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Real estate agents are a diverse group of people who come from a number of different backgrounds. All offer many talents and expertise to the industry, but there are some common underlying personality traits that make up a successful agent. Whether you're thinking of being an agent or looking to hire one, here's what to look for in a successful agent-client relationship:

  • A good listener: Communication is key in any relationship, but when it comes to the biggest purchase people make in their lifetime, listening to and understanding people is extremely important. Agents need to be able to listen to and communicate information to every party involved in the home sale transaction.
  • Top notch negotiating skills: When it comes to who is paying the closing costs, who is making the home inspection repairs, and negotiating between offers and counteroffers, an agent needs to have strong skills to represent their client and get them the best deal possible for each situation.
  • Ability to keep calm: An agent must be able to remain calm under pressure. All sorts of problems can come up during a real estate transaction; whether it's through the home inspection, appraisal, title work, or loan. It's an agent's job to help close the deal with a business-like attitude no matter what happens. A great agent can get the job done while keeping their composure. Home inspection uncovered multiple issues? Other agent won't call you back? Other agent calls you 50 times in 1 hour? Appraisal came in low? It's an agent's job to take a deep breath and help communicate to each person involved in whatever issue may arise.
  • People skills: Good agents LOVE people. We see into each client's life a lot more than people think. Sure, a Realtor helps others buy and sell houses. But it's important to remember that life events trigger real estate transactions. So when someone wants to sell their house, there's usually more going on behind the scenes. Maybe all of the kids have grown and the house is too large for the sellers. Or there's been a death in the family.  Or a job transfer. We get to see a lot of good in other people's lives, too; when a family is outgrowing their current home and needs more space, or when someone is buying their very own home for the first time, when  someone gets to move back home after some time away. A successful agent loves their clients, and is with them each step of the way during the biggest financial decision of their lives.

So, are you cut out to be a real estate agent? What qualities do you look for when hiring an agent? Let us know in the comments below!

If you are considering a career change, it's a great time to MOVE with MAYO and get started on a new adventure. Call us or email ( to discuss the possibilities for your future.



A career in real estate is full of excitement. If you've been thinking of a career change, maybe it's time to consider a new adventure; check out this list of what makes our Mayo Realtors enjoy their jobs.


What's to Like About Real Estate?

  1. You make your own schedule: Set your own appointments and decide when to do open houses, when to show buyers potential homes, when to meet with sellers, you name it. If you're someone who loves efficiency and possesses time management skills, real estate is a great outlet for you to make your own schedule. You will never be sitting bored in an office, staring at the clock until 5:00.
  2. You are your own boss: If you're someone who is self-motivated, being a Realtor allows you to make your own decisions that are best for your business. That being said, there's also the benefit of having a broker who can step in and assist when needed.
  3. Uncapped earning potential: Real estate is what you make of it. It is not a "get rich quick" scheme. There's no guaranteed paycheck, but once your business gets rolling, there's no cap on the salary that you can bring home.
  4. There's a variety of duties: Real estate brings a different to-do list every single day. From reaching out to leads, designing ads, showing houses, taking photos, attending local events for networking, hosting open houses, there is something different to do every day. There's an endless amount of creative potential for a Realtor, whether it's through writing, videography, art, graphic design, or whatever else you can come up with.
  5. The work environment is pretty cool: Most of your time as an agent is going to be spent in other people's houses and in your broker's office. While we have some exciting news coming up about the Mayo Realtors office, we aren't quite ready to share it! Stay tuned for an exciting announcement later this summer.

Are you thinking of a career change? It's a great time to MOVE with MAYO and get started on a new adventure. Call us at 330-726-7653 to discuss new possibilities.



Well, Memorial Day has come and gone and it's now the unofficial start of summer! We've put together the ultimate list of summer festivals, markets, events, and FUN in the Youngstown area just for you!


Friday, June 1


South Main Street in Columbiana

A car show, music, vendors, food, and fun!


Saturday, June 2

RIVERFEST 11:30 AM -5:00 PM

B&O Station, 530 Mahoning Avenue, Youngstown, 330-307-8206

Explore the Mahoning River at the 7th annual RiverFest! FREE kayak & canoe rides with 20 exhibitors and live music.

