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Congrats to Dawn – Winner of my Holiday Steelers Tickets “Give Back”

Posted by Lauren Klein on December 22, 2016  /  in Awards, Blog, Holidays In Pittsburgh  /  Comments off

Thanks to all who liked, shared and commented on my Giving Back For the Holidays post! It’s always great to have a little fun with my clients and followers, and always exciting to give a great big THANK YOU to all the wonderful people in my life.

A special congratulations goes to Dawn… the mother of Ben and Carl, from Squirrel Hill.  She is the winner of the Steelers/Ravens tickets to see the game at Heinz Field on Christmas Day.  I met Dawn at Starbucks to present her with her tickets… and to my surprise she had some small gifts for me as well.  Talk about grateful!  We spent about an hour together and it was indeed a charming and enlightening experience.  Dawn explained to me that she was especially grateful for this Christmas because she was finally going to have both of her sons with her at the same time… only to find out she won the tickets.  So what does a mother do…?  Ben and Carl are now going to the Steelers game while mom cheers them on from the comfort of her living room on Christmas day.

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A mother myself… it brought tears to my eyes.  It’s what we do.  Thanks, Dawn, for a wonderful time and being such a great mom!  And thanks again to everyone for helping me help YOU achieve the dream of home ownership in Pittsburgh.  The pleasure is always mine.

 

My Favorite Holiday Spots and Activities in Pittsburgh

Posted by Lauren Klein on December 10, 2016  /  in Blog, Dowtown Pittsburgh, Holidays In Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Things To Do in Pittsburgh  /  Comments off

There’s nothing I love more than seeing Pittsburgh get all dressed up for the holidays. If you don’t already feel a connection to the City of Steel, I think you may after you visit some of my favorite holiday spots. Grab your coat, your hat and your family, and head out for a wintry night (or day, or both!) on the town.

While there’s holiday fun all over the city (check out this great list of things to do in Pittsburgh over the Holidays ), my favorites are right downtown. There’s so much to see and do!

If you’ve got some shopping to take care of, you can find local, hand-made gifts at the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square. This is an awesome experience, and I’ve found many great gifts here over the years. Once you’ve checked off everyone on your list, you can visit the Big Guy himself for a photo op. (If you bring a donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the photo is free!)

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After you’ve seen everything at Market Square, there’s even more at PPG Place. If skating is your thing, find the perfect holiday skating experience at the MassMutual Ice Rink (click for information on hours, etc). It’s even bigger than the one at Rockefeller Center! Also at PPG Place is the Wintergarden, which features a display of Santas from around the world, as well as a gingerbread exhibit. Your kiddos are sure to love this!

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If you’ve got energy left after all this (and I hope you do!), hop on the Holly Trolley or a horse-drawn carriage for a tour of all the spectacular holiday decorations and lights that downtown has to offer. This is my favorite part! Maybe take along a hot coffee or cocoa to keep you warm.

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I love this beautiful time of year, and I hope the coming weeks bring you and yours much joy. If there’s anything I can help you with in your real estate journey, please get in touch!

 

*The feature photo at the top of this post is a painting by Linda Barnicott.  For more information on this piece and any of Linda’s work, 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!

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.

Pittsburgh Property Diva gets new look and web presence

Posted by Chris Klein on September 06, 2016  /  in Blog, News, Pittsburgh, Trends  /  Comments off

I am so excited to announce the launch of Pittsburgh Property Diva’s new brand and website. It has been in the works since the beginning of the year, and it’s an honor to finally share it with you.

Anyone who knows Lauren knows that she conducts herself and her real estate business with the utmost class. So, it’s only fitting that the new brand identity for Pittsburgh Property Diva is classy and modern. We have brand-new photography featured on the site, and the design is clean and inviting. I hope you’ll enjoy taking a look around. The site is organized so that buyers and sellers can easily find what they’re looking for, search listings, and learn more about Lauren (and me).

