Category Archives: General Information

Home Values: An Explanation On Pricing

Setting the right price from the start is among the most important steps toward successfully selling your home. This requires taking an indepth look at what other similar houses are selling for to determine the market value of your home. Market Value Your house has many values to the tax assessor, your lender and insurance […]


Tips For Condo Buyers

Everyone knows there’s a big difference between renting an apartment and buying a home but not everyone realizes that buying a condo is significantly different from buying a single-family home. There are many good reasons to want to live in a condominium, but the buying process can be a minefield of potential disasters to the […]


Who Pays the Real Estate Agent

Most home buyers and sellers work with a real estate agent, and the agent charges a commission. How much is the commission, and who pays it? The answer in both cases is: the terms are set in the listing contract the seller signs. Typically the buyer and the seller each have their own agent, and the […]


Home Inspections

Suppose you bought a house and later discovered, to your dismay, that the stucco exterior concealed a nasty case of dry rot. Or suppose that when you fired up the furnace in the winter, you discovered a cracked heat exchanger leaking gas into your home. The best way to avoid unpleasant surprises like these is […]


Radon: What You Need To Know

The U.S. Surgeon General recommends that every home tested for Radon. About 1 in 15 homes nationwide has elevated radon levels and require mitigation (these numbers are even higher in Ohio). Radon is listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as a leading cause of lung cancer, second only to smoking. Radon is a […]


Life Expectancy of Common Household Items

Many factors affect the life expectancy of housing components and need to be considered when making replacement decisions, including the quality of the components, the quality of their installation, their level of maintenance, weather and climatic conditions, and intensity of their use. Some components remain functional but become obsolete because of changing styles and tastes […]


Tips For First-Time Home Buyers

For many people, buying their first home is a rite of passage and ownership is part of the American dream. And while many excited hours are spent planning interior color schemes, choosing new furniture and dreaming of moving day, many first-time buyers spend equal amounts of time fretting the home buying process. Let’s face it, if […]


Sources For Your Down Payment

Finding down payment cash is often the biggest challenge to buying a home. Rest assured we have lots of ideas to help you overcome this hurdle. PMI While PMI or Private Mortgage Insurance has pretty much made the traditional 20% down payment a thing of the past, buyers who are able to put more money […]