Archive for the ‘Franklin County’ Category

Rise or fall, owners are appealing appraisals

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

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

Rise or fall, owners are appealing appraisals

Wednesday, 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.

Stand and be counted: 2010 Census results in Ohio

Friday, March 25th, 2011

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

Winter Deals in Ohio

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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”

Wednesday, 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!

Ohio Animals in the News

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

“Be courageous! Whatever setbacks America has encountered, it has always emerged as a stronger and more prosperous nation….”
“Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith and go forward” Thomas Alva Edison


Ohio Animals in the News


The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is asking local residents for help rounding up the remaining 7 prairie dogs still on the loose from a group of 11 who escaped from their temporary quarters on Friday.  The Assistant Curator said in a statement that the Zoo does not believe the escapees have left the property, but is asking neighbors to be on the look out just in case.  (There has been talk of bringing in the groundskeeper that Bill Murray’s character was based on in the movie, ‘Caddyshack’, if the animals are not located by spring.)       

Ohio is only the second state in recent history to ban the “owning, breeding, selling or trading of wild exotic animals.”  Outgoing Governor Ted Strickland issued the prohibition by executive order last week.  Current owners of exotic animals, which include tigers, bears, and elephants, will be required to register them each year, making it easier for authorities to keep track of potential abuse and/or exploitation. 

Oddly, Ohio’s neighbor to the south, Kentucky, has been designated by the Animal Legal Defense Fund as the best state to live in if you are an animal abuser–for the fourth year running!  Its complete lack of animal protection laws and inability to stop the rampant cock-fighting rings in the state are cited as reasons for the distinction.

- John Hewson

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

Franklin County Tax Assessment

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Ohio Residential Appraisal Services 

Attention Franklin County Residents…Your real estate tax bills will be mailed in mid-December!

If you believe the market value of your home is less than the county auditors total assessed value, you have the right to dispute your tax assessment. Last tax year, a 3 member board processed more than 65000 dispute applications. Don’t miss out on the opportunity this year to ensure your assessment is accurate. Typical resolution time of a tax appeal may be up to 6 months. A current real estate appraisal of your home can expedite the process. We can not only provide an appraisal, but will also help guide you through the appeals process. The Buckeye Appraisal Service staff has over 45 years experience conducting Real estate Appraisals in the state of Ohio with an A+ Better business bureau rating.The Columbus Board of Realtors reports the average market sales price has decreased by $22,318 since 2006 (as of September, 2009). 

Appeal applications are only accepted from December (after the tax bill is mailed) through March 31.


  • STEP 1: Visit the Franklin County Auditors Site to check the current total assessed value of your home. Click Property Search > search by name, address or parcel > Area sales activity > Get report > Compare your home to similar sales in the past 3 to 6 months.
  • STEP 2: Click here to order a real estate appraisal of your home conducted by a local, state licensed professional appraiser.
  • STEP 3: Download (PDF) and print the complete BOR Application form.
  • STEP 4: Once you have received your appraisal report from Buckeye Appraisal Service, you can email it along with the BOR application form to the Franklin County Auditor for review.

REMINDER: Appeal applications are ONLY accepted from December (after the tax bill is mailed) through March 31.
Appeals are reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. Call us now at (614) 876-3124 or order your appraisal completed NOW before the year end rush! Mention this ad and receive your appraisal for only $300 ($25.00 off our standard fee) 

Owners winning requests for tax cuts

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

In a recent article for the Columbus Dispatch, Barbara Carmen reports that although the number of tax appeal submissions has trippled since 2008, 94% of those appeals are being approved. That means that 94% of those homeowners were paying too much in taxes. What are the chances you are in the same situation? You can read the full article on the Columbus Dispatch’s website.