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Columbest Year In Review - Happy Holidays!

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The Columbus market is finishing the 2016 year strong and "is proving to be one of the best years ever for the Central Ohio real estate market" said 2016 Columbus REALTORS® President John Royer. 

We continue to have record numbers of home sales each month and the demand for homes continues to be exceedingly strong.
— Columbus REALTORS®

There were 2,227 central Ohio homes and condos sold during the month of November, a 15.8% increase over the previous year, according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service. Year to date (January through November), home sales are up to 29,196 which is 7.1% above the same period in 2015. 

As the cold weather and holiday frenzy sets in, inventory naturally decreases. 2016 was dominated by a seller's market due to low inventory and low interest rates for buyers. Even though interest rates are starting to come up they are still historically low making it a great time to purchase! For all of my sellers out there, 2017 will be a great time to list with all the buyers the new year will bring and the buyers that were unable to find their dream home last year and are still hunting. 

My husband Jesse and I want to thank all of our wonderful family, friends, customers, clients and vendor partners for their support. Jesse celebrated the opening of another location for his business STORE 5a at Easton Market. We are so blessed and looking forward to the New Year!

Real estate offers flexibility, financial freedom and the ability to work as hard as you want to achieve your goals! There are no limits to your success and many different ways you can work and run your business. If anyone has questions about the industry as a client or potential job please reach out so we can talk and I'll help in any way that I can. Keller Williams is a fantastic brokerage and I've been very happy with the support, training, technology and events that are available to me. In addition to residential I am pursuing my KW Commercial designation to be mentored and learn more to better serve all of my clients. I have also joined the Keller Williams Young Professionals and helped them officially launch their Columbus Chapter! 

2016 has been a great year full of learning, open houses, happy hours and helping buyers find their dream homes! Here are some fun highlights below. From my family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

To keep up with the exciting things happening in 2017 follow @columbesthomes

My Philosophy for Buyers

When I work with buyers my goal is to provide a well rounded high quality experience. Whether you are renting, purchasing a home for the first time or are a savvy real estate client with experience, I will provide a personalized approach to make the process as easy and fun for you as possible. Moving is said to be the 3rd most stressful life event and normally it coincides with many other stressful life events - a wedding, divorce, death of a loved one, relocation, etc. Whatever the reason for your move, you should be focused on choosing the place that suits you, your budget and your needs. My job is to do all of the research, the appointment setting, have the difficult conversations, fight for your best interests, maintain all of the paperwork, deadlines and keep you up to date in a concise manner every step of the way so you don't have to be stressed.

I firmly believe that what type of home you live in and where that home is located directly affects your lifestyle. There are a lot of factors when it comes to choosing a home and there are practical, functional, and aspirational aspects that need to be prioritized. A great real estate agent can tell you whether or not you can find what you're looking for in your price range. Sometimes a small bump in price range can make a huge difference. However, a lot of buyers are pre-approved for a lot more than they need to spend to be happy and that extra money a month has an impact on their lifestyle. If you love to travel and eat out frequently or require a babysitter often the home you choose shouldn't limit those aspects of your life, where you live should enhance your lifestyle. 

Why do you need a REALTOR?

As a licensed real estate professional I provide much more than the service of helping you find your ideal home.  Realtors are expert negotiators with other agents, seasoned financial advisors with clients, and superb navigators around the local neighborhood.  They are members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and must abide by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice enforced by the NAR.  A professional Realtor is your best resource when buying your home.

Let me be your guide!

As a knowledgeable Realtor I...

•Can save you endless amounts of time, money, and frustration.

•Know the housing market inside and out and can help you avoid the “wild goose chase.”

•Can help you with any home, even if it is listed elsewhere or if it is being sold directly by the owner.

•Know the best lenders in the area and can help you understand the importance of being pre-approved for a mortgage. I can also discuss  and negotiate down payments, closing costs, and monthly payment options that suit you.

•Am an excellent source for both general and specific information about the community such as schools, churches, shopping, and transportation --plus tips on home inspections and pricing.

•Am experienced at presenting your offer to the homeowner and can help you through the process of negotiating the best price. We bring objectivity to the buying transaction, and we can point out the advantages and the disadvantages of a particular property.

AM FREE! The best thing about me as your Realtor is that all this help will not cost you a cent.  The Seller pays my commission to my Brokerage so there is no reason not to be represented by someone with your best interest in mind. 

  1. Contact me so that I can connect you with a mortgage agent to get pre-approved and find out what you can afford to spend before we start the search process.
  2. We'll meet and discuss your budget, housing needs and dreams (Pinterest is a BIG help here) to create a profile of what you're looking for. I will set you up on a listing search through the MLS that only agents have access to so you will receive an email every time a home that matches your criteria comes on the market. Getting these listings through an agent before they pop up on the third party sites (zillow, realtor.com, trulia, etc.) is KEY to gain a competitive advantage for negotiations. 
  3. Once the right property is found, an offer to purchase is written up, presented and negotiated. If accepted, I will prepare a timeline with responsibilities for all parties involved and you are officially in contract!
  4. While you are in contract you will need to fulfill any contingencies like financing and inspection, but don't worry I'll guide you through the entire process to get you to the closing table.
  5. On closing day you will sign lots of paperwork, transfer funds, get your keys and start the next chapter of your life (with a special closing gift from yours truly)!

To learn more about the home buying process or for help finding the perfect rental for you in the least stressful way, get in touch with me! You can email me at pfjohnson@kw.com or call/text me at 614.638.5817 so we can meet for coffee or a drink and get to know each other. I specialize in urban neighborhoods but can help anywhere in greater Columbus! Keep in mind that my commission is paid for by the seller of the home so there is no reason not to have me doing all the dirty work for you and fighting to get you the best deal on your dream home!

This Month in Real Estate: February 2016

Here are the national statistics for February 2016!

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The National Statistics show that the projected home sales went up from 5.4 million in January 2016  to 5.5 million in February 2016.

 

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The median home price rose this month from $220,000 to $224,000. This is a 1.9% increase from last month and a 7.6% increase from February 2015. If you're thinking of listing your house now would be a great time!

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The great news for home buyers is that the interest rate for a 30 year fixed mortgage has actually gone down from 3.96% to 3.81%.

For more information on our local market or how these numbers affect you, please contact me at pfjohnson@kw.com.

Home Buying Happy Hour

Join me at The Pint House in the Short North to find out everything you need to know about purchasing a home while enjoying a complimentary drink and appetizers!

You will receive expert insight from Lisa Billings, a VP of Mortgage Lending and myself, a local real estate agent who would be happy to answer all of your specific questions. Regardless of what stage you are at in the home buying process we feel confident we can provide helpful information from improving your credit score and deciding on your budget to how to find the best home for you in the right area!

THE PINT HOUSE I  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH  I  5:30PM - 7:30PM

Please RSVP for this free event by clicking here as space is limited. We hope to see you there!!

This Month in Real Estate: January 2016

The National Statistics for January show that the projected home sales dipped, however the median home price rose to $220,000 and the interest rate is lower than in December at 3.96%. For more information on our local market or how these numbers affect you, please contact me at pfjohnson@kw.com.