Janene & Ed Radford
CSP, ABR, Homes of Distinction, Relocation

You'll feel at home with us

Akron Office, OH
2603 West Market Street
Akron, OH 44313
(330) 836-9300

Because it's all about you!

Now that you've made the decision to buy a home, your next step is one of your most important: finding a real estate professional to guide you through the process. A good agent will help you avoid common pitfalls, make wise home investment decisions, and bring order to the entire buying process.

There are many well-trained agents out there, so what is the one thing you need to look for in making your choice.

We believe it's rapport.

Someone that will take  the time to know you and your family. Someone that will truly understand your wants and needs.

It all starts with communication and asking the right questions

Also it's important to address your accessibility. If you're a busy professional and would rather communicate by email or text messaging during the day, you can be assured that we have our Blackberries where ever we go.

We use technology to make it easy for you.

And with all the tools at our disposal, we'll make sure your search for a new home is easy and well focused and based on your needs. After we learn about you we'll prepare  customized portfolio of property photos, information and details before an in-person showing which will save you a great deal of time in your search.
(Please see our Buyer Tips for more insight on our approach)

As a seller, not only will you benefit from our years of results in marketing your home, we'll work diligently to help you stage your home for a dramatic showing. (Please see our Seller Tips for more insight on our approach)

As your agent we'll approach your unique home buying experience with enthusiasm and patience.

You can assured that we will:

  • Work on your behalf to find your new home that meets your needs.
  • Research comparable properties to determine a fair price and terms.
  • Diligently prepare your purchase agreement and accompanying legal paperwork, including disclosure documents.
  • Negotiate for the price, terms and conditions that are agreeable to you.
  • Continually follow up with your mortgage lender, title company, seller's agent and others until the house is legally yours.


And, make sure you and your family are delighted every step of the way!

Professional Qualifications:

  • Certified New Home Sales Professional- CSP
  • Ohio Association of REALTORS® President's Sales Club Award
  • Homes of Distinction Specialist
  • Mega Million Dollar Producer
  • Superior Quality Service Award 1995-2008
  • Licensed Full-time REALTOR® since 1987
  • One of Akron's Top Producing Teams-Ed and Janene Radford!

The top 5% of the real estate industry's REALTORS® are responsible for 90% of the industries transactions! Ed & Janene are part of this elite group of top performers!

Why settle for one top professional when you can have two?


Specialties

Homes of Distinction

Tips on selling your home fast and for top dollar.

Disassociate Yourself With Your Home

 

  • Say to yourself, "This is not my home; it is a house -- a product to be sold just like in a grocery store.
  • Make the mental decision to "let go" of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
  • Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!
  • Say goodbye to every room.
  • Don't look back -- look toward the future.


De-Personalize.

Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there! You don't want to make any buyer ask, "I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here."

De-Clutter!

People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it.
If you don't need it, why not donate it or throw it away?

 

 

  • Remove all books from bookcases.
  • Pack up those knickknacks.
  • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
  • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
  • Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.


Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets. 

Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if they see everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:

 

 

  • Alphabetize spice jars.
  • Neatly stack dishes.
  • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
  • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
  • Line up shoes.


Rent a Storage Unit.
Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don't want buyers scratching their heads and saying, "What is this room used for?"

Remove/Replace Favorite Items.

If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, they won't want it. Once you tell a buyer they can't have an item, they will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

 

 

  • Make Minor Repairs.
  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
  • Patch holes in walls.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Fix doors that don't close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
  • Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls. 
(Don't give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the house with the orange bathroom.")
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • If you've considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!


Make the House Sparkle!

 

 

  • Wash windows inside and out.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • Clean out cobwebs.
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Vacuum daily.
  • Wax floors.
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
  • Bleach dingy grout.
  • Replace worn rugs.
  • Hang up fresh towels.
  • Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.


Scrutinize.
Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house
welcome you?
Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.
Make sure window coverings hang level.
Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?


Check Curb Appeal.
If a buyer won't get out of her agent's car because she doesn't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside.

 

 

  • Keep the sidewalks cleared.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Paint faded window trim.
  • Plant yellow flowers or group flowerpots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.
  • Trim your bushes.
  • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

 

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