Toledo, OH Real Estate News

By Dee Nofziger, Maumee Real Estate, Toledo Homes, Key Realty
(|Key Realty | Maumee Toledo Real Estate Blog)
Below is the latest issue of the Market Trends e-Newsletter, informing you of the most up-to-date foreclosure trends and properties. Foreclosure and Short Sale are of course the buzz words right now. If you are interested in more information please don't hesitate to contact Dee Nofziger Realtor with Danberry Realtors. She would be happy to do a search for you. Or if you'd prefer to do your own search, please just click here for an easy search tool. The good news is that Ohio did not make the Top Ten States with Foreclosure Activity! Please click here for additional foreclosure information.
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By Dee Nofziger, Maumee Real Estate, Toledo Homes, Key Realty
(|Key Realty | Maumee Toledo Real Estate Blog)
Jim Leland Donates Box Seats to Danberry Realtors Treasure Chest Fundraiser. See below for details. Danberry Charities - HELPING KIDS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR THROUGH THE DANBERRY TREASURE CHEST    Our dinner auction for charity is an annual event, but the needs of children with chronic illnesses continue throughout the year.  Danberry hosts a variety of fund-raising events all year long, and together we manage to raise $25,000 - $40,000 annually for The Danberry Treasure Chest.  This is an emergency assistance fund set up at The Toledo Children's Hospital benefitting families struggling with finances while their child struggles with a serious illness.  Funds are administered through The Toledo Community Foundation.  Go to: www.danberrycharities.com.   What we do: Each year we host a major d...
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By Bert Spangenthal, Let's see what is out my front door.
(Retired Realtor)
  On September 26, 2010, the 2010 Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure is going to take place in downtown Toledo Ohio.   This is a National fundraising event for breast cancer education, providing mammograms, and assistance to individuals diagnosed with breast cancer.  75% of the runds raised will stay in our 24 county area.  The other 25% goes to national grants.  Some of those national grants are actually happening in Nowthwest Ohio.   I have supported this event for many years, and I am amazed at how this event becomes larger with each passing year.  This year’s race is being chaired by my good friend Ann Albert. To quote Ann “The material that Komen has developed to help newly diagnosed individuals start down the path of recovery is AMAZING.  I wish I had it.”   So come join the race.  ...
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By LINDA SABO, Use my years of EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
(Re/Max Preferred Associates, Toledo, OH)
  The buyer tax credit program by the federal government was the incentive for the increase in the Ohio housing market.  Overall sales in Ohio from January 2009 till June 2010 showed a 14.3% increase from the same period last year 2009 to June 2010.  The dollar volume in Ohio increased from $1,495,623,034 to $4.771,008,674 or 18.4% in the same time period,  The average sales price for Ohio homes went from $141,913 to $146,972 or a 3.6% increase in the same time period. For Toledo, Ohio the number of units sold showed an increase of 12.8% from June 2009 to June 2010 and the average sales price increased from $115,642 to $119,566  or a 3.4% increase. What does OAR predict for the future?  In summary...The market will continue to recover, consumers are being more realistic about what to ex...
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By Dee Nofziger, Maumee Real Estate, Toledo Homes, Key Realty
(|Key Realty | Maumee Toledo Real Estate Blog)
The Toledo Ohio area, especially Lake Township and Delta and Swanton areas were hit by devastating tornadoes the weekend of June 6th 2010. Many homes were damaged, at least 10 people were killed, and a police station and high school were demolished by the fierce weather. I took a drive in those directions recently and was surprised to see how slowly the clean-up is happening. This really put in perspective for me just how terrible the damage really was - and continues to be.                 Please don't forget the local communities and residents who are still trying to put their lives back together. This process will obviously take much longer than it would seem. When you see a posting for fundraisers - chicken dinners, music, raffles, etc., please do your best to participate. This natu...
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By LINDA SABO, Use my years of EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
(Re/Max Preferred Associates, Toledo, OH)
                                          THE DRAGONS ARE COMING!  THE DRAGONS ARE COMING!   When?  Saturday, July 24, 2010 Where?  Downtown Toledo, Ohio on the Maumee River Starting at 8 a.m. till about 3 p.m. there will be 42 teams racing down the Maumee River helping to raise funds for Partners in Education.  Thousands of competitors will compete and even more will line the river's edge cheering their teams on.  Last year Partners in Education raised more than $70,000 and is in its ninth year of hosting this popular event. According to the Toledo Blade "...dragon boat races can be traced back to 4th-century BC China, when a well-respected community member was cast into exile because of poems he wrote that were critical of the ruling class.  The dissident drowned himself in a river, a...
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By Dee Nofziger, Maumee Real Estate, Toledo Homes, Key Realty
(|Key Realty | Maumee Toledo Real Estate Blog)
Toledo Ohio. One of the 10 Best Cities 2010 for Education according to Parenting.com and their The Best Cities for Families series. They ranked the spots with the best education options, based on graduation rates, test scores, and more. Toledo Ohio was ranked #6 partly because their graduation rate is a whopping 86.7% (one of the highest of any city surveyed.) Total expenditures per student are $15,350. Toledo's overall ranking for "Best" city is 89th. While I am always proud of my city, I was astounded to know of their ranking. Just goes to prove that most people don't have to leave their own backyard to find exactly what they need. For more information on Toledo schools or relocating to the Toledo Ohio area, please contact Dee Nofziger. Danberry Realtor. Here's the Top 10 list for Bes...
