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Low Maintenance Living at it’s Finest

Posted by Lauren Klein on November 19, 2016  /  in Homes For Sale  /  Comments off

Townhome Community

Enjoy this beautifully maintained, fresh and spotless town home situated in Walton Crossings, Penn Township, conveniently located to Route 22.  The bright and open florr plan allows lots of natural light.

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Entertain in a large living room with added bump for space and a gas fireplace to keep your guests cozy in the winter!  The fully equipped eat-in kitchen features a walkout to a private omni-stone patio, recessed lighting and a custom pantry.

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Your gorgeous master suite with vaulted ceilings gives way to walk-in closet and private master bathroom.

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Modern and stylish lighting adorn throughout this property along with double pane vinyl windows.

This sidewalk community offers a club house for entertaining family and friends!

3017 IRONWOOD CIRCLE PENN TOWNSHIP PA 15644 is ready for you to call home!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me for a private showing at any time!

 

 

A Custom Built Home for you to Dream In!

Posted by Lauren Klein on November 17, 2016  /  in Custom Home, Homes For Sale, Luxury Home, Monroeville  /  Comments off

It’s here!  Your custom built dream home, but not at a dream home’s cost!  This impeccably maintained home located in one of Monroeville’s most prestigious neighborhoods… Glen Arden, is only 12 years old.

The all brick modern and stylish floor plan is open and light.  Relax in the main level with plenty of natural light and 22 foot vaulted ceilings to give it that “bigger than life” feel.  Double doors open into the first floor master suite, fit with a large walk-in, spa tub, tiled shower with double sinks and corian counters.

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Entertain in the gourmet kitchen with custom maple cabinets, GE Stainless 6 burner range, island and breakfast nook for those more intimate morning meals.

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Spend a quiet evening on the fabulous deck enjoying your private, professionally landscaped back yard.  There is almost an acre for you to view!

The 850 bottle wine celler, wet bar and social area in the lower level allow for wonderful holiday and family get-togethers…

When you think of your dream home… aren’t you sure this fabulous home at 143 Mount Vernon Drive in Monroeville comes to mind?

 

 

 

Affordable Downtown Luxury Living in Pittsburgh

Posted by Lauren Klein on November 16, 2016  /  in Dowtown Pittsburgh, Homes For Sale, Pittsburgh  /  Comments off

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Chatham Tower Condominiums, at 112 Washington Place in Pittsburgh, offers you all of the amenities of luxury downtown living, at a lower cost!   This unit is desirably located within walking distance to strip district, Duquesne University, cultural district, Consol energy center + subway & public transportation.

The Tower was built in 1964 as part of the Chatham Center Complex… part of the early Pittsburgh Renaissance transforming Pittsburgh from a smoke-filled city into the modern era.  Originally luxury rental apartments, the Tower was converted into condominiums in 1981.

Recently, the interior common areas have been renovated as well as new roofing and redesigned outdoor spaces.

For more about Chatham Tower, you can visit the associations page here.

112 Washington Place, Unit 3A, consists of 2 units merged together for nearly 1900 square feet of living space.  The bright and spacious layout offers wonderful Downtown views.  Unit 3A features a modern kitchen, cabinets, tile flooring and stainless steel appliances accompanied by granite counter tops. Parquet flooring throughout adds to the historical feel of the building.  For more on this fantastic opportunity to live downtown, view the listing of 112 Washington Place, Unit 3A.  

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Don’t hesitate to contact me to arrange a private showing at any time!

For more on the history of Chatham Center, you can click here.

 

Maniac Magazine

Posted by Lauren Klein on November 10, 2016  /  in Blog, News, Pittsburgh, Press  /  Comments off

It’s here!

I am so excited to let you all know that the new issue of Maniac Magazine is on newsstands today! I love reading this great Pittsburgh publication every time it comes out, but this one is especially exciting because…I’m in it!

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Several months back, Maniac Magazine invited me to be featured for my work as the Pittsburgh Property Diva. I even got a cover shoot out of the deal! It was a great honor AND a total blast.

Chris went with me to the photo shoot at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. What a gorgeous facility! I had an amazing time with the folks at Maniac, as well as my fellow cover subjects. Chris captured some fun behind-the-scenes shots. As you can see, we celebrated accordingly when the shoot was done!

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I’m grateful to April Hubal and all the fine people at Maniac Magazine for featuring me in your fantastic publication. Maniac Magazine is all about celebrating Pittsburgh and its renaissance as one of our country’s most interesting, stylish and cultural cities. I’m proud to be a part of it. I hope you will pick up a copy if you have a chance!

How to Avoid Scary (and Pricey) Winter Home Repairs

Posted by Lauren Klein on October 31, 2016  /  in Pittsburgh, Sellers, Tips  /  Comments off

Happy Halloween! I hope you all are enjoying your day!

I thought I’d take this opportunity, as fall slips into its final weeks, to talk about some industry tips for winterizing your home. All of them are relatively simple, and keeping up on them can help you avoid some SCARY (as in potentially very expensive) house repairs.

I’ll just highlight a few things, but you can read a more detailed, complete list from HouseLogic  here.

OK, here we go:

  • Cover outdoor faucets. This is a super-easy and inexpensive (we’re talking $2 at the hardware store!) step that goes a long way in preventing your pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes can mean burst pipes, which can mean water, well, everywhere. And that’s never good. Take a few minutes and a few bucks to protect yourself from that situation.
  • Remove icicles immediately. Icicles on your roof or gutters can indicate ice dams — places where water backs up and isn’t able to flow and drain properly. Not removing ice dams, and not investigating the REASON they’re happening in the first place, can lead to spendy roof repairs.
  • Clean those gutters. If you’ve ever noticed water pouring over the side of a gutter, it’s a sign that the gutter is clogged and needs to be cleaned. Those ill-placed waterfalls can allow water to pool near the foundation and cause problems over time.
  • Seal the cracks that let cold air in. A good pro-tip is to look for visible cracks around windowsills, doorframes and dryer vents. You can do it yourself, or a handyman can help you out.
  • Service the furnace. Be sure you keep up on regular service dates, and also don’t forget to replace filters when they’re due. These little things can go a long way in extending the life of your furnace, which can cost around $4,000 to replace.

Please remember that I’m always here to help, and my network of home contractors in Pittsburgh is pretty extensive. Don’t hesitate to ask if you ever need help in that arena. Hopefully this advice I’ve shared is helpful, and perhaps it will make it so that the SCARIEST things you encounter at your home this fall/winter are the spooky Trick-or-Treaters at the door tonight!

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An unforgettable evening with The Icons of Pittsburgh (vol. 2)

Posted by Chris Klein on October 18, 2016  /  in Awards, News, Pittsburgh, Press  /  Comments off

Lauren and I had a fun opportunity to get all dressed up and out on the town with some of Pittsburgh’s greatest earlier this month. We attended Maniac Magazine’s Icons of Pittsburgh event on Oct. 4 at the Andy Warhol Museum. (Of course you know Andy Warhol himself is an undeniable icon of Pittsburgh, and the museum, if you haven’t been, is an absolute must-see.)

 

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(The Andy Warhol Museum)

 

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The Icons of Pittsburgh is an annual award and recognition program that was created by Maniac Magazine. A panel of judges selects each year’s icons, based on strict criteria, from Pittsburgh’s professionals, entrepreneurs and leaders. These are the movers and shakers of Pittsburgh. They are given Icon status if, in addition to their professional contributions to Pittsburgh, they also bring a high level of style and class to our beautiful city.

As you can imagine, it was a great honor for Lauren and I to meet and mingle with this year’s amazing icons at the Warhol Museum. Lauren was invited as a VIP because she’s being featured next month on the cover of Maniac Magazine, which is Pittsburgh’s premier media outlet for fashion, beauty, travel, style and culture. The story will highlight Lauren’s work as the Pittsburgh Property Diva, and we all know how much style she conducts herself with in that role!

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I am, as always, very proud of Lauren. We’ll share more about her story in Maniac Magazine when it hits newsstands!

There was another reason this night was so big for us. As some of you may already know, I created a Facebook page called Pittsburgh Beautiful, which invites people to share their original photos of what makes Pittsburgh beautiful in their eyes. In the last seven months it has really blossomed, garnering about 1,000 new followers every day. We’re up to 67,000 followers so far!

We’ve gained national and international attention, and at Icons of Pittsburgh we announced a new partnership with Maniac Magazine. We debuted Pittsburgh Beautiful on the big screen at the event, sharing hundreds of breathtaking photos of Pittsburgh, submitted by Pittsburghers all over the world. Our website is also off to a great start! It was great exposure for the site, which Pittsburgh Property Diva has supported from the beginning, and I look forward to even more growth.

