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Happy Halloween ActiveRain - 10/31/09 08:04 AM
Happy Halloween ActiveRain I like Halloween... ActiveRain 2009 Halloween posts - localism* Columbus Scare - A -Torium Central Ohio Trick or Treat 2009 Worthington Ghost Story the tale of rap, rap, rap Columbus Ohio's haunted ship Dublin Ohio's ghost stories Powell Ohio Halloween Worthington haunted or just historic Powell Ohio - October 2009 If I could have I would have blogged about ghost stories, haunted houses or Halloween events in Clintonville, Gahanna, Grandview Heights, New Albany, Upper Arlington and Westerville too.... Halloween posts to my peers (other ActiveRain members) on ActiveRain Halloween Picnik it's ghostly Haunted House (3 comments)
Powell Ohio - Halloween - 10/31/09 07:02 AM
Powell Ohio - Halloween 2009 Powell is one of the Central Ohio communities that has 'Trick or Treat' or 'Beggars Night' tonight. I had it wrong on my Central Ohio Trick or Treat post I wrote that Powell was Trick or Treating on Thursday night with Dublin, Worthington, Columbus, etc. It all started with confusion about when Trick or Treat was in Lewis Center... Central Ohio Trick or Treat 2009 and more Tonight is Trick or Treat for ... well here is the Kids Linked list... Kids Linked - Fall Parents Guide Powell Ohio - Halloween 2009 I believe Trick (0 comments)
Worthington haunted or just historic? Haunted Worthington Worthington is old. Worthington was settled in 1803. I had a client tell me once that a house had to be haunted since it was so old, that it had to have had someone die in it... The house was not in Worthington, it was on the northeast side of Columbus, I don't really even think it was that old. Same era as Clintonville I believe. It's all relative. Worthington had a number of cemeteries... Walnut Grove is one of the newer "graveyards." From The Worthington website Worthington Cemeteries "Visit the Worthington (0 comments)
Links to some Central Ohio school districts including the Columbus City School District. Most of the homes in Columbus Ohio 43229 are in the Columbus City School District but a smidgen of the Devonshire neighborhood is in Worthington City School District and a little bit of a couple of different 43229 neighborhoods are in the Westerville School District. The school districts were in place before the Northland area was developed. ZIP codes are just mail routes. ZIP codes are subject to change. ZIP codes don't (0 comments)
Trick or Treat Traffic - raising the dead - 10/30/09 08:49 AM
Trick or Treat Traffic - I have a Zombie blog... Did you put up anything special for Halloween on your ActiveRain (or other) blog? Are you getting traffic from it? Not traffic from other members stopping by to say "great post thanks for sharing" but traffic from people in your community? Localism Trick or Treat Traffic - talking to the locals Most of our Central Ohio communities had Trick or Treat last night. Yes, I know it was NOT Halloween... but we had Beggars Night last night. Some communities have their Trick or Treat on Saturday so I will still (9 comments)
43235 is a northwest Columbus ZIP code. 43235 is sometimes called West Worthington. Prior to the ZIP codes creation in the late 1980s, the area was part of the 43085 ZIP code. ZIP codes are just mail routes! There are neighborhoods in the Columbus, Ohio 43235 ZIP code in the Columbus, Dublin or Worthington school districts. The school district boundaries existed before this area was developed. The neighborhoods in the 43235 ZIP code are primarily in the City of Columbus but (0 comments)
ActiveRain posts in my monthly newsletter - 10/29/09 12:34 PM
Bob asked us to share if we are Using our blog to enhance existing relationships Bob asked specifically: "Do you use your blog posts in a monthly newsletter that you send to your past clients? What kinds of posts are you including?" Well Bob as long as you ask... Yes I do. I have. Actually I have included links to blog posts most months since I started my first blog back in 2005.
