Yoga has become even more popular in recent years, and for good reason. A good yoga session can improve your flexibility and muscle tone while also helping you relax and focus. We're lucky to have some excellent yoga studios in Stark & Summit counties. Here are some of the top places our real estate agents recommend stopping by for a class.
Whichever yoga studio you visit, we hope you leave feeling relaxed and balanced. If you're new to the area and still looking for a place to call home, feel free to contact us. We'll help guide you through the home-buying process.
With the rising prices in the housing market skyrocketing over the last couple of years, potential homeowners have often lost hope in achieving their goals. If that includes you, don't give up now. Financial indicators point to the very real possibility of significant price drops in 2023, once again opening the door to your home purchase. Our real estate agents want to help you make sure your finances are in order by sharing these five focal points for your consideration.
Whether you're at the beginning of the process or ready to buy, contact us to help you with your next steps toward homeownership.
The winter season brings shorter days, longer nights, and chilly temperatures that require extra effort to stay warm indoors and save on energy bills. With cold weather just around the corner, our real estate agents have five great tips that will make it easier for you to stay warm and cozy at home this winter.
Light Up the Fireplace
Ohio winters can be harsh, with temperatures that drop well below freezing. If your home has a fireplace, take advantage of the extra warmth and cozy atmosphere you get by building a fire. While most newer homes have built-in fireplaces, some older Akron homes for sale have wood stoves that still put out a lot of heat. Either way, throwing on some logs and starting a fire is a great way to get rid of that winter chill. If you have an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit, you can even enjoy roasting marshmallows on a cold night.
Throw Down Some Rugs
You may have beautiful hardwood, stone, or ceramic tile floors, but they won't keep your feet and tootsies warm during cold winters. Nothing is worse than stepping onto a freezing hard floor first thing in the morning or late at night. Fuzzy slippers and socks will help keep your feet warm, but throwing down some area rugs will create insulation and warmer rooms in your home. Investing in a few wool rugs or runners, shaggy, thick rugs, and fuzzy bathroom mats will keep you from jumping back into bed on a chilly morning.
Close the Curtains
If your home has shutters, shades, or blinds, you're likely feeling a little colder during winter weather. These sleek window treatments are popular in many North Canton homes for sale, but they don't provide much insulation against the cold air that sneaks through your windows. To warm up your room, consider adding floor-to-ceiling curtains that you can close over your shutters, shades, and blinds. Choose a heavier fabric and an insulated lining that will keep the cold air outside and the warm air inside during freezing winter temperatures.
Pile on the Throw Blankets
When planning and decorating for winter, throw blankets and quilts for your home are a must. Whether your design style reflects a traditional, farmhouse, mid-century modern, or contemporary interior, you can find beautiful and affordable throw blankets and quilts that will keep your thermostat lower and keep you warmer on chilly days and nights.
Sofas and Chairs – Draping warm blankets or throws over your sofas and chairs will create cozy, inviting spaces for guests, family conversations, watching movies and TV, reading books, and enjoying a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
Bedding – When winter arrives, swap out your bedding with warmer sheets, throws, blankets or quilts, and duvet covers. Changing to fleece or cotton flannel sheets, heavier woven throws and blankets, and a soft wool or velvet duvet cover will keep you much warmer while you sleep. If your bedroom stays on the chilly side, invest in an electric blanket with automatic controls and safety features.
Soften Your Lighting
During winter months, you can create a warm, relaxing atmosphere at home by simply softening your lighting. You don't need an electrician—just replace your light bulbs with soft white or warm white LED bulbs, add new linen or paper lampshades with metallic linings, hang sconces that direct light against the wall, and light some candles. All of these lighting tips create a softer, diffused light with a cozy glow.
Are you thinking about moving to Stark or Summit County? Contact us about available homes that may be the perfect fit for your lifestyle.
The first utility bill in a new home can mean an unpleasant surprise for the unsuspecting homeowner. Not only is the cost higher in a house than in an apartment, but energy costs are soaring across the globe. Fortunately, you can take measures to lower your utility bills, and our real estate agents would like to share them with you.
When you're ready to tour some of the most beautiful houses in Ohio, contact us. We will be happy to help you find the perfect new home for you.
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:
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.
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.
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.
As the leaves begin to turn and the days get colder, it's time to get your home ready for the harsh winter months. If you've recently bought a house, you may be surprised by the amount and intensity of home maintenance activities. Homeownership is a huge investment that requires regular maintenance and care. That said, it can feel like a daunting chore, especially if you're a first-time homebuyer.
As summer draws to a close, here's an end-of-summer homeowner maintenance checklist from our real estate agents that can help you better protect your investment.
It's true that anyone can shop for a house. But it can be an incredibly stressful experience. Experienced real estate agents can match you with the perfect property much faster, taking some of the hassle and stress off your shoulders. Contact us to get a look at our Akron homes for sale.