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(Lauren With Shannon McShane, Pittsburgh Beautiful Director of Social and Marketing)

To say the least, our evening at Icons of Pittsburgh was huge for Pittsburgh Property Diva and Pittsburgh Beautiful. It makes Lauren and I happy to no end, because we are Pittsburghers right down to our core. This work is our passion, but it also helps shine a spotlight on the truly remarkable place that Pittsburgh is. We’re honored to call it home.

If we can ever help you, or someone you know, find a home in this beautiful city, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

The Seller’s Dilemna

Posted by Lauren Klein on October 11, 2016  /  in Sellers, Tips  /  Comments off

We’ve done it!  The home we’ve listed to sell has found a buyer!  Of course, your buyer’s lender wants an appraisal… fingers crossed?

The appraisal process can be confusing and stressful, but having your home priced according to market conditions, updates, square footage and over all property condition are a good start. When you are under agreement & the buyer makes application the appraisal will be ordered by the lender. The appraisal is ordered through a lottery system and is accepted and completed typically with 10 days to 2 weeks of the appraisal order. If there are any value issues or “conditions” to the appraisal we will be notified by the lender.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY FOR APPRAISAL

SQUEEKY CLEAN

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Prepare as if it were a showing for the first time. Organize the garage (doesn’t need to be spotless, just tidy); vacuum carpets, clean floors, wash the windows & have bathrooms & kitchen in tip top shape. Make the beds & put away miscellaneous clutter. On the exterior, have the lawn mowed or sidewalk shoveled; replace old mulch & trim the shrubs. The cleaner & fresher your home appears on the inside and out the more value it has to the appraiser. You’ll also want to make sure the appraiser has easy access to the electrical panel, attic & mechanicals – don’t hesitate to leave a note behind with any special instructions or information about your home.

UPDATES ARE GREAT

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Updating your home, even with a fresh coat of paint and some modern lighting go a long way. Hopefully, we’ve covered all of this during our listing appointment & by recommendations I’ve made to you along the way. New kitchens, appliances, bathrooms, flooring are more expensive but can really make an impact on the value of your home. These items are taken into consideration along with square footage, age & the area in which you live.

IF IT’S BROKE, FIX IT

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If you’ve noticed in the last weeks, months or years that something needs fixed or tuned up, please have it done before the appraisal. Leaky faucets, broken cabinetry, chipping paint, dirty furnace or rusty hot water tanks are just an example. If you get anything serviced or repaired prior to listing or appraisal, please hang on to those invoices – your buyers will appreciate it & so will the appraiser.

ASK ME FOR AN UPDATED MARKET ANALYSIS

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I’m always cautiously optimistic when it comes to appraisals. Despite the research and the improvements you’ve made to your home appraisals can be tough. I try my best to give you an accurate pricing forecast for your home, but the appraisers use formulas, comps and their own subjective opinion when it comes to the value of your home. If we are on the fence about value, ask me for an updated market analysis & we can review together.

As always, my goal is to provide you with the most up to date information on the market and make the home selling process as stress free as possible. By preparing you in advance and letting you know the market conditions & the expectations of the appraiser I’m hoping the process will be a little less frantic. I’m always available for any questions or concerns.

Fall is for Buyers!

Posted by Lauren Klein on October 05, 2016  /  in Buyers, Home Buying Tips, Sellers, Trends  /  Comments off

Fall is officially here and its beauty all around us is undeniable. Brilliantly colored leaves, crisp air and of course, in this town, football! But with the change in weather comes another change for real estate — one of which you may not be aware. While summer is typically a seller’s market, the entrance of fall shifts the market more in favor of buyers. And if you’re searching for your dream home, that’s great news!

A buyer’s market means you, as a buyer, are in a better position for negotiating and getting a great price on a home. There are a few reasons for this but chief among them is that by the time fall rolls around, families with school-age children need to be settled in new homes before the school bell rings for the first time. That means that a significant portion of potential buyers in the market, possibly even buyers you were competing against if you were also searching in the summer, drop off the radar. This decreases competition for inventory and can also increase a seller’s willingness to negotiate.

If you’re considering searching for your dream home — and you’re not governed by the school calendar — I’d recommend you pick up a pumpkin-spiced something-or-other from your local coffee shop and see what the fall real estate market has to offer! I would love to show you around our great city of Pittsburgh and see if we can find you exactly what you’re searching for.

