Pittsburgh, PA Real Estate News

By Connie Wolff, REALTOR, SRES, EPRO, ASR, CNE
(EXP Realty LLC)
Signs That Help You Know When It's Time to Make the Move to a New HomeHave you ever thought to yourself “Should I move to a new home?” It’s pretty common for homeowners to ask themselves this question. No matter how many years you have lived in the house you currently own, the thought of moving might have crossed your mind at least once. If you feel undecided whether to stay or find Point Breeze homes for sale in Pittsburgh, here are some telltale signs that would help you decide if it’s time to move:  Your current home is too small or too big for you.You might have purchased your home when you were still single but if you’re already married and have kids, you might need more space to live comfortably with your growing family. You might also have kids who just graduated high school and ...
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By Gayle & Michael Blonar, Pittsburgh & Washington, PA Real Estate Sales
(Coldwell Banker Real Esate)
I've been buying and selling condos in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County for years, and if there's one thing I know, it's this: There's no point to condos if they aren't comfortable.I don't just mean furniture, or temperature. I'm talking about its location-- how far away from work do you want to live? Amenties: does it have hardwood floors? Skylights? A washer and dryer? A large enough living room? Of course, don't forget price! Will you pay too much? Are you happy with your mortgage?It's not enough to just buy a condo or townhome (or even a patio home!) in Pittsburgh without taking some time to think about the little things that could one day become the only thing.I Know What I'm Doing.Let me help ask the questions, search the neighborhoods, scout the distances to your office, and do th...
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By Connie Wolff, REALTOR, SRES, EPRO, ASR, CNE
(EXP Realty LLC)
Taking Great Point Breeze Homes for Sale Listing Photos That Sell An online listing can only tell so much about Point Breeze homes for sale in Pittsburgh. It will tell them about the location, the number of bedrooms, the size of the rooms, the community, the neighborhood, and all the other important details of the home. These listings are supported by different photos of the home such as the bedrooms, the living room, the kitchen, the garden, and more. However, not all listings are the same and not all photos are good enough to showcase the beauty of the home.  As such, here are some great tips to help you take great photos of your home for sale: Stage your home before taking photos. Remember that you want to showcase the space, not the furniture nor the color of the old paint you have ...
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By Connie Wolff, REALTOR, SRES, EPRO, ASR, CNE
(EXP Realty LLC)
Moving with Pets: Make the Move to Your Point Breeze Home EasyOur pets, just like humans, can get confused and scared when moving to a new place. To make the move to your newly purchased Point Breeze home for sale in Pittsburgh easy for your beloved furry friends, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:  Make sure you have all their veterinary records updated.From their vaccinations to medications, you should have a copy of your pet’s medical history so that the new vet will know how best to take care of your pet. Also, have at least 2 to 3 weeks worth of food and medication on hand if your pet needs medications regularly. Some vets aren’t able to write prescriptions unless they have a doctor-patient relationship with your pet and this can cause delays on your pet’s scheduled meds. ...
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By Christa Ross, Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes
(RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist)
Is it a good idea or a bad idea to ask for a seller's assist when making an offer on a home?The best way to look at a seller’s assist is that it is real money to the seller. For example an offer of $370,000 with a 3% sellers assist ($11,100) is just about the same thing to the seller as an offer of $358,900 without a sellers assist, because in both cases the final net amount they receive in their check at closing is $358,900 (minus their closing costs). Reasons for asking for a seller’s assist…You will bring less money to closing, for example if you were going to have to bring a check for down payment and closing costs for $20,000 and instead you get a seller’s assist of $10,000, then you will only need to bring a check for $10,000 to closing – so you can spend the extra money to make r...
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By Connie Wolff, REALTOR, SRES, EPRO, ASR, CNE
(EXP Realty LLC)
Best Ways to Maximize the Space in Your Point Breeze Homes for Sale Arranging the furniture to clear space in your newly-purchased Point Breeze home for sale in Pittsburgh may be a tough task. It’s challenging to make sure that every item in our house can be accommodated by the limited space. No matter how big or small your home is, the amount of stuff we have just accumulates over time and soon we find ourselves lacking enough storage space. Plan ahead to keep your things tidy and organized to maximize your space. Here are some ways to do that: Keep it simple. Avoid having too much decor and huge furniture in your house. It takes up too much space and can really be expensive. Make use of every unused space under your furniture. Certain styles of sofa, cabinet, or bed may allow some unu...