Fall brings cooler temperatures with a crisp feel to the air, and with the hustle and bustle of school starting back, it's the perfect time to have some family fun on the weekends. Several farms and orchards around Stark county offer loads of activities for the whole family, making them a great place to visit for the day or afternoon.
Our real estate agents recommend checking out the following popular destinations for fall family fun in the area.
Contact us if you love Stark County as much as we do. For nearly 50 years, we've helped customers find homes in the area and would love to help you find one as well!
How big should your down payment be?
When home prices rise, so do the down payments required to purchase those homes. This has long posed a roadblock for many would-be first-time homebuyers. But it doesn't have to be the case.
Our real estate agents share everything you need to know about making a down payment on a home.
A down payment is simply the part of the home's purchase price you pay upfront. It might be the biggest check you ever write in your life, and the amount you pay could impact your finances for years, if not decades.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, you don't have to put 20 percent down on a house. There's no law or rule for a universal minimum down payment. The amount you should put down is a personal decision that depends on what's best for your finances. Lenders require homebuyers to make a down payment for most mortgages. For instance, the amount is usually 3% of the home's price for conventional mortgages.
On that note, most lenders will require a down payment of 20 percent to avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI)—in case you're wondering where the 20 percent number comes from. Far from most types of insurance, this legally binding document protects the lender's vested interest in the home, not the homeowner.
When you make a down payment of less than 20 percent, your mortgage loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is over 80 percent. As such, you present a higher risk profile to the lender, which necessitates purchasing private mortgage insurance to offset this risk. PMI will increase your monthly mortgage costs until you have accumulated enough equity in the home that the lender no longer considers you high risk. So, there are advantages to making a larger down payment.
Another advantage is lower interest rates. A solid down payment may signify that you're less likely to default on your loan, which may prompt lenders to reduce your mortgage interest rate. Even saving a fraction of a percent on your interest rate could save you thousands of dollars over the life of your loan. Still, your overall interest will depend on factors other than your down payment, such as credit scores, home price, and loan term.
As mentioned, down payment requirements vary depending on the type of mortgage you qualify for. For instance, if you qualify for government loans, your down payment may be as low as zero.
There are several options for a mortgage with no or low down payment:
It's important to weigh your mortgage options before committing to a down payment amount. Even though a 20 percent down payment is ideal, you shouldn't fixate on it. The right amount depends on numerous factors, including how much you can comfortably afford. You don't want your down payment to be so large that it leaves you with too little savings.
While the hot seller's market of the last few months has begun to cool down, there are still many people out there looking for North Canton homes for sale or Akron homes for sale. Today's Ohio homeowners easily benefit from the great interest in the local area and meet qualified buyers.
Our real estate agents know you want to get the most value for your home and finish the sales process as quickly as possible. In fact, it's usually for the best when the sale is complete within 30 days. After the 60-day mark, buyers may wonder if something is wrong with the home.
At 90 days, most homes need to be re-listed, which can add months to your timeline.
How can you avoid these issues? To get the results you want, it's crucial not to go it alone.
Many homeowners have been exploring "FSBO" – for sale by owner, the name given to selling without a real estate agent. They may feel that they'll make more money without paying a commission, but the situation is a little more complex than it looks at first.
Selling without an agent can cost you both time and money. On the other hand, the insights of an experienced agent help you maximize your returns, no matter what the housing market looks like.
Let's dive deeper and see how sellers like you benefit from working with an agent:
Contact us at DeHoff Realtors to learn more about your selling opportunities.
Has there ever been a more perfect pair than wine and cheese? Our real estate agents don't think so. North Canton's lush fields and semi-rural layout make it one of the best areas for growing grapes in Ohio, and many top-tier wineries have sprung up in response to these conditions. Get your wine and cheese fix at any of these five spots around North Canton and experience a treat you'll never forget.
North Canton's delicious wine and cheese options aren't the only thing to love about this place. Contact us today for more information on our North Canton homes for sale and learn how easy it is to settle down in this scenic Ohio area.
The Akron Zoo has been a staple of family fun near Akron homes for sale for decades, with significant expansion since the early 2000s leading to new exhibits, rides for kids, special events, and amenities for visitors to enjoy. Summer is the perfect time to experience a fun, educational family outing to the Akron Zoo, with a busy schedule of special events, summer camps for kids, and many animals to see. Our real estate agents have the key information to help you plan your next family day at the Akron Zoo.
When you're ready to buy or sell your next home near the great family attractions of Akron, our team is here to help. Contact us for assistance with all of your real estate needs in the Akron area.
Can you believe that the Fourth of July is already around the corner? As always, Ohio communities will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate this special day with community events that the whole family can enjoy. Both Akron and North Canton have some holiday events that you won't want to miss. Our real estate agents have all of the details on where to celebrate the Fourth of July in your favorite Ohio communities.
