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Price It Right - 06/30/11 11:53 AM
Unless you've been living under a rock, had your head in the sand or been cryogenically frozen for the last decade, you know that the real estate market has taken a huge hit. I'm not sure if we're at the "bottom" of this "crisis", but I do think we're near the bottom. The only way to know you hit bottom, is when you start going back up. That hasn't happened here, so I think we're still scooting around the bottom.I meet people every day wanting to know how the market is doing. Some want to take advantage of the lowest prices possible, and some (5 comments)
I am often asked for my opinion on certain neighborhoods, whether I think they're "good" or "bad" or "safe". I do have an opinion, but I am not allowed to share it with you. To give my opinion would be considered steering and is a violation of the Fair Housing Act. I am reblogging this post from Cindy in Indy because she shares a valuable link where you can pull crime stats from different areas and use this information to make an informed decision about an area you're considering. Check it out! Via Cindy "in Indy" Marchant Realtor® Fishers Real Estate (Keller Williams (3 comments)
Licking County Fireworks 2011 ~ Newark, Heath, Granville, Buckeye Lake, Utica, Johnstown - 06/30/11 06:49 AM
You don't have to go to Columbus to see great fireworks this holiday weekend. There's several locations and dates to choose from right here in Licking County, you could even go to a different show each day!Friday July 1, 2011Granville ~ Wildwood Park, West Broadway at Ed Roberts Drive ~ 10:00pmBuckeye Lake ~ launched from Fairfield Beach (which is in Fairfield County, but visible from Licking County!) http://www.blasst.org/faq.html Tune your radio to 101.7 WNKO for simulcast ~ 10:00pmSaturday July 2, 2011 Heath ~ John Geller Park, 580 Cynthia St. ~ 10:00pmSunday July 3, 2011 Newark ~ OSU Newark Campus, Martha Grace Amphitheater ~ 10:00pm (0 comments)
This is a reblog, originally posted by Andy Leung. We had the same thing here in Central Ohio. A lady called to get more info about one of our listings, she had found an ad on Craigslist for homes for rent and inquired, they gave her several addresses and she drove by - saw our sign and called us. The house is a bank owned house, for sale - NOT for rent! Be careful on Craigslist!! Via Andy Leung (Team Leung-Keller Williams): We have seen this scam once before here in Greensboro but it is back! A Craigslist posting advertises a home (0 comments)
Retinoblastoma - Eye Cancer in Babies & Children - Do you know how to spot it? - 06/28/11 02:54 PM
If you've never heard of Retinoblastoma, please visit this facebook page that explains everything much better than I could: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Retinoblastoma-Awareness/137564446263237?sk=info Look at the photos on this page and then pay attention to the photos of children in your life and spread the word to others. These tumors show up in photos as a white reflection where you might normally see red-eye. In children with one healthy eye, the photo might show one red-eye and one white reflection. If caught early, the eye(s) can be saved. If ignored, the cancer can spread. Get the word out! (5 comments)
This is our little garden pond. It was my husband's idea, although his dream is to have a big pond. I don't know if we'll ever manage to have a big pond, so for now, this is his "baby". We dug the pond last summer and it's been a work in progress ever since. We wanted some fish, but we knew from our past experience with aquariums that new fish usually don't live. So we got the cheapest fish at the pet store, feeders. They were barely moving, I got a lot since I figured they would all die. It (13 comments)
Blueberry Muffin Recipe ~ or Raspberry Muffin Recipe, this time of year - 06/24/11 07:08 AM
This recipe is great with either Blueberries or Raspberries, but my family loves the Raspberry Muffins because I don't make them often, and you can't find Raspberry Muffins just anywhere.2 TBSP Real Butter2/3 C. Granulated Sugar2 Eggs1/2 C. Milk1/8 tsp. Salt1-1/2 C. Flour1 tsp. baking powder1 C. (or more) Blueberries or RaspberriesCream together the butter, sugar and eggs. Add the milk. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and then add to the wet mixture, stir it well and THEN add the fruit and FOLD it in. I like to overfill my muffins (almost to the top of the pan (4 comments)
