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March
4

Real estate professionals often say the best time to buy a property depends on the market. Depending on where a person lives, there may be variations on when the best time is to sell a home and buy a new one. The property search can take some time. Springtime is when the market becomes flooded with properties, for sale in time for summer to end and school to begin. Buying a property in springtime never looked better. Find out why and how to get started.

 

Know Your Springs

Springtime is different depending on who you ask. The natural home-buying season starts around April and goes until June. After mid-June, sales and purchases may decline as people take a vacation and go away for summer trips. Springtime home buying can apply to other months of the year. In warmer climates, this means January through May. In the Midwest, this can begin when the snow melts and people start to warm to the idea of selling or buying with the winter thaw. Don't think too long and hard about timing. Speak to a real estate professional for advice but definitely do what feels the best when it feels like the time is right. 

 

A Little Prep Goes a Long Way

Depending on where a buyer lands, it may be helpful to spend time in the new place if possible. Check out the local scene, the schools, neighborhoods, and entertainment districts. See what people do, who is out, and get to know the area better. Interview real estate agents who seem to have a pulse on the current market trends. An agent who specializes in the area may be more familiar with downtrends and knowing when the best time to look in that area is for that perfect home. Keep location as the primary focus. It should meet the basic requirements and be in good shape. Other than that, don't worry about traditional things like looking for the perfect time. The perfect time to buy maybe now.

 

Catch a Glimpse

One of the best ways to see a home and all its flaws is right after winter has ended and spring comes along. Any leaking, wear and tear, and repairs tend to show up once the cooler weather wanes. This makes it easier to spot issues as opposed to house-hunting in winter. The snow is gone, the fog is rolling away, and the time is right to do some general inspections from the outside to see how a neighborhood, and property, have fared the weather. If all looks good, it might be worth a closer look. Any red flags like weather-worn roofs, siding, or other issues will appear and can be a sign to inspect further or walk away until the right home comes available. 

 

Don't hesitate to contact a professional in the Ohio market who understands the trends. Choice Properties has people ready to assist your search this spring, or anytime, so you can find the right home for you and your family. There are many things to consider when searching for that perfect property. Call us to have us help you set up an appointment to discuss what you need and get you started on the search. 

September
25

Buying a home is the American dream that many families hold. We all know it's never cheap to purchase a home, and may take a couple years to save for an appropriate downpayment. But, how much should you save for a downpayment on a home? Typically, it is suggested you save 5% of your maximum budget. Meaning, if your budget for purchasing a home is $180,000, you should save $9,000 for a down payment. With the right tips and tricks, you will be able to save up for a down payment in no time. Try these tips on saving money for a down payment, turning your dream of purchasing a home into a reality! 

Develop a Savings Plan

Taking time to create a savings plan will help you stay organized on spending habits, along with developing a timeline. If you are looking to move in two years, calculate how much you need to save each month to have a 5% down payment you're seeking. In order to make a savings plan, you will need to carefully comb through your weekly and monthly spending to figure out the amount you are able to save in a certain timeframe. Some things to include when making your monthly budget include:

  • Gas expenses
  • Grocery shopping 
  • Rent/monthly housing payment
  • Car Payments/insurance 
  • Utility bills
  • Emergency funds 
  • Miscellaneous expenses 

Avoid Mindless Spending

Along with making a savings plan, make a note to avoid mindless spending. Once you start to manage your spending habits, you will quickly notice the amount you spend without even realizing it. Doing so could easily save you a couple hundred dollars a month. 

Take Your Time

Buying a new home is exciting, and it can be hard to not rush the process. Perhaps you are ready for this next step in life. However, it's important to remember not to get ahead of yourself. Take your time with the homebuying process, and be sure to not bite off more than you can chew. When you are ready to start the home buying process, contact the expert real estate agents at Choice Properties! Whether you are a first time homebuyer or experienced in the process, our team is eager to assist. 



Choice Properties understands your needs and desires when it comes to the home search. We are here to help you define what you want, seek the best property and move forward feeling educated and able to make good decisions throughout the process. You can trust us to help you navigate it with the best real estate agents working for you. Call us to get started on your dream home search today.

