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October
3

Decorating to Sell in the Fall - Haring Realty

Fall offers so many opportunities to stage your home, with some real advantages over summer. For one thing, the weather's cooler, and those shopping for their next house among Mansfield homes for sale may be more inclined to look and linger. We also have the opportunity for creative home staging, with a few fall displays of leaves, flowers, and fruits and some subtle fall scents in the home.

But fall also offers some challenges, particularly if you have trees with falling leaves. It can be you're expecting potential homebuyers just as your ash, birch, maple, and oak trees are shedding leaves. You'll have to be vigilant, raking as needed to keep the yard clear.

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September
26

Creating Space for Hobbies at Home - Haring Realty

Though home trends come and go, filling your home with items you love to use will ensure that your home remains a comfortable, inviting haven.

Our REALTORS® know that it's important to have a space to work on your hobbies so that your home is a functional space you look forward to spending time in. Here are a few ways to repurpose an existing space for your hobbies.

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September
19

Clearing Clutter - Sell a Home - Haring Realty

Selling your home while you're still living in it is difficult for many sellers because it requires keeping the house show-ready, or not far from it, at all times. You never know when someone might schedule a showing, so you may have fairly short notice to clean and spruce up your home. Fortunately, decluttering and staging your home before listing it for sale will help prepare you for anything. Here are a few tips from our REALTORS® on decluttering when selling your home.

  • Make use of a storage unit.
    Most of us have way more belongings than your real estate agent would like to be in your home when it's being shown. Clutter tends to make homes look smaller and ruins buyers' ability to imagine themselves living there. It will help you declutter if you get a storage unit to hold everything you don't need right now, such as off-season clothes, holiday decorations, and other seldom-used items.

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September
12

End-of-Summer Maintenance - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Before you can enjoy the pumpkin spice and everything nice that fall has in store, you have work to do as a homeowner. As you get ready to sit back and enjoy the beauty of the season, you have to take care of the landscaping and your home so that everything is ready for the cooler months ahead. Our REALTORS® suggest doing the following chores: 

  • Clean the Dryer Vent - This simple chore is essential for ensuring proper ventilation and, more importantly, reducing fire risk.

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September
6

Fall Apple Recipes - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Autumn may be famous for ushering in pumpkin spice lattes, but our REALTORS® want to remind you that here in Ohio, fall also means more than 50 varieties of locally grown apples. Homebuyers shopping for Mansfield homes for sale may be interested to know that there are many opportunities nearby for them to take the kids to pick their own, like Apple Hill Orchards. But what are you going to do with all those apples? Here are a few kid-friendly ideas:

  • Candy Apples
    For very young children, our first choice is Wrapples, made by Concord Foods. The package has enough sheets of caramel, sticks, and bags for five apples for a microwave family treat. The same company offers kits for 10 hard cinnamon candy or caramel apples. If you prefer to make your own, an 11-ounce bag of caramels is sufficient to coat five apples.

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August
29

Buying Rather Than Building - Haring Realty

To build or buy? That's one of the first questions every homebuyer asks themselves before making a decision. Both choices offer plenty of benefits and plenty of challenges. Our REALTORS® know it's a difficult choice, but we also know that in most cases, buying a home is the better choice that offers far more advantages than drawbacks. As you consider your options, there are five key advantages every homebuyer should consider.

  1. Existing Homes Are Move-In Ready
    The vast majority of existing homes are sold in move-in-ready condition. In most cases, the work that needs to be done is more of a "want" than a "need." For instance, you may want to repaint a room or change the flooring, but you don't need to do it immediately. This gives you time to thoroughly consider your options, find a contractor to perform the work, etc.

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August
23

Outdoor Cleaning Tips - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Summer sunshine and cool evening breezes are still here, so it's time to get outside and tackle some cleaning chores. Whether you prefer relaxing by the pool or hosting a family cookout, our REALTORS® know that it's much more fun in a clean outdoor environment.

If you're like most homeowners, you know outdoor chores aren't much fun, but they're necessary if you want a beautiful, safe home. Buyers looking for Galion homes for sale are impressed by well-manicured landscaping, clean decks and patios, spotless windows, and outdoor lighting. Take a look at seven outside cleaning tricks that will make your home shine.

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August
15

Avoid Staging Mistakes - Home Sellers - Haring Realty

Staging a home is one of the most effective ways to attract potential buyers. Like all things, it's easy to make a mistake when you haven't done it before. To help you out, our REALTORS® have put together a quick list of potential mistakes that you should avoid. 

  • Not Keeping It Clean
    Homeowners often make the most obvious staging mistake of not keeping everything clean enough. Once you decide to sell your house, you should act almost as if a potential buyer who's looking for Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale could walk through your doors at any moment. You should be cleaning up every evening or morning, intending to be able to present your home within a half hour or less.

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August
8

Back-to-School Activities - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Can you believe summer is almost over? The first day of school is right around the corner, and while it will be a relief for some, it may be a frightening experience or a dreaded event for others. Our REALTORS® know that a new home can also mean a new school and would like to offer a few ideas to make the experience more positive. 

  1. Arrange a Tour
    Is there anything scarier than feeling lost? Younger children will be much more confident if they know where and how to get there. Middle and high school students don't want to be outsiders wandering around looking for their classrooms. You can eliminate this anxiety by taking a reconnaissance trip before school starts. Identify bus stops or walk the route with them until they feel secure with the journey.

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July
25

Down Payment Amounts - Buy a Home - Haring Realty

When looking for Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale, many buyers feel intimidated by the idea of the down payment. As in other kinds of loans, the down payment is the cash amount you'll "put down" to secure the transaction and get the financing you need.

Our REALTORS® know this is a potentially confusing issue. Advice about down payments has changed in recent years. Whenever the housing market takes a big swing, it's important to double-check all of your assumptions. A qualified real estate agent is the best person to ask.

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July
18

Mosquito-Free Outdoor Entertaining - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Summer is an exciting season filled with fun activities. It means spending more time outdoors, catching up with friends, and enjoying the hot weather. Unfortunately, the weather is also ideal for bugs and mosquitoes during summer. Our REALTORS® compiled these tips to help you get rid of mosquitoes.

  1. Install Fans to Blow Them Away
    Mosquitoes are tiny and weak. They cannot withstand a strong breeze. Therefore, installing outdoor fans is an excellent remedy to keep them at bay. It will also make you and your guests more comfortable since you'll need the fresh cool air.

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July
11

Attracting Hummingbirds - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Of all the many delights of creating a backyard nature preserve, few can compare to the pleasures of watching hummingbirds visit your property. These fascinating creatures will provide hours of interest for you and your family, as you witness their vigorous aerobatics over your feeders or your hummingbird-attracting plants. Not only is it fun for you, but you're also helping hummingbirds survive by providing nectar, either in a feeder or in your choices of backyard plants.

If you've taken the plunge and bought a home from among Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale, attracting hummingbirds is just one more way to maximize the enjoyment of your property while also helping out wildlife. Read on and try out these tips from our REALTORS® for attracting hummingbirds.

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July
5

Retaining Wall - Homeowners - Haring Realty

When looking for Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale, how often do you consider the landscaping? Landscaping is essential, especially if the house is built on elevated or sloping yard space. Retaining walls not only help improve your yard but also present other benefits. Our REALTORS® have put together these benefits of retaining walls.

  1. Better Aesthetics
    A retaining wall can add a distinctive look to your landscape. The wall can level out your yard, making it more attractive. Additionally, you can use the walls to create flower beds in your yard or entryway, making your home more appealing.

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June
27

Fourth of July Safety Tips - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Our REALTORS® know that the Fourth of July is one of Ohio's biggest holidays, and starting this year, there will be new ways to celebrate at home. Beginning on July 1, 2022, Ohio's new fireworks law goes into effect, allowing adult residents to use consumer fireworks on certain holidays throughout the year. If you've just finished shopping for Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale and want to celebrate the Fourth of July in your new yard, it's important to practice good safety habits for consumer fireworks use.

  • Get to Know Ohio's Fireworks Law
    For Fourth of July Celebrations, the new fireworks law allows consumer fireworks to be discharged on July 3, 4, and 5. Fireworks can only be set off on your own property or another private property with the property owner's permission. Fireworks cannot be set off while under the influence. Before setting off fireworks, check the regulations for your community, as some communities are still considering local bans despite the new law.

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June
20

2022 Green Features - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Going green is the best way to keep some green in your wallet this year. If you're searching for ways you can reduce your environmental footprint, protect the ecosystem, and save money at the same time, then the following are five home features our REALTORS® recommend taking a look at as you consider upgrades for your home.

  1. Install New Windows and Doors
    New windows and doors will go a long way toward protecting your home against heat gain and heat loss. These will protect your interior from UV rays and significantly reduce the amount of work your furnace and air conditioner must perform to ensure your comfort. Further, they'll go a long way toward enhancing your home's curb appeal and updating the structure's outward appearance. These will most certainly help your home stand out in the field of Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale when you go to put your home on the market.

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June
13

Downsizing Tips - Buy a Home - Haring Realty

Aging brings many changes in lifestyle and personal needs that can have a significant impact on finances. While some seniors choose to remain in their homes and age in place, others choose to downsize and move to smaller homes. If you're considering a move, our REALTORS® have some tips to make downsizing to a new home a smoother transition.

If you're considering moving to Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, finding a home with the right amenities is essential for your senior years. Take a look at five home features that are important to your safety, health, lifestyle, and finances in your senior years.

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June
6

Controlling Landscaping Weeds - Homeowners - Haring Realty

The ideal for a garden or lawn does not include pesky weeds, which, if allowed to go unaddressed, can crowd out your cultivated plants, take up fertilizer and water, and leave you with a landscape far from your plan. 

No doubt you're in love with that home you bought from among Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, and you want to improve it, inside and out. Springtime is, of course, prime time for cultivating your garden and creating a healthy-looking lawn. Among other tasks, that means keeping weeds out.

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May
31

Avoiding Buyer Burnout - Haring Realty

Even in a buyer's market with plenty of affordable houses with little competition, buying a home is a stressful endeavor. This stress is amplified in today's market, where prices remain high and scant inventory leads to bidding wars. You can quickly become emotionally drained between finding a home that suits your needs and navigating a grueling loan approval process. Our REALTORS® can take some of the strain off your shoulders, but it's just as important to arm yourself with information to avoid buyer burnout.

Read on for some tips and tricks on navigating what can be both a stressful and joyful journey.

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May
23

Composting Tips for Homeowners - Haring Realty

Most potential buyers looking into Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale want large outdoor spaces to undertake different projects. Composting has especially become popular among homeowners who want a sustainable way of reducing trash. Our REALTORS® are also great fans of composting, and they share their top tips below in honor of Learn About Composting Day on May 29.

  1. Get a Bin
    Compost bins are available in different materials, shapes, and sizes. The ideal type primarily depends on the amount of space you have. For instance, a plastic bin suits a small space, and it retains heat and moisture to facilitate rapid decomposition.

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May
16

Creating a Music Room - Homeowners - Haring Realty

May 22nd is Buy a Musical Instrument Day. A good quality instrument is important for a music lover, but having the right place to play it is just as important. There are plenty of Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, and our REALTORS® can help you find one with an extra room that you can use as a music room. Here are some tips for setting up the ideal space.

  • Location. Which room should be your music room? There are several considerations. First, pick a room that doesn't get a lot of outside noise. If you live in a busy area, that may mean the room furthest from the street. Also, if possible, choose a large room, as they have better acoustics.

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May
9

Clean Your Room Day - Homeowners - Haring Realty

If you're like most people, you can probably close your eyes and hear your mother saying, "No playing with your friends until you get that bedroom clean!" With the eyerolls and the grumbling, you probably turned a half-hour job into an all-day nightmare. But does it have to be that much of a struggle? May 10th is National Clean Your Room Day, and our REALTORS® have a few suggestions that may help your kids get in the habit of keeping a tidy room without the tears and frustration. 

  • Start Small
    That is, start working with your children when they are toddlers. Clean together and encourage them to put toys in the toy box, dirty clothes in the hamper, and shoes in the closet. Applaud their efforts and cheer their successes, just as you did when they took their first steps. Positive reinforcement at their earliest stages of development is far more effective than negative responses later. Even if you have to follow behind them for thorough dusting, let them try to do it themselves. They'll get better with practice.

