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June 30, 2022

Safely Enjoying Fireworks in Berks County on the 4th of July

The 4th of July weekend is here in Berks County and it's time to enjoy the fun part - fireworks! But not all of us want to buy up a load of fireworks or live in a good location to light them. So if you want to watch some more professional displays, here are a couple of great options in Reading.

Fightin' Phils Fireworks

Reading, Pa. | June 30th through July 3rd

After the Reading Fightin' Phils games - First Energy Stadium 1900 Centre Avenue Reading, Pennsylvania 19601

Sensory-Friendly Fireworks

If your little ones need an alternative to enjoy the 4th of July celebrations, or if someone in your life would prefer the lights without the boom, The Neag Planetarium has something special in store for you!

This indoor display will feature stunning graphics in the state-of-the-art planetarium dome accompanied by patriotic music.

Showtimes: 5:30pm or 7pm

Children’s crafts will also be available. Seating is limited and registration is required. $5 per person. Register today! Reservations Required.

If you do plan on setting off your own fireworks, here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
  • Only use fireworks outdoors and away from buildings on a flat, level, fireproof surface free from debris.
  • Read and follow all safety labels and instructions.
  • Have a water supply and water bucket available at all times.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a firework.
  • Never throw fireworks or light fireworks in your hands.
  • Never pick up or try to re-ignite a firework that fails to light.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pockets or shoot them from a container.
  • Always have adults light fireworks. Keep all fireworks, including matches and lighters, away from children.
  • Allow discharged fireworks to sit for at least 20 minutes before submerging them fully in water for at least 10 minutes. Dispose of drained products in a plastic bag.
  • Keep all pets indoors and protected from the sights and sounds of the holiday.

 Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July Weekend in Berks County!

Visit our blog every week for more real estate articles and local Berks County articles. We can help you find the perfect home for sale in Reading and the surrounding communities of Blandon, Boyertown, Douglassville, Exeter Township, Fleetwood, Kutztown, and Oley with our powerful property search tool.

Posted in Community Events
June 23, 2022

Latest Trends to Remake Your Berks County Home's Living Room

If you are thinking about designing an interior for a single bedroom or an entire home in Berks County, you know that the scheme should suit your tastes. You may find more excitement in your plans if you check out some popular trends. 

Get familiar with the styles and features that are currently popular in living rooms before you start shopping for new furniture and decor. Here are some great interior design inspirations for rejuvenating a living space and creating a relaxing, comfortable space. 

Classic is Back

Spurred by the pandemic and following economic woes, many consumers opted to repurpose vintage furniture and decor to renovate their living spaces. In fact, incorporating more sustainability into homes was already a trend before 2020. In order to avoid buying mass-produced furniture inspired by mid-century style, people upcycled the original. 

It has been the living rooms that have received the most attention. Newer furnishings with an inspired classic style are now available from manufacturers worldwide for those who are not crafty by nature. 

Sustainable Living Room Styles

As the climate changes, creating a sustainable environment is a top priority at home and at work. As well as upcycling electronics and decor, eco-friendly furniture can be incorporated. You can even get your sofa's wood from a vendor who does not source from endangered forests.

Better still? Earth-friendly materials like stone, wood, and rattan add warmth and an exotic touch to your decor.

Bright Colors, Patterns, and Prints

You can add a touch of energy to your living room's atmosphere by using bright colors. Infusing a few brightly-patterned accents into a minimalist design style can work wonders without a brush ever being used.

You can even include fun patterns and prints on your furniture to provide contrast and a focal point in your layout. Give your moldings and millwork a facelift with a fresh coat of vibrant paint instead of buying new furniture. 

Incorporate Outdoor Elements 

Designing your home interior in a biophilic manner is a wonderful way to reconnect with mother nature. In over-modernized living rooms with entertainment and electronics, this is an especially popular trend. By adding plants, improving the lighting and using natural woods and fabrics, you can achieve a balance of relaxation and a sense of harmony in this space. 

Put an end to the generic shag carpeting and choose natural stone tile flooring and woven rugs for a different level of texture that makes you feel closer to the outdoors.

Minimalism and Multifunctionality Are Back

Think about minimalism as an alternative to a maximalist approach to your living room's design. If you want your space to stand out, go beyond silhouettes and cool colors-add multifunctionality. 

