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National Pizza Month - Our Favorite Pizza in Pittsburgh

National Pizza Month - Our Favorite Pizza in Pittsburgh

Step aside pumpkin spice, October is all about pizza. Seriously, October is National Pizza Month! From thin crusts to extra cheese, we’re digging up some of the best pizzerias in Pittsburgh. Now, it’s no secret that Western Pennsylvania is packed full of pizza parlors, so in order to narrow down the best of the best, we’ve asked a few of our agents and employees to share their

Tips for Part-time Real Estate Agents to Find Full-Time Success

Tips for Part-time Real Estate Agents to Find Full-Time Success

The changing seasons could have you thinking about making some other changes in your life. Perhaps you’re considering the prospects of a career change. While certainly exciting, diving into a new profession can also be terrifying! If you’re looking for a bit of a safety net before making a total change, a professional career in real estate could be exactly what you’re seeking.

Frighteningly Good Facts About Open Houses

Frighteningly Good Facts About Open Houses

Now that mid-October has arrived, many of us have spent some time scouting out local haunted houses in the spirit of the Halloween season. While getting a good scare as you tour through creepy decor may be ideal for some, haunted houses are just not for everyone. In the real estate world, we give our own type of tours through available homes, but they’re called open houses—and, they

Five Pointers for Buying a Home with Pets

Five Pointers for Buying a Home with Pets

Some have fur. Some have fins. Some have four legs. Some have feathers. One thing that our pets have in common is that they all are members of the family. So, when it comes to buying a home, we’ve got to keep their needs in mind. But what exactly does that mean for today’s home buyer?  Here are five tips for home buyers looking for a new home that will accommodate their pets:

Five Tasks to Add to Your Fall Home Maintenance List

Five Tasks to Add to Your Fall Home Maintenance List

For many of us, the autumn season means falling leaves, football season and pumpkin-flavored something. But, if you’re a homeowner, fall should mean must-do maintenance—in preparation for winter, of course! So, before you take a sip of your favorite pumpkin latte or seasonally-spiced beer, take a look at these five fall home maintenance tasks:   1. Clean the Gutters We

Family, Future & More for Military Members to Consider When Buying

Family, Future & More for Military Members to Consider When Buying

For anyone interested in buying a home, there are a lot of decisions to be made. From the type of flooring they may want to the type of loan they may qualify for, this major purchase comes with major choices. For the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, there are even more things to consider when it comes to buying a home. Here are five things to think about if you are a military member

“Howdy Neighbor!” and Other Ways to Be a Good Neighbor

“Howdy Neighbor!” and Other Ways to Be a Good Neighbor

Taking care of your pets while you’re on vacation; helping you shovel out from a deep winter snow; or, just being there at the end of a long week with a good listening ear or a glass of wine—There is so much to be said about having good neighbors. Since today is National Good Neighbor Day, we couldn’t help but share a few tips on how you can help spread the love to your neighbors

Five Tips to Get Your Home in List-Ready Condition—Fast!

Five Tips to Get Your Home in List-Ready Condition—Fast!

Relocating for a job, taking care of a family member, changing marital status or simply finding the home you know will be yours forever… these are all reasons that someone may need to list their home for sale in a short amount of time. If you are finding yourself in a situation where you need to list your home in a hurry, we’ve got some help for you. Here are five quick and easy wa

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