Act of Love for Mom

What I love about real estate the most is that it has the potential to change lives. This is evident in a client couple of mine, who have chosen to purchase a multigenerational home to help their parents through end-of-life. Their mom was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. Their sweet Dad thrives the most when around people. My clients are taking a huge leap of faith in leaving their affordable rental in a safe neighborhood, so that they can start a new chapter with their parents and kids all under the same roof. Aside from being an incredible act of faith, it is an act of love, parent-to-parent, for the well-being of their entire family. It requires substantial sacrifices and work. On this Mother’s Day, I want to acknowledge my very brave and loving clients. You know I’m here to help you through the entire adventure. Happy Mothers Day.

Equinox: BEST Time to Assess for Solar

If you are considering solar panels at your house but have a partially-shaded site, don’t rule out solar just yet! Spring & fall equinox are excellent times to assess solar feasibility. I ask my clients to choose any sunny day during the week of equinox, & take photos of the south side of the property between noon & 1 pm. Both wide & close shots of the roof are helpful. If there is shade on the proposed area, 6 months of the year there will be less shade, 6 months of the year there will be more. Text your photos to me at 614-383-8379, along with the date & time they were taken. If advisable, I have at times recommended the removal of a few strategically-located branches to optimize efficiency of the array. Higher efficiency leads to greater generation, & faster ROI. Spring equinox is March 20, and Fall equinox is September 22. Send those pics to me today! 614-383-8379

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 at Annette.Rundio@gahanna.gov.

Photo credit: Evan Dvorkin/Unsplash

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.