Your living room may have felt overcrowded with its current layout after spending more time in it than ever over the past two years. A minimalist scheme doesn't have to sacrifice functionality. A portion of this space could be used for a workout area or an expanded home office. 

Curved Living Room Furniture

Round shapes have dominated furniture and decor trends for several years. Retro-inspired home decor has come back as a result of this phenomenon, however modern manufacturing has transformed these curvy pieces to meet today's sartorial preferences. 

70's Decor and Colors 

We still love many things about the 70s, but when it comes to interior design for the living room, the textures, the mustard and sage color palettes, and the mid-century style furniture are incredibly popular. 

Consider incorporating more of the 70s-era interior design style look into your living room if you love teak wood, textured fabrics, and peg-styled furniture legs. 

When it comes to comfort and aesthetics, designing a living room that creates the relaxing environment you expect requires some planning. Take measurements and gather fabric, paint, and wallpaper swatches before buying any furniture to ensure it will fit style-wise and dimensionally. You will be able to put it all together before you buy and minimize second thoughts once you begin transforming the space. 

Visit our blog every week for more real estate articles and local Berks County articles. We can help you find the perfect home for sale in Reading and the surrounding communities of Blandon, Boyertown, Douglassville, Exeter Township, Fleetwood, Kutztown, and Oley with our powerful property search tool.

Posted in Real Estate Advice
June 16, 2022

Avoid These Common Berks County Home Inspection Mistakes

If you plan to buy or sell a home in Berks County, the home inspection is a crucial part of the process. A good home inspection will assess the condition of the home, letting you know what problems need to be addressed before the home is sold, and what potential issues may arise later on down the road.

What are some mistakes you can avoid when getting a home inspection?

Not researching the inspector

Many people are inclined to hire the first inspector that’s been recommended to them, failing to check the inspector’s background and record.  Remember that the inspection is only as good as the inspector.

Here are some important questions to ask a potential inspector:

  • How long have you been in business?
  • How many home inspections have you done?
  • What are your qualifications, certifications and training?
  • What was your job before you were a home inspector? (Preferably, you want someone who was a contractor or builder.)

You should also be sure that the home inspector receives ongoing training and is up to date. They need to be able to explain the home’s good and bad points so that you can make the best decisions possible.

Not attending the inspection

There’s nothing saying you must attend the inspection, but it’s an ideal way to understand any issues the inspector finds.  Just reading the report isn’t enough sometimes.  Seeing the issues as they’re revealed and having them explained will give you much more valuable information.  Even though an inspection may take a few hours, it’s well worth your time as it could save you a great deal of money.

Not getting a presale inspection

If you’re the seller, you may be tempted to leave the inspection to the buyer. That’s not the wisest course. If the buyer’s inspection reveals repairs that are needed to make the sale, you won’t have as much time to make the needed repairs. But if you have your home inspected before you put it on the market, you’ll have more time and will have more control over the costs. And make sure to get your home inspected long before you try to sell it.

A good home inspection is crucial to buying a home, so make sure you find the best inspector you can.

Visit our blog every week for more real estate articles and local Berks County articles. We can help you find the perfect home for sale in Reading and the surrounding communities of Blandon, Boyertown, Douglassville, Exeter Township, Fleetwood, Kutztown, and Oley with our powerful property search tool.

June 9, 2022

Fun in Store for the Whole Family This Weekend in Berks County

Looking for some fun events to enjoy with the whole family in Berks County this weekend? Check out the fin times in store! 

2022 Taste of Kutztown Wine & Beer Festival

Sat, Jun 11, 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM
439 E Main St, Kutztown, PA

Kutztown Community Park will play host to the Taste of Kutztown Festival, presented by The Kutztown Rotary Club. Attendees can stroll through grass pathways and enjoy the shade while sampling and purchasing tasty foods. They can also shop for products from a wonderful cast of vineyards and artisans, sipping on wine, beer, mead and cider.

As in past years, wine tastings will play a major part in the event, featuring over 25 regional wineries, distilleries, mead & cider vendors & 5 local craft brewers. Unlimited boozy samples & complimentary wine check for purchases (2 bottles or more) Food trucks, artisan vendors and live music create the vibe!

Mingle at the Museum: Scavenger Hunt Edition

Fri, Jun 10, 6 – 9 PM
Reading Public Museum
500 Museum Rd, Reading, PA

THE HUNT IS ON! Scavenge your way through museum exhibits while celebrating the ARL in its kickoff 70th Anniversary event. For our 70th Anniversary year, Mingle at the Museum is back – with a fun and laid-back twist!

