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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.

Home prices in 2013 and looking in 2014…

As part of our review of home sales in our regional footprint, we looked at MLS and internal data on how sales prices changed in 2013 versus 2012. Overall prices rose a mere 2 percent in 2013 over the eight counties that make up the midstate area. Read More »»

The numbers are in: 2013 rocked for real estate

Well, the numbers are finally crunched for us as we put 2013 in the can. Time to look forward to a new year! Read More »»

Look up in the sky! The drones are coming…

One of the hot topics this winter is the mainstreaming of drone photography for real estate. At the annual Inman Connect real estate convention this week in New York City, a drone was even flown around on the stage as a demonstration. Yes, the buzzy little devices are certainly catching the attention of listing agents around the country these days. Read More »»

Five real estate trends to watch for in 2014

Here we are at the beginning of a new year in the midstate, and I had to weigh in with my real estate trends to watch for in 2014 – just a couple of thought on things that will (might?) be coming to a listing near you: Read More »»

This month is what 'home' is all about

As we wind down another year of blogging in this real estate space, I'm reminded by the impending Christmas week with all its family gatherings (both big and small) that when it comes down to it, the real estate market is all about creating “home.” Read More »»

The spirit of giving back

In this time of year, we look to our neighborhoods and communities, checking out the list displays and deciding which New Year's event to attend. (I'm partial to East Petersburg's drop of “Haydn's Jug” at the square.) Read More »»

Online 'reviews' vs. 'recommendations' – what's the difference?

Everybody is scrambling (at least the companies paying attention in the real estate space) to incorporate a reviews system into their websites. Read More »»

Deck the halls: Selling during the holidays

Without fail, each year I would be working with a family or other home seller who needs to have their home on the market through the holidays. Right about now, just prior to Thanksgiving, I'd be on the phone with them saying, “Are you sure?” and hearing them sigh over the line. Read More »»

It's silly season

As November draws to a close and we all face the prospect of the holidays and, lurking beyond, winter, the real estate industry “silly season” is in full swing. Read More »»

Building blocks in Lancaster

I happen to be privileged to serve on the project loan committee for the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership. Read More »»

Flipping out is the rage

Cute headlines aside, “flipping” really is the rage right now all around Central Pennsylvania. Read More »»

Living (and working) in the cloud

Real estate is like any other part of life – it's migrating faster and faster to the cloud. The latest thing that your agent is likely gabbing about over the water cooler is the rise of the “cloud office.” Read More »»

Eliminating the negatives: Confront condition issues now

With all the recent focus on home prices and pricing in the real estate market, I thought I would take a moment to point out something that should be obvious to those considering selling property but which is often the most-neglected aspect of the process of selling: correcting condition issues. Read More »»

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 »»


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