August
7

Making the leap from renting a home to owning a home is a huge reward! The hard work and savings have finally paid off and you are now ready to work with a real estate agent on making your dream a reality. But, perhaps you're wondering what to expect when buying your first home. It's natural to feel a sense of stress when making a large investment, as there will be a shift in responsibility and life changes. However, don't let this scare you out of your dream! Owning a home is one of the best accomplishments you will experience in life. Check out this guide on going from a renter to a first time homeowner to fully embrace each step. 

Increase in Responsibility

The best part about owning a home is having the freedom to make the space unique to you. You can paint the walls, replace kitchen cabinets, plus take full advantage of the financial savings that come with buying a home over renting a home. These are intriguing benefits of buying a home, but it's important to remember the increase of responsibility that also accompanies homeownership. This means being financially able to make any unexpected repairs, such as a broken cooling or heating. 

Repairs, Renovations, and Updates

Chances are, when buying your first home the house will need minor repairs or updates. Many incorporate this within their budget when looking at homes on the market. Becoming a homeowner means repairing broken appliances or leaky faucets, as well as any additional expenses. When working with your trusted real estate agent during the home buying process, take time to assess damages or repairs that will need addressed both in the short term and long term. If you do come across a home emergency that needs addressed as soon as possible, reach out to neighbors in your community for referrals.

Miscellaneous Home Buying Expenses

Unfortunately, there's more to simply getting a mortgage and buying a home. There is the cost of the house, but other upfront and miscellaneous expenses that may catch you off guard. It's important to educate yourself on the hidden, unexpected costs of purchasing a home. Here are some extra expenses to consider:

 

  • Home inspections 
  • Home insurance
  • Closing costs (Lender fees, Appraisal, Title, Escrow fees, Interset)

 

  • Maintenance and repairs



Choice Properties understands your needs and desires when it comes to the home search. We are here to help you define what you want, seek the best property and move forward feeling educated and able to make good decisions throughout the process. You can trust us to help you navigate it with the best real estate agents working for you. Call us to get started on your dream home search today.

 

July
17

Buying a home offers the chance to completely make the space unique to you and your family. The blank slate allows those to fill the space with their style, expressing their personality in every room. Whether you're comfortable in a rustic home, modern, or country-chic, it is entirely up to you! If you're looking for something new and fresh, consider trying the design trend on the rise: minimalism. Minimalism means inviting only the essentials into your space, while limiting clutter and miscellaneous items. Here is how you can bring minimalism into your newly purchased home. 

Choose Neutral Colors 

The first step to introduce minimalism to your space is selecting a neutral color scheme. It is suggested to go with soft whites or light gray for a minimalistic-feel, which allows natural light to pour into the space while making the room feel welcoming. If you crave more color, go for a powder pink! 

Furniture and Materials

Similar with colors, you will need to find a balance of materials. Combining different materials, such as natural wooden floors with a metal coffee table creates an industrial, yet warm style. Incorporating organic materials into your custom build will always be on trend. The most important key is still choosing furniture that you find comfortable. Don't settle for a stunning couch that offers zero comfort!

Declutter and Add Storage

Perhaps the biggest aspect of choosing a minimalist design is decluttering. If you don't feel comfortable donating items you are currently not using, consider using a storage unit for the time being. More homeowners are opting for a minimalist design as a way to start fresh and live simply. Decluttering and only keeping the essentials allows you to do this, feeling rejuvenated and stress-free in your personal space. 




Choice Properties understands your needs and desires when it comes to the home search. We are here to help you define what you want, seek the best property and move forward feeling educated and able to make good decisions throughout the process. You can trust us to help you navigate it with the best real estate agents working for you. Call us to get started on your dream home search today.

March
6

Tips for Millennial Home Buyers

It's no secret that millennials' homeownership rate is significantly lower than previous generations at the same age. The Urban Institute quotes, "Today's young adults are failing to build housing wealth, the largest single source of wealth, at the same rate as previous generations. While people make the choice to own or rent that suits them at a given point, maybe more young adults should take into account the long-term consequences of renting when homeownership is an option." Although it may feel overwhelming, homeownership comes with an endless list of benefits that millennials should not rule out. The expert real estate agents at Choice Properties have gathered some tips for millennial home buyers.

Count the Costs

When investing in a home, you're not only paying for the house itself. There are extra costs to consider, such as a downpayment, closing costs, moving costs, and maintenance updates. It may sound stressful, but working with a trusted agent will eliminate most of the work and worries.