See the Riverfest Facebook page here



Downtown Youngstown, For more information, call 330-742-4040

Volunteer your time and help clean & green up downtown.

See the Youngstown Streetscape Facebook page here


Sunday, June 3


The race begins and ends at Second Sole Youngstown (755 Boardman-Canfield Road) .

See the Youngstown Marathon Facebook page here



Boardman Township Park

Ready for a new pet? Come to this event to help raise awareness for pet adoption in the valley!

See the Adopt A Palooza Facebook page here


Friday, June 8


Huntington Place Plaza, 1393 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman

Local artists, makers, vendors, food, and entertainment! Stop out at Suzie's for the dueling pianos. The  Mission Night Markets will continue the 2nd Friday of every month through October. Remaining dates are July 13, August 10, September 14 and October 12.

See the Mission Night Market Facebook page here


Saturday, June 16


110 Freeman Alley, Downtown Youngstown (next to Covelli Centre), 330-565-5483

Market For Makers once a month in the heart of Downtown Youngstown. Dedicated to local/regional vendors of handmade, antique and re-purposed wood/metal/furniture, vintage clothing, and collectibles. Also July 14 and August 18.


White House Fruit Farm, 9249 Youngstown-Salem Rd., Canfield, 330-533-4161

Everything you can imagine strawberry flavored. Yes please. Also on Sunday, June 17.


Downtown Youngstown

Celebration of all ethnic groups from the European Slavic region with food, music, dancing and crafts.

See the Simply Slavic Heritage Festival Facebook page here


Thursday, June 21-Sunday, June 24


St. Jude Church, 180 7th St, Columbiana, OH 44408

Games, rides, food, and more fun!


June 27, 28, 29


Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front Street, Youngstown

Cirque du Soleil Presents Crystal – A Breakthrough Ice Experience where world-class ice skating and unexpected acrobatics fuse to create Cirque du Soleil's first on-ice experience. For tickets, call 800-745-3000, visit The Southwoods Health Box Office, or


Friday, June 29 - Saturday, June 30


308 S. Main St., Poland, OH

Celebrate Poland is a family-friendly celebration in honor of the community of Poland. The event includes fireworks, bands, a craft show, Poland Idol singing contest, food vendors, a parade, Chalk It Up sidewalk art and more. 

See the Celebrate Poland Facebook page here



July 5-8


220 N. Walnut Street, Youngstown

Free admission, Greek food & pastries, items for sale, and live music!

See the Summer Fest Facebook page here


Saturday, July 7 & Sunday, July 8

SUMMER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS (Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm & Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm)

Youngstown State University campus, One University Plaza, Youngstown, 330-941-2307

Arts & crafts festival featuring over 70 regional and national artists with music and dance performances.

See the Festival of the Arts Facebook Page here


Friday, July 20 & Saturday, July 21


Firestone Farms 101 Town Center Ave, Columbiana OH 44408

All of your favorite local wineries in one night with delicious food & wine samplings.

See the Columbiana Wine Fest Facebook page here


White House Fruit Farm, 9249 Youngstown-Salem Rd., Canfield, 330-533-4161

Blueberry donuts & blues music.



Friday, August 3-Sunday, August 5


Central Square, Downtown Youngstown, 330-501-3171

4 blocks of family fun & entertainment with 40 Italian restaurants and food vendors! Yum.

See the Italian Fest's Facebook page here


Saturday, August 4


White House Fruit Farm, 9249 Youngstown Salem Road, Canfield

Bring your buddy to the farm for an afternoon of play. Be part of the Pup Parade, dress them in costume, contests, have your photo taken and enjoy a doggie treat. Registration required. All dogs must be socialized and remain on lead.


Saturday, August 11


Stambaugh Stadium, Youngstown State University, 577 5th Ave, Youngstown

Florida Georgia Line performs at the 2nd annual Y Live with special guests Morgan Wallen and Chris Higbee. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.


Saturdays & Sundays (August 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 10:00-5:00 PM)


Shaker Woods Grounds, 44337 County Line Rd, Columbiana, 330-482-0214

This popular festival features over 200 of the best juried craftspeople in the country. Each craftsperson will be dressed in Shaker period clothing while demonstrating and selling their remarkable handmade wares.

