We're glad you're here! "Buying, Selling or Building a Home" is an exciting undertaking and we know you're anxious to get started. Below are just a few things we'd like you to know about PDS Real Estate. We believe they make us the best choice of agents for home buyers and sellers in the Central Ohio area.
Our commitment to our clients...
In serving our real estate clients, we as real estate agents commit to:
working hard, recognizing that clients are our "employers;"
treating every client's real estate home purchase or real estate sale as if it were our own; providing value in line with the compensation we receive;
answering phone calls live whenever possible and returning messages the same day they are left;
following up promptly on support requests;
responding accurately to all questions and issues;
researching them with authoritative sources whenever necessary; and
always putting the interests of our clients first when dealing with fellow real estate agents, lenders, and all other parties.
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Central Ohio has a bigger share of the state's 25 richest ZIP codes than any metropolitan area in the state.
Of the 25 communities with the highest household incomes in the Buckeye State, eight are in the Columbus area.
Cincinnati and Cleveland each have five ZIPs among the top 25.
The richest areas Central Ohio (Columbus) are; Powell, New Albany, Westerville, Worthington, Upper Arlington, Dublin, Northwest Columbus, and Grandville fall on the list. Also included are each area’s median age and median net worth.
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Two Columbus suburbs have been named among the best places to live in the U.S., including one in the Top 10.
Real estate website Niche.com ranked Dublin at No. 6 on its national list, giving it As and Bs on all of its dozen ranking criteria save the weather, where it got a C. It got its best grades for its schools, environment for families, jobs and housing.
· Bexley also landed in the Top 20, coming in a No. 17.
· Upper Arlington finished just out of the Top 50 at No. 51.
Others highly ranked include Upper Arlington, Powell, Grandview Heights and New Albany.
The rankings were based on data from the U.S. Census, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and other sources.
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At closing, you can expect these seven things to happen:
- The lender's representative will ask for your paid home insurance policy.
- The agent will list the adjustments. These include the money you owe the seller (the remainder of the down payment, prepaid taxes) and what the seller owes you (unpaid taxes, prepaid rent).
- You will sign the mortgage. This gives the lender legal rights to the property if you don't make your payments.
- You will sign the mortgage note, which is the promise to repay the loan in regular monthly payments.
- You will get title from the seller in the form of a signed deed.
- The lender's representative will collect the closing costs from you and give you a settlement statement of all the items you have paid for.
- The deed and mortgage will be recorded in the town or county Registry of Deeds.
- If you have additional questions about the closing process, talk with your agent or use the form on this page to contact us.
Once you have the keys, you'll want to have the locks changed. Also, put your deed and other important paperwork from the closing in a secure place, preferably a safe deposit box. Even though it's all on file with the county, it's smart to know where your copies are and have access to them at all times.
Planning Your Move
Moving requires extensive planning, particularly if you are relocating, but the experience does not have to be overly stressful. Here are some suggestions to help you organize:
- If travel is involved, make your transportation and lodging reservations in advance.
- Service the car for the trip, if driving.
- File a Change of Address with the post office to have your first-class mail forwarded.
- Give your new address to your bank (all accounts, credit cards), subscription services, friends and family, etc.
- Contact utility companies in your new location to arrange for immediate service, and cancel your existing services.
- Arrange insurance on the new home prior to the transfer of property.
- Arrange for your present bank to establish credit references for new bank accounts.
- Service appliances before moving.
- Clean rugs and have them wrapped.
- Discontinue deliveries, utilities, newspapers, garbage collection, etc.
- Obtain copies or transfer your children's school records.
- Obtain records from doctors and dentists, including eyeglass prescriptions, dental X-rays and vaccinations.
- Cancel club memberships.
- Transfer car title registration, if necessary, as well as driver's license, city windshield sticker and motor club membership.
- Pay existing bills and cancel local accounts.
- Check on personal items that may in a bank safe deposit box, at a neighbor's house or in the repair shop (e.g. shoes, jewelry, small appliances and dry cleaning).
- Arrange for transporting pets and obtain immunization records from the vet.
- Return library books and anything borrowed from friends.
- Notify the religious leader of your church, synagogue or mosque.
- Plan for special care and needs of infants.
- Arrange for transporting plants.
- Review moving plans with your moving company representative including insurance for packing and unpacking, arrival date, payment agreement, shipping papers, etc.
One Week Before Moving
- Clean and air out your stove.
- Empty refrigerator and freezer 24 hours before leaving.
- Place charcoal or baking soda inside refrigerator and freezer to dispel odors.
- Dispose of all open cans and jars which cannot be tightly sealed.
On Your Moving Day
- Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with a friend or relative.
- Carry all currency, jewelry, personal papers (birth certificates, deeds and documents) and prescription medications.
- Double-check closets, drawers and shelves to be sure they are empty.
- Confirm hotel reservations.
- Leave all old keys needed by the tenant or owner with your sales associate.