Owners - Protecting Investments

This category of real estate blog posts holds articles about property ownership rights, home ownership rights and protecting your real estate investment. Get answers to questions like "is title insurance really necessary", learn about school taxes and impact on property values, home improvement with regard to things like environment, wear and tear, HOA"s or local laws. Buying or selling in SW Ohio?

Found 13 blog entries about Owners - Protecting Investments.

6 Superb Vacation Safety Tips: Protect Your West Chester Home 

Listing your vacant home or going on vacation; an overstuffed curbside mailbox, blazing porch light at noon, or a pile of newspapers out there by your front door all indicate a couple of things West Chester homeowners would do well to avoid. For burglars and housebreakers of all stripes, these are like lighted billboards announcing:

  • This West Chester homeowner is off somewhere enjoying a nice summer vacation; and
  • This afternoon and/or evening, there’s nobody home!

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Every West Chester homeowner deserves an extended break now and then—and the July/August weather makes now the ideal time for many—but it’s also high season for break-and-enter artists (or just ‘enter’ artists,

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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.

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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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6 Final Real Estate Questions to Ask Sellers

One day, congratulations will be in order for getting an accepted contract, but once you're moving towards a successful closing there are some important final questions to ask the seller that will help ensure a smoother transition to becoming the property's new owner.

You can use this article to generate your own personal checklist and space for answers and notes.

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1 - Do you have the warranties and instruction manuals? Very important to obtain any existing warranties, which should be used before using your home warranty protection and coverage. Also very handy are any instruction manuals for appliances, furnace, hot water heather, air conditioner, electrical, security, watering or other systems.

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Residential Real Estate Investing – 3 Ways to Mitigate Risk

One of the most concerning things a real estate investor wrestles with is risk, whether just starting out with small real estate investing in single family homes or those pursing multi-family and commercial properties.

The risks can be scary, but there are tools, instruments and other investments that will keep your real estate investing safer, preserve your progress, peace of mind and protect you and your investment from a legal standpoint.

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Another facet of risk in real estate investing is choosing areas and properties that perform, this article is meant to address other types of risk.

Investing in single family and multi-family house – a duplex on up to a small 8-25 unit

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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?

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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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Proposed Save Act to Reduce Mortgage Defaults

Many first time buyers including the millennial crowd show increasing concern about energy conservation and environmental impact and matched by their desire to save financially.

With over 100 million homes in the U.S accounting for a fifth of our nation’s energy consumption, they are also responsible for almost 25 percent of our country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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A growing trend with no sign of slowing, energy efficient smart homes reduce utility costs while buffering homeowners against rising energy costs.

Similarities to “Know Before You Owe”.

In fact, a joint study by IMT, Core Logic and University of North Carolina showed that energy-efficient homeowners were 32 percent less likely to

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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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Homeowners Insurance - Quality, Claims and Regrets

homeowner insuranceI'm sure you've seen all the commercials on television for car insurance and have noticed cheap, fast or "insure anyone" but when it comes to buying a home and purchasing homeowners insurance cheap, fast and companies that will insure anyone jeopardize everything you've worked so hard for.

You've seen the Allstate commercials, right? "There will still be pain", "Maybe you should have done more research on your insurance company", "They'll only replace three-quarters of the value of your car" etc.

Well, just imagine if it was your home in question, not a car. Yikes!

My first and foremost advice about buying homeowners insurance is ratings and reviews, especially with regard to claims and

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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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Greg's Picks,15 Real Estate Blog Articles, March 2016

real estate blog, real estate blog 2016For the month of March 2016 here's my top picks for 5 articles for buyers and 5 articles for sellers and 5 home improvement or interior design articles.

Tough choices, there are many good real estate industry related authors around the internet.

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Why these articles?

I picked these articles not for the number of likes, shares, endorsements or social media popularity, but for the value these articles hold for buyers, sellers and homeowners.

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

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