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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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Realtor Tips: Using Testimonials and References

real estate testimonials, marty snyder references, marty snyder real estate agentI remember first starting out in real estate, working someone else's phones, trying to land a client whenever possible and doing all I could to gain experience. Having been a Realtor here in SW Ohio now since 2006 and coming up on a full decade of experience working Cincinnati to Dayton I think it's safe to say I've learned a few things about growing my business.

All agents can function either as a listing agent or a buyers' agent, but there are some differences. In either case, testimonials and references are key to ongoing success and an important part of marketing yourself.

Find a great collection of good articles on these subject below.

Building Your Personal Brand

Most sellers connect

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Save Money, Protect Your House - Fall Home Maintenance

Fall Maintenance, fall water damage, protect house fallIf you live in Ohio, Midwest or upper East Coast you already know that winter can be quite cruel and brutal at times. This can be especially true if you are a home owner that doesn’t properly prepare for the harsh weather ahead.

As a very active Realtor, I have seen the damages that can be brought on a home due to improper or poor winter preparation.

Buyers who have recently purchases, or home owners preparing to sell soon or next spring will do well to double-check Fall maintenance and winterizing is done properly.

You may want to check out more articles for Buyers or Sellers.

13 Fall Maintenance Must-Do's

Some of the tips below may or may not apply to you, but most will: 

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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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Final Walk Through - What to Expect

final walk through, home inspection, buying a homeThe walk through- it’s the final step before the deal is officially sealed. This is arranged by your realtor and can take place anywhere from a week to 24 hours before the official close of sale.

This may be the first time a buyer sees the home vacant, so it’s best to prepare for the “unstaged” look. At this point, all major inspections and any negotiations about needed repairs, and the repairs themselves, should be complete. The goal of the final walk through is to make sure the home is in the condition specified in the contract.

In addition to the info below, check out more helpful Buyer Articles.

Make sure to tour the home with the contract in hand, to help limit any confusion. Here are few things to look

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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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Is September a Prime Month for Buyers? 

best time to buy a home, buying a home, first time buyersWith summer ending, the fervor of home buying is dying down, which can be a good thing for buyers. A recent article in Daily Real Estate News noted that homebuyers looking to purchase during the off-season, particularly September, could have the upper hand.

Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com, reported that supply rises in the late summer, providing buyers with more choices. In the third week of August, national inventory was at 1.91 million units, an increase of 21 percent since January.

“Normally inventory peaks in August and begins to slow as the nights grow longer,” Smoke says. “But this year the typical seasonal decline will start a bit later. There will be more choices in September than

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Avoid Homebuyer's Remorse

first time buyer, buying a home, first time home buyingBecause big purchases are tied to big expectations, you want to be sure you aren’t setting yourself up for disappointment when buying a home. A majority of homebuyers end up regretting at least one thing after moving into their new home. Most of the time, those regrets could have been avoided. For example, the most common complaints include the home not being big enough, the home not having enough closet space or enough bathrooms, being in a bad school district or having unpleasant neighbors. To help you avoid homebuyer’s remorse, here are a few tips to keep in mind when looking for a new home.

1. Take the time to research. Get online and research the neighborhood you are considering moving in to. Check out the schools, the

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