Monday, September 30, 2013

300+ Pairs of Shoes

I do not get to play enough golf.

You're either nodding your head in agreement or shaking your head in the most friendly version of disgust.  Regardless, this post isn't about the golf, it is about what the golfing accomplished.  (It's a good thing because the scorecard will be kept secret)

Jason (left) and I at the Codrea Classic
Just last month I participated in the Codrea Classic.  This is an annual outing that my good friend, and financial advisor, Jason Codrea hosts for clients and guests of Codrea Financial Services.  The outing is played in a scramble format at Willow Run Golf Course just east of Columbus.

The highlight of the day is the way that Jason has found to contribute to a greater purpose within the golf format.  Each player is encouraged to bring in old shoes to donate to those in need, and for every two pairs of shoes donated, the player earns a mulligan for his or her team (limit 8 mulligans per team, but as simple math will uncover, the teams didn't stop at 16 pairs of shoes).

Here is what Jason had to say via email when I asked him for some details:

"I went on a mission trip in February of 2012 to Haiti through Lifeline Christian Mission which is based in Westerville. During my time there we helped many families and one of the things that really stuck out to me was the amount of people walking around without shoes and the high need of anything they could have to cover their feet and walk around or do work.  This was difficult when we passed shoes out to some children and were told that if they don't have a size that fits them that they have to walk away without a pair of shoes and remain barefoot.  Luckily the group I was with did not have to see any children not receive a pair but based on the amount of shoes left I knew there would be plenty of children still in need.  When I returned from my trip I knew I needed to do something to help.  I've been hosting an annual golf outing through my company, Codrea Financial Services since 2009 and usually get between 50-60 golfers and they all have families and work with others at their office so I figured I'd find a way to have them bring in old shoes to donate.  Last year we collected just over 150 pairs of shoes and this year we doubled that and had just over 300 pairs of shoes donated to send down to Haiti."



Jason is an asset to the Gahanna community.  I don't need to go any further than asking you to re-read his quote above to justify my highest recommendation for his company.  Whether you need a financial advisor or can contribute to next year's outing, I encourage you to get in touch with Jason Codrea.

His office is located at 146 Granville Street in Gahanna.  He can be reached by phone at 614-452-8185 or you can use the following links to access his website or facebook page:


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


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Newest Listing: 343 Heil Dr



Located on one of the most well-cared-for lots in the Gahanna Heights subdivision, this 4 bed, 2.5 bath home offers plenty of character to go with the traditional layout.  The curb appeal is second to none and as you see with the pictures below, the screened in patio is the unique touch that makes this one of the neighborhood's best.


    
    

The inside is cozy and charming and the backyard is, in a word, peaceful.  The location, right in the heart of Gahanna, is highly desirable and leaves just a short commute to most areas of town.  670 and 270 are just about a mile away, and the Columbus International Airport is so close that you'll have out of town family and friends asking to use your house as long-term parking.  

To schedule a showing, contact me soon... this one won't last long!

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


Sunday, September 22, 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 below, you see all of the current listings (green), under contract listings (yellow), and listings that sold during the last 90 days (red).

Average list price of current listings: $204,900
Average list price of pending sales: $139,720
Average sale price:  $88,505
          Highest sale price:  $115,525
          Lowest sale price:  $70,000

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 9/21/13**
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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

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Getting Value When Preparing to Sell

My most recent listing was a ranch home in Gahanna Heights.  Because it is a ranch, I received an increased amount of calls from current homeowners in the area that were interested in looking that the home because they are interested in downsizing.

The "downsizing" caught my ear because I knew that if they were going to purchase the home from my sellers, it would be contingent upon the sale of their property.  Contingencies aren't always the greatest of situations because it could really delay the closing for my seller.  When I asked these folks about their current home, it wasn't uncommon to hear "well, I've still got quite a bit to do to my home before I sell."

This is where I can add value with my services as a Realtor.  Most people think they have to do X, Y, and Z to their home before it sells, but that isn't always the case.  What is most important is that a future seller prepares the home to sell at the highest price for the condition, and if improving the condition then increases the price that they could sell it for, making sure that they get the best return on the money they spend improving the home.

To make it simpler to understand:

If a potential seller could sell for $180,000 today, then puts $5000 into the home to get it ready to sell, and they could only sell it for $185,00.  They didn't make any money on their improvements.

However, if a seller could sell for $180,00 today, then puts $5000 into the  home and it increased the value to $195,000.  They've now done upgrading/ repairs that get them a return on investment that justifies the upgrading.

From KWRI:

If this is a situation that sounds like it will arise sooner than later, contact me today to set up a time to evaluate your options.  It never hurts to assess your current situation!

Request a market analysis & home value report here

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

Wednesday, September 11, 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 9/11/13**

Average list price (5 current listings)- $ 227,140
Average list price of properties currently under contract (6)-  $ 162,950
Average sale price (8 sold)- $ 190,575
           Highest sale price: $ 222,000
           Lowest sale price:  $ 136,201

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

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

360 Worman Drive NEW LISTING

New Listing in Gahanna
360 Worman Drive



A large lot with mature trees that offers a very private setting in a highly desirable subdivision.  The upside to this home begins out back and continues throughout... Updated kitchen, wood flooring, newly renovated basement room, two car garage, updated bathrooms... the list goes on!  Only minutes to Creekside.  



Do not hesitate to get in touch with me to set up a private showing!




Take care, 
Scott Morrison
614-383-8502

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Foxboro & Gahanna Greens Market Update


The Foxboro and Gahanna Greens subdivisions have been two of the hottest areas for buying and selling real estate in Gahanna during this calendar year.  Homes in the area were built in the early to mid 1970's as Gahanna began to grow to the north and east of "downtown."  These are mature subdivisions with many large, beautiful trees and a variety of home styles.  Sidewalks line the streets and pave the way down to the Foxboro pool for summertime swimming!

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 60 days (red).  Email 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:  $ 189,900
Avg list price of under contract listings:  $ 135,000
Avg sale price of sold listings:  $ 199,300
        Highest sale price:  $ 224,900
        Lowest sale price:  $ 178,000

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.  The central location creates just a short drive to Creekside, Stoneridge, Easton, and major highways such as 270 & 670. 

(Statistics and graphic courtesy of CBR MLS.  Accurate as of 9/1/13)
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Gahanna Residents:  Check the value of your home here

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