Examine Your Finances

The most important factor when buying a home is to examine your finances. When applying for a mortgage, the lender will check your income along with credit history. Take time to improve your credit, and checking your history to make sure there are no errors (which can happen!). A lender is more likely to offer a better mortgage rate when you prove you have the finances to support the purchase.

Don't Assume You Can't Afford a Home

Perhaps the most common perception of buying a home is that it's too expensive and can't be done. Although it is a large investment that requires saving money, it is possible! Take time to shop for a mortgage lender, as each one will provide different rates and offers. Seeking advice from different lenders and a realtor will help find the best option for you.

Know What to Look for

When house shopping, keep your eyes open of warning signs the home may bring. There is no worse feeling than buying your dream home only to discover it's full of maintenance issues. If you know what you're looking for these issues can be avoided, saving you money in the long run. Consider crossing the house off your list if you see:

  • Warning signs of termites
  • Cracked walls or distorted paint
  • Foundation issues, such as uneven flooring





Choice Properties understands your needs and desires when it comes to the home search. We are here to help you define what you want, seek the best property and move forward feeling educated and able to make good decisions throughout the process. You can trust us to help you navigate it with the best real estate agents working for you. Call us to get started on your dream home search today.

July
27

 

Come Home to Gorgeous Lakeview Real Estate

Lakeview has a population of around 1,072. This small village is situated on Indian Lake with a protected harbor, docks and boat ramp. Lakeview homes are in demand due to its location near the Indian Lake State Park with access to a bike trail, beach and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike. Businesses such as restaurants, an ice cream parlor, retail grocery and others in Lakeview are accessible by boat and a short walk.

History

Logan County in western Ohio has great natural beauty and cultural attractions. Native Americans used to reside in Logan County with the first known villages appearing along the Mad River and throughout the hills and valleys between the 1760s-1770s. Most residents were involved in farming or other similar businesses. Blue Jacket's Town gained its name in the 1800s and eventually was named Bellefontaine (beautiful spring in French). One of the main railroad terminals ran through Bellefontaine which led to an increase in value of Lakeview real estate. Campbell's hill, two miles east of Bellefontaine, is the highest point in Ohio.

Geography

Part of the village of Lakeview's perimeter is surrounded by the lakeshore. Several natural caves dot the landscape, two of which are open to the public; Ohio Caverns and Zane Caverns. Two castles are also open for tours; the Mac-A-Cheek and Mac-O-Chee, all located in the surrounding Mad River Valley near West Liberty, Ohio.

Community

Around 270 families reside within Lakeview village. 446 households had approximately 29% of children under the age of 18 living with them meaning little less than a third of families living in Lakeview homes have school age children. The median age in the village was 39.8 years, suggesting a good mix of younger and older families which makes for a great place to raise children.

Schools

Children who live in Lakeview homes attend Indian Lake schools. A total of 1,800 students are served grades K-12 with a focus to educate, inspire and empower students.The district holds an "Excellent with Distinction" rating by the Ohio Department of Education and proudly promotes a culture for students, teachers and parents to work together in helping students learn.

Things to Do

Lakeview village residents benefit from access to beautiful Indian Lake, which offers 5,800 acres of boating, lake sailing, boat ramps and docks, water skiing, lakeside dining, fishing and more. Year round recreational activities are available for biking, hiking and camping enthusiasts as well as winter weather activities including snowmobiling and ice skating. Lakeview real estate offers condominiums, lakeside residences, gated communities and other waterfront living opportunities not found anywhere else in the area. Evening entertainment at local bars and pubs provide hours of enjoyment for families and visitors.

The quality of life is incredible with access to water, beach and nearby shopping in Bellefontaine, Families interested in purchasing Lakeview real estate will not be disappointed with the amazing opportunities available in this small, but incredible village by the water.

 

 

For more information about our award winning real estate agents at Choice Properties, give us a call!

June
6

 

Buying a home in East Liberty Ohio

Make Your Move to East Liberty Ohio

East Liberty is located in southern Perry Township, Logan County, Ohio. Just off U.S. Route 33, east of Bellefontaine and approximately an hour northwest of Columbus, this unincorporated town is home to a major Honda automotive production plant. Families looking for East Liberty real estate will find plenty of open land in which to build a new home or purchase existing property.