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By LINDA SABO, Use my years of EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
(Re/Max Preferred Associates, Toledo, OH)
                                                                                     When listing your home with a Realtor there are some steps that you should be aware of in preparing your home for sale.  As a seller you want to sell your home at the highest possible price and in the least amount of time.  One of the first things as a seller you should think about is: REPAIRS 1.  The saying that if something need fixing--fix it!  If you have been in your home a long time you have gotten used to living with "used" or "slightly used" problems.  It might have been on your "bucket list" for a long time--well now is the time to fix it!  When a buyer looks at a home they walk around and start adding up what it will cost them to repair those "minor flaws".  The buyer tends to estimate the cos...
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By LINDA SABO, Use my years of EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
(Re/Max Preferred Associates, Toledo, OH)
                                         One of the things that I believe all of us do as a Realtor working with home buyers is to talk about having a home inspection after they have an accepted offer.  This is especially true with first time home buyers. When working with sellers as Realtors we suggest they offer a home warranty but rarely talk about what the home inspector is going to look for when inspecting their home. Here is a tip for home sellers that might make the sale of their home a more stress-free experience: PLUMBING--about 70% of the problems that a buyer will incur when living in their new home is problems with plumbing.  And what a buyer should know is that whatever it takes to fix the plumbing (tearing our walls, etc.) the plumber (or warranty company) is going to fix ...
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By LINDA SABO, Use my years of EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
(Re/Max Preferred Associates, Toledo, OH)
Global Regions Get Social on Facebook    GLOBAL NETWORKING: The RE/MAX International Development Facebook page is a great way for Affiliates outside of North America to network and stay in touch.   If you're a RE/MAX Affiliate outside the United States, there's a place just for you on Facebook. The RE/MAX International Development Facebook page is where you can read the latest international network news, view photos and interact with other RE/MAX agents worldwide in one place. With content geared specifically toward Associates outside the U.S., the International Development Facebook page complements the RE/MAX Facebook page, which is aimed mostly at U.S. consumers. Affiliates worldwide are invited to interact on both pages. Become a fan of the pages:RE/MAX International Development pag...
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By LINDA SABO, Use my years of EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
(Re/Max Preferred Associates, Toledo, OH)
Smartphones Easily Invaded, Researchers Find  By David SarnoRISMEDIA, July 8, 2010--(MCT)--Security researchers Nick DePetrillo and Don Bailey have discovered a seven-digit numerical code that can unlock all kinds of secrets about you.It's your phone number.Using relatively simple techniques, this duo can use your cell phone number to figure out your name, where you live and work, where you travel and when you sleep. They could even listen to your voice messages and personal phone calls - if they wanted to."It's really interesting to watch a phone number turn into a person's life," DePetrillo said."Everyone's taught to keep their Social Security number a secret," Bailey said. "But the phone number seems just as dangerous, if not more so."The world has come a long distance from old-style...
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By LINDA SABO, Use my years of EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
(Re/Max Preferred Associates, Toledo, OH)
Tax Credit Closing Deadline Now Sept. 30    By Amanda Okker, RE/MAX Times Online Editor U.S. homebuyers who are eligible for a Homebuyer Tax Credit now have until Sept. 30 to close the transaction and receive the credit.Congress has extended the closing deadline, which had been June 30, by an additional three months. President Barack Obama signed the legislation July 2.    The action affects an estimated 180,000 homebuyers who were under contract by April 30, but because of circumstances beyond their control, had been unable to close on their purchase by June 30. Short Sale and REO transactions are holding up many of these closings. Read a Reuter's news article for more informaton about the extension. Share this remax.com consumer article with your buyers. Qualified first-time buyers c...
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By LINDA SABO, Use my years of EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
(Re/Max Preferred Associates, Toledo, OH)
Valspar Has High-Definition Paint  RISMEDIA, July 9, 2010--Good news, painting aficionados: Valspar has unveiled high-definition paint. Valspar Signature Colors Paint with Hi-Def Advanced Color System technology is enhanced with super saturated pigments and superior ingredients to deliver ultimate hide, exceptional color accuracy and superior fade resistance.Hi-Def Advanced Color System:* Ultimate hiding formula which gives exceptional color accuracy* Superior fade resistance* Uncompromising durability* Paint and primer in one product* Available in over 3,000 colors* Low VOC, low odorYou can find more information on Real Estate Today's radio broadcast at www.retradio.com. Lowe's  segments are broadcast every Saturday.For more information on Valspar's High-Definition Paint, please visit ...
