Blog Entries in November

5 Reasons Not to Give Listing Your Home in Winter the Cold Shoulder

5 Reasons Not to Give Listing Your Home in Winter the Cold Shoulder

The weather outside might be getting colder, but that is no reason for home sellers to think their potential for selling during winter months cannot still be hot. In fact, there are certain perks to listing a home in winter that spring and summer sellers simply don’t get to enjoy. If you are thinking of listing your home this winter, here are five reasons why you should confidently contin

Congratulations to the November 2018 Hockey Mom Winner!

Congratulations to the November 2018 Hockey Mom Winner!

Congratulations to Greensburg native, Mandi Hammond, who was named Hockey Mom of the Month for November. Mandi was described as “always taking care of everyone else”, and we can see why! Mandi is a mom to two hockey-playing sons, Ethan and Noah, who play for Hempfield Area school

Five Tips to Help Buyers With Online Home Searches

Five Tips to Help Buyers With Online Home Searches

Today’s home searches do not begin by simply driving by a “for sale” sign and stopping in to view a home. In many cases, buyers begin searching for their next properties from the comforts of their current homes. In fact, online home searches have become such a reality for today’s home buyers that listing photos have become an integral part of curb appeal. If you’re

Curb Appeal Matters: Five Tips to Keep Yours Current

Curb Appeal Matters: Five Tips to Keep Yours Current

By now, you’ve surely put away your witches, skeletons and other scary Halloween outdoor decorations. While they were fun for welcoming neighborhood trick-or-treaters, you can’t just keep your spooky things up until you’re ready to deck your halls for the holidays. If your home is on the market, you probably are particularly conscious of what you’re showing potential buy

Don’t Have a 20% Down Payment? You Do Have Options

Don’t Have a 20% Down Payment? You Do Have Options

It has long been believed that buyers must put 20% of a home’s purchase price down to qualify for a conventional home loan. Is this really the case? First-time homebuyers can find some relief from federal loan options. But, these buyers are not the only ones who can take advantage of options when it comes to conventional mortgages.   It’s true. A 20% down payment will likely en

Five Things You Should Know About Zoning Before Buying a Home

Five Things You Should Know About Zoning Before Buying a Home

For many people, buying a home is all about falling in love with a property that has all or most of the features on their needs and wants list. Things like the number of bedrooms and floor plan, and options like hardwood flooring and granite countertops, can be deciding factors when it comes to a home. Once you’re satisfied that you’ve found the right property, it is common for your mi

Want Seasonal Savings? Try These Five Tips to Avoid Overspending

Want Seasonal Savings? Try These Five Tips to Avoid Overspending

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to shift mental gears to the impending holiday shopping season. With so many deals before the holidays arrive, it is incredibly easy to go spend crazy. But, what if you have financial goals like saving money or making a major purchase, you know, like buying a home, in the next year or so? What can you do to prevent yourself from splurging for the n

Five Tips to Hack Your Way to Hosting a Perfect Thanksgiving Day

Five Tips to Hack Your Way to Hosting a Perfect Thanksgiving Day

If you’ve just moved into a new home in the Pittsburgh area, the chances are good that you may not be ready to host a major holiday this year. But, if you’re a new Pittsburgh area homeowner who is happily settled in, you may be looking forward to hosting this year’s Thanksgiving feast. If you are hosting the big day this week, you should know that you don’t have to make it

Three Tips for Buying a Home When You’re Self-Employed

Three Tips for Buying a Home When You’re Self-Employed

These days, so many buyers are looking for homes that include a home office. If one isn’t already set up, you can bet lots of buyers are looking for the ideal space to turn into their own. So, it may come as a bit of a surprise that although many professionals are working at home, it actually can be harder for those at-home employees to secure a home loan. This is especially true for those w

Tips for Writing an Offer Letter That No Seller Can Refuse

Tips for Writing an Offer Letter That No Seller Can Refuse

For so many sellers and buyers, completing a real estate transaction is an extremely emotional process. And, for good reason, right? When you’re selling a home that you’ve made memories in, it is only natural that you’ll feel a personal connection to it. When you’re looking to buy a home that you’re planning to make memories in, you’re certainly hoping to find t