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April
25

Organize Your Garage - Homeowners - Haring Realty

A new home is a blank slate. That said, our REALTORS® know how hard it can be to get organized when moving into a new home. Most garages end up being junk purgatories where items that don't yet have storage space end up. Unfortunately, this leads to garages getting cluttered almost to the point where you can't use them for their intended purpose—to park your car.

Every April 26 is dedicated to proper planning, cleaning up, and decluttering. It's a great time to get some spring cleaning done on Get Organized Day. Here are some tips to help you clear the clutter after you've found a house among Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale.

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April
18

Patio Plants - Homeowners - Haring Realty

There are many reasons to concentrate your gardening efforts on creating a colorful, cool, and intriguing patio with container plants. Maybe you're lacking room in the yard to landscape it satisfactorily. Or, you spend a lot of time on the patio entertaining guests or just relaxing.

Whether it's trees for shade or height, shrubs for privacy, or vibrant annuals for your color fix, container gardening on your patio is a big winner in our climate. After all, we can protect those plants over the winter and enjoy them in spring in any of these Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale.

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April
11

Easter Family Fun - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Waking up to see what the Easter Bunny left is almost as exciting as looking for Santa's gifts. But Easter festivities don't need to be limited to eating the ears off a chocolate rabbit. Our REALTORS® have some great suggestions for family time before the big day. 

  • Dyeing Boiled Eggs
    While this option seems intuitive, we certainly couldn't bypass it. You'll find any number of kits at every grocery store, filled with the tools to complete the task as well as decorative augmentations. If you prefer to do the job the old-fashioned way, just line up a cup for each color and add ten or more drops of food coloring to each. Add one teaspoon of vinegar and 1/2 cup of boiling water. Place the eggs in the cups for about ten minutes before removing them with tongs or a slotted spoon.

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April
4

Unconventional Pets - Homeowners - Haring Realty

While many homeowners keep dogs and cats, other people desire non-traditional animals that are just as loving as dogs and cats. Our REALTORS®, who are also pet-lovers, highlight some unconventional pets to consider below.

  1. Guinea Pigs
    Guinea pigs make excellent pets as they're social and easy to tame. However, they require constant attention and commitment to thrive in captivity.

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March
28

DIY Projects - Homeowners - Haring Realty

April 2nd is National DIY Day, so it's time to get started on some projects around the house. Roll up your sleeves, get out your tools, and tackle five home improvement projects that will make your home shine. Our REALTORS® know that a little elbow grease goes a long way in boosting your home's resale value in today's market.

  1. Shampoo Your Carpets and Rugs
    If you have carpets and area rugs, you may be living with hidden germs from food debris, dust mites, dead skin, and pet hair, even if you vacuum on a regular schedule. Experts recommend that you shampoo your carpets and rugs twice a year.

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March
21

New Puppy - Homeowners - Haring Realty

As you search through Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, you may notice they're the perfect place to start a family and that includes a furry family, too! If you've been thinking of heading down to a local shelter and giving a puppy its "forever home," you'll need to prepare your property for its arrival. In honor of National Puppy Day on March 23rd, our REALTORS® have put together some quick tips to get it ready.

  • Secure the Trash
    As everyone knows, dogs have an amazing sense of smell. Add to that a puppy's curiosity, and it's a recipe for disaster—or the very least, a recipe for a big mess for you to clean up. Not only that, but a puppy may eat something toxic or a discarded item that can get lodged in its throat or cause internal damage. Always be sure that your trash cans are properly sealed and secured.

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March
14

Butterfly Garden - Homeowners - Haring Realty

A butterfly garden is a perfect investment if you dream of a colorful and lively yard as you browse through Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale. Beyond adding color to your garden, butterflies are active pollinators and will enhance the health of your plants. A little planning is necessary to grow a successful butterfly garden, and you can start with the tips below.

  1. Research the Common Species in Your Area
    You'll find it easier to create the ideal butterfly habitat if you know what attracts the common species in your location. Researchers have recorded over 130 species in Ohio, although the state has no official butterfly.

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March
7

Family St. Patrick's Day - Haring Realty

What better time to have fun with your kids than a St. Patrick's Day celebration at home. Our REALTORS® share five family-friendly activities to help you observe St Patrick's Day with family.

  1. Wear, Drink, and Eat Green
    Since the holiday theme is green, you can do everything green for the day with your family. As opposed to the green beer, you can get a little creative and choose green ginger ale since it's kid-friendly. You can have the entire family dress in green and add green food coloring to the day's meals to add to the festive mix. Alternatively, you can bake a green cake. Some sweet treats you can make include green cake pops, sweet green popcorn, and mint chocolate bark.

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February
28

Cleaning with Vinegar - Homeowners - Haring Realty

If you're looking to get a jump on spring cleaning, using vinegar to clean your Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale is effective, economical, and easy. And you probably already have some in your kitchen. It's natural and safer than many commercially marketed cleaners too. Vinegar does a stellar job cleaning around the house, and it is especially effective for the following six tasks. 

  1. Clean the refrigerator. Use equal parts vinegar and water mixture to spray the inside shelves, drawers, seals, and other surfaces. Wipe off with a damp sponge.

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February
21

Prepare for Home Emergencies - Haring Realty

When surveying Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, you need an emergency plan for after your family moves in. Emergencies like power outages, fires, and natural disasters can be scary, but they don't need to be disastrous as long as you're prepared. Our REALTORS® have compiled some common crises and their responses below.

  1. Power Outage
    Stash battery-operated flashlights and candles in every room in case of power outages. Then, furnish your emergency kit with extra batteries to power through a power outage that lasts several days.

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February
14

Family Baking on Valentine's Day - Haring Realty

Remember when Valentine's Day meant a class party with lots of homemade cookies and a carton of milk? Times have changed and most schools don't allow such activities anymore, but that doesn't mean kids of today need to miss out. Our own kitchens are great party venues. Our REALTORS® would like to share a few tips with you to help bring those parties home! For easier clean-up after the fact, line the counters with waxed paper before you begin. 

  • Classic Sugar Cookies
    Hands down the most popular valentine's cookie of all time, sugar cookies are simple to make, inexpensive, and versatile enough for the youngest children to participate in the process.  Traditionally decorated with a buttercream frosting tinted pink, you don't need to feel tied to that.  There are plenty of options for toppings or add-ins. Toddlers are delighted to spread colored sugar sprinkles on top to bring them to life. Bonus: to let children decorate cookies without making them from scratch, you can always purchase pre-made dough and count on perfect results every time. Add a can of pre-made frosting and some writing icing in a tube and inexperienced bakers can look like pros.

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February
7

Renovation Costs - Home Improvement - Haring Realty

Whether you're buying a home or fixing up a home you've lived in for many years, our REALTORS® know just how quickly the cost of renovations can rise through the roof. If you aren't careful, the simple, cost-effective renovation can end up taking a hefty bite out of your savings. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ensure your renovation gets done without breaking the bank.

  • Create a Plan
    Determine what renovations you need, which you want, and which will add the greatest value to your home. Always put the "need" renovations first, as these typically include plumbing systems, electrical systems, roofing, and other critical renovations for safety and comfort.

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January
31

Financing in 2022 - Homebuyers - Haring Realty

Our REALTORS® have been getting many questions about what to expect from the housing market in the coming year. No matter whether you're interested in Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale, there are plenty of opportunities.

The big question on everyone's mind is how financing will change in 2022.

Over the last year, many places in the country have seen home prices skyrocket. Homeowners have had the chance to attract abundant attention, with many homes receiving competitive bids from multiple buyers at once. As a result, quite a few homes have sold for well over asking price.

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January
24

2022 Home Improvement Trends - Haring Realty

If you've been searching through the long list of amazing Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, you've probably already noticed that each one is chock-full of unique designs and amenities. It may not take long, however, before you're ready to add something extra to your new or existing home.

Let's take a look at a handful of home improvement trends for 2022 and beyond. 

  1. Multi-Functional Room
    A big trend that's been happening over the past few years and will continue into 2022 is creating a multi-function room. This is where you basically take a single room, and instead of using it solely as an office, guest room, or other such function, you combine two or more aspects. This means you can create a sweet movie and gaming room but also stick a desk in the corner so that it doubles as a home office.

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January
17

Get Ready to Sell in 2022 - Haring Realty

Are you planning to sell your house this year to take advantage of the seller's market? That's a great idea, but our REALTORS® would like to call your attention to a few things you will want to address before you do. Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale are certain to bring healthy profits to the sellers, but maximizing those profits is still important. Here's how that can be done:

  • Forgo unnecessary upgrades
    In more competitive markets, sellers often invest thousands of dollars in renovations in the hopes of making a greater profit. At this point, sellers are better off making minor upgrades such as new paint than major remodels. Focus instead on presenting a clean and welcoming environment by eliminating clutter and personal items. You still want potential buyers to easily imagine their own belongings in the home rather than yours. But instead of paying an interior decorator to stage your home, remove photographs and add some houseplants to make their first impressions inviting.

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January
10

Deep Cleaning Tips for Homeowners - Haring Realty

Cleaning can be a tedious chore, and some areas are easy to overlook. In fact, our REALTORS® find that many Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale aren't as clean as they seem. Over time, the neglected areas in your home get grimier as they accumulate dust, mold, pet dander, and mildew. Explore the five things in your home that require a deep clean below.

  1. Garbage Disposal
    If your kitchen sink gives off foul smells, the garbage disposal is the likely culprit. Since the appliance stays concealed under the sink, many homeowners don't give it much thought. However, food particles often get stuck in the grinding chamber and splash guard and start to decay.

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December
27

Celebrate New Year's at Home - Haring Realty

Congratulations! You've found the perfect Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, and you're about to ring in the New Year in your new home. Spending New Year's Eve at home is a fantastic opportunity to bond with your loved ones while counting down to midnight.

Here's are some fun ideas to try out this NYE.

  • Host a Holiday Movie Marathon
    Are you a great fan of movies? There's something about long, high-fantasy adventure films that make them perfect for the holidays. The best part is you get to make some hobbit-inspired meals.

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December
20

Things to Leave Behind - Sell a Home - Haring Realty

When selling a home, you often have a lot of decisions to make. One of those decisions has to do with what you leave behind and what you take with you to your new home. Many things, you can either take or leave depending on your own needs. However, there are a few things you cannot legally take with you when selling a home. Our REALTORS® would like to present you with a list of these items below.

  • The Landscaping
    You may be tempted to dig up a prized rose bush or a specific hosta you really love, but if a plant was there when you listed the home, you have to leave it behind. The same goes for any hardscaping elements, such as built-in stairs, fountains, and handrails.

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December
13

Buyer Closing Costs - Haring Realty

Buying a home is one of the most significant purchases most people will ever make. And, just like when you go shopping at the store, the sticker price is not the home's total price. This can come as a shock to many first-time home sellers and first-time homebuyers alike, which is why our REALTORS® want you to know everything about closing costs and how they affect the final price you pay for your new dream home.

  • Fees and Commissions
    You will also need to factor in real estate agent fees and commissions. These can be around 6%, but they vary depending on the agent. The seller is the party that typically pays the agent fees and commissions. The seller also pays for title insurance and any pro-rated property taxes on the property. It is also the seller's responsibility to pay any HOA fees, attorney fees, and escrow money owed to the buyer. To help ink the deal, some contracts allow the seller and buyer to split, or have the buyer pay 100 percent of, the owner's title fees on cash deals.

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November
29

Cold-Weather Maintenance Tips - Homeowners - Haring Realty

While cold weather seems to be here to stay in Ohio, you still have time to get your home ready before any significant snowfall arrives. Our REALTORS® suggest checking these maintenance tasks off your to-do list for Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale. You'll be glad you did!

  • Clean and repair your gutters. It's true that gutter cleaning isn't fun, but it is very necessary. Getting out all the leaves and debris that can cause back-ups and ice damming is a must. Fix any holes or leaks and any places where the gutters aren't attached correctly or are sagging. All those areas are prime spots for ice and water to accumulate, potentially causing damage to your home.

