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Buying a Home?

There are a lot of things to think about when buying a home.  Like renovations and if you can afford or handle them.  Look at the windows and ceiling, think about if you will need repairs in the near future.  Make sure to hire a home inspector to clarify the deep issues of the house you are looking at.  Also, look at the kitchen and bathrooms to see if you would want them renovated.  Would the house still be worth it after putting all the renovation money into it?  When thinking to buy a home, treat it like it is your own.  Take your daily steps through the home to see how it “fits.”  Is there enough room in the kitchen, bedroom, and even the garage?  Would you have enough space to fit all your belongings and move around comfortably?  Make sure that the sinks, toilet, lights, etc. work properly.  Don’t wait until it is too late, do all these things before buying the home, think long-term.

House-Choosing Checklist – By Diane Benson Harrington

Our Dayton Area Year End Figures

The following information was just released through our Dayton Area Board of Realtors – many times I am asked, “how are we doing” – locally, times shifted – but they weren’t nearly as bad as all the National spotlights.  Read and see for yourself what the actual transactions in our area represent:

December’s numbers bring to a close a year of challenging home sales.  As Harry Vearn, 2009 president of the Dayton Area Board of Realtors stated, “The decline in home sales fell in lock-step with the tougher economic climate, but the good news continues to be the affordability and inventory of homes, along with historically low interest rates for mortgages.  If consumers are smart with their finances and are in the market to buy, it’s an unprecedented time to make the leap.  Yes, the market is tough, but right now the factors I just listed make real estate a very attractive option.”

The year ended without any real surprises in the MLS numbers.  As expected, price, volume, and sales were lower than in 2007.  Down nearly 16% from 2007, sales for 2008 totaled 11,037, while the number of listings submitted to the MLS came to 26,620 (a change of –9% from last year). (more…)

Potential Changes for Buyer Credit

Every leading economist comes back to the same basic belief:  Our housing market is crucial to the survival and even rebound of the economy.  What that means is that the current $7500 first time homebuyer credit is looking to be changed – increased in dollar amount and / or removal of the “repayment” feature.  The following link to article will give you some ideas of what Realtors are trying to make possible for you!

Tax Credit Changes Could Unleash Home Sales

Tammy Murphy Earns Top 1% Distinction with MSP Designation



Tammy Murphy Earns Top 1% Distinction with MSP Designation Master Sales Society Stresses Relationships, Service and Values.

Tammy Murphy, a local Realtor with Exit Realty Partners, has been inducted into the Master Sales Society with the designation of Master Sales Professional, or MSP.  This distinction is earned by the very few committed real estate professionals who place value and service to their clients above all else. (more…)