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Home Buying 101

There are many things to consider with home buying, and it is important to plan accordingly. First of all, buying a home has several costs involved. Plan to spend about 3% for a down payment, $1,000-$5,000 for property taxes that year, $350 for a home inspector, $300 for your bank’s home appraisal, and $1500 for random fees at closing. Although features such as landscaping and a media room are nice, make sure to purchase a good investment. Focus on the number of bedrooms, baths, square footage, major features, and location before you worry about that terrible carpet. For more information, ask a trusted Realtor for help. In Ohio (and most other states), a buyer can use a Realtor for FREE since Realtors are paid by the seller from their proceeds at closing.

For more information on home buying, contact Christina today!

Christina Asad Edwards, REALTOR
2006 & 2007 Sales Masters Top Agent
Christina.AsadEdwards@RealLiving.com
www.teamedwards.info
mobile or text 937-205-4741 office 937-573-0082 fax 937-433-3561
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8 Energy Efficient Home Tips

  1. Use light paint colors on the interior and exterior of the home. Dark colors absorb light, but light colors refract it.
  2. Only run the dishwasher, washer, and dryer when full.
  3. Insulate your water heater. A water heater blanket can save $40 each year on energy costs.
  4. Use energy efficient light bulbs, which can last 10 times longer than standard light bulbs.
  5. Protect your windows. Heat and air conditioning can escape through unprotected windows. Close your drapes in the evening winter months to retain heat, or during the day in the summer months to maintain the cool.
  6. Use a front loader washing machine. Front loader washing machines use 24% less energy than standard washing machines.
  7. Change your air conditioning and furnace filters twice a year.
  8. Use a clothes line. In the spring and summer months, line drying your clothes can save up to $75/year.

Christina Asad Edwards, REALTOR
2006 & 2007 Sales Masters Top Agent
Christina.AsadEdwards@RealLiving.com
www.teamedwards.info
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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July Home Maintenance Tips

  • Inspect roof for water stains (a sign of leakage). Also check for loose or missing shingles or lose granules on asphalt shingles.
  • Get rid of old oil based paints and solvents.  They’re too flammable to store in your home.
  • Have your septic tank inspected annually for leakage issues and get it pumped every 3 to 5 years.
  • Schedule an annual checkup for your heating system before the fall season kicks in.
  • If you use oil heat, contact your oil supply company to prepay for winter oil delivery.  You can save a substantial amount of money by investigating this option!
  • Clean gutters. Check for damage and use a hose to flush summer debris from doubspouts. Consider adding lead guards that allow leaves to slide off easier.
  • Remove drain traps under sinks and wipe their innards clean!  Do this twice a year.  This will prevent drain clogs that’ll require a plumber.

Your home is a big investment, so keep it well maintained (it will make selling it easier down the road)!

Christina Asad Edwards, REALTOR
Southwest Ohio Expert
Christina.AsadEdwards@RealLiving.com
www.teamedwards.info
mobile or text 937-205-4741 office 937-573-0082  fax 937-433-3561
Real Living Realty – #1 in OHIO!
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Dayton Dragons Baseball Game

For everyone who missed the Dayton Dragons Baseball Game on Friday at home, it was a blast! The Dragons beat Michigan’s Great Lakes Loons 4-2. The Dragons are playing home games at 7pm every night until the 26th. Hope to see you there!

Christina Asad Edwards, REALTOR
2006 & 2007 Sales Masters Top Agent
Christina.AsadEdwards@RealLiving.com
www.teamedwards.info
mobile or text 937-205-4741 office 937-573-0082  fax 937-433-3561
Real Living Realty – #1 in OHIO!
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Wine Festival 2008

For everyone who missed the Wine Festival this year at the 2nd Street Public Market in Downtown Dayton Ohio make sure you attend next year! It was so much fun and we had great weather!

Check out my photos!

 

Christina Asad Edwards, REALTOR
2006 & 2007 Sales Masters Top Agent
Christina.AsadEdwards@RealLiving.com
www.teamedwards.info
mobile or text 937-205-4741 office 937-573-0082  fax 937-433-3561
Real Living Realty – #1 in OHIO!
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For Sale By Owner Advice

To all those sellers trying to sell homes themselves, here’s some great advice on websites to advertise homes for FREE:

  • fsboads.com
  • immone.com
  • homes-for-sale-by-owner.info
  • findmyroof.com
  • criblocater.com
  • craigslist.com

For more For Sale By Owner advice, please check out my other For Sale By Owner blog article.

Happy Selling For Sale By Owners!

Christina Asad Edwards, REALTOR
SoWest Ohio Specialist (Wright Patt Air Force Base Area)
Christina.AsadEdwards@RealLiving.com
www.daytonohiohouse.com

mobile or text 937-205-4741  office 937-573-0082 
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Thinking About Building?

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

WHY YOU NEED A REALTOR WHEN BUILDING A 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
SoWest Ohio Specialist (Wright Patt Air Force Base Area)

Christina.AsadEdwards@RealLiving.com
www.teamedwards.info
mobile or text 937-205-4741  office 937-573-0082 
Real Living Realty – #1 in OHIO!
Realty, Mortgage, Title, Relocation

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