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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! 
Birgo Realty Available Apartments
As you apartment hunt and search for your perfect home, Birgo Realty is here to help. Below you’ll find our latest available apartments, the apartment and property benefits, and some extra resources so you can make an informed decision.
Birgo Realty Apartments: Apartments on Academy
At Birgo Realty we’ve noticed that there has been a lot of interest in renting at our Apartments on Academy complex. We thought we’d take a second to tell you a little more about it!
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.
This is What the Green Phase Means For You
We just posted an article about Yellow Phase in an attempt to clear up any confusion. Now, as of June 5th, quite a few counties have transitioned into the Green Phase.
Confused about Yellow Phase? This Might Help
Now that a lot of our state’s counties are in the Yellow Phase of regrowth, we thought we’d take a stab at clearing up any confusion.
Birgo Realty and COVID-19
Whether you’re a tenant of ours or you just love the Pittsburgh area, we hope this article can help out by giving you a bit of confidence. Not all of this info will be new to you, but some of the facts behind them might be.
Living in Pittsburgh on a Budget
It’s relatively easy to start living in Pittsburgh on a budget.
An Apartment for Rent in Pittsburgh: The Hamilton
If you’re looking for an apartment for rent in Pittsburgh, the city of Pittsburgh is a great option. It has a long and rich history as captured in the Carnegie Museums, Heinz History Center, and the Fort Pitt Museum.
Looking For a Commercial Real Estate Property? Here's How to Begin:
So, you’re looking for a place to host your business, huh? There’s a few different ways that you can approach the process of attaining a commercial real estate property.
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?
THRIVE at Work - Birgo Realty's Values
Change can be hard, and unexpected change can be especially frustrating. We get it. That’s why we want to let you know a little more about the changes happening here at Birgo.
Top 4 Colleges in the Pittsburgh Area
It’s where memories are made, careers are started, and young adults start to discover their identities and places in life– so finding the right one for you or your child in Pittsburgh is an important task!
Birgo Realty Works With Urban Impact
This month, Birgo Realty joined with Urban Impact to help cultivate positive generational changes in the lives of families.
Go Realty, Pittsburgh Real Estate Company, Rebranded to Birgo Realty
We underwent a rebranding change during last September.We switched from our old identity, Go Realty, to a new identity and look— Birgo Realty.
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.
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?
What to Do in Pittsburgh in the Summer
Pittsburgh in the summer is one of the best times to be in the city. Warm weather, great food, music, and much more are around the corner for everyone lucky enough to be here now.
Financial Literacy Event: Makes Cents in 2019
Our team is looking forward to volunteering at Makes Cents 2019, a financial literacy event geared towards high school students. This is the first year that the event is being organized by Mission C, Go Realty’s non-profit partner. In past years, Makes Cents was organized by the Global Shapers community hub in Pittsburgh.
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.
Andrew Reichert - University of Pittsburgh CBA Outstanding Alumni Recipient
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?
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.
How Often to Check Your Furnace Filter
Different homes require different changing schedules. A few factors that affect how often are listed below.
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.
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.
Revitalizing Allegheny Commons
When thinking about the many factors that go into the quality of an area, parks stand out. They serve as a mediator to the number of businesses and homes that can be piled into an area while offering a break from the city life. Without Central Park, New York City would trigger unmanageable claustrophobia for anyone.
The 4 Strategies for Real Estate Investing
Real estate investing has gained quite the reputation as a vehicle for growing wealth. It can be tough to decide whether it’s right for you though, especially when stocks are doing so well and bonds offer a guaranteed return. Real estate has a few tricks up its sleeve though- it offers the investor four different ways to get a return on their money, all at the same time.
Buying Real Estate with Rising Interest Levels
Everyone knows that interest rates are on the rise- the economy is doing well, and to match the price to borrow money with the demand for loans, rising rates are the variable that is manipulated. This increases a homeowner’s mortgage payment, but is it really that simple?
How to Have the Best Airbnb Stay
We manage several short-term rentals properties through Airbnb, and this is some of what we’ve learned from hosting hundreds of guests.
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?
Financial Management Event
Andrew Reichert recently spoke at the Pittsburgh Soccer’s Financial Management event and talked with the attendants about personal finance, living on a budget, paying off debt and planning for the future.
