Selling With The Best Real Estate Listing Agents in Dayton

Selling My Home in Dayton Ohio | Real Estate Listing Agent

Are you selling a home in Dayton Ohio? Determining the best real estate agent to list your home for sale should be a well thought out choice. Two of the biggest mistakes home sellers make when choosing a listing agent are selecting an agent based on:

1) Hiring a real estate agent that gives you the highest list price for your home.

2) Hiring a discount brokerage to list and sell your home for a lower commission.

Upon reading this, a seller might say, “What? Are you crazy?” Sellers want to list their home for sale at the highest possible price, net the most amount of money, and pay the least amount of commission as possible. But the two criteria listed should play absolutely no part in helping you choose a listing agent – especially if you want a competent Realtor that keeps your best interests at heart.

Do Not Choose A Realtor Based On The Highest Suggested List Price

There is not one real estate agent in Dayton Ohio that can tell you how much your home will sell for. A listing agent can show you comparable sales (comps), pending sales and active sales within a 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, 3/4 of a mile and even 1 sq. mile from your home. But you (the seller) choose the sales price and potential buyers will tell you if the price is right.

1) In order to secure a listing, some agents contort the truth
Because no agents can guarantee that your home will sell for a specific price, the listing agent who suggests the highest price is probably exaggerating the numbers. Ask the real estate agent to show you numbers supporting the inflated list price. More than likely, the agent will not be able to show you comparables supporting their inflated list price. If they do show you comps supporting the inflated list price, make sure the agent is not showing you homes that are located in a different neighborhood.

2) Talk to a listing agent who offers you a range
There should always be a price range. There may be a $10,000 to $15,000 price difference from the low-end versus the high, but there should always be a range in price. When listing a home, there are many different factors that determine the price range. Some of those factors include location, school district, home improvements, and the current market.

3) Correctly pricing a home to sell is an art
Pricing your home correctly from the beginning is one of the most important factors in selling your home. The optimal time to receive an offer on your home is within the first 30 days it’s been on the market. If your listing agent has done a good job and your home is priced right, you’ll more than likely get an offer. If your home is priced too high, you may not even get any showings; buyers will avoid your home and you’ll eventually end up reducing the price, leaving potential buyers wondering what’s wrong with your house.

Be Careful Choosing A Real Estate Agent That Offers A Lower Commission

Yes, there are always underlying circumstances as to why a real estate broker or real estate agent is willing to discount his/her commission. Most of the time, it’s the only way the broker or agent feels he/she can compete in a highly competitive business. Generally, real estate brokers/agents are willing to cut commission because they are unable to compete with other highly skilled Realtors in areas such as negotiation skills or internet marketing (advertising).

If the only real benefit a real estate agent brings to a table is a cheap listing fee (lower commission rate), ask yourself why. Is the real estate agent desperate for business, unqualified or both?

Circumstances Where A Qualified Real Estate Will Offer A Lower Commission Rate

There are a few specific instances where a fully qualified real estate agent will negotiate a lower commission rate to list your home for sale.

1) You’re not only listing your home, but also buying a home utilizing the same real estate agent for both transactions.

2) You’re willing to pay for all advertising materials & other expenses related to the sale of your home.

3) You do not have enough equity in your home to pay the full 6% commission rate.

4) You have referred other business to your real estate agent.

5) You’re selling multiple homes.

Should I List My House For Sale During The Winter Months?

House For Sale: Listing Your Home For Sale During Winter Months

Listing your home for sale and selling your home during the cold Winter months is a much more profitable idea than many sellers think. Most people interested in selling their home choose to hibernate all Winter long, just waiting until Spring arrives to have a Realtor list their house for sale. When Springtime finally rolls around, real estate listings hit the market in droves and your house will be just one of the many homes for sale in your neighborhood.


Listing and selling a home during the Winter months often equates to less competition. Every seller wants buyers to give their home as much attention as possible. You can help your home stand out from the crowd by listing and selling when most everyone else is not. When there are less real estate listings on the market for buyers to choose from, you are creating a seller’s market.


Believe it or not, there is a strategy to listing and selling homes. Listing your home for sale during the Winter months will likely attract more serious buyers. Think about it for a moment… if you list your home for sale during the Winter months, any potential buyers willing to schedule a showing and trek out into the freezing cold weather to view your home are probably serious buyers. Contrary to many beliefs, most people do not contact a Realtor, schedule showings, and spend hours casually looking at homes for sale with no intention of buying.


The short answer to this questions is “No!” Just because it’s Wintertime doesn’t mean that you should ask less for your home. As a matter of fact, I would suggest asking a little more for your home because there are less homes on the market for potential buyers to choose from. If you choose to ask a little more for your home during the Winter and for some reason it doesn’t sell, you can lower the price come Springtime and market the home as “price reduction” and a great deal.

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Real Estate Investing: Multi Family vs Luxury Real Estate

Multi Family Properties in Dayton Ohio

DAYTON OHIO – Real estate investors remain bullish on the market for multi-family properties (apartment dwellings) in Dayton & Cincinnati Ohio. This coming year (2015), I foresee rent increases stabilizing and the best opportunities for real estate investors could be in older buildings, not new luxury properties.

If you watch the market closely, you’ll see that JPMorgan Chase and Prudential Mortgage Capital both have a positive outlook for multifamily properties and commercial real estate for the coming year. I’ve spoken with some of Dayton and Cincinnati Ohio’s top real estate investors and they have all mentioned that they see no end for the demand of investors to develop and buy multifamily housing in Dayton / Cincinnati Ohio.

The strong competition for the limited amount of duplexes, triplexes, and multifamily properties for sale and the limited amount of vacant land has driven up prices and demand for apartment buildings in Dayton / Cincinnati Ohio.

If you are thinking about investing in multi-family property in the Dayton / Cincinnati Ohio area, here are a few things to consider before buying an investment property.

Location of The Property – Before investing in a multifamily property, you’ll want to become familiar with the location of the property. You will need to understand the local real estate market, school district, crime rates, and if the area your investment property is located in is desirable to potential renters (tenants).

The Number of Units – You’ll want to educate yourself on the number of units per building and how many bedrooms and bathrooms are in each unit. In many cases, you’ll find a building that has four units, with three units having 2 bedrooms/1 bath and the fourth unit having 3 bedrooms/2 baths.

How Much Rent Each Unit Brings In – You’ll need to know how much rent each unit will bring in to calculate your return on investment (ROI). Because all units are not going to be the same size or have the same number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc, you may be able to charge different rent amounts for the different units.

Return On Investment – If the multifamily investment property you are considering has met all other criteria, you now need to calculate return on investment. Return on investment, or ROI, is the most common profitability ratio. There are several ways to determine ROI, but the most frequently used method is to divide net profit by total assets. So if your net profit is $100,000 and your total assets are $300,000, your ROI would be .33 or 33 percent.

The Seller – You’ll want to ask the current owner (seller) why he/she has decided to sell the investment property. Are there problems with the buildings? Not enough cash flow being generated? Are they just tired of being a landlord?