All posts by Jason Opland

Columbus Ohio Housing Market Report – May 2019

In May 2019 the average price of homes sold in Columbus reached a new record of $253,531. That’s 7.8% higher than a year ago and the highest level yet. Although, increased home prices might seem like a deterrent, the drop in mortgage interest rates over the past three months has helped to offset this and […]


Columbus Ohio Housing Market Report – April 2019

It’s no secret that the central Ohio housing market is hot right now. As demand continues to outpace supply, homes and condominiums are selling in record time. During the month of April, homes under $350,000 sold in an average of 26 days, while homes sold between $350,000 and $500,000 took approximately 48 days to sell. […]



Columbus Ohio Housing Market Report – March 2019

Earlier this month, the Columbus area was ranked the #1 hottest housing market in March by Realtor.com based on home listing activity and days on the market. Don’t be fooled by this report or by a news release that states home sales were up by 24.7% in March. Both claims are misleading. Keep reading to […]


Cost vs. Value: The Home Improvement Projects With the Highest ROI in 2019

Builders and remodelers across the country took a hit last summer as the cost of building materials spiked dramatically, and the picture for 2019 isn’t much rosier. The percentage of return on investment (ROI) is projected to trend downward for all the replacement projects listed in Remodeling magazine’s newly-released Cost vs. Value Report. Larger indoor remodel projects took a hit […]


Average Cost for Various Home Improvement Services

Replacement Windows – For a standard-size, double-hung, double-pane (energy efficient), vinyl window, expect to pay between $450 and $600, including installation. Wood windows are more expensive. The cost of a wood replacement window can range between $800 and $1,000 per installation. New Siding – Vinyl – $2.00 to $7.00 per square foot insulating foam adds […]


USDA Loans: What You Should Know

USDA loans are zero-down-payment mortgages for rural and suburban homebuyers. Are you presently living in the city and looking for a change of scenery? Perhaps you feel more at home surrounded by pastures than pavement. If so, buying a home might be well within reach, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture mortgage program. In […]


Will a Finished Basement Add Value to My Home

How Much Value Does a Finished Basement Add? One of the questions we often get is “will finishing my basement add value to my home?” This question is often followed by “how much value will a finished basement add to my home?” Finished basements can add a lot of extra living space, so it is […]



Is Your Dream Home in a Cell Phone Dead Zone?

House-hunting is exciting, but it can be an exhausting process. Choosing where to live should be driven by factors including: location, school district quality, tax rates, neighborhood, and curb appeal. The last thing you should worry about is cell phone reception. If your dream home turns out to be in a cell phone dead zone, […]