Chris Russell's Blog Posts

Chris Russell's Blog Posts

Curious What Your Home Is Worth
In a changing market, it's helpful to know the value of your home.  Click here to get your home's value!https://chrisrussell.plumtreerealty.com/sell.php...

Olentangy Farmhouse In Prime Location
Tremendous potential and lots of character! Great buy for the money and will not last! Amazing opportunity to own in desirable Olentangy Schools, situated in Concord Town...

I Love Real Estate Investing
I like the feeling I get when I finish a big remodeling project and it looks "Barry Gucci" as my crew mates, the Remodel Kings, like to say. Last Wednesday, I bought a zombie ...

Aug 12 2019 67016 1
Did you know you can get a conventional loan for as little as 3% down? Contact me for details....

MOVE STRESS FREE
The physical move is no doubt stressful and exhausting. Here is some advice to make the physical move somewhat easier:1. Declutter. Throw out and give away the items you have ...

Jun 18 2019 67016 1
BUYER BEWARES WHEN DEALING WITH FSBO'S (FOR SALE BY OWNER)    Homeowners are NOT real estate experts, so they may or may not know to adhere to local rules and regulations...

What Is Really Happening With Home Prices
Home values have softened over the last twelve months. We are no longer seeing 6-7% annual appreciation levels for the national housing market. The current numbers are closer to 4%...

4 Tips For Making A Competitive Offer
So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call 'home,' and you've finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sur...

New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For FirstTime Buyers
Home prices have been on the rise for the last seven years, leading many housing market analysts to conclude that first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market due to affo...

Turning A Bedroom Into A Lux Bedroom
For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean that we have to settle for drab and dre...

The Benefits Of A 20 Down Payment
If you are in the market to buy a home this year, you may be confused about how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people you talk to will tell you tha...

Home Buyers Are Optimistic About Homeownership
When we consider buying an item, we naturally go through a research process prior to making our decision. We ask our friends and family members who have made similar purchases abou...

Why Access Is One Of The Most Important Factors In Getting Your House Sold
So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access yo...

The Cost Of Renting Vs Buying This Spring
Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-pr...

Your Fabulous New Dream Home Is Now Available
Over the last several years, many “baby boomers” have undergone a metamorphosis. Their children have finally moved out and they can now dream about their own future. For many, ...

2 Trends Helping Keep Housing Affordable
Two positive trends have started to emerge that impact the 2019 Spring Housing Market. Mortgage interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate loan have dropped to new lows, right as repo...

What Would Make You Sell Your House
There are many reasons why a homeowner decides to sell their house and move. The latest Generational Trends Reportfrom the National Association of Realtors asked rec...

How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment
Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out...

How To Choose A Paint Color You Can Live With
See 8 tips and tricks that can help you commit to a color you’ll lovehttps://www.houzz.com/magazine/how-to-choose-a-paint-color-you-can-live-with-stsetivw-vs~95503956...

The KONMARI Method Helping You Prep Your House For Sale
One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves l...

Existing Home Sales Slow To Start Spring
Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales slowed to an annual pace of 5.21 million home sales in March. Low inventory levels are still impacting home sales! The current month’s...

Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less
In a recent Insights Blog, CoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased. “CoreL...

New Study Reveals One Surprising Reason For Inventory Shortage
There has been a great amount written on millennials and their impact on the housing market. However, the headlines often contradict each other. Some claim this generation is becom...

With Inventory Low Will Your Dream Home Need Some TLC
According to a new survey from Move.com, the wave of first-time homebuyers hitting the market this summer has resulted in an interesting statistic. Nearly 60% o...

Data Says April Is The Best Month To List Your House For Sale
The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, piquing the interest of...

Selling Your House Here Is Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner
With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try to sell their homes on their own rather than using the services o...

Easy Landscaping DIY Projects
Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features. Whether it's as simple as installing some...

5 CRITERIA FOR PRICING A HOME
When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a ...

5 Reasons Why Millennials Buy A Home
Some Highlights: “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of livin...

Buyer Demand Surging As Spring Market Begins
Last fall, some predicted that the 2019 residential real estate market would be a disaster. There was even belief we might experience a housing crash like the one that occurred dur...

