Are You Trying to Sell Your Home Quickly?

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Are you trying to sell your home quickly? Here are my top 4 tips to help you do that!

When you have a home to sell, it can be overwhelming. I am here to give you 4 simple tips that will help speed up the process!

1) Paint!

When potential buyers are visiting your home, they want to see a fresh, clean space. Painting the inside and out will give a neutral tone throughout the home. New paint will also rid the walls of fingerprints, smudges, and motivate you to fix nail holes that have been on your to-do list!

2) Beautify your yard.

There are two things that happen when you have a clean and welcoming look to your yard: First, a yard that is free of weeds and cracks will not only look beautiful but will ATTRACT more potential buyers; Second, when your yard has been given the attention it needs, it will have curb appeal that can add as much as 5% value to your home!

3) Be smart when pricing your home.

This goes without saying, but the right sales price for your home usually is the best way to sell the home quickly. You don't want to scare away buyers before they even come to an open house if the price is too high, BUT you don't want to lose out on money if it is priced too low. I can definitely help you with this task!

4) Remove everything that is personal.

To make way to staging your home, you have to put away the dog toys and your children's clothes that are laying around. When buyers look at a home, they need to imagine themselves living in the space and don't want to see anything personal of yours in the home.

I hope these 4 simple tips will help you sell your home quickly! Contact me today so we can get that home sold!

-Leanne Dresmich

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OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW June 10th!!!

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OPEN HOUSE ON Sunday, June 10th from 1-3pm!!!

Come see this beautiful home!!!

31 Ruthfred Dr, Upper St Clair, PA 15241

$184,900

3 BED | 1.5 BATH | MLS #1337604 | 

An ideally sized home for a family, located in an ideal area with easy access to all the main roads. With a nearly level rear yard, a huge rear deck, a covered side porch, and a level drive way. The inside of the home is just as pristine with gleaming hardwood floors, fresh paint, a newer kitchen, a formal dinning room and a finished basement. Also newer mechanicals. The location is with n walking distance to Wilkshire park. Plus the bonus of the Upper St. Clair School system!

Come join me for an Open House this SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH FROM 1-3 PM!

Come see this home! 3227 Elma St!

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Contact me to take a look at this house!

3227 Elma St, Baldwin Boro, PA 15227

$164,900

3 BED | 1.5 BATH | MLS #1335136

This is a well maintained home in an ideal location for quick access to the Southside and the Waterfront. The many upgrades are New kitchen with custom cabinets (ceiling high and soft close), both bathrooms have been remodeled, new furnace within the past 5 years, replaced retaining wall in 2011, remodeled finished basement in 2016, new back deck, new storm doors back and front (within the past 5 years),re-pointed chimney in 2008, large laundry room, oversized garage, new parking pad, new garage door, new cement at bottom of driveway. Plenty of storage and closet space with organizers.

New Listing! 4007 Fieldcrest Dr!

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Look at this wonderful house!

4007 Fieldcrest Dr, South Fayette, PA 15017

$329,900

4 BED | 3 BATH | MLS #1332454 

This 4 year old home has many builder upgrades. This single owner home has been impeccably maintained. Enjoy the high ceilings, wood floors, natural light and gas fireplace surrounded by granite. Upgraded espresso wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops compliment the spacious kitchen. The warm finished basement includes a pool table, TV room and a bonus room. The 2nd floor Master Bedroom features double doors, a walk in closet and private bath with a luxurious soaking tub. Additionally, there is a whole house humidifier and all rooms are pre-wired for ceiling fans, and a security system. The 1st floor laundry and the 1 year old included shed make this house an unbeatable buy! This home is close to rts 79 and 19 and the South Fayette school district is the #1 school district in PA!

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OPEN HOUSE: THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 15! 1 - 3 PM

OPEN HOUSE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 15TH FROM 1 - 3 PM!