See the Shaker Woods Facebook page here


Sunday, August 19


Mastropietro Winery, 14558 Ellsworth Rd., Berlin Center

$5 admission with entertainment for the whole family!


Wednesday, August 29-Monday, September 3

172ND CANFIELD FAIR 8:00 AM-11:00 PM

Canfield Fairgrounds, 7265 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield, 330-533-4107

The largest county fair in OH! There's something for everyone with food, rides, exhibits, and special events!

See the Canfield Fair Facebook page here


There are a lot of opportunities for summer fun! Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below if you know of an event in the area happening this summer.


Today, we're shining the spotlight on a home that's all about natural lighting, views, and vaulted ceilings, all with an open floor plan! Here are 4 favorite spots at our spotlight home:

  1. The hiking trail in the backyard: this property has just under 8 acres, and the backyard features woods, a ravine, a creek, and a hiking trail. The trail isn't long, but it's enough for any outdoor loving family to get their fix of nature for an afternoon. There's a bridge crossing the creek, picturesque flowers, and occasionally sights of turkey and deer. The best part is that there's never a crowded trail.
  2. The gazebo: This is the spot to hang out with friends & family for s'mores around a fire if you're looking for a gathering with a getaway weekend-like feeling to it. The beams are also the perfect width to hang a hammock from! This photo was taken a few weeks ago in early spring, but now that it's June, the trees are in full bloom!
  3. This 3 seasons room with vaulted ceilings and 3 walls of views: did we mention that this is the second sun room in the home?!  Use it as a game room, sitting room, or as another outdoor dining area without the risk of bugs.
  4. The window seat upstairs: Each room in this house offers a view of its own, but one of the best is from this spot. It's another wonderful view of the backyard but this one's a little higher up! This is the ideal location for reading a book on a rainy day.

With all of the views, natural lighting, pine vaulted ceilings, and skylights, this house will be the next home sweet home for any outdoor lover. The homeowners have enjoyed finding their favorite spots in this spotlight home, but are ready for their next adventure. If you know the right family who would love finding their own favorite spots at 39184 Crestview Road, tag them in the comments below! 


Thank you EverythingGood Photo!


At Mayo Realtors, we're all about shopping & supporting local. As Realtors, we are the experts at the home search process, but we also get a lot of questions after the move-in or move-out happens.  One question we often get is where to find appliances or furniture for new home buyers. On the flip side, sellers often ask us where they can sell their unwanted furniture before moving.

Read Rebecca the Realtor's take on a local business here in Youngstown; Market Street Furniture & Appliances.

Well, here it is! The project I've been working on for 2 months in my garage. Let it be known that I am not a carpenter. I lack the patience to do detail-oriented projects such as this.

This dresser project all started when I discovered Market Street Furniture & Appliances in Youngstown. It's cash only and THE BEST used furniture you can find. I went in search of a dresser for my bedroom to replace my broken IKEA hunk of junk, and found one that was sturdy, well-built, and the perfect size for the wall I wanted to place it next to. I liked everything about it except for the handles with the huge metal plate background.

I thought to myself, "No big deal. I'll just replace the handles. Easy peasy." So I paid for the dresser and got it home to my garage-turned-workspace.

I removed one of the metal plates, and it left a deep mark on the wood. It turned out that the whole front of each drawer needed to be sanded down to get rid of the mark ingrained in the wood. So I got to sanding. I sanded, sanded, and sanded some more. And that is why this project took me two months.

After I finished sanding, the next step was wiping everything down and adding the stain. I chose a color that closely matched the original stain, so that I wouldn't have to sand and re-stain each crevice. This is a huge time-saver for anyone looking to redo furniture without spending a lot of time on it.  I added the polyurethane to protect the wood as my last step. And here is the final product!

I highly recommend going to Market Street next time you're in need of a dryer, dresser, fridge, you name it. They have a wide selection and delivery is available. Although some dressers & end tables & etc may need a little love, I'm a fan of older furniture because it was made with actual wood and remains sturdy. If you're willing to put a little work into an older piece of furniture, you can avoid the expensive faux wood that seems to be the only option that stores offer.

