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This is a Re-Blog of post from janeAnne a real estate broker in Ashville North Carolina, Asheville's "GREEN "Property Consultants- LAND & Fine Homes. If you believe this quote there are bound to be a lot of special people in Columbus Ohio... "If you know what a bonobo is, or can tell a bonobo apart from a chimpanzee, then you are one of a few very special people." that is from the Friends of Bonobos site janeAnne has in the post. If you've been to the Columbus Zoo and paid attention to the Bonobos you know what a Bonobo is. (0 comments)
A few Central Ohio events in April: The April Gallery Hop in the Short North Arts District - Saturday April 4, 2009 Easter Sunday is April 12, 2009 Columbus Earth Day events are April 18 and 19 including Green Columbus's Picture This April Columbus Zoo events include Party for the Planet Events Columbus Metro Park Events FREE spring events ... it's always been free Columbus Clippers Schedule Opening game is April 9, 2009 in Lousiville Columbus Clippers Home Opener at the NEW Huntington Park - April 18, 2009 Visit Experience Columbus for much, much more... music, (5 comments)
Wordless Wednesday Question - 03/31/09 08:27 AM
Q. Should I be taking a Kersplat when I post a Wordless Wednesday post? In Lil Devil says- If you're going to Blog do it right Kathy McGraw wrote: " Now to that favorite of mine...pictures replacing words Lil Devil- Wow, look at all the Wordless Wednesday's and now Speechless Sunday's, and where's the little yellow button that shows they don't get any points. Tell me this isn't the way Active Rain is going? If there was no reward for posting these I am da** sure some people wouldn't even bother to put anything up! Maybe I will just (23 comments)
W is for Worthington in W.O.O.F. - 03/30/09 09:08 AM
There is a W.O.O.F. meeting at the Old Library today....March 30, 2009 at 7 to 8:30 PM*. W.O.O.F. is Worthington Organized Off-Leash Friends... this is W.O.O.F's first meeting about the status of an off-leash park project in Worthington. W.O.O.F. has more info on the Sustainable Worthington website. This morning I was looking for something I wrote about Walkable Worthington on one of my blogs a year or so ago... sadly sometimes it is faster for me to leave the blogs and search the whole web to find my stuff... and I found W.O.O.F. and the whole Sustainable Worthington Website... The Sustainable (0 comments)
Last Week in Worthington Real Estate - 03/30/09 07:58 AM
The News. Now. I sorta wanted to do something like: This Week in Worthington Doesn't that sound catchy? ...of course that is the name of the newspaper... isn't it? What's Happening in Real Estate in Worthington? No, that sounds too 1970's... The News about Worthington real estate? How about Last Week in Worthington? Looking in the rear view mirror at the week in real estate or the data that was reported... anyway. Worthington This is about homes in the City of Worthington (and the Village of Riverlea because Riverlea is lumped into the MLS area (the Columbus Board of Realtors (0 comments)
ActiveRain Sock Puppet has sex change - 03/29/09 08:46 AM
Yes, it is true, one of the early ActiveRain Sock Puppets had a sex change. A member who left a comment in 2006 as a woman is now a man! A Sock Puppet is basically a fake identity. Why would a Sock Puppet have a sex change??? The comment is on Cheryl Teague of Greenville SC blog I wanted to post a link to the post. I invited Cheryl and the comment was very early on but there are just not enough comments on the post.. the sock puppet colony was discovered long ago and the puppet master took a (9 comments)
There are 192* open houses according to the Real Living HER list. The Real Living HER Open House List (link is to the HER Real Living Open House list on my website, MaureenMcCabe.com) Clintonville area homes and condominiums priced from $181,000 to $229,000 Columbus area homes and condominiums priced from$54,900 to $$579,900 Dublin area homes and condominiums priced from $119,900 to $719,990 Gahanna area homes and condominiums priced from $122,900 to $284,900 Hilliard area homes and condominiums priced from$107,500 to $309,900 Lewis Center area homes and condominiums priced from $224,900 to $459,900 Powell area homes and condominiums priced (2 comments)
It's a Boy! - 03/27/09 06:35 PM
The Columbus Zoo announced the birth of a bouncing bundle of joy today, a baby elephant. Born at about 2:35 PM today after a 655 day gestation period to Phoebe, a 21 year old Asian elephant. The daddy elephant (sire ) is Coco. Phoebe and Coco are the parents of Bodhi, the 4 year old elephant which was the first successful elephant birth at the Columbus Zoo... Phoebe has a third child from a previous relationship. Columbus Zoo The news of the babies birth is for now right on the front page. You can follow the Zoo on Twitter and Facebook (2 comments)
WordPress Bloggers What Do You Think? - 03/26/09 12:58 PM
Do you use the WordPress group to learn more about WordPress or just to get another reader or two for your post? WordPress Blog group on ActiveRain "This is a group about WordPress Blogs. WordPress Blogs Group Guidelines How to. Plug ins (plugins, plugins plug ins, I have seen it spelled all three ways), Widgets. What you have learned on WordPress. How you figured your WordPress blog out, resources for WordPress bloggers... Here is a poll, please vote.
