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August
15

Why Selling Your Home Is Easier With an Agent

Selling With an Agent - DeHOFF REALTORS

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:

  • An Agent Attracts More Offers for Your Home
    One of your agent's biggest roles is managing your home's marketing. Agents work hard to publicize your home and keep you in the loop about what's been done on your behalf. They'll lead in developing your listing, open house events, virtual tours, staging, and much more.

  • An Agent Is Your Interface to Buyers
    Any time a home goes on sale, some people will only show up out of curiosity. Your agent helps separate serious and qualified buyers from the rest,  saving dozens of hours you would otherwise spend having conversations that might not go anywhere.

  • An Agent Helps You Price Your Home to Sell
    For the best results, pricing any home needs to be done scientifically. A "priced-to-sell" home is aligned with recent sales of similar homes in the same area. Your agent will do all the research to find a price point that meets your needs while still being enticing enough to draw people to the property.

  • An Agent Helps You Avoid Legal Liabilities
    One detail many buyers and sellers alike aren't aware of is the way an agent protects you from serious paperwork errors. A small oversight in how you describe your home or the forms required for closing can leave you vulnerable to fines, legal problems, and much more.

  • An Agent Helps You Negotiate
    A "bidding war" is the dream scenario for many sellers—it means you have plenty of buyers engaged and interested. But that doesn't mean you simply sit back and watch the sparks fly. Whether you need to consider multiple bids or make a counter-offer, an agent's expertise is invaluable.

  • An Agent Supports You in Informed Decision-Making
    During the selling process, emotions can run high for parties on both sides of the transaction. Your real estate agent is an ally who brings a useful outside perspective to every major question. This has helped countless sellers throughout Ohio make decisions they feel truly confident about.

Contact us at DeHoff Realtors to learn more about your selling opportunities.

January
10

Selling in 2022: Start Getting Your Home Ready Now

Selling a Home in 2022 - DeHOFF REALTORS®

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.

  • Limit Access
    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.

July
19

Order Wings at These 6 Stark County Restaurants

Order Wings Around Stark County - DeHOFF REALTORS®

Spicy wings, cool people, and a hot summer day – what could be better? The restaurants, bars, and pizza shops of Stark County are known for serving some of the best wings that you'll find anywhere, with flavors to suit every taste. With National Wing Day coming up on July 29, now is the perfect time to find a new favorite place for wings. Our real estate agents have you covered, with our guide to six great places to order wings in Stark County.

  1. Harmon's Pub – 2329 Tuscarawas St. W, Canton, OH 44708
    With great appetizers, affordable, delicious wings, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, Harmon's Pub is the ideal place to enjoy a wing night close to Canton homes for sale. There are 18 different flavors of wings available here, from the savory garlic & parmesan to the ultra-spicy Pappy Red. Harmon's Pub also offers "sinless" wings made with grilled chicken, perfect for when you're in the mood for a healthy option.

  2. 3 Brothers Corner Tavern – 7192 Fulton Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44718
    If you're craving wings, 3 Brothers has you covered with its 3B Famous Wings. Choose either bone-in or boneless and top them with your favorite sauce. Go mild with BBQ or Garlic Parmesan, or kick up the heat with Dry Rub Cajun. Dine in on Saturday or Sunday for 53 Cent Weekend Wings.

  3. Bison Street Burgers & Brews – 1409 Bison Ave. NW., Massillon, OH 44647
    A beautiful indoor seating area and expansive patio seating make Bison Street Burgers & Brews a local favorite for summer dining near Massillon homes for sale. And the food is even better than the scenery! Stop by during lunch hours to enjoy daily specials and perfect weather for patio dining.

  4. The Basement – 6976 Whipple Ave. NW., North Canton, OH 44720
    A local sports bar chain that mixes wings, live entertainment, and tons of TVs for enjoying the biggest sporting events, The Basement is an excellent place to celebrate National Wing Day with a convenient location near North Canton homes for sale. If you're planning a night out with friends, this is a fun place to visit. There are tons of specials available nearly every day on an extensive selection of wings, appetizers, pizza, and so much more.

