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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is fast approaching. Kids love to dress up, get together with friends, and go door-to-door hoping to find the full size candy bar. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas. On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween as on any other day of the year. A little pre-planning can prevent unfortunate accidents that could turn out to be tragic for kids and trying for you. Here are some pointers for ensuring your house is a safe place for trick-or-treaters on October. 31.
Keep Kids Safe

·         Never go into a strangers home
·         Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision
·         Don’t eat homemade candy unless you know the family
·         Wear reflective clothing
·         Have a flash light
·         Look at all wrapped candy, if it has been opened toss it out
·         Develop a route with your parents
·         Go in a group of kids
·         Set a curfew

Safety For Pets

Make sure your pet is in a safe and comfortable space or take them to a secure, relaxing location for the evening.

Home Safety
·         Clean up your yard
·         Make a clear well illuminated path to your door
·         Remember that a lot of Halloween decorations like dried flowers, straw and crepe paper are highly flammable. Make sure to keep your decorations away from all open flames
·         Make sure all outside lights are in good working order
·         If you have a large display make sure electric cords are taped or secure to prevent tripping
·         Practice indoor fire safety by checking all smoke detectors. Make sure candles are placed in a secure area
·         Make sure windows and doors are locked at all times
·         It’s never a good idea to answer the door after a certain time

Going To A Halloween Party?

·         Never drink and drive
·         Make plans to get home earlyAccording to the NHTSA, drunk drivers kill more than three times as many people on Halloween as they do on New Year’s Eve

Jerry Pelker

Realtor (Sands & Company)

Compliments of

Bill Youngblood Insurance Agency

Business, Commercial, Auto, Home, Life and Health Insurance, Rancho Mirage, California – 760-770-2827

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New Team Member with Sands & Company

Michele Duffy –has joined Sands & Company Real Estate as a Realtor.

Michele received her license in September and is specializing in residential real estate services.

She resides in Robesonia with her husband Chris. Michele holds a BA degree in Arts & Architecture from PSU. She is also an active volunteer for many different community organizations.

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Beautiful Home in a Beautiful Setting! 249 Spies Church Road Reading PA 19606


Imagine a sublime wooded setting of 1.37 acres with a beautiful home to reside & entertain your friends. This house lives well with its open and airy floor plan. A superb new kitchen with granite work surfaces, hard wood floors. A spacious main floor great room affords beautiful views of the green spaces & access to a private expansive Trex deck! The rest of the main floor offers 3 bedrooms and a gorgeous bathroom!  The daylight walk out finished lower level offers an efficiency kitchen, great room with wood burning fireplace, a private 4th bedroom and full bath. The lower level space is complimented by an expansive covered patio! Making this area of the home a perfect in-law suite or entertainment area. In addition, the home offers a spacious two car garage with extra off street parking and all this in the desirable Oley School location! Seller also separately acquired an adjacent parcel of land to the rear and is including that parcel lot for a total of 1.37 (see attached map) in documents. Hurry this will not last long!


Exterior: Aluminum/Steel Exterior, Vinyl Exterior, Deck, Patio, Porch, Front Yard, Rear Yard, Side Yard(s), No Swimming Pool

Interior: Ceiling Fan(s), Security System, Skylight(s), Pull-Down Stairs Attic, Foyer/Vestibule Entrance, Game/Media, Great Room, In Law Suite, No/Unknown Accessibility Modifications, Lower Floor Laundry, One Fireplace, Brick Fireplace, Finished Wood Floors, Stone Floors, Tile Floors, Wall to Wall Carpet

Kitchen: Kitchen & Breakfast Room, Built In Dishwasher, Built In Microwave, Double Sink, Island, Electric Cooking

Basement: Full Basement, Finished All Basement, Outside Entrance / Walk Out

Parking: 2 Car Garage, Attached Built In, 3+Car Parking, Driveway Parking, Street Parking

Utilities: Central Air, Electric Heating, Hot Air , Electric Hot Water, On Site Well/Spring Water, On Site Sewer

Exclusions: Washer/ Dryer


LR/GR = 18 x 13

Dining Area = 11 X 11

Kitchen = 12 x 11

1st Floor Family Rm = 19 x 14

BR1= 15 x 11

BR2 = 13 x 10

BR3 = 10 x 9

BR4 = 13 x 9

Lower Family Room = 19 x 13


All information is reliable but not guaranteed!

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1515 Rockland Street Reading PA 19604

Just Listed

1515 Rockland Street

Reading PA 19604

College Heights




Be prepared to be swept away with the open sleek lines of the Mid-Century Modern gem in the College Heights Community Nearly 3,300 sq feet of Casual elegance awaits you with open light filled spaces. An expansive foyer opens the way into the living & dining rooms which flow seamlessly into the chef inspired custom kitchen, with quartz & granite work surfaces, large center Island, and sub-zero refrigeration. You will marvel at the serene views of the patio and park-like setting on this half acre private lot.  This home offers 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half baths all tastefully appointed with upscale finishes and detailing. There is a spacious media room which is accented by a large fireplace. Come savor this one of kind home today Priced at $349,900. Martinis are pouring & Frank Sinatra is playing in the background as this welcoming lifestyle awaits you!


Exterior: Brick Exterior, Wood Exterior, Sidewalks, Street Lights, Patio, Porch, Corner Lot, No Swimming Pool

Interior: Cable TV Wired, Security System, Foyer/Vestibule Entrance, Main Bedroom Dressing Room, Main Bedroom Full Bath, Main Bedroom Sitting Area, Den/Study/Library, Great Room, Utility/Mud, No/Unknown Accessibility Modifications, Lower Floor Laundry, One Fireplace, Brick Fireplace

Kitchen: Eat-In Kitchen, Built In Dishwasher, Built In Microwave, Built In Refrigerator, Cook Top, Double Oven, Island, Pantry, Wall Oven, Electric Cooking

Basement: Full Basement, Finished Partial Basement, Outside Entrance / Walk Out

Parking: No Garage, Carport, Driveway Parking, Street Parking

Utilities: Central Air, Gas Heating, Hot Air , Gas Hot Water, Public Water, Public Sewer

Living Rm 17 x 15 

Dining Rm 20 x 17

Kitchen 20 x 13

Family Rm 19 x 18

Bonus Rm 20 x 15

Laundry Mud Rm 15 x 13

Master Bedroom 20 x 15

Master Sitting Rm 17 x 14

2nd Bedroom 13 x 11

3rd Bedroom 16 x 12

4th Bedroom 16 x 12

Foyer 17 x 6


All Information ids Reliable But Not Guaranteed!

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Sands & Company Members Attend 2016 NRA in Florida

Bill Sands and Sean DeVine Attended the

2016 NAR Conference in Florida

Bill Sands Broker President and Realtor Sean P. DeVine of Sands & Company Real Estate, Wyomissing attended the 2016 National Association of Realtors November 4 to 7 in Orlando Florida. Sands &  DeVine attending the event as part of the real estate community of Berks County. This year 19,000 Realtors from around the globe attend the event.

The 2016 Realtor Conference & Expo was centered around the changing times for real estate in a Presidential election year and interest rates.   

Sands attended an economic forum with Dennis P. Lockhart President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta GA. Lawrence Yun, PhD Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors and a regular guest on CNBC and Bloomberg TV . The panel’s personal opinion was that interest rates would rise moderately in 2017, but the outlook was good for real estate market with moderate growth expected.   The millennial generation was also discussed. The millennials have surpassed the baby boomers  generation in the workforce, but are holding off in becoming home owners partly due to student debt and the job market. Millennials born between 1982-1993 have little choice but to live at home with their parents or rent.