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DHRE DIY Corner: Improve In-Home Air Quality!

DHREA 19/10/2018

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Runny nose. Itchy eyes. A massive headache. These are just a few ailments suffered by homeowners with poor indoor air quality, potentially as a result of smoke, dust, or other contaminants. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, people spend close to 90% of their time indoors, where air quality can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside.

Although anyone can suffer from poor indoor air quality, asthma/allergy sufferers, children, and the elderly are particularly sensitive. Fortunately, a few simple and affordable home improvements can go a long way to benefit your home’s air.

Avoid Scented Sprays
Despite their fresh scents, air fresheners and laundry products can emit dozens of chemicals. For truly fresh air, look for fragrance-free or natural products and skip aerosol sprays. Keep rooms ventilated by opening windows, and add a plant to help purify your air.

Control Dust
Household dust can trap chemicals and allergens. Some objects are prone to dust, such as rugs, upholstered furniture, and infrequently moved accessories. Opt for easy-to-clean or washable items to avoid dust getting trapped in your space. Try to avoid clutter at all costs! Large piles of “I’ll get to it later” is a vacation resort for dust.

Dehumidify Damp Areas
Moisture can attract dust mites, mildew, and mold. Your rooms should be kept at a safe 30% to 50% humidity level. An inexpensive indoor humidity monitor will check your home’s levels, and a basic dehumidifier can solve many moisture challenges.

Clean Floors Regularly
If you can, use a vacuum cleaner that is equipped with a HEPA filter and rotating brushes to remove dust and dirt from floors. Vacuum at least once a week, especially in high-traffic areas. A good vacuum will not blow dust or dirt out in the exhaust. Twice a month, use a microfiber mop on hard floors, skipping any chemical cleaning solutions in favor of warm water or a natural product.

 

 

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Debunking 10 Credit Score Myths!

DHREA 01/10/2018

 

Your credit score is one of your most powerful tools for planning your financial future –mostly because it determines the terms of loans like mortgages. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misunderstandings about FICO scores, and it can lead you to miss out on the benefits of your credit.

Myth #1 Checking Your Credit Lowers Your Score

There’s a difference between you checking your credit and a creditor checking your credit. When you apply for credit, the creditor conducts “a hard inquiry” to review your rating. Only hard inquiries affect your score. Inquiries stay on your report for 24 months, but only the ones from the past 12 months affect your score.

The good news is that one or two inquiries a year are nothing to worry about. But have been applying for credit or loans more than three times a year, it may start lowering your score.

Myth #2 Your Debt-to-Income Ratio Affects Your Score

Debt-to-income ratio is the amount of monthly debt obligations, like car payments, compared to your monthly gross income. Credit bureaus don’t have access to your income so there’s no way for them to factor it into your score. DTI ratios are most often used to determine how much home you can afford. Considering this, it’s a good idea to lower your debt to get a larger loan. However, when it comes to your credit score, your debt-to-income doesn’t affect it.

Myth #3 The Higher the Debt, The Lower the Score

Not all debt is the same! Debt from a mortgage, even a $300,000 mortgage loan, is considered “good debt” because a home is a financial investment. $15,000 credit card debt, on the other hand, is bad debt.

Keep your credit balances low, preferably below 15% of the credit limits, and you’ll be on your way to maintaining your FICO high.

Myth #4 Paying Off Collections Raises Your Score

This one is surprising. Once a collection agency is involved, your score is going to take major hit. Even after you pay off or settle the debt, the delinquency will still show on your report. The only way to remove it is by disputing it with all three major credit bureaus. It’s not easy but worth the effort!

Myth #5 Your Credit Becomes Joint with Your Spouse

When You Get Married Getting married doesn’t automatically include your spouse on your credit nor does it add you on theirs. If you want to be added to their account and possibly reap the benefits of their credit score, your spouse needs to call creditors to have them add you. 

Myth #6 A Better Job Means You’ll Have a Better Score

Despite credit bureaus having your employers information, they don’t have access to your salary or yearly income. So a better paying job won’t affect your credit score. On the other hand, higher income could mean you can now pay down debt –and that definitely increases your credit score! 

Myth #7 If You Don’t Use a Credit Card, You Should Close It

The longer your credit’s open, the better it is for your score, so you never want to close credit cards. However, creditors may end up closing it if there’s no activity so try to use it (and pay it off) every month to keep it open.

