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Tara Mortgage Services Featured Blog: Mistakes to Avoid as a First-Time Homeowner

DHREA 15/05/2019
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(Each week we feature a blog from one of our fantastic affiliates, Tara Mortgage Services!)

Buying your first home is a thrill. Browsing homes online, daydreaming when driving through neighborhoods, and creating a Pinterest board to save remodeling ideas is great fun. But don’t let the excitement of buying your first home cause you to make silly mistakes.

Here are the most common and avoidable missteps for first-time homebuyers.

1. Falling in love with a home before applying for a home loan

Many first-time buyers start by looking for a home before applying for a mortgage. What happens if you actually find a home you want to buy? Without pre-approval, you have no way to make an offer on your dream home. Instead, start by applying for a home loan. That way you’ll know how much you can afford as well as have a letter of approval showing that you are a qualified buyer. 

2. Going over on your budget

A little bit here and there may not cause too much harm. But going over your homebuying budget can eventually cost you your home if you’re unable to make payments. In other words, just because you were approved for a $300k home loan may not mean that you can afford the monthly payment.

Instead, consider the required monthly payment as well as how much you qualify for. Make sure that you can comfortably make the monthly mortgage payment and avoid the temptation of buying more than you can afford.

3. Rushing to move

Buying a home in 2019 is much faster than it was two years ago thanks to digital convenience, but the actual process of moving still takes time. Rushing to move could cause cost you –and the last thing you want to do is charge up your credit card or tap into your savings to cover a rushed relocation.

Instead, plan well ahead of time to save up for your downpayment, extra for buying appliances and furniture, packing supplies, a moving company or truck rental, and other “surprise” expenses for moving.

4. Being casual with credit use

One of the first things we do when you apply for a home loan is pull your credit. However, many first time homebuyers don’t realize that it’ll get pulled out again just before closing to make sure that nothing has changed. If significant changes are found, then your approval status could also change!

Instead, attempt to keep your credit the same or, if possible, improve it. Try to keep existing balances down to about 30 percent of the credit limit and make your payments on time. You also want to avoid opening new credit cards and keep your credit rotating on the ones you currently have.

5. False believe a 20 percent down payment is necessary

You don’t NEED a 20 percent down payment to buy a home. You can buy a home with 0-3 percent down. The advantage of having a 20 percent down payment is that you can avoid the cost of private mortgage insurance (a requirement if you put less than 20 percent). However, many home loan programs allow for little down, so there is no need to spend years saving for a large downpayment.

Instead, consider an FHA loan. It requires only 3.5 percent down or sometimes even zero down. If you’re a veteran or qualify for a USDA loan, there are even more perks! VA loans are for active-duty and veteran military service members as well as for their spouses. They don’t require a down payment, but a funding fee is sometimes necessary. USDA loans are meant for moderate- to low-income borrowers that want to buy homes in rural areas. There are specific eligibility requirements and some qualify for zero down.

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Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
670 Members

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Pittsburgh Landlord Group

Carnegie, PA
144 Members

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MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

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Realtor Nation Podcast (Ep16): Jesse Wig, Owner of Lifespace and Atlas Estates (and self-proclaimed “Bearded Bowtie Guy!”)

DHREA 08/05/2019

In this episode of The Realtor Nation Podcast, Ian Hoover sits down with Jesse Wig, Owner of Lifespace and Atlas Estates. Jesse’s big personality and positive mindset really set the tone for a fantastic conversation between two highly motivated and successful entrepreneurs.

Jesse also adopted the moniker of “Bearded Bowtie Guy”, and we can’t say we disagree. Jesse’s beard is a thing of beauty! In fact, Jesse filmed a TV pilot for HGTV in part of his amazingly positive personality and branding!

Ian and Jesse’s bold personalities make for a fun and must-listen episode! Listen below!

