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Dorothy B. "Dot" Rhone
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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Moving to the Country: 6 Things You Should Do before Buying Rural Property

Buying a piece of land can be a very satisfying feeling. After all, we are not so very far removed from the days of the Wild West land races when families would compete in a race to put down their stake to claim land. But today, the process of buying land has become far more complicated. If you are buying rural country property, the complications increase again. In this post, learn six things you should do before buying rural property.

1. Commission a land survey to verify property size and contents.
With cities becoming increasingly overcrowded, a land survey isn’t often on the menu. But when you get into buying 2, 3 or 10 acre lots, you want to be sure the acreage you are paying for is the acreage you are getting! Along with this confirmation, a land survey can tell you a lot about other potential perks or pitfalls of the property in question. Water sources, utility lines, metes and bounds (boundary lines) and other features will all be detailed in the survey.

2. Meet your neighbors and learn from them about local life.
After living in the city, you know how easy it can be to live right next door to someone and not see them for months (or ever). But in the country, that neighbor living 2 acres over on the next lot may become your lifeline in an emergency.

In addition, with a smaller community and fewer local resources, living out in the country can feel like living in a small, spread out town. And in small towns, there are few if any secrets. So just be sure you meet your near neighbors before you buy to see if you find them welcoming and hospitable. You will be glad you did!

3. Consider working with a buyer’s agent.
Especially if this is your first time buying a piece of country property, you may stand to benefit by working with a buyer’s agent to purchase the land. This way, you can learn what questions you don’t know to ask, get expert advice about whether the land is fairly priced, find out the ins and outs of country complexities such as easements and water rights, and have an advocate on your side should negotiations become complicated.

4. Get an insurance estimate in advance.
Just as you never want to put yourself in the situation of purchasing more car than you can afford to insure, you also want to be sure your new land comes with manageable insurance costs. Title insurance is definitely something to consider, especially in case you find that toxic or hazardous waste has previously been stored or dumped on the property. Consider as well extras like flood insurance if your land is located in a floodplain.

5. Be sure you can get the services you need.
Imagine living out in the country on your new land, and you go to pull up the internet and…nothing. You don’t want to find out too late that your area doesn’t get service. Be sure to find out your options for internet, cable television, etc., before you buy the land.

6. Calculate the total cost of moving your life into a rural situation.
This calculation should include any extra equipment, services, vehicles and other items required to manage and maintain your country property. It should also consider less tangible costs such as travel for medical services, airport transportation and work.

By carefully considering the total impact of making a big change from city to country living, you can be sure now is the right time to make the move and feel confident you have the resources to make it a success.

This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for top real estate tips and trends.

3 Tips to Convert Online Leads Every Time

Finding new prospects is the lifeblood of any real estate practice. Lead generation is one of the most profitable tasks you can factor into your schedule, especially in today’s market. But what happens after you capture new leads?

Customized landing pages, social ads and other technological advancements make capturing leads easier than ever, but converting them is more difficult. The sales paradigm has shifted, and agents need to learn how to adapt if they want to fill their calendars with qualified leads and appointments. Here are three tips from Chris Smith, author of The Conversion Code, to help you get the highest conversion rate possible.

  1. Follow up ASAP

Waiting to call a new lead until you’ve finished a showing or closing could mean the difference between gaining a new client or losing them to a competitor. According to the 100x Rule, if an agent attempts to call a potential client within five minutes of a lead submission, the conversion rate is 100 times greater than if the contact occurs 30 minutes after submission. To convert leads to sales, contact every lead within five minutes.

Realistically, it’s often difficult for agents to call a new lead as soon as it comes in. Fortunately, there are other options. For example, text messages have almost a 100 percent open rate. With technology advancements, it’s possible to send a highly customized text message that says, “I just got your request for more info. Can you talk now?” If you can’t send a text, email is another possible way to follow up, but it’s not as effective. In the end, calling is by far the most effective way to get in touch with a new lead.

