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10 Things to Consider Before Investing in a Rental Property

10 Things to Consider Before Investing in a Rental Property

A second income based on a property you own sounds great, but how do you get there, especially if you’re barely more than a first-time homebuyer? Very carefully, of course! Rental properties can have certain payoffs, but they also come with certain costs—and, we’re not just talking about financials here. If you’re interested in buying a rental property, you should consid

10 Tips to Help Renters Save Money to Buy a Home

10 Tips to Help Renters Save Money to Buy a Home

In many real estate markets across the nation, buying a home makes more financial sense than renting one. However, if you’re currently renting an apartment or home, you may have some major concerns about taking the plunge into home ownership. One of those concerns is likely the financial aspects of being a homeowner. Take the down payment for instance. Many lenders require buyers to put d

Can You Make the Grade? 10 Reasons Real Estate Agents Fail

Can You Make the Grade? 10 Reasons Real Estate Agents Fail

Many students are still getting back into the swing of things this fall semester, but we’re ready to hand out some grades—and, failing ones at that! It may sound harsh, but today we’re taking a look at some of the reasons that agents just don’t make the grade in the real estate industry. Here are 10 of the top reasons that real estate agents fail: 1. They don’t

Before You Kickoff the Home-Building Process, Check this List!

Before You Kickoff the Home-Building Process, Check this List!

With all the hype surrounding the start of football season, a home team win may have you feeling a bit antsy about a personal project kickoff. If you’re about to tackle the task of building a new home, you may want to consult a professional’s playbook before facing off against the home-building process. Building a home can be a difficult task, whether it is your first time or your f

Decades of Difference: Buying a Home at 20, 30, 40 and Beyond

Decades of Difference: Buying a Home at 20, 30, 40 and Beyond

With age comes… different priorities—and nothing could be truer when it comes to buying a home. What a first-time homebuyer wants and needs is likely far different from what a veteran homeowner, who has decided to downsize, is looking for. Of course, any potential home buyer needs to take things like their credit score, savings and debt-to-income ratio into consideration when they

Don’t Fail this Fall! 5 Home Improvement Projects to Never DIY

Don’t Fail this Fall! 5 Home Improvement Projects to Never DIY

The start of September signals the end of the summer travel season and the beginning of a new school year. This fall, you can count on spending cool weekends enjoying pumpkin-spice-something, watching a little football and possibly completing a few DIY projects around the house. When it comes to home renovations, there are those that are definitely D-I-Y and some that are simply D-I-Don’t

Enjoy National Eat Outside Day on a Porch or Patio in Pittsburgh

Enjoy National Eat Outside Day on a Porch or Patio in Pittsburgh

Today is National Eat Outside Day! While many Yinzers may argue that the best places to enjoy a meal outside are at PNC Park or Heinz Field, our hometown teams don’t happen to be playing today. Luckily for anyone who lives or works in Pittsburgh, there are so many great options when it comes to outdoor dining. In fact, it is pretty easy to find outdoor dining options all over the city!  

Back to School = Back to Order and Organization at Home

Back to School = Back to Order and Organization at Home

Now that learning institutions from preschools to colleges are back in session, it is time get the kids on the bus, and tackle one of the tasks that simply could not get done amidst all of the summer fun. Since the kids are out of the house now, you can postpone it no longer—it’s time to organize the house. Don’t know where to start when it comes to organizing? Don’t wor

10 Quick Financial Tips for College Students

10 Quick Financial Tips for College Students

More and more millennial buyers are entering the real estate market these days, which means that the time to start saving money is now! Since many millennials are still in college—and college can be a very difficult place to save money—we’ve decided to compile a quick list of tips to help this enterprising group of future home buyers start saving toward that first big home purcha

APR, ARM, O-M-G! 10 Mortgage Terms You Need to Know

APR, ARM, O-M-G! 10 Mortgage Terms You Need to Know

Now that we’re all done gazing at the solar eclipse and some of us have sent our little students back to class, it is time for us to hit the books and learn a bit about everyone’s favorite topic… mortgages! If you’re paying a mortgage each month, it is likely one of your largest expenses. If you’re interested in buying a home, it may be one of your biggest stresso