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Harrisburg Area REALTOR(R) Attends CONFERENCE

by Don Roth
Press Release


DATE: 7/26/08


PHONE: 717-579-2879

Harrisburg Area REALTOR® Attend National Conference With Top Real Estate Minds in the Country

ORLANDO, FL—Don Roth of Prudential Homesale Services Group in Harrisburg recently returned from attending the top educational opportunity offered in the real estate industry—the STAR POWER® Annual Conference.

Presented by internationally acclaimed educator and trainer Howard Brinton, this Conference brought together over 1,500 of the most progressive, forward-thinking professionals in real estate today to share their methods of success. The faculty consisted of 170 of the continent’s top-producing real estate professionals, all ranking in the top 1% of all REALTORS® in North America.

Don, a STAR POWER® Club member for 8 years, had this to say about the experience: “This Conference and the STAR POWER® Systems have armed me with the best tools available to provide the highest quality of service to my clients. In addition, I continue to build a tremendous network for referring my clients to the best agents all over the country when they’re considering a move or looking to buy a second home. I also received invaluable insight on the benefit of operating from a business philosophy and incorporating the latest technology to keep me on the cutting edge.”

As a part of the Conference, Don received information for consumers about the top six mistakes that sellers can make when selling a home, as well as criteria for evaluating and hiring a real estate professional. As a public service, Don has decided to make these two reports available to Harrisburg residents at no charge. Anyone wanting this information can call Don at 717-657-8700 or 717-579-2879 or e-mail their request to

First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Available

by Don Roth

The Congress has passed H.R. 3221, and the bill is on the way to the President for his signature. Although there are many aspects of the Bill, the major piece of this legislation that I want all potential home buyers to be aware of right now is that there is up to a $7500 tax creit now available to first time home buyers on homes purchased beteween April 8, 2008 and June 30, 2009. The credit is available to joint borrwers that have an adjusted income of $150,000 or less and to single buyers that have an adjusted income of $75,000 or less. More is to come, but this is great news since in many areas the market has adjusted somewhat making many homes more affordable. Take advantage of this great opportunity along with competitive interest rates and buy your home. More information will be available shortly and you can view the information at

According to the 2008 MSN real estate best bargain markets the Central Pennsylvania area of Harrisburg and Carlisle rank #3 in the United Sates. This report states "there are cheap places to live where the economy is strong, home prices are appreciating and the quality of life is good". According to the author of the study, Bert Sperling, Harrisburg "has a built-in buffer against the economic storms with its large base of government employment". A knock against the area "its a hour and a half away from the largest city" which happens to be Philadelphia.

I agree with the report and would say that the greater Harrisburg area is a jewel that is being rediscovered by many. With the economic buffer of not only the State Government there is a great deal of economic development in the area. From the expansion of the Milton S Hershey Medical Center, the building of the Harrisburg University and at this time the enjoyment that many people of all ages visiting Hershey Park the area prides itself on economic diversity.

As I mentioned with respect to the housing market the number of homes sold is down from the years of 2006 and 2007 but he average sales price has increased this year over those two years.  When you are looking to move to a new area you should consider the Greater Harrisburg area and you will find out why many people of all ages like to call it home. You can visit my web site to find out more about our area or you can give me a call.

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