Pittsburgh Real Estate and Amazon
Pittsburgh real estate would provide Amazon an affordable housing market for their new headquarters and growing tech sector of business and innovation.
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.
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.
Welcome, New Properties!
2017 has been an exciting year for Birgo Realty, filled with acquisitions. We are so excited to welcome the following properties, among others, to our portfolio. We look forward to working with and serving you all!
Best of Pittsburgh Suburbs - An Overview
Last year (2016), the Steel City of Pittsburgh topped the list of “Most Undervalued Cities”, a ranking that is determined on the basis of the quality of life, home values/square foot, crime rate, extreme temperature days, and walkability. Pittsburgh suburbs, in particular, have been shown to be an affordable option for many — from young professionals to growing families to older generations who desire more space and disposable income.
From Organ Repair Shop to Real Estate Firm - Our Office's History
Our office is located in Allegheny West, a richly historic area. Our building’s used to be the site of an organ repair shop, where worship instruments were constructed and fixed to perfection. We decided to dig a little into the story of the area and the influence of organs in Allegheny County. Here’s what we found:
What to Know Before Buying a Property
Buying a property is a major decision. Whether you are an aspiring home owner looking to buy that perfect dream house or a real estate developer looking for your next big project, buying a property needs careful considerations. Before you take the plunge, do your homework. A big investment like a property needs to be thoroughly investigated to save you the heartache, financial woes, and legal issues at a later stage.
Birgo Realty Spanning the Ages
There are numerous studies that examine generational differences in the workplace and the challenges and benefits that come with. At Go Realty, we have the fortune of working with a team spanning the ages. We practically have a team member from nearly every adult decade.
City of Pittsburgh: Real Estate and Culture Hub
The city of Pittsburgh real estate landscape is truly enticing for buyers and real estate developers alike. If you enter the city of Pittsburgh through the Fort Pitt Tunnel, you can witness the gorgeous skyline of the city. You will then be on the bridge that will take you where the rivers Allegheny and Monongahela meet and form the Ohio. Pittsburgh today has expanded in all directions and has numerous bridges that connect the rivers and neighborhoods.
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.
Important Things to Consider in Property Development
Over the years, Property Development has become quite a lucrative career path for many. However, many tend to jump right into it without any preparation which can have a negative effect on their finances. You’ll need to educate yourself on the property, the present markets, the finance, town planning laws, the construction processes and the marketing of real estate projects. Here are a few guidelines to get you started:
Important Traits of a Successful Real Estate Developer
Becoming a successful real estate developer requires perseverance and a unique set of skills. Here are some important traits that you need to inculcate to become one.
Investing in Commercial Real Estate - How it Works
Commercial real estate is an investment of long-standing, tangible assets that give returns in two ways: first in the form of rent or lease returns, and second in the value appreciation of the property. Risks in this kind of investment are low, and this kind of real estate, as opposed to the purely residential real estate, comprises of office buildings, industrial property, hotels, farmland, and the such like.
Building Relationships Through Pizza
At Birgo Realty, one of the most important things to us is building relationships. We are committed to improving lives through real estate. Whoever we come in contact with and do business with we seek to honor and create value as a result. Investors, property owners, contractors, and tenants alike, you all make up our partnerships.
Why Pittsburgh is The Best City for Airbnb
We might be a little biased, but Pittsburgh is the place to be. Considering that The Huffington Post refers to the burgh as the “Coolest American City You Haven’t Been to.” and since 2000, has topped Forbes’ list six times for being the most livable city.
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.
Best Places to Live in Pittsburgh
“Home is where the heart is”, but it’s important to take some key things into consideration when deciding where to move. We’ve gathered distinct facts about Pittsburgh and its most attractive neighborhoods so you’ll be able to decide where is the best Pittsburgh place for you to live.
Finance and Real Estate: REITS
The real estate world is intrinsically connected to other professional fields. The links vary, but in the financial sector, there is a concept which has become very similar to the stock market. A REIT, or real estate investment trust, is a perfect example of the intersection of finance and real estate.
Pittsburgh Real Estate Affordability: 3rd Most Undervalued
Pittsburgh has recently been named the 3rd most “undervalued real estate” city in the country. This is not the first time Pittsburgh has received praise for job availability, real estate affordability, and overall opportunity.
