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Here are a few of our commercials that you may have seen on TV. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we do making them.

05.29.2013 | by Lauren Lamb

All appraisals are not created equal

Last year’s Allegheny County real estate reassessment caused outrage among homeowners.  More than 100,000 property owners felt so strongly that the County had valued their property higher than its true value, that they appealed their assessment.  In order to be successful in that fight, the homeowners had to provide the County with information showing that their home was not worth as much as the County said it was.  The evidence presented by homeowners included pictures of the property, sales prices of homes in the neighborhood and estimates for necessary home repairs.  The best-prepared homeowners came to their assessment appeal hearing armed with an appraisal.

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05.29.2013 | by Kenny Steinberg

You Have Crushing Student Debt. Now What?

So, you have crushing student loan debt. Now what?

You’re not alone. According to most recent statistics, the number of people defaulting on payments on student loan debt is soaring. That should be no surprise to anyone. While going to college or grad school is no longer a ticket to immediate job security, there is no doubt that getting a good education will, on average, lead to a better financial outcome. But now you’re out of college. What about now?

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05.28.2013 | by Lauren Lamb

Make sure you have a mortgage you can afford

In the aftermath of the housing crisis, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was passed, in part, to prevent another housing crisis from happening in the future.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was formed to create rules to carry out the goals of Dodd-Frank.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released details of a new “Ability-to-Repay” rule, which aims to prevent people from getting a mortgage loan they cannot afford and a “Qualified Mortgage” rule, which will encourage lenders to offer mortgage loans with terms that are more favorable to borrowers.

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05.23.2013 | by Nathan Chase

Moving could bring some tax deductions

Are you on the move this summer?

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05.22.2013 | by Lauren Lamb

Pittsburgh slow to add jobs in past year

If you think the job market is tough in Western Pennsylvania, you are right. Apparently the economic recovery is taking a little longer to reach Pittsburgh than most of the country.

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