Monthly Archives: August 2018

Happy Labor Day Weekend from DHRE!

DHREA 31/08/2018

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states (Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York) created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

So what does Labor Day mean in 2018?

Let’s see: bargain sales, family cookouts, fantasy football drafts, and a multitude of other events bringing people together. Through the years, the original meaning of Labor Day may have gotten lost in translation (thank you to everyone who works in the service industry and has to work the holiday weekend!). However, the holiday is still one of our most celebrated, and usually designates the unofficial end of summer and start of autumn. No matter how you choose to celebrate your holiday weekend, we hope you enjoy it with friends and family…and celebrate responsibly! Thank you for all that you do!

 

We’re a week away from Alex Deacon’s September Workshop!!! RSVP today!

Zero Money Down is not Impossible

Saturday, Sep 8, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

28 Members Attending

I know it sounds too easy to be true and I often preach that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. In this case I am confident saying that this can be done regardless if you have been in the business as long as I or if you are new to the business of Real Estate Investing. I am going to show you the step by step process to start your…

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Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

 

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Alex Deacon’s “Zero Money Down” Workshop: Updated Details and Guest Speaker Announced!

DHREA 29/08/2018

I know it sounds to easy to be true, and I often preach that if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. In this case, I am confident saying that this can be done regardless if you have been in the business as long as I, or if you are new to the business of Real Estate Investing. I am going to show you the step by step process to start your portfolio using none of your money. This is called “financial leverage”. I will show you the difference between good and bad leverage. There is a very important distinction between the two, and its imperative to learn it.

Get your questions ready for our Guest Speaker Mark Wolper. Mark brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to our workshop.

Mark grew up locally, born in Penn Hills and Raised In Churchill, and in 1989 graduated from Penn State University. After 13 year career in sales and sales management for a consumer products company, he entered real estate world by investing in a residential appraisal company and owning/operating a title insurance company (this was 2002 – 2006). In 2003 he made his first “hard money” (private) loan. In 2004 officially “opened “ Investors Deal LLC. In almost 15 years he has made over 300 loans to investors in Western PA.

In addition, Mark has vast experience on all aspects of lending (underwriting, appraising, pricing loans, closing, etc.) Since 2005 he has done about 45 flips and 45 wholesale deals. Almost all in Allegheny County. He also starting purchasing multi unit, office and retail properties in 2003.

Mark has owned as many as 100 units which included apartments, mobile homes, retail, office, showrooms, warehouse, etc. Mark is an active investor in purchasing distressed debt from banks and other lenders. I’ve purchase around 20 different notes and judgments and either got them to perform, or secured the collateral and liquidated.

 

Click the box below to RSVP to my workshop! This one is filling up quicker than most, and with the subject matter and guest speaker, I can see why!!!

Zero Money Down is not Impossible

Saturday, Sep 8, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

28 Members Attending

I know it sounds too easy to be true and I often preach that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. In this case I am confident saying that this can be done regardless if you have been in the business as long as I or if you are new to the business of Real Estate Investing. I am going to show you the step by step process to start your…

Check out this Meetup →

Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

 

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#TaraMTG Tuesdays: The Easiest Ways to Save Money with Energy Efficiency!

DHREA 28/08/2018

(Every Tuesday we feature a blog from one of our fantastic affiliates, Tara Mortgage Services!)

 

Making a budget is a lot easier than actually sticking to it–we know. But when you become a homeowner, it’s even more essential that you make an effort to live within your means. Your house is not only your biggest investment, it’s also the place you and your family call home.

One nearly effortless way to live within your means is to make your home more energy effecient and this post will show you how to get started. These ideas will add up to savings little by little but one will add up to BIG savings, fast.

How to Save Money with Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficient upgrades save you money by reducing the energy you use. Consider these simple energy efficient options :

  • Energy Efficient Appliances: If you bought your home with appliances included or your current appliances are more than 7 years old there’s a good chance your appliances are outdated and may not be as energy-efficient as they could be. When shopping for a new appliance, look for the cost savings estimate. You’ll typically see this tagged right on the appliance. Don’t forget to sell your older appliance and use that money toward the new one! If nothing else, donate it and write it off your taxes.
  • Get a Programmable Thermostat: This is a relatively low-cost, DIY project. Heating and cooling the home can be a big drain on your budget. By installing a programmable thermostat, you’ll be able to control the heating and cooling, making sure the system only runs when necessary. Savings will likely be immediate and adds up over time.
  • Change the Light Bulbs: If you have any incandescent bulbs home’s light fixture, you’ll want to change them to energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. They cost a bit more initially, but they pay for themselves pretty quickly and save you quite a bit over time.
  • Lower Water Heater Thermostat: Water heaters are typically set at 140 degrees by the manufacturer. However, you may find that find 120 degrees works just as well. Lowering the temperature is also safer for children and can help prevent injury.
  • Unplug Appliances: When an appliance is plugged in, it uses energy –even when it’s turned off! Save yourself some money and unplug any appliance that isn’t being used or used regularly. That tip requires no investment and starts working right away.
  • Seal Gaps: Gaps around windows and doors can lead to energy loss by letting your heat and cold air escape. The result is that you run you thermostat longer. Seal those cracks and gaps to have more control over the temperature in your home and use less energy. Weatherproofing sealer readily available at your local hardware store and can be installed in one afternoon!

Mortgage Refinancing

Refinancing helps you to save money by lowering your mortgage payment or sometimes by adjusting it so that more goes toward the principle. Interest rates change often, plus, there may be loan programs that you qualify now for where you didn’t with your original loan.

