Kaila & Bob Groben have graciously shared their story about working with Mark Thudium to buy their forever home during a highly competitive time.
In the spring of 2021, my husband and I were looking to relocate from Baltimore to Lancaster County and purchase our forever home. When we decided to start our home search my parents recommended we connect with Mark. My family and I have known Mark for several years, and I attended school with Mark's son at Conestoga Valley.
We initially met with Mark thinking that we wanted to build our home. Mark educated us about the process of building a new home. The costs associated with building, the timeline, and some of the current realities of building today, including construction delays due to supply shortages. We quickly realized that building would not meet our timeline of being in our home before the 2021 holiday season. We are so grateful that Mark presented us with an accurate representation of new home construction so that we had all the information needed to make the right decision for us.
Mark quickly helped us transition our search from building to finding a newer home. We provided a list of "must-haves" and a wish list. Mark was able to identify homes that matched our needs and only presented us with homes that were a good fit for us. He helped us find exactly what we wanted quickly! In fact, we only needed to see three homes to find the perfect home.
Buying in a seller's market could have been challenging, but Mark & his assistant Emily did an outstanding job helping us at a very competitive time! They offered valuable advice on how to make an offer attractive and ultimately helped us write a competitive offer that secured our new home.
The entire real estate transaction was easy and smooth. Mark did a great job explaining the process and told us what would happen each step of the way. We always felt comfortable speaking with Mark and asking any questions. He has a very relaxed, and calm demeanor which really eased the process for me, as it was the first time I had bought a home.
Mark's timeliness to all our communication was impressive. He responded almost instantly to all our questions. Which, as his client, made us feel extremely valued. Mark was so flexible in understanding our limited schedule, with us being out-of-state, and he worked to accommodate that and maximize our time when we were in-town. He truly helped us find the perfect home in a very competitive market. Mark is a phenomenal Realtor! I highly recommend him!
Ryan & Melissa Berardi share their story about working with Mark Thudium to buy and sell homes over the past 10 years.
"We have worked with Mark for more than 10 years on three residential real estate transactions – selling, buying, and building. We've put our trust in Mark all three times and each time we've been grateful for his expertise! He is truly our partner in our real estate dealings and we feel confident with him at the reigns of the entire process.
Mark shows pragmatic reasons for all of his guidance and suggestions. He is transparent and walks you through his thinking with resourceful information to back it up. Anything that Mark recommended us to do – we did, and we are glad we did. We've had real success with his guidance and we trust him fully!
He helps you to envision the process from beginning to end, including the vendors or partners we needed along the way. Mark's vetted professional network is a huge part of his value. Because Mark has such a high standard of service, he both attracts and aligns himself with only quality partners and vendors. When you have Mark in your corner you have a huge network of people. All the vendors that Mark has recommended have provided exceptional service and made us feel extremely comfortable.
Another excellent skill Mark has is his ability to customize the process around his clients. He knew certain things would be important to us. So, he made sure we focused more on some of those items. When we were building a new home, we had some questions for the builder. He made sure we received clear and concise answers to all of our questions so that we felt confident and comfortable.
It is obvious that Mark has a calling for what he does, and he does it extremely well! He truly thrives on serving his customers to his best ability! He has developed thoughtful industry relationships and leverages those relationships to benefit his clients. We have 100% faith and confidence that Mark and his team can come through in almost any situation.
Mark and his team make, what could be a very stressful process, very relaxing. He has a quality reputation and it's recognized in the industry. If we ever need to move again in the future, we wouldn't hesitate for a moment to call Mark."
Kelsey Robinson shares her story about working with Mark Thudium to buy and sell her first home with her husband Steve.
"Steve, my husband, worked with Mark to purchase his townhome a number of years ago. After we got married, we decided we were ready to sell the townhome and purchase our first home together. This would be my first experience both selling and buying a home.
Steve worked with Mark previously, based on a recommendation from his parents. He had such a positive experience with Mark, that he suggested we work with him again.
Mark was entirely accommodating, as I was new to the process of buying and selling. He was readily available and always willing to answer my questions. We appreciated his guidance on completing a pre-listing inspection and a market analysis of our home. With his guidance, we were able to sell our townhome quickly and for top price!
We appreciated Mark's expertise throughout the whole process, but especially when he provided us a detailed analysis of each offer we received. He helped us to feel comfortable and eased all the stress of the selling and buying process.
After purchasing our new home, Mark remained in touch with us and even offered to fix a broken window that we discovered after moving in. We felt he continued to go above and beyond what we expected.
Mark truly treated us like family. I would recommend him a million times over! Whether you are buying or selling your first home, or fifth, Mark will make the whole process feel effortless."
Anna Kiehl shares her story about working with Mark Thudium to buy and sell her first home with her husband Josiah.
