Thursday, December 11, 2008

If you take a peaceful drive through the tranquil Amish valley that is Penns Valley you may stumble upon a new neighborhood perched on the edge of Millheim. And for you Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks lovers ('m one too), you can walk to the brew pub from this cozy little neighborhood.

Mensch Estates is a "builder exclusive" project of Brookside Homes ( and there are 14 buildings lots available that offer public water and sewer in a quiet neighborhood setting on the edge of Millheim. In addition to walking to the brew pub, active families can jump on their mountain bikes and start pedaling through the countryside in about 90 seconds. There are several world class trout streams within minutes of the neighborhood and two state forests are ten minutes away.

The neighborhood is located in the desirable Penns Valley school district and is an easy drive to Penn State University or Bucknell University. Check out the Brookside Homes web site to view the quality constrution available in this new neighborhood.

For more detailed information about this new Penns Valley neighborhood give me a call.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Are You Selling a $300,000 Bellefonte Home?

If you are thinking about selling your Bellefonte home and you think the price is in the $280 to $320K price range, following are numbers that you need to know.

5 houses sold in’08 in your price range in Bellefonte School District

Avg. List Price—$302,761

Avg. Sold Price—$287,480

List to sale % - 95.0%


For additional information about the Bellefonte real estate market or for a FREE market evaluation of your home, give Tim Rogers a call at 814-280-0054.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Dateline - Mifflintown, PA. 11/21/2008 @ 10:30 pm.

Driving back from state football playoff game I stopped to top off the tank and much to my surprise, I found regular unleaded at $1.86.90 per gallon. So, in our digital world I grabbed the camera and snapped a photo in the inky cold night just to prove to myself that prices have retreated from the $4.29 a gallon of a few months ago.

The gas price was the good news. The bad news was our team lost the game but there is always next year.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

468 Miller Rd.
Philipsburg, PA.
Top Gun Tim Rogers at Keller Williams Realty successfully sold this beautiful home on Miller Rd. in Philipsburg, PA. The closed sales price was $268,500 and the home sold at 95.9% of list price. The average list to sale ratio in Philipsburg is 83.5% of list price.
This home was a featured home on Top Gun Tim's Ask the Realtor radio show airing every Saturday morning from 8:00 to 9:00 am on News Talk 970 AM WBLF.
By selecting Tim Rogers of Keller Williams Realty to handle the sale of their home, the sellers put an extra $34,784 dollars in their pocket.

If you need to sell your house in Philipsburg, you need to talk to Tim Rogers about is unique and successful home selling system. The direct number is 814-280-0054.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election day photo's of the lines of eager voters in State College, PA. The photo's were taken at the Friends Meeting House in the borough and the lines were thick with eager college students anxious to cast their first ballot.
It may be a record turnout for the Obama vs. McCain prize fight but more voters were eager to throw out the rancid BCS to save their beloved Nittany Lions from another undefeated season and a third place finish in the BCS Bowl Challenge.

Fistfights and threats at Centre County Polls…

...Have not been reported this morning during what appears to be a record voter turnout for an historic election. Do you ever wonder why the pundits tell us every four years that this is the most important election since…..? Aren’t they all important with special importance assigned to off-year elections?

But what a great country we all live in when voters of every persuasion go to the local precinct and stand in a long line to testify to the world about their personal political beliefs and there isn’t a single fight to break up. In my local precinct, I stood in line with republicans, democrats, and independents and there was a sense of pride among all the would-be voters anxiously awaiting their private moment of truth. There was amicable conversation and not a single incident of name calling. No fights, no threats, no coercion, and not a single soldier threatening the line with a machine gun.

This is what makes our country great. Well defined differences of opinion to be sure, but a coming together none the less. I trust that we will wake up tomorrow morning to a united American electorate and a single-minded purpose to continue to make this country the greatest country in the history of the planet Earth.

Tune in Saturday morning to Top Gun Tim’s Ask the Realtor on News Talk 970 AM WBLF from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. as we talk about private property rights—a major factor that elevates our country above all others.

This is a copyrighted syndicated post published by Top Gun Tim Rogers of Keller Williams Realty. Copyright 2008.

