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Real Estate Optimism in Central Ohio

As I stated in our May e-Newsletter, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the housing market, not the least of which shows year to date unit sales in New Albany are up over the same period last year.  The Columbus Board of Realtors recently published a few other pieces of good news I'd like to share:  "The Housing Crisis is Over," says the Wall Street Journal, Op-Ed writer Cyril...

Look for The Silver Lining! You Can Buy A Lot of House in Columbus, Ohio!

I just read an article in the Wall Street Journal real estate newsletter which really helped to put a new spin on real estate in New Albany, Columbus and the Midwest as a whole. We keep hearing about how bad the real estate market is but think about what you can actually buy here versus some other parts of the country. Using $400,000 as a comparison: In New Albany, you can buy a 3600 square foot home...

New Appraisal Requirements Announced for Jumbo Loans by HUD

The procedure for obtaining a loan continues to tighten as the banks, investors, and HUD figure out how best to insure that jumbo mortgages are secure investments.  The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on April 1, 2008 that jumbo mortgages (loans exceeding the conforming loan limit of $417,000) may require 2 appraisals in order for a buyer to obtain a loan...

Absorption Rate in New Albany

Yes, absorption is the correct term for Sponge Bob's ability to soak up water and the same holds true in the real estate industry. In real estate, the absorption rate is the amount of time, generally expressed in months, that it will take a market to "absorb" the current inventory based on recent history. In other industries, this measurement may be called turnover rate or simply weeks or months of...

National Real Estate News Is About As Useful As A National Weather Forecast

National Real Estate Scenarios Don't Apply to Columbus, Ohio! I just read an article from the Wall Street Journal's "Real Estate Journal Today" – an online service sponsored by www.WSJ.com. The head line reads "Kimmel Home Listed for $81.5 Million". That headline will definitely catch your attention, but is it really relevant in Columbus Ohio? I don't think so. This article is perhaps good fodder...

Hampsted Village Homes Sold in 2007

A year end review shows that while the real estate market slowed down in 2007, is it may not be the doom and gloom picture painted by the national media.  In fact, Forbes Magazine recently ranked Columbus as the 3rd most stable housing market of the 40 largest American cities. In Hampsted Village, the average 2007 sales price was $358,800, compared to 2006, where the average sales price was $355,891....

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