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

Buying an Investment Property

We would like to buy an investment property – something that we can fix up and then rent.  Any tips?Real estate rental properties can be a great way to diversify your investment portfolio and create an income stream for retirement, if you hold your...

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For Sale “As Is”

We want to sell our home “as is.”  Is this possible? If everything comes together perfectly, then yes, it is possible to sell your home “as is”  -- here is what you will need to do to make that happen! First, you must start by having your home...

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Selling It Empty

We plan to move out of our home before we put it on the market.  Any thoughts on selling an empty home? Some homes definitely sell more readily vacant – my last home was one of them – and so I definitely do not dissuade sellers from emptying their homes...

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The Decluttering Mindset

We are finding the process of decluttering to get our home ready to sell very challenging – any suggestions on what to do with all this stuff? If you’ve lived in your home for a while, it’s easy to accumulate a lot of “stuff,” yet we all know from HGTV and...

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Can I Take It With Me?

I spent a lot of money on my lighting fixtures and really don’t want to leave them in my home when I sell it – can I take them with me?This question comes up more often than you might think! Sometimes the fixture is a family heirloom or was a gift for a...

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Disclosing the Ghosts

I’m superstitious and want to avoid buying a haunted house.  Does a seller have to disclose that information? We live in an old town, with homes dating back to the early 1800s.  With old homes comes a lot of history, and sometimes a ghost story or two. ...

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Is Remodeling Necessary?

We’ve lived in our current home for 20 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”...

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Making the Right Choices When Remodeling

We are thinking of renovating our master bathroom – is that a good investment to make? If you are thinking of remodeling a portion of your home, it is important to first consider what is currently going on inside your home from a design perspective. It is...

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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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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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