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My name is Mike. I am “HomeBuyer Advocate Mike”. This is my blog site to help inform and educate home buyers in the Central Ohio area. The company I work for is Buyer’s Resource Realty Services. The Buyer’s Resource team consists of Andy, George & myself. We are fully qualified and licensed real estate professionals who work exclusively as advocates & advisors for home buyers in Central Ohio. Andy George & myself are your best protection and assurance for getting the best price and terms on your next home.
It seems like it took forever but Home Inspectors will finally be required to be licensed in the state of Ohio. Previous Ohio Governor, John Kasich signed the bill into law in January 2019. As of April 2020, all rules, standards and guidelines for all home inspectors will be in place.The state of...
Clintonville is a tough real estate market in Columbus, Ohio.  Low inventory and high demand makes it difficult to get a good price on a home in this area.  Recent closing-October 2019; 566 E. Beaumont Road.  $499,900 list price.  Final sales price $462,000
Warning! The volatile, toxic nature of manufacturing "meth" makes it a very serious health issue.  For every pound of methamphetamine (crank) manufactured there is six pounds of toxic waste and residue left behind.  In addition to the hazardous waste concerns, the making of "crank" in a drug lab...
  How Radon Gas Enters A Home! We've had reason in recent days to re-investigate the risks of radon gas to our health. We got a lot of help from Elizabeth James, radon maven. [Thanks, Liz!] The news is not good!Radon, you will remember, is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas-the pro...
In our market, a FROG in your house is actually a really good thing.  In real estate terms, a FROG means "family room over the garage"  How many of you out there honestly knew what this abbreviation meant?  Many real estate agents & brokers don't even know what a frog is? Being able to decipher r...
I've been an Exclusive Buyer's Agent (EBA) since 1996.  During this time, I've evaluated thousands of homes with my Buyer clients.   I'm constantly amazed at some of the stupid staging techniques that I've seen.  When done correctly, I think there is place for subtle home staging techniques.  Bu...
 This Old House magazine's latest Home Inspection Nightmares IX (9) photo gallery is hilarious.  My favorite photos are #1 (8 junction boxes) & #5 (cymbal diverter).   I love this photo gallery series.  You can also check out past Home Inspection Nightmare photo galleries.  All the photos are ver...
  The other day I was attending a home inspection with one of my Buyer clients.  The  Home Inspector discovered some bugs that he thought were bed bugs.  My Buyers asked me a good question, "Do Seller's have to disclose bed bugs to potential homebuyers?" Bed bugs are becoming a major problem ever...
If you are looking for help to buy a home in Columbus, Ohio then you should contact a Buyer's Agent.  But, not all Buyer's Agents are the same.  The best representation for a residential or investor home buyer in Columbus, Ohio is an Exclusive Buyer Agent (EBA) or Exclusive Buyer Broker (EBB).  A...
How funny!   A recent court ruling in Pennsylvania could possibly interpret real estate agents and brokers as not professionals. Licensing requirements do vary by state.  But, many, many states have similiar license guidelines to Pennsylvania. So what's your occupation?  I guess the last 15 years...

Michael Marshall

Buyer Agent (Columbus, Ohio)
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