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Why I Love My Job

Always appreciate a happy customer. This is why I like my job. Thanks to Chris and Faith L of Apollo

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Not All Home Improvements will Help Your Homes Property Value

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If you want to prepare your home in thoughts of selling in the near future or making the right choices for resale even further down the road, think twice about doing the following home improvements:

1) TURNING YOUR GARAGE INTO A MAN CAVE – Believe it or not, that awesome hide-away for the kids or the football game can hurt the value if you are loosing your garage. It did happen to one of my sellers in the past. First they took away the garage for more living space (even though they left the door in). This change took away value mostly because it no longer conformed to the neighborhood even though the living space increased. The garage was in the basement and sometimes below grade finished living space does not always get a return on its cost (according to an appraiser I know). This property took a hit on the appraised value and my clients actually had to lower the price for the buyer to cover it. Not to mention the price hit but not having a garage is less attractive to buyers. So so many people want a garage, especially in Pennsylvania.

2) INSTALLING A DECK OR PATIO (This is something that you are better of doing) – If all your neighbors have a deck and you don’t that is typically a reason for the appraiser to give you a hit in value. You don’t confirm to the neighborhood comps. Who does not love outdoor space, anyway? I had a house that had trouble selling and I can tell you a buyer bought the neighbors listing because it was cheaper and had a deck. It was the same square footage. Ouch!

3) DONT REMOVE OR COMBINE BEDROOMS – If you have gone from 4 to 3 and have the same space, keep in mind you would be comparing to 3 bedroom homes which are typically lower in price thus loosing value. Square footage does not always matter. It has been my experience that buyers want a 4 bedroom rather than a 3. Alway keep that extra bedroom if you have it. It will generally give you more value.

4) DONT REMOVE CLOSETS – If you can make more or make a walk-in closet. If you remove a closet, the room may not always be considered a bedroom. Women today have so many clothes, and even some of those men do. Closets are always a perk!

5) REMOVE WALLPAPER – Wallpaper may not decrease the value on an appraisal but it will make the buyers walk 99 percent of the time and the home harder to sell. Wall paper is an immediate check list for work and it is a bear to get off no matter how you do it. It is very hard to change and get to the popular neutral colors . I have literally had people refuse to go into a house because the every wall in the home was wallpapered. There have been sellers that have issued credits to have wallpaper removed and have removed it all. Be wise.

6) POUR A NEW FRONT WALK – I have sold new construction homes and one builder in particular gives the buyer temporary pavers to start for the front walk way. The pavers can look nice if they are cared for. After a couple of years they often need to be reset and adjusted if you are keeping them. I asked an appraiser if the value increased if the seller poured new walk way for $5000. The answer was no. There is still a walk way just made of something else or replaced with different material. If it was a high end finish then maybe an increase in value.

Talk to your real estate agent before you do anything major if you are even considering moving. You will be glad you did.

Condo Living at Its Finest

Fabulous New Condo in Murrysville that is ready to move into. The community has a club house with a Kitchen, Gym, and Pool. Contact me to set up a showing. Amy 724*448*0085 cell/text

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Fall In Allegheny Twp, PA

October 2015 -Allegheny Twp, PA

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One Floor Living in this 3 Bedroom Brick Ranch

Check out this featured home that has just returned to the market.

This immaculate all brick ranch home has three Bedrooms, and two full baths. Neutral decor in the main living area. There is a large Living room with hardwood floors. You will have lots of room for play in the yard that includes a pool. This home has a spacious two car garage with lots of parking in the driveway. Contact me today to view!


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Featured Home Pittsburgh, PA

This cozy cape code offers one floor living. The full bath and a bedroom are on the main floor. You will find fresh neutral decor. The kitchen is updated beautiful wood cabinets and ceramic tile. For convenience, appliances are included. Downstairs is a finished game room with lots of space and an integral garage. There are covered porches on the back and front. Huge yard for lots of play that back up against the woods.


Contact me today for more info or to schedule a showing. Thank you!

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Number One Thing That Sells a Home

Out of all the training that I have had as a real estate agent, the thing that is key to learn about selling a home is that price is number one. If you do not price a home properly for the market, it will sit, and sit and sit. Today’s market is a little more of a challenge. Pittsburgh and it’s suburbs are not as hard it as other regions of the country and things are selling but there is still a lot of inventory. I am seeing houses selling and it is the one’s that are competitive or draw demand. If you have your home for sale today, and are “motivated”, price it right. If you agent is not doing that, then you agent is not necessarily doing their job. Ask for a list of recent home sales that compare to yours. Even go see the listings if you are curious.

One thing to consider is, how much it is costing me to stay where I am at, or own two houses, etc . . . Maybe if you have to take a loss on the sale, you may still come out ahead. Run the numbers, you might be surprised.

Construction of new home sales has dropped. Here is what one article said about the marketing of new homes:

“At the moment, most of that advice is being directed toward lowering prices because, in reality, it doesn’t matter how much traffic you generate if the traffic perceives the product as overpriced.” -George W. Mantor


Photo Copyright 2006, By Amy S. Myers

Pittsburgh Light up Night Coming Up

This Friday, starts off the holiday season in Pittsburgh in festival of lights. This yearly celebration event includes tree lighting, Santa Spectacular, and the PPG Place ice rink opens officially. The night ends with a fireworks finale at Point State Park – starting at 9 pm.

I have been in the Pittsburgh area for 20 years now and every year I hear of light up night. For one reason or another, I never get to make it. And yes, I am still hoping to do so. Maybe this year will be the year. It is a great time for fun with family and friends. For photographers this is a great opportunity to get the city at its brightest.

Pittsburgh Light Up Night details (Friday, November 21, 2008)

If you get to go tell me about it.

For 2009, Pittsburgh comes in as one of the Best Places to Raise Kids

For 2009, Pittsburgh comes in as one of the Best Places to Raise Kids in the state of Pennsylvania. BusinessWeek just released their second annual list of best places to raise your kids and Pittsburgh made it.

BW worked with OnBoard Informatics, a Manhattan-based provider of real estate analysis, and concluded each state’s most affordable towns when raising children. The analysis was compiled with cities containing 50,000 residents and family median income of $40K to $100K. Other factors came into play as well but affordability came in weighing strong.

Check out the article and see if you have friends and family in some of the other ranked cities.


Photo Copyright 2008, By Amy S. Myers

Attractive Financing Programs Are Still Out There

You know with all the things going on in the financial markets I was quite surprised to get an email from the financing company in our office informing me that 100% financing is out there. Sure there may be some qualifications but wow that is great!

It is available for Select Buyers and Properties through USDA Rural Development Programs.

– 100% Financing Off of the Appraised Value

– No Monthly Mortgage Insurance

– No Cash Reserves Required

– No Limit on Gift Money or Seller Concessions

– There is Flexible Credit and Qualifying Guidelines.

Check the USDA site for eligibility.