We live in the country, North of Granville Ohio and have a lot of RASPBERRIES on our property! My son and I have been watching them for the past couple of weeks, it's amazing how fast they grow and ripen.We've noticed that they're usually ready right around my daughter's birthday, which is tomorrow. We also have a lot of poison ivy, so it's a good idea to wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt when picking. Normally it's really hot, but the weather is actually on the cool side for late June, so that won't be a problem.One of our (0 comments)
13326 Houdeshell Road, Newark OH - For Sale - North Fork Schools - 06/23/11 05:27 PM
On a 1.5 acre quiet and secluded lot, sits this 2 bedroom, 2 full bath home with a 2 car detached garage. Beautiful open concept living room with vaulted ceiling, stone fireplace, and loft which current owners used as a 3rd bedroom. The kitchen is updated with oak cabinets, custom ceramic tile and includes appliances. Bathrooms are also updated with custom ceramic tile. Electric baseboard heat and ventless propane wall heaters back up the woodburning fireplace. A new well was drilled and is ready for use, home is currently connected to a spring. Great covered front deck (I actually saw a deer when I was there today!) Located in North (0 comments)
Unlocking the secrets of your home — A baker's dozen ways to use a home inspection report - 06/23/11 03:29 PM
Here's a great blog by Russel Ray about ways you can use your home inspection report. Home inspections are so important. Sometimes a buyer might just need to know what kind of work they're getting into and a home inspection does work as a to do list. Other times, a buyer might find out that a major problem exists and they wouldn't have known without the home inspection. This allows the buyer to possibly renegotiate with the seller or even back out of the deal if they choose. I even had buyers who purchased a foreclosure property and got a home warranty, the (0 comments)
SHOW ME THE CAR FAX! - 06/21/11 08:09 AM
When buying a used car, it's reassuring to get a copy of the "CARFAX", which is a History Report that checks for past accidents, mileage accuracy, whether it was a rental, if it has ever been severely damaged and more. If you've ever bought a "LEMON", you know how important it is to have all of the information available.Don't you wish you could just say "Show me the HouseFax"? Well, you can't. You could rely on the what current owners are disclosing in their Residential Property Disclosures. I like to believe people are naturally honest, but the truth is - sometimes they're not. (7 comments)
A Calming Experience...Watching a Fish Tank - 06/20/11 05:37 AM
Suggested as a feature worthy and rebloggable read by Russel Ray, I took a look and agreed. This must be why our dentist has a huge aquarium in their waiting room. I do enjoy watching fish and someday hope to have an indoor aquarium again.For now, my husband and I have a small garden pond with some goldfish. We actually bought the cheapest fish, feeders, last summer. They were near death when I brought them home, we figured they would all die. If you've never had a new aquarium/same with a new pond like ours, you have to get the right (3 comments)
Motivated for a new Monday. As Russel Ray suggested, I took at look at this great blog from Al and Peggy Cunningham. I don't always watch every video people suggest, sometimes I'd never get anything else done. If you're like me, just watch this one, it's short and will surely put a smile on your face. Via Al and Peggy Cunningham, Brokers Voted Best Real Estate People Brampton (RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. Buying or Selling): This Left Us Speechless This Sunday, But Motivated For Monday! You just have to take a few minutes and watch this amazing little boy. Yes, he is (0 comments)
Cats do the funniest things - 06/17/11 10:06 AM
I'm sure my cats aren't the only ones who do some funny things. This is Mia, she's about 2 years old and was born a barn cat. She loves to sit like this, with her front half resting on the rungs of the chairs. Have you ever seen a cat do this? I could probably take a picture of her every day like this.
