Real Estate Market



We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all our online and emailed visitors to our newsletter. Throughout the coming months we will not only showcase the events, activities and attractions of the thriving, unspoiled and scenic Northeastern Pennsylvania area, but will provide you with timely and pertinent market trend information, as well as buying & selling tips designed to enhance your real estate experience. As always, we encourage you to explore our website and to contact us for any additional information, questions or concerns. 



Wayne County PA Real Estate:

Trends Signal Increase In Home Values


A marked increase in Wayne County real estate sales volumes in our office signals that this trend is aligned with nationally-published data indicating that declines in home values experienced during the recession have already been, or are close to being erased. According to the report, the 0.5 percent value increase from the fourth quarter of 2013 heralded the ninth straight quarter of improvement as pre-recession prices “are becoming an increasingly distant memory as home values reach new highs and homes become more expensive than ever in many areas.”


This current market trend is particularly noteworthy for those of you who may be seriously considering acquiring a country property as your current residence, a retreat destination, for future retirement, or as an investment.


Northeast Pennsylvania, positioned perfectly between the Endless Mountains of Susquehanna County to our west and the waters of the scenic Delaware River/Catskill Mountains to our east, is a cornucopia of tranquil lakes, hardwood forests and thriving communities. Rolling farmlands, country estates and town and country properties comprise the area’s diverse real estate offerings. Our area not only provides the quintessential landscape for residential and vacation homes, but offers endless year-round outdoor recreational opportunities, excellent school systems, and a unique blend of the quaint, historical and modern.


Whether you’re seeking a destination for impromptu escapes, family gatherings, future memories or as an investment property, we urge you to bookmark as your gateway to Chant Country.






Lords Valley Country Club

By Tod Shapiro and News-Link Editorial Staff

The 2014 Golf Season for the Lords Valley Country Club (LVCC) is set to start, and for members and their families, friends, and guests that means another year of exceptional golfing experiences, including unmatched competitive, as well as casual and fun social, play in one of Northern Pennsylvania’s most scenic, challenging, and exciting natural environments!

LVCC, first and foremost, is an ideal venue for serious golfing aficionados and is appreciated for that reason by its 270-strong membership, encompassing a close-knit golfing community on weekends and weekdays as often as its members can make it to the links from their homes spread across Northeastern PA, New York City, Westchester, Connecticut, and Long Island, among other places. In addition, LVCC reports that the 2014 year will include an emphasis on golfing for families, friends, and guests, and all will want to check the LVCC website for a current list and updated news concerning the many tournaments and special events (some open to the public) that take place throughout the season.

Notable golfing events at LVCC always start with the popular annual George Nye Golf extravaganza, named in honor of LVCC’s founding father who helped start LVCC’s rich golfing tradition. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary on July 12th of this year, the event is always a popular date on the PA golfing calendar. The George Nye is a special event for expert and casual observers, both to play in or to simply observe the proceedings and fun. As in past seasons, the popular Parent-Child tournament on Father’s Day brings together generations of LVCC golfers in a fun-and-family-friendly manner. A plethora of fun clinics for children and adults, as well as scramble-style casual social tournaments, is always in ample supply during the summer season.

For those just learning of LVCC for the first time, here is the scoop: The golf course is LVCC’s “crown jewel” and represents a truly exceptional golfing experience with its challenging design and breathtaking natural setting. Members can get on the course easily and often, without waiting. Nestled in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Northeastern Pennsylvania Mountain region, not far from the Delaware Water Gap and a mere 90 miles from the greater New York metropolitan area and the major suburbs of New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester, and Connecticut, LVCC is readily accessible by Interstates 84 and 80.

A not-for-profit, member-owned, fully-equipped and serviced country club, it offers full amenities to its members and their guests including 10 Har-tru tennis courts, a 40’ x 120’ heated swimming pool, boat docks with sailboats, canoes, and kayaks available to members, three separate dining facilities and party rooms ranging from casual to gourmet, and the crown jewel – a magnificent Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary golf course.

