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Tips To Avoid Overspending This Holiday Season

Tips To Avoid Overspending This Holiday Season

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to shift mental gears to the impending holiday shopping season. With so many deals before the holidays arrive, it is incredibly easy to go spend-crazy. But, what if you have financial goals like saving money or making a major purchase, you know, like buying a home, in the next year or so? What can you do to prevent yourself from splurging for the n

How To Prepare Your Home For Winter Weather

How To Prepare Your Home For Winter Weather

'Tis the season to be… winterizing your home. Luckily, Mother Nature has been pretty gentle on most of us so far this holiday season. So, if you haven’t prepped your home for that perpetual snowfall that she is likely to heave at us at any time now, it is time to do so before it is too late! But with all of the shopping, baking, wrapping and other festive holiday happenings tha

November Hockey Mom of the Month: Alissa Smith-Sumner

November Hockey Mom of the Month: Alissa Smith-Sumner

Congratulations to Alissa Smith-Sumner from New Castle, our first Hockey Mom winner for the 2022-2023 Pittsburgh Penguins hockey season! Alissa not only dedicates her time and talents to the local hockey organization, but also to her husband, Dan, and their five children. Two of her children play ice hockey for the Lawrence County Lightning organization, playing out of the Hess Ice Arena in New Ca

Unexpected Expenses After Buying Your First Home

Unexpected Expenses After Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home is a very exciting time, but many first-time homebuyers are unaware of the added expenses come closing time. If you are planning on purchasing your first home soon, make sure you do the necessary budgeting to avoid any surprises at the closing table.      Closing Costs In addition to your down payment, you will also have closing costs to factor i

How To Prepare Your Yard For Cold Weather

How To Prepare Your Yard For Cold Weather

It’s getting close to the season for hanging holiday lights, stringing garland, and filling your home with your favorite seasonal decorations. Before you go crazy decking your home’s exterior with holiday cheer, make sure you don’t forget about a few important maintenance must-dos that will protect your lawn long past the holiday season.   Get Rid of The Leaves If y

What Does Contingent Mean In Real Estate?

What Does Contingent Mean In Real Estate?

When a homebuyer makes a purchase offer, and the seller accepts, the home is considered under contract as long as certain “contingencies” are met that protect the buyer. These contingencies allow enough time for the buyer and their lender to get the information they need to comfortably move forward with the transaction. If the contingencies aren’t or can’t be met, the bu

Is Now The Time To Replace Your Windows?

Is Now The Time To Replace Your Windows?

You may not want to hear this, but the cold weather is coming quicker than you think!  Before the cold temperatures hit, it is important to check if your home needs new windows. If it’s been a while since you last replaced them, now might be the right time! Well-designed windows play a variety of important roles in improving your home’s curb appeal, increasing the amount of nat

Spine-Chilling Sights That Can Scare Buyers Away

Spine-Chilling Sights That Can Scare Buyers Away

In the spirit of the Halloween holiday, we’re taking a look into the spooky, eerie things about a home that will simply scare buyers away. No, we’re not talking about properties that may be rumored to be haunted. Luckily, we’re talking about simply scary things that are simple fixes for sellers! Here are 10 things that will scare buyers away from a home:   1. Horrendo

Perks To Buying A Home In The Fall

Perks To Buying A Home In The Fall

From crisp, cooler mornings and evenings to the aromas of hot apple cider and pumpkin-spiced goodies all around, fall is here! With this bright and beautiful season comes an awesome time for serious home buyers to find their future homes. Here are a few reasons why buying a home in the fall is a great decision!   The “School-Year” Rush is Over You’ve probably heard

Home Staging Tips: Fall Edition

Home Staging Tips: Fall Edition

It pretty much goes without saying that fall is a great time to sell a home. But, did you know that this crisp, cool season also offers an excellent opportunity for sellers to capitalize on some of fall’s bright colors and warm scents to bring in prospective buyers? Here are a few tips for sellers who want to highlight the season in their homes this fall:   1. Start Outside Th