Hocking Hills Visitors Guide

10 Nov

2012 Hocking Hills Tourism Assn. Visitors Guide coming soon…demand exceeded supply in 2011, but you can find special Guide supplements….check at the Welcome Centers in Logan and Laurelville when you come visit!   In the meantime, you can also find an online version of the 2011 HHTA Visitors Guide at  http://www.logandaily.com/app/logan/DigiMagLoader.swf 

(update January 2012….the new Hocking Hills Visitors Guides for 2012 are now available at the Hocking Hills Tourism Assocication welcome centers (Logan and Laurelville), and should be posted online asap…)

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Vacation/Investment Home Owners, Taxes & Management

10 Nov

If you use your vacation/investment property as a rental (no matter how much or how little), don’t forget that you must track information for all vendors/contractors for information you’ll need to send them the required IRS 1099 form…for all work done over $600.  Check with your CPA or accountant for details.

Also a note for those considering or using a property manager or property management company….Ohio law requires those managing properties other than their own to have a state real estate agent license, and be working under a state licensed real estate brokerage that has agreed to perform property management…including setting up the required financial accounts.  For more information, consult your attorney; also see http://www.ohiorealtors.org/absolutenm/templates/article.aspx?articleid=3179&zoneid=31

School District Election Issues and Property Values

9 Nov

I’ve written about this previously on our www.ikarensell.com web site and elsewhere, and want to disclose that I am a former member of the Hilliard City School District Board of Education.  We continue to market and sell real estate in the greater central Ohio area, certainly including Hilliard, as well as southeast Ohio’s “hills” vacation real estate, and as a result now follow a great many school districts.  This morning’s election results, which showed Hilliard’s levy issue losing by a handful of votes, along with a rundown of vote totals for board candidates, caused me to do a bit more searching.

The levy opposition posed by “For Hilliard Kids” and that group’s endorsed candidate offers a web site with a blog where I found a thread covering school issues and property values.  I fully acknowledge that I disagree with the thoughts there that state one does not affect the other…and for the record posted the following, which summarizes those thoughts I’ve posted before:

“I’d suggest reviewing the histories of property sales and values in central OH surburban districts that have had repeated difficulty in passing school issues…specifically, ask appraisers what the impacts might have been on property values; they’re bottom-line folks, ultimately reporting to even more bottom-line underwriters. And perhaps Hilliard’s major growth spurt (and subsequent ongoing property value increases, at rational rates) had some connection to voters repeatedly approving school issues. Doug Parker, former HCSD member”

As for candidate and vote totals, the local TV media web sites have done a nice job of presenting information online, including http://www2.ohiovotes2011.com/election_results/?page=Refresh

Fall for The Hocking Hills year-round

9 Nov

Here’s a new video production for southeast Ohio’s Hocking Hills vacation region…full disclosure – I am a member of the Hocking Hills Tourism Association and its Board….

http://www.ohiotraveler.com/hocking-hills-autumn.asp

for other videos, see:  http://www.1800hocking.com/video

If you’re thinking that tourist season ends around here after the leaves fall, come see things through winter’s perspective as well…you’ll find things you hadn’t noticed or even been able to see when all the hardwoods were full.  And don’t just take my word for it, check out all the online views of the huge turnouts for the annual Winter Hike.

 

the vacation home market

1 Nov

We’ve heard more often lately from prospective buyers that they’re looking for something “other than stocks, etc.” to place their investment dollars.  That, coupled with the continued growth of tourism, the desire for vacation time and place closer to home, continued development and improvements (Lancaster bypass, Nelsonville bypass, other businesses, shopping, and recreational opportunities) have brought more and more interest in what we call simply “the hills” in southeast Ohio.  If you’ve every at least visited and hiked Old Man’s Cave – Hocking Hills State Park, you have at least a good notion of what all the attraction’s about.  And folks are also discovering or rediscovering Hide-A-Way Hills Club private resort community (approx. 600 homes) for more close-to-home-away from home activities.