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Dorothy B. "Dot" Rhone
Broker/Owner
Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty, Inc.

ABR, CRS, CRB, GRI, e-PRO, SRS, SFR, One America
Office:  570-784-2821 x 19
Cell and Text: 570-204-0279
Email: Dot@DotRhone.com
Licensed in PA # RM421649

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Welcome to the premier resource for all real estate information and services in the area!  I am Dorothy B. "Dot" Rhone, Broker/Owner of Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty, Inc. in Bloomsburg, PA.  I hope you enjoy your visit and explore everything my website has to offer!  Here you will find everything you need to know when buying or selling a property in Columbia, Montour, or lower Luzerne county in Pennsylvania in one place!  To get familiar with our local real estate values, here you can view all the current homes on the market in our multiple listing service, as well as see properties that have recently sold. 

Looking for a new home? Use Quick Search or Map Search to browse an up-to-date database list of all available properties in the area, or use my Dream Home Finder form and I'll conduct a personalized search for you.

If you're planning to sell your home in the next few months, nothing is more important than knowing a fair asking price. I would love to help you with a FREE Market Analysis. I will use comparable sold listings to help you determine the accurate market value of your home.  

Whether the circumstance is marriage, a new job, a growing family or retirement, most people move as a result of a major life change.  This is a potentially stressful and exhilarating time for a buyer or seller.  Buyers and sellers need a trusted friend in the real estate process, “Because Life Changes.”  I am responsible for guiding them through the details of the technical and, at times, emotional side of their real estate transaction, give them all the facts, then let them make the decision that works best for their lifestyle.  Ultimately, they ask me to help them manage this major change for them—to be their “Agent of Change.”   With 30 years experience, I am ready to help!  Contact Dot Rhone today!

 

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My wife and I were real estate novices before buying our first home. After 20 minutes with Dot we knew everything we needed to know! She was professional, helpful, patient, and an excellent advocate when the seller was not acting in our interest. At every stop along the way to homeownership Dot thoroughly explained our options, and every referral she offered us, from mortgage broker to inspection company, was as professional and thorough as she was. We are truly grateful that we had Dot on our team! Mike and Eleanor Vogt
While Dot was handling my home purchase here in Columbia County my mom was selling her home in Snyder County with another agent from a different realty company. I was in the unique position to compare my experience with Dot to that of my mom's with another agent. My mom's experience was a nightmare for her. I came very quickly to appreciate Dot's consummate professionalism, strong sense of values and ethical conduct, knowledge and expertise, and genuine care for me as a client. I will never live to see the day when I can thank Dot enough for helping me sail through the purchase of my first home with ease and peace of mind. She is the best, in my opinion! Matthew Swinehart
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5 Dirt Cheap Home-Staging Ideas

(TNS)—We all want to make our houses look like they are “Designed to Sell”-worthy. But hiring a professional stager to prepare the home for prospective buyers can cost anywhere from $50 to $150 per hour, according to Jessica Page, a Realtor® near Denver.

Fortunately, homeowners can take matters into their own hands, many times for less than the $2,000 budget of the HGTV show.

Page and veteran Florida Realtor® Jennifer Radice share expert tips for staging your home that cost next to nothing.

  1. Pack Away Personal Items

Packing away personal items is one of the simplest — and cheapest — things you can do to sell your house or condo quickly, according to Page and Radice.

“The reason you want to depersonalize your home is because you want buyers to view it as their potential home,” Page says.

“Pictures are extremely distracting. You cannot believe how long potential buyers will stop and stare at people they do not know in photos,” says Radice, who also recommends removing any religious items from plain view.

In addition to attracting the buyer, “you want the buyer’s agent to enjoy showing the home,” Radice says, because even if this particular buyer isn’t interested, the agent might represent someone who would be a good match.

The cost: $2 to $3 for a roll of packaging tape. You already have the scissors on hand and you can often score the boxes for free from a neighborhood store.

  1. Clear Clutter

“This is the hardest thing for most people to do because they are emotionally attached to everything in the house,” Page says.

“After years of living in the same home, clutter collects in such a way that may not be evident to the homeowner. However, it does affect the way buyers see the home, even if you do not realize it. Clutter collects on shelves and countertops, and in drawers, closets, garages, attics and basements,” she says.

Radice recommends removing items from countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms. She suggests putting things in boxes and neatly stacking them in the corner of the garage. Anything extra should go in a small, rented storage unit.

Even better, ask a friend or relative to hang on to your items for free.

“Pack up 90 percent of your home,” Radice says.

The cost: The price of a storage unit varies (around $45 a month for a 5-by-5-foot unit).

  1. Rearrange and Neutralize

Rearrange the rooms in your home to reel in prospective buyers. Make sure each room has a distinct, useful purpose.

Page suggests touring builders’ models to see how the rooms are furnished.

