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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to Improve Your Credit Score



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Welcome back to our video blog. Today we are going to talk about how to improve your credit score so you can buy a home. Your credit score is an essential piece ind determining your buying power. Today we are going to talk about the 3 main components you have to look at to increase your credit score. Here are the 3 steps to improving your score

1. Know your credit score
There are a lot of different options out there for you to determine what your credit score is. There are 3 different bureaus that determine your score. You can get your scores directly from the Transunion, Equifax, and Experion bureaus, which you will have to pay for, or you can get them from any number of free credit score sites. 

2. Get your score up
In order to do this, you have to limit your debt and make sure you are managing your credit wisely. Making payments on time and reducing your amount of debt will help you out immensely.

3. Get some help
For this step, you need to get out there and talk to someone who can help you out. A credit repair company is one option, or you can give us a call and we can get you in touch with some people that can help you out.

Thanks for taking the time to check out our blog today. If you have any questions about improving your credit score or anything else, please don't hesitate to contact us. We would love to help you out.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Improve Your Real Estate Career With This Amazing Opportunity



Looking to buy or sell a home in Northeastern Ohio? Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call us at (440) 974-0404 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions. 

Do you feel like your talents as a real estate agent are being underutilized? How much better do you think you could perform if you were negotiating 30-40 offers per week?  How about if you went on 10-15 listing presentations every week as well? I have an opportunity for you to do exactly this.

I am currently hiring a full-time licensed Realtor as an apprentice to work side by side with me to teach you the ins and outs of this business. This isn't your typical part-time apprenticeship. It's a full time position with salary and opportunities for bonuses

As an apprentice your responsibilities will include going on listing presentations with me and on my behalf. You will also be negotiating and writing offers for my clients, as well as prospecting and doing lead generations every  day. I'm not looking for a typical agent, however. The person who gets this job will need to have a lot of ambition. Somebody that is organized and carries themselves like a true professional.

This apprenticeship will last anywhere between 6 and 12 months, after which I will transition you to a full time sales position within my team. This is an opportunity you will not want to miss out on. The last two people we had in this position did between 4 and 5 million dollars in sales their first year!

If you are looking to take your career to the next level, give me a call at  (440)974-0404. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity!

Friday, May 23, 2014

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For a Top-Dollar Sale



Looking to buy or sell a home in Northeastern Ohio? Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call us at (440) 974-0404 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions. 

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For a Top Dollar Sale

 

Now is a great time to sell your home in Ohio. The spring and summer weather has heated up the market significantly, and if you're considering selling then it would be wise to listen to my advice. My goal is to get you ready to sell for top dollar.

  1. Declutter: Make sure your counters are clean and clear of appliances. Remove any extra furniture or tables, chairs, etc. You don't want your buyers to be distracted by an untidy home when they come and view your property. This can also help make your rooms look larger and more open and inviting.
  2. Touch Up Paint & Clean Carpets: These two minor repairs can really improve the look of your home. Buyers love to see these things, and it instantly adds extra value to your property.
  3. Stage the House: This is one of the best tips that we have for our sellers. It really improves the overall look of your home and buyers usually feel much more comfortable in a home that has been staged properly by a professional. We have a professional stager that can assist you if you are interested in professionally staging your property.
  4. Check Maintenance Issues: Have a technician come and check your furnace and your air conditioner. Have your roof looked at and make sure that your septic system has been cleaned out. You could also consider having a pre-home inspection where an inspector will go through your property and tell you about any issues a buyer would bring up during a showing.
  5. Curb Appeal: People often forget that what draws buyers to their home is the exterior. It is very important to have a nice, green yard and fresh mulch. Plant flowers and also do a little spring clean up. Make sure everything looks fresh and crisp because the outside of your home is what draws buyers inside.
Like I said earlier, this is a great time to list in Ohio. We're getting multiple offers on properties and selling lots of homes at full price. If you're interested in selling your home, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Looking for Qualified Real Estate Professionals in Cleveland/Akron and Northeast Ohio



Looking to buy or sell a home in Northeastern Ohio? Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call us at (440) 974-0404 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions. 

We Need Qualified Real Estate Professionals like You...

 

Today I am going to reach out to all the realtors in the Northwest Ohio area because our team is broadening. Since being announced as the #1 Team in Volume Sold by the Ohio Association of Realtors, we have been adding professionals to our teams in Akron, and also the East side and the West side.