Monday, November 03, 2008

1211 Sylvan Circle
Bellefonte, PA. 16823
The best part about this house may be....
  1. The $2,000 seller credit towards closing costs (acceptable offer before November 30, 2008).
  2. The dream private location with no through traffic.
  3. The massive screened-in porch for wildlife watchers.
  4. The finished walk-out lower level.
  5. The cozy woodburning stove.
  6. The proximity to all the Bellefonte Schools.
  7. The easy commute to Penn State University.
  8. The large 2,356 finished square feet of living area.

I really can't decide but I'm sure you can help me pick the BEST feature associated with this home. Visit or call me for your private tour.


Penn State Alumni, hunters, and outdoor recreational enthusiast's. Don't miss this rural retreat that is perfectly located in the tranquil Amish valley of Brush Valley. Minutes to great hunting on State Forest and State Game Lands, close to the best trout fishing in the Eastern United States, and still just a half hour to Beaver Stadium and the GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (according to Sports Illustrated) that is Penn State Football.

If mountain biking is your thing or you enjoy trail running and swimming in ice cold mountain lakes, RB Winter State Park is minutes to the east and Bucknell University is only 25 minutes away too.

Give me a call today for your private preview of this cozy PENN STATE RETREAT.

Saturday, November 01, 2008


or so I'm told almost on a daily basis by the naysayers that think the real estate and contruction industries are dead and buried in an election year economy. This is the group of people that listen to the national news and make the assumption that if things are bad every where they must be bad here too.

Nothing could be more opposed to the truth. The photo above was taken about two weeks ago in a local develop of new homes that has almost completely sold out and the construction is at a break neck pace. The builder isn't building spec homes but there are plenty of custom home buyers to keep them busy.

A quick check of building permits in Centre County shows that through the end of August, only 6 fewer permits were issues than in 2007. This would reflect a flat market rather than a horribly down market.

For information about the local building industry, give me a call or tune in to my weekly radio show on 970 AM WBLF. Ask the Realtor airs every Saturday morning from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. You can always call me at 814-280-0054.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Price - $69,900

Qualifies for Centre County Grant Money

Up to $10,000 available for first-time homebuyers to assist with downpayment and closing costs on this 3/1.5 home in Philipsburg.

A must see! Two story, completely remodeled and ready to move in. Tile floors in foyer, kitchen, dining room and bathrooms. New carpet and windows. Double foyer with large storage room.

Call Tim Rogers at Keller Williams Realty for your exclusive preview of this home at 814-280-0054.

This home has been featured on Top Gun Tim's "Ask the Realtor" radio show airing every Saturday morning on 970 AM WBLF radio from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Monday, September 08, 2008

You could spend $350 a night for a tiny motel room or you could bring the fly rods and rent this cozy stream side cottage with 100' along famous Spring Creek. Sleeps ten, with full kitchen and bath, and wood burning stove. Lovely quiet rear porch overlooking the stream. Enjoy a bonfire stream side after the game and stalk the famous trout that are hiding in the shadows. You can't miss them...they are huge.
One mile to Fishermans Paradise and minutes to Beaver Stadium and downtown State College.
Available immediately with a two night minimum stay. Temple weekend - $1,000 for the weekend
All other home weekends - $1,200
Non football weekends - $1,000
Call Tim Rogers at 814-280-0054 for more information.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What is your excuse?

Born the twentieth of twenty-two children, in a small, rural Tennessee town in 1940, she contracted polio as a four year old and was told she may never walk again. She lost the use of her left leg and was in such a weakened state she was shackled with leg braces. Living in a house with no money for special medical treatments, her TEAM of siblings took over. Thus, her legs were massaged a number of times each day, helping her to regain strength. Her confidence may have flagged at times in her childhood when it seemed she might spend a lifetime in leg braces or even a wheelchair. Through the efforts of her devoted family—and her own steely determination to strengthen herself—she rose from disability to Olympic glory in a few short years.

After five years of leg massage treatment, she one day stunned her doctors when she removed her leg braces and walked by herself. Soon she was challenging her brothers to races in the back yard.

Her love of basketball led her to try out for the ninth grade team where her coach cut her and told her not to bother with the sport. As a tenth grader she was added to the roster simply because the basketball coach wanted her older sister on the team and her father told the coach that the older sister could play if he allowed the younger girl to be a part of the team. The girl with the leg braces that was cut as a ninth grader went on to score 803 points that year which is still a Tennessee record for sophomores.

