Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Memorial Day 2013!

The first Holiday of the summer season is finally here!  If you aren’t to busy house hunting, check out these great events in Northeast Ohio!  Our area has no shortage of fun- the beautiful lake parks, our wineries and festivals, the list is endless!  Here are a few of my favorites, pick one or pick them all- Many span the entire weekend!

The Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Fest
An event spanning 20+ years in the Nautica Pavilion, food and fun!

Greek Heritage Festival in Tremont
Traditional Greek food and just south of Downtown.

The Mentor Memorial Day Parade
Beginning at 9:30am from Heinen’s parking lot

Cedar Point
Offering free admission for active and retired military, check out their site for information!

Whether you’re new in town, or just looking forward to a long weekend to enjoy this gorgeous area we call home- there are plenty of attractions and events to choose from!  The forecast calls for warm and sunny, be sure to keep plenty of sunscreen on hand and water for your travels.  The early part of the season we often forget the basics!  Ensure no matter where your destination is, you plan a meeting spot in instances of separation for your family- These early events can be slightly chaotic for all of us that have been stuck inside for the long winter, and it’s important to plan ahead.

Many of us take advantage of the long weekends as well to knock items off of our project list- Whether you just moved, are planning to sell, or simply collected to much over the winter- the extra day can be a great way to plan family cleaning and organizing projects.  Pack away the winter clothes and school books, and celebrate the start the new Summer season ready and organized.  Tackle one thing at a time, and be sure to sneak some fun in for your and your family! 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Don’t Cheat Yourself! Choose the RIGHT Agent

Whether you are buying for the first time, or selling for the fifth- It is important that Clients understand that REALTORS work for you, and not the other way around! 

I always say “I am never to busy for your referrals!” and I know I am not the only one, however I can’t seem to understand when Clients reach a point where they are chasing their REALTOR around, or trying to hunt them down for help and answers..  Our industry can be the best- freedom, flexibility and always rewarding- however it can also be challenging at times too.  None of us are perfect, but I truly believe no purchase or sale is to big or to small, and each deserves the best attention!

When purchasing or selling a home, always meet with your agent to review all expectations, questions and guidelines.  It is important that all parties involved are educated and able to understand- and most importantly, know what to expect as each step approaches.  Your agent is your advocate and liaison from start to finish, and should be able to provide the time and efforts that you need.  Our understanding of your needs and wants will ensure the entire process is as efficient, and ultimately successful, as possible.

As professionals, we establish working relationships with other Agents, and all of the other industry players- from the banks, to the movers, insurance companies and everything in between.  Having an Agent that understands the importance of building these relationships can play a critical role in your transaction!  Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest changes that we make in life, and our area is rich with resources and wonderful opportunity. 

In our Keller Williams offices we have a great mentoring program, and I firmly believe that anyone can learn the basics- the outline of the basic information a REALTOR must know- but it truly takes dedicated pros to master the ins and outs, and at the end of the day provide our Clients with exactly what they need!