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NEW LISTING! Fantastic Mt. Washington home fully remodeled by Shannon Staley & Sons!

DHREA 10/12/2018

If you don’t appreciate the job Chris Ciccarelli – Realtor and Shannon Staley and Sons did with this home in Mt. Washington, you might want to check your pulse!

Ok, maybe we’re overselling a little. Dramatic catchphrases aside, take a quick glance at the unbelievable work Shannon Staley and Sons put into this home by viewing the slideshow below, and click this link for full property details! 😎

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UPDATE: 791 Killarney Dr in Castle Shannon has been SOLD!

DHREA 30/11/2018

 

This wonderful home sitting in the Keystone Oaks school district is off the market! Congratulations to the buyer!

 

 

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🎈PROPERTY UPDATE! 🎈 1662 McFarland Rd in Dormont has been reduced!

DHREA 29/11/2018

 

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Property Update for 600 Redgate in Aleppo!

DHREA 29/11/2018

 

 

🎈 SOLD! 🎈

I’m pleased to announce this wonderful home at 600 Redgate in Aleppo is off the market…for now!

Once again, Shannon Staley and Sons will be applying their top notch expertise for renovations and updates. This “must have” home is about to turn into a “DEFINITELY MUST HAVE” home!

Stay tuned as we continue to post updates regarding this wonderful property so you can see the development happen in real time, and you can also follow Chris Ciccarelli on his Facebook page for updates!

 

 

 

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Buying a starter home? Here’s what you need to know!

DHREA 28/11/2018

Many first-time homebuyers, especially in competitive markets, end up in starter homes as a part of their first foray into the real estate market.

The idea of a “starter home” goes back to World War II. After veterans completed their service, they returned home and took advantage of a provision in the G.I. Bill that guaranteed them affordable mortgages. The increased demand caused a housing boom, specifically for smaller, low-cost homes where the veterans could start their families.

Historically, these properties tend to be smaller in size than one might expect from a single-family unit, but the idea behind them is two-fold: these smaller properties help introduce individuals to the responsibilities of homeownership, while also serving as a launching pad– something to help a homeowner build equity before eventually moving on to a bigger and better property.

What to look for in a starter home

If you think you might be in the market for a starter property, here are some features you’ll want to keep in mind:

Affordability

Since this is your first time worrying about a mortgage payment, you might not be able to borrow as much, or you may not feel comfortable doing so. As the buyer, you’ll want to ask your lender to work up closing costs for you until you feel confident that you’ll be able to confidently make your payment each month.

Size

Starter homes tend to be much smaller than other homes on the market, both to keep costs down and upkeep manageable. As you look at homes, think seriously about how much space you truly need. Often, just one extra bedroom is more than enough room for first-time buyers.

Upkeep

Townhomes and condos are particularly popular options as first-time homes because they allow buyers to experience a lot of the positive aspects of homeownership without too much responsibility.

If you’re in the market for a living situation where much of the home maintenance is taken care of for you, a condo or townhome may be a good option. Just be sure to research the specific services that each community offers, as well as any associated fees.

Resale value / income potential

Since starter homes tend to be more of a stepping stone than a permanent solution, many first-time buyers go into to the purchase with a vague idea of what will happen once they outgrow this phase of their lives. Whether you’d rather sell the property or keep it and rent it out for passive income, the ability to attract future interest is key. For this reason, most starter homes are located in popular neighborhoods, with easy access to amenities like restaurants, bars, and public transportation options.

Should you buy a starter home?

While, ultimately, only you can decide whether or not now is the right time for you to join the real estate market, here are a few signs that you might just be ready to take the jump into first-time homebuying:

You’re financially stable

Even though starter home values are lower, you should still have a stable income, a handle on your debt and credit rating, and some amount of savings to put towards a downpayment. Additionally, you feel comfortable with the idea of being able to handle a monthly mortgage payment, as well as any unforeseen maintenance expenses that could crop up.

You’re settled (for now)

Even though your starter home probably won’t end up being your forever home, it’s still much more permanent than simply signing a year-long lease. Before you get your heart set on buying, you should double-check to make sure that you feel comfortable maintaining your life- your job, social circle, and surrounding area – as-is for the foreseeable future.

…But not too settled

These days, people are starting their path to homeownership later in life. If you’re in a place where you’re almost ready to start a family and you have a decent income, it may make more sense for you to keep saving and skip the starter home in favor of a larger property that will allow you and your family to grow as needed.

You’re willing to compromise

Too often, buyers are surprised to find that their starter home budget isn’t nearly enough to get everything on their wishlist.

Homeownership, especially in the first-time home bracket, is bound to come with a certain degree of compromise. Ideally, when you’re ready to make a purchase, you’ll be able to focus on foundational details like the home’s location and square footage rather than aesthetics. Those surface projects can often be changed to your tastes over time as you settle in.

This article originally appeared on OpenListings.

 

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#TaraMTG Tuesday! Most Popular Ways to Finance Home Improvements

DHREA 27/11/2018

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

 

Saving for making improvements to your home is often the least expensive route, but it’s not always possible. Thankfully, you have other options for financing! Our business is in home loans, so you might already guess, that’s the option we recommend, but you don’t have to take our word for it.

