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Home Buying Blunders

home buyers that fail, home buying, home buying failuresHaving worked with many buyers, my business partner Marty Snyder (one of Ohio's top Realtors) have put together a list of "Home Buying Blunders" that's a must read for anyone considering buying a home for the first time.

First off I can tell you that half the battle and a lot of the blunders are in preparation or lack thereof:

Home Buying Failures

1. Credit - Putting off making sure your credit in good order is no doubt one item that for many takes the longest. This means paying bills on time, knowing how to manipulate your credit card history, taking care of erroneous information etc.

Fabulous Tips on Protecting and Building Your Credit

2. Debt - Getting a handle on debt naturally follows good credit practices. Many

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Home Buying: The Basics of Escrow

real estate escrow, home buying escrow, what is an escrowThe multitude of steps and terminology involved in buying a house can be overwhelming. While a good realtor will walk you through everything you need to know, it helps to have a firm understanding of some things before you get pre-approved and start making offers. Learn more about escrow below.

You may want to investigate more Buyer articles meant to save you time and money.

One key component involved in nearly every sale is the escrow, or impound account. This is an account set up by your mortgage lender to pay certain property-related expenses on your behalf (property taxes and homeowner’s insurance).

Many (mortgage) lenders require an escrow account, to insure that the property is not at risk. The fees can

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Internet Real Estate Leads: Reads and Seeds

Real Estate Internet Leads, Internet Real Estate Leads, Succeeding at Real Estate LeadsGizmos, apps, tools, data-banks, social media accounts. Scores and scores of endless technologies for real estate agents, and some still don't have a thriving business, yet possess enough real estate tech to cause a personal technology meltdown.

So, what's it worth, having all those high-tech gadgets, apps, contact data-bases and tracking tools? High tech tools can be immensely helpful to growing your business, but only if a real estate agent applies their usage properly. You may want to explore more Realtor Tips when you're done with this article.

How Real Estate Agents Fail - Leads

First of all, I hate the term "lead" though used universally throughout a multitude of sales industries. This is were

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In Loving Memory of Ms. Doodle

adopt from pet shelters, adopt a dog, adopt a dog ohioHello again. Normally I write about various real estate topics, but what is residential real estate but a home? Without the peeps and pets, a home is just a house. Doodle was a rescued dog, and my dearest fur-baby friend, and brought a ton of joy and love to our home. It was heartbreaking, but had to put her down two days ago due to kidney failure.

Needless to say, I been crying my eyes out for nearly two weeks now and knew it was coming, I miss her so much, such a loving sweet soul. Couldn't let her suffer, so we took a last nap together. 

She was abandoned in a dumpster, trying to survive of whatever filth was available, dehydrated, starving, cut and bleeding and scared to death and rescued, but then she was mine

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5 Easy Ways to Go Green at Home

be energy efficient at home, energy efficiency, energy efficient homesMore and more, people are caring for and defending the environment. Green Energy like renewable resources of solar and wind are trending up, sellers are making energy efficient upgrades, and buyers are looking for green / environmentally friendly features, appliances and construction materials. 

If you're a home owner, here are some easy things you can do to lower your bills and Go Green for the planet at the same time! It may not seem like a lot month to month but it really adds up overtime, especially is saving energy becomes a habit.

energy efficient appliances, going green, be energy efficient at home1. Keep the heat in and the cold out!

Improve your home’s energy consumption by up to 30% by upgrading your insulation. Insulation saves more than 600 times more energy than

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The Danger of Disclaimers; A Follow-Up to As-Is Homes

real estate disclaimers, selling real estate as is, selling a home as isBack in March, my article "As-Is Homes for Sale - Avoid a Lawsuit", pointing out that selling a home "as-is" doesn't alleviate or relieve sellers of legal liability nor their selling agent. As-is properties could be luxury homes, foreclosures, multi-family or even commercial or industrial real estate.

Realtor, Buyer and Seller Tips - Avoid Lawsuits

I wanted to provide some actual real life examples of how disclaimers can lead people (buyers or sellers) and even agents into a false sense of security. This example below which occurred back in 1988 is a perfect example. Here are more Realtor Tips, Buyer and Seller articles to help you.

The John Douglas Company was a large southern California

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Buying a Home - "And Then There Were None"

bad real estate transactions, bad real estate dealsConsidering buying a home? Today's residential real estate markets are more often than not highly competitive with few exceptions. You can trade a car in, or take a Smart TV back and exchange, get a refund, trade; basically find a way to improve your end result. Buying a house is much different with devastating consequences if you're not careful.

Agatha Christie's famous best-seller (over 100 million copies sold) "And Then There Were None" comes to mind.

For your reading pleasure, ten people are lured into coming to an island under different pretexts, e.g. offers of employment or to enjoy a late summer holiday or meet with old friends. All have been complicit in the death(s) of other human beings but

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Preparing Your Roof for Winter

winterize roof, preparing a roof for winter, roof maintenanceWinter is coming. Is your home ready? Preparation and basic maintenance is the best prevention for any major home issue. So when gearing up for winter storms, start with an inspection - a task diligent homeowners carry out throughout the year.

Keep in mind, if you're thinking of selling a home, one of the big items for buyers is going to be the condition of the roof. For buyers, you're going to want to make sure your new home's roof is up to snuff and well maintained. A sound, healthy roof is key to protecting the overall health of a home.

Buyer or seller, you may want to take a look at some other home improvement projects from simply DIY projects to those that require professional work.

 Look now, before the

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Rooms We Never Knew We Needed

home decor, children's rooms, homework room, home improvementHomes are ever evolving to meet our needs. We went from living rooms, dining rooms, and dens to great rooms, man caves, home offices, and now – the homework room.

Innovative and fun to decorate, these new spaces are becoming more common for families with hectic schedules and limited quiet space. Some creative homeowners have transformed neglected mudrooms, pantries, and those quirky thoroughfare or half bedroom/half office type spaces into an area specifically designed to allow kids to focus. Here are few staples (and variations) to anchor and define these academic oases.

  • Desk – But don’t just think desk. Tables, bars, or cabinet type work areas help mix up the humdrum of school desks.
  • Lockers – A fun find on
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Get Top Dollar From the Sale of Your Home 

selling my home, sell my home, sell my home for moreHere are a few tips to help you get top dollar when you are selling your home. In addition to these seven simple tips, you may want to look at more articles in the sellers category of our company blog. These are also great tips for Realtors to share with their seller clients.

1. Remove half the contents of closets and cabinets. Taking out half of the contents, then organizing what remains, will make the spaces feel larger. On the other hand, a cluttered closet or cabinet will give the impression there isn’t enough storage space, a message you certainly do not want to send to prospective buyers.

2. Brighten up every room. Buy light bulbs with higher wattages, clean your windows, take down room darkening

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