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Get to Know Your Local Real Estate Team!

by The Pilgrim Team


How Well Do You Know Your Real Estate Agent?

 

Generally, most real estate agencies offer the same cookie-cutter experience in which you gain little knowledge and understanding of the real estate world. 

 

At Professional Realty Associates, we look to expand past the typical client-agent relationship where we will provide a worthwhile, personal experience to EACH and every client. In order for us to be acquainted we shall start with introductions!

 

Company Background Information 

Professional Realty Associates began serving the York County community in the year 2000 by owner and broker, Jerry Pilgrim. With 34 years of experience, and while being ranked among the top 1% of all realtors nationwide, Jerry directly addresses your real estate needs with enthusiasm and professionalism. Mr. Pilgrim brings an ample of knowledge and “know-how” to the table, which guarantees you the best deal and opportunities. As a company, while holding ourselves to the highest ethical and professional standards, we strive to assist you in making educated real estate decisions and in the process, prove worthy of your trust and friendship so that we may become your lifelong friend and advisor. 

 

Meet your team

Owners Jerry and Cindy Pilgrim reside in Dallastown, Pennsylvania and have been married for 42 years. They thrive on a family-centric life and have three daughters, and four grandsons who they love and cherish deeply. In their free time, Jerry and Cindy enjoy traveling and have been to over 18 states and 7 different countries! They also both enjoy history and often visit Gettysburg and other historical sites throughout the United States. During the summer, you can frequently find Jerry and Cindy relaxing on the beach in Jupiter, Florida where they have vacationed for years. 

 

Now that you know a little about us, we would love to hear your story and learn about you! Please contact Professional Realty Associates Where Results Matter!

 

Office Phone Number: 717-757-5955

Email: jpilgrim@pilgrimteam.com

What's in York? Roundtop Mountain Resort (Winter Edition)

by The Pilgrim Team

 

What’s in York: Roundtop Mountain Resort (Winter Edition)

 

Shortly after the holidays have ended, and as we enter one of the dreariest times of the year, it is not uncommon to experience the itch of cabin fever. By taking a trip to Roundtop Mountain Resort - one of York County’s most beloved, charming, and magical attractions, you may cast away your feelings of restraint and anxiousness.

 

Located in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, Roundtop Mountain Resort offers more ways than one to make your trip worthwhile.


Skiing & Snowboarding

Imagine having the winter wind blowing through your hair as you gently glide across the snow-capped mountaintop. With each cut or turn, the frost gently showers against your cheeks as you change direction. Feeling in complete control, you may go faster to experience a thrill of a lifetime, or methodically maneuver your way down the mountainside. Does this sound like an adventure you are looking for? If so, then head on over to the skiing and snowboarding slopes where Roundtop offers a variety of eight slopes in which you may take on. The versatile slopes range from double black diamond (expert) to green (beginner), which ensures a delight to avid thrill seekers, but also provides a great learning experience for novices as well.

 

 

Snow Tubing

If skiing or snowboarding isn’t quite your forte, then make your way over to the snow tubing slopes where fun can be had by all. At the beginning, you will be greeted by a sea of tubes, which vary in color from red, green, blue, and purple. After choosing your noble steed, you will be directed towards the lift where you will enjoy your very own magic carpet ride to the top of the hill. Once at the top, the mountain attendant will direct you to your lanes. You may go in singles, doubles, triples, or sometimes in trains of ten or more people depending on the conditions. If you happen to get cold or just need a break, wander inside to the lodge just located off the hillside, where you can enjoy a warm, hot cup of cocoa by the fire until you are ready to return to action.

 

 

Fireside Pub & Grill

A must-stop destination located at Roundtop Mountain Resort would be Fireside Pub & Grill. After a long, cold day, your body will be begging for a warm, hot meal that will hit the spot. If you need food, a warm beverage or a cold brew, Fireside Pub & Grill has you covered! Be sure to enjoy your delicious meal by the fire as you reminisce on all of the great memories this adventure will surely provide.

 

 

Now who said you can’t enjoy the outdoors during the winter season? Grab your boots, zip up your coats, and purchase your tickets today at Roundtop Mountain Resort!

Top Five Restaurants in York, PA

by The Pilgrim Team

 

 

Top Five restaurants in York, PA

 

Head over to York, Pennsylvania – a town quickly becoming a foodie’s paradise! May it be for a romantic, classy date, a formal business meeting, or just a “quick stop”, the top five restaurants to eat around York, Pennsylvania are sure to satisfy your belly with their authentic, local cuisines.

 

The First Post

Just a hop, skip, and a jump off of Route 30 in York, you can find The First Post- a classy, divine 4.5-star restaurant. Their goal at The First Post, as defined by Restaurant Manager Aaron T. Cook, "Is to be that special place for everyone. Whether you join them once a year or once a day, they want to be your spot". May it be in between sports practices or a special occasion, The First Post welcomes you with a versatile atmosphere for every occasion.

