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Flat Fee vs Traditional 6% Model Round 3: Turnover vs. Training

In this post, Broker Glen Whitten of the Ohio Property Group and OhioMLSFlatFee.com examines the third big flaw in the traditional Realtor model: The Turnover vs Training paradox. He shows how their firm’s family approach, deep commitment to training, and extreme niche service model keep them ahead of all competition

 Flat Fee vs Traditional 6% Model Round 2: One Size Fits All?

In this post, Broker Glen Whitten of the Ohio Property Group and OhioMLSFlatFee.com examines the second big flaw in the traditional Realtor model: The one-size-fits-all service approach. He shows how unbundling is the way of the future to help sellers save money while getting top dollar for their home.

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Flat Fee vs Traditional 6% Model Round 1: Big Fat Commissions

In a new series, we break down the fundamental flaws with the Traditional 6% real estate model and compare it to the Flat Fee Unbundled approach used by the Ohio Property Group and OhioMLSFlatFee.com. Come along for the ride and see why change is on the horizon.

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I don’t charge 6% to sell homes. Realtors…you’re welcome.

In the wake of a groundbreaking $1.8 Billion verdict against the National Association of Realtors and several large brokerages, I believe they should have called me to the stand.
If NAR lost because the jury felt 6% was the only option, this website, OhioMLSFlatFee.com, is the perfect defense. Discover why

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Lawsuits Against Realtors Are Long Overdue

In a monumental shift, home sellers are taking a stand against real estate commissions that have long felt disproportionate and opaque. The recent legal actions against the National Association of Realtors and established brokerages signal a long-overdue call for transparency. This movement isn’t just a tremor – it’s an industry

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5 ways to price your home

Pricing a house doesn’t have to be a guessing game. Discover the best methods to determine the right price for your home sale. Explore options like searching local comps, getting a Realtor’s Competitive Market Analysis, hiring an appraiser, or even considering an auction. Plus, find out how Automated Value Models

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Do Professional Photos Help You Sell Faster?

Like Realtors, professional photographers tend to make beginners feel incompetent with their “free advice” that instead of building your know-how and confidence, you end up walking away with a pit in your stomach. Allow me to sum up all their advice in four words: “You suck. Hire me”.

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Image of a house with a dollar sign on the face representing realtor commissions with a large gavel beginning to smash the house and dollar sign

Lawsuits Against Realtors Are Long Overdue

In a monumental shift, home sellers are taking a stand against real estate commissions that have long felt disproportionate and opaque. The recent legal actions against the National Association of Realtors and established brokerages signal a long-overdue call for transparency. This movement isn’t just a tremor – it’s an industry

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Ohio Open House

How to hold a real estate open house

Unlock the potential of open houses with our expert playbook. Get insights on when and how long to host your open house, leveraging social media for promotion, and providing clear instructions for buyers to make offers. Don’t miss this opportunity to maximize your home’s exposure and enhance your selling experience.

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Is the hot seller market cooling off?

As the housing market continues to evolve, it’s essential to reflect on trends and lessons learned. Much like the fashion trends of the past, real estate markets can change, and expectations should remain grounded. In the current hot market, maintaining realistic pricing and market-savvy strategies is key to success. Learn

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Seller Beware in Ohio

Let the SELLER Beware of Appraisals & Inspections

In the world of real estate, we often hear ‘caveat emptor,’ or ‘let the buyer beware.’ But what about sellers? It’s time to introduce ‘caveat venditor’—let the seller beware. In today’s market, sellers face unique challenges, from appraisal issues to inspection demands. Learn how to protect your interests and navigate

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Seller Beware in Ohio

Let the SELLER Beware of Appraisals & Inspections

In the world of real estate, we often hear ‘caveat emptor,’ or ‘let the buyer beware.’ But what about sellers? It’s time to introduce ‘caveat venditor’—let the seller beware. In today’s market, sellers face unique challenges, from appraisal issues to inspection demands. Learn how to protect your interests and navigate

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Dealing with low offers on Ohio Homes

How to handle low ball offers on your home

As an experienced broker, I hate presenting lowball offers. Sellers often forget the ‘don’t shoot the messenger’ rule when they see one. Let’s dive into expert tips for dealing with lowball offers on your home effectively. Don’t settle for less than your home’s true value.

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Dual Agency is Dangerous

Should a home-buyer and home-seller use the same agent?

Discover why dual agency in real estate can be a risky proposition. You’ll be shown the essential differences between buyer agents, seller agents, and dual agents, and why working with a dedicated buyer’s agent is often the smartest choice. Learn how dual agency can potentially compromise your interests as a buyer, and why family connections and part-time agents may not be the best fit for your homebuying journey.

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Ohio Open House

How to hold a real estate open house

Unlock the potential of open houses with our expert playbook. Get insights on when and how long to host your open house, leveraging social media for promotion, and providing clear instructions for buyers to make offers. Don’t miss this opportunity to maximize your home’s exposure and enhance your selling experience. Ready to rock your open house? Explore our proven strategies now.

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5 ways to price your home

Pricing a house doesn’t have to be a guessing game. Discover the best methods to determine the right price for your home sale. Explore options like searching local comps, getting a Realtor’s Competitive Market Analysis, hiring an appraiser, or even considering an auction. Plus, find out how Automated Value Models can help. Don’t leave your home’s pricing to chance. Take control of your home selling journey by confidently setting the right asking price.

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Winning Trophy FSBO Ohio

Home sellers! Think like buyers if you want to win!

I say all that to say this – stop trying to sell the house with the flyer.  Your opinion of your house and your asking price does not matter. Bad feedback and weeks with no activity are only signs that you have underestimated your competition.  Most sellers get mad and try to blame their agent or the idiot buyers.

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Photography for real estate fsbo and flat fee mls listings

Do Professional Photos Help You Sell Faster?

Like Realtors, professional photographers tend to make beginners feel incompetent with their “free advice” that instead of building your know-how and confidence, you end up walking away with a pit in your stomach. Allow me to sum up all their advice in four words: “You suck. Hire me”.

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