Columbus REALTORS® e-notes May 23, 2014

Central Ohio Housing Report - April 2014
Prices of central Ohio homes are up and continue to increase, but inventory still remains low. The median sale price of a home in April 2014 was 10 percent higher than the previous month as well as year. Inventory also continues to increase as the weather gets warmer. Read more.

REALTOR® Care Day - Sign Up Now!
Looking to make a difference in Columbus? Volunteer your time on June 4 by participating in Columbus REALTORS®  2014 REALTOR® Care Day! This year's primary service project will take place along the Long Street corridor in the King-Lincoln District of Columbus. Details on the 20 area realty association's projects are forthcoming. Join other central Ohio REALTORS® and affiliates and volunteer your time to make a difference throughout Columbus! Sign up to volunteer and learn more about REALTOR® Care Day.

NAR Flexes its lobbying muscle in DC
The National Association of Realtors flexed its lobbying muscle to members at its annual midyear conference in the District last week, calling attention to its aggressive fundraising and social media advocacy efforts this year. Columbus REALTORS® also attended the event, and visited congressional representatives to discuss real estate issues. Read more and check out pictures of Columbus REALTORS® in DC on Facebook!
 
CREA 'cartel commercial' stresses using a REALTOR® 
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and Union’s latest TV spot features an online-only banned-from-TV version which brings home yet another reason buyers should work with a REALTOR®. View the commercial.

REALTOR® Safety Webinar
NAR has designated September REALTOR® Safety Month but that does not mean safety is regulated to one month. In fact, REALTOR® Safety continues this June with a free webinar. The live webinar “Personal Safety is All About You” is scheduled for June 3 at 1pm CST. And you can register now!

Real estate drives Ohio's economy, study finds
The real estate sector — from construction to brokerage to legal to financing and more — is a cornerstone of the Ohio economy, according to recent findings by the National Association of REALTORS®. In 2012 the industry’s economic impact on Ohio’s economy exceeded $68.4 billion, accounting for 13.3 percent of the gross state product. Read more.

News for your clients!
How to pick paint colors
Everyone's a critic when it comes to the color you pick to paint your walls, which often makes it difficult to choose an appropriate color. To avoid buyer's remorse or selecting a hue that's too trendy, try sampling colors on your walls and also looking at samples at different times of the day. Read more about selecting paint colors you won't regret.