Community

The East Liberty Auto Plant, opened in 1984, serves as a major automotive production plant for Honda. Nationally known NHTSA's Vehicle Research and Testing Center also resides there. Economic growth for development of surrounding areas occurred as a result of the plant being built. East Liberty homes sold at affordable prices along with East Liberty real estate and land development. Families have many choices when looking to move to East Liberty whether seeking existing property or land on which to build the perfect home.

Schools

Families who set down roots in East Liberty send children to the Benjamin Logan Local School District, recognized by locals as "Benjamin Logan Schools." The school district comprises the eastern half of Logan County, Ohio. Noteworthy for commitment to agribusiness education, the schools offer many classes to this end as well as support agricultural programs at the local college. The Honda corporation and local colleges provide teacher exchange opportunities at the middle and high school level as well as in-school courses in Japanese. Teachers often come from Japan on exchange to the high school.

The high school affords many opportunities to get involved in sports as well with state records being held in many including football, wrestling, baseball and volleyball. Other activities include soccer, track and field, cross country, bowling and basketball as well as arts and rigorous academic coursework with advanced classes for college prep.

Activities

When seeking to purchase East Liberty real estate, families will enjoy being near the city of Bellefontaine with the many available activities such as shopping, dining, outdoor sports and recreation as well as vicinity to water. Nearby cities offer museums and state parks for family outings as a day outing or weekend trip. Local highways give access to several nearby locations as well as an international airport in Columbus, Ohio for air travel across the country and the world.  Affordable living in East Liberty allows for more opportunities to explore the region with historical and geographical points of interest including natural caves. East Liberty is a wonderful place to reside with economic opportunities available and affordable home prices, there are many ways to get connected to community and raise a family in a rural setting.

 

 

Choice Properties is always here to answer any questions, regarding searching for your dream house or selling your current house. Give us a call!

May
31

 

Tips for Saving for Your New Ohio Home

Dreams of that Ohio home are not as far away as you think. Even if too much money got spent the past holiday season, worry no more. Home-buying is still in the cards with some easy money-saving tips to help bounce back and get into financial shape for the home of your dreams.

Save on Shopping

Building a savings account seems daunting when bills come in from holiday overspending. The best way to tackle the challenge head on is to create a budget and stick to it. Monitoring spending will help make sure the things being purchased are necessary without enough left over for savings. Here are some tips to cut back on lackadaisical spending and get back on budget:

  • Plan meals for the week around coupons and local savings. Make a list and only buy off the list when shopping.
  • Order online for discounts on goods or bulk items
  • Buy generic when possible
  • Remove credit cards from online shopping sites and wait 48 hours to avoid impulse buys
  • Open separate checking account for home savings and create monthly auto transfer

Save Around the House

A great way to increase savings is to cut monthly expenses around the house. Some ways to build savings and cut costs at home include:

  • Turn down the heat. A few degrees makes a huge difference in savings.
  • Change air filters in HVAC system and get inspections regularly for increased efficiency
  • Install programmable thermostat to pay for what's in use and not an empty house
  • Turn off lights, fans and appliances not in use
  • Unplug appliances or use power strip
  • Replace old bulbs with LED or Energy Star bulbs for decreased energy use
  • Have a yard sale. Get rid of things not in use and make money.
  • Get tax breaks for donating items to charity

Dining and Entertainment

Everyone loves to eat out once in awhile but it can make a huge dent in the pocketbook every month. Here are some ways to lower entertainment costs:

  • Cook and eat at home. A small investment of a crockpot can be a huge savings as well as a way to prepare delicious meals at a low cost.
  • Invite friends over for potlucks instead of eating out
  • Pack lunch to save on runs to the local food joints (also helps healthy eating resolutions)
  • Entertain kids for free at the library, park, at-home movie nights or basement sports
  • Swap vacation for staycation and find new ways to stay local and have fun
  • Cancel unused memberships, subscriptions or other unused services

Thinking of buying a new home in Ohio in 2017? It is a great time to contact Choice Properties real estate agents for some of the best rates in the area. We are here to help educate and inform you of the best available options for the perfect Ohio home.

Dreams of that Ohio home are not as far away as you think. Even if too much money got spent the past holiday season, worry no more. Home-buying is still in the cards with some easy money-saving tips to help bounce back and get into financial shape for the home of your dreams.

