Blog Entries in November

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

Five Things You Don’t Want to Miss When Touring a Home

Five Things You Don’t Want to Miss When Touring a Home

In today’s real estate market, time can be of the essence when a new home goes up for sale. In highly coveted areas, it can seem like homes are already under contract before you even see a “For Sale” sign in the front yard. So, what can a motivated buyer do to give themselves the best chance of landing the home of their dreams? Know what to look for, of course! We’re not

10 Unique Housewarming Gifts to Welcome New Neighbors

10 Unique Housewarming Gifts to Welcome New Neighbors

As the holidays approach, now is a great time to stock up on gifts, right? Of course, it is! But, this year, try to think beyond the seasonal holidays. Maybe you know someone who has just moved into a new home. Maybe you know someone who is searching for that perfect place. Maybe you have a friend who is hoping to buy a home in the next year. Why not use this holiday season of sales to find those

15 Things Your Realtor Would Like You to Know

15 Things Your Realtor Would Like You to Know

When you find the right real estate agent, you’re entering into a great partnership with someone you can trust. Your agent will share as much information with you as possible. But, it can help to go into your partnership with some things already in mind. Here are 15 things that real estate agents wish buyers and sellers knew:   This could be a long process. Certainly, your real es

Forget the Garland for Now: Prepare Your Yard for Winter

Forget the Garland for Now: Prepare Your Yard for Winter

OK, already! We know ‘tis the season for hanging holiday lights, stringing garland and possibly even putting up that  inflatable snowman that your children can’t seem to get enough of. Before you go crazy decking your home’s exterior with holiday cheer, make sure you don’t forget about a few important maintenance must-dos that will protect your lawn long past the holid

Boldly Brave Black Friday Crowds for These Five Home Deals!

Boldly Brave Black Friday Crowds for These Five Home Deals!

Whether you’re building a home, you’ve just moved into a new home or your home is in need of a few upgrades, the year’s busiest shopping season could be your ticket to striking a great deal on appliances, home technology and more. Of course, some people find shopping on Black Friday and during the holiday season in general, just altogether annoying. So, we’ve compiled a

Shop Smart! Eight Easy Ways to Cut Holiday Spending

Shop Smart! Eight Easy Ways to Cut Holiday Spending

Do the upcoming ho-ho-holidays have you thinking “huh-huh-humbug” when it comes to your bank account? For a multitude of reasons, many of us would like to cut down on excessive holiday spending during this season. But, that task is typically much easier said than done. That's why, we’ve compiled a budget-friendly list of ways to cut back on your holiday spending: 1. Exa