Columbus and Marion OH Real Estate Blog

Take a Day Trip to Worthington Ohio, You Will Never Want to Leave

Worthington Ohio is one of the most charming towns in America. It is a very popular spot with families that several people instantly fall in love with. If you love a quaint and charming historic town full of beauty and character you will also fall in love with Worthington Ohio very quickly. Come and visit for the day and you will see why so many never want to leave.

Here are some amazing sites to see in Worthington for a great day trip

Take a Day Trip to Worthington Ohio, You Will Never Want to Leave

Old Worthington

As we have mentioned Worthington is a place full of rich history and many amazing and charmingly preserved historic buildings. The best place to check out the history of the area is in ...

The Best Restaurants in Blacklick Ohio

Blacklick Ohio is a very small town that not many people have heard of. While it may not be known by a large majority around the globe it is known and loved to the residents that live there. Blacklick is small enough to enjoy a slower pace of life while still being within a short distance from the large cities of Ohio including Cleveland and Columbus. Though Blacklick may be small it is a town full of community pride and great hidden gems including some very beloved local restaurants.

Here are some of the best restaurants in Blacklick Ohio

best restaurants in Blacklick Ohio

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5 Things Buyers Should Know When Making an Offer on a Home

When it comes to buying a house in Ohio it is no secret that you are looking for the perfect place to call home to fit your lifestyle and needs. Problem is that today’s seller’s market leaves very little inventory to choose from, even around Central Ohio. Right now the housing inventory is hovering near record lows and the buyer demand is not decreasing. This has made multiple offer scenarios much more normal on every home that hits the market all across the nation.

Here are five things that buyers in Central Ohio should keep in mind when they are ready to make an offer on a home.

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Having a complete and thorough understanding...

Why Do Sellers Have to Pay the Closing Costs?

Closing cost is expensed over and above the seller's property cost before completing a real estate transaction. Examples of typical closing costs include fees related to the origination, underwriting of mortgage, real estate commission, insurance, and record filing. A big question that has been chiefly asked is, "Why should sellers pay for buyers' closing costs?"Do Sellers Have to Pay the Closing Costs?

Before we dive deep into why sellers should pay closing costs, we can give a simple explanation. You as a seller should pay the closing costs because it will translate to selling your home faster and even putting in more money to your account. If that does not sink deep, here is a full explanation from the genesis so that you can understand...

6 Great Tips for Selling Your Ohio Home

6 Tips to Increase Your Home Value with Upgrades and Updates

 When it comes to selling Columbus, Ohio homes, we’ve found that a few strategically planned upgrades and updates can help to increase the value of a house.

Are you planning to sell your home soon and searching for updates you can complete to demand a higher price? Or maybe you want to build equity in it? Either way, you can use the tips we’re sharing below to improve your home and increase its value. 

6 Ways to Improve the Value of Columbus, Ohio Homes

Let’s explore possible renovations and updates to your home by “walking through your home” with the eyes of a buyer.

1.      Invest in Landscaping

Check out your curb appeal by looking at what you already have. Do your bushes or trees need trimming? Does the garden require weeding?

If you have bare areas,...

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Dream Home

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Dream Home

If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market.

Ask yourself the following 3 questions to help determine if now is actually a good time for you to buy in today’s market.

1. Why am I buying a home in the first place?

This truly is the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home? For most, the reason has nothing to do with money.

For example, a recent survey by Braun showed that over 75% of parents...

Is Getting a Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult?

Getting a Home Mortgage

There is no doubt that mortgage credit availability is expanding, meaning it is easier to finance a home today than it was last year. However, the mortgage market is still much tighter than it was prior to the housing boom and bust experienced between 2003 - 2006.

The Housing Financing Policy Center at the Urban Institute just released data revealing two reasons for the current exceptionally high credit standards:

  1. Additional restrictions lenders put on borrowing because of concerns that they will be forced to repurchase failed loans from the government-sponsored enterprises or Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
  2. The concern about potential litigation for imperfect...

Selling in the Winter Attracts Serious Buyers

Selling in the Winter Attracts Serious Buyers

A recent study of more than 7 million home sales over the past four years revealed that the season in which a home is listed may be able to shed some light on the likelihood that the home will sell for more than asking price, as well as how quickly the sale will close.

It’s no surprise that listing a home for sale during the spring saw the largest return, as the spring is traditionally the busiest month for real estate. What is surprising, though, is that listing during the winter came in second!

“Among spring listings, 18.7 percent of homes fetched above asking, with winter listings...

Have You Saved Enough for Closing Costs?

Have You Saved Enough for Closing Costs?There are many potential homebuyers, and even sellers, who believe that they need at least a 20% down payment in order to buy a home or move on to their next home. Time after time, we have dispelled this myth by showing that many loan programs allow you to put down as little as 3% (or 0% with a VA loan).

If you have saved up your down payment and are ready to start your home search, one other piece of the puzzle is to make sure that you have saved enough for your closing costs.

Freddie Mac defines closing costs as:

“Closing costs, also called settlement fees, will need to be paid when you obtain a mortgage. These are fees charged by people...