Archive for Pittsburgh Metro
Choosing whether to purchase a home or rent one is a tricky question that doesn’t always have a universal answer. The geographic area you live in, the loan programs available, interest rates and of course housing prices all play a role in the answer. Wouldn’t it be great to have an online tool that removes all of the guesswork and can help those contemplating a home purchase figure out the answer?
Thanks to Trulia, one of the largest online real estate listing sites, you no longer have to run the numbers yourself. The real estate giant has come up with an interactive map that rates the nation’s major metros and shows whether renting or owning is the best financial option. Not only can you hover over different cities to see where buying is a value, but you can use the interactive tools to guesstimate based upon your proposed down payment and how long you plan to live in the home. It even takes your tax deductions into account. Read More→
Washington County house-hunters are in for a treat this weekend at the grand opening of our brand new Winterberry model home, located in Piatt Estates. This Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., enjoy refreshments, model home tours and special incentives reserved for attendees to this weekend’s grand opening event.
The brand new four bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home features some of the new kitchen innovations we have added to the S&A lineup this year such as Zodiaq™ quartz countertops, new hardwood flooring and a neutral and more modern color palette. Those with kiddos will delight in one of the children’s room which was designed with Disney’s Frozen movie in mind. The home also showcases a number of popular features including the morning room and gourmet island. Read More→
If you have been dreaming of a new home but can’t imagine the hassle of building from scratch, this is your month to be out looking. Today through the end of the month, S&A Homes is marking each quick delivery home down to rock bottom prices. The lowest prices of the year, in fact!
Not only have we reduced prices on some move-in ready homes in of our most popular communities, but some offer additional discounts such as closing cost assistance or points that will reduce the interest rate on your new mortgage. Read More→
Join us for a special open house this weekend as we unveil our brand new Cottage Premiere floor plans, offered exclusively at our Venango Trails and Newbury communities. The brand new plans feature more open layouts, re-designed kitchens and substantially more storage space than their predecessors.
Up first in the lineup is our newly designed Cottage Premiere I. This plan offers a fully covered front porch and first floor layout that is all about entertaining. A large formal dining room in the front of the home can be converted to a first floor study, and the kitchen features an equally spacious island open to the family room for the ultimate in kitchen/family room space. Read More→
Those seeking a refuge just outside the hustle-bustle of Pittsburgh, PA can find it at Sarver’s Mill, Butler County’s fastest growing resort-style neighborhood. And this weekend, Butler County house hunters have a big treat in store.
This Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., join us for a special Stake Your Claim event, and be the first to walk the brand new home sites that are being released in this desirable community. The spacious home sites are amongst the largest in the community and boast scenic views of an expanse of open space directly behind them, a rare find for someone who seeks the perfect blend of neighborhood living with privacy. Read More→
If you already live in Washington County, PA, you know the secret that your fellow metro neighbors may not. Washington County is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation in terms of job growth and offers an unemployment rate of just 4.9 percent, which is far lower than the national average. In fact, according to Sperling’s Best Places (bestplaces.net), the county’s job growth is forecast to grow at a whopping 38 percent!
On the plus side, more job growth means additional area amenities, schools and recreational opportunities. On the down side, those who don’t purchase a home in the near future may face almost certain price increases over the long term and could miss out on an incredible opportunity to own a home in the area at rock bottom pricing. Read More→
It’s hard to believe that in just a couple weeks another school year begins, and the lazy days of summer are gone. For some of you, school may have already started, so there’s no time like the present to get started on a home organization project.
Anyone with school-age children can relate to the mountains of paperwork that comes home on a daily basis. Without a system to manage homework, activities and clutter, your home can quickly get out of control. Here are some tips to keep the clutter from taking over.
1. Create a landing zone for your children. It could be as simple as hooks for their backpacks and as elaborate as an organization armoire to hold sports equipment, shoes and coats. Depending on how much space there is in your home, your sanity will depend on keeping these items off of the floor.
2. Create an organizational hub. It could be in your kitchen, a wall of your pantry or even in a hallway, but consider this the dumping grounds for all things unsightly. It should contain the following items, all of which can be found for a great price at Ikea or Target. Read More→
Those who have been holding out for the home of their dreams in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh are in for a treat next week. On Wednesday, August 13 from 5 to 7 p.m., we will be holding our official VIP Preview Party in anticipation of the grand opening of our brand new Kingsridge community, located in Mars, PA.
Kingsridge is a private enclave of 10 half-acre home sites located in the award-winning Mars Area School District. Not only does the community feature large, level backyards perfect for outdoor entertaining, it also offers a prized location just minutes from Route 228 and the area’s premiere shopping and dining destinations. Read More→
Notoriously warm temperatures and sunny weather make summer the perfect season to host an outdoor gathering. From barbeque cookouts to birthday parties, it is prime time to take advantage of the season as a hostess.
Below we have compiled a list of fun, elegant ideas for your next outdoor party from Better Homes and Gardens!
Serve small bites. Serve a variety of sweet and savory small bites to give guests a variety of options that are simple to eat. Their small size makes them easy to transport, so only take out what you need, and replenish as you need more!
Make picnic-inspired invitations. Get crafty and weave paper together to create an invitation with the look of a woven picnic basket. If you’re in a rush, simply buy tartan or checkered scrapbook paper for a similar look. Read More→
It’s the day before one of America’s most relaxing and fun-filled days of the year, Independence Day. And this year, the Fourth of July is even more special because it’s part of a three-day weekend meaning families and friends can travel to get together and enjoy a special weekend full of festivities.
Here are our top picks for this weekend’s festivities:
1. Central PA 4th Fest – Want to run a 4k? Listen to live music? Maybe a hot air balloon ride, or do you just want to watch one of the longest and largest fireworks displays in the nation? You can do all these things and much more at the Central PA 4th Fest in State College.
2. Gettysburg 150th Anniversary – Could there possibly be a more historic place to celebrate our nation’s independence than Gettysburg? Enjoy a special Fourth of July this weekend, and treat yourself to more than just fireworks. Events include a full civil war re-enactment and special events on the movie set for the Gettysburg movie, now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Read More→