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How To Prevent Hackers From Hacking Your Home

How To Prevent Hackers From Hacking Your Home

How To Prevent Hackers From Hacking Your Home

With many home appliances having internet connected features to make them “smart”, the risk of some hacker taking over those smart devices in the home increases.  In many cases hackers take over important functions of business or government computer systems and demand payment in exchange for releasing those systems back into the owner’s control.  It is not hard to envision something similar happening more frequently to homeowners who increasingly are relying on smart features in their home devices.  This article provides tips for homeowners to secure their home thereby making it less likely they fall victim to a hacker.

Start With The Basics

Physical security is not just for keeping the inside of a home safe, physical security can also help keep a home’s network safe.  Peeping Toms are not all out there looking to get an eyeful of someone, sometimes they are looking to see if they can spot credit card numbers, network passwords, social security numbers sitting out in the open.  No breaking and entering needed.  If someone can get see the network password, credit card numbers, bank account numbers or other sensitive information it is not hard to steal from that person at that point.  Homeowners should not be leaving that information out in the open.  That means no network passwords on sticky notes out in the open where anyone walking by can see it.  

With a network password a criminal...

October 2020 Greater Cincinnati Luxury Real Estate Market Report

The median price of luxury homes sold in the Greater Cincinnati real estate market trended down from September 2020.  Home sales increased but overall inventory decreased.  There are a number of market factors that look to impact luxury home sales going into the future.  Increased demand for work from home and more desire for homes away from downtown areas are changing the current demand metric.  Whether that holds over the long term remains to be seen.

September 2020 Greater Cincinnati Luxury Real Estate Market Report

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How To Write An Offer To Buy A Home

How To Write An Offer To Buy A Home

How To Write An Offer To Buy A Home

This article looks at how home buyers and/or their real estate agents should be filling out the Contract to Purchase a home document.  Even though this focuses on the contract adopted by the Cincinnati and Dayton Area Boards of Realtors a lot of the terms are common to many contracts used to buy a home around the US.  As with anything that is outside one’s area of expertise it is highly recommended that one consult with a local real estate agent or real estate attorney to make sure the contract they are using is filled out correctly and in accordance with local requirements.

Location and Money

Probably the two most important areas of the contract include the specific location of the property and the price being offered.  Sometimes an address is not enough especially if the real estate being sold includes more than one parcel in the sale.  So while an address is highly recommended, additional information like parcel identification number (PID), property description, or some other type of identification used by the local governing agency would be important to include in the contract to purchase.  

How much is being offered is also important and the sellers will be paying close attention to that number.  When using computer-based forms one only need enter in digits the amount being offered and the computer will write out the purchase price in words so as to limit confusion.  $300,000.00 with a decimal point or comma in the wrong place can lead to some confusing numbers being thrown around.  The written words three hundred thousand dollars with “$300,000.00” typed out means less confusion as to the...

September 2020 Greater Cincinnati Luxury Real Estate Market Report

The median price of luxury homes in the September 2020 Greater Cincinnati luxury real estate market ticked up a small amount from August 2020.  The total amount of homes sold went down and average days on market went down ever so slightly.  The total amount of homes did see a reduction as well as homes got sold fewer homeowners decided to go on the market as well.  As the weather gets colder expect homes available for sale to slow down as well.

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RealCincy.com Podcast: Home Remodeling, New Construction and more

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For this podcast I sat down with Greg Matulionis, Master Carpenter and owner of Sawdust Therapy.  During our conversation we discussed home remodeling, new construction, permits for home remodeling and more. This podcast is helpful for those about to purchase, or sell real estate or those considering remodeling their home rather than selling.  I hope you enjoy the podcast and find it informative.  Please also share with those who may find it useful.

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Feel free to ask any questions via the comments section below or to email either Greg or myself.  Also if you have any ideas for future podcast topics you would like to see let me know!

You can connect with Greg on FacebookLinkedInGoogle+,  and ...

Podcast: First Time Home Buyer

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Podcast: First Time Home Buyer

For this podcast I sat down with Walt Wollet, mortgage loan officer with Pacific Residential where we discussed his experience as a first time home buyer.  Learn about the home buying process from the perspective of a mortgage lender and how handled the process and what things he might have changed to make it even better.

You can connect with Walt Wollet on LinkedInFacebook.

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About the author: The above Podcast “Podcast: First Time Home Buyer” was provided by Paul Sian. Paul can be reached at ...