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Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
669 Members

Learn investing from a local expert with a vast amount of experience in the Pittsburgh market. Alex started investing in 1993. We will review hands on examples, analysis, and …

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Join Alex Deacon’s fast-growing Pittsburgh Landlord Group on MeetUp.com! Connect with other Landlords for monthly seminars with Q & A! Click below!

Pittsburgh Landlord Group

Carnegie, PA
141 Members

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MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

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Tara Mortgage Services Tuesday Blog: Housing Market Cools Making it Sizzling Time to Buy

DHREA 07/05/2019
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(Each week we feature a blog from one of our fantastic affiliates, Tara Mortgage Services!)

If you’ve been on the fence about buying a home, we have some excellent news for you! Recent changes in the market have made it an ideal time to purchase a home. So what changes have occurred that make us so confident?

Bidding wars have gone down significantly, even in the most competitive areas! Read on to find out more and if you haven’t already applied for a home loan application, click on over to our homepage to get started today!

It’s Going to Be a Sizzling Summer for Home Shoppers

Since early this Spring, we’ve seen a downward trend in bidding wars. This drop was likely triggered mortgage rates that crept up higher starting late last year. Though mortgage rates are still on the low end of the spectrum when looking at trends over the past ten years, the slightly higher rates were enough to put investors on ice and make some homebuyers hesitant.

The result is a much less competitive housing market! There’s been an overall 61 percent drop in “bidding wars” across the country…and that’s not all.

This Spring, houses are staying on the market two days longer than they did during the winter months. This change may not seem like much, but we haven’t seen an increase like this since January of 2015!

With houses on the market longer than they have been in years past, housing supply is up, further contributing to a less competitive market. Even areas that are notorious for bidding wars, such as San Francisco and Boston, have seen a dramatic decrease in receiving multiple offers per home.

Hot Housing News Gets Even Hotter!

Rates have also gone down. So despite home prices remaining on the higher end, home shoppers can still get a great deal.

To Recap on Our Current Less Competitive Housing Market:

What this overall drop means that you have more options and negotiating power in buying the home you want, in the area you want, and at a monthly payment you can afford.

Just like the weather, home sales heat up during the summer. We recommend you apply NOW, lock in the rate, and start your home shopping before summer is in full swing. It’s easy to get started and can be completed online.

Yes! Applying for a home loan really is that simple. Contact Tara Mortgage Services today!

Network with over 650 Real Estate Investors! Join Alex Deacon’s Real Estate Networking Group on MeetUp.com, and be one of the first to receive updates on upcoming events!

Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
670 Members

Learn investing from a local expert with a vast amount of experience in the Pittsburgh market. Alex started investing in 1993. We will review hands on examples, analysis, and …

Check out this Meetup Group →

Join Alex Deacon’s fast-growing Pittsburgh Landlord Group on MeetUp.com! Connect with other Landlords for monthly seminars with Q & A! Click below!

Pittsburgh Landlord Group

Carnegie, PA
141 Members

This is a great venue for Real estate investors, real estate agents and property managers to expand your knowledge and to help others in the field of being a landlord. We will…

Check out this Meetup Group →

Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

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Questions To Ask Before Moving To Shorten Your Commute

DHREA 06/05/2019

Is it worth moving to shorten your work commute? It certainly sounds reasonable but let’s break it down and see if it makes sense for your situation.

But first, is commuting all that bad? Unfortunately, yes! Some say that long work commutes add unnecessary stress to their lives and may even impact health. Studies have shown that long commutes may be the same as adding an additional 800 calories to your diet! Plus there’s the financial impact. More gas and wear on your car can add up quickly.

Yet, there are others that appreciate a long drive after work. They say that it helps them to “decompress” before getting home.

Is a long commute right for you? Should you move to shorten it? Ask yourself these questions to which way you lean!

Should I Buy I Home Closer to Work?

Is the commute actually saving you money?

If your job is located in an area with high property values, then the commute may be necessary. When you add up the cost of living such as your mortgage payment, utilities, and property taxes, they may add up to less than the cost of gas and car maintenance.