When you're ready to buy or sell your next home in these great communities, our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the North Canton and Akron areas.
National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is June 7th, and for those of us with a sweet tooth, we can't wait! There are so many wonderful places to grab a delicious cone, sundae, or milkshake in Stark and Summit counties that it's impossible to choose just one. Instead, our real estate agents have put together a list of six favorites.
Contact us to view homes for sale in Stark and Summit counties. We can help you find your new dream home!
Color is the easiest way to inject your personality into any North Canton home for sale. Interior painting can be a messy project, but there are some tricks get the job done quicker and cleaner. Explore the top interior painting tips from our real estate agents below.
Your new home is a color away from being the perfect haven. Contact us today to explore our real estate services.
As the weather warms up, it's the perfect time to head out on a family bike ride. Stark County has plenty of excellent parks with trails that cover forested areas, urban locations, and suburban sites.
Our real estate agents recommend the following trails in Stark County when you're ready to spend part of your day taking a family bike ride in area parks.
Contact us if you'd like to see homes for sale in Stark County. Many are close to beautiful parks and trails, and we'd love to help you find the best one for you.
Spring is here and spending time outdoors tops the list of things to do. Some people look forward to hiking their favorite trails or picnics in the park, while others enjoy relaxing in their backyard. If you prefer the comforts of home, our real estate agents recommend sprucing up your backyard with some beautiful patio plants.
Backyard patios and decks are ideal for potted plants. In Akron homes for sale, you can change out flowering plants to extend spring blooms well into the fall season. When temperatures start to drop, replace blooms with hardy greenery that will survive winter weather. To create a beautiful patio year-round, all you need is the right plants and decorative containers.
When choosing patio plants, consider how much maintenance they require. Some plants require daily watering, regular trimming, and deadheading of spent flowers to encourage more blooms. Before investing in plants, make sure they are suited to your gardening needs. Some easy-care patio plants to consider include:
Geraniums – These cheerful annuals come in a variety of vibrant colors that will add beauty to your patio. Geraniums last all summer and into early fall, even if you forget to water them for several days.
Lantana – This flower can be invasive in the garden, but it's easy to contain in pots. Lantana is a hardy plant that's hard to kill. It grows well in the sun and produces blooms with pretty multicolored flowers.
Marigolds – A big pot of marigolds will add color to your patio. Marigolds are easy to maintain and repel insects that may get on other plants, but they require deadheading to produce new blooms.
Ferns – In North Canton homes for sale with shady backyards, ferns are a great choice since they thrive in the shade. You'll find a variety of ferns that range in size, texture, and color for stunning visual interest.
Caladiums – Another shade lover, these plants produce colorful heart-shaped leaves. As tubers, they spread nicely and are mostly carefree. They don't have showy flowers but definitely brighten up shady spots.
Herbs – If you have a sunny patio, herbs planted in pots will thrive. Basil, lavender, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, and thyme grow well with sun and regular watering. Enjoy wonderful smells and use the herbs in your kitchen.
Vines – Potato vine (jasmine nightshade) is an easy vine to grow without much maintenance. It's often used as a patio plant because it produces pretty little white or purple flowers that add soft, relaxing color to an outdoor setting.
For healthy patio plants, it's important to choose the right size containers with adequate drainage. According to garden experts, plants in pots dry out more quickly, so they need adequate water and good potting soil. Water should be checked daily, and potting soil should be good quality organic potting soil with an organic compost mixed into the soil.
When purchasing containers, make sure pots have ample room for plant growth. Consider the container's size and height on your patio so you don't block views of the backyard. Large pots are good for marking patio boundaries, delineating different patio areas, and providing privacy, but they are hard to move around. Small decorative pots with bright colors and interesting textures make good accents on patios that need a boost in design appeal, and they're very easy to move around.
If you're thinking about buying or selling a home in Stark and Summit counties, contact us for information on available properties and prices in areas of interest.
It's always lovely when schedules line up perfectly. But, the reality is that when it comes to real estate transactions, there's likely to be a slight lag between the day you buy the home and the day you can move in. You may sell your home before you find a new home, may need to wait until the seller can move into their new home, or wait while the renovation company completes any necessary repairs or upgrades. Or, you may want to wait until you find the best deal on a house that fits within your budget. Our real estate agents know there are plenty of reasons you may need to rent a home, and we advise all clients to carefully think over the possibility of living in a short-term rental before moving into their new home.
We invite you to contact us to learn more about the best strategy for your specific situation. We're happy to answer your questions and help guide you in the right direction to move into your new home at a time and price that's most convenient for you.
You've just purchased a new home from among North Canton homes for sale, and you're undoubtedly eager to pick out curtains, paint colors, and new furniture. But first, you should be aware of potential problems and how to avoid or at least prepare for them. Our real estate agents share how you can be ready for the following issues.
