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Easy Home Repairs To Make Before Listing

Easy Home Repairs To Make Before Listing

Now that you have some extra time on your hands, it’s a great idea to finally tackle that checklist of home repairs you have been putting off.  If you are planning on listing your home soon, it is a great idea to take this time to spruce up your home and get it ready for the upcoming real estate season.    Add a Fresh Coat of Paint Painting is an easy way to give your s

How To Support Local Businesses During Closures

How To Support Local Businesses During Closures

Small businesses across America are already feeling the financial crunch from coronavirus restrictions that have millions of people staying at home and avoiding unnecessary shopping trips. Even though businesses have had to limit their hours or close completely, there are still ways to help keep your favorite restaurant, coffee shop or hair salon during this time.     Buy Gift C

How to Buy a Home in a Virtual Market

How to Buy a Home in a Virtual Market

As business closures continue due to COVID-19 many real estate agents have been ordered to work from home.  What does that mean for you as a buyer or seller in this market? As coronavirus related closures continue, you can expect to buy or sell your home in a virtual market.  Don’t worry though, our agents at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty have your back and w

Local Restaurants in Pittsburgh Open for Take Out

Local Restaurants in Pittsburgh Open for Take Out

If you are running out of meal plans for your family or have never been much of a cook, we have you covered! Many local restaurants are providing take out and delivery services in response to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s order to shut down all bars and restaurants. Now, restaurants have shifted their focus to takeout and delivery options as a way to keep business going while still exerci

Tips and Tricks for Working From Home

Tips and Tricks for Working From Home

Whether you have been working from home your whole career or are just starting temporarily, everyone could use a few tips on how to stay productive during this time at home.  For most people staying productive is one of the key challenges of working from home. No worries, Follow these few lifestyle tips to make your home your new office!   Stick to a Routine One of the best ways t

Five Tips For First-time Homebuyers In The Upcoming Spring Market

Five Tips For First-time Homebuyers In The Upcoming Spring Market

The spring real estate market can be intimidating for any buyer. This is particularly true if you have never bought a home before. First-time homebuyers who are facing this year’s spring real estate market may have an added sense of anxiety about entering the field when it comes to getting the home they want. But, as seasoned buyers may know, there are a few things you can do to put yours

Is your Home a Good Candidate for Solar Panels?

Is your Home a Good Candidate for Solar Panels?

If you’re thinking about going solar, you’re probably wondering: Is solar cost-effective? Is my roof suitable for solar panels? Will solar energy generate enough electricity to power my home? Who makes the best solar panels?  But first, it's important to explore if solar panels for your home make sense. Here are some key questions to ask yourself if you are interested in buyin

Tax Questions? We’re Here to Help!

Tax Questions? We’re Here to Help!

Spring isn’t the only season that has sprung upon us lately; we’re in the middle of tax season and if you’re a homeowner, tax time can be a very good time for you. It doesn’t matter if you own a townhome, single-family home or condominium, there likely are valuable tax deductions that you can take advantage of. First and foremost, there is the simple question that many

How To Prepare for an Open House

How To Prepare for an Open House

With warmer days in sight, you might be thinking about listing your home for the upcoming spring market.  One way that sellers can help their home to stand out is by hosting an open house. Open houses may attract everyone from nosy neighbors to motivated buyers. Either way, they generate buzz about a home—and that can be a great thing to get your home sold quickly. If you have an open h

How To Declutter Your Home Before You List It

How To Declutter Your Home Before You List It

Are you looking to list your home in the spring? If so, you might want to take the time now to start organizing and decluttering your home. Decluttering your home can be a big job, but will be worth it in the end.  The best way to tackle it is in stages, try to focus on one room, one space, or even one zone within a room (like your kitchen cabinets), completing the job fully before moving on