Real Estate Market Report: Rising Home Values in Allentown & Easton , Steady Sales in Bethlehem

Are you curious about the current state of the real estate market in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton school districts? Look no further! Our latest market report reveals exciting trends and insights for homeowners in the area. We’ll discuss why now may be a great time to sell your home in Allentown or Easton.

The average sales price in Allentown was $215,000, up 6.5% Year over Year. Similarly, Easton’s average sale price was $320,000, up 5.2% Year over Year. These positive trends indicate a strong housing market and a lucrative opportunity for homeowners looking to sell. If you’re considering putting your home on the market in Allentown or Easton, now may be an ideal time to do so.

While Bethlehem’s average sale price was $308,000, down 1.6% Year over Year, sellers are still getting 99.9% of their asking price. This indicates that the market in Bethlehem is steady, with demand and supply balancing out. If you’re thinking about selling your home in Bethlehem, you can still expect to receive a fair price for your property.

The entire Lehigh Valley area has an average sale price of $334,500, up 8.8% year to date. This growth is great news for homeowners in the area, indicating a strong and expanding housing market. Whether you’re in Allentown, Bethlehem, or Easton, now is a great time to explore your options and consider selling your home.

Our latest real estate market report reveals rising home values in Allentown and Easton and steady sales in Bethlehem. If you’re thinking about selling your home in any of these school districts or anywhere else in the Lehigh Valley, now may be the ideal time to do so. Don’t hesitate to contact me  to discuss the value of your property and explore your options.

Redheads: Fiery and Fascinating

Today I am celebrating with all of my fellow ginger friends and those with freckles. Today is St. Patrick’s Day and NOT National Redhead Day. But for redheads, every day can be National Redhead Day:-)

Redheads are a rare breed, making up only 1-2% of the world’s population. But what they lack in numbers, they make up for in fiery personalities, unique physical characteristics, and fascinating myths and misconceptions.

Let’s start with the basics: what causes red hair? It all comes down to genetics. A variant of the MC1R gene, responsible for regulating the production of melanin, produces a different type of pigment called pheomelanin, which gives hair its distinctive reddish-orange color. This also explains why redheads often have fair skin and freckles – their skin produces less melanin, making them more prone to sunburns and skin cancer.

But enough with the science stuff, let’s get to the fun facts! Did you know that redheads have a higher pain tolerance than people with other hair colors? That’s right – a study by the University of Louisville found that redheads need more anesthesia to achieve the same level of pain relief as non-redheads. And if that wasn’t enough, they’re also more sensitive to temperature changes. Blame it on the MC1R gene, which is involved in regulating body temperature.

But let’s not forget the downsides of being a ginger. Redheads are more prone to skin cancer, which means they need to be extra careful in the sun. And studies have found that they have a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and endometriosis – a tough break for the fiery and fascinating.

Now, let’s talk about the myths and misconceptions surrounding redheads. One of the most persistent myths is that redheads have fiery tempers. But is there any truth to this? Absolutely not! There’s NO scientific evidence to suggest that redheads are any more hot-headed than people with other hair colors. In fact, many redheads are known for their laid-back and easy-going personalities.

And let’s not forget the age-old superstitions that redheads are witches or vampires. Sorry to disappoint, but there’s no evidence to support this – unless you count the fact that they’re enchanting and mysterious, of course.

And finally, the myth that redheads will become extinct. This one’s been debunked by scientists – while red hair may be a recessive trait, it’s not in danger of disappearing anytime soon. So, fear not, fellow gingers – we’re here to stay!

Redheads are a fascinating and unique group of people. From their fiery personalities to their distinctive physical characteristics, they’re definitely one of a kind. And while there may be myths and misconceptions surrounding them, one thing’s for sure – they’re a force to be reckoned with. So, here’s to the redheads – keep on shining!

When you’re ready to work with me, the RedHeadAgent, to buy or sell real estate, please give me a call.  Let me move you into the next chapter of your life!

Ready, Set, Sell: 7 Expert Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Successful Sale

A well staged and clean home.

Selling your home can be a daunting and overwhelming task. However, with careful planning, attention to detail, and a bit of elbow grease, you can make your home stand out from the competition and appeal to potential buyers. In this blog post, we will provide you with some useful tips to get your home ready for sale.

  1. Declutter and Organize

The first step in preparing your home for sale is to declutter and organize it. Remove any unnecessary items from your home, including old furniture, toys, and other items that are taking up valuable space. Consider renting a storage unit to store any extra items that you want to keep but do not need in your home during the selling process. Or consider conducting an estate sale to help turn your treasures into cash.

Organize your remaining belongings and ensure that they are stored in an organized manner. A well-organized home creates a positive impression on potential buyers, and it helps them envision themselves living in the space.

  1. Clean and Repair

A clean and well-maintained home is crucial when preparing it for sale. A dirty or cluttered home can give the impression that the property is poorly maintained, which can deter potential buyers.

Ensure that your home is clean from top to bottom, including floors, carpets, walls, and windows. Clean the kitchen and bathrooms thoroughly, ensuring that all surfaces are spotless. If necessary, hire professional cleaners to help you achieve a thorough cleaning.

Repair any visible damage to your home, such as cracks in the walls, leaks, or broken fixtures. Repairing minor damages can significantly improve the overall appearance of your home, making it more attractive to potential buyers.

  1. Enhance Curb Appeal

The exterior of your home is the first thing that potential buyers will see, so it is essential to make a good impression. Enhancing your home’s curb appeal can increase its value and attract potential buyers.

Start by ensuring that the front yard is well-maintained, including mowing the lawn, trimming bushes, and removing any weeds or dead plants. Consider adding some colorful plants and flowers to brighten up the space.

Repair any visible damages to the exterior of your home, such as cracks in the driveway, peeling paint, or broken windows. A fresh coat of paint on your front door can also enhance your home’s curb appeal.

  1. Depersonalize Your Space

When selling your home, you want potential buyers to be able to envision themselves living in the space. One way to achieve this is by depersonalizing your home.

Remove any personal items, including family photos, artwork, and other personalized decor. This allows potential buyers to focus on the space and imagine themselves living in it, rather than being distracted by your personal belongings. I once was on a showing where the buyer knew the people in a photo. She said, “Oh that’s BettySue! I went to high school with her.” Needless to say, the buyer couldn’t see beyond her memories of BettySue after she recognized her in the photo.

  1. Stage Your Home

Staging your home is an excellent way to showcase your home’s best features and create a welcoming atmosphere. Staging involves arranging furniture, adding decor, and creating a specific ambiance that appeals to potential buyers.

Consider hiring a professional home stager to help you create a welcoming and inviting space that highlights your home’s best features. A well-staged home can make a significant difference in how quickly your home sells and the price that it sells for.

  1. Price Your Home Competitively

Pricing your home competitively is essential when selling your home. Overpricing your home can deter potential buyers, while underpricing it can result in a loss of profit.

Research the local real estate market to determine the average selling price of homes in your area. Consider working with a professional real estate agent to help you determine a fair and competitive price for your home.

  1. Create an Inviting Atmosphere

When potential buyers visit your home, you want to create an inviting atmosphere that makes them feel at home. Consider adding some finishing touches, such as fresh flowers, scented candles, and soft music.

And when you are ready to learn what you should do in your own home, Call Diana Hodgson 610-417-1174 for expert advice. I also have a group of excellent professionals who will be able to help you get the work done. Call Diana Hodson when you are ready to list your home for sale.