Category Archives: For Buyers

Study Reports 90% of Consumers Used an Agent in 2018

If you were thinking tech and for-sale-by-owner real estate transactions might replace real estate agents, new data should put this notion to rest: in the first half of 2018, 90% of home buyers and sellers used an real estate agent, according to the REAL Trends 2018 Consumer Study released on Monday, That’s the highest rate […]


How the Market is Dealing with Pocket and Coming Soon Listings

They go by various names—pocket listings, office exclusives, “coming soon” properties—but whatever you call them, the growing phenomenon of off-MLS listings is a reality that practitioners are struggling to come to terms with, especially in markets like Columbus where inventory is tight. The handling of this hidden trove of homes, often by a handful of […]


How to Choose the Right Homeowners Insurance Deductible

Homeowners insurance deductibles are an essential aspect of owning a home. With homeowners insurance, owners select the amount of coverage they want to help protect their home and belongings, and the cost for this coverage is included in the monthly mortgage payment. While homeowners insurance is a common piece of the real estate puzzle, there […]


Who Are The Builders In Evans Farm

Who are the Evans Farm Builders? As a property owner in Evans Farm, once you have selected your lot, you will then need to select your custom home builder of choice. Each builder will have custom designs and layouts as well as different price levels. * Note: List below is subject to change without notice. […]


How To Get Your Earnest Money Back

In real estate, the importance of being earnest is measured not by a handshake and a “Sure, we’ll buy your house,” but cold hard cash—aka earnest money. This safeguard serves to keep fickle buyers from changing their minds unnecessarily, however,  there are plenty of reasons you can—and should—bail with your earnest money firmly in hand. Here we will discuss […]


Home Warranties Explained

While buying a home remains one of the biggest investments a person will make in his or her life, there’s always a lingering fear that something may go wrong soon after the purchase. Though home inspections may catch most of these problems before they occur, what happens if a major system or appliance goes haywire […]


Understanding Real Estate Value

The term “value” can take many forms, and when buying and/or selling a home it’s important to understand all of them. There are five distinct ways to classify value. Although there are dictionary definitions for each, they are best understood through real-world examples. 1. Market value is the amount that a particular home is worth to a particular buyer. The Uniform […]



Understanding Mortgage Rate Locks

A rate lock is a guarantee from a mortgage lender that they will give a mortgage loan applicant a certain interest rate, at a certain price, for a specific period of time. A rate lock protects the borrower from rising interest rates: So, if the borrower locks in a rate of 4%, s/he will only […]


New Albany OH Ranked the Best Suburb in America

After examining data on 2,754 municipalities across the country, Business Insider put together a list of America’s 50 best suburbs. They considered suburbs with populations between 5,000 and 100,000 within 40 kilometers of the nearest metropolitan area. They also factored in average commute times, median household income, poverty and crime rates, public-school ratings from GreatSchools.org, […]