If there’s a way to save you money on your mortgage with a refinance, we’ll find it. Remember, your home is your biggest investment. If there’s a way to save money on payments, why not find out?

Here’s another idea: you could refinance to save money AND take out some equity to make those larger, energy efficient upgrades.

Our office is always looking out for you and your money. That’s why we’ve made it easy to apply for your refinance right from your home, office, or anywhere else you might be. Visit Tara Mortgage Services today to fill out our online application, or contact us at our office!

 

 

You’ve never been to an Alex Deacon Real Estate Workshop? What are you waiting for! RSVP today and network with other real estate professionals!

Zero Money Down is not Impossible

Saturday, Sep 8, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

28 Members Attending

I know it sounds too easy to be true and I often preach that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. In this case I am confident saying that this can be done regardless if you have been in the business as long as I or if you are new to the business of Real Estate Investing. I am going to show you the step by step process to start your…

Check out this Meetup →

Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

 

 

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Real Estate Investing w/ Alex Deacon: Why Attend The Alex Deacon Workshops?

DHREA 28/08/2018

 

In Alex Deacon’s latest installment, “The Deacon of Real Estate” discusses why you SHOULD BE attending his FREE workshops!

You can pay an entry fee or some other kind of buy-in somewhere else, and go away without ANY quality information! It happens all the time!

– OR –

You can attend one of Alex Deacon’s Workshops where you can network with other professionals, trade info and best practices, refresh the fundamentals, and much more!

Give this episode a listen and find you why, if you want to be successful, you don’t just WANT to attend Alex Deacon’s Workshops…you NEED to attend Alex Deacon’s Workshops!

 

 

Two weeks away, and we already have 30 Real Estate professionals attending!!! RSVP today and reserve your seat in the room! This is THE workshop you want to attend!

Zero Money Down is not Impossible

Saturday, Sep 8, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

28 Members Attending

I know it sounds too easy to be true and I often preach that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. In this case I am confident saying that this can be done regardless if you have been in the business as long as I or if you are new to the business of Real Estate Investing. I am going to show you the step by step process to start your…

Check out this Meetup →

Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

 

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Temps are on the rise again! Ensure your AC Unit is working properly!

DHREA 27/08/2018

 

 

 

Air conditioner repair can be very expensive when you have to call in a professional. Of course there are times when a costly repair is unavoidable, but you can troubleshoot your system first, before calling in a professional. Many times your problem is something you can easily fix. 

It’s often the case that your unit is not working for the simplest of reasons. In can be frustrating to pay out a hundred dollars or more just to have a technician come out and flip a breaker back on. There are some quick and easy checks you can perform yourself before you call for help from an air conditioner repair company. These checks often help you save a lot of money too.

Here are a few things you can try if your air conditioner unit is in need of repair, not running at all or maybe just blowing less than cool air:

1.  CHECK YOUR BREAKER

If the unit won’t come on at all your breaker could have tripped. If you have several appliances, lights and other things on the same breaker often it will trip and the air conditioner will not operate. This is a quick check that can save you money, frustration, and even embarrassment.

2.  CHECK THE THERMOSTAT

This is another part of the system that can cause you dollars and distress. If the unit is battery operated it may just need new batteries. Make sure you have the thermostat set for a temperature below the room temperature. Insure that the unit is not turned off or set to just have the fan blow. Settings can get inadvertently changed. 

3.  DON’T FORGET THE FILTER

Many air conditioner repairs can be avoided by consistently changing your filter. If your filter is dirty and clogged, it can cause many issues with your unit. Lack of air flow can cause a lack of cooling efficiency with the system. In some cases a clogged filter can lead to your system icing up. Filters should be checked often and changed on a regular basis.

4.  MELT AWAY ICE

If your unit is iced up it will not cool properly. Melting the ice is a simple procedure. You can turn the system to off and run just the fan to help melt the ice quickly. Or you can just turn off the unit and let the ice melt on its own.

5.  CLEAN IT ONCE IN AWHILE!

Often the system may just be dirty. Instead of an actual air conditioner repair, the unit may just need to be cleaned. On the outside unit you can carefully clean the fan blades and remove any debris from inside or near the unit. The condenser fins can be cleaned also. Be very careful when fooling with blades and fins as they are easy to bend and break. Also, make sure the unit is off when you clean it.

6.  EXAMINE DUCTS

If you feel comfortable climbing into your attic, check out your ducts to make sure air is coming out of them. In the event they are dirty enough to block air flow they will surely need to be cleaned. Often a register may have been accidentally closed partly or even all the way. A cursory check will show if air is flowing through the ducts.

 

(The steps above are some things you should try if your AC unit is on the blink. These can save you a lot of money before you call in a professional air conditioner repair company. Of course, some things dealing with air conditioner repair can only be handled by a competent and professional service company. Things like adding freon and electrical repairs have to be done by specialists!)

 

Alex Deacon’s September Workshop is going to be LIT! (We promise to never use that phrase again. 😉 )

RSVP at the box below, and connect with 500 other Real Estate Professionals!

Zero Money Down is not Impossible

Saturday, Sep 8, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

25 Members Attending

I know it sounds too easy to be true and I often preach that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. In this case I am confident saying that this can be done regardless if you have been in the business as long as I or if you are new to the business of Real Estate Investing. I am going to show you the step by step process to start your…

Check out this Meetup →

Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

 

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