In some situations, employers cover the cost of long commutes and moving closer could mean losing that perk. If moving closer to work doesn’t save you money, then you may want to stay put.

**Hint: if this sounds like you, consider refinancing your current loan to save money!

Will you benefit financially if you move closer to work?

Perhaps the opposite is true! If you live in an area that is more expensive than the property values around your work, then moving to shorten your commute may save you money. Also, some employers consider promotions partially based on your proximity to the office. If this a factor in you moving up in your organization and gaining more money, then moving makes financial sense.

How essential is living close to work?

If you work a few days a week from home, then a long commute may not be that much of a hassle. Then again, if those hours are somewhat unpredictable, then a long commute can add stress and decrease your productivity.

Do you need to live far away from work for family or personal reasons?

Some choose to live in particular neighborhoods because of the schools in that area, and that could mean being quite removed from the office.

Certain careers, like law enforcement, sometimes prefer to live away from the area they serve. For these reasons, homeowners may choose to sacrifice a longer commute for a better family living situation.

Has your health suffered by the commute?

If your answer is yes, then moving closer to the office could be worth it. Remember that health involves more than illness. Sleep deprivation, stress, and poor nutrition are valid reasons to consider buying a home closer to work.

Do you enjoy your work commute?

If you already enjoy the commute and you can find no reason to move (given the questions above) then you probably don’t need to move. However, if moving is not a possibility, then the other solution is to learn to enjoy it.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Listen to podcasts
  • Create a music playlist specifically for the commute
  • Carpool with a friend
  • Meditate using mobile apps
  • Read or listen to an audiobook.

(This blog was originally posted on tara-mtg.net)

Network with over 650 Real Estate Investors! Join Alex Deacon’s Real Estate Networking Group on MeetUp.com, and be one of the first to receive updates on upcoming events!

Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
670 Members

Learn investing from a local expert with a vast amount of experience in the Pittsburgh market. Alex started investing in 1993. We will review hands on examples, analysis, and …

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Join Alex Deacon’s fast-growing Pittsburgh Landlord Group on MeetUp.com! Connect with other Landlords for monthly seminars with Q & A! Click below!

Pittsburgh Landlord Group

Carnegie, PA
140 Members

This is a great venue for Real estate investors, real estate agents and property managers to expand your knowledge and to help others in the field of being a landlord. We will…

Check out this Meetup Group →

Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

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🎙🔥 Get caught up on all of Deacon Hoover Real Estate Advisors’ podcasts! 🔥🎙

DHREA 25/04/2019


Click below to get caught up on over 45 HOURS of FREE learning content in our podcast series! You can also search for these great listens on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, Spreaker, and many more! Just search the show title!

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Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
668 Members

Learn investing from a local expert with a vast amount of experience in the Pittsburgh market. Alex started investing in 1993. We will review hands on examples, analysis, and …

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Join Alex Deacon’s fast-growing Pittsburgh Landlord Group on MeetUp.com! Connect with other Landlords for monthly seminars with Q & A! Click below!

Pittsburgh Landlord Group

Carnegie, PA
138 Members

This is a great venue for Real estate investors, real estate agents and property managers to expand your knowledge and to help others in the field of being a landlord. We will…

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Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com


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Tara Mortgage Services Featured Blog: Considering Investing in Real Estate? Here are Five Tips to Know

DHREA 23/04/2019
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(Every week we feature a blog from one of our fantastic affiliates, Tara Mortgage Services!)

What’s the ultimate form of income? Passive income! And that typically comes in the form of investments. While there are many options, from stocks to funding start-ups, one of the most reliable investments in terms of return lies in real estate.

When purchasing an investment property, there are generally two intentions: either you plan to rent it or you plan to resell it. Both are great options and have the potential for earning a significant amount. In fact, many first time buyers are choosing an investment property before they buy their first home!

