Columbus Ohio Hipster CityA new study by Yelp and Realtor.com named Columbus’s 43202 zip code as the “Hottest Hipster Market in America.” This designation is based on an unusual combination of factors:

  • Yelp reviews for local independent businesses
  • Number of online page views for homes for sale
  • Proximity to theaters, museums, art and entertainment venues

In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, a “hipster” is a person who is “unusually aware of, and interested in, new and unconventional patterns.” In other words, hipsters dig eclectic music and contemporary design, and are front-runners in culture, fashion and cuisine. They frequent independent coffee shops, boutiques, craft beer pubs and farm-to-table restaurants.

When you combine a “hipster” with a house flipper, you get a “flipster.” According to Columbus Business First and the Los Angeles Times, Millennial real estate investors are finding success by purchasing older properties and updating them to reflect their own Generation Y tastes. Then, they sell the updated homes to like-minded hipsters who can appreciate the coolness.

The features of a “flipster” home include horizontal lines, which may be used in yard fencing and interior accents. Interiors are modern and stylish, with light-colored walls and natural wood elements. Smart-home features such as app-controlled thermostats and lighting are usually present.

By giving older homes fresh appeal, flipsters are helping attract young adults to established Columbus neighborhoods. This contributes to the economic vitality of our communities and helps draw additional investment to the area.

It should be remembered that location and local amenities have much to do with how “hip” any home might be! Home buyers who are looking for trendy neighborhoods in Central Ohio have numerous communities to choose from. Let us be your guide!

As your Exclusive Buyer’s Broker, we serve your best interests at all times! Unlike real estate agents and brokerages who represent sellers, as an Exclusive Buyer’s Broker, we only represent you, the buyer, getting you the best price and terms with no conflict of interest.

Understanding this distinction could literally save you thousands of dollars not only on the purchase price and terms, but also on seller concessions and home inspection issues, whether you are a first-time homebuyer or an experienced homeowner!

Contact us with your home buying questions! Remember, we are with you every step of the way…all the way home!

Andrew Show
Broker, CEBA, CEBA-M, CNE, CSP, ABR-M, e-PRO, GREEN
Buyer’s Resource Realty Services
Serving Metro Columbus, Ohio with Exclusive Buyer’s Agents
7100 North High Street, Suite 204, Worthington, Ohio 43085
614-888-4110 | 888-888-4110 Toll Free | 614-839-4110 Fax

Metro Columbus home buying tipsThe Metro Columbus real estate market has experienced rapid home sales, with days-on-market trending around a month or less during the summer peak. Columbus home buyers may be feeling pressured, but those who are prepared for the market, and use the services of an Exclusive Buyer Agent, will find success! Here are home-buying tips to help you!

Educate yourself about home buying and the Metro Columbus real estate market. Start by downloading and reading our free e-book, “How to Buy a Home like a Pro!” This information will help you tremendously as you explore homes that interest you.

Also be sure to follow the Buyer’s Resource Realty Services blog for Metro Columbus real estate news and market updates!

Be financially prepared. Pull your financial records together; payroll transmittals, bank statements, tax returns and monthly debts. Examine your credit history; clear up any errors by contacting the credit bureau. Create a budget to save money for a down payment.

When you are ready to obtain your mortgage pre-approval, contact us for referral to local, trustworthy lenders who will explain all of your mortgage options!

Become a Buyer-Client of Buyer’s Resource Realty Services. Having an Exclusive Buyer Broker gives you fiduciary representation that you cannot obtain from typical real estate agencies. There is a critical distinction between an Exclusive Buyer Broker, and “dual agents” who show homes but work in the best interests of the seller.

And because we only represent buyers, we are welcomed by home builders and for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) sellers. We can show you any home on the market, including homes for sale on the Columbus Regional MLS, no matter the listing agency.

Prioritize. Decide what features you really need in a home, and what locations you prefer. Think about school districts, access to amenities, public transportation, and municipal services.

Be prepared to compromise where necessary. Your home-buying dollar will go farther in some areas than others. You may not get everything you want in a home, exactly where you want it – but we’ll help you find the very best choices for your needs and budget. Plus, we provide our Buyer-Clients with pricing guidance so you do not over-pay for a home!

Be ready to take action. The Metro Columbus real estate market waits for no one. If you do not make an offer on a home you really like, it could go under contract with another buyer before you return to it.

Remember, as your Exclusive Buyer Broker, we only represent you, so we don’t pull any punches when it comes to evaluating a home. We’ll disclose material facts and information that affects your interests. We’ll also protect you with contractual contingencies, and make sure any home repair issues are properly addressed.

As your Exclusive Buyer’s Broker, we serve your best interests at all times! Unlike real estate agents and brokerages who represent sellers, as an Exclusive Buyer’s Broker, we only represent you, the buyer, getting you the best price and terms with no conflict of interest.

Understanding this distinction could literally save you thousands of dollars not only on the purchase price and terms, but also on seller concessions and home inspection issues, whether you are a first-time homebuyer or an experienced homeowner!

Contact us with your home buying questions! Remember, we are with you every step of the way…all the way home!

Andrew Show
Broker, CEBA, CEBA-M, CNE, CSP, ABR-M, e-PRO, GREEN
Buyer’s Resource Realty Services
Serving Metro Columbus, Ohio with Exclusive Buyer’s Agents
7100 North High Street, Suite 204, Worthington, Ohio 43085
614-888-4110 | 888-888-4110 Toll Free | 614-839-4110 Fax

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