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Ever wondered what sets the pros apart in Ohio's teeming real estate waters? Join Jim and the office deity, Laura, as we navigate the bustling property markets and unveil what it takes to shine bright. In our latest episode, we go beyond the 'For Sale' signs, revealing the art of standing out amidst fierce competition, and sharing nuggets of wisdom on dealing with the ebb and flow of the industry through the leaner months.
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Speaker 1 (00:02):
Welcome to the Standing Out in Ohio podcast,
where we discuss topics,upcoming events, news and
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stand out and gain advantagesover the competition and gain
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(00:23):
to stand out from the crowd.
Now here's your host, Jim.

Speaker 2 (00:30):
Hey everybody, welcome to the Standing Out in
Ohio podcast.
This is Jim and you know, withme is the office goddess Laura.

Speaker 3 (00:37):
Hello everyone.

Speaker 2 (00:38):
All right, so starting to get busy again.

Speaker 3 (00:41):
Yes.

Speaker 2 (00:42):
This February, which is good.
January usually sucks, Decemberusually sucks for everybody,
which here in Ohio that's normal.
That's part of the course youshould be planning for that,
budgeting for that, butsomething that came up the other
day.
Somebody was just asking.
Actually, I was at a houseyesterday and I was thinking
about it.
We were.

(01:04):
It was a large place.

Speaker 3 (01:06):
Yes, very large over 6,000 square feet.

Speaker 2 (01:09):
It was kind of set up oddly as there was a lot of
little nooks and crannies andextra rooms hidden not hidden,
but like branched off of otherplaces A great place for hide
and seek for kids.
Oh, it would, it would, but sobecause of that it did not flow
well, even though I followed thesequence.

(01:31):
It did not flow well because itwas, like always, another area
and there were four furnaces.
So that was.
That was low factor.
That adds a little bit of extratime, of course, but the thought
was and I had I've had agentsasked this before and I don't
know if that's directed to me orthere's conversation I heard

(01:51):
about the people the question is, if inspection takes a long
time, is that a bad sign orindicator about the home's
condition?

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Speaker 2 (02:30):
All right.
So most homes.
It depends on the size of thecondition, of course, but two
and a half hours, two and a halfto three hours Usually how it
goes.
There are a lot of factors thatgo into how long it takes to do
a home inspection.

Speaker 3 (02:44):
Very true.

Speaker 2 (02:45):
You have overall the condition of the house.
If it's rough and there's anote you got to make at every
three feet you walk, that'sgoing to take time.
Yeah, that's going to take alot more time and maybe none of
those things are tragic.
No, not major issues, but theystill need noted.
They still.
They still should be noted.
So you got the number of issues.

(03:07):
It could be the size of thehouse.

Speaker 3 (03:10):
Like it was yesterday .

Speaker 2 (03:11):
Like it was yesterday , or I've had even houses that
were not all that massive butsomehow they didn't flow right,
like sometimes these smallerhouses, and I'm thinking some
like some condos.
I go out in the garage andthere's a closet there that has
the electrical system, the waterheater and it has the furnace

(03:32):
all in one spot.
It's so easy to get thosethings done quickly and not even
move around at all, so it'svery efficient to do those Place
.
The other day, two furnaces inthe basement, not even next to
each other, they're way you knowway different sides opposite
sides of the basement and thenthey're two upstairs that were,

(03:56):
I guess they're a closet likething.
Yeah, well, going off into theannex base.
So it's just just a differentsituation.
How things are organized, it'snot right or wrong, it just
takes a little time.
So Things that can make a homesession take longer conditions,
it could be a lot of bad.
You know, not bad, but a lot ofthings are not ideal or things
you need to make note of.
How the or house is organized,then the big unknown is the

(04:21):
talkativeness.

Speaker 3 (04:24):
Or client, or the agent.

Speaker 2 (04:25):
Yes, because sometimes they have lots of
questions, which is fine becausethis is the time for them to
ask their questions.