  1. Persistence pays off

Some agents will call a new lead once or twice and then give up if they don’t receive a response. According to Smith, the optimal number of calls, to reach the highest number of contacts possible, is six. Even if you obey the 100X rule and call in the first five minutes, you’re still likely to only contact about 48 percent of leads. But if you call those resistant leads six times, you’ll end up contacting 93 percent of your leads. By doing this you’ll end up doubling your conversion rate just by working the leads you’re already getting.

If your lead doesn’t pick up the first time you call, practice the double dial—hang up and immediately call them back. For most of us, if we get a call from a number we don’t recognize, and then immediately get another call from the same number, we assume it must be important, and we answer. If a lead still doesn’t answer after the second dial, try texting. Writing a message like, “I got your request about ____. Is this a good time to talk?” allows you to identify yourself and remind them about their request.

  1. Prepare your script

Most agents have a script they’ve prepared for new client contacts. However, don’t just read from your script. Rather than focusing on the logical reasons people are looking for a home, dig deeper to find the emotional reasons. Listen to their responses so you can find a way to connect with them on an emotional level, then use that information to close the sale. Remember, most people make buying decisions based on emotional, not logical, reasons.

One of the most important things to do when you have a new lead on the phone is to gain their trust. If the person you’re talking with is unfamiliar with your company, try aligning yourself with a trustworthy company or brand that they’ve heard of and tie yourself to that company with a powerful statistic. For example, if one of Smith’s leads is unfamiliar with Curaytor, he could tell them the company spends over $3 million a year on Facebook ads for real estate agents. People know Facebook and they know $3 million.

Once you’ve built trust and discovered why your lead is looking to buy or sell, go for the “trial close” with a “here’s what happens next” question to keep the selling process moving forward.   For example, “Does Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. work best for my professional photographer to come by and take pictures?” This will help your client understand what you are going to be doing for them and make them feel more secure in the final steps of the process to list their home.

Does your busy schedule make it difficult to respond to new leads right away? Homes.com’s new Lead Concierge service screens your phone and email leads within minutes and forwards the serious buyers and sellers to you. Don’t let another qualified lead slip by!

Diggin’ In: Cooler Days and Nights, Ripe for Vegetable Garden

(TNS)—With autumn upon us, it’s time to think about air and soil temperatures falling — thankfully after a long, horribly hot summer, in some regions.

In the garden, cooler days and nights call for a cool-season vegetable garden filled with lettuces, spinach, collards, onions and cabbages, all the good stuff for harvest-time meals. Plant your crops a week or two apart and you can enjoy garden bounty until January, especially if you use row covers or cheap fitted sheets to protect plants from the fall frosts that typically begin mid-November.

Fall’s Finest

Bonnie Plants, a vegetable, herb and flower name brand sold at garden centers nationwide, including Lowe’s and Home Depot, suggests these cool-season veggies:

Curly Kale. This pretty blue-green hybrid kale is easy to grow and keeps you supplied for months. Cut outer leaves so the center continues growing. Light frost makes the leaves taste sweeter.

Georgia Collards. Georgia collards are prized for their sweet, cabbage-like flavor. Leaves are ruffled and blue-green; leaves taste best when young. Withstands cold weather; frost makes leaves sweet.

Romaine Lettuce. Tall, dark green heads are easy to grow, and form crisp golden hearts. (Similar to Parris Island Cos, but taller and darker.) Harvest outer leaves throughout the season, or wait until the head forms. Looks beautiful in containers!

Lieutenant Broccoli. These plants form smooth, dark green heads on medium-sized stems with few side shoots.

Mustard Greens. Offering spicy hot leaves, this is a very fast-growing, nutritious vegetable. Mustard greens always taste sweeter when nipped by frost.

Arugula. These fast-growing leafy greens with a peppery taste are great for salads or gourmet recipes.

Kids and Cabbages

If you have a child in third grade this year, consider talking to their teacher about the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. Third-grade teachers can now register online at http://bonniecabbageprogram.com for the 2017 spring project when Bonnie Plants trucks will deliver thousands of baby cabbage plants to third-grade classrooms nationwide — all free and all meant to compete for the biggest and best cabbage in weight and size.

