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We buy houses in Pittsburgh companies – are they credible?

If you’ve been driving around in , chances are you’ve seen some billboards advertising companies that buy houses. Often times they say things like “We Buy Houses!” or “Cash For Your House”. Are these “we buy houses in companies” credible? How do I know if the local house buying companies out there are honest and credible? […]

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Understanding the Foreclosure Process in Pennsylvania

Understanding the foreclosure process in is an important part of navigating your own home foreclosure. Before we dive in… What is foreclosure anyway? Foreclosure is the legal process that lenders use to take back property securing a loan, generally after the borrower stops making payments. Foreclosure is no fun.  But just know that it’s not the […]

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How To Get Investment Property Financing In Pennsylvania – Your Options – Pittsburgh Property Guy

Investing in real estate takes capital. Often, first time investors use their own money to invest first. This usually works to buy a couple of properties free-and-clear but soon, most people run out of their own capital… which means they either have to stop buying real estate or they have to figure out how to […]

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Choosing The Best Investment Property In Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

We’re going to let you in on a little secret about real estate investing: there is no “best investment” overall, in any market. What makes a “best investment” for one investor would make a terrible investment for another investor. The truth is, there are many factors to choosing the best investment property in . Understanding […]

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Selling My House for Cash in Pittsburgh

Should you take a cash offer for your house? Not always. I’ll tell you how to sell any property for cash, some reasons to refuse a cash offer – and when you shouldn’t say no. Selling My House For Cash In If you’re selling a property in to an end buyer (the person living in the home), […]

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How do I sell my house without an agent in [market_city]?

Property Investment Market In Pittsburgh – Focus On Cash Deals

There are many opportunities in the real estate investment market in . From changing financial regulations and interest rates to an economic future that still has a lot of question marks about its direction, home buyers and home sellers are not sure how to proceed. One smart strategy that buyers and sellers are exploring is the […]

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How do I sell my house without an agent in [market_city]?

How do I sell my house without an agent in Pittsburgh?

If you’re looking to sell your house or investment property in without using a real estate agent, we can help. Although we do cooperate with brokers, sometimes it’s best to avoid paying someone to be in the middle. After all, paying 5-6% of the sale of a property in a commission is a lot of money. In certain […]

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Self Directed 401k Real Estate Investing In Pittsburgh – Frequently Asked Questions

Most people think about investing in real estate in their personal name or holding it inside an investment company (such as an LLC). But many people are discovering that there are other options, including self directed 401k real estate investing. That’s right, you can hold real estate in your self-directed 401k. It’s a powerful way […]

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Selling My House Fast in Pittsburgh

You need to sell your house fast right?  If you’re saying… “I’m having the toughest time selling my house fast in “… you’re at the right place 🙂 These tips will help you get your property sold. [NOTE: Most important – if you really need to sell fast, consider the option of selling for cash offer to […]

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I’m Relocating And Need To Sell My House In Pittsburgh

Relocation is a complicated exercise in coordination. We get local home sellers calling us or submitting their house info on this website every week saying “I’m relocating and need to sell my house in “.  The great thing is that we’re able to help a good many of those sellers sell their house quickly (because […]

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Brookline Boulevard is Revitalized

Brookline Boulevard is Revitalized Brookline Boulevard has been the cultural and commercial heart of the Brookline community since the start of the twentieth century. After a two year long renovation that cost nearly $5.35 million Brookline Boulevard is revitalized. The area is finally seeing an improved sidewalk culture that promotes local businesses and is helping boost […]

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St. Anthony’s Kids and why they matter to PPG

St. Anthony’s Kids and why they matter to PPG Community Connection When I first heard about St. Anthony School Programs I was deeply moved. I have been told by many folks at St. Anthony’s how this program has impacted these children with inclusion into the regular classrooms and preparing them for jobs and everyday life. My […]

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Real Estate Strength in the Steel City – Pittsburgh PA

Real Estate Strength in the Steel City – Pittsburgh PA Market research points to continued growth in the real estate market in Pittsburgh for 2015 and beyond. Statistics bare this out. A recent Trulia synopsis of the real estate market shows that average price per square foot for Pittsburgh was $109.  That’s an increase of […]

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5 Top Materials for Garage Doors

5 Top Materials for Garage Doors

5 Top Materials for Garage Doors By Spaces Contributor. May 4, 2015. Replacing your garage door is one of the quickest ways to increase the value of your home and can return more than 88% of your investment while also adding major curb-appeal to your house. There are four basic types of doors: 1. Swing […]