 

The Paddock

If you’re looking for a fine dining experience with modest prices, look no further than The Paddock located on Market Street in York. You can enjoy a full-course meal beginning with a scrumptious appetizer, followed by an ample amount of choices of succulent dishes ranging from mouthwatering steaks to scrumptious seafood. Wash down the entrée of your choice with one of their many beers on tap. Be sure to save room for their desserts – they are known for their delicious cream puffs that melt in your mouth!

 

White Rose Bar & Grill

Located in the heart of York city, White Rose Bar & Grill attracts individuals of all ages with their eloquent, but modern atmosphere. It makes a great place to grab a few brews with the guys after attending a York Revolution game, or a delicious date night with the one you love. White Rose Bar & Grill is more than generous with their serving sizes as you can order 10 jumbo sized wings for just $10! 

 

Mission BBQ

There is not a more American restaurant in York, Pennsylvania then Mission BBQ. Found along Route 30, The first thing you notice is the large military truck parked outside of their establishment. Upon entering the restaurant, you will notice that Mission BBQ has an array of smoked turkey, ham, brisket, and ribs up for selection. The best part of the experience is trying out the variety of sauces. Sweet, tangy, spicy, you name it, they got it. It’s highly unlikely that you will not leave Mission BBQ unsatisfied. 

 

Bay City

Located nearby in Hanover, Pennsylvania off of Eisenhower Drive, Bay City is known for their extravagant seafood entrées that will have you returning time, and time again. Not only are their dishes phenomenal, but the establishment is perfect for an intimate quiet evening inside, or an upbeat night outside where you will often find live Entertainment in the warmer months.

 

You simply cannot go wrong with choosing any one of these five restaurants. Make your way over to York, Pennsylvania where quality restaurants are not in short supply! 

New Year's Resolution: Tips on Saving for a New Home

by The Pilgrim Team

New Year’s Resolution: Tips on Saving for a New Home

 

It’s that time of year again, where you can reflect on everything that you have encountered throughout the past 365 days. Ask yourself, what worked? What didn’t work? And most importantly, what is your New Year’s Resolution going to be for 2018? For many, buying your first home is the first thing that comes to mind. In this article, Professional Realty Associates will provide you with helpful hints on saving up for that resolution.

 

Set & stick to a monthly budget:

If you haven’t already done so, we highly recommend sitting down and constructing a realistic monthly budget. By doing so, you may become more aware of your own “personal flow” of income, which can be helpful in knowing how much you can potentially, and realistically save. Calculate approximately how much you spend each month, and then sift through all of your expenditures to find the ones that are expendable, and more importantly the ones that are necessary. After doing so, cross reference your total monthly income with your total NECESSARY expenditures. The difference between the two is your gross income. Set a fixed percent of your gross income to savings - while there isn’t a fixed percent that needs to be followed, a higher percent will result in a shorter time frame to save up for a down payment on your home, which we will discuss later. The rest of the money can be used at your disposal!

 

Example

Total monthly income = $2,000

Total necessary expenditures= $1,000

Gross Income = $1,000 ($2,000-$1,000)

Fixed percent (50%) of Gross income to savings = $500 ($1,000 x .50) 

 

Calculate how much you need to save for a down payment:

Once interested in purchasing a home, it would be beneficial to sit down and to discuss your options with a Home Financing lender. During the meeting, find a monthly payment that you could comfortably pay each month. You can then calculate the down payment required to purchase the home. This will be your target amount to save up for. 

 

Create a separate savings account:

Often times, it is easy for most people to hoard all of their money into one account. Seeing multiple zeroes in your account provides a sense of security, but can also welcome unwise spending habits. Opening a new savings account will not only allow you to hold yourself accountable for the growth of the account, but also provide you with higher interest rates as opposed to your standard checking account. And who doesn’t like free money? Am I right? 

 

Save 100% of windfalls:

Windfalls can be categorized as an unexpected profit or gain. Examples of windfalls include tax refunds, gifts, year-end bonuses, etc. The idea here, is to stash away windfalls into your private savings account and act like you never had possession of it. This will slash down your down payment goal in a matter of no time.

 

Set a realistic time frame:

You need to be honest with yourself in terms of how long it will take you to save up for the down payment. Set a realistic time frame, and hold yourself accountable. Stick to the plan!

 

Cut yourself some slack:

Don’t punish yourself. It is not uncommon to feel frustrated or under stress while saving for a house. However, if you feel like every single day is a battle, then it may be wise to expand your time frame on buying a house and save in smaller amounts.

