Open House – 182 Wagon Trail N in Powell Ohio

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Open House! 1770 Pinecone Court in Lewis Center, Ohio!

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Visit us this Sunday from 1-3pm at our Open House! Check out this stunning home for sale right here in Lewis Center, Ohio.

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8 Romantic Restaurants for Valentines Day in Columbus, Ohio

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Looking for somewhere to take your sweetheart for this special day?  Here are 8 Romantic Restaurants for Valentines Day in Columbus, Ohio…

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New Listing! 3252 Delburn Avenue in Dublin, Ohio!

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New Listing! 6504 Ponset Street in Dublin, Ohio!

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Things To Do in Columbus, Ohio – February 2014

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Things To Do in Columbus, Ohio – February 2014…

 

CAPA: LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO

When: Tuesday February 4, 2014, 8:00pm
Where: Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. Columbus, 43215
What: Led by founder and leader Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo now celebrates more than 50 years of joyous and uplifting music that marries the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. Continue reading

10 Apps to Help You Find the Perfect Home

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Want to start your home search in your hand? Brush up on real-estate terminology? Get the walk score of a certain neighborhood? You can bet there’s an app for that. Here are 10 Apps to Help You Find the Perfect Home…

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History Behind the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio

Ever wondered about the history behind the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio?

The Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio is a harness race for three-year-old pacing standard-bred horses. The race is hosted by the Delaware Agricultural Society and is held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The tradition has a rich and interesting history:

  • The tradition began in 1946 and takes place annually on the third Thursday following Labor Day.
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What You Need to Know About Selling a Home in Today’s Market

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The real-estate market is constantly changing and it’s important to be up to date on all of the trends if you want to sell your home quickly.

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Things To Do in Columbus, Ohio – January 2014

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There is plenty to do after the holidays right here in Central Ohio. Here are a few – Things To Do in Columbus, Ohio – January 2014…

GRANDVIEW BREWERY TOUR

When: Through January 2, 2014, 6:30-9:45 p.m.
Where: Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub, 1130 Dublin Rd.Columbus, 43215
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5 Things to do With the Family During the Holidays

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Many people find themselves stretched during the holidays – unable to find enough time to do all the shopping, wrapping, cooking, and planning necessary. However, the holidays should also be a time when families come closer together, so make sure to carve out some time during the hectic holidays to spend with your loved ones. Incorporating them into things that have to be done anyway – like shopping and baking cookies – can be a great way to keep the family close this year. The Huffington Post also suggests these 5 activities to strengthen the emotional bond of your family this holiday season:

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“Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but real estate’s so delightful!…”

“Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but real estate’s so delightful!…” The market has been phenomenal in the last quarter of the year. Homes are selling quickly and for increasing prices. The only problem is that there is no inventory, so, there are a ton of buyers with no “Home for the Holidays!” If you are thinking about selling, NOW IS THE TIME to get your house on the market before the Spring rush of new listings to the market.  If you’re thinking of making a move this Winter, next Spring,  or even next Summer, CALL Me for a FREE, no obligation pre-purchase or pre-listing consultation and I’ll show you how you can best take advantage of today’s market!

Wow! Real Estate Market on FIRE!

If there’s ever been a real estate market that has changed from luke warm to being on fire, it is this one. Many neighborhoods in the greater Columbus area – specifically, Dublin, Hilliard, Worthington, Powell, Lewis Center and Westerville, are a serious Seller’s market. Homes that are in good condition that are listed are selling within just a few days. The number of new homes listed is being out paced by the number that are going into contract and that is furthering the shortage of available supply in the market and is starting to push pricing up.

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The Real Estate Market Flip: Is it a Buyer’s Market or a Seller’s Market?

Great question! The answer depends on precisely where you are talking about. Not just Columbus vs. Las Vegas, but more like Dublin vs. Powell or even within Powell in the price range between $250k and $300k vs. between $150k and $200k. Each of these micro markets is different in the technical description of whether it’s a buyer’s market or a seller’s market (technically defined as more than 6 months of inventory).

