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Blog Entries in June

Five Best 4th of July Hosting Tips to Wow Your Guests

Five Best 4th of July Hosting Tips to Wow Your Guests

There are so many things to love about July.  Summer is in full swing with backyard barbeques, bonfires, pool parties and the celebration of America's Birthday.  When it comes to the 4th of July, the more festive the party the better. Whether you are just having a few friends over or a huge neighborhood party, these five tips will make you the perfect host for a party your friends wi

How to Purchase a Home Even If You Have Student Loan Debt

How to Purchase a Home Even If You Have Student Loan Debt

Many people who want to buy a home put it off until they can completely pay off their student loan debt. And while that is a responsible choice, it is not a necessity. As long as you do a thorough examination of your current debt, financial priorities, and maximize the following aspects of your finances, you can qualify for a loan.     Improve Your Credit Score   The biggest

What's the Difference Between Preapproved and Prequalified?

What's the Difference Between Preapproved and Prequalified?

Securing a mortgage can be a complicated and timely process.  When you are preapproved or prequalified for a mortgage, you gain an advantage and have the opportunity to bid on the home you would like to purchase before buyers who are not as prepared.   So what is the difference between the two?   Prequalified   Prequalification is a general indication that you could

Let's Talk Pool Safety: How to Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer

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Let's Talk Pool Safety: How to Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer

When you think about summer, you think about the fun things we associate with warm weather: playing outdoor sports, barbeques, working in the garden, and of course cooling off in a pool. Swimming is a great way to relax on a summer day, but keeping your kids safe is the most important thing.  Exercising proper pool safety is the best way to make sure everyone enjoys the day without injury. Be

Cool Off at Some of the Best Public Pools in Pittsburgh

Cool Off at Some of the Best Public Pools in Pittsburgh

As the month of July approaches this weekend, it’s time to make a game plan for keeping cool over the long, hot summer days ahead. What better way to chill off this summer than by spending the day by the pool? Don’t have a pool at your home? If you live in or around Pittsburgh, you’re in luck. The region has a plethora of public pools for residents and visitors to choose from.

Preparing Your Home for Sale – Five Things You Need to Know

Preparing Your Home for Sale – Five Things You Need to Know

Right now, the real estate market may pretty favorable for home sellers. But, that doesn’t mean sellers can just kick back, relax and wait for their homes to sell. It’s true; many buyers are seeking the right home to move into before a new school year starts. However, there also are many sellers eager to swoon buyers into choosing their homes. If you’re trying to sell a home t

Before You Borrow, Understand Home Renovation Loan Options

Before You Borrow, Understand Home Renovation Loan Options

A screened-in patio, updated countertops, and new flooring… summer is often the season when people decide to make major renovations to their homes. Do you have big plans for your home, but are not sure you have the proper funds to make them happen? There may be financial help to get your project from demolition to done. There are many types of home renovation loans that are designed to h

Five Things You Should Know About Homeowners Insurance

Five Things You Should Know About Homeowners Insurance

If you’re new to buying a home this summer, you’ve probably been advised that you’ll need to factor in the cost of homeowners insurance. While it is something you pay on a monthly basis, it typically is covered in your mortgage payment. For some homeowners, insurance can even be something that’s out of sight—and out of mind—until you need it most. Even vetera

Five Tips for Selling Your Home in Summer

Five Tips for Selling Your Home in Summer

The heat is on for home sellers during this competitive real estate market. Sure, many buyers are primed and ready to close and move into new homes before a new school year starts. But, with so many homes on the market right now, how can you make yours stand out? During summer months, you’ve got to be more than just flexible on showings to attract the right buyer. Here are five things a s

10 Tips for Staying Safe During Summer Fun

10 Tips for Staying Safe During Summer Fun

Summer is here, which means it’s time for sun, fun, and safety, of course! If you and your family are looking forward to a little #frontporchsittin and many #backyardBBQs, you’ll want to be sure to keep everyone safe and healthy during the next few months. But, you don’t have to stay inside to keep your family free from harm this summer. You just need to practice a little sens