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Five Options for Buyers Facing a Low Bank Appraisal

Five Options for Buyers Facing a Low Bank Appraisal

You’re on your way to buy a new home, congrats! You’ve found the one you love… your offer has been accepted… you’ve completed the inspection with little-to-no issues… you’re almost there, right? There’s just one more hurdle before you’re ready to sign on the dotted line and finance your home—the home appraisal. If you’re seeki

10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Stage Your Home

10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Stage Your Home

When you’re ready to sell your home, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of money on it, right? But you need to make sure that your home will be appealing to prospective buyers. Is there a way to give your home an edge over others on the market without breaking the bank? You bet! Here are 10 budget-friendly ways to stage your home before you sell: 1. Paint with neutral colors

10 Tips for College Students Renting Off Campus for the First Time

10 Tips for College Students Renting Off Campus for the First Time

Back-to-school bus traffic has not yet begun to affect the daily commute, but many college students are already preparing to pack the car and head back to campus for another semester. While students are busily packing, parents may be pouring out advice about going to class, getting enough sleep and studying for exams. We’ve got a few tips for students living off campus for the first time too

10 Easy Ways to Save Money

10 Easy Ways to Save Money

With back-to-school season in full swing, things like covering tuition costs and paying for extracurricular activities may be weighing high on your mind. Instead of worrying about all those extra fees, we have a few ways to help you save some money during back-to-school season and all year through. Here are 10 simple money-saving tasks that you can get started on today: Pack your lunch &ndas

Renters: Five Reasons You Need Insurance

Renters: Five Reasons You Need Insurance

As students and staff prepare to head back to class this fall, you can bet that many lease agreements are being renewed or even signed for the very first time. If you’re a landlord, you obviously carry insurance on your property. But if you’re renting, you should know that your landlord’s insurance policy does not cover you and your belongings. When it comes to any unfortunate

Considering an Addition? Ask These Five Questions First.

Considering an Addition? Ask These Five Questions First.

Summer may be the time for switching it up when it comes to your home, but that doesn’t have to mean buying a new home and starting all over. In fact, if you’re a long-time homeowner whose home just isn’t measuring up to all your needs and wants anymore, you could consider adding on to the home you love instead of abandoning it altogether. Has the home renovation bug bit you thi

Mortgage Matters - How to Choose One That is Right for You

Mortgage Matters - How to Choose One That is Right for You

When it comes to purchasing a new home, buyers are typically excited about choosing the options that are most important to them. Flooring, countertops and other fixtures may top their lists. But does that excitement carry over to a buyer’s home loan? Not always. When you apply for a mortgage, you may feel like your only options are approval or denial. But there are choices when it comes to

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Value This Summer

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Value This Summer

You’ve probably already seen back-to-school displays in stores. You may even be feeling a little sad because the end of summer is in sight. But that doesn’t mean there is no time left for a few summer projects around your home. In fact, there are some simple things you can do to your home to add some value, particularly if you’re planning to sell anytime soon. If you have the

Spend National Ice Cream Month Sampling Pittsburgh’s Best Ice Cream

Spend National Ice Cream Month Sampling Pittsburgh’s Best Ice Cream

As if we even needed a reason to enjoy more ice cream this summer, July is National Ice Cream Month! How can you celebrate this sweet occasion? By visiting some of Pittsburgh’s best ice cream shops, of course. You don’t have to look too far to find good ice cream in Pittsburgh. Here are five of our favorite ice cream shops in and around the city: 1. Glen’s Frozen Custard I

Five Tips for Throwing a Great Housewarming Party

Five Tips for Throwing a Great Housewarming Party

In the process of moving into a new home this summer? Well, don’t forget to christen your new space with a housewarming party! We know, we know, the last thing you may feel like doing when you’re in the midst of unpacking boxes and setting up your new home is entertaining. But you may be pleasantly surprised by how it feels to take a minute, welcome a few friends, meet a few neighbors