6 Pitfalls Fix and Flip Investors Should Avoid

6 Pitfalls Fix and Flip Investors Should Avoid

6 Pitfalls For Fix and Flip Investors

Buying a home in poor condition to fix up and sell for a profit is a real estate investment strategy that is popular with many.  With home prices going up due to high demand and low inventory many investors are able to quickly fix up a home, turn around and sell it pocketing a nice profit which can be repeated again.  There are pitfalls that new and seasoned fix and flip investors fall into that can quickly eat up any potential profits and turn it into a loser as this article explores.

Underestimating Repairs

Getting the repair estimate correct is important before one makes an offer to buy a home in need of repair.  Hidden things like mold, water damage, foundation issues and more are quite costly to repair.  By ignoring or glancing over those repairs when considering the offering price and the after repair value (ARV) the investor can be left with a loss when it comes time to sell the home.  It can be helpful to allow a home inspector to walk through the home and do a full inspection if the buyer does not have the experience to spot all issues.

If the buyer does spot issues it can be important to bring in professional contractors to give proper estimates on the repair work needed so an offer for the home can be prepared.  In hot markets many investors are competing against each other which means the luxury of bringing in a few contractors for different bids may not be possible.  Instead the buyer should be relying on one contractor who has shown they know what they are doing and ask them to provide an estimate as soon as possible.  If that contractor has done work for the buyer in the past they are more likely to get a quote out to them...

August 2020 Greater Cincinnati Luxury Real Estate Market Report

August 2020 Greater Cincinnati Luxury Real Estate Market Report

The amount of luxury homes that sold and the amount of luxury homes available for sale increased from July 2020.  As homeowners feel more comfortable in this new pandemic world and real estate agents are making sure virus guidelines are adhered to both buyers and sellers grew.  While the fall is a second rush of home buying and selling it remains to be seen if this pattern continues for this year since the trends have been shifted due to the virus shutdowns.

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Where Should A Home Be Listed For Sale?

Where Should A Home Be Listed For Sale?

Where Should A Home Be Listed For Sale?

When putting a home on the market for sale one of the important aspects is to make sure it gets widespread attention on the internet and that it be accessible to home buyers who are looking in the area to make a purchase.  The best way to do this is to have the home listed with a local qualified real estate agent who will list it within their local Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  The MLS then shares that listing with many other websites (Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and others) that list homes for sale.  The key aspect to pay attention to is that the real estate agent is local to the property and is a member of the local MLS.  This article looks at how home sales can face setbacks when they are not listed in the proper MLS.

Why The Local MLS Matters

When talking about the local MLS what that is referring to is the MLS associated with the area where the property is located in.  A listing in Cincinnati, Ohio should be listed in the Cincinnati MLS as that is where Cincinnati real estate agents are also working to help their buyers and sellers.  Listing a Cincinnati property in the California MLS makes little sense at all.  While the property will appear in national websites that get MLS listings from all over the US they will not be shown in local websites that have only the local MLS feed.  

The example of a home located in Cincinnati being listed only in the California MLS is an extreme example and unlikely to happen.  What sometimes does happen though is that agents in the MLS the next region over are listing homes in their MLS rather than the local MLS since they don’t want to pay extra for the local MLS dues.  The...

July 2020 Greater Cincinnati Luxury Real Estate Market Report

July 2020 Greater Cincinnati Luxury Real Estate Market Report

The median luxury home price ticked up slightly in July 2020 compared to June 2020 and along with that time on market reduced as well as the number of homes sold increased.  Total luxury homes for sale remained about the same compared to last month.  With increased opening of the economy and more buyers feeling comfortable going out and seeing homes total luxury home sold also increased in the Greater Cincinnati area.

July 2020 Greater Cincinnati Luxury Real Estate Market Report

About the author: The above article “July 2020 Greater Cincinnati Luxury Real Estate Market Report” was provided by Luxury Real Estate Specialist Paul Sian. Paul can be reached at paul@CinciNKYRealEstate.com or by phone at 513-560-8002. If you’re thinking of selling or buying your investment or commercial business property I would love to share my marketing knowledge and expertise to help you.  Contact me today!

I work in the following Greater Cincinnati, OH and Northern KY areas: Alexandria, Amberly, Amelia, Anderson Township, Cincinnati, Batavia, Blue Ash, Covington, Edgewood, Florence, Fort Mitchell, Fort Thomas, Hebron, ...

What To Know About A Home’s Roof

What To Know About A Home’s Roof

What To Know About A Home’s Roof

The roof is an important part of the home that help keeps the bad weather out of the home and helps retain heat in the cold months and retain cooler air during the hot months.  There are a number of components that make up the roof.  Keeping all parts of the roof in good working order and properly maintained will help with keeping the house standing and healthy for a long time to come.  This article looks at the importance of routine roof maintenance homeowners should be doing and how to determine if a roof needs replacement.

