I've known Mark for many years. We've actually known each other for decades. He helped me sell a home in Leola many years ago and purchase the home I most recently lived in. When working with Mark years ago, everything was smooth and handled efficiently. Earlier this year, when I was thinking of selling my home and moving to Woodcrest Villa, Mark was the first call I made.
Mark helped me develop a plan to be ready to sell the house on my timeline. He provided a good perspective on how the process would move forward, so I was comfortable when it was time to sell. He connected me with his qualified vendors who helped me prepare the home for the market. Having access to Mark's expert contacts was extremely valuable.
When I was ready to list my house, I was so impressed with the ease of everything! Mark and Emily, his assistant, were attentive, organized and patient. They explained everything step-by-step. The process felt more like friends helping friends, not a business deal.
Mark made me feel like I was his only client. He is a professional who knows the residential real estate industry very well. His confidence made me feel assured and kept my anxiety to a minimum. I was just along for the ride. Mark and his team did all the hard work.
I was impressed with the amount of interest the home received. After listing on a Thursday, we had multiple offers by Tuesday. Mark reviewed these with me in detail. We agreed on the best offer. I couldn't have been more pleased! I needed to remain in the home for a short time until my new home at Woodcrest was ready. I was concerned about the possibility of moving twice, but Mark handled this seamlessly. The buyers were kind enough to wait. I remained in the house as I had hoped.
Before listing the home, many friends asked if I was planning to have an auction or sell the property myself. None of these options ever came to mind for a good reason. Mark is an expert; his wealth of experience and knowledge is immeasurable. After seeing Mark and his team in action, it was evident that he is at the top of his profession, with excellent contacts and a great network of experts. The process and power of working with a qualified real estate professional is unmatched, especially with Mark Thudium.
While there are many traditions during this time of year, one that I love to help promote and support is the United Disabilities Services (UDS) Foundation's Gift Wrap Booth at Park City Mall.
Fifty-two years ago, the fundraiser began with a small card table and a couple of volunteer wrappers. The Booth is now one of the Foundation's largest annual fundraisers. Last year 150 volunteers wrapped 3500+ gifts and raised $35,350 in 29 days.
We will be helping to wrap presents at the UDS Gift Wrap Booth on Tuesday, December 6th, and Monday, December 19th, from 12 PM – 4 PM. The funds raised through the Gift Wrap Booth benefit people with physical and age-related disabilities through various UDS programs and services.
Please consider bringing your gifts to the Booth to be wrapped by UDS volunteers this year. Your gifts will be wrapped beautifully, and you'll be giving the gift of supporting the UDS Foundation and its mission of helping the aging, veterans, and people with disabilities live safely and more independently in their own homes.
The Gift Wrap Booth will be open Monday – Saturday from 12 PM - 8 PM and from 12 PM - 4 PM on Sundays through Christmas Eve. The Booth is located in the Round 1 Wing at Park City Mall. Please help support UDS by visiting the Gift Wrap Booth this year or consider contributing to this great organization.
"Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel." (which means, God with us).
Matthew 18:23 EIV
Jason Smith has graciously shared his story about working with Mark Thudium to sell his Parent's home, which was also his childhood home.
My wife and I have known Mark for several years. We previously lived in the same neighborhood in the Conestoga Valley area. A few years ago, my friend was looking to work with a calm and easy-going Realtor, and I knew Mark would be a good match. I observed as Mark worked successfully with my friend, and I knew if I ever needed a Realtor, he'd be who I'd call.
In 2021, my parents passed away within a few days of each other and it was my responsibility to sell the home they lived in, which was also my childhood home. I called Mark right away. I wanted to sell the house quickly and as is, and Mark helped make that happen. Mark is not pushy or demanding. He listened to what I needed, and he worked towards accomplishing that.
There were many moving parts with this transition, and I was amazed at Mark's ability to make the real estate part of this process so seamless. In addition to selling the home, I needed to help transition my adult brother, who lived with our parents, to an appropriate living environment for his needs. I was also working through all the possessions my parents had accumulated after 50 years of living in the home. In addition, there were some emotions connected with selling the family home as my grandfather had built the house in the 1940s. Mark quickly recognized these stressors and he stepped in to manage the entire real estate process with minimal needs from me. All I had to do was sign a few forms. Knowing I could depend on Mark took the stress away from a very stressful situation.
Mark and his assistant, Emily, were so wonderful. I was amazed that I didn't have to call or ask any questions because they gave me all the information ahead of time. All my questions were answered before I had even thought of them.
The home was on the market for 24 hours and we received a cash offer above the listing price. I was thrilled. It allowed me to set up a trust for my brother so that I knew he would be cared for moving forward.
