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Want to Buy a Home? Avoid These Common Credit Mistakes

Want to Buy a Home? Avoid These Common Credit Mistakes

There is a lot of preparation and effort that goes into buying a home. From searching through various listings to saving up for a down payment to applying for a mortgage and all the inspections and appraisals that get you through to closing, the home-buying process can be complex. Most home buyers go into this process knowing that their finances will be scrutinized a bit before they are approve

Five Ways to Avoid Being a Difficult Seller

Five Ways to Avoid Being a Difficult Seller

The spring home-buying season is on! If you’re on the buying end of the season, you know that means you could be facing a lot of competition for the home you want to purchase. But if you’re on the selling end of the market right now, you should know that you’ll also be facing a lot of competition against other sellers. While your home’s features certainly can give you an ed

Five Tips to Spruce Up Your Yard for National Lawn and Garden Month

Five Tips to Spruce Up Your Yard for National Lawn and Garden Month

Days are longer, the air is (at least a little) warmer and we’ve likely even seen a few hints at new blossoms—spring is officially here! Some might of even have ushered in this month by pulling a few of our favorite annual pranks. With April’s arrival, we can celebrate another warm-weather tradition—National Lawn and Garden Month! What better way to commemorate this occasio

Congratulations to our Hockey Mom of the Year!

Congratulations to our Hockey Mom of the Year!

When you have 5 exceptional Hockey Mom of the Month winners, how do you decide who will be Hockey Mom of the Year? It was the task that we gave our judging panel which was joined by special guest judge and fellow hockey mom, Leslie Rutherford, of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was a hard decision for our panel, but they felt that one mom truly exemplified all of the characteristics of a winning Hocke

10 Trendy Renovation Choices That Could Hurt a Future Sale

10 Trendy Renovation Choices That Could Hurt a Future Sale

Spring is the time for many major home remodeling projects. From installing new flooring to upgrading your porch or patio to any other number of home upgrades, warmer weather seems to signal the perfect timing for making renovations. We also know that spring is a prime time for selling a home. While many buyers love a few upgrades, it pays to choose carefully when it comes to your renovations.

Five Things to Expect When Buying a Home After a Foreclosure

Five Things to Expect When Buying a Home After a Foreclosure

It is common for homeowners who’ve lost a home to foreclosure to feel a certain sense of defeat—and even a little fear—when it comes to trying to buy another home. Frankly, nobody wants to default on their mortgage and lose possession of their home even once, let alone think about going through it again. But once the market conditions, personal circumstances or financial situa

Five Ways Couples Can Come Together to Manage Their Finances

Five Ways Couples Can Come Together to Manage Their Finances

When most couples plan things they can do together, managing money might not make it to the top of the list. However, maybe it should. Dealing with your finances can cause major strain for anyone – and certainly on any relationship. Instead of fretting about your finances together, here are five ways for couples to come together to successfully manage their money: 1. Avoid keeping secr

5 Kid-friendly Home Improvement Projects to Kick Off Spring

5 Kid-friendly Home Improvement Projects to Kick Off Spring

Now that the weather is starting to warm up and we’re all adjusting to that extra hour of daylight in the evenings, it is the perfect time to get outside and send cabin fever packing for the spring season! If you and your crew are looking for some fun outdoor activities to help usher in the warmer weather, we can help. And—you can help improve your home’s appearance at the same t

Five Tips for Buying a Home Out of State

Five Tips for Buying a Home Out of State

The past few days of beautiful weather have most of us eagerly awaiting spring’s arrival, so you know what that means. The spring home-buying season is also heating up. Local home buyers and sellers are scouting out the market to find the right time to list—and the right home to buy. Of course, buyers and sellers in the Pittsburgh market are not the only ones getting ready for our i

Six Questions to Ask Before You Host Your Home on Airbnb

Six Questions to Ask Before You Host Your Home on Airbnb

Many homeowners have found that hosting their homes on Airbnb can be a great way to generate some extra income—income that can be directly applied to a monthly mortgage payment, home renovations or other expenses. However, renting your home out on a short-term basis might not be the ideal option for every homeowner. If you have been considering becoming an Airbnb host, here are six things