Are Low Interest Rates Here To Stay
Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have been on the decline since November, now reaching lows last seen in January 2018. According to Freddie Mac’s latest...

Homeowners Now Is A Good Time To Sell Your Home
Every month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases their Seller Traffic Index as a part of their Realtors Confidence Index. In the latest rel...

3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home
3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A HomeIf you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your ...

A FirstTime Buyers Guide To Home Maintenance
A FirstTime Buyers Guide To Home Maintenancehttps://www.houzz.com/magazine/a-first-time-buyers-guide-to-home-maintenance-stsetivw-vs~28900284...

CREATE AN EVACUATION PLAN FOR YOUR PETS
CREATE AN EVACUATION PLAN FOR YOUR PETSAn evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other...

Top Tips For House Hunting Online
Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features o...

Documents You Need For Mortgage PreApproval A Checklist For Each Type Of Loan
Documents You Need for Mortgage Pre-Approval: A Checklist for Each Type of LoanWhether you're self-employed or applying for an FHA or USDA loan, here's the pre-approval paperwork y...

Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong For Years To Come
Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong for Years to ComeThere has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some...

Why PetFriendly Homes Are In High Demand
Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High DemandOne of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of...

What To Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire In
What to Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire InAs more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether they should sell their homes and move has become a ...

Apr 8 2019 66825 1
As the weather starts to warm up hear in Northeast Ohio, so does our Real Estate Market. Homes that are properly priced are SELLING quickly! Most of them go into what is called "mu...

10 Steps To Buying A Home
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Your Homes Spring Maintenance Checklist
Your Home’s Spring Maintenance ChecklistSome Highlights: Every spring, your home needs some extra TLC! Whether you plan on selling your home this spring or not, conducting ...

3 Graphs That Show What You Need To Know About Todays Real Estate Market
3 Graphs that Show What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate MarketThe Housing Market has been a hot-topic in the news lately. Depending on which media outlet you watch, it...

Looking To Upgrade Your Current Home Nows The Time To MoveUp
In every area of the country, homes that are priced at the top 25% of the price range for that area are considered to be Premium Homes. In today’s real estate market there a...

Millionaire To Millennials Dont Get Stuck Renting A Home Buy One
In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to sa...

5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring
Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Rea...

6908 Root Rd
Anyone looking for a Home in North Ridgeville? Check out my New Listing! 3 bedroom 1.5 baths located on a .5 acre lot. $92,900Just "CLICK" for more information!...

Homes For Sale In North Ridgeville 3rd Safest City In Ohio
Anyone searching for Homes in North Ridgeville? It has just been rated in the Top 3 Safest Cities to live in in Ohio!! Check these Homes and this City out? https://terrymurray.plu...

Create A Luxury Home On A Limited Budget
Here are some great tips I found to enhance your home...https://homebuying.realtor/content/create-luxury-home-limited-budget...

I Found A Lost Dog On The South Side Of Columbus Ohio
Today I was walking a house for its pre-close inspection and found this sweet little stray pup!!! I turned her in to the Franklin county Dog Shelter. Anyone missing a little pit bu...

A New Year
Happy New year!January 1st is the epitome of a dichotomy.  It carries over as the final day of the holidays of the past year, yet is simultaneously the first holiday of the n...

Dec 19 2018 30435 1
Alex Altaly sells high end real estate! 513-602-5311. altalyalex@gmail.com...

Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner
https://www.keepingcurrentmatters.com/2018/10/29/thinking-of-selling-your-home-heres-why-you-need-a-pro-in-your-corner/?utm_campaign=Blog_Promo&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Faceboo...

Oct 2 2018 61982 1
Make-Up or Make Over?The cosmetics of a home can draw you in or turn you away.  Catch phrases like, “Curb Appeal!”Move- In Ready!” and “Wow Factor!” make for great ...

Mortgage Success
When getting ready to buy a home, it can be surprising how much paperwork is required to be approved for a mortgage. These terms will provide you with a basic understanding of what...