Join fellow animal lovers at the Reading Public Museum for a come-as-you-are scavenger hunt-style event featuring delicious food stations, live caricatures, entertaining music, and more. Attendees will move through the exhibits and enjoy diverse culturally inspired food stations with access to a cash beer and wine bar.

Berks County Best Kept Secrets Tour

Fri, Jun 10, 9 AM
Berks County Heritage Center
1102 Red Bridge Rd, Reading, PA

June 9 thru 25, 2022 An unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 40 off-the-beaten path businesses hand-picked for their uniqueness. Set up like a home or garden tour, you’ll travel place to place, in your own vehicle, enjoying all the special free things (refreshments, games, gifts, demos, workshop tours, make & take projects, etc) the businesses have planned for you.

Spring Fiesta

Sat, Jun 11, 11 AM – 9 PM
Jim Dietrich Park
4899 Stoudts Ferry Bridge Rd, Reading, PA

Spring Fiesta 2022 and approaching fast. You don't want to miss out on this FREE family event. As always we are featuring Berks' Best Tacos with a variety of traditional taco vendors and other delicious food vendors as well. Come out to Jim Dietrich park on Saturday, June 11th between 11AM and 9PM to enjoy amazing food, ice cold drinks and live music. The evening will end with a Fireworks show.

Visit our blog every week for more real estate articles and local Berks County articles. We can help you find the perfect home for sale in Reading and the surrounding communities of Blandon, Boyertown, Douglassville, Exeter Township, Fleetwood, Kutztown, and Oley with our powerful property search tool.

Posted in Community Events
June 3, 2022

What Should Your Debt-to-Income Ratio Be to Buy a Home in Berks County?

If you're applying for a mortgage to buy a home in Berks County, you'll see the term debt-to-income ratio a lot. It's also referred to as DTI.

This is the ratio between your monthly debt payments and your gross monthly income.

In order to determine if a loan can be repaid, lenders look at your DTI and credit history. DTI requirements vary from lender to lender.

How to Calculate Your DTI

Lenders want to see a low DTI because it shows them that you're likely to be able to pay your mortgage on time.

Low debt-to-income ratios indicate a healthy balance between your debts and income. You have a higher chance of getting a loan or line of credit if this percentage is lower.

When you have a high debt-to-income ratio, it can indicate to lenders that your debt level is already too high. This could be a sign you should avoid taking on further financial obligations.

In order to calculate your DTI, you need to add all of your recurring monthly obligations together. Among these obligations are mortgages and student loans, car loans, credit card payments, and child support. Divide that number by your gross monthly income.

Your gross monthly income is the amount you earn every month before taxes and deductions.

How Does DTI Affect Getting a Mortgage?

When you apply for a mortgage, lenders want a comprehensive picture of your financial situation. They'll use your DTI primarily to decide whether to approve you and how much you can afford to pay for a house.

Lenders also look at your credit history, your money for a down payment, and your gross monthly income.

What DTI Does a Lender Want to See?

The DTI ratio for most lenders is less than 36%, though every lender is different. You are expected to devote no more than 28% of your debt to servicing your mortgage.

According to lenders, if you earn $5,000 a month, you can put down a maximum of $1,400 toward mortgage payments each month.

A lender will also assess your total debts, which should not be more than 36%. If you make $5,000 a month, that is approximately $1,800.

In most cases, 43% is the highest ratio you can have and still qualify for a mortgage. If you have a number over that, your lender is likely to deny your application as your expenses will be seen as too high in comparison to your income.

Debt-to-income ratios don't affect your credit score, and income is not included in credit-reporting companies' calculations.

Your credit score is calculated based on another ratio - credit utilization. This is how much credit you use in comparison to your credit limit.

Credit reporting agencies have access to your credit limits on individual cards as well as your total credit limit. Balances on your credit cards should not exceed 30% of your credit limit. The lower the balance, the better.

You can use your DTI to find out how you manage your debt and if you have too much. A debt-to-income ratio of less than 36% indicates a manageable debt load compared to your income, and you should be able to obtain new credit lines based on this factor.

Lenders may be reluctant to lend you money if your DTI is between 36%-42%. In the case of DTIs of 43%-50%, creditors might deny your application. Prior to applying for a mortgage, you should concentrate on paying off the debt.

