Monday, December 30, 2013

Top 7 Posts of 2013

One of my goals for 2013 was to continue with this blog.  I started writing in July of 2012 as a way for me to not only share information, but to share relevant information within the Gahanna Community.

Once started, the blog veered onto a path driven by the feedback I was receiving.  It has become a wonderful avenue for me to share real estate information to help both buyers and sellers as it was intended, but even further it has become a platform for me to post information, such as listings, so that the client can be involved in the process.  Some of the most-viewed posts that I have are posts that my clients share on social media.  When they ask their friends to help them advertise their listing, or when they share the good news that they are new homeowners, word travels fast and the blog post is a way for clients to brag a little bit without being too much of a self-promoter on their timeline or feed.

My goal for 2013 was to post once per week.  This is the 113th post of the year, so the numbers show that I exceeded my goal.  My goal for 2014 is to continue posting frequently and to get more personalized with my posts.  I get a lot of questions from those close to me about certain aspects of a real estate transaction and I hope that throughout 2014 I can build up a library of FAQs that will give folks a place to go to get answers before we even meet.

Here are the 7 most viewed posts of 2013:

1.  Mindset is Key

2.  Home Buying Process Simplified

3.  300+ Pairs of Shoes

4.  10 Improvement Ideas to Increase Home Value

5.  Good Offer vs Great Offer

6.  3 steps to shopping for a home

7.   Leave Feedback!

As always, if you or anyone that you know may be looking to buy or sell in the near future, I hope that I can be the Realtor you look to for help!

Have a safe and happy new year!

Take care,
Scott Morrison
Text: 614-383-8502
scottmorrison@kw.com

Monday, December 23, 2013

Buying a Home: How to Get Started.

It's a simple sounding process.  Need a home, look for a home, find a home, purchase... right?

Obviously, purchasing a home is not that easy, but you'd be surprised at how many people don't detect the hint of sarcasm in my first line.  Buying a home is a complicated process, but a process that can be simplified if the correct system is followed.

I take a lot of pride in helping my clients understand.  I want you, the client, to feel comfortable every step of the way.  My background is that of an educator, and I still view myself as that same educator when it comes to your sale or purchase.

About a year ago I wrote a series of blog posts about the home buying process.  They were some of my most popular posts because I really think people feel more at ease as soon as some of the unknown is removed.  I've compiled them all into links below so that anyone interested in buying or selling in the next year can begin the process of educating themselves before they formally begin their search.

The posts aren't overly thorough, but that was done on purpose.  I hate for folks to feel overwhelmed, so I hope the links present a general understanding, and then as soon as we can sit down and discuss timelines and specifics, I can walk you through in more detail.

I am looking forward to being your Realtor, Happy Holidays, talk to you soon!

THE HOME BUYING PROCESS...

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Officially a Homeowner!

OFFICIALLY A HOMEOWNER!!


Congratulations Sandra on the purchase of your new home!  Here's hoping that you fill that home with happy memories this holiday season and beyond.  
A big THANK YOU to Heather Loew for the referral!  I cannot wait to help you in the near future!

Helpful links:

Free Download:  MY REAL ESTATE SEARCH APP http://app.kw.com/KW1ZHYT1U  

Take care,
Scott Morrison
text: 614-383-8502
scottmorrison@kw.com

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Gramercy Park Market Update


To many Gahanna residents, the Gramercy Park subdivision is better known as "the area across from the high school" or it's described as "just on the other side of Hamilton road from Kroger."  (Many of you now know exactly where I'm describing).  

This area, which also contains a small group of homes defined as Chesterfield Estates, is one of Gahanna's oldest subdivisions.  Construction began on homes in Gramercy Park in the early 1950's and  continued with additions in the early 60's and as late as the mid-70's.  A short drive through the area will show you that three bedroom ranch homes are plentiful, usually containing one or one and a half baths.  A wide variety of home styles are present with many two-story and split-level homes making up the newer portions. 

Gramercy Park Profile: 
On the picture to the right, you see all of the current listings (green), under contract listings (yellow), and listings that sold during the last 60 days (red).