Speaker 3 (04:33):
But if they are asking questions, they should
expect it to take longer andthen it's not necessarily a
problem because they're askingquestions, but it's going to
take longer because they'reasking questions.

Speaker 2 (04:45):
Well, yeah, and sometimes the question that
they're asking is merelyclarification and it isn't
making the client feel betterbecause, oh okay, they totally
explained it to me.
Maybe the client neededexplained in a different way.
Then they, because, you know,some people have different
learning styles.
Yeah, some people are veryvisual, some people more
tactical.
Where they need to touch it canaesthetic.

(05:06):
Then you do this stuff.
Oh, people like oh, okay, andsometimes I go yeah, they I'll
explain something.
Oh, okay, I'm like you sureabout that?
I don't know.
I'm like all right, come withme, I'll show you.
So you got something.
You got to walk them throughand help them out with things.
But that is not a bad thingBecause actually it isn't making

(05:27):
the client feel morecomfortable.

Speaker 3 (05:29):
Well, yeah, they've got a better feel for the house
and their skill set and whatthey can do, or you know what
they have to have done.

Speaker 2 (05:36):
Yep, yep, and I've seen some agents nervous Cuz it,
cuz I don't know.
They only expected to be in andout there in 15 minutes.
I don't know kind of specialsI've had before, but I've had a
day before when they're only canhour she's like.
So you almost done, mike.

Speaker 3 (05:54):
No no.

Speaker 2 (05:56):
If you've had before doing it in an hour is a shitty
inspector.
That's a shitty inspector.
There's no way they can do afishing job and protect your
client the way they should inthat little amount of time.
But because somebody's askingquestions, I mean the time in
the house doesn't really.

Speaker 3 (06:14):
It's not indicative of issues.
Is what he's trying to get at?

Speaker 2 (06:17):
No, not at all.
But what I was thinking wassomebody's that well, in a class
that we teach, we talk aboutbeing nervous at a house Is can
be contagious, just like yawningSomebody yaws in a room is
contagious.
Everybody starts yawning orcoughing.
I've heard that before as well,but usually yawning is

(06:38):
everybody else getting sleep aswell.
If you're a real estate agentand you're nervous at the home
inspection, you're going to makethe client nervous.

Speaker 3 (06:48):
Well, and not only that, but you're going to make
the client wonder what you know,that they don't, and what
you're holding back from them.

Speaker 2 (06:56):
And we have seen that people completely cancel
contracts on a house because theagent was nervous and was
hiding.

Speaker 3 (07:03):
This is the one thing about the agent hid or tried to
hide a little little issue.

Speaker 2 (07:10):
But because that client is like nope, lost trust
in the agent, probably thoughtthere's the agent going to hide
this little thing.
What else are they hiding?

Speaker 3 (07:19):
Well, they lost.
So they lost the sale of thatand any other potential sales,
because she went out and found anew agent and used us two weeks
later for a new house.

Speaker 2 (07:28):
Yes, so, and there's another fact that affects how
long it takes to do a house ifthey add additional services.

Speaker 3 (07:36):
Very true, especially like the chimney or the sewer
scopes, because you've got toget all of that set up to be
able to get up into the chimneyor down into the chimney.
You've got to take off the pipeor get to the the clean out for
the pipe, and it can take sometime.
That can add at least a half anhour for each service Freeze.
And radon is usually a half anhour add on because you've got

(07:58):
to do the diagram and you've gotto draw.

Speaker 2 (08:01):
Oh, and the house the other day had a had a crawl
space.
It was like all right crawlspace.
Now I got to open up that hatchand this hatch I unscrew it,
I'll screw the hatch, climbinside of there and pretty much
all around my hands and knees,give them one side to the other.
Then he kind of go back.
It's so much faster on the openunfinished basement, yes, or so

(08:24):
much faster.
And then there's another factorfinished basements versus crawl
spaces.
Yes, cross space at time If it'sbasements finished.
We will take the moisture mearound every foot or so, around
the carpet, around the edge.
Just look for moisture Just tomake sure that it's not correct,
and it's not that it's going toscrew the deal up.
I've never seen, I don't thinkI've ever seen, a deal gets

(08:48):
ruined because they foundmoisture in the basement so high
.

