Milestones in Housing from the beginning of Mr. and Mrs. Yanok
First Apartment How to break a lease???
- Found an apt. on Northwest
- Blvd. in Grandview
- Talked the owner in to leasing to a unmarried woman before wedding. and the me too movement..my mother was with me. He decided since I was a HOME ECONOMICS Teacher, I would be like renting to Martha Stewart or Betty Crocker back then…70’s.
- I then decided to look a little closer to my school and found the same apt. just a little East of Bexley, for less money and closer to work…Yes, I took my mother back to the owner of the Grandview Apt. and after some fast talking, I was able to break the lease.
LESSON LEARNED…Do your homework before you sign the lease!
First New Build Allowances, Selections, Time Frame, Construction Loans
- Being 26 years old and only renting, we only interviewed one builder that owned the lot we had selected.
- Each selection was a process and always seemed to be just a little over the allowance. We only went to the builder’s preferred vendors. To our credit, the internet was not a shopping center at that time.
- Because our builder was building several homes, he used some of our money to complete other new builds. Then as time went by materials for our house increased in price and we were expected to make up the difference.
LESSON LEARNED…….Interview and Hire a Diligent REALTOR to watch out for YOU.
Second New Build Think of the end use. Talk to others that have just gone through the process
- George readily told me whatever we learned 17 years ago, is not applicable today.
- The home builder and his sales staff represent the builder. You need someone to represent you. A good realtor earns their money otherwise left to the builder.
- We found lights from a wholesale electric supply to select fantastic lights for less money.
- Not being a realtor at that time, somehow we created an OPEN FlOOR Plan based on what we had learned from parenting experiences with two young girls…always able to see and hear most of their activities and conversations with friends. Yes, our house was full of friends…
- So glad we upgraded to a unusually large granite island in the kitchen which became a workplace for all…science projects, art supplies, calculus study groups, cleaning lacrosse sticks and golf clubs and the list could go on
- We decided to build our retirement home on the first floor…yes our Pine Box Home
LESSON LEARNED…Make sure all family members have some input and/or consideration. Plan for the future.
As the market changes, I learn and share new ideas, concerns, advantages, disadvantages, points to remember to help guide my clients to make the BEST decisions for their families.
LOVE being a REMAX Realtor!