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Five Signs It Is Time to Sell Your Home When You Retire

Five Signs It Is Time to Sell Your Home When You Retire

Even the happiest of professionals can admit that they dream of retirement from time to time – and maybe even more frequently. And, why not? For many, retirement means more time to spend with those you love, doing the things you love. But when you’re used to an income that allows you to live a particular lifestyle, then that income changes, it can be difficult to maintain the lifest

Closing Time? Five Things You Should Know First

Closing Time? Five Things You Should Know First

So, you’re buying a home. You’ve applied for financing and saved enough money for a down payment. You’ve made an offer that’s been accepted. You’ve gone through all the necessary home inspections and appraisals. It’s time for closing. What a relief! But did you know that this exciting last chapter of the home-buying process comes with a few fees? Closing cost

Five Tips for Buying a Home in Your 20s

Five Tips for Buying a Home in Your 20s

For anyone, buying a home is a daunting task. But for a 20-something, you know—today’s millennials, buying a home can be an enormous undertaking. But it is not an unachievable goal. In fact, today’s millennials are well-prepared to deal with some typical homeowner tasks. After all, this generation is often characterized as confident and positive, both traits that certainly can he

 10 Money-Saving Mistakes You're Making and How to Stop!

10 Money-Saving Mistakes You're Making and How to Stop!

October’s start signals the beginning of the year’s fourth financial quarter. For those of us who made financial resolutions at the beginning of the year, this quarter is a good reminder to check in on how we’re meeting our goals. If you’re struggling to reach your financial goals, there is still time to make a difference this year. As this fourth quarter kicks off, we&rsq

Congratulations to the October 2018 Hockey Mom Winner!

Congratulations to the October 2018 Hockey Mom Winner!

Congratulations to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty’s Hockey Mom winner for October, Kristi Minnick. As the first Hockey Mom winner of the season, Kristi takes the word “volunteer” to a whole new level.   Kristi is the mom to one son, Keaton, who plays ice hockey for the Butler Valley Dawgs (Squirt One Team) and Deer Lakes Hockey Club (Developmental Tea

Top 10 Fall Home Maintenance Tasks

Top 10 Fall Home Maintenance Tasks

Warmer temperatures outside may still make us all feel like summer is lingering on. However, the fewer hours of daylight indicate that fall has arrived. Along with shorter days, fall’s arrival means that homeowners have a few extra maintenance issues to complete before colder weather sets in. Though it may seem like a bit of a chore, completing fall home maintenance is much easier to do w

Five of the Most Expensive Remodeling Mistakes—And How to Avoid Them

Five of the Most Expensive Remodeling Mistakes—And How to Avoid Them

Typically, when you set out to complete a home remodeling project, you’re aiming to make upgrades to a home you already love. In a best-case scenario, you’re able to complete renovations in a cost-effective manner that adds beauty and value to your home. But, what happens when your home renovation goes wrong? From unprojected costs to design disasters to contractor concerns, there i

10 Trendy Home Décor Ideas for Fall

10 Trendy Home Décor Ideas for Fall

Now that fall has officially arrived, it is absolutely OK to embrace the season and pull out your favorite autumn-inspired décor. Besides, we all know you’ve been grabbing a pumpkin spice latte whenever you could for the last few weeks anyway. The season’s official start is a great time to get your home ready for fall with a little foliage. Here are 10 of this fall’s tr

REALTOR® vs. Real Estate Agent: Deciphering the Difference

REALTOR® vs. Real Estate Agent: Deciphering the Difference

Just last week, we shared a list of real estate lingo to help first-time home buyers and sellers navigate through the real estate process. From contingencies to quaint properties, there certainly can be a lot to know when you’re buying or selling a home. But, did you realize that the learning begins before you even decide on a real estate agent or a realtor? While you may think the terms

Fall Into a Few of Pittsburgh’s Festive Autumn Events

Fall Into a Few of Pittsburgh’s Festive Autumn Events

Autumn is here, which means that now is the perfect time to scope out the region’s fun fall festivals. And when it comes to all things fall, Pittsburgh is a great place to experience the excitement. Not only does our region see some of the most beautiful fall foliage, but we also have several awesome autumn events for anyone to enjoy. If you start this weekend, you can enjoy several of thes