Buying a home is an exciting experience, but it can feel a bit overwhelming if you don’t have the right information. Check out these helpful resources about the home buying process. When you’re ready, give the Rita Boswell Group a call at 614-547-3229 to tour available homes in the Delaware County, Lewis Center and Westerville areas.

Columbus OH Real Estate Market Report April 2018

Is it spring yet? Even though Old Man Winter won’t leave us alone, the housing market in Central Ohio is not waiting for the weather to match the season. Our already hot market got even hotter in March, with inventory moving back down and prices moving back up. Keep reading for our days on market, … Continued

Columbus OH Real Estate Update March 2018

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Spring is right around the corner! You know what that means?! House hunting season! Better weather and longer days are perfect for touring homes for sale in Columbus. But, is the market more favorable for buyers or sellers? Let’s dive into February’s real estate data and see how the market did and what trends we … Continued

Finding The Right Home Is Worth The Wait

Housing inventory in Columbus has been at historically low levels for some time now. This issue has frustrated home buyers, causing some to stop their house hunt altogether. For others, they continue to search endlessly or they compromise and buy a home that fits most of their criteria. Recently, Rita was able to help one … Continued

Central Ohio Real Estate Market Report Feb 2018

January’s real estate market numbers are out for the Columbus area! Are we still in a Seller’s Market? What are the current trends? How quickly are homes selling? Let’s dig in to the data to find out! Read more to get the latest Central Ohio real estate market information complete with charts and graphs.

Central Ohio Real Estate Market Report Jan 2018

CENTRAL OHIO MARKET REPORT JAN 2018

The holidays are over and the new year has begun! If you are a home buyer or seller that took a break in December, it’s time to hit the market with renewed focus. Homebuyer traffic is already starting to increase. So sellers, go ahead and start preparing your home to sell. And buyers, it’s time … Continued

Guide to Closing Costs for Buyers

Buying a home is exciting and frightening all at the same time. However, you can put your mind at ease if you know what to expect when it comes to closing costs. Closing costs are those costs that you will need to pay upfront on the day of the closing. In some situations, the seller … Continued

6 Steps to Buying a Home

Wading through the real estate market to purchase a home can be daunting if you don’t understand the process. Check out these six steps to buying a home before you begin the search for your dream home. Keep the excitement of buying a new home alive! đź’Ż Know Your Credit Score Knowing your credit score … Continued

Central Ohio Real Estate Market Report Dec 2017

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Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the market’s still delightful… November’s numbers are in, and despite the winter weather and holiday season, it is still a seller’s market in Central Ohio! Let’s take a look at what the Central Ohio real estate market did in November.

Central Ohio Real Estate Market Report Nov 2017

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The Holidays may be right around the corner, but the real estate market in the Columbus area remains strong! I’ve got the latest real estate market data through October 2017, and it’s still a Seller’s Market in Central Ohio. Things will slow down a bit due to the season. We are beginning to see the … Continued

Central Ohio Real Estate Market Report October 2017

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Despite the cooling weather, there’s no reason to be scared of the Central Ohio real estate market this October. The numbers from September just came in, and it is clear that the market continues to be strong. Keep reading to geek out on all the charts and graphs.

The Growing Market Mismatch

If you’ve followed my market reports through the summer, you already know that Central Ohio is seeing different market conditions for different price points. Overall, the Columbus area has had (and continues to have) a Seller’s Market. However, buyers and sellers in the higher price points will likely find conditions more favorable to buyers. The … Continued

Everything Wrong With “Zestimates”

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Probably everyone knows about Zillow and their “Zestimate,” but in case you don’t, here’s what it is (according to Zillow): “The Zestimate® home value is Zillow’s estimated market value for an individual home and is calculated for about 100 million homes nationwide. It is a starting point in determining a home’s value and is not … Continued

How Much More Money You Need To Keep Up With Rent

How Much More Rent Money You'll Need

A recent report from Zillow looked at how much more annual income renters in metro areas would need each month to keep up with increases in rent. The report found that renters in Seattle, LA, and Boston need the biggest income boosts in 2017 to keep up with increasing rent.

