Month at a Glance | January 2017
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Hello Friends! 
With the switching of the calendar from 2016 to 2017 it isn’t unusual to set some goals for the new year. Every new year tends to bring in changes that have a significant impact on the year and with the ringing in of 2017, some are predicting some big changes that will effect the real estate market which might also influence your goals for 2017.

Although mortgage rates rose slightly in 2016 and are predicted to rise again as the year progresses, experts are stating there is no reason to panic. However, if buying a home is on your radar for this new year, there are some strategic tactics you may want to consider with the first being to get started on your home search now!

Anticipating a mortgage rate increase during the year, it stands to reason that the beginning of the year represents the best time to lock in rates before the rate hike kicks in. Getting a jump on organizing your financial information to make getting pre-approved for a mortgage easier would be a sound step. This might also highlight some steps that could be taken to improve your credit score if needed.

If selling your home is one of your goals for 2017, getting your home ready for market should be one of your top priorities as we enter the new year. If you are not sure where to start, please connect with me soon! Not only do I love what I do, I have had great success in getting homes sold in record time at top dollar! Being ranked the #1 RE/MAX agent in Western Pennsylvania and 21st in the country is a testament to my experience.

Whether BUYING or SELLING, preparation is key! Give me call--- 412.310.7812 --- I consider helping my clients achieve their real estate goals a great honor and I always keep their best interest my top priority!

From my home to yours, I wish you peace, health, prosperity and MUCH HAPPINESS throughout 2017!


Important Dates and Things to Do

Month of January Calendars

Venture Outdoors for outdoor activities
sponsored by Venture Outdoors—
YES! There is still plenty to do in Pittsburgh even as
the thermometer dips and the snow flies!

Downtown Events
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Events
Butler County Calendar of Events
Cranberry Township Calendar of Events

Ice Rink at PPG Place
Open through February 26th

Fridays in January 
at The Andy Warhol Museum

Daily until January 7, 2017 
Free Exhibits in the PPG Place Wintergarden
at PPG Wintergarden

Daily through January 8th, 2017 
Candlelight Evenings
at Phipps Conservatory

Daily thru January 17, 2017 
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: A Grrr-ific Exhibit
at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Saturday, January 14
Chocolate Tasting Hike
at Riverview Park

Monday, January 16th
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Some government offices and schools will be closed

Friday, January 20 
Winter Jam
at PPG Paints Arena

Friday, January 20 
Gallery Crawl

Sunday, January 22 
Decades Rewind
at Byham Theater

Saturday, January 28 
Super Diamond
at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts

Saturday, January 28 
Winter Cheer Wine Tasting Hike
at Strip District

Saturday, January 28 
11th Annual Butler County Wine Festival
at Butler Days Inn

Market Trends

The median home value in Cranberry Township is $290,300. Cranberry Township home values have gone up 2.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.3% within the next year. The median price of homes currently listed in Cranberry Township is $329,990.
More info on Cranberry Township Market Trends.
The median home value in Wexford is $333,300. Wexford home values have gone up 2.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.8% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Wexford is $153, which is higher than the Pittsburgh Metro average of $106. The median price of homes currently listed in Wexford is $375,000.

More information on Wexford Market Trends
The median home value in Mars is $349,000. Mars home values have gone up 4.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.3% within the next year. The median price of homes currently listed in Mars is $369,400.

More information on Mars Market Trends
Featured Listings
Here are some listings I currently have on the market. 
View all my current listings.

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814 Mulberry Court
572 MacLeod Drive, Pine Township -   Fabulous home on a Cul-da-sac lot in the desirable Lake Macleod community! Open floor plan, two story family room with stone fireplace, Gorgeous stone eat in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, large … read more!   
410 McKean
410 McKean, Marshall - Absolutely beautiful! Hardwood floors throughout the main level. Cherry kitchen open to family room. Exceptional home office with… Read More
8354 Rochester Road
8354 Rochester Road, McCandless -  4 sided brick custom Georgian colonial situated on 5.71 picturesque acres! Immaculate & private grounds flow through the park-like setting w/ streams, park benches, in-ground swimming pool, hot tub, horse shoe & volley ball areas, fire-pit & so much more!
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153 Pembrooke
153 Pembrooke Lane, Middlesex Township - Gorgeous & private 5.185 acre setting! Brick custom home with 1st floor master & finished walkout game room! Rich cherry woodwork throughout this stunning quality built home. Read More
511 Ridge Court
511 Ridge Court, Cranberry -   Gorgeous brick provincial on a fabulously landscaped cul-de-sac lot! Inviting front porch with new mahogany front door. Great floor plan, vaulted dining room with palladium window. Read more…
109 Village Drive
109 Village Drive, Cranberry Township - NEW PRICE! Fabulous four bedroom in the Highland Village community. Dark cherry hardwood floors flow from the foyer, dining room & into the kitchen. Beautifully updated kitchen features warm maple cabinets, granite countertops, ceramic backsplash and  … Read more…
Zita Billmann, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Select Realty
724.933.6300 ext 672
412.310.7812 Text/Call

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