Jason Cohen Pittsburgh - Apps

Great Apps for House Hunters

Jason Cohen Pittsburgh is a real estate professional currently living and working in Pittsburgh, PA. During his tenure as an investor, Jason came to understand the importance of embracing technology and shifting industry trends. Here, he outlines just a few apps that can help homeowners and renters find a new home.   

Once you’ve made the decision to buy a house and have been qualified for a mortgage, you can start searching for your perfect home in earnest. Finding a place to call home isn’t always easy, especially if you’ve never been through the process before.  Luckily, there are a number of free online resources you can use to browse homes in your area on any mobile device of your choosing. Below, Jason Cohen Pittsburgh lists four apps to check out on your quest to find the home of your dreams.

Homesnap

Homesnap is a newer app for house hunters, but it offers users access to the majority of features you expect from older online offerings. You can browse houses and search generally for individual listings in your area, or you can limit your search within specific criteria such as school districts, crime rates, and open houses. It might not be the only app you use on your search, but it’s definitely one worth adding to your list of search tools.

Realtor.com

Realtor.com is perhaps one of the best-known resources available online. It has a large database of homes to look through, and claims to list more homes than any other apps. Aside from searching for homes based on a list of criteria, you can also find estimates for property values for homes currently on the market. Realtor.com even offers a nifty video feature, where browsers can access livestreams of open houses to get a better glimpse of the house than photos alone can provide.

Redfin

As a relatively new app, Redfin has its quirks and is still developing as a service. That said, the app does provide valuable tools for people looking for homes. Listings include condos and various types of homes, including short sales, foreclosures, and homes that are for sale by the owner. You can schedule tours, narrow down your search parameters, and utilize calculators to calculate your mortgage, taxes, and other figures that are relevant to your search.

Trulia

This is one of the largest real estate apps available to people looking for homes. You can search for apartments, homes, or condos – all within very specific criteria. Filters allow users to sort their prospective homes by neighborhood, schools, bedrooms, bathrooms, and information on the surroundings. It’s one of the apps that you should never overlook when tailoring your home search.

Utilize all the resources that you have available to you so you are able to find the perfect home for you sooner rather than later. You’ll thank yourself for taking the initiative to expand your search parameters and capabilities.

For more of Jason Cohen’s work, please visit JasonCohenPittsburgh.net

Originally posted on JasonCohenPittsburgh.org

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Jason Cohen Pittsburgh - Amazon 2

Will Pittsburgh Be Home for Amazon HQ2? Part II

With over $5 billion in potential community investment and 50,000 jobs on the line, every city wants to host Amazon’s second headquarters. Since the company announced its intent to expand in BLAH, over NUMBER of cities have tosses their metaphorical hats into the ring. Over the past few months, the company has parsed through the submissions with all the quiet drama and political silence of a reality dating show. Just recently, Amazon officially released the names on its shortlist. Pittsburgh made the cut, as did Boston, Toronto, Atlanta, and Newark. But with so much drama surrounding the company’s choice, we’re left to wonder: How many names on this overhyped list are actual competitors, and which are just for show? Perhaps more importantly, does Pittsburgh stand a fighting chance? A few months ago, I published a post that assessed the city’s chances as a host – and now, I’ll take a closer look into the details that will either push the city above the rest or force it out of the game.

Many pro-Pittsburgh parties are optimistic about the city’s chances – and have ample reason to be. Pittsburgh is already well-known in corporate circles as a hub for advancement; the city hosts a thriving tech community and well-regarded talent pool. As Jim Rock, the CEO for the Pittsburgh-based robotics company Seegrid comments in an article for TribLIVE, “Pittsburgh has a long-standing reputation for innovation–long before top tech companies such as Apple, Google, Uber and even Amazon itself established a presence in the city.” More than a few high-level Amazon executives even have personal or professional connections to the city. But Pittsburgh’s culture and network isn’t the only draw in the city’s pitch; the area also financially attractive. The cost of commercial state is relatively low – especially when compared to those in its’ rival cities. The average cost per square foot of commercial real estate in Boston, for example, averages $50 per square foot. In Pittsburgh, the cost stands at around $30 per square foot.  

Pittsburgh’s advantages are clear. However, the city does face a number of challenges that may make it less attractive to Amazon’s board, including its comparatively modest workforce. HQ2 stands to make 50,000 jobs once it opens – and while that may sound impressive on paper, the open positions won’t do the community or company any good if there aren’t people to fill them. According to  a 2016 study by Allegheny Conference on Community, increasing retirement rates and an insufficient influx of workers could cause Pittsburgh to lose as many as 80,000 workers by 2025. Mayor Bill Peduto isn’t concerned, though; at a press conference shortly after the shortlist went public, he expressed his belief that Pittsburgh was more than equipped to compete with the other cities on the shortlist and could attract the workers if chosen. Currently, the city has made strides to cultivate talent and STEM interest in schools in an attempt to encourage young workers to pursue careers in tech. This all said, the city’s low workforce will be a factor Amazon will need to keep in mind when making their final selection.

It is worth noting that the so-called “shortlist” is not all that short. Amazon has approached the process with the calculation of a career politician and the dramatic savvy of a reality dating show, thereby fostering a competitive culture which will surely be to their benefit. The company even requested that those in Pittsburgh government sign a nondisclosure agreement and limit their communications to a single representative for greater confidentiality. It is unclear whether officials will comply with their request – but with the importance of the issue, silence seems likely. Pittsburgh stands as a fantastic candidate for HQ2; however, the choice ultimately comes down to Amazon.  With all of the secrecy and drama seen thus far, we can probably expect a few more months of drawn-out competitions and closed doors.

For more of Jason Cohen’s work, please visit JasonCohenPittsburgh.org.

Originally posted on JasonCohenPittsburgh.net