But investment properties aren’t without challenges or risks. Here are some things to consider before buying an investment property:

Decide What Type of Investor You Are

Decide if you are more of a “flip and resell” or landlord-type investor. Flip and resell is attractive because the payout occurs as soon as you sell the property. With renting, however, you have the benefit of building equity, the rent will pay off your loan, and you’ll enjoy “passive income” as long as you own the property.

Both options require time and money in addition to what you are paying for the property.

Do Your Research

Find out information about comparable investment properties in the area. If you plan on reselling, how is the market in the area? If the property requires upgrades or repairs, will the cost of repairs still allow for a profit considering the price of the comparables?

If you plan on renting it, does the property have curb appeal and is it located in an area where rental properties are in demand? You’ll also want to research property managers unless you plan on managing the property yourself.

Calculate Your Expenses and Profit

Along with doing your research and well before you purchase an investment property, you’ll want to take an honest look at what your expenses and potential profit could be. Being analytical about this part will help prevent making decisions based solely on emotions or “hunches.” Although the profits are certainly exciting, the risk is also high so it’s best not to romanticize investment property ownership.

Secure Your Downpayment

Unlike primary residences where 0-3% down is possible (depending on the loan program — call us for more details), investment properties require 20% down. If you’re thinking about buying an apartment complex, then you can see how this can be quite a big investment from the start. Remember that your 20% down does not take into account what you need to make upgrades or repairs. That’s why many investors take on partners. Which brings us to our next point —

Choose Your Partners Carefully!

Investing in an income property with a partner can go very well and be profitable but it can also go bad if the partnership sours. When partnering with friends or family, be careful not to blur the lines between relationship and real estate partnership. Make sure that all aspects are spelled out in a formal contract and consult legal advice before making decisions that could negatively impact the partnership.

There’s so much more to buying an investment property, more than we can share in this article. If you’re looking into buying a second home or possibly a multi-family home for profit, please contact us for guidance. It’s obligation free and the right place to start your investment opportunity.

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Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
668 Members

Learn investing from a local expert with a vast amount of experience in the Pittsburgh market. Alex started investing in 1993. We will review hands on examples, analysis, and …

Check out this Meetup Group →

Join Alex Deacon’s fast-growing Pittsburgh Landlord Group on MeetUp.com! Connect with other Landlords for monthly seminars with Q & A! Click below!

Pittsburgh Landlord Group

Carnegie, PA
137 Members

This is a great venue for Real estate investors, real estate agents and property managers to expand your knowledge and to help others in the field of being a landlord. We will…

Check out this Meetup Group →

Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

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🎈NEW LISTING! FANTASTIC INVESTMENT/STARTER OPPORTUNITY!🎈

DHREA 19/04/2019

Beautiful brick home in Sheraden! Nicely updated and well maintained. Nearly 2000 square feet! Three floors, and huge rooms for plenty of space. The first floor carries a half bath and laundry. Off-street parking in the rear. Taxes on this property are only $600 a year! Centrally located. Only a 10-minute drive into downtown and 5-minute walk to the west busway!

Currently has tenants renting for $850 a month. 2954 Zephyr is a great addition to any portfolio, or perfect for a starter home!

Contact Jeremy Taggart Real Estate for more deails, or to set up a showing!

Click this link for full property details, and check out the slideshow below!

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Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
668 Members

Learn investing from a local expert with a vast amount of experience in the Pittsburgh market. Alex started investing in 1993. We will review hands on examples, analysis, and …

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Join Alex Deacon’s fast-growing Pittsburgh Landlord Group on MeetUp.com! Connect with other Landlords for monthly seminars with Q & A! Click below!

Pittsburgh Landlord Group

Carnegie, PA
137 Members

This is a great venue for Real estate investors, real estate agents and property managers to expand your knowledge and to help others in the field of being a landlord. We will…

Check out this Meetup Group →

Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

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Realtor Nation w/ Ian Hoover (#Podcast): Sit Down Interview w/ Ian Hoover, Co-Owner & Broker of Record at Deacon Hoover Real Estate Advisors!

