Recipe for Success

    Recipe for Success

    Dec 07, 2020

    Recipe for Success

    Frequently Asked Questions in the Real Estate Industry

    From the consumer side, buying or selling a home is an overwhelming task. It is a huge financial decision that affects the family directly. Most people do not take this decision lightly. It is sometimes a split decision on renovating their existing home or finding a new one. It is the premise of the HGTV sitcom, Love It, or List It. The shows have popularity because it plays on the real emotion of making this life decision.

    Do you Root for the Spouse who wants to stay or the one who wants to sell?

    It is our human nature to be drawn to taking sides.  The show demonstrates an essential technique on how to make the best decision while purchasing a home. The list of the pros and cons and developing a plan that makes the decision and risk management of the conclusion more logical is the core premise. If our feelings about a family home only worked that way, the family would choose the renovated home every time. Family homes are not built on materialistic needs. It is the smell of the house, the traditions created in the space, and the memories that we are afraid to lose if the location is not in our life again. During the holidays, this nostalgia is the epicenter of this dynamic.

    Here are the ingredients and steps to follow a successful home purchase;

    The ingredients to success in making a house a home lie in the traditions passed down. Holiday traditions do not need a location or people near; they need the love that created them.

    ERA Real Solutions says this holiday season, enjoy the moment you have, and bake your favorite recipe from your family recipe box. It is the smell of the family dog, grandmother's apple pie, and the smell of the laundry detergent that your mom used to wash your clothes in growing up that makes a house your home.

    "Do you walk into your grandparents, parent's or aunt's house already full from a meal, and walk through the door, and suddenly you are hungry for the smells of the home."

    This feeling is genuinely the warmth of home. The rest can be a list to ready yourself, but the recipe for success is being prepared and following realtors' advice.

    Our ERA Real Solutions family passes on a great family recipe from one of our superstar real estate clients that makes her family have the feeling of home during the holidays.

    Robin Miller: I was born and raised in Huntington, WV, then moved to the Columbus, OH area in 1984. I received a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Management from Franklin University. After working many years in Accounting, I decided to pursue a career in Real Estate. I graduated from Hondros College in May of 2010.

    I am a member of Columbus Realtors, Ohio Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and Grove City Area Realty Association. I currently serve as Special Events Coordinator of the GC Area Realty Association and was recently elected to President-elect for 2021. These organizations allow me to be involved in numerous charity efforts in my community, which I take great pride in.

    I love working with my clients to help them get the most value for their current home and help them find that perfect home for their future.

    In my spare time, I enjoy getting together with family and friends, crafting, baking, and spending time with my Shih Tzu, Buckeye.

    Robin's Family Carrot Cake Recipe


    > 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

    > 2 cups sugar

    > 4 eggs, beaten

    > 2 teaspoons cinnamon

    > 2 teaspoons baking soda

    > 1 cup nuts (optional)

    > 2 cups all purpose flour

    > 2 teaspoons baking powder

    > 3 cups grated carrots


    Beat oil and sugar together until well blended. Add beaten eggs and mix well. Sift cinnamon, baking soda, flour and baking powder, Mix into wet ingredients a little at a time mixing after each addition.


    Add nuts and carrots and mix well. 

    >Pour into a greased 13 x 9 or 2 - 9 inch cake pans. Bake at 350 for approximately 45-50 minutes. Let cool completely and frost with cream cheese frosting.

    Cream cheese frosting


    > 1 8-ounce block of cream cheese at room, softened

    > 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened

    > 1 teaspoon vanilla

    > 1/4 teaspoon salt

    > 4 cups powdered sugar

    Combine butter and cream cheese and beat until creamy, well combined and lump free. Add vanilla and salt. Stir well to combine. With mixer on low, gradually add powdered sugar until completely combined.