Blog Entries in July

Renters: Five Reasons You Need Insurance

Renters: Five Reasons You Need Insurance

As students and staff prepare to head back to class this fall, you can bet that many lease agreements are being renewed or even signed for the very first time. If you’re a landlord, you obviously carry insurance on your property. But if you’re renting, you should know that your landlord’s insurance policy does not cover you and your belongings. When it comes to any unfortunate

Considering an Addition? Ask These Five Questions First.

Considering an Addition? Ask These Five Questions First.

Summer may be the time for switching it up when it comes to your home, but that doesn’t have to mean buying a new home and starting all over. In fact, if you’re a long-time homeowner whose home just isn’t measuring up to all your needs and wants anymore, you could consider adding on to the home you love instead of abandoning it altogether. Has the home renovation bug bit you thi

Mortgage Matters - How to Choose One That is Right for You

Mortgage Matters - How to Choose One That is Right for You

When it comes to purchasing a new home, buyers are typically excited about choosing the options that are most important to them. Flooring, countertops and other fixtures may top their lists. But does that excitement carry over to a buyer’s home loan? Not always. When you apply for a mortgage, you may feel like your only options are approval or denial. But there are choices when it comes to

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Value This Summer

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Value This Summer

You’ve probably already seen back-to-school displays in stores. You may even be feeling a little sad because the end of summer is in sight. But that doesn’t mean there is no time left for a few summer projects around your home. In fact, there are some simple things you can do to your home to add some value, particularly if you’re planning to sell anytime soon. If you have the

Spend National Ice Cream Month Sampling Pittsburgh’s Best Ice Cream

Spend National Ice Cream Month Sampling Pittsburgh’s Best Ice Cream

As if we even needed a reason to enjoy more ice cream this summer, July is National Ice Cream Month! How can you celebrate this sweet occasion? By visiting some of Pittsburgh’s best ice cream shops, of course. You don’t have to look too far to find good ice cream in Pittsburgh. Here are five of our favorite ice cream shops in and around the city: 1. Glen’s Frozen Custard I

Five Tips for Throwing a Great Housewarming Party

Five Tips for Throwing a Great Housewarming Party

In the process of moving into a new home this summer? Well, don’t forget to christen your new space with a housewarming party! We know, we know, the last thing you may feel like doing when you’re in the midst of unpacking boxes and setting up your new home is entertaining. But you may be pleasantly surprised by how it feels to take a minute, welcome a few friends, meet a few neighbors

5 Things Buyers Should Know Before Buying a Home Without an Agent

5 Things Buyers Should Know Before Buying a Home Without an Agent

When it comes to real estate, you’ve probably heard of homes being listed as “for sale by owner.” This is when a home is put up for sale by its owners, without the help of a real estate agent. Similarly, it is possible to buy a home without the help of a professional real estate agent. It is possible, but not necessarily easy. Though some buyers are able to find a home, make a

New Homeowners: Buy These 10 Things Before Moving In

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New Homeowners: Buy These 10 Things Before Moving In

Homeownership is an awesome role, but it requires a bit of responsibility. For everything from changing light bulbs to hanging up home décor, homeowners are responsible for their own routine home maintenance and other odd jobs around the house. And these tasks require supplies! With all the excitement that goes along with buying a home, it can be easy for new homeowners to overlook some

Pack a Lunch and Enjoy National Picnic Month in Pittsburgh

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Pack a Lunch and Enjoy National Picnic Month in Pittsburgh

This week, our minds may be filled with thoughts of backyard BBQs and 4th of July fireworks. And rightfully so! But, after this week’s sparkling summer celebration is over, there still will be lots more of summer to celebrate. What better way to enjoy a beautiful summer day than by packing a lunch and having a picnic? Just in time for National Picnic Month, we’ve scoped out some of

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