Columbus REALTORS® e-notes for June 22, 2018

Market continues to heat up with record breaking sales prices
The average sales price of a home during the month of May in central Ohio was $235,133, which is 3.8 percent more than May 2017 and the average monthly sales price on record. The median sales price was $204,000, up 7.4 percent from a year ago. This is also a record high. Read full story here.

Act Now - help pass Home Inspector Licensing (HB 211)
Our last chance may be near to pass legislation licensing home inspectors in Ohio (HB 211) and we need your help! Please contact your State Representative and urge them to pass HB 211 before the summer recess. House Bill 211 proposes reasonable industry standards and consumer protections. Learn more and take action here.

Understanding the Residential Real Estate Purchase Contract
This class on 7/11 will review the key concepts and clauses in the residential purchase contract and associated forms. Additionally, it will  emphasize the notice requirements and contingency clauses as well as the mechanics of the Inspections and Tests section and more. Cost: $30 if paid by 07/10/18; $40 on the day of the class. Register.

New home construction surges to highest level in a decade
More new homes entered the pipeline in May than in any other month since the end of the Great Recession. But the gains are uneven across the country, and permit activity indicates they may be short-lived. Read more.

7 ways to make your website, emails more accessible
Learn how inclusive design will improve your marketing and communications to all your customers.

Homeownership rate depends heavily on seniors
A great deal of focus has been placed on how millennials will impact housing, but older Americans may actually have more influence. More info.

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Awesome easy landscaping projects
No need for fancy DIY skills, a lot of money, or a ton of time to pull off these yard upgrades. Here are five totally doable projects that your budget will barely notice.