Clogged pipes, burst pipes, and leaky pipes can cause significant damage to your home and property. This is why we strongly recommend a comprehensive plumbing inspection and maintenance visit with a certified plumber before you move in. This creates a thorough assessment of the plumbing and establishes a relationship with a plumber you can call should a plumbing problem emerge down the road.
If you purchase any of the many older Akron homes for sale, be sure to complete a comprehensive electrical inspection. Wiring and fixtures wear out over time, and you'll want to confirm the systems in your home are in good repair. You will also want to make sure that you have good candles, flashlights, batteries, and better still, a backup power generator for an electrical outage. Generators are ideal because they can ensure your lights, security systems, refrigerator, freezer, etc., continue to operate until the power is restored.
Fire safety is always a top priority. Ensure that your home has fire alarms in the bedrooms, kitchen, garage, laundry room, and hallways. Additionally, it's a good idea to position an ABC fire extinguisher in each of these areas. Finally, be sure to change your batteries at regular intervals, conduct fire drills with your family, and recharge your fire extinguishers when they expire.
Make sure that you have extra roofing materials, tarps, nails, and a few pieces of plywood handy. Should a storm blow shingles off or a windstorm knock a tree branch through the roof, this will help you temporarily repair the damage until a professional roofing contractor can perform a permanent repair.
Furnace Failure/Water Heater Failure
Your furnace and water heater are the hardest-working appliances in your home. Most furnaces last 12-15 years, while most water heaters last between 10-12 years. Make sure to keep (and change) air filters regularly, stay on top of the manufacturer's maintenance requirements, and it won't hurt to enroll in a maintenance plan provided by a local, trusted HVAC service provider.
Security is a priority you can't ignore. Installing a home security system with remote monitoring capabilities will help you keep an eye on the home while you're away. It's also a good idea to install at least one smart lock on the home so that you can access it via a code or through your smartphone to get inside even if a member of your family loses their key.
Cold Weather and Pests
Freezing weather, raccoons, birds, insects, and other pests can infiltrate your home via cracks in masonry, gaps in insulation, or open crawl spaces. Sealing these gaps with caulk, weather stripping, insulation, etc., will protect your home from the weather and from pests eager to enjoy a free meal and a new nest.
We encourage you to contact us to learn more about the steps we recommend new homeowners take to protect their homes from the most common threats and hazards.
Planning a wedding is both exciting and a big undertaking. If you're waiting for the perfect time to get started, then we have some good news. March 1 is National Wedding Planning Day! This is a great opportunity to start wedding dress shopping if you're newly engaged. Our real estate agents have some awesome bridal shops to recommend around Stark and Summit counties.
You may not get all of your wedding dress shopping done on National Wedding Planning Day, but you can still get out there and get started. Visit some of the shops above, and get a better idea of what you're looking for in a dress. Should you happen to be looking for a home in the area, too, contact us to learn more about our services.
Since ancient times, wine has been a significant element in religious and social traditions for cultures around the world. Join our real estate agents in celebrating National Drink Wine Day on Friday, February 18 with a toast at one of these popular wine bars near North Canton homes for sale.
Ready to celebrate buying or selling a home in North Canton? Contact us at DeHOFF REALTORS® to learn more.
Are you into music? Whether your child is learning to play a musical instrument, you're a dedicated musician yourself, or you simply love to listen, North Canton has a nice variety of music shops you'll want to visit.
Our real estate agents recommend the following music shops around North Canton.
Contact us if you're ready to buy or sell real estate. Our experienced and knowledgeable agents are happy to help you have a smooth transaction.
Our real estate agents know it's never too early to get your home ready for market. If your plans for 2022 include moving to a new home in the spring, now is the right time to put a plan together so that your home is ready to go when you're ready to make your move. You can take the following steps now to ensure the process isn't overwhelming later.
Go Easy On the Cosmetic Upgrades
It's a seller's market, so you don't have to spend a lot of money to attract an offer. While you can still paint the walls of the main living areas and bedrooms a neutral color, you can skip the installation of pricey appliances, new windows, etc.
...But Clean Thoroughly
While you don't have to undertake any major renovations, you will want to give the home a professional cleaning. Have the carpets steam cleaned, scrub bathrooms and kitchens, clean out the garage, and make sure the windows are crystal clear. It's also a good idea to make sure the air within the home is regularly refreshed.
Start Packing Up Personal Items
Before you paint, pack up any family pictures and bric-a-brac cluttering your home. This will declutter the home and help personalize it, making it easier for prospective buyers to imagine their photos and artwork on the walls. Further, declutter the closets, basement, garage, etc., by removing their contents and placing them in your new home or a self-storage facility. This has the added benefit of helping buyers get a true feel for how much storage space is in the home.
