March/April 2018 Issue of Your Home: Tips and Trends for Homeowners, Buyers and Sellers. In this issue, The 10-year fix, The good, the bad and the ugly on Mold, Home Care Myths
Pittsburgh, PA April 29, 2018 – Christa Ross has been awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®.
REALTORS® who receive the CRS Designation have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate. Only 37,000 REALTORS® nationwide have earned the credential.
Home buyers and sellers can be assured that CRS Designees subscribe to the strict REALTOR® code of ethics, have been trained to use the latest tactics and technologies, and are specialists in helping clients maximize profits and minimize costs when buying or selling a home.
Christa Ross is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX Select Realty, located at 5817 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. She is a RE/MAX Hall of Fame agent and a steering committee member of the ReEnergize Pittsburgh Coalition, focused on increasing access to and demand for energy efficient and healthy homes, improving quality of life for homeowners and renters of all income levels throughout Western Pennsylvania, and a member of the REALTORS Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh.
Thinking about buying or selling a home in the Pittsburgh area? Contact Christa Ross, REMAX Select Realty at 724-779-1437.
Coming Late Fall of 2018, the Schoolhouse Condominiums will transform the historic Deniston School into 18 modern condos in Swissvale.
Each unit will retain the vintage details of the circa 1902 building, including decorative moldings, large windows and soaring ceilings, combined with modern granite counters, wood and ceramic floors, stylish lighting and entirely new electrical, insulation, pumbing, heating, air conditioning and mechanical systems.
These 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes will be priced between $150,000 and $210,000, with up to $50,000 price reductions available for as many as 8 moderate income buyers. Ground floor homes will allow for wheelchair accessibility and level entry with no stairs to climb. Showcase top floor units will feature light filled spaces with 26-foot ceilings, loft bedrooms nestled into the roof gables and multiple bathrooms.
Swissvale’s East End location is within walking distance of Edgewood Towne Centre, Regent Square and Frick Park. Quick and easy commutes to Downtown, Oakland and Bakery Square, combined with off-street parking, bike storage and easy access to public transit give buyers excellent options for transportation to work, school and play.
The Mon Valley Initiative (MVI), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in cooperation with Swissvale Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) has hired LGA Partners to design the new spaces and DRS of Greater Pittsburgh as the general contractor. Construction begins February 2018 with occupancy expected by the end of 2018. Finalized floor plans will be available in Spring 2018. Limited customization options will be available to buyer’s who purchase pre-completion. Allegheny County Economic Development is making up to $50,000 in second mortgage grants available for as many as eight buyers under 80% of the area median income in order to reduce buying costs.
Visit schoolhousecondos.com and sign up to be added to our waitlist for more information.
The cold weather this past week has brought a flood, literally, of headaches for homeowners, sellers and buyers around our area. While the temperatures will go up a bit this week it is unlikely that winter is over. Broken pipes, flooding homes, busted furnaces, ice filled gutters are everywhere. Here are a few tips that can help you weather the storm.
House cold? Bills high? Start with an energy audit. Western Pennsylvania is filled with thousands of homes that could use serious energy efficiency upgrades. Built at a time when energy was cheap and building science was weak, these homes are filled with pipes on exterior walls, poor air sealing, lack of insulation and bad ductwork. While it may be tempting to put a call in to an insulator, that may be money wasted without a good plan. A qualified energy auditor analyzes your house with a blower door tests and infrared photos to determine where you are losing heat, or cooling in the summer, and the most cost effective ways to stop it. Sometimes more can be done with a good foam gun than with all the insulation money can buy. Looking for an auditor? Give New Leaf Home Energy a call.
Turn off the water! If you are leaving your home vacant or even leaving for a few days when the temperatures get cold, it is best practice to turn off the water before you walk out. Furnaces can turn off in serious cold, leaving your house in a deep freeze even when you don’t expect it. If a pipe bursts and the water is on the house will keep flooding until it is discovered. If you turn the water off before you leave, even if the pipe freezes and breaks all that can escape is the limited amount of water in that line. You might have a small mess to clean up, but it is better than a full scale disaster.
Warm it up. If you know you have pipes that are prone to freezing, especially those that run on exterior walls or through your unheated garage ceiling, take some precautions ahead of time. Simple things like leaving the cabinet doors open to let heat from the house get closer to the pipes or a small space heater in the garage can keep the water above freezing. Or let your water drip a bit from the faucet to keep water moving so it doesn’t have as much time to freeze. While these are not the best options, they can avert disaster for the short term.
Here are a few more tips from House Logic:
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As reported in RSI Media, Prices in the U.S. have continued to rise for the last several months and this spring has been no exception. Lower inventory has been the story in most of Pittsburgh going on two years now and as the buying season kicks in we are seeing many multiple offers. If you have a home to sell now is certainly the time. Give me a call and let’s talk.
Tax time is right around the corner (ugh!) and if you are a homeowner there are some tax benefits you should be taking advantage of. Check out the selection of tax tips put together by the people at HouseLogic to help you though this process. If you are a new homeowner, pull out the HUD or ALTA statement you were given at closing and be sure to use it when preparing your taxes or give it to your accountant.
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Welcome to 2017 and to our new office, introducing RE/MAX Select Realty’s new East End Office. Previously located in Shadyside, our office is growing and is now located in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, right on Penn Avenue.
We are happy to be in our new digs at 5817 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 and excited to have more space, more agents and a bright future in the city. This office will serve the city neighborhoods of East Liberty, Highland Park, Shadyside, Lawrenceville, Friendship, Morningside, Squirrel Hill, Oakland as well as the Northside, Southside and other nearby city areas. Be sure to stop by if you are in the area and be sure to give us a call if you are planning to buy or sell real estate in the city of Pittsburgh.
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Saving for a down payment can be hard – especially for first-time homebuyers. Contrary to popular belief, there are alternatives to putting less than 20% down on a home. Plenty of home loan options exist with as little as 3% down. This infographic highlights a few key pieces of information to consider when considering loan options with a low down payment.
Unlike the month’s temperatures, July home sales cooled off from June’s highest year-to-date level. In the RE/MAX National Housing Report analysis of 53 U.S. cities, July sales fell in 49 markets by 8.8% from July 2015 and by 13.1% from June. Over the last seven years, the average drop in sales from June to July has been 8.2%. The Median Sales Price dropped slightly from June to $225,000, which is still 4.7% higher than one year ago. At the same time, inventory continued to tighten by dropping 3.0% lower than June and 16.6% lower than a year ago, resulting in a Months Supply of just 3.5. Five metro areas reported an inventory supply of less than two months. Meanwhile, the average Days on Market dropped to 53 which is just one day less than the average in June and four days below last year.