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March
25

Ohio is a great place to build a home, purchase a home, or select some great investment properties. Whatever reason people choose, there are many ways Ohio is putting itself on the real estate map. Some people like to be near big cities like Ohio's capital, Columbus, while others like to be away from the noise in more rural areas with less traffic. Ohio State University is in Columbus, boasts a strong economy, shopping, and activities. Other regions of Ohio boast natural wonders and places to get away from the hustle and bustle. Whatever reason people choose, there is something for everyone in Ohio. 

 

Cost of Living

Compared to other states in the midwest, Ohio has a relatively low to medium cost of living. The list price per square foot rest around $100. With appreciation on the upswing, there are expected gains for buyers who find the right property in the right market. Some of the best places to live offer half the cost of living in other big cities in states like Indiana and Illinois, with Chicago ranking as one of the more expensive cities to live in the midwest. 

 

Amusement Parks and Entertainment

People love to come to Ohio for entertainment. World-class entertainment districts and amusement parks reside here. From Cedar Point in Sandusky to Kings Island, there is never a dull moment in Ohio. Kings Island, located in Mason, is one of the largest amusement and water parks in the Midwest. Not only that, but Columbus boasts a world-class university with an entertainment district boasting arts, cinema, and a thriving holistic and organic scene focused on bringing natural foods and brews to the area. 

 

Amish Country

One unique feature of moving to Ohio is learning about the largest Amish population in the country. Tourists come from all over to purchase furniture, food, and to learn about their way of life. Within close proximity are shopping, restaurants, and lodging. Explore more about the Amish culture while checking out how they make their beautiful furniture and try to live a simpler life that has inspired people for decades. 

 

Sports

People love sports and enjoy their teams. From college teams to professional leagues, Ohio has it all. There are some people who get really into sports and others who just like to be a patient observer. There are many ways to be athletic outside of sports and go find places to hike or bike and explore some of the many wonders in the area. Nature parks, reserves, and waterways make it a fun place to visit for a weekend but many choose to stay for a lifetime. 

 

Nature

Hocking Hills State Park is not from Logan. This state park features caves, cabins, waterfalls, ziplines, and hiking trails. If people want to canoe, kayak, or fish, they will find it there, too. Annual festivals in Ohio include food, beer, music, and natural wonders to explore. Near Cleveland and Akron is Cuyahoga Valley National Park, along the Cuyahoga River. To the north is the Canal Exploration Center which looks at 19th-century waterways. Brandywine Falls is one of many waterfalls to explore. The railroad runs right through the park. This, and many other natural wonders, are part of living in Ohio, and why people love to build homes here.

 

With great schools, smaller cities, and low cost of living, it makes sense for people to consider Ohio for their next home purchase. Families love living here and people often find they don't want to live anywhere else once they've had a taste of what Ohio has to offer. 

 

People love to explore different places to get a sense of what it will be like to live there. With Ohio, you can never go wrong with all the wonderful ways it captivates people's attention. Nature, schools, parks, cities, and more create a great place to live for individuals and families alike. Contact Choice Properties to have one of our professionals talk to you about available properties you might consider for your next home or investment.

February
5

 

Ohio is the place to be for many individuals and families. There is a natural beauty, parks, and close access to highways which provide opportunities to explore nearby cities and towns. No matter what someone is looking to see or do, there is always something happening right in your backyard. To get there, however, takes a few steps before a final move is completed. 

 

The Right Move

People who want to move often look for similar things. They want safety, established communities, great schools, arts, and lower cost of living than where they are from. With all these in mind, it is no wonder people are looking to Ohio as the place to live. Compared with other states, Ohio's cost-of-living is one of the best in the nation. Housing prices are low and costs for electric, water, heat, and other utilities remain lower than the national average. Some other great features to consider:

  • Transit routes are all over, from door-to-door bus routes to national airports and upgrades being made every year, there are myriad ways to get to and from major cities and local towns
  • Schools offer diversity, generous funding, and increasing opportunities in athletics and STEM programs
  • Sports and recreation are high on the list for Ohioans. Whether you support state teams or national champs, there are many reasons to love Ohio

 

Be Prepared

Don't leave prep work until the last minute. Moving is a considerable expense and stressor. To best prepare for a move, it helps to have some key things in your back pocket:

  • Outstanding realtor: don't move without having someone in your corner to help find the best home, place to live, and amenities to suit your family's needs
  • Find a way to transport furniture and goods well before the move. Researching helps lower costs, including discounts to book online or in advance of the move date (if known)
  • Research the weather. Depending on where you move from, the weather might be a rude awakening when it comes to winter. Snow, sleet, ice, and rain are all part of a fall to winter scenario. Be prepared to buy the necessary equipment like snow blowers, shovels, and more to cope with it in your new home

 

When the day finally comes to make the big move, get a checklist together. Write everything down, check the mail to be sure all bills will be forwarded and review school checklists. Everything can be sorted when the move happens if it is quick, but it helps to have some things done in advance with a follow-up list for after the move. Proper planning helps people manage their new life in a new place but what matters is being able to finally put everything in one place and begin to grow roots in the great state of Ohio. 

