Chris Russell's Blog Posts

Should You Buy Or Build A Home

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Home Selling Tip For Pet Owners

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Finding A Home In A Low Inventory Market

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Preparing For A 2021 Home Purchase

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Things To Know Before House Hunting On Zillow

https://americanlifestylemag.com/real-estate/buying-selling/top-7-things-you-need-to-know-before-house-hunting-on-zillow/?ts=1609514000254&cb=MjUxNTA3OA==&utm_source

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Should You List Your Home During The Holidays

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Factsfallhomebuying

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Get Ready For The Hot Fall Market

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Moving Safely In The Age Of COVID19

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Beautiful New Home For Sale In Richmond KY 40475

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How To Share A Youtube Video With Your Clients

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The Difference Between A Recession And A Housing Crash

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Is Now The Time To Refinance Your Mortgage

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Home staging or decorating?  click herehttps://americanlifestylemag.com/real-estate/staging/difference-home-staging-decorating/?ts=1585775629315&cb=MjUxNTA3OA==&utm_source

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Home Selling Tips For Homeowners

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Mar 27 2020 70307 1

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Curious What Your Home Is Worth

In a changing market, it's helpful to know the value of your home.  Click here to get your home's value!https://chrisrussell.plumtreerealty.com/sell

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One of the reasons people love Richmond, Kentucky!People enjoy the beautiful “Paradise Cove Aquatic Center”.  Make plans to visit when in!

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Beautiful Home in a great Location!  Call for details! 606-682-8920 Swella Bingham Realtor with Plum Tree Realty467 Southern Cross Drive, Richmond, KY  40475Charming brick ranch style home

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A Spacious and Beautiful Home located in Kings Gate Subdivisionhttps://swellabingham.plumtreerealty.com/details.php?mls=88&mlsid=1915745&askmobile=true=

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Olentangy Farmhouse In Prime Location

Tremendous potential and lots of character! Great buy for the money and will not last! Amazing opportunity to own in desirable Olentangy Schools, situated in Concord Township, between

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I Love Real Estate Investing

I like the feeling I get when I finish a big remodeling project and it looks "Barry Gucci" as my crew mates, the Remodel Kings, like to say. Last Wednesday, I bought a zombie house in Carthage

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Aug 12 2019 67016 1

Did you know you can get a conventional loan for as little as 3% down? Contact me for.

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MOVE STRESS FREE

The physical move is no doubt stressful and exhausting. Here is some advice to make the physical move somewhat easier:1. Declutter. Throw out and give away the items you have had for many years

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Jun 18 2019 67016 1

BUYER BEWARES WHEN DEALING WITH FSBO'S (FOR SALE BY OWNER)    Homeowners are NOT real estate experts, so they may or may not know to adhere to local rules and regulations. How would you

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What Is Really Happening With Home Prices

Home values have softened over the last twelve months. We are no longer seeing 6-7% annual appreciation levels for the national housing market. The current numbers are closer to 4%. Some have

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4 Tips For Making A Competitive Offer

So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call 'home,' and you've finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure you make a good

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New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For FirstTime Buyers

Home prices have been on the rise for the last seven years, leading many housing market analysts to conclude that first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market due to affordability concerns

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Turning A Bedroom Into A Lux Bedroom

For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean that we have to settle for drab and dreary.One trend

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The Benefits Of A 20 Down Payment

If you are in the market to buy a home this year, you may be confused about how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people you talk to will tell you that you need to save

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Home Buyers Are Optimistic About Homeownership

When we consider buying an item, we naturally go through a research process prior to making our decision. We ask our friends and family members who have made similar purchases about their,

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Why Access Is One Of The Most Important Factors In Getting Your House Sold

So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide

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The Cost Of Renting Vs Buying This Spring

Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today .

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Your Fabulous New Dream Home Is Now Available

Over the last several years, many “baby boomers” have undergone a metamorphosis. Their children have finally moved out and they can now dream about their own future. For many, a change in

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2 Trends Helping Keep Housing Affordable

Two positive trends have started to emerge that impact the 2019 Spring Housing Market. Mortgage interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate loan have dropped to new lows, right as reports show that

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What Would Make You Sell Your House

There are many reasons why a homeowner decides to sell their house and move. The latest Generational Trends Reportfrom the National Association of Realtors asked recent home sellers

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How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment

Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how

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How To Choose A Paint Color You Can Live With

See 8 tips and tricks that can help you commit to a color you’ll lovehttps://www.houzz.com/magazine/how-to-choose-a-paint-color-you-can-live-with-stsetivw-vs

