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

Choosing the RIGHT REALTOR!

A friend asked me how to pick a Realtor to work with.  Any advice you could share? Selecting the best realtor for your needs is a very personal process.  Surprisingly, however, some real estate consumers don’t know where to begin.  The internet is such an...

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What About the Basement?

After renovating our 100+ year home inside and out, all that remains is our basement. Our stone foundation is in decent shape.  How important is it (or worth it) to clean this space up and how far should we go?  Would I get the return on my money?  A...

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OFFER IN HAND? Better Move Quick!

We received an offer on our home but would like time to figure out where we are going next before we respond. Is that reasonable? Momentum is important in life.   We learn this lesson early on.  As a child, you learn that the likelihood of a getting that...

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Why So Many Inspectors?

Why do buyers bring in so many inspectors these days? You are correct in noting that buyers often bring in multiple layers of inspectors during their home inspection period.  Gone are the days that one general home inspector handles the entire inspection. ...

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The Effect of Rising Mortgages

We’ve noticed interest rates are rising on mortgages.  What effect do you think that will have on our market? You are correct – the fed raised the interest rates AGAIN this year, and have indicated that we need to be prepared for two more rate increases in...

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What Happens After the Inspection

We find the inspection process confusing – do we have to fix everything in the inspection report before we sell our home or just the repairs the buyer requested? The home inspection report is the document from which your buyer works to make their repair...

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The Importance of the Contract

We closed on our new home recently and when we went on the walk through, the seller had not completed the inspection repairs that they had agreed to do and didn’t seem to think was an issue. Your thoughts?

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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
HOWARD HANNA
REAL ESTATE SERVICES
401 Broad Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
Cell: 412-779-6060
Office: 412-741-2200 x238
kbarge@howardhanna.com

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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