 

When people look for a great place to live, they think of Choice Properties. We are the best in our area for helping families make the right choice for them when it comes to where to live and what type of home you desire. We help you from sale of your home to close on the new property. Contact one of our top-notch realtors at Choice Properties who specialize in the Ohio market to find the property that is right for you.

 

February
28

Smart Families are Buying up Vacation Homes for Sale in Ohio

Smart Families Are Buying Up Vacation Homes for Sale In Ohio

The last few years have been great for vacation home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors. With rising home prices and stock market gains, the market was flooded with people nearing retirement, and the median vacation home sold for approximately $150,000/-. There are many upsides to buying a vacation home. You can decorate it as you wish, leave your clothes there, rent out the property if you want and possibly even retire there. A vacation home would be perfect for large family gatherings.

Buying For Enjoyment

A vacation home can be purely for pleasure, if that's what you want it to be. Vacation homes for sale in Ohio are in high demand, as people flock to the state. There are a lot of beautiful vacation spots in Ohio, and you could fall in love with a specific location, and in that case purchasing and maintaining a vacation property will be worth it. You could get away anytime, without having to book hotels. Knowing that you had your own vacation home means you can schedule your vacation time at your convenience.

Buying As An Investment

If you do your research, you'll find that vacation homes for sale in Ohio are a hot commodity because waterfront property is only increasing in value in and around Indian Lakes. When you buy in a desirable location can mean a great investment. Your return on investment will come in the form of renting the property out to others who want to vacation there. Over time, that can generate considerable income. And you can always opt to use it yourself, when it's not being rented out.

Buying For Retirement

Purchasing a vacation home with the intention of selling your current house and retiring in it can be a huge money saver for you. How? You'll be reducing your mortgage debt before it even becomes your primary residence. And once you retire, the profit from your sold home can go toward the current mortgage balance of your vacation home. This will also make your transition easier, as you'll be familiar with the area already. Meanwhile, you can rent out the property and tap into a secondary source of income.

 

 

Vacation homes for sale in Ohio can be a big commitment. It's a decision that come with personal and financial responsibilities. However, the housing market is still very active and rates are still pretty low, so now might be the perfect time to buy that vacation home. Consider the waterfront property in Indian Lakes Ohio. It would make a good investment, an easy place to rent, and a great place to use in your own downtime.

August
26

 retiring in ohio and finding a dream retirement home in ohio

The low cost of living in Ohio and numerous recreational areas make the state one of the best places to consider retirement for people who love to have fun and relax without sacrificing quality of life. The arts, culture and entertainment scene along with outdoor activities make this retirement-friendly locale the place to be, whether in a major city or small town. Learn about all the benefits of retiring in Ohio.

 

Cost of Living

The overall cost of living in Ohio is approximately 8 percent less than the national average as of 2015. Housing costs are 21 percent lower than the national average. Utilities are also ranking lower than the national average which makes affordability one of the key benefits of retiring in Ohio.

 

Culture

Ohio is home to several colleges and universities with several college towns being created in the surrounding towns. Arts and culture are huge in and around the college campuses. Oxford, in particular, has a vibrant artistic scene which includes a free summer concert series, an art museum, college theater scene and more offerings for people of all ages to enjoy. It depends on an individual's tastes but having so many young people in the area can bring a vibrancy to an area and support lots of creative endeavors for individuals wishing to retire close to artistic communities with lots of activities.

 

Activities

Throughout the state of Ohio, outdoor activities abound with lots of space to explore for the outdoor enthusiast. Year-round opportunities are available including bike trails, 330 miles of connected trails in Yellow Springs and Dayton and across the state. Headlands beach is located near Mentor where residents can swim or fish and hike the trails or spot rare plant life at the 450-acre Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve and Marina. Whether it is hiking, biking, bird watching or other activity, there is something for all enthusiasts to enjoy across the state of Ohio.

 

Senior-Friendly Fun

One of the biggest challenges for retirees is finding activities which are fun and engaging while supporting community with groups and organizations. Senior citizen centers and communities across Ohio provide activities and groups just for this reason. The city of Lakewood, for example, has a Division of Aging which organizes senior-only activities such as a photography club and others including lectures, movies, poker and a book club, to name a few. The opportunity to connect with other mature residents is endless and the chance to see and do many great things are available at an individual's fingertips in Ohio.

