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Real Estate Investing w/ Alex Deacon: Balancing Your Portfolio

DHREA 19/07/2018

 

This week, “The Deacon of Real Estate” Alex Deacon discusses the art of balancing your portfolio. Everyone has their own style and technique to investing real estate, and Alex delivers tips and personal experiences to help you bring together the most successful portfolio you can!

 

 

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#UPDATE: 5105 Holmes St has been SOLD!

DHREA 19/07/2018

 

This fantastic investment property with an amazing location in Lawrenceville is off the market!

 

 

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Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
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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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MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

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

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NEW LISTING! Fantastic investment opportunity with a great location at 3255 Pinehurst in Dormont!

DHREA 18/07/2018

 

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!! Don’t miss out of this amazing remodeled investment opportunity located in the heart of Dormont. This beautiful brick duplex offers gorgeous up and downstairs units. The spacious 1st fl has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, living room, and a bonus sun room. The second floor offers 2 bedrooms, in addition to a smaller room that can be used for a bedroom, a great office space, or fabulous closet/ dressing room, 1 bath, a living room and a dining room. Each unit has perfectly updated kitchens with tall white shaker style cabinetry, butcher block counter tops and all new appliances. The bathrooms have porcelain tile tub surrounds, new vanities, and new fixtures. Each unit also has fresh paint, new hardwood and luxury vinyl plank flooring, new carpet, all new lightning fixtures/ ceiling fans. Conveniently located in this wonderful sought after walk-able community close to “T”, so many restaurants and cafes, with just a short walk to everything. CLICK HERE FOR FULL PROPERTY DETAILS!

 

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Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
467 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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MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

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HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

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#TaraMTG Tuesdays: Starter Homes vs Forever Homes

DHREA 17/07/2018

(Every Tuesday we feature a blog from one of our fantastic affiliates, Tara Mortgage Services!)

 

When you’re a first-time homebuyer, the first thing on your mind is probably, “how much home can I afford?” and rightfully so! Knowing how much you qualify for is the first step to buying a home.

But here’s another crucial detail to consider: should you buy a starter home or a forever home? 

Starter Home vs Forever Home: What’s the Difference?

You can think of a starter home as a jumping off point in homeownership. When you buy a starter home, you probably don’t intend to live there for more than a few years. 

However, with a forever home, you’ll likely plan on living there for many years –maybe even for the rest of your life! So when comparing the two options, have in mind how time you intend to live in the home and how that fits into your goals.

Reasons to Choose a Starter Home

Potentially More Affordable Than a Forever Home

Condos and small houses are a favorite starter home among first-time homebuyers. A smaller house is likely to fit your budget better, and if you’re single or have a small family, a one to two-bedroom may be all you need anyway.

A lower-priced, modest home means a smaller downpayment too! When you pair that with an FHA loan that requires as little as 3.5% down, you can see why some are willing to sacrifice space (for a while, anyway) to buy a starter home.

Desire to Start Investing In Your Future

You’d think that a mortgage payment is more than rent, but often the opposite is true. Even if the overall house payment is slightly higher than your current rent, what you get in return is so much more.

You can think of a mortgage payment as an investment in your future, and with every payment, you own more and more of the house.

Plus the real estate market helps you out by possibly increasing the value of your home. Can your rent payment do that?

Improve Your Investment Without Commitment

Even if you don’t make any improvements to your home, the market could work in your favor and increase the value. But if you want to help it along, consider making some upgrades!

The key to home improvements in starter homes is to focus on those with a reasonable return on investment. So before you gut out the bathroom for a complete remodel, look into less drastic upgrades like replacing the tile and sink.

Another thing to consider, at least for style purposes, is to use designs that most appealing to homebuyers. So if you replace the kitchen countertop, consider a neutral colored granite instead of a stark black one. You’ll want to save those personal touches for your forever home.

Reasons to Choose a Forever Home

Have or Plan to Have a Family

Space for a growing family is one of the most common reasons to buy a forever home. A condo for a 2-3 person family might be okay for a while, but eventually, you’ll want more space in case you add to your family, you want a yard for the kids to play in, or even just a large enough dining area entertain.

It’s a Buyers Market

When market conditions are in your favor, you definitely want to consider a forever home versus a starter home. Not only will get more home for your money, but you’ll have the piece of mind that you got the best rate and a payment you can afford.

You’re Ready to Set Roots

It’s comforting to know that you won’t be moving any time soon. You can settle in, make lasting friendships with your neighbors, upgrade your home just the way you like it knowing that this is your home to do as you please.