I have come up with 6 reasons why you should become part of our team:
  1. Intense Training: We train our agents on listing and buyer presentations. This is the foundation for our home-selling success.
  2. Lead Generation: We get thousands of leads through our door every year, and this is also a huge reason for our success. As an agent for our team, you will be equipped to sell with the leads that we provide.
  3. Less Paperwork: We have a full time closing staff, and two full time listing coordinators that work with our team. This allows you as a salesperson to focus on your job and succeed while doing.
  4. Comradery: We're constantly holding team contests and trying to develop synergy within our team. We want to function like a well-oiled machine, and working together is essential to providing a fluid service to our clients.
  5. Professional Real Estate Coaching: We are members of two different real estate coaching programs, which allows us to stay on top of market trends within the ever-shifting field of real estate.
  6. Minimal Costs: There are very minimal costs to run your own team of real estate agents. No desk fees, lockbox fees, sign fees, or copy fees.
To take your business and your career to the next level, please contact us at (440) 974-0404 or go to: www.themichaelkaimteam.com.

If you're in Akron or Northeast Ohio we look forward to speaking with you!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It is a Great Time to Sell in Ohio and get More Money for your Home



Looking to buy or sell a home in Northeastern Ohio? Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call us at (440) 974-0404 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions. 

Should I Put My Home Up For Sale?
A lot of clients here in Northeast Ohio have been asking me lately if it's a good idea to put their homes on the market. I actually have 4 reasons why it is a fantastic time to sell your home.
  1. Low Inventory: This is the lowest inventory that we've seen in years. With such a high demand for homes, you will be able to dictate what you want for your home, and you will likely receive multiple offers that will drive up the sales price of your home.
  2. Home Prices will Rise: Home values have increased by 10% in the last few years, and are expected to keep climbing. In Cleveland, some homes appreciated by 3-5% last year.
  3. Interest Rates Remain Low: Interest rates are at historical lows right now. You can get a rate below 5% right now, and this could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of a mortgage. If you're a seller this will help you too because buyers will be spurred to action by the predictions of rising interest at the beginning of next year. 
  4. Spring Rush: If you list now, you will be swarmed by buyers because this is the time of year that people look to buy homes. Plus the low inventory will funnel buyers right to your property, and you should be able to sell for top dollar. 
These are my four reasons why you should sell, and I hope you've found them helpful. The thing to remember is that time is beginning to run out, so if you want to sell, do it soon to make sure that you beat the spring rush.

Be sure to contact me if you ever need help with real estate in Northeast Ohio.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Be Informed and Get the Best Deal: Your 2014 Cleveland Real Estate Forecast



Looking to buy or sell a home in Northeastern Ohio? Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call us at (440) 974-0404 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

Today we're going to do a market recap on 2013 and then I'm going to tell you what to expect in 2014.

What Happened in 2013...

  • Last year's ultra-low interest rates primed us for a very hot spring with record sales. For the whole of last year, our sales rose by 13%. Home prices also went up, with appreciation rising 3-4% on average. 
  • After record months in April, May and June, interest started rising again and we saw a dramatic fall off in sales. Interest went from 3.2% to 4.9% which cut our sales in half. As the year progressed the buyers adjusted to the change in prices and eventually crept back into the market as interest was slightly lower.
What to Expect in 2014...
  • As interest rates climb, you will start to see prices stabilize. Prices of homes will still be going up in value, and you can also expect to see some reasonable appreciation in the Cleveland area with values increasing by 3-5%.
If you want to buy a home this year, you need to get approved early because interest is only going to rise and there are still some really great deals out there.

If you need any help finding a property or have any questions, call me at (440) 974-0404 or visit my website: www.themichaelkaimteam.com

Monday, January 27, 2014

Greater Cleveland Area Real Estate Year End Review 2013



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Welcome back! I have some great news! We are now a part of Warren Buffet's company, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. We are so excited; it's a great brand and we can't wait to take advantage of all the new tools they have to offer.

If you are currently listed with us, the signs in your yard will change. If you have any questions about the company you can give me a call, or you can check out more about the company by clicking here to visit the website or click here to view what Warren Buffet has to say.

I also wanted to recap what happened in 2013 and find out what you can expect from 2014. In 2013 the Michael Kaim Team saw a 10% increase in sales year over year. The Cleveland market as a whole saw a 13.5% increase in sales.

Interest rates were phenomenally low in 2013; at the beginning of the year they were 3.25% and they ended at 4.5%.

So what can you expect from 2014? Inventory is still low, but it is expected to increase as the spring draws nearer. Interest rates are still right around 4.5% but are expected to increase to as much as 5.5%.

If you are thinking about selling, now is the time. There is little inventory which means less competition and the interest rates are still low enough that there are a number of buyers looking.

If you are thinking about buying or selling, or have a question about our new name, give me a call today at 440.974.0404