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Five Reasons to Work with a Licensed Real Estate Agent

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Five Reasons to Work with a Licensed Real Estate Agent

The internet has enough information to turn almost any beginner into an experienced do-it-yourselfer. Have a running toilet? Check out a couple of YouTube videos, and the next thing you know you are replacing the float, flapper, chain, and now have a perfectly quiet toilet. Never planned a dinner party? Stop by Pinterest, and your guests will think you hired Martha Stewart. But while the web has g

Fun and Delicious Things to Do in and Around Pittsburgh This Mother’s Day

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Fun and Delicious Things to Do in and Around Pittsburgh This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is approaching, and if you haven’t already, now’s the time to plan the perfect day for yourself or your own mom. To help make the day special, we’ve researched some of the best restaurants and events the Greater Pittsburgh area has to offer this May 12.   There are a lot of options when planning Mother’s Day. If young children are involved, breakfa

Four Things to Consider When Purchasing Your First Home

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Four Things to Consider When Purchasing Your First Home

Summer is approaching, and along with lemonade on the porch and trips to the pool, those who are looking for their first home will be gifted with a healthy market. When the weather warms, the U.S housing supply gets pretty hot between the months of June and August.   So, now is a great time for the first-time home buyer to browse the market and get an idea of what is out there. If the price

8 Ways to Keep Children and Pets Safe in Your Home

8 Ways to Keep Children and Pets Safe in Your Home

With our spring cleaning tasks just about completed, it is now time to prepare for carefree summer months of enjoying more time outdoors with neighbors, family members, and friends. With summer BBQs and impromptu picnics, there is likely to be more traffic in your home than usual in the coming months. Of course, you want to make sure that all guests, from those with the tiniest feet to those with

Must-Do Spring Cleaning Tasks

Must-Do Spring Cleaning Tasks

With Earth Day’s arrival and the influx of warmer weather on the horizon, there is no denying it – spring is here! The season brings the annual task of sprucing up your home. That’s right, it’s time to put on your gloves, grab your bucket and get your spring cleaning underway. Not sure where to start when it comes to this must-do task? Here are a few tips that will have

Want to Buy a Home? Avoid These Common Credit Mistakes

Want to Buy a Home? Avoid These Common Credit Mistakes

There is a lot of preparation and effort that goes into buying a home. From searching through various listings to saving up for a down payment to applying for a mortgage and all the inspections and appraisals that get you through to closing, the home-buying process can be complex. Most home buyers go into this process knowing that their finances will be scrutinized a bit before they are approve

Five Ways to Avoid Being a Difficult Seller

Five Ways to Avoid Being a Difficult Seller

The spring home-buying season is on! If you’re on the buying end of the season, you know that means you could be facing a lot of competition for the home you want to purchase. But if you’re on the selling end of the market right now, you should know that you’ll also be facing a lot of competition against other sellers. While your home’s features certainly can give you an ed

Five Tips to Spruce Up Your Yard for National Lawn and Garden Month

Five Tips to Spruce Up Your Yard for National Lawn and Garden Month

Days are longer, the air is (at least a little) warmer and we’ve likely even seen a few hints at new blossoms—spring is officially here! Some might of even have ushered in this month by pulling a few of our favorite annual pranks. With April’s arrival, we can celebrate another warm-weather tradition—National Lawn and Garden Month! What better way to commemorate this occasio

Congratulations to our Hockey Mom of the Year!

Congratulations to our Hockey Mom of the Year!

When you have 5 exceptional Hockey Mom of the Month winners, how do you decide who will be Hockey Mom of the Year? It was the task that we gave our judging panel which was joined by special guest judge and fellow hockey mom, Leslie Rutherford, of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was a hard decision for our panel, but they felt that one mom truly exemplified all of the characteristics of a winning Hocke

10 Trendy Renovation Choices That Could Hurt a Future Sale

10 Trendy Renovation Choices That Could Hurt a Future Sale

Spring is the time for many major home remodeling projects. From installing new flooring to upgrading your porch or patio to any other number of home upgrades, warmer weather seems to signal the perfect timing for making renovations. We also know that spring is a prime time for selling a home. While many buyers love a few upgrades, it pays to choose carefully when it comes to your renovations.