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FHA Mortgages

FHA Mortgages FHA mortgages can be good option for first-time homebuyers By Ellen Chang, May 1, 2015. First-time homebuyers often consider Federal Housing Administration loans. They do not require a large down payment or high FICO scores unlike traditional 30-year fixed mortgages. Given that young households tend not to have the savings for a substantial […]

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15 Very Affordable Metros

Pittsburgh becoming ‘flip’ city as real estate market heats up

Pittsburgh becoming ‘flip’ city as real estate market heats up May 31, 2015. By Tim Grant / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. As a real estate investor looking to buy houses, fix them up and sell them for a profit, Aaron Chaney has flipped houses in just about every part of Allegheny County, but he says his most […]

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Under Contract | Penn Hills | $45,000

For Sale | Penn Hills | $45,000

3 Bedroom Home in Nice Neighborhood. Fix & Flip for $115,000! Address | 922 Cedarwood Drive, Pittsburgh, Pa 15235 Home | 3 Bedrooms Baths | 2 Baths Parking | 2 Car Garage After Repairs Value | $115,000 Repairs | approx. $30K-$40K Taxes | approx. $2,700/year Condition | Fair Location | in a nice neighborhood, easy […]

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5 Mistakes That Delay Mortgage Approvals

5 Mistakes That Delay Mortgage Approvals (and How to Avoid Them) By Zillow Team. April 8, 2015. One of the hardest parts of getting a mortgage is interpreting advice from all the parties involved. The mortgage lender, real estate agent, insurer, attorney or escrow officer, tax adviser, financial adviser, plus your family, friends and colleagues. Since […]

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Spring Plants You Can’t Kill

Spring Plants You Can’t Kill 6 Spring Plants You Can’t Kill (Unless You Really, Really Try). Spring Plants You Can’t Kill. from Jessica Harlan, March 17, 2015. Want a garden you just can’t kill? There’s no such thing as a no-maintenance garden, says Julie Moir Messervy. Messervy is a landscape designer. Photo: Bill Sumner, from […]

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Pittsburgh Begins Hunt

Pittsburgh Begins Hunt Pittsburgh Begins Hunt for Properties with Historic Potential By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 3, 2014. Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette Lowrie Street in Troy Hill, the neighborhood where the city has begun an inventory of properties, focusing on architectural and historic merit. Consultants for the city’s planning department spent much of the […]

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Buying A Mattress

Buying A Mattress When buying a mattress, check the return policy Buying A Mattress, By Ed Perratore February 10, 2015. At Consumer Reports, we have traditionally advised you to try a mattress you’re considering buying. Test it by lying on it for at least 10 minutes on each side, your back and your stomach if […]

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Zoning Ordinance Definitions

Zoning Ordinance Definitions Zoning Ordinances Law & Legal Definitions Zoning ordinances are local or municipal laws that establishing building codes and land usage regulations for properties in a specified area. Most cities and towns are composed of regions that are zoned for residential, commercial, or industrial development, and often these zones are subdivided by additional […]

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Pittsburgh’s apartment buildings attract considerable national interest

Pittsburgh’s apartment buildings attract considerable national interest Pittsburgh’s apartment buildings attract considerable national interest, By Sam Spatter, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. Pittsburgh’s tight apartment market — with the lowest vacancy rate in the nation — is one reason owners of Downtown apartment buildings are putting their properties up for sale in hopes of getting top […]

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Is your retirement nest egg is big enough?

Is your retirement nest egg big enough?

Is your retirement nest egg is big enough? This calculation might prompt you to take some winnings off the table—before it’s too late. By William J. Bernstein, January 20, 2015. Is your retirement nest egg is big enough? During past bull markets, many Americans nearing retirement fleetingly acquired a nest egg for later life. As […]

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For Sale | Woods Run/Brighton Heights | $24,900

Home Insurance Decisions

Home Insurance Decisions 5 Home Insurance Decisions It’s Risky to Make on Your Own Home Insurance Decisions. By HomeInsurance.com. January 12, 2015. Who doesn’t feel pride in clearing a clog, changing an element in an oven or replacing a deadbolt without calling a handyman? There’s no question that a successful do-it-yourself project can save you time […]

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How Long Should Your Household Purchases Last?

