Greater Pittsburgh PA Real Estate Blog by Holly Pflugh, Realtor

Are you ready for Fall?

Ready for Fall?

With summer coming to a close, I thought you might like a roundup of everything happening in the community. Including fun family friendly events that can help you keep making memories with everyone you love and stay on top of the all of the school schedules. It was so much fun to put this together, that it may be an annual thing. So without further ado... 

Community pages filled with great events

Butler County Events

Finding the Right Neighborhood

Finding the Right Neighborhood

Have you found the perfect neighborhood yet? How can you choose the right community? We need to figure out what you're looking for, do research and find the perfect neighborhood to suit your needs, wants, and dreams. Together, we can find the perfect community for you.

Here a few questions to get you thinking about what your community might look like...
  • What is your lifestyle like?
  • Do you have children or plan to have children?
  • How far do you want to have to commute to work?
  • What would you like to have nearby?
You can get more inspiration here. I would love to have the opportunity to help your friends and family find the perfect neighborhood to start their next adventure! Feel free to forward this email if you know someone who is looking to make a change this Spring.


Celebrating 5 Incredible Years with Clear Choice

Celebrating 5 Incredible Years with Clear Choice

I can’t believe that I’ve been part of the Clear Choice Family for 5 years. In...

Winter is here, now what?

Your Winter Home Maintenance Checklist


Fluffy snow and sparkling icicles may make for a winter wonderland, but they can  also bring on drafts, fallen tree limbs and worse (hello, ice dams). Avoid spending your holidays handling winter-related disasters with a bit of preventative maintenance - we spoke with experts to get the lowdown on the best ways to prevent ice dams, frozen pipes and other winter woes.

1. Stay ahead of ice dams. Ice dams form because the edges of a home's roof are colder than the upper
regions (where more insulation is below), causing ice to form around the eaves. Snow melts above, and the melted snow backs up behind a "dam" of ice, potentially causing leaks and permanent damage to the roof and home - if you've ever experienced an ice dam on your roofline, you know what a nightmare it can be. We spoke with Gerry Dunleavy, owner of Gerry Dunleavy Construction in Winchester, Massachusetts, to find out how to prevent ice dams from forming, and what to do if you notice one getting started. (Hint: Prevention is far easier than treatment!)


Winter is coming, are you ready?

7 Mistakes That Cost Homeowners BIG Money During Cold Weather

Wintry weather is great at turning up problems you didn't even know you had. Like that first snowy night in front of your fireplace that you thought was pure bliss - until you noticed a leak in the ceiling corner, which apparently was caused by a lack of insulation.

How were you supposed to know that? Many homeowners don't realize they're making critical missteps that can cost a ton when winter sets in. Here are seven wintertime mistakes homeowners often make (and what they could cost you!):

1. Not Buying a $2 Protector for Your Outdoor Faucet What It'll Cost You: Up to $15,000 and a whole lot of grief it's amazing what a little frozen water can do damage-wise. An inch of water in your basement can cost up to $15,000 to pump out and dry out. And, yet, it's so easy to prevent, especially with outdoor faucets, which are the most susceptible to freezing temps.

What is your home worth?

Butler Market Update - What is your home worth?

One of the biggest questions a seller or buyer has is "What is my/the home worth?" There are a number of factors that go into determining this. One of the factors is, what value will the market support. In other words,on average, what are people willing to pay for a home like yours.

The market snapshot will tell you the following:
  • how many homes are on the market right now
  • the typical property listed
  • and the average price of homes by # of bedrooms
Clear Choice and I are committed to providing you with the latest real estate market trends around Western PA. For up to date information, you can check out this page. Here is this month's snapshot for Butler County:

Each month I will include the snapshot for Butler County to help you keep informed. If you would like to see other counties included, please let me know.

Like Do you know your home's worth? - Butler Real Estate Snapshot on Facebook...

Hidden Costs of Homebuying

Buyer Tip & Resource

Planning for the Hidden Costs of Buying Your First Home

By Jonathan Deesing

There's only one way to be totally prepared for all the costs of buying a home.

You’re excited because you just found the perfect home. The neighborhood is great, the house is charming, and the price is right.

But if you’re a first-time home buyer, you might find out that the price is pretty far from perfect.

If you’re shopping for your first home, additional — and often unexpected — home-buying costs should be top of mind. These costs catch many home buyers unaware, and can quickly leave you underwater on your new home.

The best way to deal with this is by preparing yourself and making sure you have enough cash tucked away for a rainy day...

Read the full article here


Get the Low Down on Bidding Wars

Each month we comb through our resources to find great tips for Buyers & Sellers. This month we are featuring two articles on opposing sides of the proverbial bidding wars that happen in the real estate business. We know that being a buyer in a bidding war can be intimidating while being on the selling side of things can be exhilarating. Give them each a read and let us know if you have any questions!

Seller Tip & Resource

How to Spark a Bidding War for Your Home
By Cathie Ericson

The housing market is on fire! Jonathan Smoke, our chief economist, describes it as the strongest real estate market we’ve seen in a decade. Prices are at an all-time high, and still, homes are flying off the proverbial shelves. But even in a fast-paced market like this, there are no guarantees for an individual home.
So how can a seller incite the kind of bidding war that pushes a home’s price well over asking? We talked to experienced real estate agents for advice on how to get buyers to turn up and bid in droves.
Price your home to move
Set a deadline for offers...
And more. Read the full article here.

Buyer Tip & Resource

How to Win the Bidding War on the Home You Want
By Michele Lerner

If you are buying a home at the height of a citywide seller’s market or simply want a sought-after house in a neighborhood with limited turnover,...

Two Realtors on a Mission

Big Announcement

Recently Amanda Vaughan and I decided to team up and become a dynamic duo. Together we are changing the way we do business.

Each year we will pick a charity to donate part of our closing commissions. We have decided to choose Wounded Warrior Project as our charity of choice this year. This means that $100 of each transaction from our commissions will go to our local Pittsburgh, PA location.

2 Realtors on a Mission - We are on Youtube!

Amanda and I are jumping feet first into the world of online streaming. You can find virtual tours of new listings on our Youtube channel

our youtube channel

#1 Thing to Know About Your House

From - Nobody wants your filthy house and other tips for selling your home from the 'Property Brothers'

The "Property Brothers" know what buyers are looking for and what sellers need to do to get their home market ready. The highlights are included in this email for your convenience, but the full article is a good read. It is a great reminder of what is important and what you should be focusing on.


1. Don't take it personally
2. Spread the renovation love
3. Less really is more
4, Your home is a stage
5. Soap is your salvation
Click here to see the full article


As always, if you ever have any questions about real estate, local home service providers, or navigating new homeownership, please reach out and ask! 



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