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February
24

Stow New Look Celebration!

Ribbon Cutting at Stow "New Look" Celebration Following the trend of making 2017 the best year yet, Cutler set its sights on Stow as we continue the remodeling project of our offices in Northeast Ohio! Our Stow office celebrated earlier this month its "New Look"!  Realtors, Staff, Family, and Friends attended the celebration. Although the weather outside was cold and snowy, inside the office was filled with excitement, warm welcomes and hugs as guests were welcomed into a modern, open concept work space.   Realtor Work/Training Area!  Shirley Chimento, the Stow office manager, spent the evening in conversation with many visitors, excitedly talking about the much anticipated "new look" of the office. The renovation of this office started in Mid-December of 2016, since then a lot has changed. Most noticeably, there are no more cubicles to be found anywhere in this office. Now, Realtors are able to work together in an open, creative environment!  The Entrance of the Office The hors d'oeurves and desserts were provided by two local businesses in Stow Ohio. A delectable arrangement of stuffed mushrooms, grilled veggies and probably the best meatballs you'll ever eat were catered by family owned and operated, Kirbie's Meats and Catering. And please, do not even get us started on the desserts provided by Custom Cake Creations! Mini cupcakes, sugar cookies, lemon tarts, snickerdoodles satisfied even the sweetest of sweet tooth! We extend our gratitude to these wonderful local businesses! Our Stow office is located at 3653 Darrow Road Stow, Ohio 44224 and is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. To view more photos from the event, check out the Facebook Album Cheers to our New Stow office!
February
22

Home Staging Finishing Touches In Time For Spring

Home Staging Finishing Touches You know the drill. You have listed your home for sale and now it's time to stage and beautify the rooms to attract a buyer to make an offer. After much of the de-cluttering process and organizing has been completed, you need to make your home feel warm and inviting for open houses and showings. These simple floral projects will put the finishing touches on your staging process and draw buyers into your home. Spruce Up The Entry First impressions are everything, so start with your front door. For as little as $10 and a little hot glue, you can craft an inviting, seasonal wreath that will welcome your guests to their future home. Roll Out The Welcome Mat In your entryway, pick up a neutral rug and showcase it with a green, hardy houseplant, such as an Areca Palm or Peace Lily. Set Up the Dining Room for a Celebration Set the table and include a silk floral centerpiece that complements the rest of the dining room décor. Help your buyers imagine hosting their family and friends for the next holiday. Sprinkle Life All Around Add small living plants and flowers all around your home. In the bathrooms, add a small succulent or single bud vase to display a colorful daisy or carnation. In the kitchen, place a small ivy plant in the windowsill. Adding little elements of living things around the home will be noticed. Arrange a Decorative Vignette Make it cozy and inviting! In your home office or master bedroom, group a few items together on top of a dresser or bookshelf. Include bright colored vases, a homemade terrarium, books, lanterns and more. For balance, group things in odd numbers and in varying shapes and sizes. Remember, a little goes a long way. Don't clutter any surfaces just add elements of life and color and get ready to negotiate your sale. 
February
17

Home Warranty vs. Home Insurance, What is the Difference?

Home Warranty vs. Home Insurance Home insurance and home warranties are similar, but they are not the same. Both provide some sort of coverage for an unexpected event, but coverage and claims are different between the two. For first-time homebuyers the process of buying your first home can be overwhelming and confusing. It is important to educate yourself and communicate your questions or concerns with your real estate professional. One key factor in owning your first home is to understand the difference between a home warranty and home insurance. According to HSA Home Warranty, "a home warranty is a one-year contractual guarantee that should certain appliances or mechanical systems fail due to normal wear and tear during the coverage period, those items will be repaired or replaced, subject to a small deductible."  A home warranty is in place for the first twelve months after closing. On the other hand, home insurance provides coverage due to unexpected catastrophes, such as earthquakes, windstorms, fires and more. It also provides protection for loss of property from theft, including everything from jewelry to electronics. There is no question as to the need for home insurance as your mortgage lender will require you to purchase a policy and have it in place on the day of closing.  It will be required as long as you have a mortgage on the property.  Further, if you were to purchase a home with cash, home insurance is strongly recommended to protect your investment. A home warranty isn't required to close or purchase a new home. However, it can provide peace of mind should the dishwasher or hot water heater break two months after closing. A new home comes with lots of opportunities and a lot of unknowns, so this type of coverage will provide breathing room should the unexpected happen and be a costly fix. In either case, for home warranties and home insurance, ask questions, understand the coverage you will have, and store the paperwork with your closing documents and house information so you have it handy if you need it. For more articles about purchasing your first home, visit our Cutler Real Estate blog.
February
15