If your DTI is higher than 50%, you might consider debt relief options.

Visit our blog every week for more real estate articles and local Berks County articles. We can help you find the perfect home for sale in Reading and the surrounding communities of Blandon, Boyertown, Douglassville, Exeter Township, Fleetwood, Kutztown, and Oley with our powerful property search tool.

Posted in Home Buyers
May 26, 2022

What You Should Know Before Setting Up an Aquarium in Your Berks County Home

Are you thinking about setting up a fish tank in your Berks County home? Maintaining an aquarium can be a rewarding endeavor. Along with caring for your fishy friends, there's also safety concerns when dealing with fish tanks. They can leak, or even worse, break, if you don't take basic precautions. There are also concerns when it comes to power supplies and accessories. Here's a few tips to follow to make sure that your aquarium setup brings you years of joy – safely.

Avoiding A Broken Aquarium

Aquariums are made of very strong glass. But they can break if not properly handled and maintained. A sturdy stand is essential to preventing breakage. If the stand is uneven, it can cause stress on one side of the tank over the other, leading to leaks or cracks. You must make sure the stand is perfectly level. The stand also needs to be rated for the size and weight of the tank, or it could fail and cause extensive damage. Try to buy a stand from a store that can verify its weight capacity. Don't build a stand yourself, unless you have an engineering degree or know someone who does.

Make sure the location of the aquarium is well planned and not in a high traffic area. You want to avoid having to move your tank once it's set up, as moving them can be risky. If you do need to move a tank, make sure you remove the fish to a container with some water from the tank. Then drain the tank as much as possible, along with removing as much sand and decorations as you can to avoid damaging the glass.

If you've bought the tank used, be sure to inspect the glass for any cracks or in the plastic around the top and bottom and check to make sure the seals aren't yellowing, flimsy or tattered. These kinds of tanks are instant disaster. Even if the seals and glass look fine, the tank should be filled up at least halfway to be tested before bringing it into the home for use.

Avoiding Equipment Hazards

The tank itself isn't the only thing that can present a hazard. Glass of any kind, such as lids, heaters or decorations, can also be dangerous if not handled properly. A heater can roll off and crash onto the floor or cause a lot of damage if turned on before covered in the proper amount of water. When removing a lid, never lay it on the floor where it can be stepped on or lean it up against a spot where it can tip over and shatter. If cleaning decorations, take care with glass or decorations made of other easily breakable materials.

Electrical Concerns

The power strips and outlets used to power your tank filters and accessories can pose a threat if not managed correctly. To keep water out of outlets or power strips be sure to use a 'drip loop' in all your equipment cords. 'Drip loops' are easy. Just let a cord hang down below the outlet and if water somehow finds its way down the cord, it'll just simply drip of the bottom of the loop. For cords going to a power strip, keep the power strip above ground about a foot and the cords drop below it.

When done properly, and with knowledge of the basics, an aquarium is a delightfully fun addition to the home and will offer years of enjoyment.

Visit our blog every week for more real estate articles and local Berks County articles. We can help you find the perfect home for sale in Reading and the surrounding communities of Blandon, Boyertown, Douglassville, Exeter Township, Fleetwood, Kutztown, and Oley with our powerful property search tool.

Posted in Real Estate Advice
May 19, 2022

These Reading PA Garden Supply Stores Will Help Get Your Garden in Top Shape

Are you ready to get your garden and landscaping in top shape? If so, you'll need to pay a visit to some of the outstanding local Reading garden suppliers. These locally sourced business offer unique and inviting options for all your gardening needs. Here are a few of the top Reading PA area garden supply stores.

A & G Botanical Supply

965 New Holland Rd, Reading, PA 19607

Family owned and operated garden supply store dedicated to help and provide quality products and insight to maximize your garden's potential.

Riverview Tree & Landscaping

3049 Pricetown Rd, Temple, PA 19560

Tranquil complex selling plants & gardening supplies, plus gifts such as soap, jewelry & home decor. Riverview has everything you need and more than you can imagine to bring out the best in your garden and home. They also provide landscaping, hardscaping, pond design, and lawn and tree care services.

Sycamore Springs Home and Garden

1182 Cross Keys Rd, Reading, PA 19605

Sycamore Springs offers the best of seasonal items for the home and garden including a great offering from their greenhouses of “Proven Winners” annuals and perennials.

