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This has been called the most sweeping legislation since Social security had benn passed in the 1930's I certainly hope this proceess is not rushed, and is NOT voted on at 1:00 am!! I suggest, no I DEMAND, that this bill in it's entirety is put online for a minimum of FIVE days so the American taxpayer can review it and voice theri concerns to their representatives. I also feel that the vote on this (2 comments)
4445 Limerick Lane Dublin Ohio 43017 - 12/29/09 02:43 PM
Over 1 acre wooded lot near the Scioto River. Home has an oversized master bedroom suite and an updated kitchen. Excellent potential to add on for more living space. Among higher priced homes, this is easy to see. Quick possession. Priced at $325,00. To see this and other listings, visit www.TheJacksonTeam
Foreclosures and evictions on holiday hold - 12/28/09 01:15 PM
Mortgage-finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are suspending foreclosures and evictions for two weeks in a temporary break for borrowers during the holiday season. The suspension runs from Saturday, December 19th, through January 3rd. Citigroup Inc. announced a 30-day suspension of foreclosures and evictions, affecting about 4,000 borrowers. Fannie and Freddie did not estimate how many homeowners would get their grace periods. Last winter, most major lenders suspended foreclosures while the Obama administration developed its $75 billion loan-modification program. But foreclosures picked up again after those suspensions lifted.
"Shadow inventory" of foreclosed homes looming - 12/28/09 11:55 AM
The number of homes about to be foreclosed on has created a "shadow inventory" of homes that will be for sale in the coming years and will weigh down prices. 1.7 million homes were on the verge of foreclosure in the fall, up from 1.1 million at the same time last year. The foreclosure backlog is already nearly half the 3.8 million unsold new and existing homes. "We're going to be dealing with high levels of distressed (sales) in the marketplace for at least a couple of years," said Mark Fleming, chief economist of First American CoreLogic. "It's not just all going to disappear." (0 comments)
Christmas eve... Rain and some dirty snow in OHIO! - 12/24/09 05:42 AM
Yes, I am going to work some today. I need to drive out about 30 miles to look at some bank owned homes for a lender out of state. Then I guess I'l pack it in until Saturday. Two church services tonight , then Christmas brunch in Columbus and back to Sidney to my parents house for lunch. too much food, but not enough family
Enjoy! (11 comments)
HEALTH CARE COVERAGE and the Independent Contractor! Something Has Gotta Happen . . . Soon! - 12/23/09 06:35 PM
so now that Obama care is upon us, what is going to happen to us? Via Dean Moss - Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team (Dean's Team - Keller Williams Lincoln Square Chicago IL): Are you a Real Estate Practitioner? A Loan Originator? An Independent Sales Representative? Back when we were young pups, thinking about leaving the security of an employed position, to join the ranks of the "Be Your Own Boss" set - you felt pretty invincible, didn't you? "I can make a lot of money selling . . . (fill in the blank)!" I'll cover the family. Make enough to (5 comments)
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SOLD! 1032 Fairwood Ave, 3 Bedrooms 2 Baths $44,000, Sold by Erik Hiss of the Jackson Team - 12/22/09 11:34 AM
Updated stunning Cap Cod in Whittier Gardens with hardwood floors thru out, one decorative fireplace, new kitchen cabinets, dishwasher, new bath updates, forced/air gas heat, central air and much more. Partially finished basement with full bath. Windows all insulated, vinyl siding and one car detached garage Sold by Erik Hiss of the Jackson Team.
Good News on November Home Sales in Central Ohio - 12/22/09 11:12 AM
Prices are continuing to stabilize so there is reason to be optimistic. The month of November has shown an increase in home sales. Sales have risen 59.5% from this time last year. With 1,839 listings purchased, this is the highest numbers seen in November since 2005.
The numbers may be largely due to that fact that a number of buyers were in a frenzy trying to complete their sales before November 30th, original deadline, for the tax credit. Luckily Congress extended and expanded the credit until June 30th for all homebuyers. With the extension and expansion of the tax credit (2 comments)
118 E Woodrow Ave, 2 Bedroom 1 Bath, $50,000 New Listing by Joe Jackson - 12/21/09 01:41 PM
Renovated - 2 Bedroom home with 2 Car Garage - 2009 updates - new Kitchen with appliances, new Bath, all new wiring & electrical box, mostly new plumbing, custom mini blinds stay with the home, Easy To Show, needs some painting to finish the 2nd floor bedrooms, Replacement Windows, Easy To See, has an alarm, Active Blockwatch / Community Association
Dealing with Holiday Stress - 12/21/09 01:31 PM
Over-active kids, family, income-challenged and a number of other things in life can get stressful. Especially during the holiday season. Stress can affect us in many ways, so you need to remember a few tips to help you keep your cool so you can get through the day.
