• Home Search - Internet vs In-Person Home Search - Internet vs In-Person

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    Home Search - Internet vs In-Person

    Millions of people are shopping online these days. From a pin to shoes, from dresses to jewellery, from fish to juices – we simply log in and order. So, when it comes to looking for a house it is no different. Most buyers these days first visit the popular online portals to select their dream home. There are several websites that will give you all the necessary information regarding its location, price, number of rooms, amenities and so on. All websites will also give you detailed written description of the home along with some excellent images. But when you actually visit the place in person, you might be shocked with the reality. Here we find out reasons why shopping property online is a lot different than shopping offline.

    Photos do not always reveal the truth

    Photographers use different angles to post images on websites. So a room which really looks big on the website might be actually quite small. As a buyer you will feel fooled when you see the actual dimensions. So before you finalize your deal by simply depending upon the online version, do give a personal look. Good photographers always know the best angle to take the best photograph of the room from where the ceilings will look taller than they are.

    Is it or is it not a new home

    Well all homes when you see them online look like a new home; newly built and not inhabited before. But wait till you visit it personally. Do a thorough...

    Millions of people are shopping online these days. From a pin to shoes, from dresses to jewellery, from fish to juices – we simply log in and order. So, when it comes to looking for a house it is no different. Most buyers these days first visit the popular online portals to select their dream home. There are several websites that will give you all the necessary information regarding its location, price, number of rooms, amenities and so on. All websites will also give you detailed written description of the home along with some excellent images. But when you actually visit the place in person, you might be shocked with the reality. Here we find out reasons why shopping property online is a lot different than shopping offline.

    Photos do not always reveal the truth

    Photographers use different angles to post images on websites. So a room which really looks big on the website might be actually quite small. As a buyer you will feel fooled when you see the actual dimensions. So before you finalize your deal by simply depending upon the online version, do give a personal look. Good photographers always know the best angle to take the best photograph of the room from where the ceilings will look taller than they are.

    Is it or is it not a new home

    Well all homes when you see them online look like a new home; newly built and not inhabited before. But wait till you visit it personally. Do a thorough...

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  • Why We Love the South Side of Pittsburgh Why We Love the South Side of Pittsburgh

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    Why We Love the South Side of Pittsburgh

    Ask anyone who lives or has lived in Pittsburgh in the past and they will tell you that living on the South Side is living in a neighborhood where everyone knows and looks out for one another. They will tell you that no matter where you go, you will always find a familiar face when walking down the street.

    Things to do on the South Side by Day

    The South Side can be said to be the Greenwich Village of Pittsburgh. It is the city’s best walkable neighborhood. Things are pretty calm during the day, as those without 9 to 5 jobs wander the streets and go about their business.

    They say the South Side is one of the few places where you regularly see both old ladies with blue hair and punk kids with blue hair. The working-class neighborhood turned into a popular destination many years back, as dive bars, record stores, funky coffee shops and lots of tattoo parlors began popping up.

    One of our personal favorite spots on the South Side is the Beehive, one of the most awesome indie coffee shop we have found in any city.  You can also stop by the Milk Shake Factory for a variety of decadent shakes and sweets.

    Best of all? The South Sider Riverfront Trail provides five miles of beautiful trail for hiking and cycling with stunning city views as well as a forest of trees. The trail connects with the Great Allegheny Passage, which goes all the way to...

    Ask anyone who lives or has lived in Pittsburgh in the past and they will tell you that living on the South Side is living in a neighborhood where everyone knows and looks out for one another. They will tell you that no matter where you go, you will always find a familiar face when walking down the street.

    Things to do on the South Side by Day

    The South Side can be said to be the Greenwich Village of Pittsburgh. It is the city’s best walkable neighborhood. Things are pretty calm during the day, as those without 9 to 5 jobs wander the streets and go about their business.

    They say the South Side is one of the few places where you regularly see both old ladies with blue hair and punk kids with blue hair. The working-class neighborhood turned into a popular destination many years back, as dive bars, record stores, funky coffee shops and lots of tattoo parlors began popping up.

    One of our personal favorite spots on the South Side is the Beehive, one of the most awesome indie coffee shop we have found in any city.  You can also stop by the Milk Shake Factory for a variety of decadent shakes and sweets.

    Best of all? The South Sider Riverfront Trail provides five miles of beautiful trail for hiking and cycling with stunning city views as well as a forest of trees. The trail connects with the Great Allegheny Passage, which goes all the way to...

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  • Tips for Moving with Children Tips for Moving with Children

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    Tips for Moving with Children

    Regardless of their age, moving with kids can be a challenge.  Moving with kids is a big transition for any family — leaving an old home for a new home, saying goodbye to friends, and disrupting your children's regular routine. The best way to minimize the stress of moving with kids is to look for possible stressors and make a plan for how to address them.

    While you can’t totally eliminate the challenge of moving with kids, there are tips that can help ease the process. Here are our top tips for helping kids ease into the upcoming move.

     Involve your kids in the moving process!

    Between finding a new home, packing, and coordinating with your movers, it’s all too easy to overlook your kids in the moving process. Our top recommendation is to involve kids in the moving process whenever possible. Even the littlest task can make a difference in your child’s feelings towards their new home.

    There are a few ways you can do this. The kids can help you run a yard sale, give their top three choices for repainting the walls of the living room, or even help you narrow down the homes you're considering. If you have little ones, there are tons of creative ways to repurpose packing material and create moving-day entertainment (think: a moving-box fort).

    Alternatively, let the kids pack a few of their own moving boxes. As an extra tip, try customizing moving box labels with your kids' names written on them, and let them...

    Regardless of their age, moving with kids can be a challenge.  Moving with kids is a big transition for any family — leaving an old home for a new home, saying goodbye to friends, and disrupting your children's regular routine. The best way to minimize the stress of moving with kids is to look for possible stressors and make a plan for how to address them.

    While you can’t totally eliminate the challenge of moving with kids, there are tips that can help ease the process. Here are our top tips for helping kids ease into the upcoming move.

     Involve your kids in the moving process!

    Between finding a new home, packing, and coordinating with your movers, it’s all too easy to overlook your kids in the moving process. Our top recommendation is to involve kids in the moving process whenever possible. Even the littlest task can make a difference in your child’s feelings towards their new home.

    There are a few ways you can do this. The kids can help you run a yard sale, give their top three choices for repainting the walls of the living room, or even help you narrow down the homes you're considering. If you have little ones, there are tons of creative ways to repurpose packing material and create moving-day entertainment (think: a moving-box fort).

    Alternatively, let the kids pack a few of their own moving boxes. As an extra tip, try customizing moving box labels with your kids' names written on them, and let them...

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