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. Table of ContentsHOW CAN YOU … Continued

Things To Do In Central Ohio – January, 2016

Central OH Activities by Realtor Rita Boswell

2016 is here! Let’s start off the new year with some fun in Columbus. Here are some great events coming up to get on your calendar. Don’t hibernate. Franklin Park Conservatory – Orchids – 1777 E Broad St. Columbus, Ohio Jan 9-March 6 For the flower lovers you’ll love the beautiful Orchid exhibit. ___________________________________________________ Columbus … 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. Table of ContentsWhat Experts Are Saying…The reports and articles…Bottom Line For Central Ohio Renters What Experts Are Saying… Zillow Chief Economist Svenja Gudell: “Make no mistake: Despite this recent slowdown in rental appreciation, the … 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. Table of ContentsHOME PRICESMORTGAGE INTEREST RATESBottom Line For Central Ohio Real … Continued

Things To Do In Central OH – Dec 2015

Central OH Holiday Home

Now that the holiday season is here, sit back and enjoy the festivities with these fun things to do in the Columbus Metro area! Here are 5 exciting things going on this December in Central Ohio: Mr. Scrooge Location: Park Street Theatre, Columbus, OH Date: December 3, 2015 Admission: $12 – $25 On Thursday – … 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

Cleaning Tricks To Kick That Pet Hair and Smell

Although we love our pets for their loyalty, friendship, and overall cuteness, nobody likes the inevitable pet smell and hair that accompanies our furry friends! If you’re selling your Central Ohio home, a clean, fresh-smelling home won’t turn off buyers. Keeping a home clean with a pet is certainly a daunting task. Whether you hire … Continued

Tree Planting Tips For Ohio Homeowners

Tree Planting Tips For Central OH

Wanting to amp up your landscaping? Planting trees in your yard will yield a multitude of benefits, including shading your house, decreasing energy costs, adding curb appeal, improvement of the quality of air you breathe, and more! The best part is, trees are low-maintenance once planted and can help improve your home’s property value. Check … 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

5 Hidden Dangers In Your Home

Every homeowner wants to sleep well at night, knowing their home is safe and sound for the health of their family. Yet, did you know there are hidden hazards lurking in your home that you may be unaware of? Check your house against the list of hazards below, and your home and health will thank … Continued

DIY: Homemade Cleaning Products

DIY Cleaning Products

Have you ever run out of cleaning products in the middle of cleaning your home and don’t have time to run out to the store to get more? Or do you just want to be more conscious of the chemicals you’re using to clean your home? Lucky for you, there are a number of cleaning … Continued

Highligh: A Treehouse in Columbus

What do you do when you find the perfect house lined with old shade trees? Build a treehouse! That’s exactly what Mike and Jamie O’Leary did when they found their home in Clintonville, Ohio. All they needed was the right sized yard, an old tree that was big enough, and they were able to accomplish … Continued