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Eric Bengel's Blog Posts

How Much Mortgage Can I Afford?

Finding a Mortgage You Can AffordCan You Afford a Mortgage: Budget, Income and DebtIf you are renting or looking to buy a bigger home, then you will need to consider how much money you can afford to

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11 Tips for Packing and Moving Electronics

Many electronics do come with plastic cases that protect them from everyday wear and tear. But one careless tip of a moving box and the entire device could be destroyed.Follow these 11 tips to

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Now Is the Best Time to Buy, Experts Say

By: Kelly Leighton on September 15th, 2021 in Industry NewsTo all of my frustrated buyers... there may finally be a break this year.According to a realtor.com®

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Here’s What Experts Say Is Exactly What to Do if Someone Breaks Into Your House

Here’s What Experts Say Is Exactly What to Do if Someone Breaks Into Your HouseYour first response when you realize someone is in your home will be panic and a surge of adrenaline. Having a

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Mortgage Terms

Mortgage TermsA mortgage is a loan taken out to purchase a home. The borrower puts up the title to that home as collateral. If the borrower doesn’t pay back the loan on time, the lender can

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How to Protect Your Home With Alexa Guard

If you own an Amazon Echo, you can protect your home with a handy feature called Alexa Guard. When this option is enabled, Alexa can send you notifications if your Echo detects certain sounds such

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The Homeowner’s Guide to Reviving Dead Grass

Your brown, wilted lawn might look hopeless, but don’t write it off as a loss just yet. While it’s not possible to revive completely dead grass, you can bring back grass that’s

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How to Take Care of Your Fireplace

How to Take Care of Your Fireplace Have you always dreamed of a fireplace with a cozy hearth that would become the center of your home? Fireplaces are beautiful, but they have specific

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How much will it cost to stage my home?

Is This Your Situation: How Much Will It Cost to Stage My Home?Home staging has been a common practice for many years and has become a powerful sales tool to transform homes into desirable products.

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Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

Getting Your Home Ready for Winter Winter weather, especially in northern parts of the country, can cause major damage to homes. Roof leaks, lack of insulation or foundation issues can all have

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Is This Your Situation: Buying Your First House?

Is This Your Situation: Buying Your First House? Owning your own home has been part of the American Dream for years. The pride of ownership and sense of belonging somewhere have been strong

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Is This Your Situation: Looking for the Right Destination to Enjoy Your Retirement Years?

Is This Your Situation: Looking for the Right Destination to Enjoy Your Retirement Years? It's tempting to go where most retirees decide to live out their golden years, but that may be the

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Big Trends in Showers and Tubs

Big Trends in Showers and Tubs Design trends come and go, and as we enter the 2020s, that fact remains true. You may be wondering what to expect in terms of tubs and showers — that is,

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Why Your Mortgage Is More Than Just the Rate

Why Your Mortgage Is More Than Just the Rate Many of us may have been deceived into thinking that a mortgage contract’s value can be understood by just looking at the interest rate alone.

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Home Buyers Guide

 The home buying process has sometimes been made out to be complicated.  It really isn’t.  The only thing about buying a house is that no two transactions seem to go down the

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Mortgage Contingency. Things you should know.

 A mortgage contingency is a clause in a real estate contract that helps to protect the buyer in the event they fail to get loan financing for their new home. When you put a written offer

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Spring, Summer 2020, a Seller’s Market?

It’s been crazy selling homes lately.  In my opinion, a true seller’s market right now.  Don’t let your home go for less than what it is worth.  Give me a call and I

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Spring 2020 Allegheny Valley Real Estate Newsletter

Spring 2020 Allegheny Valley Real Estate NewsletterAs Pennsylvania comes out of the stay at home order, Real Estate is as hot as ever.  Whether you are selling or buying a home, now is the

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Choosing Between FHA, USDA Mortgages

Choosing Between FHA, USDA Mortgages As a new homebuyer and owner, choosing the right type of mortgage loan can be difficult to decipher.  Deciding between FHA and USDA loans can

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WHAT IS YOUR HOME WORTH?

Do you ever wonder "How much is my house worth?"Or maybe you are thinking about putting your home on the market.  Or maybe you “MUST” sell.In either case, having an accurate grasp&

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Contingent vs Pending, What do these Terms Mean?

Contingent vs Pending, What do these Terms Mean? If you are looking for a new home, then you are probably looking online.  Some estimates show that 90-95% of home sales start with an on

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List your Home with 3D video tour.

List your Home with 3D video tour.Not all Real Estate Agents list their homes the same way.  At American Destiny Real Estate, we have invested in Matterport camera technology. 

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Zoom Meeting to view Properties

If you would liketo view properties that are for sale in the Allegheny-Valley area, I have set up times to do this with my Zoom meeting room.  Simply pick a time from the calander below.Click

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How to Clean and Care for Linen Bedding

Linen sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers are durable, hypoallergenic, breathable, moisture-wicking, and grow softer and stronger with use. A natural fiber, linen bedding is as easy to care

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Are you thinking about Selling your Home. Allegheny Valley Edition.

Selling a home can be stressful.  This is especially true today during the Covid 19 pandemic.  With over 30 years of sales and customer service experience, I would be happy to help

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Can I Replace My Own Windows?

If you've received a high quote from a window company for installing replacment windows, you might be wondering if you can shave costs by doing it yourself. Or perhaps you've watched one

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13 Mistakes that keep you from Building Wealth

Whether you make $50,000 a year or $500,000, the way you manage your money can make a big difference to your future. Failing to prepare for a catastrophe could leave you wiped out and starting over

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Market Reports for the Allegheny Valley.

Below are Market Reports for the Allegheny Valley. Click on the area you want a report for. Allegheny Twp - WML  Apollo Boro  Arnold  Aspinwall  

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FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS PRIVATE ONE-ON-ONE VIRTUAL SEMINAR

FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS PRIVATE ONE-ON-ONE VIRTUAL SEMINARAre you a first time home buyer?   Sign up for a private one-on-one virtual semainar to learn about the process of buyng your first

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12 Simple Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

12 Simple Storage Solutions for Small Spaces.  Click here below to open the article.Please feel free to reach out to me with questions: Eric BengelAmerican Destiny Real:

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40 Kitchen Organizing Ideas That Will Save Your Sanity

Here are 40 Kitchen Organizing Ideas That Will Save Your Sanity.  Click here below to open the article.Please feel free to reach out to me with questions: Eric BengelAmerican Destiny

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9 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are common experiences for most people.  In fact, 70% of adults say they feel stress or anxiety daily. Here are some simple ways to relieve stress and anxiety. 

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What to do during the Covid 19 Pandemic if you're house hunting.

What to do during the Covid 19 Pandemic if you're house hunting. As a real estate agent in Pennsylvania, my clients who are house hunting are asking what the best strategy is so that they can

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5 things to know before you tackle an expensive backyard makeover

  Staycationers, grill masters, novice gardeners and home sellers are among the thousands of homeowners fixing up their outdoor spaces for the summer. Last year, more than 53 percent of

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Investing In Older Buildings: Six Key Features To Watch Out For

 Investing in a building requires the investor to do a little digging and to pay attention to the details. Older buildings can be potential treasure troves, but people need to look over

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How to Mulch

How to MulchMulch does a host of things that your plants want and need, such as shading roots on hot days, preventing moisture from evaporating, and stopping weeds from taking root. But it's

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9 Hidden Moving Costs, Expenses and Fees When Hiring Movers

9 Hidden Moving Costs, Expenses and Fees When Hiring MoversExcepts courtesy of:  Joshua Green 1. Packing labor/ Packing supplies: The packing service and the packing materials are an

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