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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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. … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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, … Continued

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, … Continued

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 … Continued

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, … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued