Greater Pittsburgh PA Real Estate Blog by Dan McConnell, Realtor

January 2019 Newsletter

It's hard to believe 2018 is over already. It was another great year for Misty and I thanks to all of our wonderful clients.
As Misty and I reflect on the past year, we are thankful for everyone who trusted us to assist them with selling and buying last year. We are looking forward to building even more friendships this year. We will be bringing our clients, both new and old, some new things this year to help stay on top of current market conditions, learn what maintenance items will help increase your homes value and more. We will be coming to you live via FaceBook with each new listing to give you a first look. We will also have videos of each open house we do as well. Another great information source will be our Affiliate Friday segments where we will sit down with Mortgage Reps, Home Inspectors, Insurance Reps and more. If you're not able to join us during the FaceBook Live, don't worry, you will also be able to view all our videos on our new YouTube Channel as well. Make sure to stay tuned for all the great information we have to share with you. 

Market conditions are holding steady as we head into the new year. Even though the market has slowed for the season, it's still a great time to buy. With most buyers taking a break from looking during the holidays & winter months, there is less competition. Make sure to visit our website to begin your search.
If you're looking to sell, now is the time to meet with us to discuss pricing, marketing, and staging so we can sell quickly once the Spring Market kicks into gear. To schedule your FREE, No Obligation consultation, click here.

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Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit for more tips.


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