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This 4th of July will be our country's 234th birthday. A cause for celebration? Absolutely! It’s a great time to celebrate living in the U.S.A., and especially in the Pittsburgh area! While the economy could be stronger, we have done much better than the rest of the country. Our home prices have been stable, our employment situation better than most, our city is full of great energy and we have roofs over our heads and food in our bellies. It’s worth being thankful for and it calls for a celebration! Wondering what’s going on this weekend, well, wonder no more… (0 comments)
The Black and Gold City Goes Green - 06/30/10 10:55 AM
Here is a great site for the eco-friendly, The Black And Gold City Goes Green. It's an action plan from the the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative to raise awareness and engage Pittsburgh's residents. There is series of monthly actions, all with little or no cost, that individuals can take that to reduce the greenhouse gases they produce and their impact on our economy and health. The goal is to see a reduction of 5,000,000 lbs. of CO2 emissions. I got the latest email in my in-box this morning with suggestions as simple as running only a full load of dishes or laundry (0 comments)
This 4th of July will be our country's 234th birthday. A cause for celebration? Absolutely! It’s a great time to celebrate living in the U.S.A., and especially in the Pittsburgh area! While the economy could be stronger, we have done much better than the rest of the country. Our home prices have been stable, our employment situation better than most, our city is full of great energy and we have roofs over our heads and food in our bellies. It’s worth being thankful for and it calls for a celebration! Wondering what’s going on this weekend, well, wonder no more… (1 comments)
ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes really are better built - 06/28/10 08:39 AM
My husband is an energy auditor and one of his primary jobs is to test homes for energy efficiency as part of qualifying the home as an ENERGY STAR home. His work puts him in contact with a number of builders, from large spec builders to small custom home builders. As these builders are working toward meeting the standard for both ENERGY STAR and for PA's recently updated energy building code requirements they have been making changes in their practices that are going to be a big benefit to new home buyers. I've heard about some of the things he has (5 comments)
Beautiful Decorating Ideas - 06/22/10 03:57 PM
As I was searching around today for an idea for a room in my home that I really want to renovate, I found a blog that is worth sharing. The blog, As I see it... is made up of some of the most beautiful, serene pics of home interiors that I have found, and full of great ideas. Enjoy!
Find your own beautiful place to call home. Christa Ross, RE/MAX Select Realty. Call me at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-779-1437 (direct) or visit my website at www.bestpittsburghhomes.com. (0 comments)
Help with Home Renovations from the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh - 06/22/10 01:12 PM
If you are planning renovations to your home but don't know where to begin the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh is a great place to start. If you aren't familiar with them, the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh (CDCP) is a non-profit organization that improves quality of life through good design of the built environment. Among other things they are the the folks behind Pedal Pittsburgh but they also are involved in two other events - The Design Excellence Lecture Series and Pittsburgh Design Fair for House and Garden. But back to renovations... CDCP also offers a program called RenPlan. The (0 comments)
Car Free Fridays - 06/17/10 10:04 PM
Car Free Fridays – East LibertyJune 18th Friday, June 187:30 am - 10:00 am Make a statement. Go Car Free on Fridays! Sign up for the June edition of Car Free Fridays at the following events and activities to receive the East Liberty discount voucher and enter the monthly raffle. Whole Foods Market, East Liberty – bicycle there and get breakfast! Meet Pittsburgh Bike Czar Stephen Patchan Minor biker repairs provided by Trek of Pittsburgh Fifth Avenue Place, Downtown – bicycle there and get breakfast! Minor biker repairs provided by Chris from Thick Bikes Green Gears Pedicab will provide complimentary rides (0 comments)
Hard to Recycle Collection Event - 06/17/10 09:52 PM
Saturday, June 2610:00 am - 2:00 pm Mall at Robinson Parking Lot (100 Robinson Centre Dr., 15205) The Pennsylvania Resources Council, in cooperation with the Mall at Robinson, Construction Junction, Global Links, Liberty Tire Recycling, and eLoop llc, are hosting a hard to recycle collection Saturday, June 26, 2010. Items ACCEPTABLE for drop off include: tires, e-waste, useable building materials, medical supplies (no medications please), cell phones, alkaline batteries, CFLs, and Printer/Toner Cartridges. Please note there are some fees associated with dropping off certain items. For more information and additional dates, visit the PA Resources Council's community collections page.
Other (0 comments)
Pittsburgh Area Public High Schools Among Top In Nation - 06/17/10 08:31 AM
Newsweek recently reported that 9 high schools in Allegheny and Butler counties are among the top 6% in the nation. The schools were ranked on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge tests given at a school in a school year, divided by the number of seniors graduating in May or June. The nine schools were: Blackhawk Upper St. Clair Quaker Valley Pine-Richland Hampton North Hills Pittsburgh Allderdice South Fayette North Allegheny Mt. Lebanon Read the entire story in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Buying a home in the Pittsburgh area! Call Christa Ross from RE/MAX Select Realty, at 724-933-6300 (0 comments)
Get Credit For Making Your Home More Energy Efficient - 06/15/10 09:16 PM
The homebuyer tax credit may be over but you can still get a nice chunk of change back from the government when you make your home more efficient. Federal tax credits are available until the end of 2010 for 30% of the cost up to $1500 for certain: Window, Doors & Skylights Insulation and Insulating Products New Furnaces, Boilers & Heat Pumps Efficient Central Air Conditioning Tankless Water Heaters Biomass Stoves Roofs and up to 30% with no limit for certain: Geothermal Heat Pumps Solar Panels Small Wind Turbines For more information and to see the exact requirements visit the ENERGY (1 comments)
While most of the real estate news over the past two years has been gloomy there is one area that has seen growth - Green Homes. Over and over, market studies show that green homes are appraising for more, selling for more and selling faster. Even more exciting is that those who buy a green home love living in it. A McGraw-Hill Construction report showed that 87% of home owners are more satisfied with their green homes than they were with their previous non-green homes. Their reasons ranged from the benefits of lower operating costs and lower bills to the (1 comments)
Photos of Murrysville, PA - 06/13/10 12:33 PM
I was out for a ride the other day and thought I would post some of the photos from around Murrysville, PA. Enjoy!
The Municipal Building, Library and Police Station
Crowfoot Road in Murrysville, PA
Established Neighborhood in Murrysville, PA
Newer Homes in Murrysville, PA
Wildflowers on Crowfoot Road in Murrysville, PA
Wiestertown Road in Murrysville, PA
Murrysville Community Park on Wiestertown Road
Now is the best time to buy and sell in the Murrysville area. Call Christa Ross from RE/MAX Select Realty, at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-779-1437 (direct) or email to email@example.com. (3 comments)
Do you really want to pay me to agree with you? - 06/12/10 05:32 PM
Dear Seller, Do you really want to pay me to agree with you? Wouldn't you prefer to actually sell your home? I know you have a price in your head of what you think your home is worth. Maybe you came up with it because you figured that you should get at least X% return after you've owned the home for a period of time... maybe you came up with it based on the replacement value your insurance policy says... or the price your home was appraised for... or the price the neighbor's or your friend's home sold for. I hate (7 comments)
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