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The KONMARI Method Helping You Prep Your House For Sale

One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house

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Existing Home Sales Slow To Start Spring

Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales slowed to an annual pace of 5.21 million home sales in March. Low inventory levels are still impacting home sales! The current month’s supply of homes

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Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less

In a recent Insights Blog, CoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased. “CoreLogic’s national

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New Study Reveals One Surprising Reason For Inventory Shortage

There has been a great amount written on millennials and their impact on the housing market. However, the headlines often contradict each other. Some claim this generation is becoming the largest

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With Inventory Low Will Your Dream Home Need Some TLC

According to a new survey from Move.com, the wave of first-time homebuyers hitting the market this summer has resulted in an interesting statistic. Nearly 60% of buyers searching

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Data Says April Is The Best Month To List Your House For Sale

The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, piquing the interest of buyers and

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Selling Your House Here Is Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner

With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try to sell their homes on their own rather than using the services of a real estate

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Easy Landscaping DIY Projects

Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features. Whether it's as simple as installing some lighting or a

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5 CRITERIA FOR PRICING A HOME

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision

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5 Reasons Why Millennials Buy A Home

Some Highlights: “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space,

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Buyer Demand Surging As Spring Market Begins

Last fall, some predicted that the 2019 residential real estate market would be a disaster. There was even belief we might experience a housing crash like the one that occurred during the last.

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Are Low Interest Rates Here To Stay

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have been on the decline since November, now reaching lows last seen in January 2018. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary

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Homeowners Now Is A Good Time To Sell Your Home

Every month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases their Seller Traffic Index as a part of their Realtors Confidence Index. In the latest release, NAR reported

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3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home

3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A HomeIf you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at

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A FirstTime Buyers Guide To Home Maintenance

A FirstTime Buyers Guide To Home Maintenancehttps://www.houzz.com/magazine/a-first-time-buyers-guide-to-home-maintenance-stsetivw-vs

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CREATE AN EVACUATION PLAN FOR YOUR PETS

CREATE AN EVACUATION PLAN FOR YOUR PETSAn evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a

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Top Tips For House Hunting Online

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but

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Documents You Need For Mortgage PreApproval A Checklist For Each Type Of Loan

Documents You Need for Mortgage Pre-Approval: A Checklist for Each Type of LoanWhether you're self-employed or applying for an FHA or USDA loan, here's the pre-approval paperwork you need.If you're

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Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong For Years To Come

Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong for Years to ComeThere has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some have even gone so

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Why PetFriendly Homes Are In High Demand

Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High DemandOne of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that

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What To Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire In

What to Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire InAs more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether they should sell their homes and move has become a hot topic. In

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As the weather starts to warm up hear in Northeast Ohio, so does our Real Estate Market. Homes that are properly priced are SELLING quickly! Most of them go into what is called "multiple offers"

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Your Homes Spring Maintenance Checklist

Your Home’s Spring Maintenance ChecklistSome Highlights: Every spring, your home needs some extra TLC! Whether you plan on selling your home this spring or not, conducting this maintenance

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3 Graphs That Show What You Need To Know About Todays Real Estate Market

3 Graphs that Show What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate MarketThe Housing Market has been a hot-topic in the news lately. Depending on which media outlet you watch, it can start to be a

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Looking To Upgrade Your Current Home Nows The Time To MoveUp

In every area of the country, homes that are priced at the top 25% of the price range for that area are considered to be Premium Homes. In today’s real estate market there are deals to be had

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Millionaire To Millennials Dont Get Stuck Renting A Home Buy One

In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that, “If

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5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring

Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR)

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6908 Root Rd

Anyone looking for a Home in North Ridgeville? Check out my New Listing! 3 bedroom 1.5 baths located on a .5 acre lot. $92,900Just "CLICK" for more!

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Homes For Sale In North Ridgeville 3rd Safest City In Ohio

Anyone searching for Homes in North Ridgeville? It has just been rated in the Top 3 Safest Cities to live in in Ohio!! Check these Homes and this City out? https://terrymurray.plumtreerealty.com

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Create A Luxury Home On A Limited Budget

Here are some great tips I found to enhance your home...https://homebuying.realtor/content/create-luxury-home-limited

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I Found A Lost Dog On The South Side Of Columbus Ohio

Today I was walking a house for its pre-close inspection and found this sweet little stray pup!!! I turned her in to the Franklin county Dog Shelter. Anyone missing a little pit bull girl? If they

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A New Year

Happy New year!January 1st is the epitome of a dichotomy.  It carries over as the final day of the holidays of the past year, yet is simultaneously the first holiday of the new year. 