  5. Winking Lizard Tavern – 2175 E. Maple St., North Canton, OH 44720
    At Winking Lizard Tavern, you can order your Lizard Wings sweet and mild or turn up the heat with sauces like Fire in the Hole, Magma, and 911. You'll definitely want to wash down your Traditional, Boneless, or Skinny Dippers wings with a drink from the draft list. We're partial to Fat Heads Bumble Berry or Great Lakes Crushworthy Citrus Wheat.

  6. Bubba's 33 – 4721 Dressler Rd. NW, Canton, OH 44718
    Can't decide on which flavor to order? That's no problem when you visit Bubba's 33, which offers eight flavorful sauces and two dry rub seasonings to suit every taste. Try something extra-spicy like Habanero Heat, or something sweet and smoky like Raspberry Chipotle wings. Everything on the menu is made from scratch daily, and the restaurant has a fun, family-friendly atmosphere that's perfect for celebrating National Wing Day with every member of the family.

Fabulous food is never far from your front door when you live in Stark County, and our team would love to help you find your next home in the area. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Stark County, OH area.

June
21

Sellers: The Two Most Important Rooms in Your Home

Remodeling Kitchen and Baths - Sellers - DeHOFF REALTORS®

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.

Kitchen Remodel

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.

  • Repaint or Replace Cabinets
    Cabinets take a lot of abuse on a daily basis, giving the kitchen a dated and ignored look. Choosing new, high-quality cabinets is one of the best ways to give your kitchen a completely new and luxurious look. If you're on a budget remodel, repainting or resurfacing the cabinets and adding in new hardware can give your cabinets a new look without the installation cost.


  • Swap Out Your Countertops
    Countertops can make or break a kitchen. The right countertop material can revive a dated kitchen and charm homebuyers. Go for a material that gives a clean and modern look, but make sure you don't go over the top.


  • Update the Lighting
    In the hardest-working room of your home, show-stopping light fixtures will draw the eye and make a good impression. Use a mix of fixtures to layer different types of light – accent, task, ambient, and mood.


  • Add in a New Kitchen Sink
    The kitchen sink is one of the most used features, so you can bet open-house goers will notice right away if it's lacking in utility or style. Choosing the right shape and material for your sink will depend on your budget and kitchen size.


  • Don't Forget the Island
    A kitchen island is the centerpiece of the open-plan entertainment. It should be modest in size and centrally located. You can add a sink or cooktop if there's enough space.

Bathroom Remodel

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.

  • Update the Vanity
    Most buyers are looking for vanities that have granite countertops and hit a comfortable height. You can put together the perfect vanity yourself or buy kits that have all the features you need for one price. Make sure the materials and colors you pick will have more appeal to buyers.

  • Upgrade the Flooring
    Replacing the flooring is a good way to go if you're looking for a dramatic change. You can also install radiant heat mats underneath your flooring to change the feel and utility of the space.

  • New Plumbing Fixtures
    Swap your dated towel rails, taps, showerheads, and roll holders for more modern and contemporary designs. Choosing fixtures that complement the rest of the bathroom can make a big difference in how your bathroom is perceived by buyers.

  • Enhance Space with Lighting
    New lighting fixtures can revitalize your bathroom, add character, and create the illusion of space. You can incorporate ceiling lights, bathroom vanity lights, and bathroom mirror lights to elevate your bathroom into a spa-like oasis.

  • Add Luxury Details
    If your budget allows, you may want to add a few luxurious amenities to the bathroom. For instance, spa jets in the bath, heater exhaust fans, and under-floor heating will appeal to a buyer's sense of wanting to be pampered at home.

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.

May
17

How to Make Over Your Front Yard for Spring

Front Yard Makeover - Home Sellers - DeHOFF REALTORS®

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.

  1. Remove or trim back dead or damaged plants.
    Your yard will look neglected if you don't deal with broken limbs, the skeletal remains of last year's perennials, or dead ornamental grasses. Be systematic. Start with the trees and shrubs. You may need to hire a tree specialist to cut down dead shrubs or trim broken limbs. Move on to the flower beds. Trim and bag up the brown twigs, weeds, leaves, and grasses.