ActiveRain WordPress Blog Group are the Guidlines Clear Enough? | BuzzDash polls
The group guidelines is the blurb there (44 comments)
Do your posts count? It's a math problem... - 03/25/09 08:02 AM
Congratulations to Brandon Farmer for writing the millionth ActiveRain post. Do you know how to tell the # of your first post? What was the number of your first post? If you click on the title of the post in the URL is the number. http://activerain.com/blogsview/1000000/Charlottes-Positive-Market-Indicators Hooray for Brandon he wrote the 1,000,000, 000 post!!!!! ActiveRain Hits 1,000,000 Blog Post Articles Brad Andersohn wrote in his featured post announcing the millionth post: "Jay Thompson wrote the very first Blog post on AR back on 06/25/2006. Then 140,501 ActiveRain Members joined the community, followed Jay's lead, and together, helped build this Network (19 comments)
I guess it is supposed to be Wordless Wednesday… I did my first Wordless Wednesday post last Wednesday, here. I am not sure how I liked Wordless Wednesday.* I am kind of a word person. I kinda think of Wordless Wednesday as a cult. O.K. I joined the Wordless Wednesday blogging cult. WordCamp Columbus is Saturday May 16, 2009. Are you going? Everything you always wanted to know about WordCamp Columbus If you are in Central Ohio or nearby and have a WordPress.org blog or are thinking about trying a WordPress.org blog register. * Not knowing if I liked “Wordless (7 comments)
Surely they jest a $25 fee per real estate sign? - 03/24/09 04:20 PM
Not $25 for the sign... A $25 dollar fee for a permit to post a temporary "for Sale" sign on the owners property. A $25 dollar fee payable to the municipality, the town of Shirley Massachusetts to have the right to post the "for sale" sign. Are they saying $25 to post a sign for an open house too? Sounds as if that's what the local real estate community is concerned with. The story in The Boston Globe "Realtors object to fees for signs" By Julie Masis Globe Correspondent ran on March 22, 2009 says: "Tavenner, who works at the (16 comments)
Ohio DUCK - 03/24/09 11:00 AM
Tomorrow March 25, 2009 at 9:50 a.m. there's a statewide Tornado Drill What to do when you hear the sirens or see on TV that we have tornado warnings? D- “Go DOWN to the lowest level” U - “Get UNDER something” C - “COVER your head” K - “KEEP in shelter until the storm has passed” From Ohio weather safety
Weather is all relative This is a couple of years old but Columbus Ohio was tied with Tulsa Oklahoma and Oklahoma City for the 9th most dangerous city as far as natural disasters back in 2006.
Put it on your calendar now... I am. The Dublin Irish Festival usually sneaks up on me...I think about it near St. Patrick's Day and then whoosh it is the first weekend in August and I am trying to wedge some fun in Dublin into the weekend schedule. This year it starts on July 31, so even more chance of it getting overlooked. I believe the Irish Dublin Festival is always the first weekend in August. A friend asked me when the Dublin Irish Festival is recently and asked me to email someone else from out of town who (0 comments)
The Ohio Historical Marker for St. John's Church in Worthington just east of the Village Green describes the historic church as "Saint John's Church of Worthington and Parts Adjacent."
Of course in 1803 "Parts Adjacent" to the Village of Worthington would have been even closer in than the "Parts Adjacent" to the City of Worthington now. I may start referring to the Worthington area as "Parts Adjacent." The Village of Worthington streched from Morning to Evening Streets and from North Street to South Street. What areas are Worthington area or "parts adjacent" today? Neighborhoods in the City of (0 comments)
ActiveRain's Baby Book - 03/22/09 07:41 PM
It's like looking at a Baby Book for ActiveRain on The Wayback Machine measuring it's growth, snapshots showing how it looked. Click on the dates and you can see how ActiveRain looked, when things changed. May 10, 2006 - ActiveRain was lead generation site. June 13, 2006 - 142 Members ActiveRain was a real estate network... that quickly started growing. August 19, 2006 -3767 Members...