Keep An Active Eye On Property You Want to Purchase
Start looking at new homes well before you are ready to list your home. If you are financially able to purchase a home you are interested in before your current home sells, do so. This will help ease some pressure and give you the flexibility to wait for the best offer.
Price Your Home Strategically
The more time you spend looking at listings in the area, the better feel you will have for what your home is worth. Keep a close eye on similar North Canton homes for sale and Akron homes for sale. This will help you price your home to align with buyer expectations and current market conditions. Your real estate agent will also be invaluable in helping to set the right price for your home.
Supply is low, and demand is high. By limiting showings and availability to view the home, you will create a sense of exclusivity to your home. Like fine wines and fancy purses, the more exclusive the home feels, the more interested buyers will be to own it.
Prepare For a Bidding War
Current market activity means that you will likely receive multiple offers shortly after listing your home. Work closely with your real estate agent to map out a strategy for navigating a bidding war. Be sure to factor in price, prequalification, down payment, contingencies, concessions, etc. The more planning you put into this, the more likely you will secure the most advantageous offer.
Contact us when you are ready to prepare your home for the market. We will help guide you through the process and help you secure the best offer for your home.
Pumpkin pie may be a Thanksgiving staple, but there's no reason you can't enjoy this treat in December as well. In fact, December 25th (yes, you read that right) is National Pumpkin Pie Day. Why not celebrate it with a slice? There are many bakeries and restaurants serving delicious pumpkin pies in the area around North Canton and Akron. Our real estate agents have tracked down the best places to get one of these pies during December.
There's no such thing as a bad time for the mellow, slightly spicy sweetness of pumpkin pie. With such a vibrant culinary scene near our Akron homes for sale and North Canton homes for sale, you'll always have somewhere to go to get the latest tasty treat you're craving. Contact us today to arrange a viewing of any of our properties in this region or any of our other service areas around Ohio.
Whether you're fixing a light snack, preparing dinner for a group of friends, or simply grabbing a drink out of the fridge, your home's kitchen gets used multiple times every single day. This is why homeowners put such a heavy focus on creating the perfect balance between appearance and functionality — and that's exactly why kitchen islands are all the rage. Let's look at a few kitchen island basics and which type of island our real estate agents believe could be right for you.
If you've ever seen a kitchen island in the home of a friend or while checking out North Canton homes for sale or Akron homes for sale, then you already know that they take up a good amount of room. Even a small island will be at least 2 by 4 feet, but you also need enough room for people to walk around them comfortably. As a general rule, your kitchen should be a minimum of 8 feet deep and 12 feet long, with 40 inches by 40 inches of open space.
Once you install a kitchen island, your home will never be the same again. There are several different features that you can choose from depending on your specific needs, but it typically boils down to five popular types, each of which will be an amazing addition:
Whether you're looking for a new home with the perfect kitchen island, backyard, or family room, we can help you find it. Contact us today to learn more.
As a homeowner, there are many things you can do to protect your home from the unexpected, like installing a home security system or performing regular maintenance. But one thing you can't control is what Mother Nature throws your way. From hurricanes and tornadoes to earthquakes and floods, extreme weather events are becoming more regular, with some disastrous results. That's why having the right insurance coverage is so important. It can lessen the burden of getting your house back together after it's been hit by wild weather. Here, our real estate agents will walk you through the basics of homeowners insurance to help you better prepare for unexpected damage before it's too late.
There are three levels of coverage:
homeowners insurance provides you financial protection in the event of damage caused by the following scenarios:
Even the broadest homeowners insurance policy won't cover every possible event that could damage or destroy your home. Most policies typically exclude damage caused by:
You'll want riders or separate policies for excluded natural disasters. Flood coverage is provided by the Natural Flood Insurance Program, but it can also be purchased from an insurance carrier. Earthquake coverage is available as a spate policy or as an endorsement.
Are you looking for Akron homes for sale or North Canton homes for sale? Our agents can help you find the perfect home for your family and provide home improvement tips to keep your home in tip-top shape. Contact us to learn more about services.
A custom-decorated cake can make any occasion more special since it lets you tailor the design to its recipients' interests, a party's theme, or anything else you'd like. Choose your favorite fillings, icings, colors, and more, and work with a local baker around Summit County to get just the look and taste you're looking for.
Our real estate agents recommend trying one of the following bakeries when you need a custom-decorated cake.
Contact us today if you'd like to buy or sell your home in Stark and Summit counties. Our experienced agents are ready to help make your experience a great one!
Our real estate agents never need an excuse to enjoy a delicious bowl of pasta — but just in case you do, you'll be glad to know that World Pasta Day is coming soon. That's right — there's an entire day dedicated to this amazing comfort food!
