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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

Weighing the Benefits of a Home Warranty

Weighing the Benefits of a Home Warranty

When you invest in a home, whether it is brand new or beautifully aged, you want to make sure it is protected. Homeowners insurance, which is required when you purchase a home, covers against major occurrences like fire and crime. However, homeowners insurance will not cover specific parts of your home, like your plumbing or heating and cooling system. Instead, you can opt for a home warranty that

Buyers and Sellers: How to Handle Multiple Offers on a Home

Buyers and Sellers: How to Handle Multiple Offers on a Home

With the passing of Valentine’s Day and the upcoming spring home-buying season, it pretty much goes without saying that love is in the air for homes currently on the market. With all that affection toward available homes, many buyers and sellers might find themselves in a multi-offer situation this spring. In this instance, what a seller favors, a buyer might dread. So, we’re offeri

Love or Lust? 10 Ways to Know a House Is the One

Love or Lust? 10 Ways to Know a House Is the One

Feeling like you’ve been struck by Cupid? Think you could even be falling head over heels? Ready to utter that four-letter word you’ve been holding onto for what seems like an eternity? When you find the perfect match, you might also find yourself saying and doing some things that you’re not used to. Of course, we’re talking about falling in love with a home and taking t

Want to Buy a Home in 2019? Take These Six Steps Now

Want to Buy a Home in 2019? Take These Six Steps Now

There is always a lot of focus on making changes during the beginning of the year. And, why not? The new year is a great time to focus on the things you want. If you’re looking to buy a home in 2019, it is never too early to start preparing. Got home ownership on your to-do list for the year? Add these resolutions to your daily routine now: 1. Work to improve your credit score. For mo

Five Tips for Buying Real Estate in Winter

Five Tips for Buying Real Estate in Winter

Winter is not only known for cold when it comes to the weather. Most home buyers and sellers would agree that there are hotter times for the real estate market too. The mere thoughts of snow and ice could make some buyers and sellers freeze in their tracks before they want to navigate the winter market. We’ve recently shared some tips to help sellers enhance home appeal in winter. But wha

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

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

15 Tips to Help Move-in Day Go Smoothly

15 Tips to Help Move-in Day Go Smoothly

Once you get past closing day, it’s smooth sailing to get into your new home, right? Well, sometimes. There is still one big hurdle when it comes to buying and settling into a new home… move-in day. Although moving day can be stressful, there are things you can do to make it easier on the whole family. Here are 15 quick tips you can do to make your moving day go smoothly: 1. Dec