Monthly Archives: February 2018

*REDUCED* 4615 Clairton Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15236

DHREA 28/02/2018


This commercial property with a fantastic location has just been reduced to $299,900!

This property is located on Rt 51 just south of the Brentwood Towne Square. 1st floor & basement retail space currently being used is a hair salon, but could be used for just about any small business. Property has been well maintained and features 15 off street parking spaces and multiple signs for advertising to the traffic driving by. The property also has a one bedroom apartment above for additional income that is rented.


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*REPOST* Free Pittsburgh Real Estate Investor Workshop with Alex Deacon!

DHREA 28/02/2018

This is a must attend if you are serious about maximizing your profits in the business of RE investment. Alex Deacon has nearly 30 years in the RE investment world and owns a sales brokerage and property management company. He buys and sells 3-4 properties a month. If you flip, buy and hold or wholesale there is a lot to know when it comes to your income tax return. We will share with you some of the secrets about using the new tax code to its full benefit by doing it correctly and in a way that will most likely keep you in line with the IRS and out of their cross hairs. We will have one of the best CPA’s in the State, Matt Stevans speaking on the topic.

He has nearly 30 years in the business and runs his own firm specializing in small business, personal and Real Estate investors. The first hour I will discuss analyzing a deal for long term buy and hold and show you the true ROI and how in the long run Real Estate is hard to beat when it comes to true long-term ROI.

The next Hour Matt Stevans will discuss how to use the new tax code to your benefit and what you should do and more importantly SHOULD NOT DO when filing your tax return.

• What to bring
Bring business cards and get ready to network with other investors and expand on your knowledge.
Remember you don’t have to be the smartest person in the room but you should network with them.


To RSVP please visit our meetup site!

Maximize your profits. Avoid the pitfalls and traps hidden in the new tax code

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

15 Members Attending

• What we’ll do This is a must attend if you are serious about maximizing your profits in the business of RE investment. If you flip, buy and hold or wholesale there is a lot to know when it comes to your income tax return.We will share with you some of the secrets about using the new tax code to its full benefit by doing it correctly and in a wa…

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Relieve The Stress For Success

DHREA 27/02/2018

Downtime, decompressing, me-time, recharging, unplugging, de-stressing, or refreshing. Whatever you want to call it, it’s safe to say that most of us don’t spend enough time doing it. And if we don’t take time to de-stress, it can build up and make us feel unwell emotionally and physically. Needless to say, it’s super important to recharge, and here are five simple ways to that.


One reason you may feel stressed is because your home is cluttered. And sometimes, creating a calm, clear environment can help you de-stress. You can also create a calm space by lighting candles, switching on your fairy lights and keeping plants on your shelves and tables.


Walking is a wonderful way to give your thinking mind a break, or to help you break out of old thought patterns. No matter what the weather, step outside for a 20 minute walk to feel refreshed.


When you practice meditation consistently, you can experience greater equanimity and also calm your nervous system. Consider trying it for 10 minutes each day for long-term benefits.


From the time we wake up to the time we go to bed, we’re often stimulated and over stimulated. But when’s the last time you put on your favorite playlist and just listened? Not as background music, not as filler sound, but as an mindful act of listening? When was the last time you put in your favorite album (*ahem* Laterlaus *ahem*), and allowed yourself to get lost in the music? Try it! You’d be surprised by the benefits.


When you’re stressed and frazzled, it may be because you have so much to do. To stop the overwhelm and worry, write lists. The act of writing is therapeutic by itself, but writing a list also helps settle your cerebellum because you’re focusing on a singular task, rather than allowing your mind to open 1,004 metaphorical browser windows for you to keep up with.

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Treat yourself to a warm bath, which can help to relax and calm your entire body. If you have some bath salts (not that kind), essential oils, or other aromatherapy solutions, you can utilize those as well.


You probably read news feeds and social media platforms in your downtime. So, take a break and pick up your favorite book instead. Reading can help take your mind off whatever’s stressing you out and let you escape to another place.

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Alex Deacon’s Property Management Series: What Is Property Management?

DHREA 27/02/2018


In this special edition of Real Estate Investing w/ Alex Deacon, “The Deacon of Real Estate” discusses the art of property management, what it is, and how to succeed. Alex also delivers details about his own venture, MACE Property Management, and shares personal experiences to help you maximize your potential and guarantee success!

For more information regarding MACE Property Management, visit!


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Landslide Preparedness and Safety

DHREA 26/02/2018

It certainly has been a unique winter for the Steel City. We’ve had chilling sub-zero temperatures and 80 degree days. Snowstorms, thunderstorms, and flooding. Most recently, landslides have decided to join the list of Pittsburgh natural hazards.  

Landslides have occurred in almost every state and can cause significant damage. The term landslide describes downhill earth movements that can move slowly and cause damage gradually, or move rapidly, destroying property and taking lives suddenly and unexpectedly. Most landslides are caused by natural forces or events, such as heavy rain and snowmelt, shaking due to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and gravity. Landslides are typically associated with periods of heavy rainfall or rapid snowmelt and tend to worsen the effects of flooding. Areas burned by forest and brush fires are also particularly susceptible to landslides.

