Meet the Yoder Real Estate Team: Ricky Otto


Today I want you to meet one of the new members of my team: Ricky Otto.

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We have a lot of great new people on the Yoder Real Estate team because we are expanding, so I thought that you should meet them. Today's team member you are meeting is Ricky Otto, who just passed the monumental feat of obtaining his real estate license.

Ricky is 22 years old, and he got in touch with us after he decided he wanted to get into real estate and become an agent.

After I got back to him, he went through an in-depth interview process. He says that being in an office surrounded by people who are wholly interested in helping you improve as an individual has been a cool experience.

 Ricky has a big heart and is on a path of personal growth unlike any I've ever seen.

He adds that the time and resources we’ve invested in his improvement is one of the biggest benefits of working on the Yoder Real Estate team, and if you’re looking to grow yourself in real estate and beyond, this is the place for you. Also, if you're looking to buy a home in West Michigan, Ricky Otto may be the right agent for the job. Ricky has a big heart and is on a path of personal growth unlike any I've ever seen. Don't let his age fool you, though—he has a lot of wisdom that I am blown away by. If you have any questions for us or are interested in buying or selling, please feel free to contact us, we look forward to speaking with you soon.

What Do Homebuyers Need to Know About Home Inspections?


Professional home inspector John Wade joins me today to answer some of your home inspection questions.

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Today I am joined by John Wade of JW Home Inspections to talk about the importance of home inspections and answer a few commonly asked questions about them.

John has been doing home inspections in the Western Michigan area for 16 years, and out of all the home inspectors in our region, he and his company are the ones we trust to refer our buyers to most.

According to John, there are three primary inspections most home inspection companies perform—the home inspection itself, a radon test, and a termite inspection. Whether you want all three of these inspections done depends on your situation, what you are willing to spend, and the type of house you are buying. But for almost every buyer John works with, he recommends all three. Radon, for example, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., and you are unable to know whether there are high levels of it in your home unless you test for it.

If you are purchasing a home you plan on living in for a long period of time, the home inspection is basically your only crack at inspecting the condition of every aspect of that home.

Now onto our home inspection FAQs:

1. Does the buyer need to be present at the inspection?

The buyer doesn’t have to be present at the inspection, but John prefers that his buyers are so they have an opportunity to explain what they are doing, what their findings are, and what the overall condition of the home is. In short, being present makes for a better inspection. In fact, the biggest problem a home inspection can face is when the buyer doesn’t show up for it. If you are unable to make it to your scheduled inspection, it helps to meet with your inspector sometime afterward so they can give you a full recap.

 The home inspection is basically your only crack at inspecting the condition of every aspect of that home.

2. Is it possible for radon to be present in new homes?


Absolutely. Radon can exist in a home whether it is old or new. Older homes actually tend to have lower levels of radon because their basements typically have a greater air flow. New homes, by comparison, are sealed tighter and lend themselves to higher potential levels of radon.

3. Who orders the home inspection?

The buyer. To that end, JW Home Inspections likes to list their services and pricing online so that buyers know exactly what they’re getting into before the inspection starts.

I want to thank John for joining me today. If you’d like to know more about JW Home Inspections or you have any other home inspection questions, be sure to visit jwhomeinspection.com or give him a call at (616) 889-0043.

As always, if you have any other real estate questions for me or are thinking of buying or selling a house, please feel free to call or email me. I would be glad to help you.


How to Get Your Offer Accepted in This Market


 Getting your offer accepted in today’s market is harder than it used to be. Here are a few ways that you can edge out the competition.

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I was recently interviewed on the radio by Justin Barclay of Wood Radio 1300 and we talked about the different ways that a buyer can get their offer accepted in this very challenging market. I encourage you to listen to the entire interview, but here are a few of the most important tips from our conversation: 1. Get a pre-approval letter. Looking at properties without one just doesn’t make sense anymore. Consider this: When a seller puts a home on the market, they get it ready by cleaning, staging, and photographing it. Whenever a showing is scheduled, the homeowner spends days getting it ready. Imagine their disappointment to know that a buyer was let in the home that couldn’t simply take the few hours to get a pre-approval. It’s not only a proactive measure for buyers to know the amount you can afford, but it’s also beneficial to the seller by letting them know that the buyer can afford the home and is serious about buying.

 Shortening the inspection period lets the seller know that you mean business.

2. Give the seller an occupancy period. This is when you allow the seller extra time in the home after closing. They may need it, considering they might also be purchasing a home themselves. This can go a long way in getting your offer accepted. 3. Reduce your due diligence period. In West Michigan, homebuyers typically get 10 days to have their inspections done during this period. If you shorten this up to five days or fewer, it gives the seller more confidence that the home will close on time. If you have any questions about any of these tips or you need any real estate-related advice, don’t hesitate to reach out and give me a call or send me an email.