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By Connie Wolff, REALTOR, SRES, EPRO, ASR, CNE
(EXP Realty LLC)
Must-Visit Restaurants in Point Breeze Pittsburgh PA There’s nothing like looking at homes for sale or houses for rent in Point Breeze Pittsburgh PA to work out your appetite. Satisfy your food cravings at these top restaurants to dine in with family and friends:  Make Your MarkGet ready for an artisanal coffee experience that’s a whole lot different from the usual coffee-to-go atmosphere you can get from any coffee chain around the block. Hang out in Make Your Mark’s beautiful back patio while sipping on a Coconut Latte or feasting on hummus and crostini, broccoli and white bean soup, or any of their healthy and savory lunch specials.Make Your Mark is located at 6736 Reynolds St., Pittsburgh PA 15206. Pino's Contemporary Italian Restaurant and Wine BarAs executive chef and owner Joseph...
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By Gayle & Michael Blonar, Pittsburgh & Washington, PA Real Estate Sales
(Coldwell Banker Real Esate)
Getting Free Valuations is Almost ImpossibleFinding your home's value in Pittsburgh can be difficult. Automated site valuations like use often-outdated construction reports, decades-old inspections, and even compare your property to your neighbors' land, popping up incorrect data.More often than not, realtors can give the best valuation estimates, simply because of their local knowledge and background. In this case, my husband and I have 35 years of construction experience and a huge network of contractors and appraisers to leverage for each of our clients.Why Tell You All This?I myself have over 20 years of successful real estate expertise in Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities, and can help you find the value of your unique property and provide the highest quality home-selling ...
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By Connie Wolff, REALTOR, SRES, EPRO, ASR, CNE
(EXP Realty LLC)
3 Best Traits Luxury Realtors® in Point Breeze PA Should Have They say real estate agents are a dime a dozen. So how do you know which luxury Realtor® in Point Breeze Pittsburgh PA is the best for you? How do you choose who among the real estate agents you were able to find online and via friends or neighbors is the right luxury Realtor® for you?  Check out a quick list of the best qualities of a Realtor®: A good Realtor® has a lot of experience in real estate.It’s true what they say: “There’s no substitute for experience.” The ever-changing landscape of the real estate market can prove to be very treacherous to inexperienced real estate agents. Sellers and buyers should look for an experienced agent who will listen to what they need and match them with the buyer or home that fits them....
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By Connie Wolff, REALTOR, SRES, EPRO, ASR, CNE
(EXP Realty LLC)
   5 Simple Staging Tips for Your Point Breeze Home for Sale Preparing your house is important before putting it up on the market. This process is called home staging. Home staging aims to make Point Breeze homes for sale in Pittsburgh appealing to potential buyers and eventually selling them at a respectable price. Professional "stagers" can be hired anywhere but it can be expensive. So instead of hiring one, check out these simple staging tips for your property. Clean your house. Nothing is more enticing than clean surfaces, shiny floors, and clear gleaming windows. This is the easiest and simplest way to prepare your house and present it. While cleaning, you can also clear some clutter away so that more space is visualized by potential buyers. After scrubbing your house, make sure th...
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By Marcus Rice, Your Richmond & Virginia Beach Area Realtor
(Equity First Realty )
Support the Pittsburgh Steelers hiring of Michael VickRecently right after the Pittsburgh Steelers hired Michael Vick, a petition was made on change.org against Mr. Vick because of past dog fighting charges. This petition is for support of Michael Vick as a quarterback as a Pittsburgh Steelers.Michael Vick has done his time in prison, been born again in church, and rededicated himself to his Lord and Savior. He's also done community service and has been charitable to the community and to various organizations. Michael has grown up and he has become a stand up guy and a real man to God, his family, and now to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization.Now that we got these facts out if the way, let me tell you about the player. This is the best second-string quarterback we have had in 20 years...
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By Connie Wolff, REALTOR, SRES, EPRO, ASR, CNE
(EXP Realty LLC)
Top Tips for First-Time Point Breeze Pittsburgh PA Home Sellers Most real estate articles focus a lot about tips on buying new Point Breeze homes for sale in Pittsburgh. Rarely do you find any advice for first-time home sellers, which adds to the stress and confusion of home-selling: Where do I start? How do I price my home? Should I upgrade the rooms? What do I need to replace?  There are so many questions that first-time home sellers have so here’s a compact list of what to do when you decide to put your home up for sale: 1. Inspect and improve. Have a licensed home inspector check all the nooks and crannies of your home. Once they’re done with the report, make all necessary fixes, upgrades, and improvements. Know which upgrades to prioritize. For example, if you have to split your bu...