The club is located within the grounds of the private, gated Hemlock Farms year-round community, but it is independent of the community, and members are not required to live within Hemlock Farms.  In addition to the golf course, there is a free driving range, putting green, and a practice green specifically designated for chipping and pitching. The pride and joy of the club is the scenic Blue tee (professional rating) par 72 course.  It is 6,344 yards long with a course rating of 70.8 and a slope rating of 127.

The course offers many challenges, but it is easily playable for golfers of all levels.  The signature seventh hole is the 516 yard par 5, with a 6,500 square foot left to right sloping green with a breathtaking view from the hilltop Blue and White tees.  With its unparalleled maintenance, its challenging layout, the beauty of its course with varying hills, specimen trees, and waterfront holes and fairways, LVCC is always a great place to play, whether it’s your first time or your 1000th.

Although a private, members only club, its availability to non-members can be obtained under limited circumstances and times by having a PGA member phone the pro-shop on the non-member’s behalf.  The club also enjoys reciprocity with several other regional area golf clubs.

For information call the Lords Valley Country Club office at 570-775-7335 or the Pro Shop at 570-775-6013. LVCC is a private, not-for-profit club, and all memberships are subject to approval by the LVCC Membership Committee and Board.


Red Maples Golf Course

By Allison Mowatt

A beautiful golf course amid serene farmland in South Canaan gives golfers a place to play the game with ease and relaxation.

Red Maples Golf Course is a nine-hole regulation length public course located at 2322 Easton Turnpike near Waymart. Robert Pozza created and constructed the course in 1965 and officially welcomed the public to play on its greens a year later. 

A smaller course designed for people of all skill levels, it is situated on 35 acres of rolling greens, is an ideal course for walking, has no sand traps, and is a preferred course for people either learning the game for the first time or who just want to play a leisurely game. In addition, it’s also a fun course, offering enough of a challenge for serious golfers who prefer the competitiveness of the sport. From the back tees, it features 2,400 yards of golf for a par of thirty-three.

Over the years, Red Maples has held on to its charm and kept its unique characteristics. It’s known among people who play the sport as one of the best kept golf courses around. The moderate course is surrounded by vibrant flowers, many red maples trees for which the course is named, and an 8-acre pond. The prices are reasonable and comparable with other nine hole courses.

Red Maples is open seven days a week. It features a clubhouse with light snacks and club and cart rentals. The clubhouse is available for parties and other special occasions. For more information, call (570) 937-4543.


This article first appeared in one of our favorite Pocono Mountains Lifestyle, Recreation and Entertainment publications, Connections Magazine, Publication in Chant County News is by express written permission. All photos and editorial are protected under the copyright law and are the property of Connections Magazine and


Wayne County PA Renowned Worldwide

As Premier Fly Fishing Destination

Northeastern Pennsylvania, whose waters are steeped in American angling history, boasts some of the best fly fishing for trout in the world. The region is home to the Upper Delaware River, a pristine tailwater fishery treasured by anglers worldwide for its gorgeous surroundings and large wild brown and rainbow trout.

A number of  fly fishing clubs, including the prestigious Blooming Grove Club, have made their homes on the region's trout streams. Dozens of well-known streams, including the Dyberry Creek, provide first-class public angling for seasoned pros and beginners alike. For anglers looking for other kinds of action, the area's many lakes and rivers provide excellent fly fishing for bass, carp and other game fish.

Area Trophy Trout Waters include the Lackawaxen River and the West Branch of Upper Delaware River in northeastern Wayne County, while the lower Delaware River ranks as a World Class fly fishing destination.


Our thanks go to A & G Outfitters for the information provided here.

Contact Information

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John Schmitt
Davis R. Chant Realtors
251 Willow Ave
Honesdale PA 18431
Toll Free: (800)278-3424
Office: (570)253-4191