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Where Real Estate and Art Effortlessly Collide

Earlier this month, with much excitement, we reopened our Kent office. We couldn't think of a better way to start off 2017, as we celebrate our 70th Anniversary as a company. For Cutler, the opening of this space in revitalized downtown Kent holds high hopes and anticipation for yet another momentous year. Our new space, touting modern décor with pops of our signature Cutler orange, is similar to that of our Downtown Wooster, New Albany and Powell offices. Visitors walk into a space unlike any real estate office they've ever seen. What makes this office unique is that it shares space with Group Ten Art Gallery, a group of local co-op artists.   A before/after shot of our Kent office! Visitors can expect to be warmly greeted by the Stow office manager, Shirley Chimento and a smiling Administrative Assistant.  Our Realtors and guests are able to easily conduct business in an open concept work environment. To the left of the office entrance, visitors are engulfed into a world of eclectic works of local art. Art is not what typically comes to mind when thinking about a real estate office. However, in Kent the two spaces effortlessly collide into one wonderful space of creativity and business. Essentially at this office, once you sign the papers to purchase your new home you can then purchase a piece of art for your new home!   #CutlerLovesKent On behalf of Cutler Real Estate, we would like to thank the city of Kent, Mayor Fiala and Lori Wemhoff, Director of Kent Chamber of Commerce for celebrating with us in the Grand Reopening of our new office. The city of Kent has been an incredible location for Cutler Real Estate since 2005 and we truly appreciate the city for its ongoing support of our mission to simplify the complicated real estate transaction, while creating an exciting and enriching experience. Our Kent office sits at the corner of Erie and Haymaker nestled beside the Kent State University campus in the newly revitalized downtown Kent. The office is open daily from 8am to 5pm.

Attention Homeowners, Protect Your Home from Ice Dams

Dangers of Ice Dams
Ever heard of an ice dam? If you've experienced the home damage that can be caused by these wintertime hazards, you won't soon forget the term!

An ice dam is a hump of ice that forms at the edges of a roof, caused by snow and ice. Ice dams may be caused when the attic gets warm enough to melt the underside of a layer of snow on the roof. What happens next is water drips down the roof until it reaches the colder eaves, where it refreezes. Gradually, all that water grows into a mound of ice. Dams can also be caused by gutters that trap snow and ice, which can build up high enough to provide the foundation for an ice dam.

Icicles hanging from the edge of the roof are a good indication that an ice dam may be forming. Ice dams are more commonly found in older homes that lack proper insulation and ventilation.

Once they've formed, ice dams can cause plenty of property damage. As an ice dam grows bigger, melted water can back up behind it and seep underneath shingles, penetrating the roof. That water can drip down into the home, causing peeling paint, warped floors and sagging ceilings. If the ice jam becomes heavy enough it can fall, tearing down gutters and shingles along with it.

The best way to prevent ice dams from forming is preventing the roof from warming in the first place. To do so, add extra insulation in the attic and seal off any air leaks from the main living space. Cover unsealed attic hatches or whole-house fans with weather-stripped caps, and seal and insulate HVAC and exhaust ducts. Gutters should be cleaned in the fall so water, rain and melted snow can flow off properly. And after snowfalls of 6 inches or more, use a roof rake or shovel to remove snow that has accumulated on top of your home.

Download our home maintenance checklist to protect your investment all throughout the year. 


Sellers Act Now! Get a Jump on the Spring Market!

