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An Ongoing Column Offering News, Advice, and Observations: All About The Real Estate Market in Pittsburgh, PA.

Look In Your Pipes Before Your Sign Goes Up

Our neighbor just had to replace their sewer line – is that a common home inspection repair?Sewer lines have become as radon was 20 years ago – today’s hot button for home buyers. In some boroughs (Mt Lebanon, for example) the borough now requires that...

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Don’t Get Left Out In the Cold

The polar vortex has left us wondering if there is anything we should be doing to our home to help it survive these cold snaps?Last week’s incredibly low temperatures left many homeowners in the region with unexpected frozen pipes.  It seems in Pittsburgh...

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Better Not Wait ‘Til Spring

We’ve been thinking about starting our search for a new home but were wondering if we should wait until more homes come on the market this spring? The spring market is here (although with the forecasted low temps for this week it may slow things down a...

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The Ups and Downs of Mortgage Rates

I know you don’t have a crystal ball, but what do you think about mortgage rates right now?The short answer: I think they will only go up!  We just had a slight drop in the rates this past week, but that is not expected to hold. If you are considering...

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Is Pre-Approval Necessary?

We are interested in viewing homes but have been told that before doing so, we need to provide a pre-approval letter or proof of funds letter.  Is this really necessary?Getting yourself pre-approved to buy before you start viewing homes is an excellent...

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To Update or Not to Update

We last updated our home twenty years ago and are now ready to downsize.  Does it make sense to put it on the market at a lower price or do we have to make updates before we list? You absolutely do not need to update your home before you list! I’m sure...

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Happy New Home!

It’s  a new year and we’re ready for a new home!  What should we do first? Well, you are asking a Realtor that question, so the answer is probably expected!  The first thing you should do is call me! Once you have done that, here is a look at what comes...

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I’m ready to answer any questions you have regarding your real estate needs.
Kathe Barge, CRS, ABR, CNE, SRES
Associate Broker
401 Broad Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
Cell: 412-779-6060
Office: 412-741-2200 x238

About Kathe

As a full-time realtor, specializing in residential real estate. With a proven track record of selling properties, I am able to provide in-depth knowledge of property values and trends for the future as well as tailor the marketing of each property on an individual basis.

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