Average list price of current listings: $148,375
Average list price of pending sales: $157,967
Average sale price:  $128,925
          Highest sale price:  $170,000
          Lowest sale price:  $91,200

Schools nearby:  Lincoln Elementary, Gahanna Middle School South, Gahanna Lincoln High School

Gramercy Park is located just north of 270 and is accessible from 270 using the Hamilton Rd exit.  The location offers very convenient access to the freeway, and short trips to the airport, shopping, and the Gahanna Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.  
**all information courtesy CBR MLS & current as of 12/07/13**
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If there is a subdivision in Gahanna that you'd like to see profiled, please contact me and I'll put that on my list.  As always, if you have any questions about the information listed, please let me know.  I am happy to provide answers to help you better understand the Gahanna housing market.

Take care,
Scott Morrison
Text:  614-383-8502

Monday, December 2, 2013

Gahanna Holiday Lights


Yes, these are just a few camera phone snapshots of the parade, but regardless of how high-quality the photos are, the Gahanna Holiday Lights Parade is an event that ought to be experienced in person.  It's not the Macy's parade or even the Rose Bowl parade, but it is a wonderful representation of the community.  From floats made by local businesses, to plows painted by elementary students, and even a visit from old St. Nick, the parade is a special night in the Gahanna Community.


    
If you missed the parade, there is still time to get down to Creekside to enjoy the lights.

- Through January 5th the lights will remain up in the "Winter Wonderland" along the path down by the creek.

   - Santa will visit the Herb Center
December 7, 14, 21 9am -1pm.

-  The Olde Gahanna Sanctuary will hold a Character Breakfast sponsored by Gahanna CVB on December 14 8am - 12pm.



Here's to a fabulous holiday season in and around Gahanna!

Take care,
Scott Morrison
scottmorrison@kw.com

Sunday, November 24, 2013

8206 Arbor Rose OPEN HOUSE




OPEN SUNDAY NOV. 24, 2:00 - 4:00pm


Full listing details for 8206 Arbor Rose

    



If you cannot make it and would like to schedule a private showing, contact me to get a time scheduled soon!

Take care, 
Scott Morrison
text: 614-383-8502
scottmorrison@kw.com

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hunters Ridge Market Update

The Hunters Ridge Subdivision of Gahanna is one of the hottest real estate markets in Gahanna.  A heavy percentage of the homes sold in the last 3 months gone into contract in the first month in which they have been listed.  Hunters ridge is a unique area in that it is made up of over 900 homes.  Homes were built in two general phases.  The first phase was in the mid to late 1970's which began the growth of the Southeast part of Gahanna.  In this part of Hunters Ridge you'll primarily find traditional two-story homes with approximately 1800 - 2000 sq ft, and split-level homes with 3 or 4 bedrooms that offer upwards of 1600 sq ft.  The second phase began in the late 1980's and took off in the early 90's.  This part of the subdivision is characterized by large two-story homes that begin to show more modern elements such as larger master bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, and first floor laundry rooms.


Hunters Ridge Profile: 
On the picture below, you see all of the current listings (green), under contract listings (yellow), and listings that sold during the last 60 days (red).
**all information courtesy CBR MLS & current as of 11/21/13**

Average list price (4 current listings)- $ 224,300
Average list price of properties currently under contract (2)-  $ 174,950
Average sale price (2) - $ 145,000
           Highest sale price: $ 150,000
           Lowest sale price:  $ 140,000

Schools nearby: Lincoln Elementary, Gahanna Middle School South, Gahanna Lincoln High School

Hunters Ridge is in the Southeast area of Gahanna.  It has quick access to 270 and 670, making trips to Easton and downtown fairly easy.  Hunter's Ridge is just a few minutes from the Airport and houses the City of Gahanna's Hunters Ridge Pool within the subdivision.  

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If there is a subdivision in Gahanna that you'd like to see profiled, please contact me and I'll put that on my list.  As always, if you have any questions about the information listed, please let me know.  I am happy to provide answers to help you better understand the Gahanna housing market.

Take care,
Scott Morrison
Text:  614-383-8502

click here to search for a house for sale in Gahanna Ohio


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Is This a Bad Time to List My Home?

From KWRI:


A common question that I answer around this time of year is whether or not it is true that this time of year is a bad time to put your home on the market.... 

The answer is complicated.  First, it is important to understand that you can never time the market.  There really isn't such a thing as waiting for the "perfect time" to list.  You can assess the market to see if the numbers work for you, but timing the market is not your best strategy.  

Second, there is some truth to there being more buyers in the Spring.  I do not have statistics to back this up, it is just merely my experience.  