The August 19, 2006 version would be about what ActiveRain looked like when I first remember it.... I got active a week or so earlier... at the time of this map it looks like (70 comments)
Columbus "Visitor" - 03/22/09 02:01 PM
"Visitor" is a song written and performed by a local band, The Receiver. The music video was made by Vital Film Works whose description on YouTube says they are a "a Columbus based company focused on film, commercial and television production." The music video of Visitor was made for the Ohio Film Music Video Challenge. One of the criteria of the competition was that the video be shot locally... in Ohio. It was fun in some of the Ohio music videos to pick out the locations. I cringed when I saw a comment "kind of makes me glad I don't live (0 comments)
Worthington's Chicken Leash Law - 03/22/09 10:34 AM
When Dawn in Hudson Ohio (NE Ohio) wrote of her "Urgent! Your Input Needed!": "I have a lovely family that needs to move into a larger home.They would like a property where they can raise chickens!
I thought the problem was the chickens. I remember seeing chickens on a street corner on the west side of Columbus a couple of years ago. I have chickens on the brain. There was a chicken incident in a Worthington Ohio neighborhood recently. I am just barely aware of the chicken incident. A Worthington resident has pet chickens? A neighbor's dog attacked a (2 comments)
There are 208 Open Houses Scheduled on the Real Living HER Open House List the link is to the HER Real Living Open House list on my website, each home is "Presented By" I am not holding them all open. The same open house list is on each Real Living HER agent's site. On my website use the "To narrow down the list, please select the city you are interested in from one of the following options and click "Go" Columbus homes and / or condominiums from $79,500 to $579,900Dublin area homes and / or condominiums from $169,900 to $1,900,000 (1 comments)
How to win friends and influence people... online - 03/21/09 11:44 AM
"How to win friends and influence people" Anyone read Dale Carnegie's classic book? Does it translate to web 2.0 for you? "Six ways to make people like you" The number one way of the "Six ways" that I absolutely hate when sales people do it, verbally: "Remember that a man's Name is to him the sweetest and most important sound in any language." I want my friends and acquaintences to use my name occasionally but when I am talking to someone in person or on the phone and they try to work my name, "Maureen", or "Ms. McCabe" or (16 comments)
Thanks to Connie in the Omaha NE area for this post. This is a Re-Blog of the top 10 Twitter Cities by Connie Watts. Connie tweets as SellingOmaha London is the number one city for Twitter... not London Ohio of course, London England.When you hear London on TV or radio do you think London Ohio or London England? I think England. When you hear Dublin do you think Dublin Ohio or Dublin Ireland? I think Ohio. Because Dublin is bigger than London (talking Ohio here)? Or because I live and work in the Worthington area and have probably only been (3 comments)
Worthington how GREEN it's going to be... - 03/20/09 02:13 PM
Green like lush green... Not like green like ecological. The warm summer weather in the next eight to ten weeks will change the brown grass we have now into lush green grass... and the trees will sprout leaves... magically. The 2007 Worthington Memorial Day Parade. This slideshow is actually in Riverlea on High Street not in Worthington... or is the street still Worthington? Thinking about it we were on the front lawn in Riverlea and the parade was in Worthington?
Music alert. Turn the music down on the far right button on the bottom of the slideshow if necessary. (0 comments)
Best Ohio film... celebrities decide - 03/20/09 12:03 PM
Well maybe not so much celebrities as professionals in the film and music industries. A panel of judges that includes actor / director Chad Lowe is judging the 10 music video finalists in the DiscoverOhioFilm Challenge... The YouTube site for the Ohio Film Music Video Challenge now links to the ten finalists only.
One music video from Akron... One music video from Dayton... One music video from Twinsburg... Three music videos from Cincinnati... Four music videos from Columbus... I thought Twinsburg was a Cleveland suburb... Wikipedia says it is in Summit County and is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical (4 comments)
The Kilbourne Building is the building facing the northeast quadrant of the Village Green. The Kilbourne Building is the building with the star. The image is from the Franklin County Auditors site. According to the article in the ThisWeek Community Newspapers Worthington edition the building is also known as the 752 Building. I think of it as the old administrative office for the Worthington City Schools. I had a client who worked there years ago pre email? Pre everything being online anyway, so I used to drop things off (0 comments)
This is a Re-Blog of Craig Schiller a home stager's blog. Schiller like the park in "our" German Village. Craig is home stager "extraordinare" in Chicago.
