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.

Parade of Homes 2019 Recap

August 4, 2019

The 2019 Parade of Homes ended last weekend, but I was able to visit the Parade with Meredith before jetting off to Tucson for my 30 year Up With People reunion in Tucson, AZ (because what better time of the year is there to visit Tucson than late July?). As always, it was fun to see some of the trends featured in the Parade homes. Here are some of my takeaways.

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Real Estate Market Update – March 2019

April 30, 2019

The numbers are in, and has declared Columbus to be the hottest real estate market for the month of March! If you’d like to hear why, check out this short video.

2019 Columbus Real Estate Market Forecast

January 28, 2019

crystal ball

Now that we have started to settle into 2019, I’d like to tell you what I think we will see this year in the real estate market. I’ve consulted my crystal ball, and here’s what I see in store.

As I wrote in a post back in October, real estate values have followed a remarkably predictable 18-year cycle for 200 years. In that cycle, we see about 14 years of growth, followed by 4 years in decline. And in the middle of the 14 years of growth, we see a little hiccup that we call the Mid-Cycle Slowdown (more on that in a minute). To make this clear, here’s a graph for you:

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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!