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Month at a Glance | OCTOBER
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Hello Friends! 

As fall brings us the beautiful fall colors and the cooler temps, it definitely tells us that summer is over and the holidays are on the horizon.  It’s also the time of year where people start thinking about what they need to do to prepare their house to go on the market next spring.  Consider connecting soon if you are thinking about selling in spring 2016.

The past few months have brought a few changes.  The most exciting is the addition of my new assistant, Brooke Kohan.  A lifelong resident of the North Hills, Brooke’s high level of care and concern for our clients, coupled with her local expertise and her real estate industry experience make her a very strong asset to the team.  I am thrilled to have her as part of my team.

Have you had a chance to check out Connected Health, the new building that opened in Wexford this summer?  It showcases a new way of thinking about healthcare offering a concierge team based program that allows easier access to doctors and more convenient ways to get the care you need. It touches on all aspects of health designed uniquely for each individual—taking into consideration not only their lifestyle but their budget as well.  It’s a great resource and new way of thinking in achieving better health.     http://www.chforu.com/
 
October is full of fun things to do with family and friends.  Have a great month!


Important Dates and Things To Do

All Month Long at Venture Outdoors
Calendar of Events for outdoor activities sponsored by Venture Outdoors

Thursdays in October
Tot Hikes  at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Fridays and Saturdays in October
Haunted Pittsburgh Ghost Tour at City-County Building

Saturdays, October 10th and 17th
All About the Burgh, the Culture to Ketchup Tour! At Station Square

Saturdays in October
Historical City Bike tour with Bike the Burgh Tours  at PNC First Side Park

Saturday, October 10th
Sewickley 5k Heart & Sole Run

October 10 - October 11
Maker Faire Pittsburgh  at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Sunday, October 11
Brunch at the National Aviary  at National Aviary in Pittsburgh

Monday, October 12
Columbus Day,
a federal holiday.
 Banks, government offices and some schools are closed.

Friday, October 16
21+ Night at the Science Center at Carnegie Science Center/Highmark SportsWorks

The Great Pumpkin Festival in Cranberry Township (pre-registration is required)

Saturday, October 17th
Fall Flower show opens through Nov 8th at Phipps Conservatory

Saturday, October 24
Fiddlesticks Family Concert - Sing!  at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts

Sunday, October 25
EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler  at Station Square

Saturday, October 31- Halloween
Annual Halloween Parade, Sewickley 10:30am
Trick or Treat in most communities from 6-8pm

 
Hayrides, pumpkin patches, and more….
Soergels Orchards 
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekend to October 25th

Shenot Farm & Market
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekend to October 25th

Reilly’s Garden Center at Summer Seat Farm
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekend throughout October

Gerard Farm Corn Maze
5 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 12 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and 12 to 8 p.m. on Sundays until October 25th

Trax Farms
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 25th

Triple B
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends through the month of October

SpringHouse Dairy Farm and Market
The Great Pumpkin Weekends-- 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends throughout October

Freedom Farms
Every weekend in October

Schramm’s Farm
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays throughout October
 
For the Scarier side of fall…
The Scare House

Freddy’s Haunts

Beastly Haunted Trails
(benefits the Beaver County Humane Society)
 

Market Trends

The median sales price for homes in Cranberry Township, PA for Jun 15 to Sep 15 was $275,900. This represents an increase of 4.1%, or $10,950, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 0% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have appreciated 11.5% over the last 5 years in Cranberry Township. The average listing price for Cranberry Township homes for sale on Trulia was $328,932 for the week ending Sep 23, which represents an increase of 1%, or $3,264, compared to the prior week and a decline of 0.8%, or $2,715, compared to the week ending Sep 02.
The median sales price for homes in Wexford, PA for Jun 15 to Sep 15 was $387,500. This represents an increase of 17.4%, or $57,500, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 24.1% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have appreciated 40.9% over the last 5 years in Wexford. The average listing price for Wexford homes for sale on Trulia was $407,037 for the week ending Sep 09, which represents a decline of 0.8%, or $3,487, compared to the prior week and an increase of 3.3%, or $13,185, compared to the week ending Aug 19. Average price per square foot for Wexford, PA was $154, an increase of 9.2% compared to the same period last year.
The median sales price for homes in Sewickley, PA for Jun 15 to Sep 15 was $367,500. This represents an increase of 41.9%, or $108,500, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 15.2% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have appreciated 18.7% over the last 5 years in Sewickley. The average listing price for Sewickley homes for sale on Trulia was $591,241 for the week ending Sep 09, which represents an increase of 3%, or $17,342, compared to the prior week and a decline of 1.3%, or $7,765, compared to the week ending Aug 19. Average price per square foot for Sewickley, PA was $161, an increase of 8.1% compared to the same period last year.
Featured Listings
Believe it or not, October sparks the season when people start getting their homes ready to go on the market in the upcoming spring.  If I can be of any assistance, be it advising what you should be doing to get your home ready or if you are interested in knowing what your home is worth in today’s market, I’d be happy to help!  ~Zita
 
Here are some listings I currently have on the market.  View all at zitabillmann.com.
156 Briar Hill Drive - Spectacular Contemporary on 2.37 picturesque acres on a cul-de-sac lot. Updated throughout! Vaulted ceilings and open floor plan. Lots of windows,1st floor master, updated kitchen w/ granite, HW floors ,1st floor laundry, updated master bath w/ ceramic tile shower, vaulted family room w/ cat walk overlook, vaulted bedroom w/ skylights, FIN WO LL game room with bar/kitchen, lots of storage. Wonderful over-sized deck for entertaining, serene setting. New Roof 2015. 2+ oversized car garage. Move right in!
204 Rolling Hills Drive - GORGEOUS custom home on a 1+ acre level lot in Greenbriar! 2 story entry, box beamed ceiling &   built-ins in den, Living room with hardwood floors & lots of windows. Dining room has hardwood floors. Family room has extensive molding, fireplace, hardwood floors and open to the updated elegant kitchen boasting stainless steel appliance, oversized breakfast area, great built-ins, wine cooler & so much more! 1st floor laundry, 3 full baths up, master bedroom has vaulted ceiling, updated master bath with ceramic shower. Finished lower level with full bath. Dream patio with built-in grille & fire pit. Private & level yard. Stone accent bump out, level driveway!
2203 Huntington Court - Beautiful & updated throughout! Brand new hardwood flooring, freshly painted, new carpet, all new lighting, new stainless steel appliances & granite counter tops! Move right into this exceptionally spacious townhome with oversized bedrooms. Turnkey & ready for immediate occupancy. HOA fee includes: landscaping, snow removal & exterior maintenance. Level driveway. NA SCHOOL DISTRICT. Convenient location to access I79, I279 & also minutes to the Wexford flats. WOW!!
928 Blackburn Road - Rare opportunity to own 5+ acres that back to ALLEGHENY LAND TRUST! A Very Special home cultivated from imagination & possibility to create "The Red Barn" home at 928 Blackburn Rd. This unique home exudes warmth & personality like no other. Rich hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, exposed barn beams, farm house kitchen, stone fireplace, over-sized gathering rooms,4 stall horse barn in lower level all make for the special home to build your own memories. Ride to the trails from your backyard. Additional guest home on property.
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RE/MAX Select Realty
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