Via Craig Schiller (REAL ESTAGING, a nationally recognized leader in Staging.): When a home stager is hired one of our primary jobs responsibilities is to stage the property in a manner that best solves any problem or perceived issues buyers may have with it. But what happens if the buyer disagrees with what was done by the hired stager? CASE IN POINT: Recently I received an Email from A. M. in Chicago asking (0 comments)
OK can you tell that the title is not me? ...this is a Re-Blog. Could you tell because I say "ActiveRain" rather than "Active Rain?" Could you tell because I would never, never, never say "hell" in a title? Or maybe I would if it worked... Could you tell because of the German accent? This is a Re-blog of a post from Douglas Garbe, a real estate agent with Real Living in Florida. I believe Douglas has a German accent. I always read his posts in my head with a German accent... Please click on the link and (10 comments)
More about the Federal Stimulus plan and a new OHFA program from a NE Ohio lender. This is a Re-Blog of information provided by Cleveland area mortgage expert, Tim Bradford of American Midwest Mortgage. The OHFA program does not start until 3/30/2009.
Via Tim Bradford (American Midwest Mortgage): This is a pre announcement about a program that OHFA will have available effective March 30, 2009. The short and sweet is that OHFA will be lend Qualified Buyers up to 3% of the Sales price in anticipation of the buyer recieving the Federal Tax Credit Stimulus as part of the (0 comments)
"Baby name meaning and origin for Earnest" Is Earnest a first name? I seldom look very carefully in the spam on ColumbusBestBlog.com because I get a lot. This was a comment left on on a post called "Buying a House - Earnest Money Question" Submitted on 2009/03/18 at 1:20am [...] Buying a House - Earnest Money Question ” columbusbestblog.com reddit_url=’http://www.baby-xxxxx.com/baby/babyname/Earnest’ reddit_title=’Baby name meaning and origin for Earnest’ [...] Author Ernest Hemingway that's him above and below in the baby announcement... Singer Tennessee Ernie Ford (spelling Ernest was the least of his worries.) His real name was Ernest Jennings Ford, he (3 comments)
This is a Re-Blog of a post by Mike Jones, an out of town mortgage broker. Thanks Mike! I'd have Re-Blogged any local lender who said the same thing: Buyers, call your REALTOR*. Don't squander the opportunity on a short sale that won't close for months. The rates may have evaporated by then. Get something under contract that you can close in 30 days. Call your favorite mortgage broker, complete your application, and LOCK IN THE BEST RATE * 614-388-8249 Yes the short sales can be tempting. In some neighborhoods you can find NON Short Sales priced very similarly. It's (6 comments)
It's about green transportation.... although this leprechaun's motorized vehicle is a beer cooler... It's about dancing, there are a lot of dance schools in Central Ohio, with a lot of accomplished dancers. It's about music, traditional and modern. It's about history. It's about fraternity. It's about the saint himself... why can't I get a good photo of him? It's about charity, the Charity Newsies were in the parade on an old Grandview fire engine, they are in the slide show below. The Columbus St. Patrick's Parade is not just the Irish, Charity (0 comments)
This is a Re-blog of a story about the long ago sale of a historic home in Roanoke Virginia written by Barbara Delaney, an associate broker in Virginia. The house pictured is not for sale. If you buy a historic home (or any other home) in Central Ohio, the contract spells out what is a fixture and what is personal property. The contract we use also now deals with anything on the premises that is rented, you know like a security system or a water softener. Old houses like those in Old Worthington often have great stories. Thanks for Barbara (8 comments)
Central Ohio Open House List - March 15, 2009 - 03/15/09 07:38 AM
Today there are 232 Open Houses on the best open house list in Central Ohio.* The Open House list from Real Living HER is not an archive... this link will reflect the CURRENT Real Living HER open house list at all times. If you look at this a year from now you will see the current Real Living HER open house list, not the archive of what is open today Sunday March 15. 2009. On my website use the "To narrow down the list, please select the city you are interested in from one of the following options and click "Go" (2 comments)
Columbus location, location, location - 03/14/09 07:27 AM
The music video set in Columbus is called "Green in the Morning." I spotted.... The statehouse reflected in a glass building across the street. The carousel at the Columbus Zoo. The Wonder Bread sign in Victorian Village (sadly in the news this week.) A view of downtown from the north showing the train trestle. Does that train trestle have a name? All locations and more are shown in this music video done for a competition. What other Columbus locations can you pick out in this music video?
