During an adopt-a-pet benefit sponsored by Coldwell Banker, Pittsburgh Property Diva and her lovely family adopted a dog and cat! After congratulating her family on these wonderful additions, we were inspired to write a post on adopting a pet. If you’re thinking of adding to your family in the form of a furry loved one, here are some things to keep in mind.
1. Do you have any current pets?
If you have current animals living with you, you’ll need to make sure they get along with your new pet you are planning to bring in. Ask questions at the adoption center to make sure your new pet gets along with other members of its same species.
2. Does your living space accommodate your pet?
Are you looking for an active dog but live in a one or two-bedroom condo? You may want to reconsider a dog that doesn’t require as much exercise, or perhaps think about a cat.
3. How does your work situation match with your pet?
If you’re choosing to adopt a cat, you won’t have too many issues working full-time. If you are going to get a dog and working from home, you should be good as far as being around for walks. If you are choosing a dog and working out of the home, you’ll need to have a dog walker lined up.
4. Choose a vet and groomer.
Make your life easier and have a veterinarian and groomer ready to go. If you have some lined up and ready, you will be more at ease when your new pet comes home with you.
5. Microchip and register your pet.
Make sure you get your pet registered and microchipped when you bring them home. More often than not, the adoption center can help you with getting all of that together.
6. Introduce your little human family members slowly.
Dogs and babies sure are cute, but it is important to remember to gradually introduce your new pet to your small children in your household. That way, you are avoiding any potential bad interactions.
7. Consider behavioral training.
If you are adopting a new puppy, you may want to consider behavioral training for them. That way, they can learn how to behave around guests, bathroom habits and more.
Rescueing a dog or cat can be one of the kindest and most fulfilling things you can do… you just need to be prepared. Here are Spike, the dog and Ollie, the cat. Welcome to the family!
Pleased to debut Talk Diva on News Radio 1020 KDKA in Pittsburgh Saturday mornings at 8 AM. It will be a little bit of Real Estate, a little bit of fashion and a whole lot of fun!
I’m pleased to kick off my Spring/Summer marketing campaign. Thanks, as always, to Rapid Pulse Marketing for the fantastic work they do with my social media, print and video marketing. They are first class! And speaking of first class, I think the key to being a first class Realtor is making sure that all of my clients, buyers and sellers alike, feel they are being treated that way.
Buying or selling a home is a deeply personal and emotionally involved transaction. It represents the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one for many people. My job… my mission… is to take that personal connection and emotional energy and guide you through what can and should be one of the most exciting times of your life. It’s Your Dream… and My Mission.
I know it’s been almost ten weeks since I updated my blog, and I apologize for the radio silence. But I’ve had a good reason, and I’m so excited to share it with all of you!
On April 1, I affiliated myself as a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services. For six weeks, it was the Wild Wild West as I transitioned to a new company and closed out dozens of RE/MAX clients. It was the craziest, most exciting, most rewarding six weeks of my career so far. And I’ve got to be honest, I’m really glad I’m on the other side of it now with a chance to breathe!
I have so much gratitude for the awesome five-and-a-half years I spent at RE/MAX Select. It was a time of remarkable professional growth for me; I surpassed every annual goal I set for myself. To all the wonderful colleagues, brokers and clients I met and had the privilege to work with during my time at RE/MAX, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’ll always be grateful for each of you.
As I look ahead now to my next step with Coldwell Banker, I’m filled with energy. I’m excited to work with even more amazing people (big thanks to the team at Coldwell Banker for making my transition seamless!), to have some new technology at my fingertips (notice the new “Search” feature on my home page… you can search for a home anywhere in Pittsburgh now), and to see how much higher I can take this career that I am so blessed to have.
In addition to all of that, Chris and I are also busy with our various charity efforts. Hugs for Nan is already in the planning phase for next year, and we recently made a contribution to Make a Wish Foundation to send two kids with muscular dystrophy to summer camp. I know how blessed we are with our good fortune, and it’s my honor to share it with others.