As a fourteen year old she started running track after the track coach saw her on the basketball court and encouraged her to run.

You see, WILMA RUDOLPH, the girl with the leg braces had never heard of the Olympics as a fourteen year old and two short years later she was toeing the line of the 100 meter dash in Australia where she won a bronze medal.

Four short years later the poor girl from Tennessee that stunned her doctors by removing those leg shackles shocked the world in Rome, Italy.

At the 1960 Olympics, Rudolph won all three of her gold medals in very dramatic fashion. In both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, she finished at least three yards in front of her closest competitor. She tied the world record in the 100-meter and set a new Olympic record in the 200. Rudolph also brought her 400-meter relay team from behind to win the gold. The French called her "La Gazelle." Without question, Rudolph's achievements at the 1960 Olympic Games remain a stand-out performance in the history of Olympic competition.

Are you hurting today? There is nothing you can’t overcome without a singleness of mind and purpose. And I ask again, “What is your excuse?”

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Don't miss this great home with an excellent location in the heart of Philipsburg. This house was gutted and completly rebuilt on the inside and shows like a brand new home. You will find three bedrooms and a large bath upstairs and a large eat-in kitchen, living room and bonus room with a half bath on the first floor.
Check out the hypothetical financing:

Monthly payment:
30 Years
Interest rate:
Loan amount:
$ 74,900.00
$ 461.17 a month
Call me today for a free preview before this home sell's. Remember, interest rates are still at historic low's so give me a call at 814-280-0054.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Fly Fishing pinnacle - The Green Drake hatch on Penns Creek!

Early June on Penns Creek just east of State College, PA. provides for some of the most exciting limestone trout fishing in the Eastern United States. The section of stream from Coburn down to Poe Paddy and about six miles south of Poe Paddy provides scenic beauty and trophy trout fishing in early June. The drive through tranquil Penns Valley and the Amish communities is worth the price of admission.

The famous Green Drake hatch smothers Penns Creek with millions of flying morsels that the trout gorge on from about 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Generally, the first and second week in June is the prime time and you will be catching 16" and larger trout.

For specific information about the current hatch and stream conditions you can visit several web sites including:

The Feathered Hook

I live on a tributary to Penns Creek and I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about catching the Green Drake hatch on Penns Creek.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Great home for first time homebuyers looking for nice neighborhood in good Centre Hall location and a lucky buyer just moved in.
This home sold in 47 days for $97,850.
If you are considering buying a home for the first time and need help with the process of finding a home or navigating the maze of first-time home buyer loan programs, including PHFA and Centre County Grant programs, give Tim Rogers at Keller Williams a call at 814-280-0054.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Spring is finally making an appearance in Happy Valley and just as the tulips are blossoming so is the real estate market as buyers come in to the market at a time when interest rates are at historic lows.

Friday, February 22, 2008


Just when our thoughts turn to planning spring break getaways we received a solid reminder about why we need to get away from the cold winter blues. Of course, my son would go out of his way to drive into the winter blues if it meant good snow boarding or "riding" as those in the know call it. I think at this point in the calendar the Florida Keys are looking pretty good although it has been a fairly mild winter.
The photo's were taken along Fishing Creek as it flows down the mountain from Centre to Clinton County in the midst of a fairly strong snow storm.

* Double lot - .28 acres
* 3 Br 1 Bath
* Quiet neighborhood
* 1,400 Sq. Ft. Living Area
Monthly P & I Payment - $668.37*
* Utilizing Centre County Grant Money

Great first time home in comfortable neighborhood. Move right in and update each room at your leisure. Large double lot for gardening. Walk to Centre Hall Elementary and the Centre Hall Library.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Lovely 2 bedroom home in PENNS VALLEY School District

1.20 acres bordering state forest land

Meets criteria for affordable housing and first time homebuyers programs
1.20 acres bordering State Forest land. Large 2 bedroom home close to State College and Lewistown. Nice opportunity to move right in and stop paying rent. Currently tenant occupied.
Call me for a preview of this home and stop paying rent.