Now calling Pittsburgh Home!

Lori Baden with eXp Realty explains her recent move to the Pittsburgh area.

So, as I noted a few months ago in my last post, we sold our beloved barn home in South Carolina. We now call the Pittsburgh area home. Center Township in Beaver County to be exact, just 10-15 minutes from Pittsburgh International Airport where Joe now works for Allegiant Airlines.

We are happy to be back home for multiple reasons. First, it is “home” for Joe. We are living in the house he grew up in. We are literally the 3rd generation of his family to live here. His grandfather, Paul Salinshick built this home in 1946 with lumber cut off the property. His dad, Roy “Gus” Baden and his mother, Sue (Salinshick) lived in this home and raised Joe and his brother Bill, and sister Debbie.

It’s been an adventure so far for sure. And LOTS of work. We are keeping some family heirlooms and furniture pieces, but we also trashed a full dumpster and at least a couple hundred contractor bags full of junk. I think the garbage men must hate us. LOL. But we are making progress.

We will take the profit we made on our home there and put it into remodeling here. We have tackled some small projects ourselves but we have a huge kitchen and master bath remodel that we are interviewing contractors for. Turns out, they are just as much (or more) in demand here as they were in South Carolina, so we may have to wait our turn for a few months.

Also, this move puts me much closer to my father who I just found thru Ancestry.com back in January. He lives in the Morgantown, WV area just about 1.5 hours away. We have a lot of lost time to make up for and we have already spent a day together in September on his farm, and also just Thanksgiving together here last week. My mother also lives about an hour and 40 minutes away in WV.

So yes, we are home and we love it here. Everybody keeps asking how I’ll handle the cold since I’ve lived in the Carolinas since 1999. Well, I’ll tell you how… EASY! I LOVE IT! After all, I’m 51 years of age and a woman, and in this time of my life, I’m always warm. LOL! I truly have missed the snow and am praying for a White Christmas!

I’m in the process of working on sitting for my Pennsylvania Real Estate license. I filed the initial application this past week, but I still have some more forms to submit. I have lots to learn I’m sure but look forward to helping sellers and buyers in the area soon with my 21 years’ experience. Stay tuned!

And in the meantime, I still have an active SC Real Estate License and can help facilitate referrals anywhere around the world. Let me know how I can help you or someone you know!

Listing this is bittersweet…

Lori Baden laments about selling her unique barn home near the beach.

So we’re headed home to Pennsylvania and West Virginia to be back close to family. And early in the wee hours of the morning, I listed our beautiful barn home. It’s truly bittersweet because we planned to stay here forever. We have so many memories in the short time we’ve been here and even got married here.

I just pray some other person or family will love it and care for it as much as we have.

For more details, you can go to https://loribaden.exprealty.com/property/266-172682-2199%20Freedom%20Parkway– or you can enter 2199 Freedom Pkwy, Hardeeville in Zillow or Realtor. com. You may not have to login there, but I can assure you, they will collect your information anyway. 😉

But I’ll go ahead and share the wonderful photos by AJ Pierro Photography . He’s totally awesome and was a pleasure to meet.

I have a feeling I will cry everytime I look at these photos. Tears of happiness, sadness, joys and memories made… That’s what a home should do for you.

How’s the Lowcountry Market Doing?

Lori Baden with eXp Realty shares what the market is doing in the Lowcounty and the market reports for May 2021.

One of the most common questions I get is , “How’s the market?” As many of you know, it’s been crazy busy! Inventory is in short supply but the deals are still happening. I encourage buyers to be prepared and to be patient.

All of us are working harder than ever, to find your piece of paradise or even to sell it. Multiple offers and quick sales often come with lots and lots of extra paperwork and negotiating. It often entails more liability as well with disgruntled buyers who didn’t win in the multiple offer process.

The best strategy like is I said, is to be prepared (pre-approved) and to be patient. While we all know how important this process is to you and that you really want THAT home, it’s also best to treat it as it actually is: a business transaction. It’s also good to remember that many times, an even better home comes along right after that first one got away. As I say, “Everything happens for a reason, even if we don’t know why that is right now.”

A good attitude can go a long way, in making the process less stressful for everyone.

Here are the May monthly reports to look at how the market is doing in Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Jasper County areas. I look at these every month and know what’s going on in our market. You can also email me at Lori@LoriBaden.com for specific neighborhood reports. Or call me at 843.505.3132. Let me know if I can put my expertise and 21 years of experience to work for you. It would be my pleasure!

Wormsloe

Lori Baden visits Wormsloe Historic Site in Savannah, GA

So I’ve lived here in the Lowcountry now nearly 8 years and just now finally made it to Wormsloe this past weekend.

It’s only 30 minutes away from my home, in the Coastal Empire in Savannah. And I’ve shared a few pictures on Facebook and Instagram but thought I’d share a few here too.

What a beautiful place full of history. For more information, history and location, please visit the Wormsloe Historic Site website at https://gastateparks.org/Wormsloe .

I highly recommend!

