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New Listing Pataskala! $299,900 147 Duncan Dr.
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New Listing Pataskala! $299,900 147 Duncan Dr. Featured

Gorgeous modern paint colors throughout, 2 inch wood blinds, deck built in 2015, added kitchen and bath hardware, extensive landscaping, and more. This desirable Ryan Homes floor plan has 9′ ceilings on the first floor, 4 bedrooms upstairs, a loft, 1st floor office, 2nd floor laundry, and an enormous owner’s suite. Gorgeous cook’s kitchen with 42” white cabinetry, tons of counter space, and stainless steel appliances. Full basement with bathroom rough-in. Gas log fireplace. Upgraded lighting.  For more info, click listing link…. http://amypape.kwrealty.com/listing/mlsid/39/propertyid/216004033/

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1560 Greenville Dr. New Listing in Southwestern Schools Featured

Newly remodeled 3 bedroom, 1 bath split on a cul-de-sac with stream/woods behind. Fenced yard and large deck. New windows and gutters in 2010. New AC and furnace 2013! Freshly painted inside and out. Updated eat-in kitchen features stainless steel appliances and gorgeous dark hardwood floors and white cabinets. Hardwood floors continue in the full bathroom with mosaic tile in the shower/tub combo. Large living or dining room on the first floor with huge family room on the LL. Newer hot water heater and electrical panel. Large storage shed remains.

http://amypape.kwrealty.com/listing/mlsid/39/propertyid/215041625/

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Ever Considered Flipping a Home? Featured

With the number of bank owned properties on the rise, why not buy a foreclosure and remodel it for profit?  Sounds easy, right?  Not necessarily.  There are many pros and cons to flipping houses.  First and foremost, make sure you use a Realtor who understand your goals and has experience with foreclosed homes.  He/she will be able to help you find a home in the best location with the biggest amount of profit.  They should understand how you will pay for or finance the home.  If you cannot pay cash for a foreclosure and it’s in bad condition many lenders will not approve loans on homes that are non-habitable.  Therefore you will be forced to do a 203K loan or portfolio loan, which have higher interest rates.  Make sure you are knowledgeable about the cost of the repairs and do all your homework.  If you cannot estimate on your own, take a contractor or handyman through the property with you.  And ALWAYS err on the high side, assuming things will come up during the remodel you have not factored into your budget.  Don’t forget to include holding costs for your mortgage (if any) and utilities paid while you are trying to sell the home, plus any Realtor fees when you list it on the market, as this will all eat into your bottom line.

In Westerville, Plain Local (New Albany), and Gahanna Jefferson school districts, all on the north/northeast side of Columbus, there are over 50 bank owned or HUD homes currently on the market for under $150,000.  Call me today for a complete list of foreclosures or if you have any questions about trying your first flip.  As with any investment there are risks involved, but as long as you do your homework and preliminary research you should be profitable.  Good luck and happy flipping!

Buyers, why not shop for your loan?? Featured

I read an article the other day in Realtor magazine that said over 50% of buyers do not shop for their home loans.  Why not??  Would you buy a car without comparing other dealerships to see if you can get a lower interest rate or deal?  The answer is probably, no, so why not “shop” for your home loan as well?  A home purchase is probably the biggest investment you will make in your life and a fixed interest rate plays a big part in your monthly payment.  For example, if you are buying a $100,000 home and putting down 3.5%.  Your loan amount will be appx $96,500 (if you do not roll in up front PMI).  At a 5.5% interest rate principal and interest will run about $548/mo, but at a 4.75% rate it’s $503/mo.  Over the course of a 30 year loan that’s a $16,200 savings!  So do your homework.  Call me for a list of reputable lenders who will work for your business.  And let me handle negotiations to get you the best price on the home you’re buying.  It’s a win-win.

Why Buy a Home? Featured

Everyone wants to own a piece of the American dream, right?  Well there is a lot more to it than that based on a NAR (National Association of Realtors) and Harris Interactive pole of approximately 1,800 homeowners and 1,100 renters in 2010.  It showed the following: Homeowners are more engaged in community activities, they are more satisfied with their family-oriented environment, they are more satisfied with their overall quality of life, they are more likely to vote in local elections, and they are more likely to volunteer their time to charitable organizations.  Isn’t that enough to make you want to be a homeowner?  Maybe the 3.5% down payment is holding you back.  There are several organizations who offer down payment assistance grants.  Some of those include Ameridream, Nehemiah, Homes on the Hill, Futures Home Assistance and more others.  Visit http://www.fha.com/fha_programs.cfm for more info.  If you want to find out how much of a loan you can afford, give me a call today and I will put you in touch with the right lender for you.  Don’t wait, you can be in your new home by spring.

New Listing Featured

NEW LISTING IN OLENTANGY SCHOOLS.  4 BR, 2.5 BA, single family home.  Offered at $214,900 Beautifully updated; cherry hardwood floors, expansive deck with sunshade, finished basement, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, gas log fireplace – everything you want in a new home! Vaulted family room and owner’s bedroom with private on-suite bathroom. Freshly painted modern colors throughout. Don’t miss the mosaic wall tile in the half bath, tons of upgrades. 1st floor or LL laundry. Minutes from Polaris, 71 & Rt 23. Click the link below for a video tour!

499 Cricket Run Video Tour

Top Things that Turn Off Homebuyers 10 turnoffs that sellers should avoid… Featured

1.  Dirt, grime and filth

Want to turn off a homebuyer? Nothing will do the job faster than showing a house with filthy floors and kitchen counters, hair in the bathroom, stained carpeting, etc.

