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Make Buyers Bite

HGTV came up with a list of several things that make buyers bite. Here are some key things to consider when getting your home ready for sale.

1. Have A Nice Entryway – This is your chance to have a great first impression. What are the buyers seeing when they first come in.

2. Hardwood Floors -  Many Realtors have found the buyers want hardwood floors.

3. Fabulous Fixtures – Fixtures can change the whole look and mood of a room

4. Beautiful Baths -Great Bathrooms and Kitchens sell homes. Buyers love fancy upgrades such as marble counters, spa tubs and tile flooring.

5. Countertop Considerations – Try to get away from counter tops with grout lines. Buyers do not like them and they are hard to keep clean.

6. Stainless Steel – Buyers love the commercial look of stainless appliances in the kitchen

7. Pre-Organized Closets – Organizing your closets goes a long way. If buyers see the organization, they think the home is well taken care of.

8. Light Up – Make sure dark areas are lit up with lamps or natural light. Buyers do not like dark rooms.

9. Built-Ins – Buyers will look at built in furniture as an added perk.

10. Flat Yard – Families love wide open yards for picnics, the jungle gym, and the trampoline.

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First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Details

The newly signed stimulus bill has good news if you purchase a home this year. You will now receive an $8,000 credit and you will not have to pay it back. If there is ever a time to buy a home, it is now. Here is a handy chart that gives you all the benefits to purchase a new home this year:

Click here for a pdf chart (compliments of the National Association of REALTORS®) which outlines the benefits.

There is other information at these links:

Right from NAR’s Site

Stimulus info from CNNMoney.com

I’ll be glad to answer any questions about the stimulus package for new home buyers and other incentives available to you. There is no better time for excellent house bargains and incentives.

Pittsburgh and Suburbs Remain Stable

It is always an encouragement to hear that our area has good housing news. The housings prices in the Pittsburgh market have not had a severe depreciation or appreciation and this has kept us stable. Brandy Fabry, President of the Greater Allegheny-Kiski Area Board of Realtors, was quoted as saying, “Generally speaking, this is one of the more stable markets in the country.”


It is a buyer’s market still, lots of inventory, great prices and the mortgage rates are still attractive. Things are a little slow for sellers and new home construction, as there is a lot of inventory but experts expect that to pick up late next year. If you are on the fence and are thinking of buying, jump off into that great house. Great opportunities are out there.