Memorial Day, 2013

May 24th, 2013
All gave some, some gave all. We honor those who have served and those who continue to serve.

All gave some, some gave all. We honor those who have served and those who continue to serve.

Rise or fall, owners are appealing appraisals

December 22nd, 2011

In the wake of a countywide reappraisal, appeals are on the rise. Read the full article here.

Most owners get their way on appeals 60% win cases over    property    value in Franklin County

December 7th, 2011

Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo has sided with more than half of the 26,509 taxpayers who said he got their property values wrong.

Mingo has agreed to lower property values in 55.5 percent of those challenges, and increase it in 5 percent of the cases. Nearly 40 percent of the challenged values were not changed.

Read the Full Article on the Columbus Dispatch.

Rise or fall, owners are appealing appraisals

December 7th, 2011

A recent article in the Columbus Dispatch shows that homeowners are appealing the reappraised value of their homes. Read the full article here.

‘Real Estate Matters’ by Ilyce Glink

June 29th, 2011

In a reverse of the old idiom, Ilyce Glink discusses real estate valuations as ‘what goes down must come back up.’ As real estate values are challenged, some counties are lowering the recorded value of the homes… but raising the value of the land to balance lost tax revenue. In her Q & A article, she discusses this as well as other issues facing homeowners in this changing market both in a recent article in the Columbus Dispatch, as well as on her own website,

Stand and be counted: 2010 Census results in Ohio

March 25th, 2011

The numbers are in. For the full Columbus Dispatch article, click here.

Winter Deals in Ohio

January 25th, 2011

Winter doesn’t have to be a downer – there are plenty of things to do in our State at affordable prices.

 Saimi Bergmann staff writer tells us in his article Winter Steals and Deals to “think off season. Check places where summer fun is the norm, including parks and zoos.” The Columbus Zoo, Akron Zoo, The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, and various Ohio wineries are all offering seasonal specials and great deals to bring you in from the cold and into some entertainment. Whether you check out Viking Vinyards, or decide to visit Amish Country, this article lists some great local vendors and deals. Need a place to stay? How about the Garden Gate B&B, The Dutch Host Inn, or a cabin in an Ohio State Park!
It’s all in the article, and its all in Ohio!

Featured County: Franklin County

January 24th, 2011

Are you a resident of Franklin County? Tell us what makes living in your county special;  Email us at

This week we are featuring Franklin County – home of Ohio’s State Capital. Check back on our blog all this week for posts featuring this Capital County!

For more ‘Fun Facts,” click here!

While you’re at it; check out some of the cities, townships, and villages that make up Franklin county.




Get Cash Back From Decreasing Home Values – Franklin County in the News

January 20th, 2011

 The Franklin County auditor said Wednesday that they are expecting thousands of people to request their home values to be reassessed this year because of decreasing property values.

In a news report broadcast last night, the current plight of the Franklin County homeowner was discussed. So many homes can not sell for the value at which they are taxed. It is estimated that the number of appeal submissions will triple in the next year.

Read the Full Article here

Ohio “Undervalued”

January 12th, 2011

Ohio: 5 “Undervalued” Housing Markets in CNN’s Top 15 reported yesterday on the most ‘overvalued’ and ‘undervalued’ housing markets in the country, including lists of the top cities in both categories.  Ohio was the only state to log 5 entries on either list, with all 5 making the ‘undervalued’ list.  Most housing markets in the country were determined by the study, which looked at a seemingly endless list of data points including population growth, vacancies, construction costs, etc. to be ‘fairly’ priced, but 8 areas were determined to be overvalued, and 15 undervalued. According to the analysis, the Ohio cities of Akron (2), Cleveland (3), Dayton (9), Columbus (13), and Cincinnati (15) can all be viewed as housing markets where great deals are abundant… or sellers, in Akron for example,  are only getting -22%, of the true value of their homes….      

To read the full article, click here.

- John Hewson

*John is a new contributor to our Blog, and we welcome his insights on the goings on in Ohio! Welcome, John!