Teaches distribute two-inch plants with instructions, provided by Bonnie, to students to carry home and grow, according to a company news release. At the end of the growing season, teachers select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state scholarship drawing. The state winners are randomly selected by each state’s director of agriculture, and Bonnie Plants awards a $1,000 scholarship for education to one student in each state.

“The cabbage program is a wonderful way to engage children’s interest in agriculture, while teaching them not only the basics of gardening, but the importance of our food systems and growing our own,” says Stan Cope, president of Bonnie Plants.

This fall, you and your child — or grandchild — can practice growing cool-season cabbages at home, using the O.S. Cross, or oversized version that the national cabbage program hands out. These cabbages can grow as much as 40 pounds, making it engaging fun for children to monitor their growth over days and weeks.

Get Growing

To grow a cabbage and other cool-season veggies, give them at least six hours of full sun, more if possible.

—Space your veggie transplants far enough apart so they can grow to full maturity without crowding each other. Adequate spacing allows for good overall plant development; it also allows light and air to penetrate the plant, thereby reducing the potential for disease and pests. For instance, large plants like cabbages and collards need three feet on each side to spread out. If you don’t have that kind of space, plant them in huge containers.

—Healthy soil equates healthy plants, so work compost or a balanced fertilizer (10-10-10) into your garden soil before planting.

—Adequate water also nourishes vegetable plants, which need an inch of rainfall weekly. If that doesn’t happen, water with a soaker hose, saturating the ground thoroughly early morning.

—Regularly inspect your vegetable plants for pests, picking off munching worms when you see them.

—If weather gets below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, protect vegetable plants from frost, using a lightweight cloth (called floating row covers) you can buy at garden centers, or thin, fitted bed sheets, to cover cabbages, late-season tomatoes, spinach and lettuces.

Learn more about growing warm- and cool-season veggies with Bonnie Plants at www.bonnieplants.com.

Kathy Van Mullekom is the garden/home columnist for the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. Her blog can be read at Diggin@RoomandYard.com

©2016 Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

4 Big Storage Solutions for Tiny Spaces

One of the worst things about living in a tiny house or apartment is the lack of storage space. When your belongings are constantly underfoot, it can be quite annoying. In this modern world, people tend to accumulate items much faster than they get rid of them. This can quickly turn an already cluttered small living space into a nightmare. If you are dealing with storage space issues in your home, try these four big storage space solutions for tiny spaces.

  1. Get Furniture That Does Double Duty

One of the best ways to increase the storage space in a tiny apartment is to get furniture that includes storage space inside of it. For example, you can get a bed frame that includes drawers inside of it for you to store your clothing inside. Another example of this is an ottoman that has a compartment inside of it to store things. There are many types of furniture like this that can double as storage space.

  1. Add Shelving

If you have too many things in your home, a creative way to store them is to add shelving. There are likely many areas of your home where you could install shelving. Not only does adding shelving to your home give you additional storage space, but you can actually beautify your home by displaying books and tchotchkes on the shelving.

  1. Get an Offsite Storage Unit

Sometimes, no matter how creative you get, you will not be able to find enough room in your home for everything you own. If this is the case, the ideal solution is to get an offsite storage unit. You can place all the things in your storage unit that you do not use regularly. Hialeah Storage Units recommends that people who store things in an offsite unit select a climate-controlled storage facility to give their belongings protection from temperature extremes.

  1. Install a Murphy Bed

A Murphy bed is a bed that folds up to store inside or next to the wall. This gives you a tremendous amount of extra space during the day. You can also put a loft bed in, like those found in college dorm rooms, to free up some storage space.

Living in a small space doesn’t mean you have to accept inadequate storage. If you implement these four ideas, you will gain back a tremendous amount of storage space. The key to having enough storage in a tiny space is to be flexible and creative.

This post originally appeared on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Visit the blog daily for real estate tips and trends.

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