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What's the Difference Between Preapproved and Prequalified?

What's the Difference Between Preapproved and Prequalified?

Securing a mortgage can be a complicated and timely process.  When you are preapproved or prequalified for a mortgage, you gain an advantage and have the opportunity to bid on the home you would like to purchase before buyers who are not as prepared.   So what is the difference between the two?   Prequalified   Prequalification is a general indication that you could

Let's Talk Pool Safety: How to Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer

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Let's Talk Pool Safety: How to Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer

When you think about summer, you think about the fun things we associate with warm weather: playing outdoor sports, barbeques, working in the garden, and of course cooling off in a pool. Swimming is a great way to relax on a summer day, but keeping your kids safe is the most important thing.  Exercising proper pool safety is the best way to make sure everyone enjoys the day without injury. Be

Four Reasons to Become a Licensed Real Estate Agent

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Four Reasons to Become a Licensed Real Estate Agent

Have you ever thought of having a career in real estate? If so, you have probably imagined some of the fantastic personal and financial benefits that can come from being an agent. While there are countless reasons why people want to sell houses, we’ve listed four of the most popular for anyone curious about becoming a real estate agent.   1. Be Your Own Boss Real estate agents are no

5 Summer Garden Trends to Revamp Your Landscaping

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5 Summer Garden Trends to Revamp Your Landscaping

It’s an exciting time for gardeners. We’ve reached mid-spring and now is the time to start making our summer-garden plans. While it’s always important to touch up your garden this time of year, why not go a little bigger this time and give your landscape a complete renovation with these hot 2019 summer trends?    1. Go Bold  Living Coral is this year’s P

Five Reasons to Work with a Licensed Real Estate Agent

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Five Reasons to Work with a Licensed Real Estate Agent

The internet has enough information to turn almost any beginner into an experienced do-it-yourselfer. Have a running toilet? Check out a couple of YouTube videos, and the next thing you know you are replacing the float, flapper, chain, and now have a perfectly quiet toilet. Never planned a dinner party? Stop by Pinterest, and your guests will think you hired Martha Stewart. But while the web has g

Fun and Delicious Things to Do in and Around Pittsburgh This Mother’s Day

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Fun and Delicious Things to Do in and Around Pittsburgh This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is approaching, and if you haven’t already, now’s the time to plan the perfect day for yourself or your own mom. To help make the day special, we’ve researched some of the best restaurants and events the Greater Pittsburgh area has to offer this May 12.   There are a lot of options when planning Mother’s Day. If young children are involved, breakfa

Four Things to Consider When Purchasing Your First Home

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Four Things to Consider When Purchasing Your First Home

Summer is approaching, and along with lemonade on the porch and trips to the pool, those who are looking for their first home will be gifted with a healthy market. When the weather warms, the U.S housing supply gets pretty hot between the months of June and August.   So, now is a great time for the first-time home buyer to browse the market and get an idea of what is out there. If the price

8 Ways to Keep Children and Pets Safe in Your Home

8 Ways to Keep Children and Pets Safe in Your Home

With our spring cleaning tasks just about completed, it is now time to prepare for carefree summer months of enjoying more time outdoors with neighbors, family members, and friends. With summer BBQs and impromptu picnics, there is likely to be more traffic in your home than usual in the coming months. Of course, you want to make sure that all guests, from those with the tiniest feet to those with

Must-Do Spring Cleaning Tasks

Must-Do Spring Cleaning Tasks

With Earth Day’s arrival and the influx of warmer weather on the horizon, there is no denying it – spring is here! The season brings the annual task of sprucing up your home. That’s right, it’s time to put on your gloves, grab your bucket and get your spring cleaning underway. Not sure where to start when it comes to this must-do task? Here are a few tips that will have

Want to Buy a Home? Avoid These Common Credit Mistakes

Want to Buy a Home? Avoid These Common Credit Mistakes

There is a lot of preparation and effort that goes into buying a home. From searching through various listings to saving up for a down payment to applying for a mortgage and all the inspections and appraisals that get you through to closing, the home-buying process can be complex. Most home buyers go into this process knowing that their finances will be scrutinized a bit before they are approve