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RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER – Antique Buildings: The Historic Building Real Estate Market in Cumberland County

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 8% of the American housing market was built before 1920. Builders don’t build like they used to – the craftsmanship used in early homes is unparalleled. Authentic architectural design features are reflective of a commitment to artistry and quality that has stood the test of time. Make sure that potential buyers know it. Like consumers looking for a new car or watch often stick with trusted, historic brands, the same holds true for many homebuyers looking for traditional craftsmanship. Although it doesn’t have a brand name, it’s called plaster walls, copper plumbing, slate roof, wooden trim, and tight-grained hardwood floors (Friedman, Robyn. “Rewards of Historic Preservation.” Realtor Magazine, August 15, 2017). This makes historic homes and properties more rare, and frankly, more desirable worth more money to many individuals. What’s more is that many historic properties have been update with modern amenities and luxuries. The oldest homes often have the most jaw dropping interiors, and younger buyers love when old meets new (Taylor, Meggen. “4 reasons buyers love historic homes- and how to market them.” Inman, August 15, 2017).  And don’t forget about the energy efficiency. Historic home design was green! Passive solar home design was often incorporated into historic homes such as siting and orientation, thick walls, large operable windows and transoms, whole house fans, awnings, porches, and “stack effect” airflow (“How homes kept cool before the age of AC.” Solar City, July 5, 2017 and

Join us in November to learn more about Antique Buildings and the Historic Building Real Estate Market in Cumberland County.

In collaboration with Preservation Pennsylvania and Cumberland County Historical Society.

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