Blog - Month: May 2019

Month: May 2019

Six Easy Photography Tips for Home Listings in Northeast Ohio

By Andrea Robinson
May 21, 2019 Category: , General

When youre browsing houses online, have you ever noticed that only a few listings stick out? Sometimes its just a matter of great curb appeal, but a well-photographed home can be just as appealing as a pretty one. Photography is an art, but there are a few time-tested approaches to home photo shoots that are relatively easy to execute with a phone camera or point-and-shoot. A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are our six easy photography tips to make sure home shoppers stop to read what your listing is saying! Brightness Everybody loves lots of natural sunlight in a home! It makes spaces look cleaner and bigger. When youre taking interior pictures for your listing, try shooting on a day with clear skies and tons of sunlight. Natural light is eye-catching, mood enhancing and can accent the best features of your property. Turn on HDR If youre taking pictures with your smartphone, most have a High Dynamic Range (HDR) setting that automatically improves the details

3 Common Types of Mortgages Available in Northeast Ohio

By Andrea Robinson
May 14, 2019 Category: General

Conventional, jumbo, balloon, fixed, ARMs, reverse, combination What does it all mean?! As you begin shopping for a house, youre also going to start shopping around for a mortgage. And, heads up homebuyer, there are many types of mortgage repayment options out there! Different mortgage products are designed to make purchasing a home possible for different types of people. So, whats the best option for you? Youll probably consult with someone at a bank or loan office about what works for your budget and long-term financial plans, but as you begin discussing your mortgage options with various lenders, its a good idea to know the lingo. To help you get started, heres our list of 3 common mortgages available in Northeast Ohio! Conventional Mortgage Conventional mortgages (or fixed-rate mortgages) are one of the safest and most common types of home loans because they offer consistent, unchanging monthly payments. Because you lock in your interest rate at the beginning,

Home Ownership Costs to Consider When Shopping for Your First Home

By Andrea Robinson
May 07, 2019 Category: General

Its common knowledge that theres a lot more to owning a home than paying the mortgage on time. From property taxes to periodic maintenance, there are plenty of additional expenses that go into maintaining a home while you are living in it. While many new home shoppers will draw direct comparisons between monthly mortgage payments and renting, there are plenty of additional costs to consider when you are about to buy your first house. Heres our list of 4 expenses you should be thinking about when youre buying a home. Home Improvement Even a move-in ready home will likely undergo some type of home-improvement project after purchase. It is estimated that 96 percent of Americans embark on some kind of improvement project after becoming homeowners. From adding a new deck to updating appliances, these projects average around $3,000 when completed by a professional. The most common types of home projects? The majority of projects are less exciting than you might think. The