Sellers should get their home in the absolute best condition that they’ve ever had it in.

Sellers should make an extra effort, from steam-cleaning tile and grout to replacing carpets.  Homes should be neat and clean and free of all debris; not reek of cats or the kitchen counters so filthy that it almost looks like the food is moving.

2. Odors from food, pets and smoking

Stinky does NOT sell. Buyers don’t want to detect by smell what your favorite foods are and what kinds of pets you have.

Some pet owners mistakenly believe pet smells to which they’ve become accustomed help make their abode homey. Wrong.

A lot of times, sellers will leave pet items out – dog dishes, cat litter boxes, etc.  That immediately turns off a buyer, and  some people really don’t like dogs, or worse have allergies.

The same rules hold true for smokers; remove all ashtrays, clean all curtains and upholstery, and consider smoking outdoors while your home is on the market.

3. Outdated fixtures and appliances

Buyers are not impressed by tarnished doorknobs, disco-era light fixtures and ancient ceiling fans.

The same holds true for dated ceiling fans, light fixtures and kitchen appliances.

By updating these items for a few hundred dollars makes a big difference and you will recoup that money spent by selling for higher dollar or less time spent on the market.

4. Wallpaper

Today’s buyer doesn’t want wallpaper, no matter how much your grandma liked it. Wallpaper is a pain to remove and simply adds another chore to a buyer’s to-do list. Wallpaper is just too personalized.

5. Popcorn acoustic ceilings

The shag carpet from the ‘60s or ‘70s was replaced long ago. But acoustic popcorn ceilings, another artifact of that era (and of the ‘80s, too) might remain. They badly date your space.

If you can’t stomach the cost or the mess to remove the overhead popcorn, be prepared to credit a buyer in certain markets in order to close a sale.

6. Lots of personal items

Buyers are trying to picture themselves in your home.  But if all they see are personal items and clutter, it’s unlikely the buyer can see themselves living there.

Decorating to live and decorating to sell are two different things.

Sellers should try to eliminate personal items, including family photos, personal effects and even unique colors.

7. Sellers who hang around the house

In general, buyers don’t like it when sellers greet them at the door, follow them around and eavesdrop and make unsolicited comments.

Sellers want to feel comfortable to browse the home and speak freely.

8. Misrepresenting a home

Sellers use photos and words to make their homes enticing on the multiple listing service (MLS). But sometimes the words and pictures paint a false portrait. Buyers don’t like that.

9. Poor curb appeal

Seeing a house for the first time is like meeting a person for the first time: Appearance counts. The first impression of a house is called curb appeal.

Trim hedges, edge beds, put down fresh mulch. Every little detail counts.  In some cases power washing or painting the entire exterior may be necessary.

10. Clutter

A lot of us live with clutter. We get so accustomed to it that we scarcely perceive it anymore. But homebuyers notice.

Start removing clutter in closets, kitchens, and bookshelves.  The more spacious rooms look, the better.  Buyers like tidy and neat.

If you get called an hour before a showing, throw anything laying around into a basket and take it in the car with you.

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Gahanna High-end Condo Featured

Offered at $223,900.  This 2 BR, 2.5 BA condo is loaded with upgrades! Highly sought after first floor owner’s suite floor plan. This unit features 2-sty great room, hardwood floors throughout almost entire unit, Bose speakers throughout, private porch & patio, plus much more! Huge farm style sink, travertine backsplash, granite counters, white thermofoil cabinets, pantry, built-in hutch, & brick accent wall make this kitchen a cook’s dream. Loft/possible 3rd bedroom overlooks the great room has 2 huge closets. Owner’s bathroom has his/hers vanities, large soaking tub, separate shower, and walk-in closet. You will love all the natural light this condo has to offer. 2014 assessment has been paid in full; includes new roof, flashing, gutters, & stone façade.

http://www.trulia.com/property/3184764546-Sycamore-Woods-331-Sycamore-Ridge-Way-Columbus-OH-43230

Over 1 Acre Listing in Gahanna! Featured

Have you always wanted privacy in your next home? Well, this is it!   This home features 3 BR, 3 full BA, and on over 1 acre wooded lot.  Multi-level deck, gazebo with hot tub and 3-season room with skylights & Nature Stone flooring. Situated on a cul-de-sac in desirable Gahanna Jefferson school district. Over 3,200 sq ft and has a finished rec room or work-out room on the 4th level, plus plenty of storage space. Large owner’s suite with jetted tub, dual sinks, & his/hers closets. Secondary bedrooms are very large. Great room has wet bar, fountain, brick archways, & wood burning fireplace. Dual sinks in the full hallway bathroom. First floor laundry room, invisible fence, home office (could be 4th BR), security system, whole home intercom, gutter guards, & more.  Call today for a private tour.   For full listing report click here:  http://amypape.kwrealty.com/listing/mlsid/39/propertyid/215009886/

Just Listing in Gahanna $359,900 Featured

Amazing 5-level split in the heart of Gahanna. Close to Creekside, High Point Elementary, YMCA, and freeway access. This 4 BR, 2.5 BA has a treed lot and large deck. Features a 2-story great room has tons of natural light, vaulted owner’s suite has luxurious on-suite bathroom with jetted tub, glass shower surround, water closet, and huge walk-in closet. Projector stays in the finished 4th level with wet bar. This home has it all for entertaining.

http://amypape.kwrealty.com/