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Southwest Ohio Real Estate Market Update

Spring 2017 is upon us in Southwest Ohio despite the 70+ degree weather and clear blue skies making us think Summer arrived early. Also surprisingly, we are definitely experiencing a Southwest Ohio real estate seller’s market. According to statistics, 2016 was simply the best real estate market in Ohio since 2006. The strong real estate market is continuing in Southwest Ohio in 2017. In Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, and Warren counties there are 2,107 single family homes currently on the market according to DABR. The inventory is less than usual in the Spring, so expect home prices to continue to rise in the Southwest Ohio market, but mortgage interest rates are remaining low at this time.

Both experienced agents and informed sellers realize the real estate market usually ramps up in activity levels in the late Spring, so it’s presumed many sellers will wait for the more active Spring and Summer markets before making their homes available for sale. Any questions or comments on the local real estate market, contact Christina directly!

Happy Spring!

Blog article provided by Christina Cavins, a Nationally recognized Realtor with Irongate Inc. Realtors. Christina can be reached via email at ChristinaCavins@aol.com or by cell phone or text message at 1-937-205-4741. For Ohio real estate and homes see Ohio Real Estate.

Search homes for sale in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) by visiting http://BuySellOH.com

Servicing the following towns and counties in Southwest OHBeavercreek, BellbrookCenterville, Cincinnati, Dayton, Fairborn, Greene County, Hamilton County, Huber Heights, Kettering, Miamisburg, Montgomery County, OakwoodSpringboro, Springfield, Warren County, Washington Township, West Carrollton, Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Xenia, and Yellow Springs.

 

12 Winter Home Maintenance Tips

Follow the Winter home maintenance tips to lower utility bills and protect the home.

  1. Schedule a HVAC tune up to ensure the system is working to the maximum efficiency, and clean or replace furnace filter.
  2. Set the heat no lower than 55 degrees and open doors to unoccupied rooms.
  3. Repair damaged roof shingles for as low as $95 according to CostHelper.com.
  4. Inspect and if needed seal chimney and vent stack flashing.
  5. Caulk around windows and doors.
  6. To prevent damage to roofing, siding, and wood trim clean the gutters.
  7. Divert water by adding extensions to downspouts.
  8. Disconnect exterior hoses, turn off the water, and drain the pipes to avoid pipes freezing and bursting.
  9. Drain the sprinkler system.
  10. Wait to prune trees and shrubs until late Winter just before Spring growth.
  11. Make sure the sump pump is working properly by pouring several gallons of water into the sump pit and testing that it turns on. The lifespan of a sump pump is around 10 years.
  12. Stock salt or ice melt.

Stay Warm!

Blog article provided by Christina Cavins, a Nationally recognized Realtor with Irongate Inc. Realtors. Christina can be reached via email at ChristinaCavins@aol.com or by cell phone or text message at 1-937-205-4741. For Ohio real estate and homes see Ohio Real Estate.

 

Search homes for sale in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) by visiting http://BuySellOH.com

 

3 Major Reasons to Buy a Home in 2016

3 Major Reasons to Buy a Home in 2016

  1. Interest rates are at record lows. Even though rates could rise at any time, it currently remains around 4%.
  2. Rent is expected to continue to increase in 2016. According to Rent.com, 88% of property managers increased rent in 2015, and another 8% inflation is expected in 2016.
  3. Home ownership means tax benefits! If the home loan is less than $1 million, all mortgage monthly interest can be a tax deduction. Home related expenses and property taxes are tax deductions too.

Contact Christina today for home buying help!

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Blog article provided by Christina Cavins, a Nationally recognized Realtor with Irongate Inc. Realtors. Christina can be reached via email at DaytonOhioHouse@gmail.com or by cell phone or text message at 1-937-205-4741.

Search homes for sale in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and see featured listings by visiting http://DaytonOhioHouse.com

Servicing the following towns and counties in Southwest OH: Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Centerville, Dayton, Fairborn, Greene County, Huber Heights, Kettering, Miamisburg, Montgomery County, Oakwood, Springboro, Springfield, Warren County, Washington Township, West Carrollton, Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Xenia, and Yellow Springs.

Don’t Turn On The Fireplace Until You Read This

Don’t Turn On The Fireplace Until You Read This

The charming fireplace in your new home is one of the details you love most. No doubt you’re eager to enjoy its warm glow with family and friends. But before you light up the first log, it’s important to make sure that both your fireplace and chimney are in safe working order. Here are some tips to help you determine what you can do yourself and what’s best left to a pro:

Examine the Firebox

Look for any cracks, gaps, or signs of wear in the lining of the firebox (the interior of the fireplace). If the lining has deteriorated to the point that the steel body beneath it is visible, you’ll need to have it professionally repaired. Otherwise, excessive heat can build up inside your fireplace and cause permanent damage, says Tom Spalding of the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).

