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The Benefits of Home Staging

The Benefits of Home Staging

Staging a home for sale is not a new concept, but it is a practice that could help your home sell a lot faster.  In today’s market, buyers are looking for a home they can envision themselves in and move right in.  A few simple staging tips can make all the difference for buyers.     Invite In Buyers One of the biggest benefits of staging your home is that it i

Congratulations to the February 2021 Hockey Mom Winner!

Congratulations to the February 2021 Hockey Mom Winner!

Congratulations to Kylie Bryner, our first Hockey Mom winner of 2021!  Kylie, mom to 7-year-old Weston and 4-year-old Wyatt, is a registered nurse who is no stranger to helping others.   This includes volunteering as a medic for the FAYHA Ice Miners Mite and Peewee games.  Volunteering helps the organization save money as an on-medic is required for each PAHL game.  In add

How to Help Your Houseplants Survive the Winter

How to Help Your Houseplants Survive the Winter

Pittsburgh winters mean gray days and cold temperatures.  The combination of these two things might have your houseplants longing for summer and warmer weather.  Now that we are in the heart of winter, it's time to give your houseplants a little extra attention to help them survive the rest of the season.  Check out our tips below on how to help your houseplants thrive this wint

Hockey Mom of the Year Contest Is Back!

Hockey Mom of the Year Contest Is Back!

It’s that time of the year again! We’re kicking off the fifth year of our Hockey Mom of the Year contest!  From early morning rides to the rink, countless hours watching practices and games, or cheering on every big play, hockey moms are an integral part of every hockey organization to support the players and be a role model.  That’s why we, in partnership with the Pitt

How To Downsize Belongings Before a Move

How To Downsize Belongings Before a Move

Moving can be a little stressful, especially when it comes to the packing part.  Downsizing your belongings and working to declutter before the move will make things go a lot smoother.  With a few easy steps and a little organization, you will be all set for your next move. If you are not moving, downsizing is also an opportunity to refresh and start new. If you get rid of the clutter, y

 How To Tackle Your Budget Goals in the New Year

How To Tackle Your Budget Goals in the New Year

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to get a hold of your finances, now is a good time to check-in and make sure you are on the right track to tackle your budget.  Here are five tips on how to get ahead of your money-saving goals for 2021.     Have a Goal Having a budget goal is the number one thing that will help you track your finances.  You will be mu

What You Shouldn’t Do Right Before You Buy a Home

What You Shouldn’t Do Right Before You Buy a Home

Deciding to purchase a home is a very exciting step to take! Now that you have gone through the necessary final steps, it’s still important to keep your finances in shape during contingency.  Any big financial changes might lead to lenders reconsidering financing options before you close on your new home.    Don’t Make Any Big Purchases When you are thinking about

Quick Repairs to Make Before Selling Your Home

Quick Repairs to Make Before Selling Your Home

When you are preparing to sell your home, you want to make sure it’s in tip-top shape before it hits the market! Now that the holidays have settled down, you might have a little extra time to make those repairs you have been putting off.  Whether you need to fix up some chipped paint or repair that leaky faucet, making quick adjustments will really increase the value of your home and ma

New Year, New Home: How to Save for a Home this Year

New Year, New Home: How to Save for a Home this Year

Have you been dreaming of owning your own home or even upgrading the one you currently have? 2021 could be the year that you are finally able to purchase a new home!  With a few simple steps and a little saving, you could be well on your way to move-in day. If home ownership is on your to-do list in 2021, follow these simple steps to save in the new year.   Track spending and make a

The Preferred Realty’s 2020 Year In Review

The Preferred Realty’s 2020 Year In Review

2020 was an interesting year, to say the least.  What started out as the roaring ’20s, quickly turned into a year we would never forget. Despite challenges and changes, as a company, we were still able to shift and come out on top. From growth, innovation, and achievements, let’s go through a recap of everything this year as a company!   Achievements At the beginning o