One of the best things about pasta is that there are so many different ways to prepare it. This means you could order a pasta dish every time you go out to eat and never get bored. Whether you've just moved into one of the beautiful North Canton homes for sale or you're a long-time resident, now is a great time to visit one (or more!) of the area's best Italian restaurants. Here are a few we recommend.
The excellent selection of restaurants is just one of the many things to love about living in Stark County. If you're looking for your dream home here, our team can help. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.
Colder weather is right around the corner, and that means it's almost fireplace season! Our real estate agents love seeing the glimmer in homebuyers' eyes when they start thinking about relaxing by their new fireplace on chilly evenings. But, before you light that first fall fire, you'll want to check your chimney.
Now is the perfect time to review some important fireplace safety tips. These simple steps will help keep you and your family safe from the potential dangers that come with fireplace use.
If you've been looking for your dream home in Stark or Summit County, the agents at DeHoff Realtors are here to help! Contact us today, and you could be sitting by the fireplace in your new home before winter is over!
Before you peruse real estate listings or pick out curtains, there's one thing you need to check that's more important than anything on your list. That one thing is your credit score because it will determine your ability to qualify for a mortgage and the amount of money you'll pay over the life of that loan. What you find may surprise you, but our real estate agents know there are some things you can do to get those numbers up to where you can qualify for the most favorable loan terms and the best interest rates.
The average credit score in the United States is 711. That's considered "good" credit. Those with "very good" credit have scores between 740-799, and those with "exceptional" credit fall between 800-850. These three ranges will allow you to qualify for most loans, but the higher the score, the better the loan terms and the lower the lender's interest rates.
When your credit is in order, and you're ready to buy, contact us, and we'll help you find the home of your dreams. It's our pleasure to help guide you through the process and give you the reliable advice you need to secure the most favorable mortgage for your future home!
Since Stark and Summit counties in Northeast Ohio have many beautiful rivers, lakes, and other waterways, kayaking is a popular pastime in the area. Whether you prefer calm or swifter waters, you'll have your choice of many locations where you can get your kayak in the water or rent one to use. Our real estate agents suggest visiting the following locations to get started on your kayaking adventure.
Contact us to learn more about the abundant natural beauty and recreational opportunities in Stark and Summit counties and to see North Canton homes for sale as well as other homes for sale in the area.
If you're looking for a way to boost your home's value, our real estate agents will advise you that you'll get the best return on investment from a fresh paint job. You can take years off the face of a kitchen by painting the cabinets. Our North Canton homes for sale are selling quickly, as are our Akron homes for sale, and fetching good prices, but with these five steps to a gorgeous kitchen, you can demand even more.
If you need help getting your home on the market, or are ready to find a home yourself, contact us. Our real estate professionals are here to help.
The new homeowner's to-do list should be divided into two basic categories. Let's take a look at the top things that need to go on the list.
Compiling a list will give you a clear picture of what needs to be done and take away the stress of being a new homeowner. Contact us for all your real estate needs.
July is Ice Cream Month! This seems rather fitting, being that July is one of the hottest months of the year. Eating an ice cream cone or sipping on a delicious shake is a wonderful way to beat the heat. Here are some of the top places our real estate agents recommend stopping for ice cream in the North Canton area.
You have 31 days to celebrate Ice Cream Month at one of these ice cream shops, and of course, you can visit more than once! If you're thinking of moving to the North Canton area, you'll need a real estate agent to guide your home search. Contact us; we're here to help.
Is your house soon going to be added to North Canton homes for sale listings? Our real estate agents can tell you that two of the most important rooms in your house are the kitchen and master bathroom. These are areas where you spend a great deal of time at the start and end of your day. They're also the areas where buyers often look for bells and whistles. So, upgrading your kitchen and bathroom(s) to contemporary tastes and styles is a sure-fire way to add value to your home and charm house hunters.
A major kitchen remodel can lead the way in commanding higher prices by some margin. In fact, you could recoup between 62 and 70 percent of your total renovation costs when you sell your home. Kitchens, however, are the most expensive rooms to renovate. You need to plan your reno and choose the upgrades that make the most sense for your wallet and goals.
The master bathroom should evoke the feel and visual aesthetics of a luxurious retreat. A sparkling master bath with clean lines and finishes that require less maintenance can go a long way in tugging at buyers' heartstrings. Here are some high-value remodeling projects that can make your bathroom a more inviting place guaranteed to grab buyer attention.
Our team at DeHoff REALTORS® can help you determine the most valuable remodeling projects for your home. Contact us today to discuss the features buyers are most interested in as they browse Akron homes for sale.
When you buy produce, you typically don't know much about how it's grown or how many miles it traveled before it reaches you. This means it won't be as fresh, tasty, or nutrient-dense as it could be. Buying farm-fresh produce, on the other hand, means you know where your food comes from and can get specific information about how it was grown. It will be delicious, colorful, and full of important nutrients, and as an added bonus, you'll be helping to support your local farmers and economy.