I’d like to thank all of our clients, both former and current, who trust Lauren as their real estate agent. You have made her one of Pittsburgh’s top agents, and she is honored to serve you.

I’d like to invite you to keep an eye on our blog from time to time. This is where we will post all of our news. We’ll also try to feature some of our amazing clients every now and then, and keep you up-to-date with what we’re doing. I hope you’ll stay in touch, and as always thank you for referring Lauren to your friends and family.

The real estate market is strong in Pittsburgh!

Posted by Lauren Klein on September 02, 2016  /  in Blog, Buyers, News, Pittsburgh, Sellers, Trends  /  Comments off

As we head towards the fall of 2016 — and launch our brand-new website and blog — I’m finding it’s a perfect time to reflect on the strength of this Pittsburgh real estate market. Pittsburgh Property Diva is having a great year so far, and it’s on the heels of several great years already in the books.

Last year, we closed 94 real estate transactions and generated more than $17 million in sales volume. From high-end condos in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh to starter family homes in the suburbs, I helped clients buy and sell homes all over Pittsburgh in 2015. It was a fantastic year, built on the momentum from 2014 when we generated $14 million in sales volume.

I’m so excited to see our numbers go up each year, because it means I get to help even more people through the emotional and often complicated real estate world. There’s nothing I love more than meeting people and building relationships. I have a true passion for this industry, too, and being able to combine those two loves is such a blessing for me.

As always, I have my wonderful clients to thank. You trust me to guide you through what is likely the largest financial transaction of your life, and I am honored to give you my expertise and advice throughout the entire buying and/or selling process. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the past two (and more!) amazing years in the real estate industry. I look forward to many more!

Pittsburgh is one of America’s most livable cities

Posted by Lauren Klein on August 31, 2016  /  in Awards, Blog, Buyers, News, Pittsburgh, Trends  /  Comments off

You know, I’m a Pittsburgh native and I love this place. It’s really a great city to call home. But you don’t have to just take my word for it.

Pittsburgh consistently ranks on numerous lists and surveys of America’s top cities. Our economy is a big reason: the job market is strong and the housing is affordable. Check out this 2015 story from Money magazine, which named Pittsburgh the No. 1 city to live in the Northeast. That’s a pretty awesome title, considering the other great cities that are also here in the Northeast.

And in 2014, The Economist ranked Pittsburgh the most livable city in the continental United States. We scored high for stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Read more about it here.

You can also learn more about Pittsburgh on the About Pittsburgh page on Pittsburgh Property Diva’s new website. We’ve compiled some great information there, covering topics from schools to entertainment. And of course, I’d love to be a resource for you. I can tell you much more about my home city as I take you around to look for your perfect new home. Please get in touch if you’re considering or planning on a move to Pittsburgh!

Lauren Klein awarded 10 Best Honor in Client Satisfaction

Posted by Chris Klein on August 18, 2016  /  in Awards, Blog, News, Press, Testimonials  /  Comments off

It’s not hard to be proud of Lauren and all of her hard work as the Pittsburgh Property Diva. Every day I am amazed by her commitment to her clients and to top-notch customer service. Client after client gives Lauren the highest marks and compliments. Check it out for yourself here and here.

In 2015, Lauren was designated a Top 10 real estate agent in client satisfaction by the American Institute of Real Estate Professionals (AIOREP). This is an award that is given only to those real estate agents with a 10-out-of-10 client-satisfaction rating and NO negative feedback. Winners are nominated by their clients and/or peers and go through a rigorous review process, wherein the AIOREP considers their awards, sales volume, industry reputation and associations. They must be determined to be an industry leader and top-rated not only by clients but peers, as well.

I am so proud of Lauren for all of her hard work that earned her this prestigious award. You can read more about it in AIOREP’s news release.

Finally, thank you to all of Lauren’s clients for reviewing her so highly and for nominating her as a Top 10 real estate agent in client satisfaction.

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