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Magisterial District Justices

Magisterial District Justices

The magisterial district courts are the small claims courts of Pennsylvania. The magisterial district justices ("MDJs") are the small claims judges. It is within their jurisdiction to conduct preliminary hearings in criminal matters where the only issue is whether...

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iBuyers Are Knocking at Our Door

iBuyers Are Knocking at Our Door

There is a trend that is taking off across the country that may radically transform how real estate agents conduct business in the years ahead. More and more sellers are considering selling their home to an iBuyer rather than engaging the services of a real estate...

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LCAR Board of Directors Minutes — June, 2019

LCAR Board of Directors Minutes — June, 2019

June 12, 2019 Upon motion by Jeff Funk, second by Ferne Silberman, the minutes of the May 8, 2019 Directors' Meeting were approved. The Directors reviewed updates to Bright MLS including changes to commercial property types, adding "No Pet Restrictions" to the Pet...

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Lancaster City, Lead and Rental Properties

Lancaster City, Lead and Rental Properties

I wrote an earlier post that discussed how Lancaster City deals with lead in City properties, but this article is meant to deal specifically with rental properties. The same potential safety issues exist for owner-occupied homes as well as rental properties; however,...

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Dear Realtor Nancy . . .

Dear Realtor Nancy . . .

Some of the things I love most about this business are the factual and outrageous stories we hear from other agents, appraisers, lenders, attorneys and title agents. Just when you think you've heard it all and just when you think people can't get any crazier, we're...

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LCAR Membership Updates — May, 2019

LCAR Membership Updates — May, 2019

New Members Designated Affiliate Michael Sommers, Right At Home Inspector, LLC Realtors Michael Armer, Hostetter Realty Lisa Bond, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices HomeSale Realty Aimee Brossman, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices HomeSale Realty Logan Chappel, Younger...

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Oh Snap!

Oh Snap!

We've all been there. You're with a buyer . . . you're at a showing and everything is going well . . . and like a meteorite from outer space, they hurl a question at you about the property. Because you don't know the answer and haven't acquired all six infinity stones...

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Adjustable Rate Mortgages — Yes, No, Maybe So

Adjustable Rate Mortgages — Yes, No, Maybe So

An adjustable rate mortgage, or ARM, has a rate that is fixed for a defined period of time and then moves into an adjustable phase with periodic adjustments for the remainder of the loan term. The maximum rate is capped so the sky is not the limit with these programs....

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Untimely Repairs

Untimely Repairs

It happens. Sellers agree to make repairs suggested by a home inspection but fail to complete the job in a timely manner. When this happens a buyer is faced, unfairly, with proceeding under a contingent plan (e.g., having repairs made post-settlement or taking cash in...

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Lancaster City and Lead

Lancaster City and Lead

Lead, a naturally occurring element, can be toxic when taken into the body through breathing, eating or drinking. Lead is most dangerous to children, especially those under six years old. Nearly 500,000 children living in the United States have blood lead levels...

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LCAR Board of Directors Minutes — May, 2019

LCAR Board of Directors Minutes — May, 2019

May 8, 2019 Upon motion by Christina Diehl, second by Joe Younger, the minutes of the April 10, 2019 Directors' Meeting were approved. Staff updated the Directors on the status of the Banquet Review Task Force indicating that the dates are still "secure" at the...

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Title — Don’t Take the Process for Granted

Title — Don’t Take the Process for Granted

Whether representing a buyer or seller, there are several regional differences to be aware of when working with a title company that is not based in Lancaster County. If your listing is sold by an agent based in another county, there is a good chance the title company...

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Lancaster County Association of Realtors®

Lancaster County Association of Realtors®