Blog Entries in November

Five Budgeting Tips to Help You Save Money During the Holidays

Five Budgeting Tips to Help You Save Money During the Holidays

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have officially kicked off the 2018 holiday shopping season. But where do these big-spending days leave those of us who would like to remain financially responsible throughout this bustling shopping season? It can be easy to get caught up between finding a bargain and maintaining a budget during the holiday season. But there is help for those who might be wishing f

Thanksgiving Holiday Fun for the Whole Family in Pittsburgh

Thanksgiving Holiday Fun for the Whole Family in Pittsburgh

For many, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend might be filled with shopping sales at big-time retailers and small businesses. But for those who would rather avoid the crowds and spend the holiday with family and friends, Pittsburgh offers plenty of other activities to keep you busy. If you’re hosting family or friends for Thanksgiving this year, here are just a few things to enjoy in and aro

5 Reasons Not to Give Listing Your Home in Winter the Cold Shoulder

5 Reasons Not to Give Listing Your Home in Winter the Cold Shoulder

The weather outside might be getting colder, but that is no reason for home sellers to think their potential for selling during winter months cannot still be hot. In fact, there are certain perks to listing a home in winter that spring and summer sellers simply don’t get to enjoy. If you are thinking of listing your home this winter, here are five reasons why you should confidently contin

Congratulations to the November 2018 Hockey Mom Winner!

Congratulations to the November 2018 Hockey Mom Winner!

Congratulations to Greensburg native, Mandi Hammond, who was named Hockey Mom of the Month for November. Mandi was described as “always taking care of everyone else”, and we can see why! Mandi is a mom to two hockey-playing sons, Ethan and Noah, who play for Hempfield Area school

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

Curb Appeal Matters: Five Tips to Keep Yours Current

Curb Appeal Matters: Five Tips to Keep Yours Current

By now, you’ve surely put away your witches, skeletons and other scary Halloween outdoor decorations. While they were fun for welcoming neighborhood trick-or-treaters, you can’t just keep your spooky things up until you’re ready to deck your halls for the holidays. If your home is on the market, you probably are particularly conscious of what you’re showing potential buy

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

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