Be Kind, Be Neighborly

Be Kind, Be Neighborly It's true. Being the "new kid on the block, "can be difficult for you and your family to adjust and feel "at home." Moving to a new neighborhood reminds of us of that uncomfortable, uncertain feeling – and most people don't enjoy that, especially small and school-aged children. Be THAT Person in Your Neighborhood. Set out to mitigate and welcome new families and residents to your neighborhood and community by creating a Welcome or Social Committee. Develop, share and maintain a list of information for community families and residents for the "newbies." Be sure to include ages of kids, job types and employers and email addresses. Finding a common ground or similar aged children can be very helpful and bring a sense of relief to a new family settling into your neighborhood. Whenever you see the moving truck, set your plan in motion to welcome the new folks with open arms. Excellent ideas to share your appreciation and kindness with your neighbors are:
  • Bake them a sweet treat. Nothing says "Welcome Home" like a warm batch of chocolate chips cookies, a delicious apple pie piping hot from the oven or a breakfast coffee cake to enjoy the morning after the move, when all the boxes are scattered throughout and everything feels like chaos.
  • Deliver a community packet with information described above about the neighborhood, include details about the local community – such as local pizza and other restaurant delivery options, nearby parks and sports facilities, and any upcoming or annual community activities.
  • Invite your new neighbors to your home or next committee meeting for coffee or dinner. Make certain to ask about any allergies to food before deciding on what to serve.
Bonus, these ideas and community appreciation activities work for new and established neighbors. For empty nesters or those that have lived in their home for quite some time, having these little reminders of what makes a community a neighborhood are needed. In February, #RandomActsOfKindnessDay is celebrated on the seventeenth. Acknowledge it, by welcoming a new family or celebrating an established family in your neighborhood. Since it falls right smack in the middle of winter, it may be the perfect opportunity to shovel their walk or driveway.  Learn more ways to make your community a warm, welcoming neighborhood.
February
10

Top Producers January 2017

Northeast Ohio JoAnn Clark Steve Burgess Beth Rodgers Rhesa Toth Jonathan Riley Scott Scheffer Carol Foote Krista Combs James DeOrio Julie Rearick Sally Bailey Brenda Jackson Grogan Team Chase Group Kaszyca Team Allen Albuagh Team Bowman Team Robyn & Ava Clark Columbus Stacy Lightfoot Wendy Stahanczyk Jody McCague Thomas Raabe LaRae Matteo Conley & Partners Columbus House Team Rosalyn Miller Group Amicon Team Cincinnati/Florence, KY Meghan Ferguson Christine Adam Jennifer Beasley Smooth Moves
February
8

Cutler Connect with Clinton Jones

Hi I'm Clinton Jones with Cutler Real Estate at the Upper Arlington Office What drew you to the Real Estate industry? What made me decide to become a Realtor was after working in corporate America for over 12 years I got tired of wearing a suit and tie and being told what to do so therefore I got into Real Estate to be my own person, now I don't have to wear a suit and tie all the time I love wearing this suit but I hate wearing a tie. The other thing is working with clients I enjoy working with people and helping them find their dream home. What do you enjoy about working in Real Estate? What I enjoy about working in Real Estate is working with different people, everyday it's a different challenge. No two days are alike and you never get bored. Also when you're out searching for homes you'll come across that diamond in the rough, a building that's never been touched for years. And then you find the right buyer and turn it in to their dream home. What would you say to someone starting out in Real Estate? What I would say to someone first getting into Real Estate is to be patient, you're not gonna have the clients like a Realtor has that's been in the business for 20 plus years. It takes time. You have to understand that most Realtors takes over 3 years to build up their clientele and have a backup plan. Know what you're going to do when things are a little soft in the market, know what things you're gonna do when things are thriving in the market. Don't get overwhelmed, don't get stressed out, enjoy yourself. What's the most challenging thing you find in Real Estate? The largest challenge I've found in Real Estate today is all the technology that's used. When I first started in Real Estate over 15 years ago all you had was a telephone and a piece of paper to write everything down. Now, you have a smartphone, a tablet, your laptop, and about 15 apps to use. Not only do you know how to use them, but you have to show your client how to use all these apps and when to use them and when not to use them. That's what makes Real Estate challenging to me.  Why Cutler Real Estate? Cutler Real Estate has helped me in my career by offering a wide variety of training classes to help with all the new technology. They also have a great management team in order to help you with any questions you have. So I hope to see you at Cutler Real Estate.

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