Speaker 3 (08:51):
Ohio.

Speaker 2 (08:51):
A lot of people almost expect it, but when we
can go, hey, we took themoisture meter along the finish
area of the basement.
Everything was dry, which isusually the case, or maybe
there's one little area theyfeel good about that.
So, really, if you werereframing your head and then
repeat that this to the client,I'll go.
That doesn't spend so much time.

(09:11):
They're doing a really thoroughjob for you.

Speaker 3 (09:15):
You're definitely going to have all the
information you need to make agood decision for yourself.

Speaker 2 (09:19):
Not only are you a good agent in that client's eyes
because you're happy that theinspector is spending time to
make sure they're getting goodinformation, but you can, by
saying that you're going torelieve the client's fears that
maybe there's a lot of issuesand that's why they're taking so
long.
There's just, there's just waytoo many factors in how long it

(09:40):
takes to get a home inspectiondone.
Now us will have the reportdone later on that same day.
Using the evening kind ofdepends on the spectrum schedule
, because once again, you canhave a special in the morning,
but if you have one or twoinspections that afternoon as
well, you're not getting thatthing out that quick.
You got other things you needto do before you get done, but

(10:02):
that's only one.
Like the other day I did one inthe morning.
I think I had sound up like oneo'clock, something like that.

Speaker 3 (10:09):
Yeah.

Speaker 2 (10:10):
So I think that's it for it.
Can you think of anything elsethat would affect how long it
takes to do in home inspectionGetting in, if it takes too long
to get into the house?

Speaker 3 (10:17):
Oh, we've had that where people look the agents
like I don't want to put a boxon it, I'll meet you there, I'll
meet you there, and we getthere no agent.
We call, we text, there'snothing until you're like a half
an hour or an hour into it.
By that time You're sitting inthe car.
The exterior is done.

Speaker 2 (10:37):
Well.
I forgot well, that's anotherthing, and then they go alright.
Hey, this was like 9 to 12.
You guys gonna be done at 11o'clock, mike.

Speaker 3 (10:47):
No, you know, for an hour.

Speaker 2 (10:48):
No, first we didn't get in for a half hour.
We're delayed in this and likeno, it's three, it's so soon
noon.
But that kind of makes theagent look bad if they're trying
to rush the inspection and theclients there and sees that.
That's bad, that's not a way toget referrals.

Speaker 3 (11:05):
No, it is not yeah or trust.

Speaker 2 (11:08):
If you don't want the specters to spend a lot of time
.
You know everyone come acrosslike they won't get the specter
in and out of here because Idon't want them find anything
for you.

Speaker 3 (11:17):
That's not a very good that's not a lot or
attitude to have.

Speaker 2 (11:21):
That's not a long-term plan for success in
selling homes, that's for sure.
So I think it's about it.
On this one, yeah, especiallytakes longer than normal.
It's not, it's not a big dealand there's so many factors
involved in this right and Iknow, like the house the other
day, nothing it took longer thanplanned, but there's really

(11:43):
nothing unusual like that isunexpected, nothing really
bizarre now, it was a nice house.
It took forever to run to gofrom one in the house to the
other, so that was anotherfactor.

Speaker 3 (11:53):
I was a tired puppy by the end of the day, so if I
walk, let's just say if I and Imove, I walk kind of quickly.

Speaker 2 (12:00):
Let's say I did I Move two miles an hour when I'm
walking, which is kind of adecent pace.
It's not fast walk, I thinkit's normal walking pace.
I Walk like eight to ten, tenmiles, equivalent going, but up
and down stairs and roof, I meanjust just a roof.
I was easy.
A half hour just on that roof,I think.

(12:20):
Well, I was a huge roof.
Well, yeah so it all takes time, but that's weak if you want
quality.
It's gonna take time, butnothing too crazy, nope.

Speaker 3 (12:31):
Everybody have a nice night.
Yep, bye, bye.

Speaker 1 (12:35):
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