  2. Improve the soil.
    Any substantial makeover involves improving the soil. That means improving your turf soil, as well as that in the flower beds. In our climate, it's usually best to apply pelletized compost and a slow-release organic fertilizer in the fall to encourage grass roots to reach deeper in the soil. But you can get away with doing it this spring if you didn't do it before. Also, remember to mow high: Let grass grow 2 to 3 inches to shade out weeds. Also, the higher the grass, the deeper the roots will be.

    In flower beds, add garden soil where needed, supplemented with compost and mulch.

  3. Put that design on paper.
    You may have been dreaming all winter about where to plant another tree, how to expand a flower bed, what new flowers you'd like to add to an existing bed, or what old shrubs you'd like to remove so you can spiff up the yard with new plantings. Draw out your design so you can get a better sense of how it will look. You might show the design to your garden center professional and discuss any potential problems such as too much or too little sun, how to improve problem soil issues, or what to do about a huge tree that inhibits growth and encourages bald spots in the lawn. 

  4. Add some color.
    Start planting this spring with some easy-to-grow but colorful annuals such as Dianthus and Osteospermum. Some of the best annuals to purchase from the garden store for ready-made color in North Canton and Akron gardens are begonias, cosmos, marigolds, pansies, and petunias. Petunias are also picture perfect for hanging baskets and containers—an easy way to add a dash of color to the front porch.

    For longer-lasting results, plant perennials. Ask the garden center which ones will flower in spring, summer, and fall, so you'll have a changing array of colors as the season progresses. Try daylilies; hostas; blanket flower; cannas; phlox; cosmos; and verbena for starters.

    If you're into helping butterflies and wildlife, choose perennials that will feed struggling monarchs, such as butterfly weed or milkweed. Blue mistflower is a great late summer/fall flower to feed monarchs as well.

  5. Go a little wild with outdoor decor.
    Make a pledge to do a little something new out front every year, be it painting a mailbox in a bold new color scheme, adding a decorative chair on the front porch, or installing some pavers in a low area, so it's more fun to walk through a boggy area. Add some lighting to mark the pavers for dramatic effect.

Our real estate agents have many tips that can help you sell or improve your home. Contact us today. 

March
15

Unraveling the Mystery of Home Valuation

Unraveling the Mystery of Home Valuation - DeHOFF REALTORS®

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.

February
1

Buyers Will Love These 6 Helpful Storage Solutions

Seller Storage Solutions - DeHOFF REALTORS®

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.

  • Add a loft bed.
    Loft beds are great storage solutions in small bedrooms, especially for children. Kids love sleeping in a loft bed. The loft bed allows you to keep a desk or drawer under the bed for additional storage.

  • Install a variety of garage hooks.
    Plenty of North Canton homes for sale will have a garage full of opportunities to add innovative storage solutions. Garage hooks come in all shapes and sizes and can help you utilize unused vertical space. Use garage hooks to hang ladders, racks, shovels, and other large tools up and off the ground.

  • Back of door storage isn't limited to shoe cubbies.
    The interior-facing side of closet doors is a great place to add storage. You can use the tried-and-true shoe racks method to store tools, spare cable wires, and other similar items. However, shoe rack hooks frequently scratch the bottom of the door frame. Rather than using this tired storage method, you can hang a pegboard to store tools and other objects.

  • Stacked closet rods to maximize space.
    The closet is under-utilized in many homes. Closets usually come with a single rod that is set high in the closet. However, this style usually leaves a lot of space beneath blouses and shirts unused. You can add a stacked rod that has two levels of storage options to double capacity.

  • Add a Hanging garden.
    No, not like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but rather plants that you stick to the wall and watch grow. Can bring your herb garden indoors to survive Ohio winters. Stick-on-wall potted plants add a calming dimension to any room and are relatively low-maintenance. You can teach your kids about responsibility by growing an indoor garden.