I had to go check if the carousel in the music (6 comments)
Vote Ohio - 03/13/09 06:27 PM
Vote for the best music video - YouTube Vote for your favorite Ohio music video by March 18, 2009. The 23 videos that were submitted are displayed on YouTube. The rules for the challenge for the Ohio film makers included. "Each video must include one of the following criteria: A location identified by an Ohio historical marker A sign that displays the word Ohio in a positive manner Apparel containing team logos that are Ohio based (Cleveland CAVS, Cincinnati Bengals, Columbus Crew, etc.) Items featuring college and university logos. (Akron University, Bowling Green State University, Marietta College, Wright State University, Youngstown (2 comments)
No wrestling fans that is Hulk Hogan NOT Lenn Harley... In a comment on a post written by Home Inspector Glen Fisher GENUINE BUYER AGENT SHOULD KNOW HOUSES Paul Howard commented "Kevin Cavanaugh commented first and got it right on. Then Lenn Harley got it wrong. Kevin uses the knowledge he has to help buyers avoid homes with defects that he can identify and he has indicated that he has the background to be able to do that. Lynn on the other hand says: "We are not home inspectors. I thought that was your job." The reason she says (25 comments)
I was reading the latest news about national home foreclosures from Realty Trac online. Well skimming the article is more like it... I skimmed "Realtytrac Feb forclosures rise setback market" anyway... I skim for Ohio... my eyes caught the state and regions in the headlines. I saw California, Nevada, Florida... over and over as I skimmed. I saw Arizona but I did not see Ohio... as I skimmed... when "Sunbelt cities post top metro foreclosure rates" I was thinking the news was not that gloomy for Ohio and they, those sunbelt cities... have sun... we sometimes don't see it for (4 comments)
When were "buyers agents" invented in your market? - 03/12/09 07:10 AM
Glen Fisher Home Inspector of NJ wrote in a comment: "Okay, let me try again. When I started home inspections in 1989, I don't believe the Buyer Agent had yet to be invented. However, I did not research this and criticize me if I am incorrect. " As much as I hate a discussion of agency relationships among real estate agents... (as my old friends on RealTalk will surely remember) lets open the discussion up to home inspectors, lenders etc .... Are the home inspectors, loan officers, etc. even aware of the agency relationship between the buyer and "their" real (13 comments)
More info about short sales from an out of town expert.
Via Kenzie Kipper (Asset Realty Group): As an expert on short sales in Washington, I have helped counsel many buyers and sellers through the process and have had many common asked questions about how it works. If you have further questions, please feel free to add them and I would be happy to answer. Q: What is a short sale? A. With real estate prices currently at the 2005 level, many homeowners find themselves needing to sell and owe more than they can sell for. If they have (0 comments)
Pedro Scotto AKA Christopher Columbus - 03/11/09 07:05 AM
A Spanish historian says the man we know as Christopher Columbus was really named "Pedro Scotto," Isn't Pedro the Spanish name for Peter? Peter the Scotsman? A holiday web page about Columbus Day tells the traditional history we all know and love. Or hate as the case may be. The 1492 history that I get totally confused. Was the explorer in question Italian and sent to the east by going west an Italian sent by the Spanish or vice verse? The names we all grew up with... Spanish - Cristóbal Colón Portuguese - Christovão Colom Italian - Cristoforo Colombo All (2 comments)
McCarthy's Wildflower Cafe is in Clintonville at 3420 Indianola Avenue, just north of Oakland Park Avenue. The address is 3420 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214 I had never eaten at the Wildflower Cafe until this week. The restaurant website says: "The atmosphere is casual and welcoming, with many regulars and a friendly staff." The waitress was very nice, she helped me read the menu... I had looked at the menu online already and knew everything was relatively inexpensive Actuallly I could read almost everything but the prices, I had left my reading glasses at home and was trying to (0 comments)
I would seldom Re-Blog something like this but I am. ActiveRain members want to comment about Twiiter Mosaic? Please comment on Susie's blog. This is Suzie's mosaic, not mine. I posted my Twitter Mosaic on ColumbusBestBlog.com my WordPress blog but I wanted to Re-Blog (I almost said ReTweet) all the excellent info Susie has here. Members of Twitter may understand Re-Blogging better than your average ActiveRain member... These are not the mugs in my mosaic.. if you follow @MoInColumbusOH your on my blog in a post called 'all in their places with bright shiny faces" Who has been around long (0 comments)
You are NOT alone. I am not picking on this Northeast Columbus area.... although I did write about this area before. Columbus or Gahumbusville The puzzling effect is true in other parts of Columbus too.
8 Houses in the Gahanna school district 30 Houses in the Plain Local school district (New Albany) 25 Houses in the Westerville school district 43 Houses in the Columbus school district All homes are listed as single family, up to $250,000. The homes are either in the City of Columbus or a township... Their mailing address is NOT necessarily Columbus. Their mailing address does (0 comments)
By wee folk I am not talking children. It's beginning to look a lot like St. Patrick's Day in Central Ohio. Some communities more than others. The Dublin Ohio St. Patrick's Day celebrations are on Saturday March 14,2009. If Irish is an attitude, Dublin does it well Columbus - downtown Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Central Ohio The traditional Columbus celebrations including the St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Irish Family Reunion are on St. Patrick's Day, Tuesday March 17, 2009, of course.
