Why YOU need an Experienced Realtor representing you when building a NEW HOME…

When you buy new construction, the home’s builder is the seller, and the agent representing the builder is called the builder’s agent.  The builder uses his own purchase contract and of course his team is interested in making the most profit possible for the work.  You, the buyer, need representation for the following reasons:

  1.  An experienced agent will help you include what questions to ask from day one and provide objective professional advice.
  2. Negotiating sales price
  3.  Reviewing plans to eliminate numerous change charges
  4.  Recommending financing
  5.  Negotiating extras
  6.  Visiting the construction site
  7.  Help buyers select their upgrades and keep them within the pricing for the neighborhood.
  8. Realtors can provide information on best upgrades that will give buyers  best return of their dollars.
  9.  Accompany you through inspections, punch outs, and walkthroughs
  10.  Builders are aware.  They know experienced and respected Realtors talk to other colleagues about the experiences of their clients.
  11.  Happy and satisfied buyers = Happy and satisfied Realtors = More Business for the Builder
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“NEVER SETTLE. There is no RUSH.” Mark Cuban

 

YES, the inventory of homes in Central Ohio is extremely low.  Yes, a buyer may be competing with other buyers when they make an offer on a property but NEVER SETTLE.

There will always be another house!   If you settle on location, quality, schools, size, ranch or 2 story…and the list could go on you may live to regret your second or third choice.

In working with DOWNSIZERS…I am working for one this week…I have to remind them if you want a ranch, why buy a 2 story with a master on the first floor?  Why heat and cool the second floor when you don’t plan to use the space?  Will you want or need to move again in a few years?  Do you want to go up or down stairs to a utility room?

LOCATION…When working for young couples who share they are planning on a family…Don’t settle.  Investigate schools and move to a area with a  great school system unless you plan on moving in a few years.  Trying to sell a 3 or 4 bedroom 2 story may prove to be difficult in a low achieving school district.

Don’t hurry, be pushed by a realtor, or settle on probably one of the largest items you will purchase in a lifetime.   You cannot return a property…you have to sell it before you can move on.

 

 

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Big REVEAL…Local Realtor FEELS the Guilt

This is the picture I see in my mind as I am instructing sellers to declutter their home.  As they share the significance and memory attached to each item (maybe with a tear) , I say “This must be stored or here is a list of places to get rid of stuff!”  I keep seeing this  picture in my head, as I feel the GUILT!  I do share items from my COLLECTION when my stager feels they need a certain extra touch in a room to help save my client $$$ but and you know the rest of the story.  The storage area of our basement is becoming my no cash and carry for enthusiastic friends and relatives.

 

I still have my daughters elementary school papers, art masterpieces, and the list could go on….And just like most adult children, they don’t want any of these precious items filed away for safe keeping.  This year when starting the job of putting away holiday decorations, I threw away the following with tears….A Pretzel wreath, made by Andi at Central College Preschool, a handmade holiday plate designed by Emily at Robert Frost Elementary.  I am somewhat selective, as some childhood items are being used by our grandchildren when they come to OHIO…hoping they want to take them home.

Many sellers want to spend $$$ making improvements they have always wanted to increase the value of their property.  My advice why now, when you are moving on.

CLEAN and DECLUTTERED  is where you begin…and then hire an energetic, honest, caring, experienced Realtor that would be somewhat like ME.

Check out my tips on YOUTUBE!  More on YOUTUBE…NO COST.  Enjoy.

 

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Hottest Trends in Genoa Township and Interior Design for 2018

My grandson and son-in-law are on board to the hottest trends…Thank you to Officer Tyler at the Genoa Township Fire Dept. for an excellent tour of the firehouse today!

Always fun to review the various lists of Trends in Interior Design at the beginning of the year.

  1.  BOLD Colors for 2018   Sherwin-Williams Oceanside SW 6496 is nominated for the Best Color!  Deep violets and orange?
  2. MIXED Metallics….So glad to see this in many homes today, forget the old rules
  3. The use of Gen Z Yellow…..thank you to Beyoncé.
  4. The use of Quartz…more colors, easy to clean, and more versatile   Just put in our updated master bath and agree!
  5. Light Textured Wood Floors…much easier to clean!  And my husband wants to refinish our wood floors when after years, we have so much texture!
  6. More use of Natural Materials, less is more, use of wicker and rattan with a modern edge
  7. Concrete in unexpected areas…I would love to try on our kitchen counters but not sure about the maintenance.
  8. Black fixtures with matte finishes …very easy to keep clean
  9. Larger tiles, goodbye subway tiles!  Less grout equals less cleaning!  Love the use of larger tiles, less grout, and more calming without all the lines.

Market is heating up too.

I have 3 new listings soon to be on ready for market…two in Westerville and one in Blacklick.

Get on Board to be included in the first wave of listings for 2018 while it remains a Seller’s Market!

Contact me for listing appt.  I will provide a professional stager as well as a professional photographer to help you transform your home to a product ready to go to market.

 

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Naughty or Nice List? Home Selling during the Holidays

A well staged, uncluttered property in a good location at a fair price will sell any time of the year.  How long will it take?  Maybe a little longer than June and July when families are shopping for schools.

Thoughts to Ponder…during the Holiday Home Buying Season:

  • Buyers that are out now are more serious…most families have a busy schedule
  • Buyers may wait until families are together on vacation to start looking
  • There are fewer homes for sale…..less competition
  • Some home show better in the winter
  • Today’s buyers never stop looking online
  • Many people relocate for that new job at the beginning of the year

I have  been working for a buyer soon to be a BUCKEYE!  We have been “shopping together” online.  I personally preview possibilities and then we put the property on the Nice List or the  Naughty List.  When her family comes to Columbus Town in early December,  you know which list we will use.

If you decide to wait for after the Holidays…don’t wait too long!  Competition increases each day of the NEW YEAR.

Happy Thanksgiving to All?  Thankful for so many gifts in my life.

mom at 94

Celebrating Thanksgiving with my mother of 94 and a healthy baby granddaughter are only two of many gifts this year.

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Pickins are Slim…Central Ohio Real Estate

Don’t get SCARED!  There is still a perfect property for you.

Start your Search Today!  I can set you up on an automated search from the Columbus Multiple Listing Service which is up to date with correct information!

We can take a look…

Call in a Home Inspector…

No reason you can’t be this happy too!

Customize for your family and Celebrate!

Unpaid photo credits…thank you Andi Linely, photographer, Eli and Evie for modeling.

 

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Adventures as a Central Ohio Realtor

Previewing properties for an out-of-town buyer…and where do you get a view like this in Columbus, Ohio?

With Amenities like these: 24/7 security in lobby, Key Fob operated elevators, Starbucks, The Keep Bar and Restaurant with room service, Fitness center, Out of unit storage, Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Valet Parking, Full Day Spa, Discounted Hotel Rooms for guests at discounted rates???

So much fun to check out the condos on the top floors…built in the 20’s with 47 floors!  Red, White, and Boom, just maybe for 2018!

And then one more very different adventure…

Coming soon to Columbus, Ohio….Container Homes.

Another great day of being a REMAX Realtor in Central Ohio.

 

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