Donna Sikora's Blog

Posted on 12/01/2022
Living at Home During Construction Projects
When it's time to begin a major home improvement project — such as a complete kitchen renovation or an upstairs addition — you may end up living in a construction zone for the next several weeks or months. Fortunately, there are solutions out there that can help. These tips will help you live in your space even if...
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Posted on 11/24/2022
Home ideas to bring your whole household together
Spending time with those in your home is often a difficult task, especially if everyone else has their own schedules and to-do lists for their day. However, you can remodel a few choice areas to attract everyone else in the home to spend some good, old-fashioned quality time together. Here are a few key strategies to help bolster...
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Posted on 11/17/2022
Carnegie, PA Real Estate Market Update 11/17/2022
Click here to view Carnegie, PA blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 11/17/2022
Living art studio: Home design tips to boost creativity
Many creative homeowners dream of having their own private...
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Posted on 11/10/2022
How to determine ad valorem tax
Latin for "according to value," the term "ad valorem" is common in tax conversations. An ad valorem tax is flexible and dependent on the value of the specific asset, product or service. If you're a property owner, you're paying an ad valorem tax on your property taxes. To better understand how this term is used, here is a...
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Posted on 11/03/2022
Home renovations: Your most common questions answered
When it comes to houses, renovations are typically...
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Posted on 10/27/2022
First-Time Homebuyer Guide: How to Buy a VA-Approved Condo
Eligible borrowers can use their VA loan benefits to purchase a condominium rather than a single-family home. For first time homebuyers, a condo or townhome can have multiple benefits compared to a standalone house. However, to use your VA loan on a condo property, the property must be within a VA-approved development. Here's a guide to the basics...
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Posted on 10/20/2022
Understanding the relationship between PITI & property taxes
PITI is an acronym for principal, interest, taxes and insurance. In real estate, it's used by lenders to estimate your qualifications for a mortgage. One of the key variables in the formula is property taxes, which vary by location and individual home. But how do property taxes affect your PITI ratio? Here is a basic explanation to help:...
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Posted on 10/17/2022
Carnegie, PA Real Estate Market Update 10/17/2022
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Posted on 10/13/2022
How to design an eclectic living room
If you have trouble choosing a living room design style, you might consider an eclectic living room. The eclectic style mixes many styles, embracing patterns and hues from a variety of sources. Rather than cluttered or chaotic, eclectic spaces find the perfect balance of all the pieces to achieve a sophisticated and dramatic aesthetic. This concept of controlled...
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Posted on 10/06/2022
Seniors: Best and most cost-effective upgrades for your home
Home changes happen throughout the years. Whether they're for improving quality of life or peace of mind, these upgrades and renovations often cost a significant amount of money. And for those with a fixed income, living on a pension or receiving retirement/social security, it can make a hefty dent in the wallet. Here are a few ways to...
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Posted on 09/29/2022
Baby spinach: Growing guide
Of all the leafy greens you can grow in your home garden, one of the most rewarding is baby spinach. Growing spinach from seed is a simple process and perfect for small spaces. For more information on growing spinach, here is a basic guide to help: Supplies needed To grow spinach, you’ll need the following: Spinach seeds. While...
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