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How to Save Money on a Fixer Upper

How to Save Money on a Fixer Upper

You might find yourself binge watching shows on HGTV like “Fixer Upper”, “Property Brothers” or “Flip or Flop” and thinking that you want to purchase a home to flip or a fixer upper for yourself.  The idea of home renovation is appealing to many, but before you find yourself in a money pit, here are some tips and tricks to know before purchasing a fixer-upp

A Foodie’s Guide to the Best Pittsburgh Restaurants

A Foodie’s Guide to the Best Pittsburgh Restaurants

Calling all Pittsburgh foodies! Pittsburgh’s lively and expanding food scene is one of our favorite things about calling the Steel City home.  From food trucks to our more traditional Yinzer cuisine like Primanti Brothers and Pamela’s Diner, there’s something here for everyone.   Gaucho Located in the Strip District, Gaucho Parrilla Argentina serves wood-fired de

Six Benefits from a Fresh Coat of Paint

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Six Benefits from a Fresh Coat of Paint

Sellers, are you stuck on how to update your home before listing it?   How about adding a touch of paint? We have put together a list of benefits that a fresh coat of paint can add to your home when selling.     Change of Trends Did you ever paint a trend that now looks out of date? It's a good idea to take a look at your paint colors and make sure they match design

6 Best Spots to Take Your Dog in Pittsburgh

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6 Best Spots to Take Your Dog in Pittsburgh

Now that it's finally July, it’s time to start enjoying the summer.  There's no better feeling than spending time with man’s best friend. These six dog-friendly spots in Pittsburgh will let you and your pet enjoy the summer together!    North Park Take a hike or grab a bite to eat at Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe with your dog.  North Park, Located in All

Five Best 4th of July Hosting Tips to Wow Your Guests

Five Best 4th of July Hosting Tips to Wow Your Guests

There are so many things to love about July.  Summer is in full swing with backyard barbeques, bonfires, pool parties and the celebration of America's Birthday.  When it comes to the 4th of July, the more festive the party the better. Whether you are just having a few friends over or a huge neighborhood party, these five tips will make you the perfect host for a party your friends wi

How to Purchase a Home Even If You Have Student Loan Debt

How to Purchase a Home Even If You Have Student Loan Debt

Many people who want to buy a home put it off until they can completely pay off their student loan debt. And while that is a responsible choice, it is not a necessity. As long as you do a thorough examination of your current debt, financial priorities, and maximize the following aspects of your finances, you can qualify for a loan.     Improve Your Credit Score   The biggest

What's the Difference Between Preapproved and Prequalified?

What's the Difference Between Preapproved and Prequalified?

Securing a mortgage can be a complicated and timely process.  When you are preapproved or prequalified for a mortgage, you gain an advantage and have the opportunity to bid on the home you would like to purchase before buyers who are not as prepared.   So what is the difference between the two?   Prequalified   Prequalification is a general indication that you could

Let's Talk Pool Safety: How to Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer

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Let's Talk Pool Safety: How to Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer

When you think about summer, you think about the fun things we associate with warm weather: playing outdoor sports, barbeques, working in the garden, and of course cooling off in a pool. Swimming is a great way to relax on a summer day, but keeping your kids safe is the most important thing.  Exercising proper pool safety is the best way to make sure everyone enjoys the day without injury. Be

Four Reasons to Become a Licensed Real Estate Agent

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Four Reasons to Become a Licensed Real Estate Agent

Have you ever thought of having a career in real estate? If so, you have probably imagined some of the fantastic personal and financial benefits that can come from being an agent. While there are countless reasons why people want to sell houses, we’ve listed four of the most popular for anyone curious about becoming a real estate agent.   1. Be Your Own Boss Real estate agents are no

5 Summer Garden Trends to Revamp Your Landscaping

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5 Summer Garden Trends to Revamp Your Landscaping

It’s an exciting time for gardeners. We’ve reached mid-spring and now is the time to start making our summer-garden plans. While it’s always important to touch up your garden this time of year, why not go a little bigger this time and give your landscape a complete renovation with these hot 2019 summer trends?    1. Go Bold  Living Coral is this year’s P