Things To Consider When Buying A Home Location
Things to Consider When Buying a HomeLocation, location, location!  How many times have we heard that mantra?!  When purchasing a home, location truly is way up there on...

Aug 20 2018 61982 1
Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions most of us will make.  If you have questions o where to start, the link below will give you some ideas where to begin.https://www...

Long Cove Deerfield Township OH
Long Cove is among the most prestigious residential communities in Greater Cincinnati. With over one mile of picturesque waterways and peninsula neighborhoods, it is both scenic an...

Jun 15 2018 40795 1
Great article on the Dayton Biz Journal about the local market!https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2017/12/20/dayton-housing-market-remains-strong-sales.html...

Jun 15 2018 52357 1
Check out this article from the Dayton Daily News about the local market!https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local-housing-markets-among-healthiest-ohio/ULoY7jswzhKaRJO3AIXMSI/...

Mar 20 2018 52357 1
To have a realtor or not to have a realtor?  that is the question!  It is not as simple to sell a house by putting a sign in the yard and wham someone pays for what ...

November Home Sales Soar Average Price Sets Record For 17th Consecutive Month
Posted on: December 20th, 2017by Andrew ClarkNovember Home Sales Soar !! Average Price Sets Record for 17th Consecutive MonthNovember home sales soared, exceeding la...

Great December Metrics Article From Wwwcincinkyrealestatecomgreatercincinnatimarketstatistics
Greater Cincinnati Market StatisticsBelow you'll find statistics on residential listings in our featured Greater Cincinnati communities, updated every day from the MLS, including t...

Smart Tips For Selling A MultiFamily Building Posted By Paul Sian On Thursday November 16 2017
Great Read on Selling a Multifamily! Thanks Paul Sian. Worth the read.Many out of state buyers are looking to make a purchase of a multi-family building here in Cincinnati, Ohio an...

Home Sales Slip But Remain Strong Average Price Sets Record For 16th Consecutive Month
Home Sales Slip, but Remain StrongAverage Price Sets Record for 16th Consecutive MonthOctober home sales remain strong, but couldn’t reach last year’s levels, down – 6.73 % c...

Average Price Sets Record For 15th Consecutive Month
MonthPosted on: October 20th, 2017by Andrew ClarkNo CommentsAverage Price Sets Record for 15th Consecutive MonthSeptember home sales were strong, but couldn’t reach las...

August Home Sales Steady
Posted on: September 20th, 2017by Andrew ClarkNo Comments August Home Sales SteadyAverage Price for August sets another record – 15 consecutive record months Augu...

Ohios July Housing Report Historically Low Inventory Rising List Prices And Fewer Days On The Market
 http://ohiorealtors.org/2017/08/08/ohios-july-housing-report-historically-low-inventory-rising-list-prices-and-fewer-days-on-the-market/By Carl Horst, Ohio REALTORS Director ...

Working With Contractors
I have been a contractor since 2009 and I can tell you that not all contractors are created equal. In Ohio we have low barriers to entry in the contracting business. Unless you do ...

Ohios June Housing Report Shrinking Inventory Rising Prices And A Quicker Sales Pace
A gathering spot for news & insights for Ohio's REALTOR community« Go BackOhio’s June Housing Report: Shrinking inventory, rising prices and a quicker sales paceOn July 6, 201...

May Home Sales Rebound Average Price For May Sets Another Record
https://www.cabr.org/2017/06/21/may-home-sales-rebound/Posted on: June 21st, 2017by Andrew ClarkNo CommentsMay Home Sales ReboundAverage Price for May sets another record...

Its A Sellers Market
I’m sure you’ve heard it before, “The market is going gang busters!” or “It’s a seller’s market.” Well, what exactly IS a seller’s market and what conditions ha...

RE Investing
I started learning about RE investing at Cincinnati Real Estate Investors' Association. That's where I fell in love with real estate. I've explored several facets of the business -...

Buying Still Beats RentingIf You Can Find A Home
Despite rising home prices, it’s still cheaper to own a home than to rent, reports CNBC. But the toughest part for those who want to buy is actually finding a home.Inventory leve...

