Habitat for Humanity
Jason Cohen Pittsburgh is a real estate group headed by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania local Jason Cohen. When he is not providing local clients with in-depth, highly personalized real estate advising services, Mr. Cohen and his team engage in charitable activities, serving as one of the primary sponsors for the Habitat for Humanity special MLK Day program.
The MLK Day of Service is a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh event that takes place annually on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. As part of past MLK Day of Service events, the organization has completed a number of special projects including cleanups of multiple neighborhoods and homeless shelters, painting and other improvements at community centers and dance studios, and construction projects at local food pantries.
In recent years, MLK Day of Service has spread throughout the city to surrounding counties such as Braddock County, where volunteers helped paint a room at the Salvation Army Center, and Lincoln-Lemon County, where some 50 volunteers came together to make significant improvements to the Holy Trinity Baptist Church. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore also has been a beneficiary of MLK Day volunteer work. To learn more about MLK Day of Service opportunities, please visit www.pittsburghhabitat.org.
Canine Life And Social Skills
Jason Cohen is the founder of Jason Cohen Pittsburgh, which provides real estate consulting to a wide range of people in Pittsburgh, from young entrepreneurs to experienced investors. Through his group, Jason Cohen is able to help Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organizations, such as the Humane Animal Rescue.
Formed after a merger between Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center and Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, Humane Animal Rescue is now of the largest animal welfare associations in the entire state of Pennsylvania. One of its main goals is to provide comprehensive care to abandoned, injured, or neglected animals.
Apart from care provision, the organization provides pet owner education programs, including the Canine Life And Social Skills (CLASS). CLASS is an assessment program that aims to test pet owners for their ability to train their pets to perform real-life skills. There are three levels in the program: the B.A., the M.A., and the Ph.D.. Pets are assessed on such skills as waiting at the door and m ore complex skills such as table manners. Pet owners receive a certificate for every level they successfully complete with their companion.
Fair Rental Rates
Jason Cohen of Jason Cohen Pittsburgh has his headquarters in Pittsburgh and has acquired multiple real estate investments in less than a decade’s time. An expert on real estate strategies, Mr. Cohen currently serves as the principal of Jason Cohen Pittsburgh, which provides expertise in a broad area of real estate investments that range from evaluating the potential profitability of a property to setting fair rental prices.
When setting rental prices for an investment property, fair rental prices should be listed to encourage long-term renters and avoid the cost of turnover. The use of comps is one strategy often used to determine fair rental prices.
A comp, also known as comparables or comparable sales, is an analysis of recent, nearby sales or rentals gathered to valuate real estate property. Individuals who look at comps are implementing a sales comparison approach (SCA). When identifying properties with this approach, they should possess similar qualities such as square footage and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. This approach allows rental prices to be set competitively with other landlords and also attract tenants.
Allegion and Habitat
Jason Cohen is a Pittsburgh-based real estate professional who runs his own advisory team where he offers consulting services to real estate investors. Outside of his work, Jason Cohen supports a number of charitable organizations in Pittsburgh and beyond, including Habitat for Humanity.
Last December, Habitat for Humanity partnered with Allegion Americas, which provided $100,000 in funding to build nine houses in Mexico. Approximately 120 individuals participated in the construction of these houses through their volunteer labor. To date, Habitat has helped close to 57,000 families in Mexico by providing them with affordable housing and a path to homeownership.
Allegion’s partnership with Habitat dates back to 2009, when the two organizations partnered with one another for the first time in Indianapolis. In addition to building homes, Allegion has helped Habitat by providing hardware that the organization sells in its Habitat for Humanity ReStores nationwide. In his comments, Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford touted the partnership between the two organizations as being mutually beneficial and expressed excitement about their future endeavors together.