All Blog Entries by Juanita Limes

With 29+ years of real estate experience helping buyers and sellers, I look forward to putting my industry savvy to work for you. I know the ins-and-outs and have seen just about every trick in the book when it comes to buying and selling. I love first time home and seasoned buyers, and with sellers, I understand it's the net vs. your time frame to sell. Let me help you, I thoroughly explain every step of the process, cast light on what's possible and what is not, with honesty, and my sense of integrity and professionalism is directly put to work for you when it comes to protecting your best interests, financially and otherwise.

Found 33 blog entries published by Juanita Limes.

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House Value - Fall Maintenance

fall maintenance, buying a home, house valueIf you put in the time and effort to keep your lawn healthy over the summer, you’ll want to ensure that the hard work doesn’t go to waste during the cooler months. Below are a few tips for fall lawn maintenance and preparing for cooler weather.

Did you know some simple things now will both make your life easier and save you money in the Spring. This is especially important if you're planning on selling a home next year during the prime buying season, or if you recently bought a home, a chance at increasing both savings and outdoor beauty.

Fertilize – Feeding in fall fuels leaf blade development, which results in more food stored in grass roots.

Aerating – Heavily trafficked lawns can suffer from soil compaction.

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Strategies for Buying a Home in a Competitive Market

first time home buying, first time home buyers, home buying processYou are in the market to buy a new home. Congratulations. More than likely you will spend a considerable amount of time and energy finding your dream home. So, once you’ve found it, you don’t want to lose it in a bidding war and then have to start over. If you're a Realtor working with buyers, feel free to share these tips with your clients. Here are a few strategies for making an offer that sellers can’t refuse.

1. Put together a great team of professionals. You will want to have a real estate agent, your mortgage lender, and a home inspector. Having your team assembled will enable you to act quickly when you find the home of your dream. Professional buyer's agents will have a small army of good

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Bought or Buying a Home? The Right Lighting for You

choosing lighting, home decor, decor light fixturesSometimes it's hard to envision what fixtures, furniture and lighting will look like, and nothing beats the in-store experience where you can get a real visual of the differences between products and sure beats online reviews and photos. So definitely head to the the store once you have some idea of where you're leaning. 

In fact, the 7th annual Socket Survey from OSRAM SYLVANIA found that most Americans determine which bulb they need based on information learned from product packaging, in-store displays or from store employees.

Why is "Seeing the Light" So Confusing?

As a bright new era of lighting technology is ushered in, the array of energy-efficient choices can be somewhat overwhelming.

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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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The 2015 Home Buyer's Catch 22

2015 first time buyers, first time home buyersHello Peeps! Back again, this time to talk about the Buyer's Catch 22. A lot of real estate agents would agree that 2015 will see the last of the leftovers from 2006 when it all came crashing down, replaced by stability and opportunity, but that doesn't mean it's quite out of the woods yet.

We started off with storms and other unfortunate hindrances, and all 2014 predictions were made about large numbers of millennial buyers coming out of the woodwork in 2015. Obama slashed private mortgage insurance almost in half, loosening lending policies came about, credit was improving and a rosy picture was painted.

Well, hold on a second. We're seeing more buyers; after all it is spring and many hoping for a tax return to help

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Realtor Tips: Duty to Disclose

real estate disclosure, agent duty to disclose, realtor tipsI see a lot of buzz on the internet lately Realtors and real estate agents covering and commenting on topics like "risk", "liability" or even "fraud".  Guess that's due to buyers starting to come out, showing interest in homes after a lower-than-average show of winter activity and the advent of spring. See more Realtor Tips, or topics for Buyers & Sellers.

Buyers & Sellers Benefit from Disclosure

When in doubt, disclose. That's the general safe thinking attached to most parts of real estate process. There are, however, some instances where disclosure can violate a client or a customer's trust and confidence. A seller's agent has a duty of confidentiality towards their seller, as does a buyer's agent for his or her

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Realtor Tips - When to Fire Your Buyer

realtor tips, when to fire your buyerIn the middle of winter up to my knees in snow after a positive ending to an aggravating situation I decided I'd share an experience for agents (but also buyers) about when to let go, or fire a buyer. 

Sometimes, no matter how well you do your job, no matter years of experience and the patience that comes with it, you end up with a buyer client that leaves you wanting to pull your hair out.

It is extremely rare that I tell a buyer to find another agent, but I did this time and in the end, the buyer came back to me; go figure.

Early last year, I received a call from a buyer, pre-approved and eager to buy and thought "wonderful", I'm ready to assist. Little did I know I'd be going through a 6 month supply of

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Homes for Sale Dayton Ohio - Opportunity!

homes for sale dayton ohio, dayton ohio real estate, house valuesRemember just a few years ago, buyers and investors were snapping up cheap foreclosures for a starter home or investment and how crazy it was? It's likely to get nuts again!

Dayton Ohio Real Estate - Undervalued 17%!

Dayton area home prices are among the most undervalued in the U.S., according to Forbes, as much as 17% of what they should be ranking the Dayton area as the #3 most affordable market in the U.S. It's almost ironic this news from Forbes came out soon after I published a post on house values in four Dayton suburbs, comparing Springboro with three other Dayton communities..

Some speculate it's a augury of an approaching housing bubble, but I don't believe so and agree with Forbes. Housing

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90% of Mortgaged Homes Enjoying Equity Again

Wondering if it's a good time to buy a home? I see a lot of buzz  and optimistic speculation about Ohio real estate and national housing about loosening lending policies, an economy gaining steam, and more online activity from buyers. 

home equity, buying a home,

I wanted, however, to add more concrete to the idea about buying a home in 2015, that being the fact that wrapping up 2014 shows 90% of mortgaged homeowners are now enjoying equity. 

I was reading on's news feed and saw this; 

"About 273,000 homes returned to positive equity in the third quarter of 2014, bringing the total to 44.6 million of all properties with a mortgage, according to a newly released equity report from CoreLogic using data from the third

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Springboro Ohio Real Estate - Market Comparisons

homes for sale in springboro ohio, homes for sale dayton ohio, ohio real estateAnother year come and gone, and a rapidly changing landscape for Ohio real estate, including homes for sale in Springboro Ohio. Buyers are researching, planning, double-checking facts, budgets and credit scores. I've been asked quite a few times by buyers in the area if now is a good time to buy in several communities including Springboro, Beavercreek, Bellbrook and Centerville.

Factors that often don't receive enough attention that potential first time buyers may want to consider are: Unemployment, Recent Job Growth, Future Job Growth, Median Home Age, Median Home Cost, and the percentage of homes owned, rented and vacant.

These statistics via Sperling's best places paint a clearer picture of a

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