of the asking price vs 90% in Feb of 2012.

Published in: on July 16, 2012 at 7:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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Pennsylvania Landlords and Smoke Detectors


by Dave Miller

Do I really need to put smoke detectors in every room in the house that I’m renting out? That question came to me yesterday. I said boy I don’t think so. But I’ll look into it.

So I dug up my old real estate books. I didn’t find what I wanted there. I went back to good old Google. Not that Google is old. But it sure is useful. I found an article on landlord-tenant laws in Pennsylvania regarding smoke detectors.

Here’s what I found:

 § 3800.130. Smoke detectors and fire alarms.

(a) A facility shall have a minimum of one operable automatic smoke detector on each floor, including the basement and attic.

(b) There shall be an operable automatic smoke detector located within 15 feet of each bedroom door.

(c) The smoke detectors specified in subsections (a) and (b) shall be located in common areas or hallways.

(d) Smoke detectors and fire alarms shall be of a type approved by the Department of Labor and Industry or listed by Underwriters Laboratories.

(e) If the facility serves four or more children or if the facility has three or more stories including the basement and attic, there shall be at least one smoke detector on each floor interconnected and audible throughout the facility or an automatic fire alarm system that is audible throughout the facility.

(f) If one or more children or staff persons are not able to hear the smoke detector or fire alarm system, all smoke detectors and fire alarms shall be equipped so that each person with a hearing impairment will be alerted in the event of a fire.

(g) If a smoke detector or fire alarm becomes inoperative, repair shall be completed within 48 hours of the time the detector or alarm was found to be inoperative.

(h) There shall be a written procedure for fire safety monitoring if the smoke detector or fire alarm becomes inoperative.

So this is what Google told me. But what does that really mean? I don’t know. I found it on the Internet, that does not make it true. Well, it looked official. My stance is this: I make no representations that this statement is true and/or currently the law.

If this is the law, then it looks as if we need to have at least one smoke detector on every floor. That’s a minimum. Plus, we also need to have a smoke detector within 15 feet of every bedroom door. So if you have a hallway and you put the smoke detector in there and all the bedroom doors are within 15 feet, I guess that’s sufficient for that floor.

Now, I do say this, we are looking at the minimum requirements here. We look at the minimum to see what is required and not what we insist on doing, and no more. I hope not. I would rather see more than the minimum, and that your conscience is to provide safety for your tenant. So what do you need to clear your conscience? How many smoke detectors would you put in your own house? Consider these questions and those may be your answers.

Why be a minimalist when it comes to life safety?

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