“Builders are experts on preparing their product for prospective buyers,” she says.

Radice says closets should be “neat and organized.”

“The pair of shoes that you haven’t worn in 10 years, get rid of,” she says.

If your home has been painted recently, consider yourself ahead of the game. If not, take a paintbrush to the rooms that need it most. Sellers who paint the interior of their home will see a large return on the investment, Page says.

“Fresh, neutral paint on the walls, trim and doors is worth its weight in gold — it makes everything appear clean and new,” she says.

The cost: Anywhere from $12 to $50 per gallon for paint, plus another $10 to $50 for other painting supplies (primer, brushes, dropcloths, etc.) You can get back some of that money as a refund on your taxes for any items you donate to charity (such as those extra shoes in the closet).

  1. Scrub and Deodorize

Make sure your house or condo shines from top to bottom.

Page says cleaning and deodorizing a home before every showing “should be first and foremost.”

The goal is to help buyers imagine themselves living in the home, Page says.

“When buyers see an unkempt home or smell something when they first walk in, they become turned off immediately,” Page says. “They can rarely see past it to look at all of the great features in the home.”

Radice suggests having the house professionally cleaned so that everything is spotless — windows, sliding glass door tracks, garage, basement, ceiling fans, etc.

She also recommends baking cookies in the oven, bringing cinnamon sticks to a slow boil in a pot of water or using air freshener to mask smells before each showing. Ridding the home of litter boxes is also a must.

The cost: Varies by the location and size of the home, but typically less than $100 to clean a 4-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot home. Cookie dough runs about $3.

  1. Enhance Curb Appeal

Whatever you do, do not overlook the home’s exterior when selling.

“Curb appeal is just as important as cleaning the inside of the home — it’s the buyer’s first impression of your home,” Page says.

Radice agrees. “You only have one chance to make a first impression. …You want your home to stand out.”

Mow the lawn, make sure the sidewalk and driveway are free of clutter and debris, and ensure the house number is easily visible.

It may also be beneficial to pressure-clean the exterior of your home, driveway and sidewalk, if needed.

Another valuable low-cost solution? Mulch.

“Mulch is cheap and covers a multitude of sins. It makes everything look trim and neat,” Radice says.

The cost: Mulch costs around $3 per bag. The cost of renting a pressure washer varies, but you may be able to get one from a local hardware store for around $50 per day. It may cost double that to purchase a pressure washer. Professional cleaning with a pressure washer for a 2,500 square-foot-house may set you back about $250.

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Spring Staging without Flower Overload

When staging a home, it can be challenging to come up with creative ways to make your listing stand out from the crowd. This can be especially difficult during the spring selling season, when florals reign supreme.

While incorporating colorful, fresh flowers and flower prints into a home can feel like a breath of fresh air after the winter, by the time May comes around almost everyone will have exhausted the trend. Here are four ways you can spring-ify your listing, sans florals:

  • Replace bouquets with house plants. A small, indoor plant serves the same function that a bright floral bouquet does. Not only do they add a bright element to your interior décor, but they don’t need to be replaced as frequently as their floral counterpart.
  • Burn a spring-scented candle.Candles add a welcome visual and stimulating olfactory component to any open house. Missing the sweet smell of flowers? There are tons of subtle floral-scented candlesto choose from. You may even forget the arrangement isn’t actually there!
  • Add in pops of bright color.Whether you place bold statement furniture or add some colorful throw pillows to your sofa – incorporating splashes of color throughout your home gives your open house a fun, spring feel.
  • Open doors and windows.An often over-looked task, dusting off and opening the doors and windows throughout a property reminds potential buyers of the beautiful weather outside. The sunlight and fresh air can boost moods, while making the home feel larger and more open.

This post was originally published on ERA Real Estate’s blog, Owning the Fence.

WSS Agile: The Most Powerful Way to Prioritize Your Business, and Your Life

In the crazy lives of agents and brokers, we find ourselves being pulled in many different directions. Buyers, sellers, team members, other agents, family, boards, associations, volunteer work and so much more all demand our attention and energy. How do you fit it all in?

Many wonder how the busiest people seem to get more business when they’re already so busy. The simple answer is that the busier you are, the more it requires great systems, processes and time management. The busiest people not only give off an air of confidence, they also attract more business because their clients know they can handle it.

Time management is a myth—you cannot speed up or slow down the passage of time. We can only manage ourselves, so the issue is not time management, but rather, person management. You have to make the decision to intentionally create the life you want by focusing on the activities that have the most value.

To do this, our coaches have learned WSS Agile Project management. Let me break down how the busiest people get things done, and how to organize and prioritize at a higher level with WSS Agile.