591 Clifton Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102

$274,893

4 BED | 2.5 BATH | MLS #1321944 | STATUS: ACTIVE

A huge 2 story home with hardwood on both floors and an open floor plan. Freshly painted, new granite counter tops and back splash, all new appliances, newer bath rooms, and new flooring in the family room. Newer windows, roof, hot water tank, light fixtures. A finished basement adds to the living space, with sliding glass doors to the rear patio and a two tier yard that abuts to the Montour Trail. A level concrete driveway and sidewalk enhance the curb appeal. Close to all the main roads, RT 79, 19, & 43.

Come join me for an Open House this Sunday, April 15th from 1-3pm.

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New Sewer Inspection Ordinance Goes Into Effect on Jan 1st!!!

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Are you a selling your home in Upper St. Clair or will be next year?

If you are a selling your home in USC, or thinking of selling in 2018, get your Dye Test completed NOW! Have it submitted to the township by January 1st or you will be required to do a sewer scope!  

Take a look at the details on the Public Works page of the Township of Upper St. Clair

 

PRICE REDUCTION and Open House This Sunday 12/10!!!

OPEN HOUSE ON Sunday, December 10th from 11-1p

109 Fireside Dr, Peters Township, PA 15317

$419,900

4 BED | 3.5 BATH | MLS #1310368 | STATUS: ACTIVE

A very special home with all the amenities one could expect in a home of this stature. A rear yard and deck to die for, huge rooms, open spaces, a one of a kind kitchen, plus an area to park your RV, boat, or tractor under cover. 
OH AND BY THE WAY IT IS A SUPER STEAL AT $419,900!!!

Come join me for an Open House this Sunday, December 10th from 11-1p.

It is a Christmas Miracle!

This could be the best Christmas present EVER!

5984 Cherryview Lane, Bethel Park, PA 15102

$199,900

2 BED | 2 BATH | MLS #1260514 | STATUS: ACTIVE

Welcome to your fairy tale in the woods! This cottage is truly one of a kind tucked away in a private story book forest setting. The cobblestone driveway leads you to this home that feels much more like a weekend B & B with it's white picket fence and professionally landscaped park like yard. During the fall,snuggle up next to the custom heat and glow gas fireplace. A handmade stone fire pit makes for amazing summer nights. The open side deck offers an incredible outdoor living space in the summer. The masters retreat will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. The kitchen features all stainless appliances and featuring butcher block countertops, custom shabby chic cabinets, and handmade tile as the backslash. A uniquely redone kitchen. The first floor powder room features the original claw foot tub! This gem will not last long--Truly one of a kind!!!"

OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY: 245 Mabrick Ave, Mt Lebanon, PA 15228

Come join me for an open house this Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 1-4 pm at 245 Mabrick Ave, Mt Lebanon, PA 15228.

This completely renovated home is only $240,000.

3 BED | 2 BATH | MLS #1308123 

This is a well maintained home in an ideal location of Mt Lebanon. It features all hardwood floors on both levels, a cozy family room in the front and living, dining and kitchen in the rear. This beautifully updated home is very charming and includes new kitchen including cabinets, counter tops, ceramic tile, appliances, and lighting. Both baths are tastefully redone with double sinks, a jet tub, and lovely ceramic in the main. Stained glass windows and stairs to the attic create the possibility of a fourth bedroom. There is a large rear deck overlooking a huge rear yard. This home is conveniently located with easy access to routes 19, and 79. It is close to shopping, trolley, and parks for children to play.

OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY! 109 Fireside Dr, Peters Township

OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY, October 22, 2017 FROM 1-4 pm

109 Fireside Dr, Peters Township, PA 15317

$429,900

4 BED | 3.5 BATH | MLS #1289048 | STATUS: ACTIVE

This is a great home in Peters Township. Amenities include hardwood floors, a log-burning fireplace in the family room, cathedral ceilings, and an open floor plan. Double French doors lead to a fabulous rear deck and the basement is finished with sliding glass doors to a lower rear patio. The master bedroom is large with skylights for natural lighting. A level driveway and partially fenced backyard make this home great for children and pets.

Join me Sunday, October 22 from 1-4 pm.

YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO VOTE UNTIL OCT 2nd!!!

YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO VOTE FOR HODDY!

I mentioned last week the exciting news of Hoddy Hanna being selected as one of the 10 finalists from thousands of submissions for the Good Neighbor Awards!!! You can still vote daily until Oct 2nd!

On October 3, five winners will be named from among the 10 finalists.  If Hoddy is named a winner, the Howard Hanna Children's Free Care Fund will receive a $10,000 grant! 

The Web Choice winners will be the three finalists who get the most votes and will receive donations of $2,500, $1,250 and $1,250 respectively for their non-profit organization. 

You can vote each day between now and October 2.  Add it to your daily "to-do" list.  Share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram!  Let's do it for the kids!

When is a good time to sell your home?!?!

The question I'm often asked by home sellers is "WHEN should I sell my home?!?" 

There are many factors that come into play, but I have comforting news! In an article by Karen Highland with Frederick Real Estate Online, she addresses the issue with some sound advice to help you resolve this complicated issue. You can read the article here. If you're trying to decide the best season, this article also gives great advice for selling in EACH season. 

Doing your homework and working with a realtor experienced in how to best position and price your home based on seasonality, market conditions, and the reason you are selling your home can really make sense to help you maximize the selling price of your home.

Contact me to help you start your home selling adventure!

GO VOTE for your GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARD FINALIST "Hoddy" Hanna!!!

HELP ME VOTE FOR HODDY!

Hoddy Hanna has been selected as one of the 10 finalists from thousands of submissions for the Good Neighbor Awards!!!  

On October 3, five winners will be named from among the 10 finalists.  If Hoddy is named a winner, the Howard Hanna Children's Free Care Fund will receive a $10,000 grant! 

The Web Choice winners will be the three finalists who get the most votes and will receive donations of $2,500, $1,250 and $1,250 respectively for their non-profit organization. 

You can vote each day between now and October 2.  Add it to your daily "to-do" list.  Share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram!  Let's do it for the kids!

SEPTEMBER 15TH IS THE LAST DAY TO SUBMIT ADVERTISING FORM!!!

Do you like to laugh? Do you like to give back to your community? Do you like to advertise for your business? Here is an opportunity that will allow you to do all three!!! Come join us at...

Komedy for Kids

October 6, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South

Doors at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm

Every year Howard Hanna participates in an event for the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund that helps pay children’s medical care for families that would not be able to afford it otherwise. It is a wonderful organization!

I invite you to attend and EVEN BETTER, reserve an advertising spot in our 2017-2018 Supporter Booklets. These booklets will be given to the guests of Komedy for Kids in addition to being distributed by me and my fellow agents at our weekly Open Houses, and to all of our buyers and sellers for the next calendar year! It is a win-win-win … win for the children, win for the community and a win for YOU!

Click here for tickets.

The Ad Deadline is September 15th! CLICK BELOW FOR THE PRINTABLE “Program Advertising Form”

 Hope to see you there!

OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY at 5887 Monongahela Ave, Bethel Park, PA 15102

Come join me for an Open House on Sunday, September 17th from 11-1 pm.

5887 Monongahela Ave, Bethel Park, PA 15102

$264,900 | 4 BED | 2.5 BATH | MLS #1299879 | STATUS: ACTIVE

This is a great home freshly painted in the new Pottery Barn colors. All hardwood floors on both levels not only the main floor. A newer kitchen with all stainless steel appliances and a gas stove. An additional room,with huge windows and sky lights, added to the rear of the home enlarges the family room and opens to the kitchen. The finished basement provides another area for entertaining. This is a perfect location which enables easy access to rts. 43,19, 79, and 51. Also very close to a neighborhood park.

This home is at a great price!  See you there on Sunday!!!

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OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY at 5899 Monongahela Ave, Bethel Park, PA 15102

Come join me for an Open House on Sunday, September 10th from 1-4 pm.

5899 Monongahela Ave, Bethel Park, PA 15102

$239,900

4 BED | 2.5 BATH | MLS #1301018 | STATUS: ACTIVE

Fresh paint and brand new carpeting make this four bedroom home move-in-ready!

