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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 REALTORSĀ® 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: 69% 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 thatĀ  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.

Home Energy Audit vs. Profile

One of the best things I’ve ever done as a homeowner was complete a home energy audit in 2017. The offering cost only $50 through Columbia Gas and enlightened me with a short list of energy-mitigating projects that could save me money, along with incentives to complete the projects. It used to be that both AEP and Columbia Gas offered these low-cost home energy audits. Unfortunately, AEP no longer offers them, so if you have an all-electric house, you will need to pay face value for an audit. However, AEP does offer an online energy profile which costs nothing except about 15 minutes time.

Both the Columbia Gas home energy audit and the AEP home energy profile provide the homeowner with a nice kit of energy-mitigating supplies like LED bulbs, weather stripping, outlet insulation pads, low-flow shower head, smart strip, and so on. The supplies from AEP arrive in the mail. The supplies from Columbia Gas come with the vendor performing the audit, which lasts about 3 hours and is both exhaustive and enlightening. I highly recommend that you watch the audit being performed; you will learn a lot about your home’s energy loss and where simple leaks can be DIY-sealed.

If you have service from both AEP and Columbia Gas, you can (and should) complete both a low-cost audit with Columbia Gas, and an online profile with AEP. You will receive the energy-mitigating supplies from both companies, as well as tips & resources to save money from both.

A home energy profile through AEP (free) provides targeted guidance on steps you can take to lower your usage. You will not interact with any consultants, and no one will visit your home. A home energy audit through Columbia Gas ($50) will provide a much more exhaustive and lengthy report, detailing every opportunity for improvement. You will interact with your auditor on audit day, as well as have a follow-up with the auditor on how to interpret the report, and next steps. It is very much a guided experience. At any time, you can call the home energy audit office for additional assistance.

Having done both an energy audit and energy profile, I can tell you that the improvements we’ve made significantly impacted how much money we spend on utilities. More importantly, it has drastically improved the comfort level in our home. Now, when it is 90 degrees outside, our air conditioner rarely needs to run.

Unfortunately, these energy audit & profile programs are too often overlooked and underutilized. Do not hesitate to complete them. The time and money spent will be worth it. Schedule your audit at columbiagasohio.com/energy-efficiency/for-your-home/home-energy-audit and complete your energy profile at aepohio.com/save/residential/programs/In-homeEnergySavings/default.aspx.

What a SELLERS MARKET!

If you’re a Columbus homeowner thinking about selling, read this and consider selling soon.

Yesterday I had the honor of presenting five offers to a couple whose house had been on the market for only 4 days. As I was driving to the appointment, another offer flew in at the last minute. As we considered a half-dozen offers, thankfully one stood above the rest. The purchase price was well above list price, the buyers offered cash above the appraised value of the house, and closing was a swift 25 days away. This is what buyers are doing to win a bid in Columbus now.

What came next was surprisingly difficult. We had to choose a backup offer. The offers were so good, it was hard to choose. What a great problem to have!

All day long, my phone blew up with people excited about the outcome.

It’s springtime, and real estate season! This season winds down in mid-June when excitement about inventory starts to dwindle as back-to-school gets closer. People begin to realize that moving at the same time as school begins is a challenge they may not be willing to face. So if you’re thinking about selling, call me now, and let’s get it on the market! Who knows? There may be a half-dozen simultaneous offers in your future. 614-383-8379


NEW LISTING! 194 Bergoholt

It’s hard not to be excited about this listing in Blacklick. The floors & mechanicals are BRAND NEW. Fresh paint inside and out. Wooded backyard view. Arched doorways throughout. Vaulted master. Jetted hot tub. Gas log fireplace. Loft with closet. Walk to neighborhood park. Less than a mile to shopping. Easy highway access. What’s not to love? Open house Sunday 4/28 at 2 pm! Call me at 614-383-8379 for info and showings.