Blog Entries in September

REALTOR® vs. Real Estate Agent: Deciphering the Difference

REALTOR® vs. Real Estate Agent: Deciphering the Difference

Just last week, we shared a list of real estate lingo to help first-time home buyers and sellers navigate through the real estate process. From contingencies to quaint properties, there certainly can be a lot to know when you’re buying or selling a home. But, did you realize that the learning begins before you even decide on a real estate agent or a realtor? While you may think the terms

Fall Into a Few of Pittsburgh’s Festive Autumn Events

Fall Into a Few of Pittsburgh’s Festive Autumn Events

The first day of autumn is quickly approaching, which means that now is the perfect time to scope out the region’s fun fall festivals. And when it comes to all things fall, Pittsburgh is a great place to experience the excitement. Not only does our region see some of the most beautiful fall foliage, but we also have several awesome autumn events for anyone to enjoy. If you start this weeken

From CMA to MLS and More: Real Estate Terms to Know

From CMA to MLS and More: Real Estate Terms to Know

Fall is upon us, and by now, most of our students have begun to bring home a few assignments. To keep pace with this year’s scholarly crowd, we’re offering up a few vocabulary words that are sure to help any first-time home buyers or sellers as they enter the real estate market. Here are 10 commonly used real estate terms, and what they mean for buyers and sellers: CMA – Th

Five Myths First-Time Homebuyers Should Ignore

Five Myths First-Time Homebuyers Should Ignore

From searching for homes to picking up your new keys on closing day, buying a home is an exciting process. Many first-time homebuyers also have the benefit of receiving advice from family members or friends who’ve already gone through the process. While it is certainly good to hear a few different perspectives while you’re buying a home, buyers should also know to take any home-buying

Sellers - Learn the Basics About a Comparative Market Analysis

Sellers - Learn the Basics About a Comparative Market Analysis

As fall approaches, home sellers are doing whatever they can to make their homes the most on the market. To attract prospective buyers, things like well-maintained curb appeal and properly staged rooms are a major help. But there is one factor that can drive buyers to—or from—a home in a hurry. If the sales price is wrong on an otherwise perfect home, it may never stand a chance of sel

“Howdy Neighbor!” and Other Ways to Be a Good Neighbor

“Howdy Neighbor!” and Other Ways to Be a Good Neighbor

Taking care of your pets while you’re on vacation; helping you shovel out from a deep winter snow; or, just being there at the end of a long week with a good listening ear or a glass of wine—There is so much to be said about having good neighbors. Since today is National Good Neighbor Day, we couldn’t help but share a few tips on how you can help spread the love to your neighbors

Five Tips to Get Your Home in List-Ready Condition—Fast!

Five Tips to Get Your Home in List-Ready Condition—Fast!

Relocating for a job, taking care of a family member, changing marital status or simply finding the home you know will be yours forever… these are all reasons that someone may need to list their home for sale in a short amount of time. If you are finding yourself in a situation where you need to list your home in a hurry, we’ve got some help for you. Here are five quick and easy wa

10 Things to Consider Before Investing in a Rental Property

10 Things to Consider Before Investing in a Rental Property

A second income based on a property you own sounds great, but how do you get there, especially if you’re barely more than a first-time homebuyer? Very carefully, of course! Rental properties can have certain payoffs, but they also come with certain costs—and, we’re not just talking about financials here. If you’re interested in buying a rental property, you should consid

10 Tips to Help Renters Save Money to Buy a Home

10 Tips to Help Renters Save Money to Buy a Home

In many real estate markets across the nation, buying a home makes more financial sense than renting one. However, if you’re currently renting an apartment or home, you may have some major concerns about taking the plunge into home ownership. One of those concerns is likely the financial aspects of being a homeowner. Take the down payment for instance. Many lenders require buyers to put d

Can You Make the Grade? 10 Reasons Real Estate Agents Fail

Can You Make the Grade? 10 Reasons Real Estate Agents Fail

Many students are still getting back into the swing of things this fall semester, but we’re ready to hand out some grades—and, failing ones at that! It may sound harsh, but today we’re taking a look at some of the reasons that agents just don’t make the grade in the real estate industry. Here are 10 of the top reasons that real estate agents fail: 1. They don’t