 

Retirement is a state of mind, which is very individualized depending on a person's desires and goals. There is also lots of quiet space to find respite and peace from the hectic city life in smaller towns which offer scenic views over a lake or hills and trees. Enjoy the four seasons in Ohio and enjoy a low cost of living and higher quality of life that is unsurpassed.

 


 

Looking to retire in Ohio and live life on the lake?

Choice Properties Agents can help you find the perfect retirement home here in Indian Lake Ohio.

 

August
17

Companies are working hard to bring in extra money for business all the time. Airlines are charging for extras which used to be free (baggage, extra leg room, snacks) and food companies are putting less in packaging for the same or even a higher cost. The bottom line has become more important than meeting consumer needs, in some cases. Consumers may forget this fact when signing a lease for a home. Renters may feel reasonable fees are charged to lease space but forget about itemized charges for utilities and other amenities which add to the total cost. A competitive rental market has driven prices higher than ever before in many urban markets. Learn more about the hidden costs and fees associated with leases and what to look for before signing a lease on the dotted line.

 

Utilities

Tenants tend to overlook amenities and utilities in a lease in a desire to either renew a lease or move into a new apartment. The overall cost of a property can become more than was bargained for if a consumer is not careful. Landlord/tenant laws in each state govern how utilities are billed and what recourse is available when payments are missed or shutoffs occur. Utilities may be included in the overall charge yet other times tenants must pay electric or gas bills. Third-party billing happens when an entire building is metered and the landlord splits charges among all tenants in the building, then bills individually. The charges are usually an add-on the rental charge.

 

City Ordinances

Third-party billing is seen by some states as a deceptive practice. Ordinances such as one in Seattle,  cover all residents living in buildings with three or more units to protect tenants from fraudulent overcharging practices. Some questions can be asked of a landlord prior to signing a lease. The following are just a few a tenant may ask about add-on fees:

  • Ask about utility service before signing a lease

  • Set up utility accounts quickly

  • Pay utility bills promptly and document payments

  • Take steps to protect self from landlord

  • Act immediately for better dispute resolution

 

Hidden Charges

Landlords in a competitive rental market may increase fees based on supply and demand which is cause for even more awareness around hidden fees. Additional fees may include:

  • Pets

  • Separate parking fee

  • Application fee (with approval or not)

  • Condos or HOAs may charge move-in fees for tenant-occupied units

  • Cable TV, internet may be billed through HOA or the landlord

  • Security deposit payments

  • Pre-paid fees (first and last month's rent due on move-in)


The best way to protect oneself in the rental market is to be a savvy consumer, know rights afforded tenants and don't sign anything without asking questions and reading the paperwork. Advocacy organizations and state agencies provide information to consumers. Lawyers are also available who specialize in landlord/tenant law to provide support and dispute resolution.

 

Get more advice on spotting those hidden costs in your lease.

Contact one of our agents today.

August
10

 

Everybody loves the lazy days of summer in Ohio; sunshine, sleeping in, picnics, adventures. The one thing that makes summer a little unbearable at times is the HEAT. Let's face it, scorching temps lead to sweltering if you don't have access to air conditioning. Here are some budget-friendly tips and tricks for staying cool and keeping the utility bill from skyrocketing August to September.

 

Regardless of which brand, make, and model HVAC system you have, the ultimate savings on your energy bill will come from how you adjust your thermostat(s). To start, set the thermostat as high as you can while still being comfortable, but where the difference between the indoor and outdoor readings are as small as possible.

 

If you've been away, don't crank the thermostat down as soon as you get home to try and speed up the process. This will only strain your machine, making it work harder and expend more energy. It will not cool your house down any faster. Even better would be to take advantage of the Energy Saver programmable modemost thermostats come with for multi-room systems.  

 

How is the ventilation in your Logan County home? Proper ventilation can aid your cool-down efforts by improving indoor air quality, removing moisture and odors, and allowing refreshing outside breezes to transfer with stuffy indoor air. Evenings are a great time to open the doors and windows. Encourage airflow by installing fans throughout the house to help push the stuffy hot air out and pull the cooler evening air in.

  • ceiling fans should be set to run in a counterclockwise direction during summer months (draws cooler air up from the floor)

  • attic exhaust fans will pull hot air into the attic where vents can dissipate the heat

  • position portable fans near windows or basement door at night to pull cooler air from these areas into the home

 

If you're fortunate enough to be in the roughly 90% of US homeowners who have a/c, then you should cherish this appliance … take care of it, appreciate it, and keep the maintenance current. The last thing you want when it hits triple digits outside is to discover your unit isn't cooling.

  • Ensure you have adequate insulation in the walls and ceilings to keep hot air out and cool air in.

  • Caulk leaking windows and doors, and/or use draft stops (sometimes called 'snakes') to cover the gaps at the bottom of these entry points.

  • Aluminum blinds, insulated curtains, or window tint film can block sunlight from entering your home and heating up the place during the day.