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December
6

Choosing a Christmas Tree - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Is it beginning to feel a lot like Christmas? Whether you're still looking at Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale or you've already closed the deal, spending Christmas in a new home has to be very exciting. Our REALTORS® want to remind those who celebrate the holiday that they have one more decision to make very soon: What kind of Christmas tree should grace your home?

  • What are your options?
    At first blush, you might think you must choose between real and artificial. But some folks find that with a little bit of imagination, they can create an alternative to traditional trees that can fill the house with the spirit of the season with minimal cost in either money or time. That could be very helpful if your budget was stretched to the limit to buy the house. If that's the case, don't hesitate to wrap the front door like the perfect present that it is!

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November
15

Appliance Upgrades - Sell a Home - Haring Realty

Modern appliances offer many features and options that can enhance your comfort and reduce your monthly utility bills. While appliances require a significant investment, many will pay for themselves in terms of comfort and resale value. When you're considering which appliances to add to your home, the following are some that our REALTORS® recommend because they will give you the biggest bang for your buck.

The Best Investments

  • Refrigerators
    French doors and built-in water/ice dispensers will woo prospective buyers who step into your kitchen. These aren't just trendy options within Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale; they are necessities for modern comfort. You will want to choose a refrigerator that is easy to organize and features plenty of storage space. And, while pricier, high-efficiency refrigerators that offer WiFi connectivity are the perfect addition to the 21st century Smart Home. These will not only reduce your monthly utility bills, but they will also make it easier to shop, store, and prevent spoilage of your groceries.

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November
8

VA Loans in 2021 - Haring Realty

Our REALTORS® know that no matter what your homebuying goals are, the process of getting a loan can seem intimidating. Whether you're looking at Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale, the question of financing looms large for most buyers.

If you're a U.S. military veteran, the Veterans Administration loan program may be a good fit for you.

Known popularly as the "VA home loan," it's one of the biggest benefits offered to America's veterans. It grants a wide range of perks compared to conventional loans, including no down payment and attractive rates. There are many other advantages that you might qualify for.

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November
1

Hosting Thanksgiving - New Homeowners - Haring Realty

Congratulations on your new home! You looked at the Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale and made one of them your own. What better way to show it to your friends and family than to host your first Thanksgiving dinner? That may seem rather daunting at first, but our REALTORS® want to encourage you to give it a try by sharing this helpful guide. 

  • Plan ahead
    Create a plan well in advance of the holiday for several different reasons. First, you want to make sure the guests you invite don't already have other plans. Next, think about how you want your gathering to look. Will you have a few people over for a small, intimate gathering, or will you have an enormous guest list? Think about whether you will be able to accommodate everyone at the dining room table or if you'll need to get creative with seating. This is also the best time to consider your resources, including the comfort of your guests, the cost of the meal, and your kitchen skill set.

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October
25

Chimney Inspection - Homeowners - Haring Realty

The wise homeowner doesn't wait until the last minute to winterize an Ohio home. You've probably already cleaned your gutters and insulated your windows to keep out icy drafts. Our REALTORS® want to call your attention to one more critical action to take if your home has a fireplace. Be sure to call a chimney sweep to inspect and clean the chimney. 

  • Why is this important?
    Chimney fires occur an average of 17,600 times a year. In addition to fires, many of the 4,000 lives in America lost to carbon monoxide poisoning are due to dirty chimneys. Another 10,000 are made ill each year after exposure to these noxious fumes. No one should ever be a statistic, particularly since this one is so easily avoided.

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October
18

Get Your Yard Trick-or-Treat Ready - Haring Realty

Fall weather is just around the corner, and thousands of children are anxiously awaiting Halloween. Before your street is lined with little ghosts, goblins, furry creatures, and storybook heroes this year, our REALTORS® have some tips to keep your trick-or-treaters safe.

The fun of trick-or-treating on Halloween night can be quickly overshadowed injuries like cuts and bruises, falls, and animal bites. Trick-or-treaters in areas with Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale should be protected from scary things that may be lurking in the front yard. To prepare for a safe Halloween, follow these tips to get your yard trick-or-treat ready.

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October
11

Choosing a Bathtub - Home Remodeling - Haring Realty

Different people have different priorities when purchasing a home. From the kitchen layout to the number of bathrooms, it's important to mull over every aspect of a house before making a decision. You don't want to experience buyer's remorse, especially after a purchase as big as a home. That's why our REALTORS® make a point of guiding you through every step of the home-buying process.

When it comes to bathroom remodeling, there are several factors you must consider. The size and style of the bathroom are essential. For instance, do you need a handicap-accessible bathroom? Do you want a bathtub or shower or both? On the subject of bathtubs, there's a dizzying array of sizes, styles, and materials available in the market today.

Let's remove some of the stress that comes with shopping for a tub by going through some of the essential factors you need to consider. Here's a rough guide on how to choose the perfect bathtub.

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October
4

Tools for Fall Leaf Pickup - Haring Realty

Our REALTORS® know one of the best things about owning your own home is being able to enjoy all kinds of seasonal activities in your outdoor space. And fall is a great time to do exactly that. Crisp air and colorful leaves truly make it a season to enjoy here in Ohio. And while those colorful leaves look stunning on the trees, eventually you'll probably need to clean up some in your yard.

As far as yard work goes, getting rid of the leaves isn't a horrible chore. Raking a few leaves can even help you enjoy the fall weather and maybe even get a little excited about the season. But depending on the size of your yard and how you do it, it can get time-consuming. And who wouldn't rather be spending their time enjoying fire pits, football games, or hayrides instead?  So try these tools to make leaf clean up at your Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale a whole lot easier.

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September
27

Smart Home Tech for Homeowners - Haring Realty

Buying a home is a smart investment. Incorporating smart home tech into your new home enhances the value and comfort of that investment. Our REALTORS® keep a keen eye on the future of smart technology and highly recommend the following features and systems that will make maintaining, protecting, and enjoying your home a little bit easier.

  • Smart Lighting Lights Up Your Life
    Smart lighting is easy to install and can significantly improve both security and comfort. Smart lighting systems allow you to control everything from brightness to color. This lets you set the mood for special occasions and improve the illumination outside your home to make it easier for guests to find their way around during an evening gathering.

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September
20

Buy a Home - Improve Credit Score - Haring Realty

Before looking at Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale, many would-be buyers take time to improve their credit scores. As a general rule, the better your credit is, the easier it is to access home loans on favorable terms. That usually means better interest rates and saving thousands over a mortgage's life.

Our REALTORS® have helped many clients understand how to tackle this process. We have spoken to many people who have put off their plans to buy a home due to their low credit score, even when they have substantial current income.

Luckily, you can improve your credit score in 2021 no matter where you start from!

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September
13

Buying a Flipped House - Haring Realty

The housing market is pretty hot nowadays, and investors are flipping like it's 2006 again. If you've been browsing homes for a while, you've probably come across flipped houses. But, buying a flipped house can be risky business.  Our REALTORS® are more than happy to guide you through the process and ensure you avoid any pitfalls.

If you're looking to buy a house in this marketfor instance, these Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale  knowledge is the best tool you have at your disposal. So, here's a guide to help you figure out whether a flipped house is worth it.

Buying A Flipped House: What You Need To Know

House flipping occurs when a real estate investor buys a house, makes some upgrades, and sells it at a profit. House flippers do it to make money. That's not to say you should discount these houses. You can get a great deal on the house, considering you don't have to dig further into your pocket to make renovations.

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September
7

Sanity-Saving Moving Tips - Haring Realty

In a perfect world, you'd have several months to fully prepare for a move. But in the real world, you often learn you need to move at the last minute. Maybe your house sold faster than you ever dreamed it would, or perhaps you stumbled upon the house of your dreams and bought it quickly. Regardless of why you need to move in a hurry, Our REALTORS® have some tips to help you out.

  1. Hire Movers ASAP
    The good moving companies book up quickly! As soon as you know you need to move and have a reasonable idea when you need to move, start getting estimates from moving companies. The earlier you book, the more flexible the movers can be. Once you have arrangements with a moving company, you can schedule everything else around their services.

    If you plan on renting a moving truck and moving yourself, the same advice applies. Book the moving truck ASAP so you can get the right size truck from a company you trust.

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August
30

Installing a Water Softener - Home Improvements- Haring Realty

Homeowners are constantly hit with a barrage of sales pitches for home improvements that will boost its value, from solar panels to water softeners. But how do you know whether an investment is truly worth it in terms of ongoing benefits and return on investment? Our REALTORS® felt that you should have some facts at your disposal in order to make an informed decision about water softeners. 

  • Initial Cost
    According to Home Advisor, on average, a water softener, including installation, will cost between $1,000 and $2,800. A smart filtration system in a larger home may cost up to $6,000. Some systems can be self-installed for as little as $500.

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August
23

Hosting a Garage Sale - Sellers - Haring Realty

Moving presents the perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted or less-used items. And while you could easily donate, trash, or recycle those items, hosting a garage sale is an excellent way to pare down your possessions and earn some extra cash at the same time. Plus, you'll spend a lot less time packing and save money by not having to pay for transporting things that are going to add clutter to your new life. Now you just need to figure out how to make a profitable and hassle-free garage sale. Our REALTORS® are here to help you with the following tips.

  • Decide What to Sell
    Your first task when planning a pre-move garage sale is to sort and organize your unused items. Go through all the items in your closets, cabinets, attic, garage, basement, shed, and other dark corners. Assess their financial, practical, and sentimental value and set aside for sale things that are in good conditions but don't serve a purpose in your life. If an item is broken, dirty, or not in working order, then toss it.

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August
16

From Apartment to First Home - Haring Realty

Moving from an apartment into your first home is exciting. But, it's also a bit nerve-wracking as you ponder plans for all the additional space you now have at your disposal. Our REALTORS® understand how you feel, and there are plenty of things you can do to keep your mind focused on the tasks ahead. The following tips will help you tie a bow on all the details so that you can enjoy settling into your new home.

  • Take care of the apartment first. Make sure to reread your lease and notify your landlord of your intention to move within the specified timeframe. You will want to confirm your responsibilities, when you'll get your deposit back, etc. You should also take care of any final rent payments, utility bills, and don't forget to file a change-of-address form with the post office.

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August
9

Backyard Chickens - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Our REALTORS® know raising chickens is a fun way to improve your diet and enjoy animal companionship.

Whether looking at Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale, there's plenty of potential to use your yard as a place for feathered friends. Just be aware of the zoning ordinances that may apply to you. Richland County has its own zoning requirements. Mansfield requires at least three acres of land and a permit.

Let's look at some of the most important things to know about raising chickens.

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July
26

New Homeowner To-Do List - Haring Realty

It doesn't take long after the ink dries on the paperwork that your thoughts will turn toward all the things you have to do when you move into your new home. Our REALTORS® know you'll have a lot on your mind, and this simple list can help you stay focused on some of the things you need to do.

  1. Dust Off the Dust Mop
    It's a good idea to pack your cleaning supplies at the back of your moving truck. This will make it easier to get to the mops, brooms, trash bags, etc., you'll want to use before you move in. Cleaning an empty house is a lot easier before you start unpacking.

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July
19

Buying an Older Home - Haring Realty

When that fabulous old house on the hill looms large in your thoughts, it's easy to get swept up in the nostalgia of the past. Whether it's memories of your youth or a longing for the days of yore, it's important to know what you could be getting into. While old houses most certainly have their charms, our REALTORS® know that it's important to look for warts, as well. That said, owning an older home is most certainly rewarding if you are willing to put in the work and resources required to maintain it.

  • Buying Older Homes in the Region
    There are many Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale that date back to the late 1800s. These old homes were built with hand tools, solid wood, and stone. They were built to last, and many have made their way into the present day.

    As the years have passed, styles evolved, materials advanced, and lifestyles changed. This means when you buy an older home, you're likely to find many different eras represented within the rooms and behind the walls. You may find solid wood floors from the 1900s covered by linoleum from the 1950s. Sometimes, these are pleasant surprises that, with a little TLC and creativity, can significantly boost the ambiance and appearance of the home.

