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The Deacon Of Real Estate: Pros And Cons When Renting To Pet Owners

DHREA 28/12/2017


In this informative short, “The Deacon of Real Estate” Alex Deacon delivers the pros and cons to renting to lovable pet owners! We can all agree pets can be the most adorable addition to a family, but any landlord also understands the slight inconveniences when renting a property to a pet owner. So, the question remains, “is the juice worth the squeeze”? While the answer is always “personal preference”, The Deacon give his take on why it is a good or bad idea to rent to pet owners!

This audio short is presented by Deacon Hoover Real Estate Advisors. For all episdoes, full length informative broadcasts, and other questions, visit!


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Real Estate Investing w/ Alex Deacon: Is There Upside To Selling In The Winter?

DHREA 27/12/2017

The Deacon of Real Estate” Alex Deacon delivers the pros and cons to selling during winter months in cold weather cities. The Deacon separates the myths from the facts, and sprinkles in some topics that are more grey than the winter sky!

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Happy Holidays From Deacon Hoover Real Estate Advisors!

DHREA 22/12/2017


From all of us at DHRE, we’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy holidays! No matter what you celebrate, we hope you enjoy this Christmas weekend with family and friends! Let’s get back to basics and appreciate one another. This Christmas, spread love, compassion, and understanding. Also known as…the gifts that will always keep on giving!

We’d like to thank everyone who made 2017 a fantastic year for our newly budding crew here at DHRE, and we look forward to an even more exciting 2018!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

Deacon Hoover Real Estate Advisors


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#TBT: Steelers Play Eagles In First Playoff Game

DHREA 21/12/2017

There’s a very real possibility we could be watching an all Pennsylvania Super Bowl this NFL season. The fantasy scenario of Steelers vs Eagles, two franchises birthed in 1933 and once had to join forces to become the Steagles, is a matchup people of this great Commonwealth have dreamed about for decades. For Steeler fans, it’s a chance to claim their 7th Super Bowl title and league superiority. For Eagles fans…it’s a chance to prove they actually have a football team. (Really. They do. It’s not a practice team, either. And they don’t always throw batteries at Santa. At least we don’t think so.)

There was a time, however, when the Steelers and Eagles could’ve played in the playoffs at a more regular rate. Before the NFL-AFL merger, the two clubs were in the same division. In fact, 70 years ago today was the first ever meeting between the Steelers and Eagles in the playoffs, and Pittsburgh’s first ever NFL playoff birth. The game, which was played at Forbes Field, would become historic for several reasons.

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia actually ended the regular season tied for the division lead at 8-4, which resulted in the playoff game. The Steelers were granted home field for the contest, a contest which saw Philadelphia crush Pittsburgh, 21-0.

Here’s why this is historical!

The game, played on December 21st, 1947, was the ONLY playoff game the Steelers ever played in before the AFL-NFL merger. Thus, leaving the contest the ONLY playoff game between the two cities in NFL history, and making it the ONLY NFL playoff game ever played at Forbes Field! Think about that statistic for a second: a team synonymous with championships only participated in one playoff game from 1933-1972. A game in which the Steelers would lose to their cross-state rival. The Eagles, to their credit, did see success in the old NFL, capturing the league title 3 times (1948, 1949, and 1960).

So, maybe these two teams have more in common than either fan base would like to admit. Maybe both franchises have seen their bright and dark periods. Maybe these two teams are headed on a collision course towards destiny after all. One team looking for redemption 70 years in the making. The other…still trying to prove they fit in and can win the real “big one”. Realistcally, though…at least our better years came after the invention of the light bulb. 

Sorry, Philly. You’ll win one, one day. But if you don’t…at least you still have Rocky. Right? 😉






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Water Damage: 30 Seconds Could Save You $1000s!

DHREA 20/12/2017



“The Deacon of Real Estate” Alex Deacon explains how plumbing can be the bane of your existence, and gives quick and simple solutions that could save you thousands of dollars come wintertime!

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#ICYMI: Upside To Selling In The Winter

DHREA 19/12/2017

Winter offers some unique opportunities for sellers, so ignore your instincts to let your home hibernate.

It’s one of real estate’s most enduring mantras: If you want to list your house, you should sit out the winter season and let it hit the market in the spring. But, like so many things in life, finding the best time to sell a house has more variables than an NFL playoff scenario.

The general school of thought, and it most often proves to be correct, is that listing your home in the spring market will reap the biggest benefit. Like every rule, however, there are exceptions. Finding ways to break metaphorical rules are the keys to success.

With that said, here are six reasons why you shouldn’t wait until the ground has thawed to hammer in that “For Sale” sign!


Because everyone thinks they shouldn’t list their property under threat of snow and ice, there are very few homes to buy at the start of a new year. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still potential buyers on the prowl. And if your house is the only game in town, you’re likely to have a lot more interest than in spring when the market is saturated. With fewer options, traditionally nit-picky home shoppers are more likely to forgo their “must-have” list and give your place a more open-minded look.


Companies tend to place and/or relocate their workers during the first quarter of the new year. This means that every winter, there is an assured populace that’s looking for a new home, quickly. And good news for your asking price: This group often has some credited moving expenses to burn through. If you live close to a large corporation, ask your real estate agent how to target the new employees coming to town.


