Warren County Ohio Real Estate News and Observations: Sometimes You Need A Helping Hand

Sometimes You Need A Helping Hand


Bunny & TidoToday was one of those rare Saturdays for me.  Zero real estate appointments.  I'd had a buyer showing planned, but it was canceled so I had some free time for a home project.

Liz had ordered a new dog kennel for our Chihuahuas and it was Ikea style, everything in a box including the chain link.  The frost was melting and the forecast was for the low 50s as a high, so I broke down the box and organized the parts on the patio.  Before long the frame was done, and I learned a bit more than I really wanted to know about how to untangle chain link :)

This particular kennel came with a roof frame so we could add tarps for shade and just as important when you've got itty bitty dogs, a barrier to keep those hawks away that keep eyeballing our little furry "snacks".  And while I could assemble the frame, lifting it up 6 feet and holding it in place while I installed the pole clamps was just a wee bit awkward...okay, REALLY awkward.  I might have gotten there in time, but with a little help from Liz the roof frame was quickly installed and then we moved it to the kennel's place in the yard. 

Real estate is one of those tasks some people feel like going solo.  There's enough information on the Internet that they figure they can get any question answered...and it's true, you can find an answer, but will it be the RIGHT one for your situation?  Because real estate IS local, and that question may be answered by an agent in Washington state rather than someone in Warren County Ohio, and while their answer may be perfect for Washington state, it may be dead wrong here.

You may choose to go solo selling your home, and that's your prerogative.  Things may go perfectly, and we hope they do.  Learn what you need to know, understand the agent bringing the buyer does NOT work for you, they work for the buyer (despite the fact you're probably paying that agent's commission at closing).

You may choose to go solo buying new construction.  Again, that's your prerogative, but there's something you REALLY need to consider.  Our commission is built into the overhead of the cost of very home the major builders construct, so you're already paying for our service even if you don't hire us.  And the builder's rep works for the builder (after all it's right there in their job title).  I love the builder's reps I work with.  They're friendly, they're helpful, but by virtue of their job they can't always have YOUR best interest at heart.  They can't tell you their homes are overpriced for the neighborhood or that there's actually a better fit for you with another builder a couple of miles away.  Hire us as your buyer's agent and we can tell you EVERYTHING you need to hear.

My professional opinion is you can go solo for real estate, but just like me putting together that dog kennel today, it's a lot easier when you've got some helping hands.



Want to discuss further?  Just give us a call at 513-520-5305 or email Liz@LizSpear.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz


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William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Comment balloon 8 commentsLiz and Bill Spear • March 23 2019 11:37PM


Good analogy Bill- And just like when you try to put something together only to discover that a part is missing, in real estate sale, you can read all of the advice books but there will always be something that only an expert can help you with. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 4 months ago

So...how do the dogs like their new kennel?  Seriously, great analogy!

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) 4 months ago

Good morning Bill. A thoughful way to send the message. Enjoy your day!

Carol Williams this is one for consideration!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 4 months ago

So much of what we do in life can relate to real estate...sounds as if the dogs have some new digs that will be enjoyed by all. And yes, real estate is also quite local as you mention - what works here, may not work in your market.  Have a nice Sunday.  D

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 4 months ago

You are so right about that and hiring a professional for something is definitely better, even if we can muddle through something on our own.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 4 months ago

Hi Bill,
Some of the information on the internet is good advice and some not so good. When you don't know anything, how can you discern the difference?  Some people learn just enough to be dangerous. 

Your story reminded me of the guy who learned to fly a plane on the internet.  He stole a play and did get up in the air.  Apparently, though, he didn't understand the landing lessons.  He crashed and burned and died!

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 4 months ago

Those helping hands are very important  when it comes to selling your home.

I am not the best at DIY projects.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago

Liz and Bill Spear 

Ditto! I agree!!! I have trouble trying to follow instructions in manuals for things that come ready to assemble. For me, it's always a failure. I mentioned it to a friend of mine who is from China. He couldn't stop laughing. He told me to not be so hard on myself, after all, things made in China are probably made by people who only know Chinese. He said missing parts and steps are to be expected for anything bought from China.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 4 months ago