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For over half a century, Northwood Realty Services has built a reputation by valuing people—by holding relationships in the highest regard—by helping people with different aspirations, from diverse backgrounds, realize their dreams. This is our passion, privilege and honor—to serve you.

Announcing Youth Hockey Mom of the Year contest

Announcing Youth Hockey Mom of the Year contest

The only thing tougher than a hockey player is a hockey mom. They do early morning rides to the rink, spend countless hours watching practices and games, cheer on every big play and those times when it just isn't your day, but most of all, they are always a great role model. 

Northwood Realty Services is proud to announce in partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins the Youth Hockey Mom of the Year contest as a tribute to the great hockey moms of the region. We want to recognize and celebrate all their hard work, commitment and dedication "Youth Hockey Mom of the Year" contest. Read the NHL’s story about it.

You can nominate your favorite mom by submitting a 300-word online essay on her behalf at www.pittsburghpenguins.com/hockeymoms

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We’re the Official REALTOR® of the Pittsburgh Penguins®

We’re the Official REALTOR® of the Pittsburgh Penguins®

We are happy to announce we have been named the Official REALTOR® of the Pittsburgh Penguins®.  This exciting partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins®  includes brand integration throughout PPG Paints Arena and the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, broadcast and online inclusion, and the launch of the “Hockey Mom of the Year” contest. Find out more in the full press release.

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Better Home Buying and Selling: Introducing Northwood’s Find Buyers Program

Better Home Buying and Selling: Introducing Northwood’s Find Buyers Program

We’re excited to announce a new technology offering that’s completely unique to the Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio real estate markets. Created in partnership with industry leader Buyside, Northwood’s Find Buyers program is a custom-designed home valuation tool that combines sophisticated predictive analytics with our agents’ local expertise. It delivers real-time, comprehensive data to more effectively match qualified home sellers and buyers.

With Northwood’s Find Buyers program, you can get property value estimates for your home, or any property; track local real estate search activity, and measure potential demand for properties. It also helps our agents identify potential home buyers and assists with home pricing.

Read the full Northwood’s Find Buyers program press release to learn more, or start your home valuation now by visiting: http://northwood.findbuyers.com.

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How to Boost Curb Appeal in a Day

How to Boost Curb Appeal in a Day

Adding the latest outdoor trends to help sell your home is ideal, but if you’re short on time, you need to prioritize! Fortunately, many simple projects focusing on your home’s exterior can be accomplished quickly, and without a substantial investment. Check out these easy outdoor quick fixes. They can help boost your curb appeal to result in a faster sale and higher ‘sold price.’

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What’s Hot Outside? The Latest Outdoor Living Trends

What’s Hot Outside? The Latest Outdoor Living Trends

Today’s home buyers are more discerning than ever. Particularly during warm weather months, you need to start from the outside in to get their attention. Take a look at the latest outdoor living trends for inspiration and ideas you can incorporate to make your home even more attractive.

From natural materials and entertainment features to low maintenance landscaping, these trends will help you match your property with what today’s buyers want. Even if you aren’t selling your home right now, the ideas can help you make the most of your outdoor space! Learn the latest outdoor trends.

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Meet Our Northwood Family of Services for All Your Home Buying and Selling Needs

Meet Our Northwood Family of Services for All Your Home Buying and Selling Needs

More than ever, today’s consumers are seeking “one-stop shopping” for their real estate needs, according to a 2015 National Association of Realtors (NAR) study. In fact, 50 percent of recent buyers said they used one source for home-buying services, compared to 29 percent in 2008. Many brokers are now starting to bundle services in response to this demand.

At Northwood, we’ve always believed in the benefits of offering all the real estate services you need under one roof. That’s why over the past 60 years, we’ve built a comprehensive team of proven, trusted partners. We can provide you with financing, insurance, settlement services and home warranties through our Northwood Family of Services.

Our agents and partner companies work together all the time, so you can benefit from experts who know how coordinate services every step along the way. According to a NAR study, 74 percent of consumers believe that using the one-stop shopping approach “makes the home-buying process more efficient and manageable.” Both our agents and our customers agree that working with our partners saves time, energy, and often can reduce costs. With Northwood, you always have the flexibility of employing any one, or all of our partners, depending on your unique situation.

"When I used Northwood to buy and sell a home, I was surprised by how smoothly everything went. After 30 years, I was ready to have someone else mow the grass. When I found the perfect townhouse, my agent was excellent. Despite multiple offers, mine was the one that was accepted! Then, from timing to pricing, to making it look its best to potential buyers, she guided me through the selling process. Her knowledge and experience paid off – my old house sold the very first day! I even used Northwood’s affiliated mortgage and settlement companies, which were great. I felt that everyone was on the same page and that I had my own ‘team’ behind me every step of the way."
~ Kristine A., Northwood Customer

Meet the businesses and partners that comprise our Northwood Family of Services:


Financing
West Penn Financial (Pennsylvania) and People First (Ohio) provide the expertise to help you obtain the best mortgage loan possible for your individual needs. These teams deliver personalized attention to help you navigate through the mortgage process.

