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Franklin County Auditor Confirms Zero Increase in Tax Valuation This Year!

Tony and I returned from vacation on Sunday. On Monday, I tackled a mountain of mail being held by the post office. The item I was most interested in was the notice from Joe Testa’s office (Franklin County Auditor) announcing the proposed valuation of our home for 2008. Yours was probably just like mine – it shows no increase in valuation from 2007.

2008 is the year for the triennial update of property valuation in Franklin County. While we saw gains in the local real estate market in both 2005 and 2006, we’ve basically given it all back in 2007 and 2008. As a result, property valuations will remain at their previous level rather than increase as they usually do every 3 years. This should mean a zero tax increase for homeowners. However, New Albany has several levies on the ballot in November which will raise taxes slightly but the increase will be based on the valuations set 3 years ago.

Because there have been some dramatic shifts in the real estate market, you may still feel that your home is overvalued. If so, there is an opportunity to meet with representatives from the auditor’s office during the next month to discuss your valuation or to petition for a reduction in your home’s valuation. The review in New Albany will take place Thursday, August 28th at Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E Dublin Granville Road, New Albany, 2pm – 8pm. Call the auditor’s office at 614-462-4663 to schedule a time for your review.

Please let us know if you would like our office to provide you comparable sales information that you might use to justify a reduction. We are happy to do that as a service to our clients as well as to those who may become new clients some day! You can call me at 614-939-8945 or by email at katet@newalbanyrealty.com.

Real Estate Optimism in Central Ohio

As I stated in our May e-Newsletter, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the housing market, not the least of which shows year to date unit sales in New Albany are up over the same period last year.  The Columbus Board of Realtors recently published a few other pieces of good news I’d like to share: 

  • “The Housing Crisis is Over,” says the Wall Street Journal, Op-Ed writer Cyril Moulle-Berteaux says in the May 6 edition, “How can this be? For starters, a bottom does not mean that prices are about to return to the heady days of 2005. That probably won’t happen for another 15 years. It just means that the trend is no longer getting worse, which is the critical factor.” Later in the piece, he says, “Even if home sales pick up, how can home prices stop falling with so many houses vacant and unsold? The flip but true answer: because they always do.” Mr. Moulle-Berteaux is managing partner of Traxis Partners LP, a hedge fund firm based in New York. Check it out »
  • A majority of Americans think now is a good time to buy a home according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on April 16. Check it out >>
  • Columbus will boast the nation’s 8th fastest home sales rate in 2008, predicts Forbes.com and Moodys.com. They also predict that home prices here will increase 3.49%.  Check it out  >>
  • Columbus makes New York Post Travel Top 5:  New York Post author David Landsel reports on his top five travel destinations of 2007, and they include Budapest, Ontario, Venice, New Orleans, and Columbus. Check it out >>
    Columbus is the 9th most affordable place to “live well,” according to Forbes.com. Our city was given that honor based on our housing affordability, low cost of living, entertainment options, and overall quality of life. Check it out >>
  • If it weren’t for the growth of central Ohio’s seven counties, the state would have had a net population loss in 2007. Franklin County grew by 9,040 residents (or 0.8 percent of its population), and the six surrounding counties grew by 10,428 residents. Therefore, Ohio ended up with 3,404 more residents. (March 2008 – U.S. Census Bureau)
  • If it weren’t for the growth of central Ohio’s seven counties, the state would have had a net population loss in 2007. Franklin County grew by 9,040 residents (or 0.8 percent of its population), and the six surrounding counties grew by 10,428 residents. Therefore, Ohio ended up with 3,404 more residents. (March 2008 – U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Writer Kate Davidson of the Concord Monitor shares her good impressions of Jeni’s Ice Cream, The North Market, Downtown, and The Franklin Park Conservatory. Check it out  >>
  • We hear encouraging news every day about central Ohio’s rosy future. In early March Forbes.com, named Columbus the “NUMBER 1 Up-and-Coming Tech City.” Check it out >>
  • The job market in central Ohio is extremely bright, which is important for creating a continual flow of prospective home buyers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the past 16 months central Ohio has seen more than 5,100 jobs created — 11,200 over the past 24 months.
  • Columbus is the nation’s 3rd most stable housing market, according to a study by Forbes.com and MoodysEconomy.com. Researchers chose us based on the strength of our economy, plans for construction, low foreclosure rates, local credit markets, home sales rates, and the affordability and availability of housing.  Check it out >>
  • Ohio placed #1 for landing industrial and corporate operations and expansions in 2007 according to Site Selection magazine. (3/08)  Check it out  >>
  • Columbus is acknowledged by the Washington Post as a “full blown metropolis” in an article that highlights the Topiary Garden, North Market, and the Columbus Zoo. Check it out  >>
  • The New York Times ran a travel feature titled “Columbus Cool” and recognized quite a few stores, restaurants, and art galleries throughout the Short North and beyond.  Check it out >>
  • The Detroit News says “Get set for a Columbus getaway.” This article encourages visitors to check us out. Check it out >>
  • Columbus is the 9th best city for blacks, according to Black Enterprise magazine. Check it out >>
  • The Chicago Tribune asks “Who knew Columbus was so cool?” What begins as a hotel review of The Lofts in the Arena District becomes praise for Nationwide Arena, The Convention Center, The North Market, and more.  Check it out >>
  • Columbus is the 19th Best City for Singles, according to Forbes magazine. Check it out >>

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