How Long Should Your Household Purchases Last? Here’s a guide to the life expectancy of big-ticket purchases, from the roof down to the refrigerator. Most kitchen appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers and gas range ovens, should be replaced every 10 to 15 years. As consumers, we’ve all probably held some unexpected funerals for our purchases. […]

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Sky Bridge House

Sky Bridge House Blurs Boundaries Between Indoors & Out A series of bridges, both open-air and glass-enclosed, unite two halves of a striking ultramodern concrete home in Singapore. The 66MRN House by local firm ONG&ONG divides the social areas of the home from the private spaces and ‘service functions’ like the kitchen. These spaces are […]

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14 winter home improvements

14 winter home improvements

14 winter home improvements   The polar vortex is setting records for low temperatures and threatening to send utility bills skyrocketing. You can take steps to make your home more energy efficient. The Department of Energy has a do-it-yourself energy audit on its website. You can also call a contractor for an audit. Homeowners should […]

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How to Trace a House Genealogy

How to Trace a House Genealogy Many people search for historical information about homes and property. Who originally owned the land? How old is the house? Who built it? Who has lived in it? To find the answers to these questions, many different types of records can be examined. There is no single place to […]

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How to cut your biggest expense

How to cut your biggest expense You’re going to spend a lot on housing in retirement. Here’s how to cut your biggest expense as you age. The single biggest expense you face in retirement is housing. It accounts for more than 40% of spending for people 65 and older, according to the Employee Benefit Research […]

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So, You Want to… Insulate the Attic

So, You Want to… Insulate the Attic So, You Want to… Insulate the Attic comes from Bobvila.com, By Steven Fox November 6, 2014. Are your heating and cooling costs are going through the roof? You might be right! An attic with poor insulation can cost you big bucks. The Department of Energy estimates attic insulation […]

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The Income Property: Your Retirement Plan

The Income Property: Your Retirement Plan “Income property can be an important bridge to retirement for those without enough to retire in the traditional sense,” says J. Camarda. Camarda is a real estate investor, Certified Financial Planner, and Chief Investment Officer of Jacksonville-based Camarda Wealth Advisors. Because real estate is such an inefficient market, it’s […]

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How to remodel your kitchen for thousands less

How to remodel your kitchen for thousands less By Teresa Mears June 17, 2014. Shopping around for materials and labor is key to modernizing your kitchen on the cheap. We always hear that remodeling a kitchen is one of the most expensive home improvements. And it can be. The Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value Report listed the […]

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10 Refrigerator Brands That Won’t Let You Down

10 Refrigerator Brands That Won’t Let You Down By Dan DiClerico. Consumer Reports’ refrigerator Ratings can help lead you to the model that’s best suited to your space and styling needs, with precise temperature controls, ample storage, and the right mix of features. Yet even at 275 models (and counting), our Ratings may not include […]

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Writing off a catastrophic loss or theft

Writing off a catastrophic loss or theft

Writing off a catastrophic loss or theft Writing off a catastrophic loss or theft By Tobie Stanger April 7, 2014. When a natural disaster or theft has robbed you of your personal property, the last thing you’re likely to think about is taxes. Writing off a catastrophic loss or theft can seem like a daunting […]

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How to Renovate a House

How to Renovate a House Organize The Process and Save Your Sanity By Lee Wallender Home Renovations Expert. The process of renovation can be mind-bending. Here is one suggested whole house renovation timeline. 1. Design and Planning. Whether it’s a sketch or full-blown architectural plans, some type of planning and design always comes first. Ensure […]

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15 Very Affordable Metros

15 Very Affordable Metros

15 Very Affordable Metros, where less than 15% of income buys a house Pittsburgh ranked on the list of 15 Very Affordable Metros from Yahoo! Homes. The financial rule of thumb is well known by now: No more than 36 percent of your income should go toward paying debts. Of that, no more than 28 […]

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10 Keys to Home Staging on a Budget

10 Keys to Home Staging on a Budget You’ve decided to sell your home and you want to get top dollar for it. Let’s explore 10 Keys to Home Staging on a Budget. The good news is there are many things you can do to spruce up the look of your home without shelling out […]

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Saving on remodeling costs with deconstruction

Saving on remodeling costs with deconstruction By Donna Boyle Schwartz. Renovations, regardless of whether they are large or small, can be costly endeavors. You may, however, be able to recoup some money by considering the benefits of “deconstruction”. Donate your used building materials. Or stretch your remodeling dollars by shopping “salvage” or buying someone else’s […]

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Divorce: What Happens to the Marital Home?