Of course, you always have the option to sell to buy again!

When you buy a forever home with a loan with Tara Mortgage Services, you’ll know that you’ve got an amazing deal with a mortgage payment you can comfortably afford, and you can breathe a sigh of relief that you’re finally home.

Still not sure if you should buy a starter home or forever home? That’s okay! The most important thing is that you get pre-approved for a home loan first. You’ll still have time to think about what home to buy, but you don’t want to miss out on current low rates! Contact Tara Mortgage Services today!

 

 

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Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
467 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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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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NEW LISTING! Great business opportunity with a great location in Scott Twp!

DHREA 16/07/2018

 

Your new location awaits! The former daycare features a large open floor plan with an office, kitchen and multiple restrooms. Outside it has a large parking lot, nice side yard was used as a play area and a shed. Could be used for many different uses. Click the picture above for full property details!

 

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Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
466 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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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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Real Estate Investing w/ Alex Deacon: How To Quickly Evaluate A Real Estate Deal

DHREA 12/07/2018

 

 

In this long-form segment, “The Deacon of Real Estate” Alex Deacon discusses the tricks and tools you already have at your fingertips to help you quickly analyze a deal. Learn how to buzz through hundreds of properties in minutes to help maximize your time and energy. The Deacon explains how technology and knowledge of area can be the biggest weapons in your arsenal.

 

 

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Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
464 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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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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Inexpensive Kitchen Renovations With Huge Impact!

DHREA 06/07/2018

Fridge

Upgrades to a kitchen can make any house or property feel more cozy or posh (yes, I went there), while greatly improving the value. The biggest misconception is these improvements come with a hefty price tag. With a little hard work and elbow grease, a kitchen can be renovated beautifully without breaking the bank. Check out some popular ideas below!

Paint The Fridge
Oftentimes, the most obvious of solutions go right over our heads. Repainting the refrigerator can modernize any kitchen, pull color-schemes together, and really make your kitchen pop. In fact, most appliances can be repainted. Just make sure to ensure you’re using the correct paint, as you’ll be looking for specialized appliance paint! There’s also a fun factor involved. If you have kids, imagine turning your refrigerator into a giant chalkboard! Find out how HERE!

Refinish Kitchen Cabinets
This means either sanding them down and re-staining them, or just painting them in a semigloss or glossy latex paint. For a bold change, ditch the white and try a pale blue, coral red, or even glossy black for a modern look. All you need is sandpaper, paint, and equal parts elbow grease and patience!

Buy Under Cabinet Lighting
As you can see, lighting can really make or break a kitchen. Consider lighting you can attach under the cabinets. Department stores are now selling inexpensive under cabinet lighting that utilizes wall outlets, and in most places, you can find energy efficient LEDs. Again, a very affordable way to modernize your kitchen.

Add A Kitchen Lamp
For a cost far less than permanent track lighting, add a flea market find. A pop-bright colored table lamp, a hanging kitchen chandelier, etc. You’d be amazed how this simple addition can change the whole look and vibe of the entire room while giving another personal touch to your kitchen.

Replace The Countertop/Sink
Not all countertops are made or cost the same, but there are affordable options if you are willing to put in a little work. It should be noted that replacing a countertop isn’t likely to add value to your house other than pleasing aesthetics, but we all enjoy customization, don’t we? These days, you can find a quality stainless steel or acrylic sink for around $100!

Remember…home renovations are not for everybody! Please use caution and avoid projects you are uncomfortable with!

 

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Carnegie, PA
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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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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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Alex Deacon’s Property Management Series: To Evict…Or Not To Evict!

DHREA 06/07/2018

 

Alex Deacon tells you the right (and wrong) times to evict an eviction worthy tenant. Can strong-arming ultimately cost YOU money? When are you being too soft on a tenant? Tune in for great tips from “The Deacon of Real Estate”!

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Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
463 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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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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DHRE DIY Corner: Control Pesky Fruit Flies

DHREA 02/07/2018

FruitFlies

Vinegar attracts flies so it is a great way of luring them in and away from the rest of the house. To make a vinegar trap all you need is a some apple cider vinegar or malt vinegar, a glass, a plastic bag and a rubber band.

Pour a small amount (an inch or so) of apple cider vinegar into the glass. The cider vinegar has a nice, fruity aroma that fruit flies simply cannot resist. Using the scissors, snip the corner off the plastic baggie. This should created a hole just large enough for fruit flies to pass through, but not so large that it will be easy for them to escape.

Place the baggie over the glass, and position the hole you’ve cut over the center. Push the snipped corner down into the glass so the baggie forms a funnel in the glass, but doesn’t touch the vinegar. Use the rubber band to secure the baggie to the glass.