This month I am doing it a bit different for "oh so many" reasons. I am posting my Outside Blog's Market Reports! The bane of (4 comments)
Westerville's history - 10/29/09 07:42 AM
I was trying to find something about Westerville's history and ended up on the Westerville Libraries website. Westerville has such an interesting history, the Underground Railroad, the temperance movement and the Whisky Wars including the Anti-Saloon League... Sometimes I think Westerville has a much more colorful history in many ways than some of it's Central Ohio neighbors. What I was looking for about Westerville was.... I was thinking Westerville was having a birthday. I keep thinking that Dublin and Westerville are the same age.... I thought Worthington was settled in 1803 and Dublin and Westerville were settled in 1810. I was (0 comments)
Columbus Ohio 43240 homes for sale - a market report 45 homes for sale 7 homes sold in September 2009 6.4 months of inventory based on current salesAverage active price $183,000Average sale price $157,00013.5% less homes for sale than a year ago. 50.8% less months of inventory (based on closed Sales) in comparison to September 2008 Columbus Ohio 43240 homes for sale neighborhoods There are homes for sale in Prestwick Commons, Prestwick Green, The Lakes at Polaris, Traditions at Walker Park, The Retreat at Polaris, Village (0 comments)
Dublin Ohio's ghost is mentioned more in the spring than the fall. Ghosts and witches are usually more Halloween than May or June but the spirit of a Native American who lived where Dublin has been for almost 200 years now is often blamed for rain during the Memorial Golf Tournament at Muirfield. The Dublin Historical Society shares three stories about Chief Shateyaronyah who was called Chief Leatherlips by the white settlers. Some would say the Wyandotte Chief known as Leatherlips haunts Dublin. The Dublin Historical Society has an excerpt from an Associated Press newspaper article in 1997 that tells (2 comments)
Dublin's Bicentennial - 10/27/09 08:21 PM
Dublin's Bicentennial - Dublin Ohio will be 200 years old in 2010. Dublin's This Week Community Newspaper's Residents will help tell city's story by Jennifer Noblit says the theme is "200 years. One community. Endless possibilities." Dublin is looking for “Shanachies” story tellers. If you are reading this from afar don't let the cities name fool you. It was not settled by Irish people, story tellers or not... The man who surveyed the area for the early settlers was from Ireland and was allowed to name it for his home town. That never stops Dublin from celebrating all things Irish. Dublin (1 comments)
Early October News on the Worthington.org site - Worthington's Kilbourne Memorial Building is getting a little work done. Kilbourne exterior work a .pdf document says: "The former library and later School Board office, now owned by the City of Worthington, is getting a facelift including many exterior improvements." Old landscaping ripped out... new to be installed in the spring of 2010 New metal roof New gutters Paint on the trim I had walked around Worthington's Kilbourne Memorial Building and took some photos in August. It needed some work. I took these photos today with the paint scraped off the (1 comments)
The Counts - social media - 10/27/09 03:56 PM
Gary Hayes' Social Media Counts ... it says... in the_ seconds since you came here there have been... (19 comments)
November 2 Celebrate with The Nutcracker on State - downtown Capital Square Tickets for The Nutcracker go on sale to the public Donate peanut butter for a discount Nutcracker Boulevard street sign will be unveiled at the corner of State and High streets "Officially kicking off the holiday season" November 6 Veterans Day Parade Noon Downtown Columbus at the State House November 7 Gallery Hop Short North November 8 Dancing with The Nutcracker 322 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, 43215 Peanut Butter donation gets you in FREE? November 12-15 Mid-Ohio Cluster Dog Show - Ohio Expo Center November (0 comments)
Worthington home prices - September 2009 is all homes in the Worthington School District. No matter if the homes are in the City of Worthington, Riverlea, the City of Columbus or an unincorporated area the homes in Worthington Schools are represented in the graph above and the statistics throughouth this post. Worthington home prices - a market reportAverage list price $255,000Average sale price $187,000Sale price range from $75,000 to $405,000+1.6% average active price compared to September 2008-3.1% average sale price compared to September 2008 Average price (0 comments)
The homes represented by this graph and the statistics below are all in the City of Worthington or the village of Riverlea. Riverlea is a separate village but very small. For years homes in the Village of Riverlea have been lumped in with homes in the City of Worthington in the Columbus Board of Realtors MLS (multiple listing service.) These homes are all in the 43085 ZIP code, but not all 43085 ZIP code homes are represented by this graph or the statistics (0 comments)
Don O'Brien identifies his photo as "Fund Raising at Corn Husking Contest" on Flickr and says this was October 24, 1938. He says candy bars cost 5 cents. He also identifies the event as taking place at the Walter Williams farm on Galena Road at the juncture with E. Wilson Bridge Road.
Map - the intersection of Worthington Galena and E. Wilson Bridge Road today. There are businesses on the north-side of E. Wilson Bridge Road backing to 270 now. Wonder if there was a Huntley Road back then. East of the junction (8 comments)
Real Living HER Open House list - October 25, 2009 - 10/23/09 03:15 PM
Real Living HER Open House list Select the city or area you are interested from the link above. There are 118 Open Houses on the Real Living HER Open House List now. That number is subject to change.