"My husband, Josiah, and I were familiar with Mark through Westminster Presbyterian Church, and when it was time for us to make our first home purchase we asked Mark to walk with us on that journey. We chose Mark because he is honest, he has an amazing amount of experience, and we knew he'd work hard to make sure we felt comfortable with the process.
We have bought and sold in what some might consider complicated scenarios. Our first home purchase was made during the federal government shutdown in 2019. Then, more recently, we sold our home during COVID-19. Both of these events could have greatly impacted our ability to buy and sell successfully. However, we had piece of mind because Mark guided us with his wisdom and experience.
He helped us determine a successful path to sell our home during COVID-19. This included Zoom tours, and then selling to new owners that never even stepped foot in the house, for the price we wanted, and within our tight timeline due to an out of state move.
We were thankful to have such a strong trusting relationship with Mark. We knew he would lead us through our buying and selling experience regardless of any obstacles. His team is also amazing! We were grateful to have access to a professional stager, a lender, and flooring experts all vetted and approved by Mark.
I would recommend Mark to anyone. He is always readily available to answer any questions you may have. He provides honest feedback so you'll feel confident that you are making the best decision for yourself and your family."
Kim Beiswenger has graciously shared her story about working with our team to sell her Father's home.
When I first met Mark, I knew he was a man of great integrity and good character. It was because of those qualities, and his wealth of real estate knowledge, that I chose to work with him when I needed to sell my father's home. As the executor of my father's estate, and not the original owner of the home, I looked to Mark for guidance on how to quickly and efficiently prepare the home for the market.
As part of his 5 Star Program, Mark encouraged me to complete a pre-listing inspection. Because I was not the active owner of the property, the pre-listing inspection gave me an opportunity to review recommendations from the inspector and repair issues prior to the property going on the market. This added a layer of confidence for me and potential buyers, and I believe it led to our smooth and stress-free final transaction.
Another component of Mark's 5 Star Program was to stage the home. By using the stager that Mark recommended, we were able to give the home a modern and fresh feel, and truly show the home at its best! I believe this contributed to the quick sale of the home.
Throughout the entire process Mark was professional, personable and very easy to work with. Mark and his team offer a valuable package, with an excellent network of vendors that we had access to. He is a true veteran of real estate, and I was grateful to have him guide me through the process.
If you'd like to speak with Kim Beiswenger, or any of our past clients about their experience with our team, we'd be happy to connect you. Read more client stories here.
Are you wondering what it's like to work with The Mark Thudium Team? Barry & Jean Harris have graciously shared their story about their experience with our team.
How have you utilized The Mark Thudium Team?
We've worked with Mark on a wide range of real estate transactions. Mark has been a tremendous help in both purchasing and selling properties, as well as offering guidance on building a home. In total, we've worked with him through four real estate experiences.
When did you start working with Mark?
In May 2012 we asked Mark to show us a potential investment property. We decided to purchase the property and Mark worked with us through the entire process. When it was time to sell that property, Mark guided us through his 5 Star Program. He coordinated dependable contractors to make repairs and upgrades to prepare the home for the market so that we could sell the home quickly and with a profit, which we did.
How did Mark assist you with building your home?
We had never built a home before, and the process proved to be a bit overwhelming. Mark acted as our navigator through the entire process. He helped us adjust our floor plan to accommodate our personal needs. He worked with us and the contractors to assure our priorities were being addressed. Having access to his industry knowledge was invaluable, and it resulted in a new home that we are extremely pleased with.
Would you recommend Mark?
Absolutely! We already have, twice. Mark is so easy to work with, and he makes it a priority to create a comfortable and convenient real estate experience for all his clients.
If you'd like to speak with Barry & Jean Harris, or any of our past clients about their experience with our team, we'd be happy to connect you.
In a competitive housing market, many buyers are finding the process of buying a home increasingly difficult. To avoid making the process even tougher, consider these tips first.
Dragging your feet means the buyer could actually pay more in a bidding war, or miss out on the property altogether. Buyers need to be ready with a mortgage pre-approval letter and escrow deposit money from the day they begin the home search.
Always put your best foot forward
In a seller's market, buyers need to take steps to "look good" in the eyes of the seller. In today's competitive environment, the listing agent is trying to determine which buyer will be the easiest to work with. Buyers may want to avoid pointing out every defect, asking nitpicky questions, and so on. Buyers who act less than enthusiastic will see themselves at a competitive disadvantage when sellers are comparing multiple offers.
Don't Make an offer for the pre-approved amount
Many buyers come in with a pre-approval for the exact offer price, but when competing against other offers, buyers want to show financial strength. A pre-approval for the exact amount of the offer could make the listing agent nervous because of lack of wiggle room or because the buyer may no longer qualify if interest rates rise.
Avoid low offers
Low offers often backfire in a seller's market. A low offer that isn't backed up with comparable sales data is disrespectful, could turn off the seller, and may result in a buyer missing out on the property completely.
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