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First-time Buyers, Meet Pittsburgh: The Best Place for You to Buy

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First-time Buyers, Meet Pittsburgh: The Best Place for You to Buy

We get it. Buying a home for the first time is a scary thing. But, first-time home buyers in Pittsburgh have got something on their side – Pittsburgh is the best city in the U.S. for first-time home buyers. No, it’s not because of the pierogis or Primanti’s (though we can all agree those local favorites don’t hurt when it comes to a “best of” list like this).

What You Need to Know Before Building a Home

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What You Need to Know Before Building a Home

If you’re planning to build a home, you’re going to want to pay attention! Here are a few things you’ll want to know before building your home: The build process can be long. When you’re buying a home, you find the one you want, make an offer and if it is accepted, you go to close in a couple months or so. When you’re building, you may tour through a model or two a

10 Tips for Splashing into Hot Summer Savings

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10 Tips for Splashing into Hot Summer Savings

With kids everywhere counting down the days until the end of another school year, moms and dads everywhere are trying to finalize summer plans. From daily care to vacations and other family activities, summer can be a fun – but expensive – time for everyone. Don’t let your financial goals drift off in a summer breeze this sunny season. Instead, try one or all of these 10 tips

Summer Home Safety: Tips to Keep Kids Safe at Home

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Summer Home Safety: Tips to Keep Kids Safe at Home

As the end of another school year approaches, parents everywhere are preparing to have their children home for the summer. Understandably, safety is at the top of the minds of moms and dads right now. From toddlers to teens, kids have a knack for getting into things they are not supposed to. What can parents do to prevent children from getting hurt at home? Here are a few tips for improving

Make Mother’s Day Plans – The Pittsburgh Way!

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Make Mother’s Day Plans – The Pittsburgh Way!

May has arrived and it is officially time to trade in those April showers for Mother’s Day flowers and Memorial Day fun! You’ve still got plenty of time to plan your end-of-the-month BBQ, but you're running out of time to make sure that Mom’s day is a special one. Luckily, Pittsburgh has  plenty to offer when it comes to showering Mom with the appreciation she deserve

With Age Comes Three Major Concerns When Buying an Older Home

With Age Comes Three Major Concerns When Buying an Older Home

Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “With age comes beauty.” This certainly is what many home buyers feel when they tour through older homes. Of course, there is beauty to be found in new homes, too. But, there often is something so majestic about the original architecture and charm of a historic home. If you’re a buyer who is drawn to homes that are centuries or even a few de

Eight Foolish Flops for First-time Home Buyers to Avoid

Eight Foolish Flops for First-time Home Buyers to Avoid

At this point, April Fools’ Day may be a distant memory; but, anyone who works in the real estate industry will tell you that some foolish things can happen on any day of any month. Often times, first-time home buyers fall into a group that may be fooled by some of these prank-worthy predicaments. Here are eight foolish trends that first-time home buyers can fall into: 1. They don&rsqu

Ten Tips to Prepare Your Home for Picture-Perfect Listing Photos

Ten Tips to Prepare Your Home for Picture-Perfect Listing Photos

Recently, we gave you a down and dirty guide to fixing up some filthy places in your home. But, when you’re listing a home for sale, your efforts have got to be a little more far-reaching than even those nooks and crannies. Decluttering and deep cleaning go without saying; but, to give your home that picture-perfect appeal – you know, the kind you see in magazines and on your favorite

Spring into the Home-Buying Process: Get Mortgage Pre-Approval!

Spring into the Home-Buying Process: Get Mortgage Pre-Approval!

As the current school year nears a close, one of the hottest home-selling seasons is about to get underway. Savvy sellers are preparing to list their homes with plenty of time to sell and close before another school year begins. If you’re in the market to buy a new home, you’ll want to be at the top of your game, too. So, it may be time to find a mortgage lender and get pre-approved

Five Filthy Places to Add to Your Spring Cleaning List

Five Filthy Places to Add to Your Spring Cleaning List

Spring cleaning season is upon us. Whether you’re ready or not, it is time to tackle a few of those annual home cleaning tasks. In addition to your heavy spring home maintenance schedule, we’ve identified some down and dirty duties that you may want to add to your regular cleaning routine. Here are five filthy places it is time to freshen in your home:  1. The Kitchen No