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Five Tips to Help Buyers With Online Home Searches

Five Tips to Help Buyers With Online Home Searches

Today’s home searches do not begin by simply driving by a “for sale” sign and stopping in to view a home. In many cases, buyers begin searching for their next properties from the comforts of their current homes. In fact, online home searches have become such a reality for today’s home buyers that listing photos have become an integral part of curb appeal. If you’re

Curb Appeal Matters: Five Tips to Keep Yours Current

Curb Appeal Matters: Five Tips to Keep Yours Current

By now, you’ve surely put away your witches, skeletons and other scary Halloween outdoor decorations. While they were fun for welcoming neighborhood trick-or-treaters, you can’t just keep your spooky things up until you’re ready to deck your halls for the holidays. If your home is on the market, you probably are particularly conscious of what you’re showing potential buy

Don’t Have a 20% Down Payment? You Do Have Options

Don’t Have a 20% Down Payment? You Do Have Options

It has long been believed that buyers must put 20% of a home’s purchase price down to qualify for a conventional home loan. Is this really the case? First-time homebuyers can find some relief from federal loan options. But, these buyers are not the only ones who can take advantage of options when it comes to conventional mortgages.   It’s true. A 20% down payment will likely en

Five Things You Should Know About Zoning Before Buying a Home

Five Things You Should Know About Zoning Before Buying a Home

For many people, buying a home is all about falling in love with a property that has all or most of the features on their needs and wants list. Things like the number of bedrooms and floor plan, and options like hardwood flooring and granite countertops, can be deciding factors when it comes to a home. Once you’re satisfied that you’ve found the right property, it is common for your mi

15 Tips to Help Move-in Day Go Smoothly

15 Tips to Help Move-in Day Go Smoothly

Once you get past closing day, it’s smooth sailing to get into your new home, right? Well, sometimes. There is still one big hurdle when it comes to buying and settling into a new home… move-in day. Although moving day can be stressful, there are things you can do to make it easier on the whole family. Here are 15 quick tips you can do to make your moving day go smoothly: 1. Dec

Five Things to Expect After Putting Your Home on the Market

Five Things to Expect After Putting Your Home on the Market

So, you’ve just put your home on the market… congratulations! Surely, it took a lot of effort to get to this point. You had to find the right real estate agent, clean and declutter your home for listing photos and gain a basic understanding of the selling process. Now that your home has been listed, are you wondering what happens next? Of course, it is time to prepare to welcome pr

Five Frighteningly Fun Halloween Events In and Around Pittsburgh

Five Frighteningly Fun Halloween Events In and Around Pittsburgh

This weekend marks the last full weekend before Halloween, so you know what that means. If you haven’t had your share of fears and frights this season, you’ll need to pack in a few haunted moments this weekend. But don’t fret. Pittsburgh and its surrounding suburbs are home to many worthy horrific happenings that are perfect to tour through as Halloween approaches. Here are fi

Five Signs It Is Time to Sell Your Home When You Retire

Five Signs It Is Time to Sell Your Home When You Retire

Even the happiest of professionals can admit that they dream of retirement from time to time – and maybe even more frequently. And, why not? For many, retirement means more time to spend with those you love, doing the things you love. But when you’re used to an income that allows you to live a particular lifestyle, then that income changes, it can be difficult to maintain the lifest

Closing Time? Five Things You Should Know First

Closing Time? Five Things You Should Know First

So, you’re buying a home. You’ve applied for financing and saved enough money for a down payment. You’ve made an offer that’s been accepted. You’ve gone through all the necessary home inspections and appraisals. It’s time for closing. What a relief! But did you know that this exciting last chapter of the home-buying process comes with a few fees? Closing cost

Five Tips for Buying a Home in Your 20s

Five Tips for Buying a Home in Your 20s

For anyone, buying a home is a daunting task. But for a 20-something, you know—today’s millennials, buying a home can be an enormous undertaking. But it is not an unachievable goal. In fact, today’s millennials are well-prepared to deal with some typical homeowner tasks. After all, this generation is often characterized as confident and positive, both traits that certainly can he