Myth #8 Opening a Credit Card will Hurt Your Score

This myth is a little tricky. While opening a new credit account will make your score drop initially, it’s only temporary. After a few cycles of payments, your new credit will start to rise again and even improve from where it was in the first place.

Myth #9 One Late Payment Won’t Lower Your Score Much

Payment history is the most significant factors in your FICO score. Even just one payment that’s late by 30 days lowers your score by 50 points or more. Don’t let this happen to you! Set up a reminder or automatic payment schedule and avoid making this costly mistake.

We partnered with Steven Millstein, Editor at CreditRepairExpert.org, for more information and a listing of the best credit repair companies out there. Visit this fantastic article: https://www.creditrepairexpert.org/credit-repair-companies/!

 

 

Don’t miss Alex Deacon’s October workshop! You won’t want to miss Alex and our special guest speaker Josh Caldwell discuss our most requeted topic: finding and analyzing real estate investments. RSVP below!

How to find and analyze my next RE Investment

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

27 Members Attending

This is our most widely asked for workshop. We do this a few times a year and it will contain the steps you can take right now with very little experience. You can implement these steps and start using them in your day to day investment journey. We will discuss and hit on a few very important ideas on how to do the following 1. Where to look for …

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Twilight Open House Monday, October 1st! A must see in Penn Hills!

DHREA 29/09/2018

Come out to Penn Hills this Monday to look at this fantastic home! Located in a quiet neighborhood, this brick home has been uniquely renovated and is a must see. Contact Megan Clancy or click the picture above for more details!

 

 

 

 

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How to find and analyze my next RE Investment

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

27 Members Attending

This is our most widely asked for workshop. We do this a few times a year and it will contain the steps you can take right now with very little experience. You can implement these steps and start using them in your day to day investment journey. We will discuss and hit on a few very important ideas on how to do the following 1. Where to look for …

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

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Beautiful brick home at 209 Augusta in Mt. Washington is SOLD!

DHREA 28/09/2018

This wonderful brick home at 209 Augusta in Mt. Washington has been sold! Congratulations to the buyer!

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Deacon’s next Real Estate Workshop is a can’t miss! Click below for details regarding our special guest speaker Josh Caldwell, and to RSVP to Alex’s most requested event!

How to find and analyze my next RE Investment

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

26 Members Attending

This is our most widely asked for workshop. We do this a few times a year and it will contain the steps you can take right now with very little experience. You can implement these steps and start using them in your day to day investment journey. We will discuss and hit on a few very important ideas on how to do the following 1. Where to look for …

Check out this Meetup →

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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Real Estate Investing w/ Alex Deacon: Proper Budgeting for Repairs, Property Management, and Vacancies

DHREA 26/09/2018

 

In this episode of Real Estate Investing w/ Alex Deacon, “The Deacon of Real Estate” gets straight to the point…knowledge is power! Alex discusses all the necessary items and situations you should budget for to ensure a maximum ROI!

 

 

Don’t miss Alex’s most requested Workshop of the year! We’re bringing in special guest speaker Josh Caldwell for this event! RSVP by clicking the box below!

How to find and analyze my next RE Investment

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

9 Members Attending

This is our most widely asked for workshop. We do this a few times a year and it will contain the steps you can take right now with very little experience. You can implement these steps and start using them in your day to day investment journey. We will discuss and hit on a few very important ideas on how to do the following 1. Where to look for …

Check out this Meetup →

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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Welcome our newest Advisor, Jamie McLaughlin!

DHREA 21/09/2018

We’re pleased to announce Jamie McLaughlin as the newest Advisor to join the DHRE team! Jamie will be a fantastic addition, and we’re really excited to have him on board. Click his bio below to find out why we knew we had to have him. Welcome to the team, Jamie!

Click here for Jamie’s full bio!

 

 

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

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NEW LISTING! Great duplex in Scott Township!

DHREA 13/09/2018

 

Ready to live in one side and rent the other, or be your next cash flowing duplex! This side-by-side at 202 Boroview in Carnegie (Scott Twp.) features 2 bedrooms on the right side, and 3 bedrooms on the left. Both units have separate gas & electric, along with central A/C! Garage in rear could be rented out for additional income and potential for more off street parking in rear.

Click this link or the pic above for full property details!

 

 

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Remembering 9/11

DHREA 11/09/2018

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Seventeen years ago, the pulse in this country changed forever. I typically like to write loose and upbeat stories of Pittsburgh’s past, or give little tips and tricks to help with upkeep for your home or rental. Today is a little different.