•- Figure Out What Causes Your Stress - pick out the greatest source of your stress and find a constructive way to lessen the impact. Look for little changes that can be made to calm the situation. •- Everyone Has Feelings - Feeling overwhelmed during the holidays is normal and don't forget, (3 comments)
2010 Looking Good for Home Sales - 12/21/09 01:08 PM
According to the economists, sales of existing homes should rise 13.6% in 2010. Economists at Fannie Mae are also optimistic as well. The National Association of Realtors along with Fannie Mae agree that median home values should continue to stabilize in 2010 as the sale of existing home will increase. (4 comments)
New Small-Business Loans to be Highly Scrutinized - 12/21/09 12:46 PM
The City has appointed a private, non profit corporation, to scrutinize all new small-business loan requests due to the $6.9 million in bad loans, which have accumulated over the past 26 years. This does not include the $1.5 million which had to be written off in interest and fees on the loans. Bad loans ranged from $688 to more than $1 million. Many of the companies have either gone bankrupt, dissolved or passed the 6 year statute of limitation to repay the money.
In an effort to create jobs and spark the economy the loans were given to small businesses (0 comments)
180 E Northwood Ave, 5 Bedroom 2.5 Baths, $253,000 A New Listing by Sue Hanson of the Jackson Team - 12/21/09 09:57 AM
Nice Investment Property or Single Family Home.! Fully rented through Aug. 2010 at $2130/mo., tenants pay utilities. Hardwood floors and built-ins in the over sized living room, lots of windows! Huge kitchen with all appliances and a breakfast bar. Great floorplan, rents easily but could be a great single family home. ABCHomesafe in place. 24 hr. notice to show. A new listing by Sue Hanson of the Jackson Team.
We have had some odd inquires from Craiglist! - 12/20/09 07:26 PM
Most, if not all of our listings are posted on Craig's list. Recently we had an inquiry on one of our homes for sale. The caller asked about the for rent ad we had on Criagslist. Our response was "Huh, that is listed for sale" It appears someone had "re-bloged" our Craig lists post as a for rent ad. I guess they were trying to rent it to someone sight unseen and skim the deposit. The rental amount for this home was un-realistically low, so I guess it attracted some attention. Good thing they called us instead of the number on Craigslist. (7 comments)
On CNBC discussing housing starts data - 12/20/09 07:18 PM
What are housing starts doing in your area? Via Spencer Rascoff (Zillow): And be sure to check out the Active Rain shout out 2:10 in -- "writes a blog for real estate professionals on ActiveRain" . Like what you're reading? Then subscribe to my blog to receive updates.
3419 Clearview Ave, 3 Bedroom 1.5 Bath $169,000 A NEW LISTING! By Joe Jackson - 12/18/09 10:42 AM
This four level split is approximately 1884 Sq Ft and close to the Elementary and Middle Schools. It features Wood floors in the Living and Dining rooms along with Vaulted Ceilings in both. A nice screened in porch and a fenced in back yard you can enjoy all year round. An ABC Gas Warranty is already in place.
Foreclosures Contributing to Frayed Nerves - 12/18/09 10:29 AM
High foreclosure areas of Columbus have reached a boiling point. Not only are the homeowners affected but, municipal workers are also affected and exhausted. Frustrated officers have told residents, "If you don't like the crime here, you should move out!" This is due to the increase in suspected prostitution and burglaries. The exhausted police force is now being investigated and city officials have denounced the comments.
Crime is bad out there and officers are just as frustrated as the citizens and victims. These are neighborhoods riddled with abandon homes not only due to foreclosures, but foreclosures are part of what (1 comments)
$15,000 Grant Presented to Cat Welfare - 12/18/09 09:16 AM
A press conference held on Friday, December 11th by the feline protection agency featured a generous grant from Purina totaling in the amount of $15,000. Guests and volunteers were on hand to express their gratitude.
Yesterday's News, a "green" cat litter asked cat-owners to participate in writing an essay on how they are incorporation environmentally friendly practices into their daily lives. Lisa Daris, one of three national winners in the Yesterday's News Do-Gooders Awards, along with Purina officials and Renee Loux, a green-living expert, were on hand for the presentation.