Read about all your home improvement financing options –from traditional home improvement loans to peer-to-peer loans to cash out refinancing –and decide which is best for you!

Traditional Home Improvement Loans

These loans are financed by banks, credit unions, and a few online lenders. You’ll get a lump sum to pay for all the labor and materials for your home improvements, such as replacing your HVAC system or putting in a new pool.

Though the name implies that it’s a home loan, it’s not –at least not in the typical sense of the term. It doesn’t consider your home equity nor does it require your home as collateral.

A home improvement loan is unsecured so you can expect a higher rate than you would with a secured loan.

Personal Line of Credit

This loan is also an unsecured loan and is collateral-free. You can use the lump sum however you wish. You can upgrade your home and set some money aside for a vacation too. Or maybe pay down some debt. They are funded reasonably fast and don’t require any equity in your home either.

However, a word of caution: the repayment period is usually shorter. This means that your monthly payment will likely be high. If you cannot afford to make high monthly payments, a personal line of credit may not be for you.

Peer-to-Peer Loan

These loans are funded by a group of investors rather than a bank or the government (we’ll talk about government loans below). They go by different names, and you may have even received a flyer in the mail from these non-traditional lenders.

On the upside, these loans are also funded quickly, and you can use the money however you want. The downside, however, is that these loans have some of the highest interest rates out there.

Home Equity Loans

Home equity loans and home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) have longer repayment periods with lower interest rates than the above-mentioned loans. That means your monthly payments will be small and more of the payment will go toward the principle.

Another big bonus is that the interest is tax deductible!

The biggest risk to this loan comes with defaulting. If you’re unable to repay the loan, you put your home at risk for foreclosure.

A home equity loan lets you borrow a lump sum, while a HELOC acts more like a line of credit.

With a HELOC, you have a “draw period” during which you can withdraw money. During this time, you only have to repay interest so your initial monthly payments will be quite low. When that draw period ends, your payments will then also include the principle. A HELOC typically has a variable interest rate, so your monthly payment could still be low even after the draw period ends, but it may also increase significantly.

If you prefer a fixed rate, then you’ll want to look at interest rates of a home equity loan or ask about our fixed-rate HELOCs.

Cash-Out Refinance

A cash-out refinance replaces your current mortgage with a new one, but this time you’ll borrow extra money to finance your home improvements. Borrowing more money means it will take longer to pay off your home, however, your new home loan may have a lower rate than your current one.

This option often requires you to have about 20% equity as well as meeting all the typical requirement of a home loan such as employment and good credit score.

FHA Title I Property Improvement Loans

If your equity isn’t high enough for a cash-out refi, consider an FHA Title I loan. This government-funded loan is for specific home improvements such as energy conservation. They cannot be used for “luxury improvements” such as swimming pools or outdoor patios. This loan caps at $25,000 with a 20-year repayment period. These loans are not widely available, so you’ll want to contact us to see if you qualify.

Want to know precisely how low your payment can be to fund your home improvement? Contact Tara Mortgage Services today! Use their digital home loan application and upload your docs securely in between shopping for floor tile and a new kitchen countertop!

 

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UPDATE! 109 Crescent Hills Rd in Penn Hills is BACK ON THE MARKET!

DHREA 26/11/2018

This cozy home in Penn Hills has been nicely renovated and is ready for you to move right in! The unique architecture stands out in the quiet neighborhood of Crescent Hills. Upon entering to the right you are greeted with a freshly painted living room with fireplace and new hardwood floors. To the left is the updated eat-in kitchen with new cabinets and stainless steel appliances. In the back of the house is the door leading to enormous deck, perfect for a grill and fire pit to enjoy the upcoming Pittsburgh fall. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, including a large master bedroom and new full bathroom. 109 Crescent Hills is a gem waiting for the next family to call it home! Click here for full property details!

 

 

 

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Cyber Monday Sale! Alex Deacon and Ian Hoover’s Podcasts Now Available For FREE!

DHREA 26/11/2018

 

Admittedly, we went straight for a clickbait headline. Guilty as charged. Real Estate Investing w/ Alex Deacon and Ian Hoover’s Realtor Nation is ALWAYS FREE! Search for their shows on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting hosting networks!

You may now return to your regularly scheduled Cyber Monday shopping, and now you have a soundtrack to listen to!

 

 

 

 

 

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The REAL(ish) History Behind Black Friday!

DHREA 23/11/2018

 

 

Black Friday has become as synonymous with Thanksgiving as pumpkin pie, but there are a lot of myths surrounding the origins of the shopping event, some even going back as far as the 1800s.

Turns out, you don’t have to rewind quite that far to find the source.

Along with cheesesteak, the term Black Friday is rooted in Philadelphia (a city synonymous with chaos 😉 ). In the 1950s, police in The City of Brotherly Love used the term to describe the horde of shoppers from the suburbs that descended into the city for the days after Thanksgiving, according to Bonnie Taylor-Blake, a neuroscience researcher at the University of North Carolina. The city promoted big sales and decorations, ahead of the Army/Navy football game on Saturday.