Beach Day!

Lori Baden shares a few moments of beach serenity from Hilton Head Island, SC.

Contrary to what one might think, most of us rarely go to the beach around here, even though we live so close. Life and work gets in the way, but somehow… we still feel the good vibrations of our beloved Atlantic mother in our souls.

I finally got a rare moment to celebrate another dear friend’s birthday with a visit to the ocean. I thought I’d take a moment to share a few pics this morning before I get back to work.

This is definitely the most peaceful time to visit Hilton Head Island. The beaches are empty other than a few locals walking or fishing. Total serenity that I soaked in before we get super busy with tourists and real estate. It was a fantastic way to renew my spirit and remind me why we are so blessed to live here.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to let me know how I can help you find your piece of paradise. 843.505.3132 or Lori@LoriBaden.com.

Magical Oyster Roast

The Magic of an Oyster Roadt explained by Lori Baden

Magical Bluffton Oysters

Honestly, before I moved here, I’d eat an occasional oyster on a half shell. But it generally wasn’t my thing.

Until I moved here, and experienced the magic and beauty of an oyster roast bringing together friends and communities. It’s hard to explain but it is such a bonding experience. The closest thing I can compare it to, is communion at a church.

It’s one of the things I’ve missed most since the pandemic started, but last night, I finally had the opportunity to enjoy once more with a few select friends outdoors.

Lowcountry Communion -aka Oyster Roast

As I watched good friends enjoy the fabulous Bluffton oysters, and some great Lowcountry Boil I must add, I just took it all in. The food, the smells, the sights, the laughter and the friendships. I realize how blessed we are to live in such a glorious place with magical experiences. God is good.

Steaming oysters is an art form.

Election Day Thoughts

Lori Baden shares her prayers for peace and unity this Election Day 2020.

I don’t share my personal political views online. They are mine, and yours are yours. But I do care and I do love, everyone. So here is what I DO have to say…

I just pray that the coming days bring peace… and that all this riot preparation is all for naught. I hope you will join me in prayer.

Let us ALL love our country and each other, and peacefully work together to make it better. United We Stand. Always. Amen.

AirBnB glitch ruins my honeymoon…

AirBnB glitch ruins my honeymoon. Please read so it doesn’t ruin yours!

Crying so hard I can barely breathe…

I went to update info on my AirBnB account this morning, including my updated ID since I changed my name after getting married. I thought I was doing the right thing.

Well apparently uploading a new ID CANCELLED my honeymoon reservation (which is stupid, stupid, stupid!), and somebody booked it before I could get it corrected with AirBnb, in spite of instantly messaging and calling.

I am beyond devastated…
And now there is nothing available even remotely close or nice, especially that accepts a pet (Cinder was going with us). I don’t know how I’m even going to tell Joe when he gets up. 😭

Not to mention they said it would be 5-15 days to get my refund, which I will need to rebook anything anyway. And Joe has already put in for his time off work. I just can’t believe this…


I think every person using AirBnB, especially Brides to Be who change their name, should be fully aware of this glitch. I told them I would be taking to my social media accounts and possibly contacting the news. I don’t want anyone to experience this devastation.

I have no idea what we are going to do… I just hope Joe still loves me after this.

It was bad enough that last year I sacrificed immediately going on our honeymoon, because of work. That sacrifice was so appreciated with me being the recipient of a layoff this year from that same company.

I’m so done 2020. So done.


#AirBnb #airbnbexperience #honeymoonruined #because2020 #BrideWarning #CouplesWarning #TravelWarning

July 2020 Existing and Pending Home Sales

Home sales in July were higher than last month and than a year ago, and mortgage rates are at record lows. However, tight inventory remains a hurdle, and the economy is not yet back to normal.

Source: July 2020 Existing and Pending Home Sales

Welcome Darren and Missy Yost to eXp Realty!

Welcome Darren and Missy Yost to eXp Realty! We are stoked to have you!

 

I am “Super Stoked” to announce that Darren and Missy Yost have joined eXp Realty !

Welcome Darren and Missy Yost to eXp Realty

The Yost Group is a husband and wife team that together have a process in place that delivers an unbeatable customer experience to their clients and customers. That is why they are a top producing team and rising stars in the Greater Beaufort, Bluffton, and Hilton Head areas of South Carolina.

As a writer for Inman News, Missy has her finger on the pulse of real estate on a national level. She teaches other brokers and agents throughout the United States and the world about best practices and trends in the current market. Her warm and inviting nature gives a level of comfort to everyone she meets.

As a Military Relocation Professional, Darren works with clients worldwide who are relocating to the Greater Beaufort area. He has a process to ease the stress of relocation. He is patient and kind and always available to answer questions.

Personally, Darren and Missy relocated from Cincinnati to Bluffton six years ago. They now call Hardeeville home and are very involved with their community. They enjoy family, friends, and their French Bulldog Zoey. But most of all, they love living the dream in the Lowcountry 365 days a year.

Call them today at 843-707-6956!

#exprealtyproud