Market information for popular areas of Northern Franklin County and Southern Delaware County: Clintonville homes for sale Dublin homes for sale Gahanna homes for sale Grandview Heights homes for sale Hilliard homes for sale Lewis Center homes for sale New Albany homes for sale Powell homes for sale Upper Arlington homes for sale Westerville homes for sale Worthington homes (0 comments)
Columbus Home Sales Rise 10% in September! - 10/23/09 02:02 PM
Columbus Home Sales - All Central Ohio Counites that are the Columbus Board of REALTORS® mls ( mls is multiple listing service) The official news from the Columbus Board of REALTORS® as shared with the members is headlined: "Home sales rise over ten percent in September!" The email from the board of REALTORS® to members says: "This is the first year over year increase in over two years Home sales increased over ten percent in September compared with last year. The 2,012 homes sold was 10.3 percent higher than September of last year and marks the first year over year increase (0 comments)
This market report and graph are for residential properties (single family and condominiums) in the Gahanna Jefferson School District. Homes with a Gahanna mailing address in another school district are not represented by this data or the graph above! Gahanna homes for sale - a market report 353 homes for sale 53 homes sold in September 2009 6.7 months of inventory based on salesAverage active price $316,000Average sale price $174,00021.2% less homes for sale than a year ago. 24.4% less months of inventory (based on closed (0 comments)
These homes are all in the Plain Local School District! Homes in the 43054 ZIP code in other school districts (I believe the only other school district in the 43054 ZIP code would be Columbus City Schools) are not represented by this graph or the New Albany market reports below. New Albany homes for sale - a market report 266 homes for sale 28 homes sold in September 2009 9.5 months of inventory based on salesAverage active price $651,000Average sale price $313,00024.9% less homes for sale than a (0 comments)
The homes represented by the graph above and the data below are in the Upper Arlington School District. Upper Arlington homes for sale - a market report 309 homes for sale 46 homes sold in September 2009 6.7 months of inventory based on salesAverage active price $450,000Average sale price $317,00015.3% more homes for sale than a year ago. 1.5% more months of inventory (based on closed Sales) in comparison to September 2008 Upper Arlington homes for sale - neighborhoods The Upper Arlington neighborhoods with homes for sale may (0 comments)
Jay Leno Yourself - 10/22/09 01:30 PM
Jay Leno Yourself I believe Picnik.com needs to start a Jay Leno look alike contest. The Ogrevision effect on Picnik.com allows you to blow up various parts of your body. Keep it clean.... I was trying to plump up my lips with Ogrevision.... Instead I slipped and had a long witchy chin. Longer and witchier than "for real." hmmmmmm big Ogreish chin? Then with just a little work.... Voila a Jay Leno chin Jay Leno Yourself with Picnik.com Ogrevsion is unfortunately a premium feature so you'd have to pay to play, if Picnik did a Jay Leno Look Alike Contest. (9 comments)
Real Estate Scam? Phishing? or am I just paranoid? - 10/21/09 08:17 AM
Real estate scam? Phishing? I have an email from Jason in my mailbox this morning... "Hey I was wondering if the property that you had for sale was still available? I tried contacting you but for some reason wasn't able to get ahold of you. Anyways, I'm very interested in the property that you have for sale. I've been looking into buying a place in the area for awhile now and I really like yours.To make it easier, could you just give me the property's address and your phone # on my site? I have a simple form setup so that (24 comments)
Virtual REBarCamp - November 17, 2009 Virtual REBarCamp... Looks like Sheri Moritz of Real Living Realty Experts in Garner NC is organizing a Real Life Meet Up on the day of the Virtual REBarCamp. The way Jim Cronin (Real Estate Tomato) describes the Real Life Meet Ups is this: "And finally, so as to not lose the Social Aspect of the BarCamp atmosphere, we are encouraging volunteers around the country to organize In-Real-Life MeetUps for immediately after the online event. Sponsorship donations will help fund these Social Media Happy Hour style gatherings, so please let us know if you would like to help by volunteering (2 comments)
Via Real Estate Tomato (Real Estate Tomato): Some said we were crazy, but no one said it was a bad idea. On November 17th from 9AM until 4PM PSTwe will be holding the first of its kind,Virtual Real Estate BarCamp. What is it? In place of a rented venue, we'll be holding the event online. In place of break-out sessions in rooms, we'll we have simultaneous webinars, all day. In place of the hallways, we will be chatting on Twitter, Facebook, Backnoise and TomatoChat. In place of traveling you'll be able to attend from the comfort of your home or office. (16 comments)