7 Builder Upgrades To Take A Pass On

The Do’s & Don’ts Of Builder Upgrades With so few Central Ohio homes for sale, many home buyers are opting for new construction homes. It’s a common misconception that it’s cheaper or better to have all upgrades done by the builder. The truth is, some upgrades are best done by the builder, while others should … Continued

FREE Central OH Home Search App

Rita Boswell Group Mobile App

  Finding the perfect home has never been easier with my free KW Real Estate app! You’ll get the most accurate Central Ohio real estate information, which you won’t find on any other app. In today’s ultra-competitive home buying market, you’ll want to take every advantage to get your dream home. View 1 minute video! … Continued

November 2016 Central OH Market Report

Columbus OH Real Estate For Sale and Sold Nov 2016

It may be the Holiday Season, typically the “slow season” for housing, but the real estate market remains strong in Central Ohio. November’s market numbers just came in, so lets dig into the data.

Get The Inside Scoop On Dealing With Multiple Offers

Dealing With Multiple Offers In Central OH

With many Central Ohio homes for sale receiving multiple-offers, I find I am getting a lot questions from both buyers and sellers on what to do in a multiple offer situation. Buyers are finding the current real estate market difficult because homes are selling so quickly. They’ve often lost out on a home already, and … Continued

Relocating To The Big City

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Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city like Columbus can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible. Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, … Continued

5 Tips For Buying A Home In Columbus

Central OH Home Buying Tips

Looking to buy a Central OH home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible. Get your finances in order. Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a … Continued

Mortgage Rates Again at Historic Lows

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Recently, we posted an article discussing where mortgage interest rates may be heading over the next twelve months. We quoted projections from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Mortgage BankersÂ’ Association and the National Association of Realtors. Each predicted that rates would begin to rise slowly and steadily throughout 2016. However, shaky economic news and a … Continued

Thinking of Buying A Home? What Are You Waiting For?

With the Central OH real estate market on fire, you may be wondering if you should wait to enter the housing market. Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.3% … Continued

Dealing With Financing

As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril. Here are a few tips for dealing with the dollar signs so that you can take down that “for sale” sign on your new home. Get pre-approved. … Continued

Low Inventory Causes Central OH Home Prices to Accelerate

Central OH Home Prices Increasing Due To Low Inventory

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Quarterly Metro Home Price report earlier this month. The report revealed that home prices are not only continuing to rise but that the increases are accelerating. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, discussed the impact of low inventory on buyers in the report: “Without a significant … Continued

Renting vs Buying: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage

There are some people that have not yet purchased a Central Ohio home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage – either your mortgage or your landlord’s mortgage. HOW CAN YOU BE PAYING … Continued

What Do You Actually Need to Get a Mortgage?

Fannie Mae recently released their “What do consumers know about the Mortgage Qualification Criteria?” Study. The study revealed that Americans are misinformed about what is required to qualify for a mortgage when purchasing a home. Here are three takeaways: 59% of Americans either don’t know (54%) or are misinformed (5%) about what FICO score is … Continued

The Residential Rental Market Heading Into 2016

Central OH Rental Market in 2016

Below read quotes from experts as well as industry reports & articles that cover the residential rental market in the U.S. What Experts Are SayingÂ… Zillow Chief Economist Svenja Gudell: “Make no mistake: Despite this recent slowdown in rental appreciation, the rental affordability crisis we’ve been enduring for the past few years shows no signs … Continued

Expect Prices & Mortgage Rates To Go Up In 2016

Central OH Home Prices on the rise

The monthly mortgage payment on a Central Ohio home is determined by two elements: the price of the house and the interest rate you pay on your mortgage. Recently released reports are revealing that the experts expect both elements to go up in 2016. HOME PRICES CoreLogic has projected a nationwide 5.2% home value appreciation … Continued

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Columbus Ohio Home Owners

Recently, we discussed the reasons why Central Ohio home ownership makes sense financially. Today, we wanted to touch on the emotional or “real” reasons that many Columbus area residents strive to become home owners. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University performs a study every year surveying participants for the reasons that American’s … Continued

How To Create Real Family Wealth [Infographic]

Central OH Home Ownership To Build Family Wealth

The financial crisis affected so many who had no choice but to sell or relinquish their Central Ohio homes and take a credit hit. Those who did are starting to see their credit improve and are wondering if it’s time to re-visit the world of home ownership in the Columbus area. Many of you are … Continued

A Quick Guide to Understanding the Housing Market

You hear it on the news all the time: “It’s a buyer’s market,” “It’s a seller’s market,” or “The housing market is on the rebound.” And, while you probably get the gist of what these folks are talking about, having a deeper understanding of the housing market and how it works can help you immensely … Continued