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Five Tips for Buying a Home in Winter

Five Tips for Buying a Home in Winter

During this busy shopping season, many of us are crossing items off our lists each and every day. But, what if you’re looking for a very big-ticket item this holiday season? Though there may not be as many buyers on the market right now, those people who are looking for a home are serious. So, we’ve made a list of some seriously good tips for buying a home in winter. If you’re

Five Hot Home Improvement Projects to Warm Up to This Winter

Five Hot Home Improvement Projects to Warm Up to This Winter

Right now, you may be busy filling your holiday shopping list with every bargain you can find in stores. Once the holiday season ends, it may be time for you to start working on some other wishes… you know, that never-ending list of home improvement projects! This year, don’t feel limited by the fact that cold weather and snow could keep you indoors. Instead, find some perfect plac

Don’t Be Confused. These Mortgage Misunderstandings Can Cost You

Don’t Be Confused. These Mortgage Misunderstandings Can Cost You

The spending season is upon us. But, that doesn’t mean you should be spending in excess everywhere you go. Just like you may be waiting for the best deals on those perfect holiday gifts, you also should be aiming for the best deal if you’re shopping for a home mortgage. Unfortunately, just like the flurry of holiday sales can have you confused about what price is best, a few mortgag

Seven Tips to Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

Seven Tips to Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

Your decorations are up. You’ve bought a few gifts. You may even have your holiday cards addressed. Now that the holiday season is in full swing, it is time to focus on this year’s hosting responsibilities. If you’ll be welcoming friends and family into your home this season, save yourself some stress and start to prepare early! Since this gift-giving season is a list-making s

Five Things Snowbirds Should Do Before Flocking South This Winter

Five Things Snowbirds Should Do Before Flocking South This Winter

Admittedly, fall weather has been pretty kind to us all this year. But, for those homeowners who prefer a full escape from seasonal snow, the time is near to flock south for the winter. If you’re ready to pack up and head toward warmer temperatures or waters, there are a few things you should do for your home before you go. Snowbirds, add these five things to your to-do list before leavin

Want Seasonal Savings? Try These Five Tips to Avoid Overspending

Want Seasonal Savings? Try These Five Tips to Avoid Overspending

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to shift mental gears to the impending holiday shopping season. With so many deals before the holidays arrive, it is incredibly easy to go spend crazy. But, what if you have financial goals like saving money or making a major purchase, you know, like buying a home, in the next year or so? What can you do to prevent yourself from splurging for the n

Five Tips to Hack Your Way to Hosting a Perfect Thanksgiving Day

Five Tips to Hack Your Way to Hosting a Perfect Thanksgiving Day

If you’ve just moved into a new home in the Pittsburgh area, the chances are good that you may not be ready to host a major holiday this year. But, if you’re a new Pittsburgh area homeowner who is happily settled in, you may be looking forward to hosting this year’s Thanksgiving feast. If you are hosting the big day this week, you should know that you don’t have to make it

Three Tips for Buying a Home When You’re Self-Employed

Three Tips for Buying a Home When You’re Self-Employed

These days, so many buyers are looking for homes that include a home office. If one isn’t already set up, you can bet lots of buyers are looking for the ideal space to turn into their own. So, it may come as a bit of a surprise that although many professionals are working at home, it actually can be harder for those at-home employees to secure a home loan. This is especially true for those w

Tips for Writing an Offer Letter That No Seller Can Refuse

Tips for Writing an Offer Letter That No Seller Can Refuse

For so many sellers and buyers, completing a real estate transaction is an extremely emotional process. And, for good reason, right? When you’re selling a home that you’ve made memories in, it is only natural that you’ll feel a personal connection to it. When you’re looking to buy a home that you’re planning to make memories in, you’re certainly hoping to find t

Five Things You Don’t Want to Miss When Touring a Home

Five Things You Don’t Want to Miss When Touring a Home

In today’s real estate market, time can be of the essence when a new home goes up for sale. In highly coveted areas, it can seem like homes are already under contract before you even see a “For Sale” sign in the front yard. So, what can a motivated buyer do to give themselves the best chance of landing the home of their dreams? Know what to look for, of course! We’re not