Thursday, June 9, 2011

For Sale: 3BR/2+1BA Single Family House in Pataskala, OH, $115,000

For Sale: 3BR/2+1BA Single Family House in Pataskala, OH, $115,000

Dominion Homes - Location, Location, Location

I am going to be starting a series of blogs on a few of the top builders in Central Ohio. This series of blogs will allow the buyer to learn more about each builder and shop around on their own! Part 1 of the Dominion Homes post will be about Dominion and the locations they build.
Dominion Homes has been in business since 1952. Today, Dominion Homes is a leading homebuilder in Columbus Ohio, as well as Louisville and Lexington Kentucky, and is among the top home builders in the country. There priority is and always has been to construct the best homes in the best communities for the customers, to provide great service, to be a leader in innovation and to be a good neighbor. It is this commitment that ensures their continued success in building affordable, high-quality homes.
Dominion Homes carefully plan their community’s years in advance, selecting convenient locations throughout Columbus, Lexington and Louisville. In doing so, they keep in mind all the things that are important to you. Nearby shopping, dining, entertainment and good schools. Lovely streetscapes and open green spaces to welcome you home. And lots of choices in home designs.
Here are the communities:
There are 10 locations in North Columbus. The communities are located in: Olentangy Schools, Delaware, Big Walnut, and River Valley Highlands Schools.
There are 17 locations in East Columbus. The communities are located in: North Fork Schools, Licking Heights, Reynoldsburg, Southwest Licking, Pickerington, Columbus, Lancaster, Canal Winchester and Groveport Schools.
There are 15 locations in South and West Columbus. The communities are located in: Teays Valley Schools, Southwestern, Hilliard, Marysville, and Columbus Schools.
If you are a buyer considering a new build, call me today! I work with a team of experts to offer all of my client’s one stop shopping. Please call me today to get started!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

What is an EXPERIENCED Realtor and Why Should YOU work with one?

Why should you as a BUYER use an experienced realtor?

The key word is EXPERIENCED. The definition of experienced is: Having knowledge or skill in a particular field, esp. a profession or job, gained over a period of time.
Someone called me yesterday about looking at a home and when I asked if they were working with a realtor they responded, “Our brothers friend just got his real estate licenses a few months ago and we are going to use him.” I was thinking to myself..”A FEW MONTHS AGO”. A few months ago just isn’t enough EXPERIENCE for this market that we are in! It gets more and more challenging daily as an agent. If you don’t have experience under your belt than guess who suffers?? The buyer.
As a buyer you are risking the following by working with a realtor who isn’t experienced.
1. Losing the home
2. You could lose your earnest money
3. You may not be lead through the home buying process correctly so your journey will be very rough.
4. Issues may come up that your realtor can’t handle properly
5. If you are looking at foreclosures or HUDS you may miss your closing deadline and get stuck paying a ton of money in extension fees
6. If you are looking at foreclosures or HUDS you may move in and find out that there is an unexpected utility bill or HOA bill.
7. You could miss out on properties that our in your price range or that our available
These are just a few items that could happen if you use a realtor that isn’t experienced.
Here are a few questions to ask your realtor during the interview process to insure that the items above do not happen to you!
1. How many transaction have you successfully completed this year?
2. How many short sales, foreclosures, or HUDS have you completed?
3. Do you have a resume?
4. Do you have a list of recommendations and/or phone numbers of past clients that I can contact?
5. What is your cancellation percentage? (This is important to know so you can see if your realtor has a successful home buying process. The higher the cancellation percentage would mean that the agent isn’t successful at getting the deals closed.)
6. What is your turnaround time in helping a buyer find their dream home?
7. How many buyers do you work with at one time? (This is important so that you can see if they will have time to show you homes at the last minute if necessary. This is also important so that you can look on YOUR schedule and not the realtors schedule.)
8. Are you part time or full time?
9. Do you offer a performance guarantee?
10. Can I fire you if I am not 100% satisfied with your services?
11. How do you communicate with your buyers? (This is important because you want to make sure that the agent you are working with is flexible and communicates with you the way you want! Some buyers prefer text or emails over phone calls. )
12. What hours do you work? (This is important because some realtors do not work weekends or evenings. If you work an M-F, 8-5 job than how are they going to show you properties?)