This graph represents homes with an address that is Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. Lewis Center is in the Olentangy Local School District. Lewis Center homes for sale - a market report 214 homes for sale 27 homes sold in September 2009 7.9 months of inventory based on salesAverage active price $285,000Average sale price $240,000 18% less homes for sale than a year ago. 12.2% less months of inventory (based on closed Sales) in comparison to September 2008Lewis Center home sales - September 2009-6.9% home sales in September 2009 (0 comments)
Hilliard homes for sale - a market report 552 homes for sale 111 homes sold in September 2009 5.0 months of inventory based on salesAverage active price $255,000Average sale price $182,00025.1% less homes for sale than a year ago. 21.9% less months of inventory (based on closed Sales) in comparison to September 2008Hilliard home sales - September -4.3% home sales in September 2009 over September 2008Average sale price $182,000 Hilliard homes for sale - neighborhoods The homes for sale in Hilliard schools may include homes: in the city (0 comments)
Columbus Urban? Suburban? Xurban? Rural... - 10/20/09 12:33 PM
Columbus Urban? Suburban? Rural? - by Maureen McCabe Real Living HER* That Xurban thing confuses me... The Xurbs are outside the suburbs? I noticed this quote on Missy Caulk's (Ann Arbor MI ) blog post... Don't tell me it can't be done. "When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe." Thomas Jefferson Bear with me Columbus while I digress Jefferson's quote was among a bunch of other Jefferson quotes on Missy's blog.... Missy's post has a political message... you know it's kinda that whole arming bears thing. Political Science? (2 comments)
Grandview Heights homes for sale - a market report 47 homes for sale 11 homes sold in September 2009 4.3 months of inventory based on salesAverage active price $255,000Average sale price $227,00026.6% less homes for sale than a year ago. 32.8% less months of inventory (based on closed Sales) in comparison to September 2008Grandview Heights home sales - September +10% home sales in September 2009 over September 2008Average sale price $182,000 Grandview Heights homes for sale- neighborhoods Grandview Heights is less subdivision oriented than newer (0 comments)
Worthington - $195,000 3 bedroom Ranch - 10/18/09 07:01 AM
Worthington $195,000 3 bedroom Ranch - Open 2 to 4 today Open House Details - 2286 Worthingwoods Blvd Powell, OH 3 Bedroom 2 1/2 bath Soft contemporary Great room with vaulted ceiling & skylights Brick floor to ceiling fireplace Eat-in-kitchen Over 1700 SF on the first floor Finished basement Multi-level deck Master bedroom door to deck Backs to green space Wood and stucco exterior 2 car attached garage Did I mention it's only $195,000? Worthingwoods subdivision is only minutes from adorable downtown Powell shops and restaurants. Also easy access to shopping on High Street in Old Worthington. Need a mall? Polaris. There are (2 comments)
Powell homes for sale - a market report 151 homes for sale 22 homes sold in September 2009 6.9 months of inventory based on salesAverage active price $387,000Average sale price $301,00016.1% less homes for sale than a year ago. -23.3% less months of inventory (based on closed Sales) in comparison to September 2008Powell home sales - September 2009 +10% home sales in September 2009 over September 2008Average Powell home sale price $301,000
Powell homes for sale - neighborhoods The graph and statistics here includes only homes in the city (0 comments)
Real Living HER Open House list - October 18, 2009 - 10/17/09 11:35 AM
Real Living HER Open House list for October 18, 2009 - Maureen McCabe "There are 153 Open Houses available that number is subject to change! Each "Open House" or home for sale displayed on my website, is presented by Maureen McCabe. If you are looking for who is the listing agent or who is holding a particular house open that information is there for consumers too. The Real Living HER Open House list is on each Real Living HER agent's site too. The links below are to a market report for the Columbus suburb (or neighborhood), showing the inventory. (2 comments)
The inventory of homes represented by this graph are the Dublin School District. Dublin homes for sale - a market report 640 homes for sale 92 homes sold in September 2009 7.1 months of inventory based on salesAverage Dublin active price $394,000Average Dublin sale price $267,000 5% less homes for sale than a year ago. 44.1% less months of inventory (based on closed Sales) in comparison to September 2008September Dublin Home Sales + 70.4% home sales in September 2009 over September 2008 Average sale price $267,000 Dublin (0 comments)
I wanted to share Fireplace safety information from a home inspector a couple of states to the south, Michael Thornton. Michael talks funny... (the font) I think of it as his Tennessee accent.
