Month: July 2013

Things To Do Near State College, PA – August 2013

As the summer comes to an end, you’re trying to make the most of the weather before it turns cold again. With the plethora of events this month, you won’t find yourself with a shortage of events to attend or participate in. Here are some things going on in State College this month.

 

2nd Annual FarmFest

When: August 2, 4:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Head out to the Grange Fair Grounds for this fun, free community-building event. Soak up the educational opportunities, local foods, lively entertainment and interactive family activities.

 

Boot Camp for Kids Registration

When: August 3, 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Admission: $30

This summer day camp is designed for boys and girls ages 8 to 13. There will be three training stations that the kids will experience throughout the day: marching/military etiquette, land navigation and physical training. The camp will be lead by prior service soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.

 

Family Fun Night at Park Forest “Pool-o-Ween”

When: August 7, 5:00 p.m.

Admission: Free with a season pass

This event is perfect for the whole family! There will be games, prizes and theme music, so come out and enjoy the fun. The Park Forrest Pool will stay open until 9:00 p.m. on event nights.

The Chatelaine, Perfect for Ag Progress Visitors

When: August 13th – 15th

Happy Valley’s rich agricultural heritage and its leadership role in ag innovation are on full display August 13-15 at Ag Progress Days. In addition to more than 350 exhibitors, livestock, and machinery demos, there’s fun for the whole family with children’s activities, food booths , mini-golf and a talking robot! If you’re visiting for this unique event, reserve your accommodations at The Chatelaine B&B, located right on State Route 45 in Pine Grove Mills. The vintage farmhouse built in 1841offers beautiful simplicity on the inside and all the natural wonder of Happy Valley outside, where the closest neighbors are the free-grazing cows and the wild turkeys who emerge from the woods at the base of Tussey Mountain. Reserve your room today for Ag Progress Days, Penn State football weekends or any time of the year.

 

 

State College Spikes vs. Mahoning Valley Scrappers

When: August 14, 7:05 p.m.

Admission: Starting at $12

You can either bring the whole family, your friends or your special someone to enjoy a ball game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Head out to watch America’s greatest pastime and hopefully bring home a win!

 

State College Brew Expo

When: August 17, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Admission: $40-$60

This is the perfect way to spend a date night or just a night out with friends. The Tussey Mountain Resort is hosting over 50 brewers with VIP sessions and educational seminars. The event will also feature food vendors and live music.

The Grange Fair

When: August 22nd – 29th

Admission: General Admission Season Ticket $15.00 (Ages 11 and under FREE), Single Admission – One Day $6.00 (On sale starting Aug. 22). Vehicle – Day (On sale starting Aug. 22) $6.00, Vehicle – Weekly $16.00

“A Family Tradition” — The Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair, better known as “The Grange Fair,” is Aug. 22 – 29, 2013. The Grange Fair is a city within a town, as campers “move into” the Grange Park in Centre Hall, PA to live for more than a week. Come for the concerts, the rides, the amazing food, the games, and the competitions. But you’ll come on back for the experience of being in one of the most uniquely friendly “hometowns” in America…at the Great Grange Fair!

 

For more information on events that you can attend this month, visit here.

 

Hiring A Home Improvement Contractor

Home improvement projects tend to be ones that linger over time.  When your budget is tight, they get put on the back burner and aren’t seen as a necessity.  Because of this, there are a lot of contractors out there who are hungry for work; however, finding the right one for your project may be difficult.

Here are a few tips to remember in your process of finding the right home improvement contractor.

Ask for Referrals from Friends and Family

Personally asking your friends and family is probably the easiest way to find a home improvement contractor.  You will be able to hear their honest opinions and see the work of the contractor first-hand.

Using social media is also a really easy way to find a contractor.  Take your search to Facebook and ask for referrals and images of projects completed.  Who knows, you might find great options without having to look very hard.

Check the Contractor’s References

If a potential contractor has a list of references that is miles long, that is a good sign.  Depending on how long they’ve been in the business, they are bound to have a number of happy customers.  Contact a few of the references on the list to see how their home improvement projects went and if they were happy with the outcome.

Come to an Agreement

Come to an agreement with your contractor and have it in writing.  Having a formal agreement can prevent a big issue if something goes wrong down the road. For example, if the contractor doesn’t complete the project on time or doesn’t pay for supplies, then you will have a signed document to refer to that states whose responsibility it is to cover the fees.

When to Avoid a Home Improvement Contractor

The abundance of contactors is great for homeowners interested in improving their homes.  But how do you distinguish between the good and the bad?  If a contractor wants to skip the process of obtaining a permit, that’s a red flag.  Any major home improvement project legally requires a building permit, and inspectors will check the work throughout the process as well as at the end. Hiring a contractor who doesn’t want a permit just shows you that he doesn’t want his work inspected by someone else.

Also avoid a contractor who sought you out or demands to be paid in cash, this sounds like an obvious statement; however, when people are excited to improve their home, this isn’t something that is considered.  Ultimately, the most important thing you can do is use your best judgment; if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

Home improvement projects can bring a lot of value to your home.  It should be exciting and rewarding; so find a contractor you love to make your project a positive experience.

For more information on finding a home improvement contractor that you will love, visit here.

Who Pays Closing Costs?

What are closing costs?