Save Around the House

A great way to increase savings is to cut monthly expenses around the house. Some ways to build savings and cut costs at home include:

  • Turn down the heat. A few degrees makes a huge difference in savings.
  • Change air filters in HVAC system and get inspections regularly for increased efficiency
  • Install programmable thermostat to pay for what's in use and not an empty house
  • Turn off lights, fans and appliances not in use
  • Unplug appliances or use power strip
  • Replace old bulbs with LED or Energy Star bulbs for decreased energy use
  • Have a yard sale. Get rid of things not in use and make money.
  • Get tax breaks for donating items to charity

Dining and Entertainment

Everyone loves to eat out once in awhile but it can make a huge dent in the pocketbook every month. Here are some ways to lower entertainment costs:

  • Cook and eat at home. A small investment of a crockpot can be a huge savings as well as a way to prepare delicious meals at a low cost.
  • Invite friends over for potlucks instead of eating out
  • Pack lunch to save on runs to the local food joints (also helps healthy eating resolutions)
  • Entertain kids for free at the library, park, at-home movie nights or basement sports
  • Swap vacation for staycation and find new ways to stay local and have fun
  • Cancel unused memberships, subscriptions or other unused services

 

 

Thinking of buying a new home in Ohio? It is a great time to contact Choice Properties real estate agents for some of the best rates in the area. We are here to help educate and inform you of the best available options for the perfect Ohio home.

July
28

A homeowner who desires a property to stand out from the competition must view everything as a business transaction. Emotional attachment to a home can impact potential buyers and make it difficult to detach from the property. Sellers who transition away from emotional connection into investment mode reap more financial rewards. Learn what potential buyers are looking for and how to make an existing property for sale more marketable.

 

Wish Lists

Homes sell quickly that have desirable features on a buyer's wish list. Retailers work to understand this market and corner it for profit. The same goes for selling a home. Mentioning the top features in a listing description can net a premium in how fast the home sells and the final sale price. Features such as 'barn doors' or 'subway tiles' can net as much as 13 percent more than expected and nearly 60 days faster than homes without the features. Carefully worded listings have an impact on a person's impression of a property.

 

Some of the following features are on the top of buyers wish lists in the current market:

  • Barn doors: homes with this description net 13.4 percent more than expected. Rustic sliding doors can be found in craftsman-style homes, in bedroom closets or kitchen pantries.

  • Shaker cabinets: homes featuring this item sold for 9.6 percent above expected value and 45 days faster

  • Farmhouse sink: homes with the trendy but functional kitchen sink net a nearly 8 percent sales premium

  • Subway tile: the added aesthetic and design feature of subway tiles catch a buyer's eye and sell for nearly 7 percent more than expected and 63 days faster.

  • Quartz: typically found on kitchen or bathroom counters, listings with the word 'quartz' sold for a 6 percent sales premium while homes with 'granite' only saw a 4 percent sales price boost.

 

Buyers in today's market prefer turnkey homes to renovations, updates and bells and whistles. The more features to entice a potential buyer, the better.

 

Big Rooms

Two of the biggest spaces in a home that have potential to sell a property are the kitchen and bathrooms. If a kitchen or bathroom is outdated, modest upgrades can really add value to the home and overall appeal to potential buyers. Splash some white paint on the cabinets, freshen the look, buy some stone countertops and replace old faucets with shiny, new ones.

 

Buyers Market

Certain features help sell a home more quickly. Even with time at a premium, it is beneficial to hire contractors to come in and do some minor upgrades to help sell a property with features from a buyer's wish list. Subway tiles in the kitchen or bathroom, barn doors and craftsman features have a proven track record of selling homes faster. Play up the features to help sell property in today's market.

 

Get more advice on how to create a home that attracts buyers.

Contact one of our agents today.

April
7

Ohio is currently seeing a boon in the real estate market for luxury lakefront homes. More people are interested in buying property than at any point since 2005. With this busy real estate market, it is a great time to consider the options when searching for luxury lakefront homes which suit the needs of the entire family.

 

Hot Market

Nationwide sales have been going steadily up since February, 2007. The spring buying season is approaching when homes go up on the market in time for summer and fall sales. Realtors are anticipating a stronger than ever buying season this year. Homebuyers are looking for more properties and, with many available on the current market, the demand is higher than ever. Steady job growth combined with an improving economy means more households are saving up for that perfect lakefront property.

