Kathe Barge
CRS, ABR, CNE, Associate Broker

Your Real Estate Advocate


 
Sewickley's Top Producing Agent 2014 & 2015!
CONTACT ME 24/7 at: kbarge@howardhanna.com
Welcome to Sewickley, and to the greater Pittsburgh metropolitan region!Pittsburgh is the best place to live, work, raise a family, retire – it’s big city amenities with a small town feel. For 18 years my family has enjoyed the very best of small town America in one of Pittsburgh’s ideal suburbs, Sewickley, with great schools, fun shops, tree-lined streets, sidewalks to everywhere, and easy access to downtown Pittsburgh and the airport. I've been lucky enough to have helped hundreds of people find their home in the surrounding areas of Pittsburgh and Sewickley. I am excited to do the same for you!
 
Why work with me? 
First, I save you time by listening to you.I have to know you and understand your dreams, wants, desires and needs. Only then can I focus on homes and communities that meet your unique requirements. Whether your house is a “Grande Olde Dame,” a new home, or anything in between, I have unparalleled knowledge of the area and its real estate. The result: you spend less time finding the house and neighborhood that is right for you.
Second, you’ll get connected to your new community faster.  As an 21+ year resident of Sewickley, I know this area inside and out. I’ve painstakingly renovated several historic homes, served on community boards and sit on governmental committees. My three children have participated in practically all of this area’s youth activities. I can provide you great advice on community resources and help you get plugged in. I maintain extensive lists of local service providers (and do not accept referral fees from them) so you get unbiased opinions and connections to all that you might need!
Third, in this world, you need an advocate and expert negotiator.  Before becoming a Real Estate Broker here, I was a practicing attorney in Washington, D.C. My legal training honed my attention to detail, creative thinking and “can do” attitude for my clients that is an absolute must in today’s ultra-complex real estate market. My negotiating skills and creativity in working for your best interests in a deal are simply unmatched. I draw upon all of my experiences with the hundreds of homes that I have bought and sold for clients to benefit you. What this means to you: I’m on your side and I’m your advocate.You will not have to worry about any of the negotiating or uncomfortable situations that often arise in real estate transactions – I handle all of that for you.
Last, this really isn’t all about me.Clients tell me my success in real estate comes from my integrity, responsiveness, attention to detail and unrivaled advocacy skills. Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is the preeminent local firm, but it also shares my core values and gives a platform from which I can provide exceptional service to every one of my clients. The process of finding a home that fulfills your dreams or selling the one you have usually does not happen overnight. But, my commitment to you is that we will work together as partners until we haverealized your goals. Each home sale is treated with the very best marketing and unparalleled internet exposure to get to the right buyer.
Hopefully my passion and love for my job shows through! Please feel free to contact me or my past clients. I would be delighted to speak with you about how I can best help you with your real estate needs, and I’d be happy for you to hear what it’s like to work with me. I’m ready to help you with your next move! 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & ACCOLADES:
·         Licensed Full-time Associate Broker with 17.5 Years Experience
·         Sewickley's Top Producing Real Estate Agent 2012, 2014 & 2015!
.          Top 1% of Realtors Nationally
·         Pittsburgh Magazine 5 Star Agent  (top 7% local agents, based on excellence in these areas: customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication, closing preparation, negotiation skills, finding the right home, marketing of the home, and overall satisfaction)
·         Howard Hanna "The Very Best of the Best”
·         Multi-Million Dollar Producer Every Year
·         Residential Relocation Specialist (RRS)
·         Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE)
·         Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
·         Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR)
·         Distinctive Homes Specialist? 
·         President's Circle of Excellence
·         Quality Service Award
·         PA Licensed Attorney, with J.D. from Duke Law School
·         Christie's Great Estates Specialist?

·         2014 Best of Trulia Top Agent Award

 
 
I SPECIALIZE IN
·         Residential Listings and Sales in the Distinctive Community of Sewickley,
      the Surrounding Communities (including Ben Avon, Moon, Robinson, Ohio Twp and Franklin Park) and Pittsburgh's North Hills
·         The Latest Technology in Real Estate
·         Customized Strategic Marketing Plans for Selling Your Home
·         Residential Renovations
·         Residential Relocations -- Both Near and Far
 
 
 
What’s It Like to Work With Me? Ask my Clients! Click on the Testimonials Tab Above!
 
 

Specialties

Homes of Distinction

Housing opportunities in Sewickley are as diverse as the population itself.  Believe it or not, it is possible to still buy a home in the Sewickley area (Quaker Valley School District) for as little as $30,000 -- or as much as $3million – with many choices in all price ranges in between.  The types of homes available also vary wildly.  There are opportunities to buy new construction.  There are also hundreds of historic homes – in varying degrees of renovation.  There are one, two and three bedroom, one-level condos, in both low-rise and higher-rise buildings tucked in charming residential neighborhoods.  Townhomes, with two, three and sometimes four bedrooms, can be purchased from the lower $100,000s to nearly $1million.

 

Single family homes encompass nearly all styles and building materials:  brick or stone ranches afford easy one-level living; historic Victorians in brick, stone and clapboard, impressive Georgian colonials, Arts and Crafts style mansions and bungalows, and brick and stone tudors – all offer the charm of a bygone era with often three levels of living space; cedar contemporaries afford open floor plans; and of course, the more modern era of construction, from colonial to provincial, custom and semi-custom, feature all of the modern amenities you could hope for. 

 

                So whether you’re dreaming about the ease of low maintenance living that comes with a condo or townhome, whether you seek a charming older home on a tree-lined street in a village neighborhood where shops, schools and restaurants are only a sidewalk away, whether you’re hoping to find the quintessential American suburban neighborhood with modern homes, whether you’re looking for a mansion or a tidy bungalow, a small yard or ten acres, and whether your pocketbook is big or small, we can make your housing dreams come true here in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.  And if you can’t find just the right home in Sewickley, Pittsburgh’s North Hills neighborhoods, which include the townships of Franklin Park, Marshall, McCandless and Pine, are close by and afford additional housing opportunities.

 

One of the fastest ways to get to know what housing is like in an area is to review the sold homes.  Check out my sold listings under the "Property Search" tab for a quick look at our housing inventory.
 

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