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If you are looking to buy or sell a home, get all the information and the latest updates, tips, and tricks from Michael Kaim- your professional Northeastern Real Estate Agent.

Northeastern Ohio Podcast with Michael Kaim Michael Kaim

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If you are looking to buy or sell a home, get all the information and the latest updates, tips, and tricks from Michael Kaim- your professional Northeastern Real Estate Agent.

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    Don’t Panic About the Market

    Don’t Panic About the Market

    You may have heard dire news about the real estate market, but it’s not as desperate as you may have been told. Looking to buy a Home in Northeast Ohio? Search all Northeast Ohio homes for sale.Selling Your Home in Northeast Ohio? Use our home evaluation tool. What does the future hold for buyers and sellers in our real estate market? Recently, you may have heard that the sky is falling, but it’s not. On the contrary, the future's still bright. Unfortunately, we do expect a housing shortage, and that will cause housing prices to continue to rise throughout 2020. We expect appreciation rates to be around 5%, which is a slight drop compared to what we’ve seen in previous years. The beginning of the year is when people tend to think about their goals and these sometimes include real estate. It’s always good to be as prepared as possible for when it’s time to pull the trigger. If you plan on selling in April or May, you should start fixing things up around the house now so you don’t have to do it all at once right before listing. If you’re considering buying soon, talk to a lender now. It never hurts to be prepared. If you have any questions about real estate, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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    Should You List Your Home Now?

    Should You List Your Home Now?

    I’m sharing why winter is a great time to sell your home, and why waiting may not be your best option. Looking to buy a Home in Northeast Ohio? Search all Northeast Ohio homes for sale.Selling Your Home in Northeast Ohio? Use our home evaluation tool. Today we’re going to discuss whether now is a good time to list your home. Around this time of year, we often see many people taking their houses off the market. Many sellers believe they should skip the winter and wait until springtime to sell their property. While there are some advantages to the spring market, people seem to be forgetting one thing: There’s much more competition in the spring. Through the winter months, there are fewer homes on the market because everyone is waiting for spring. As a result, buyers during the winter are serious, have a real need to move, and are working with fewer options to choose from. This puts your listing in a wonderful position! “ You need to look at the reasons behind why you’re selling, where you’re moving to, and why.  ” If you can’t decide whether to list now or wait until the spring, you need to look at the reasons behind why you’re selling, where you’re moving to, and why. If you genuinely need to sell in the winter, there’s no reason to cause yourself more trouble by waiting until spring. You can still find a buyer in the winter months. If you’re considering selling your home during the winter, know this: Last year we sold over 200 properties during this season. We have an aggressive marketing plan and we work harder this time of year for our clients. If you have any questions about buying or selling in the winter, or anything concerning real estate, give us a call or send us an email. We would love to help you.

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    11 Reasons to List During the Holidays

    11 Reasons to List During the Holidays

    Most homeowners think the holidays are a bad time to list their homes for sale. Here's why that's untrue. Looking to buy a Home in Northeast Ohio? Search all Northeast Ohio homes for sale.Selling Your Home in Northeast Ohio? Use our home evaluation tool. Here are the 11 reasons why you should consider selling your home during the holiday season: 1. People who are looking for a home during the holidays are more serious buyers. 2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the holidays. Less competition means more money for you. 3. There will be less demand for your home come January, which means less money. 4. Houses show better when decorated for the holidays. 5. Buyers are more emotional during the holidays, which means they are more likely to pay your price. 6. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the holidays than they do during the workweek. 7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons. 8. January is traditionally the month where employees begin their new jobs. Since transferees can not wait until the spring to buy, you must be on the market now to capture their attention. 9. You can still be on the market, but restrict showings during the major holidays so as to not miss quality time with family. 10. You can sell for more money, and we can get you a delayed closing so you don’t have to move until early next year. 11. By selling now, you may have the opportunity to become a non-contingent buyer in the spring market. When more houses are on the market for less money, it will allow you to sell high and buy low. If you have any questions for us about this list or about real estate in general, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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    Homebuyers: Follow These 4 Tips During Your Final Walk-Through

