While I don't practice in Ohio, you are required by law to begin your Chapter 13 Plan payments 30 days after your case was filed. Some lawyers collect this payment at the time the case is filed so that it can be made immediately.
Youvwouldbonly get that payment back if your case gets dismissed prior to confirmation. If you really hope to keep the property then it sounds as though you don't really want the case to be dismissed. If you filed only to buy some extra time to move, then that might be a different story.
Unless the "someone you know" is a bankruptcy attorney who has reviewed your file thoroughly, I wouldn't be relying on his/her advice. Your lawyer has been retained to represent you and if you aren't willing to take his/her advice, you may not be satisfied with how things progress in your case. Hope this perspective helps!