Real Estate News and Information

Check out these articles for helpful tips, local events, and sometimes random tidbits I feel like sharing. If there is a topic you would like to see covered in a future post, just let me know.

Is the Columbus Real Estate Market Slowing?

August 10, 2018

As you may have read online in the last couple of weeks, released their report of the hottest real estate markets in June. Midland, TX topped the list again (as it did in April and May). But second place was held by our beloved Columbus, which moved up from fourth place in May (we were unranked in April).

burning match

Photo by Yaoqi LAI on Unsplash

So if we are in such a hot real estate market, why would I possibly suggest that the market might be slowing? People are listing their houses on Thursday, getting 15 showings on Saturday, having 35 parties come to the open house, receiving 5-7 offers to choose from, and accepting an offer over asking price before lunch on on Monday, aren’t they? Because it seems like everyone has heard that story from someone they know.

Yes, that is still happening… in some cases. I had a buyer client just this week agree to pay almost $10,000 over the asking price and offer to pay up to $5,000 if the appraisal came up short. In the end, the house went to someone else whose offer was even more generous. However, that kind of craziness is not happening as often as it used to. Areas like Grandview, for example—which was recently in such demand that people looking to sell their home were able to get an offer at their asking price advertising by word of mouth alone, without help from a Realtor—remain hot, but now you’re starting to see for sale signs pop up where you didn’t see them before. And they’re staying in the yard a little longer than they used to.

I have seen three of my own listings, all of them lovely homes that I was sure would be in contract shortly after they hit the market, linger for longer than any of us expected. And other Realtors in my office have shared similar experiences with me.

So what’s the deal?

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Why You Should Hire a Pro to Take Listing Photos

July 12, 2018

When you list your house for sale, you want to present it in absolutely the best way possible. That’s why I always hire a professional real estate photographer to take listing photos for my listings. In this video, I show you what a difference it can make. I interviewed Chris Robinson from CA Robinson Photographic to give a few tips for homeowners to prepare their home for photographs. His recommendations are:

  1. Stage your home. Hiring a professional is the best way to go, but there are simple things you can do yourself as well. For a few tips, watch my interview with Good Day Columbus on getting your home ready to sell.
  2. We all love our pets, but for the photo shoot make sure that bowls, beds, litter boxes, etc. are hidden away. Also, make sure your pets are taken to another location during the photo shoot, or if that’s not practical, secured and comfortable in an out-of-the-way area of the home, preferably an area that won’t be photographed.
  3. Curb appeal is critical. Make sure you clean up your landscaping, put trash cans away, and move cars on the street away from the house so the photographer can get an unobstructed shot of the front of the house.

Watch the video below for my interview with Chris and to see some “before” (my iPhone photos) and “after” (Chris’s professional photos) of the property. When you do, I think it will be clear why I always hire a pro to take my listing photos!

How to Flip a House For a Profit

April 16, 2018

I am excited to share that I was recently quoted in an article entitled “25 Expert Tips on How to Flip A House For a Profit” in Fit Small Business. HGTV has aired several shows in the past few years that make house flipping look very appealing. However, it can be quite easy to lose sight of the fact that those shows are created for their entertainment value. They omit many of the expenses involved because it doesn’t make good television. As a result, lots of folks are trying their hands at flipping a house without proper education. The tips given by the experts in this article are only the tip of the iceberg, but they are great nuggets to keep in mind.

If you have any interest in exploring real estate investing, whether it be flipping or rentals, I would be more than happy to answer any questions I can. Please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

February 27, 2018

Spring will be here before you know it, and with it will come the traditional start of the new real estate selling season. Of course, people buy and sell homes in all months, but springtime is when things really start to heat up.

If you’ve been thinking about selling your home this spring, here are some simple tips that I shared on Good Day Columbus last week about getting your home in top shape to impress potential buyers.

Our Cabinet Painting Project

January 31, 2018

Last fall Meredith and I embarked on a DIY project in our kitchen. You see, we had been living with a half-done kitchen for years. About seven years ago we replaced our original white laminate counters with granite, changed out the square white porcelain backsplash for contemporary gray glass tile, and painted the walls a gray that tied everything together. Well, almost everything. We were so eager to make a change in the kitchen that rather than delay our gratification a little while longer so we could save for new cabinets as well, we just kept the builder-grade oak cabinets, hoping they would at least look better after the upgrade. I’m sure you can guess how that turned out.

They didn’t.

In fact, we hated those cabinets more after our update than before. Against the gray tones of our new kitchen, the cabinets looked orange. And by installing granite on top of our old cabinets, we locked ourselves into keeping them.

Our ugly, orange oak cabinets against the gray walls, tile, and granite

For years we debated how to best fix the problem. We could pay a refacing company lots of money to change them for us. That didn’t seem like a great idea, since we have lots of other places we preferred to use that money. I suggested that I could reface them myself. I’m pretty handy, after all. Meredith just laughed at that idea, reminding me of the half-finished bookcases I still need to finish in our basement. Or we could paint them. Meredith assured me they would look 10 times better if we painted them. I fought her on it. After seven years of this debate, I finally agreed that she was probably right. We chose a paint color, and I started lots of research about how to paint kitchen cabinets so they will look great and be durable. I’d like to share our process here.

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