Consumer Advice

April 2, 2017

General Warranty Deeds Versus Special Warranty Deeds

Ownership of, or title to, real estate, whether commercial or residential, is transferred with certain guarantees or warranties made by the seller that the title to the property is being transferred free and clear of any ownership claims or other encumbrances (including financial ones). 


General Warranty Deed


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Jan. 8, 2017

7 Tips for Staging Your Home

By: G. M. Filisko

Make your home warm and inviting to boost your home’s value and speed up the sale process.


The first step to getting buyers to make an offer on your home is to impress them with its appearance so they begin to envision themselves living there ...

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Jan. 1, 2016

Pittsburgh Business: Why Hire a REALTOR(R)

Saving time and money

Hire a realtor for local market expertise, efficiencies  

If you’re buying or selling a home, you’ve probably noticed properties listed as “for sale by owner.” Many such listings tout the advantages of handing the process yourself and saving on closing costs.


But if ...

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Dec. 15, 2015

Pittsburgh Business: What Is A Fiduciary?

A fiduciary must exercise loyalty, confidentiality, disclosure, obedience, diligence, and accounting to the principal. Examples of fiduciary relationships are from a trustee to a beneficiary; a guardian to a ward; an agent to a principal; an attorney to a client; and an executor to an estate.


The Pennsylvania Real ...

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