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Real Estate Trends in 2017

Sands & Company understands how exciting, yet tedious searching for the perfect home can be. With so many decisions and factors to consider, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here’s our list of figures and guidelines for any buyers, sellers, or renters who want to know more about home design and redesign.

Buyers & Renters Guide: Today’s Most Popular Homes

Ranch Style — It may be surprising to know that the single-story Ranch home is the most commonly owned home in The United States. These homes are typically designed with an open-floor plan that outline an L or U shape. Ranches can be made very comfortable and unique while still remaining very affordable.

Modern — This style home is also very popular and is typically designed with large windows, changes in elevation. Modern homes make use of material integration with natural and industrial elements.

Contemporary — This style is similar to and often mistaken for modern home designs, but more focused on sustainable materials and natural lighting. Contemporary homes emphasize environmentally friendly architecture and make use of composite elements.

Craftsman This style conveys classic artisan architecture and typically features intricate woodwork and stonework. Craftsman homes also adhere to the traditional characteristics of arched doorways and rooftops.

Cottage Another home style praised for it’s affordability, cottages are petite yet cozy.

Colonial – American colonial homes boast symmetrical designs through the use of shuttered windows, a centered front door, and tall rooftops.

Victorian — This obvious style can be easily spotted by its intricate and asymmetrical exterior.

Farm House — This simple yet classic style focuses on the functionality of the home.

Tudor — This unique design often features multi-gabled roofing with ornamental framing and decorative entryways. The exterior design for a Tudor home typically includes a sizable chimney made of brick or stone.


Sellers Guide: Effective Home Staging

1.User Friendliness is Key

Though it may seem like furnishing rooms around the edges is best because it makes the space look as large as possible, it is not always the most effective layout. For bedrooms and other rooms of solitude, it is still customary to arrange the furniture against the walls. For large rooms that commonly hold groups of people, the furniture should be arranged tracing the sensible pathways of the space. Grouping the objects in the room similarly to the way people socialize within it will allow for various conversations to take place at once.

2. Purpose is Important

Avoid filling a room just for the sake of decor, some room designs benefit from the use of open, vacant spaces. If a piece of furniture no longer matches the room’s central theme, get rid of it! Though it may seem wasteful to part with room decor and the memories they hold, if their purpose has become nothing but mere clutter, they are no longer valuable to the room.

3. Show Lighting Matters

Never underestimate the power of a well-lit room, as lighting is one of the biggest contributors to the overall environment of the home. The three main types of lighting include ambient (used for general, overhead lighting), task (at a desk or counter top), and accent spotlights (for walls and architecture). Be specific about what type of mood is most suitable for each room and position the lighting accordingly. A variety of wattage and tones throughout your home makes for a balanced aesthetic.

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144 S Wyomissing Avenue Shillington PA 19607

You will be Enchanted with this Wonderful Shillington Home!

Listing Agent: Bonnie Bollinger 610.763.5469

There’s So Much to See in this Immaculate Home in Governor Mifflin School District! This is Not Your Typical Cottage/Bungalow. There are Upgrades and Details in Every Room. Large Arched Living Room, Updated Kitchen Cabinetry & Worktops, Main Floor Master Suite w/Walk-In Closet, EnSuite Bath w/Whirlpool Tub. Stairway w/Wrought Iron Railings to Second Bedroom on Upper Level as well as Third Walk-Thru Bedroom for the Nursery/Playroom or Home Office. Take a Look at the Under-Eave Storage in the Upper Level, Some of Which Could be Converted to Enlarge the Bedroom Areas. Check Out the Lower Level Man-Cave!! You’ll be Entertainer of the Year with Your 17-Foot Wet Bar. There’s Another Full Bath Conveniently Located off the Slate-Tiled Family Room. Large Laundry Room (Washer & Dryer Included)with Sink and Tons of Built-ins for More Storage. Upgrades also include European Windows in the Dining Room, Kitchen and Master Suite. Custom-Made Exterior Front and Rear Entrance Doors Feature Ultra Cool Locksets. Watch the Seasons Change from Your Front Porch w/Covered Awning or Your Back Porch Overlooking Your Well-Manicured Back Yard. Friends and Family will Appreciate the Off-Street Parking–the Current Owners have Parked 7 Cars Here! EZ-Access to Route 222S to Lancaster and the PA Turnpike or 222N to Kutztown & Allentown. Enjoy Proximity to visit the Library, Museum, Hospital, Farmers Market, and Community Events. 7-Yr Old Roof Installed with 50-Year Shingles! Economical Natural Gas 3-Zoned Heating.


Exterior: Aluminum/Steel Exterior, Other Exterior, Sidewalks, Street Lights, Porch, Rear Yard, No Swimming Pool

Interior: Wet/Dry Bar, Living Room/Great Room Entrance, Main Bedroom Walk-in Closet, Great Room, No/Unknown Accessibility Modifications, Lower Floor Laundry, No Fireplace

Kitchen: Full Kitchen, Built In Dishwasher, Built In Range, Gas Cooking

Basement: Full Basement, Finished All Basement

Parking: 2 Car Garage, Detached, Garage Door Opener, 3+Car Parking, Driveway Parking, Private Parking

Utilities: No Air Conditioning, Gas Heating, Hot Water Heat, Zoned Heat , Gas Hot Water, Public Water, Public Sewer

Inclusions: Kitchen Refrigerator, Washer, Dryer (Garden Shed Is Negotiable)

Exclusions: 2nd Fridge, Freezer, Pot Rack, Antiques, Lawn Ornaments, Security System


LR/GR = 26 x 14

Dining Rm= 14 x 9

Kitchen = 14 x 13

Family Rm= 21 x 20

Bedroom 1= 14 x 12

Bedroom 2= 16 x 12

Bedroom 3= 19 x 12

Laundry Rm= 18 x 11

2 Full Baths

2 Car Oversize Garage

3 Car Off Street Parking Front & Rear Covered Porches


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511 Sunset Road West Reading PA 19611

Classic English Tudor single home in prime West Reading location near Museum, Park, and Hospital!   This Charming home offers spacious living room with wood burning fireplace, formal dining room, kitchen and small office adjacent to the entrance foyer. Three private bedrooms, large tiled bath complete the 2nd floor.  There are hardwood floors throughout.  Daylight walk-out basement, plus one car garage. This is an Estate priced to sell “AS IS” Property needs work. No utilities are on at the home so bring flash light and dress warmly. Buyer is responsible for West Reading Borough Health & Safely (Use and Occupancy requirement s, and fee). Home is serviced by the Wyomissing Schools! Hurry before this home gone! 