Mark made it all so easy, and I truly appreciated that. I didn't even need to go to the closing, which was excellent. Instead, I could focus on helping my brother get settled. I couldn't ask for a better experience! Mark was very gracious, kind, and forthcoming.
Harriett and Robert have graciously shared their story about working with Mark Thudium to sell their Leola home of 52 years and move to Landis Homes.
We have known Mark for many years as he previously lived in our neighborhood in Leola, and several years ago, he was also our grandson's little league coach. We felt very comfortable asking Mark to be our Realtor. We especially were pleased to work with Mark because he was familiar with selling homes in Conestoga Valley school district. We didn't even consider working with any other Realtors, we thought Mark would be the best, and he was.
We had been planning our move to Landis Homes and were waiting for notice that housing was available for us to move in. Once a place became available, we called Mark and asked for his help selling our home.
Mark went over the process of listing and selling our home and explained exactly the steps he would take for a successful sale. We fixed a few minor things around the house and worked with Mark's stager to prep the home. Mark helped us list the home in December 2021, as we anticipated moving to Landis Homes in January 2022.
We appreciated the plan for showings and consolidating them into a few days. We stayed at a local hotel for a few days at Mark's suggestion. This was wise advice as it eliminated any repeated interruption into our daily lives, as our home was visited 48 times by prospective buyers.
We received 15 offers for our home. Mark and his assistant, Emily, reviewed the offers in depth before presenting them to us. Although a few buyers offered a higher sales price than the one we chose, Mark helped us evaluate all the proposals based on the buyer's financial strength, contract contingencies, and specific settlement timelines that worked best for us. We were confident that Mark helped us make the best choice.
We did have a slight hiccup at closing with the buyer. However, Mark & Emily helped us to navigate that issue quickly and efficiently. They acted as our liaisons and were excellent advocates to ensure that all went as planned.
Mark is a true professional and extremely thorough when explaining the listing process. He has an excellent support team that helped us through every step. We appreciated his experience and dedication to ensuring our real estate transaction was successful!
Mike and Sandy Widder share their story about working with Mark Thudium to sell their Lititz home of 44 years.
When it came time to sell our beloved family home of 44 years, we selected to work with Mark Thudium at the recommendation of our nephew. After meeting Mark and recognizing his experience, professionalism, and kind nature, we decided then and there to work with him. We did not need or want to interview any other Realtors.
It was a challenging time for us, as we knew we wanted to sell our home, and we were ready to move to a retirement community and had already secured a place at Cornwall Manor in Lebanon. However, our hearts were not quite prepared to let go of the house that we raised our family in.
Mark knew how to calm our nerves and ease us through the process of letting go of our home. We felt that he truly understood what we were going through and the emotional challenge of selling and leaving our home. His calm demeanor and genuine compassion eased our minds and helped us move forward with a smooth sale. He was our cheerleader, and we needed and appreciated that.
We listed the home in December, which we were initially concerned about, but Mark assured us that he sells home every day of the year. He was right, the home was under contract quickly, and we were delighted with the offers we received.
Mark has an excellent team, especially Emily, his assistant. She is very knowledgeable and keeps the entire process moving smoothly and efficiently. We felt the whole team, from the stager to the inspector, was there to help us, and we felt grateful to have a quality team working on our behalf. They kept us informed, constantly checked in, took control, and made it very simple.
We highly recommend Mark and his team! They know what they are doing and make you extremely comfortable with the process. Not only was he our Realtor, but he has become our friend!
Mary Ellen & Thomas Dickson share their story about working with Mark Thudium to prepare and sell their home in Leola.
Several years ago, a friend told me that Mark Thudium is honest, fair, and an excellent Realtor to work with to sell a home. At the time, I was familiar with Mark through our school community, but I did not need a Realtor in the immediate future.
Years later, when my husband and I were making plans for retirement and to relocate, we knew we'd need to sell our home, located in Leola's Maples neighborhood. I remembered the positive recommendation I'd received for Mark. We met with Mark in the fall of 2020 with a plan to sell in the spring of 2021. Mark was easy to talk to and extremely knowledgeable about real estate. It was an easy decision to partner with him to sell our home.
During our initial meeting, Mark guided us on the most optimal ways to prepare our home that was practical and best suited for us. We considered replacing the original HVAC systems and roof (both 30 years old), but Mark suggested that we focus on some cosmetic changes. We replaced countertops and some floors, refinished hardwood floors, removed wallpaper and painted. We didn't need to list our home till the spring of 2021, so we took the winter to work on those projects.
Instead of replacing the HVAC system and the roof, Mark suggested we have a pre-listing home inspection done to share with potential buyers. He suspected that the inspector would say that – even though our HVAC and roof were 30 years old, they were in good working order – he was right! While Mark wanted to give potential buyers an accurate understanding of the home's condition, he saved us from spending $20,000 - $30,000 on replacing those major systems.