Cat Welfare is located at 714 Wetmore Road, just (0 comments)
Ben Bernanke moves closer to his 2nd term as Fed Chair - 12/18/09 06:46 AM
The Senate banking committee voted 16-7 to send Bernanke's nomination to the full Senate for avote. Six Republicans and one Democrat voted against this proposal. They blame him for not spotting problems that led to the financial crisis, failing to protect consumers and supporting Wall Street Bailouts.
Bernanke was just nominated as Time magazine's "Person of the Year" Personally I don't think anyone alive could had handled the financial crisis in way that pleased everyone. I feel he deserves a 2nd term What is your opinion? (5 comments)
4396 Harrods Street, 2 Bedroom 2 Bath, $74,900 A New Listing by Joe Jackson - 12/16/09 03:28 PM
Best value in this clean, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath condo with patio. Freshly painted interior! Newer furnace - easy to show and possession at closing. 1 Car Garage Attached! Motivated seller wants to close soon! Bring offer! ABC gas warranty in place, condo fee $140 per month, taxes are homestead.
I just checked the upcoming sherriffs sales in Central Ohio - 12/16/09 06:52 AM
Kinda of scary... Usually most of them are in a middle/ lower price point. However this is truly changing. Our average price in Columbus Ohio is around $165,000. I found a luxury newer home going to sale for over $1,000,000. I also found a vacant commercial building that was occupied by Circuit City for $3,500,000.. It will be interring to see what 2010 will bring to a foreclosure auction. What is happening in YOUR area foreclosures? (3 comments)
Many years ago we started teaching agents to do short sales. I can clearly remember at our very first short sale training event the number one question we had from fellow agents was… “What is a short sale” Have times ever changed! Now it seems EVERYONE is talking about short sales. In most major markets the home sales ARE (0 comments)
I am looking for the "Perfect" " How are we doing?" 2 week survey! - 12/15/09 06:34 AM
You know the feeling. You go out, compete for the listing, explain your marketing and point of difference and you get the listing. Rushing back the the office, it gets loaded in the MLS system, and 18 million werb sites, marketing brochures made, Broker open house ETC. ETC, Now 2-3 weeks and the newness is gone.
What do you say to the seller after a few weeks assuming no offers? Do you have a standard "how are we doing survey' that you email, mail or call them with?
This is a service business and with listings taking a long (9 comments)
Factors That Affect Home Values In Columbus - 12/11/09 08:28 AM
Columbus Financial Statistics Median household income: $43,017 (per year) Income change over time: ↑ 50.35% (since 1990) Sales Tax: 6.78% State income tax rate: 7.50% (highest bracket) Auto insurance premiums: $648 (state average) Columbus Housing Median home price: $119,648 Home price gain: 2.72% (2-5 year gain) Columbus Education Colleges, universities and professional schools: 16 (within 30 miles) Junior colleges and technical institutes: 5 (within 30 miles) Columbus People Population: 776,793 (town and surrounding area) Population change over time: 2.50% (increase since 1990) Median age: 33 Columbus Leisure & Culture Movie theaters: 26 (within 15 miles) Restaurants: 3,834 (within 15 miles) Bars: (1 comments)
Will I have to sign a promissory note if I do a Short Sale? - 12/03/09 03:54 PM
A great blog to review if you are doing short sales! Via Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc: Possibly. I have found that more times than not the Seller is not only willing to but wants to make a cash contribution or sign a note to get the deal done. It helps them to feel better about their situation. Most people WANT to pay their bills and honor their obligationsOur job as your Short Sale Agent is to give you, the Seller, the facts and let you make the decision. Here are two responses recently received from Bank of America and how they (3 comments)
How to handle your internet leads - 12/03/09 03:50 PM
A good blog to review and use! Via Rich Rogala - Real Estate Marketing Coach (Consistent Clients): There are mixed feelings in the real estate world for leads that come in off the internet. On one hand, all the statistics show that 80%+ of people start their home search on the internet, so you’ve got a huge market there. On the other, some Realtors® don’t like these leads because they feel they’re “tire-kickers” or are looking too far in the future. I think internet leads are a great way to ensure ongoing clients for your business, both now and in the future, but (1 comments)
Any Holiday Happenings in your area? - 12/03/09 03:48 PM
This is a great low cost marketing idea! Via Rich Rogala - Real Estate Marketing Coach (Consistent Clients): Looking for something unique for your holiday newsletter? Why not put together a Community Holiday Events calendar to send to your email list, host on your website, and mail out?