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By Connie Wolff, REALTOR, SRES, EPRO, ASR, CNE
(EXP Realty LLC)
Top Attractions for New Homeowners in Point Breeze Pittsburgh PA  “If you’re bored in Pittsburgh, you’re just not paying attention.” Travellers and new homeowners of Point Breeze Pittsburgh PA homes for sale have so many options for enjoying the neighborhood. Located east of Downtown Pittsburgh, Point Breeze is an expansive neighborhood that features a lot of different attractions that both artists and shoppers can take advantage of.The Frick Art and Historical CenterConstructed in 1970, the Frick Art & Historical Center was founded by Helen Cray Frick, the eldest daughter of one of America’s greatest industrialists and art collector. The Center houses some of the finest decorative art pieces and artifacts while providing visitors notable exhibitions.  Part of the Center is the Car and ...
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By Connie Wolff, REALTOR, SRES, EPRO, ASR, CNE
(EXP Realty LLC)
Pittsburgh PA 2-Story Victorian Home for Sale | 629 Hastings St   Character, charm and elegance combined! Be the proud new owner of this amazing Pittsburgh PA 2-story Victorian home for sale. Situated in approximately 3,000  square foot land area, this gorgeous residence  has been beautifully maintained and updated to modern standards and offers 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car detached garage, welcoming living room, romantic dining room perfect for intimate dinners and a user-friendly kitchen with quality Kitchen Aid appliances. This home also boasts 3 nice-sized bedrooms that are ultra comfortable and sleep-friendly and a full basement with plenty of space for additional storage. Point Breeze is a safe and quiet neighborhood known for its beautiful homes with friendly and helpful residen...
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By Christa Ross, Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes
(RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist)
If you are a buyer that is planning to purchase this summer or a seller that will be closing on a home after August 1st you should be aware that new government regulations will be making changes to the closing process that may effect when you finally close on the home.The largest changes will be related to the final accounting of costs at closing. When a buyer applies for a loan they will now be given a Loan Estimate detailing all their costs to purchase. They must get this within 3 days of making a loan application, and if there are any of a number of changes during the mortgage process it must be resubmitted to the buyer. The buyer must have 3 days to look this over before any of the next steps towards closing can be taken.Then no less than 3 business days before closing the lender mu...
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By Jessica Lacey
(RE/MAX Realty Centre)
With the start of a new year, it's always a good idea to assess your home and its needs. Taking stock of appliances, home systems, and other items that make a house a home will help guide you to home improvements needed, appliances that may be near the end of their lives, and any other updates that can help to boost your home's worth. Listed below are major home systems to evaluate in the new year to help give you peace of mind. HVAC In the winter and summer months a home's HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) systems are put to good use. January is the perfect month to replace disposable filters or wash permanent ones in your home's HVAC or humidifier systems. Filters should be regularly replaced or washed when use is high or during peak seasons. The start of a new year is...
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By Edward Lampl, mold & home inspections
(Ed Lampl Environmental Testing and Home Inspection in Pittsburgh )
  Yes it can, there are all different types of mold requiring different moisture rates. One specific example are basidiospores which you may see on a wood 2x4. This type of mold is associated with dry rot which means it does not need high levels of moisture to survive once this mold is present to survive.       Molds can also use humidity as a moisture/water source and grow on solely humidity as the food source such as wood/drywall can absorb that moisture from the air. Once mold is present it will release spores whether it is alive or dormant which can have allergenic effects.       When visible mold is present the best way to get rid of it is to physically remove it from the building, eliminate the water source and control air flow and humidity. There is a big difference between killi...
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By Christa Ross, Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes
(RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist)
One of the great things about Lawrenceville is that something fun is always happening and December is no exception. The fifteenth annual Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour is taking place Thursday December 4th through Sunday, December 7th. 30 local businesses are participating so you can get some holiday shopping done and sample the shopkeepers favorite cookies. On Saturday, hit the Cookie Mall at the Saint Augustine’s Social Hall, 220 37th Street to stock up on homemade treats for the holidays and the kids can participate in all the fun activities happening there between 11-2. Yum! Get your map of Cookie Tour locations here.
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By Edward Lampl, mold & home inspections
(Ed Lampl Environmental Testing and Home Inspection in Pittsburgh )
I am a industrial hygiene trained specialist - it is amazing the unethical practices the most of the mold removal companies/mold mitigation companies - sad that Angie's list has a mixed category not educating the public that a mold removal company should never touch a testing instrument. It is not only unethical, it is like a student creating their own final exam - the best way I can describe this. It's the mold scam 101 Pittsburgh - just this past year I have multiple clients that have been involved in real estate transactions approximately three years ago. They're getting sick in their building. They thought the problem was cured. They did everything to control humidity in the water issues. The real problem was they were scammed by the mold removal companies that did their own testing...
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By Christa Ross, Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes
(RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist)
Before you know it snow will be falling. Do you know any 4th or 5th grade students that want to do some sliding this winter? Send them to the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association website. The Snowpass booklet offers skiing and boarding at 21 PA Ski Resorts for FREE. Get more information.
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