home buying: I Can't Live Like That! - 03/05/20 08:08 PM
We all have our personal preferences.
Over the course of my life I've lived in small towns and not so small towns.
I've lived in mobile homes, apartments, duplexes, regular homes with neighbors a broomstick away and homes with acres of lands.
I've lived in a dorm with 4500 other midshipmen and I've spent months living on a big gray ship far from "home".
I've lived down the block from my grandmother and half a world away.
From Alaska to Okinawa to Michigan to Alabama to Texas to....and the list just goes on and on until arriving in Ohio in 1991 after I finished my Navy … (3 comments)

home buying: Don't Wait, Act...And I Don't Mean Like Pacino - 03/02/20 04:55 PM
You hear about actors going to extreme lengths for their roles. 
Physically altering themselves to become that role.
Hours of special effects makeup.
All to try to get us to suspend disbelief and buy into the notion that the actor IS who they want us to believe they are.
But if you have interest in a home, there's a different kind of acting that you should be interested in.
You can't assume that a house (even in a slower market) will just wait for you on your schedule.
You need to ACT.
I can't count the number of times a home has been on the market for … (5 comments)

home buying: Some Respect For The Sellers Please - 02/16/20 03:56 PM
At best, being a home seller can be more than a little inconvenient unless the market is REALLY hot.
The needing to leave for showings, keeping the home show ready at all times, shifting plans when another showing request comes in, the need to pack up the pets, etc.   
And there are things a buyer (and their agent) can do to make things a little easier and may even contribute to establishing some goodwill if they decide to offer on the home.
1.  Advance notice for showing requests.  If it's a hot market we get it, on market now, better get there NOW.    … (4 comments)

home buying: Should What You Want To Do To The House Change Your Offer? - 02/08/20 05:16 PM
We've found a home you're interested in, but it's not an exact match for what you want it to be.
It needs new carpet.
The paint colors are not in style.
The home has had no updates since it was built.
Appliances are old.
The HVAC system is 20 years old.
So you see a LOT of things that you want changed, or could potentially fail soon.
Should these things impact your offer price?  After all, you're going to have to spend quite a few dollars AFTER you own the home, right?
Well the answer isn't a definitive Yes or No, but an It Depends.
The bottom line is understanding … (27 comments)

home buying: Are You Saying No Too Quickly? - 02/02/20 08:08 AM
When you're looking for a home, you're hoping to find that perfect fit.  All the right features at the right price in the right neighborhood and in the right condition.  In a buyer's market there may be multiple homes that fit that need.
But in a seller's market the pendulum swings in the other direction, with minimal selection and often a lot of competition of those homes.
The buyers that become home owners are the ones that understand when to say NO and when to say YES.
Let's start with a real estate term:  convey.
Convey basically means "what will transfer with the house".  Obviously … (2 comments)

home buying: Miscalculations Can Benefit A Buyer - 01/22/20 08:10 PM
There are many key decision points to buying a home, and making a poor choice can be VERY costly.  And while the cost of those mistakes might not be immediately apparent, when it's time to sell a home those miscalculations become painfully apparent to the seller.
And if you're working for the buyers, those seller mistakes MAY provide a prime buying opportunity.  And I say MAY, because if our buyer repeats the same mistakes the seller made, they'll pay for it when it's the buyer's time to become a seller.
A little data digging can set the stage.
What were the circumstances when the … (4 comments)

home buying: How Do You Feel About Stairs? - 01/20/20 07:50 PM
When you're choosing a home, you have to think both about today, and the anticipated future in the home.  Will today's satisfactory floor plan later dictate a future sale that you'd rather not deal with?
Now there are many reasons today's home may not work for you in the future.
Your need for space grows or shrinks as members of the household increase or decrease.
Perhaps a job change and that commute is just a bit longer than you want to deal with.
Perhaps schools are declining, or taxes increasing rapidly, or that beautiful field behind your house is about to become 500 new houses.
And … (6 comments)

home buying: The Kids Are Alright - 01/13/20 03:07 PM
Things are a lot different that they were when I was a kid many, many moons ago.
And often what you hear about current generations falls into the "get offa my lawn!!!" mentality.  I won't repeat it, because I'm betting you've heard plenty of it.
Now with much of my work centered on low maintenance housing, many of my buyers feature gray hair on their heads, but we're not limited to that demographic.  We'll help first time home buyers and every level in between.
This afternoon one of the most impressive buyers I've every worked with became a homeowner.
The young lady was 18 and … (18 comments)

home buying: Working Outside My Niche - 12/13/19 07:17 PM
You might think that ALL we sell is Cincinnati area patio homes and condos and work with our bees and pets, but that's not the case.  It's true, those homes are a significant part of our business, but we work with a wide spectrum of home buyers and sellers.
While the bulk of our clients are in the retiree (or almost retired) demographic, we'll help anyone that's serious about their real estate needs (and some not-so serious too!).
So while my typical buyer is NOT a first time home buyer and more likely looking to buy their LAST home, I'm more than happy … (3 comments)

home buying: How Much Is The Home REALLY Going To Cost You? - 12/09/19 05:10 PM
Home A costs $100,000.
Home B costs $125,000.
Which home costs more?
The answer is House B.  That's pretty obvious, right?  B costs 25% more than A, that's just straight and easy math.
Or so it might seem, because the real answer is "it depends".
If House A and B have equal features and are in equivalent condition, then it is just a straight up price comparison.
But let's say the homes are NOT in equivalent condition. 
House A is priced lower because it needs some work.
The roof is near the end of its life.
The home has window units instead of central air.
The carpet?  It's seen better … (3 comments)

