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Change Your Home with Color!

Orange ChairWe like color and the positive impact it can have on you and your home!

As Realtors, we constantly counsel sellers on the need to take their homes to white, beige, gray and greige in order to sell. But selling your home isn’t anything like living in your home. When you are selling, we treat your home like a Hollywood set. But for living in your home, it needs to reflect YOU!

Moll Anderson’s book, “Change Your Home, Change Your Life With Color,” notes that “color is an amazing source of energy and has a sensory effect on all of us. It affects our moods, our feelings, and even our behaviors.”

FullSizeRenderWe believe this is true. Orange is a very happy color for Kate and Tony, who have introduced it into every room in their house, most dramatically in their dining room artwork. We are advocates for pops of color in your home – whether it’s a piece of furniture, art, accessory, drapes, or accent wall. We’re not suggesting you need color from floor to ceiling in every room of your home. Be creative; there are no rules. How do you want your home to inspire you? Do you want your home to make you feel happy, calm, energized, passionate, creative, dramatic, rested, etc.?

Rather than focusing on spring cleaning your home, we propose you consider sprucing up with a pop of color for exactly what you need to bring into your life!

FullSizeRender (2)Thinking of selling your home?

If you are thinking about selling your home in the near future, don’t hesitate to call us about our marketing services, including home staging. We will advise you of what today’s buyers prefer and get you all fixed up to sell! Thomas & Company will coordinate anything that needs to be done and even stage your home for you!

Have fun and happy spring!

 

New Albany Home Prices Stabilizing

New Albany Country Club Homes Prices Hold

Sale prices of homes in the New Albany Country Club community seem to have leveled out.  2012 prices remain equal to 2009 and 2010.  One of the gauges we use to evaluate sales trends is $ per Square Foot.  If you look at the past 3 years, the average sales price for real estate in the New Albany Country Club area has been ~$162/square foot.  While this is significantly less than the peak of $197/sq foot that we saw in 2006, it’s encouraging that we appear to be bouncing along what I believe is the bottom of the market.

Historical Look at New Albany Country Club Sales in $/Square Foot

The graph below illustrates why many real estate experts refer to the time between 2000 – 2010 as the “Lost Decade”.  Home prices in the New Albany Country Club community are actually slightly below the prices we saw in 2000.

 Is Now A Good Time To Sell?

Prices show no sign of going either up or down right now.  When they start to head back up, it’s unlikely that they will take a giant leap.  With few exceptions, in an average year, the Greater Columbus real estate market goes up 3%.  At 3% a year, it will take almost 7 years before we see 2006 prices once prices do begin to rebound.   If now is the time for you to upsize, down size, or just move because you don’t want to redecorate the home you are in, then you should do it.    Homes ARE selling and mortgage rates are at 60 year lows.  Let us know if you’d like Tony or I to assist you with your decision.  We offer confidential and complementary market evaluations of your home to enable you to make the best decision for you and your family.  Call or email us today.

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Franklin County Property Appraisals Released Today

Check your mail for your new home valuation!

We know property values have fallen since the last county-wide appraisals were done in 2005 but just how much?  You’ll know soon.  The Franklin County Auditor’s office is mailing the new valuations today!  It’s unprecedented and will be interesting to see what they look like.  While the auditor reports that Franklin County property values are down 6.7% from 2005, I expect to see a deeper decline in the New Albany valuations.

What if you don’t agree with the new valuation?

If you disagree with the new value established by the Franklin County auditor, you can present your case directly to county appraisers at informal value reviews held around the county beginning August 31st.  For a complete list of dates and locations for these meetings, visit the Franklin County Auditor site.  The New Albany community meeting will be held on September 8th at the Church of the Resurrection Ministry Center at 6300 E Dublin Granville Road in New Albany from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Contact Kate or Tony if you have any real estate questions would like us to provide local market information to help you prepare for your meeting.   Good luck!

Visit www.NewAlbanyOhio.com to search the MLS and get up-to-date New Albany and Franklin County real estate information.

New Albany Home Buyers Eliminate Many Homes For Sale

I recently read a blog article by Linda Craft, a member of our CKG Coaching Network, that really resonated with me.  I want to share a few of the high points.  Home buyers shop for a home differently than most sellers think.  Our Greater Columbus real estate market tends to favor buyers.  As a result, today’s Buyers are looking to eliminate houses they view instead of choose them.  

