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June
29

Beautiful Homes for Sales in Huntsville Ohio

The Village of Huntsville is a community of around 450 in north central Logan County, Ohio. This small town is a great place to raise a family in a friendly community. Huntsville real estate is reasonably priced and affordable for anyone looking to live in a safe town full of neighbors, not strangers.

History

Originally, Huntsville became incorporated in December 1865. A rail system was run through town which increased economic development and residential growth and placed increasing amounts of Huntsville real estate on the market.

Geography

The United States Census Bureau noted the village has a total area of 0.30 square miles, all land. It is the northernmost village in the Hunstville, Sollysville and Cherokee combined areas within the Indian Lake Region. The proximity of the Village of Hunstville to nearby lakes and water make it an affordable location for families to own Huntsville homes for those who want to be close to great parks and schools. Despite its small size, the Village of Huntsville lies at the intersection of several highways including State Route 274 (which runs through the village) and State Route 117 on the southern end of Huntsville. U.S. Route 33 passes on the southwest edge of the village with State Routes 366 and 368 located on the eastern ends and north end of the village, respectively. The proximity to several transportation routes provides access to nearby towns and cities for people who wish to take advantage of all they have to offer. Huntsville real estate including properties and land make viable options for any families seeking to move into the area.

Community

Approximately 431 people including 123 families reside in the village as of 2010. Of the 159 households, over 42% had children under the age of 18 living with them. The median age of the village is 35.6 years old signifying a large number of families with younger children (30.9% were under age 18) which builds community life and brings people together. Local activities can be found in Indian Lakes as well as the nearby town of Bellefontaine. Many families choose to purchase Huntsville homes due to its proximity to dining and entertainment options but still maintaining affordability.

Schools

The Huntsville School District was formed around the same time the village was incorporated. Initially there were two school rooms with about 150 students, according to the Logan County Historical Society. Today, students attending school attend Indian Lake School District in nearby Indian Lake. Approximately 1,800 students are served in grades K-12. The district is proud to say they hold an 'Excellent with Distinction' rating by the Ohio Department of Education. Indian Lake Schools support a culture of safety and learning for students while encouraging parents to participate with teachers to make a learning community which supports excellence for students. Many activities are available to participate in such as arts, music, advanced classes for high school students looking to receive additional training for careers or college after graduation and several sports.

 

 

Choice Properties is always here to answer any questions, regarding searching for your dream house or selling your current house. Give us a call!

June
20

 

home improvement projects that will help you sell your home

The Best Home Improvement Projects for Selling Your Home in Ohio

Considering the huge undertaking selling a home can become, there are some home improvement projects which can dramatically increase value and help spruce up the home for sale. The following are just some of the projects that can help yield best returns on investment.

Low-Cost Yields Big-Impact

Focus on projects that do not cost a lot of money up front but buyers will take notice straight away. Painting, landscaping, refinishing and replacement of fixtures inside and outside the home all help lend themselves to greater value.

Improve Curb Appeal

Curb appeal may be the most important focus of selling a home. If the curb appeal is low, many people will not want to come inside to have a look. Some of the improvement projects with highest return on investment actually take place outside the home. This may include painting, improving landscaping, bushes, flowers, flower beds or even trees with a higher return on investment. Replacing the roof may seem like a big project but has over 100% return on investment (ROI). Easy curb appeal projects may also include:

  • Replacing front door
  • House numbers
  • Mailbox
  • New garage door
  • New vinyl siding

Go Small

Smaller renovations can have huge impact on potential buyers. Renovating a bathroom or kitchen may seem like a good idea but while it may add major value, it can also cost more up front than will be returned on sale. Smaller renovations are sometimes the way to go, including:

  • Replacing light fixtures
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Replacing tired or dirty carpeting
  • Refinishing hardwoods
  • Adding hardwoods
  • New insulation
  • Energy-efficient windows
  • Improved heating and cooling systems

Partial Kitchen Renovation

Kitchens are a major focal point of attention for buyers. If it is smaller and outdated, it may be worth spending some money to update. Think small and only go bigger if needed:

  • Replace hardware
  • Refinish cabinets
  • Update sink and fixtures

Partial Bathroom Renovations

Bathrooms are a big point of interest for buyers but do not have to be grand to be of value. Start small with details like new fixtures, sink or refinished tub. Updating the vanity is an inexpensive, easy way to add value. Larger projects that hold ROI include complete replacement of a tub or toilet with a near 100% return in value.

