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Good News Realty is a full-service realty company! We have listing and sales of: * Homes * Farms * Land * Commercial Real Estate * Multi-Unit Properties We also have leasing and management, as well as appraisals. There's no news like Good News!

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I have been in the business for over 35 years working with residential, commercial, industrial, development and investments listings and sales. Our team serves all of Centre and some of the surrounding counties. I work with potential buyers and sellers to determine a value of your property or to find your dream home. We provide complete service through the contract stage, assisting with finding the right financing, all inspections, getting you ready for final settlement and attending the closing with you. From start to finish we are at your side. We are located in State College, PA.

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Expect one of the best Realtor services! I'm a full-time, hardworking, dedicated agent and million dollar producer. I specialize in the following: * Commercial * Residential * Land * Multi-Units * Farms * Building Sites * Rentals I also work with buyers as a buyer's agent, and I handle short sales! It's a tough market right now, but I can give you the personal care that you need to make your purchase a success!

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Michael E. Mangia, ABR, GRI, SRES, has been "Helping People Help Themselves" since 1991. Born and raised in Blair County, I have a beautiful wife, Cheryl, three sons, a grandson and four granddaughters. I am a graduate of Penn State University, The Realtors’ Institute (GRI), The Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) training, and The Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) training. I have also received various awards from Coldwell Banker Nationally and my office. My professional approach is to help buyers or sellers understand the present market, so they can make well-informed decisions while making this a pleasurable experience. I have done so since 1991. I am a full-time agent, and I have exceptional experience in the paperwork to protect you. I know whom to call to get things done, such as title companies, mortgage brokers, bankers, surveyors, inspection companies, warranty companies, insurance companies, and repair persons. This lessens the stress of selling and buying real estate, and I make it as smooth a transaction as possible. Also knowing when the proper time to do so, from past experience, is just as crucial. If there is a problem, I am not afraid to handle it head on. I have a personal goal that says customer satisfaction is priority no.1! I am a proven and great ally for an important time in life! What is your most important concern which I can help you with? If you have a house to sell tomorrow, call me today. Feedback to Office Broker from Clients: “Mike shows concern for “Senior Citizens”, the excellent quality was more than we expected, he’s an asset, very kind and professional- we felt so comfortable” – John & Darlene Negri “Mike never gave up, when I did – Excellent Job!” - “Butch” Conrad “Mike kept us informed every step of the way, he certainly made a difficult process of selling a home from out-of-town very easy. His dedication was very impressive!” – Vince Rieger “Mike was very knowledgeable and helpful. I had a buyer already and I hired Mike as a Transaction Licensee for a highly-discounted fee to keep me properly informed of my options, protected with professional paperwork, and set-up everything to have a smooth Closing. I had no problems! He’s a good guide and friend! Keep up the great work! Excellent!" - Shane Benner “Mike was very professional and attentive to our needs and concerns. From beginning to end, we always knew you were right there for us!! Thank you. – Dr. George and Sandra Zlupko "We knew it was the smartest and best choice to choose you to be our agent. Your top-selling record speaks volumes. Your knowledge and advice helped sell our mother’s house quickly and efficiently. We thank you for doing an excellent job.” - Cathy Glasshauser, Lee Ann Lightner, and Connie Counsman *Satisfied Sellers “Mike is an amazing human being! From start to finish I knew we could count on him. He kept us fully informed throughout the whole process! Excellent!” – Anthony Evans & Christi *Satisfied Buyer “We were very grateful with Mike’s willingness to meet with us during off-peak times. We realize the nature of this business may present opportunity at any time, however we also realize that many agents want those opportunities on their terms. Even at the end, Mike was bringing us documents and keys at 10PM to help us through our move! We very much appreciated the customer service provided throughout the Selling / Buying process. We had confidence in our agent (Mike) through his constant communication. Excellent!” - Robert McGee & Karen Himes *Satisfied Sellers / Buyers ”Mike met all my needs with his knowledge of selling a house, keeping me informed, pricing for a quick sale, and his advertising approach! Excellent!" - Dennis Elder “Mike was great! I will recommend him to others. Couldn’t be more satisfied with his help and professionalism. Sold my house in 20 days, and I purchased my next home through him! Excellent!” – Joshua Campbell (& Ashley Konitsky) “Mike went above and beyond for us! He was wonderful to us every time we called. He answered any and all questions that we had, if he didn’t have any answer he would find out and let us know. Thank you Mike!” - Gerald & Beth Oswalt *Satisfied Buyer “I hope you realize what a valuable agent you have in Mike. It was a big step buying another home for me. He has excellent knowledge, patience, and courtesy in all phases of the purchasing process. Had I known how smoothly he could make it, I would have done it years ago! I listed my property with him and look forward to it being sold. Thank you” - Joyann Powell *Satisfied Buyer and Seller “Mike Mangia was great to work with! I was impressed by how quickly he took care of any concerns or questions. I would recommend Mike!” - Jamie & Dustin Woomer *Satisfied Seller “Not all agents are created equal – Mike is a true professional with years of Real Estate experience. Most people don’t take time anymore to do things correctly or to completion – but Mike does. Thank you.” - Mike Jensen *Buyer “Michael Mangia, our agent, stands in the upper echelon of this field. We cannot say enough good things about him. He was available, kept us updated, understood building concepts & costs, made things problem free as things arose even from the others side of the transaction – very professional.” - Charles & Carole Jensen “I will never forget the write up Mike Mangia did about my homestead. I will keep it always. He did an excellent job and really worked hard to get the house sold. Whenever we move we will definitely keep Mike as our Realtor.” - Mark & Barbara Bottenfield *Satisfied Seller “I never had to leave Mike a voicemail, he always answered my calls. He was patient, informative, and thorough. He made sure I made an informed decision when selecting my home. He worked well with my Lender and Closing Agency. I couldn’t be more confident with my decision to work with Mike, or my selection of my first home…" - Adam C. Barley “Mike Mangia was very professional and knowledgeable. He was available and has good advice. We would definitely recommend Mike to anyone who needs your service! Excellent!” - Patricia Imler *Satisfied Seller “I’ve known Mike for most of my life. He’s a perfect gentleman and didn’t disappoint. He sold my restaurant and deserves a bigger desk! Thanks, Mike” – Allen McManus *Satisfied Seller I have more.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does a real estate agent do?

