Monthly Archives: October 2007

Buying a NEW Home?

When buying a new home there are 3 types to consider: a custom home, a developer-built home, or a model home. What’s the difference? 

Custom home

You have endless choices with a custom home. The products and materials you select are up to you!

Developer-built home

Developers usually have restrictions on the products and materials you use. They’ve made agreements with suppliers for quantity concessions, so the selection is narrower than with a custom home.

Model home

For model homes, the likeliness of making changes to the kitchen will depend on how far along the construction is. Typically, you will get what you see. 

Christina Asad Edwards, REALTOR
2006 & 2007 Sales Masters Top Agent
mobile or text 937-205-4741 office 937-573-0082 fax 937-433-3561
Real Living Realty – #1 in OHIO!
Realty, Mortgage, Title, Relocation

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What’s going on this weekend?

Here are the upcoming Southwest Ohio events:

Yellow Springs Street Fair and Music Festival – Saturday 10/13 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Music Festival begins at noon. Eat and shop! The event is free.

Oakwood's Family Fall Festival – Sunday 10/14 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy the games, food, and entertainment.

38th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville – Saturday 10/13 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday 10/14 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Eat sauerkraut served many ways and purchase crafts.

Should I have a home inspection?

I highly recommend having a whole house inspection before closing. Definitely hire a home inspector that is reputable. Ask your Realtor for inspector references if you do not know any inspectors. Experienced Realtors know who to hire to do a detailed inspection. Inspection reports are approximately 20 pages. Normally, an inspector finds a few items that need repaired on existing homes. Your Realtor can help explain which items are defects. Defects are the sellers responsibility to fix, or pay for repairs. Routine maintenance items are the purchaser’s responsibility. If the inspector finds major problems with the home that cannot be corrected to your approval, then your Realtor and purchase agreement protect your best interest.

Christina Asad Edwards, REALTOR
2006 & 2007 Sales Masters Top Agent
mobile or text 937-205-4741

office 937-573-0082 

fax 937-433-3561
Real Living Realty – #1 in OHIO!
Realty, Mortgage, Title, Relocation

To build or not to build?

There are benefits to both existing homes and new construction. I personally had a new home built and purchased two existing homes. I found that I prefer the character in older homes from the 1940's era, but my 1941 built home has higher energy bills than a newer home. Realtors can help weigh your options and assist in your decision of what is best for you. The benefits of both existing homes and new construction are numerous.

Benefits of an Existing Home –

Existing homes are typically in established neighborhoods and therefore offer more stability with school districts and laws. The resale value on an existing home is usually more than the resale value on a new home. Existing homes are often more cost effective. New construction homes may have unexpected costs such as backyard sod and there is generally not much room for negotiating allowances.  

Benefits of New Construction –

One of the benefits of a new construction home is new facilities such as spa bathtubs and light fixtures. Standard safety devices such as ground fault interrupters and circuit breakers are also a benefit. Additionally, new homes are more energy-efficient due to the new materials used such as vinyl windows.

Home Lighting Remodeling Tips

Should I use recess lighting fixtures, mini-pendants, quartz halogen, low voltage disc-lights, or what in remodeling my home lighting?

Recess lighting fixtures or "can lights" are now the most prevalent lighting fixtures. They can be used in the ceiling, over the sink, or aimed towards artwork.

Wall sconces visually enlarge a room by providing up light and ambient light. They are a good match to recess lighting.

Mini-pendants look best when mounted 18" to 24" above a surface area.

Quartz halogen, low voltage disc-lights provide high intensity white light for under cabinet areas where demanding tasks are performed or where it is difficult to provide supplemental room lighting.

Chandeliers should be mounted 78 inches above the floor.

How do I choose a Realtor?

Definitely pick a Realtor who you have great rapport with! Choose a Realtor who is a go-getter, friendly, and optimistic because then you know that they will be good at negotiating the price of your home. Also, pick a Realtor who is honest. Honesty is the BEST policy. When you are working with a Realtor you are most likely purchasing your biggest investment and you need to work with someone you can trust. A good Realtor will give you their honest opinion even when they know it isn't exactly what you want to hear.

Thinking about building a new home?

Today, 70 percent of home buyers want a new home.


Even though a real estate degree might be helpful, you should still strongly consider hiring a Realtor because the cost to You is ZERO – the ultimate price of the home is not impacted by the Realtor’s income because the Builder regards it as a marketing fee and absorbs the cost.
Savings to You An experienced Realtor knows what you are entitled to both in quality and value, and what “extras” might be obtainable.
Resale…Appreciation & Profit A Realtor also knows questions pertaining to site location, builder, design, and decor are key for the best opportunity for appreciation at resale.
You Are Represented Your Realtor’s experience, knowledge, skill, and character correspond to strength and leverage on your behalf.

Christina Asad Edwards, REALTOR
2006 & 2007 Sales Masters Top Agent
mobile or text 937-205-4741  office 937-573-0082 
Real Living Realty – #1 in OHIO!
Realty, Mortgage, Title, Relocation