A Pocono Vacationer's Perspective

At vacation pace in a pocono vacation place

As if you need convincing...

I thought you'd enjoy this blog post by one of my Twitter buds, a New York runner and book promoter who regularly vacations in the Poconos at her property in Pocono Lake, PA. Her perspective is an interesting departure from my usual 'oh it's so great' and 'come check it out for your-own-self' sales-speak (not that I don't think you love me :) But TK does a much better job describing the Pocono rhythm and difference in atmosphere that attracts so many second home buyers from the big cities and surrounding areas of New York and Philadelphia.

Read: At Vacation Pace from the Pigtails Flying Blog

If you like that one, check out other articles where she waxes poetic about her runs in and around the mountains of Pennsylvania...the scenery, the people and even the weather (go figure!) seem to inspire her: Peaceful and Frosty Five(-ish).

Oh one more thing...TK, if you are reading this, it looks like Matilda and my Cinnamon (pictured above) have that pace thing in common :))

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Big News + A New Look For The Blog!


Look Who's "Going Green"!

The BOBHAY.COM Team, which includes yours truly, is pleased to announce its affiliation with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates (BHGREWA). This move is designed to re-position ourselves in the rapidly changing real estate environment and offer our clients enhanced exposure and expanded services which they need, deserve and expect from their real estate professionals.

Some of the benefits of this move include:

  • A highly recognized brand name with a fresh & attractive contemporary look (see BHGRealEstate.com)
  • The convenience of 8 offices in the Greater Pocono Region
  • Exposure in up to three area MLS Systems: Pocono Mountains, Pike/Wayne and Lehigh Valley Associations
  • The power of a 100+ agent team, promoting the brand and our listings
  • Sales and rentals of primary, vacation and investment properties, farms, vacant land, acreage and commercial properties, all for lease or sale
  • Full-service Relocation Department
  • Property Management through integrated affiliate, NEPA Management Associates
  • And more!

Blending Old & New

We have considered this move very carefully and found that BHGREWA was the best fit because of the fact that this company is growing in spite of the challenging real estate market, and has a company culture that encourages innovation and embraces the opportunities that new technologies bring. We feel this is a great move for us and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with the Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates family.

Our new office is located at 304 Park Avenue, Stroudsburg, just a few blocks south of our location on Seventh Street. Our phone numbers and email addresses will stay the same. Also, clients will continue to enjoy all of the benefit of our personalized service in addition to all of the exciting new offerings that our new affiliation allows us to provide.

Debbie O'Brien, our Transaction Coordinator / Assistant / Right Arm Extraordinaire will still be fielding calls and keeping Bob and me, and our files, on track. Be sure to say 'Hi' to her when you call in!

Thanks Are In Order

Yarrow Wilkins and the whole BHGREWA family have really made this transition a pleasure and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone - the staff, the managers, the agents, everyone company-wide - for welcoming us so warmly and helping us through the move. The calls, emails, and the Welcome Breakfast held on Monday morning, all mean a lot to us and make us even more excited to be a part of the team. Thank you all!!

We look forward to continuing to serve our customers and clients with even better services in the coming days, weeks and months, and hope you share our excitement in this beneficial change. As always, we welcome your comments and questions.

Lisa Sanderson & Bob Hay

P.S. How do you like the new look the Poconos Real Estate Blog is sporting? :)

It's Official: There's Genius In Them Thar Poconos!

Agentgenius The Big Announcement

I am so proud to be one of the newest writers to join Agent Genius, the smartest real estate industry blog on the planet. Don't ask me how I managed it, but they want me!

Read the announcement here: Lisa Sanderson on Board.

Are You A Genius?

If you are a real estate agent and don't read AG (as this blog is affectionately known to the Geniuses who read it) shame on you. You are missing out on some of the best tips, advice and discussion out there. The contributors to this site are the leaders and trailblazers in our industry, from across the country and beyond. The community of writers, readers and commentors is engaging and welcoming, and offers diverse viewpoints and an always-interesting mix of opinions. There is no better place to network with your peers and have some fun, all the while learning a ton about marketing, social media, SEO and all kind of cool, cutting edge real estate junk!

If you aren't sure where to start at AG, try this article and prepare to giggle: You Know You're A Real Estate Agent If...

Did I mention AG is fun?

I am truly honored to be part of this group and look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas with the global real estate community on AG.

Real Estate Investment Blog

I've been a semi-faithful reader of the BiggerPockets Blog for a few months...meaning, when I have time I check it out. It has been on my list of to-write-abouts for about the same length of time. This morning this video came into my feed reader and moved it to the top of my list immediately. Anything that can get ME to giggle before 10am is golden!

Some examples of the info you will find on BiggerPockets:

Managing Tenants Part 3: Written Criteria For Tenant Selection
Getting Started In Rehab Real Estate
The Mortgage Crisis Has A Silver Lining (...and other truths you won't hear on cable news this week)

For advice and information on investing in real estate here in the Poconos, stay tuned to the Poconos Real Estate Blog or email your favorite local real estate expert!