“It was a double whammy. Traffic cops were required to work 12-hour shifts, no one could take off and people would flood the sidewalks, parking lots, and streets. The cops had to deal with it all and coined the term.”

City merchants also started to use the term to describe the long lines and shopping mayhem at their stores. “It became this comical reference to downtown Philadelphia following Thanksgiving.”

In 1961 there was a push to rebrand the day as “Big Friday”, as a concern grew that the negative connotation would keep people from going to the city. Clearly, the effort didn’t catch on. In the years since, retailers have learned to embrace the name, and have even expanded the one-day shopping event into a four-day marathon.

Among other ridiculous urban legends, Black Friday is most commonly mistaken for being named after the day retail companies would become profitable for the year. Retailers used to record their losses in red ink and profits in black.

Now you know the real story behind the “Black Friday” moniker. Use this information wisely. You never know when facts could come in handy!

 

(This article was originally published on November 24th, 2017.)

 

 

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6 Mistakes to Avoid as a First-Time Home Buyer!

DHREA 21/11/2018

Buying a home for the first time is a big deal.

To help you get ahead, we’ve outlined some first-time homebuyer tips by calling out six of the biggest mistakes that you should avoid going into the purchase of your first home that could end up saving you a lot of time, money, and frustration.

Mistake #1: not getting pre-approved

Many first-time buyers make the mistake of thinking that they don’t need to get approved for a mortgage until they’ve found their dream home.

Unfortunately, that often ends up being too late.

These days, most sellers require that pre-approvals be submitted along with any offer, and, since your finances need to be vetted before the lender will agree to grant you a loan, this process can take days or even weeks.

Instead, we recommend applying for a pre-approval before you even start looking at a available properties.

Doing so will give you extra time to work on your finances, if needed, and will ensure that you’re ready to submit an offer ASAP once you’ve found your perfect match.

2. Borrowing the maximum amount

Be careful with ending up "house poor"

Once you have your pre-approval in hand, it’s time to decide how much you can afford to spend.

Many buyers mistakenly believe that the figure they’re given on their pre-approval letter should serve as their target sale price. However, make sure that this move won’t leave you feeling “house poor.”

Instead, it’s better to think of loan amounts as a range. You have the ability to borrow up to the amount on your pre-approval, but you don’t necessarily have to go that far.

The better move is to do some budgeting of your own.

First, look at your income and expenses to determine how much money you’d feel comfortable putting towards a mortgage payment each month. Then, using that number, play around with a mortgage calculator until you land on a price of how much house you can really afford.

3. Overestimating your abilities

Sometimes buyers are willing to take on any number of repairs and remodeling projects in exchange for for a low sale price.

Unfortunately, though, what ends up happening in many of these scenarios is that they end up finding that these properties were steals for a reason.

Often, the repairs require more time, money, and skills than the buyers can afford.

If you’re looking at fixer upper properties that require a lot of TLC — especially foreclosures, short sales, or auctions — you need to be honest with yourself about your abilities.

Do you have any previous remodeling experience? Can you afford to hire professional help? Are you prepared to cope with unforeseen problems and expenses?

Though some of these things may be hard to admit, doing so can end up saving you a lot of frustration in the long run.

4. Skipping the fine print

Read your contract fine print

Yes, you should always read every contract you sign in full.

But, as anyone who’s ever sped through a “Terms & Conditions” agreement can tell you, that’s easier said than done.

While it might be tempting to simply skim your Agreement of Sale (and any addendums), resist the urge. This mistake could end up costing you.

Successful real estate transactions depend on each party fulfilling their respective contingencies by the deadlines specified in the agreement.

By signing, you’ve agreed to fulfill your end of the bargain. If you fail to meet those obligations, the seller may be entitled to take your deposit monies in reparations.

When you’re negotiating your offer, make sure you know exactly what you’re agreeing to before you sign on the dotted line.

5. Bypassing your inspections

Conventional wisdom states that skipping your inspections will put you in a better bargaining position. While this is true, the reality is inspections are for the buyer’s benefit.

They give you a realistic picture of what’s wrong with the property, so that you can either choose to buy it with eyes-wide-open and negotiate on repairs or walk away and find a more suitable option.

In contrast, when you choose to waive your inspections, you’ve agreed to take financial responsibility for any repairs that may come up, even if the problems pre-date your ownership of the property. Weigh your options carefully before deciding whether or not this risk is worth it to you. In some cases, just shortening your inspection contingency might be enough to make your offer more competitive.

6. Forgetting about closing cost

Budgeting to buy a home isn’t just about figuring out how you’ll swing a downpayment and monthly mortgage amount.

There are also closing costs to consider.

Your closing costs will be paid at settlement. They will include any fees needed to facilitate the transaction such as deed-recording fees, title insurance, and appraisal costs.

The exact amount you’ll pay will depend on the specific services needed to close on your property. Realistically, however, you can expect to pay between 2%-5% of the home’s purchase price, and that needs to be factored into your overall cost of buying a place.

This article originally appeared on OpenListings.

 

 

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