Blog Entries in August

Break the Cycle: 5 Ways to Stop Living From Paycheck to Paycheck

Break the Cycle: 5 Ways to Stop Living From Paycheck to Paycheck

Now that most students have headed back to class and we have a little extra time before football season kicks off, it’s time to take a good hard look at our finances. Are you comfortably earning, spending and saving the way you intended when you set those lofty financial resolutions at the beginning of the year? Or, like so many people who set goals but lose track of them as the year prog

Back-to-School Basics: The A-B-Cs of Becoming a Real Estate Agent

Back-to-School Basics: The A-B-Cs of Becoming a Real Estate Agent

Pencils and books are bought, lunches are packed and this year’s slew of back-to-school ads have pretty much everyone looking stylish and at least attempting to do the floss! Yep, from pre-K to post-doctoral, most students across the country are back in class—or at least they’re more than ready to be there. Are you feeling the urge to hit the books and head back to class too?

Nine Mistakes to Avoid When You’re Building a New Home

Nine Mistakes to Avoid When You’re Building a New Home

Building a home can be an incredible process that is full of choices and customization. It can result in the home of your dreams. However, building a home also can be a design and construction nightmare for months on end. Of course, these are the extreme ends of the spectrum, but you if you’ve decided to build your next home, you will want to know exactly what you could be dealing with&mdash

Six Ways to Keep Your Home Safe When It’s on the Market

Six Ways to Keep Your Home Safe When It’s on the Market

When you’re trying to sell your home, you want prospective buyers to explore a bit during showings, right? You want them to look around, get comfortable with the space and even imagine themselves making memories there. But how comfortable is too comfortable? Because buyers often open closets, cabinets and other nooks and crannies when they’re touring through a home, sellers should t

Five of the Best Apps for Real Estate Agents

Five of the Best Apps for Real Estate Agents

For a real estate agent who is always on the go, keeping track of numerous showings, closings and other appointments while constantly communicating with clients and other professionals can be quite difficult. Luckily, there is an app for that. In fact, there are quite a few mobile apps out there that can make it much easier for real estate agents to juggle multiple responsibilities—and deliv

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

Enjoy National Eat Outside Day on a Porch or Patio in Pittsburgh

Enjoy National Eat Outside Day on a Porch or Patio in Pittsburgh

Today is National Eat Outside Day! While many Yinzers may argue that the best places to enjoy a meal outside are at PNC Park or Heinz Field, our hometown teams don’t happen to be playing today. Luckily for anyone who lives or works in Pittsburgh, there are so many great options when it comes to outdoor dining. In fact, it is pretty easy to find outdoor dining options all over the city!