Today, I just wanted to take a quick minute and bring everyone together to give thanks and reflect on the sacrifices made by NYC’s first responders and every man and woman who has served this country since the horrific tragedy on September 11th, 2001. I wanted to take a quick minute to reflect on the lives lost so they are never forgotten. And I wanted to take a quick minute to reflect on this county’s will to rise from the flames stronger than ever, and show resolve like no other country on the planet.

So, as we relish watching our favorite football team taking the field this past weekend, let’s “never forget”, as the saying goes. Remember, you don’t have to love your government to love your country. As politics has gotten stranger than ever, it’s time we come together and show all of the powers that be we can not be divided anymore. These colors don’t run. And even during the most turbulent of times, let’s show the traditional American values of looking out for our fellow man and woman have never been stronger.

Thank you to those who served. The first responders. The brave men and women who sacrificed everything for us. And thank you to those affected directly from that horrible tragedy for showing the world your resolve to become stronger. Now let’s honor those men and women by coming together, even for one day, and show the world that no matter how divided we seem, America has never been stronger.

 

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#TaraMTG Tuesday: What comes first, the sale or the purchase?

DHREA 11/09/2018

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

 

You may be wondering if there is a right order to buying and selling a home when you’re already a homeowner. For example, would it be better to sell first and then shop for a new home?

Or maybe it’s best to buy first then sell your current home?

This blog will help you to understand the advantages of each scenario as well as a creative alternative.

A lot has changed since the last time you applied for a home loan. Your income, your FICO score, and even how you apply for a home loan is different!

What To Consider When You Buy First:

One of the main perks of buying first is that you can take your time to shop around, similar to the way it was when you first bought your home. You can visit as many open houses as it takes to find just the right one without any pressure to rush your decision.

You can also take your time to plan the move, make any repairs or upgrades, and even move your stuff little by little instead of packing it all in one moving day. Changing your address, turning on utilities, and making changes to childcare and school can also be coordinated with ease when you buy first.

On the other hand, there may some overlap in mortgage payments if you don’t sell your current home within a month of buying your new home. If the possibility of carrying both mortgages sounds like too much of a burden then buying before selling may not be for you.

You’ll also want to consider that your income and debts affect how much you qualify for. In other words, it will be difficult to get approved for a new home loan if your income can’t support two mortgages.

What To Consider When You Sell First:

Selling your home first means that you’ll have your equity free and on hand, ready to make an offer on the next house. In a competitive market, having cash on hand is a significant advantage.

You’ll also save money by not having to pay two mortgages and utilities at the same time. It can even seem pretty wasteful to pay double when in reality you are living only one home.

While avoiding paying double would be ideal, you should know that there may be some overlap. For example, you will likely have temporary housing in an apartment while you shop for your new home. In this case, you’ll probably pay a month or so of rent plus your mortgage.

But this is still a better scenario than paying for two mortgages for an indefinite amount of time. Remember that when you buy first, you are at the mercy of other homebuyers. If instead, you’re renting, the worst that can happen is that you pay a fine for breaking the lease early.

Plus there’s also the feeling of being rushed to find a home. When you sell first and are renting an apartment, there’s a sense of urgency to buy quickly and stop “throwing money away” towards rent. 

The Homebuying-and-Selling Alternative

We’ve given you the pros and cons of both selling-first and buying-first scenarios.

Now we want to share an alternative to both: make an offer that is dependent on selling your current home.

This is called a “contingent offer.”

The main benefit is that it bridges your current home to your future home so that you avoid double mortgage payments and the need to rent an apartment.

You may be wondering what to use as a down payment if it’s tied up in the equity of your current home. A possible solution is to take a home equity line of credit (HELOC), and use it to cover the down payment while still paying the mortgage on your current home.

Whether you buy or sell first, it requires quite a bit of coordination, especially when it comes to qualifying for a new home loan. Find out the expert advice you need and learn more about your options by contacting Tara Mortgage Services today!

 

 

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The Ultimate Autumn Preparation Checklist

DHREA 10/09/2018

 

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Well…the weather turned on us quick, didn’t it? Since we’ve skipped straight to feeling like it’s the end of October, we thought it would be best to start preparing early.

Taking care of your home heading into the fall season can reduce short and long term home improvement costs, heating bills, and improve the overall quality and sustainability of your home. This list should cover most, if not all, of your bases. As always, please do not take on a project you may not be able to handle! 