Divorce: What Happens to the Marital Home?

Divorce: What Happens to the Marital Home? By avvo. Divorce: What Happens to the Marital Home? Dividing the marital home in a divorce is one of the most difficult aspects of property distribution. The house is often the most valuable asset owned by the parties. It is the one that often has the most sentimental meaning […]

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How To Kill Mold

How To Kill Mold

How To Kill Mold By Bob Vila June 13, 2014 5:43 AM For those who live in a poorly ventilated home—mold can be a cause for concern. It’s unhealthy, regardless of whether or not you are allergy-prone. It’s important to act fast when you encounter mold. No matter its location! It may be found on […]

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The appeal of bamboo flooring

The appeal of bamboo flooring

The appeal of bamboo flooring Try the latest type of flooring in your next reno. Discover The appeal of bamboo flooring. Floors are an essential and important element in an interior design scheme. Small wonder, then, that the eye-catching patterns of bamboo flooring have been attracting attention. It is made from the bamboo plant—a grass. […]

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How to Fight High Property Taxes

How to Fight High Property Taxes Here’s How to Fight High Property Taxes. Death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin espoused their certainty. But it’s doubtful even he knew how difficult it would be to avoid the latter. Especially in the case of property taxes. No matter where you live in the United States, if you own […]

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Home improvements that really pay off

Home improvements that really pay off

Home improvements that really pay off Despite what you see on TV and what the conventional wisdom says, most of the Home improvements that really pay off are unglamorous. According to Remodeling Magazine’2014 Cost vs. Value Report, you’ll recoup the greatest percentage of your investment on projects such as replacing the front door with a […]

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7 Things Not to Do When Flipping Houses

7 Things Not to Do When Flipping Houses By ABC News Nightline. Mold, wood rot, warped floors, a dated bathroom — these problems might seem a nightmare to the average home buyer. But to a seasoned flipper, a house full of flaws could mean profits. With the housing market improving after the 2008 crash, house […]

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Get the look of a designer kitchen for less

Get the look of a designer kitchen for less

Get the look of a designer kitchen for less Copy high-end kitchen trends without spending a fortune Get the look of a designer kitchen for less was published: April 15, 2014 by Consumer Reports. Bright colors, sleek shelving and chic finishes—are easy to replicate on a small budget. A spot of new paint here, new […]

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Dangers of Giving Your Home to Your Children

Dangers of Giving Your Home to Your Children From Higher Taxes to Loss of Security, Risks Abound. It may seem like a great idea. Parents, because they want to help their kids out or reduce the taxable value of their estate, decide to transfer ownership of their home to their kids. It may seem like […]

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The 12 Best Apps for Remodelers

The 12 Best Apps for Remodelers Expand your smart phone or tablet’s job description with apps that turn it into a tool kit, remodeling guide, and all-around design assistant. Here are a dozen apps we’ve found extremely useful:     Design Tools   iHandy Carpenter App/Remodelista Above: No need to lug measuring tools: the iHandy […]

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When home improvements offer the most bang for your buck

When home improvements offer the most bang for your buck Cleaning up on spring home improvement projects requires more effort than many homeowners anticipate. Here is information when home improvements offer the most bang for your buck. Remodeling tends to pick up as the weather improves, and this year is no exception. During the second […]

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Stained-glass and the ‘Pittsburgh potty'

Stained-glass and the ‘Pittsburgh potty’

Stained-glass and the ‘Pittsburgh potty’ Unique features of old houses in the ’Burgh FOR SALE: Charming three-bedroom home. Decorative fireplace, stained glass windows, garage, one bathroom, $198,000. ’Tis the season for room draw, which means many students are thinking about dorms and university apartments. But what about living in a house off campus? While this […]

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35 Tips for Restoring Old Houses

35 Tips for Restoring Old Houses

35 Tips for Restoring Old Houses Explore 35 Tips for Restoring Old Houses from the Old House Journal website. From radiators to roofing, these specialists offer up a wealth of advice that can help fine-tune the care and repair of your old house. By OHJ Editorial Staff. Masonry. by Jacob Arndt, Preservation Consultant, Architectural Stone […]

