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    Why It’s Important to Price Your House Right Today

    By Susanne Casey | December 29, 2020

    Even in today’s sellers’ market, setting the right price for your house is one of the most valuable things you can do. According to the U.S. Economic Outlook by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home prices nationwide are forecasted to increase by 4.5% in 2021. This means experts anticipate home values will continue climbing next year. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for realtor.com, notes:... Read More

    Central Ohio Housing Report Through November 2020

    By Susanne Casey | December 29, 2020

    Housing market activity for November and the first 11 months of 2020 has proven surprisingly strong in the wake of a pandemic that continues to plague the country. Central Ohio home sales, prices are at record highs and homes are selling in record time, whereas inventory is at a record low according to the Columbus... Read More

    3 Reasons to Be Optimistic about Real Estate in 2021

    By Susanne Casey | December 16, 2020

    This year will be remembered for many reasons, and optimism is one thing that’s been in short supply since the spring. We’re experiencing a global pandemic, social unrest, an economic downturn, and natural disasters, just to name a few. The challenges brought on by the health crisis have also forced many homeowners to reevaluate their... Read More

    The Holidays Aren’t Stopping Homebuyers This Year

    By Susanne Casey | December 16, 2020

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, yet finding the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family is certainly still top of mind for many right now. This year, there’s another type of buyer that’s very active this holiday season – the homebuyer. Each month, ShowingTime releases their Showing Index which tracks the average number of appointments received on... Read More

    5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer

    By Susanne Casey | December 10, 2020

    Today’s real estate market has high buyer interest and low housing inventory. With so many buyers competing for a limited number of homes, it’s more important than ever to know the ins and outs of making a confident and competitive offer. Here are five keys to success for this important stage in the homebuying process. 1. Listen to... Read More

    Are Home Prices Headed Toward Bubble Territory?

    By Susanne Casey | December 10, 2020

    Talk of a housing bubble is beginning to crop up as home prices have appreciated at a rapid pace this year. This is understandable since the appreciation of residential real estate is well above historic annual averages. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), annual appreciation since 1991 has averaged 3.8%. Here are the latest 2020 appreciation numbers... Read More

    With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now?

    By Susanne Casey | December 2, 2020

    Housing inventory is at an all-time low. Realtor.com just reported that there are 39% fewer homes for sale today than there were last year. At the same time, buyer demand remains strong. In a recent newsletter, research analyst Ivy Zelman explained: “Although the headwind of severe supply constraints in most markets has contributed to slight moderation in seasonally-adjusted and year-over-year new... Read More

    10 Ways to Give Back to Our Local Community This Holiday Season

    By Susanne Casey | December 1, 2020

    This year has demonstrated, perhaps more than ever, the importance of our family, friends, neighbors, and community. It truly “takes a village” to keep a community functioning effectively, whether that’s by keeping our waterways clean, feeding the hungry, teaching our kids, or supporting small businesses.  With the holidays right around the corner, December offers the... Read More

    Is Buying a Home Today a Good Financial Move?

    By Susanne Casey | November 24, 2020

    There’s no doubt 2020 has been a challenging year. A global pandemic coupled with an economic recession has caused heartache for many. However, it has also prompted more Americans to reconsider the meaning of “home.” This quest for a place better equipped to fulfill our needs, along with record-low mortgage rates, has skyrocketed the demand for home purchases. This... Read More

    Central Ohio Housing Report – October 2020

    By Susanne Casey | November 24, 2020

    Note: The following is a preliminary assessment of the state of the central Ohio housing market for October 2020. The standard housing report is not available due to a vendor issue. This report and release will be reissued when the complete October report is available. (Nov. 19, 2020 – Columbus Ohio) – Despite declining inventory,... Read More