Oct 29, 2012

How long will it take to sell my Worthington home?

How long will it take to sell my Worthington home?

Is now a good time to put my home on the market? 

The holidays are coming - should I wait until the Spring 2013 real estate market?

All really great questions and we are providing the statistics and advice to help you decide what to do about selling your home.
As you can see by the chart below, Worthington Ohio home sales were a total of 182 for the months of October 2011, November 2011, December 2011 and January 2012. It's also interesting to note that we experience an early Spring 2012 real estate selling season this year. It started in January!
The buzz among active, full time real estate agents is that they are busier now than they were last year at this time. The real estate market in Worthington, Ohio is strong. Inventory is low. Interest rates on mortgages is still low. 

Historically - only the most serious home buyers are going to be out looking at homes for sale during winter months in Worthington, Ohio. It's cold outside, people are busy with the holiday activities and they don't typically add "casual house shopping" to their long to-do list during the holiday season.

If you are selling your home due to financial difficulties, it's good to know that investors are actively purchasing homes during the last months of the year. The inventory of homes in their price range is low as well, so that can work in your favor. 

First - you need to know what the market is like right now in Worthington, Ohio

As you can see by the numbers, now IS a great time to be a home seller and a home buyer. 
Call or contact us today to find out how to price your home to get the best price possible in the least amount of time.

Kemp & Co Real Estate Group
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty

(614) 450-0082

Oct 11, 2012

Are furnace inspections really needed every year?

I got the call from the furnace people to set up our six month inspection on the furnace. 

We pay a monthly fee to be able to have them come over twice a year to look at the big metal box that makes noise. 

Are furnace inspections really needed every year?

I'm not sure what they do when they check it, are you? Every time they come out I think I am going to cancel the service. We pay monthly, but it adds up to $240/year. Then I forget to cancel. It's an automatic payment every month, so I don't really notice the money disappearing.

So they will be here next Tuesday morning. I already have it on my calendar to cancel the service. I got a quote from another HVAC guy who said he can come out twice a year to clean and inspect it for much less. We'll give it a try for sure.

Here is a great article written by a home inspector in Minneapolis, MN. Great information! Especially like the  checklist for what an inspection should really include.


When you buy a home in Columbus, Ohio - one of the most important steps in the process is getting a home inspection. Did you know that you can also hire your own HVAC contractor to do the inspection?
If a home is 15 years old, it's a good rule of thumb to make sure that the furnace was well maintained. Sellers  should keep good records of the maintenance that they do on their heating and air conditioning systems.

Click here to view homes for sale that are 15 years old. I look in the description or comment section to see if there is a mention of "updated mechanical" or "newer HVAC."

That reminds me...I need to go replace my furnace filter. We change it out every month!

Oct 4, 2012

What do you talk to your dentist about?

This could be the topic of conversation...you never know!

False internet rumors about “real estate transaction tax." 

 I went to the dentist today and of course, the topic of conversation always turns to the economy in some way or another. I was talking about the cost of health insurance through my husband's new employer. We also talked about unemployment, etc.
False internet rumors about “real estate transaction tax” worry taxpayers
I am surprised, but not surprised that my dentist had heard of that Tax on Real Estate and that sellers are afraid to sell their homes because of that 3% tax. Really? Still? I told him that I did my research too and have an example of what that tax is all about. There are so many false emails and strange interpretations of this tax law. To top off the drama, we are in an election year - so it's surfacing again. I printed out the publication and just put it in the mail to my dentist. I hope he's not offended by my effort to show him what I've been reading about. He was convinced that he was right and I'm convinced that I'm right. The language is really hard to understand until you get to the last paragraph. They give an example and it clarifies a situation that could happen.  The bottom line for me was that it is NOT a 3.8% sales tax on a home sale. Only a tax accountant can answer this question for your particular situation, but I wanted to call attention to the fact that an email from 2010 is STILL circulating and people think it's new. False internet rumors about “real estate transaction tax” worry taxpayers