Renting Tips

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Questions to Ask When Apartment Hunting

The apartment hunting process can be a fun and tricky experience, especially for first-time renters. Checking off boxes and finding the perfect spot might be tricky! Birgo Realty is here to help - we’ve provided you with a list of helpful questions to ask when apartment hunting. We encourage you to use these questions when (virtually) touring a property and before you submit an application. Happy hunting! 
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12 Tips to Make Moving into a New Apartment Easier

We found a lot of articles about how to move into an apartment on the internet… But all of them started at two months out, and very few included timelines.
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Living in Pittsburgh on a Budget

It’s relatively easy to start living in Pittsburgh on a budget.
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Why Bother with Renter's Insurance?

You’ve just moved all of your sweaters, dishes, electronics, and (mostly) useless sentimental gifts from your grandma into your new apartment. Surely, they survived the most dangerous part of their lives in the back of that moving van, and you don’t have to worry about them anymore, right? If anything should happen, your belongings are covered by your new landlord’s insurance, right?
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Renting with Pets - Birgo Realty

Most people go through life with at least one furry family member by their side. Whether you are a dog or a cat person, one thing remains the same, you love them like your own family! Because they are such an important part of your life, knowing what to expect when renting with animals is essential. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you with your next move.
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Visiting Pittsburgh's Neighborhoods/How to Choose a Neighborhood

Pittsburgh is a fascinating, thriving city. It overflows with history, culture, and activity. However, there are multiple neighborhoods, all with a unique mini-culture. Which one should you visit, or consider taking up residence in?
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The Most Overlooked Thing in Pittsburgh Apartment Hunting

When choosing to rent an apartment, people often just look for a physical place to live. They only concern themselves with amenities like parking, furnishings, if utilities are included or not, etc.
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You Don't Need to Rip People Off to Succeed in Real Estate

To succeed in real estate, there is the pervading myth that you have to rip someone off. Apparently, success is only possible if you cut corners or cheat someone. We’re here to bust this myth. How do you ward against individuals, business, and organizations that have poor intentions? Look at their priorities. What do they claim to value? Is that reflected in how they go about business, how they treat others, how they spend their time?
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How to Avoid Frozen Pipes Over the Winter

This post is part of a series FAQs from our tenants. We hope that it helps address common questions or concerns for renters and homeowners.
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How Often to Check Your Furnace Filter

Different homes require different changing schedules. A few factors that affect how often are listed below.
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Questions to Ask at an Apartment Showing

When looking for a new place, it’s essential to ask the right questions at an apartment showing. We’ve hosted plenty of showings, and know exactly what questions are relevant to finding a new home. We even put together a free, downloadable guide of what to ask through the entire apartment hunting process. For now, though, let’s focus on questions to ask at an apartment showing.
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5 Tips to Find the Right Renters Insurance For You

Thanks to tighter lending restrictions and rising home prices, more people than ever are choosing to rent rather than buy.
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Should I Rent or Buy?

Is there a good answer to this question? We know a common belief – buy your home because you’ll pay it off over time, and in 30 years, you’ll have something to show for it. Renting is just throwing your money away, right?
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FAQ: How do I Know if I Can Trust a Landlord?

Trust is a necessary part of any business deal or agreement. Choosing to rent from someone is a specifically involved agreement, and trust is essential in order to work. To know if you can trust a landlord, here are a few key things you can do before signing a lease.
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New Short-term Rentals: Northside Townhome

We recently completed our newest Airbnb property. It was previously a private home and we converted it into one of our full-time short-term rentals. Renovating a 4 bedroom home on a short turn around can be challenging, and the opportunity to welcome new guests is incredibly rewarding. We’re glad to have both in our portfolio.
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New Short-term Rentals: Renovated Carriage-House

We recently completed renovations on an Airbnb property. It’s a historic single-family home in the Northside. Previously a carriage house in the Mexican War streets, we’ve revitalized the older building into one of our newest short-term rentals.
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New Short-term Rentals: Historic Mansion Turned Airbnb

We recently completed our newest Airbnb. This property was previously owned and occupied by the former owner of Penn Brewery, which is located just the road. Although the building was originally intended to be a single family home, it has since been renovated to house six units, including our Airbnb apartment, which adds to our collection of short-term rentals.
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Renting Benefits Around in Pittsburgh

In our current financial climate, renting is a perfect opportunity for people, especially young people, to have freedom and autonomy with housing. If someone chooses to eventually buy a property, they can go forward with an understanding of the commitment. They will have first experienced the renting benefits of the market and can make an informed decision.
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Top Questions to Ask While Apartment Hunting With Checklist Download

Choosing an apartment is a lengthy process. From deciding if the neighborhood is right for you to asking the dozens of needed questions about the space and its amenities – it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. We’re here to help with that. We’ve created a free checklist of “must ask” questions while apartment hunting. Simply click this link, and you can download a PDF version to use while looking for the right home.