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

Avoiding the “Hot Buttons” of Inspections

What kinds of items would be viewed as “hot buttons” for home buyers on inspections? If you are a home seller, there is an ever increasing list of items that you will be expected to address if any are discovered on your home inspection. Given that, if you...

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Finding the Sweet Spot

Dear Kathe:You often write about making sure to price our home correctly for a better chance of a successful sale.  How do we do that? We all know the story of Goldilocks – be it the porridge being too hot, too cold or just right, or the beds being too...

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Knowing Your Home’s Worth

It seems prices are all over the board these days.  How do we figure out what our home is worth? There are many factors that go into determining a home’s value.  The first, most important thing to keep in mind, however, is that it’s not what you think. To...

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Asking the Right Price

How long should a seller wait to reduce the price of their home?  Is it ok to start at a higher price and reduce the price later? There are many “rules of thumb” in real estate that provide suggestions as to when a price reduction is appropriate. One of...

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Be the “Squeaky Wheel”

My friend’s closing on her existing home was delayed and she ended up having to delay her closing on her new home, and was stuck with all of her stuff on a moving van and unable to move in to her new home. How can these major inconveniences be...

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To Remodel Or Not

We’ve lived in our current home for 16 years and have kept up with maintenance but haven’t done much else – how much remodeling do we really have to do before putting it on the market?You’ve lived in your home long enough that you have probably “used up” a...

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Giving the Buyer Space

My home has so many special features.  I think it would be best if I were at showings so I could explain them to prospective buyers.  Is that ok? When you are selling your home, its normal to think that only you can fully convey your home’s fine qualities...

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Neutral is the Way to Go!

Everyone says we need to “neutralize” our home before we try to sell it, but what does that mean?If you watch HGTV or read my weekly articles, you likely know how important it is to neutralize your home before you sell. But what exactly does that entail?...

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Avoiding Mortgage Pitfalls

I have a friend who just had a terrible time closing on his mortgage loan because he moved some money into his checking account right before closing.  Any tips om making sure the mortgage process is a smooth one? Mortgage rates remain low, but the process...

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Selling Made Easy

Selling our homes seems like it will be a very stressful endeavor.  Is there any way to make it any easier on us? Once you have lived long enough, you realize that if there is something to be done, there is usually an easy way and a hard way.  When it...

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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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