Worthington Wee Folk have their own door in Old Worthington. The Leprechaun Entrance shown (8 comments)
Dublin Ohio takes the first crack at St. Patrick's Day, holding their celebration on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day. If Irish is an attitude, Dublin does it well Downtown Columbus The Shamrock Club of Columbus sponsors the St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Irish Family Reunion on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, in downtown Columbus. The Shamrock Club of Colmbus Last year Columbus was one of the cities in the US that made the national news because of a controversy over holding celebrations during Holy Week - Columbus Controversy. There is no conflict or contoversy this year (0 comments)
This is a test... this is only a test. Comment on Midori's blog. DO NOT Comment here. Lately I usually only Re-Blog content that is aimed at consumers, so I am really not expecting other ActiveRain members to comment. They do. If I Re-Blog content from an out of town lender, real estate agent, home inspector or stager... I don't want to get bossy with the reader I am trying to connect with via the content and tell them they need to go comment on a blog for a Long Island New York home inspector, a Hudson Ohio (4 comments)
If Irish is an attitude, Dublin does it well - 03/09/09 10:51 AM
If Irish is an atitude Dublin Ohio does it well. A reminder via Twitter of the St. Patrick's Day and festivities. Much (but not all ) is free fun. The celebration includes a pancake breakfast, a race, story telling, Irish music and of course the St. Patrick;s Day Parade. Dublin's info on the day's celebration. Want to know what's happening in Dublin? Follow @MaryS_DublinCVB Some of the "Irish" shops in Old Dublin have special promotions for the celebration. Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau -Irish is an attitude. City of Dublin - St. Patrick's Day 2009
We went to the Gallery Hop in the Short North on Saturday night. How could we not go? It was over 70 degrees during the afternoon. The official website of the Short North Arts District is a handy site. People were lined up for ice cream at Jeni's as you can see in the picture... really my phone's camera does NOT do this justice. It has been about 15 months since I have been to the Gallery Hop. The Gallery Hop is always the first Saturday of each month. I used to go to the Galery Hop a lot. One (2 comments)
This is a Re-blog of a post by Hudson Ohio real estate agent Stacey M. McVey about the NEW program for those who are "Upside Down" or "Underwater" on their home can get help. I want to stress Stacey wrote: "It's aimed at homeowners who have lost a job, had their payment jump, been hit with higher expenses, owe more than the home is worth or are otherwise at risk of default."
Via Stacey M. McVey (Keller Williams Realty Greater Cleveland): Homeowners were lent a hand this week by the Obama Administration's newest effort to help families remain in their (0 comments)
This is a Re-Blog of information from Ray Wilson a home inspector in New York... obvioulsy about aluminum wiring. Ray wrote: "Pigtailing was the main way to alleviate aluminum wiring problems, but many electricians in my area no longer do this. They recommend the wiring be replaced. So, it is their call - follow their advice. - Ray" We do have lots of developments in Central Ohio built in the 1965 to 1975 window. Makes me wonder if electricians in the Columbus area do "pigtailing." I remember a local electrical contractor explaining some little plastic doo hickies that could be (3 comments)
Today there are 211 Open Houses on the best open house list in Central Ohio. The Open House list from Real Living HER is not an archive... this link will reflect the CURRENT Real Living HER open house list at all times. If you look at this a year from now you will see the current Real Living HER open house list, not today Sunday March 8. 2009. "To narrow down the list, please select the city you are interested in from one of the following options and click "Go" "Columbus" homes and condominiums from $42,500 to $579,900Dublin area homes (6 comments)
Columbus in Top 10 Manliest Cities in US - 03/07/09 05:07 AM
Columbus is the Seventh Manliest City in the country according to an article in the Columbus Dispatch. Cincinnati is number four... hmmmm wonder why, they don't have the Arnold Classic. The Arnold Classis is in Columbus this weekend, downtown in the Arena Disctrict. Rounding out the top 10 is Toledo. Dayton and Cleveland are in the top 20. Pro-sports teams, trips to hardware stores, monster truck rallies boost a cities manliness. The ranking is from Combos Snacks? Combos sponsored the ranking for Sperling's BestPlaces but I can't see the Manliest Cities on the Sperlings BestPlaces site.
