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.

Found 27 blog entries about Buy - Making Offers.

How to Make an Offer on a Home - Strategy

If you have not been shopping for a home lately, you might not be aware of what is going on around you. Most homes (that are in good condition and are priced right) are selling the same day they hit the market. Most are also selling at or above the asking price. So, if you want to buy a home, you better be armed and ready!

Over the past several years, home buyers have been able to enjoy lower home prices and even being able to get some downright bargains on their home purchases. However, those days have gone by the wayside.

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Today’s market is very different than it was even as little as a year ago. You ask, “why”? First, I will give you a brief explanation as to what has transpired and then I will give

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Costs of Buying a Home - Now and Later

Hello reader peeps, looking like a beautiful week for showing homes here in SW Ohio and back to yak about the costs of buying a home - the upfront expenses and what you need to consider down the road.

It can be a difficult question, "How much money do I need to buy a house?" as everyone's situation is different, and the before and after expenses vary with the type, size and even location of the property, however, I think this guide will help you make more accurate assessments. 

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How Much do I Need to Buy a Home?

By the way, some real estate agents will push you to max out your financial purchasing power for bigger commissions. My business partner, Marty Snyder and I, want to see you in a home that is

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4 Newlywed Home Buying Tips

Congratulations on your marriage, or decision to marry and now you’re possibly considering looking for a place and wanting some home buying tips as you embark on your new life together.

Just as marriage’s first time experience, house hunting from start to finish can be a balance of what works and what doesn’t just like your relationship and I’ve put together some home buying tips specifically for those that have just tied the knot. 

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Examine the four tips below, and keep in mind that newlyweds are well-served by embracing caution and mutual agreement as the your first home is major shared expense.

1. List Your Priorities – In addition to looking into your credit and financial picture to ensure capability, getting

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How to Buy a Home - 7 Epic Home Buyer Failures

Together with my business partner Marty Snyder, one of Ohio's top Realtors, we've seen a lot over the many years helping hundreds of buyers and have compiled a list of seven of the most epic mistakes made in home buying, hoping you might avoid these disastrous outcomes. 

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Out the gate, I can tell you that half of the battles lost are due to ill preparation.

1 - Credit Conundrums - A major first step, and possible a scary one for some is making sure your credit picture is in good health. Over 80% of credit reports contain errors, and all a clerk has to do is misspell your name or address and poof - you have an alias which hurts your score. Paying on time and knowing how to manipulate credit as with

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Does Your Realtor Understand Home Financing?

Buying a home is no small undertaking, including home financing, and you should know if you didn't already, that calling the listing agent is a bad idea (they promised the seller to net as much as possible from the sale) and you should work with a reputable agent that will serve you as a buyer's agent.

So, now you know to find a buyer agent, a Realtor, but that leaves you wide open to a world of hurt when it comes to home buying. In addition to negotiation skills, responsiveness to your questions and inquiries, you better make damn sure they understand the world of home financing.

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The type of home loan you qualify for will determine what homes you should be looking at so you don't waste your time.

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10 Steps on How to Buy a House

You start poking around the internet, looking at homes and entertaining the idea of how wonderful it would be, but need a starting place on how to buy a house and stop paying your landlord's mortgage.

It's an admirable goal with a lot of benefits; improved credit, building equity and having a valuable asset that can pay off handsomely down the road as a rental property someday when you upgrade to another property or sell it off for retirement funds later in life. Too, making a place uniquely your own and filling it with grand memories and the sense of pride that only a homeowner would know.

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It takes more than dreaming about it though. Dreams are great, but breaking down a goal into manageable steps helps ensure

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Buying a Home Wisely - The Fool's Errand

Here at our real estate business in SW Ohio and the greater Cincinnati real estate market my business partner Marty Snyder and I spend a great deal of time educating each new home buyer client about a lot aspects of the home buying process.

It's almost funny to me that one of the first things I hear after picking up the phone or answering a few emails "so, you're not the listing agent?"

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I have to smile to myself, and then of course answer no. Not that we don't carry listings.

But I want you to think about this for a moment - the listing agent promised the seller to net as much as possible for the home. Why, oh why would you want to talk to the listing agent?

I get it, presumably buyers that don't

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Multiple Offers - Which Offer Should I Take?

I'm also placing this post about multiple offers on a house in the "making offers" section of our real estate blog to help buyers understand making a strong offer. Particularly important if you're making an offer on a home that is popular and seeing a lot of interested activity.

You've listed your home and find yourself in multiple offers. Which ones should you consider and what will you decide? 

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Are you selling a home in SW Ohio?

It's not always about the most money, but often the stability and security of an offer.

When you only have one offer and no sign of another coming in, if the offer is in the right price range the decision is a lot more simple. Accept, counter or reject and wait for

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Buying a Home in a Hot Market

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Getting frustrated trying to buy a home in a competitive market? Going to start the process in a hot market that's highly competitive?

One of Ohio's top Realtors, I'd like to share some house hunting advice, and though the below is based on Monroe, OH the tips and insights are universal. Enjoy the read.


If you have not been paying attention to the real estate markets over the past few years, you might not be aware. The southwestern Ohio real estate market is on fire!

Gone are the days when a buyer can expect to write a low-ball offer and get the seller’s attention. 

Often when a buyer submits an offer that is too low, the seller will simply reject it and not even offer a counter-offer.

Low Ball

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When to Hire a Real Estate Attorney

when to hire a real estate attorneyMy business partner, Marty Snyder and I work with a lot of first time buyers and this question of if or "when to hire a real estate attorney" comes up often.

The answer is both yes and no, simple and complicated and has largely to do with your circumstances, the type of property you're buying and even your unique circumstances.

Too, the choice of hiring a real estate attorney can be effected buy what state or sometimes regions within a state you reside or purchase in.

Hire a Real Estate Attorney: Short Answer

For the basic purchase of a property that shows clean title, there's no need to hire a real estate attorney. This means traditional offers from owner-sellers, foreclosures, HUD homes etc. A competent

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