How Is A Roof Assembled?

A home’s roof consists of a few different components.  Shingles on top of felt underlayment on top of roof decking.  The felt underlayment helps with keeping water from getting into the attic.  Other components of the roof system include the gutters, flashing installed to keep water from leaking into openings of the roof (like the chimney, vent pipes, sky lights and more).  While part of the roof, the gutters are mainly designed to channel water away from the base of the home in order to protect the foundation.

A majority of roof shingles are made out of asphalt that kind of look like very rough sand paper.  Other types of roof shingles include slate tiles, clay tiles, metal, ceramic, plastic and more.  Asphalt shingles are the most commonly installed shingles due to cost and ease of installation.  For longevity metal, ceramic and clay tile shingles usually last longer than asphalt but also cost a bit more.  Some companies have created ...

Where To Get Great Ice Cream In Cincinnati?

Where To Get Great Ice Cream In Cincinnati?

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Cincinnati summers can get quite hot and humid and what better way to beat the heat than with a nice cool treat.  Whether your craving is for a hot fudge sundae or just a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have some unique places for you to try.  Check out some of the places on the list below and let us know what you think is your favorite local Cincinnati ice cream place.

Graeter's Ice Cream

Graeter's Ice Cream got it's start in 1870!  That's a long time to be making ice cream, but you know they have perfected their craft by being around that long.  Known around the U.S. due to their flavor Graeter's has been noted in magazines such as Forbes, Vanity Fair, Saveur and more.

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Indian Hill, Ohio June 2020 Real Estate Market Report

Indian Hill, Ohio was named one of the best places to raise a family by the Robb Report.  Just as with many other markets inventory is low which means fewer homes available for purchase.  Fewer homes with plenty of qualified buyers lends support to current pricing levels.  Existing home sales are down from last year though, but with the lack of homes to sell would that be the same case with the enough homes to meet demand?  

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About the author: The above article “Indian Hill, Ohio June 2020 Real Estate Market Report” was provided by Luxury Real Estate Specialist Paul Sian. Paul can be reached at paul@CinciNKYRealEstate.com or by phone at 513-560-8002. If you’re thinking of selling or buying your investment or commercial business property I would love to share my marketing knowledge and expertise to help you.  Contact me today!

I work in the following Greater Cincinnati, OH and Northern KY areas: Alexandria, Amberly,...

Tips For Turning A Home Into A Rental Property

Tips For Turning A Home Into A Rental Property

Tips For Renting Your Home

Whether you are looking to convert your home into a rental investment property or need to move and are unable to currently sell your home, converting it into a rental property is an option.  Contrary to what may be shown on television getting a home ready for rental and finding good tenants is not as easy as it appears.  This article explores what steps homeowners should be taking in order to rent out their home.

Determine If The Home Can Be Rented Profitably

Renting a home and not making any money on it, or worse losing money on it is not a great investment strategy.  While the homeowner may be forced to move due to a job or family situation, renting out a house where one has to pay money out of pocket to cover the mortgage and taxes does not make any financial sense.  Part of the reason for renting out real estate is so the owner can have a positive cash flow, some of which should be saved to account for repair and maintenance expenses associated with the home.  If the HVAC goes out the repair/replacement expense can be pretty.  If there is a water leak the repair of the leak and repair of the damage associated with the leak can be high as well. 

Thinking that long term appreciation will make up for the current lack of cash flow is also a faulty strategy to could end up costing the owner.  Appreciation is never guaranteed in real estate as depending on the economy and migration one may find themselves with a depreciating asset.  If a large employer decides to relocate or the desirability of an area decreases real estate prices as a whole in that area...

Tips For Selling A Home During A Pandemic

tips for selling a home during a pandemic

Tips For Selling A Home During A Pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 virus selling a home during a pandemic while a little more challenging is still possible.  Homeowners need to protect their own health and the health of buyers while having showings.  Some homeowners are using virtual showing technologies, many markets are restricting showings to no more than one buyer group at a time and shorter overall showings.  Things like providing sanitizer, masks, gloves and more are more common in homes that are on the market and allowing in person showings.  This article explores what home sellers need to be doing to ensure a successful home sale during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Common Home Selling Advice

This advice bears repeating since it is important for home sellers to have their home put its best foot forward when it comes to getting buyer attention.  Anything less can result in a home sitting with little attention from buyers and needing steep price cuts in order to get sold.  Regardless of the current state of the economy there will always be a need for people to buy and sell homes.  With internet access couple painting houseavailable at the touch of a few screens on a smart phone, buyers are savvier than ever when it comes to knowing about the price in relation to the value of a home.

