Pittsburgh PA Real Estate Blog

The Perks of Selling Your House When Inventory Is Low

Taking advantage of a low inventory market when selling your house can bring forth various benefits for homeowners. Here are some of the advantages:

  1. Increased Demand: Fewer homes on the market often lead to heightened competition among buyers, resulting in multiple offers, bidding wars, and potentially higher sale prices for sellers.

  2. Faster Sales Process: Limited inventory prompts quicker sales, as motivated buyers have fewer options and are more inclined to make a purchase promptly. As a seller, you may experience a faster sales process and avoid extended listing periods.

  3. Favorable Negotiating Position: Low inventory can give sellers an advantageous position during negotiations. With limited choices, buyers may be more willing to meet your asking price or make concessions to secure the property, placing you in a stronger negotiating position.

  4. Less Competition from Other Sellers: In a low-inventory market, there are...

Rotary 1 Year Recap

Clear Choice Enterprises decided to join the Butler AM Rotary at the end of 2022. We were approved and installed to the club in February 2023. As we reflect on the year in review, we have been busy particpating in the community in additonal ways through the efforts of the club. Brokers Pete & Julie Sebock and Realtor Megan Rummel participated at the Carved in ice event in Butler, many Rotary events and fundraisers. Megan and Julie also got a bit dirty and handy with the planting at the Hansen Ave - New Castle Rd planting garden and the collaboration event with...

Realtor Ring Day 2023

Realtor members participated in the national REALTOR Ring Day in association with the Salvation Army. Our members worked shifts “ringing the bell” at local stores throughout the region

#CCEFamily Lita Graef & Denise Molchen-Donnelly pictured at the Giant Eagle location in Rochester, PA

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Small Business of the year

Business owners, volunteers and city contributors gathered Wednesday, Nov. 8, for the Butler Downtown Annual Awards at Butler's Grand Ballroom as Butler Downtown unveiled its latest updates — including a new logo — and honored esteemed community members.

“The event is a small gesture of recognition for people or businesses in the community that have positively impacted Downtown,” Audrianna Bly, president of Butler Downtown, said before the celebration.

This year, Butler Downtown named Rosanne Natili as Volunteer of the Year, presented its small business award to Clear Choice Enterprises and recognized Armstrong Group with an economic impact award.

This year’s Butler Downtown Annual Awards recipients holding their awards are Allen Hassler, Rosanne...

Key Skills You Need Your Listing Agent To Have

When choosing a listing agent for your real estate needs, there are several key skills and qualities you should look for. Here are some important ones:

  • Market Knowledge

A good listing agent should have a deep understanding of the local real estate market. They should be familiar with current trends, comparable sales, and the competition in your area. This knowledge will help them price your property accurately and strategically.

  • Marketing Expertise

Your listing agent should have strong marketing skills to effectively promote and advertise your property. They should be proficient in various marketing channels, such as online listings, social media, photography, and virtual tours. A well-marketed property attracts more potential buyers, increasing your chances of a successful sale.

  • Negotiation Skills

Negotiating is a crucial aspect of the real estate process. Your agent...

Are You a Homebuyer Worried About Climate Risks?

The increasing effects of natural disasters are leading to new obstacles in residential real estate. As a recent article from CoreLogic explains:

“As the specter of climate change looms large, the world braces for unprecedented challenges. In the world of real estate, one of those challenges will be the effects of natural catastrophes on property portfolios, homeowners, and communities.”

That may be why, according to Zillow, more and more Americans now consider how climate risks and natural disasters can impact their homeownership plans (see below):

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Causes of Buyer's Remorse After Buying a House

Buyer's remorse, a feeling of regret or doubt after making a significant purchase, can sometimes occur after buying a house. Here are some common causes of buyer's remorse in the context of homeownership:

  1. Financial strain: One of the main causes of buyer's remorse is financial stress. If the cost of homeownership, including mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, and maintenance, is higher than anticipated, it can lead to regret. It's important to carefully consider your budget and future expenses before purchasing a home to ensure you can comfortably afford it.

  2. Unexpected repairs or maintenance: Sometimes, after moving into a new home, unexpected repairs or maintenance issues arise. These unforeseen expenses can lead to regret if they strain your budget or require significant time and effort. Conducting thorough inspections and getting a home warranty can help mitigate this risk.

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Why Your House Didn’t Sell

If your listing expired and your house didn’t sell, you’re likely feeling a little frustrated. Not to mention, you're also probably wondering what went wrong. Here are three questions to think about as you figure out what to do next.

Did You Limit Access to Your House?
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when selling your house is restricting the days and times when potential buyers can tour it. Being flexible with your schedule is important when you're selling your house, even though it might feel a bit stressful to drop everything...

The Many Non-Financial Benefits of Homeownership

While there are numerous financial benefits to homeownership, it's important to highlight the non-financial advantages as well. As a real estate professional, understanding and conveying these benefits to potential buyers can help them make informed decisions and feel more confident about their investment. Here are some non-financial benefits of homeownership:

  1. Stability and Security: Owning a home provides a sense of stability and security. Homeowners have control over their living space, allowing them to create a long-term living environment that suits their needs and preferences. They don't have to worry about lease renewals or landlord decisions that may disrupt their living arrangements.

  2. Pride of Ownership: Homeownership often brings a sense of pride and accomplishment. Being able to personalize and improve their own property gives homeowners a sense of ownership and satisfaction. They can create a space that truly reflects their style and personality,...

Your Home Equity Can Offset Affordability Challenges

It's important to understand the various ways homeowners can leverage their home equity to overcome affordability challenges. Home equity refers to the portion of the property that you truly own, which is the difference between the property's market value and the remaining mortgage balance. Here are a few ways homeowners can use their home equity to address affordability challenges:

  1. Refinance: Homeowners with a significant amount of equity can consider refinancing their mortgage to take advantage of lower interest rates. By refinancing, they can potentially lower their monthly mortgage payments and improve affordability.

  2. Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit: Another option is to take out a home equity loan or line of credit. This allows homeowners to borrow against their home equity and use the funds to cover unexpected expenses or make improvements that increase the property's value. These funds can help alleviate affordability challenges by providing extra cash...