All posts by Kathleen Cosner

Katie Cosner, occasionally known as Kathleen, or KT, is a Realtor® with Cutler Real Estate and is active in her local Board of Realtors® on the Equal Opportunity & Professional Development Committee. She has been floating around online for a number of years, and is on facebook as well as twitter. While Katie has a few hardcore beliefs, three in the Real Estate World to live and die by are; education, ethics, and the law - insert random quote from “A Few Good Men” here. Katie is also an avid Cleveland Indians fan, which really explains quite a bit of her… quirks.

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Ohio budget proposal penalizes real estate ...

Feb 16, 2013No Comments1229 Views

The Ohio budget proposal seeks to add a five percent tax on services rendered in the state, but Commissioner Testa's testimony failed to address or understand the 20 times a home buyer would be taxed during the

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How Ohio Gov. Kasich’s proposed budge...

Feb 06, 20137 Comments1237 Views

Governor Kasich recently proposed a new budget for the state of Ohio includes some tax changes that could do a great deal of damage to home sales and homeownership.

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RPR generating revenue, unclear how Realtor...

Dec 13, 201229 Comments1440 Views

RPR launched in recent years with lofty goals in mind, but as a dues paying member at the National Association of Realtors, it is not clear how all of the partnerships and certifications are benefiting NAR members.

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HUD-approved counseling program puts homeow...

Oct 08, 20127 Comments1541 Views

While the federal government advises against any entity advising borrowers stop making payments in order to get a loan modification, one HUD-approved counseling program is doing just that.

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Realtor background checks include reputatio...

Jul 05, 20127 Comments2757 Views

Background checks on Realtors and Appraisers are not new, but including DMV records, reputation, and mode of living, is new. Without obtaining your permission, is this even legal?

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Veteran threatened with eviction for needin...

Jun 02, 20124 Comments1774 Views

Fair Housing Laws have been updated in recent years, making it illegal to discriminate against a renter or buyer based on who they are, but Trump Village does not feel the laws apply to them.

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The duty most Realtors ignore and why the i...

Feb 26, 20123 Comments1179 Views

An extremely high standard In Ohio where I practice real estate, all licensed brokers and sales agents are held to an extremely high standard. We have this thing called The Canon of Ethics for the Real Estate Industry,

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What two journalists’ mistakes can te...

Jan 30, 201215 Comments1297 Views

What journalists and Realtors have in common Two things happened recently with wildly different writers for local paper, The Cleveland Plain Dealer.  Connie Schultz, wife of Senator Sherrod Brown, used to be an opinion columnist. She mainly focused

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Microsoft’s ‘avoid the ghetto&#...

Jan 17, 201216 Comments1216 Views

Microsoft’s patent is now approved Pedestrian Route Production is the description of the patent Microsoft has recently registered with the U.S. Patent Office for their mobile GPS application, and it sounds relatively inoffensive. Not for some. Beginning with a

How Cleveland, Ohio is overcoming it’...

Dec 24, 201121 Comments1973 Views

Cleveland – bankrupt in 1976 Cleveland, my hometown*, is in the news again, thanks to 60 Minutes. We aren’t usually known for awe-inspiring events here. Dennis Kucinich, former mayor, and current Congressman had to declare the city

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Bad appraisals killing real estate deals &#...

Dec 16, 201148 Comments2301 Views

The tiresome issue of the misunderstood appraisal Raise your hand if you’re tired of hearing about low appraisals in the news.  Raise your other hand if you have no clue what the definition of a “faulty appraisal”

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Open letter to Santa asking for wisdom for ...

Nov 30, 201111 Comments1320 Views

My Christmas wish In the spirit of, well, Christmas, instead of asking for a ton of glittery, sparkly, furry, and even cool electronic things beneath our trees this year, a few of us Realtors have a different