We use Google Sheets for this purpose because they allow for different people to be involved in the process. To begin, create a backlog or project backlog: a list of everything you need to accomplish with as much detail as possible. Items in your backlog should be listed as projects such as hire an assistant, start a geographic farm, build an operations manual or start using a CRM. As you compile projects you want to work on, the list can quickly become overwhelming. The key to effectively using the WSS Agile is to give each project a number. I usually start with 500. Go through each project and ask yourself if it’s higher or lower than 500, and assign it a number. For example, if getting a CRM is 500, starting a geographic farm might be 400, while hiring an assistant would be 600. No two projects can have the same number, forcing you to really think through what’s most important, prioritizing each task.

Once you’ve assigned each project a number, you can sort the column highest to lowest so that your projects are in order. This is where it gets really interesting, because now you know what’s next and you can decide to start working on the task at hand. As a project is taken off the backlog, it’s called a “sprint.” That means we give it a start date and create a tab at the bottom with its own to-do list. Each project is assigned a project manager, and each task is assigned to a person, along with due dates and clear descriptions.

This amazing process has helped many businesses grow, while helping leaders get organized at a much higher level.

Success is not magical or mysterious. Success is understanding what’s most important and executing on those priorities that move you closer to your goals.

For a free sample of a WSS Agile and a video tutorial on how to use it, visit http://WorkmanSuccess.com/agile.

Verl Workman is the founder and CEO of Workman Success Systems (385-282-7112), an international speaking, consulting and coaching company that specializes in performance coaching and building successful power agents and teams. Sign up today for a free business consult with Verl by sending an email to coach@verlworkman.com. To hire Verl to speak at your next event, email events@verlworkman.com.

6 Ways to Turn off Your Computer and Increase Sales

The goldmine isn’t online. Everyone is looking to the Internet for their next lead. I’m as guilty of it as anyone. I was one of the first real estate trainers to offer online classes, I was the absolute first to do a podcast, and I have taught a lot about how to build relationships on the web. But over the years, I’ve seen something happening. A little over a decade ago in 2004, when I started my training company, people were on the web, but the noise factor of interruptions and text messages and messenger and countless other apps weren’t there. You could get through to people with online messages. They actually paid attention long enough to hear what you had to say. But those days are gone.

Too Much Noise
Today there is simply too much noise online for anyone to really get your message. If you doubt this, think about the last time you got online to do something and then got off again an hour or more later and realized that you never did the thing you set out to do. It’s crazy distracting out there!

Old School is the Way to Go
The fact is that you can’t sell a house online. You have to get in person with someone to list or sell a property. That means that if you can start the conversation when you are face-to-face, your chances of closing a deal are exponentially greater than trying to follow up on some anonymous Internet lead.

But It Doesn’t Mean That You Have to Go Low Tech
Do you want to build a market AND use technology? No problem! Here are some great ideas that give you both the tech edge and the ability to look people in the eye.

  1. Start a Meetup Group about Real Estate: You can run events once a month about different aspects of the real estate business. People who are looking to buy or sell are the ones most likely to attend. You can even get people started repairing their credit so they can afford more.
  2. Find Classes Held by Financial Planners, Attorneys, and CPAs: People with money attend these workshops. Often they will have real estate needs as well. You can learn something from the class, network with the people running the program, and potentially pick up some clients along the way. That’s a triple win!
  3. Hold a House Cooling Party for Your Sellers: Instead of buying a closing gift, host a party for the sellers to say good-bye to their house. Then make a video for the sellers by asking the guests to tell stories of good memories they have from the house. Tell the guests that this video is going to be your closing gift for the sellers. Everyone you talk to will be so impressed that you care that you will immediately become their agent of choice when they look to buy or sell.
  4. Run a Home Staging Class at Your Local Home Depot: If you live near a Home Depot, offer to come in and teach a class on staging your home to sell. Homeowners who are in the pre-listing, fix-it-up stage will come out and you can get some good leads.
  5. Custom Landing Pages for Listings: Put a rider on each listing you own with a custom landing page for that listing (I know – this isn’t new) but as a pop-up before they get to the page, make a video talking about the home-buying process and why it’s important for a buyer to have an agent working for them. Then suggest that they call you to set up an appointment. And have an app that offers to call you right now if they just click the button. (Remember, the goal is to get to talk to them!)
  6. Go to Corporations in the Area and Offer to Be Their Real Estate Expert: Corporations are always looking for low or no-cost ways to offer additional perks to their employees. Offer to answer questions, provide insight, and generally be on call to their people for all their residential real estate needs. You can even take your blog posts and offer them to the corporation as content for their in-house newsletter – thereby giving all of their employees an introduction to you.

Each of these ideas uses technology without leaving you hiding behind it. And this is what technology is meant to do: provide leverage to make sales. So turn off your computer and go make some sales!

Kelle Sparta is the author of The Consultative Real Estate Agent and a leading real estate coach and trainer nationwide. To build a life and a business you can love visit www.SpartaSuccess.com.

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