first time buyers: Pep's Umbrella Repair Shop in Paris, France - 04/11/12 10:10 AM

I took this photo during my trip to Paris last year.  This is a small umbrella repair shop - yes, he repairs umbrellas!  In the US, we tend to throw things away when they break, but in Paris, and really throughout Europe and the UK, it seems that people actually care about their possessions and try to make them last by repairing them.  What a wonderful concept.  I found many small boutique-type shops in Paris that specialized in crafts or repairs, something that is becoming a rarity in the US.  And the shopkeepers take a lot of pride in their … (5 comments)

first time buyers: Thinking of Buying A Home? - 02/13/12 02:52 AM
Thinking of Buying a Home?
 F R E E
Home Buyers Seminars ~~~   Tuesday, February 28
or Tuesday, March 27
Or Wednesday, April 25 6:30-8:30pm
75 N. High Street in Dublin, OH
or fill out the registration form below
what you will learn at the seminar:\ 
Financing a home…
· What are the First Time Buyer Programs?
· How much can I afford?
· What if I don’t have perfect credit?
· What will my monthly payment … (0 comments)

first time buyers: Why Should I Get Pre-Qualified? - 02/21/11 07:17 AM
Why should I get pre-qualified?    Wouldn't it be better if I find a house first and then talk to a lender? As a buyer, it is wise to get pre-qualified before you go out looking for a home.  There are many reasons, but the most important reasons are that it benefits you, your agent, and the seller.First, the most important person it benefits, of course, is you.  The mortgage prequalification step is a relatively simple one, but it is an important one.  It begins the process of formally applying for a mortgage, and it gives everyone involved--especially you--a clear sense of the … (7 comments)

first time buyers: What is Radon and How Do I Reduce It? - 02/12/11 10:15 AM
Many homeowners are increasingly concerned about the possible presence of radon in their homes - and with good reason. You can't see, smell, or taste radon, but it is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in North America, and it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. The good news is that if radon is detected, steps can be taken to remedy the problem.WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF RADON?Radon is naturally occurring odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that is formed by the ongoing decay of uranium in soil, rocks, sediments, and even well or ground water. … (3 comments)

first time buyers: What is a Short Sale? - 01/01/11 09:41 AM
I get asked this question very often -- what is a short sale?  It is easy to answer by sending someone a link to a website or several websites that explain a short sale.  Here is how the Columbus Board of Realtors explains it: 
"The term "Short Sale" is used in the real estate business to describe a situation where there is more debt owing against a property than the current market value of the property, and where the seller is unwilling or unable to bring sufficient liquid assets to the closing to cure all deficiencies. In other words, the Seller … (0 comments)

first time buyers: HOME BUYER SEMINAR IN WESTERVILLE, OHIO - JUNE 28TH, 2010 - 06/25/10 05:18 AM
A Home Buyer Seminar will be presented on June 28th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Westerville Recreation Center, 350 N. Cleveland Avenue.  The seminar is free and is sponsored as a community service by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Dominion Homes, Re/Max Affiliates as well as an insurance and inspection company and is being held to educate anyone interested in buying a home.   
Call 1-800-282-9871 ext. 3008 for more information and to reserve a place at the seminar
 CALL TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT 1-800-282-9871 Ext. 3008

first time buyers: Homebuyer Seminars in Dublin & Hilliard Ohio - 01/20/10 07:51 AM
Homebuyer Seminars will be presented at the Dublin and Hilliard Libraries.  The seminars are free and are sponsored as a community service by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Dominion Homes and Re/Max Affiliates as well as an insurance and inspection company and are being held to educate anyone interested in buying a home.   The seminars are from 6-8 pm on these dates:
February 24 - Dublin Library
February 25 - Hilliard Library
March 16 - Hilliard Library
March 23 - Dublin Library
Call 1-800-282-9871 ext. 3008 for more information on other locations and to reserve a place at the seminar.

first time buyers: 7 Reasons to Own Your Own Home - 09/09/09 02:05 AM
There are 81 days left until the deadline of November 30 when the first time homebuyer tax credit ends.  Here are 7 good reasons to invest in a home of your own:
1.  Tax breaks. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, as well as some of the costs involved in buying your home.
2.  Appreciation. Real estate has long-term, stable growth in value. While year-to-year fluctuations are normal, median existing-home sale prices have increased on average 6.5 percent each year from 1972 through 2005, and increased 88.5 percent over the … (2 comments)

first time buyers: Homebuyer Tax Credit - 02/18/09 04:29 AM
Here are the details on the First-Time HomeBuyer Tax Credit
1. $8,000 for new buyers: The tax credit included in the economic stimulus legislation is much narrower than the $15,000 proposal. This credit is equivalent to 10 percent of the purchase price of the home--although it's capped at $8,000--and applies only to first-time home buyers and principal residences. But unlike an earlier $7,500 home buyer tax credit, this one does not have to be repaid.
2. First time buyers defined: For the purpose of this legislation, a "first-time home buyer" is someone who hasn't owned a principal residence for three years before buying … (0 comments)

first time buyers: HOW TO HOLD A SUCCESSFUL HOME BUYER SEMINAR - Part 2 - 12/30/08 08:41 AM
Part 1 and Part 2 have been combined into one blog post.
Here is part 2 on tips for holding a successful seminar.
•11.  Be sure to follow up with your prospects by email or phone to remind them a day or two before the seminar. 
•12.  Your goal should be to get 10 - 15 prospective buyers to attend the seminar. 
•13. If you have 10 - 15 attendees you should expect to close 2 to 3 deals as a result of the seminar.
•14. Add your vendor's logos and contact information to your promotion pieces and to the Home Buyer Book.
•15. The vendors who … (48 comments)

first time buyers: How to Hold a Successful Home Buyer Seminar - 12/28/08 03:49 AM
I've been holding Home Buyer Seminars for about 7 years, and if you are interested in getting first time buyers, this is a great way to get face to face with prospects.  I have a 30 point list.  
 •1.  The objective of the Home Buyer Seminar System is to attract potential home buyers to your seminars, and ultimately to capture them as clients.
 •2.  Promoting the Home Buyer Seminar is the most important part of making this system work successfully.
 •3.  Your marketing message is simple... "Thinking of buying a home?  Come to a FREE Home Buyers Seminar".  Be sure to use your marketing message … (36 comments)