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Real Estate Broker/Owner - Olsen Ziegler Realty
What's really important for a real estate buyer and/or seller?

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2008 

  Okay...we just listened to three Greater Cleveland real estate agents who all came up with different asking prices for our home.  One recommended 300K, another 315K and the 3rd agent said 350K.  What should we do?  I think we should go for 350K, this extra money will al...
11/13/2008
We highly recommend that consumers ask whether a real estate company charges an "Administrative Transaction Fee." What is this fee? It is a fee payable directly to the real estate company at time of closing and it generates a lot of cash.  It is not commission, it is not a title/escrow fee nor a ...
11/13/2008
Most consumers do not know that there are "fixed" title/escrow fees (eg. Title Insurance Premium -- in Ohio, it's set by the Insurance Commissioner, government recording fees, etc.) and there are "variable" fees (eg. closing/escrow fee, title exam fee, binder fee, etc.) A consumer needs to know t...
11/13/2008
As insiders (professional REALTORS) and also as consumers (we are homeowners also), we are constantly amazed by home sellers who are not in-tune with the realities of today (11/13/2008) in what it really takes to sell a home in today's market.  Granted, all communities are not equal in how easy o...
11/13/2008
Did you know that a listing agreement , technically known as an "Exclusive Right to Sell" agreement, is a binding, bi-lateral contract?  So, before you sign this document, which binds you to the real estate company -- not the agent (the agent is actually a 1099 Independent Contractor), you should...
11/13/2008
When a buyer has determined they are going to purchase a home, the choice they make about who will represent them can result in a wide variety of outcomes: from having a great experience or not, from overpaying for a home or not, from negotiating hard and effectively when issues arise or not...fr...
11/13/2008
The technical expertise of a buyer's agent can make the difference between keeping your sanity and life in order, or on the other end of the spectrum, can make your home search a marginal experience where a great amount of stress has been created and perhaps you missed out on knowing about a new ...
11/13/2008
Oftentimes we are not at odds with sellers, but instead with friends or family members.  For instance,  mom and dad are visiting from Florida or the best friend is over for coffee and  discussion of the sale of the house ensues.  Seller tells mom and dad or best friend that the Realtor thinks the...
11/12/2008
Remember, don't get caught at the last minute trying to prepare your house for sale -price and condition are the two key factors to attracting buyers. You have already completed Step 1-removal and storage of "stuff."  Step 2 is next and includes a critical evaluation of your own home. You need to...
11/12/2008
Don't get caught at the last minute trying to prepare your house for sale.  This is too important of a process to hurry through!  Remember-price and condition are the two key factors to attracting buyers.  So, what can you do to get started?  My first suggestion is to start packing-yes, start pac...
11/12/2008
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