Via Michael Thornton - Nashville, TN area Home Inspector (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.): Fireplaces - Hidden Dangers... With old man winter just beginning to clear his throat with the first cool snaps of the winter season, many Americans begin firing up their fireplaces. But before you start enjoying the ambiance of the warm embers glow with the blanket, a bottle of bubbly and your sweetie, is your (3 comments)
The Clintonville Beechwold area is on the north side of the City of Columbus, south of Worthington. The Clintonville area is in the Columbus City School District. Clintonville homes for sale a market report 202 homes for sale 53 homes sold in September 2009 3.8 months of inventory based on salesAverage active price $219,000Average sale price $187,00022.9% less homes for sale than a year ago. 36.7% less months of inventory (based on closed Sales) in comparison to September 2008
Clintonville homes for sale - neighborhoods The graph shows (0 comments)
The graph is inventory of homes in the Westerville School District. Westerville school district covers the City of Westerville, part of the city of Columbus, the Village of Minerva Park and Blendon and Genoa Townships. That's a lot of ground!
Westerville homes for sale - a market report 505 homes for sale 112 homes sold in September 2009 4.5 months of inventory based on salesAverage active price $244,000Average sale price $186,00030% less homes for sale than a year ago. 38.4% less months of inventory (based on closed (0 comments)
ActiveRain's Re-Blog has been around a long time. The "wouldja?" does not refer to whether you like Re-Bog or not... the wouldja is if you disagree with a post would you Re-blog another members content and turn it into a Re-Buttal? In reponse to a question which is basically "Can I Re-Blog someone's content and disagree with what they've posted*?" Bob Stewart wrote: "I would encourage you to remember the Realtor Code of Ethics and the ActiveRain community guidelines in doing so. ActiveRain does encourage dissenting opinions and feel that continually challenging and examining the status quo is (88 comments)
ActiveRain works!!! *Your results may vary - 10/15/09 08:36 AM
ActiveRain works!!!!! * Your results may vary ... "you know how we all write the posts about how much Active Rain has been good for our business, recommending the network to the real estate world." quoting Judi Barrett. Fran Flynn Thorsen is doing a webinar about the FTC Guides... Friday. 2:00 EST* Joseph Ferrara of Sellsius is going to talk about changes coming down the pike that may or may not affect us as real estate bloggers / partakers in social media because of changes to the FTC Guide (Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.) (7 comments)
Selling your Central Ohio home - it starts with your mailbox... The second helpful hint in the book 101 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale is: 2. If there are flowers planted by the mailbox, make sure they are as fresh as possible. We have not had a real frost yet this year.... at least in my part of Central Ohio... maybe they have out further. We will soon then all the impatiens, petunias, daisies, geraniums at the mailbox will be a wet black mess. Flowers that looked so gorgeous in the war, humid summer.... well not so (0 comments)
Columbus Ohio -The Haunted Ship The haunted ship is of course the Santa Maria at Halloweeen time. According to the Santa Maria website: "The Haunted ship is held October 29. 30 and Oct. 31 from 7-10 PM" The Santa Maria website says: "Once a year the Santa Maria, a full size replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship serving as a history museum, turns into a Pirate Ship." Or two, maybe three times a year if it will get people aboard...we went to see the Santa Maria on Talk Like a Pirate Day in September... I believe the 2009 (0 comments)
The homes represented by this graph are in the Worthington School District. They include homes in the City of Worthington and the Village of Riverlea as well as homes in the City of Columbus and Sharon and Perry Townships. The school district boundaries were in place before much of this area was annexed to the City of Columbus or developed. The dark green bars are homes sold by month. The light green is homes for sale.
