All posts by Jason Opland

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, […]



5 Secrets You Need to Know About Zillow Instant Offers

You might expect the creators of Zillow Instant Offers to be the best source of information on their new service. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case! Zillow makes 70% of their revenue from real estate agents, and this program is testing a major pivot from the company’s usual pro-agent message. Though Zillow won’t tell you the […]


iBuyers: Is the Convenience Worth the Cost?

Recently there has been a lot of hype around a newer real estate technology trend referred to as “iBuying.” iBuyers, also known as institutional buyers, are taking up a growing share of home sales in key markets across the country. In early April, Zillow announced that it was expanding its foray into the iBuyer space […]