August 2015

Found 8 blog entries for August 2015.

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Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly

selling a home quickly, sell my home fast, selling a homeWhether you are selling your home during the peak home buying season or not, following these simple Realtor tips can help you sell your home quickly, which you know is every seller’s dream. If you're a Realtor working with a seller that's more "under-the-gun", these will help them successfully sell sooner, rather than later.

1. Make a good first impression. Take the time upfront to create some curb appeal. If prospective buyers drive by and don’t like what they see on the outside, they aren’t likely to take the time to look at the inside. Make sure your lawn is well maintained, plant some flowers, paint the fence, replace the mailbox--whatever it takes to give the best possible first impression.

2. Consider what

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Hidden Costs When Buying a Home

home buying expenses, buying a home expensesYou are prepared. You’ve spent the last several months cleaning up your credit. You’ve talked to a lender and been pre-approved for financing. Then, you find a house that meets all your needs and most of your wants. Let’s say it is listed for $225,000. So, you want to make an offer and double check with your lender that you can get this amount, but as veteran house hunters know, you are going to pay more than $225,000. As with many things we buy, there are some hidden costs to home-buying. So if you are buying your first house, take note of these hidden costs so there are no unpleasant surprises.

In addition to these four hidden costs, here are 12  home buying expenses to plan for.

1. Home Inspection. Many lenders

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CFPB, TRID Changes are Good for Buyers

TRID Changes, CFBP With sweeping changes within the lending industry on the horizon, lenders, settlement companies, Realtors and anyone even remotely interested in the world of real estate have their collective pens poised to take notes. The back quarter of 2015 will be nothing less than a hands on course in how the Feds play a large part in the life of a consumer, like it or not. 

The majority of the upcoming changes, implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will greatly benefit both buyers and sellers. There will be no more of the rush to scan final numbers before gathering around the closing table. The new Closing Disclosure Law allows three full days to review and ask questions on the final loan

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Kitchen Design: Backsplashes add Pop and Personality

kitchen design, kitchen design backsplashDoing a little home improvement around our house lately. Check it out; there are many seemingly small elements in the home that once upgraded or redesigned, give spaces a whole new personality. Backsplashes are one of these elements. Some designers consider them the focal point of the entire room and can easily redefine the look of a kitchen without all the expenses and inconvenience.

While functional and vital to counter spaces, cooking areas, and sinks, backsplashes also offer immense opportunity to mix things up or refresh a room. Tiles, specifically “subway” tiles (rectangular, ceramic) have been the standard for backsplashes. While various colors and layouts of subway tiles can create an

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Final Questions to Ask the Seller

buying a home questions, buying a home questions to ask sellersThere is a lot involved when buying a new home. Here are a few questions you will want to ask the sellers before they give you the keys to your new digs. Remembering these things will make settling into your new place a lot easier.

1. Do they have leftover paint? If you do not intend to repaint the entire house, it would be nice to know if they seller has any leftover paint. If they do not, perhaps they know the name of the color on the walls or can at least tell you what brand it is and where they bought it. Having leftovers will allow you to touch up without having to repaint the entire room.

2. Do they have instruction manuals or warranties on any of the appliances or other electrical items? If the

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Buying a Home: Understanding Earnest Money

earnest money, what is earnest money, how much earnest moneyOne confusing subject for many first time home buyers is earnest money. What is it? Is it necessary? How much? Will I get my earnest money back?

A simple way of understanding earnest money is to consider it as a "good faith" deposit on real estate to show sellers you're a committed buyer. Here in Ohio and in many states, earnest money is customarily between $500 and a $1,000, though for luxury properties or if a buyer finds a "must have" property, I've seen earnest checks up to $5,000. On most transactions here in the Buckeye state, $1,000 is usually sufficient.

An important part of the home buying process, let me take you back to the old west to paint an example for you. Let's say a rancher has a decent

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Making a Statement with your Front Door

home decor, front door design, front door colorFront doors have become somewhat of a statement piece for homes – coming in an array of colors and designs. More than an entrance, they’re a small yet integral feature that allows homeowners a platform to express themselves or define their home. 

While some of those colors may simply be a personal favorite or something that flows with the trim, certain hues may say something about you. National color expert Kate Smith gave the Huffington Post some insight about what some colors reveal about homeowner’s personalities.

Red – A bold choice that says that owner is not afraid to stand out.

Purple – For big dreamers who take risks. Often the choice for someone who’s a “free spirit.”

Green – For people with

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Housing Market Remains Strong across Ohio

southern ohio homes for saleThe housing market has been so strong over the past several months that some people are now talking about another “housing bubble”.  No one can accurately predict the future and yes, sometimes history does repeat itself. Let’s take a look at some actual statistics in various areas to see how things are shaping up.

The following statistics are being taken directly from the multiple listing service of Cincinnati. Some people do not like statistics while others love them.  

All of the statistics provided with be as of today’s date, August 4, 2015. I am calculating the results for single family, residential homes only.

Monroe Ohio Real Estate

Monroe Ohio currently has 50 active (for sale) homes. The

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