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What's The Difference? Pending or Contingent?

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What's The Difference? Pending or Contingent?

Each home listing has a status that’s updated by information that the listing agent feeds into the multiple listing service (MLS). A home listed contingent or pending are under contract, but there’s still a chance for you to buy it. Most purchase offers for the buyer to back out if they can’t get financing, the home doesn’t pass inspection, or the hom

Impress Your Guests: 8 Steps To Host A Successful Open House

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Impress Your Guests: 8 Steps To Host A Successful Open House

Did you know, open houses are a great way to show off your home and attract prospective buyers? Preparing the house and property for visitors takes a little time, but welcoming potential buyers with a little hospitality goes a long way towards making a sale. Make a checklist and work the plan, so you don’t leave anything out!   1. Landscaping Make sure that your grass is cut, bushe

2022 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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2022 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mark your calendars! Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 9th -- and after this crazy year, this Mother’s Day is a great time to shower your mother in some much-deserved attention. Whether you see her everyday or she lives far away, you can show your appreciation with a gift that shows your gratitude. Having a hard time picking out the perfect gift? Well, we've created a 2022 Mother&rs

The Preferred Realty Launches Pawfect Home Sweepstakes

The Preferred Realty Launches Pawfect Home Sweepstakes

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty is proud to announce the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Pawfect Home Sweepstakes, where individuals can enter for a chance to win a custom-built, pint-sized replica of their own home for their loyal companion. Through June 6, 2022, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is giving consumers a chance to win their dog, cat, lizard, bird, rabbit or eve

Celebrate Earth Day The Right Way: Go Green At Home

Celebrate Earth Day The Right Way: Go Green At Home

Did you know Earth Day is right around the corner? There are plenty of things you can do to celebrate mother earth every day, but we suggest starting in your home! Don’t worry, we aren’t suggesting installing expensive solar panels on your home or buying the most high-end, energy-efficient appliances to do your part to protect the environment. Instead, we want to give you some easy way

How To Celebrate National Lawn & Garden Month This April

How To Celebrate National Lawn & Garden Month This April

Did you know that April is National Lawn and Garden Month? Well now that you do, it’s time to celebrate! Many people use this as a month to focus on their own garden or lawn and others use it as an opportunity to beautify their community. However you want to celebrate, we got you covered!    Organize a Neighborhood Clean Up Gardening extends beyond your backyard. It’

Spring Into A New Career: 10 Reasons Why You'd Make A Great Real Estate Agent

Spring Into A New Career: 10 Reasons Why You'd Make A Great Real Estate Agent

Did the winter blues get you down last season? If so, maybe it’s time for a career refresh! Since prime real estate season is heating up right along with the weather, now may be the perfect time to spring into a career in real estate! While you’re contemplating your professional reincarnation this spring, here are 10 characteristics that could mean you would make a great real estate

Spruce Up Your Home With These Spring Cleaning Tips

Spruce Up Your Home With These Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring cleaning might seem like a daunting task, but with a little love, your home will be looking brand new! Spring cleaning is essential to a happy and healthy home. From the bedrooms to bathrooms, to the living room, use this checklist to tackle every room in your home.     Home Maintenance Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Check all

March 2022 Hockey Mom: Mary LeBlanc

March 2022 Hockey Mom: Mary LeBlanc

Congratulations to our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty’s March Hockey Mom Of The Month winner, Mary LeBlanc from Latrobe, PA. Mary was nominated by her fellow hockey mom’s for being “the Heart of Westmoreland Hockey!”    Mary has been volunteering with the Westmoreland Eagles for a number of years. In 2011, she served as the business manag

Tax Guide For Homeowners

Tax Guide For Homeowners

OK, homeowners, tax season is here and you’ve got just over a month to take advantage of this year’s tax breaks. If you’re feeling a little in the dark about what you may qualify for and you’re ready to throw your hands up in frustration, instead, take a deep breath and read on. There are various deductions, credits and exclusions that homeowners may qualify for and it&rsqu