June 2015

Found 8 blog entries for June 2015.

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R.O.C.K.I.N.G Real Estate Agents - I is for Investigative

good real estate agents, real estate agents in west chesterHello everyone, had enough rain? Good grief! Well, back again to discuss another characteristic of good real estate agents; investigative.

Working with a Realtor is sort of like working with a private investigator and not all are of equal skill and passion. But if you're going to buy a home, there's a lot of investigating to do.

You, as a buyer or seller should really investigate the agent you're thinking of working with, so, investigation starts with you.

A real estate agent should begin their investigation with the buyer or seller and I'd like to talk about this from both vantages.

Investigative for Buyers and Sellers

Starting with a buyer (and this actually helps sellers) an

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A Little Information About Our AreaAmish Country, Ohio

Donna's Premier Lodging sits nestled in the heart of Amish Country in northeastern, Ohio.  Amongst the rolling hills, clip-clopping buggies and a slower pace of life.  If you need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life; this is the place to visit!

The area boasts many gift and craft shops (more than I can count!), antique malls, flea markets, lots of handmade Amish furniture stores, clothing boutiques and numerous bakeries featuring some of the best baked goods you'll ever teaste.  The Amish Country area is also known for wineries: Breitenbach Winery and the newly opened Baltic Mill Winery are a couple of my favorites.   To go along with the award winning wineries our area also has several cheese

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R.O.C.K.I.N.G Real Estate Agents - K is for Knowledgeable

real estate agents in cincinnati, cincinnati real estate agentsHiya all, back from trekking back forth across Ohio to meet with agents and discuss proper care of referrals and clients.

Had an absolutely wonderful and relaxing stay again at Donna's Premiere Lodging in Berlin, Ohio out in Amish Country; had to stock up on spices and cheeses again.

Love that place, the chalets, log cabins and service are amazing and very romantic. Check out Donna's if you ever get the chance, you won't be disappointed.

Well, among other real estate agent characteristics that are good for business and great for clients, we discussed knowledge.

I'd like to preface this with the fact that just because an agent is newer to the industry, doesn't mean they can't serve

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5 Inexpensive Home Improvements Under $100

home improvement, cheap home improvements, inexpensive home improvementsLooking to give your home an upgrade but lacking a big budget? Maybe your home is more or less ready to list, but want to do a little bit extra to improve the appeal or simply a little upgrading for your own self-satisfaction. It doesn't have to break the bank.

If you're a Realtor and just need some suggestions for your seller to improve the initial appeal of the home's interior, you'll find these are quick and easy in addition to being frugal.

There are tons of small home tweaks all packing serious redesign punch.

Here are five home upgrades for under $100.

Paint. Painting has long been the budget designer's best friend. A coat of paint can make a room feel fresh and new, and leaves ample room for

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Vacation Fantasies Consume Us 

At the onset of warm weather the first thought that consumes all adult working individuals is a vacation. Nothing is more temping than the thought of a getaway complete with sandy beaches, roaring waves or backpacking through gorgeous mountains.

Summer on the HorizonIf you are lucky enough to be an entrepreneur, the typical mental debate of coordinating your holiday with co-workers or keeping a tally of your remaining number of vacation days does not exist.  It seems as if, to the rest of society, we can be as free as the wind.

The life of an entrepreneur in the summer varies as much as our individual lives, but, for the majority of us the work life balance becomes a struggle. Many different factors play a part in our distraction and

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R.O.C.K.I.N.G Real Estate Agents - C is for Cautious

dayton real estate agents, good real estate agentsEver landed in a situation where you look back and earnestly wished someone had enlightened you before you took action? 

Hello, back after making the rounds in Ohio coaching our select team of real estate agents on topics of excellence. R.O.C.K.I.N.G values among other key factors of what being an excellent Realtor were discussed and now we've come to part four; caution.

Very often, a home buyer new to the process (or seller) doesn't know what to watch out for, and you'll find there are situations where caution can save time and money or hedge against loss and heartache.

Do you find your real estate agent cautions you, or are they simply chasing a commission?

Costly "What If's"

One of

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R.O.C.K.I.N.G Real Estate Agents - O is for Obedient

cincinnati real estate agents, good real estate agentsBack for Part Three of Good Real Estate Agents, Obedience to client's wishes isn't just a good idea, it's law. Unless of course, a client is asking you to break the law.

Good real estate agents don't chase commission checks, but put their client's needs and concerns above their own and serve their client's best interests. These agents don't have to worry about making an income, as word of mouth travels as with my business partner, Marty Snyder. Check out his Zillow reviews.

Let me give you some examples regarding obedience and how an agent's behavior can help or harm you.

Example One:

I had a conversation the other day with my business partner, Marty Snyder. His client was the buyer and

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Buying a Home - Extra Expenses to Prepare For

buying a home extra expenses, buying a home expenses, extra expenses buying a homeThe first thing that comes to mind when you're buying a home regarding expense is the down payment and monthly mortgage cost.

There are, however, quite a few things that can catch you off-guard and may find yourself unprepared.

12 Additional Expenses

Exciting, isn't it? The prospect of buying a home, possibly your first? Make sure you're prepared for these additional expenses:

Earnest Money: The amount can vary. The most common amount is $500, but sometimes a seller requires $1000. A cash transaction, especially on a foreclosure is typically 10% of the sale price. Although earnest money is not "required" in a real estate transaction, almost every seller will command that it be included.

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