Buy - Who to Work With

Pondering Cincinnati real estate agents or "good real estate agents near me? Regardless what state or country you may be looking in, here you'll find real estate blog posts with insights on how to find a the best real estate agent, choosing a Realtor and "find a real estate agent to sell my home".  Buying a home in Ohio or thinking of selling your home on the Southern Ohio real estate market? check out our testimonials.

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Renting vs Buying a Home - 5 Things to Remember

You’ve finally reached a point in your life where you plan to be in the same place for longer than a 12-month lease and pondering renting vs buying a home. Instead of making rental payments on a monthly basis, you want to earn equity as you go and eventually end up with a permanent roof over your head. (We at ​ABODO​ will miss you, but we understand.)

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But rent doesn’t translate into mortgage on a simple 1:1 ratio — a lot more goes into the transition than you might think, from the upfront costs involved to what happens if your dishwasher malfunctions and spews food-­flavored water all over your floor. As you prepare to pick up the torch of home ownership, keep these five things in mind, and you’ll

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Chasing real estate commission checks vs making lifetime clients

In my opinion, what follows below is the single best advice for new real estate agents or those thinking of a license that would to see regular real estate commission checks and build their real estate business correctly.

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If you want to build a business, treat your clients like we do and be a first class, five star Realtor.

Marty, my business partner, and I have run a successful real estate business for many years in SW Ohio and the Greater Cincinnati area with bragging rights.

There’s a good reason why Cincinnati area home sellers and buyers in Southwest Ohio and Cincinnati choose to work with us. See our reviews.

That being said, I would like to share some personal

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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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3 Great Realtor Tips - The Art of Answering Precisely

Just wanted to share some Realtor tips for my colleagues out there, and to let buyers and seller in our market know how important timely and accurate answers are.

Have you ever called a customer service center and heard the words "unfortunately", "I don't know" or worse yet, received incomplete or even erroneous information? 

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Maddening, isn't it?

In order to put the best foot forward, make the connection and quickly forge a working relationship, real estate agents need to also be responsive which brings me to the first tip I'd like to offer you.

1. No one likes to wait for answers whether it's "I'll get back to you" or being put on hold even if only for a few minutes. Your time is

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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. 

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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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3 Social Media Questions to Ask a Realtor

Having built and coached two E-agent teams at two different brokerages and generating business for myself and business partner Marty Snyder, I can tell buyers and sellers a thing or two about shopping for a good real estate agent near you.

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Why is social media so important for agents? Well, honestly I can tell that most real estate agents are terrible at social media, growing local audiences in different mediums and have no understanding of how it all works together, but how does that benefit a buyer or seller?

According to the National Association of Realtors statistics, some 91% of real estate agents use social media to some degree and 90% of buyers find their agent and their home on social media.

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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.

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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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Good Real Estate Agents, Bad Real Estate Agents - Accountability

Now, I'm sure just about anyone reading this knows what it's like to get screwed, taken or shammed and it's just gut wrenching and perhaps more so when you're searching out good real estate agents and come across bad real estate agents but don't realize it until after the fact.

I'd like to just drop some thought-bombs on finding good real estate agents near you, how to detect and promptly fire bad real estate agents before you become a victim of lack of professionalism or purposeful, outright bad ethics.

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Good Real Estate Agents Near Me

First of all, let's go over what you want to look for and what you want to avoid when you start looking for "good real estate agents near me".

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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 current 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. Looks good? Smells good?

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

It’s not always the right time to buy a home for some with regard to savings, bill-paying power, credit and

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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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