Real Estate Closing Costs: What to Expect

A common question that I’m asked when starting the RE buying process with clients is what should I budget for my closings costs? Home buyers can estimate between 2-5% percent of the purchase price of their home in closing fees.  Typically, it’s a several thousand dollar expense. On average, I see between $2,000-$4,500. However, these…

To OHIO University:

It is nearly 10 years ago to the day when I first walked onto OHIO University’s Athens campus and it is now with a heavy heart, I report my official credentialed departure. I’ve truly been fortunate to have worn the green and white colors across my chest for so long – a student, a graduate…

The Columbus Restaurant Checklist

Here are my favorite places around the City of Columbus. Downtown: Metro – Milestone 229 – This restaurant features freshly made from scratch comfort food but what draws you in is the unmatched views of downtown Columbus. Plan to spend $80-100 for dinner for two. German Village – Harvest Pizza – The best pizza I’ve ever…

5 Fundamental Values to Real Estate Success

My real estate success has come down to having fundamental values: one, be an educator – have the ability to clearly articulate all aspects of the buying and selling process; two, be knowledgeable – know the industry inside and out and at times get creative; three, be responsive – answer all cell phone calls and…

What you Need to Know About For Sale by Owner (FSBO) Real Estate

Currently, the typical price to hire a realtor to list your home ranges from 6-7%. Yes, this amounts to thousands of dollars however, there is a general misconception that selling your own home without a licensed professional can save you most of that money. Let’s dive deeper and assess the potential benefits and challenges with…

10 Steps to Flip a House

We’ve all seen HGTV programs where folks execute a smooth real estate transaction and flip a home for a nice profit – Can it truly be that simple? Let’s review the steps and then discuss. Hire a Realtor A realtor can help you identify areas of opportunity. Bank owned house listings, Sheriff’s sales or HUD auctions…

Dublin, Ohio – Bringing a Live, Work and Play Lifestyle to Suburbia

Dublin, Ohio grabs national attention each year with the Memorial Golf Tournament hosted at Jack’s course. Muirfield Village Golf Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1976 and has been drawing large crowds to the City ever since. This is just one event of many that occur in Dublin that folks may have…

Interest Rates Went Up Again – How Does That Impact You?

The Federal Reserve (Fed) recently raised interest rates again by a quarter percent (.25%) for the second time in three months to a range between 0.75 percent and 1 percent. That’s the highest rate since 2008. So, how does this impact the real estate marketplace and most importantly, your wallet? Let’s dive deeper. First, the Fed…

5 Tips to Increase Your Home’s Value

Thinking about listing your property? Interested in increasing your home’s value before going to market? Here are my 5 ideas that can result is big returns. Tip 1: Increase Curb Appeal When a perspective buyer drives up to a potential home they want to feel good about the exterior appeal of the property. Having some of…

The 10 Steps to Buying a House

A fair question that I field often as a licensed real estate agent is why do I need a realtor – can’t I buy a home on my own? In short, yes you can. However, my response is do you have the time and expertise to ensure you and your family are contractually protected in…

4 Basic Steps that Ensure a Smooth Real Estate Buying Transaction

The following list are action items or criteria that help execute a smooth real estate buying transaction: Build Credit Having a good credit score can impact your ability to secure a loan at a perferable rate and impacts your buying ability. Save Money A down payment is required in most purchases. A buyer should have…