Buyers will not overpay for a home and overpricing a home is a surefire to prevent a home from getting sold.  Pricing is based on more than just what...

June 2020 Greater Cincinnati Luxury Real Estate Market Report

June 2020 Greater Cincinnati Luxury Real Estate Market Report

Last year there were 80 luxury homes that sold within the month of June 2019.  The median price was $899,450.00.  Average days on market was 121.  The biggest difference this year as can be seen is the total amount of luxury homes sold only being 56 during June 2020.  The Greater Cincinnati region was just coming off the tail end of COVID-19 related economic shutdowns and many sellers pulled their homes off of the market as a result.  There were more luxury homes available for sale in June 2019 than there are today.  So long as qualified luxury home buyers are still ready to buy prices will stay steady in the luxury market with the limited supply.

June 2020 Cincinnati Luxury Real Estate Market Report

New Home Sales Jump Are Downward Revisions - Sales of newly constructed homes beat expectations.  Whether this can sustain remains to be seen as the virus is surging again in some states.

Pending Home Sales Are Off Of Recent Lows - While pending home sales are off of recent lows they are still below where they were last year.  One of the biggest struggles home sellers have are putting their home on a market facing a pandemic and having another place to move to as well once they do sell their home.

About the author: The above article “June 2020 Greater Cincinnati Luxury Real Estate Market Report” was provided by Luxury Real Estate Specialist Paul Sian. Paul can be reached at paul@CinciNKYRealEstate.com...

Different Kinds Of Home Rehab Projects

Different Kinds Of Home Rehab Projects

Different Kinds Of Home Rehab Projects

Real estate investors looking at the fix and flip model or the buy and hold model often look for properties that have some sort of value-add feature so that they can boost their investment through price appreciation.  Houses come in different conditions and investors should understand the different type of house repairs that will be needed as part of their investment decision making process.  This article looks at the different conditions investors can expect to find in a home bought for investment purposes.

Fix and Flip vs Buy and Hold

The two main strategies are fix and flip and buy and hold.  With the fix and flip strategy investors are looking to buy a house that needs repairs, make the repairs and then sell the home for a profit.  With the buy and hold investment strategy the investor is looking to buy a house that needs repairs and then will keep that property in their portfolio as a rental property, making money from the rent and from the increase in value.  

As part of the buy and hold strategy or fix and flip strategy many investors will use cash or a hard money loan to make their purchase since the type of homes they are interested in usually do not qualify for a traditional mortgage loan.  Once the repairs have been completed the buy and hold investor will often times refinance the property into a traditional mortgage and take out cash at the same time to make another buy and hold purchase.

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Houses come with different levels of rehab...

Options To Consider When A Home Won’t Sell

Options To Consider When A Home Won’t Sell

Options To Consider When A Home Won’t Sell

Selling a home requires the right preparation, right pricing and marketing to help get it sold.  Sometimes depending on the market or the seller’s requirement to sell at a certain price a home just may not get sold.  For example during the initial COVID related lockdowns many homeowners pulled their homes off of the market and those that stayed on the market saw their showing requests drop rapidly.  This article explores what homeowners can do when a home is not selling.

Take A Break

Sometimes there is a wrong time to have a house on the market and the COVID shutdowns can be a perfect example of when may not be the best time to try and sell one’s home.  Many home buyers concerned about the risks of the virus decided to stay home and not look at all.  Some home buyer’s also were temporarily out of work and highly concerned about whether they would get their jobs back once the lockdowns did end.  The result was there were not enough buyers ready to buy and unless a homeowner was selling their house for the bottom dollar the chance of getting an offer was greatly reduced.

Other times when real estate buyer traffic slows down includes the holiday season at the end of the year and during the summer break when many families are away on vacation.  These times also reflect a slow-down in general when fewer homes are selling.  If a homeowner is getting very little interest during these times it may be advisable to pull the home off of the market until the market is back in the full swing...

May 2020 Greater Cincinnati Luxury Real Estate Market Report

May 2020 GREATER CINCINNATI LUXURY REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT

With many areas starting to open up real estate sales have started to pick up as well.  Some homeowners have pulled their homes off of the market during the virus induced economic shutdowns and some of those homes may not come back to the market due to changed plans.  In the near term this will cause competition to increase due to fewer homes being on the market for those buyers still ready, willing, and able to buy.  See below infographic for how luxury homes performed in the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio real estate market.

NOVEMBER 2017 GREATER CINCINNATI LUXURY REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT

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