Zimmerman Real Estate Blog

Credit bureau chief says shape up credit score now before spring house hunting

  Originally published February 3, 2018 at 8:00 am Updated February 3, 2018 at 2:37 am

John Danaher, president of consumer interactive at TransUnion credit bureau. (Bill Buchelt/AP)John Danaher, president of consumer interactive at TransUnion credit bureau. (Bill Buchelt/AP)  

Your credit report and score are integral to securing the best terms for a mortgage. Here are some tips from the president of credit bureau TransUnion.

By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL The Associated Press

It may be winter now, but the spring house-hunting season is just ahead. John Danaher, president of consumer interactive at credit bureau TransUnion, says that makes this the perfect time for home-seekers who want the best

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Here's why now might be the perfect time to sell your home

Maurie Backman, The Motley Fool Published 4:00 p.m. ET Feb. 4, 2018 | Updated 8:29 a.m. ET Feb. 5, 2018  

Owning a home is a pipe dream for many. And here is why it is on the decline. USA TODAY

Rising property values and complicated tax changes are coming together to affect the housing market. Whether you come out a winner will depend on when you act.


A red for sale sign hangs in the yard in front of a large white house.(Photo: GETTY IMAGES)

When we think of our greatest monthly expenses, it's not surprising to see housing top the list. And if you're a homeowner, you're likely to see that number increase as your

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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

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

  9495 Sassafras Dr, Lakeview, OH 43331

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

Sunday, March 4th 2:00 - 3:30 PM 



 15641 State Route 235, Lakeview, OH 43331

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

11177 Fairview, Lakeview, OH 43331

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

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

 10318 Buckeye Dr, Huntsville, OH 43324

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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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