Eliminate a Home versus Choose a Home 

Today’s buyer has many choices of homes to choose from and has the ability to preview as many as their time allows.  Using the internet, buyers can preview and “eliminate” hundreds of homes for sale.  As they view these homes, they are looking for reasons to eliminate it from their list.  The reasons are varied – they may think it needs too much work, is too small, don’t like the color it’s painted, etc.  The reality is that the house may be a good fit for them and the reason they choose to eliminate it from the list could be easily rectified.  

So What Are Buyers of New Albany Homes Looking For?

 Today’s Buyer will continue their search for the “perfect” house – the one they don’t need to do anything to but move right in. They prefer updated finishes in the kitchen, baths, and choice of home hardware.  They prefer neutral décor, brightly lit and uncluttered rooms. 

When preparing to list a home, Kate & Tony provide Sellers with a complimentary consultation with a professional stager to help make the home “buyer ready.”  We want to give buyers looking at your home a reason to choose and not eliminate. To discuss preparing your home for in more detail, just contact Kate & Tony Thomas, your New Albany real estate experts at info@newalbanyohio.com.

New Albany to Host 2010 BIA Parade of Homes

The BIA (Building Industry Association) recently announced that New Albany, Ohio will host the 2010 BIA Parade of Homes.  The Parade of Homes is scheduled to take place July 10 – 25, 2010.   This 58th Parade will be located in Ackerly Park, an 18 acre site near the intersection of Market Street and Main Street in the New Albany Village Center District.  This location is believed to be the first ever Parade situated within the center of a community and as such, creates a unique opportunity for builders and buyers alike.

kateblog1There will be much to look forward to next year.  In addition to the signature Georgian architecture, leisure trails, parks, ponds and pleasant streetscapes that are the essence of each New Albany neighborhood, the homes of Ackerly Park will present a unique opportunity for environmentally friendly living.  Parade homes will be located within walking distance of the majority of New Albany’s amenities and will showcase the latest technology, energy efficiency options, durable products and cost sensitive construction techniques.

Visit www.NewAlbanyOhio.com to see both a rendering of the New Albany Parade site map as well as a plot of the lots available.  If you would like to preview these lots or consider building a home as one of the Parade of Homes, please contact Kate & Tony Thomas at New Albany Realty.

See you soon,

Kate

Free Music In The Park This Sunday

Bring your blanket, chairs, snacks and refreshments for a family concert Sunday, July 20th at Lambton Park. Come at 5pm to picnic – the concert starts at 6pm. The New Albany Classic Signature Series is presented by the New Albany Company, New Albany Realty and the Wexner family through a grant to The New Albany Community Foundation.

Initiated in 1999, the New Albany Classic Signature Series is a program of community-based activities presented each year in New Albany. Developed and supported by the New Albany Company, New Albany Realty, and the Wexner family through a grant to The New Albany Community Foundation, the series contributes to the quality of life for families in New Albany and surrounding communities by presenting events and activities that emphasize health and wellness, life-long learning, and concern for the greater good. The New Albany Classic Signature Series, now in its tenth season of exceptional programming, is proud to announce the 2008 schedule. The programs run from May through December and, each year, see traditions strengthened by the growth and pride of its residents and supporters. For more information call 614-416-7100.

New Albany Classic Signature Series 2008 Schedule

The New Albany Classic Signatures Series is presented by the New Albany Company, New Albany Realty and the Wexner family through a grant to the New Albany Community Foundation. Additional details are available by calling 614-446-7100 or visit www.newalbanysignatureseries.com

Saturday, May 3
The Four Aces Fundraiser to benefit New Albany Students’ pursuits in Achievement through Academics, the Arts and Athletics

One Whitebarn Road

Thursday, May 21
The Homeless Families Foundation Benefit
8 Hawksmoor Road

Sunday, July 20
Music in Lambton Park featuring the Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Lambton Park

Sunday, August 17
Music at Market Square featuring the Columbus Jazz Arts Group and New Albany Chamber
of Commerce’s “Taste of New Albany” event
Market Square

Sunday, September 21
New Albany
Walking Classic
New Albany

Sunday, September 28
New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day
One Classic Drive

Thursday, December 4
New Albany Community Foundation Annual Fundraiser: “A Remarkable Evening”
One Whitebarn Road

*Schedule subject to change, check website for updates.

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