Realtors Have A Positive Outlook For Commercial Markets In 2017
WASHINGTON (May 19, 2017) – While challenges face commercial real estate markets, Realtors® specializing in the sector should have confidence that growth will continue. That’s...

Foreign Buyers And Immigration Expected To Drive Future Demand For US Housing
WASHINGTON (May 19, 2017) – U.S. real estate markets are increasingly becoming international, and changing demographics brought forth by immigration and growing interest from for...

Ohios April Housing Report Tight Inventories Of Homes For Sale Quicker Sales Pace And Rising List Pr
Ohio’s April Housing Report: Tight inventories of homes for sale, quicker sales pace and rising list pricesOn May 17, 2017By Carl Horst, Ohio REALTORS Director of Publi...

The Truth Behind Guaranteed Sale Programs
http://www.willisandrife.com/blog/-the-truth-behind-guaranteed-sale-programs-or-lack-thereof...

FIRST TIME HOME BUYER GUIDE
I borrowed this article from another agent, Felicia Bell, who posted it. This has some great info in it and will let you know what to expect.http://freshome.com/first-time-hom...

May 4 2017
Why should you list your home with a new agent?It's true that I haven't been a Realtor for that long. I got my license in 2016 and only did 3 sales in my first year. What does...

Dont Fall Victim To These 7 Common FurnitureBuying Fails
We’ve all been there: You’ve just moved into a new place, and you want to make it look fresh and fabulous, like, yesterday.You’ve thumbed through all the West Elm c...

10 Rental Property Tax Deductions Landlords Love Did You Take Them All
Whether you rent out a place or room to a tenant full time or just for a few weeks while you’re away on vacation, you already know it’s a great way to make money. But did ...

Which Remodeling Projects Increase A Homes Value The Most
REMODELING PROJECTS THAT BOOST A HOME’S VALUEIf you’re looking to help your clients to identify which projects to tackle before putting their home on the market, look no f...

7 Ways Home Sellers Turn Off Homebuyers
When it’s time to sell your home, you can invest a ton of time, energy and money into getting the place ready for sale. You might declutter, stage and even remodel the house to m...

Check Yourself 8 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle In March
If the sight of the mercury creeping upward fills you with spring fever, we’re with you. We, too, are restless for the toastier and longer days that are just around the corn...

Make Sure To Take These Home Improvement Tax Deductions For 2016
Did you make home improvements in 2016? Then you might be eligible for a whole slew of home improvement tax deductions which can save you major money when you file your p...

The Home Office Tax Deduction One Of The Most Misunderstood And Dangerous Tax Breaks
According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24% of employed people now do some or all of their work at home. Beyond the obvious benefits of unfettered...

Housing Shortage Fuels Price Gains
The number of homes for sale fell to the lowest level in nearly two decades in the fourth quarter, lifting prices and raising concerns that young buyers are being shut out of the m...

Rental Properties What Are The Benefits Of Using A Property Management Company
A competent property manager can add significant value to your investment, which is why many seasoned real estate investors will tell you that a good management company is worth th...

Jan 4 2017 NEW YEAR FRESH START
New year, fresh start ! Hi, I'm Stephen Moore. I have been a Realtor in the Dayton/Cincinnati markets for three years now. I just moved forward to Plum Tree Realty. Together, ...

Butler County Is Improving Real Estate
A Journal-News analysis of nuisance properties in Butler County’s largest communities — Middletown, Hamilton, Fairfield and West Chester Twp. — found many of the properties t...

Why I Have Preferred Service Partners
One of the key fundamentals of my business platform is to provide Exceptional Customer Service directly to my clients to ensure the purchase or sale of their home goes as smoothly ...

How To Buy A House
So, you're interested in buying a home?  Terrific!  Here are the steps you need to take to make that dream become a reality!1. Commit to working with one Buyers Agent who...

Understanding The Cincinnati Real Estate Market
Some Key Pointers for Understanding the Cincinnati Real Estate Market:1. Due to the reliable nature of the Cincinnati real estate market, we have drawn in some of the largest inves...


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