Category Archives: For Buyers

NEW Work From Home Scores for U.S. Counties

The option to work from home or remotely is likely to become part of the workforce culture. A larger fraction of workers allowed to work from home will change the mix of demand for residential and commercial real estate between the city and the suburbs, give rise to new home designs that allow workers to […]

How to Determine if a Property is in a Flood Zone

“Is my/the property in a flood zone?” That’s a question that concerns both homeowners and home shoppers—and not just those near large bodies of water. In fact, there are a little over a dozen flood zone classifications. These rankings are determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and represented on special maps. An areas classification is […]

Mortgage Rates Will Rise in 2021, 5 Reasons Why.

Mortgage interest rates are going to rise in 2021. The Mortgage Bankers Association in its most recent forecast sees two things that stand out. First, 2020 will prove itself to be the second biggest mortgage year in history. At over three trillion, 2020 will only stand behind 2003 in single family mortgage production history.  Second, the MBA joined […]

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 […]

New Real Estate Reality for Columbus Home Buyers

Anyone eager to buy a home this spring probably has reasons to feel good. The job market is solid. Average pay is rising. And mortgage rates, even after edging up slightly as of late, are still near historic lows. And then there’s the bad news: Inventory levels are down and buyers are struggling to find […]

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 […]