Sellers, if you're looking to rid yourselves of some unwanted home goods, this is the place for you!


The older I get, the more I'm convinced that moms know everything. They are wise, have a knack for knowing what is needed, they keep track of the details, and care about their families with their huge hearts and Superwoman powers.

With Mother's Day coming up, I wanted to show a home tour that is classy & elegant. Just like moms! And sometimes while filming there is a lot of downtime; if you aren't the one behind the camera, that is. So while exploring this dream home in Canfield, I noticed several qualities that mothers (or any caretaker) would probably appreciate.

1.This kitchen.

It's open, spacious, and has a perfect view of the pool outside. Perfect for keeping eyes on everyone's safety.

2. A personal refrigerator.

You see that thing behind the candles on the right side of the photo? It's an extra refrigerator for WINE! If you don't know what to get your mom for Mother's Day, you can't go wrong with a bottle of wine.

3. This gorgeous master bathroom.

Next time you can't find her in this 6,400 sq. ft. of living space home, she'll probably be hiding in this tub.

4. The in-home theater.

Movie night just got taken to a whole new level.


Remember to thank the Superwoman in your life this week, and treat her like the Queen of the Castle that she is.

Happy Mother's Day!


Thank you to Imperial Photography and Drone Services for capturing the beauty in this home.


If a picture is worth a thousand words, then your listing photos better be good! Right?

Instead of writing a lengthy post about why listing photos matter, I've decided to show you instead. The goal of listing photos is to get qualified buyers to come see your home in person. So, before you hire a Realtor to sell your home, one of the most important questions a seller should ask is "What kind of camera do you use for listing photos?"

Scroll below & spot the photos that would make you want to go see this home in person. (And YES! All of these photos were taken in the same home.)



Photography is powerful.


Thank you EverythingGood Photo, for sharing your talents!


My first apartment was a two-story home, split into 3 apartments. I had one of the top units that faced the backyard and it was tiny, but ALL MINE! I was so excited to start painting and make the place my own. I had no idea that there was a rule against allowing the tenants to paint, and my 18-year-old self didn't think to ask for permission. So I marched into Home Depot, fell in love with a salmon pink paint swatch, and merrily began to paint my whole living room with it.

I woke up the next day with immediate regret. It was the most horrible shade of salmon, and the light coming in from the windows made it reflect even brighter than the color already was. It looked like Elle Woods moved into my apartment overnight.

Fast forward a few years and I found myself in ACE Hardware picking out paint colors again, this time for my own home where I didn't need permission. I had chosen neutral colors throughout the house, but all that was left was the bathroom. I wanted to make it bright and cheery since the rest of the house was calming. I picked a magenta wine color, fell in love with it, and proceeded to paint my little bathroom with this dark, overwhelming color.

I woke up that next morning with immediate regret, too. Moral of the story: NEVER PICK PAINT COLORS ON A WHIM. Any color looks good on a two inch square of paper, but when it's spread across a wall and in natural lighting, it's a different story.

From all my painting misadventures, I could have saved myself a lot of work had I followed some general rules of thumb.

  1. Always buy the small tester can. Paint a section of your walls, and study it with different lighting throughout the day. Lighting makes or breaks the color.
  2. Lighter colors make the room look bigger, darker colors make the room look smaller. I didn't want to believe this for a long time. People tried to tell me. But I wanted the crazy colors and chose them anyway, then found out the other people were right.
  3. Go with the same theme throughout your home. I attempted to have a rustic farmhouse kitchen, a Moroccan bathroom, and then a Bohemian bedroom. It just doesn't work. Go with the flow.
  4. If you want a crazy color, try an accent wall. Those are still cool, right?
  5. Pick something you won't get sick of.
  6. Think about mood-how do you want to feel when you walk into that particular room?
  7. Trust your gut instincts. If you start painting and aren't feeling it, just stop. Don't continue to paint the whole room just because you already bought the paint. I am guilty of this.
  8. Always prep your walls! If you're going to put effort into a project, do it right!

The good news is that since it's just paint, if you end up hating it, it can be changed. Picking out paint colors on a whim caused me a lot of wasted time, money, and work. Don't be like me; learn from my mistakes. Making your space YOUR OWN is all part of the joys of homeownership.

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