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My Move to Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services

Posted by Lauren Klein on May 24, 2017  /  in News, Pittsburgh  /  Comments off

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.

Home-buying regrets (and how to hopefully avoid them!)

Posted by Lauren Klein on March 13, 2017  /  in Buyers, Home Buying Tips, Pittsburgh, Tips  /  Comments off

Happy March, everyone! Here we are in the last month of the first quarter of 2017; can you even believe it?

TrAs we all chug along with our busy lives, I thought I’d take a moment to share some interesting research  that was recently conducted and published by NerdWallet regarding home buying — more specifically, the regrets some buyers feel and why. I thought this research was interesting because the results are broken out by the generations of survey respondents: Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers. As my clientele spans all three generations, it was interesting to see how responses varied.

Of course I hate to hear of any homebuyer feeling regrets, but it does happen (although I hope not to any of my clients!). The most common regrets found in this survey center on the process of applying for and securing a mortgage. I know what a stressful beast this can be; but I believe with my whole heart that it doesn’t have to be, at least not horribly so. My two best pieces of advice for buyers before they start down the path of purchasing a home are:

  1. Know your financial picture. Understand your debt-to-income ratio, know where all your paperwork is (pay stubs, W-2s, etc.), and decide what your limits are when it comes to making a home purchase. Your limits will be based on your financial security and comfort, and they’re different for everyone. Stick to them.
  2. Find allies you trust. Buying and financing a home is a complex undertaking. Don’t do it alone. Hire a real estate agent that you trust to guide you through the process; one you know will be available to answer all your questions. In addition to a good agent, you’ll need a good mortgage broker, too. As they say, you don’t know what you don’t know. You should be able to rely on your agent and your mortgage broker to give you all the information you need to make a sound home-buying decision that you won’t regret. So do your research and surround yourself with people who will be your trusted allies.

As any of my current and former clients know, I’m on your side. I will work hard to answer all your questions, calm your worries and guide you through your home purchase. I will also work to connect you with more allies, including excellent mortgage brokers. My goal is always to help my clients feel confident and happy with their decision, from the beginning of the home search to the closing table. You don’t want regrets and I don’t want you to have them, either!

If you’re considering purchasing a home, whether it’s your first time or not, I’d recommend you read the NerdWallet report. It’s helpful to learn from others’ regrets. After all, what are mistakes for if not to learn from them! Arm yourself with as much information as you can from the beginning. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

And of course, if you need an ally in Pittsburgh…I’d love to help!

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Giving Back for the Holidays

Posted by Lauren Klein on December 13, 2016  /  in Awards, Holidays In Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Things To Do in Pittsburgh  /  Comments off

By now you’ve seen my post on my favorite holiday activities in Pittsburgh.  And by now I hope you’ve realized that I am so very grateful for all of the blessings in my life… my family, my friends, and my wonderful clients.

There are so many different ways to express my gratitude that I worry at times that I don’t do it enough.  You can only say “thank you” so many times.  You hope that everyone in your life realizes you really mean it… and for the most part, if you’re sincere, they do.

The tough part is coming up with different ways to say thank you… that people will remember.  Well… here’s another one…  how about giving tickets to the Steelers game versus the Ravens on Christmas Day?  Hmm… that sounds like a “real” thank you… doesn’t it?  But I’d have to give out hundreds of tickets… and… well… I don’t have hundreds of Steelers/Ravens tickets.

I only have two.

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I can’t play favorites… that just wouldn’t be fair.  I can, however, have a contest!  So… here it goes… Win 2 tickets to see the Steelers play the Ravens on Christmas day this year!  All you have to do to enter  is “Like” my Facebook page, share this post and tag your date.

I’ll pick the winner on Monday, December 19th and deliver a big “Thank You” in the form of 2 tickets to the game at Heinz Field.

Happy Holidays… and THANK YOU to all my friends, family and real estate clients for an incredible year!

 

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.

 

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!

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.

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