March 2016

Found 24 blog entries for March 2016.

Protecting Your Home From Flood Damage

flood preparation, protecting your home from flood damageThe spring season is often a time when many Americans face the possibility of flooding as a result of spring storms and melting snow.

As some of you well-know, here in Ohio we can incur quite the ongoing deluge, particularly hard in areas Cincinnati and Clermont and Hamilton County, not to mention the torrents of rain that has befallen states like Texas and Missouri among others lately.

Swelling rivers, and excess rain have the potential to create unsafe conditions for your home and on the roadways, so although the weather is warming up and spirits are on the rise, it’s important to be prepared. 

Here are a few tips to keep yourself, your family, and your home safe during flood season.

Easy Tips -

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Fair Market Value - The Karma of Overpriced Listings

how much is my home worth, sell my home fastSelling a home in a timely manner means different things to different owners, but all sellers want to net as much as possible and it all boils down to perception, appeal and "fair market value"

It's always been funny to me, Westerners believe the definition of Karma is loosely "what comes around goes around" but that actual meaning of Karma is simply "The future one creates for oneself".

When it comes to pricing a home, this concept is better than a real-life crystal ball at what will happen if your home isn't priced correctly.

I'll spell it out for you, how it will play out, exactly what will happen but also what sellers can do to land in the ballpark of their goals.

The Karma ....

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    No Follow Up Monday - Better Real Estate Biz

    real estate best days to follow up, real estate leadsHaving built two real estate lead generation programs over last few years, including high-end real estate websites, CRM's and all that goes with it and feeding dozens of agents tons of business, I think I know a thing or two about it.

    Stop calling them "leads" btw, they're people looking for a home or needing to sell one. Pouncing on people just makes you irritating. Why would I share tips? Because I think people get tired of feeling "hounded" right out the gate for looking at properties.

    What "leads" appreciate are likely the very same things that you do when it comes to common courtesy, busy times of the day or having a life. Again, they're people too and get busy, go to church perhaps, want to spend

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    7 Must-Have Real Estate Tools & Apps 2016

    real estate tools, real estate appsReal estate technology keeps gaining ground and with so many apps and tools screaming for your business how do you choose which ones to utilize?

    Obviously, trying to do it all would be counter productive. Choosing tools that are comfortable for you to use, save you time, create a better quality service to offer your clients, buying or selling, is what it should be all about.

    There are also a lot of tools and apps recently developed or in the works as companies move to capitalize on real agent spending.

    Ask yourself; "Does it help buyers and sellers?"

    So, what's worth it? Reviewing dozens of tools, I boiled it down to these must-haves.

    1. An Online-Presence. You don't have to have a huge audience

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    $10,000 Prize for Taxpayer Experience Overhaul?

    taxpayer design contest, taxpayer system design contestTaxpayers and mortgage borrowers have something in common - If they are home owners, they are the same.

    In a ground-breaking move, the IRS is launching its first crowdsourced challenge with a $10,000 prize to who can dream up the best idea to "reimagine the taxpayer experience of the future." and asking the public for help.

    A bold move, guess who's putting up the prize money?

    The Mortgage Banker Association.

    "For the MBA, it hopes that its involvement in the crowdsourcing challenge results in an improved experience for the taxpayer, which, in turn, would help to improve the consumer experience for lending, according to Rick Hill, the MBA’s vice president of industry technology." states Ben

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    Ohio Real Estate Sales Climbing

    ohio real estate market, ohio real estateI'm always busy as one of Ohio's top 5% of Realtors and usually somewhat busy through winter, but this year has been markedly different.

    I wan't only busier than normal this last winter but happy to announce that sales across the buckeye state are energetically burgeoning. With uncertainty about the FEDs raising rates and home buying becoming increasingly competitive, now's the time to buy and save.

    If You're Going to Buy - Buy This Year!

    "The number of homes sold across Ohio in February rose 6.7 percent from the level posted during the month a year ago, the market’s 17th consecutive monthly year-over-year gain, according to the Ohio Association of REALTORS. 

    “The activity level in February was extremely

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    Low Ball Offers - How Low Can I Go?

    Everyone wants a deal, or better yet a steal and why many first time home buyers will make low ball offers.

    That's not necessarily a bad thing, but just how low is low enough to get the seller's attention and at least a counter vs having an offer laughed right off the table before it's even seen?

    acceptable low ball offers

    Well, the amount of a low ball offer would depend on certain elements and factors and also the fact that local real estate markets can be a strange phenomenon.

    3 Tips - Don't Get Laughed Off the Table

    Absolutely, you're going to want to consult with your Realtor, but having the following questions prepared can help you maximize your chances at getting a decent discount.

    1. What are comparable homes selling

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    Low Ball Offers - Roasting Tips

    Joe buyer is chomping at the bit to buy a home and land a deal. He's watched 1,000 hours of HGTV, and confident he's the man with the plan. 

    low ball offers

    Joe Buyer got pr-eapproved for $300,000 yes-sir-eee, and gonna show his wife how it's done, impress her good.

    "Okie Dokie Joe, I sent you some homes so let me know which ones you'd like to see."

    "All of them" he says. "But there's another one for $350,000 I seen, I'd like to take a look-see at it."

    "Isn't that a bit out of your price range?" I ask ...

    "Well, we could offer $290,000 for it and see if they'll go for it!" Joe Buyer insists.

    I had explained to Joe how to get a better deal on a home; what a reasonable low ball offer was, more money down, don't ask

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    Spring Real Estate Market - Buyer Tips

    Well, today marks the first day of spring and home buyers begin coming out the woodwork and real estate markets around the U.S and globe begin to get competitive for buyers and busy for agents.

    I've compiled a short list of home buying tips for the spring season, some you may not have thought of. 

    spring real estate market

    Before you dive into the tips below, understand, spring is the most competitive time when it comes to home-buying and every year my business partner Marty Snyder and I help buyers save substantially, but there are always a few clients that feel no small degree of disappointment for not getting that one particular "perfect house" they wanted.

    Feel free to bookmark this page or share it, and keep these home

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    How to Attract Hummingbirds and Feathered Friends

    Bird watching is a popular pastime all over the world, and topping the list is how to attract hummingbirds.  By just starting to notice which birds are regulars to your area, you can begin the journey into the bird watching tribe along with hummingbirds.

    Here are some tips on how to attract humming birds and other feathered friends and create a safe bird sanctuary of your own. 

    how to attract hummingbirds

    A fantastic way to enjoy colorful hummers is planning and planting a hummingbird garden. This provides them with a natural diet, is great for the environment and will also in turn attract butterflies and other bird species.

    Using pesticides will harm the birds, and birds will eat bugs! You can mail order ladybugs and

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