Saving (and re-using) the places that make a community special

By Patrick Shattuck Director of Real Estate Development © Mon Valley Initiative, all rights reserved Above: The Madonna del Castello condominiums in Swissvale are an example of a successful re-use of a historic building by MVI All of our neighborhoods have them—those unique buildings that create a sense of place and define what makes a […]

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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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New program reimburses contractors for getting lead-paint safety certifications

Mike Mozart photo via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Are you a contractor or remodeling professional who works on older homes? If you need to be trained and certified to work with lead paint safely, you may be eligible for reimbursement, with help from a new program offered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. The Lead Safe Homes Contractor Training program will reimburse […]

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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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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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It’s #GivingTuesday — how does your gift go to work at MVI?

The day after “Cyber Monday” has been dubbed “Giving Tuesday,” and Mon Valley Initiative, along with other charitable groups, is participating. If you are thinking about making a year-end charitable contribution, we’d appreciate it. You can donate to MVI in one of three ways … Give directly to MVI, via our website, using a credit […]

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Community leaders mark milestone in Turtle Creek’s renewal

  Federal, county and local leaders joined members of Turtle Creek Development Corp. and Mon Valley Initiative to celebrate the creation of nearly $2 million of real estate investment in the Borough of Turtle Creek. The investment, including 17 rehabilitated single-family homes, has eliminated vacant properties and helped to stabilize several older neighborhoods. Cutting the […]

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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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More than 70 people attend ‘Make Swissvale Home’

More than 70 people attended the second-annual “Make Swissvale Home” event Sept. 11. Sponsored by the Swissvale Economic Development Corp., PrimeLending and Mon Valley Initiative, the free event was designed both to match potential owners with houses in the borough east of Pittsburgh, as well as to explain programs that can allow buyers to turn […]

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