Lastly, while there may be more buyers in the Spring, many of those buyers may be buyers that are "just looking."  When you list your home around this time of year, you know that the majority of the folks that are touring your home are not forcing you to prep your home to be shown for someone that is "just looking."  Listing in the Fall/ Winter brings mostly serious buyers.  

So, in my opinion, the best time to list your home, is when you are ready to list your home.  That sounds simple, but, if you are ready for a move and the market determines that you can get an appropriate price for your home, go ahead and list your home no matter the time of year.  

If I can help you assess the market in and around your home, please contact me or use the online valuation tool on my website -  Home Value Tool

Take care, 
Scott Morrison
text: 614-383-8502

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gahanna Heights Market Update

One of the healthiest housing markets in Central Ohio is the Gahanna Heights subdivision.  Averages in this area include less than a month on the market and a sale price of over 95% of asking price.

Gahanna Heights is one of the most centrally located subdivisions in Gahanna.  Along with several smaller subdivisions, Gahanna Heights makes up what is known to many outside observers as the "Creekside area".  This location in Downtown Gahanna is made up primarily of homes built prior to 1970 that range in value from the $140,000 range up to the mid to low $200,000's.  Gahanna Heights itself has roughly 300 single family residences, but for the sake of this update, I've included homes in two smaller subdivisions within the area that add an additional 125 homes to the report.

Gahanna Heights Profile:
On the graphic to the right, you see all of the current listings (green), listings under contract (orange), and listings that sold during the last 60 days (red).  As you can see there are no homes currently listed for sale.  To get on my Gahanna Heights alert list, please email me at scottmorrison@kw.com with the subject line "Gahanna Heights."


Avg list price under contract listings:  $ 187,900
Avg sale price of sold listings:  $ 195,080
        Highest sale price:  $ 225,000
        Lowest sale price:  $ 178,900

Schools nearby: Jefferson Elementary, Gahanna Middle School East, Gahanna Lincoln High School

You can find many styles of homes to buy near Creekside.  Split-levels are the most common, but cape cods, ranches, and two-story homes are plentiful.  Living in the Creekside area puts you right in the heart of Gahanna.  As far as location goes, you have easy access to 670, 270, Stoneridge, Easton, the Airport, and multiple schools.  Residents of Gahanna Heights can walk to restaurants in Creekside and the newest attractions that have been built along Hamilton Rd near Clark Hall.

(*Graphic and statistics from CBR MLS, current as of 11/12/13*)
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Check your Gahanna Home Value to see what you could sell for today!

If there is a subdivision in Gahanna that you'd like to see profiled, please contact me and I'll put that on my list.  As always, if you have any questions about the information listed, please let me know.  I am happy to provide answers to help you better understand the Gahanna housing market.

Take care,
Scott Morrison
(614) 595-8762

Click here to search for a house for sale in Gahanna Ohio

Saturday, November 9, 2013

8206 Arbor Rose Way: NEW LISTING



What a wonderful location!  Home sits atop a hill that slopes to a creek running through the subdivision.  Lots of open green space to the north side presents a country feel within the neighborhood.  With 3 beds, 2.5 baths, and an open concept on the entry level, this home deserves your attention!




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Check out the full listing details for 8206 Arbor Rose Way and contact me if you are interested in setting up a private showing.  The neighborhood is located north of Broad St off of Waggoner Rd, and residents attend the Licking Heights School District.

The sellers and I would appreciate it if you would pass along this listing to anyone that you know that may be interested, or know someone interested, in moving into this area.  The power of the word of mouth gets many homes sold!  Thank you!

Take care,
Scott Morrison
text: 614-383-8502
scottmorrison@kw.com

Sunday, November 3, 2013

SOLD 360 Worman Drive

SOLD in Gahanna Heights!

360 Worman Drive

Congratulations to Trevor & Jessica on the successful sale of their home.  

The home was sold for $183,000 (98.9% of asking price) after being in contract in less than 7 days. 

Helpful links:
The Gahanna Heights Market
Find the Value of Your Home
Search for a Home for Sale

Take care,
Scott Morrison
text: 614-383-8502
scottmorrison@kw.com

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Royal Manor Market Update

Gahanna's Royal Manor subdivision is primarily composed of bi-level and ranch style homes that contain either 3 or 4 bedrooms and have 1 or 1.5 baths.  Homes in Royal Manor were built in the early to mid 1960's with a few added on in the early 70's.  Driving through the subdivision you'll see many mature trees and plenty of people out enjoying the neighborhood.