Exterior: Stucco Exterior, Wood Exterior, Sidewalks, Street Lights, Porch, No Swimming Pool

Interior: Foyer/Vestibule Entrance, Den/Study/Library, No/Unknown Accessibility Modifications, Lower Floor Laundry, One Fireplace

Kitchen: Full Kitchen, Electric Cooking

Basement: Full Basement, Finished All Basement

Parking: 1 Car Garage, Attached Built In, Driveway Parking, Permit Parking, Street Parking

Utilities: No Air Conditioning, Oil Heating, Hot Air , Electric Hot Water, Public Water, Public Sewer


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1289 W Leesport Road Leesport PA 19533

Opportunity is knocking on this Bern Twp. Estate home!  Modern architecture on 4.78 acres. Spectacular setting affords you privacy, and views!  You will be impressed by the macadam driveway and approach to the Home. Expansive windows allow natural light into the space. The living room offers hardwood floors with wood burning fireplace, Large den or dining room. Galley kitchen and enclosed porch with brick floor. The upper reaches offer 3 bedrooms and one tiled bath. There is a 2-car garage attached and a large detached gar/shed plus a large in-ground pool. Adjacent upscale community of large palatial homes would open possibility raze the existing home structure and build your dream home There! Bring your builder or ask for our assistance with one of our Builder.  The home needs work and is sold “AS IS” and No SDS Price to sell.


Exterior: Aluminum/Steel Exterior, Vinyl Exterior, Patio, In-Ground Swimming Pool

Interior: Foyer/Vestibule Entrance, Great Room, No/Unknown Accessibility Modifications, Main Floor Laundry, One Fireplace

Kitchen: Full Kitchen, Gas Cooking

Basement: Crawl Space

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

Utilities: No Air Conditioning, Oil Heating, Hot Air , Electric Hot Water, On Site Well/Spring Water, On Site Septic


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134 N 8th Street Reading PA 19601

Fine Ornate Detailing Awaits your Attention to Restore. Great downtown location across the street from City Hall and 1 block from the Santander Center, Double Tree Hotel and Court House! Period marble stoop leads your passage into the marble vestibule and hall with open three story staircase. The building is a time capsule of period architecture with original moldings, and doors intact! Formerly used as a Dental office the building has fallen in disrepair and is now part of an Estate. The roof has leaked water into the building in the rear portion of the property and as a result MOLD may be present. There are no utilities on at the property so please dress warmly and bring a flash light. Enter at your own risk. The property is being SOLD “AS IS” Buyer assumes the contents as part of the purchase. This is an excellent opportunity for Contractors!   


Exterior: Brick Exterior, Stone Exterior, Sidewalks, Street Lights, Rear Yard, No Swimming Pool

Interior: Foyer/Vestibule Entrance, No/Unknown Accessibility Modifications, No Laundry Hookups, One Fireplace

Kitchen: Full Kitchen, Other Cooking Fuel

Basement: Full Basement, Unfinished Basement

Parking: No Garage, Street Parking

Utilities: No Air Conditioning, Oil Heating , Oil Hot Water, Public Water, Public Sewer


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96 Christine Drive Reading PA 19606

Relax and sip your morning coffee as you take in the lovely wooded view from the private balcony of your two bedroom, two full baths condo unit in Exeter schools. This well-positioned condo unit in Laurel Springs offers a large living room and dining area upon entry for formally entertaining your guests. Next, find the gracious kitchen and breakfast bar to your right with full-size pantry closet and sunny views from the kitchen window. Discover the master bedroom’s large walk-in closet and tasteful full bathroom. Note that the walk-in laundry room and second full bath separates the two bedrooms – offering additional privacy to an already relaxing home experience. Simplify your lifestyle with no outside maintenance of the home and enjoy the community clubhouse, tennis court, community pool (fees extra), basketball court, and plenty of parking for you and your visitors. Welcome to your new home!


Exterior: Vinyl Exterior, Sidewalks, Street Lights, Balcony, No Swimming Pool

Interior: Cable TV Wired, Ceiling Fan(s), Stall Shower, Living Room/Great Room Entrance, Main Bedroom Full Bath, Main Bedroom Walk-in Closet, No/Unknown Accessibility Modifications, Main Floor Laundry, No Fireplace, Vinyl/Lin Floors, Wall to Wall Carpet

Kitchen: Eat-In Kitchen, Built In Dishwasher, Built In Microwave, Disposal, Pantry, Electric Cooking

Basement: Basement None

Parking: No Garage, Parking Lot

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

Assc. Fee Incl: Club House, Common Area Maintenance, Exterior Maintenance, Lawn Maintenance, Snow Removal, Swimming , Tennis , Trash Removal


LR/Gr Room= 17 x 13

Dining Area= 12 x 11

Kitchen= 15 x 12

Bedroom 1= 13 x 12

Bedroom 2= 13 x 12

Laundry Room= 6 x 5

Cover Deck= 14 x 5


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