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5 MUST ASK questions when interviewing a Realtor

by Sherrie Toth

Sellers and Buyers: 5 MUST ASK questions when interviewing a Realtor.

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Are you buying or selling a home? Thinking about it?

At RE/MAX Consultant Group, Toth and Team, we are confident in our ability to do the best job representing you.  But we want YOU to be just as confident.  Here are a few questions you can ask when your are interviewing for a Realtor to help you either look for a home or sell one.

 

  1. Ask about experience- The sale of your home is one of the most costly transactions you will likely make in your lifetime and you should be confident that your Realtors experience will allow them to handle the sale of your home with fidelity from listing to closing. Its suggested  that you will want your agent to have at least 5-8  years of experience.
  2. When selling, ask how they plan to market your home- Marketing set’s  an agent apart.  Data shows that homes sell faster  the more thoroughly they are marketed. Many agents put a sign in the yard, put it in the MLS  and hope it sells.  It’s important that your agent has a written plan for your home. They should be able to sell the lifestyle of the area and should be talented at social marketing. Social marketing is the new  print press.
  3. Ask about communication - The process of selling a home will require a lot of communication-- nail biting at times!  Do you have a preference to which communication you prefer and how often?  Most agents are “cookie cutter” communicators. Make sure your communication from your Realtor is tailored just for you.
  4. Ask about office location and area knowledge- Is your agent local or miles or even counties away?  Can they react within minutes of a call? Many Realtors are moving to virtual offices. Buyers and sellers still like to walk into an office and talk with a professional face to face. Buyers want to trust their agent and get to know them before they feel confident allowing the agent to take care of their financial business.  An office will have maps, local information and feature their sellers listings to new buyers. Although paper marketing is becoming archaic to buyers, they still love to come into an office and get materials and information about a community from an area professional without seeing it for the first time at a showing. A brokerage that invests in an area office,  typically make it their business to know it  like the back of their hand.
  5. Ask about  past performance- Ask for performance documentation. Not their brokerage stats but their own personal stats compared the average agent. You don't want an average agent helping you with hundreds of thousands of dollars! Remember, past performance is likely going to be their future performance.


Of course, these are not the ONLY questions that you can ask, but these are definitely high up on the list.  RE/MAX Consultant Group, Toth and Team have a full list of questions that you can use in an interview.  Give us a call and let’s sit down and chat!  

Pancakes this weekend, at the lake

by Sherrie Toth

Pancakes this weekend, at the lake!

Fluffy. Sweet. Golden. Tasty.  PANCAKES.   I’m starting to think we might take these things for granted.  Nothing says all-American breakfast like the traditional pancake and it doesn’t have to be packed with unhealthy ingredients, either. This recipe has been developed over time by researching and trying dozens of recipes and tweaking certain things here and there to make these perfect for us.  We’d love to hear how you switch things up to suit YOUR family’s taste buds.

 

Old-Fashioned, All-American Pancakes

Ingredients:

2c Whole Wheat Flour

1c Oats

4T sugar (or your favorite substitute)

2 heaping T baking powder

1 Stick melted butter or 1/2c oil

2t vanilla

2 Whole eggs

3 cups milk (add more later to get desired consistency)

 

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Directions:

Preheat pan or cast iron skillet to low to medium temperature. Mix dry ingredients together.  When you’re finished add wet ingredients.  If you desire a thinner pancake, you may choose to add a little more milk or water during this step.  We like them thicker, so we typically skip any additional ingredients.   

Spray hot pan with some cooking spray and add desired amount of batter.  If you are cooking for kids or the tiny child within, you can add sprinkles or chocolate chips to this step.  Wait until you see bubbles and then flip the pancake.  Your finished product should be a golden brown.  Sprinkle some powdered sugar or any other topping you desire.


What are your favorite winter recipes?

Living On The Lake in The Off Season!

by Sherrie Toth

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When you think of “Lake Living,” your brain probably automatically associates it with summertime. And rightly so!  Living on a lake is definitely at its peak during those summer months when you can enjoy boating, skiing, swimming and many other countless “summertime-esque” activities                                             .

                                           

Fortunately, Lake Living doesn’t have to die with summer.  It’s just as alive in the off season as any other time-- just in a  different way.                                                                             
 

If you’re bored or looking for “things” to do, it might be a good idea to connect with your Lake’s Social Media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).  Through these sites, you can connect with your community and stay in the loop regarding special events and other get-togethers. You might even get to know other people as a result!

 

Summer isn’t the only beautiful season either.  Each season can be admired for its grandeur.  Fall’s gorgeous leaves and colors; Winter’s quiet, white, cool, snow-filled backdrop; and the new life of spring.  Add all of this beauty to the scenery of a lake and you have double beauty.