Insurance
Through insurance services provided by Everest Insurance, Northwood makes homeowner’s insurance available to homebuyers, plus auto and life coverage as needed.

Home Warranty
Northwood Home Warranty services, provided through 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, provides extra protection for a home’s major systems and appliances.

Closing
Closing represents the moment when seller-to-buyer agreements come together. The team at Everest Settlement ensures that the process of transferring property is handled smoothly and professionally.

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Northwood Honors Hockey Moms

Northwood Honors Hockey Moms

In late 2015, we announced Northwood's "Youth Hockey Mom of the Year" as a new contest that pays tribute to the great moms in our region. These moms take constant early morning (and sometimes late night) rides to the rink, spend countless hours watching practices and games, and they're exceptional role models in the communities where they live.

We designed the contest to recognize and celebrate their outstanding efforts to their families and the community. Recipients are honored and presented gifts in front of their family and team, and Northwood makes a significant donation to the youth hockey organization of their choice.

We were thrilled to receive nominations for so many amazing hockey moms in the area. Visit the winners page to read about all the hockey moms honored in the inaugural contest. 

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Taking the First Step: Career and Motherhood

Taking the First Step: Career and Motherhood

Last year, we hosted an event to introduce five of our Northwood Moms to an amazing group of mom bloggers through The Motherhood.com.  We recently connected with these amazing moms to share some tips for their followers who may be interested in exploring a real estate career.

Some of our agents have talked about how daunting it was to take the first step, and we figured the mom bloggers may have some insights from their own work/life experiences.  In response, these moms wrote posts that speak from the heart about choices they've made in career and motherhood.  They are sure to inspire you, too. You can read them all here.

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On the Go? VoicePad Technology Makes Mobile Searches Easier.

On the Go?  VoicePad Technology Makes Mobile Searches Easier.

In 2015, Google announced that mobile searches exceeded desktop searches for the first time ever. This fact has a big impact on buying and selling homes. Home listings are constantly changing, and people want accurate, immediate information -- anytime and anywhere.

To address this challenge, Northwood is now the only real estate broker in the region to use the power of VoicePad technology, which is designed to improve listing details and make it easier to search from any mobile device. Northwood is leveraging VoicePad services in two ways:

 First, imagine you are driving down the street and you see an interesting home with a Northwood Realty "For Sale" sign. To get more details immediately, you can call the number at the top of the yard sign and give the street address. You’ll hear a recording that gives the latest specifications of that property.  Want to talk to someone about the property immediately?  You can get connected with the listing agent while you're still on the call.  You can call the number anytime, day or night whether you're right outside the property or even after you are in your own home.  

 In addition, Northwood is making it easier for consumers to search listings while on the go with GPS-enabled software. Just use your mobile device to search from your current location to find homes for sale and open houses happening near you. Our mobile listings provide information for every home that is in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The information is updated every 15 minutes so you can get the latest details. Want to learn more? Just ask us!

 

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How to Stage a House That’s Alive with Kids

How to Stage a House That’s Alive with Kids

As Realtor.com reports, selling a home while you’re still living in it isn’t easy, but selling a home when you still live in it AND have kids is infinitely harder. To get the most offers (and the best deal), you’ll have to present your home as a blank canvas anyone could love and not just a home fit for kids. Here’s how to pull it off.

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Make Your Home Appealing to All Five Senses with These Tips

Make Your Home Appealing to All Five Senses with These Tips

No matter the size or style of your home, there are a whole range of small things you can do to make it more appealing to aspiring homeowners (and help you lock in a sale!). Housecall from RIS Media suggests that you can inspire a potential buyer by connecting with them through each of their five senses: sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch. Here's how to get started.

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Get Neighborhood Insider Intelligence with ePropertyWatch

ePropertyWatchWant to stay up to date on the value of your home, transactions in your neighborhood, and overall real estate trends in your area? Now you can with ePropertyWatch – a new FREE service available on www.northwood.com. You can monitor your home's changing value and all that’s happening in real estate around you – at no cost.

Neighborhood changes can affect your family. ePropertyWatch will tell you about new neighbors, foreclosures in your neighborhood, the number of homes for sale, pricing and mortgage trends in your zip code. See detailed maps and lists of nearby sales and foreclosures. Learn how your home value is calculated.

Just select your own home or multiple homes – anywhere – that may interest you. Then choose to receive a customized report every two or four weeks, or log in anytime to get immediate updates. Sign up for ePropertyWatch and in minutes you’ll have the inside track on what’s happening in your neighborhood.

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