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July
12

Pet Safety Tips - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Pets are bona fide, integral members of the family. But finding a home with pet-friendly features can be quite a hassle leaving many animal lovers in a pickle. Let our REALTORS® find you safe, welcoming homes for creatures great and small, like these pet-proof Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale.

Every year an estimated 40,000 pets die in home fires, mostly from smoke inhalation and inability to escape. Not only is it essential to find a home that has features designed to keep your pets safe, but you should be more mindful of the fire-related hazards in your home.

It's vital to pet-proof your home. Here are some pet fire safety tips to start you off.

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July
5

Consider the Garage - Buy a Home - Haring Realty

While most homebuyers consider a garage a necessary or important home feature, many buyers overlook potential problems that may be lurking in the space. If you're looking around at Ohio homes for sale, our REALTORS® at Haring Realty can help you find a beautiful home with a two-car garage that's in great shape.

A garage is an asset to any home because it can serve many purposes. As a utilitarian space, its primary purpose is storage and protection for your car, which is a big expense. However, a garage can also provide a large amount of storage space for a washer and dryer, lawn care equipment, tools, household items, and clothing. Most homeowners with a two-car attached garage use the space for much more than storing vehicles.

Although your garage is separated from your living spaces in Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale, it's still space with structural components that need attention. Your garage can reveal telltale signs of damage that can have a significant impact on a home's investment. To avoid problems and expensive repairs, pay attention to your garage.

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June
28

Early Offer - Buy a House - Haring Realty

You've been browsing Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale for quite some time now and have finally found something perfect for you and your family's needs. You're ready to take the plunge and put in an offer on the house. But how long should you wait ?There's really no conventional answer to that question. But in a seller's market, when inventory is low and demand is high, you may have to go above and beyond to make sure you submit an early offer and that it stands out from the competition. Here's what you should know about making early offers along with strategies for making a winning one.

Potential Problems with Early Offers

Making an offer isn't as simple as knocking on the door and informing the seller you'll take the house. Your intentions trigger the start of an intricate process between you and the seller. Don't expect the seller to accept your offer just because it came in first. Sellers usually think they've priced their home too low when an offer comes in fast. So, they want the house to have the longest exposure possible on the open market and get bids from a large number of buyers. An early offer would need to be mighty attractive for the seller to accept it instead of waiting too long for better offers.

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June
21

Selling Your Home in Retirement - Haring Realty

Are you tired of mowing lawns and cleaning gutters? If you're approaching retirement, you may be one of the millions of Americans that are looking for ways to simplify their lives by selling the family home and moving to a townhouse or condominium. But is this the right time to make a move? Our REALTORS® will be happy to help you assess your personal situation to help you make that decision. 

  • Seller's Market
    Property values have skyrocketed, and many homeowners are amazed at the prices commanded by homes similar to theirs. But change is hard, especially if you have lived in the same home for many years. Surely the trend will remain for quite some time, won't it? Experts would say "no." While houses may not lose a lot of value in the near future, optimal conditions for sale will decrease. At this time, inventories are low, generating bidding wars, which elevate selling prices. In the near future, approximately $13.5 trillion in additional properties will also come to market, altering the current trends.

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June
14

Revive Your Lawn - Home Sellers - Haring Realty

A lush green lawn can be a great way to attract attention when you list your home among Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale. Green grass is a real eye-catcher, so you won't want to neglect nourishing the green in your lawn this summer. 

So how do you get there, transforming your thin, sparse, weedy lawn to a perfect, uniform expanse of healthy-looking green? Follow the tips below, and you'll see some big improvements this summer.

Tips for Getting a Greener Lawn

  1. Improve your soil
    A greener lawn starts with improving your soil. You can determine your soil's pH with a testing kit. Talk to a lawn care specialist about what amendments you'll need to bring your soil up to the right pH for the kind of grass you want to grow.

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June
7

Competitive Housing Market - Buy a Home - Haring Realty

Real estate markets across the country are red hot. It is not uncommon for sellers to receive numerous offers within days of listing their property. Time and time again, our REALTORS® have seen homes sell for well above their listing price. If you have your eye on the perfect property for your next home, we recommend taking the time to get prepared before you jump into the pool of buyers eager to get their hands on your dream home.

  • Preapproval
    Start by getting preapproved for a loan. This is more rigorous than a prequalification process and shows you precisely where you stand and how much the lender will loan for your purchase. There are multiple advantages to this when searching for Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale. It helps narrow down your search to only those properties within your price range. This speeds up the process considerably. It also shows you how high you can go if a bidding war breaks out. Equally important, when multiple offers are submitted, sellers are more likely to accept offers from preapproved buyers than those who are merely pre-qualified.

    In fact, be prepared to pay more than the listing price. This is especially true for well-maintained homes in desirable locations. It's not unheard of for homes to sell for 100-110% or more of the asking price. As you search, factor this into your calculations and search for homes that are 95% or less of your preapproval.

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May
24

Trees That Increase Property Value - Haring Realty

Our community has been blessed with many exquisite mature trees, some of which have gracefully shaded our towns for more than a hundred years. Many of the most beautiful Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale boast the majestic beauty of giant white ash trees or red oaks. As you seek to add value to your property, investing in trees is a wise option. But before you buy, there are some important options to consider, from what you plant to where you plant it. This handy guide may help you begin:

  • Northern Red Oak
    These magnificent beauties will grow at least 2 feet each year for at least 10 years. At their full maturity, they will reach a height of at least 60 feet offering a canopy of shade about 45 feet in diameter. It should reach a height of about 20 feet in 10 years. It loves direct sunlight and tolerates drought, although it thrives in moist, well-drained soil. Since its roots will readily tolerate compacted earth, it is often the choice for newly constructed homes. Blue jays and squirrels may put up a fight over the tastiest acorns.

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May
17

Create Office Space - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Since the COVID lockdowns began last year, almost half of U.S. employees shifted to remote work. The dining table was fine for some time. But as weeks turned into months and months into a year, we started looking for working spaces out on the patio, in the kitchen nook, or behind closed bedroom doors. Now more than ever before, people are saying goodbye to open floor spaces and seeking to find designated home office spaces from which they can be as efficient and productive as possible. And so the "cloffice" trend re-emerged. According to the 2021 Pinterest trend report, there has been a two-fold increase in the volume of searches for "cloffice ideas" on the platform over the past year.

If you're unfamiliar, a cloffice is a closet that has been converted into a functioning office space. It offers a functional yet design-savvy way to create a feasible workspace at home when square footage is tight. Here are tips for creating a stylish, affordable cloffice as recommended by our REALTORS®.

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May
10

Interior Paint Selection - Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

Choosing the perfect paint color for your home can make a huge difference. After all, the color of your walls provides a backdrop for all your interior. If you just bought a new home, painting is a great way to put your personal stamp on the home and begin the next phase of your life. Conversely, if you're putting your property on the market but it's looking a little too "well-loved," a crisp coat of paint can help create a better first impression and potentially increase your home's value.

But with the vast array of color choices available today, choosing the right color can be a painstaking process, especially if you get things wrong and have to start all over again. So skip the do-overs and find the perfect paint color by doing your homework and evaluating your options before you don your overalls or lay down the drop cloth. No matter what aesthetic or shade you're looking for, these foolproof tips by our REALTORS® will help you select the perfect paint color every single time.

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May
3

Deck Maintenance - Haring Realty

The march toward summer is well underway, and it's time to turn your attention to the deck outside your home. As the weather warms up, our REALTORS® know the deck is one of the first things prospective buyers of Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale will look at as their thoughts turn to summer BBQs and time with family and friends. If your deck needs an overhaul, you'll want to act quickly before local contractors run out of time to do the work for you.

  • Start with a Wash
    Dirt, dust, and grime can obscure the true condition of your deck. Watch the weather for a sunny, wind-free period to give your deck a good scrub and a deep clean with soap and a powerwasher. Make sure to follow instructions and keep the powerwasher at a safe distance from the wood to avoid scoring and damaging it. If you come across any stubborn stains or debris stuck in crevices, a stiff brush and a putty knife can usually remove it.

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April
26

Contractor Questions - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Your home is more than a place to live; it's an asset you want to protect. Whether you're remodeling a room, building an addition, or simply changing an appliance out, our REALTORS® strongly advise all of our clients to vet and question any potential contractor thoroughly. Asking the following five questions will help ensure that the contractor you hire will get the job done efficiently and to the highest quality standards.

  1. Are You Licensed & Insured? 
    Never hire a contractor that isn't licensed and insured. Licensure helps ensure the contractor will adhere to all building codes, fire codes, etc. It is more than an indication that they have sufficient knowledge of their trade to perform the necessary tasks. Additionally, never hire a contractor that isn't insured. If something happens and the contractor doesn't carry insurance, you could end up footing the bill for injuries.

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April
19

FICO Score Importance - Buy a Home - Haring Realty

At Haring Realty, our REALTORS® know that some aspects of the home-buying process can be confusing.

Even buyers who have been through it all before don't know everything. And it can be even more worrisome for first-time buyers, who wonder about all the things they aren't familiar with yet. That can put a damper on the fun of looking at Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale.

One subject comes up again and again: Financing. Where to find a mortgage and how to get the best deal.

Choosing the best mortgage for you can save you thousands of dollars across the life of your mortgage. But buyers often go into the process knowing little about one of the most important factors that can influence your mortgage terms: your FICO score.

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April
12

Front Yard Makeover - Haring Real Estate

Spring brings warm sunshine that motivates people to get outdoors. It's the perfect time to buy or sell a home and make that move you've been dreaming about. If you're considering a change this spring, our REALTORS® at Haring Realty can help you with selling your existing home, as well as searching for Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale that fit your lifestyle and financial goals.

Whether you're a buyer or a seller, one thing that's important to any home is great curb appeal. That means having a front yard that's picture-perfect with a well-maintained landscape. With spring just around the corner, it's time to give your front yard a makeover that deserves attention.

  • Lush Green Grass
    Winter can leave your lawn with patches of missing grass, weeds, and pests. With a little effort, you can fix a lackluster landscape and give your front yard a whole new look. Building a lush, green lawn starts with getting rid of weeds, then adding new turf or grass seed and good fertilizer. Water lightly each day until the grass is about 2-3 inches high, then mow the lawn weekly or bi-weekly on a regular schedule.

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April
5

Listing with an Agent - Haring Realty

Spring is the undisputed champion of home selling seasons. With the holidays over, flowers in bloom, and the weather warming up, homebuyers come out of hibernation ready to hit open houses and get moving on the purchase process. If you're thinking of selling your home this year, spring is a great time to move forward with those plans. However, it can be tempting to go it alone because you want to save some money or think you'll not have a problem selling your house because there are plenty of buyers in the market.

The truth is there's a lot that goes into making a successful sale. You may not even know the basics of how real estate transactions work. Agents do more than just listing your home. They take care of the time-consuming tasks, handle the legal aspects of the sale, and ensure your home stands out from other Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale. Here are more reasons why you should list your home with an agent this spring.

  1. Agents Keep Their Emotions Out of the Sale
    Selling your home can be an emotional process.  You've lived there for some years and have created many memories. And if you've invested in a number of remodeling projects, you can have an extra attachment because of the amount of sweat equity involved. When you have emotional ties, it's easy to make mistakes and take any negative feedback personally, while an agent can provide guidance and advice that focuses on a sale.

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March
22

Pest Control Tips for Homeowners - Haring Realty

We're all thrilled when the winter storms are gone and it's time for the spring thaw. But with that warmer weather comes a multitude of pests, both in our yards and sometimes our homes. 

To prevent pests in the house you've chosen among Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, follow the tips below.

Keeping Pests Out of Your Home

Not surprisingly, most of the pests homeowners in our area are quite common, rather than some of the newer, exotic species that have just begun invading the South and the West, such as certain species of exotic ants and mosquitoes. Here are some of the main ones to be on the watch for.

