Real Estate Articles and Advice

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

Break the Cycle: 5 Ways to Stop Living From Paycheck to Paycheck

Break the Cycle: 5 Ways to Stop Living From Paycheck to Paycheck

Now that most students have headed back to class and we have a little extra time before football season kicks off, it’s time to take a good hard look at our finances. Are you comfortably earning, spending and saving the way you intended when you set those lofty financial resolutions at the beginning of the year? Or, like so many people who set goals but lose track of them as the year prog

Back-to-School Basics: The A-B-Cs of Becoming a Real Estate Agent

Back-to-School Basics: The A-B-Cs of Becoming a Real Estate Agent

Pencils and books are bought, lunches are packed and this year’s slew of back-to-school ads have pretty much everyone looking stylish and at least attempting to do the floss! Yep, from pre-K to post-doctoral, most students across the country are back in class—or at least they’re more than ready to be there. Are you feeling the urge to hit the books and head back to class too?

Nine Mistakes to Avoid When You’re Building a New Home

Nine Mistakes to Avoid When You’re Building a New Home

Building a home can be an incredible process that is full of choices and customization. It can result in the home of your dreams. However, building a home also can be a design and construction nightmare for months on end. Of course, these are the extreme ends of the spectrum, but you if you’ve decided to build your next home, you will want to know exactly what you could be dealing with&mdash

Six Ways to Keep Your Home Safe When It’s on the Market

Six Ways to Keep Your Home Safe When It’s on the Market

When you’re trying to sell your home, you want prospective buyers to explore a bit during showings, right? You want them to look around, get comfortable with the space and even imagine themselves making memories there. But how comfortable is too comfortable? Because buyers often open closets, cabinets and other nooks and crannies when they’re touring through a home, sellers should t

Five of the Best Apps for Real Estate Agents

Five of the Best Apps for Real Estate Agents

For a real estate agent who is always on the go, keeping track of numerous showings, closings and other appointments while constantly communicating with clients and other professionals can be quite difficult. Luckily, there is an app for that. In fact, there are quite a few mobile apps out there that can make it much easier for real estate agents to juggle multiple responsibilities—and deliv

Five Options for Buyers Facing a Low Bank Appraisal

Five Options for Buyers Facing a Low Bank Appraisal

You’re on your way to buy a new home, congrats! You’ve found the one you love… your offer has been accepted… you’ve completed the inspection with little-to-no issues… you’re almost there, right? There’s just one more hurdle before you’re ready to sign on the dotted line and finance your home—the home appraisal. If you’re seeki