Or "Waterfall" Move's Code Name for ActiveRain, the rest of the story. Thanks to Paul Harvey for that wonderful phrase, "the rest of the story" may he rest in peace. Of course this is an Inman Article so it will disappear in a few days. Or after today? Unless you are an Inman subscriber... Read it NOW. Why did Move spurn ActiveRain According to the article by Matt Carter why Move did not buy ActiveRain: "Move wanted to find a way to ensure ActiveRain's Realtor members would write original content of interest to consumers -- not just other Realtors." (8 comments)
Columbus do you know where you live? - 03/06/09 04:04 AM
How do you know where you live? Your address? The school district you are in? Where the auditor says the house is... I guess you would call that the legal description.... Something else....
I know where I live based on | BuzzDash polls It's sure easier when you meet someone locally to say I live in Worthington, rather than I live in the City of Columbus but the Worthington School District... or I live in the City of Columbus but in the Westerville School District and my mailing address is... You just want to give people a general idea... They (2 comments)
Columbus "business establishment where meals or refreshments may be purchased" Week - 03/05/09 05:12 PM
Catchy? The "business establishment where meals or refreshments may be purchased" is Merriam-Websters Dictionaries definition of restaurant. It is a bit wordy. What about Columbus Restaurant "period of seven successive days" That kinda sorta comes from Dictionary.com A dispute over the rights to call next week "Restaurant Week" or "Columbus Restaurant Week" seems darn silly.... in the face of what's going on in the economy. A local magazine registered the right to the term "Columbus Restaurant Week. " The Other Paper has the story, written by Kitty McConnell, Wrangling over Restaurant Week says: “Restaurants are really struggling with the economy. (4 comments)
The signs at Crosswoods - 03/05/09 03:36 PM
The Crosswoods area in Columbus is just north of 270 in the Worthington area. Last Sunday I tweeted (texted from my phone to Twitter): The Quizno's at Crosswoods is gone.. Closed.. 4:23 PM Mar 1st from mobile web Two people from Columbus responded: OHTom@MoInColumbusOH Lots of empty restaurants at Crosswoods these days!4:57 PM Mar 1st from web in reply to MoInColumbusOH solesearching@MoInColumbusOH I'm surprised that Quiznos lasted as long as it did. That whole area is dying a slow painful death... 5:51 PM Mar 1st from Tweetie in reply to MoInColumbusOH Is Crosswoods dying? hmmm I know restaurants open and close (2 comments)
This is a Re-Blog of information from Heath Coker a real estate broker "and more." The and more is the first, link in his post, "REindex.com , The Site Engine®" which he explains in more detail on his ActiveRain Profile: "I also, own and operate the site called REindex.com, The Site Engine®. (it is pronounced: Are-ee-index .) http://www.reindex.com/ is a site that will link to any listing agent or company website - free. We don't charge a fee and we link to the site so there is no need to update anything other than your own site. We link from (4 comments)
Coming soon Or coming back? Chutnys, an Indian restautant in the Crosswoods area of Columbus opened and closed very quickly. I think. I swear I read in one of the papers that Chutnys opened. As I recall it said the restaurant was able to come right in because the previous Indian Restaurant in that location, the equipment was still there. I can not find the article though. Searching I just find a lot of recipes for different chutnys. The Crosswoods area in Columbus is north of the city of Worthington and south of Polaris. It's just north of (0 comments)
ActiveRain is so yesterday - 03/04/09 01:21 PM
I read it on Twitter just a few minutes ago.... Or that "the door for blogging has closed on ActiveRain." Tina Merritt is watching a webinar from real estate trainer Amy Chorew (an ActiveRain member) @tinainvirginia tweetted "per @amychorew - the door for blogging on activeRain has closed - many other options out there."
A number of people tweeted why??? @ginakay that's what @amychorew said since they are now charging for outside blogs.
