March 2024 Newsletter

Lucky ☘️ Leprechaun | Why we love looking at houses

"Spring is the time of plans and projects." — Leo Tolstoy
Pittsburgh is Home
Tarasa Hurley Team
(412) 475-8008
Keller Williams

Past clients, active clients, and friends: Keep an eye on your mailbox! You may have already received it but it's time for our Lucky Leprechaun giveaway. Hopefully you're a winner on your lotto ticket! If so, let us know!

It you'd like to part of our giveaways going forward, just send us an email.

Our Team

  • Team Owner: Tarasa Hurley
  • Administrator: Lauren Borres
  • Transaction Coordinator: Laurie Pfaff
  • Client Care: Reba Salinas
  • Agent: Michelle Ayala
  • Agent: Mylasia Sherrell
  • Agent: Alexander Bible
  • Agent: Jen Cannon

As much time as you need…

Are you thinking about buying a home this spring, or taking advantage of the season to sell? Call us with your questions and I'll spend as much time as you need answering, with no obligation. I'm passionate about communication, service, and cutting-edge real estate knowledge. Call or text (412) 475-8008. Easy! ~Tarasa
We love houses. It's one of the reasons we wanted to become Realtors. We're not alone. According to many unscientific internet sources (aka social media), a lot of people love looking at houses.

We all live in houses, so we're all qualified to comment on them. We compare, imagine, and dream of being in a place that makes us feel a certain way. We've all walked into a house and thought, "This feels cozy." Tribal villagers in the Amazon jungle probably look at neighboring huts and comment on them being nicely built to take advantage of the afternoon sun.

Architecture is art and tech, but it’s also practical. We build for our environment, and we adapt. We build on stilts as sea levels rise. We invent water reclamation systems for desert homes. We use sharply peaked roofs to sluff off snow in northern climates. These features become part of the cultural architecture of each place.

Ultimately, our love of houses makes us want to own one, even when it might be more expensive than renting. Owning makes us feel like we belong and are financially secure in our place. 

As Realtors, our goal is to help you find, negotiate, and close on the right home for you, based on your dreams and your budget...whether that's a condo, family home, or retirement cottage. Contact us for a consultation to get the ball rolling. (412) 475-8008 or [email protected]
  Clean your AC condenser.
  Prepare your yard by clearing winter debris, pruning roses, and seeding the lawn.
  Caulk windows and doors which may have shifted over winter weather.
  Inspect your roof for winter damage.
  Check for areas around the house that aren't drying out properly.
  Get after your spring cleaning!
➤ Rates at the time of publication are 6.74%. Click above for today's rate.
➤ Got a staircase in your home? Check out my article about doing a staircase makeover below.
➤ CoreLogic indicates that home prices will increase by 2.8% from December 2023 to December 2024, nationwide. This is considered "normal" value growth.
➤ As long as inventory remains scarce, prices will stay high, regardless of interest rates. Only when a lot more homes come on the market will prices decrease.


As of February 29th 2024

Number of Listings:
 5,175 (about the same as January)
Number of Sales: 1,319 (up 8.6% from January)
Days on Market: 42 (5 more days than January)
Sales Price to List Price Ratio: 98.0% (down 0.2%)
Median Sales Price: $214,900 (up about 7.5%)
Price Per Sq Ft: $167 (up 0.6%)

Looking at days on market, February sales slowed compared to January. We're now past the bottom of the market.

We're only halfway through March, but sales have started to rebound as we're entering the spring market. Listings are up and days on market is down. This is good for sellers. We had a few listings that went up at the beginning of March that went under contract with in days. Competition is not yet in full force yet, though, for buyers.
Real estate contracts contain a clause that allows a buyer to inspect the home as a condition of buying. If they use a high-quality inspector, the chances are good that the inspector will find problems. That's because almost all houses have some sort of problem, even if it's just a matter of updating systems to meet new code guidelines.

Negotiating repairs can raise emotions. Buyers don't want to move in and start shelling out money. Sellers don't want to spend money to fix a house that they're leaving. Buyers and sellers need to know that sellers are not required to make repairs, and any repairing that gets done is all a negotiation.

As a real estate consultant, my job is to negotiate honestly and fairly on your behalf, so that you feel satisfied when you complete the transaction. There are a lot of moving parts, and having the backing of an experienced agent can really make a difference in the outcome of your deal. Next time you’re talking to someone who is thinking about moving, would you give them my number? Or call me yourself. I’d love to hear from you.(412) 475-8008
What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?
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Send your answer for a chance to win a $5 coffee card! Last month's Q&A: What comes at the end of every Valentine's Day? The letter y. 
Congratulations to last month's winner!

Why Easter Lands in March this Year

Most holidays fall on a specific day of the year. St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17. Pi Day is March 14. Why does Easter fall on a different day each year? The answer lies in the moon.

In the year 325CE the Council of Nicaea set Easter on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the March equinox.

In 2024, the March equinox falls on March 19. The first full moon after that comes on March 25, the Paschal Moon. The first Sunday after that is March 31, which is Easter.

Celebrate Pi Day!

Pi Day is a day to recognize a unique number, which is designated by the Greek letter Pi (“π”). Pi represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is about 3.14159. March 14 is called Pi Day because the date is the first three numbers in Pi (3/14). For mathematicians and teachers, Pi Day is a fun way to do something mathy. The unique thing about Pi is that the number has no end. You can't calculate the ratio to a final number. Pi has been calculated to over 50 trillion digits, and Pi enthusiasts compete to see who can recite Pi to the greatest number of digits from memory.

Ideas for a Stunning Staircase Makeover

If you're one of millions of people who have a staircase in your home, you may have thought about giving it a makeover. You can, of course, start from scratch. You can remove your handrails and balusters and choose a new approach, such as modern metal and wire, or wrought iron. This will require some carpentry as you will likely need to refinish the stringers and more. But you don't need to go that are a few other ideas for dressing up the steps.
Update the tread. If you're tired wood stair treads, or you want more grip, why not try a unique stair runner, carpet treads, or even full carpeting? You can find coverings in muted rainbow colors, bold Mexican patterns, tatami mat, and zebra stripes. If you have carpeted stairs and want wood, then refinish the wood to a tone that matches your style. Or consider tiling or hand-painting the risers, mosaicking the treads, or replacing the wood entirely.
Paint the railings. If you've been living with brown, you might be willing to take a chance on painting your balusters and handrails. Perhaps a dusty blue or white. Do your research first on the right preparation and paints for the job.

Add bead board or trim. To dress up boring walls try adding bead board or decorative trim to eliminate the flat look. Paint it all one color and watch the elements pop.

Just Irishing Around…

Paddy and Murphy are working on a building site. A few hours into work, Paddy tells Murphy he wants to get the rest of the day off.

“I’m gonna pretend I’ve gone mad!” he says. Paddy then climbs up the rafters, hangs upside down, and shouts “I’m a light bulb, I’m a light bulb!” Murphy watches in astonishment.

The foreman yells, “Paddy, go home. You’ve gone mad.”

As Paddy leaves the site, Murphy starts packing his things to leave as well. “Where do you think you’re going?” asks the foreman.

Murphy answers, “Well, I can’t work in the dark, can I?”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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