 

By setting forth a plan in which you utilize a few of these helpful tips, you will be one step closer to making this year your best one yet! Just remember, if you are in need of assistance, results matter with Professional Realty Associates & Pilgrim Team!

Keeping Your Home Safe During The Holidays

by The Pilgrim Team

 

During this joyous time of the year where everything seems merry and bright, many people across the globe travel to see their beloved family members for the holidays. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep your home safe during the holidays from your local York, Pennsylvania real estate team, Professional Realty Associates.


1. Install a monitored security system.

The most practical and effective solution is to install your own personal home security system. By doing so, you are able to monitor your home from miles away. Depending on the security system, you can also receive notifications and updates through your phone if any suspicious activity takes place.


2. Communicate with a trusted family member or neighbor.

If you are going out of town for the holiday season, be sure to get in touch with a trusted family member or neighbor to frequently check-up on your home. Entrust this individual with a few chores, if willing, while you are away. Have them safeguard your mail, yard, and precious gifts you have received over the holidays. In order to follow local ordinances, you’ll also want to have the same individuals clear your sidewalks surrounding your home of any snow that may have accumulated over your time away. This will be beneficial as it will also deter burglars and any other unwanted trespassers.

 

3. Unplug your Christmas lights. 

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, December is the deadliest month for electrical fires. In order to ensure the safety of you, your family, neighbors, and your home be sure to inspect your Christmas lights for any frayed cords that may have developed over the last couple of months. For a complete guide on Christmas lights, read more here.

 

4. Purchase a freshly cut tree.

Try to buy a freshly cut pine tree - not only because they are more beautiful and green, but because they tend to hold more water, which will prevent ignition.

 

5. Check your smoke detectors.

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors annually to be prepared for any accidents that may occur. This will allow you to enjoy your travels worry-free!

 

6. Never connect more than one extension cord together.

This is a common mistake by many. By connecting multiple extension cords together you run the risk of causing a short power failure, which can lead to fires and meltdowns.

 

7. Watch what you post on social media.

Another tactic to prevent break-ins is to monitor the posts you put up on your personal social media pages. Stray away from posting anything that may indicate you will be traveling during the holiday season.


8. Be leery of door-to-door donation seekers.

Around the holidays it is not uncommon to receive unexpected knocks on your door from individuals who are asking for donations for different charitable causes. By all means, it is the giving season. However, be cautious as it could be a sham to acquire money from you or gather intel on when the best time would be to break into your home. Be wary, and do not give out any information or money without verifying their credentials.


By following these tips from Professional Realty Associates, you can enjoy the holidays knowing your home is safe and sound!

Holiday Tips from Professional Realty Associates: Complete Guide on Christmas Lights

 

As the song goes “There’s no place like home for the holidays”. If you’re a new homeowner, still in search of your dream home, or just looking to add a little extra pizazz, look no further! Here are some basic tips from Professional Realty Associates on how to decorate the exterior of your home for this holiday season:

 

Safety Tips:

Before we get started, it is wise to have proper equipment in order to protect the safety of both you and your home.

  • First, plug in your Christmas lights to make sure they work before hanging them. (Don’t pull a Clark Griswold.)
  • Use a stable ladder.
  • NEVER use nails or any other metallic objects to hang Christmas Lights. Instead, use insulated holders.
  • Stay clear of power lines.

 

Organization Tips:

To ensure a smooth and painless process, have a plan going into the project.

  • Account for the supplies you have.
  • Buy the supplies you need.
  • Have plenty of extension cords on hand.
  • Before assembling, take all of the lights out of the packaging and lay them out across the lawn for inspection.
  • Untangle any snags or knots in the chords.

 

Before making your decision as to how to decorate your home, it is important to ask yourself these questions first:

  • What theme am I going for?
  • Which style best suits me and my home?
  • What power bulb do I need?
  • Which can I afford?

 

Types of Christmas Lights:

  • LED (Light-emitting diode) Lights- An Ideal Real Estate Investment that will continue giving for years to come. A more expensive, but eco-friendlier option that comes in magnificent variations.
  • Incandescent Lights- A classic, less expensive style in comparison to LED lights. Not as much variation, but will certainly give your home the touch of Christmas it is missing!
  • Icicle Lights- Provides a snowy, magical, whimsical look that is a great addition to winter wonderland style themes.
  • Animated Lights- A great eye-catching and unique feature to add to your holiday display. You will certainly have one of the flashiest houses in the Neighborhood.
  • Net Lights- Series of lights woven together to promote light unity. Great for decorating bushes, shrubs, or other structures.

 

2017 Christmas Decorating Trends:

In order to solidify your dominance in this year’s Neighborhood contest, adding a few of these hot new Christmas light trends will almost guarantee that your house will take home the gold this year!

