Mortgage dos and don’ts at next homebuyer’s club

The mark of Zorro was a giant “Z” carved with his sword. The mark of a smart homebuyer (someone like you) is knowing what you’re signing before you sign it! If you’re getting ready to take out a mortgage, attend our our next Homebuyer’s Club, where Anthony Cafardi, mortgage loan consultant from Citizens Bank, will […]

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May 17, 2017

Homebuyer’s Club April 27: Making a budget work for you

In real life, you can’t pass “Go” every time you need another $200. But parking and utilities aren’t free, and if you want to buy property, you probably don’t have a Rich Uncle Pennybags to help. So join Avis Williams from Citizens Bank for a discussion of how to make a budget—and stick to it! […]

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April 24, 2017

Insurance is the focus of our March 28 homebuyers’ club

If you’re buying a house, you definitely need insurance … but do you know what insurance covers—and doesn’t? You’d better find out before you spend your money. Let’s talk about the different types … title insurance, mortgage insurance, homeowners insurance, flood insurance, mine subsidence … and life and disability! The event is free, but registration […]

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Up to $5,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance available

Buying your first home? You may be able to get up to $5,000 towards down payment and closing costs through the First Front Door (FFD) program, funded by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh. Under FFD, qualified homebuyers can receive a 3-to-1 matching contribution from a participating FFD lender. That means that for every […]

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March 7, 2017

Homebuyer Q-and-A session planned April 5 in Braddock

People who want to make the move from renting to owning their own home are invited to a free information session sponsored by the Braddock Economic Development Corp. and Mon Valley Initiative. “Buying Your Own Home: You Hold the Key” will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 5 at The Overlook, 416A Overlook Way in […]

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Homebuyer’s Club: Closing Costs

The Homebuyers Club is a series of group discussions hosted by MVI’s Housing Counseling Program. Each workshop features a discussion on a different aspect of homeownership. Our first Homebuyers’ Club for 2017 focuses on “closing costs.” What are they? Why do you have to pay them when you buy a home? We’ll talk about the […]

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February 15, 2017

Saved from destruction, this Rankin home has proud new owners

Abandoned and covered in graffiti, this circa 1900 house in Rankin was an eyesore and about to be demolished. Today, completely renovated and updated to modern standards, it has a proud family calling it their new home. In late January, Oscar and Monica Daniels signed the paperwork to take ownership of this 2,800-square-foot house that […]

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New homeowner takes advantage of Charleroi program

Above, Lewis Farkas signs the papers that make him a new homeowner in Charleroi Borough as attorney Rick Mudrick assists. Last week, Farkas took advantage of down payment and closing cost assistance available in Charleroi through a program funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and administered on behalf of Washington County by Homestead-based Mon Valley […]

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Make homebuying magic in the Magic City on Oct. 30

2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 Charleroi Municipal Bldg., 338 Fallowfield Ave. Refreshments … free information! Meet lenders, vendors and contractors There will be treats, but no tricks, when real-estate agents, contractors, loan officers and community volunteers come together on the day before Halloween to promote homeownership opportunities in Charleroi Borough. “Make Homebuying […]

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Save the date: The second-annual “Make Swissvale Home” house tour is Sept. 11

With real-estate values in Pittsburgh neighborhoods such as Lawrenceville, East Liberty and Bloomfield going higher and higher every month, Swissvale may be the best-kept secret in the east suburbs … and residents are eager to make sure it’s not a secret any longer. On Sunday, Sept. 11, the non-profit Swissvale Economic Development Corp., or SEDCO, […]

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