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.
Northside of Pittsburgh: Rich History, Affordable Real Estate
Pittsburgh has been rated the most livable city in America on numerous occasions and has accommodated newcomers for centuries. The Northside history is concentrated and rich. This part of Pittsburgh features many different districts which are generally grouped together such as the Mexican War Streets and Allegheny West, Birgo Realty’s own neighborhood.
Cap Rate: What is it and Why is it Relevant?
Cap rate, a term frequently used in real estate, demonstrates the return on one’s investment in a property, usually a commercial building. It is defined as annual operating net income divided by the cost of the property. What needs to be noted for financing purposes, and could easily be forgotten by some people, is that debt on the property is not taken into account for. Also, it needs to be understood by potential investors that cap rate is not the same as the cash flow.
Real Estate Funding: Opportunities Available to You
Other than actually identifying a property, the most important thing to consider is money. Some properties can be purchased and sold for millions of dollars, amounts which not all people have access to at any given moment. There is a multitude of ways which a person can find the proper funding for his or her property. In real estate funding, much of will depend on personal credibility and the type of investment property.
Pittsburgh is the Real Estate Haven for Millennials
There are two things that most people, particularly young, post-graduates need – available jobs and affordable housing. Millennials in Pittsburgh have access to plenty of both.
Makes Cents Financial Literacy Event
We recently facilitated Makes Cents Financial Literacy event through Mission Commision, in a partnership with University of Pittsburgh, Global Shapers Initiative, and other partners.
Home Tour: Historic Apartment in Troy Hill
We just finished renovations on a short term rental space located in Troy Hill!
Our Story
Go Realty was founded on the belief that good business is the act of serving and honoring others and providing excellent returns on investment. We are committed to providing spaces for others – to extend grace and work alongside others in creating value and opportunity in our community. We implement a cutting-edge management style, with a commitment to integrity and stewardship.
Real Estate Investment Trusts: Market Application
Previously, the concept of a REIT was discussed and demonstrated as a great way to invest one’s money with the hopes of ensuring a return on the investment. While there are risks with any investments, the upside was much greater than the downside for REIT investing.
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.
Living and Working in North Side, Pittsburgh - Join Us!
Birgo Realty’s mission is to improve lives through real estate. We are committed to serving others and providing spaces to live, work, and gather. Particularly in the North Side.
Pittsburgh Apartments
Whether you are a seasoned pro or the new kid on the block, choosing the right apartment in Pittsburgh can be difficult. Often times, you are making a decision quickly to avoid losing your dream apartment. To lighten the stress, you should keep in mind a short list of things you find important to you when looking for your next place.
Pittsburgh Homes
Pittsburgh is a city full of old homes dating back to the early 20th century. These homes fill the city with history, a few quirky details, and a lot of love from families over the years. Many design companies today are helping to ensure that old homes that have fallen by the wayside over the years become beautiful again. While these renovations may be phasing out certain quirks like the strange “Pittsburgh toilet” found in many basement corners, they are giving way to a new found appreciation for features and finishes original to the homes.
Pittsburgh Neighborhoods
Whichever way you wander from downtown Pittsburgh, you are sure to stumble upon a neighborhood with lots to offer. The sheer number of neighborhoods surrounding Pittsburgh is something to boast about, but what is really impressive is how different all of the neighborhoods are. All of these neighborhoods hold different qualities and things to do, so there is a neighborhood for you to visit no matter what you are looking to do each day.
Pittsburgh Real Estate
Pittsburgh real estate has been changing quite a bit over the past few years. Local real estate investment companies are rebuilding communities in and around downtown. This rebuilding is not only helping the overall Pittsburgh real estate market, it is also helping future homeowners, current homeowners, and the communities as a whole.
Where to Live in Pittsburgh
There are so many tough decisions to make before even choosing a house. What realtor should you use? How are you going to sell your own home? Most importantly, what neighborhood do you want to live in?
Living in Pittsburgh
Over the past few years, it seems like everyone is giving accolades to Pittsburgh. The “Steel City” has been named by The Economist most livable city three times in the past ten years, with the most recent being just last year. The high honors certainly come as no surprise to those living in and around the Pittsburgh area. However, it has led to some head scratches from those that are not familiar with this vibrant metropolis.