@tineinvirginia tweeted another quote: " per@amychorew - propopoly is the new into (intro?) to blogging platform for RE"
Penzeys Spices Chili season is quickly coming to a close.... for me Chili is fall and winter and I am ready to leave winter behind. NOW. Lisa who blogs as Restaurant Widow, a popular Columbus food blog just recently was in a Chili Cook Off at the North Market (downtown Columbus) ... I guess the North Market Chili Cookoff was a couple of weeks ago in February... part of the North Market's Fiery Foods Festival. I am on Penzeys Spices mailing list. I got their Spring 2009 catalogue in the mail and there was a coupon for a (2 comments)
Riverlea is pronounced River - lee - 03/04/09 11:06 AM
Usually. Most people pronounce Riverlea, River-lee but occasionally you hear someone pronounce it "River-lee -a." I went to a function on the Worthington Green once and a Riverlea resident and dignitary at the event pronounced his village's name as River-lee-a. Riverlea is a village in Central Ohio... Riverlea is an enclave.... I think. I learned the word enclave from Wikipedia, an enclave is surrounded by another city. Riverlea is surrounded on three sides by the City of Worthington... the west side is on the Olentangy River. The village's website says Riverlea is a non- charter village. Their website gives these (0 comments)
Gahumbusville is just south of 161. Gahumbusville is in the 43230 ZIP code. Not all of the 43230 ZIP is Gahumbusville, the biggest chunk is Gahanna. Gahumbusville is a very pretty area. Blendon Woods is in the Gahumbusville area... or wait maybe Blendon Woods in Gahumbusany? If you have a Gahanna mailing address and live in the city of Columbus in the Westerville school district you live in Gahumbusville. I asked a man recently if he was the John Doe* in Bexley, Delaware, Groveport, Reynoldsburg, or Westerville. He said he is the John Doe (4 comments)
Happy Square Root Day any mathematicians out there in Central Ohio. This is a Re-Blog of Jason Roses content...
Via Jason Rose (123 ConEd LLC -- online real estate continuing education): For those of you who are math junkies, you might already know that today is Square Root Day. Square Root Day is a “holiday” celebrated on dates where the day and the month are both the square root of the last two digits in the current year. Today is 3/3/09 (three is the square root of nine). Celebrate this day because the next Square Root day is (2 comments)
Celebrity says Realtors® need new shoes.. Or good shoes... I guess good shoes are not necessarily NEW shoes ... A quote from columnist Alison Rogers in Inman News is "a Realtor should have good shoes, especially in this climate," This climate? Are we talking winter? New York? Let those in California, Arizona and Florida wear flip flops? The celebrity, Rupert Everett. Problem for me was I was thinking media mogul Rupert Murdoch long into Roger's Inman article... I skim... Rereading the Inman article thinking of an actor saying the snotty things in a British accent about properties and people (2 comments)
Spring Forward 2009 - 03/02/09 05:51 PM
Very, very early Sunday moring March 8, 2009 we start Daylight Savings Time.
A year ago Central Ohio was slammed with a record breaking snow storm on the Friday and Saturday before the time change. The Blizzard of '08... spring forward The six weeks promised by Buckeye Chuck, our local groundhog (Marion is close...) forecasted six more weeks of winter. Happy Groundhog Day 2009! Looks like 50's... almost 60 degrees the end of this week!!!!
Worthington, OH Weather Forecast
The image is an ecard from Real Living. I am an agent with Real Living HER (4 comments)
Is Localism fully functional yet? Just wondering.. Just wondering in part because of a comment on a post I wrote on February 21, 2009. The comment by Jonathan Washburn* Comment #28 says in part: "I am very confident Localism will be fully functional this week. It was a much bigger project than we expected, but we have been working very diligently on it and believe it is getting close to reaching the next level. As it stands today it is getting a lot of consumer traffic; I just believe it has a lot of room to grow." Jonathan's comment (8 comments)
Capital Area Humane Society - March - 03/01/09 12:39 PM
March is adopt a rescued guinea pig month according to a newsletter from the Capital Area Humane Society newsletter. The Capital Area Humane Society site says: "Did you know the Capital Area Humane Society has small "pocket pets" for adoption?" I am not a big fan of "pocket pets" personally. They give me the heebie jeebie... I had a white mouse for a short time as a kid. It died. I get hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs confused. Guinea pigs are the bigger ones right? The Capital Area Humane Society also says: "Come in and meet loveable guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, (3 comments)
I saw it on the news last night. Maybe you did too. I saw on Channel 10 News that President Obama is visting Columbus for the graduation of the police recruits this week. "Obama Agrees To Attend Police Recruit Graduation" The recruit class was set to be laid off because of the economy. Then the recruit class was saved by President Obama's stimulus package. Channel 10 says the graduation is tentatively set for Friday? I would bet they are going to have to be specific. The article says: "Police recruit graduations are typically held at the Columbus police Training Academy, (2 comments)
Join the ActiveRain Welcome Wagon - 5 easy steps - 03/01/09 10:15 AM
Become part of the ActiveRain Welcome Wagon with five easy steps that are then repeated nine times daily. "Welcoming Newbies" is big on ActiveRain. Welcoming new members is a good thing. Right? I founded an ActiveRain group called Welcome but shut it down because of people using the group to comment SPAM and scam. I am NOT going to tell you how to use a group to SPAM and scam new members... and others.... instead I will show you how the ActiveRain Welcome Wagon works. Personally I am not a fan of the cut and paste Welcome Comments on ActiveRain but (14 comments)
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