  • CHANGE YOUR FILTERS REGULARLY. Easy and quick, this reduces the workload on your air conditioner and improves indoor air quality. Check filters once a month and clean out any dust particles which may clog.

  • Clean the coils. Outside units should be kept unobstructed and cleaned regularly. Use a soft-bristle nylon brush to gently remove any debris, and hose off any leaves or caked-on dirt. Clean the inside coils using the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner, or wipe down with a soft, damp cloth.

  • Call in a pro. It is still important to call in a reputable HVAC contractor to regularly look at your system. An annual tune-up will help guarantee you have an efficiently working air conditioning system and keep any warranties you have on the system active.
June
18

As the fireworks displays loom near in our imaginations, we're all a little excited by the greatest summer holiday there is: Independence Day! This time of year usually means outdoor barbeques and family gatherings beneath an open sky as we watch a brilliant display of fireworks to commemorate the urge toward freedom and community that has always defined the American people.

 

Logan County and the surrounding Indian Lake community is well known for its welcoming personality and ties to the land and history of the region.  That's never more true than during the 4th of July celebrations that abound around the lake. As one of the busiest times of year for the Indian Lake community, we welcome our fellow countrymen to the celebration and raise a cold drink to the Land of the Free!

 

Enjoy the fireworks and remember that it's always a great time to buy a house in Indian Lake!

June
15

Central Ohio is full of amazing summer festivals for all ages and we're happy to promote some of these to the residents and visitors of our community.  There's always something to do when you live in Logan County.  Get out there and enjoy all the cultural entertainment offered in summer time!

 

 

If you enjoy the local happenings in central Ohio and Indian Lake, be sure to talk to one of our award-winning real estate agents about the best place to live in Logan County!

June
15

 

People often ask us what defines the culture of Logan County and why Indian Lake is such a great place to live. The truth is, it's all about the people. 

 

Living in a place as beautiful as Ohio, nestled next to Indian Lake and surrounded by state parks and farmlands; this is what it means to live in the American Midwest.  But when it comes right down to it, the thing that makes Indian Lake one of the best places to live, is that our people still maintain the same small town charm that has always been a staple of rural life.  There is a kindness and sense of community rarely found in other parts of the country.  It's a remnant of the early settler days when central Ohio was booming with early industry and advanced agriculture. 

 

We have a lot of fast food restaurants and chain department stores today, just like every other town in the USA.  But we also have a wealth of small businesses and local establishments that cater to locals and visitors alike.  Living in Logan County means being a part of the group that calls this place home. Saying hello to the neighbor you see at the grocery store and knowing the parents of your kids' friends.  These are the real deal purpose of community and the way life is meant to be lived.

 

The neighborhoods and houses in Bellefontaine or Russells Point are comprised of a nice mix of families, some who have lived in these parts for generations and others who have relocated here to find something fresh and welcoming for their families.  We encourage you to browse the homes of Bellefontaine and greater Logan County to see what we mean by small town charm and a sense of community.

 

Living in America's Heartland means a deep appreciation for the people and culture that makes small town life feel like home.

 

You're always welcome in Logan County!

June
15

Indian Lake Camping

 

Summer is in full swing in Central Ohio and our locals can't get enough of the sunshine and great outdoors. When the winter is so long and cold, it's always nice to break the ice with some fun, family-friendly summer activities right here on home turf.  Here are three of our favorites for you to consider.  Whatever you do, get out there and have some fun in the sun!

 

Get on the Lake

Indian Lake offers a wealth of activity for the whole family. Swimming and enjoying the lakeside park areas are a great way to spend a few hours together without spending too much.  For the more adventurous types, check out Spend a Day Marina for boat andwatercraft rentals.  Nothing beats buzzing around on the lake with a Jet Ski or speed boat.  If you're up for fishing there are some great spots around the lake for catching bluegill, yellow perch, and largemouth bass.  From a boat or the shore, you're sure to get something on the end of your line.

 

 

Family Camping

The Welcome Woods Family Campground offers you and yours a chance to get outside and camp under the stars for a few days this summer.  18 acres of open land offers plenty of camping spots from the primitive setups, where it's just you and a tent, to recreational parking with water and electrical hookups.  The campground is on the south side of Indian Lake so you can walk over for a swim or fishing, or just hang out by the fire pit roasting hot dogs and s'mores!  The great outdoors is the iconic summer family experience.

 

Horseback Riding

Living in the Midwest has its own quaint country charm but nothing says America like a rural horseback tour.  Our friends at Marmon Valley Farm off horseback riding adventures and trail rides, plus camps and lessons for all ages.  Let your kids experience the wonders of a fully functioning farm with animals, pets, crops, and of course… horses! 

 

Make memories to last a lifetime right here in Logan County.

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