Great Income Property Available in Donora, PA

Just $35,000!!

This 20,000 sq. ft., tenant-ready building in the heart of Donora has five store fronts for optimal income potential.  The roof was replaced just six years ago and tenants can walk in to ready-to-use storefronts on the ground floor. The second and third floors can be renovated for any purpose, increasing your income potential dramatically. Currently, storefronts can be rented for $700-$800 a month. Newer carpeting and neutral finishes make these units a blank slate for new tenants.

Call 724-333-4114 to schedule a viewing of this property, or email: for more information.

Five Units – Great Income Earner!





Ask Potential Landlords These Crucial Questions Before Signing a Lease

When renting a home or apartment, it’s always important to go over the terms of the lease before signing. A lease is a legally binding document, so signing on the dotted line obligates you for the term of the lease. Be sure to ask the right questions so there aren’t any unpleasant surprises after you’ve moved into your new home. A good landlord will have no problem answering your questions and will be forthcoming about any potential issues so that you’ll want to extend your lease at the end of the year.

Here are some important questions you should always ask when talking to a potential landlord or property management company:

Is this a long-term lease or a short-term rental agreement?

A lease is generally binding for a full twelve months, although you can also get a six month lease from many landlords. If you want a shorter time period or want to be able to move elsewhere on short notice, a rental agreement that is month-to-month may be a better option for you. Be sure you know how long you’ll be tied to the property.

When and how is the rent due?

Some landlords want payment at the beginning of each month, others will have a date in the middle of the month. Be sure you know when the rent is due and how. For instance, if rent is due by the 15th of the month, does that mean a check has to be in the landlord’s hands by then or does it mean that it has to be post-marked by then? This is an important question, as some landlords add late fees to your rent if you’re late making payments. Ask about late fees and penalties as well, as these costs can add up.

If you’re moving into an apartment in the middle of the month but the rent is due on the first of the month, ask the landlord if he or she will pro-rate the first month’s rent. Some will, some won’t; it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Are the utilities included?

Ask what utilities, if any, are included in your rent. These may include water, electricity, gas, cable and Internet. If you will be responsible for utilities, ask to see copies of past utility bills for the house or apartment you’re renting so that you can budget accordingly.

Can I personalize the house or apartment?

Don’t paint the walls, hang artwork or make any changes to the house or apartment without asking the landlord about the rules surrounding these changes. You may want to paint the bedroom pink, but the landlord might deduct the cost of repainting the room after you move out from your security deposit.

Can I have overnight guests?

For the most part, landlords have no problem with overnight guests in rental houses unless they become a nuisance. They will often stipulate the length of time they can stay, however. More people means more potential for damages.

Can my dog/cat/lizard/fish stay with me?

no pets allowed

Ask your landlord if pets are allowed. In many instances they are allowed, but you have to pay an additional fee of between $50 and $200 a month to cover the cost of any potential damages. Most landlords also have limits. One dog may be fine, three dogs may be too many. Also ask what kind of pets are allowed. Some landlords won’t allow exotic pets or large pets. Others may not allow aquariums because of the potential for water damage.

Will I get my deposit back?

The security deposit on a rental is designed to cover the cost of any damages caused by tenants. In most cases, a landlord will refund all or part of the deposit once the tenant moves out, but be sure you know what constitutes “damages.” Before moving in, do an inspection of the unit with the landlord. Take pictures and make note of the condition of the house, then add the signed inspection to the lease agreement so that you aren’t charged for damages that you didn’t cause.

Who is responsible for repairs and maintenance?

If you’re renting an apartment, most repairs will be the responsibility of the landlord, but be sure to ask. If you’re renting a house or duplex, the question of repairs may be more complex. You may be responsible for maintaining the yard while the landlord is responsible for repairing any included appliances. Also be sure you know who to contact and how if there is an emergency such as broken pipes, a furnace that doesn’t work, etc.

It’s always better to ask about any concerns you have before signing a lease or rental agreement in order to avoid problems down the road. If you’re unsure of anything, be sure to talk to the landlord so that there aren’t any problems. By having a clear understanding of your agreement, you can ensure that your relationship with your landlord is a good one. Ask!

Look At My Homes has several houses for rent in the Ellwood City, Cranberry Township and Koppel areas that are move-in ready. Call 724-714-9758 or email for more information. To see what homes are currently available, visit the Look At My Homes rental page

Six Reasons Why Renting A Home May Be Better Than Buying

For generations, people have been pursuing the dream of home ownership, but these days more people are considering renting a home than ever before. As homeowners and young families have grown savvier, some have discovered that renting may be the better choice for them. While there are advantages and disadvantages to both home ownership and renting, renting is becoming more popular for a variety of reasons.

