Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself? Columbus Viewed as One of the Country’s Most Stable Housing Markets

October 10, 2007

All the doom and gloom talk about real estate values damaged by the subprime loan debacle and other market trends has many people nervous about the future of their home investment.

How are things in Columbus?

This month’s issue of Forbes Magazine names 10 cities as “America’s Most Stable Housing Markets.” Columbus is one of their selections—and we agree. In general, Columbus, despite the undeniable impact of an unprecedented rash of foreclosures, seems to be demonstrating signs of improvement that may be expected to gain in strength in 2008.

It’s always nice to read hopeful news, isn’t it? We think Columbus is a great place to live for lots of reasons. Resistance to big economic swings is only one of its many subtle charms.


What the Heck is eSORN?

September 16, 2007

eSORN is the electronic sex offender registration and notification web site for the State of Ohio. Attorney General Mark Dann has implemented one of the most advanced and effective web sites in the country to deal with sex offender notification.

Most states have an antiquated patchwork system (mailing postcards) to notify the public of sex offenders in their community. The eSORN database is one of the first systems in the country to link all of the state’s county sheriff’s offices and correctional facilities records offices together.

The eSORN web site is easy to use and provides great information to the public. Some of the great benefits of the new system are:

  • Email Alert: you can quickly sign up to be notified via email if any sex offender moves into your community (within one mile).*
  • County Sheriff Offices: “one click” access to contact your local county sheriff to obtain more
    information or to submit a tip/sex offender.
  • Instant Offender Search: you can instantly search to see which sex offenders currently live in
    your community. A great map tool.**
  • Most Wanted List: View a list of the state’s most wanted sex offenders.

Everyone should check out the new eSORN system today, especially if you are thinking about buying a new home.

*To ensure that you receive email notifications please place in your address book and adjust your bulk or junk mail settings.**make sure any “pop up” blocking utility programs are turned off.

New Ohio State Law —Homeowners Can Save Moolah!

August 11, 2007

In early August, Governor Ted Strickland signed a new, expanded Homestead Exemption Act that will provide property tax savings (money!!!) to qualified senior citizens and disabled Ohioans. The Homestead Exemption credit has been in effect for years. But, in the past there were very restrictive income requirements to qualify for the credit.

The BIG NEWS now is that the new Homestead Exemption has NO income qualifications. If you are 65 years or older and a homeowner in the State of Ohio then you can reduce your taxes and save money just by filling out a form (Franklin County) and sending it in to your local county auditor.

IMPORTANT! The completed form must be received by your county auditor no later than October 1, 2007. The good news is that the form is very simple to fill out. So don’t delay.

For example, if you have a home with a market value of $100,000, you would get billed as if your house was worth $75,000. Average savings is projected to be $400.

Don’t fret if you don’t qualify for the new credit; just contact your parents, grandparents and other family members that might qualify for the credit. Your family members will be so happy that you saved them money that they will put you back in their will.

Voila, you are in the money!

You can follow the links in this post for more information. Please contact your local county auditor for more information on eligibility and tax savings.