All Blog Entries by Debbie Rodriguez

Found 76 blog entries published by Debbie Rodriguez.

Tips on staging your home for a quick sale

Pat Setter, The San Diego Union-Tribune Published 5:09 p.m. ET Feb. 1, 2018

Prepare your home to help clinch a smooth, quick sale

If you are staging your home for sale, take down the family photos. You want buyers to see themselves living there.(Photo: Dreamstime / TNS)


So you’ve found your dream home. You’re ready to downsize or expand into a larger home and the only thing that’s keeping you from closing the deal is selling your current home.

Proper staging is one of the most important steps you can take to make a quick sale at the maximum price.

“Statistics repeatedly show that staged homes sell faster and for more money than homes without staging,” said Kyley Christy, an agent with Andrew Arroyo

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What to consider when deciding whether to rent or buy a home

    buy or rent
Making the leap from renter to homeowner isn’t as simple as deciding your rent is too high. You need to weigh the pros and cons of homeownership in the context of your finances and your future. (Stephanie Wunderlich/for The Washington Post) By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel Real Estate   January 24  

With months left on the lease for her two-bedroom apartment on the outskirts of Charleston, S.C., Amanda Nadel, 34, started weighing her options.

She could keep paying $1,200 a month in rent, but that would leave her with little money to care for her 11-year-old daughter. They

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Boat show weekend open houses


14544 Beech St, Lakeview, OH 43331

Open House

Saturday, March 3rd 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

14544 Beech open house

  9495 Sassafras Dr, Lakeview, OH 43331

Open House

Saturday, March 3rd 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday, March 4th 2:00 - 3:30 PM 

 9495 Sassafras open house


 15641 State Route 235, Lakeview, OH 43331

Open House

Saturday, March 3rd 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

15641 SR 235 open house

11177 Fairview, Lakeview, OH 43331

Open House

Saturday, March 3rd 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

11177 Fairview open house

7920 Anne Bonney Court #13A, Russells Point, OH 43324

Open House

Saturday March 3rd, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sunday, March 4th 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

7920 Anne Bonney open house

 10318 Buckeye Dr, Huntsville, OH 43324

Open House

Saturday, March 3rd 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Boat Show Weekend is less than 2 weeks away!

The annual Indian Lake Boat Show welcomes thousands of boat enthusiasts from all over and marks the beginning of Springtime events at Indian Lake! Come and enjoy amazing deals on new and used boats, delicious food and snacks, and reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. There will be many new and used boats on display and prizes will be given out all weekend! In addition, members of the U.S. Coast Guard and ODNR watercraft division will be available to answer all your boating questions. So, stop by for a weekend of fun at Indian Lake!

Click here for a map of participating dealers and local attractions!

2018 Indian Lake Boat Show

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The 5 Factors Of A 'Good' Location

By Tara Struyk | Updated October 12, 2017 — 1:54 PM EDT    

In a real estate boom, buyers will clamor for almost any house that hits the market. This is great while it lasts, but unfortunately when the party's over, the homebuyers who chose the best locations will be left holding property that depreciates at a much slower rate. This discrepancy is largely a result of a home's location.

"Location, location, location" is a common mantra in real estate. And it's good advice – except for one thing: most people have no idea what this really means.

A "good location" can mean different things to different people, but there are also subjective factors that determine

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Welcome Home Grant Funds


Welcome Home grants up to $5,000 are available starting March 1st. You must have a purchase contract already signed on a home to qualify. Now is the time to start working with a Realtor® and a lender so you don't miss out. Call us today so we can help!! Zimmerman Realty, Ltd. Bellefontaine 937-592-4896 Indian Lake 937-843-9400 Our experienced agents can help you navigate the home buying process. 

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Advertiser Disclosure March 13, 2017 by Constance Brinkley-Badgett

check credit before buying a home

Knowing your credit scores is a good idea for many reasons. Everything from qualifying for a credit card or an auto loan to getting utility services or renting an apartment can ride on how good your credit scores are. Buying a house is no different, and knowing the credit scores you need to do so is an important first step in your home search.

That’s because your credit scores help determine the rate and conditions you receive on a mortgage loan. If your credit scores are high, meaning that your credit history indicates you’ve paid your credit card bills on time, haven’t “maxed out” your credit cards, etc., then lenders believe it’s a fairly good bet you won’t have

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by Shannon Gupta   @shannonfgupta

October 26, 2017: 9:48 AM ET  

For cash-strapped Millennials, saving for a down payment on a home can be downright daunting.

If a traditional 20% down payment sounds out of reach, you'll be happy to know that some mortgages will allow you to put down as little as 3.5% of your home's purchase price.

But there's a catch. Putting down less means you're borrowing more -- and will have to pay interest on that entire loan.

You're also on the hook for extra fees on top of all the regular expenses that come with home ownership.

Here's how to decide if down payment assistance is right for you.

Step 1: Understand the challenges

Making a down payment of less than 20% will result in higher

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How to Show Your Home to Buyers

Home showing tips © Big Stock Photo By Elizabeth Weintraub Updated May 21, 2017

When you show your home, you want to engage the buyer emotionally because the decision to buy is based more on emotions, and less on logic. Give the buyer permission to say, "Yes, I want to buy this home," by staging, accentuating your home's positive attributes, and do not draw any attention to the negative aspects.

Besides, there will be plenty of time after the deal is signed to talk about the drawbacks.


In many markets, it is customary for the buyer's agent to tour a listing without the listing agent present, and they ask the seller to leave the house. If you are selling your home as a for

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