 

So don’t rule out living on a lake just because you think you can only enjoy it for three months during the year.  Lake Living is a lifestyle that can be enjoyed all year round.

 

Check out our blog from last year about other things to do in the winter HERE

 

Contact us now so we can help you find your Happy Place any time of year!

Coats for Kids!!

by Sherrie Toth


"FALL" into Apple Valley!

by Sherrie Toth

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Spring and Summer make it so easy.  There’s so much to do.  You don’t even have to try that hard to get locked into something.  The real challenge comes when the weather cools down and the lake isn’t conducive for swimming or other outdoor activities.  

 

Finding activities to keep you busy during this time of year isn’t as easy as just walking outside and jumping in the water or bathing in the sun.  But while it may not come naturally, there are definitely plenty of things to keep you busy that will allow you to continue to enjoy your Lake Home as much if not more than you did in the warmer months.

 

                Open up those windows


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The beginning of this season is so blissful because it’s not too cold and it’s not too hot.  It’s the perfect time to air out the house and enjoy the crispness of Fall.  Before you know it, the windows will be barred shut again and we won’t be able to open them until  Spring. So allow this time to take it all in

 

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Who said you have to wait until January 1st to make a goal or a resolution?  Today is the day!  Your goal can be anything!  Do you have a major cleaning task?  Do you want to get that holiday shopping list started?  Maybe you want to hit the gym and get a head start before the New Year’s day rush.  Don’t hesitate and start small.  You know what they always say?  “A journey starts with a single step.”

 
 
 
 
 

                                Check the local paper.


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Believe us! You will be happy you did.  The local paper and the Cider Press is a goldmine for activities during this time of year, most of which are social.  So not only are you feeding that need to have something to do, but you’re also getting to know fellow lovers of this area.

 

What are some ways you keep busy during this season?  Share with us! We’d love to know!

 
 
 

And as always, if you are looking to find your happy place here in Apple Valley or to sell your place, give us a call and we’ll help set you up on the right path.

 

PS: Did you know we have a local office? Many agents sell out of their homes.. We invested in an office just outside of Apple Valley in the same plaza as Domino and Artiques. One of many reasons why we sell more homes in AV than our competition! Call or stop in! 844-411-LAKE (5253)

 

Joe & Sherrie

Ways to find your Happy Place After Summer

by Sherrie Toth

Toth and Team prides itself in helping you find your “Happy Place.” At Apple Valley!  By Urban Definition, “Happy Place” is:

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With summer weather winding down and fall weather slowly creeping in, it’s easy for us to naturally revert to “hustle bustle” mode (I'm already seeing holiday decorations!).  Summer is a time we tend to calm down and enjoy ourselves; when fall is in full effect, most of us put our blinders on and plug away.  

Before you know it, you’ve lost that “happy place” feeling and it might take until next summer to get it back again.

Toth and Team has compiled a list of ten ways to find your “happy place” even when summer has ended and life returns to its regularly scheduled program.

It’s always a good idea to take some time for “self care.”  You have to be the best version of you in order to give what is required of you in your everyday life.

  1. Be Active!- Relaxing comes in many forms.  And it has been proven that the more your body exercises, the more deep and genuine rest you get when you sleep.  It's all a cycle, really.  Get out there and be active.  Being active doesn't have to be strenuous; 30 minutes of gardening is just as “outdoors-y” as a jog around the block.  Do something you LOVE!

  2. Get outside!  Being outdoors is proven to help keep you grounded and elevate your mood.  We spend way too much time indoors connected to the outside world, but not enough time connecting WITH the outdoors.  Even if you just take a walk and enjoy the sights of the lake  and sounds, getting outside can benefit you.

  3. Just sit!  We are too busy these days.  And there's nothing wrong with having things to do, but if you can't sit down and just "exist" for even five minutes a day, then you might have to readjust your priorities.  Even if you have to lock yourself in the bathroom for a few minutes and breathe, then do that; it's a start.

  4. Take a bath!  No really, not because you smell! Take a hot bath and while you're at it, throw some Epsom salts in there.  Not only does a hot bath elevate your mood, calm you down, and produce better sleep, adding Epsom salt can magnify these benefits.  And, hey, you're getting some alone time to recharge and reset.

  5. Sift through the negatives and make adjustments!  Let's face it: our fast-paced lives that are ever-connected to social media are laden with unnecessary negativity.  The good thing about that is that YOU have the power and ability to control what comes into your life.  Sometimes it's as easy as sifting through your friends list and getting rid of the negativity; other times it's not so easy.  But maybe your friend's list is a great place to start.  Surround yourself with positivity it's contagious.

  6. Do something you love! The busier we get, the more we start to put our hobbies on the back burner.  But studies show that you will be happier and more relaxed if you leave some time during the week to do something you love.  Maybe that's sitting on a dock and appreciating the lake or watching the birds.  Maybe it's drawing or painting.  Maybe it's volunteering.  Whatever it may be, allow yourself the freedom to do that which you love.

