Columbus REALTORS® e-notes February 27, 2015

New listings on the rise in central Ohio
There were 2,283 central Ohio homes and condos listed for sale in January 2015, a 51 percent jump over the previous month and a 4.8 percent increase from January 2014. Read the full report here.

Commercial Awards Banquet next week!
There's still time left to get tickets for the annual Commercial Awards Banquet - what are you waiting for?! This year's event will be held at the exclusive new Joseph Hotel in the Short North on March 5. Tickets are $75 and include dinner. Get tickets here!

Discounted Cameron Mitchell Gift Cards are back!
It's that time of year again - Cameron Mitchell and Piada gift cards are 25% off! Cameron Mitchell gift cards are available in $25, $50 and $100 increments and Piada gift cards are available in $10, $25, and $50 increments. Orders can be placed using this form and can be emailed or faxed to Kelly Simmons (614) 337-7559. All orders and payment must be received by March 9 at 5p. Gift cards will be available for pick up after 12p on March 18.

Foundation Wine Tasting
Connect the stars and sample eight fabulous wines at the annual Foundation Wine Tasting on Thursday, Mar. 12 at the Vue! Tickets are $40 and also include hors d'oeuvres in addition to wine. Sponsorships are still available and silent auction items are also being accepted. Buy tickets here!

Major changes to the closing process coming 8/1
New forms will replace the HUD-1 settlement form, Good Faith Estimate (GFE) and Truth in Lending Act (TILA) disclosure form on 8/1/15 as significant changes become effective for the closing procedure. Read more.

Why can't MLS kick that listing out of our MLS?
From time to time our MLS is asked why brokerage business practices that are different are even permitted to enter their listing into our MLS. To find out why and take the antitrust quiz, click here.

Columbus REALTORS® Weather Cancellation Policy
 If Franklin County issues a Level 2 Snow Advisory, Columbus REALTORS® classes, events and meetings are canceled for the day. If a Level 3 Snow Emergency is declared, Columbus REALTORS® will be closed for the day. View cancellation policy here. Check snow emergency level here

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