Columbus REALTORS® e-notes for February 23, 2018

Inventory at record lows
Central Ohio housing inventory continued to decrease during the month of January to 3,410, which is 12 percent below December and 21.2 percent less than January 2017. This left central Ohio with a 1.2 months supply of inventory at the current sales pace and the 84th consecutive month of year over year declines in inventory. Read full report.

Hey REALTORS® - Your business, your brand!

Take your business to the next level in this class on 2/28! You'll learn the do's and don'ts of real estate marketing and much more. Class is $10. Check out the video and register.

Government Affairs Forum: 2018 Political & Policy Forecast Panel 3/6

Wondering what government policies and political factors are going to impact you and your clients in 2018? Don't miss this special Government Affairs Forum - 2018 Politics & Policy Forecast Panel on March 6 at the Columbus Airport Embassy Suites! The panel will be moderated by Scott Light, Political Anchor of WBNS-10TV and include Democrat Aaron Pickrell, Former Senior Advisor to President Obama and Republican Michael Hartley, Strategist and Former Advisor to Bush/Cheney Campaign, Governor Kasich and Congressman Steve Stivers! Space is limited and seats will go fast. Register.

Short sales and foreclosures continue downward trend
While central Ohio saw record home sales in 2017, the share of sales that were lender-mediated declined to 4.8 percent during 4Q-2017 which is down by more than half from 2016. Read full report.

Home Inspector Licensing, Take action now! 
Few Ohioans are aware that home inspectors are not licensed in our state. Home inspectors are often hired under the assumption they've received some level of training that they’re able to identify potential problems. Take action now and ask your Representative to SUPPORT House Bill 211 and protect Ohio's home buyers and sellers!

Foundation Wine Tasting is 3/15!
Don't miss this year's event at the new Exchange at Bridge Park in Dublin! Tickets include eight beverage tastings, hors d'oeuvres by Cameron Mitchell catering, on-site parking and more! Tickets are $45 thru Mar. 5; $50 after Mar. 5. Group Rate: 10 tickets for $425*. Register.

Understanding the Residential Real Estate Purchase Contract
There have been quite a few changes to this contract over the last year! (Please note this class is only offered 2-3x/year.) This class is designed for both the newly licensed agent and the experienced salesperson. The course will review the key concepts and clauses in the contract and associated forms. Cost: $30 if paid by 03/14/18; $40 on day of class. Register.

Civil Rights and Fair Housing for all real estate transactions
This class on 3/13 will review Civil Rights and Fair Housing Laws and how they relate to real estate transactions. Topics include advertising, disparate Impact, protected classes, Rental Criteria and more. Cost is free, however registration is required.
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