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Alex Altaly sells high end real estate! 513-602-5311. altalyalex@gmail

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5 Staging Tips To Help Sell Your Home This Winter

With the holidays just around the corner, here are 5 staging tips to help you sell your home this winter.https://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/home-staging-ideas-that-work-wonders-during

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Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner

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Make-Up or Make Over?The cosmetics of a home can draw you in or turn you away.  Catch phrases like, “Curb Appeal!”Move- In Ready!” and “Wow Factor!” make for great marketing. 

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Mortgage Success

When getting ready to buy a home, it can be surprising how much paperwork is required to be approved for a mortgage. These terms will provide you with a basic understanding of what happens between

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Things To Consider When Buying A Home Location

Things to Consider When Buying a HomeLocation, location, location!  How many times have we heard that mantra?!  When purchasing a home, location truly is way up there on the list of

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Aug 20 2018 61982 1

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions most of us will make.  If you have questions o where to start, the link below will give you some ideas where to begin.https://www.consumersadvocate

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Long Cove Deerfield Township OH

Long Cove is among the most prestigious residential communities in Greater Cincinnati. With over one mile of picturesque waterways and peninsula neighborhoods, it is both scenic and walkable. The

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Jun 15 2018 40795 1

Great article on the Dayton Biz Journal about the local market!https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2017/12/20/dayton-housing-market-remains-strong-sales

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Check out this article from the Dayton Daily News about the local market!https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local-housing-markets-among-healthiest-ohio/

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Mar 20 2018 52357 1

To have a realtor or not to have a realtor?  that is the question!  It is not as simple to sell a house by putting a sign in the yard and wham someone pays for what the seller wants

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November Home Sales Soar Average Price Sets Record For 17th Consecutive Month

Posted on: December 20th, 2017by Andrew ClarkNovember Home Sales Soar !! Average Price Sets Record for 17th Consecutive MonthNovember home sales soared, exceeding last year’s,

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Great December Metrics Article From Wwwcincinkyrealestatecomgreatercincinnatimarketstatistics

Greater Cincinnati Market StatisticsBelow you'll find statistics on residential listings in our featured Greater Cincinnati communities, updated every day from the MLS, including the average price,

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Smart Tips For Selling A MultiFamily Building Posted By Paul Sian On Thursday November 16 2017

Great Read on Selling a Multifamily! Thanks Paul Sian. Worth the read.Many out of state buyers are looking to make a purchase of a multi-family building here in Cincinnati, Ohio and Northern

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Home Sales Slip But Remain Strong Average Price Sets Record For 16th Consecutive Month

Home Sales Slip, but Remain StrongAverage Price Sets Record for 16th Consecutive MonthOctober home sales remain strong, but couldn’t reach last year’s levels, down – 6.73 % compared to 

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Average Price Sets Record For 15th Consecutive Month

MonthPosted on: October 20th, 2017by Andrew ClarkNo CommentsAverage Price Sets Record for 15th Consecutive MonthSeptember home sales were strong, but couldn’t reach last year’s levels,

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August Home Sales Steady

Posted on: September 20th, 2017by Andrew ClarkNo Comments August Home Sales SteadyAverage Price for August sets another record – 15 consecutive record months August home sales

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Ohios July Housing Report Historically Low Inventory Rising List Prices And Fewer Days On The Market

 http://ohiorealtors.org/2017/08/08/ohios-july-housing-report-historically-low-inventory-rising-list-prices-and-fewer-days-on-the-market/By Carl Horst, Ohio REALTORS Director of Publications

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Working With Contractors

I have been a contractor since 2009 and I can tell you that not all contractors are created equal. In Ohio we have low barriers to entry in the contracting business. Unless you do electrical,

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Ohios June Housing Report Shrinking Inventory Rising Prices And A Quicker Sales Pace

A gathering spot for news & insights for Ohio's REALTOR community« Go BackOhio’s June Housing Report: Shrinking inventory, rising prices and a quicker sales paceOn July 6, 2017By Carl Horst,

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May Home Sales Rebound Average Price For May Sets Another Record

https://www.cabr.org/2017/06/21/may-home-sales-rebound/Posted on: June 21st, 2017by Andrew ClarkNo CommentsMay Home Sales ReboundAverage Price for May sets another recordMay home sales

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Its A Sellers Market

I’m sure you’ve heard it before, “The market is going gang busters!” or “It’s a seller’s market.” Well, what exactly IS a seller’s market and what conditions have to exist for a

