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Hello Friends! 

Communicating with my clients and colleagues is a top priority for me as an agent. Whether you're a buyer, seller, or just interested in real estate, I want you to have an edge in the industry. That's why I'm sharing the Month at a Glance series with my email network. Check it out for valuable info and insights for each month of the year.

 Every Friday
  Sept 1
 Sept 5
Sept 6
Sept 13
Sept 17
Sept 25
Salsa Lessons & Dancing
Kickoff & Rib Festival
Riverlife's Party at the Pier
Lupus Loop 5K Run/Walk/Skate/Dog Jog
Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs/Postgame Concert
Over the Edge
Arabia Treasure Hunt featuring Wigle Whiskey
Save the Date!

What: Wine Tasting

When: October 3rd from 6pm-10pm

Where: Knob Hill Park
525 Pleasant Hill
Wexford PA 15090
 
Details soon to come.
Above: For sale! Click here for more information.

Why You Should Be Confident in Buying!

It is an exciting time to be buying a home in Pittsburgh or the surrounding area - why? Pittsburgh was voted "Most Livable City" in 2014 and was recently named as one of the "best All-American vacations in 2014" by the Travel Channel.

Appealing to the diverse population, Pittsburgh and the surrounding neighborhoods consist of artists, musician, foodies, and young entrepreneurs. Not only is the city perfect for ages 18-35, but it was also voted 5th best location to retire in Pennsylvania.

Aside from a diverse culture, Pittsburgh School Districts consists of 14 high schools - several of which have received gold, silver or bronze medals from the U.S. News Best High Schools rankings. In 2014, the top ranking school districts were Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair.

That being said, Pittsburgh has been ranked in the top 10 for best places to pursue the American Dream. The Atlantic states, "The relative strength of the region's economy, coupled with strong community and family networks throughout the region provides an economic climate that encourages inter-generational upward mobility."


So, have no fear - this is a great time to consider buying a home in the Most Livable City!
Current Trends
Real Estate
 
Although home sales have dropped 6.8% below the number of sales in July 2013, this year remains well above the sales of the same period in 2012. The Median Sales Price for all homes sold in July 2014 was $204,500. According to the August 2014 RE/MAX National Housing Report, July home prices were 7.9% higher than prices last July. Ready for more good news? The year-over-year losses have decreased and are growing smaller each month. Homes for sale inventory is at a 4.3 so far and a 6.0 indicates a balanced market.
Mortgages

With a stronger economy leading to job security and financial stability, an increase in household ownership is looking promising! More importantly, the U.S.'s monthly mortgage payment-to-rent ratio is the lowest it's been for 35 years. The 30 year fixed rate mortgage is averaging 4.10% for the week ending August 29th, 2014.
My Featured Listings
201 Edelweiss
McCandless

 
3 Private Acres, multiple decks & gorgeous curb appeal. 
A quality custom home surrounded by nature with a level driveway & large, private yard.

Soaring ceilings with an open floor plan. Located in the heart of the Strip District.
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Zita Billmann, REALTOR
RE/MAX Select Realty
724.933.6300 ext 672
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