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New Home Prices Skyrocket – Where to find Deals

A few weeks ago, I read an article in Business First stating that Columbus "is not even coming close" to meeting housing needs. They are quoting a report commissioned by the Building Industry Association (BIA) which shows how new construction lacks far behind its peak...

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How Buying in December Could Save You $69,640

Most people are not thinking about buying a house in December. They are busy preparing for the Holidays, attending Christmas parties, and buying presents for their loved ones. Let me share with you 3 reasons why purchasing a home before the end of the year could save...

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Get top dollar when you sell your home

How I Sold a House another Agent Could Not Sell

Last November I received a call from a desperate homeowner. They had fired their listing agent, after their home was on the market for more than a month with no activity. Their new-built home was getting ready by the end of the year. They had to sell! These homeowners...

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Housing Stats Comparison: Aspen vs. Dublin

We just returned to Columbus from a "business trip" to Aspen, Colorado. We were very lucky our flight was able to land at Port Columbus around midnight after circling for half an hour. And the road conditions driving home were much worse than this morning. When real...

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Why You Can’t Trust Online Home Valuations

If you are a homeowner who's thinking about selling, you probably want to know how much your home is worth. Most likely you've been searching the Internet and came across the Zestimate, Zillow's online home value. For many suburban homes it's a decent ESTIMATE of what...

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Learn about Columbus Neighborhoods

New Neighborhood Spotlight: Belmont Place

This new Delaware County neighborhood is just minutes away from the Polaris Fashion Mall, popular grocery stores like Meijer, Kroger and Giant Eagle. There are also many gorgeous Metro Parks within the area, two of which are; High Banks Metro Park, Alum Creek State...

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New Neighborhood Spotlight: Ballantrae Woods

Ballantrae Woods is a 49.6-acre residential development that is a new phase that will add on to the already huge Ballantrae Neighborhood. The entrance to the community embraces you with The Giant Dancing Rabbits sculpture at Ballantrae Park. Though the homes...

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Making sense of the Numbers

Find out what’s cool now

Homeowners are 48 Times “Richer” than Renters

Do you remember the New Albany Condo I advertised in last week's email? ​I had 20 buyers visit my open house, we received 3 offers above list price, and 2 agents called me with eager buyers after a contract was signed. There's a lot of demand for affordable homes and...

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Should You Attend the Million Dollar Parade of Homes?

This year's Parade of Homes will be going on for another week at Jerome Village. It's the Million Dollar Parade, because 6 of the 7 homes on display cost more than $1 million. Only Manor Homes' entry was a little less expensive at $979,000. Here is last years parade....

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Should You Retire in the Caribbean?

I just got back from a short trip to the Dominican Republic. This was not an all-inclusive vacation to a fancy resort. Instead, Kurt and I traveled with friends who are in the process of buying a condominium on the island. What a great opportunity to combine a little...

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Events in and around Dublin

Reflections on a Great Year

As I reflect on this past year, I feel very blessed to have you as a reader of this weekly newsletter. I am grateful for your support and feedback as I am trying to share my insights and stories on the housing market. I hope this is helpful for you and even saved you...

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Builder Incentives are Back

Fall is here with a vengeance with temperatures dropping from the 90's to the 30's in a couple of days. What happened to our beautiful Ohio autumns? Temperatures are not the only things falling. Builders are substantially dropping prices of market ready homes and...

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A Tiny House to Help Tiny Tots

In the past few years Tiny Houses have become more popular with home buyers. This is partially due to the popularity of TV shows like Tiny House Builders, Tiny House Hunters, and Tiny House, Big Living (all on HGTV). ​Another reason for this trend is the lack of...

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