Place your vinegar trap in the area where you see the most fruit flies – near your garbage, produce bins, or compost container. If you have a heavy fruit fly infestation, you might want to make several vinegar traps, and place them around your kitchen and in other rooms where fruit flies are present.

Fruit flies will fly into the glass, pass through the hole in the baggie, and become trapped in the glass. Within a few days, you should notice an accumulation of dead fruit flies floating in the vinegar. Empty the trap as needed, and refill it with fresh apple cider vinegar. A few well-placed vinegar traps, along with good housekeeping practices to discourage fruit flies, should get your infestation under control quickly!

 

 

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

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

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DHRE #DIY Tips: Effective Cleaners You Already Own!

DHREA 28/06/2018

We’re all trying to save a couple dollars wherever and whenever we can, and DIY solutions are always great money savers. What you may not know is you probably already have great alternatives to expensive cleaners hidden in plain sight. Here’s a list of alternative uses for household products you’re likely to already have in your home, and how they can be used to make everything from clothes to appliances look brand new.

WHITE VINEGAR

All-purpose cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and water (distilled is best), increasing the amount of vinegar for tougher jobs. Spray it anywhere that could use a good cleaning, but do not use this on marble surfaces.
Deodorizing your dishwasher: Add 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your dishwasher. The vinegar smell will dissipate, freshening dishes in the process.
Garbage disposal cleaner: Freeze white vinegar in an ice cube tray and then run the cubes through the garbage disposal to deodorize and clean drains.
Clean your showerhead: Unscrew your showerhead, then place it in a plastic zip baggie filled with ½ to 1 cup of warm white vinegar. Let it sit for about 1 hour to remove mineral buildup. For showerheads that cannot be removed, secure the baggie onto the showerhead using a rubber band.

CITRUS

Soap scum and rust remover: Eliminate soap scum and rust from your shower by rubbing surfaces with the cut surface of a halved lemon. Let that sit for about a minute, and then use a scouring pad to finish the job.
Scented all-purpose cleaner:  Add enough citrus peels to fill 1/2 of a large mason jar. Pour white vinegar over the top to fill the jar, and then place the lidded jar in a cool, dark place to infuse for at least two weeks. Strain the solution, pour it into a spray bottle, and use it as you would an all-purpose cleaner.
Fabric whitener:  Add 1 cup of undiluted lemon juice to your laundry to whiten and brighten clothing.
Microwave cleaner:  Add a few tablespoons of lemon juice to 1 cup of water in a microwavable bowl, then heat the mixture to boiling in the microwave. Let the steam penetrate the baked-on grime for around ten minutes before opening the door and giving the interior a good wipe.

BAKING SODA

Clear clogged drains: Toss a little baking soda down a clogged drain, chasing it with double the amount of white vinegar. Let it sit for a few minutes, then follow the fizzing mixture with boiling water.
Oven cleaner: Coat the surface of your oven in a paste of baking soda and water, avoiding the heating elements. Allow it to sit overnight and then use a damp rag and a silicone spatula to remove as much paste as possible. Finish the task by spraying down the oven top with vinegar, then wiping with a rag once more.
Hairbrush/comb cleaner: Coat hairbrushes and combs in a paste of baking soda and water to remove product buildup.

BORAX

Insect deterrent: Keep creepy-crawlies at bay by mixing equal parts borax and sugar and strategically sprinkling it around the house. The boric acid in borax is poisonous to many insects, and it’s also said to be an effective rodent deterrent.
Outdoor furniture cleaner: Prep your patio furniture for the season by spraying it down with a solution of 1 teaspoon of dish detergent, 1 teaspoon of borax, and 1 quart of warm water. Wipe and rinse.
Pots and pans cleaner: Sprinkle borax onto a damp sponge, then use it to remove grease and baked-on messes from cookware.

SALT

Remove water stains from wood: Did someone forget to use a coaster? Remove water rings using a paste of salt and veggie oil. Let it sit for around an hour before buffing away with a rag.
Cast-iron cookware cleaner: Clean your cast-iron cookware without affecting its seasoning by heating a bit of oil in the pot or pan, sprinkling in ¼ cup of salt, then using the paste to scrub away baked-on food. Remove the paste from the pot or pan using a paper towel.
Clean copper, pewter, and solid brass: Slice a lemon in half and sprinkle the cut surface with salt. Rub the lemon all over the metal being cleaned before rinsing thoroughly with water.

 

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Carnegie, PA
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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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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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