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8
May
2014

When inventory is low and it seems buyer’s don’t really have many options – DON’T rule out a listing just because it has been on the market awhile…it could be that the seller was holding firm to their price and unable to negotiate – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a look / make an offer!! Many times, buyers or their agents may think that a seller “wouldn’t take less” – which may be true or necessary in some cases. BUT – there could be other things the seller is willing or able to negotiate on that would make THE DEAL for the buyer.  I always tell the buyer to at least make the offer – once it’s in writing we can negotiate to get it done!


6
April
2014

If you keep watching the price of gas and are concerned about how you might get to work…this is an exciting program that has continued to grow – and from a recent report – will expand to include more BIKE SHARE opportunities.  (If you have never experienced our bath paths – you should check them out!!)

Across the U.S., more than 25 cities of various sizes have launched bike share transportation systems. Dayton’s bike share program will feature 22 strategically located stations, all within an approximate two mile radius of downtown Dayton. Each station will contain six to 10 bikes, totaling more than 200 bikes in the system. Customers — who range from one-day users to annual subscribers — unlock the bikes and may ride to any other station or back to the original location at the end of their trip.

Bike sharing offers several economic, livability, transportation, environmental and health benefits to the businesses, employees and residents in downtown Dayton and surrounding neighborhoods. Bike share programs add to urban vibrancy, are highly desired by young professionals, and greatly improve the connectivity of existing public transit by completing the “last mile” between a transit stop and a user’s final destination.

Now, make a plan to check out the bike paths and keep on PEDDLING!


1
February
2014

Below is a clip from the article…good information to keep in mind when looking to pickup that “bargain” home!

 

“Four Warning Signs to Watch for When Buying a Foreclosure”

Matthew Frankel  Source: Respres.

Over the past several years, many people have gotten great deals on homes because of foreclosures. While the inventory of foreclosed homes in the market is not nearly what it was a few years ago, there are still many to be found. In fact, in some areas, the foreclosures from the 2008-2010 period are just now making their way through the court system and appearing on the market.

In the right situation, a foreclosure can be an excellent way to obtain your dream home at a much better price than you would expect.  Buying foreclosures can also be an great way to acquire investment properties, as many foreclosures are duplexes, triplexes, and smaller single-family homes that can become lucrative rentals.

Even though foreclosed homes can be a good deal, they definitely carry their own issues and risks that buyers need to be aware of. Let’s break down a few of these and see if they should affect your decision on whether to buy the property or not.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE


27
January
2014

But you MUST ACT FAST!  This is a DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE program that comes out the first part of the year – with up to $5000 that can help BUYERS to get into the home of their dreams.  Lender specific qualifications – not all lenders are able to do this program.  But it can apply for your house purchase – even if you are NOT a First Time Home Buyer!!  Contact me QUICK to see if this can help you!


17
January
2014

We are happy to be able to better serve the needs of our clients and want to assure you that R H 2 L is the real estate brokerage with heart!  We live and work where you live and work and serving our neighbors and communities is a part of our business plan.

 

CLICK HERE to see the BROKERAGE WEBSITE.


9
December
2013

Home Buying in Winter

By Jeff Brown
NEW YORK (MainStreet) — So what if winter’s looming. Go ahead, buy a home!

Granted, buying a home in the dead months from December though March does not appeal to many people. But this year it might make sense, due to low mortgage rates and a lull in home price gains. A home on the market now might cost more in the spring as prices and loan rates drift up. Click to read more


29
October
2013

Born and raised here – there are MANY things about the Dayton Communities that I know about first-hand and LOVE!  That is the reason why I wanted to take the continuing education courses offered by the DABR and for the right to earn the designation of “Dayton Region Ambassador.”  I want to be the person you call with questions about what our area has to offer…so I’ve compiled some of the highlights from the class to share with you here: Click to read more


7
October
2013

This is a belief that I have and something that allows me to work with people from across the walks of life to find a house that they can call “home.”  This is an excellent article from the New York Times regarding our very own “WELCOME DAYTON” program working with the Turkish Community and opening doors for all other cultures…

DAYTON, Ohio — Fighting back from the ravages of industrial decline, this city adopted a novel plan two years ago to revive its economy and its spirits: become a magnet for immigrants.

The Dayton City Commission voted to make the city “immigrant friendly,”with programs to attract newcomers and encourage those already here, as a way to help stem job losses and a drop in population.

In north Dayton — until recently a post-apocalyptic landscape of vacant, gutted houses — 400 Turkish families have moved in, many coming from other American cities. Now white picket fences, new roofs and freshly painted porches are signs of a brisk urban renewal led by the immigrants, one clapboard house at a time.

“We want to invest in the places where we are accepted better,” said Islom Shakhbandarov, a Turkish immigrant leader. “And we are accepted better in Dayton.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

 


17
May
2013

Urban Nights


May 17-19 . A World A’Fair

Dayton Convention Center,
22 E. Fifth St.; Friday 5-11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.,
Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m;

Dayton’s annual international festival returns for 2013 with the cultural theme, “Global Pastimes.” All of the participating countries will show some of the favorite pastimes of their region at their cultural booth. The festival is a celebration of diversity that showcases the food, dancing, music, costumes and cultural exhibits representing the ethnic backgrounds and cultures of Dayton and the greater Miami Valley. It features plenty of featured entertainment this year, including Jorge Wojtas, a flamenco guitarist; a flamenco dancing group from Columbus; Kabluchko, a Russian performing group from Cincinnati; Verea, a Bulgarian group from Chicago; and Burundian drummers and dancers. The very popular Kenya Safari Acrobats and Steve Free, Native American storyteller and musician will return this year. The DIFI Festival Singers will perform on the Informal stage all three days. Stories and activities for kids will be offered in the expanded children’s area and the Asian American Council of Dayton will again be presenting a Health Fair. This year we will again have a photo booth with international costumes to choose from for your photo. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a trip around the world, all in one location – downtown Dayton! Adults $7, seniors $5, youth (6-18) $4. Visitwww.aworldafair.org for more info.