Real Estate Articles and Advice

Buyers and Sellers: 10 Reasons You Need a Real Estate Agent

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Buyers and Sellers: 10 Reasons You Need a Real Estate Agent

The school year is winding down, which means that soon, many more motivated home buyers will be entering the real estate market with high hopes of settling into a new home before another school year begins. For sellers, that’s great news—as long as they’re properly marketing their home. For other buyers—an influx in competition could be detrimental to finding the right home

10 Things You Must Do Before Moving Into a New Home

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10 Things You Must Do Before Moving Into a New Home

As if the summer season isn’t busy enough, typically full of backyard gatherings, baseball games, vacations and many more activities—can you imagine adding a major move into that mix? There are many people who, despite that on-the-go nature of summer, also move into a new home during these next few months. So, in addition to all the fun events that are filling up summer calendars, h

Five Pittsburgh Salad Shops to Try During National Salad Month

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Five Pittsburgh Salad Shops to Try During National Salad Month

There is no doubt, our city is widely known for foods like pierogies and Primanti Bros. But, we don’t only like to stack fries on our sandwiches! Pittsburgh is also known for topping our salads with all that crispy, greasy goodness, too.  Since May is National Salad Month, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite spots to get a great salad in Pittsburgh—french fries or no

10 Facts You Should Know About Buying a Foreclosure

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10 Facts You Should Know About Buying a Foreclosure

For many homebuyers, the word “foreclosure” can be a major forewarning when it comes to making a home purchase. In today’s real estate market, foreclosures are less common to come by. Therefore, buyers may be inclined to shy away from an otherwise wonderful home, just because it is listed as a foreclosure.  If you’re interested in a home that is being marketed as a fo

Five Ways to Celebrate Mom in Pittsburgh This Mother’s Day

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Five Ways to Celebrate Mom in Pittsburgh This Mother’s Day

Some people do Mother’s Day the flowers way, or the jewelry way or the chocolate-dipped fruit way. But, for those of us in Pittsburgh, there are a few ways to show Mom you care with a little hometown flare.  Mother’s Day is this weekend, and if you’re still looking for a way to impress the special moms in your life, Pittsburgh has some options that are sure to let her know

Keep Up With Your Appliances – Know When It’s Time for Them to Go

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Keep Up With Your Appliances – Know When It’s Time for Them to Go

With Memorial Day right around the corner, savvy shoppers everywhere are preparing for some of the year's biggest sales. Any homeowner in need of new appliances can cook up some deep discounts during summer holidays. Homeowners delight especially with backyard BBQs on the horizon. But, short of a major malfunction, how can you tell if your appliances are on their way out? How do you know wh

Can you really afford a home? 5 Things to Consider

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Can you really afford a home? 5 Things to Consider

You’ve heard all the hype about the hot home-buying market this spring. You’re intrigued. You’re interested. You want to make a move. But, are you ready? Can you really afford to buy a home? Before you start making offers on homes you love, you may need to consider a few financial things first. Here are five things to think about before you take the plunge and buy a home: 1

Prepped for Sale: 10 Ways to Impress Guests at an Open House

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Prepped for Sale: 10 Ways to Impress Guests at an Open House

With May’s arrival, things are really starting to heat up. From the temperatures outside to the spring real estate market, things are getting hot, hot, hot out there. So, if you’re a seller that wants your home to stand out among the many other homes listed right now, you’ve got to be prepared for buyers. One way that sellers can help their home to stand out is by hosting an ope

Pittsburgh Tourist Attractions Sure to Impress Any Guest

Pittsburgh Tourist Attractions Sure to Impress Any Guest

With spring in the air and the school year winding down, summer travel is high on the minds of many of us. While you may be busy planning a beach getaway or a couple of camping excursions, it is also likely that you’ll be planning a few tourist-worthy trips around Pittsburgh this summer too. Whether you’ve got family and friends visiting from out of town or you want to enjoy a bit o

Five Tips to Find the Right Contractor for Your Remodeling Projects

Five Tips to Find the Right Contractor for Your Remodeling Projects

The spring season brings the arrival of the one of the busiest home remodeling seasons. From patios to porches to landscaping and more, homeowners everywhere are getting bit by the home-renovating bug. But, when you’re doing major projects around your home—even if you’re a fan of DIY—it can only get you so far. For some spring remodeling projects, you must bring in a con