Listing your place in the spring or summer means keeping up with the landscaping (curb appeal!), which can be arduous. You’ll need to invest some time and money into new plantings and possibly a little sod, or at the very least, some potted plants and lawn maintenance. And if your landscaping is actually a selling point, the pruning responsibilities are even greater. You’ll need to trim the hedges, tend the flowers, and otherwise make sure your curbfront property and backyard are up to snuff at every possible moment.

In wintertime, though, the living is easy. If there’s snow…shovel. that’s pretty much it. No after-work and weekend hours toiling to maintain your outdoor space, and no stresses about its supposed inadequacies.


Overall, there are quite likely fewer buyers on the prowl during the winter months. More focused and more motivated, yes. However, undeniably fewer. Consider this a blessing. Fewer showings means fewer people stomping through your home, tracking dirt and mud all over your carpets as they open your medicine cabinets and peek into your closets.

It also means fewer open houses, which can take hours of preparation and don’t always pay off. If you do have a winter open house, chances are in your favor you’ll entertain more motivated visitors. There are very few window-shoppers during the cold-weather months, so you’re not going to see as many wanderers floating in and out looking for free cookies. 😉


It’s counter-intuitive but true: Homes actually sell more quickly in the winter months, even in cold-weather cities like Pittsburgh. There’s no general consensus on exactly why this is true, although low inventory is quite likely a big part of it. Another factor for some is, during the winter months, people simply don’t want to slog through showing after showing. Instead, they want the buying process to be over and done with, and are more willing to pull the trigger.


While this isn’t true 100% of the time, the statistics shockingly show that homes sell at a slightly higher price in winter. This owes to several less mysterious factors. For starters, your real estate agent is going to be more adamant about pricing the property just right out of fear the home will languish on the market until spring. (If a property price reflects both the current market and the surrounding neighborhood, that home is more likely to go under agreement at a favorable price.) Motivated buyers might also submit a price that’s too good to refuse. Finally, a fear of rising mortgage rates (rates tend to go up in the spring) might cause a buyer to be more willing to pay a higher price upfront. Whatever the reason, it’s a happy discovery for many people who finalize a home sale when the weather outside is frightful.


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Avoid These Heating Tactics And Save $$$!

DHREA 18/12/2017


Winter is here to stay for the next few months, and our thermostats in Pittsburgh will working overtime. That means high heating costs for a lot of us, but there are ways to make sure those bills stay as low as possible this winter.

Here are six mistakes homeowners commonly make when heating their homes, and how you can avoid these pitfalls in the coming months! 

1. The “Quick Heat Fix”

When coming home to a cold house, it might be tempting to turn the heater up into the 80s to try to heat it faster. But thermostats don’t work like an accelerator on a car, as the Telegraph reports, and turning the heat up to blistering levels won’t warm your home faster. So just be patient and it will save you money.

2. Turning the Thermostat Way Down at Night

It’s best to avoid extremes with your thermostat. If you let the temperature in your house fall dramatically overnight, it’s going to require a lot of work from your heating system to warm the home in the morning. That could really cost you when the heating bill arrives.

3. Overworking a Thermostat That Has Its Limits

If you want the house to be 70 degrees and your thermostat is only reaching 66 degrees, turning the thermostat up to 74 degrees in an attempt to make up the difference could be a huge mistake. The furnace could be forced to work beyond its capability. Instead, find out what’s causing the problem and fix it. Heat could be escaping somewhere in your home, or you may need to replace a faulty furnace.

4. Heating an Empty House

In this day and age of controlling everything from a phone app, one of the easiest ways to save money is to install a system that can be adjusted remotely. Heating an empty home is one of the easiest ways to waste money, so a programmable thermostat can save hundreds of dollars every year. Giving your thermostat a break every day can also be beneficial to a longer life for your heating system. Just don’t don’t overdo it. (Reference example #2 above!)

5. Leaving Curtains Closed on Sunny Days

While your home is vacant, open the curtains to allow as much heating sunlight into your dwelling as possible. According to Gaiam Life, it’s most important that all south-facing windows are left uncovered. Solar warmth can go a long way not only in heating a house, but also in helping to give the furnace a break during the warmest hours of the day.

BONUS TIP: Keep all windows clean. Dusty, dirty windows won’t allow as much sunlight into your home, which could cost you valuable heating power.

6. Not Locking Your Windows

In the summer, it’s common for homeowners to have a constant tango between opening the windows and keeping them closed to let the air conditioner do the hard work of keeping a home cool. It’s understandable if you forgot to lock those windows up before the cold weather arrives, but take the time now to ensure all windows are locked and sealed to keep warm air from escaping.


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The Realtor Nation Podcast: Gina Giampietro

DHREA 17/12/2017


Welcome to The Realtor Nation Podcast! This week, our very own Ian Hoover sits down with Pittsburgh award-winning realtor Gina Giampietro!

Gina lives by the slogan, “Our success is your satisfaction”. Whether you’re buying your first home or moving up to your dream home, Gina thrives on making make each step easier for the potential buyer or seller. Gina uses her 15+ years of experience, along with proven marketing techniques and cutting edge technology, to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. Gina is a consultant for buyers and sellers, and specializes in Allegheny, Washington, Beaver, and Butler counties.

Don’t miss Gina and Ian trade tips and tricks that can help YOU reach your maximum potential!


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The Deacon of Real Estate Podcast: Why Real Estate? Why Not!

DHREA 15/12/2017

“The Deacon of Real Estate” Alex Deacon tells you why getting your real estate license is a low risk, high reward move EVERYONE should consider!



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