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By LINDA SABO, Use my years of EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
(Re/Max Preferred Associates, Toledo, OH)
How to Make Your Visualizations a Reality  By Maya Bailey, Ph.D.RISMEDIA, July 10, 2010--"Visualize your success" is something we hear a lot of these days. However, we don't always know how to make our visualizations powerful enough so that they become a reality.Myth: "I'll believe it when I see it"Fact: "You'll see it when you believe it"The first step in any visualization process is to believe that you can have it.As an example, let's consider success in your real estate career. Before beginning to visualize your success, you need to believe that it can happen.As Henry Ford once said," Whether you believe you can or you can't, either way, you are right."If you have trouble believing that it can happen, then most likely you are experiencing some self limiting beliefs that need to be cl...
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By LINDA SABO, Use my years of EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
(Re/Max Preferred Associates, Toledo, OH)
Ask The Experts: When are Taxes Due on Sale of Inherited House?  By Claudia BuckRISMEDIA, July 13, 2010--(MCT)--How to handle the sale of a parent's home is a question many baby boomers face after their parents are gone. Here are two different situations answered by Internal Revenue Service specialist Jesse Weller and estate planning attorney Tracy Potts.QUESTION: My parents lived in a 1910 home until they passed away in the '60s. Eight siblings were willed the home, but we allowed one brother to live there until he died in 2009. The home was sold in 2010 and proceeds divided among eight heirs (gross amount: $10,000 each). Are we obligated to pay federal taxes on this inheritance? If so, how do we determine the home's tax basis and what tax forms are required?ANSWER: Based on this infor...
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By LINDA SABO, Use my years of EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
(Re/Max Preferred Associates, Toledo, OH)
From Townhouse to Rental Studio: Woman Finds Freedom from Money  By Kara McGuireRISMEDIA, July 13, 2010--(MCT)--Courtney Zinter doesn't have a big house with rooms full of stuff, a fancy car or a manicure habit. But she still has it all. Just not how the Joneses next door would define it.With a well-paying job, Zinter had no problem paying the mortgage on her 1,600-square-foot townhouse in Chaska, outside Minneapolis. But at 29 she sold it and moved to a $590-a-month studio apartment that overlooks a freeway on the outskirts of downtown Minneapolis.She could have certainly afforded a rental that had at least a bedroom and separate living space in a hipper part of town. But she didn't because she's realized something that it takes many people decades, if not a lifetime, to figure out: Mo...
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By LINDA SABO, Use my years of EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
(Re/Max Preferred Associates, Toledo, OH)
90 Percent of Americans Do Not Regret Buying Their Current Home  RISMEDIA, July 13, 2010--A new study released by Bankrate, Inc. shows that, even with home prices sliding and mortgage rates the lowest in decades, the vast majority of Americans do not regret buying their current home. The poll, conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, can be seen in its entirety here: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/poll-few-homeowners-regret-purchase- 1.aspx.Among the findings:-- Ninety percent of homeowners say they don't regret buying their home versus a mere nine percent who said they do;-- Among those who regret buying their homes, the most common reasons cited were because they cannot sell their home and move on along with those who say they regret their purchase s...
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By LINDA SABO, Use my years of EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
(Re/Max Preferred Associates, Toledo, OH)
For Your Clients: The Right Decisions Can Save Money During a Move  By Gregory KarpRISMEDIA, July 13, 2010--(MCT)--Moving a residence is often fraught with high emotions and involves a to-do list a mile long. So, it's tempting to give only passing attention to hiring a mover and the related incidental costs.That could be a mistake - for your wallet and your peace of mind.Moving can be quite expensive. A typical full-service interstate move costs about $4,300, while the same in-state move might cost about $2,500, according to the American Moving & Storage Association.And while the moving industry has many fine companies, it is notorious for fraud and dirty tactics by so-called rogue movers.Here are tips on making your move with lower costs and less hassle.CHOOSE A TYPE OF MOVE: You have ...
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By LINDA SABO, Use my years of EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
(Re/Max Preferred Associates, Toledo, OH)
4 Tips for Creating a Better Listing Presentation  By Paige TeppingRISMEDIA, July 13, 2010--When you walk into an appointment with a prospect, you must be prepared to guide your seller through the home selling process. Many agents do this with a scripted sales presentation while others choose to wing it. Top producers don't read a sales script line-by-line, but they do have a well-thought-out outline for what they want to talk about in their meeting with prospects.The best listing presentations are ones where you've created and memorized a planned presentation that concisely explains the selling process and any frustrations, concerns, and problems sellers may face. But they go beyond that.If you simply memorize a pre-written script, you will sound mechanical and fail to build rapport wi...
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By LINDA SABO, Use my years of EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
(Re/Max Preferred Associates, Toledo, OH)
For Your Clients: Keeping it Cool with Air-Conditioning Tips By Kristy Eppley Rupon RISMEDIA, July 9, 2010--(MCT)-- Keeping it cool. Some tips for keeping your air conditioning running smoothly during the ultra-hot months and what to do if it breaks down from Deborah Evans, owner of Evans Heating & Cooling in Elgin, S.C.: Change the air filter once a month. Don't use the ultra-thick, expensive filters because they will restrict air flow and cause the unit to work harder. Have the unit maintained twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall If the unit ices over from a coolant leak or being clogged with debris, turn off the thermostat and use a water hose to defrost it faster. Once it is defrosted, you can turn it back on for a cool blast while you wait for a repairman. If the h...
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