 

Trends

The past several years have seen a downturn in the real estate market due to fluctuations in the job market and overall economy. When these two are weaker, people are less likely to look to make big purchases or moves. A recent look at trends in home purchases by the Ohio Association of Realtors demonstrates a swifter than average pace of families seeking their perfect home at an increase of around 14% over the year before. In the Ohio house market, strong sales and steady growth are leading to great deals on homes.

 

Buy Now

As with any market trends, when there are an influx of buyers for available properties, prices can rise. Now is the best time to consider buying lakefront property on the market, whether new or existing, before prices go up. Due to high demand, lakefront luxury homes don't generally last long as they are in higher demand than other properties in the area. It is currently a buyers market in that there are more buyers than sellers after years of a sluggish market. Mortgage rates are low with rises expected so now is a great time to get started on the search and begin putting together criteria for purchasing a home.


Luxury lakefront homes are in demand and the market is open for all buyers with fewer properties at low prices. Ohio is a hot market right now with a growing economy and improving employment statistics which make homebuyers more confident than ever that, without a doubt, buying a home right now is the right decision.

 

Get more advice on how to get the process started to get you that luxury dream home.

Contact one of our agents today.

 

March
30

Finding the perfect home can take some time but the market is growing and sale prices are still low. Doing research is key prior to  finding Indian Lake Ohio homes for sale which suit the family's needs. Follow these tips to find a home that's a good fit.

 

Take the Long View

Search for a home that will be in the family at least five to seven years (ideally). Time, effort and expense are considerations when moving including closing costs. Staying in a home longer helps avoid added expense and stress. The extra time put into the home, as well as any work completed within the home, can help add value long term and avoid any downturns in the real estate market.

 

Growth

Family's needs change over time whether it's additions (babies, returning older children). Seek out properties with potential for growth and provide room for expansion. Houses for sale in Indian Lake, Ohio are a perfect example of properties which offer lots of room to grow at an affordable price.

 

Flexibility

Homes with lots of options usually suit a family's needs better than ones which are less flexible. A home that is functional for years to come with an open floor plan style can be adapted to changes while a kitchen with a view of a living area is great for keeping an eye on young kids as well as entertaining family and friends.

 

Find a Suitable Type

To find the perfect home requires knowing what best suits one's personal style. Homes are not one size fits all. There are many styles including condos, houses, townhomes. A person who does not want the responsibility of upkeep for a home may want a townhome versus a single family residential house. Likewise, a family who would like a vacation style home in a resort community with amenities may prefer to search for houses for sale in Indian Lake, Ohio which has many great features of a small community with access to waterfront dining, activities year round and plenty of suitable properties for families of shapes and sizes.

 

Location

A home's location is one of the most important aspects of buying real estate. Families who desire a quiet neighborhood in which to raise kids may not be looking for homes near a busy street or in the middle of an urban city environment. While that may suit a single person or couple, once children arrive, many families seek the peace, tranquility and safety of a suburban neighborhood which offers community, friendly neighbors and access to great schools while still being near to an entertainment district and work. A home's location with a spectacular view also attracts friends and family to come visit which is many families choose houses for sale on a lake or by water.


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March
15

Retirement is a time to kick back, relax and enjoy life. What better way to enjoy this time of life than to retire on the water. Many people choose to retire near water for the serenity, peace and quiet of a lifestyle which moves at a slower pace and is more low key. The natural beauty of water is that it affords many opportunities to do activities like boating, skiing, fishing, beaches and more.

Paradise

There are fewer things more enjoyable than sitting on a deck listening to the water as it gently rolls into shore. Water is not only pleasing to the ear but the eyes as well. Birds and other wildlife flock to water for its natural resources which also provide hours of beauty in nature to enjoy. Taking advantage of opportunities to be in nature is one of the great features which compel people to retire on the water.

 

View

People who look to retire on the water do so for the amazing views of the water. Whether it is an ocean or a lake, waterfront homes provide an endless array of beautiful scenery to take in from the comfort of one's own home. There are also opportunities to walk on the beach, through a nearby park or take a stroll and find new vistas which can't be seen from one's own porch. A great water view is also relaxing which is a great reason to retire on the water.

 

Family

Nothing is better than being able to entertain family and loved ones in a home by the water. Some people prefer the company of only a handful of people when retired or, because they are quite busy in retirement, enjoy lots of people coming in and out of a home and sharing the beautiful views. When searching for waterfront retirement homes, notice what type of home, what size and location speak to you. Seek out properties which allow for space to do activities with loved ones but also provide a respite from the busyness of life.