  1. Mosquitoes
    There are several species of mosquitoes in our region, and like anywhere, they are mainly a problem during warm, rainy weather. The best preventative is not allowing stagnant water to collect in containers, birdbaths, or ponds. Water in a pond or birdbath is fine as long as it's being aerated or changed frequently. Remove old flower pots or containers and store them away. Cut back on dense foliage, where mosquitoes like to hover during the heat of the day. If you decide to spray, talk to your pest control specialist about measures that won't kill beneficial insects such as butterflies and other pollinators.

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March
15

Spring Cleaning Supply List - Haring Realty

Did you know the fourth Sunday in March starts National Spring Cleaning Week? It's the perfect time to get started with that cleaning to-do list and give Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale a spring fresh look and feel. If you've just moved in or are looking to sell, this job is probably top on your list! Spring cleaning can seem like an enormous and demanding task, but these supplies will help you tackle just about any spring cleaning job quickly and easily.

General Supplies

You probably already have most of these supplies, since they are used for general cleaning. For most people spring cleaning means doing a deep, detailed cleaning and getting all those spots that are hard to reach or don't get cleaned very often. So take the opportunity to make sure what you have is in working order and replace any cleaners you're running low on. These supplies are the must-haves that will help you tackle a lot of general cleaning tasks.

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March
8

Backyard Astronomy - Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

It's not so easy to travel across borders right now. But that doesn't mean you can't take a trip that's out of this world without ever leaving the comfort of your back yard. If you're getting a little stir crazy, our REALTORS® suggest you set your sights on the night sky to see the show the masters of the universe are putting on. One glance at the heavens is all it takes to get hooked on a hobby that can educate and entertain for decades to come.

  • Get Started with an App
    There are many free apps you can download to your smartphone. One of the best is Star Walk. The app features augmented reality, event notification, and the opportunity to track both the ISS and deep sky objects. All you need to get started is a reliable phone and a decent pair of binoculars. It is a fabulous way to learn more about the stars and develop a deeper understanding of what you discover.

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March
1

6 Things That Could Decrease Property Value - Haring Realty

Your home is as much an investment in your comfort as it is your financial future. Over the years, you'll make changes and alterations to your home that reflect your tastes and interests. However, our REALTORS® have seen time and time again situations where homeowners have gotten a little too comfortable. And, in the process, decreased the curb appeal and market value of their home. As you consider all the changes and alterations you can make, the following are six we strongly advise against.

  1. Skipping Quality Paint
    Saving money on the interior and exterior paint is penny wise but pound foolish. You will save money when you buy it, and you'll save even more money when you paint the walls yourself. However, low-quality paint doesn't last as long as more expensive options. And a professional installer will make sure the coats are even and that the finished paint job both protects your home and creates a durable, long-lasting finish that won't peel, fade, or fall away.

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February
22

Clever Storage Solutions - Sell a Home - Haring Realty

One of the first things any home seller does is declutter and reorganize. Of course, you want buyers to know that your home has the storage space they need. But it can be a challenge to store those everyday items you still need at your Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale in a way that is both useful and appealing. Adding one or more of these storage solutions to your home might be just what you need.

  1. Outdoor storage shed. If you have space in the yard, this can be a great idea. Becoming a new homeowner often means you need a few new things like a lawnmower or tools. A storage shed can let you stash those away neatly so buyers can see that your garage is actually big enough to put their car in.
     
  2. Storage hanging from the garage ceiling. Again, it can make the space useable for its intended purpose. You can use a rack for storage bins or ladders, and there are even storage solutions for hoisting bikes up and out of the way. That can be a nice touch if you are in an area where there are trails and recreation areas that appeal to buyers.

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February
15

Pre-Approval Process - Buy a Home - Haring Realty

Our REALTORS® at Haring Realty strive to make homebuying easier. When looking at Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, clients often have lots of questions. It's no surprise concerns around financing are common. That's not just true for first-time homebuyers, either: Whether they're buying a first place or a place to retire, everyone wants the best deal.

But the process of getting a mortgage can be complex. It's easy to get confused, which is one reason why the right real estate pro is such a valuable ally. One question that often doesn't get asked – because buyers don't have all the information at first – is this: "How does pre-approval affect my home search?"

Pre-approval can have a positive impact on your finances and the whole buying process.

Here's what to know.

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February
8

Home Projects for Sellers - Haring Realty 

Are you getting your house ready to sell? Making it look its best doesn't have to mean expensive, time-consuming updates and renovations. Here are five easy projects our real estate agents recommend. All of them are things you can do yourself, and that will make a substantial difference in how well your house shows.

  1. Showcase the front door. First impressions are important. Curb appeal is great, but it's when a potential buyer walks up to the front door that they start paying attention. Make your front door shine by power washing to get rid of dust, dirt, and cobwebs. Add some finishing touches by laying out a new welcome mat, replacing old, unsightly house numbers with something more attractive and modern, and adding a strategically placed planter or two.

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February
1

Home Valuation - Haring Realty

Pricing your home correctly is one of the biggest keys to attracting a robust pool of potential buyers, but the pricing process feels like one big mystery for many sellers. The good news is that it definitely doesn't have to be! While the pricing process can be complex, every good real estate agent follows a similar process to determine a home's value. Understanding what does – and what doesn't – factor into a home valuation will help you get a better grip on how much to expect when you sell. Our REALTORS® are here to help remove the mystery from the home valuation process.

  • It All Starts with a CMA
    When determining the value of your home, your agent will start with a comparative market analysis (CMA) to compare your home with other, similar properties in your area. A CMA looks at the comparable homes that are currently on sale, those that have already sold recently, and homes that were listed but didn't sell. With a CMA in hand, you'll have a much deeper understanding of how your home fits within your local real estate market, whether you're competing with other Mansfield homes for sale or listing in any other community.

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January
18

Decluttering for Homeowners - Haring Realty

When cold weather starts forcing you to be inside more, take advantage of this time to declutter your home. True decluttering isn't just better organization; it's also getting rid of all the excess stuff we accumulate over time. It's especially important to declutter if you're thinking about listing your home with one of our REALTORS®. However, decluttering can be a big job, so here are a few tips to help guide you through the process.

  1. Have a plan. Decluttering your home takes more work and time than you might think, and without a road map of sorts, you're bound to get lost at some point during the process. Your plan can be as simple as tackling a new room each weekend or as detailed as breaking it down by closet, but the important thing is that a plan will help you get the job done.

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December
21

Holiday Crafts and Activities for Christmas Break | Haring Realty

The holidays are often associated with days and nights spent enjoying the company of friends and family. With COVID-19 having been the highlight of 2020, large holiday gatherings are being discouraged. But that doesn't mean that you and your quarantine partners can't enjoy the holiday season. From making a Christmas card to baking your favorite Christmas cookies, there are many crafts and activities that will bring the cheery spirit, keep your little ones entertained, and allow them to show their creativity. Here are our REALTORS® suggestions for crafts and activities that you can do with your kids over Christmas break at home.

  • Cut Paper Snowflakes
    Making paper snowflakes is a fun activity that's easy to set up and execute. All you need are two essential supplies: paper and a pair of scissors. You probably have paper lying around in the house, but buying some origami paper or some colored construction paper can add some artistic flair and make the project more interesting. You can learn the basics of making paper snowflakes online, and once you're done, you can tape the snowflakes to the wall or hang them on the Christmas tree.

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December
14

Holiday Decorating - Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

A lot of people will be celebrating the holiday season differently this year. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, many families are choosing to stay at home and are having get-togethers via video chat. Just because you aren't entertaining in a traditional way, it doesn't mean you shouldn't decorate your home for the holidays. Our REALTORS® know that this is a challenging time for everyone, including those with Mansfield homes for sale. Whether you're buying, selling or staying put, these tips for creative holiday decorating can lift your spirits and put you in a festive mood.

  • Go Green
    Exploring eco-friendly décor isn't just good for the planet—it's a fun way to mix things up and let your imagination run wild. Two cool sustainable ideas for holiday decorating are wrapping presents in fabric instead of paper or using brown paper bags for wrapping paper. It's a great way to get kids involved—they can use colored pencils or markers to create their own designs on the outside of the paper.

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August
19

Malabar Farm State Park
Malabar Farm State Park is one of Richland County's great outdoor treasures and a popular place for events throughout the year. During the summer, the farm hosts popular barn dances, local club meetings, car shows, paranormal nights, and so much more. This summer also features a special, one-time event that you won't want to miss – the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Malabar Farm State Park barn raising. Enjoy three full days of family fun and events at Malabar Farm, while celebrating a local landmark. Our REALTORS® love local fun, and we've got all the details on what to expect when you visit Malabar Farm.

Location: Malabar Farm State Park – 4050 Bromfield Rd., Lucas, OH 44838
Dates: August 31 – September 2, 2019

  • The History of Malabar Farm, a Local Landmark
    Malabar Farm State Park is one of the Mansfield area's most storied local destinations and continues making history to this day. The farm was established by Pulitzer-winning author Louis Bromfield, an Ohio native, in 1939. Bromfield purchased three local farms and combined them to form Malabar Farm. From that point forward, Bromfield would develop the farm, including the iconic barns, until his passing in 1956. Just as it is today, Malabar Farm was a working farm then, with healthy crop rotation, livestock, and a busy harvest season.

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August
12

5 Things That Influence Property Value
When it's time to sell your home, pricing it correctly is one of the most important things you can do. Otherwise, you could end up getting far less than it's worth, or it could sit on the market for months or even years without an offer. 

While our REALTORS® can help you get it right, it's helpful to understand some of the most important variables involved. Here are five things that could influence your home's property value.

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August
5

Mansfield Shawshank Redemption Anniversary
This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Shawshank Redemption, the beloved 1994 film that was shot almost entirely in and around Mansfield, Ohio. Our REALTORS® are very excited to welcome the anniversary celebration to Mansfield on August 16-18, not only because it's one of our favorite movies of all time, but also because it gives us a chance to revisit some of our favorite Mansfield landmarks that appeared in the film!

Celebrate 25 Years of The Shawshank Redemption
Mansfield Courthouse Sign

The Shawshank Redemption 25th Anniversary Weekend takes place in Mansfield August 16-18, 2019. Tickets are on sale now, providing an immersive experience that includes touring the filming sites and getting to meet some of the cast and filmmakers. Events include: 

  • A screening of the Shawshank Redemption at the Renaissance Theatre, where the movie originally premiered in 1994.

  • Exclusive Shawshank Reception and Actor Autograph Session at the Ohio State Reformatory, the historic prison that stood in for Shawshank in the film.

  • Background Actors Panel, featuring extras and background actors who have fascinating stories to tell about the film. 

  • Shawshank Authors Panel and Production Panel, featuring unique insights from the writers and production team behind the movie. 

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July
22

Mansfield Ohio Community Dog Parks

Tails Are Wagging at These Mansfield-Area Parks

There's nothing like the bond between a person and their dog, so why not celebrate that special relationship with a fun activity that both you and your pet can enjoy? Many local parks and recreation destinations in the Mansfield area are dog-friendly, with trails, natural scenery, and fun activities designed with dogs in mind. There are off-leash dog parks, as well as great places to take your pup on a walk with a leash through well-defined trails. Our REALTORS® love exploring the great outdoors, and we've got the details on six dog parks in the Mansfield area to enjoy with your four-legged friend.

  1. North Lake Park – 268 Rae Ave., Mansfield, Ohio 44903
    Mansfield homes for sale make it easy to reach a variety of great local dog parks, including North Lake Park. With beautiful lakeside trails, stunning landscaping, and tons of room to play, North Lake Park has everything you need for a great day with Fido. This cozy park also features a playground, picnic areas, and a busy schedule of special events.

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June
4

Mansfield Golf Fathers Day

Top Mansfield-Area Golf Courses for Father's Day Fun

Gather your favorite clubs and go golfing with Dad this Father's Day. Our REALTORS® know that any Sunday is a good day for golf so why not treat your Dad to 18 holes on June 16th at some of the best golf courses near Mansfield.

  • Paradise Hills Golf Course – 1406 Township Rd.1353, Ashland, OH 44805
    For a relaxing round near Ashland homes for sale, head over to Paradise Hills Golf Course. This executive 18-hole par-54 course averages 176 yards per hole. Surrounded by nature, don't be surprised if a few birds or even small critters watch in awe as you sink putt after putt on the back nine.