DHREA 16/04/2019

In this episode of The Realtor Nation, we turn the tables and put host Ian Hoover in the hot seat! Ian discusses what led him to real estate, his goals, the importance of planning, and much, much more. Don’t miss this special episode!

Network with over 650 Real Estate Investors! Join Alex Deacon’s Real Estate Networking Group on MeetUp.com, and be one of the first to receive updates on upcoming events!

Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
668 Members

Learn investing from a local expert with a vast amount of experience in the Pittsburgh market. Alex started investing in 1993. We will review hands on examples, analysis, and …

Check out this Meetup Group →

Join Alex Deacon’s fast-growing Pittsburgh Landlord Group on MeetUp.com! Connect with other Landlords for monthly seminars with Q & A! Click below!

Pittsburgh Landlord Group

Carnegie, PA
137 Members

This is a great venue for Real estate investors, real estate agents and property managers to expand your knowledge and to help others in the field of being a landlord. We will…

Check out this Meetup Group →

Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

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Congratulations to Ian Hoover for being honored in Top Agent Magazine’s “Top 100 in Social Media Excellence” List!

DHREA 15/04/2019

Our very own Co-Owner & Broker of Record, Ian Hoover, received a huge honor by earning a spot on Top Agent Magazine’s “Pennsylvania Top 100 in Social Media Excellence”! We all know how hard Ian works, and the award couldn’t be more deserving. From the rest of the team here at DHRE…CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Click above to enlarge and view Top Agent Magazine’s Top 100 in Social Media Excellence!

Network with over 650 Real Estate Investors! Join Alex Deacon’s Real Estate Networking Group on MeetUp.com, and be one of the first to receive updates on upcoming events!

Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
669 Members

Learn investing from a local expert with a vast amount of experience in the Pittsburgh market. Alex started investing in 1993. We will review hands on examples, analysis, and …

Check out this Meetup Group →

Join Alex Deacon’s fast-growing Pittsburgh Landlord Group on MeetUp.com! Connect with other Landlords for monthly seminars with Q & A! Click below!

Pittsburgh Landlord Group

Carnegie, PA
136 Members

This is a great venue for Real estate investors, real estate agents and property managers to expand your knowledge and to help others in the field of being a landlord. We will…

Check out this Meetup Group →

Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

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MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT! DHRE is expanding! Details below!

DHREA 04/04/2019

Deacon & Hoover Real Estate Advisors have come to an agreement to merge with the Shiring Agency out of Murrysville, PA, and will be opening the 2nd location as soon as their application is approved by the state! This move will give the DHRE brand a strong presence in the east suburbs of Pittsburgh, and the company will now have two offices and approaching 30 agents in the span of just 18 months.

If you or anyone you know would like to learn about a career in Real Estate please visit dhrea.com/careers!

DHRE was founded in September of 2017 by Alex Deacon & Ian Hoover, two top producing agents who wanted to make a difference in the industry.

Alex Deacon’s next Real Estate Investing Workshop is Saturday, April 13th! We’ll be discussing “Financial Freedom in Simple, Easy Steps” with special guest speaker Kathi Stoddard. Seating is limited, so reserve your seat in the room today! Click below!

Financial Freedom reached in simple easy steps

Saturday, Apr 13, 2019, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

19 Members Attending

The workshop will be revolving around the long term step by step plan to ensure financial freedom through real estate investing. Most of our focus this month will be on the master plan to start today with a long term buy and hold business plan and setting yourself up to ensure success. Its a very simple and easy plan to implement but it does take t…

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Pittsburgh Landlord Group

Carnegie, PA
129 Members

This is a great venue for Real estate investors, real estate agents and property managers to expand your knowledge and to help others in the field of being a landlord. We will…

Check out this Meetup Group →

Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

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