 

Amenities

A person who looks to retire on the water has many options from which to choose. Living in an area where it is quiet can be peaceful but having access to entertainment, waterfront dining, boating and additional opportunities can also be exciting. Some want to live in the midst of the action and others choose a home on a quieter plot of land away from people. Fishing, kayaking, sailing and swimming are just some of the activities available to people who own property by the water.

It is easy to work with Choice Properties real estate agents to find the perfect retirement home on the water.                                 Call us today at 937-842-2244 for more information and to get started on your home search.

 

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February
2

The American Dream of Living on a Lake

The dream of living on the water is closer than most think. For waterfront homeowners, a home by the water means access to amenities such as beaches and a relaxed atmosphere many people speak of but have not attained. A lifestyle which includes living on a lake is within reach when choosing to make Indian Lake home.

 

Lakefront Experience

Life in Indian Lake is about access to amazing schools, neighborhoods and communities which foster engagement but also provide privacy. Many people who enjoy living on a lake seek ambiance but do not want to sacrifice access to shopping centers, outdoor recreation and other activities. A lakefront home in Indian Lake is sure to provide opportunities to enjoy many activities including water sports, boating, hiking, biking, parks and more. Privacy is important to some people while others seek a lively atmosphere, both of which can be found at Indian Lake as well in the many neighborhoods which surround the lake itself.

 

Things to Consider

When deciding which home is a good fit for living on the water, there are many things to consider. Not all lakes are treated equal. It is important to look at some key factors when making a decision to purchase a home.

 

Public or private: if variety is what is important, public lakes offer opportunities to engage in watersports, some with limitations. There may be permits or fees for certain activities. Private lake areas will provide a home away from home with space to enjoy the lake without the public access, for those who enjoy this lifestyle feature. Indian Lake has both public and private areas which afford opportunities enjoy both types of access.

 

Upkeep - lake homes may require more maintenance than the typical home. The dock and shoreline will need regular maintenance. A knowledgeable realtor can outline all the features, amenities and costs associated with living on the water.

 

Weather conditions - the natural elements play a key role in deciding which home will be suitable for living on a lake. Some homes are more prone to the elements than others with seasonal changes affecting weather conditions year to year.

 

Next generation - living on the water may seem like a dream but kids may see it differently. A backyard may be important to some families with children. Safety is a factor to consider when looking at lakefront property including fences or other features to keep kids from falling into the water.

 

Location - families who choose Indian Lake look for location and convenience of schools, commute times, neighbors and atmosphere. In balance, a great home will include all of these and more such as indoor and outdoor dining, shopping and spaces for everyone in the family to enjoy. Indian Lake offers friendly neighborhood pubs, restaurants, shops and, of course, the lake with year round activities which makes finding a home and living on the water a dream come true. 

 

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November
17

Maybe you stumbled on 'the one' with the first property you looked at, but it's more likely you've been at it for months, critiquing every detail until at long last, you found it. Your dream home. Landscaping to die for surrounding a home just right for you and yours. It has all the neighborhood amenities you wanted. The location is perfect. This is it!

Now what?

 

Here are some tips to remember when making your first offer to buy. 

First, there is no absolute wrong or right way to do this. Be realistic with your offer, however. Working with a good real estate agent can go a long way toward helping you do this. You don't want to offend anyone by offering fifty grand for a home valued at half a million. On the flipside, you don't want to pay more for a property than it's worth either. Knowledge is power.

Compare and evaluate any notes you've taken while attending open houses or private viewings. Narrow down what you liked about the schools and neighborhoods, the amenities to each home, et cetera. Your agent can then pull up comparable listings based on the features that appealed to you. With these numbers, you can establish a ballpark offer price.

Now would be a good time to give your lender a head's up. If it's been more than thirty days since you've touched base, or if your financial status has changed in any way, they may need updated information. Having a pre-approved mortgage loan ready to go allows you to act fast and lets sellers know that you're serious.

If you or your agent take a little extra time to research the listing history on the property in which you're interested, you may discover information to give you some negotiating room. Have there been price reductions? How quickly does the seller want to close? Are there any active bids on the house?

Depending on the answers to these questions and any others regarding closing terms, and the ballpark price you determined based on the current market, you'll be able to make an offer which is advantageous to both you and the seller, hopefully making it a win-win situation for all parties.

 

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