Columbus WheelTours

WheelTours had it’s kickoff event on Saturday, April 9th and it was a huge success! It was laid back and stress free, which was enjoyable not only for me but for everyone involved (if it’s high pressure sales you’re after, this is not the event for you). I was lucky enough to receive a lot of valuable feedback from the group and we had a great time seeing some super cute homes in the fun and eclectic Clintonville ‘hood. With the help of my web services company, Anecka I will be implementing the use of an online registration form to allow for an easier, more streamlined registration. And the wonderful design team at Greenline Creative will be designing some beautiful flyers that you may come across in your travels about town (or more likely, your cyber-travels).

FYI – You don’t have to be looking for a house to join this event. It’s always fun to look, right? Because the Sellers are taking their time to get their house prepared for us to see, a great way to repay them is to share photos of their home on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Maybe one of your friends IS looking? Free advertising for Sellers…and you get to checkout some sweet cribs & get some exercise too.

For up to date info regarding WheelTour events, stay tuned to ColumbusWheeltours.com or “Like” Rare Breed on Facebook.

Events start at 9 am.

May 14th – Westerville
May 28th – Victorian Village
June 18th – Worthington
July 2nd – Grandview
July 16th –  German Village

*Events are limited to 12 bikers

 

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My Neighbors are Decreasing my Home Value!

While out showing houses recently, my client and I had the distinct pleasure of viewing this spectacle. If the fence doesn’t give it away, this car is parked in the back yard. The following thoughts came to mind…in this order -

 

1 – Gasp. How ghetto is that?!
2 – How in the world did they get the car behind the house?
3 – No wonder the house I’m showing is a short sale!

 

That’s right. You can do EVERYthing in your power to to get your house staged, cleaned, & prepared to sell but if your neighbors house is a train wreck, most potential Buyers will find another house. Especially in an area where there are several other homes just like yours for sale. You might think this is out of your control, but the problem solver in me says “You’ve gotta fight. For your right. To Parrrrrrta-

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-ke in a less troublesome home sale”.  So if you suspect your neighbors are decreasing your homes value, here area few ideas to help:

1-”Play the game”. In the corporate world, you have to “play the game” and be nice to people you wouldn’t typically mesh with. As much as you may not like it, be nice to your neighbors too. Especially, if you think you might want to sell…EVER. Start being nice now since you might need them to reciprocate later (by fixing an unruly fence, moving a car that’s up on blocks, etc, etc).

2-If you ARE selling now, offer to pay for the fix. Sure, spending $100 to fix your neighbors blight is a pain but if it can take a Buyer from “I don’t know-ville to I loveit-ville” then it’s money well spent!

3-If you’ve got a neighborhood association, report the violators to them. This can usually be done anonymously and will seem more official to the “violator”.

4-Call the City code enforcement at 614-645-3111 or e-mail them at 311@columbus.gov. More info can be found at the city’s code enforcement website. If you’re not in the city of Columbus, use your Google’s to find code enforcement for your area.

5-On a slow news day, certain news channels will also cover this sort of thing AND you can get your 15 minutes of fame.

I suggest going the nice route first. You never know what goodness can come from what you might think are bad/annoying people. But I hope these options help. If you’ve got solutions of your own, please share them in the comment section below.

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Top 10 Superbowl Commercials (and Groupon’s faux pas)

I’m not a big football fan (at least not professional) but what did kick some total ass last night was the commercials. The big draw for advertisers is that this is the few hours out of the year that the people don’t multi-task or fast forward through the commercials but instead give them our 100% full attention…and spend the next few days doing the same. And they didn’t let us down this year! Here are my top 10 (in no particular order, except for #1):

What Napoleon complex, this pug is backin’ it up!

Having gone through the wringer in the dating world, this Pepsi commercial was pretty funny to see (and probably pretty accurate).

I think the world is shifting towards excellent customer service…and the jackass companies will be left behind. This guy freaking out about receiving good customer service = classic.

Given my career in real estate, you had to know this one would be included:

We’ve all parked next to one of these monkeys:

Thinking there’s a girl behind this costume (the pink room) makes this commercial even better.

