Blog Entries in April

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

Earth Day, Your Way! 10 Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Projects

Earth Day, Your Way! 10 Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Projects

As Earth Day approaches this weekend, you may be considering doing something nice for Mother Nature. Amping up your recycling efforts, volunteering to pick up trash and planting a few trees are great ways to show our planet some appreciation. But, did you realize that your Earth Day efforts could also be beneficial for you and your home? Why not celebrate Mother Nature in a way that is also goo

Online Vs. In-Person House Hunting: 10 Things You Must See in a Home

Online Vs. In-Person House Hunting: 10 Things You Must See in a Home

These days, online retailers like Amazon have drastically changed the way we shop for everything from pens and pencils to pants and pantry items. Have online conveniences like hundreds of customer reviews and two-day shipping spoiled us so much that we now expect to only rely on online listings when it comes to shopping for a new home? No way! Well, not at least when it comes to some of a home&

Five Must-Have Apps for Real Estate Agents

Five Must-Have Apps for Real Estate Agents

Eager home sellers are not the only people gearing up for a bustling spring real estate season. Real estate agents everywhere are preparing for what is typically one of their busiest times of the year. With multiple listings, clients and other professional contacts, how can a real estate agent keep organized? Even the real estate agents who have mastered answering emails over lunch and scheduli

10 Things You Should Know About New Construction Loans

10 Things You Should Know About New Construction Loans

If you’re considering buying a home, you’ve likely considered the mortgage process. But what if you’re considering building a new home, instead of buying from a seller? Can you automatically go about the mortgage approval process in the same way? Well, sometimes. New construction loans can be obtained by a home builder or buyer. If you’re building a home with a large bui

Five Major Tax Breaks for Homeowners

Five Major Tax Breaks for Homeowners

From freely making simple design choices around the house to having something that is constantly accruing in value, there certainly are perks to being a homeowner year-round. But, spring brings particular good reason to appreciate homeownership. During tax season, homeowners can receive a little break from Uncle Sam in several areas. As tax day—which is April 17th this year—approach

Five Tips to Get Growing During National Lawn and Garden Month

Five Tips to Get Growing During National Lawn and Garden Month

April may be National Lawn and Garden Month, but if you want seasonal showers to bring bright greens and blossoms to your landscaping, you’ll need to give your curb appeal a closer look this spring. Here are five tips for keeping your landscaping healthy through National Lawn and Garden Month—and all year long! 1. Know How to Mow When it comes to mowing your lawn this spring a

Looking for Home-Buying Options? Consider Bitcoin!

Looking for Home-Buying Options? Consider Bitcoin!

You’ve heard of buying points to obtain a lower annual percentage rate, or APR, on your mortgage. You’ve probably even heard of people, who buy items like a dining room table or another piece of furniture, out of a home during the sales process. But, have you heard of buying a home with bitcoin? Have you even heard of bitcoin? This digital currency is accepted for goods and services

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