  • Spotlights & projections
  • Add timers and animations to light display
  • Lighted holiday spirit marquees (Illuminated phrases such as “Joy” or “Merry Christmas” that can be hung on a roof or siding)
  • Animated lawn ornaments
  • Music player
  • Pathways created with yard lights

 

By following these instructions, you will be able to instill a winter wonderland in your own front yard this year. If you’re still in search of that perfect place to call home, please contact Professional Realty Associates in York, PA for your real estate needs. Happy holidays to all, and to all a good night! 

The Top Schools in York

by The Pilgrim Team

Are you planning on buying a home in York and have children in school? Well there’s great news.  Greatschools.org rates schools across America and has rates the top schools in York, PA based on test scores, reviews, and other parameters.  13 schools in York rated 8 out of 10 and above on their rating scale! That means you’ll have a great selection of fine schools to send your young ones. You can see the full list of schools in York rated here.

Here are the top 3 schools on that list with links to Homes for sale in york pa for sale near those schools.

Leaders Heights El School
49 Indian Rock Dam Rd York, PA 17403
Search for Homes for sale in york pa in Dallastown Area School District

York Suburban Middle School
455 Sundale Dr York, PA 17402
Search for Homes for sale in york pa in York Suburban School District

York Suburban Senior High School
1800 Hollywood Dr York, PA 17403
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Buying a Home? Here's a Few Tips to Consider

by The Pilgrim Team

Are thinking about buying a home in York? If so, now is the time to prepare.  Sure there’s a lot of things to consider. But if you keep these few tips in mind, it can help your buying process go smoother and help you buy the home that’s right for you.

Don’t Make Big Purchases

At least 3 – 6 months before you buy a home, it’s not a good idea to make big purchase or move your money around. This could affect your credit profile. Lenders want to see that your spending habits are stable and want to see a paper trail to get you’re the best loan possible.

Get Pre-Approved

Do you know the difference between being pre-qualified and pre-approved? It’s easy to get pre-qualified. But pre-approved means that the lender has reviewed all of your financial information and can inform you on how much you can afford. This is a huge help, as it saves you time in looking at houses you can’t afford.  But it also helps you decide the best house you can afford.

Budget

Make sure to set a budget right away.  And don’t just figure in the Home Financing payment.  Owning a home incurs costs such as maintenance, utilities, renovation, etc.  And don’t forget closing costs, as many people do.  Some people are surprised by how much the closing costs are, so work with your agent to figure out how much that will be.

Out Top Featured Listings Are The Perfect Country Homes

by The Pilgrim Team

Our top featured listings are set in the perfect country backdrop in York and New Freedom.  If you’re looking for a home that’s the ideal country getaway or farm home, then this is it! Take a look at all these fine Homes for sale in york pa have to offer.

2634 Mayfair Lane, York

Here’s a gorgeous historic home and that’s been completely restored and located in a much sought after area.  You can see the love the owners put into it through the additions and modernization, while keep true to the home’s historic value. And the huge barn is ready for just about any use.

Visit the property detail page for more information and photos!


3205 Steltz Road, New Freedom

If you’re looking for the ideal farmhouse located on a large amount of land, then this is just the place.  With 49 acres, you’ll have plenty of room for riding your horses. Enough land to also raise crops for your livestock, along with three building rights available.

Visit the property detail page for more information and photos!

Make More Money From Selling Your Home

by The Pilgrim Team

Spring is coming up and home buyers in York are getting ready to buy. If you’re planning on putting your home on the market in York, then you need to start getting your home ready to sell. Here’s a few simple tips that you can follow to get more from the sale of your home and help it sell faster.

First Impressions are the Only Impressions

It doesn’t matter how good the inside of your home looks like if the outside doesn’t look good. Buyers always judge your home before they walk through the front door. Sometimes a buyer will just drive by if a home looks bad enough.  So spruce up the yard, put on a fresh coat of paint, and pick up any debris or items around the yard that aren’t part of the landscape.

Be Ready to Show

Home buyers have a tight schedule.  They’re usually trying to view several Homes for sale in york pa, sometimes in the same day. Be accommodating. In the end, if they can’t see your home, they simply won’t buy it. And keep it ready to show at all times, which means keep it clean. No dirty dishes in the sink or dishwasher either.

The Kitchen Comes First

Home sellers don’t realize that it’s the kitchen that can really sell a home. If you can remodel your kitchen or at least have updated appliances, you will usually make that money back in the final sale. A dated kitchen can knock thousands of dollars off the asking price. Even if you buy just one high-end appliance, a buyer will think the rest of them are expensive as well.

There are certainly a lot of things that go into selling a home.  But if you keep these tips in mind, you can get more in the end.

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Professional Realty Associates
2002 S Queen St, Suite 3
York PA 17403
Office: 717-757-5955
717-755-2683
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