Royal Manor Market Profile: 
On the picture to the right, you see all of the current listings (green), listings under contract (orange), and listings that sold during the last 60 days (red).

Avg list price of current listings:  $ 119,325

Avg list price under contract listings:  $ 83,000

Avg sale price of sold listings:  $ 117,000
     Highest sale price:  $ 118,000
     Lowest sale price:  $ 116,000

Schools nearby:  Royal Manor Elementary, Gahanna Middle School West, Gahanna Lincoln High School

Royal Manor is located on the western side of Gahanna.  Just off of interstate 270 via route 62, Royal Manor is accessible off of Stygler Rd, Agler Rd, and McCutcheon Rd.  Royal Manor residents have a quick commute to Easton, Downtown Columbus, and the Columbus International Airport, and are also only minutes from the Gahanna Golf Course and the Gahanna Swim Club.


* Information & photo courtesy of CBR MLS 10/23/13 *

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If there is a subdivision in Gahanna that you'd like to see profiled, please contact me and I'll put that on my list.  As always, if you have any questions about the information listed, please let me know.  I am happy to provide answers to help you better understand the Gahanna housing market.

Take care,
Scott Morrison
614-383-8502

Click here to search for a house for sale in Gahanna Ohio

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Keller Williams New Logo New Brand

Keller Williams just released the video below as part of an announcement about the brand and the future of the company.  In my 3 years with the company it is this type of thing that has left a lasting impression on me about the entire company as a whole.

I've been very impressed with KW and the systems that the company helps you put in place.  Regardless of your business background, the simplicity of the methods and philosophy that KW helps each agent implement go a long way in helping to establish the foundation for your business.


The tool that I appreciate most is the free mobile app available to the public.  By clicking on that link, you can download the KW real estate search app and have access to any listing in the greater Columbus  area on your phone.  Just put in the "agent code" on the initial screen, and then any time you have interest in a property, you can contact me with the click of a button for more information.  So, the next time you see a for sale sign in a neighbor's front yard, pull the car over, get your phone out, open the app, and the GPS technology will locate you and pull up every house in the neighborhood, including the one you are sitting outside of... INSTANT INFORMATION!!!

The app is just one of many advantages to working with Keller Williams.  If you've ever been interested in starting a real estate career, I'd be happy to discuss additional items.  Until then, if you or someone that you know is looking to buy or sell in the near future, I'd be honored to have you pass along my name.  THANKS!!

Take care,
Scott Morrison
Text: 614-383-8502
scottmorrison@kw.com

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Rathburn Woods Market Update

The Rathburn Woods subdivision of Gahanna is one of the most desirable areas of Gahanna for growing families.  Construction on homes in Rathburn Woods began in the early 1990's and the subdivision features primarily 4 bedroom homes with 2.5 baths or more.  Large master bathrooms, open floor plans, and other more "modern" features are common, as are large treed lots and intriguing curb appeal.

Rathburn Woods Profile: 
On the picture to the right, you see any current listings (green), listings under contract (orange), and listings that sold during the last 60 days (red).

Avg list price of current listing(s): $245,000

Avg list price of under contract listings:  $245,900

Avg sale price of sold listings:  $239,500

        Highest sale price:  $277,000
        Lowest sale price:  $212,500

*All information is courtesy of the Columbus Board of Realtors MLS.  Accurate as of 10/17/13*

Schools nearby:  Lincoln Elementary, Gahanna Middle School South, Gahanna Lincoln High School

Rathburn Woods is located on the southeast side of Gahanna.  The subdivision offers easy access to interstates 270 & 670, the Columbus International Airport, Easton, and downtown Columbus.

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If there is a subdivision in Gahanna that you'd like to see profiled, please contact me and I'll put that on my list.  As always, if you have any questions about the information listed, please let me know.  I am happy to provide answers to help you better understand the Gahanna housing market.

I encourage you to contact me if you, or someone that you know, could use my help in buying or selling real estate.  I always appreciate a referral, and am very grateful for those people around me that trust me to provide a high level of service to their friends and family.  

Take care,
Scott Morrison
Text:  614-383-8502

click here to search for additional homes for sale in Gahanna Ohio