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That’s It? That’s the Best I’m Going to Get?

Posted by Jody Deeds on December 4, 2009

Believe me…I understand how hard it is when selling your home, to separate your personal attachment, blood, sweat and tears from the analytical, business perspective of the deal. Right? To be the mediator, the therapist, the negotiator, the analyst, etc.

I’m here to tell you that as your professional full-time Realtor who markets homes and gets them SOLD, believe me when I say that the majority of the time, the first offer you get on your home is the best.

Sure you have to clean the home, price it competitively for the market (this one is key) and expose it to the masses, but barring any off the wall issues with the home or overpricing, you should attract fairly reasonable offers on your home.

So, when you get that first offer, as long as it’s within range of what other similar homes are selling for in the area, you should try and “Make it Work.” I work darn hard to get my sellers the best price possible for their home. Keep in mind, there are a number of items other than price that can be negotiated. But, I’m here to tell you that letting a home warranty, curtains, a day or two extra to close, is not worth losing the deal over.

Ask yourself…how long did it take for you to get that first offer?

The reality today is that you are 1 in 14,000 homes listed for sale and there is a 7 month supply of inventory in Columbus and surrounding areas. So, here’s some advice for sellers and for sale by owners…respond to every offer you get, and negotiate all offers the best you can…especially the first one.

If you need help selling your home or just have some real estate questions, pick up the phone and call me today.


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Attention Sellers: Top 5 Nasty Little Homebuyer Turnoffs

Posted by Jody Deeds on November 10, 2009


Ok…you or your Realtor have done a great job marketing your home and the showings are starting to schedule nicely. Don’t blow your first impression chance by doing these little things that immediately turn buyers off and make them run out the door, down the street and into the door of another home for sale instead of yours.

Who would think that these little tiny things could do so much damage? And…ultimately cost you, the seller, more money. Your home sits. You pay more carrying costs for mortgage and utilities. Oh yeah…and that house you had your eye on…well…you might just miss out on a 30% equity advantage by purchasing now while the market is down.

So here they are. The top 5 nasty little buyer turn offs.

1. TOILETS. Flush them, clean them and close them for your open houses and showings. YUK!

2. PET ODORS. Cats are the worst and most difficult to rid the house of. But, any pet odors that smack you as soon as you walk in the door is sure to keep those buyers from making that offer.

3. FRITO SMELLS. OK..not really Frito chips, but those oh so stinky dirty laundry baskets, closets full of stinky shoes and other closet, laundry room and shoe nook smells. Please Fabreeze.

4. TRASH. The saying, “One mans trash is another mans treasure”, well NOT so much when trying to sell your home. Empy those trashcans and get rid of the funk.

5. BACKYARD POO POO. Unless you want your doggies poo poo dragged into your home, you might want to get rid of the stuff before buyers arrive. Nothing screams BUY ME, like smelly poo on your shoe.

There are plenty of others, but this will get your started. Think about how buyers will see your home and what they expect.

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Is Your Price Selling The Neighbor’s House?

Posted by Jody Deeds on January 27, 2008

Preparing to sell your home takes some planning and expert advice, especially when it comes to setting the price.

You’ll find everyone becomes an expert and wants to offer their opinion on the price…neighbors, family, co-workers, etc.  And…while all of these individuals have good intentions and only want to help, it is crucial that you take into account all factors involved:  market conditions, similar style homes that have sold in your area, your homes currently on the market, is it a buyer’s market or seller’s market, condition of your home, how fast homes are selling, terms and incentives, etc.

Avoid testing the market!  Set a realistic price based on the facts involved.  Pricing too high will only help sell competing homes in the area and you’ll lose your initial rush of good qualified potential buyers.  The longer a home stays on the market, the lower the offers and less negotiating power there will be for you. 

How much you paid for the home and how much you want to profit, are important to you, these factors do not affect the market value of your home and what Buyer’s are willing to pay. 

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Most Common Home Problems

Posted by Jody Deeds on January 27, 2008

Mold, Mildew and Musty Odors

Water leaks are usually to blame for these issues.  These leaks could be from leaky water pipes, toilets, showers, tubs, roof leaks and gutter problems.  If you notice leaks for areas needing repair, it is extremely important to have those items remedied immediately to prevent structural damage and potential health issues.


High humidity caused by everyday tasks such as showers, cooking and drying clothes, can also be culprits.  Indoor humidity levels should be maintained between 30%-50%.

High Energy Bills

High energy bills can usually be traced to windows, heating and cooling equipment, and insulation.  To reduce your energy costs, it’s important to have your furnace and air conditioning units serviced regularly.  If windows have condensation between the panes or have broken locks and seals, contact the manufacturer to see if they are still under warranty.

Damp Basement

Primary source of damp basements are water leaks and high humidity.  Again, look for water pipe leaks, as well as basement wall cracks and areas where water may be penetrating.  Have these issues repaired immediately.

Drafty Rooms

Common areas for cold air leaking in the home can be found around doors, windows, light fixtures, electrical outlets.   The biggest leaks are usually in the attic and around recessed lighting.

Be sure to have your contractor check the air and furnace units to check for air leaks and to make sure there is a balanced airflow.  In addition, caulking around window sills and door jambs will help prevent drafts.


Dust can penetrate your home through air leaks around windows, doors, and air ducts.  To reduce dust in your home change your furnace filter, and vacuum regularly.  Furnace filters should be changed once a month.  Be sure your clothes dryer is vented to the outside of your home.  Leave shoes at the front door instead of wearing them throughout your home.

Moisture on Windows

Windows that get condensation on them, are usually a result of old windows, and single pane windows with aluminum frames. Ignoring this issue could lead to deterioration and rotting of wooden trim, sills and framing, and could lead to mold and mildew.


Consider replacing with storm windows.  If cost is an issue, you can use install a shrink film or polyethylene sheet.  Window insulation kits can be purchased at your local hardware store.

Ice Dams

These usually occur after heavy snowfalls and freezing temperatures for several days.  As temperatures warm, and the snow and ice begin to melt, water begins to drain along the roof under the snow.    When this water reaches the overhang, it refreezes and creates the ice dam.  This can cause roof damage and could lead to water leaks.


Fixing the roof leak will not prevent future ice dams.  You’ll need to seal the air leaks, in the attic, and add insulation  Make sure there is adequate ventilation in the attic and be sure to keep gutters free from debris throughout the year.

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