Real estate agents help their clients buy, sell, and rent commercial and residential properties. There are also real estate agents that sell industrial and agricultural real estate, but the majority sell residential properties. To become a real estate agent, you must be at least 18 years old, successfully complete real estate courses, and pass a real estate exam. Be sure to check for any required licensing, too. Often real estate agents will earn 5 percent to 6 percent of the total home sale price for their work in representing their client. Typically this commission is split equally between the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent. Here is an overview of what a real estate agent does, according to the United States Department of Labor:

  • Represent clients who are looking to buy, sell and rent properties.
  • Stay knowledgeable about regional real estate prices, mortgages, market conditions and related information, and advise clients accordingly.  
  • Determine competitive market prices by comparing properties.
  • Create and publicize lists of properties for sale, including details such as location and features.
  • Market properties through advertisements, open houses and listing services.
  • Show prospective buyers or renters properties.
  • Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration.
  • Mediate negotiations between buyer and seller.
  • Ensure that all terms of purchase contracts are met.
  • Prepare documents, such as loyalty contracts, purchase agreements and deeds.

What should you look for in a real estate agent?

When you’re hiring a real estate agent you want to find a qualified pro who can negotiate the best deal for your home — whether you’re buying or selling. Reading reviews will help you weed out obvious bad operators; you want to work with someone who treats their clients with fairness and respect. That said, you also want someone who can play hardball and maximize your real estate deal. Ask for references from recent clients, and be sure to call them.

Experts encourage you to interview more than one prospective real estate agent before hiring. A home sale or home purchase is a big deal — sometimes the biggest deal in a person’s life — and you want to find an agent who will work hard for you. In today’s market, having a real estate agent who is social media savvy and has an attractive online presence is critical. Ask the agent how they plan to market your house. Review their listings, and ask yourself if they have professional photos with homes that are professionally staged. If the answer is no, they might not have the marketing savvy you’re looking for. Ask what price they would list your house at and why. Pay attention to how they communicate with you during your initial interviewing phase. Are they too busy to respond for several days? Are they clear and helpful? This information is a clue to how they’ll engage during the entire process.

What's the difference between a real estate broker and an agent?

Real estate agents and real estate brokers both help clients buy, sell, and rent residential and commercial properties. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, real estate brokers are licensed to manage their own real estate businesses. Real estate agents cannot have their own real estate office and must work under a broker. Real estate brokers often have real estate firms and employ real estate agents. Those real estate agents may be employees of the firm, or they may work on contract and earn part of any commission they bring into the firm.

If you are a homeowner ready to sell or a buyer in the market for a new home, either a real estate broker or a real estate agent can help you achieve your goal. What is more important than their title is their track record and client success stories. When interviewing real estate agents or brokers to help you buy or sell a home, ask about their recent sales history as compared with the original listing prices. If you’re selling a home, ask how they would market your home and what price they would list it at. Whether you hire an agent or broker, you want a professional who will have your best interests at heart.

What do real estate agents charge?

Real estate agents typically don’t charge a set rate to their clients, but rather earn a commission on the price of the final home sale. In traditional real estate, there is a buyer’s agent and a seller’s agent. The two agents receive 5 percent to 6 percent of the final home sale price and split it evenly, meaning they each earn roughly 2.5 percent to 3 percent of the total home sale. If you are a home seller, you may have fees associated with the sale that are above and beyond the commission the agents earn. The real estate agent may have you pay marketing fees, MLS fees, early cancellation fees, or more. Always ask pricing details before signing a contract so you clearly understand your financial obligations. Here are some of the average (and common) costs that can arise when selling a home:

  • Home inspection: $200-$350 or more, depending on region.
  • Home appraisal: $250-$400 or more, depending on region.
  • Professional real estate photography: $275-$550 or more, depending on photographer, square footage of house, and special requests like sunset shots.
  • Closing costs: Often split between the seller and buyer. An average range for the buyer to pay is between 3 percent and 4 percent, with the seller paying a lower fee at 1 percent to 3 percent of the home’s price.
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