Downsizing In & Around Gahanna

I am pleased to partner with Gahanna Senior Center for a virtual lunch-and-learn program called ‘The Upside of Downsizing” on February 24. Attendees can drive through the senior center to pick up lunch and workshop materials, then attend virtually from home.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • What to do with a lifetime of stuff
  • Real estate best practices
  • Capital gains tax implications
  • Housing options for the next stage of life
  • Special financing options for seniors

PRIZES will be given away, and attendees will be provided a folder of downsizing resources. To register, email Gahanna Senior Center coordinator at sarah.mill@gahanna.gov.

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Home inventory SHORTAGE causes INCREASE in property values!

I’ve never seen the inventory fall so low. Since March, COVID-19 forced some sellers to take their home off the market, and other to withhold putting their home up for sale, fearing that showings could bring COVID into the home. That’s good news for sellers, because it drives up property value. The real estate industry has adjusted to this reality, and enacted COVID protocols that are now standard showing procedure. Showings are done in a way that protect that seller. Open houses have the same protocol, and are sometimes done virtually, bringing in even more interested buyers than in-person open houses!

Now that property values have increased as much as 16%, do you want to know how much your house is worth? Use this link to find out. It’s ok to enter contact info, as it only goes to me, and I NEVER share.

Are you curious what those COVID showing protocols are? Call me at 614-383-8379, and I’ll walk you through all the safety procedures we’ve put into place. Your safety and success is priority #1.

Home Sellers Workshop 12/5

Columbus home inventory is down 47%. Property values are UP 16%. It’s never been more important to get educated about real estate best practices. JOIN ME for a FREE home sellers workshop on Saturday December 5th online! If you’re concerned about how to sell safely during COVID, we’ll discuss strategies on how to sell safely. We’ll also discuss ways to maximize property value, how to prepare the home for sale, pitfalls to avoid, and tips for de-stressing the transaction. FREE; registration is required.

Pandemic market is HOT!!

In March, Realtors were concerned that Covid-19 would halt the sellers market that has dominated Columbus for years. That has not turned out to be the case. Real estate is hotter than ever, and the glory days of multiple offers on the first day are not over! Case in point: my last Gahanna listing generated 7 offers in 48 hours, and sold for $10K above list price. Are you looking to sell? Start with a property valuation. That link will generate a property value range for your address. To narrow down a list price and strategize the optimization of your listing, call me at 614-383-8379. You can feel safe entering your contact info on the valuation link- it only goes to me, and I never share. Carleton Realty provides the highest level of professional service, so let’s get your real estate adventure started right!

Solar Workshop Sat. July 11

Columbus Garden School will host my Residential Solar workshop on Saturday July 11th at 1 pm via Zoom. I will cover all frequently asked questions including basic design, feasibility, and all economics including cost, financing, ROI, and incentives. Attendees will have an understanding of whether their unique site is right for solar, and will have the opportunity to request a free site design. Please register to receive Zoom meeting ID.

JUST LISTED! 727 Jonsol.Ct.

FABULOUS LOCATION close to Gahanna HS, Middle School South, & the NEW Lincoln Elementary! Large, private lot with tree-shaded party deck. Updates include new water heater, newer furnace, new carpet in finished basement, & fresh paint. HUGE family room with built-in office space & plenty of shelves for a whole library! Updated countertops in the kitchen. Want to know more? Call or text me at 614-383-8379!

ZOOM home seller workshop

Ten Steps to Selling Your Home will be offered as a 1-hour, online Zoom on Saturday May 23rd at 4 pm.

Zoom Meeting ID: 836 7006 6933 Password: sell4more

We will discuss best practices for real estate, strategies for increasing property value and decreasing stress, and ways to stay safe while increasing market visibility during Covid-19 pandemic. Carleton Realty broke records in 3 of the last 5 months! Join me to learn the strategies that make me Carleton Realty’s #1 selling agent!

Online Sellers Workshop

Please join me Friday April 17th at 12:30 pm for an informal home sellers workshop on Facebook Live! Just head to my Facebook page at 12:30 Friday and join. We’ll discuss ten steps to selling your home, real estate best practices, and SAFETY. Workshop outline is available prior to the event by emailing me at chopecunningham@gmail.com. Workshop is FREE, and pre-registration is the best way to obtain workshop materials in time for the event. Pre-register via email, or cell phone at 614-383-8379.

Home Sellers Workshop 1-25 & 3-28 in Gahanna

Homeowners are invited to join me at the Gahanna Library on January 25th at 3:30 for a highly informative workshop on best practices for selling your home. In this 1-hour class, we’ll cover tips, timelines, resources, strategies, how to prepare, and best practices for maximizing the value of your home. We’ll also discuss ways to avoid pitfalls, and de-stress the process. Workshop is free but registration is required to reserve seats, which are limited. If you’d like the information but cannot attend this date, there is another workshop on Saturday March 28th, or call 614-383-8379 for a workshop outline and resources.

If you’d like to know the approximate value of your home prior to the workshop, enter your address at this link for a value range. It will prompt you to enter basic contact info, but that goes only to me and I never share.

Effect of Solar Panels on Property Values

When consumers interested in solar approach me, they often feel frustrated by HOA restrictions that were written years (sometimes decades) ago which severely restrict or ban solar panels. HOAs often fear that panels lower the property value of homes. The National Association of REALTORS® released a sustainability report in April 2019 which gives statistics about how sustainable features affect property values. (Scroll down for more data). As a general rule, sustainable features add value to the property much more often than it decreases value. The report’s bottom line: 59% said energy efficiency promotion in listings was very or somewhat valuable.

I’ve had HOA leaders ask me what suggestions I have for writing new policy. My philosophy is that  money-conscious & ecology-conscious consumers should have the choice to own alternative energy- regardless of the neighborhood in which they live- because it saves consumers a significant amount of money, mitigates carbon, and increases property value. However, I understand that some homeowners think that the aesthetics of solar panels may decrease property value. NAR research doesn’t support that viewpoint, but I understand and honor that concern. To strike a balance, I favor one of two policy models which allow solar panels, but provide location and aesthetic restrictions. Model #1 is the most restrictive, and has two very simple rules reflecting a good middle-ground compromise:

  • No front-facing solar panels.
  • Side-facing solar panels must be black-on-black (gridless). No restrictions on rear-facing panels, which could be the black-on-silver grid aesthetic.

This approach preserves the aesthetics of the front facade of all homes, minimizes aesthetic impact of side-facing panels, and still allows many (not all) homeowners in the neighborhood to own solar. This policy may disappoint people who own homes on the north side of a street, if their roof is north/south oriented: it clearly states they cannot have solar on their roof. However, if the backyard is large enough, this policy doesn’t prevent the homeowner from having a ground-mounted system behind the house, or perhaps on a detached garage, workshop, or patio pergola.

Model #2 is less restrictive, allows everyone to have solar, and has just one rule:

  • Front- and side-facing solar panels must be black-on-black (gridless).

Which model is right for your HOA? The answer depends on the neighborhood. Multiple factors should be considered, including style of homes. Decisions should be made after reviewing all of the data below.

In my professional opinion, to restrict solar panels any further than the above suggested models would also be restricting potential property value increases. NAR data supports this conclusion.

Please call/text me if I can be of assistance in your neighborhood. 614-383-3879.