The delightful family room has a brick, raised-hearth fireplace and sliding doors to a generous backyard.  There's lots of storage space and a side-street driveway leading to a two-car integral garage.

This home is at a great price!  See you there on Sunday!!!

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TAILGATE AT MY OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY!!! 109 Fireside Drive

Come join me for an Open House on Sunday, September 10th from 11 am to 1 pm!

109 Fireside Drive, Peters Township, PA 15317

$446,887

4 BED | 3 FULL BATHS | 1 PARTIAL BATH | MLS #1289048 | STATUS: ACTIVE

This is a one-of-a-kind home that has a great room concept, huge room sizes, hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, sky lights, a newer bright white kitchen, and a first floor laundry. Newer windows with a bay window in the living room. The first floor is all hardwood. The kitchen has recessed lighting, an island for cooking, and a counter space for eating. The dining area has a double french door that opens to a large bi-level deck with plenty of seating for everyone. A huge yard on 1.33 acres is partially fenced in for the dogs, professionally landscaped and abuts to a wooded area for privacy. The master bedroom has a ceiling fan, a Jacuzzi tub, double sinks, and two walk in closets. The other three bedrooms each have large closets. The basement is finished with lots of storage and a sliding glass door to an outside patio. The basement has plenty of natural lighting as it is only partially underground.

Come see this beautiful home!

OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY!!! 109 Fireside Drive

Come join me for an Open House on Sunday, September 10th from 11-1 pm!

109 Fireside Drive, Peters Township, PA 15317

$446,887

4 BED | 3 FULL BATHS | 1 PARTIAL BATH | MLS #1289048 | STATUS: ACTIVE

This is a one-of-a-kind home that has a great room concept, huge room sizes, hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, sky lights, a newer bright white kitchen, and a first floor laundry. Newer windows with a bay window in the living room. The first floor is all hardwood. The kitchen has recessed lighting, an island for cooking, and a counter space for eating. The dining area has a double french door that opens to a large bi-level deck with plenty of seating for everyone. A huge yard on 1.33 acres is partially fenced in for the dogs, professionally landscaped and abuts to a wooded area for privacy. The master bedroom has a ceiling fan, a Jacuzzi tub, double sinks, and two walk in closets. The other three bedrooms each have large closets. The basement is finished with lots of storage and a sliding glass door to an outside patio. The basement has plenty of natural lighting as it is only partially underground.

Come see this beautiful home!

Is it better to rent or buy a home?

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People often ask me if it is better to rent or buy a home. And, I tell them in most cases it is less expensive to buy. While every situation is different, the following figures can give you an idea of home ownership costs when considering not only your monthly mortgage payment but also tax savings and equity appreciation. 

 Every person's tax situation is different. The figures listed here make a number of assumptions about your tax situation. Use the estimates to give you a feel for what a difference a home mortgage might make for an average person. I strongly recommend you consult an accountant or qualified tax consultant for specifics concerning your possible tax savings. These are estimates only.

Every person's tax situation is different. The figures listed here make a number of assumptions about your tax situation. Use the estimates to give you a feel for what a difference a home mortgage might make for an average person. I strongly recommend you consult an accountant or qualified tax consultant for specifics concerning your possible tax savings. These are estimates only.

Another way to compare rent v. buy costs is to look at the price-to-rent ratio. This measures the relative affordability of renting and buying in a market. It is calculated as the ratio of home prices to annual rental rates. For example, in a market where the average home worth $200,000 rents for $1000 a month, the price-rent ratio is 16.67 using the formula: $200,000 / (12 x $1,000). Using this methodology, the real estate website Trulia estimates that nationally it is 33.1% cheaper to buy rather than rent.

In 2016, the Pittsburgh area had a price-to-rent ratio of 12, indicating it is an affordable market for buying a home when compared to rental rates.

Interested in learning more about the home buying process? Please contact me today at (412) 400-6627 or leannedresmich@howardhanna.com.