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This Month in Real Estate: February 2016

Here are the national statistics for February 2016!


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.



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!


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

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!


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

A Great Time to Buy

Today’s market is great for homebuyers. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a home, now is an excellent time to buy.

If you've been debating purchasing a home, here are three reasons to consider regarding timing:

Current lending rates are historically low and down payment requirements are as low 3.5% for FHA loans. Interest rates aren't just important for the monthly payment amount, but also because when the interest is lower the bulk of your payment is going towards your principal which is your equity and helps pay off the house faster.

The national median home price for November is $221,900 with the average interest rate at 3.79%. If you purchase a home for $221,900 with 3.5% down at the 3.79% interest rate your monthly payment of principal and interest would be $996!

If you aren't ready to purchase yet but are thinking you will in the next year or more, it is a great idea to talk to a lender and see if they have any suggestions of things you can do while you're waiting to help you get the best loan possible. Obviously increasing your income and reducing your debt is good, but credit is so important. You should have a credit card and use it, but never let a balance of more than 30% of your limit sit. If you are self employed or receive commission, typically lenders will need two years history of that to incorporate that income when considering you for a loan. For tips like this and more give me a call and I will set you up with a lender that I trust!

Once you speak with a lender and find out what purchase price you qualify for let me know and we can start looking at what kind of house that number gives you in different areas of Columbus! You can always browse listings on my site sorted by community to give you an idea as well:

My KY Mobile App

The Best Search Engine, Right In Your Hands

Find and share homes with just the touch of a finger! My personal real estate app allows you to view MLS listings and send me property inquiries while out viewing homes, making your next move easier than you ever imagined.

My app comes with these helpful features: 

  • Draw a circle on the map or drop a pin to search any specific community
  • See property details and photos, save searches, and add notes about what you liked
  • Call or email me to set up an appointment while viewing a listing
  • Share listings with family via email, text or social media
  • GPS enabled to view open houses in your area

Whether or not you're looking to buy or sell now, you can use my app to browse your local area. Make sure you create a login so you can send me properties with a click. Download here:

My website - is also a great search tool. You can view properties by popular Columbus communities and it only shows active listings (unlike Zillow)!

Italian Village Open House

136 Punta Alley, Columbus, OH 43201 | 2 bd 1.5 bath | $229,900

Come see me at 136 Punta Alley, Columbus, OH 43201 this Sunday 10/25 from 1:00-3:00pm to check out this great, renovated condo! It has fresh paint throughout the interior, open 1st floor with a feature fireplace, wall of storage and oak floors. The kitchen features an island with an eating bar that leads out to a stone patio. Upstairs you will find two large bedrooms, good closet space, a full bath with tub/shower and subway tile and a stacked washer and dryer. The location is great just East of High and Summit near 3rd Avenue. 


The Facts:

  • Residential Condo - Freestanding
  • Year Built: 1920
  • No. of Stories: 2
  • Square Feet: 1,192
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1 1/2 
  • Heating: Forced Air, Gas
  • Cooling: Central
  • Parking: 1 Off Street
  • School District: Columbus CSD
  • Subdivision: Short North/Italian Village
  • MLS Number: 215032729
  • Price: $229,900