Columbus REALTORS® e-notes for September 21, 2018

Existing home prices continue to climb
Central Ohio homes and condos continue to perform producing an increase in the average price of a home sold in central Ohio this year. Through August this year, the average price of a home sold was $229,033, which is up 6.4 percent from a year ago. The median sales price was $195,000, up 7.4 percent from August 2017. Read full report.

Communities in Florence's path need our help now
Our hearts go out to Florence’s victims, and with your help, we can offer more than thoughts and prayers. Through the National Association of REALTORS® Relief Foundation, we can deliver housing assistance to those in need during the critical weeks and months to come. The Columbus REALTORS® Foundation is also making a contribution. You can make a difference and donate in less than one minute using this secure online form. 

Important - New Member Orientation required for Keybox access!
As of Sept. 1, new agents are now required to complete Columbus REALTORS® New Member Orientation within 90 days of obtaining electronic key box access. More info on this requirement here.

New changes to the 2018 Sales Awards!
Are you familiar with the latest changes to the Sales Awards? Learn more here.

Fall Scholarship deadline approaching on 9/28!
Do you know someone who would be a fantastic REALTOR®? Have you considered getting your broker’s license or continuing your education? Don’t wait! The fall Columbus REALTORS® Foundation Scholarship deadline is right around the corner (9/28). Click here for more information or to apply today, multiple awards available.

Business Technology Forum: How to creatively tell your brand story
Learn how to creatively tell your brand's story with national speaker Jason Tharp in this special Business Tech Forum on 9/26! Free; registration required. 

Survey: Americans’ ideal home
Every REALTOR® must complete at least 2.5 hours of ethics every two years to maintain your REALTOR® membership as the three hours to maintain your Ohio license. The next Ethics course is next week on Sept. 20 (free) - sign up here. Get more info on the NAR ethics requirement here. 

How delayed marriage rates could benefit housing
As younger Americans wait longer to get married, some in the industry worry they'll also put off home ownership. But one luxury home builder says the postponement is good for their business. Read more.

6 Types of mortgage fraud are becoming more prevalent
About one out of every 109 mortgage applications has been found to contain false or misleading information. More info.

News for your clients! 
What you need to know about researching home prices
There are a lot of home pricing resources out there, and some are far better than others. Fortunately, you have a few resources at your disposal to figure out where your house stands among the crowd: a listing agent’s expertise and guidance, plus online property sites to get insight into the market. Read more.