Blog Entries in February

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

It All Adds Up. These Monthly Bills Mean You MUST be a Homeowner!

It All Adds Up. These Monthly Bills Mean You MUST be a Homeowner!

We recently kicked off a money-saving challenge that promises to help anyone – on any budget – save a few bucks in a year’s time. Of course, one of the first steps in saving money is knowing when and where you are spending it! If you’re a homeowner, there are few places you can count on spending your money each and every month. Yes, along with the new house keys you rece

Five Lessons First-time Home Buyers Need to Learn!

Five Lessons First-time Home Buyers Need to Learn!

Talk to anyone who has ever bought a home and they’ll surely say, “I wish I would have known…” about some part of their home-purchasing process. From things buyers wish they would have looked for to people they wish they would have talked with, when it comes to making a major purchase like buying a home, you really cannot be armed with too much information. If you&rsquo

5 Ways to Fall Back in Love with your Home this Valentine’s Day

5 Ways to Fall Back in Love with your Home this Valentine’s Day

It is probably easy to remember the way you felt when you first saw her… that certain characteristic that caught your eye… the one feature that you simply could not resist. Yep, she was perfect and you just knew that she was the one. But, now that some time has passed, she’s starting to bare her true colors and they’re just not what you had bargained for. You may even

Kick a Financial Field Goal with the 52-Week Money Challenge!

Kick a Financial Field Goal with the 52-Week Money Challenge!

We don’t know about you; but, we’re still going gaga over that epic Super bowl Sunday comeback (see what we did there?!) and the fact that football season has come to a close for another year. All of that on-field action certainly has ignited our competitive spirits. But, since there will be no more inner-office fantasy football league action until next year, we’re going to tr

SCORE! How You Can be a Home-buying Champion without Great Credit!

SCORE! How You Can be a Home-buying Champion without Great Credit!

Potential home buyers with bad credit could be feeling a bit like an underdog that is losing the big game of homeownership as they head into the final quarter of play. However, though bad credit may be enough to keep you down, it is not enough to prevent you from winning when it comes to securing financing and feeling like a champion when you finally become a homeowner. For someone with bad cre

Too Much Too Soon? When is the Right Time to Sell Your House?

Too Much Too Soon? When is the Right Time to Sell Your House?

Do you get the urge to upgrade your home about as often as you get a notification on your smartphone that it is time to upgrade its operating system? Many homeowners buy a home with full intent of upgrading to a larger (or smaller) home when their family size, professional needs or personal preferences change. But, how soon is too soon to make that switch? When it is acceptable to sell one home

Are You Pre-Qualified? Pre-Approved? Or Just Pre-tty Confused?!

Are You Pre-Qualified? Pre-Approved? Or Just Pre-tty Confused?!

Ok, future homeowners, you didn’t need that gregarious groundhog to tell you that the spring home-buying season is just around the corner, right?! But, while you may not have needed a rodent to prepare you for spring’s arrival, you may need a little real estate savvy to prepare you for your upcoming home purchase! And, that’s where we come in. If you think the home-buying proc

Five Projects to Transform Your Home in Five Minutes... or Less!

Five Projects to Transform Your Home in Five Minutes... or Less!

Too busy for home projects? We totally understand! With so many things going on, it's easy to push your home improvement projects to the side. To allow everyone to check off at least one item on their home improvement to-do list this month, we’ve come up with five five-minute home improvement projects that anyone can complete: 1. Renovate the Refrigerator: Get a jump start on