Columbus REALTORS® e-notes for February 9, 2018

Weather cancellation policy
If Franklin County issues a Level 2 Snow Emergency, Columbus REALTORS® classes, events and meetings are canceled for the day. Even though events are canceled, Columbus REALTORS® will attempt to remain open for business. Please call first if you are planning to travel to Columbus REALTORS® to ensure that we are in a position to meet your needs. If Franklin County declares a Level 3 Snow Emergency, Columbus REALTORS® will be closed for the day. Read more.

Dr. Ted's slidedeck from the Joint Industry Forecast 
Here is the promised slide deck from the presentation by Dr. Ted Jones, chief economist for Stewart Title on 1/25/18 at the Joint Industry Forecast. 

Facts about the HECM for Purchase Program
Sign up for this class on Feb. 20 that reviews a little-known FHA insured financing program for seniors, who are at least 62 years of age. This class will explain how you can help your clients purchase a more expensive home without tying up all their cash, and allow your client to not have a monthly mortgage payment. Cost: $20 if paid by 2/19/ $30 day of class. Get more info and register here.

Become a Certified Real Estate Mentor!

Only 8 spots remain in this special 2-day course offered on March 7-8. By earning the CREM designation you'll be ensuring that knowledge, experience, and wisdom are passed down from generation to generation. More info and sign up here.

Meet the 2018 10 under 40 honorees 

The 2018 10 Under 40 honorees are innovative, industrious, and committed to raising the bar in real estate. This group of select individuals are leaders in the central Ohio real estate community under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of sales, leadership and community involvement. Congratulations are in order to this year's honorees: Jeff Krider, Megan Kelley, Sarah Miller, Dara Barker, Rob Riddle, Katie Crocco, Chris Davis, Rob Ellis, Justin Gwinn, and Molly Leach. Read more about them here.

Owners Upbeat That Equity Rises Will Continue
Homeowners are so optimistic that their home’s value will continue to increase that they’re increasingly turning to home equity loans to spruce up their properties. But a word of caution: Many are unclear on how new tax reform laws could impact home equity loans. Read more.

Renters are getting frustrated

The majority of renters say they want to own a home in the future and believe that homeownership is a critical piece of the American dream. But making the leap into homeownership is proving to be a big hurdle. Read more.
News for your clients!
Firepit or moneypit? 8 ways to avoid overspending
With spring on the way, relaxing around a fire and under the stars is about to be the hottest place for a perfect night. But a built-in fire pit can cost $4,500 installed. That’s a pricey upgrade. Don’t worry. With these money-saving tips, you can build a fire pit for less than a grand — and still have a great one.