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    Step 5 to Buying a Home: Time For Showings

    You’ve found properties on the MLS you’re interested in seeing, We’ve set up your showings and we head out soon to see them!  Before we head out here are a few important things to know:

    -Most sellers require you are pre-approved before being able to see their home.
    -Sellers usually require 24 hours notice prior to showings. They may also put other limitations on showings such as no showings after 6pm or on Sundays, etc.
    -Wear comfortable slip on shoes as we may be asked to remove our shoes in some homes.
    -If a lot of sunlight is important to you in a home, then try to do showings during daylight hours.
    -Dress for the weather.   The walkway or driveway may be snowy, icy, muddy, etc.  The house may or may not have AC or heat.
    -Vacant houses may not have any utilities turned on.
    -Don’t assume we’ll be able to use the restroom so plan accordingly.
    -Focus on the property not their furnishings, artwork, etc. as you’re buying the property not their stuff.
    -Avoid touching furniture or personal items as we don’t want to be responsible should something break.
    -Remind children not to play with the toys and things they see in the house.
    -The home inspection comes AFTER a contract is agreed upon and signed by both the buyer and seller.   During a typical showing we should not be in the crawl spaces, attic, etc.
    -Some sellers will have Nanny Cams or Ring in their homes so be aware of what you say and do.  Don’t talk about how much you can afford, what kind of offer you want to make on the home, etc. while in the house in case someone is listening.
    -If sellers are home, be careful not to give too much away about yourself and why you’re buying as that information could hurt us later during the negotiation process.
    -Bring drinks and snacks as looking at lots of homes can be grueling!
    Generally the day before we are scheduled to look at homes I will email you an address of where we are meeting and when. The tour order will also be listed in the Buyer Tour email you will receive prior to our showings.  For your convenience, the email will list the order and provide a link to driving directions so you can follow along.

    Now let’s go see some homes!

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    Gina Casner

    In 2016, I began my tenure in real estate as a licensed Executive Assistant for a leading real estate training coach and subsequently for high-producing real estate teams. I very quickly fell in love with real estate and by 2019, I transitioned into personally helping clients turn their dreams into keys. After dozens of transactions, I have been dubbed the “unicorn hunter,” finding out-of-the-box solutions for clients looking for a home with unique requirements. In addition to managing my real estate practice, I am involved in providing community education on responsible home ownership through my exclusive Path to Home Ownership workshop series. I also am the founder of Chronically Strong, an organization that promotes mental health awareness and suicide prevention in our local communities. I take a holistic and individualized approach to real estate. Buying or selling a home in Central PA can be complex, sophisticated and often a deeply personal endeavor. Your experience should mimic the high level of customer service all of my clients have, while being very specific to your own individual needs. I work with a team of experts to provide a full, complete experience that only a cohesive team can consistently provide. Working with us, you will be given personal attention in every aspect of your home buying and selling experience with the professionalism and consistency of a thoughtful business model. And yes, superior results will follow! On a personal note, I attribute my success not only to my passion for helping clients execute on their next “big move”, but also to my knowledge regarding the psychology of buying and selling. My clientele works in diverse industries with an emphasis on technology, finance, medicine, law, and business. My real estate practice has grown successfully and consistently thanks to the repeat business of happy clients and their introductions to friends, family and neighbors. This track record is only possible because we deliver both results AND an enjoyable experience. Growing up, my family moved frequently all across the continental U.S., but you will hear me say that I am from California because that is the longest place that I lived during my formative years. Moving became a way of life for my family and each place I lived became a part of my story. It taught me that our home truly is the foundation of everything in our lives, and it is this belief that compels me to work hard for my clients when they are buying or selling their home. In many ways, our home becomes a part of our identity, an identity and memory that should be honored. I have been accused of being tenacious and super honest. I like to win (for my clients) but do so with a calm demeanor and a smile. I live in a raised ranch home in Lower Paxton Township with my main squeeze, my teenage son, and our very spoiled dog, Ginger. I have mad faith, and truly believe that each and every one of us is capable of great things. I graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelors’ in Sociology. There is a running joke in my family that every day I go to real estate school because every day my clients teach me something new. I continually invest time, money and thought into the latest sales, marketing and negotiation techniques. Why? Because I believe that you deserve to have the best working for you. I want to live life on my own terms, and am committed to helping you do the same. Would you like to work together? Please reach out. I look forward to hearing from you! Gina

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