Sellers Act Now! Conventional wisdom says spring is the best time to list a home. However, there are plenty of reasons why it's advantageous to put your home on the market in late January or February.  Here are eight reasons to list today. 1. Early bird gets the worm Listing in spring means lots more competition! Capitalize on the largest pool of buyers in winter, when supply is low. 2. No playing around Buyers who are braving snow, ice and freezing temperatures to look at houses are serious buyers. This means homes listed in the winter months will tend to have fewer showings and quicker offers. 3. Houses tend to sell more quickly That doesn't mean trudging through ice and snow is enjoyable, however! Winter buyers are more likely to make quick decisions in an effort to avoid endless house hunting.  4. Buyers are antsy The threat of rising interest rates in the spring pushes some buyers into the market earlier than usual—buyers may start making more offers as early as February figuring that higher interest rates will make homes less affordable when spring does arrive. 5. Avoid market saturation If your house is the only comparable one on the market, you'll have a lot more interest than when two or three similar houses in your price range are for sale in your neighborhood. 6. Exterior projects can wait Listing photos certainly look nicer with green grass and leafy trees, but putting your home on the market in the dreary months does have advantages. You'll get to skip the constant mowing and upkeep, and buyers won't pay as much attention to landscaping. 7. Influx of transfers Many large corporations often transfer or hire employees at the beginning of the year, which makes for lots of motivated winter buyers. 8. Buyers are trained to look 24-7 Whereas in the past buyers waited until spring to start house hunting, today's buyers look at listings all day, every day from their smartphone and email. There's no reason not to act now! Connect with a Cutler Realtor to list your property. Our real estate professionals can put together a marketing package with beautiful photography, video tours, social media promotion and more.

Top Producers December 2016

Top Producers December 2016 Northeast Ohio Dominic Fonte JoAnn Clark Steve Burgess Beth Rodgers Connie McCarty Carol Foote Rhesa Toth Cheryl Doolan Debbie Bachtel Angie Palazzo Melanie Kidder Sally Bailey Brenda Jackson Andy Alayamini Chase Group Kaszyca Team Robyn & Ava Clark Columbus Jody McCague Stacy Lightfoot Kerri Laughery Garry Hager Emily Rompage Rosalyn Miller Group Columbus House Team Conley & Partners Meyer & Dial Beegle Team Cincinnati/Florence, KY Christine Adam Lisa Kendall Smooth Moves

First Day of Spring 2017

As we celebrate the First Day of Spring at Cutler Real Estate we cover the topic of what Realtors can do now to have a successful 2017!  Interest rates, millennials, listing inventory, building costs, competition, OH MY! We hear Jim and Andy speak on each of topics in the video below! Happy watching!    

New To Cutler November/December 2016

At a glance Cutler welcomed 25 new Realtors with combined 154 years of experience! New To Cutler November/December 2016

NEO Kathryn Johnson Lyndsey Wade Kayla Farlow Lauren Ann Hutcheson Irene Starr Stacey McVey Kevin Davey Greg Greco Heather Krause Jacqueline Bruner Jason Smalcer Marsha Chase Camille Norton Shannon Miller Jackie Vitali Dave Sanson Cincinnati Nicole Bauer Columbus Andie Brown Frisky Joe Speakman Bob Zerby Jody MacDonald Drake Sidner

The Impact of Commute Time

The Impact of Commute Time So you've found the perfect home, with everything you're looking for—only thing is, it's quite a few miles outside of town. But a longer commute is a fair exchange for more acreage, more square footage and that roomy kitchen, right?

Not so fast. The negative impact of a long commute may outweigh the positives of that serene country setting. Studies show that commuting consistently ranks at or near the bottom of activities that bring us happiness. Those who commute alone in a car (at the mercies of daily traffic uncertainties) may feel isolated and powerless, with not enough time for socializing, exercise and sleep.

Across the U.S., the mean home-to-work commute is 25 minutes, but the number of people with "extreme commutes" of more than 90 minutes each way continues to grow. That's because many buyers are willing to commute further for a job if it means paying less for a house.

Your daily commute is an important aspect of choosing a new home. Half of all respondents to a recent National Association of Realtors survey cited the importance of being close to their job as the biggest factor in choosing a neighborhood. The details of your commute—where you and your partner work and how you get there each day, whether it is by car, bike or public transportation—should be part of your initial conversations with your Realtor.

And a commute can't be evaluated by number of miles between destinations alone. Take into consideration traffic patterns, construction projects, and proximity to interstates. With those variables, a 15-mile distance could easily turn into a one-hour commute.

Every extra minute saved could be worth thousands in the long run. The New York Times recently used sales price data to figure the answer to this question: What's a minute spent commuting worth to home buyers? Not surprisingly, they found that homes with longer commutes generally sell for less money.

Another consideration impacting home buying decisions is the school district. For information or professional assistance with your home buying plans, please contact your local Cutler Real Estate office.

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