Blog Entries in February

Ten Ways to Decide if Now is a Good Time to Downsize

Ten Ways to Decide if Now is a Good Time to Downsize

The real estate market continues to heat up as many sellers prepare to list their homes. In kind, buyers are eagerly anticipating the influx of homes that are typically available in spring. With this in mind, you may be considering listing your home as well. If you’ve reached retirement, are nearing it or will soon be sending a child off to college, you could be considering listing your h

How to Not Lose the House You Want in Five Ways

How to Not Lose the House You Want in Five Ways

Do the last few days of warm weather have your mind swirling with sweet thoughts of spring? Yes, please! Of course, that also means the hot spring real estate market is within our reach. What can buyers do to prepare for a competitive market? Well, much like Olympic athletes train to out-perform worldwide competitors, spring home buyers must be in the right mindset to outshine their competition

Take a Balanced Look Before You Buy a Multifamily Property

Take a Balanced Look Before You Buy a Multifamily Property

If you own a home, there is no doubt you remember the feeling you got when that first pair of “new home” keys were handed to you. Can you imagine multiplying that feeling by two, three, four or even more? For multifamily property owners, that feeling is a reality. Buying a multifamily property means that you are taking ownership of one or more units within a property at a time. But,

Negotiate on These Five Things Before You Buy a Home

Negotiate on These Five Things Before You Buy a Home

Most home buyers know that they can negotiate the price of a home when they go to make an offer on it. But, what may come as a surprise to many first-time homebuyers or even some more seasoned buyers, is that there are a few other negotiations that can be made when you buy a home. Before you simply accept a seller’s terms, understand that you can negotiate on these five things—and m

10 Great Pittsburgh Date Ideas in Time for Valentine’s Day

10 Great Pittsburgh Date Ideas in Time for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is today, but if you haven’t already made reservations for you and your special someone, don’t worry! Pittsburgh offers something for any-and-every couple, whether it’s Cupid’s favorite holiday or an otherwise ordinary weekend. Here are 10 favorite date ideas you can enjoy in and around Pittsburgh: 1. Sarris Candies: Who doesn’t love chocol

10 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Be Doing... Now!

10 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Be Doing... Now!

Still striving for a better you in 2018? Have you thought about tackling those sometimes-forgotten home maintenance tasks? As we prepare to transition from winter to spring, now is a great time to get on board with a regular home maintenance routine. You probably already know that you should clean your gutters and look for air leaks. But, could there be some other home maintenance tasks that yo

Tips for Decluttering Your Home Before You List it for Sale

Tips for Decluttering Your Home Before You List it for Sale

Despite a recent rodent’s forecast, the spring home-selling season will be here before we know it. For anyone considering listing their home for sale, that means the time to start preparations for selling is now. In addition to reaching out to a real estate agent, who can help you with setting a price, taking professional listing photos, marketing your home and so much more, you should start

 5 Factors Weighing Down Your Credit

5 Factors Weighing Down Your Credit

If you’re in the market for a new home this year and you want to secure a great financing rate, you’re going to need to have a good credit score. But, how are you supposed to know if there is something casting a dark shadow on your credit? Of course, things like late or missed payments are going to negatively impact your credit score when you try to apply for home financing. However

Five Packing Hacks When Moving

Five Packing Hacks When Moving

There is a lot of excitement that goes along with moving into a new home. However, long days of packing and moving day, in particular, probably don’t rank high on the list of things that people look forward to when it comes to making a move. Instead of dreading an upcoming move this spring, know this: you can hack it – in more ways than one! Yes, you’ll get through a move,

Eco-Friendly Ways to De-ice Your Walkway

Eco-Friendly Ways to De-ice Your Walkway

At this point in the month, many of us may be questioning the wintry forecast that Punxsutawney’s prognosticating groundhog predicted just a few weeks ago. However, if you’ve lived in the Pittsburgh region for more than one winter, you know that Mother Nature could take a turn and dump an immense amount of snow and ice on us at any time. So, in spite of this unseasonably warm weathe