Our real estate agents recommend visiting these five places in Stark County to stock up on farm-fresh produce.
Contact us to buy or sell a home in the area. Our team has years of experience and is ready to help!
There's so much to do in spring. Inside you've got spring cleaning, but outside needs major attention as well. However, it's not that hard to make your property's front yard stand out from other North Canton homes for sale or Akron homes for sale. Let's take a look at some of the ways you can makeover your front yard.
Mother's Day is just around the corner, so it's time to plan a special day for your mom. Our area is filled with wonderful restaurants and diners where you and your mom can enjoy a special mother's day brunch. Before mother's day arrives, our real estate agents want to share a list of great restaurants in the area where you and your mom can enjoy a special day.
If you live in Stark and Summit counties, dining out is easy with hundreds of restaurants that serve different types of cuisine. Whether you're in the mood for breakfast or fine dining, you can treat your mom to a delicious meal that fits your budget. We have chosen some of our favorite places for a mother's day brunch that your mom is sure to enjoy.
Mustard Seed Market & Cafe - 3885 Medina Rd. Akron, OH 44303
You and your mom can enjoy the casual atmosphere and look at some Fairlawn homes for sale after a wonderful meal. Specialties here include homemade soups, lobster bisque, beef chili, and fresh-baked bread. The Mustard Seed specializes in healthy, organic food, and each day they bake a variety of bread like Challah braid, chili cheddar, harvest sourdough, parmesan peppercorn, and rosemary olive oil.
Gasoline Alley - 870 N. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Akron, OH 44333
Gasoline Alley, near these Bath homes for sale, is a quirky restaurant that offers traditional American food. It's a small restaurant with vintage décor and memorabilia that creates a fun, casual atmosphere. You can enjoy a classic burger with fries or a Big Daddy Reuben topped with Swiss cheese and sauerkraut while admiring vintage classic bicycles hanging from the ceiling. Your mom is sure to love the carrot cake or the whipped cream cheesecake for dessert.
The Silver Cricket - 2972 N. Division St., Clinton, OH 44216
The Silver Cricket offers some down-home cooking and great service. Located next to the railroad tracks, it feels like you have stepped into a quaint, small-town place with a comfortable atmosphere and friendly neighbors. The Silver Cricket is a great place to grab the best wings in town and a cold beer, still sold in a bottle! No draft beer here. Check out these Clinton homes for sale after your meal.
Blue Door Cafe & Bakery - 1970 State Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
Take your mom out for a wonderful breakfast or brunch at the Blue Door Cafe & Bakery located near these Cuyahoga Falls homes for sale. You'll find an array of tasty breakfast specialty dishes like french toast topped with bananas and whipped cream, Monte Cristo crepes, and steak or king salmon on a platter of fresh eggs. Open seven days/week for breakfast and lunch, this is the perfect place for a relaxing Mother's Day brunch that your mom will remember.
The Twisted Olive - 5430 Massillon Rd., North Canton, OH 44720
The Twisted Olive has been a local favorite for years and is conveniently located near these Green homes for sale. If you like Italian food, you can't beat their chipotle potato or french onion soup, calamari, crab cakes, crispy shrimp, and Greek chicken meatballs. Featuring a variety of vegan and gluten-free dishes, The Twisted Olive has a big menu with healthy, delicious meals for the perfect mother's day brunch.
If you're interested in buying or selling a home in Stark or Summit counties, contact us at DeHOFF REALTORS® for information on available properties and area real estate prices. We can help you find the perfect home that fits your lifestyle.
The decision to buy a home is among the most important decisions you'll ever make. As with all big decisions, it isn't one you want to walk into blindly. Our real estate agents understand that it's perfectly normal to want to focus on finding your dream home. However, the largest and most important detail to take care of is the mortgage, and you should get the preapproval process out of the way before ever starting your search.
Preapproval is your ticket to comfortable homeownership. Unlike pre-qualification, the preapproval process is more in-depth and detailed. Your lender will thoroughly review your W2 statements, bank records, credit reports, tax records, employment records, etc. This is often referred to as the "4 C's" since the lender will look at your capacity to pay the mortgage, your credit, the capital/cash reserves you have access to, and the collateral you're putting down for the loan.
The lender will carefully calculate your total liabilities and financial capacity to take on more debt. At the end of the process, the lender will tell you precisely how much they are willing to lend you. This allows you to search with confidence, knowing what you can comfortably purchase in Akron or North Canton.
Further, you can obtain preapproval letters from multiple lenders. This is advisable because it allows you to shop for the best rates and loan terms. When you find the North Canton homes for sale that you want to make an offer on, you can buy with confidence, knowing that you can comfortably afford the mortgage obligation.
One of the most important reasons to secure a preapproval letter is that it can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to find the ideal home. By removing homes outside of your budget, you can narrow down your search to listings within neighborhoods where you can settle in comfortably without having to stretch your budget to cover the mortgage.
