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The Transformation of Uptown - Pittsburgh's New Hot 'Hood


5th Avenue was once a vibrant street full of shops and restaurants. Over time affluent Pittsburghers moved to neighborhoods further away from Downtown. Handsome brick buildings were allowed to deteriorate, were condemned and boarded up. Uptown like many other inner-city neighborhoods lost iconic architecture. What was no longer fit for human habitation was replaced with a cement desert of...

Hair-Raising Chit Chat


Do you have a favorite guilty pleasure? Mine is getting my hair done at the luxurious Andrew Leo Salon in Shadyside. My stylist, Autumn, does an amazing job on both my hair and my disposition. When I leave my hair and my heart are glowing and I am ready to face the world feeling fully rejuvenated.I asked Autumn about the magical chit-chat that happens between stylist and client and here is what...

5 Important Things To Consider When Applying For A Mortgage


Jerry Pounds is a Senior Mortgage Banker with Citizens Bank. I asked Jerry some of the most common questions Buyers have.What is the difference between a Prequalification letter and a Preapproval?"The difference is simple….one has verified information and the other does not. A preapproval is more valuable because the loan officer has verified the applicants’ credit, income and assets. A...

Rent to Own


We often get calls from Renters who are ready to purchase their first home but have been turned down for a mortgage. Sometimes they ask about Rent-To-Own programs. AHP (American Housing Project) specializes in these creative programs. I asked Bryan Beal to explain the concept.What is Rent-To-Own?"Rent/lease to own is a great option for Renters with the intention to eventually buy. You pick the...

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