home buying: Technically It's Not False Advertising So Caveat Emptor - 11/08/19 05:37 PM
You have to pay attention and understand what words SEEM to mean and what they may ACTUALLY mean.
Thanks to some minor ticker trouble I'm on a few meds, one of which has the fringe benefit of water retention if I'm not careful (there's another as needed pill to remove the extra water).  Overall the meds do their job, I just have to be sparing as to how often I can munch on a great Italian sub!
So the weather has snapped cold and I've got a hankering for chili and Liz has a good recipe so I stopped at the store tonight … (2 comments)

home buying: It's Subjective - 10/27/19 07:35 PM

If you follow me on Facebook you know what to expect from me.  Every day there will be a picture that is either nature or pet related.  Mostly flowers from our garden with a scattering of our pets here and there.
Why?  Because a long time ago I got tired of all the fighting on Facebook over things most of us have no control over.  The name calling, the outright hate, I just don't want to give it room in my head.  I'm still going to encounter it, but I won't be the host.
Those pictures serve more than one purpose.  A few … (7 comments)

home buying: The House Is Perfect But... - 09/25/19 07:47 PM
This Friday we're doing the paperwork to put a fantastic log home on the market. 
High quality, all the major mechanicals are new, open floor plan, gleaming hardwood floors, 5 heavily wooded acres, a full wrap around porch, a large master suite.  Located in Colerain Twp not too far from the Blue Rock/I-275 interchange, the home is secluded without being TOO secluded.
There's not much NOT to like.
For some buyers this home won't quite be perfect.
In fact, it'll be so imperfect for them that they won't even know it's for sale.
Why won't they know?
Because the home doesn't have a garage, and if … (4 comments)

home buying: The Other Side Of The Coin - 09/23/19 07:36 PM
We work with both home buyers and home sellers.
Working with both provides us added perspective and is beneficial to my clients whether buyer or seller.
There's a lot of been there, done that involved that leads to increased understanding of perspectives.
Working with a buyer and we just can't get a showing approved.  First reaction might be "is the seller SERIOUS about getting their home sold?", but working with sellers you've had homes that were tenant occupied and difficult to get showings approved without plenty of notice.  The seller IS serious about getting the home sold, but is handcuffed by tenant rights.
Working in … (5 comments)

home buying: Which One Of These Is Not Like The Others? - 09/20/19 06:50 PM
An orange
A bowling ball
A cantelope
A coconut
Many moons ago, when I was a kid back in my Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street and Electric Company watching days, the shows tried to teach you things.
They put pictures like the four items I listed on a board, played a little music and asked "Which one of these things is not like the others?"
They're all round, so they're all the same!
Oh wait, one of them you CAN'T eat!
Well, the years may pass but I'm still faced with versions of this test on a regular basis.
4 bedroom house
2 car garage
In Mason School District
 $150,000 selling price
We were doing … (3 comments)

home buying: You Can Choose To Go It Alone - 09/05/19 07:14 PM
Let's say you've got a task to do.
It's not something you do often, or maybe even never before.
You know there's information out there about how to do this task, but you can't be totally sure how good the information is.
There's differing opinions out there, some swearing you don't need any help at all and you can save major bucks if you skip the help.
Others will vouch for how important that help can be, especially if things start to get a bit sideways.
And here's the thing about this choice, it's one you have to make early.
You either choose to go solo, or … (1 comments)

home buying: Sometimes You Overpay And It's Okay - 09/04/19 07:24 PM
For most homebuyers, it's critical to get the best possible price on their next home.  That's part of the service I provide as their real estate agent.  I'll analyze the current market and past sales.  What SHOULD be the right price for the home they're considering.  And if there's ANY chance that they'll need to sell the home in the near future, getting the lowest price is even more essential.
But sometimes, getting the lowest price is NOT what the buyer wants, and may not even be in their best interest (say whuuuuut???)
Sometimes, a particular home has to be THE one.
And that … (2 comments)

home buying: Thanks For Your Honesty - 08/11/19 07:27 PM
There's a question I ask every potential buyer that reaches out to me:
"Do you have an agent?" or the longer version "Do you have an agent that will write the offer if you love the house you want to see?".
You might wonder why I ask that question.  After all, isn't it my job to show the home?
Well yes and no and sometimes it depends on the situation.
If I'm the agent representing the seller:
I have an interest in showing the home and getting it sold.  Getting that sold sign in the yard is how I get paid for doing my job.  But … (4 comments)

home buying: False Savings - 08/07/19 11:38 AM
You did it!
You bought a house without your own agent!
You even got the seller's agent to credit you the buyer's agent commission since you didn't have an agent!
Congratulations, you just saved a whole LOT of money off your purchase!
Or did you?
You might not want to think about that, but you might not have truly saved a single dollar.
You MIGHT have actually overpaid.
You MIGHT have made a huge purchasing mistake.
So before you go bragging on Facebook about how you did it all without an agent and how much money you saved, let's take a look at a few key facts you may … (1 comments)

home buying: 10 Home Buying Tips To Avoid Making a Huge Mistake - 07/25/19 04:15 PM

Buying a home is a obviously a huge financial investment, and for many people, the biggest purchase they'll ever make.
So getting that purchase decision correct is key to avoiding future pain and heartache.
How can you avoid making a big mistake?
1.  First, find an experienced real estate agent to guide you through the process.  And that means just ONE agent (or team).  Don't think that having 5 different agents all searching for homes for you is actually a good thing, and loyalty is a two way street.  You work with only me, or you don't work with me at all.
2.  Have … (1 comments)

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