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Common Rental Terms Every Tenant Should Know

Common Rental Terms Every Tenant Should Know

Property descriptions can be difficult to muddle through, especially for first-time or young applicants. When it comes to apartment rentals, there are a number of terms that get thrown around; here, I provide a few handy definitions and explanations to help newcomers...
5 Updates Landlords Shouldn’t Make

5 Updates Landlords Shouldn’t Make

Jason Cohen is a real estate investor and broker working in Pittsburgh, PA who has built his career around turning dilapidated properties into profitable rentals. As a veteran operative in the field, Jason is well-equipped to discuss the do’s and don’ts of property...
Will Pittsburgh Be Home for Amazon HQ2? Part II

Will Pittsburgh Be Home for Amazon HQ2? Part II

Jason Cohen is a well-established real estate professional in Pittsburgh, PA. With over a decade of experience working in the city, he understands the important of keeping his metaphorical ear to the ground and maintaining an understanding of the trends that may...
GOP Tax Plan: Real Estate Boon or Disaster?

GOP Tax Plan: Real Estate Boon or Disaster?

Seemingly overnight, real estate forums and blogs exploded. After months of equivocation and will-they, will-they-not consideration, the GOP tax plan finally seems ready to pass into legislation – causing buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals alike to...
Handy Tips for First-Time Landlords

Handy Tips for First-Time Landlords

Jason Cohen has been an active investor within the Pittsburgh real estate community for nearly a decade. While he began his industry efforts by purchasing and renovating cheap residential buildings in high-potential neighborhoods, he has since expanded his investments...
Choosing a Neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA

Choosing a Neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA

Jason Cohen has lived and worked as a real estate professional in Pittsburgh for over a decade. Over the course of his time in the city, Jason Cohen founded the informal real estate advising group, Jason Cohen Pittsburgh, which serves as a forum for investors seeking advice on their Pittsburgh-based ventures. In this post, Jason uses his familiarity with the region to offer insights into a few prominent Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

5 Red Flags Home Buyers Should Take Note Of

5 Red Flags Home Buyers Should Take Note Of

With their new appliances, sleek countertops, and freshly-painted walls, remodeled houses are meant to impress. For a potential buyer conducting their first walk-through, the surface appeal of a touched-up house can be appealing; however, first-time buyers should avoid making a decision based off of aesthetic appeal. Unfortunately, a number of renovators choose to prioritize cheap cosmetic updates over more vital (and expensive) structural renovations – leaving the unaware buyer with the heavy financial burden of making expensive repairs. Don’t be pulled in by a flashy hack job – watch out for these warning signs when you walk through a home!

Realtors Should Never Make These Social Media Mistakes

Realtors Should Never Make These Social Media Mistakes

Thirty years ago, the best – and perhaps only – way to quickly find a potential home was to make an appointment with a local real estate agent and search for promising listings together. Now, however, the searcher is at an advantage; according to a survey published by the National Association of Realtors in 2016, a full 44% of buyers searched online before reaching out to an agent. Listing information is literally at a buyer’s fingertips; with a few quick clicks or swipes, a buyer can see home options in her preferred neighborhood and come to a real estate agents with a few options already in mind.