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Ready to spring that home? PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 08:58
Minimal countertop clutter in the kitchen is ideal for selling a home. Realtor Tim Westhoven, of A.A. Green Realty, shows off this room in his Bowling Green home. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Serious about selling a home this spring?
Put away the pictures. Nix the knickknacks. Toss the toaster.
"The owner needs to be prepared to let the house go. It is a product," said Bill Cameron of John Newlove Real Estate. "You want potential buyers looking at the house like it could be their house, not someone else's. You're selling a product now. There's a difference between house and home."
Deb Shaffer with Welles Bowen Realtors said prospective buyers want to come into a house and see the possibilities of it being their home - not be reminded that someone else lives there.
"The biggest thing, which most of us are guilty of, is dejunking," Shaffer said of getting a house ready to sell. "You have to make room for the potential buyer, for them to imagine it being their house. It almost needs to be a blank canvas."
Once the house is clean and clutter-free, sellers should pull out all the stops when they know a potential buyer is stopping by, said Tim Westhoven of A.A. Green Realty.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:20
ABCs of home-buying: Agent, Bank approval, Check with an inspector PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:39
PERRYSBURG - Rachael and William Duvall have saved for six years. They've done the research, and like most first-time home buyers, they have a lot of questions.
Re/Max realtor Vicki Sedlak has the answers and she's not shy about sharing.
"Everybody has a thing," Sedlak said. "Real estate is my thing."
Sedlak shared her thing with the Duvalls and other buyers at the First Time Home Buyer Seminar Feb. 19 in Perrysburg.
Four other real estate professionals joined Sedlak and together they laid out the ABCs of home-buying.
"I asked my friends who I trust to come in and talk," she said. "In the end, we're hoping we help save people a lot of money."
The first step to finding that new home is easy - find an agent.
Having that person in a buyer's corner can help ease the new process.
Home show opens next week in Toledo PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:01
TOLEDO - The 2014 House and Home Show sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Toledo will be held Feb. 21-23 at the SeaGate Convention Centre downtown.
Hours are 3 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 23.
Tickets are $7 at the door and $6 for seniors at the door. Children ages 12 and under are free.
The show features over 250 books and more than 150 exhibitors.
Browse interactive, life-size displays. Get a real feel for the living spaces you've dreamed about in the Welcome Home to Lifestyle Innovations home display.
Or, get landscaping inspiration with a full-scale outdoor display by North Branch Nursery.
(Updated) Realtor Fawcett moves to Danberry office in Maumee PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 09:42
Maggie Fawcett, previously of Newlove Realty in Bowling Green, has joined the Danberry Realtors' Briarfield Boulevard office in Maumee as assistant manager.
Fawcett is a third-generation Realtor and broker with 10 years of experience. She was licensed in 2004 and received her broker's license in 2009. In 2013 she sold over $5.5 million in volume and plans to continue listing and selling in her new role.  
The full scope of her responsibilities is still being developed, but she will immediately start with recruiting, training and overall office management.
Fawcett said this new job was an opportunity that she could not pass up.
"I'm able to continue working with my clients directly, listing and selling homes, as well as take on more managerial responsibilities," she said. "For me, it really is the best of both worlds."
Danberry, Fawcett said, is also on the cutting edge of technology, embracing the demands of the consumer and developing ways to meet their needs. "The collaborative and forward thinking nature of the company is beyond inspiring," she said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 12:42
Time to soup up the TV PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:59
Large screen televisions are seen at Meijer in Bowling Green. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Mike Allen doesn't know who will win this year's Super Bowl, but he does know one thing - the TV on Sunday better be up for the challenge.
To ensure this, Fantasy Football enthusiast Allen is going to a buddy's house on game day to enjoy his 65-inch Mitsubishi TV.
"You got to see everything. You want to see if the refs are making bad calls or good calls," Allen said. "You want to know if you got something to argue about."
Fortunately for Super Bowl fans like Allen, TVs are now just as super as the game itself.
"We've got TVs with pictures that are just as life-like as sitting in the stands would be," said Erik Brautigam, manager of the electronics section at the Bowling Green Meijer. "We want to stay ahead of the curve and stay ahead of the game."
Staying ahead of the game includes staying ahead of the refresh rates.
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