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    Why Working with a Real Estate Professional Is Crucial Right Now

    By Craig G. Hartranft | July 17, 2024

    Navigating the housing market can be tricky, especially these days. That’s why having an experienced guide when buying or selling a home is so important. The market isn’t exactly straightforward right now, and working with a real estate expert can offer insights and advice that make all the difference. While today’s market conditions might seem confusing or overwhelming, you don’t have... Read More

    Real Estate Myth: Never Buy the First Home You See

    By Craig G. Hartranft | July 15, 2024

    When it comes to buying a home, one common piece of advice is to never buy the first home you see. This stems from the belief that seeing multiple properties helps you make a more informed decision. However, in today’s digital age, this advice is outdated. Here’s why buying the first home you see might... Read More

    Lancaster County Real Estate Market Update

    By Craig G. Hartranft | July 12, 2024

    Welcome to our monthly real estate market update for Lancaster County, PA! As we delve into the data from June 2024, we’ll provide insights and analysis to help you stay informed about the local market trends. In June 2024, Lancaster County saw 482 new listings hit the market. This figure represents a 4.2% decrease compared... Read More

    Homeowners Gained $28K in Equity over the Past Year

    By Craig G. Hartranft | July 8, 2024

    If you own a home, your net worth has probably gone up a lot over the past year. Home prices have been rising, which means you’re building equity much faster than you might think. Here’s how it works. Equity is the current value of your home minus what you owe on the loan. Over the past year,... Read More

    Celebrating the 4th of July at Home: Fun and Festive Ideas

    By Craig G. Hartranft | July 3, 2024

    The 4th of July is a cherished holiday, filled with patriotism, family gatherings, and joyous celebrations. Many of the public events and fireworks displays here in Lancaster, PA took place over the past weekend. Although there are a few big celebrations still happening, there are also plenty of fun ways to celebrate right at home!... Read More

    The Difference Between an Inspection and an Appraisal

    By Craig G. Hartranft | July 1, 2024

    When you decide to buy your first home, you may come across a number of terms and conditions you’re not familiar with. While you may have a general idea of what an inspection is, maybe you’re not sure why you need one or how it’s different from an appraisal. To keep it simple, here’s an explainer... Read More

    Celebrating Independence Day in Lancaster, PA

    By Craig G. Hartranft | June 26, 2024

    We are just over a week away from Independence Day. While this year’s Fourth of July falls on a Thursday, our local celebrations here in Lancaster, PA are all happening early! We’ve got a list of all the local celebrations happening across the area: East Petersburg -June 28th starting at 5:30 pm, head to East... Read More

    Lancaster Real Estate Market Update

    By Craig G. Hartranft | June 24, 2024

    Let’s take a peak at the current real estate market here in Lancaster County. As you can see in the graphic below, comparing May of 2024 to 2023, new listings and sold listings were down slightly from May of 2023, which remains in line with the past several months.  Although sold listings were down from... Read More

    At the Movies with The Craig Hartranft Team

    By Craig G. Hartranft | June 20, 2024

    Wednesday, June 19th we hosted a movie night for our past clients at Penn Cinema movie theater in Lititz, PA. Our team welcomed several hundred of our valued clients to enjoy refreshments and watch new release Inside Out 2. We also collected donations for Schreiber Pediatric, a local organization that provides occupational, physical, speech, and... Read More

    Savings Strategies Every First-Time Homebuyer Needs To Know

    By Craig G. Hartranft | June 17, 2024

    If homeownership is on your goal sheet for your future, you’re probably working on your savings. And a big priority is making sure you’ve got a plan in place for things like your closing costs, down payment, and more. Here are a few strategies that can help speed up that process. Budget and Track Your Expenses: To start, create a... Read More

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