New Construction Communities Fill the Gap in Tightening Lehigh Valley, PA Housing Market

SterlingEstates ModelRevitalized Allentown Downtown District Has Brought New Homebuyers Seeking Suburban/Urban Mix to Lehigh and Northampton Counties

The Lehigh Valley housing market is on the rise with sales velocity expected to remain high throughout the summer and into the busy fall selling period, according to a prominent local real estate brokerage. Recent data cited by Coldwell Banker Heritage Real Estate shows new listings have increased 4.3% to 1,251 and pending sales have risen 21.9% to 958, as provided by the local MLS, Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors, two prime indicators of a healthy real estate landscape.

A considerable factor in the growing popularity of Lehigh Valley has been the revitalization effort underway in the City of Allentown, which has fast become the region’s premier retail, shopping and entertainment hub. The City’s story of rebirth has unquestionably filtered to its immediate suburbs and created a living environment desired by today’s homebuyers as evident in recent sales numbers.  In fact, the statistics indicated inventory levels in the Lehigh Valley shrank 40.5% as homes are being quickly absorbed in Lehigh and Northampton Counties.

“A large number of our homebuyers want all that comes with a suburban home and lifestyle, but still want quick access to a City environment with shops, services, community events, culture and more,” says Nick Hollenbeck, Director of Sales and Marketing for Sterling Properties, which is developing the Sterling Estates single-family neighborhood in Lower Nazareth, less than 30 minutes to Allentown and under 20 minutes to Bethlehem and Easton. “

“The Lehigh Valley mixes downtowns such as Allentown, and restaurant and entertainment centers in Bethlehem and Easton, with idyllic, country-like residential suburbs to provide just that.” Continue reading

Declutter (In a Big Way!)

untitledI recently moved to a new place, and most of my things came with me. The moving process gave me a much-needed opportunity to survey the things I own and decide if I wanted to keep them and bring them to the new place, or find a new home for them (which, yeah, includes the trash can in a few instances).

It was tough to decide what would stay and what would go, but one question helped me along the way:

If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?

Imagine you’re in a store, holding the object in your hand. Would you pay to bring it home? If so, then it’s an easy addition to the “keep” pile. If not, you have a little more fuel to help you decide it needs to find its way out of your home.

It applies to clothes and decor, to tech and to tools. And this one question causes you to weigh in on a few other considerations at the same time:

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Musikfest 5k

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Venue: ArtsQuest Center

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The race is capped at only 2,000 runners so register right away before the race sells out!

The Musikfest 5k will accompany the iconic Musikfest Festival in Bethlehem, PA on Saturday, August 5, 2017. The race will start at SteelStacks campus and finish at Johnston Park at the Volksplatz stage. This fun, timed race will kick-off at 10:30am and feature live music and other surprise elements along the race course! Runners will be treated to a post-race concert at Volksplatz.

All participants will receive the following exclusive Musikfest 5k swag:

  • Official Musikfest 5k tech shirt
  • Official Musikfest mug
  • Themed elements throughout the course such as live music and other surprises
  • FREE Yuengling beer (21+) [one free beer to be served in the official Musikfest mug]
  • Live post-race entertainment at Volksplatz
  • FREE race photos
  • FREE shuttle transportation from the finish line back to SteelStacks
  • VIP early access to kick off Day 2 of Musikfest, America’s largest free music festival

ADD IMPACT ABOVE THE SOFA

11-decoration-ideas-above-the-sofa-homebncYour couch is the hub of family activity and a place that guests will gravitate to. That empty space is the perfect opportunity to make a bold, gorgeous visual statement. We’ve rounded up some captivating, inspiring ideas sure to add major impact. Decorating over the couch can be tricky. The space is usually big, blank, and highly visible. That prime decorating space is usually between six to eight feet wide. That is a huge area and should be treated as a huge area when thinking of accessories that will work. It other words, think big!

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Elvis Tribute Spectacular

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Elvis Tribute Artist Shawn Klush and Elvis’ own Sweet Inspirations, in honor of Elvis’ 40th Anniversary, will be bringing their exciting live performance to Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Keystone Grand Ballroom on Saturday, August 26th at 8:00pm and Sunday, August 27th at 4:00pm. Klush, known as the “World’s Greatest Elvis” voted by 6.5 million international viewers, will be backed by Elvis’s own backup singers, The Sweet Inspirations and the Ambassadors of Elvis Band.

Tickets start at $29.00 and will go on sale on Friday, June 16th through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may purchase tickets by logging on to ticketmaster.com or calling Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number at 1.800.745.3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase, free of service fees, at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Box Office. Limited cash tickets will be available for the Saturday, August 26th show.

Splash’s Red, White, and Blue Backyard BBQ

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Join Splash for a day of splashes, smiles, scuba, and delicious FOOD! Splash’s Backyard BBQ will feature a buffet-style lunch featuring all your favorite 4th of July fare including:

-Hamburgers
-Hot Dogs
-All the fixins
-Salads
-Chips
-Desserts
-Beverages

On top of all the scumptious eats, the day will also include:
-A free photo of you and Splash
-Music
-Games
-Craft activities
And more!

Splash’s Backyard BBQ is only $15 (plus admission into the park) for a 3-hour All-You-Can-Eat Buffet for advanced purchases; $18 day of the event (plus admission into the park).

Reserve your spot today! Let us do the cooking so you can enjoy your day! Purchase tickets here: http://ow.ly/SkoY30cAg07