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Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Value This Summer

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Value This Summer

You’ve probably already seen back-to-school displays in stores. You may even be feeling a little sad because the end of summer is in sight. But that doesn’t mean there is no time left for a few summer projects around your home. In fact, there are some simple things you can do to your home to add some value, particularly if you’re planning to sell anytime soon. If you have the

Spend National Ice Cream Month Sampling Pittsburgh’s Best Ice Cream

Spend National Ice Cream Month Sampling Pittsburgh’s Best Ice Cream

As if we even needed a reason to enjoy more ice cream this summer, July is National Ice Cream Month! How can you celebrate this sweet occasion? By visiting some of Pittsburgh’s best ice cream shops, of course. You don’t have to look too far to find good ice cream in Pittsburgh. Here are five of our favorite ice cream shops in and around the city: 1. Glen’s Frozen Custard I

Five Tips for Throwing a Great Housewarming Party

Five Tips for Throwing a Great Housewarming Party

In the process of moving into a new home this summer? Well, don’t forget to christen your new space with a housewarming party! We know, we know, the last thing you may feel like doing when you’re in the midst of unpacking boxes and setting up your new home is entertaining. But you may be pleasantly surprised by how it feels to take a minute, welcome a few friends, meet a few neighbors

5 Things Buyers Should Know Before Buying a Home Without an Agent

5 Things Buyers Should Know Before Buying a Home Without an Agent

When it comes to real estate, you’ve probably heard of homes being listed as “for sale by owner.” This is when a home is put up for sale by its owners, without the help of a real estate agent. Similarly, it is possible to buy a home without the help of a professional real estate agent. It is possible, but not necessarily easy. Though some buyers are able to find a home, make a

New Homeowners: Buy These 10 Things Before Moving In

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New Homeowners: Buy These 10 Things Before Moving In

Homeownership is an awesome role, but it requires a bit of responsibility. For everything from changing light bulbs to hanging up home décor, homeowners are responsible for their own routine home maintenance and other odd jobs around the house. And these tasks require supplies! With all the excitement that goes along with buying a home, it can be easy for new homeowners to overlook some

Pack a Lunch and Enjoy National Picnic Month in Pittsburgh

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Pack a Lunch and Enjoy National Picnic Month in Pittsburgh

This week, our minds may be filled with thoughts of backyard BBQs and 4th of July fireworks. And rightfully so! But, after this week’s sparkling summer celebration is over, there still will be lots more of summer to celebrate. What better way to enjoy a beautiful summer day than by packing a lunch and having a picnic? Just in time for National Picnic Month, we’ve scoped out some of

Cool Off at Some of the Best Public Pools in Pittsburgh

Cool Off at Some of the Best Public Pools in Pittsburgh

As the month of July approaches this weekend, it’s time to make a game plan for keeping cool over the long, hot summer days ahead. What better way to chill off this summer than by spending the day by the pool? Don’t have a pool at your home? If you live in or around Pittsburgh, you’re in luck. The region has a plethora of public pools for residents and visitors to choose from.

Preparing Your Home for Sale – Five Things You Need to Know

Preparing Your Home for Sale – Five Things You Need to Know

Right now, the real estate market may pretty favorable for home sellers. But, that doesn’t mean sellers can just kick back, relax and wait for their homes to sell. It’s true; many buyers are seeking the right home to move into before a new school year starts. However, there also are many sellers eager to swoon buyers into choosing their homes. If you’re trying to sell a home t

Before You Borrow, Understand Home Renovation Loan Options

Before You Borrow, Understand Home Renovation Loan Options

A screened-in patio, updated countertops, and new flooring… summer is often the season when people decide to make major renovations to their homes. Do you have big plans for your home, but are not sure you have the proper funds to make them happen? There may be financial help to get your project from demolition to done. There are many types of home renovation loans that are designed to h

Five Things You Should Know About Homeowners Insurance

Five Things You Should Know About Homeowners Insurance

If you’re new to buying a home this summer, you’ve probably been advised that you’ll need to factor in the cost of homeowners insurance. While it is something you pay on a monthly basis, it typically is covered in your mortgage payment. For some homeowners, insurance can even be something that’s out of sight—and out of mind—until you need it most. Even vetera