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Ohio Market Watch: Why Ohio REALTORS use social media

By Greg Stitz, OAR Director of Research

Ohio REALTORS utilize social media for its intended use — build relationships and network (54 percent), increase visibility/exposure/marketing (52 percent), promote listings (47 percent) and to take advantage of free advertising (42 percent). These findings are from OAR’s most recent November Ohio REALTOR housing market confidence survey.


Survey results are based on responses to a monthly survey, designed to capture the effects of the existing economic conditions and trends on the real estate industry, sent to a pool of 1,500 OAR participants. Click here to participate in future OAR Housing Confidence Surveys.

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Community Service Spotlight: Warren Area Board of REALTORS

warren area cert of meritThe Ohio Association of REALTORS Communications Committee Chair Anjanette Frye (left) and Vice Chair Rick DeLuca (right) present the organization’s 2015 Certificate of Merit to Jayne Fenstermaker, of the Warren Area Board of REALTORS, during the Board of Directors meeting at the OAR Annual Convention & Expo, Sept. 22, in Columbus.


The Warren Area Board of REALTORS was honored with a 2015 OAR Certificate of Merit for its service to the Beatitude House…A House of Blessing in Warren.

According to Julie Vugrinovich, the Board’s 2014 president and Community Outreach/Public Relations chair:

I chose the local Beatitude House…A House of Blessing in Warren that reaches out to numerous women/children in our community with housing assistance as my President’s project for 2014-2015. My idea and goal was to establish a working library for these women/children, as well as a Women’s Resource Center to create a more positive and learning environment for those utilizing this shelter. The Beatitude House offers transitional and permanent supportive housing, with the mission of “creating homes.”

I started by having a book drive/collection and asking our Board/REALTOR members to bring in new books and to recycle gently worn books to this cause. More than 300 books have been collected consisting of uplifting, positive, learning and inspirational titles, as well as many children’s reading books. Six new bookshelves have been purchased and now showcase these wonderful books. The Women’s Resource Center consists of a multi-functional desk and refurbished computer for further use and help.

In addition to the library and Resource Center, a Clothes Closet was started at the Beatitude House, with collections/donations of new and gently worn “back to work” clothes, suits and shoes for women to use going back into the workforce and for job interviews. They can “shop and select” a new outfit when they need to and not have to pay anything for it.

Warren Area REALTORS on the immediate results of the project: The Beatitude House now boasts a new environment with a private and peaceful library room addition and Resource Center for all to use — allowing the women/children an opportunity to visit and select a book to enjoy. The desk and computer are also available for all to use as well, including Internet access, preparing documents, researching information and preparing job resumes. It has become a favorite room at the Beatitude House and everyone is thankful for the investment the Warren Area Board of REALTORS continues to make in supporting these educational opportunities, help with the transitional/supportive housing in creating a home environment, to helping countless women/children in our community. To be eligible to live at the Beatitude House a woman must be homeless according to the HUD definition.

Warren Area REALTORS on the project’s long-range goal: The Warren Area Board of REALTORS will continue to support the Beatitude House by reaching out to create more awareness and to collect books/educational materials for the library and Women’s Resource Center, clothing for the “Clothes Closet” in supporting their commitment to disadvantaged women and children, as well as focusing on the betterment of the individual by a home environment, providing educational opportunities, and fostering healthy families. Through the empowerment of the individuals at the Beatitude House along with the newly created Women’s Resource Center and library, these individuals will go on to develop their personal educational goals and work to secure and maintain meaningful employment, family stability, and continued economic growth. A win-win!

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Ohio housing market posts gains in sales activity and average price in October

sold with bursting skyBy Carl Horst, OAR Director of Publications/Media Relations

The number of homes sold across Ohio in October increased 4.9 percent from the level reached during the month a year ago, the market’s 14th consecutive monthly year-over-year gain, according to the Ohio Association of REALTORS.

“Activity throughout the Ohio housing market was positive in October, as the pace of sales during the month reached the highest level for the period in nine years,” said OAR President Greg Hrabcak. “Equally as important as the uptick in sales is the average sales price continuing to post modest monthly gains.

“It’s becoming increasingly evident that the housing sector is re-establishing a solid foundation throughout Ohio, one that is able to withstand any short-term variances that might occur due to current market conditions.”

October’s average home price of $150,509 reflects a 1.9 percent increase from the $147,704 mark posted in October 2014.

Sales in October reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 144,059, increasing 4.9 percent from the October 2014 rate of 137,291. The market saw a drop in activity in October of 2.7 percent from September’s mark of 148,028. Sales activity in October 2015 was the month’s best tally since 2005.

Around the state, 11 of the 18 markets tracked reported an increase average sales price, while seven improved in sales activity compared to October 2014.

Data provided to OAR by Multiple Listing Services includes residential closings for new and existing single-family homes and condominiums/co-ops. The Ohio Association of REALTORS, with more than 29,000 members, is the largest professional trade association in Ohio.

Click here to view OAR’s seasonally adjusted Ohio home sales report. To access a market-by-market analysis of sales activity throughout Ohio, click here.

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Coaching Corner: The joy of discovery

By “Coach” Marilou Butcher Roth

We just returned from the National Association of REALTORS Convention in San Diego after enjoying almost a week of meetings, classes and FUN! During the time we were there, we toured the USS Midway, went to the Maritime Museum, explored Little Italy, Coronado, La Jolla and Balboa Park. Each of these trips were full of varying kinds of adventures.

The Midway and the Maritime Museums quickly appealed to my geeky historian persona, leading me to google more information to satiate my need to know more. Our trip to La Jolla took us to the beach where a group of tourists had gathered overlooking the wall where the seals and sea lions were sunning. One of the sea lions had fishing line around his neck and Sea World Rescue showed up to see if they could free him. The Rescue team explained a great deal about the process and it appeared that help was not going to be in the cards for this particular sea lion.

Okay, so you may be asking if I have pictures of my trip next to show you!!! I do, but I won’t! Here’s the thing…what I realized is that every trip we go on we find a similar type of adventure — we seek these out. But what about right here in Cincinnati? Are there things to do here that perhaps would fill that same need of adventure? Yes! Do we do them? Not really!

So my intention is to find something each month that I haven’t seen — perhaps a new exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center or one of our many Museums or a show at the Aronoff Center or Playhouse in the Park. There is much to do in our beautiful and bountiful city and I invite you all to uncover adventures in your own cities. Please feel free to respond with any you come up with! Enjoy!


Marilou Butcher Roth is the owner of The MBR Group, a coaching and training company working primarily with REALTORS who have a desire to work and live from a more inspired place. She is also the Broker/Owner of Group REALTORS in Cincinnati.

Marilou is a member of the OAR Board of Directors and past chairman of the organization’s Communications Committee. Feel free to contact Marilou to see if coaching is right for you: Marilou@mbr-group.com


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