Nolde Pines 

2177 New Holland Rd, Reading, PA 19607

Nestled in the mountainside along the scenic Rte 625, just 1 mile north of Nolde State Forest, Nolde Pines offers quality tree care and landscape services for both the homeowner and commercial client alike as well as offering a wide range of tree and landscape products for sale.

Spring Garden Farms Inc.

1585 Main St, Birdsboro, PA 19508

Spring Garden Farm grows what they sell, including annuals such as Cosmos, Dianthus, Geraniums, Gerber daisies, Marigolds, Petunias, Summer Poinsettias, Vinca and much more.

Visit our blog every week for more real estate articles and local Berks County articles. We can help you find the perfect home for sale in Reading and the surrounding communities of Blandon, Boyertown, Douglassville, Exeter Township, Fleetwood, Kutztown, and Oley with our powerful property search tool.

Posted in Reading Community
May 12, 2022

Being Prepared for a House Fire in Berks County

A home fire is a scary thing to think about, but it's something that can happen at any time to anyone in Berks County. So it's important that we all take the time to plan, prepare, and think about fire safety. Even a small fire can cause significant damage and injury.

Here are a few fire safety tips and facts for you and your family to keep in mind.

Fire Safety Facts

  • On average, seven people die in home fires every day. 
  • Fire departments respond to an average of 355,400 home fires each year.
  • Cooking appliances are the leading cause of home fires.  
  • 65 percent of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors. 
  • It only takes 30 seconds for a small fire to spread. 
Fire Prevention Tips
  • Keep lighters and candles out of children’s reach.
  • Test your home’s smoke detectors at least once a month. 
  • Keep fire safety equipment in your home. Fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and escape ladders are common home fire safety items.
  • Identify any fire safety hazards, such as lint left in dryers, plugged in heating appliances, and cleaning your chimney. 
Safety Checklist
  • Make sure your smoke alarm and batteries are working each month. 
  • Get interconnected smoke alarms so when one sounds, they’ll all sound. 
  • Create a home fire escape plan that shows two ways out of each room. 
  • Practice your family’s fire escape plan at least twice a year.

Making a Fire Evacuation Plan

  1. Find all of your home’s possible exits. Start by drawing your home’s floor plan. Spot at least two exits in each room. Make sure each exit is clear from clutter and easy to open in case of an emergency. 
  2. Install smoke detectors in your home. Alarms should be installed in hallways and inside of every bedroom on every level of your home so it’s easy to hear when sleeping. 
  3. Be prepared when you hear the alarm. If you hear your smoke alarm sound, leave immediately. When exiting, stay low to the ground to inhale less of the rising smoke. 
  4. Keep loved ones in mind. If you have elders or infants in the home, have a plan to get them to safety and assign one family member to help them ahead of time. 
  5. Stop, drop and roll. If your clothes catch on fire during an evacuation, Stop, Drop and Roll. Stop where you are, drop to the floor, and roll while covering your hands and eyes until the flames are gone. 
  6. Choose a place for everyone to meet safely. Make sure everyone knows how to get there. Call 9-1-1 once you’re in a safe place. Memorize phone numbers just in case you’re not at the meeting location to let family members know you’re safe.
  7. Don’t go back inside. If you left family members or valuables behind, don’t go back towards the fire. When you call, let the dispatcher know so firefighters can handle the rescue. Wait until firefighters say it’s safe to go back to the home. 

Keep these tips in mind. They may help save a life.

Visit our blog every week for more real estate articles and local Berks County articles. We can help you find the perfect home for sale in Reading and the surrounding communities of Blandon, Boyertown, Douglassville, Exeter Township, Fleetwood, Kutztown, and Oley with our powerful property search tool.

Posted in Real Estate Advice
May 5, 2022

What Not to Do After Applying for a Mortgage

You've found the perfect home for sale in Berks County and applied for a mortgage. No doubt you're all fired up to start buying what you need for your new home. But before you start making large purchases or moving money around, you should use caution. You could make decisions that could impact your mortgage adversely.

Here's a list of things to avoid doing after applying for a mortgage.

1. Don’t Change Jobs or the Way You Are Paid at Your Job. 

The loan officer needs to be able to track your source of income and how much you're paid. If possible, you’ll want to avoid changing from salary to commission or becoming self-employed during this time as well.

