Elk-Cameron Awarded for RPAC Goal
For their work in fundraising for RPAC in 2015, the Elk-Cameron Boardreceived an award for having more than 50 percent member participation during the RPAC Awards luncheon at PAR's Winter Business Meetings. In 2015, their board had 100 percent participation in RPAC, with all 29 of their members coming together to raise $465, or 106 percent of their assigned goal. Pictured accepting the award is President-Elect Vanessa Pichler and President Catherine Bauer.
Message for agents about "Calls For Action"
When Congress is considering legislation that affects the real estate industry, NAR calls on its members to act through Calls for Action. Simply by contacting your Member of Congress, you can ensure that our industry remains strong. Sign up for email alerts at www.realtoractioncenter.com. You can even download the Realtor Action Center mobile app and respond to alerts directly from your smart phone! Simply search for "NAR Action Center" on the iTunes Store or Droid Market. It's easy to make our many voices heard as one powerful voice on important real estate issues.
The Home Buyer's seminar was...
... a success! The buyers present were very pleased and the Realtors as well as other sponsors expressed thanks for all the varied information to help in the buying process.
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Housing market shows healthy activity with sales up.
ARTICLE BY Ron Croushore, PAR President
The Pennsylvania housing market saw a nearly 11 percent jump in closed sales in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same quarter in 2014, according to a report published by the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® (PAR).
Closed sales numbered 28,111 compared to 25,400 a year ago. New listings increased by nearly 6 percent to 60,204 compared to the first quarter of 2014.
“We’re seeing healthy activity in markets throughout the Commonwealth,” said Ron Croushore, president of PAR. “While each local real estate market is unique, I think most markets are looking positive and will see a healthy increase in 2015. Consumers are showing more interest in buying homes and sellers are often receiving multiple offers on listings.”
The median sales price rose slightly to $158,000 in the first quarter, compared to $155,000 the same time last year. Days on market remained steady at 95 days.
“With continued low interest rates and an awareness that rates might change, we’ve seen an increase in consumer confidence,” Croushore said. “Rental prices continue to climb and consumers are seeing many financial benefits to purchasing a home.”
Croushore said the recent change by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) which lowered the mortgage insurance premium, is saving homebuyers in Pennsylvania a minimum of hundreds of dollars a year in their mortgage payments. “Initiatives like this encourage first-time buyers to enter the market,” he added.
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A native of Ridgway, Pennsylvania, Jim is a 1975 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and bought his first 35mm camera in 1974 while a student there. Once known for his limited edition fine art pen & ink drawings and watercolor paintings, the early years of Jim’s photography were spent capturing images to use as reference.
Spending most of his life here on the edge of the Allegheny National Forest, a region so rich in natural history, Jim grew up with an inherent appreciation of the natural world, the beauty and fragility of its woodlands and rivers, and is working steadfastly photographing the character of its landscape and wildlife. Jim hopes his photography will foster a universal appreciation for and a desire to safeguard the region, its wildlife, its resources, its history and legacy.
More of Jim's work can be found at his website, http://www.jimmerrittphotography.com.
In the future, we will also feature photos from Tom Dorsey, such at the one at the right. We'll let Tom tell you a little about himself:
"My first break in life was having amazing parents and growing up in beautiful Elk County. Our mountains are wild and beautiful with photo opportunities around every corner. Since childhood I have always been intrigued with cameras and photography. The early days of 110 film, flash cubes, Polaroid Instant Cameras and 35mm bring fond memories and have indeed helped me to realize the elements necessary for a pleasing image. While those were fond memories, the introduction of digital photography was welcomed with tremendous enthusiasm.
Over the last several years, my love of photography has taken on a life of it’s own. What was once a keen interest has truly become a passion with wildlife being the subject of this obsession. Viewing wildlife is something most people enjoy but when done through a viewfinder there is a more personal connection. The camera becomes the artists brush in that you have total control over the clarity, the colors, composition and how the light plays on the subject. To me the light is where it’s at and it’s what I strive for. "
You can check out Tom's blog at: http://enjoyingallthatnatureoffers.blogspot.com/