Closing costs are a mix of fees from the lender, title company, real estate agent, etc. Depending on your situation, what is included in your list of closing costs might be different. In some cases you can add these fees into your purchase offer, asking the seller to pay some if not all of your closing costs. Talk to your real estate agent about how this will work in your specific situation.

When purchasing a home, there are many costs you might not be prepared for…

  • Home Inspection

  • Appraisal

  • Loan Application Fee

  • Down Payment

  • Closing Costs

  • Moving Fees

  • New Furniture

  • Paint and Updates to the new home

The list goes on, right? So what costs can be covered by someone else? In most real estate markets, closing costs are part of the negotiation process. When you write an offer, you might be able to negotiate part or all of your closing costs to be paid for by the seller. How? It just depends on the situation, the terms of the offer, the amount you are asking for, etc.

So do sellers always pay closing costs for the buyer?

No, not always. But what it typically comes down to is the bottom line number. This means the seller takes your offer and all of the conditions, plugs it into a formula that will tell them what they will net or in some cases what the will owe. If that number is where they need to be and you asked them to pay for your closing costs, you might get them paid for by the seller. Again, it just depends on the situation, the market, the seller, your offer, etc.

So, now what?

Talk to your real estate agent about closing cost. When you go to write an offer make sure you think about closing costs. Do you want that to be something that is negotiated in? Having more money in your pocket after purchasing a home can be great to update, decorate, and fix things in your new home.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

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Highlight – University Park, Pennsylvania

University Park, Pennsylvania is part of the Pennsylvania State University, located in State College, and part of College Township, Pennsylvania. The State College area is home to over 150,000 residents, and University Park alone has over 10,000 residents. As a large part of the Pennsylvania State University, the area is mostly home to college students and recent college graduates, and is served by the Penn State University Police.

The area is home to a number of resources and venues for entertainment.

Beaver Stadium is the second largest stadium in the western hemisphere and the home of the Penn State Football team.

Penn State’s women and men’s basketball teams are housed in the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Hub, HUB-Robeson Center, is the student union building on campus.

If you’re looking for something photo-worthy, University Park is also home to the Nittany Lion Shrine, which is the second most photographed location in Pennsylvania.

If it’s history you’re interested in, check out Old Main, Penn State’s first building of major significance, completed in 1863

Maybe you enjoy art? Then be sure to visit the Palmer Museum of Art, which serves as a prominent visual arts facility and cultural resource for Penn State and local community.

Concerts and similar events are often held at the Pavilion Theatre, which is an intimate 300-seat flexible arena/thrust performance space.

Looking for more sports? Check out the Penn State All-Sports Museum, which honors all Penn State Nittany Lion athletes.

University Park is also home to the Penn State Creamery, which is the largest university creamery in the world!

Aside from all of these wonderful resources and venues, University Park is a beautiful area, perfect for relaxation. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it at University Park.

 

Home Staging Tips

When preparing to sell your home, it’s very important to understand the impact that staging your home can have on the successful or unsuccessful sale of your home. And staging isn’t just something that should be done before showings or open houses; you should stage your home before you take pictures for your listing. Many homebuyers hire a professional stager to make their home look more appealing to potential buyers, but, if you have the time and will to do it on your own, follow these tips from HGTV and The National Association of Realtors.

  • Curb appeal! The outside of your home is the first thing that potential buyers will see, so it’s important that your yard and driveway is free of clutter, that you’ve kept up with your landscaping, and that your entryway is inviting (add flowers)

  • Eliminate clutter. It’s good to do this every so often anyway, but if you’re preparing to sell your home, it’s especially important to de-clutter your home. You could have a garage sale to get rid of extra furniture, or if you aren’t ready to part with things, consider storing extra furniture and clutter in a storage unit.

  • Keep it simple. Too much furniture is a surefire way to turn buyers off to your home. Use a couple of core pieces to furnish a room and see how much it opens the area up.

  • HGTV recommends that you “float” furniture by pulling it away from the walls and creating clusters in a room. This helps traffic flow smoothly through the room.

  • Repurpose rooms that aren’t being used. You should never show your house with a junk or storage room; transform any unused, clutter-collecting room into a craft space, extra bedroom, sunroom, or other useful room for showings.

  • Keep it light. Curtains should be pulled back and blinds pulled up; natural light will make your home feel brighter and bigger. Also, all lights should be left on in the house during showings.

  • Groups of three tend to be more appealing to most people, according to HGTV, so arrange furniture, candles, and whatever else seems right into groups of three.

  • Remove overly personal items such as family photos so that potential buyers can really imagine themselves living in your home.

  • Clear countertops, table tops, and the front of your refrigerator for a clean, organized look.

  • Bathrooms should be spotless and look polished; hand towels and other accessories should be complementary colors.

  • Add some color! Neutrals are great for walls and large furniture items, but don’t be afraid to add some color and life to your home. Small simple items, like a decorative pillow or an artsy vase, can significantly liven up a room.

  • You can also add color and comfort by displaying plants and flowers inside.

  • Touch up paint where it’s needed.

  • Clean carpets, wood floors, tile, cabinets, and furniture.

For more tips on staging your home, check out Realtor.com and HGTV’s site.

Susan Rupert Group

Realtor, ABR, CRS, SRES, MCNE, e-PRO
Kissinger Bigatel & Brower

2300 South Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801
Mobile/Direct: 814-280-0364
Office: 814-234-4000 ext. 3213
Email: Susan@StateCollegePARealEstate.com

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