2. Don’t Deposit Cash into Your Bank Accounts. 

Cash is not as easy to trace for lenders. If you plan to deposit cash into your bank, check with your lender as to the proper way to document your deposit.

3. Don’t Make Any Large Purchases Like a New Car or Furniture for Your New Home. 

Making major purchases bring new obligations. And with that comes new qualifications. If you end up with a higher debt-to-income ratio, you may disqualify yourself from the loan.

4. Don’t Co-Sign Other Loans for Anyone. 

When you co-sign, you are obligated. As mentioned before, with that obligation comes higher ratios as well. Even if you swear you will not be the one making the payments, your lender will have to count the payments against you.

5. Don’t Change Bank Accounts. 

Remember, lenders need to source and track assets. That task is significantly easier when there is consistency among your accounts. Before you even transfer any money, talk to your loan officer.

6. Don’t Apply for New Credit. 

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new credit card or a new car. When you have your credit report run by organizations in multiple financial channels (mortgage, credit card, auto, etc.), your FICO score will be affected. Lower credit scores can determine your interest rate and maybe even your eligibility for approval.

7. Don’t Close Any Credit Accounts. 

Many clients erroneously believe that having less available credit makes them less risky and more likely to be approved. Wrong. A major component of your score is your length and depth of credit history (as opposed to just your payment history) and your total usage of credit as a percentage of available credit. Closing accounts has a negative impact on both of those determinants in your score.

The main thing to remember is to discuss any changes in your finances with your loan officer to make sure that they will not affect your mortgage approval.

Visit our blog every week for more real estate articles and local Berks County articles. We can help you find the perfect home for sale in Reading and the surrounding communities of Blandon, Boyertown, Douglassville, Exeter Township, Fleetwood, Kutztown, and Oley with our powerful property search tool.

Posted in Home Buyers
April 29, 2022

What People are Saying About James Ernst Real Estate

When it comes to finding the best real estate agent in Berks County, there are certainly plenty to choose from. That's why reputation is everything. When it comes to helping home buyers and sellers realize their goals, James Ernst has earned the reputation of being one of the top agents in Berks County.

But don't take our word for it. Here's what people have been saying about their outstanding experiences working with James and his team.

"Jim Ernst is a very nice person. He’s very knowledgeable about the entire process. Jim helped me through the entire process and was very patient with me. He’s not a pushy salesman but he gets the job done fast and done right I got exactly what he said I would. I would never use any other agent. I highly recommend him for anyone buying or selling a home. You won’t be dissatisfied or disappointed in any way."

05/28/2021 - llsans

"If you have specific needs when looking for a house, contact James Ernst to represent you through the whole process. He is knowledgeable, friendly, caring and remembers your needs when showing you properties. it was such a pleasure having him help us find our retirement home. His staff also was great to work with, friendly and caring. They were very responsive and attentive throughout. They really are the best!!"

05/18/2021 - musicq62

"Jim and his team made me feel at ease as a first time “seller” He was meticulous and stayed on the job of getting me what I wanted value wise out of my house and he delivered giving me the highest sale price in the neighborhood up to this date. I HIGHLY recommend Jim and his team at Century 21 Gold for buying or selling your home."

02/21/2021 - Sean Murray

"I would highly recommend Jim, and cannot speak favorably enough of my experience with him and his company. He seems to know everything about houses, and was able to recommend contractors after purchase. He managed to find me my dream house on a very competitive market, and I'm still not sure how he managed to do this with multiple other offers! Mostly though, he was incredibly kind, and went very far out of his way to help even though I'm sure he sells lots of houses that cost a lot more than the house I bought. I was referred to him by a friend who bought a house with his help, and I'm extremely grateful that I got that recommendation."

12/02/2020 - hippaforalkus42

"James Ernst is a very knowledgeable, well rounded agent. He understands the market and was able to sell our home in only 9 days, for asking price. He kept us informed throughout the process and put us at ease. On the purchasing side of this process, He was able to negotiate with the Seller's Agent and navigate through some very unusual issues. I would recommend Mr. Ernst to anyone interested in buying or selling a home."

03/12/2020 - jamie13332

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Visit our blog every week for more real estate articles and local Berks County articles. We can help you find the perfect home for sale in Reading and the surrounding communities of Blandon, Boyertown, Douglassville, Exeter Township, Fleetwood, Kutztown, and Oley with our powerful property search tool.