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A Vaster Master Plan

A Vaster Master Plan

A Vaster Master Plan The Old House Journal website published this article, A Vaster Master Plan, about the “Sears” mail order house. By Gordon Bock A Vaster Master Plan: Only seven short years after the debut issue, yet a good decade or more before the expression Sears house entered the real estate lexicon, Old-House Journal asked […]

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Pittsburgh among healthiest housing markets

Pittsburgh among healthiest housing markets

Renowned for it’s cultural environment, business growth and high standard of living, Pittsburgh again tops the charts for the country’s housing markets. Pittsburgh among healthiest housing markets On a list populated mostly by West Coast cities, Pittsburgh ranked among the top 10 healthiest housing markets for October, according to Zillow. The Zillow Market Health Index, […]

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5 dependable dishwashers for $400 or less

5 dependable dishwashers for $400 or less 5 dependable dishwashers for $400 or less – For some of us, the extra benefits of paying the average $1,200 price for one of the dishwashers recommended by Consumer Reports aren’t worth the extra money. What you get by paying more—lots of flexibility, quiet running, a stainless tub, […]

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Property Manager Interviewing Tips

Property Manager Interviewing Tips by Joshua Dorkin on July 13, 2007 Here are a few Property Manager Interviewing Tips: Be sure to be as detailed as possible when conducting your interviews. Call local investors and realtors and ask them for manager referrals. Interview as many local companies / managers as possible. Visit the manager’s office […]

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Plan ahead for a busy remodeling season

Plan ahead for a busy remodeling season Contractors in demand as renovation projects ramp up Published: January 16, 2014 by Consumer Reports. If you’ve been thinking about a home renovation, there’s no time like the present to plan ahead for a busy remodeling season. The home remodeling market could see double-digit year-over-year growth in 2014, […]

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8 Tips for Decorating a Rental

8 Tips for Decorating a Rental Decorating a rental can be tricky. It’s not necessarily a long-term home, and often landlords put limitations on what residents can or can’t do. But just because you can’t paint or rip out the stained kitchen linoleum, doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to make a rental feel like your […]

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5 Ticking Time Bombs Every Homeowner Should Know About

5 Ticking Time Bombs Every Homeowner Should Know About There are some maintenance and repair issues that homeowners just hate to deal with—either because they take time, or cost money, or just don’t seem, well, urgent. But some of these problems can become ticking time bombs, poised to explode if they’re not defused early, when […]

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Pittsburgh Region’s Home Values Rise

Pittsburgh Region’s Home Values Rise

The Pittsburgh Business Times published this article seeing Pittsburgh Region’s Home Values Rise on December 23, 2013. Pittsburgh region’s home values up 6 percent in 2013 Home values in the Pittsburgh region rose 5.9 percent in 2013 according to a survey by residential real estate website Zillow. The November Zillow Home Value Index was $118,600 for […]

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The Best Time To Sell A House Is…

When is the best time of year to sell a house?  The following article from The Huffington Post describes five reasons of why Spring is the busiest season in Real Estate. The Best Time To Sell A House Is… The sun is shining, the days are longer and people are wearing jean shorts and ordering […]

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5 Easy Tips for Being a Successful Landlord

5 Easy Tips for Being a Successful Landlord

Thinking of investing in an apartment building?  Need answers on how to be a more successful landlord with less headaches?  Check out these tips! 5 Easy Tips for Being a Successful Landlord This may come off sounding a little harsh, but I believe the majority of landlords out there are terrible. Courtesy of The Huffington […]

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The Top 10 Mistakes 20-Somethings Make Regarding Real Estate

Need a push to make the leap into buying your first piece of Real Estate?  Here are 10 good reasons why starting early can help you in the short-term and in the long run. The Top 10 Mistakes 20-Somethings Make Regarding Real Estate You probably think I’m just a bit crazy for including the phrase […]

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How To Prepare Your House For Sale

Need help on how to prepare your house for sale? This step-by-step article will take the guess work out of the process. How To Prepare Your House For Sale It’s careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their checkbooks. Here’s How To Prepare Your […]

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Rehabbed Property in Wexford

Located in a northern suburb of Pittsburgh, Wexford is the location of this remarkable rehab.  The photos show before and after rehab of a diamond in the rough.     Pittsburgh Property Guy can help you SELL, BUY, and RENT properties in the Pittsburgh Real Estate Market.  We provide honest solutions (WE BUY HOUSES) for sellers who […]

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