All posts by Jason Opland

Zillow announces partnership with homebuilder D.R. Horton

Zillow has announced a partnership with homebuilder D.R. Horton (Locally Westport Homes), allowing buyers of new construction homes to sell their current homes directly to Zillow through its iBuying solution, Zillow Offers. D.R. Horton customers selling their current home through Zillow Offers receive an extended closing timeline of up to eight months, and the flexibility to modify the closing date to better […]

What Is PMI… And How To Use It As A Wealth Building Tool

Before buying a home, you would ideally save enough money for a 20% down payment. You can get a home loan with less than a 20% down payment, but you’ll probably have to pay for mortgage insurance. The purpose of the insurance is to protect the mortgage company if you stop making your monthly mortgage payments and default […]

Columbus Ohio Housing Market Report – June 2020

Buyer demand outpacing supply During the month of June, there were 322 more homes and condominiums listed for sale compared to May. The jump from 3,232 to 3,554 new listings generated increased interest and foot traffic from buyers actively seeking to purchase a home in central Ohio. Both buyers and sellers took a step back […]

New Construction Is Up In Central Ohio

In spite of the pandemic, new residential construction is booming in Central Ohio. According to the Census Bureau, 16.4% more single family building permits were issued since the same period last year. This chart shows the numbers for January to April. May values are not available yet. New Construction for First-Time Buyers This is good news for buyers […]

Epcon Communities

Live Well Every Day Founders Ed Bacome and Phil Fankhauser began Epcon Communities in Dublin, Ohio, in 1986, when they tapped into an overlooked segment of real estate—the maturing homebuyer. Today, based on a mission to combine innovative home design with myriad amenities, more than 26,000 families and individuals live in an Epcon community. With […]

Alton Place a $300M Mixed-Use Development in Hilliard Gets Approval

Alton Place, a proposed 354-acre mixed-use development in Hilliard has been approved to move forward. After carefully reviewing the latest iteration of the project, one which has been in the works for nearly three years, Hilliard City Council voted 6-0 to approve the development agreement for Alton Place. The nearly $300 million “generational” development will […]

What You Should Know About Getting a Loan During COVID19

Getting a mortgage, paying your mortgage, refinancing your mortgage: These are all significant undertakings, but during a pandemic, it all becomes more complicated. Sometimes a lot more complicated. But make no mistake, home buyers are still taking out loans, buying homes and refinancing mortgages during the current global health crisis. There have, in fact, been […]