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May
20

Swim Classes in Mansfield
When the temperatures start to climb, Ohio families love to spend their days cooling off in the water. Whether you're considering one of the great Mansfield homes for sale with a backyard pool or you prefer to spend time at the lake or waterpark, there are plenty of local options for summertime fun. 

Before you start making your plans, though, you'll want to make sure everyone in the family can safely enjoy their time near the water. Here are some of the area's best choices for family-friendly lessons. 

  • Walnut Hills Swim Club: 2770 Gladys Ave, Mansfield, Ohio  44904 
    A member-owned facility, Walnut Hills Swim Club offers a regulation-size pool with a diving board, a fun twisty-slide, and a separate gated toddler pool. Swim lessons are offered in three separate sessions throughout the summer and are open to both members and non-members. 

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April
29

Mansfield Studebaker Meet
If you love classic cars, whether you are already a homeowner in our area or are shopping Mansfield homes for sale in hopes of becoming one, you'll love being in Mansfield this September. That's because Mansfield has been chosen by the Studebaker Drivers Club (SDC) to host the 55th annual SDC International Meet. The Antique Studebaker Club will also hold their 2019 International Meet in Mansfield in September. That means that Studebaker owners from all over North America and beyond will roll into town with their classic Studebakers for a week-long celebration of all things Studebaker.

Studebakers In Mansfield

The Richland County Fairgrounds is the place to be for classic car lovers from September 9th through the 14th. The fun will kick off on the 9th and 10th with the Antique Studebaker Club's 2019 International Meet, which features Studebaker vehicles built between 1913 and 1948. Owners of these antique vehicles will show them and share their history and restoration details, and patrons can also peruse the wares of the many vendors who participate in this annual event.

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April
1

Mansfield Pubs, Bars and Breweries
National Beer Day is coming up on April 7, 2019, and serves as the perfect opportunity to explore some of the great bars, pubs, and breweries in the Mansfield area.

April 7th marks the date when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act, which ended Prohibition by allowing producers to begin brewing beer and making wine once more. National Beer Day celebrates the date when beer moved from speakeasies back to neighborhood bars, and the country's craft brewing scene has been growing ever since. Our REALTORS® have the inside scoop on where to celebrate National Beer Day in the Mansfield area.

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November
19

Mansfield Ohio Holiday Home Security Tips
As you're preparing for family gatherings, office parties, and other holiday events, the last thing you want to worry about is a home invasion. Unfortunately, the change in routine and hectic schedules that often accompany this time of year create a perfect opportunity for would-be thieves.

Our REALTORS® want you and your family to stay safe and secure while enjoying yourselves this holiday season. Here are six tips to help keep your home burglar-free. 

  1. Be Careful What You Share
    Sharing on social media is a way of life for most of us, but when you over-share, you open yourself up for potential problems. If you're traveling during the holidays, don't post details about when you'll be gone. Remember that every time you check into a location, whether it's around the corner or across the globe, you're letting everyone who can see your feed know your house is empty.

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October
30

Buy a House - Negotiate Price

When you're shopping for Mansfield homes for sale, finding a house that you'd love to call your own is just one step in a lengthy process. Negotiating a price for that home is one of the most critical steps in the process, while also ranking as one of the most intimidating for both new and experienced home buyers. Our REALTORS® know what it takes to succeed at the negotiating table, and we've put together six tips to help you negotiate a price when buying a house.

  1. Find the Right Real Estate Agent
    Whether you have extensive experience or you're negotiating the price of a home for the first time, working with the right real estate agent will make life much easier. An experienced agent has been at the negotiating table many times before, so they're the perfect person to provide guidance. Don't be afraid to interview more than one buyer's agent to find someone you're confident working with as you buy a home.

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October
1

Mansfield Haunted House
Is Halloween your favorite holiday of the year? If you love all things spooky, scary, and sensational, then there are few better places to be than Mansfield for the Halloween season this year. In addition to all of the local events going on throughout October to celebrate Halloween, Mansfield is home to one of the most stunning haunted "houses" in the entire country. The Ohio State Reformatory – a beautiful, historic prison loaded with stories from across the centuries – is the site of the annual "Escape from Blood Prison" haunted house. It's the perfect way to get your adrenaline flowing during the spooky season, and our REALTORS® have all of the haunted details on this popular, local event.

Spooky, Spectacular Fun in Haunted Mansfield 

Escape from Blood Prison: The Annual Haunted House - the Ohio State Reformatory
Dates/Times: September 28 – November 4, 2018 – Gates Open at 6 pm
Location: 100 Reformatory Rd., Mansfield, OH 44905

The Haunted History of the Ohio State Reformatory

The Ohio State Reformatory was designed by architect Levi T. Schofield, with the first stones for the spectacular structure being laid in 1886. While you definitely won't find it on the list of Mansfield homes for sale, the Ohio State Reformatory did serve as a sort of home throughout its working life. The prison housed some of the most dangerous criminals in Ohio, and ghost stories were very common even before the prison became a well-known historic site.

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July
9

Mansfield Ohio Motorsports Heaven
These days, when it comes to real estate, moving fast is usually much better than moving slowly.

If you want to buy the home of your dreams, you need to keep up the pace. Our REALTORS® help you make it happen by giving you expert guidance at every turn. That means you can explore Mansfield homes for sale, choose the right one for you, and close the deal with the help of our team at Haring Realty.

When you decide to move to Mansfield, you'll have the chance to enjoy exciting motorsports any time you feel the need for speed. Mansfield is home to its own motor speedway and sports car course, so it attracts plenty of racing enthusiasts to our community.

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January
2

Tips to Get Your Home Ready for an Ohio Winter

Ohio Winter Home Preparedness

Winter has only just begun here in Northeast Ohio, and already we've had to deal with our fair share of ice and snow. The next time winter weather threatens, our REALTORS® want to make sure your home is ready for it. Here's how to make sure you and your home are ready for the next big snow storm.

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November
28

Mansfield Ohio Home Safety Tips for the Holidays
Decorating your home for the holidays is a tradition that dates back centuries, and it's still as fun as ever! While you're busy decking the halls, however, it's important to make sure that you prioritize safety at all items. Holiday lights, wreaths, trees, and decorations do pose some safety risks when installed improperly, but the good news is that there are plenty of simple steps you can take to decorate as safely as possible this holiday season. Our REALTORS® are looking forward to the holiday decorating fun, and we've put together a collection of tips to help you deck the halls safely for the holidays.

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November
13

Mansfield Christmas Kingwood Center Gardens
The gorgeous gardens and beautiful outdoor spaces of Kingwood Center Gardens provide a perfect backdrop for fun throughout the year, and the holiday season is certainly no exception. In fact, this just might be the best time of year to visit Kingwood Center Gardens. There are special events throughout the holiday season, and Christmas at Kingwood is always one of the biggest holiday events of the year in the Mansfield, Ohio area. Our REALTORS® are already gearing up for this year's event, and we've got all the details on Christmas at Kingwood Gardens in 2017.

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October
31

Wayne's Offers Mansfield Families Fall Fun  

Mansfield Ohio - Waynes Country Market
Mansfield, Ohio comes alive in fall. As the leaves change and the air turns crisp, you'll find no shortage of fun ways to enjoy the season throughout Richland County. Our REALTORS® know all the best places to experience autumn in the Mansfield area—and Wayne's Country Market, located at 2440 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield, is a local favorite.

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September
19

Best Fall Foliage in Ohio

Mansfield Area Ohio Fall Colors
Fall is just a few days away.  While the hills of Vermont and New Hampshire may get an enormous amount of press when leaf-peeping season arrives, anyone who has spent any time in Ohio knows that there are plenty of colors to go around.

Ohio's Richland County area offers some of the best leaf-peeping opportunities in the state. To experience the best fall foliage that Ohio has to offer, these are the top spots in the Mansfield area to take a hike and watch the changing leaves.

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September
11

Sylvester Stallone Escape Plan 3 to Film at Mansfield's Ohio State Reformatory

Mansfield Welcomes Hollywood Back

When you think of filming sites for some of the most beloved movies ever made, does the city of Mansfield, Ohio spring to mind? It should! In addition the everyday pleasures of living in Mansfield, you'll find that the streets of our city have been walked by some of the biggest stars that Hollywood has to offer, and blockbuster season is about to return to our corner of Ohio with the production of a new Sylvester Stallone film in the city. Our REALTORS® are ready for lights, camera, action, and we've got all the details on why Mansfield is a true Hollywood hot-spot.

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July
21

 

Richland County has a lot to offer.

The county's rich environments include the rolling countryside of Clear Fork and Lucas as well as the historic downtown Carrousel District of Mansfield. Locals also enjoy choices for higher education in Ontario, beautiful parks, and numerous attractions like Kingwood Center, the Renaissance theater, Snow Trails and the Ohio State Reformatory (just to name a few).

For all of the opportunities we might enjoy this summer, it's also important to remember to give back to our community.

Volunteering is one way to help those in need and make the community stronger. It is also incredibly rewarding. Below, we've listed just a few reasons we believe volunteering is worth your while, as well as some suggestions for places to get started.

 

1. Meet New People

Whether you're new to the area and looking to make friends or you've lived here for years, volunteering is an easy way to meet people. The people you meet volunteering may be people you would never have met otherwise, yet they might become cherished friends or even valuable business contacts.

If you're looking for a social experience, you may consider joining a service-based club or organization. Richland County is home to a Kiwanis chapter, five Lions International chapters (Bellville, Butler, Crestline, Lucas and Madison), and RSVP of Mid Ohio, a club for retirees and seniors dedicated to serving the community. There are also two divisions of Lions International for teenagers, the Leo Alpha Club in Lexington and the Leo Alpha Club in Lucas.

 

2. Give Back

Think of someone who has had a positive impact on your life. Where would you be without them? How would your life be different?

There are plenty of opportunities to be a positive, perhaps even life-changing presence in another person's life. Whether that means being a mentor dad or mom through the Richland Pregnancy Center, helping out your local library, or being a smiling face that makes that visit to the hospital a little easier, there's a way for everyone to pass kindness on to another.

 

3. Pursue Your Passion

Volunteer positions aren't one-size-fits-it-all. There are nonprofits and organizations dedicated to a variety of interests and causes.

Do you love the arts? Consider helping out at the Mansfield Art Center or selling tickets at the Renaissance.

Are you passionate about fitness? Become a sports or aerobics instructor at the YMCA.

If you enjoy gardening, there's a place for you at Kingwood Center Gardens or the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

If you're skilled at home repair or auto maintenance, you can provide aid to an elderly widow or widower through Samaritans for Seniors.

 

4. Learn a New Skill 

Volunteering can be an outlet for your current skills, but it can also be a way to learn something new. You'll see what it's like behind the scenes at a hospital, food pantry or after-school program and possibly be trained in a task you didn't know how to do before.

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio prepares volunteers to teach economics and personal finance classes to young students.

If you give time at a local hospital, you may learn to assist physical and occupational therapists. 

OSU Extension trains master gardeners and certified volunteer naturalists so they can pass on their knowledge to children, the elderly and other gardening enthusiasts.

Many organizations just need someone with practical office skills, and will be happy to show you the ropes.

 

5. Find a Career Boost 

Volunteering can be especially beneficial to job seekers. The search for employment can be draining, but the chance to do something productive and meaningful a few hours a week can improve your mentality and your mood.

Volunteering has been shown to contribute to a positive mindset and give volunteers a sense of purpose. It can also help you land a job—volunteering helps build connections and looks great on a résumé. Your giving of your free time shows a potential employer that you are compassionate and driven. Volunteers are also likely to work well in groups—a valuable attribute for any employee.

 

6. Strengthen Your Community 

A strong community is one where everyone contributes. And there are several local organizations whose daily work is achieving a better community. 

Volunteers at the Culliver Reading Center invest in the next generation with homework help and afterschool programs.

Harmony House volunteers help the homeless and unemployed get back on their feet with mentorships and life skills training, child care, transportation to job interviews and much more.

 

7. Watch a Little Become A Lot

Most people want to make a difference. You don't have to solve world hunger or donate millions of dollars to make a positive impact. Just a little bit of time and effort can generate a better life for someone else.

