Monthly Archives: January 2010

Named One of the Top Eco Blogging Realtors in the Nation!

I was honored to learn recently that I was “ Named One of the Top Eco Blogging Realtors in the Nation! ” by Agent Genius Magazine. So exciting! According to the magazine, “this year we profile six eco Realtors to watch from across the nation, all so devoted to the environment (and by proxy climate change), they have studied green living, educate others about net zero energy construction and aim to make this world a cleaner place, one home at a time.”

“…(we’ve named) six Realtors from across America that have green real estate practices. They come from varied backgrounds and have unique perspectives but all share a devotion to environmentalism and consistently promote green building and help educate their consumers on their blogs.” Source

Top Eco Realtor

Thank-you Agent Genius Magazine, I feel truly blessed for the acknowledgement!


Honey stop the car! This is THE home!

“Honey stop the car! This is THE home!” is a phrase frequently uttered by people house hunting. The reason? Curb appeal is important in home investing and staging. What are some easy tips to boost curb appeal? Read on!

  • Add landscape lighting.
  • Replace front door hardware, the mailbox, and house numbers.
  • Paint your front door, garage, and shutters.
  • Add a light fixture for your doorstep.
  • Use a seasonal wreath.
  • Plant flowers.
  • Spread some mulch.
  • Fertilize your lawn.

Great News for First Time Home Buyers

There is tons of great news these days for First Time Home Buyers! First Time Buyers are currently receiving more incentives than ever before! To sum it up quickly, this is why now is the best time to buy:

  • First Time Buyer Tax Credit – $8,000
  • Tax Benefits
  • LOW Home prices
  • Many steady payment loan programs available
  • LOW interest rates

Don’t wait – homes must be under contract by the end of April in order to qualify for the $8,000 tax credit!

Who’s on First? – Real Living First Service Realty

VERY exciting news!

Via Maureen McCabe Central OH Homes (Real Living HER Worthington ):

baseball Wooleniums photo Who’s on First? 

Real Living First Service Realty  is the first of the  GMAC Franchises to convert to Real Living! 

Don’t worry!  Luckily for you I don’t remember much more of the classic Abbot and Costello routine “Who’s on First.”  

Real Living First Service Realty  is the first of the GMAC Franchises to convert to Real Living.

In November 2009, Real Living merged with GMAC Real Estate and at that time it was announced that Real Living would be the brand replacing GMAC Real Estate for participating franchisees.

Real Living LogoWho’s the first GMAC brokerage to announce they are a “participating franchise?” First Service Realty based in Miami Florida. Big company, 11 offices and 725 associates.  With plans of expansion according to the press releases, I’ve seen.  

Some details about Real Living First Service Realty formerly First Service Realty GMAC from a press release:

“Led by President and CEO Eduardo San Roman, First Service Realty experienced meteoric growth over the past three years, expanding from seven offices and 250 agents in 2006 to 11 offices and 725 agents today.  And San Ramon, who founded the company with his wife Maria in 1984, is projecting more growth now that his company has joined forces with Real Living.  The company previously did business as First Service Realty GMAC Real Estate.”

The press release on Press Release from Real Living

The Real Living First Service Realty website will go from the Blue and Orange of the GMAC brand to the Red and White of Real Living. The Real Living First Service Realty website now has a banner saying  “Real estate is changing.  We’re changing too.”

Who is Real Living?  “The Most Promising New National Brand,” according to the Swanepoel TRENDS Report.  The change from the GMAC brand started in 2008 when Brookfield bought GMAC Real Estate. Stefan Swanepoel wrote about it:  Merge creates one of the largest reall estate franchises in North America


“I don’t even know what I am talking about.”  That’s one of Abbot’s lines in Abbot and Costello’s  “Who’s on Firtst” routime…   or the short fat guys.  I think that is Abbot…  but who am I to be blogging about this?  Just a little real estate agent in Central Ohio birthplace of Real Living.  I work for Real Living HER.  Real Living HER formerly HER Realtors has been  Central Ohio’s number one real estate for decades.  It is exciting to have “cousins” in Miami and throughout Florida now with Real Living First Service Realty.  

Welcome to Real Living!  Who’s with Real Living First Service Realty on ActiveRain?  Or on Twitter?  Or Facebook?  Please raise your hand.

hmmm I wonder “Who’s on second?”

Image credit Woolenium’s Photostream on Flickr


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Merge Creates One of the Largest Real Estate Franchises in Northern America

The Real Living brand IS the future of real estate, and I’m excited to be a part of our growth as the Recruitment/Development Manager in Southwest Ohio! -Christina

Via Stefan Swanepoel (Author, Speaker & Trends Guru):

Barely a year ago the real estate industry was stunned when Canadian-based Brookfield Residential Property Services (Brookfield RPS), a division of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (Brookfield), and owner of Royal LePage, the largest Canadian residential real estate company, acquired GMAC Real Estate. With the departure of CEO John Bearden and a pending name change imminent, many labeled the GMAC franchise as yesterday’s news.

What a difference a year has made.

Announcing their second large acquisition today, Brookfield RPS has now also the owner of Real Living Network Services, a subsidiary of Real Living Inc. Combining the two companies creates one of America’s leading residential real estate franchises with more than $20 billion in annual home sales and an estimated 30,000 agents.

Although that in its own is huge news (and the largest real estate brokerage acquisition of the year) it is the merging of the two and the rebranding of the whole as Real Living that is electrifying. The reason is that Ohio-based Real Living is a national award-winning real estate brand known for its innovation, customer service and a culture of partnership and collaboration within its network. Last year I even named Real Living as the “Most Promising New National Brand” in my Swanepoel TRENDS Report while Entrepreneur Magazine listed them as one of the Top 50 New Franchises.

Exciting times for newly appointed President Harley E. Rouda, Jr.

What are your thoughts about this “new ” move. Has yesterday’s news turned into tomorrow’s future?



WPAFB, a major United States Air Force Base located in Fairborn, Ohio in Greene County, provides thousands of high-technology jobs to the Dayton Ohio area and is the largest single employer in Dayton and the Miami Valley.

Because of BRAC, the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission has designated that more jobs will be coming to the Dayton, Ohio area to support Air Force realignment measures.

Wright Patterson AFB is home to

Relocating to WPAFB? Officers and enlisted men/women relocating to Wright Patterson AFB frequently choose Ohio as their permanent homes. For more information on the area, contact Dayton-area native Christina Asad Edwards today!

Affordable Remodeling to Boost Home Value

Affordable Remodeling to Boost Home Value

According to Remodeling Magazine, here are the 2009 top home remodeling items that bring the biggest return on investment:

  • Add rollout organizing trays to kitchen cabinets.remodeling bedroom boosts value
  • affordable bathroom remodelingRetile or add tile to the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Add a breakfast bar.
  • Install a granite tile kitchen countertop versus a slab.
  • Replace the bathroom medicine cabinet, vanity, and install a glass shower door.
  • Paint basement walls and floor, even if it is just concrete.
  • Add a bedroom.
  • Reface dated kitchen cabinets and replace hardware.
  • Replace light fixtures in the foyer, bathroom, and kitchen.
  • Replace the garage door opener with a remote touchpad entry system.