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Resources for Buyers

Buying a house can be an overwhelming process, especially if it's your first time.

I've put together a few videos to help explain some of the critical parts of the process.

You can also click on the red boxes below to find out what your home's worth, get a market update for your area, or search for a new home.

I hope you find these resources helpful!

Feel free to call me if you have any questions: 330-227-4355.

(Click on the pictures or underlined text to watch the videos.)

Many believe now isn't a great time to buy a house, but I’m here to explain why this might not be true. In this video, I cover 5 common reasons people hesitate to buy and provide practical advice to overcome these obstacles. Plus, I’ll share a crucial reason you might not even know about that makes now a really great time to buy.

If you're thinking about buying a house, but not sure if it's a good time for you to buy, let's discuss and see if now might actually be the best time for you.

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If you haven't heard, there was a recent lawsuit involving the NAR (National Association of Realtors) regarding the way buyers work with their agents, as well as how buyer's agents get paid. This significant change in the real estate industry has sparked much discussion and debate. As a buyer or seller, you may be wondering what this means for you. In this video, I share how these changes impact current practices and discuss potential new models of agent compensation. 

In this video, I share with you my top 10 strategies to help Buyers win in multiple offer situations in a Seller's Market. For 10 different aspects of the contract, I explain what is "standard" in a normal market and then some options to improve the attractiveness of your offer in this market. I cover everything from escalation clauses to inspection contingencies to appraisal gap bridges. It is important to think about these things and strategize with your Realtor in advance so you are ready to write your best offer when you find a house you like.

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The idea of buying a home can be overwhelming and stressful. How much money do you need? What do you need to do to get pre-approved? How do you sort through all the different loan options?


In this recorded webinar, Realtor Erin Johnson and Lender Christi Nichols cover the key things you need to know about home mortgages. Whether you're a first time buyer or have purchased a home before, it's good to understand mortgages and your options.

This vidoe covers the key things you need to know about the home buying process from start to finish. Whether you're a first time buyer or have purchased a home before, it's good to understand the best way to navigate the current market. In this recorded webinar, I answer these questions:

· How is the market and when is the best time to buy? -What should you do to get started and how does the process work?

-Why should you work with a Buyer's Agent and how do you choose one?

-What should you consider when searching for an area or home?

-What do you need to know about writing an offer?


When you're ready to buy a home, reach out to Erin to schedule a buyer consultation to get your process started.

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I put together a video of the Top 10 Reasons to Use a Buyer's Agent. Some buyers may think they will have an advantage if they work directly with the listing agent, but that is typically not true. Watch this video to find out 10 reasons why you should work with a Real Estate Agent if you are looking to buy a house.

In this video, I share with you why you should only work with ONE Realtor if you are buying a house, often called a "Buyer's Agent". I had someone recently say to me that they didn't want to "bother anybody" so they just called the number and had someone show them the house. In this video, I share why that can be a bad idea for you as well as the Realtor you called. Please don't ever feel like you are "bothering" me when you ask me to show you a house. That's my job! But it's best for everyone if you "bother" the same person for every house you want to see. Watch my video to learn why.

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There are many costs associated to buying and maintaining a house. This video outlines what things you will need to be prepared to pay for and when. Some things you might not be considering!

In this video interview, you will learn everything you need to know about buying a house. This is an especially great resource for first time home buyers. We talk about the process and what you can expect... everything from mortgages to inspections to why to use a Realtor.

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I created a video to explain the various listing statuses. I get a lot of questions about this and have noticed that people often misunderstand or misinterpret these statuses. When in doubt, you should call your favorite agent to help you understand what you're looking at and give you the most accurate and up to date information from the MLS. I'd love to help answer any questions you may have about this, but I hope this video will help clear up some of the confusion.

This video explains how Escalation Clauses work in Real Estate offers and includes some strategies you can use to make your escalation stand out from others in multiple offer situations. As always, I'm here to help you with all of your real estate needs. Don't hesitate to reach out!

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I put together this video to describe how appraisal gaps happen and what options buyers have to "bridge" the gap. This is an important thing for buyers and sellers to understand in this market for transactions that involve a loan because if a house doesn't appraise for the offer price, the buyer will not be able to secure a loan for the purchase price. If you have any questions about this, I'm happy to help or put you in touch with a lender for more details. If you're thinking about buying or selling, give me a call and let's chat about how I can help you.

In this video I interview local home inspector Sean Hathaway from FrontLine Home Inspectors. He talks about the different types of inspections, what's inspected and not, and some of the most common problems. And I share some thoughts on what to consider when negotiating with the Seller.

Also check out this video on how to negotiate home inspection issues.

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In this recorded webinar, Realtor Erin Johnson and Appraiser Mike Stoerkel cover the key things you need to know about home appraisals. Whether you're buying or selling, it's good to understand the appraisal process and how that impacts your transaction.

In this recorded webinar, Realtor Erin Johnson and Financial Advisors Bobby and Amy Ruggeri share their insights on the pros and cons of renting vs. buying a house. They will help you gain a better understanding of the financial, lifestyle, and long-term implications of both options. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or considering a change in your living situation, this webinar will provide valuable insights to assist you in making the best decision for your future. 

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It's important to have proper coverage to protect your home. In this recorded webinar, Brian Roach, owner of ABF Roofing and Restoration, shares his experience with insurance claims including the biggest mistakes to avoid and how to work through a claim. He offers some valuable tips that all homeowners should be paying attention to!

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