Every dollar raised at Relay for Life means hope for a cure.

One toy from Toy Time can brighten a child's Christmas.

Being a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters takes one hour a week, but it's been shown to boost a child's confidence as well as reduce risk-taking behaviors.

 

If you are considering giving your time, go for it! There are so many great reasons to get involved. For a list of local organizations in need of volunteers, click here

 

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."  — Winston Churchill

July
28

Riding a horse is great exerciseit strengthens the core, improves balance and coordination and may even get your heart pumping. Here in north central Ohio, riding a horse also means the chance to soak in the serene natural beauty of family farms and ancient forests. Whether you've never sat in a saddle or are looking for a place to ride and train your own horse, there are plenty of options nearby.

Photo courtesy of Malabar Farms

1. Pleasant Valley Lake Park & Malabar Farm, Perrysville/Lucas

Both Pleasant Valley and Malabar Farm contain riding trails; there is also a trail that connects the two parks. These trails are free to use year-round. Riders can stage their horses from either park. The horseman's ground at Malabar is free to use. The staging area inside Pleasant Hill Park (located off State Route 95) requires a $5 parking fee for non-campers.

If you want to take your horse camping, Pleasant Hill's equine campground has 37 lots, each with its own campfire ring and picnic table and restrooms nearby.

 

Photo courtesy of Mohican Lodge and Conference Center 

2. Mohican State Park and Memorial State Forest Trails, Loudonville

The Mohican Forest is filled with history. Once the hunting grounds of the Delaware tribe, it later became pioneer territory when Native Americans were driven out during the War of 1812. Later, John Chapman (or as he is more commonly known, Johnny Appleseed) planted trees in the area. Today, you can ride through this historic forest on 22 miles of public bridle trails. Two staging areas are available off of State Route 97 on the western side of the Memorial State Forest. They are free to use.

Photo courtesy of Equestrian Valley Farm

3. Equestrian Valley Farm, Mansfield

Founded in 1815, Equestrian Valley Farm is made up of 200 acres of rolling hills, open pastures and pristine Mohican Forest. Trail rides allow you to see it all from atop your horse as you ride up and down the hills and through the woods. You don't need to own a horse to ride at Equestrian Valley -- the farm's herd includes a Quarter Horse, Tennessee Walker, Haflinger, Mustang and Percheron. Rides last about 75 minutes and are suitable for newbie and veteran riders alike.

Photo courtesy of Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center

4. Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Mansfield

In 1918, Frank Black founded his estate and named it Raemelton Farm after the Irish town where his father was born. In 1995, the estate was converted into a therapeutic riding center with an outdoor riding arena, indoor riding arena, two barns and beautiful pasture. Today it serves more than 100 students each week.

Raemelton's programs are specially designed for riders with physical handicaps, impaired mobility, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and/or psychological and emotional disabilities. It also offers a non-mounted class for at-risk youth that explores goal-setting and emotional development. Active, inactive or retired military members and their families can access these programs for free through the Hooves for Heroes program.

 

Photo courtesy of All Hoofed Up Ranch

5. All Hoofed Up Ranch, Crestline

All Hoofed Up is a great choice for kids and beginners as well as skilled riders. The ranch's one- and two-hour trail rides begin with a brief lesson before venturing through the fields, into the woods, and maybe through a creek or two! Take in the breathtaking natural views while you ride a calm Paint horse, Draft mix or gaited Tennessee Walker.

Marc and Lisa Sleeckx also provide horseback riding lessons year round and a kids' summer day camp in June and July.

 

Courtesy of Triple M Riding Rescue Ranch

6. Triple M Riding Rescue Ranch, Loudonville

Triple M is a non-profit horse rescue that gives riding lessons and guided trail rides. The 3rd generation family-owned ranch consists of 200 acres of some of Ohio's most beautiful forests. Trail rides are led by capable guides in groups of 6 or less for a more intimate, personal experience.

 

Photo courtesy of Arnold Show Horses

7. Arnold Show Horses, Ashland

Chris and Debbie Arnold have been in the equine business for over 30 years. They offer numerous services including coaching, lessons and a youth equestrian team for junior and senior high students. The Arnolds love coaching riders of all ages and help them train their horses.

 

 

8. McCartney Stables, Mansfield

Mike McCartney has over 30 years of experience training horses. He designs lessons based on customers' needs with a focus on safety, horsemanship and establishing a connection between the horse and its rider. In addition to training, McCartney Stables offers trail rides and riding lessons.

Fun Fact: Morgan Freeman boarded his horse at McCartney Stables during the Shawshank Redemption. 

 

Photo courtesy of Berry Valley Ranch

9. Berry Valley Ranch, Mansfield

If you need a place to board your horse, check out Berry Valley ranch. Berry Valley has over 120 acres of pasture and riding trails and facilities including a riding arena, tack room and  12X12 stalls with windows. Boarding options range from full care to stall only.

July
20

Kingwood Garden Centers
A big beautiful garden can be the heart of your summertime fun. You can stroll among colorful flowers and listen to birds sing early morning songs. Your family can share a leisurely picnic in the grass or sip lemonade beneath a luxurious shade tree.

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July
7

Looking for a high speed, heart-pumping adrenaline rush? Our list of "outdoor thrills" is sure to help. Below you'll find adventures suited for all ages, all within an hour of Mansfield, OH.

Photo courtesy of Mohican Adventures.

1. Aerial Park at Mohican Adventures, Loudonville

Just south of Richland County, Mohican Adventure Park offers numerous outdoor activities, including its newer aerial park. Six courses range from beginner to advanced level so even younger children can participate. Participants can climb up the "spider web" and cargo net, cross the rope bridges and cheese wall, and soar on the lily pad swings. More advanced courses include zip lines and a free fall jump (don't worry, there's a harness!) The green and blue courses, which are 12 and 22 feet high, are most suitable for children under 11. Ultimate thrill seekers will love the black course, situated 42 feet in the air. This exciting activity is great for groups and families.

 Photo courtesy of Battle Zone Paintball Park.

2. Battle Zone Paintball Park III, Mansfield

Paintball is a great way to get some exercise and experience the ultimate adrenaline rush. Battle Zone Park has 5 battlefields including a woodsball fort course, a speedball field with a castle, a village urban-assault course, a full military field and a minefield. All equipment is provided; however, you are permitted to bring their own. Groups must register a week in advance and may customize their own military simulation and objective-based missions. Guests can come without a group or reservation during the park's "free play" hours each weekend (Friday 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

The park also has monthly tournaments, which you can register for on its website.

 

   
Photos courtesy of The Infield.

3. The Infield, Lexington

The Mid-Ohio Sports Cars Course draws a lot of visitors to Richland County every year, but you don't have to be a professional to zoom around a racetrack. The Infield's go-cart courses are well-suited for thrill seekers of all ages. Adults and children ages 10 and up can zoom around the ¼ mile track--one of the longest go-cart tracks in Ohio. Children ages four and older can ride with an adult driver or head over to the kiddy course for a five-minute drive. See the Infield's website for height safety requirements.

 

4. Mountain Biking Trails at Mohican State Forest, Loudonville

These exciting trails are not for beginners. The short, six mile loop begins at the staging area across from the main campground on State Route 3. This "moderately difficult" path winds through the hillside and past the campgrounds. For a more challenging ride, try the 25-mile, one directional trail. Filled with gradual climbs and steep descents, this rollercoaster-like trail takes you past breathtaking Mohican scenery, so you can enjoy the pristine woodland and stunning lake views as you zip by.

 

Photo courtesy of Tree Frog Canopy Tours.

5. Tree Frog Canopy Tours, Glenmont

Located about 15 minutes south of Loudonville along the Mohican River, Tree Frog's zipline tour is worth the drive. Soar through the forest on a 2 1/2 hour tour with seven ziplines, two sky bridges and two rappels. With more than 4,000 feet of zipline cable, a peak point of 120 feet and a highest recorded speed of 51 MPH, Tree Frog is the longest, highest and fastest canopy tour in the state. Professional guides lead the way, so no prior experience is needed. 

June
27

Pre-Approval Should Always Be Your First Step | MyKCM

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.

Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, knowing your budget will give you the confidence of knowing if your dream home is within your reach.

Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the My Home section of their website:

"It's highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets."

One of the many advantages of working with a local real estate professional is that many have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you with this process. Once you have selected a lender, you will need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding "your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history." 

Freddie Mac describes the 4 Cs that help determine the amount you will be qualified to borrow:

  1. Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
  2. Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
  3. Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
  4. Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time

Getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and it often helps speed up the process once your offer has been accepted.

Bottom Line

Many potential home buyers overestimate the down payment and credit scores needed to qualify for a mortgage today. If you are ready and willing to buy, you may be pleasantly surprised at your ability to do so as well.

June
30

Exercise—we all know we need it. Why not enjoy it? From gorgeous flower gardens to woodland paths to 5K runs, there are plenty of places nearby to take in the beauty of the outdoors during your next workout.

1. Gorman Nature Center, Mansfield

Mansfield's 150-acre nature park includes over five miles of free public trails that are open from dawn to dusk, all year round. Hike, run or walk at your own pace through deciduous forests and grassland prairies while taking in the surrounding ponds, streams and wildlife. The trails are not paved; however, there are no major inclines and the paths are not considered strenuous for the average hiker. Dogs on short leashes (no longer than six feet) are permitted to hike with their owners; plastic baggies for clean-up are available at the beginning of each trail. Bikes and motorized vehicles (with the exception of electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters) are not permitted.

 

Photo courtesy of Destination Mansfield—Richland County.

2. Richland B&O Bike Trail

Originally a railroad track, this scenic stretch was converted into a public trail in the late 1980s. The 18-mile trail begins at North Lake Park in Mansfield and winds it way south through Lexington, Bellville and Butler. The B&O trail is a paved blacktop and goes through sunny spots, shaded wooded areas and across historic bridges. It's level surface is great for walking, jogging, running, roller skating, rollerblading or riding a bicycle. Dogs with short leashes are permitted. Motorized vehicles (with the exception of electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters) are not permitted. Parking is available in various spots along the trail. This trail is free to use.

 

Photo courtesy of Kingwood Center Gardens.

3. Kingwood Center Gardens, Mansfield

The history and beauty of Kingwood Center makes it one of Mansfield's most unique attractions. The former estate of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kelley King opened to the public in 1953, a year after Mr. King's death. Since then, the 47-acre estate has been meticulously maintained. Brick paths through the gardens as well as the pebble foot trails through the woods create an easy network of paths that's great for all ages. There are also a few grass paths. Pets are not permitted in the park. Admission is $5 or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists.

 

Photo courtesy of Malabar Farm.

4. Malabar Farm, Lucas

This historic farm contains four moderate-level trails as well as short path to the Mt. Jeez overlook. Butternut Trail forms a loop through the forest to a small cave. The Doris Duke Woods Trail circles through the woods. The Jungle Book Trail meanders through lowland areas teeming with undisturbed plants and wildlife. The fourth and longest trail, the Pleasant Valley Bridle Trail, is the only one open to horses as well as foot travelers. This trail features over five miles of scenic views, winding streams and stunning rock formations. Pets are allowed but must be on a leash. Cross country running is permitted. Parking and admission are free.

 

Photo courtesy of Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

5. Mohican State Park & Memorial State Forest, Loudonville

Roaming through the beautifully preserved Mohican forests is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. The State Park and State Forest offer one- and two-mile hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. The Discovery Forest Trail is a two-mile educational trail that's wonderful for kids. Use of the trails is free.

 

Photo courtesy of The City of Mansfield.

6. Clear Fork Reservoir, Mansfield & Reservoir No. 3, Shelby

The trails at the Clear Fork Reservoir are one of the lesser-known hiking options in the area. Dirt paths along the north side of the lake offer approximately 15 miles of trails through the woods. Dogs on leashes are permitted and there is no entrance fee. 

Shelby Reservoir No. 3 offers two public trails: a 3-mile wooded nature trail and a 1.25-mile paved surface surrounding the reservoir.

