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Textbook Tips for Downsizing this Back-to-School Season

Textbook Tips for Downsizing this Back-to-School Season

You’ve shopped the sales and seen a few buses on your morning commute. All over social media, your friends’ kids are posting pics of their newly-decorated dorm rooms. There is no doubt, school is about to be in session. If this back-to-school season has left you with an empty nest, it may be time to consider downsizing your home. Since the kids at school will be receiving a syllabus

Shiplap to Subway Tile... Five Favorite Takeaways from HGTV

Shiplap to Subway Tile... Five Favorite Takeaways from HGTV

We’ve all been there, curled up on the couch or in bed on a rainy day flipping through the channels, until we happily rest on our favorite HGTV show. Then, suddenly, something happens. It’s like our TV remote just stops working. Oddly enough, all motivation to get up also escapes us. We’re drawn in and one incredible HGTV marathon ensues. Luckily, homeowners, renters and every

10 Tips to Help Make Your Home Sale Go Smoothly

10 Tips to Help Make Your Home Sale Go Smoothly

How many times have you said, “I wish I would have known…” after you’ve done something for the first time? Well, if you’re selling a home for the first time, there is no need to wish that you would have known a few things that can make the sales process easier. We’ve compiled a list of tips from home sellers to pave your way to a successful home sale. Here a

Ready to Buy a Home? Consider These Five Things First

Ready to Buy a Home? Consider These Five Things First

Some say the generation is entitled; some say they’re lazy. They’re also known to be tech-savvy, educated individuals. Who are they? They’re millennials and they’re a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the world today. As far as real estate goes, many millennials are considering whether or not it is their time to buy a home. Like every home buyer, members of the mil

Don’t Make a Move Without Doing These Five Things

Don’t Make a Move Without Doing These Five Things

This summer, we’ve given a lot of advice to people looking to buy a home and those looking to sell theirs, too. You know what those two things have in common? Moving. And, when it comes to a stress-free move, everyone could use a little advice. If you’re in the process of packing up to move to a new home this summer, here are five things you won’t want to forget as you’r

Five Ways to Celebrate National Family Fun Month in Pittsburgh

Five Ways to Celebrate National Family Fun Month in Pittsburgh

Summer vacation season may be winding down as back-to-school season creeps in this month. But, that is no reason for the fun to end. August is National Family Fun Month and Pittsburgh is the perfect place to find family fun! Here are five fun things to do with your family in Pittsburgh before summer ends: 1. Walk on the wild side at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Where else can yo

Stay or Walk Away? What Happens When a Buyer Breaks a Contract

Stay or Walk Away? What Happens When a Buyer Breaks a Contract

Making the choice to buy a home is obviously a serious decision. But, you know what else is quite a conundrum? Deciding to walk away from a home you’ve been planning to buy. For a number of different reasons, prospective buyers may be on their way through the closing process when they decide that they simply cannot go through with their purchase. What could make a buyer do such a thing? H

10 Pieces of Financial Advice to Stop Spending and Start Saving

10 Pieces of Financial Advice to Stop Spending and Start Saving

Vacations, fairs, summer holiday appliance sales and more. There always seems to be perfectly legitimate reasons to spend money in the summer time. Instead of plotting your next purchase while you’re laying by the pool this weekend, consider taking these 10 pieces of fundamentally-awesome financial advice: 1. Get familiar with your finances. Why even consider taking financial advice if yo

Don’t Get Burned by Bad Decisions When Buying a Home

Don’t Get Burned by Bad Decisions When Buying a Home

We’re not only in the heat of the summer months, but we’re also in the heat of the hottest home-buying season around! So, how do you keep your cool once you’ve placed an offer on a home and you’re waiting to close? Avoid doing these things to make sure your home-buying dreams don’t melt away this summer: Don’t apply for more credit. This means no major

Eight Reasons to Never Judge a Home by its Listing Photos

Eight Reasons to Never Judge a Home by its Listing Photos

You’ve probably heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. You’ve likely also been told not to judge a book by its cover. So, when you’re looking to buy a home, should you accept what a picture shows and judge a home by its listing photos? The answer is a resounding “no,” but it also is two-fold. You should neither dismiss nor fall in love with a home based on