Within the Klein household, there is plenty of activity, as well. My daughter — my baby! — just went to the Prom. (I can’t even believe it.) And my son also recently completed his sophomore year at the University of Pittsburgh. I’m a proud mama!
There is so much going on, and through all of it, my clients and colleagues remain a constant source of gratitude and joy in my life. I’m here because of you and the faith you put in me as a real estate professional. Thank you for everything.
You may think I’m pulling your leg when I say that every December, when I look back at the work I’ve done, I’m amazed. Even shocked.
Yes, of course it’s true that I push myself to do better every year, but the effects of that hard work never truly hit me until I stop at the end of December and look at the numbers. Once again this year, I was amazed. In 2016, I closed 107 transactions and generated nearly $18 million in sales volume.
Oh my goodness gracious, how did that happen!?
Well, actually I know how it happened. Of course I worked hard and was crazy busy all year (HUGE thanks to Chris right here for taking me on several memorable vacations and resort getaways to recharge my batteries). But there is another, more important, reason for my greatest successful year yet. And it’s YOU — my awesome clients.
I adored working with all of you last year. I had a ton of first-time buyers, who are always so exciting to meet and work with. I love their energy, and I love being a part of such an important milestone in their lives. Thank you for trusting me with such a monumental thing!
And beyond my first-time buyers, I had move-up buyers, relocation buyers, and down-size buyers. The vast spectrum of people I was able to work with last year was remarkable. And making connections with wonderful people is such a valued part of my job. It’s what I love; it’s what motivates me. So thank you, all of you, from the bottom of my heart!
As we move into 2017, I’m thinking of how I can do better. How can I make the process even smoother for my clients? How can I grow my network of connections (handymen, service providers, etc.) so that I can be a one-stop source of knowledge for ALL of my clients’ real estate needs? I’m always striving, and I’m always here for you.
Finally, as promised in that headline up there, we did add a few new members to our family last year. I thought I’d share! In addition to two Boston terriers, we rescued a sweet little cat. We found her on top of our woodpile, cleaned her up, and named her Bootsy. We’re in love with her. As you can see, she’s queen of the castle (or at least the range) around here!
Happy New Year, everyone! I look forward to another terrific one with you.
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!
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!
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!
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.)
(The Andy Warhol Museum)
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!
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.
(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!
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.
I know how daunting and complicated the real estate world can seem to those who don’t live and breathe it every single day. My greatest focus as an agent is to provide clarity and guidance to all of my clients on their real estate journey. The last thing I want you to feel is overwhelmed or confused — or both!
As a buyer or seller, you don’t necessarily need to be up on all the latest changes in the real estate industry. That’s my job. But sometimes it can be helpful to have a cursory understanding of the rules and regulations that shape your experience as a real estate consumer. In that spirit, I want to let you know of some recent developments.
In June, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in which they outlined three proposed changes to the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule, which is commonly known as TRID or “Know Before You Owe.” The intent of TRID is to protect and educate consumers before they borrow money to purchase a home. The CFPB enacted TRID in October, and in April announced that it would be drafting new language to clarify the rule.
If you’re interested in reading all the nitty-gritty details about the NAR’s letter, you can do so here. But for this blogpost, I just want to share with you how these changes would affect you as a buyer or seller.
One of the biggest impacts to come from TRID was a change in how (or if) real estate agents were given access to the Closing Disclosure form prior to their clients closing on a real estate transaction. In the past, agents were granted access to these forms and it allowed us to review them for accuracy and to explain them to our clients. Since TRID went into effect, the industry has seen an increased number of errors on these forms. Not to mention a decreased ability to help our clients understand the forms they sign when they sit at the closing table.
For me, this is a problem. I want to make sure the details of your real estate transaction are correctly reflected in your official documents, and I want to be able to answer any questions you might have about those documents. After all, a real estate transaction is a big deal!
On July 29, CFPB’s response to NAR’s letter implemented these beneficial changes. You can read more about this here. I’d be happy to discuss this — or any other real-estate-related question — with you. Just let me know. As always, I’m here to help.