Client vs. Customer

The terms are not interchangeable in Real Estate. 

If you represent the seller, they are your client and their buyer is your customer. Inversely, if you represent the buyer, they are then your client and the seller is your customer. If you represent the seller and the buyer, they are both your client. 

A client is for whom you are working and to whom you owe fiduciary duties. A customer is with whom you are working. 


“Why do you want to be in real estate?”

Since starting real estate classes, I’ve been asked several times why I want to be a Realtor. In several classes, we have been asked for the instructor to go around the room, say our names and why we want to be in real estate. My answer is usually the same as the others – money – but only because the real reasons are too long to state in a class of 50 other people. 

My real answer is two part – hobby and personal need. 

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Getting a Real Estate Sales Person License

As I stated in my introduction, I have considered getting my Real Estate Salesperson license since I was 19. I even enrolled in classes twice and then cancelled because I was not sure I could do it. I mean, I knew I could do it as I have earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree so the schooling was no problem. It was mainly the sales portion of real estate sales that scared me.

In the State of Ohio, there are several requirements to obtain your Real Estate Salesperson license:

  1. Be honest, truthful, and of good reputation.
  2. Be at least 18 years of age.
  3. Be sponsored by an Ohio Broker.
  4. Not have been convicted of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude. Not have violated any civil rights laws regarding real estate in the past two years as determined by a court of law or violated any rules of the Ohio Division of Real Estate.
  5. Have a high school diploma or its equivalent as recognized by the Ohio Department of Education if you were born after 1950.
  6. Complete the education requirements.

That’s it! Does not sound like much, right?

So the educational requirements are what first scared me. You must take 40 hours each of Real Estate Principles and Practices and Ohio Real Estate Law as well as 20 hours each of Real Estate Appraisal and Real Estate Finance.

For my educational requirements, I had looked into several places that offered the classes but Hondros College in Westerville, Ohio seemed to be the winner and let me tell you why.

I have always looked at Hondros for Real Estate classes and honestly, I have heard that they are not just good for real estate classes but many other classes as well like nursing, real estate appraisal, home inspection and insurance certifications. They also are very economical in terms of class costs. Real Estate classes (as of spring 2016) were between $1399 and $1499 depending on the package you wanted. Hondros also has several campuses and are expanding all of the time. Actually, I just got an email this morning that they were expanding to yet another city in Ohio. They also offer weekend, night, and day classes which makes it possible for people to take these classes whenever is convenient for them. You can also schedule them at will. Cannot make it to one night because of another commitment? That’s fine, just log into your student portal on their website and pick another time for that particular class.

So I finally enrolled in night classes at Hondros and began on March 14. It does not matter where you start either. You can start with law, appraisal, principles and practices, or finance. While I would recommend starting with Principles and Practices, it is not totally necessary. I started with appraisal but Principles and Practices (P&P) gives you a good overview of everything and goes over exactly what you will need to know for the licensing exam. What is nice is that classes are only two nights a week and 4.5 hours each night. It makes for a late night but you are not missing anything and the classes progress along pretty quickly.

The real estate market is booming now so go ahead, use your tax refund and get your classes scheduled!

Review – Rockside Vineyard

So there are about five things I love in this world and this blog will discuss all of them at length but today it will be wine.

When I first learned about wine and learned of its glorious qualities, my friends and I began visiting local Ohio wineries to taste wine. It always ended up though that we would drive an hour, two hours, THREE HOURS JUST TO DRINK SOME GOOD WINE. I longed for a winery to open in Lancaster or even Fairfield County so my friends and I could have a nice hangout to chat and taste delicious Ohio wines.

Alas, Rockside Vineyards on State Route 37 between Rainbow Drive and Coonpath Road opened. I was beside myself to finally have a local winery that made its own wine from its own vineyard. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed by what had opened on Route 37 just outside Lancaster. I was disappointed for reasons that we need not discuss here. Do not let that last sentence fool you though! Something amazing was about to happen to Rockside Vineyards.

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Lancaster’s Downtown Fountain

The Lady Lisa Fountain in Historic Downtown Lancaster – Spring 2015

Welcome to beautiful, downtown Lancaster, Ohio! I came across this picture last year (2015) and saved it to my phone and then promptly forgot all about it. It showed up on TimeHop today and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to talk about this unique piece of Lancaster history!

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An Introduction (Of Sorts)

My name is Jay Mattlin and I was born and raised in Lancaster, Ohio. Well, born in Columbus, Ohio but raised in Lancaster. I can remember growing up in a small neighborhood on the East Side and having neighborhood friends. We were all constantly together, especially in the summer. In that time together, we explored everywhere we could possibly get away with going to in our little city of Lancaster and that is where my love of Lancaster and Fairfield County began.

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Hidden Gems of Fairfield County – Part 1

Being a life long resident of Fairfield County, I have fallen in love with many of the things in the county that make up the amazing history of our county and make living here so great. So in this series, we will explore some of the hidden landmarks, places and things in Fairfield County that are definitely worth your time to visit and explore.

Our first one is the Roley School House Covered Bridge. If you’re at all familiar with Fairfield County or Ohio, you know we have a lot of covered bridges and we like to preserve them. I have not seen any that are actually still in use since about 2003 when the Rockmill Covered Bridge was taken out of service. Many other bridges are still in their original locations all around Ohio with their old roads bypassing them now.

I bring up the Roley School House Bridge now though because of recent events regarding the bridge. Most people may know the Roley School House Bridge as the randomly placed covered bridge at the entrance to the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.

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Roley School House Bridge in its original location.

Built in 1899, the Roley School House Covered Bridge was originally built overtop the Ohio Canal just north of Baltimore, Ohio here in Fairfield County. And was moved next to the Roley School House in 1916.

The 48 foot span was open to traffic until 1972 when it was moved to the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. The bridge was built using a multiple kingspost truss system. For those not familiar with bridge truss systems, the kingspost system is generally one vertical post in the center of the span with two diaganals on either side of the vertical beam. That vertical beam is called a kingspost. A multiple kingspost truss bridge is then a bridge with multiple vertical beams creating a 90 degree angle with the bottom span and then diagonal beams beside each vertical beam or kingspost. The type of span was typically used for bridges spanning greater than 30 feet and less than one hundred feet.

The bridge at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.

The bridge stood at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds until just recently in 2016 when it collapsed due to high winds. The County Fairgrounds and Fairfield County Historical Parks have been attempting to figure out what to do with the bridge now that it has collapsed. The bridge was recently disassembled and moved to another location until it can be reassembled somewhere else.

While the majority of us reading this article are familiar with this bridge, it will be sad going to the 2016 Fairfield County Fair and not seeing this Fairfield County landmark. I hope to see it assembled somewhere else soon so everyone has a chance to visit it again!