Buyers

This category is exclusive to topics that concern buyers, including first time buyers, first time home buying, financing, advice and resources. Take some time and explore topics from top Ohio Realtors about the home buying process, knowledge is power. Learning about buying a home is an important first step and will make the entire process easier for you. Learn from expert Ohio Realtors at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty.

Topics can also include posts about incentives for different communities of Ohio real estate's markets, but also informative articles about inspections, appraisals, down payments and assistance, contract issues, who to work with and why. Authors are professional buyers agents and we invite you to save time and money with their expertise. 

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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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Fireplace Safety - Preparing for use

fireplace safety, home safety fireplaceIt won’t be long before we’re switching the thermostat from AC to heat and getting ready to stoke the fire. But before we break down the kindling and create that cozy setting, there are a few steps to take to ensure safety and efficiency.

While a source of warmth and cheer, improperly maintained fireplaces can be very dangerous for your home and family. 

Here in Ohio, a large percentage of homes have fireplaces, and working with buyers interested in these properties, it should never be neglected during initial home inspections. For homeowners that already have one, have all fireplaces and stoves (wood, gas, or pellet burning) professionally inspected and cleaned every year (no less than every other year).  The

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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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Home Buying Tips for Newlyweds

home buying, first time buyer, first time home buying

Often, one of the first major life steps that newlyweds must make as a couple is buying a first home together. An incredibly important step for anyone, this decision is often a first-time experience as well as choice with very expensive price tag!  A newly married couple would be well served to embrace caution before starting their climb on the property ladder, and to follow these 4 home-buying tips:

 

1. List Out Your Priorities : The consequences of buying the wrong home in the wrong location are much more far-reaching than almost any family purchase, so the first step towards buying a home as a new couple is to determine the “must have” features.  The most common and important priorities to consider are home

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TRID ChangesHow TRID Babies Are Progressing

Better late than never! After careful evaluation I decided to watch these TRID babies make their way into the first month of life and report on how they are actually faring on the journey to closing table. No surprise here but...it's  a mixed bag folks. As stressed in prior blogs, it is imperative to have a team of well-educated professionals on your side who truly understand the TRID changes and how to appropriately set everyone's expectations in order to avoid the dreaded 11th hour fallout. 

Cleverly Concoct Your Plan

When interviewing lenders (which you ARE doing...correct?!) be sure to ask pointed questions. Lindsey Akers of Prime Lending states, "any lender can quote fees, rates and basically take the

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Working Effectively With Contractors

home improvement, home improvement contractors, home improvement contractors ohioVery few people actually enjoy tackling home improvement or renovation projects. While hiring a contractor may be the most efficient, practical, and just simply the right way to go, it still takes some planning and preparation on your part.

First off, hire a professional. The right professional. Research choices using websites like Home Advisor or Angie’s List, and ask friends, colleagues, and neighbors.

Narrow down your choices to at least three and discuss the project with each in detail, then get bids. Make sure they’ve worked on a project similar to yours, and then get and check references and licenses. Your selection may be unavailable to start right away, but that could be a good sign. The best

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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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5 Tips for Relocating to Another State

relocating to another state, buying a home in another state, moving tipsBuying a home can be a long and sometimes stressful process. Buying a home in another state, if you are uncertain of the process, can be even more so. However, if you know the steps, you can simplify the process and help alleviate, perhaps even eliminate, the stress of buying a home out of state.

Here are 5 tips to help you:

This year alone I've had 11 clients relocating from other states to outstanding locations around SW Ohio including Cincinnati, West Chester, Mason, Springboro and Beavercreek, all of which have amazing luxury homes, surprisingly affordable, and attractive median properties.

Drawing on the experiences with each client, I've compiled a list of 5 common denominators to speed relocating

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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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