Another thing worth noting about the fall season for real estate is that it’s a great time to purchase a vacation home, if you’re in the market. Purchasing now leaves plenty of time to get the home ready by spring, and also allows you to check out what the new locale has to offer in fall and winter.

As always, please don’t hesitate to let me know if I can help you in your real estate journey. I wish you a very happy fall!

When the best REALLY IS the best

Posted by Chris Klein on September 19, 2016  /  in Blog, Buyers, Sellers, Testimonials  /  Comments off

Lauren’s talent and dedication to her clients constantly amaze me. Her reviews are always such a pleasure to read, and this one was too good not to share. I thought I’d turn it into a guest post for the blog. I want to thank Jason for taking the time to share his kind words for Lauren; they mean a lot to us.

When the best REALLY IS the best

By Jason Beattie

At the beginning of this year, my wife, Alicia, and I knew that we had some big real estate transactions in our near future. Our 5-year-old son, Mason, is an active guy, and we were quickly outgrowing our first home. On top of that, kindergarten was coming up in the fall. Our dream was to be in the Plum School District because of the fantastic schools for Mason, so we decided we’d start looking for a great real estate agent who could help us sell our Pittsburgh home and buy a new one within our limited timeframe.

We found Lauren on Zillow, where she came up as a preferred agent. Looking at all her reviews and numbers, it was clear that she was the best choice. But I was leery. Sometimes working with the best really isn’t the best; I worried she’d be so busy with all her clients that she wouldn’t have time to give us the guidance and support we knew we’d need.

I can say unequivocally that all those reservations disappeared after our initial interview with Lauren. She was so prepared, knowledgeable and approachable, we knew she’d be our agent even before the meeting was over. We hired her, and it was the best decision we could have possibly made.

The first step was to sell our house. Lauren was brilliant and fair in her advice, telling us exactly what our house was worth and at which price point it would not only sell, but sell quickly. She could not have been more spot-on, and our house sold in five days. It was unbelievable.

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From there we had to find our new home. The fourth house we looked at with Lauren was the one we fell in love with. From the moment we walked through the door, we knew it was where we were meant to be. But putting the deal together proved difficult, and had it not been for Lauren’s impressive knowledge, consummate professionalism and unwavering dedication, we would have lost our dream home.

The difficulties began when our home inspector (a top-notch referral from Lauren) found several major system repairs that the home needed in order to be a safe place for our family. The seller was cash-strapped and unable to make the repairs that we knew we needed. Their agent floundered, and the deal began to unravel. In came Lauren with her broad network of certified contractors, who agreed to make the repairs to the home and allow the sellers to pay them after the sale of the home. It was a win for everyone, and the deal went through. We were in our beautiful, safe home by May, giving us plenty of time to get settled and get Mason ready for kindergarten at a stellar school in the Plum School District.

For everything that Lauren did for us, we are forever grateful. I cannot possibly say enough about her endless knowledge, her professional connections, her kind demeanor and her never-ending responsiveness. She answered every question we had within minutes of receiving it; I’m not kidding. In my own job as a corporate banker, responsiveness to clients is of the utmost importance. I hold myself to the highest standards in that regard, and even according to my own standards Lauren put me to shame! She was truly amazing.

There is a reason Lauren has a reputation as the best, and frankly…it’s because she is. In her we found not only an irreplaceable real estate agent, we also found a friend. Someone we will remember and refer our closest friends and family to any time they need real estate guidance. When we have our housewarming party, she’ll be on the invite list! Thank you so much, Lauren!

 

 

Fall… the Best of Pittsburgh

Posted by Lauren Klein on September 12, 2016  /  in Blog, Pittsburgh  /  Comments off

My friends know that I love a good cup of coffee… and sitting outside this morning on my back porch, I noticed a little more steam rising from my cup than usual… the morning air is starting to change.   You can almost smell fall…  right around the corner!

What does fall mean to Pittsburgh?  Well… the obvious is football!  The Steelers season kicks off tonite…  Pitt Football  is in high gear after a great win over Penn State… but those of you who know me understand that football isn’t my greatest passion… of course it’s real estate.

Fall is a time of comfort here in Pittsburgh… cooler temps, warm coffee, a trip down to the Strip for some great food.   The colors in the surrounding hills amplify the beauty of Western Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Magazine captured some great pictures of fall in this blog post.

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