  7. Be mindful when you do everyday activities.  An activity as simple and rote as doing the dishes can become more relaxing if you make yourself aware of each and every part of the process.  For example, the colors of the bubbles, the sound of the water, the shine of the dishes, the fresh sent of the soap and so on.  Being mindful can lead to a better, more relaxed you.

  8. Wake up and smell the coffee!  For us, coffee keeps us focused and on task during the day.  It's also what we do first thing in the morning.  That morning cup of Joe motivates us to get up and out of bed to get the day started.

  9. Make a list and start crossing things off.  Making a list of all the things you have to do can take the stress off of your brain.  It's also been said to keep a pen and paper by your bed so that if you're awake in the middle of the night, you can alleviate some of the stress of the ever-growing mental to-do list by writing it down.  It get's it out of your head and onto the paper so that you have more room for new "to-do" items :)  Studies show that when you make a list and start to cross items off that list, you feel a sense of accomplishment.

  10. Sit down and "unWINE."  After your Epsom bath, put your jammies on and sit down with a nice glass of your favorite wine-- bonus points if that wine is red.  The benefits of red wine have been linked to heart health and a world full of other positive effects.  But we get relaxed at the very idea of a quiet evening and a glass of red wine.  But do so responsibly; a little too much and you're not going to be happy the next day.


What other ways do you use to relax and take a breather?  Let us know!  And of course, if you need to find your “happy place,” Toth and Team knows just where to look! Need a quick fix? See a live feed of the lake www.avlakecam.com

Our Pick!! Top 5 Family-Friendly Homes For Sale at Apple Valley!

by Sherrie Toth


Quite often, we get the request for a family- friendly home.  A home that is big enough to accommodate parents, multiple children and maybe even a pet or two. Our most common requests when looking for a “family- friendly home” is that it is 2500 sq foot or more, has at least 4-5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a 2+ car garage. Most folks want a finished lower level for the kiddos be able to be, well kids.

Our team compiled OUR top 5, that are currently on the market. The price point is under 300k. All of these homes are NOT our listings; However, several did make the cut (of course!). Keep in mind that these homes have different prices because of varying finishes, location and multiple lots. You may call the listing broker or us for further information on any of them.

938 Country Club Dr – 5 br’s, 3 baths, 2600 sq ft, $143,500 listed by Nina Campbell at Town and Country

35 Woodridge Court  – 5 br’s,  3 baths, 3100 sq ft, $209,900, listed by Al Lindeman at RE/MAX Stars

500 Crestmonte Dr – 5 br’s, 4 baths, 3200 sq ft, $210,000, listed by Toth and Team at RE/MAX Consultant Group – at the lake

697 Valleywood Heights Dr – 4 br’s, 3 baths, 2981 Sq ft, 224,444, listed by Toth and Team at RE/MAX Consultant Group – at the lake

46 S Highland Court – 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2950 sq ft, 264,900. Listed by Al Lindeman at RE/MAX Stars.

As you know, our team specializes at Apple Valley! It is our passion and our niche. We have the ONLY office on the east side of Knox County, just outside of Apple Valley lake in the same plaza as Domino's. Stop by and say hello!

info@tothandteam.com  |  844-411-5253  |  ww.applevalleylakeohio.com | Contact via website HERE

Moving? Tips!

by Sherrie Toth

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Have you recently purchased a new home or you/re getting ready to move?  If so, have you considered creating a checklist to help you remember items that you might otherwise forget?  We have compiled a list that you can use when packing up for destination happy place.  Add to it or edit it to suit your needs!

 

organize and purge- Go through each room and decide what you need at your new house and what you don’t.  Consider donating the items you no longer need.  Not sure if you’ll need it eventually?  Pack it up in a marked box and after a year, revisit the box and if you haven’t needed it or used it at all, toss it. Refer to this “Spring Cleaning” post for more detailed information.garbage-157110_640.png

Moving Companies- If you’re not up for the task of moving items on your own, consider a moving company.

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Changing Address- You will need to change your address.  The first thing we recommend is to change your address with the Post office.  When any mail comes to you with a yellow label on it, contact that business to change your address with them.  We also recommend to personally change your address with government agencies such as the BMV.  This can be done via their website or at any of their office

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Begin Packing- start packing up rooms and items.  Obviously don’t pack items that you will need to use in the day or two before the actual move.  Make sure to label the box with the contents and also the room in which the items will be placed.

 

Sitter- Do you have children? No children but pets? Both?  Consider asking a friend or family member to watch over your pets and/or children while you do the final packing and moving.  A lot of stress can be alleviated by making sure this is taken care of.  A lot of people will willingly offer up help when it comes to moving, and this is a great way to utilize them.