Look for Telltale Smoke Stains

Smoke stains can be another signal that your fireplace isn’t functioning properly. If you see stains on the ceiling, smoke could be escaping from a gap between the hearth and the firebox, warns Spalding. This is most likely because the hearth has settled — not an unusual occurrence in an older home. When this settling occurs, sparks that fall into the gap can send up smoke, “essentially acting as a secondary chimney,” Spalding says. You’ll need a mason, skilled handyman, or fireplace professional to fix this.

You may also notice smoke stains above the fireplace opening. In this case, the problem may be the flue damper, a mechanism with a hand-operated lever that helps you control the air flow into the fireplace. If the lever is damaged or caked with gunk, you may not be able to open or close the damper completely, which can cause smoke to leak out of the fireplace. Again, a professional can determine if the mechanism can be fixed or if it needs replacing.

Is the Grate Too Large?

When it comes to your fireplace grate, bigger isn’t necessarily better. According to the CSIA, a metal grate used to hold burning firewood should be no more than two-thirds the size of your fireplace opening. An oversized grate may tempt you to pile on too much wood, and the resulting flames can dangerously overheat your fireplace. If your grate is too large, replace it with a smaller one that’s more appropriate for your needs.

Check Your Chimney

You may not want to climb up on your roof to peer into the chimney. However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Getting your chimney inspected is one of the most important steps you can take before using your fireplace.

“The biggest mistake homeowners make is to simply assume that their chimney is in working order,” says Spalding. In fact, that kind of guesswork helps to account for an average of 22,700 chimney fires annually between 2010 and 2012, according to the CSIA.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends an annual inspection of your chimney by a qualified professional. You can expect to pay between $100 and $300 for the service, depending on your location. The findings can clarify whether your chimney needs cleaning or repair.

Last But Not Least

Once the fireplace and chimney in your new home are in tiptop shape, you’re almost ready to build your first crackling fire. Before you do, remember a couple of safety tips: Always know where your fire extinguisher is, and make sure it’s fully charged and ready to use (the CSIA recommends a 5-pound model with a flexible hose). Remember to always open the flue before you start a fire. Close it when not in use to save energy. Finally, make sure you’ve stocked up on enough seasoned firewood to enjoy your new fireplace whenever the mood strikes. Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/fireplaces-chimneys/dont-fire-your-new-homes-fireplace-until-you-read/#ixzz3p3LIQ6Am

Dayton Ohio Metro Area Real Estate Market Report

Dayton Ohio Metro Area Real Estate Market Report

April 2014

  • 724 homes sold
  • $2,700 (Upper Riverdale) – $800,000 (Spring-Clearcreek SD)
  • Average home sold featured 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 1,816 square feet
  • Average asking price $144,182
  • Average sales price $138,923
  • Average sales price/asking price 96.35%
  • Average days on market 125

April 2015

  • 816 homes sold
  • $5,900 (E of Wayne) – $870,000 (Lebanon-Turtle SD)
  • Average home sold featured 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 1,866 square feet
  • Average asking price $142,512
  • Average sales price $137,671
  • Average sales price/asking price 96.60%
  • Average days on market 121

Christina (Asad) Cavins, REALTOR  DaytonOhioHouse@gmail.com

Cell/Text 937-205-4741 Office 937-540-2BUY (2289)

Search homes for sale at http://www.DaytonOhioHouse.com

Irongate Inc. REALTORS Peak Producer 2014 & Q1 2015

Thank you for working with me and recommending me to others!

U.S. AIR FORCE MARATHON at WPAFB

U.S. AIR FORCE MARATHON
Register now for the 19th Annual U.S. Air Force Marathon to be held on September 19, 2015. This marathon has been voted one of the top 15 best Fall marathons in the United States. The 26.2 mile loop is
routed on Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  Set your goal, invite a
friend, and get registered!
Christina Cavins, REALTOR
Cell/Text 937-205-4741 Office 937-540-2BUY (2289)
Search homes for sale at http://www.DaytonOhioHouse.com

Irongate Inc. REALTORS Peak Producer 2014 & Q1 2015
Thank you for working with me and recommending me to others!

Springboro Ohio Memorial Day Parade

Be sure to include the Springboro Ohio Memorial Day Parade in the holiday plans. The parade will be held on Monday, 5/25/15, starting at 2 pm. The parade route starts at S. Main Street and goes to Wade Field.
Happy Memorial Day 2015! #HomeOfTheFreeBecauseOfTheBrave
Christina Cavins, REALTOR  DaytonOhioHouse@gmail.com
Cell/Text 937-205-4741 Office 937-540-2BUY (2289)
Search homes for sale at http://www.DaytonOhioHouse.com

Irongate Inc. REALTORS Peak Producer 2014 & 1st Quarter 2015
Thank you for working with me and recommending me to others!