"Here is a great article on ways to save money on updates that may not add value to your home.  As always, update your home to your preferences, but keep these things in mind if you are trying to add value."  - Brett Keppler, Treo Realtors Every homeowner must pay for routine home maintenance, such as replacing worn-out plumbing components or...

TREO Realtors, based in Cincinnati Ohio, is the first brokerage to offer interactive floorplans as another one of it's savvy marketing tools to help sellers market their homes to potential buyers. Check out a quick demo by Brett Keppler, Cincinnati Real Estate Agent, as he provides an overview of this amazing new service....

Happy New Year and Happy Fiscal Cliff Agreement Day! So now that a new deal is approved keeping us from falling off the fiscal cliff, the next step is to figure out how the new agreement will affect the typical Cincinnati home owner. Several changes were made on an income tax level and several previous rules that benefited...

LendingTree recently conducted a study to determine which state was the most affordable in terms of average monthly mortgage payment as well as investigating what percentage of monthly income goes towards that payment. Washington DC and Hawaii were the most expensive states with average payments of $1641 and $1536. DC homeowners put 31% of their income towards those payments while Hawaii paid 30% of their income to live on the beautiful island (which I completely understand). Ohio was the 10th most affordable state with an average of $791/mo mortgage payment. Kentucky ranked 9th with an average payment of $788/mo. But the average mortgage in Ohio only made up 21% of an owner's income whereas the average Kentucky mortgages made up 23%.

Above is a video I made giving my 3 BEST tips for making the most of your voting day since this nail-biter contest will likely bring out more voters than normal to the polls. But on a "real estate related" note, I also posted tips on preparing your home for winter. Check out both!

Indoor Winterizing Tasks

- Get your chimney cleaned and inspected Unless you are Jay Underwood from the 1986 Classic "The Boy Who Could Fly", don't risk your own safety climbing up on your roof and instead hire a professional. - If your windows are not made of newer insulated glass, consider installing storm windows. - Those metal things on the outside of your windows that are a pain to pinch and lower/raise, those are storm windows. Definitely be sure you get them working. I am specifically talking to you Hyde Park.