    Homebuyers: Follow These 4 Tips During Your Final Walk-Through

    When the time for your final walk-through arrives, following these four tips will help the experience go smoothly. Looking to buy a Home in Northeast Ohio? Search all Northeast Ohio homes for sale.Selling Your Home in Northeast Ohio? Use our home evaluation tool. The final walk-through is a critical step in the real estate process, but many buyers aren’t sure exactly why this is or what they should look for when they enter the property for the last time before closing. Ultimately, the final walk-through is designed to help buyers verify that the home is in the same condition it was when they made their offer and that the agreed-upon repairs have been made. In order to ensure your final walk-through goes smoothly, keep these four tips in mind: 1. Don’t schedule the final walk-through on the same day as closing. Doing this could make it difficult to fix any issues you find in the event that the home is not in the condition you expected. 2. Bring along your phone and its charger to test the outlets. Plug your phone into every last outlet. This simple trick will help you to verify that they are all in working order. “ If you made your offer on a staged home, you should expect the vacant version to look very different.  ” 3. Look for any belongings the seller left behind. Sometimes, items are abandoned on accident. Other times, the seller simply wanted to ditch their unwanted items with the hope you wouldn’t notice until after closing. Either way, you don’t want to be left dealing with the seller’s junk. 4. Be emotionally prepared for surprises. If you made your offer on a staged home, you should expect the vacant version to look very different. Staging can hide certain cosmetic problems, like scratches or dents, and can totally transform a home. As always, if you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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    Home Sellers: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes

    Home Sellers: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes

    If you plan on putting your home on the market soon, there are six common home seller mistakes you need to avoid.Looking to buy a Home in Northeast Ohio? Search all Northeast Ohio homes for sale.Selling Your Home in Northeast Ohio? Use our home evaluation tool. Here are the six biggest mistakes homeowners make when selling their home that you need to avoid: 1. Picking the wrong agent. The right agent will be able to communicate with you effectively, not to mention be punctual. Timing is very important when selling your home, so communication is key. They’ll also be honest and straightforward with you, rather than agreeing with everything you say and telling you what you want to hear. 2. Overpricing your home. Price is everything when marketing your home. Even a well-priced home with a bad marketing plan will sell. 3. Failing to make a simple repair. If there’s some minor damage around your home that a buyer would spot instantly, repair that damage before listing. “ I understand if you’re emotionally attached to your house, but when you sell it, you need to think of it as a property.  ” 4. Neglecting to declutter. Most buyers start their home search online, and if your home’s pictures are showing your clutter instead of all the open space, there’s a good chance buyers won’t even look at it in person. 5. Not allowing adequate home-showing access. I’ve found that if a buyer wants to see a home but the seller tells them to come back another day, about 80% of them never do. Either that or their agent never reschedules. This is why it’s important that your home is show-ready at all times. 6. Getting super emotional about your house. I understand if you’re emotionally attached to your house, but when you sell it, you need to think of it as a property. This means if you get a lowball offer or a buyer who plans on doing some remodeling, you shouldn’t take it personally as long as you end up getting the price you want. As always, if you have any questions about this or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help you.

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    The 10 Steps to Winterizing Your Home

    The 10 Steps to Winterizing Your Home

    Don’t open the door to a frozen home. Instead, follow these winterization tips. Looking to buy a Home in Northeast Ohio? Search all Northeast Ohio homes for sale.Selling Your Home in Northeast Ohio? Use our home evaluation tool. If you aren’t living in your home during the winter, you need to take steps to ensure it survives the cold unscathed. Here are the 10 steps to take when winterizing your home: Turn off the main water line to your houseDrain your water lines after turning off the main lineDisconnect all of your hoses and turn off the inside line that goes to the hosePour antifreeze in your toilet bowls to prevent crackingClean out your gutters to prevent ice damsTurn off gas lines to appliances you aren’t usingUnplug all of your electrical outletsAdjust your thermostat to around 50 to 55 degreesEnsure your sump pump is functioning properly and has a backup batteryClose the damper in your fireplace so nothing comes in If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to helping you.

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