It's a highly competitive market right now. In much of the country, the number of homes available is far less than the number of buyers in the market. While not guaranteed, this means you need to plan for "bidding wars" to erupt. When you are preapproved, you know precisely how much you can spend to get the home you want.
A preapproval letter also shows the seller that you can seal the deal without any problem. This gives you a slight edge over other buyers who submit bids without a preapproval. Sellers may be willing to take a risk that a high bid will come through, but more often than not, they will take the offer that is already backed by money in the bank.
When you have a preapproval letter in your pocket, you can move forward quickly and confidently. There's no need to waste time waiting for the bank to review your application because everything is already done.
From the outside, it's easy for home valuation to feel like one big mystery. Even though you might be familiar with many of the ingredients that go into a home valuation, you might be wondering how your real estate agent mixes them all together to identify the right listing price for the home. Our real estate agents are here to provide an industry perspective and help you unravel the mystery of home valuation.
Understanding What Goes Into a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)
Let's say you're trying to price a home to compete with other Akron homes for sale. A CMA is one of the most important tools that your agent will use to help determine the value of the home. By comparing the home with similar properties that were part of recent real estate transactions in the same market, you can find an asking price that fits that market. A CMA takes into account homes that are currently for sale, homes that have recently sold, and homes that were listed but didn't sell. The process works best when there are more homes in your market with a similar size, amenities, and features.
Bedrooms, Bathrooms, and Amenities
While the size of a home is an important factor in the price, two similarly sized homes can still have very different values. The condition of the home is naturally an important factor, but so is how the space in the home is used. The number of bedrooms and bathrooms, along with garage space, are all key factors for buyers to consider. Of course, any added amenities will also influence price. A home with a swimming pool, ultra-modern kitchen, and outdoor dining space will be worth more than a similarly sized home without those features.
Neighborhood, School District, and Local Attractions
It's not just the amenities within the home that impact the valuation. The amenities, attractions, and characteristics of the neighborhood also play a key role. A home that is conveniently located with nearby shopping, dining, attractions, and a short commute to work will have more value than a home located in a neighborhood without all of those perks. Buyers with kids will also tend to be very interested in the quality of the local school district, and may be willing to pay a premium for homes in the best school districts.
The Impact of Market Conditions on Home Values
The home itself is a huge factor, but the market where that home is located can also have a significant impact on a home valuation. If you're pricing a home to compete with North Canton homes for sale, then your price needs to fit within the realities of that market. In a market where homes are selling fast and inventory is low, you may be able to ask for a higher price than in other markets.
How Flexible Are Your as a Seller?
Do you have the time to be patient with your home sale, or do you need to meet a specific deadline in order to move on to your next home? If a buyer makes an excellent offer but needs to complete the sale ASAP, will you be able to accommodate their needs? Your flexibility as a seller can impact the value you can expect to receive, and is especially important once you get into negotiations with a potential buyer.
When it's time to buy or sell your next home, our team is here to help you analyze the market with expert advice. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Canton, OH area.
Our real estate agents know just what it's like when the day comes to an end and you don't feel like cooking. When you want a treat that's easy to eat and that the whole family can sink their teeth into. That's especially true on February 9, when the whole country will celebrate National Pizza Day! If that sounds good to you, you'll be thrilled to learn that some of the best pizzas in Ohio are only a phone call and a few short minutes down the road.
Contact us to speak with our team about the beautiful Akron homes for sale right now. It is our pleasure to answer your questions and help you find the perfect place to sit back and enjoy memorable meals with your friends and family.
Adding storage to your home isn't limited to grabbing plastic bins and stacking them in the attic or garage. Innovative storage solutions enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home while cleaning out the junk drawer. Our real estate agents are familiar with some fun and nifty ways to add innovative storage options to your home.
Storage is a balance between efficiency and aesthetics. You don't want to live in a warehouse, but you also need to keep your house under control. Contact us if you would like to learn more nifty storage solutions for your home.
If 2020 taught us anything, it's that modern technology is a more flexible tool than we ever realized. In the past year, more than just shopping moved online. Businesses big and small realized how productive office workers could be from home. We figured out how to offer even the most location-based services online, and the internet even enabled us to keep some semblance of our social lives, with things like watch parties and Zoom happy hours.
We may be itching to get back to "normal," but we've discovered how some things can be better, too. Buying a home, for instance, will be easier than ever now that we've discovered how much of the traditional process can be done virtually. Here are just a few things that, with the help of one of our real estate agents, are more convenient than ever.
Modern technology and connectivity can offer so many conveniences that we're only just beginning to realize. In some ways, 2020 was the push we needed to let go of traditional notions that were holding us back. If you've been hesitant to buy a home right now, contact us today to find out just how easy it can be.