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About Jeff Geoghan

Jeff Geoghan is vice president of marketing and communications for Coldwell Banker Select Professionals and Select Services, based in Lancaster City, with 10 offices in eight Central Pennsylvania counties. Jeff lives in East Petersburg, where he also serves as mayor. Jeff has been actively involved in local government and business and has been used as a source by local, regional and national publications.

Listen to your mom

I was in New York City last week for our international Coldwell Banker convention and had the opportunity to sit in a number of excellent breakout sessions. The one I best remember, however, was given by a speaker named Zan Monroe — he's a regular trainer for our brand around the country. What impressed me was the subject of the session — “success is a belief system.” Zan shared a number of pithy teachings from his mother, who had to re-invent herself after being widowed in middle age with a farm and family to feed. For this week's column, I thought I'd touch on two teachings — the first being “Spend less than you earn.” Read More »»

Going public: A sign of market health?

You may not know it, but one of the largest real estate franchises in the county went public this week. RE/Max, after 40 years as a private company, had its IPO this past Wednesday and performed well in its debut. Read More »»

The importance of being earnest (when pricing your property)

Recently we were looking at sales data from all our Central PA real estate markets combined, to evaluate the way in homes sell in the region. Also, we were updating some essential sales stats for our agents to use. Read More »»

Have you seen 'the incredible shrinking website'?

With this week's release of the much-anticipated iOS7 and the “new” iPhones, our attention turns once again to the inexorable march of website technology toward a mobile-centric platform. Read More »»

The end of the tunnel, or just the light?

CNN Money online made the pronouncement recently that “our long national foreclosure nightmare may be over.” Read More »»

Homes sales outpace 2012; inventory on decline in Central Pa.

As part of our regular market research in the real estate market in Central Pa., we look at the changes happening with new listings and sales over time. Read More »»

Choosing a property for your new business

This week I sat down with Christine Sable, CCIM and broker of Sable Commercial Realty in Lancaster County, to talk about how a prospective business owner gets started, now that everyone is looking forward to some positive movement in the local economy in the coming years. Read More »»

Bankrupt? Foreclosed upon? There's a home loan (sooner) in your future

This week, the Federal Housing Administration trimmed the amount of time people have to wait until they can qualify for a home loan mortgage to one year after bankruptcy, short sale or foreclosure. The previous timeframe had been two years. Read More »»

Still feeling some pain, but moving ahead at the Jersey shore

I was out in New Jersey for a regional event and had the opportunity to talk to a counterpart at the shore whose area received damage in Hurricane Sandy last fall. Read More »»

Going paperless

Most real estate industry observers and “thought leaders” agree that it’s far past time for the paperless revolution to have reached the home sale process. With its veritable mountains of paperwork, real estate transactions remain mired in the 1950s while all around us electronic options are exploding. Read More »»

Sometimes a blank slate isn’t such a good thing

U.S. senators are considering revisions to the tax code this week and are reportedly taking what they’re calling a “blank slate” approach to the process. Read More »»

First half of year locally in real estate looks promising

This week, we were looking at the midyear real estate sales figures (January-June) for all the midstate counties. The signs are positive. Read More »»

Independence Day — our right to hold property

Each Fourth of July week, I devote my column to a reminder that we live in a special place where anyone is allowed to own their own property. This is no insignificant thing; our right to have and to hold property is the bedrock of our free society, and I believe this right should be actively defended against encroachments. Read More »»

I’m a sucker for a great ad – especially when it’s real estate

Zillow, the national real estate search website company, has a new TV ad out. Read More »»

Lancaster Parade of Homes happening now; more parades coming

This week, I had the opportunity to “work” a home in Mount Joy on behalf of Coldwell Banker for a few hours as part of the 2013 Lancaster Parade of Homes. Read More »»

Developers should work with communities

After going to through a painful process of watching/waiting for a local developer to bring plans for renovating a shopping center in our hometown, I can only offer the following advice to any developer looking to come into a community and build/remodel a significant property: Please partner with the municipality and the residents! Read More »»

The coming impact of ‘walkability’ on real estate

Let me tell you about the coolest website you’ve never heard of. Read More »»

Breaking up is hard to do

There’s very little worse in real estate than having a deal fall through after it’s signed by both parties. Read More »»

Will new leadership in Harrisburg affect property values?

With Eric Papenfuse’s defeat of incumbent Mayor Linda Thompson in last week's primary, many are wondering what the future holds for the embattled midstate city. I thought I would spill some ink here ruminating about the impact of changes in leadership on a municipality’s real estate market. Read More »»

Your business location speaks to your brand

As someone who happens to love neighborhood commercial locations for business, I always cringe when I drive through a “business park.” Read More »»


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Currents - Spring 2014

Currents - Spring 2014

Generations 2014

Generations 2014
What do Utz Quality Foods, Sun Motor Cars and Knoebels Amusement Resort have in common? They're all regional family businesses. Through the years, they have grown by successfully extending their businesses to the next generations. Today, these families maintain significant ownership in their companies, and they also have family members serving at the executive level. Read on to see many more examples of local family businesses — and family businesses in the making.

Giving Guide 2014

Giving Guide 2014
Central Pennsylvania’s nonprofits don’t sit around waiting for funds to fall into their pockets. Quite the contrary, they’re actively fundraising, networking and getting the community involved in their causes. See how 10 organizations are doing this, and how we can reach out to show our support. Also featured in this publication are the unique approaches and forward-thinking ways of the 2014 Nonprofit Innovation Award winners.

Milestones 2014

Milestones 2014
Join us in celebrating 30 Central Pennsylvania businesses and their notable anniversaries — from five years to 170 years. Reaching such milestones shows a steadfast dedication to improving the business and social landscape of our region. It's all done through impressive business ideas, dedicated employees, lots of gumption and a whole lot more. The result is smart business, and we can all learn from that.

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