Our home went on the market in May 2021. We wanted to price it to sell, and Mark helped us determine the best price to achieve that. Within a few days, we had multiple offers, all well above the listing price. We were blown away by the quality of offers we received. Mark discussed each offer in detail, providing the pros and cons of each. His transparency in reviewing each offer displayed his strong commitment to being an honest and ethical Realtor. It enabled us to select the strongest and best offer for us.
Mark is extremely personable, easy to work with, trustworthy, and familiar with current markets. I have recommended him and will continue to recommend him as he is a valuable partner in selling or buying a home regardless of your stage of life.
Stephanie shares her story about working with Mark Thudium to sell her father's home.
After my father passed away l needed to work through the process of selling his home, which was also my childhood home. I did not have any experience buying or selling a home, and I would be handling this process from out of state. It was imperative to select a Realtor who was experienced and could guide me through the process, as well as be available to help me logistically manage the sale from out of state.
A family friend who had a positive experience working with Mark suggested I contact him. After our initial conversation, I realized he was very knowledgeable, easy to speak with, and he did a great job explaining the process. It was intimidating to take this on being out of state, but he made me feel comfortable and I could sense that he would be my partner. It was also a bonus that he had a strong connection with real estate in the Leola area and sold several homes in my father's neighborhood.
Mark saved me a lot of time and stress, as he was able to act as a liaison for me by being on-site and facilitating repairs to the home. His connections with local vendors and his willingness to coordinate all necessary repairs were a relief to me.
He advised me on the best process of selling the furniture in the home and connected me with an auction company to help handle the sale of those items. He provided helpful guidance on the decision to stage the house, which ended up having a huge impact on the presentation of the home.
Being out of the area, it would've taken me quite a bit of time to research, get quotes, and coordinate the repairs, furniture sales, and staging. But Mark facilitated all of that for me. I was able to let go and trust him to take the lead and move everything forward quickly and efficiently. In fact, during the whole process, I only traveled to Lancaster for the closing, Mark handled everything else for me.
Once the home was on the market, I was impressed with the number of viewings and offers! Mark reviewed and provided insight on each offer we received. He explained the different terms and how the varying terms impacted each offer. I valued Mark's guidance and breakdown of the risk levels with each offer. He provided clarity and shared his opinion, but still left it up to me to make the final choice.
Not only did Mark sell the home, but there was no task that was too big or small for him to take on for me. He was advocating for me to have a positive outcome and the best experience through the process. He truly wanted to help me, and that was evident. He took every opportunity he could to go above and beyond. I know that he put in more work than necessary to help ease the process for me, and it was greatly appreciated!
I would recommend Mark to anyone, especially a first-time buyer or seller, because the education he provided to me was exceptional. Mark is consultative, helpful, and efficient. He goes above and beyond for his clients. If you are considering buying or selling in the Lancaster area, I highly recommend him!
Don & Kathy have graciously shared their story about working with Mark Thudium to sell their Ephrata home of 42 years and move to Warwick Woodlands.
We were referred to Mark by a friend who had recently worked with Mark to sell their home. Our friend indicated that Mark has excellent leadership skills and a very relaxed demeanor. They had a lot of confidence in his skills and assured us he'd be a great Realtor for us.
We met with Mark but also met with two other Realtors. Mark's experience and his relaxed but confident outlook truly stood out to us. We also liked the plan he suggested for selling our home, so we decided to move forward with Mark as our Realtor, and it was a great decision.
We had lived in our home for 42 years so this was the first time we were selling a home. We found that we could truly trust Mark and Emily, his assistant, to guide us through the process, which was completely new to us. Mark gave us advice on how to present the home and assured us along the way of some of the concerns and questions we had.
Mark connected us with a stager who helped us put the final touches on the home prior to listing it. When it came time to set the list price, Mark worked with us to determine the price. We were grateful it was a joint decision and that he listened to our input.
We appreciated that Mark and Emily were always available to answer any questions we had. We were so happy to have their guidance on the necessary paperwork. They were both reassuring through the whole process and eased our thoughts and concerns.
When it was time to review the offers, Mark's guidance and his experience were invaluable as he helped us to determine which offer was the strongest. When we closed on the home the world was starting to shut down for COVID. Emily and Mark stayed the course to ensure there were no delays, and we were able to close on the home successfully, right before the shutdown.
Mark & Emily continue to remain in touch with us, which is really appreciated as they know we won't have a need for a Realtor again, but they stay in touch and include us in Mark's client events. We've recommended Mark a few times and will continue to give a great recommendation for him.