This woman gives us all a bad name…but the ending IS pretty funny.

A great message from Chrysler.

This one’s for my neice, Olivia. What’s a Bieba?

#1 – Blissfully hilarious!

 
 
 

Also, and I must have missed this one last night…but apparently Groupon is getting some heat for it. I can see why!

What is your favorite…and least favorite?

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MID (Mortgage Interest Deduction)


I’ve had a few clients ask me recently about the possibility of the mortgage interest deduction being repealed. I’m skeptical that this will ever happen…let alone anytime soon but what do YOU think should happen? While NAR (the National Association of REALTORS) strongly opposes this initiative as do I and the 1.1 million members of NAR. At the same time, spending has got to be cut. Soooo, what do you think?

Do you write off your mortgage interest?
Would the repeal of the mortgage interest reduction make you less likely to want to own your own home?
Would you be willing to call your Congressman to let him know where you stand on this issue?

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11 Truths That Will Make Your Life Easier in 2011

1-Treat others the way you want to be treated- Duh.

2-Life is not fair. Bad things happen to good people- Every single day. The only thing that’s fair about life is that it’s not fair to all of us (in some way). Even Paris Hilton feels this way. Some people make the most of it. Others complain. Which one are you?

3-You don’t have to “not look” to find the right Mate- People always told me, “You’ll find the right guy when you’re not looking”. Ha! Once I decided that I didn’t want to be single for the rest of my life, I was never not looking. Try online dating (even if it’s not a “dating site”). Who isn’t online these days? You obviously are. Use Facebook. Use Twitter. Use something. If nothing else, you’ll learn a lot about the opposite sex & people in general but I’m 99% sure that you’ll find some interesting (single) folks to date as well. Dating online is not like it was in the 90’s and if people laugh at you it’s either because 1-they’ve been married for 89 years and don’t get it or 2-they don’t want you to find a partner.

4-You can’t change people- As much as I’d love to change a handful of people myself, I know it’s not possible. Work on yourself instead.

5-Don’t kiss be a kiss ass- It’s annoying. You can respect people without kissing ass. Do that.

6-If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all- I was told this a million times growing up and it is such a simple concept. Misery loves company but it also breeds misery. Would you rather have company or be happy?

7-Every “friend” is a priveledge not a right. Treat them as such- People are on information overload. There was a time in social media when it was better to say something, anything at all…just to be out there. That time is over. There is far too much noise. People are busy. Be funny. Be relevant. Be yourself. You’ll never please everyone but wouldn’t you rather surround yourself with people who like YOU instead of a persona?

8-People show love in different ways- Don’t expect someone to show love in the same way that you do. “The Five Love Languages” is a great read on this topic! If you can’t already tell, I’m an “Acts of service”. The others are Quality Time, Gifts, Physical Touch, & Words of Affirmation. What do you think you are…how about your partner, parents, workmates?

9-People like drama & haters don’t die- This started out being 2 points but the topic isn’t worthy. Drama-The ones who say they don’t like it, enjoy it most. Haters thrive on sucking the life out of perfectly happy people. Ignore them or remove them from your life completely.

10-Pick your battles- I recently read a quote along the lines of “Would you rather be right or would you rather get past this and move on”. “Would you rather be right or be happy” is a quote as well. Either way, don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

11-Stop apologizing for being awesome- If you’re awesome, don’t try to be humble and down play it. Own it!

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Columbus Home Sales Statistics for October 2010

According to the Columbus Board of REALTORS® (CBR), the number of homes sold and the average price of homes sold from January though October 2010 are nearly identical to the statistics from 2009.

The number of homes sold from January through October was 16,891 – almost identical to the 16,932 homes sold in the same period of 2009. Average sale price so far this year is $160,671 compared to $161,623 last year.

The tax credit jump started the year and we’ve all seen a slow down since. Keep me in mind for those referrals. Christmas is coming…and we need to fatten up the goose!

Here’s a pretty chart:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Haley
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