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Kathe Barge
CRS, ABR, CNE, SRES, Associate Broker

Your Real Estate Advocate


 
Sewickley's Top Producing Agent 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017!
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 25 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 25 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 20 Years Experience Selling Residential Real Estate in Pittsburgh/Sewickley
·         Sewickley's Top Producing Real Estate Agent 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017!
.          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?

·         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

We moved to Sewickley because it offers a sense of community that I haven’t found anywhere else in Pittsburgh. It is a safe, welcoming place to live. The beautiful tree lined streets, with sidewalks, encourage walking. And the little town gives you a reason to walk—to get a coffee or stop by one of the local shops. The many intuitions in Sewickley, like the YMCA, Sweetwater art center or the library, and the many community events give us something to do almost every week. My only regret about moving to Sewickley... is that I didn’t do it sooner.

Maggie Setler

 

Despite already living in the Pittsburgh area, we choose to move to Sewickley.  Not did we appreciate the natural beauty of its many parks and architectural heritage, we were drawn by the opportunity to live in a community.  This is a great place to raise our son with both outstanding public and private schools.  He enjoys participating in the many festivals and parades throughout the year. The Santa parade may be his favorite, and our family always looks forward to fireworks, festival and sleigh ride during Sewickley’s own light-up night.  Sewickley hosts other great events throughout year, including personal favorites, the wine walk and soup crawl. In the warmer months, we look forward to the farmer’s market.  Throughout the year, we enjoy the lovely boutiques and Sewickley’s growing number of quality restaurants. We made the best choice for our family, and love the home we’ve found in this community.

Melissa Marks

 

 Having previously lived in Washington DC, San Francisco, and New York City, and with a new baby girl on the way, we wanted to find somewhere that combined the best of city living with the comfort and safety of the suburbs.  What we found in Sewickley is that perfect combination.  From our new house, we can take a 5 minute walk into town for coffee and a meal, to pickup a few groceries, get a haircut, or to catch a children's activity at the library, all without getting in a car.  More importantly, Sewickley is a safe community with great public schools and a caring community that's ideal for raising a family.  We've been very happy with our decision to call Sewickley home.

Dan Morin

 

There are many beautiful places in Western Pennsylvania, but we were looking for a true community. To us, a community is place where you see your neighbors at the library, at the farmer’s market, at school. A community is place where you can do all of your errands in a three block stretch of main street and where holidays are celebrated in big ways (Fourth of July Parade, Halloween Parade, Santa Claus at the fire station, Light Up Night).  A community is a place where there are organizations to get involved with and give back, as well as to get to know your neighbors.  We chose to move to Sewickley as it was the ideal community for us to raise a family in and we couldn’t be happier we did.

Jamie & Pam Rogers

 

Our family lived in Wexford for over twenty five years before moving to Edgeworth in 2014. We were attracted to the tree lined streets and the great variety of old and new houses.  We appreciate the ability to walk to the Village to enjoy the restaurants and stores and to attend church.  There is a much greater feeling of community in Sewickley with the weekly Farmers’ Market at St. James, the Christmas festivities, the parades and other community events.  We have the opportunity to know our town officials personally and be real participants in the public forum.  The commute to downtown along the river is much less harried, and we also have the option of using the convenient bus service and easy access to Pittsburgh International Airport.

Charles Harris & Darlene Nowak 

 

 

It’s spring time and Sewickley is buzzing with activity! On any given day you may see parents out strolling babies or walking their children to a baseball or soccer game. You may see runners, bikers, and dog walkers. Children will be walking home from school, to the library, or walking with friends to the juice bar, ice cream shop, or the local candy store. Adults may be out shopping for fresh cut flowers, home decor, books, clothing, or jewelry. You may also see couples and families walking to one of the local coffee shops or out for a stroll before dining out for lunch or dinner at one of the local restaurants. Ah, spring is here in Sewickley!
 

When I first moved to Sewickley with my husband and three small children six years ago, I was first struck by the friendliness of the residents. Walking down the street, we were often met with smiles, warm greetings, and comments to our children. Pittsburghers have a reputation for being polite and friendly, and I found Sewickley to be even more special and unique.

 

In Sewickley I found a true sense of community. Neighbors look out for neighbors, and often offer assistance when needed. In our local neighborhood, our children have great fun running around with their friends, skateboarding, roller blading, and climbing trees. Sewickley offers our children wonderful educational choices, with various top notch preschools, as well as public and private schools. Many social organizations, such as the Newcomer’s Club and the Mom’s Club welcome new members each year and offer play groups, Progressive Dinners, and various other educational and social outlets. Sewickley is known as a town of churches, and one can find various opportunities for worship and service within and outside their doors. Various other organizations also offer a plethora of service and educational activities. Join in the fun for May Mart, the Harvest Festival, Light Up Night, the Soup Crawl, or the The Gallery Walk. As an enthusiast for fresh and whole foods, I am delighted to see our seasonal Farmer’s Market continually offer more vendors and more selection. As the years pass, I continue to be amazed at the opportunities that are constantly developing in our little town.

 

When we first started considering houses in the area, Kathe drove us around Sewickley and The Sewickley Heights, and we tried to get a sense of what it would be like to live here . After six years, we haven’t looked back, and I am still so grateful to Kathe and happy that we chose Sewickley to be the place that we raise our children and the place that we call home. 

Sandy Campbell

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