 

 

 

When considering home sales in 2017, Choice Properties is the place to go. We have experienced realtors in Ohio ready to help you buy or sell that property and walk you through the process. We have a wealth of information and resources to educate you on how to get best value for your money. Call us to get started!

June
15

 

Staging your home to sell quickly

5 Home Staging Blunders That Can Frighten Home Buyers Away

For many homeowners, hanging up spooky decorations at Halloween, too many Christmas lights or even overdoing the outside decor can make a potential home buyer think twice about the property before ever setting food inside. Home staging is a crucial part of home selling preparation. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 32% of buyer's agents and 37% of sellers' agents believe a staged home can increase value to buyers by up to 5%. This may add up to thousands of dollars to the price tag of the home. Find out if your home is effectively staged to sell and how to get it ready for the market.

Dark Entryways

The front entry is first point of contact for buyers when entering a home. Peeling paint, deep shadows or uninviting colors are not apt to create a good first impression. Turn the front entryway into a focal point with a nice, bright color to complement the home.

Cobwebs

During a showing, buyers inspect almost every nook and cranny. Light fixtures, closets, ceilings and other nuances. Cleaning thoroughly from top to bottom (with help from professionals if necessary) help make it look new. Asking a friend or neighbor to play the part of a potential buyer can be helpful prior to a showing.

Bright Colors on Walls

One of the goals of home staging, besides selling for the best price, is to help buyers visualize living in the home. With bold, bright colors on the walls, more neutral colors may appeal to all potential buyers.

Menacing Decorations

Staging a home around Halloween or other holidays can be difficult with all the decor and lawn ornamentation. It is best to stage the home in moderation for potential buyers. Not everyone will find the decor festive and may be a turnoff to the property.

Hovering During Showings

How a home is presented is crucial to success in the marketplace. Staging is of huge importance so making the property available and making oneself scarce during showings is critical. Potential buyers may find it creepy if the current homeowner is lurking in the shadows or can be heard from somewhere else in the house.

 

 

Thinking of selling your home? Staging does not have to be a scary experience. Contact Choice Properties for a wealth of tips on how to stage a property for a quick, easy sale and at top dollar. Give our top real estate agents a call to get started!

June
6

 

Buying a home in East Liberty Ohio

Make Your Move to East Liberty Ohio

East Liberty is located in southern Perry Township, Logan County, Ohio. Just off U.S. Route 33, east of Bellefontaine and approximately an hour northwest of Columbus, this unincorporated town is home to a major Honda automotive production plant. Families looking for East Liberty real estate will find plenty of open land in which to build a new home or purchase existing property.

Community

The East Liberty Auto Plant, opened in 1984, serves as a major automotive production plant for Honda. Nationally known NHTSA's Vehicle Research and Testing Center also resides there. Economic growth for development of surrounding areas occurred as a result of the plant being built. East Liberty homes sold at affordable prices along with East Liberty real estate and land development. Families have many choices when looking to move to East Liberty whether seeking existing property or land on which to build the perfect home.

Schools

Families who set down roots in East Liberty send children to the Benjamin Logan Local School District, recognized by locals as "Benjamin Logan Schools." The school district comprises the eastern half of Logan County, Ohio. Noteworthy for commitment to agribusiness education, the schools offer many classes to this end as well as support agricultural programs at the local college. The Honda corporation and local colleges provide teacher exchange opportunities at the middle and high school level as well as in-school courses in Japanese. Teachers often come from Japan on exchange to the high school.

The high school affords many opportunities to get involved in sports as well with state records being held in many including football, wrestling, baseball and volleyball. Other activities include soccer, track and field, cross country, bowling and basketball as well as arts and rigorous academic coursework with advanced classes for college prep.

Activities

When seeking to purchase East Liberty real estate, families will enjoy being near the city of Bellefontaine with the many available activities such as shopping, dining, outdoor sports and recreation as well as vicinity to water. Nearby cities offer museums and state parks for family outings as a day outing or weekend trip. Local highways give access to several nearby locations as well as an international airport in Columbus, Ohio for air travel across the country and the world.  Affordable living in East Liberty allows for more opportunities to explore the region with historical and geographical points of interest including natural caves. East Liberty is a wonderful place to reside with economic opportunities available and affordable home prices, there are many ways to get connected to community and raise a family in a rural setting.

 

 

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