Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Take Me Out(side) to the Ballgame!


As seen in the June edition of Gahanna Life Magazine.  See all of my contributions on the Gahanna Life tab at the top of the blog.  Have an idea for me to write about?...  Email me!

Take Me Out(side) to the Ballgame!
Outdoor recreation is available throughout Gahanna for residents of all ages. 

I can remember going to Cincinnati Reds games as a kid and the magical feeling that comes with walking into a big league ballpark.  I’d be decked out in my team gear, my Barry Larkin pin would be clipped to my shirt, and of course that old worn out ball glove would never leave my left hand just in case I’d have the opportunity to make SportsCenter while diving two rows ahead to snag a foul ball. 

I never caught a foul ball, but the plays that I watched the Reds make in Riverfront Stadium were replayed over and over in my mind as I competed in Little League.  Those games are some of my fondest memories of growing up here in Gahanna. 

Today I enjoy taking a walk with my family down to the same fields to watch the little leaguers play.  I actually like watching little league now just as much as I liked watching the Reds back then.  The passion that each kid plays with, the sound of the “hey batter” chants, and the inevitable outfielder getting distracted by the clover as a ball is hit to that side of the field… even an impartial observer is entertained! 

There are many opportunities for Gahanna residents to get outdoors and either participate in, or watch recreational events.  Little leagues play at Jefferson Elementary and Academy Park, adults gather to relive the glory days on the softball field at the VFW, golfers of all skill levels have two great courses in the Gahanna Golf Course and the Golf Depot, and the city pools are always packed with members especially during weekly swim meets. 

I cannot promise that the level of play on these fields or courses will be anywhere near what you would get at Pebble Beach or even downtown at Huntington Park.  What I can guarantee is that the hot dogs are much cheaper, the drive home is much shorter, and the players involved love the game just as much as the pros. 

Don’t forget your glove! 

Take care, 
Scott Morrison
(614) 595-8762

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Gahanna Subdivision Report: Hunters Ridge

Each week I target a subdivision in Gahanna and give some very broad numbers to satisfy your curiosity.  If you'd like me to email you a more detailed report, I'd be happy to follow up... scottmorrison@kw.com

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 30 days (red).

**all information courtesy CBR MLS 5/26/13**

Average list price (4 current listings)- $234,900
Average list price of properties currently under contract (7)-  $164,514
Average sale price (sold)- $176,300
           Highest sale price: $181,900
           Lowest sale price:  $170,000

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 in 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
(614) 595-8762

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

Friday, May 24, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Increasing Curb Appeal

When a potential buyer arrives at your home for a showing, your home had better be dressed for success.  If their first impression of your home is one that hints to your house being less than well-kept, it isn't likely that they'll be following up with an offer.

My theory is that if your home has less than average curb appeal, the buyer immediately has a bad impression.  So, if your home does not blow them away on the inside, you have no hope of getting the buyer to break away from that first impression.

On the other hand, if your curb appeal is outstanding, there is far less that the inside of your home has to do to get the buyer into a positive frame of mind.

First impressions are everything!  Take some time in the next few weeks to dress up the outside of your home.  Spread fresh mulch, trim bushes, clean the walkways, touch up paint, spray for weeds, and be sure the lawn is kept at a presentable length.  Those are easy and cost-effective ways to give your home a makeover.

The article linked below is for the more ambitious folks that are looking to put a little something extra into their landscaping this summer.  Enjoy!

Take care,
Scott Morrison
614-595-8762
Scottmorrison@kw.com

5 Landscaping Ideas to Increase Curb Appeal


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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Gahanna Subdivision Report: Foxboro & Gahanna Greens


Each week I target a subdivision in Gahanna and give some very broad numbers to satisfy your curiosity.  If you'd like me to email you a more detailed report, I'd be happy to follow up... scottmorrison@kw.com

Foxboro & Gahanna Greens Profile: 
On the picture below, you see all of the active listings (green), current listings under contract (orange), and listings that sold during the last 6 months (red).  Call me for a free market analysis to help you determine whether or not this is the right time to list your home in Foxboro or Gahanna Greens.  