Worthington home sales September 2009 - a market report 90 (0 comments)
The homes represented in this graph are in the City of Worthington and the Village of Riverlea. The Columbus Board of REALTORS® MLS (multiple listing service) lumps Riverlea in with the City of Worthington. The graph and market report above do not include all the homes in the Worthington School District. There is a separate market report for the Worthington area (the homes in the Worthington School District.) Worthington Ohio home sales September 2009 - a market report 31 Homes sold in September 2009 vs. 11 Homes sold in September 2008 244.4% more (0 comments)
A spooky Worthington tale brought to you by the Worthington Public Library. Today the old building is 'Fine Lines' a store that sells paper, cards, stationery, wrapping paper, wedding invitations, pens... and that sort of thing. 'Fine Lines' is at 657 High Street in Worthington, in Old... Olde Worthington. The story goes the building on High Street just north of the Worthington Inn was built in 1890 as a general store. The Worthington Library site says: " At the time the store was in business (2 comments)
The homes represented by this graph are in the Worthington School District. They include home in the City of Worthington and the Village of Riverlea as well as homes in the City of Columbus and Sharon and Perry Townships. The school district boundaries were in place before much of this area was annexed to the City of Columbus or developed. Worthington homes for sale - a market report 313 homes for sale 90 homes sold in September 2009 3.5 months of inventory based on sales (that's a sellers market...) (0 comments)
The homes represented by this graph are in the City of Worthington and the Village of Riverlea only. The Columbus Board of REALTORS® MLS (multiple listing service) lumps Riverlea in with the City of Worthington. The graph and market report below do not include all the homes in the Worthington School District. There is a separate market report for the Worthington area (the homes in the Worthington School District.) Worthington homes for sale - a market report through 9-30-2009 homes for sale - a market report 90 homes for (0 comments)
Powell Ohio Look at the building on the Powell History page... It is 5. S. Liberty Roadm Powell Ohio 43065. The building on the southwest corner of Liberty Road and Powell Roads? Have you ever noticed IOOF on the top? Independent Order of Odd Fellows? International Order of Odd Felllows? I found both "Independent" and "International" as descriptions of what the I in IOOF stands for on the internet. A fraternal organization? Look at the photo on the " Historic" page of the City of Powell website (link above.) You really can see the letters in the photo (0 comments)
Columbus Ohio - Columbus Day 2009 The events "in honor of Christopher Columbus" in Columbus Ohio today include: 11 a.m. wreath-laying ceremony at the Santa Maria - downtown Columbus12 noon re-dedication of Columbus Day memorial plaque at the Italian Cultural Center, next to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church - Italian Village, Columbus 7 p.m Rock Mill Park in Fairfield County - Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio and Columbus State Community College discussion of Native American views of Columbus Day In Columbus Ohio for a Columbus Day Parade? - You missed it! Many of those who work (2 comments)
Picnik.com - a little Halloween fun Picnik.com has Vampire Eyes, Dracula Dermis, Vampirascope*, Fangs, Ghoul Eyes, Zombify 2.0, Wounds*, Ghostify*, Crystal Ball*, Lightning*, Ghosts*, Ogrevision*, Face Painting, Blood Stains, Halloween Props*, Halloween Stickers, Sppoky Text and more... Some of the Picnik effects are for portraits.. fangs, skin color, eyes... but some apply to places, houses, buildings, street signs. Need a haunted house? Make a haunted house. The effect above is ghostify. It works on people and places. I added the lightning too. Ghost would be adding a ghost into a group of people or (16 comments)
Columbus Ohio the Santa Maria - 10/10/09 08:58 AM
Columbus Ohio the Santa Maria has been parked on the Scioto River since 1992. I visited the Santa Maria in September 2009. I don't have any kids... I visited the Santa Maria on Talk Like a Pirate Day 2009 in September. The Santa Maria in Columbus Ohio is the most authentic replica of Christopher Columbus's ship in the world. How do I know that? A sign at the Columbus "floating" museum in downtown Columbus told me so. I believe the Santa Maria website (link above ) does too. Yep "Make your plans now to visit the world's most authentic, museum-quality replica (0 comments)
Columbus Ohio - Why do we celebrate Columbus Day? - 10/10/09 06:35 AM
Why do we celebrate Columbus Day in Columbus Ohio? This was originally posted on Discover Columbus (a different blog) back in 2006... but it's name back then was Columbus Best Blog. Why do we celebrate Columbus Day in Columbus? Because it is Columbus Day. Because we are the biggest and best Columbus in the US, Wikipedia says so. Because until the state of Ohio changes the name of the state capital to something politically correct and oh so catchy like "Indigenous Resistance" we will remain Columbus Ohio.We are just one of many US cities named Columbus after Christopher Columbus, an (0 comments)
Buying a bank owned home - 10/09/09 12:42 PM
Buying a bank owned home Real estate in 2009 ! I wanted to Re-Blog Lisa Wetzel's post... How to buy a bank owned home! in fact I did but the size of the video infringed on my sidebar on my outside blogs.... This is too good to just laugh about with those in the real estate industry... the "end users" deserves to laugh about it too... National Foreclosure Search