1. Not Having to Come Up With a Down Payment

It can be difficult to come up with a significant amount of cash for a down payment on a home, particularly when you’re trying to raise a family. If you rent your home, you’re spared the burden of having to either give up your savings or waiting for years to raise the extra cash. Even with a security deposit, the cost of renting is much less than the cost of closing, particularly when you take into account the additional closing costs for buying a house.

300 B Kindale duplex
This attractive, two bedroom duplex is available in Ellwood City, PA


2. No Need to Do Repairs or Costly Improvements

A first time home buyer is often surprised by how often unexpected expenses seem to arise. If you rent your home, you don’t need to worry about paying for a plumber to fix a leak or learning how to do repairs. When your roof leaks, you simply call your landlord rather than try to come up with hundreds or thousands of dollars for repairs.

 3. No Real Estate Taxes

While real estate taxes vary widely depending upon where you live, the size and condition of the house and other factors, you can assume that you will need to pay several thousand dollars on a home you own.

4. Unstable Property Values

Although housing values are now stabilizing, they haven’t yet recovered fully from the housing bubble of 2008-2012, when the value of homes plummeted in a poor market. Many homeowners ended up holding mortgages for homes that are now worth less than what they owe on them. By renting, you avoid an uncertain market that could saddle you with an underwater mortgage or foreclosure proceedings.

5. More Housing Flexibility

Buying a house ties you to one location for quite a while, so if you’re planning on growing your family or there is a chance your job could mean a move to another location, renting may be a better option. Renting also gives you the flexibility to move if your needs change. You can either downsize or upsize your living space and expenses much more easily if you rent.

6. Lower Insurance Coverage Expenses

Anyone who has a mortgage has to have a homeowner’s policy in place that will cover the house and the mortgage. Renters, on the other hand, aren’t required to have insurance. You can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $100 per month for homeowner’s insurance for an average size house. The cost of renters’ insurance is so low, however, that you really should invest the approximately $10-$15 per month that will protect your furniture and belongings.

If you’re ready to rent a home in the Ellwood City, PA area, check out the listings at Look At My Homes, where you’ll find homes to fit every budget.


Charming Starter Home on Wayne Avenue

612 Wayne

This is a charming starter home with three bedrooms, a full bath and a large front porch for those warm summer evenings! Plenty of basement storage and newer windows and doors make this an ideal home for a young family. Looking for an Ellwood City house with a home office? Convert that unused third bedroom into your office or a guest room! At less than $700 a month plus utilities, this is an affordable gem that will soon be available for viewing. But it’s certain to be snapped up quickly, so check it out today at Look At My Homes to learn more!

Want vs. Need When Home Shopping


It’s quite a place, isn’t it? Although this probably isn’t what you actually have in mind for your next home purchase, you may be guilty of a mistake that a lot of home buyers, particularly first-time home buyers, make. You have too many things on your “must have” list, making it seem like you can’t afford a nice home in Ellwood City or anywhere else.


Take the “Extras” Off Your List

If you have “must have” list that’s lengthy and has lots of things that you don’t really need, consider going over your list and revising it, keeping in mind that you can add some features over time. Granite countertops? Are they a must or an extra? You can find a plenty of homes with attractive kitchens that may not include granite, but they are stylish and functional. Put the granite on the list of “things to do” somewhere down the line if you find a house that’s the right size, in the right location and in your price range. After all, putting your own, personal stamp on your new house is part of the fun!

Focus on the Big Picture

Start by making a list of “must haves” before you begin looking at homes so that you know what you can’t compromise on, then stick to it. If you need three bedrooms because you have a child and need either a home office for your work or a guest room for your frequently visiting parents, stand firm and let us know that a one-bedroom house just won’t work for you.

Focus on the essentials – how many rooms you need, whether you have to have a garage or a yard, etc. You can compromise on the details because they are usually easy, relatively inexpensive fixes that you can do now or later. At Look At My Homes, we want you to feel confident that the house you purchase or rent from us will be the right home for your family. If you have questions, ask! We’ll answer you honestly and help you find the Ellwood City house that’s right for you, your family and your wallet.



Introducing the Look At My Homes Blog

Advice for homeowners, home shoppers and home renters in Ellwood City and the surrounding area.

Look At My Homes has been buying, selling and renting homes in the Ellwood City, PA area for years. We take pride in providing beautiful, safe and affordable home opportunities to everyone, whether you want to rent a home in Ellwood City or you’re interested in purchasing. Because we offer so many great properties, we’ve decided that we’d also like to be your full service stop for advice on everything from what to look for when signing a lease to how to take care of your deck or winterize your house.

If you have questions, please add them to our comments section and we’ll strive to answer you as soon as possible.  In the meantime, we hope you’ll enjoy our blog and that you’ll check out Look At My Homes, where you’ll find a complete listing of all our “For Sale” and rental properties. One of them is just waiting to be your next home!