Blog Entries in July

How to Help Your Retiring Parents Buy a House

How to Help Your Retiring Parents Buy a House

While there has been much hubbub about the millennials' potential to change the housing market, it is retiring baby boomers who are in control right now. If your parents are among the people looking for a new home to enjoy retirement in, you can help them. Freddie Mac recently found that baby boomers are the dominant demographic in the housing market. While millennials were expected to be b

Say “I Do” to Eight Financial Vows Before You Turn 30!

Say “I Do” to Eight Financial Vows Before You Turn 30!

Ah, sweet summer… the season of love. The season where many twenty-somethings may be saying their “I dos.” What could be more blissful? How about a happily ever after that’s filled with financial security? After all, you know how the saying goes… first comes love, then comes marriage… then comes buying a home, life’s other financial demands and, oh yes,

Should I Refi?! Why it May or May Not Be Time to Refinance Your Mortgage

Should I Refi?! Why it May or May Not Be Time to Refinance Your Mortgage

If you own a home, maybe you haven’t been paying too much attention to the low lending rates that are currently – and have consistently – been offered by banks and mortgage lenders across the nation. But, maybe you should be! Because, along with those consistently-low lending rates, come the consistent numbers of homeowners who are taking advantage of lowering the annual perce

Five Natural Ways to Rid Your Home of Pests.

Five Natural Ways to Rid Your Home of Pests.

We’ve got to let you in a little something that’s been bugging us ever since the weather started to heat up this summer. It’s bugs… creepy, crawly, winged or without, we’re taking serious issue with those pesky creatures that come in swarms each summer. But, drowning the ants, mosquitos, flies and other insects in harmful chemicals can’t be the only way to k

Real-life Home-buying Lessons for First-time Buyers

Real-life Home-buying Lessons for First-time Buyers

The home-buying process is not always easy and for first-time buyers, it can be downright difficult. Recently, we polled a few Pittsburgh area homeowners to get their perspectives on that daunting, yet doubly rewarding, first-time home-buying process. Today, we’re sharing a few real-life lessons that regional home owners shared with us. Prospective first-time home buyers, sit down, relax

Need a Financial Fix? Try a 12-Week Money Saving Challenge!

Need a Financial Fix? Try a 12-Week Money Saving Challenge!

If you have any social media presence whatsoever, you’ve been exposed to one of those challenge groups. You know the kind. “I need X number of people who want to look good, feel even better and, oh yes, be held accountable!” Well, we can’t lie. We’ve seen the posts. And, we’re inspired, too. So, we’re starting a little challenge of our own. But, instead

Can You Hack It? 15 Home Hacks that May Change Your Life!

Can You Hack It? 15 Home Hacks that May Change Your Life!

It’s the little things in life, right? That feeling you get when you’re in a rush to take out the garbage because you already can hear your trash removal service coming down the street. Or the umpteenth time that something has fallen behind your infamous kitchen junk drawer, due to overstuffing, underorganizing and, dare we say, a tad bit of hoarding?! And, yes, even how your iPhone ba

“Why Isn’t My Home Selling?” 10 Reasons Your Home Sale may be Stagnant

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“Why Isn’t My Home Selling?” 10 Reasons Your Home Sale may be Stagnant

The heat of the summer selling season is pouring down. You know you’ve heard about it… the neighbors up the street whose home was under contract in merely five days… even your friend across town who received two offers after just days of being on the market… so, why do buyers seem to continue to pass on your home? This summer is proving to be a great time to sell; so,

10 Things First Time Home Buyers Think And What They Need to Know!

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10 Things First Time Home Buyers Think And What They Need to Know!

In this day and age, it sometimes seems like everyone’s an expert; and, that can be the case when it comes to first-time homebuyers as well. Unfortunately, we all know what happens when you assume… and, assuming you know everything about your first home purchase can be a costly mistake. Here are 10 (not-so-accurate) things that first-time homebuyers may think: via GIPHY 1. “I don’t need to find

4 Features that May Help Your House Sell Quicker

4 Features that May Help Your House Sell Quicker

While price, location and condition are naturally high on buyers' "must-have" lists, there are a number of other features that will help sell homes fast.  These traits set a great home apart from just any home, which means the property could move off the market quickly. Here are four of the most "sellable" features: 1. A clean inspection A smart buyer will ha