 

  • Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected, cleaned and repaired to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Wrap water pipes that run along exterior walls with heating tape. It will save energy and prevent them from freezing.
  • Clean and replace filters in your furnace or heating system. Contact a licensed heating contractor to inspect and service your gas heater or furnace to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Your local utility company will often provide this service for free.
  • If you use a hot water system for heating, drain the expansion tank, check the water pressure, and bleed your radiators.
  • Check the attic to make sure the insulation is installed properly. The vapor barrier on insulation should face down toward the living space. If it is installed incorrectly (with the vapor barrier facing up) then the insulation will trap moisture causing possible water problems. Cut slits in the vapor barrier to allow moisture to escape. To install attic insulation, unroll the insulation with the paper side out. Install small pieces of insulation between the joists on the attic floor. Be careful not to step between the joists.
  • Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot easier.
  • Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Use caulk to fill the holes or completely replace the wood.
  • Lower humidity and cooler (not yet cold) temperatures make fall a good time to paint the exterior of your home.
  • Inspect your roof, or hire a licensed professional to examine your roof for wear and tear. If the shingles are curling, buckling or crackling, replace them. If you have a lot of damage, it’s time to replace the entire roof. Also, check the flashing around skylights, pipes and chimneys. If you have any leaks or gaps, heavy snow and ice will find its way in.
  • To prevent exterior water pipes from bursting when the weather gets below freezing, turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs. Run the water until the pipes are empty. Make sure all the water is drained from the pipes, if not; the water can freeze up and damage the pipes.
  • The change in temperature and humidity and normal wear and tear can cause window seals to crack and shrink. Check your windows and doors inside and out for leaks and drafts. Caulk cracks or install weather stripping around windows and doors, including the garage door. Replace screens with storm windows and clean them if needed.
  • Fall is the perfect time to divide or move perennials. Remove dead annuals and mulch hardy perennials. Annuals typically die when temperatures drop below freezing. But perennials often appear as though they too have bitten the bullet. That’s because their top growth dies back, although in most cases the root ball is hardy enough to survive even extreme temperatures, especially if it’s covered with a layer of mulch.
  • The best time to mulch perennials is after the first hard freeze. Just make sure you don’t cover the crown or center of the plant, because that can lead to rot.
  • Clean garden tools before storing for the winter.
  • Trim dead branches out the trees to prevent them from coming down and causing damage in a winter storm.
  • Rake up the thick layers of leaves that settle on lawn surfaces. Large leaves in particular, especially when they get wet, can compact to the point where they suffocate the grass below and lead to all kinds of insect and disease problems. So it’s a good idea to routinely rake or blow them off the lawn or, better yet, use a mulching mower to shred them into fine pieces.
  • Put the raked leaves in the compost pile or use as a mulch. Whatever you do, don’t waste fallen leaves because they’re an excellent source of nutrients and organic matter. You can also add them to flower beds to put a winter blanket on your garden.
  • Fall is a good time to aerate your lawn; it will allow moisture and nutrients to get into the roots. When you’re done, spread fertilizer then grass seed.
  • This will be the ideal time to sow cool-season grasses such as fescue and rye – it will give them the opportunity to germinate and develop a good root system before freezing temperatures arrive. It’s also the right time to fertilize turf grasses, preferably with slow-release, all-natural fertilizer. When given adequate nutrients, turf grasses have the ability to store food in the form of carbohydrates during the winter months. That will mean a better-looking lawn come spring.
  • Pests love attics because they are full of nice warm insulation for nesting, and they offer easy access to the rest of the house. With gable vents that lead into the attic it is a good idea to install a screen behind them to keep those critters out.
  • Even after closing off those entryways, pests can still find a way in. The first place to check for any unwanted guests is under the kitchen cupboards and appliances.
  • Each fall, check carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms and put in fresh batteries. These are very important detectors to have in a home. A smoke alarm can save lives in a house fire. A carbon monoxide detector can also save lives if a home has oil or gas-burning appliances, like a furnace or water heater.
  • Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless byproduct of burning oil or natural gas, and it can be deadly. For just a few dollars, a carbon monoxide detector will sound an alarm if the levels get too high.
  • Always install carbon monoxide detectors according to manufacturer’s instructions. Generally they should be installed near each potential source of carbon monoxide, and within ear shot of the living and sleeping areas.

 

 

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