Columbus Educational Event... win tickets - 10/09/09 09:01 AM
Columbus Educational Event - win tickets on ColumbusBestBlog.com Please visit ColumbusBestBlog.com if you want to win tickets to see celebrity Jeff Corwin of Animal Planet and snakes, reptiles, etc. The Central Ohio event is October 15, 2009 at the Aladdin Shrine Center – 3850 Stelzer Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219. Celebrity & Snakes in Central Ohio Just use the contact form in the post and tell me the name of the celebrity snake who visited Central Ohio in 2007... I blogged about the huge snake more than once on ColumbusBestBlog... The answer to the question is on ColumbusBestBlog.com ! Columbus Educational (0 comments)
Another photo of Worthington from an earlier era from Don O'Brien who grew up in Worthington. O'Brien's Flickr photostream has lots of pictures of Worthington from the 1930s and 1940s. Link to his Flickr photostream in the photo credit at the bottom. I don't really know that it was a Friday night game. The "Football Friday Night, Football Friday Night" thing just popped into my head looking at the photo. Channel 4? Worthington Football Friday Night - VIPs at a football game Who were the Worthington VIPs at the Football game? According to (6 comments)
Check your Blog Post URLs - Are they Search Engine Optimized? - 10/08/09 07:07 PM
ActiveRain has optimized our blog post urls for SEO. This applies to non AR blogs. Before starting my blog on WordPress.org back in 2007 Maureen Francis told me to change my url structure for better SEO. There was a post about it on Dave in Tucson's Real Estate Blog Lab. My url was based on what he was recommending back then for WordPress.org blogs. This MAY be something to think about carefully before changing though... "400 Bad Request Invalid request. " You will be changing the link structure on existing posts. Breaking links? Something to do before you start blogging. This (16 comments)
Real Living HER Open House list - October 11, 2009 - 10/08/09 12:07 PM
Real Living HER Open House list - October 11, 2009 There are 130 Open Houses available* EDIT There are 172 Open Houses available that number is subject to change, so check back. The link above it to the Real Living HER Open House list on my website. The links below are to a market report for the Columbus suburb (or neighborhood), showing the inventory at the beginning of September. Real Living HER Open House list - October 11, 2009 Clintonville homes for sale - No Clintonville open houses Sunday! Dublin homes for sale - 4 Dublin open houses priced from (0 comments)
Selling your Central Ohio home - it starts with your mailbox - 10/07/09 07:55 AM
Selling your Central Ohio home according to '101 Ways to Prepare Your Home For Sale' it starts with your mailbox... Not YOUR mailbox but mailboxes in general.... according to this little book they (mailboxes) gotta be nice or buyers won't look at your house, it is a place to start... Words of wisdome from this little book I bought at the Columbus Board of REALTORS store? Making your home attrractive to buyers all starts at the street if you've got a mailbox "on the street." Central Ohio is kind of a mishmash of urban mailboxes on the house or rural mailboxes (3 comments)
Fall Garden Planning - 10/07/09 02:57 AM
Our Central Ohio leaves are starting to change. Sharing some gardening inspiration from June Piper-Brandon a Maryland real estate agent. This is a Re-Blog!
Via June Piper-Brandon, CRIS, ePro, Broker (Advance Realty Anne Arundel Inc.): Fall is a special time in the garden. I personally love the fall, love the cooler weather, crispy days, the bounty of the summer labors and most of all I love the fall colors. But don't put away your garden tools just yet. Fall is the perfect time to plant cool-season crops and get a head start on the landscaping for next year. And, if you (4 comments)
Get ready for change America. This is a Re-Blog of info from Ki Gray.
Via Ki Gray - Austin Real Estate: Most of us have them in our homes. They still innocently line the shelves of grocery and home improvement stores by the thousands. But all that will change by the year 2012. As reported by NBC Nightly News recently, Europe is in the process of phasing out incandescent light bulbs and America will soon follow. Last year the European Union reached an agreement that included 27 countries across Europe to ban the manufacturing and importation of the good ol' (4 comments)
Time for NAR to move on Move? - 10/05/09 06:11 PM
Missy Caulk pointed out.... Jonathan's post in light of EmMee Hill's post about an odd ad displayed on the REALTOR.com website. EmMee's post is Members Only... In NAR it's time to make a move on Move Jonathan shared history History of REALTOR.com (Excerpted from Realtor.org website)"In November 1996, the Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS® approved an agreement between the REALTORS® Information Network (RIN)—NAR’s wholly-owned subsidiary--and RealSelect, Inc. to take over the operations of NAR’s official Internet site, REALTOR.com. At the time, many business models were considered to finance the development of REALTOR.com. NAR’s Leadership Team decided (13 comments)
I think my first house the sellers had painted the tub. I think it was white and they painted it white. Not a big deal. The house was built in the 1940's. A decade later and I coulda had a pink bathroom. I love pink bathrooms. 1950's. This is a Re-Blog of a post from Regina P. Brown of CA with a warning photo.
