Nationwide and Other Places

While still related to real estate, this category is for newsworthy or trending topics around real estate in places outside of Ohio so you can learn more about what's going on in other states. Topics and articles about trends, buyers, sellers and also things that affect homeowners.

Found 171 blog entries about Nationwide and Other Places.

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See Through The Eyes Of Compassion 

ToleranceI recently had the honor to travel to beautiful Paris, France, my travel partner and I were lucky enough to miss the Parisian attacks by only a few weeks. Visiting La Ville Lumiere (The City of Light) only months after the devastating Charlie Hebdo shooting lent an air of sadness to the stunning destination. Terrorists leave us all reeling in the wake of their attacks, not only for the devastation left behind but the preposterous chance that any one of us could be a target at anytime, anywhere; for reasons the majority of the human race would consider incomprehensible. 

We live in a beautifully diverse nation, one where we welcome people from ALL corners of the world, religions, ethnicities and eccentricities. I

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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 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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Five Hot Exterior Home Improvements

gutter guardsSpring isn’t the only time to spruce up your house. This fall, take the opportunity to look around your exterior and make some improvements before you get cooped up inside for the winter. So what exterior improvements should be at the top of your honey-do list this fall? Here are our top 5!

  1. Get gutter protection

We’re not just listing this as number one because we’re the gutter protections experts. You really should check this off your list as early in the fall as possible so that you can enjoy the whole season clog-free.

 

If you want gutter protection perfection, our LeafFilter system is the product you need to be looking in to. LeafFilter it completely enclosed – no holes, no slits, no

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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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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 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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