 

Photo courtesy of Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

7. Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mansfield

Bird watchers will love strolling through the trails at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, which is home to 52 species of breeding bird and migrating species. Four miles of foot trails lead through 90 acres of meadows, marshes, forest and waterside terrain. The Wood Duck Trail, one of the most populated bird habitats, has a wheelchair accessible portion. The trails and Sanctuary are free to visit. Dogs on leashes are allowed on the trails but not near bird enclosures or buildings.

 

Photo courtesy of the Shawshank Trail.

8. 5Ks, 7Ks, half and full marathons

Running is a great way to get fit. It's also a great way raise funds for some of Richland County's beloved organizations and landmarks. Annual runs include the Kingwood 5K, the Ohio State Reformatory's Shawshank Hustle 7K, Lexington Blueberry Festival 5K & Glow Run and Ontario's Liberty 5K. All of these runs benefit community organizations, parks and local sports teams. Just outside of Richland County are Galion's Pickle Run 5K and the Mohican Trail Marathon.

August
4

Mini golf courses have been around for over 100 years, but they're still as beloved as ever. Whether you're a first timer or a seasoned pro, these courses are a great place to put your skills (and your luck) to the test.

Photo courtesy of Kelly's Dairy Bar and Mini Golf

1. Kelly's Dairy Bar and Mini Golf, Mansfield

Nothing says summer like mini golf and an ice cream cone. Putt your way through the 18-hole course, complete with trees, a pond and a creek, then head to the patio to enjoy a cool, creamy ice cream cone. Kelly's serves 22 hard dip flavors and 40 soft serve flavors, including classic chocolate and vanilla as well as unique options like cheesecake and Jamaican rum. 

 

Logo courtesy of Roselawn Miniature Golf

2. Roselawn Miniature Golf, Shelby

Located in downtown Shelby, this family-run, 18-hole miniature golf course offers lots of surprises, including putt putt staples like the windmill and loop-d-loop. You can also enjoy a game of pinball in the arcade and satisfy your sweet tooth at the candy counter.

 

Photos courtesy of The Infield

3. The Infield, Lexington

An 18-hole putt putt course is just one of the family-friendly activities you'll find at the Infield. Adult and child-size go-karts, a video arcade, batting cages and a playground mean hours of summer fun.

 

Photo courtesy of Mohican Adventures

4. Mohican Adventures, Loudonville

Mini golf is just one of the summertime activities you can enjoy at Mohican Adventures. The park offers three courses, including the challenging Grist Mill, the rock and stream-filled Adventure Course and a Level Skills Course.

 

Photo courtesy of Bellville Der Dutchman

5. Der Dutchman, Bellville

Der Dutchman is known for its delicious, Amish-style fare and wonder-filled Carlisle gift shop, but it also offers an 18 hole mini golf course that's great for all ages!

February
2

No Matter What the Groundhog Says, Here are 5 Reasons to Sell Before Spring! | MyKCM

Is spring closer than we think? Depending on which groundhog you listen to today, you may have less time than you think to get your home on the market before the busy spring season.

Many sellers feel that the spring is the best time to place their homes on the market as buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. However, the next six weeks before spring hits also have their own advantages.

Here are five reasons to sell now.

1. Demand is Strong 

Foot traffic refers to the number of people who are out, physically looking at homes right now. The latest foot traffic numbers from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) show that the number of buyers out looking for their dream homes in December reached the highest mark since February 2016.

These buyers are ready, willing and able to buy…and are in the market right now! Take advantage of the strong buyer activity currently in the market.

2. There Is Less Competition Now 

Housing inventory just dropped to a 3.6-month supply, which is well under the 6-month supply needed for a normal housing market. This means, in many areas, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in that market. This is good news for home prices; however, additional inventory is about to come to market.

There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move, as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. Homeowners are now seeing a return to positive equity as real estate values have increased over the last four years. Many of these homes will be coming to market soon.

Also, new construction of single-family homes is again beginning to increase. A study by Harris Poll revealed that 41% of buyers would prefer to buy a new home, while only 21% prefer an existing home (38% had no preference).

The choices buyers have will increase in the spring. Don't wait for this other inventory to come to market before you sell.

3. The Process Will Be Quicker

One of the biggest challenges of the housing market has been the length of time it takes from contract to closing. Banks are requiring more and more paperwork before approving a mortgage. There is less overall business done in the winter. Therefore, the process will be less onerous than it will be in the spring. Getting your house sold and closed before the spring delays begin will lend to a smoother transaction.

4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move-Up

If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by 4.7% over the next 12 months according to CoreLogic. If you are moving to a higher priced home, it will wind-up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait. You can also lock-in your 30-year housing expense with an interest rate around 4% right now. Rates are projected to rise by half a percentage point by the end of 2017.

5. It's Time to Move on with Your Life

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take back control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps, the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

That is what is truly important.

February
1

The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, as well as the market demand. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys "over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions" for their monthly REALTORS Confidence Index.

Their latest edition sheds some light on the relationship between Seller Traffic (supply) and Buyer Traffic (demand).

Buyer Demand

The map below was created after asking the question: "How would you rate buyer traffic in your area?"

Buyer Demand Is Outpacing the Supply of Homes for Sale | MyKCM

The darker the blue, the stronger the demand for homes in that area. Only six states had a weak demand level.

Seller Supply

The Index also asked: "How would you rate seller traffic in your area?"

As you can see from the map below, the majority of the country has weak Seller Traffic, meaning there are far fewer homes on the market than what is needed to satisfy the buyers who are out looking for their dream homes.

Buyer Demand Is Outpacing the Supply of Homes for Sale | MyKCM

Bottom Line

Looking at the maps above, it is not hard to see why prices are appreciating in many areas of the country. Until the supply of homes for sale starts to meet the buyer demand, prices will continue to increase. If you are debating listing your home for sale, let's get together to help you capitalize on the demand in the market now!

November
2

How Long Do Families Stay in a Home? | MyKCM

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historic data on many aspects of homeownership. One of the data points that has changed dramatically is the median tenure of a family in a home. As the graph below shows, for over twenty years (1985-2008), the median tenure averaged exactly six years. However, since 2008, that average is almost nine years – an increase of almost 50%.

How Long Do Families Stay in a Home? | MyKCM

Why the dramatic increase?

The reasons for this change are plentiful. The top two reasons are:

  1. The fall in home prices during the housing crisis left many homeowners in a negative equity situation (where their home was worth less than the mortgage on the property).
  2. The uncertainty of the economy made some homeowners much more fiscally conservative about making a move.

However, with home prices rising dramatically over the last several years, over 90% of homes with a mortgage are now in a positive equity situation with 70% of them having at least 20% equity.

And, with the economy coming back and wages starting to increase, many homeowners are in a much better financial situation than they were just a few short years ago.

What does this mean for housing?

Many believe that a large portion of homeowners are not in a house that is best for their current family circumstances. They could be baby boomers living in an empty, four-bedroom colonial, or a millennial couple planning to start a family that currently lives in a one-bedroom condo.

These homeowners are ready to make a move. Since the lack of housing inventory is a major challenge in the current housing market, this could be great news.

October
18

How Historically Low Interest Rates Increase Your Purchasing Power | MyKCM

According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at 3.47%. Rates have remained at or below 3.5% each of the last 16 weeks, marking a historic low.

The interest rate you secure when buying a home not only greatly impacts your monthly housing costs, but also impacts your purchasing power.

Purchasing power, simply put, is the amount of home you can afford buy for the budget you have available to spend. As rates increase, the price of the house you can afford will decrease if you plan to stay within a certain monthly housing budget.

The chart below shows what impact rising interest rates would have if you planned to purchase a home within the national median price range, and planned to keep your principal and interest payments at or about $1,100 a month.

How Historically Low Interest Rates Increase Your Purchasing Power | MyKCM

With each quarter of a percent increase in interest rate, the value of the home you can afford decreases by 2.5%, (in this example, $6,250). Experts predict that mortgage rates will be closer to 4% by this time next year.

Act now to get the most house for your hard earned money.

October
6

Why We Need More Newly Constructed Homes | MyKCM

The number of new home sales is far off historic norms. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just reported that the percentage of all house sales that were newly constructed homes has fallen to the lowest numbers in forty years. Here is a graph showing the percentages:

Why We Need More Newly Constructed Homes | MyKCM

This should come as no surprise as the number of new housing starts has fallen dramatically over the last several years:

Why We Need More Newly Constructed Homes | MyKCM

Bottom Line

We need more new construction for two reasons:

  1. It will relieve some of the pent-up buying demand that is causing price appreciation to continue to increase well above historic norms.
  2. It will give better opportunities to many current homeowners who want to sell but can't find an adequate home to move in to.
August
29

 

Don't Get Caught in the Rental Trap! | MyKCM

There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top ones is being able to protect yourself from rising rents and lock in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage.

Don't Become Trapped

Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist at realtor.com, reported on what he calls a "Rental Affordability Crisis." He warns that,

"Low rental vacancies and a lack of new rental construction are pushing up rents, and we expect that they'll outpace home price appreciation in the year ahead."

In the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University's 2015 Report on Rental Housing, they reported that 49% of rental households are cost-burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on housing. These households struggle to save for a rainy day and pay other bills, such as food and healthcare.

It's Cheaper to Buy Than Rent

In Smoke's article, he went on to say,

"Housing is central to the health and well-being of our country and our local communities. In addition, this (rental affordability) crisis threatens the future value of owned housing, as the burdensome level of rents will trap more aspiring owners into a vicious financial cycle in which they cannot save and build a solid credit record to eventually buy a home."

 "While more than 85% of markets have burdensome rents today, it's perplexing that in more than 75% of the counties across the country, it is actually cheaper to buy than rent a home. So why aren't those unhappy renters choosing to buy?"

Know Your Options

Perhaps you have already saved enough to buy your first home. HousingWire reported that analysts at Nomura believe:

"It's not that Millennials and other potential homebuyers aren't qualified in terms of their credit scores or in how much they have saved for their down payment.

 It's that they think they're not qualified or they think that they don't have a big enough down payment." (emphasis added)

Many first-time homebuyers who believe that they need a large down payment may be holding themselves back from their dream home. As we have reported before, in many areas of the country, a first-time home buyer can save for a 3% down payment in less than two years. You may have already saved enough!

Bottom Line

Don't get caught in the trap so many renters are currently in. If you are ready and willing to buy a home, find out if you are able. Let's get together to determine if you could qualify for a mortgage now!

July
19

A Homeowner's Net Worth is 45x Greater Than a Renter's!

A Homeowner's Net Worth is 45x Greater Than a Renter's! | MyKCM

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner's net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter ($194,500 vs. $5,400).

In a Forbes article, the National Association of Realtors' (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun predicts that in 2016 the net worth gap will widen even further to 45 times greater.

The graph below demonstrates the results of the last two Federal Reserve studies and Yun's prediction:

A Homeowner's Net Worth is 45x Greater Than a Renter's! | MyKCM

Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You

Simply put, homeownership is a form of 'forced savings.' Every time you pay your mortgage, you are contributing to your net worth. Every time you pay your rent, you are contributing to your landlord's net worth.

The latest National Housing Pulse Survey from NAR reveals that 85% of consumers believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision. Yun comments:

"Though there will always be discussion about whether to buy or rent, or whether the stock market offers a bigger return than real estate, the reality is that homeowners steadily build wealth. The simplest math shouldn't be overlooked."

Bottom Line

If you are interested in finding out if you could put your housing cost to work for you by purchasing a home, let's get together to discuss your next steps.

July
5

4 Reasons to Buy This Summer!

4 Reasons to Buy This Summer! | MyKCM

Summer is here! The temperature isn't the only thing heating up right now, so too is the housing market in many areas of the country! Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic's latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.2% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.3% over the next year. The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report projects home values to appreciate by more than 3.2% a year for the next 5 years.

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase 

Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have remained around 4%. Most experts predict that they will begin to rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Freddie Mac & the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting that rates will be up almost a full percentage point by this time next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is necessary to buy your next home. 

3. Either Way You are Paying a Mortgage

As a paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains:

"Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That's yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting."

4. It's Time to Move On with Your Life

The 'cost' of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But what if they weren't? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe now is the time to buy.

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

April
21

April
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