As a Realtor, you’re in the unique position to know about a lot more of the local community events than the average resident. So share that knowledge! Your readers will appreciate it. At the holidays, many people would like to do more activities with friends and family, but are so busy that they simply (0 comments)
Annual Clintonville Holiday Concert on December 6th - 12/02/09 01:50 PM
Come and celebrate the holiday season at Whetstone High School. Hosted by the Clintonville Community Band and Clintonville Community Choir. Sunday, December 6th - 4pm Whetstone High School Auditorium 4405 Scenic Drive A variety of music, secular and religious will be performed in which the audience will be invited to sing along. Colors will be presented by Lima Company 25th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. A free will offering to benefit the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center will be taken. Attendees are invited to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the center. Refreshments by Mozart's Bakery and Café will be available. (0 comments)
2010 Home Sales Prices Projected to Stabilize - 12/02/09 01:03 PM
According to Fannie Mae economists, it appears that the economic recovery is here. It appears that the longest recession since the Great Depression is coming to an end. Fannie Mae is projecting, sales of new and existing homes will jump 11% next year and that home prices will stabilize. New home sales are expected to rebound by growing 24% with the sales of existing homes projected to increase by 10% in 2010. It is expected that prices will stabilize next year with the median resale home price remaining unchanged. The first-time home buyers tax credit helped boost sales in the third (1 comments)
Clintonville's Holiday Concert set for December 6! - 12/02/09 12:34 PM
Local residents are invited to celebrate the holiday season with a couple of comunity favorites The Clintonville Community Band and Clintonville community Choir host their annual holiday concert this Sunday December 6th It all starts at 4:00 pm in the Whetstone high school auditorium
A variety of music, secular and religious will be performed A free will offering to benefit the Clintonville-Beechwold resource center will be taken.
You can find out more information at www.clintonvillecommunitychoir.org or www.clintonvillecommunityband.org (0 comments)
SOLD! 5766 Nike Drive, 3 Bedroom 1.5 $154,000 Sold by Erik Hiss of the Jackson Team - 12/02/09 08:51 AM
Great condition! New roof, siding, AC, flooring, appliances and more! Vaulted ceilings create great space, perfect for entertaining. Relax in the lower level den. Enjoy fall evenings on the 2 story deck in the back. Large, fenced yard is great for kids or pets. 2 car attached garage. Sold by Erik Hiss of the Jackson Team.
SOLD! 1070 Mohican Ave, 4 Bedroom 1 Bath, $41,198 - 12/02/09 07:17 AM
Spacious Cape Cod home offers a quiet location with easy access to shopping, freeway system, downtown Columbus, and area conveniences. 1ST floor master bedroom, DINING ROOM, EAT SPACE/kitchen, LIVING ROOM , forced/air gas heat and fenced in yard. Needs some work and TLC. Sold by Joe Jackson of the Jackson Team.
1325 Thurell Road, 3 Bedroom 2 Bath $119,000, New Listing by Joe Jackson of the Jackson Team - 12/01/09 09:37 AM
Renovated 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath ranch with refinished wood floors and great decor. Rec room in basement adds 250 sq ft to enjoy. Great setting backing to a school yard, walk to public and parochial schools & pools!. New roof '09, both baths remodeled and updated, newer AC, furnace and windows. $8000 tax credit 1st time homebuyer. ABC Home Safe Warranty in place.
SOLD! 5531 Jennybrook Lane, 4 Bedroom 2.5 Bath, $274,900 Sold by Erik Hiss of The Jackson Team - 12/01/09 09:04 AM
Former Showcase home! This is a beautiful well taken care of home with many updates! Vaulted ceilings, Corian countertops, loft could be a bedroom, 1 gas log and 1 wood burning fireplace, screened in porch, patio, solid wood doors, 2-car attached garage, fenced in yard, patio, irrigation system and much more! Great neighborhood with Hilliard schools. Close to parks and shopping.
How many more banks will fail in 2009??? - 12/01/09 07:56 AM
Federal officials are keeping a close eye on smaller banks, which have been failing at the highest rate in 19 years.The FDIC reports that the number of banks on the "problem list" rose to 552 from 416 on June 30, 2009. 50 banks failed during the quarter, the largest number since the 2nd quarter 1990
Anyone know how to find the FDIC's list of banks on the "problem list?" (2 comments)
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