Avg list price of active listings:  $145,000
Avg list price of under contract listings:  $186,100
Avg sale price of sold listings:  $166,833
        Highest sale price:  $216,000
        Lowest sale price:  $115,000

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

Both the Foxboro & Gahanna Greens subdivisions are located on the eastern side of Gahanna with  Clark State road and Hamilton road serving as borders on the south and west side.  These are mature subdivisions with many large, beautiful trees and a variety of home styles.  The central location creates just a short drive to Creekside, Stoneridge, Easton, and major highways such as 270 & 670. 
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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) 595-8762

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Gahanna Events: ARTcade Day

This past Saturday I took in the first (that I'm aware of) ARTcade Day in Gahanna.  The weather was a bit chilly, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from coming down to Friendship Park to enjoy a variety of activities geared mainly towards kids.



Under the shelter house, kids were able to take cardboard and use their imagination to create their own arcade games.
No explanation needed... the kids loved the bounce house!
A laser tag area and two giants hamster balls were available for entertainment.
Folks gathered to watch performances from various elementary choirs and show groups.  It was a great opportunity for the kids to feel a part of an event.
Students from Gahanna Lincoln High School partnered with the Gahanna Metropolitan Library to team up in creating a story that is used by the City of Gahanna for the Story Trail at Friendship Park.  The story is titled The Acorn.  The story is told as you walk the trail visiting various stops along the way for each page.  It was written by students in the GLHS Writer's Club and illustrated by GLHS art students. The Title page shown here was painted by Lincoln Elementary art teacher Sharon Iseringhausen.  

ARTcade Day was a success.  It was a unique experience that gives the Gahanna Community value.

Take care,
Scott Morrison
(614) 595-8762
scottmorrison@kw.com

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

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Gahanna Subdivision Report: Royal Manor

Each week I target a subdivision in Gahanna and give some very broad numbers to satisfy your curiosity.  If you'd like me to email you a more detailed report, I'd be happy to follow up... scottmorrison@kw.com

Royal Manor 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 6 months (red).


Avg list price of current listings:  $ 102,660
Avg list price under contract listings:  $ 89,075
Avg sale price of sold listings:  $ 87,434
        Highest sale price:  $ 131,000
        Lowest sale price:  $ 48,000

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.  Royal Manor is also only minutes from the Gahanna Golf Course and the Gahanna Swim Club.

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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) 595-8762
scottmorrison@kw.com

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

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Home Maintenance: Sump Pump

I am not the handy type.  I can fix a little something here or there, but it just isn't in my skill set to do more than basic home maintenance.  Yesterday, I was sitting at home preparing to go out and mow the lawn when I heard a sound in my basement.  I went down to investigate and found that the submersible sump pump would not stop running.  I unplugged it and got out the manual.  After some additional trials, I came to the conclusion that the motor had gone bad.

In the beginning I thought that this meant a huge repair and I even chalked it up to being something that I could not do.  Who wants to mess with the sump pump?  Potential water issues are not something that I want to take lightly.  After consulting with someone in the know, I came to realize that it wasn't such a daunting task.  The only daunting part was that I had to make multiple trips to the hardware store because I didn't plan ahead enough to do a simple install.

Before tossing out the old sump pump, I thought I'd make the short video below to share some of my experience.  The video may sound simple, but it really was simple once I got the correct materials.



Cost:  Sump pump $100, PVC parts & cement $7.  Yep, that's it!

So, lesson learned.  Take a second to plan out your repair or install and you'll be in good shape regardless of how handy you are.  I certainly don't recommend taking on just any home repair if you aren't qualified, but a sump pump replacement shouldn't be a task that you don't consider attempting.

Take care,
Scott Morrison
scottmorrison@kw.com
(614) 595-8762

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

This Month in Real Estate: May 2013

From KWRI:


If you are thinking of buying or selling in the next 6-8 months, it is about time to get your ducks in a row and prepare for the process.  My contact information is below, I'd be happy to help you stay informed in the time leading up to your move!

Take care,
Scott Morrison
(614) 595-8762
scottmorrison@kw.com

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

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Gahanna Subdivision Report: Rathburn Woods


Each week I target a subdivision in Gahanna and give some very broad numbers to satisfy your curiosity.  If you'd like me to email you a more detailed report, I'd be happy to follow up... scottmorrison@kw.com

Rathburn Woods Profile: 
On the picture below, you see all of the current listings (green), listings under contract (orange), and listings that sold during the last 6 months (red).

Avg list price of current listing(s):  $276,200
Avg list price of under contract listings:  $243,100
Avg sale price of sold listings:  $233,467
        Highest sale price:  $259,000
        Lowest sale price:  $203,000

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

Rathburn Woods is located on the southeast side of Gahanna.  The development is composed of primarily 4 bedroom homes with 2 or more baths.  Rathburn Woods 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
614-595-8762

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