  • Build a shed.
    Many Akron homes for sale have big backyards that are perfect for adding a storage shed. Storage sheds can hold yard maintenance tools and equipment. Store your weed whacker, leaf blower, rakes, and garbage bins. If you have kids, keep their outdoor toys in there as well.

  • Get rid of faux drawers.
    Many kitchens have faux drawers, usually around the sink, to accommodate the storage underneath. Make these faux drawers useful by adding a pullout mechanism and adhering to a storage bin behind it. A pullout faux drawer can store sponges, scrubbers, and other kitchen sink tools out of sight.

  • Add a skinny floor cabinet to the bathroom.
    Bathrooms are notoriously space-inefficient. The sink and toilet are rounded and oddly shaped. You can add some easy storage by putting in a skinny floor cabinet underneath the toilet paper roll. The floor cabinet can hold extra toilet paper, bathroom cleaning supplies, and other items that take up space, but you don't want to mix with your face creams and lotions.

  • Turn a platform bed drawer into a doggy bed.
    Do you have a furry friend? You can keep the doggy bed in a platform bed drawer so you can slide it out of sight when needed and pull it out for bedtime.

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.

December
14

Why 2020 Is the Year for a Holiday Home Sale

Holiday Home Sale - DeHoff REALTORS®

Winter is typically a slow season for real estate transactions. With the holidays, family gatherings, and cold weather, the housing market usually plunges into hibernation, with sellers and buyers putting their real estate plans on hold until spring. However, this year's winter real estate market is shaping up to be different from what we're used to. The coronavirus pandemic saw the housing market grind to a near halt. But with the economy recovering, the 2020 holiday season could be an excellent time to sell your home. Here are some of the reasons why our real estate agents believe a holiday home sale could be more likely this year.

  • There's Pent-Up Buyer Demand
    When states issued lockdowns and stay-at-home orders in the "silent spring" of 2020, the real estate market nearly screeched to a halt. Several months of real estate busy season were delayed. But that was temporary as buyers and sellers started hitting the market again after the lockdowns. Since then, there has been a pent-up demand to buy homes and make up for the lost time. Eager home buyers are sticking in the market much later than they usually do in the fall. If this trend continues, there will be more people looking for a home in the winter, too. This presents a great opportunity for a holiday home sale.


  • People Are Looking to Upsize Their Homes
    Many people are in the market purely because they want bigger homes. With continued telecommuting and virtual schooling, many have realized that their homes are no longer big enough to accommodate all family members. And as the temperatures drop, it won't be possible to escape to the back patio or the shed for video calls. There's great emphasis on having enough space and being happy with one's home. If remote working will be the new normal even after the COVID-19 pandemic, people might realize they can buy bigger homes farther outside the cities. This is the time to add your home to the list of North Canton homes for sale on the market if you live in a remote area.


  • The Number of Homes for Sale is at a Record Low
    Although there's a high demand for homes, housing inventory is lower than usual. The number of homes for sale in September declined 39% over last year. Even with some improvements seen in October and November housing inventory will still be low. This will help ensure that homes continue to sell quickly and at higher prices. Because buyers won't have an endless list of Akron homes for sale to choose from, they'll have no time to wait and talk about it. The overall advantage is with the seller.


  • Sellers Stand to Make a Killing
    The high demand and low supply are bound to drive up home prices, creating an opportunity for sellers to command a higher asking price for their properties. Home values and sales prices remain strong. And since there's high buyer competition for homes that are available, a seller can get a nice, big, high-priced offer on their home. The biggest challenge is dealing with multiple offers at a go.


  • Mortgage Interest Rates Are Low
    While buyers will be navigating a seller's market, it's not all bad news for them. Even with high home prices, mortgage interest rates are very low and can allow them to save a ton of money. As of October 22, the average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 2.8%. Even before the coronavirus crisis, real estate professionals and economists had predicted that mortgage interest rates would not rise above 4% in 2020. Record low-interest rates give homebuyers purchasing power and allow them to pay slightly less on their mortgage each month. Buyers who might have waited will want to start looking for a home this year.

At DeHoff Realtors, we can help you prepare your home for sale and brew up a great deal. Contact us today to get started.

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