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October
31

Sellers: Don't Let These Costs Take You by Surprise

Surprise Seller Costs - DeHOFF REALTORS

While it's true that the housing market has cooled somewhat, there is still time to take advantage of the increased value of your home if you plan to sell. But before you set an asking price, our real estate agents want to help you maximize your profits by considering the hidden costs associated with the sale. Here are a few expenses they consider to be some of the most critical:

  • Identify problems that could derail the sale.
    A pre-inspection will help you make any necessary repairs before the house is on the market. You can expect to spend a few hundred dollars for a professional inspection, but you won't need to worry about surprises that could delay or prevent closing the sale.

  • Make necessary repairs.
    Lenders will only approve a loan if the property is a sound investment, which means they expect it to be in good repair. You should make most repairs before you attempt to sell the home. Sometimes the cost can be split between the buyer and seller. They will negotiate a pre-determined amount, and either can back out of the deal if cost estimates exceed that amount. 

  • Verify property lines.
    Newer residential developments generally have definitive property lines, but many North Canton homes for sale are more than 40 years old, and boundaries may be questionable. You may need to pay for the property to be surveyed to assure the lender and buyer that the property lines are accurate. This service can cost anywhere from about $250 to $1,000, depending upon the size and shape of the parcel. 

  • Consider possible concessions.
    Potential buyers frequently request that certain items be included in the sales price. Besides appliances, some Akron homes for sale have furnishings or unique items that the buyer feels add to their love of the house. The buyer may ask that the seller pay a portion of the closing costs. These are all open to negotiation, and it will be your option to agree or not. 

  • Estimate closing costs.
    Several fees will be split between the buyer and seller at closing. These include loan processing fees, title insurance costs, property tax, and recording fees. The seller's portion will be deducted from the proceeds when the sale closes. 

  • Cost of vacancy
    If the house is unoccupied while on the market, you must maintain the property in good order, from mowing the lawn to post-weather cleanup. You may also benefit by purchasing a special insurance policy for a vacant house that will protect you from the cost of any vandalism while the house is empty. 

  • Pay off the existing mortgage.
    Your lender will work with your real estate agent and the closing company to provide an accurate pay-off amount so that when you receive the sale's proceeds, your mortgage balance will already be deducted. Your agent will provide you with an estimate of the total amount you will receive. 

As you can see, your real estate agent will play an important role in helping you manage the sale and guiding you through the process. Contact us today to find an experienced professional that you can trust.

October
3

Take Your Dog on a Walk in Stark & Summit Counties

Dog-Friendly Parks - Stark & Summit Counties, OH - DeHOFF REALTORS

Walking your dog yields some great benefits for you as well as your pooch, and the activity has its own week October 1-7 to call attention to its advantages. In addition to being good exercise that helps you both keep your weight in check, walking your pup lets you both socialize. It also helps keep Fido from getting bored and engaging in destructive behaviors.

Dog parks are the perfect spot to walk your dog for a bit and then take him off-leash to romp in a safe area. Our real estate agents suggest visiting the following dog parks in Stark and Summit counties during Walk Your Dog Week and beyond.

  • Dick Goddard Dog Park at Ariss Park - 2520 Wise Rd., North Canton, OH 44720
    Located within 80-acre Ariss Park near North Canton homes for sale, Dick Goddard Dog Park has separate areas for large and small dogs. Those over 25 pounds have a 1.3-acre area, and small dogs weighing 25 pounds or less have a half acre of space. You'll also find a nearly two-acre off-leash dog run and water fountains for both of you.

  • Veterans Park Dog Park - 1714 Schneider St. NE, Canton, OH 44721
    Veterans Park Dog Park
    , located just around the corner from Canton homes for sale, has plenty of shade and lush green grass for both you and your dog, making your visit more comfortable. And if Fido gets overheated or dirty, you can even cool him off or clean him up at one of the park's six dog showers open in spring, summer, and fall. Small dogs under 30 pounds have 1.5 acres to play in, and dogs over 30 have 2.5 acres of their own.

  • Akron Dog Park 499 Memorial Parkway, Akron, OH 44310
    Operated by the non-profit group Better Akron Recreation for Canines, Akron Dog Park was founded in 2004. Located near Akron homes for sale, the park has a separate small dog park for pets who weigh 30 pounds or less. It features fenced-in grass/gravel terrain where dogs can run and play, as well as agility obstacles and play equipment so they can have even more fun. Sit on a bench in the shade and watch your dog romp, and take him to cool off at the seasonal doggie drink station as needed.

  • Portage Lakes State Park - 5031 Manchester Rd., Akron, OH 44319 
    Portage Lakes State Park
    is a popular destination for sailing, jet skiing, water skiing, and wildlife watching. These activities make the 411-acre park well worth a trip, and if you're a dog owner, it will probably become one of your favorites to visit. It has a dog park that's partially fenced with room for your pooch to frolic, and there's even an unfenced dog swim area to help him cool off or to get more exercise.

  • Keyser Dog Park  - 550 Keyser Pkwy., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
    Earning positive comments on several sites dedicated to helping dog owners find the best parks, Keyser Dog Park gives your pooch plenty of room to romp and play off-leash. The fenced-in park consists of two acres of gentle, rolling space and is conveniently located near Cuyahoga Falls homes for sale. Cool off in the park's shade, and let your dog do the same. A water hydrant is also available.

Contact us if you're in the market for a new home. Our experienced agents can help you find just the right one and will make the transaction as smooth and easy as possible. 

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