Landslides generally happen in areas where they have occurred in the past. Learn about your area’s landslide risk. Landslides can also be referred to as mudslides, debris flows, mudflows or debris avalanches. Debris flows and other landslides onto roadways are common during rainstorms. Heavily saturated ground is very susceptible to mudflows and debris flows.

Be aware that, generally, landslide insurance is not available, but that debris flow damage may be covered by flood insurance policies from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) at

What should I do if I live in an area at risk from landslides?

  • Learn about local emergency response and evacuation plans.
  • Talk to everyone in your household about what to do if a landslide occurs.
  • Create and practice an evacuation plan for your family and your business.
  • Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit.
  • Become familiar with the land around where you live and work so that you understand your risk in different situations.
  • Watch the patterns of storm water drainage on slopes near your home, especially where runoff water converges.
  • Create and practice an evacuation plan for your family and your business.
  • Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit.

What should I do if a landslide is occurring or likely to occur?

  • If you suspect imminent danger, evacuate immediately. Inform affected neighbors if you can, and contact your public works, fire or police department.
  • Listen for unusual sounds that might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together.
  • If you are near a stream or channel, be alert for any sudden increase or decrease in water flow and notice whether the water changes from clear to muddy. Such changes may mean there is debris flow activity upstream so be prepared to move quickly.
  • Be especially alert when driving— watch for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks and other indications of possible debris flow.
  • If you are ordered or decide to evacuate, take your animals with you.
  • Consider a precautionary evacuation of large or numerous animals as soon as you are aware of impending danger.

During Severe Storms

  • Stay alert and awake. Many deaths from landslides occur while people are sleeping.
  • Listen to local news stations on a battery-powered radio for warnings of heavy rainfall.
  • Consider leaving if it is safe to do so.

What should I do after a landslide?

  • Stay away from the slide area. There may be danger of additional slides.
  • Check for injured and trapped persons near the slide, without entering the direct slide area. Direct rescuers to their locations.
  • Help a neighbor who may require special assistance–infants, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Elderly people and people with disabilities may require additional assistance. People who care for them or who have large families may need additional assistance in emergency situations.
  • Listen to local radio or television stations for the latest emergency information.
  • Watch for flooding, which may occur after a landslide or debris flow. Floods sometimes follow landslides and debris flows because they may both be started by the same event.
  • Look for and report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities. Reporting potential hazards will get the utilities turned off as quickly as possible, preventing further hazard and injury.
  • Check the building foundation, chimney, and surrounding land for damage. Damage to foundations, chimneys, or surrounding land may help you assess the safety of the area.
  • Replant damaged ground as soon as possible since erosion caused by loss of ground cover can lead to flash flooding.
  • Seek the advice of a geotechnical expert for evaluating landslide hazards or designing corrective techniques to reduce landslide risk. A professional will be able to advise you of the best ways to prevent or reduce landslide risk, without creating further hazard.


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*WEEKEND FUN FOR ADULTS!* The Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest Is Here!

DHREA 23/02/2018

Responsibly thirsty? We have the perfect event for you!

The 5th Annual Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest Presented By Fatheads Brewery returns to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday, February 23 & 24. Tickets are currently on sale at This year they are bringing back the Saturday Afternoon Session that was well liked by those looking for a slower festival pace than the two nightly sessions. As always, the festival will carry over 400 craft beers for thousands of craft beer fans! As always, local food trucks and restaurants will be all over the place! All proceeds will benefit Animal Rescue Partners Inc and Biggies Bullies of Pittsburgh. Don’t miss what is now one of the Top 10 largest craft beer events in the nation!

It may be time to dust off the ol’ Das Boot…because it’s Beerfest time!

(Editor’s Note: If you decide to enjoy Beerfest, please do so responsibly. Leave your keys at home and get a designated driver.)




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#TBT: Do You Believe In Miracles?

DHREA 22/02/2018

Early this morning, our United States Women’s Hockey Team defeated Team Canada in a shootout to capture Pyeongchang gold! If you were lucky (or stubborn) enough to stay up and watch the game last night, you saw one of the greatest games in United States women’s hockey history…and are probably a little tired today.

Rejoice, hockey fans! Drink a coffee and celebrate another great moment in United States hockey history! This week’s Throwback Thursday moment is the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” game. Ironically, February 22nd, 1980.

The Pittsburgh tie in? While the United States was engaged in arguably the most important game in USA hockey history, then President Jimmy Carter was hosting BOTH the Steelers and the Pirates for their respective championship visits to the White House! We here at DHRE would like to think two Pittsburgh sports dynasties meshing with the world’s greatest office caused a blast of patriotism that was felt all the way in Lake Placid, scaring the “Soviets” out of their game plan. (Laugh all you want…still a better plotline than Jean-Claude Van Damme’s “Sudden Death”.)

Here’s Al Michaels with the legendary call:




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Real Estate Investing w/ Alex Deacon: Staging: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

DHREA 22/02/2018


A follow-up to “Are Open Houses Necessary For Real Estate Sales?“, Alex Deacon is back to give his candid take on staging a home. Does “The Deacon of Real Estate” favor staging over open houses? Tune in to this highly informative episode to find out all the tips and tricks you’ll need for success!


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