Via Regina P. Brown Real Estate on the California Coast: Yes, you heard that right. Do NOT try to paint your bathtub. I know you have a PINK tub from 1950 that is sure to (2 comments)
This is a Re-Blog of a post from Steve Shatsky a real estate agent in Dallas. Steve lived in Central Ohio in the 1980's. I believe Steve worked out at Honda. Lived in the Sawmill Road area? Steve is a short sale expert in the Dallas market.
Via Steve Shatsky - Dallas Real Estate & Short Sale Specialist (469)449-9840 (Prudential Texas Properties): Good Credit does not happen accidentally. It is a deliberate effort on the part of consumers and it comes from simple things that are within everyone's control. Things like paying your bills on time, keeping lower balances on (4 comments)
ActiveRain Rainmaker 5 easy steps for frustrated listing agents! - 10/04/09 06:41 AM
One of the rules of the Realtor group on LinkedIn is don't post your listings. It's the first rule on the group which is all REALTORS®. I did not read the rules... but I did not post a listing either. It says: DO NOT post any of the following - if you do, you risk getting your membership in the group revoked: 1. Specific properties for sale. There are more DO NOTs. Three more rules I believe. The REALTORS® group (National Assn of Realtors) on LinkedIn is for discussing issues with other REALTORS®... privately. There are no consumers to see (65 comments)
LinkedIn - A flood of listings - 10/03/09 05:08 PM
Are you part of the NAR group on LinkedIn? National Assn of REALTORS® You have to give them your NRDs # and wait for them to admit you to the group? Or maybe that was on Facebook. I know I was annoyed but it is a group just for NAR members. The people moderating the NAR group have got their work cut out for them. Members (12,928) With less than 13,000 members in the group but getting close, a number of the National Association group members believe the purpose of the LinkedIn group is to post their listings. Kind of "as (8 comments)
Columbus Home Sellers - "Thou Shalt Nots" - 10/03/09 01:17 PM
Columbus Home Sellers - "Thou Shalt Nots" sounds stronger than What seller's should not do when trying to sell their home Mitchell Hall who sells real estate in Manhattan for The Corcoran Group shared the list via Facebook. Mitchell titled it "What Seller's Should Not Do When Trying To Sell Their Home" they come from his boss, Barbara Corcoran. Columbus Ohio is different than NYC... a friend in my office called Barbara Corcoran "that white haired lady" the other day. I can't even remember what he was telling me Barbara Corcoran said. It's blonde hair not white, right? or perhaps he (12 comments)
"Over $850 in gift card prizes" CBR Affordable Housing Open Houses - 10/03/09 10:46 AM
Super Sunday - CBR Affordable Housing Open Houses October 4, 2009 Over $850 in gift card prizes, wouldn't that make your Sunday Super? The Columbus Board of REALTORS (CBR) Super Sunday Affordable Open House list says: "1st place - $500 gift Card2nd place - $250 gift card3rd place - $100 gift card" Sign in at the open houses for your name to be in a drawing for the gift cards. Q. When is the CBR Affordable Housing Open House? A. Sunday October 4, 2009 1:00 to 4:00 Q. Why? A. To make buyers aware of affordable housing in Columbus before it (4 comments)
Maureen McCabe - Real Living HER Open House list for October 4, 2009 says: "There are 128 Open Houses available
That number is subject to change. The links below are to a market report for the Columbus suburb (or neighborhood), showing the inventory at the beginning of September. Clintonville homes for sale - 2 Clintonville open houses priced from $189,000 to $199,900 Dublin homes for sale - 5 Dublin open houses priced from $111,900 to $559,900 Gahanna homes for sale - 2 Gahanna open houses priced from $119,900 to $194,500 Grandview Heights homes for sale - NO Grandview open (0 comments)
Central Ohio - Trick or Treat 2009 and more - 10/01/09 06:39 AM
Maureen McCabe - Trick or Treat 2009 in Central Ohio I hate writing events posts and I was putting off going looking for Trick or Treat for Columbus, Dublin, Grandview Heights, Gahanna, Hilliard, Lewis Center, Powell, Upper Arlingto, Westerville and Worthington. Procrastinate long enough and you can just link to a site like Columbus Parent's Magazine's Kids Linked who has the list of Columbus area Trick or Treat times! Kids Linked - Trick or Treat 2009 and more Trick or Treat 2009 in Central Ohio You really only care about the Beggars Night date for where you live don't you? Mostly? (6 comments)
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