Buy - Making Offers

In this category of our Complete Southern Ohio Real Estate Blog we post information about how to make an offer on a home, but also how to get your offer accepted and what it takes to be fully prepared to make an offer on a home. If you're in the market, take a moment and see our reviews - we save you thousands, time and headaches. Explore Cincinnati area Hot Communities and listings or use our easy property search to find your dream home.

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Making Real Estate Offers Explained

Hello readers and followers, back today to talk about what goes into making real estate offers but simplified and thought I'd throw in some other tips and links for home buyers to check out.

Think of making a real estate offer like a relationship. The first step is getting ready to propose and then the proposal itself and hope your offer is accepted.

real estate offers

On that note, getting ready for the proposal requires some due diligence. Here are some handy articles all home buyers should read before making real estate offers:

fico score vs credit score debt-to-income-ration, the magic number

For making real estate offers, Realtors use a variety of similar forms and they vary from MLS territory to MLS territory and

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The Gross Truth About Easements in Gross

As an active Realtor in Southwest Ohio, I come across situations involving easements in gross and other types of easements that can sometimes negatively impact a real estate transaction and also stories from new clients about easements causing issues in their past.

easements in gross

My business partner, Greg Hancock, and I are always seeking to educate buyers and sellers; easements in gross or easements period should always be looked for, evaluated and discussed.

Not doing so is like building without a permit and can come back and "bite you" down the road. I even have a personal story and example for you of how this can happen.

Easements can be defined or classified as easements in gross or easements appurtenant.

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11 Tips to Prevent Real Estate Closing Delays

If you’re thinking of buying a home, selling a home or perhaps already in the process, one of the most painful things a first time buyer, or any home buyer, can face is a delayed real estate closing which can cause a great deal of upset.

Bookmark this page! If you are selling a home, these tips will serve you well as they would a home buyer. 

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Buying a home in SW Ohio?

Just because you have a closing date, or just going with what generally accepted time frames are is no guarantee that your real estate closing will happen in a timely manner.

There are many reasons a real estate closing can be delayed, some of it falling on the seller’s shoulders, some on the agents involved and some delays are

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Greg's Picks, 30 Real Estate Blog Articles, August 2016

Back again to post my top picks and awesome sauce of real estate blog posts and articles for the month of August 2016

Why these articles? As active Realtors, my business partner Marty Snyder and I hate hearing about someone's bad experience with other real estate agents and love it when we get our chance to work with these clients and show them what a good experience can be.

real estate blog august 2016

On that note, not only do Marty and I blog about real estate, posting helpful articles packed with time and money saving tips for buyers, sellers and homeowners but also connect with great, experienced real estate agents around the U.S and abroad through social media.

I choose a selection of articles each month

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Listing agent vs Buyer's agent; Dual agents - Roles in Real Estate

If you're buying a home, you might be tempted to call the number on the sign in the yard, but you should stop and think before you dial.

Who you call for assistance with buying a home can either cost or save you a lot of money, and potentially time and grief down the road as well. 

roles in real estate

In a on going effort to educate home buyers new to the experience, there is a simple thing you really need to get in your head before you start house hunting and that's understanding agency.

It's really quite simple:

The listing agent is (hopefully) a very skilled and voracious marketer that has promised the seller to net as much as possible from the sale of the home. A buyer's agent is like

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Buying a Home for the First Time

Though real estate is a highly local phenomenon, today’s market is still moving fast with regard to buyers facing stiff competition in many cities around the country and buying a home for the first time or even second time requires being on the ball and fully prepared.

My business partner Marty Snyder and I counsel buyers that “want to sleep on it” greatly increases the chance (in most markets) that another offer will be presented and accepted or find themselves in a multiple offer situation and resultant bidding-war when the call for "highest and best" goes out.

buying a home for the first time

One of the things that can hinder buying a home for the first time is too great an expectation of deep discounts.

Currently around SW Ohio and the

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Is it a Good Time to Buy a Home? Economic Concerns.

For today’s post, I’d like to highlight though many buyers are out there madly shopping for homes in what is currently a seller’s market, a lot of buyers are hanging back wondering “is it a good time to buy a home” due to economic concerns.

Unsure about what the next administration’s impact on economy and housing, jobs and wages, world affairs, stock markets and real estate market fluctuations have many buyers scratching their heads, waffling about a home purchase.

is it a good time to buy a home

I’d like to offer some simple but wise advice if you fall into that category.

It’s not always the right to buy a home for some with regard to savings, bill-paying power, credit and debt-to-income ratios. It is, however, the

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Are You Really Prepared for the Cost of Buying a Home?

In a fast moving and ever-changing real estate market, buyers wrestle with wanting to make a home purchase happen but have you asked if yourself if you are really prepared for the cost of buying a home?

I’d hate to see you fail, I really would.

the cost of buying a home

It happens; you find a house that meets all or most all your requirements and you’ve actually spoken to a lender and a pre-approved for a home loan, let’s say $250,000 and the listing is also $250,000.

Let’s also say, hypothetically, you get an accepted offer at $240,000 and you jump for joy – but then one by one, expenses start to pop up and you begin to worry if the cost of buying a home is going to be too great.

Planning now, and more

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Pre-Approval Definition vs Pre-Qualified Home Loans

A lot of clients, buyer or seller and some real estate professionals lack understanding about the substantial difference between a pre-approval definition and pre-qualified home loans and unfortunately cost some the dream of buying a home.

There are several reasons both Realtors and sellers want buyers to fit the pre-approval definition as it means the buyer has spoken to a lender and has the financial capacity to follow through on a purchase.

pre approval definition

Savvy Realtors that are going to help list a property also want the seller to get pre-approved if the Realtor is going to help them with a home purchase as well before listing the current property.

Pre-qualified home loans are a positive signal, but

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Greg's Picks - 25 Real Estate Blog Articles, June 2016

Back again to post my top picks and awesome sauce of real estate blog posts and articles for the month of June 2016 

Why these articles?

real estate blog

I choose the articles based on questions buyer and seller clients ask Marty and I for the value these articles hold for buyers, sellers and homeowners.

Articles and posts are from notable real estate agents and also real estate industry related companies like mortgage or title.

Learning is always a good thing - buying, selling or a homeowner you can save money and time, protect your investment and improve the quality of your experience and living.

Comment freely; you won't end up on any email list. Links to your real estate related sites with

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