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RE Investing

I started learning about RE investing at Cincinnati Real Estate Investors' Association. That's where I fell in love with real estate. I've explored several facets of the business -- mortgage,

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Buying Still Beats RentingIf You Can Find A Home

Despite rising home prices, it’s still cheaper to own a home than to rent, reports CNBC. But the toughest part for those who want to buy is actually finding a home.Inventory levels in April

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Realtors Have A Positive Outlook For Commercial Markets In 2017

WASHINGTON (May 19, 2017) – While challenges face commercial real estate markets, Realtors® specializing in the sector should have confidence that growth will continue. That’s according to

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Foreign Buyers And Immigration Expected To Drive Future Demand For US Housing

WASHINGTON (May 19, 2017) – U.S. real estate markets are increasingly becoming international, and changing demographics brought forth by immigration and growing interest from foreigners are

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Ohios April Housing Report Tight Inventories Of Homes For Sale Quicker Sales Pace And Rising List Pr

Ohio’s April Housing Report: Tight inventories of homes for sale, quicker sales pace and rising list pricesOn May 17, 2017By Carl Horst, Ohio REALTORS Director of Publications/Media

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The Truth Behind Guaranteed Sale Programs

http://www.willisandrife.com/blog/-the-truth-behind-guaranteed-sale-programs-or-lack

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FIRST TIME HOME BUYER GUIDE

I borrowed this article from another agent, Felicia Bell, who posted it. This has some great info in it and will let you know what to expect.http://freshome.com/first-time-homebuyer/

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May 4 2017

Why should you list your home with a new agent?It's true that I haven't been a Realtor for that long. I got my license in 2016 and only did 3 sales in my first year. What does that mean for?

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Dont Fall Victim To These 7 Common FurnitureBuying Fails

We’ve all been there: You’ve just moved into a new place, and you want to make it look fresh and fabulous, like, yesterday.You’ve thumbed through all the West Elm catalogs and

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10 Rental Property Tax Deductions Landlords Love Did You Take Them All

Whether you rent out a place or room to a tenant full time or just for a few weeks while you’re away on vacation, you already know it’s a great way to make money. But did you know it can

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Which Remodeling Projects Increase A Homes Value The Most

REMODELING PROJECTS THAT BOOST A HOME’S VALUEIf you’re looking to help your clients to identify which projects to tackle before putting their home on the market, look no further: the 

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7 Ways Home Sellers Turn Off Homebuyers

When it’s time to sell your home, you can invest a ton of time, energy and money into getting the place ready for sale. You might declutter, stage and even remodel the house to make it as

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Check Yourself 8 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle In March

If the sight of the mercury creeping upward fills you with spring fever, we’re with you. We, too, are restless for the toastier and longer days that are just around the corner. But before you

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Make Sure To Take These Home Improvement Tax Deductions For 2016

Did you make home improvements in 2016? Then you might be eligible for a whole slew of home improvement tax deductions which can save you major money when you file your papers with the IRS

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The Home Office Tax Deduction One Of The Most Misunderstood And Dangerous Tax Breaks

According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24% of employed people now do some or all of their work at home. Beyond the obvious benefits of unfettered access to your

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Housing Shortage Fuels Price Gains

The number of homes for sale fell to the lowest level in nearly two decades in the fourth quarter, lifting prices and raising concerns that young buyers are being shut out of the market.The median

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Rental Properties What Are The Benefits Of Using A Property Management Company

A competent property manager can add significant value to your investment, which is why many seasoned real estate investors will tell you that a good management company is worth their weight in.&

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Jan 4 2017 NEW YEAR FRESH START

New year, fresh start ! Hi, I'm Stephen Moore. I have been a Realtor in the Dayton/Cincinnati markets for three years now. I just moved forward to Plum Tree Realty. Together, Plum Tree and I

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Butler County Is Improving Real Estate

A Journal-News analysis of nuisance properties in Butler County’s largest communities — Middletown, Hamilton, Fairfield and West Chester Twp. — found many of the properties that registered the

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Why I Have Preferred Service Partners

One of the key fundamentals of my business platform is to provide Exceptional Customer Service directly to my clients to ensure the purchase or sale of their home goes as smoothly as possible,

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How To Buy A House

So, you're interested in buying a home?  Terrific!  Here are the steps you need to take to make that dream become a reality!1. Commit to working with one Buyers Agent who will work hard

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Understanding The Cincinnati Real Estate Market

Some Key Pointers for Understanding the Cincinnati Real Estate Market:1. Due to the reliable nature of the Cincinnati real estate market, we have drawn in some of the largest investment

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