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Blog Entries in March

Congratulations to our Hockey Mom of the Year!

Congratulations to our Hockey Mom of the Year!

When you have 5 exceptional Hockey Mom of the Month winners, how do you decide who will be Hockey Mom of the Year? It was the task that we gave our judging panel which was joined by special guest judge and fellow hockey mom, Leslie Rutherford, of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was a hard decision for our panel, but they felt that one mom truly exemplified all of the characteristics of a winning Hocke

10 Trendy Renovation Choices That Could Hurt a Future Sale

10 Trendy Renovation Choices That Could Hurt a Future Sale

Spring is the time for many major home remodeling projects. From installing new flooring to upgrading your porch or patio to any other number of home upgrades, warmer weather seems to signal the perfect timing for making renovations. We also know that spring is a prime time for selling a home. While many buyers love a few upgrades, it pays to choose carefully when it comes to your renovations.

Five Things to Expect When Buying a Home After a Foreclosure

Five Things to Expect When Buying a Home After a Foreclosure

It is common for homeowners who’ve lost a home to foreclosure to feel a certain sense of defeat—and even a little fear—when it comes to trying to buy another home. Frankly, nobody wants to default on their mortgage and lose possession of their home even once, let alone think about going through it again. But once the market conditions, personal circumstances or financial situa

Five Ways Couples Can Come Together to Manage Their Finances

Five Ways Couples Can Come Together to Manage Their Finances

When most couples plan things they can do together, managing money might not make it to the top of the list. However, maybe it should. Dealing with your finances can cause major strain for anyone – and certainly on any relationship. Instead of fretting about your finances together, here are five ways for couples to come together to successfully manage their money: 1. Avoid keeping secr

5 Kid-friendly Home Improvement Projects to Kick Off Spring

5 Kid-friendly Home Improvement Projects to Kick Off Spring

Now that the weather is starting to warm up and we’re all adjusting to that extra hour of daylight in the evenings, it is the perfect time to get outside and send cabin fever packing for the spring season! If you and your crew are looking for some fun outdoor activities to help usher in the warmer weather, we can help. And—you can help improve your home’s appearance at the same t

Five Tips for Buying a Home Out of State

Five Tips for Buying a Home Out of State

The past few days of beautiful weather have most of us eagerly awaiting spring’s arrival, so you know what that means. The spring home-buying season is also heating up. Local home buyers and sellers are scouting out the market to find the right time to list—and the right home to buy. Of course, buyers and sellers in the Pittsburgh market are not the only ones getting ready for our i

Six Questions to Ask Before You Host Your Home on Airbnb

Six Questions to Ask Before You Host Your Home on Airbnb

Many homeowners have found that hosting their homes on Airbnb can be a great way to generate some extra income—income that can be directly applied to a monthly mortgage payment, home renovations or other expenses. However, renting your home out on a short-term basis might not be the ideal option for every homeowner. If you have been considering becoming an Airbnb host, here are six things

What to Do When You Inherit Real Estate

What to Do When You Inherit Real Estate

When you buy or sell a home, you are taking part in one of the biggest financial transactions you’ll ever make. Though certainly rewarding from either side, the entire process can be physically, mentally and emotionally draining. But what happens when this duty is given to you? What happens when you inherit a property? Well, for starters, things can get even more emotionally-charged and comp

Five Questions to Ask Your Senior Services Real Estate Specialists

Five Questions to Ask Your Senior Services Real Estate Specialists

When you reach a time in your life that you’re ready to downsize from a large home into a smaller space, it can be beneficial to work with a real estate agent who specializes in senior services. But, to make sure you get the help you need in selling or buying a new home during this new time in your life, you should have a few questions prepared.   Here are five top questions to ask p

Three Tips for How to Handle a Low-Ball Offer

Three Tips for How to Handle a Low-Ball Offer

It is a pretty amazing feeling for home sellers when the offers start coming in. However, that excitement can quickly be shrouded by a low-ball offer, or an offer that is far lower than your asking price. But, once you get over the initial shock and that slightly insulted feeling, you’ve got to make a decision. Do you counter the offer and try to get to a price point that is more reasonab