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Homeownership Counseling & Education

NeighborWorks Western PA
NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania
412-281-9773     Email NeighborWorks A Question  


NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania is a non-profit, HUD-approved homeownership counseling agency, preparing homebuyers and supporting homeowners through one-on-one counseling, online education, and down-payment assistance. Their team of homeownership counselors adheres to the highest standards of quality and accountability in the industry.

Fun Fact:  For more than 50 years, NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania (NWWPA) has been enhancing the lives of and expanding housing options for our neighbors. In 1968, legendary community organizer Dorothy Richardson founded Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS)—which would eventually become NWWPA in 2007—to address the lack of safe and affordable housing in Pittsburgh’s Northside community.  Learn more here.
 

Lenders

Anthony DeLuca: Victorian Finance

NMLS #: 398494  

724 519 2500  x319    Email Anthony a question 

Banking & Lending Experience:22 years

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Shirelle Tramber

Shirelle Tramber: Citizens Bank

NMLS #: 749279

412 298 7971    Email Shirelle a question  

Banking & Lending Experience:17 years

Broker & Real Estate Attorney

David M. Tkacik

412 414 9644     Email David a question 

Agent Experience:12 years     Residence:Cranberry  Township    

Expertise: New Construction & Commission Savings

 

David has been a practicing real estate attorney since 2008 and has helped countless residential home buyers and sellers throughout every kind of transaction. He founded Insight Realty in 2014 when he realized that the current real estate brokerage model could be vastly improved by offering buyer rebates and reasonable commissions without sacrificing service.  Many of Insight Realty's clients come from the technology, legal, or medical industry and have been referred through word of mouth.  Insight Realty has developed expertise in representing buyers of new construction and simultaneous sell/buy transactions.  David earned a B.A. in Philosophy and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and is originally from Monroeville.  

Real Estate Agents

Julie Snider

724 933 1980     Email Julie a question 

Agent Experience:10 years     Residence:Wexford      

Expertise: First Time Home Buyers

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Julie is a Pittsburgh Native who spent the first part of her career in biomedical research. Ten years ago, she ventured into real estate and never looked back. Having lived her whole life in between the North Side of Pittsburgh, and up to the Butler County line, Julie is an expert when it comes to the Northern suburbs of Pittsburgh. With her Accredited Buyers Representative designation, Julie is committed to educating and guiding first-time home buyers. 

 

Fun Fact:Julie is an avid outdoorswoman. When she isn't working, you can find her skiing in the winter and spending time boating with her family on the Allegheny River in the Summer. 




Timothy Gyves

412 980 1639   Email Tim a question 

Agent Experience: 10 years     Residence: Friendship     

Expertise:Historic Homes

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Originally born in Brooklyn, NY, Tim and his wife (a Baldwin native) moved to Pittsburgh in the early 2000's. After spending years working with nonprofits, Tim took his passion for people and architecture and turned it into a thriving business in real estate. Now ten years into selling real estate, Tim works with a variety of buyers and sellers within the Pittsburgh area. Living in a 110-year-old Victorian home himself, Tim enjoys working with home buyers that are looking for unique and historic homes.

 

Fun Fact:Tim spent 10 years working with arts and literacy nonprofits in New York City.  Now in Pittsburgh, Tim sits on the Board of The Silver Eye Center for Photography.

 



Jay Villella

412 477 8010   Email Jay a question 

Agent Experience:7 years      Residence:Swisshelm Park     

Expertise: Buyer Rebates

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Originally born and raised in Erie, Jay moved to Pittsburgh in 2013 when his wife had an opportunity to get her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. Jay stumbled into real estate by accident seven years ago while teaching music classes. He quickly grew in real estate but started to become frustrated, with some of the practices in real estate that work against consumers. To help create a more consumer-centric approach to real estate, Jay started a rebate program and is one of the few agents in Pittsburgh that actively seek to give money back to their clients. 

 

Fun Fact:  Jay is a classical musician with two degrees in music. He has played with orchestras all over the US, including Carnegie Hall in New York and the Aspen Festival in Colorado.

 


John Davies

724 271 8788    Email John a question 

Agent Experience:10 years     Residence:Canonsburg     

Expertise: Downsizing & Retirement Transition

 

John is a certified Project Management Professional who spent the earlier parts of his career managing projects for hospitals, power plants, and commercial buildings. He began dabbling in real estate investing by rejuvenating houses and became a real estate agent. For the past ten years, John has helped clients in the South of Pittsburgh buy and sell real estate. Using a project management approach, John now consults with clients who are beginning to plan their next life transition to simplify the complexity and maximize life enjoyment. 

 

Fun Fact: John is currently a board member of the Peters Township Chamber of Commerce. An avid soccer fan, John played in adult soccer leagues until recently, and now spends time learning tennis and dabbling at playing the guitar.

Home Inspections & Pandemic Mitigation

Jessie Tait: Owner of Pillar To Post Home Inspections

President of Enspra

412 548 3629     Email Jessie a question 

Industry Experience:12 years

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Jessie spent the beginning parts of her industry experience as an architectural and engineering consultant specializing in lighting and commercial fenestration on commercial builds all over the world. She began to pick up additional trades within the construction industry before deciding to open her own home inspection company in 2018.  Jessie is known in Pittsburgh as one of the most thorough and honest inspectors in the area.  When the pandemic hit Pittsburgh, Jessie partnered with NanoVapor Technologies to bring pandemic mitigation to Pittsburgh. Now President of Enspra, Jessie works with homeowners to not only advise them on the insides and outs of a home but also how to safely purchase and sell real estate during a pandemic. 

 

Fun Fact:This Air Force veteran is a "jane of all trades!" Besides her extensive background in construction and pandemic mitigation, she also is a stunt driving school graduate, lover of motorcycles, and avid traveler.

 

Home Insurance

Ronald Brown: Goosehead Insurance

412 200 1253    Email Ronald a question 

Industry Experience:6 years

 

Ronald is a Pittsburgh native who originally started his career as a pharmaceutical/medical device representative.  Six years ago he moved from selling life-saving medical devices to supporting Pittsburgher's in their dream of homeownership.   Ronald represents Goosehead Insurance and the power of consumer choice.  Goosehead represents 25 A-rated insurance companies which helps consumers find the best premium without compromising coverage. 

Title & Settlement

Karen Stipetich: President of Good Deed Closings

412 835 7071   Email Karen a question 

Industry Experience:10 years

Estate Planning & Administration


Tim Sechler: Sechler Law Firm

724 841 1393    Email Tim a question 

Industry Experience:10 years

 

Tim is a combat veteran, having served in Afghanistan as a member of the West Virginia Air National Guard.  He received his law degree from the Duquesne University School of Law and a Master's degree from the Duquesne University Donahue Graduate School of Business. Tim’s estate planning practice is focused on guiding clients through the complicated maze of balancing transfer strategies, wealth preservation, and family values in the planning process.  In addition to becoming a Certified Elder Law Attorney, Tim is a multi-year recipient of the Super Lawyers Rising Star award, which is given to less than 2.5% of lawyers. 

 

Fun Fact:   Other than Tim, Sechler Law Firm is an all-female firm.  In addition to empowering women in the legal field, Sechler law is also a family firm with Tim's wife, Robin managing the firm's community outreach and client relationships.



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