November 2014

Found 12 blog entries for November 2014.

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We have all been hearing and reading about the rise in home prices over the past several months. While this may be welcome news for sellers, it can be daunting for future home buyers.

The rise in home prices has provided more opportunities for families that have been looking to sell their homes and relocate for a variety of reasons. This also equates to a lower level of inventory of short sales.

Short Sale

Many homeowners that saw their property values decrease in the not too distant past were not able to sell their home and pay off their current mortgage debt. This alone was also a contributing factor to the real estate market decline when you factor in, less sales and less re-sales.

Typically when someone sells their home, they will most likely turn

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Indoor plants that clear the air and add some green

We have some good news and some bad news. Let’s start with the bad news: Winter is here. With the cold temperatures, many of us find ourselves cooped up indoors and not only missing the fresh air, but also the color green. Now, for the good news: You can incorporate some green into your interior design and breathe in some fresh air with the use of houseplants.

While houseplants will never compare to an apple tree in full bloom, they can still offer some benefits. Not only will a houseplant offer natural life to enjoy year-round, the following plants are also very effective at improving your indoor air quality:

  • Peace Lily: If you have house pets, the Peace Lily isn't for you. This plant is
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8 Tips for a Cozier Home

Cozy Homes The first snow fall has already arrived, and we have many more to endure this year. Learning how to make your home cozy could make this winter a little less painful. So to make your home look like a show room at Arhaus in the winter, follow these 8 steps and you should have everyone feeling relaxed and welcome.

  1. Display art that you love. Whether it is family pictures, a vintage painting, or a collection that you love – art can add warmth to your rooms. When you display something that means a lot to you, people can tell, making that room feel warm, loving, and cozy.
  2. Add greenery. With the sky being grey and everything covered in snow, adding a fern or a red poinsettia could make your home feel alive.
  3. Put your Holiday
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Use Thanksgiving; Staging a Home for a Cornucopia of Potential

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but this doesn't mean that all home shopping has come to a halt. While the cold weather has left many potential buyers at home, those who are venturing out want to make it worth their while. If you’re a seller, this time of year provides a great opportunity for you to stand out from others.

So, how do you set yourself apart? Well… Since it’s almost Thanksgiving, this is a great time to take advantage of the opportunity to decorate and make your home a cornucopia of beauty. Still wondering how to properly stage so your home looks tasteful, warm, and displays potential? Here are a couple tips:

  1. Give them a Warm Welcome: Thanksgiving is a great time
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I sat down at my computer this morning with the intention of writing an article about energy efficient homes and it reminded me of the farm I once had. So, I decided to write the story below instead and will publish the other article at a future date.

I often reminisce about the farm that my wife (at the time) and I raised our children on. I remember about the hard work, the long days and the fun we used to have.

Ohio Farms for Sale

We owned and lived on a 40 acre farm near Caesars Creek Lake in Waynesville Ohio. I did a lot of research on the property and discovered that the house was built in 1848 by a local doctor. During some of the research, we discovered the home was suspected to have had ties to the Underground Railroad. The Dayton Daily News heard about my

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Peer-to-Peer Platform to Eliminate Energy Poverty 

Energy Sharing An interconnected platform that lets homeowners donate energy to those who are in need is set to launch this December. The company, Gridmates, is a peer-to-peer network. This company allows those with excess energy share it with neighbors in need of an extra boost. With Millennials buying their first homes, being eco-aware, and tech savvy, Gridmate hopes to connect all of these into one community-sharing project.

Like many things in life, opportunities are not always equal. We live in a world where in one neighborhood one family can’t put food on the table or keep their lights on at night, while the house next door is simply wasting electricity because “they can.” With this innovative platform,

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The Pros and Cons of Upcycling Old Furniture

Whether it’s a shabby chic, rustic, or industrial look, upcycling furniture is the hottest new fad when it comes to interior decorating. This design approach adds a personal touch to any space and helps to set your interior apart from other more contemporary spaces. While upcycling furniture has many incentives and can look amazing, it’s best to weigh the pros and cons before you buy that old dresser off of Craigslist.


  • Money – When you take on a DIY project, it’s usually to save money. While upcycled furniture sold in a store may cost you a pretty penny, if you take it on yourself, this approach is often guaranteed to save some cash. Many times people purchase old, used furniture in need of TLC.
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Decorating - Selling a Home During the Holidays

selling a home, home staging, holiday decor

Many might say that you should never sell your home during the holidays. But there are, in fact, advantages to putting your home on the market during the holidays.

There is less inventory out there on the market so you have less competition if you list during the holidays.

Those that are shopping for a home during the holidays are serious contenders. And of course, our favorite advantage is that staging your home takes on an entirely different level and is easier to create that warm, fuzzy connection with buyers!

Keep holiday home décor to a minimum

But like anything, things can go seriously wrong when decorating your home for the holidays if you are listing it for sale. The holiday décor in this

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Selling a Home - 6 Huge Mistakes Sellers Make

Now that we're well into Fall with Winter approaching, it's time for current or soon to be sellers to get their game-plan together. While working with a skilled Realtor helps there are some really simple things to tackle, inexpensive and help sellers avoid costly turn-offs when the property is being viewed.

selling a home, open houseLet's start with the yard. Don't assume the buyers are capable of imaging a gorgeous lawn, yard or garden through all the dead leaves, branches, grasses and expired flower stalks. Clean it up, trim it up and keep it up. Remember curb appeal is first impression. Stow garbage cans, bicycles and tools out of sight, and consider buying some mums, great for fall color. You may want to read this post on 

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Why Having an Outstanding Realtor is so Important 

Realtor Choosing a Realtor can be like finding a needle in a hay stack – there are many of them available, but not all are top of the line. Having a solid Realtor can completely change the game for you when going through the home buying process. They are the link between your future home and the current housing market and can make the difference of an easy process, or one of the hardest things you have done in your life. Because buying a home is so important, make sure you use discretion when searching for a Realtor.

For those of you, who are looking to purchase a home in the near future, look out for these red flags when hiring a Realtor:

Interview more than one: Even if you hit it off with the first

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