Today in Cincinnati Real Estate

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SELLING INVISIBLE HOUSES

Do you see the house down the street with the For Sale sign in front of it?  Yeah, neither do I. I wish I did.  But it is not there. In many of the neighborhoods and communities in which my buyer clients would like to purchase homes, there are very few homes on the market.  Very.  Few.  Homes.  Sometimes none. An example….A few weeks ago a colleague thought I was […]

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DO HOUSES SELL THIS TIME OF YEAR? A TALE OF A VERY HAPPY HOUR

I know, I know.  Someone told you that you can’t sell your house in the winter.  Or during the holidays.  Or during the winter holidays.  Or anytime except June. I want to tell you the story of a recent Friday afternoon/evening in November, from 4:00-7:00 pm.  Sounds like Happy Hour, right?  Well it was.  But not in a bar and not with drinks. It was a real estate Open House.  […]

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4 Bedrooms, 2.5 baths…and Donuts???

Can you tell what is going on in this photo? It’s “Bobbing for Donuts.” (You know, like bobbing for apples, turned upside down, with no chance of drowning.) This game was one of the many events that took place at a recent neighborhood Block Party…to the delight of all. To the best of my knowledge, no families actually moved to this neighborhood because their wish list stipulated “4 bedrooms, 2.5 […]

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The HGTV Three? How Many Houses Should I See?

HGTV has had a big impact on buyer expectations as they search for a home (can you say: stainless steel/granite, stainless steel/granite, stainless steel/granite??). But it hadn’t occurred to me until recently that HGTV real estate shows had also impacted buyers’ beliefs about how many houses they should see before making an offer. On TV, buyers seem to see 3 houses and then select one. Recently a young client, after […]

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MOTHER’S DAY AND THE WALK-IN CLOSET

Quite a few Mother’s Days ago, when our 4 children were all very small (and had many needs), my sweet husband asked how I would like to celebrate the day. And I answered him, with the raw honesty born of extreme sleep deprivation: I wanted him to peel the kids’ 40 fingers off of my ankles, and I wanted to step into our walk-in closet, and close the door behind […]

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THE REALTOR IS GLAD BUYERS’ CAR BROKE DOWN

Yes, you heard me right: I’m glad their car broke down. My own clients. I’m glad their car broke down. Malice in my heart? General meanness of spirit? Nope. I’m grateful that their car broke down because it saved them from making a mistake. This was a young couple that was just beginning their home search process, but suddenly stopped short because their car broke down and was going to […]

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SINGLE? COUPLE? VALENTINE’S DAY HOME BUYING

I found myself thinking about the approach of Valentine’s Day…and how this would be a pretty darn romantic time for a couple to find their new home. Sure, flowers/chocolate/dinner/jewelry are lovely, but a signed Contract to Purchase is fabulous way to say, “I love you and I love imagining this house as the next backdrop for our life together.” Yeah, that’s pretty romantic! But what about those who are not […]

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SPRING ARRIVED ON JANUARY 2ND??

Conventional wisdom says that the winter real estate market is slower than other times of the year. In the late Fall of 2012 (or, as I like to call it “last, last fall”) I began predicting that the “Spring” real estate market was going to begin on January 2nd. Colleagues laughed at me and told me that was much too early to see buyers and sellers turning their thoughts to […]

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YOU DESERVE A LOVABLE LENDER!

It happened several years ago. A buyer made an offer on a home my client was selling, and gave us a strong pre-approval letter from a large local bank. All the better, we discovered the buyer was an employee of that bank…so we did a little happy dance expecting they were treating his loan process with extra special care since he was part of their team. Fast forward to 23 […]

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