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

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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Getting a Jump on the Market

Now that Christmas is behind us, we are thinking about making a housing change in 2019.  What is the optimal timing? The strength of our early spring market is always weather dependent here in sunny Pittsburgh! In a “normal” winter our spring market starts...

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Selling During the Holidays

The holidays are here and our home is on the market – any tips for selling during the holidays? The holidays can be a challenging time to sell your home – the number of people looking for a home is much lower than almost any other time of year. But those...

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New Year! New Home!

We’re hoping to move in the New Year and are beginning our search online – is there anything we should keep in mind? The majority of buyers will shop online during their search for a new home, and many will actually begin their search there,...

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It’s More Complicated Than It Looks

We were approached by someone who is interested in buying our home. The buyer has provided us with an unsigned sales agreement as their offer. They are offering 1.5% of the purchase price as their hand money and have not included proof of funds (it is a...

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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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