 

Turn off Utilities- Make sure you arrange a “shut off date” with your gas, electric, and water companies.  You don’t want to be paying unnecessarily.


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One Last Walk Through-  After the last item has been placed in the moving van or your personal vehicle, take one last look around.  Maybe you’ll desire to go alone and reminisce through each room.  Affirm you’ve gotten everything and close the door; You’re on your way to your happy place.

 

Need help with selling or buying? Toth's can take this off your plate! Click HERE to contact


 

Happy Place Moments at Apple Valley, Ohio

by Sherrie Toth

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One of the perks of living on or near Apple Valley Lake is the gorgeous view and scenery whether it’s mid summer or the dead of winter. There are countless opportunities to catch glimpses of nature or simply the beauty of the lake. It’s even better when you can capture these moments on film to be remembered forever.

Perhaps you’re considering purchasing a Lake Home.  Let these pictures serve as a reminder WHY Apple Valley is YOUR next Happy Place.


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A Gorgeous sunrise.  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy nature playing out naturally


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Is this a painting?  Another beautiful Sunrise. Imagine experiencing this from your own home.  Pictures are worth a thousand words, but the experience is better.


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There’s just something about the magnificent sunrise at Apple Valley Lake.  The leave you speechless.

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The scenery is breathtaking.  It has the same effect as chamomile: calming.

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Glassy water. Fog rising.  Looks like it’s going to be a great morning


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A relaxing boat ride during a July sunset.

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Even in the winter, Apple Valley shines


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Beautiful Bennett Park

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These little fellas can be seen all over Apple Valley Lake.  Bald eagles are the only eagle native to North America.  And the word “Bald” originally meant “white” not “hairless.”


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Pictured here is a Red-Bellied Woodpecker.  With a little suet and some peanuts, you can attract this beautiful bird.  If you’re lucky, you might be able to get the more recognized Pileated Woodpecker.


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A tiny, little hummingbird.  While these creatures are in fact birds, their aerodynamics often have them associated with insects.  Hummingbirds can flap their wings up to 6,000 times per minute.  Be sure to change their water often, as the old nectar can be toxic to these delicate animals.

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Another angle of our Red-Bellied Woodpecker friend.

Are you ready to find your happy place?  Have you always wanted to walk out your back door to the beautiful sights and sounds of the pictures above?  Contact Toth and Team today and we’ll make sure you find what you’re looking for.

As always, please share your pictures with us in the comments below.




 

Decorating Your Apple Valley Lake Home

by Sherrie Toth

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Whether you’re enjoying the city life or living the lake life at Apple Valley Lake, you can decorate your home in such a way that makes you feel like you’re living at the lake regardless of where you’re physically located.

The following items are just SOME ideas that you can use in your home to give it that Lakeside feel.

Most of these items can be done for pennies on the dollar or better yet, FREE!

Please post pics of YOUR lakeside decor and share below!

Wooden Paddles- Do you have any of these laying around?  Are they collecting dust in your basement or attic?  Perhaps you’ve seen them at yard sales or secondhand shops.  Don’t pass these up!  You can paint them and distress them and hang them in your bathroom or in your living room.  They definitely can add a lake feel to any room.

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Homemade wooden signs- These little gems can be made using any leftover wood.  You can stain the wood or paint and distress and then add on whatever sayings you want.  Here are a few  just to give you an idea:

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Circular Mirrors- Mirrors can be found at almost ANY garage sale or thrift shop.  Just because you don’t like the border, don’t pass this up!  You can always repaint it!  Circular mirrors are great additions to your lake home because they give off a nautical feel.

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Re-purposed items-

Clocks- if you have a clock that doesn’t serve its original practical use, consider attaching it to a plant stand and using it as a small side table for your porch or living room.  While this isn’t necessarily “lake” decor, it definitely is a cool upcycle idea.

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Canoes- Canoes that aren’t able to be used on the water any more can certainly be upcycled.  I’ve seen them turned into anything from a small, contained garden to a shelf.  The possibilities are endless.  Google search “upcycled canoes” and explore!  Talk about a definite lake feel addition to your home.

 

Light Colors- Nothing makes you feel more like you’re in your happy place than light colors.  Light blue, white, warm yellow and light shades of gray all give a cool, ever-summer feel to your home.  Try a white base (walls, floors) and splashing bits of color via pillows and rugs.  If you’re gonna go dark in color, do it with purpose.  Creating a rustic look can’t happen on accident. It needs to be done with a calculated mind; otherwise, it will seem stuffy and will give the opposite feel of what you’re going for.

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What have you seen recently that gives your home or someone else’s home that Lake feel?  Comment below and share some pics!


 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you found your happy place?  Contact us today for more information!

 

If Apple Valley Lake is not your Ohio lake of choice, discover other lakes at www.OhioLakeSearch.com

 

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