Buyer’s Home: Your Exclusive Columbus Buyers Agency

Best Columbus Area SuburbsNeed help deciding where to live in the Columbus metro? Niche put together a list of “Best Suburbs to Live in the Columbus Area,” based on information from the U.S. Census, the FBI, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, school rankings and more. Here’s the top 3:

1. Bexley. This suburb has 13,786 residents, and is located 5 minutes from downtown Columbus. Bexley is situated along Alum Creek and neighbors the Franklin Park Conservatory. Bexley is home to the vintage Drexel Movie Theater, a 1930’s-era art deco gem, and holds a wealth of history on the National Road. With tree-lined streets, stately homes, abundant amenities and award-winning schools, Bexley wins Niche’s #1 suburb in the Columbus area, plus the #5 suburb in the entire state of Ohio.

2. Dublin is a growing suburb of about 46,500 residents, and is known for the Dublin Irish Festival, which attracts 100,000 visitors each year. Dublin is also home to the PGA Memorial Tournament which draws thousands of fans to the prestigious Muirfield Village Golf Club. The local economy is strong, benefitting by several corporate headquarters situated in the city. Residents of Dublin enjoy numerous pubs, restaurants, shops, parks and golf courses. Niche gives Dublin a #2 ranking in Columbus suburbs, and lists it as #10 out of all suburbs in Ohio.

3. Upper Arlington. Located just about 12 minutes from downtown Columbus, Upper Arlington is a historic suburb with about 35,300 residents. This scenic community is bordered by the Scioto River to the west, with the Olentangy River to the east. Upper Arlington’s 33 parks offer numerous trails and outdoor recreation. Special events happen throughout the year, and the Labor Day Arts Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors. With excellent schools, elegant homes, ample amenities and Ohio State University nearby, Upper Arlington takes the 3rd spot in top Columbus suburbs.

We should mention that Powell, Grandview Heights, Worthington, New Albany, Gahanna, Hilliard and Westerville round out the top 10 in Niche’s Best Columbus Area Suburbs list! But what really matters is the best suburb for you. When you become our Buyer-Client, we will be your dedicated guide to Columbus area communities, the local real estate market and the home buying process!

As your Exclusive Buyer’s Broker, we serve your best interests at all times! Unlike real estate agents and brokerages who represent sellers, as an Exclusive Buyer’s Broker, we only represent you, the buyer, getting you the best price and terms with no conflict of interest at all times.

Understanding this distinction could literally save you thousands of dollars not only on the purchase price and terms, but also on seller concessions and home inspection issues, whether you are a first-time homebuyer or an experienced homeowner!

Contact us with your home buying questions! Remember, we are with you every step of the way…all the way home!

Andrew Show
Exclusive Buyer’s Broker, CEBA-M, MCNE, CSP, PSA,e-PRO, CREM, ABRM, AHWD
Buyer’s Resource Realty Services www.BuyersHome.com
Serving Metro Columbus, Ohio with Exclusive Buyer’s Agents
7100 North High Street, Suite 204, Worthington, Ohio 43085
614-888-4110 | 888-888-4110 Toll Free | 614-839-4110 Fax

Chess, Pawn, King, Game, Tournament, IntelligenceWhile the majority of Central Ohio home buyers use a mortgage to make their home purchase, cash buyers steal the spotlight when their offer is on the table. As we mentioned in a prior blog post, sellers love cash offers because they are seen as a “guaranteed closing” and the fastest closing.

This is hard to compete with, but not impossible! In return for their lack of red tape, cash buyers expect to get preferential treatment from the seller, in the form of a cheaper sales price. Not all sellers will go for this, which opens the door for mortgage-backed buyers.

Offering a competitive purchase price, based on the market, is a start. But you’ll need to show that you are a highly-qualified buyer! Here are some tactics:

1. Include a significant amount of earnest money with your offer. The seller will see this check and remember it! Caution: earnest money is not the same thing as a down payment. It’s a good-faith deposit that shows your commitment to making the purchase. If you fail to close the deal due to any reason not covered in your contingencies, you could forfeit your earnest money.

2. Include a printout of your FICO credit score with your lender’s pre-approval letter. It gives you a distinction from other offers, and, in the seller’s eyes, makes you likely to see the deal through.

3. Proactively offer the seller temporary occupancy after closing, about 5 days, at no charge to them. (If the home is already vacant, this won’t be a viable tactic.) Even if the seller doesn’t need this, they will notice your considerate gesture. And, perhaps decide that you are the type of person they’d rather work with.

These suggestions assume you are well-prepared financially. If your cash reserves are modest and your credit score is on the lower side, it may be worth waiting until you are in a stronger position to buy a home. Improving your financial condition will serve you well if unexpected expenses arise during the home purchase process, or an unexpected repair comes up during your early days of home ownership.

You can find many more purchase strategies and home buyng tips in our free e-book, “How to Buy a Home like a Pro!” Download yours today at this link. There is no obligation.

As your Exclusive Buyer’s Broker, we serve your best interests at all times! Unlike real estate agents and brokerages who represent sellers, as an Exclusive Buyer’s Broker, we only represent you, the buyer, getting you the best price and terms with no conflict of interest at all times.

Understanding this distinction could literally save you thousands of dollars not only on the purchase price and terms, but also on seller concessions and home inspection issues, whether you are a first-time homebuyer or an experienced homeowner!

Contact us with your home buying questions! Remember, we are with you every step of the way…all the way home!

Andrew Show
Exclusive Buyer’s Broker, CEBA-M, MCNE, CSP, PSA,e-PRO, CREM, ABRM, AHWD
Buyer’s Resource Realty Services www.BuyersHome.com
Serving Metro Columbus, Ohio with Exclusive Buyer’s Agents
7100 North High Street, Suite 204, Worthington, Ohio 43085
614-888-4110 | 888-888-4110 Toll Free | 614-839-4110 Fax

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