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Top 5 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Agent When You Build a Home (New Construction)

1. The builder’s representative is the BUILDER’s representative, not YOUR representative. When a real estate agent is representing you to a builder, they have a fiduciary duty to represent YOUR interests, which likely aren’t the same as the builder’s.

2. Options! We can help you pick the RIGHT options so that you won’t overbuild your house and be stuck with the white elephant in the neighborhood. Since the builder usually makes a higher profit margin on options, do you think it’s possible that they may not have the same concern?

3. We have LEVERAGE with builders! We’re not building just ONE home with a builder, we represent MANY clients who are, or are going to, build homes. So, when issues arise, we may help the builder think harder than if it was just you raising the issue. Plus, everyone knows that Real Estate agents talk a lot – especially when a builder doesn’t treat our client right!

4. Location, Location, Location! We know what sells and what doesn’t – we’ll help you choose the lot so that you are well located within the neighborhood to ensure your ability to resell your house when you choose. After all, we hope to have a great house to sell in 5 – 7 years! 🙂

5. Our services are FREE to you with most builders. With most reputable builders, the pricing is the same whether you are using an agent or not. Many of these builders pay the commissions out of a separate marketing budget set up precisely to pay commissions so that they won’t be influenced when an agent is involved.

We have helped many of our client build homes in the Greater Columbus, OH area including Dublin, Delaware, Powell, Lewis Center, Westerville, Worthington, New Albany, Hilliard, Gahanna, Galena, Grove City, and other fine communities. If you are thinking of building a home, give us a call…we’ll be happy to help!

Real Estate Results: Central Ohio Sales best since 2007!

Single family homes and condo sales were up 15.5% in the Greater Columbus area over 2011 to highest number of sales since 2007, which is generally considered to be the last year of the last housing boom. Average home prices for houses sold including the entire year were $167,459, up 7.2% from the previous year, while the median sale price was up 8.7% over 2011 to $144,500.

While sales are up, the number of homes that are for sale is extremely low – only 9,252 which is the lowest in the past decade. These factors combined, point to an environment that should lead to increasing home prices and greater numbers of new homes being built.

93% of Ohio Realtors expect the housing market to be moderate to strong over the next 6 months and with interest rates still near all-time lows, it is truly the best time to buy a home – ever!

Tax Relief Extended for Forgiven Debt Due to Foreclosure or Short Sale

One of the lesser talked about facets of the recently passed legislation that averted (Or maybe just postponed) the “Fiscal Cliff” was an extension of the law that characterized the debt forgiven by banks due to a foreclosure or short sale as non-taxable.

Prior to 2007, if a home owner went through a foreclosure or short sale and their bank forgave a portion of the debt that they owed, then the money that was forgiven by the bank was taxable.  Talk about insult being added to injury!

The law was originally intended only to be in place for 5 years, but is now extended until 2014 with the passage of the “Fiscal Cliff” package.

That’s good news for folks in the foreclosure process  – the road to financial recover will hopefully be shorter for them.

It’s also good news for home buyers because that’s one less objection that a home owner may have to attempting a short sale and may produce more inventory for the market.  The short sale process is difficult enough with out having additional financial burdens for the sellers.

All in all, I actually approve of something that Congress did! : )

Central Ohio November Year over Year Home Sales up 30%

According to the Columbus Board of Realtors, sales of existing homes were up 30% from a year ago and the average price of homes sold from the first of the year through the end of November was up 7.2% to $168,198.

This has produced a declining inventory and in November of 2012 there were more than 20% less homes on the market than in 2011.

This inventory level represents only 5.5 months of supply and is therefore, technically speaking, a seller’s market.  This should continue to put an upward pressure on pricing.    The only catch for sellers is that many buyers are unaware of the technical facts and continue to negotiate as if it’s still a buyer’s market.

Interest rates are forecast to remain low for the foreseeable future and so I expect that many homeowners in Central Ohio will decide to trade up this year and we will continue to see existing home sales and new home sales increase.

All in all great news for the Columbus Ohio Real Estate Market!