Blog Entries in July

Stay or Walk Away? What Happens When a Buyer Breaks a Contract

Stay or Walk Away? What Happens When a Buyer Breaks a Contract

Making the choice to buy a home is obviously a serious decision. But, you know what else is quite a conundrum? Deciding to walk away from a home you’ve been planning to buy. For a number of different reasons, prospective buyers may be on their way through the closing process when they decide that they simply cannot go through with their purchase. What could make a buyer do such a thing? H

10 Pieces of Financial Advice to Stop Spending and Start Saving

10 Pieces of Financial Advice to Stop Spending and Start Saving

Vacations, fairs, summer holiday appliance sales and more. There always seems to be perfectly legitimate reasons to spend money in the summer time. Instead of plotting your next purchase while you’re laying by the pool this weekend, consider taking these 10 pieces of fundamentally-awesome financial advice: 1. Get familiar with your finances. Why even consider taking financial advice if yo

Don’t Get Burned by Bad Decisions When Buying a Home

Don’t Get Burned by Bad Decisions When Buying a Home

We’re not only in the heat of the summer months, but we’re also in the heat of the hottest home-buying season around! So, how do you keep your cool once you’ve placed an offer on a home and you’re waiting to close? Avoid doing these things to make sure your home-buying dreams don’t melt away this summer: Don’t apply for more credit. This means no major

Eight Reasons to Never Judge a Home by its Listing Photos

Eight Reasons to Never Judge a Home by its Listing Photos

You’ve probably heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. You’ve likely also been told not to judge a book by its cover. So, when you’re looking to buy a home, should you accept what a picture shows and judge a home by its listing photos? The answer is a resounding “no,” but it also is two-fold. You should neither dismiss nor fall in love with a home based on

10 Great Apps to Help Homeowners

10 Great Apps to Help Homeowners

Haven’t caught on to the app craze just yet? If you own a home, we’re about to give you 10 good reasons that you should just give in and start downloading! For everything from home décor to home maintenance and more, there is an app that can make your life as a homeowner a little easier. Here are 10 of the best apps for homeowners, sorted into five easy-to-use categories:

Five Reasons You Need a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

Five Reasons You Need a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

For many people, the hot summer season may get a bit sticky or uncomfortable. But, those who are thinking about selling a home, those who have recently listed their homes or those who are at any point in the home sale process may be sweating for a few entirely different reasons—and, for good reason. In any weather, a lot of work goes into selling a home. How can you remain as cool as a cu

10 Good Money Habits to Help You Fight for Financial Freedom

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10 Good Money Habits to Help You Fight for Financial Freedom

As a nation, we just celebrated our independence. When you were watching fireworks and thinking about all of the freedoms that you enjoy, did financial freedom make your list? It’s something that many renters and homeowners have in common… a longing for financial independence. But, achieving that financial freedom can be a hard-fought battle. Here are 10 habits that can help you re

Celebrate Summer Around Pittsburgh: Mini-Vacation Ideas

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Celebrate Summer Around Pittsburgh: Mini-Vacation Ideas

It’s summer vacation season and although Pittsburgh gives you plenty of reasons to stick around for a stay-cation, there also are a lot of great spots for weekend getaways around the ‘Burgh. Instead of booking a flight to a tropical destination, you can just take a short drive and enjoy some of these mini-vacation spots that are close to the city. 1. Seven Springs Mountain Resort

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,