• Emmaus Homes | The Peter Hewitt Real Estate Team at Keller Williams Blog

    Monday, March 4, 2019   /   by Peter Hewitt Team

    How to Interview a Real Estate Agent

    While home sellers have become more market savvy than ever thanks to the wealth of information at their fingertips, knowing how to choose a real estate agent can still pose a challenge.

    Between recommendations from friends, a family member with a dusty license on the shelf offering to help, and a dizzying array of review websites, it’s difficult to know who to trust with one of the most complex financial decisions of your life.


    Smart consumers interview potential real estate agents before they decide which agent they want to hire. Just as you're sizing up the potential for a good fit, the real estate agent will likely be interviewing you, too. Be wary of agents who don't ask you questions and probe for your motivation. You wouldn't work with just any agent off the street, and good agents are selective about their clients, too.


    It is crucial to know which questions to ask so your real estate agent can meet your expectations in terms of pricing, timing, and overall exp ...

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    Monday, December 10, 2018   /   by Peter Hewitt Team

    11 Reasons to Sell during the Holidays

    You’ve heard it from real estate agents before. “The Winter season is slow.” Or, “No one is really buying or selling.” And even, “I’ll get started in the New Year, it’s a new start right?”
    ...Wrong. The truth is, it’s better to be ahead than behind. The winter months are the perfect opportunity for you to find the motivated buyers, with less competition of homes on the market and better opportunity to sell for more!


    11. By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the Spring when there are traditionally more houses on the market which could ultimately drive prices down. This could mean you sell high and buy low.



    10. You can sell now for more money and we will provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year.



    9. Even though your house will be on the market, you still have the option to restrict showings on Holidays and when needed.


    8. Janua ...

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    Monday, July 2, 2018   /   by Kelly Houston

    Lehigh Valley 4th of July Fireworks and Events 2018

    LEHIGH VALLEY FIREWORKS & EVENTS:


    SteelStacks Independence Day Celebration
    Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
    Time: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. 
    ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way. Live music and patriotic programming. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., the "Call Your Mama" band will perform at the Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square.


    SteelStacks Fourth of July Fireworks Party
    Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
    Time: 3:00pm 
    Children can get crafty at the Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square with "kite building" presented by the Pocono Kite Symphony. Other activities include face painting, a bounce house and patriotic arts and crafts, presented by the Banana Factory Arts Center. A "Meet the Mayor" event will run from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., also at the Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square.
    7:30pm Live Music
    9:15om Fireworks 


    Bethlehem City Fireworks
    Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm music at the American Legion Band ...

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    Monday, June 18, 2018   /   by Peter Hewitt Team Lehigh Valley Realtor

    8 Things Not to Do when Buying a Home!

    It is exciting to shop for and find your dream home, but during that process there are a few things you will want to remember below. Plus our team and our lenders will keep you on track along the way!





    1. Don’t change your job before applying for a home loan. 


    Along with that, now is also not the right time to become self-employed or quit your job. You want to show lenders stability, which means you’ll be less likely to default on the loan.





    2. Don’t change banks.


    Like your employment, you want your banking history to show stability.





    3. Don’t buy a car or truck or any other form of transportation that you have to finance. 


    Buying anything on credit increases your debt-to-income ratio and that’s something lenders don’t want to see.





    4. Don’t buy furniture on credit before buying your house. 


    Like financing a car, charging big-ticket items increases your debt-to-income ra ...

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