Newark Ohio 43055 Home for Sale, Licking County, 619 E. Main Street - 06/16/11 02:50 PM
Newark Ohio 43055 Home for Sale, Licking County, 619 E. Main Street This is a beautifully rehabbed home located on E. Main Street in Newark, between Homewood and Monroe. All of the electric has been replaced, from the service pole, through every wall, to every outlet, switch and light fixture! 1900 Sq. Ft. of living area Very large rooms High 9' ceilings Several built ins Lots of storage space All ceilings have new drywall All walls have been textured and painted New Energy Star windows New ceramic tile in kitchen & baths New cabinets, counters, sinks & vanities New carpet upstairs New private (4 comments)
Coral Gundlach said it best, so rather than trying to recreate the wheel, I'm re-blogging. I know that everyone I come into contact with, will not purchase or sell a home through me. Sometimes houses don't sell and buyers change their plans. But when a buyer chooses to proceed in the purchase of a home without me, after I've spent a lot of time helping them, it's not only unfair to cheat me out of being compensated for the work I've done - it hurts. I enjoy getting to know people and most of my past clients are now my friends. I love my (6 comments)
How did you get so honest? - 06/11/11 04:44 PM
Last night I had a showing appointment with a couple I've been working with since last fall. Before they met with me, they had been REALTOR® hopping. But he is very into scouring the internet for all the best information (his favorite is Zillow) and came across my website. I explained that they didn't need to call different agents, I can show them any house and find out anything they want to know. They liked me and have been loyal clients ever since.They are very specific about what they want and had mostly been looking at distressed properties, bank owned foreclosures (59 comments)
My fur baby, Genevieve - 06/09/11 11:21 AM
Seems to be a pet theme going today and I wanted to share one of my fur babies.Genevieve is our Siberian Husky, she is of the "wooly" variety, some of her hair is 5-6" long. My husband and I really loved the look of a Husky and decided to get one. We were originally planning to breed her, but I did the research on what it would take to do it right and decided we couldn't afford to do it right. My daughter and I also did the math and figured out potentially how many unplanned dogs we could be adding (16 comments)
What you need to know about buying a foreclosed home - 06/07/11 09:09 AM
Buying a foreclosed Licking County home? What you need to know.You never know to expect when walking into a bank owned house for the first time. I've seen homes that were obviously loved and a buyer could move right in, although that is not usually the case. In my 10 years as a REALTOR®, I would say I've seen it all, but I doubt it. It not unusual to be greeted by offensive smells when first entering a foreclosure, where you could close your eyes and imagine you've just walked into the animal shelter. I've encountered missing (should have been) permanent (5 comments)
Heath Ohio Real Estate Update for May 2011 - 06/03/11 03:52 PM
Heath Ohio Real Estate Update for May 2011There were 12 new residential real estate listings in May 2011. 7 Heath City homes sold in May 2011, ranging in price from $ 69,900. to $ 154,000. and an average sale price of $ 116,400. The list to sale price ratio was 102.53%. This means buyer sometimes bid more than the asking price, this usually happens in a Multiple Offer Situation. These homes spent an average of 48 days on the market/in the MLS. As of today, there are 42 homes for sale in Heath Ohio, ranging in price from $ 36,900. to (0 comments)
Newark Ohio Real Estate Update for May 2011 - 06/03/11 03:39 PM
Newark Ohio Real Estate Update for May 2011There were 88 new residential real estate listings in the month of May 2011.45 Newark City homes sold in May 2011, ranging in price from $ 13,000. to $ 334,900. and an average sale price of $ 107,685. The list to sale price ratio was 101.41%, which means the buyers bid over the asking price. This can happen when there's a Multiple Offer Situation. These homes spent an average of 85 days on the market/in the MLS.As of today, there are 380 Newark Ohio homes for sale, ranging in price from $ 15,000. to (0 comments)
Granville Ohio Real Estate Update for May 2011 - 06/03/11 03:27 PM
Granville Ohio Real Estate Update for May 2011There were 41 new residential real estate listings in May 2011.23 Granville homes sold in May 2011, ranging in price from $123,00. to $ 1,050,000. and an average sale price of $ 326,274. The list to sale price ratio was 94.73%. These homes spent an average of 71 days on the market/in the MLS.As of today, there are 138 Granville Ohio homes for sale, ranging in price from $ 78,900. to $2,395,000. with an average list price of $ 437,966. and an average of 172 days on the market.There are currently 18 homes under (0 comments)
Historically significant Early 19th Century 2 story brick. Beauty and character throughout. Original wood plank floors, 6 original fireplaces, 3 or 4 bedrooms. Large country kitchen with impressive oversized fireplace. Newer roof, furnace, windows and septic system. Updated electric. Covered deck, fenced yard and mature trees. Minutes from I-70 for an easy commute. Asking price $175,000.There are 3 bedrooms upstairs, one of which you must walk through another bedroom. This bedroom originally had its own stairway from the kitchen and this was removed during a kitchen remodel by previous owners. (0 comments)
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