Community Columnists

The last flight with Maj. Karl Hoerig

I sat in Judge Andrew Logan’s courtroom as Claudia Hoerig received her sentence of 28 years to life. I was overwhelmed with emotion. That February day meant so much to us all. The outcome so many hoped for now is written in stone. Justice prevailed, but the only ‘life sentence’ I observed ...

Realtors are advocates

One of the great things that Realtors assist in is advocacy. The National Association of Realtors, Ohio Realtors and our local Warren Area Board of Realtors constantly monitor matters and issues that may adversely affect homeownership and / or private property rights. It could be local ...

What are the types of mortgages?

Let’s talk about mortgages. When starting the home purchase process, start first by talking to a lender about getting pre-approved. A lender can discuss mortgage options that fit your specific personal needs, they will assist you in verifying what price range of home to look at in your ...

What does it mean to be a ‘Realtor?’

What does the word “Realtor” mean? It is used frequently and in general for all those individuals who hold a salesperson license issued by the Division of Real Estate. However, only licensed salespeople who belong to the National Association of Realtors, Ohio Realtors, and their local ...

The amazing light of MLK

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not like to take his piano lessons. We visited his eternal flame and ...

Parents should ‘cool it’

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Ohio, this message is primarily for you. When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes ...

Explaining abbreviations, slang

Just like any other industry, business, hobby, etc. we use acronyms, abbreviations and slang to discuss aspects specific to those industries, businesses and hobbies. We assume, which we should not do, that everyone understands what we are talking about. So, during my year as president of the ...

America’s Great Society requires great health

Over 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy identified mental illness as one of America’s “most critical health problems.” The result was the Community Mental Health Act of 1963, one of the final pieces of legislation he signed before his death that year. We have made much progress ...

Homeownership is an amazing privilege

Happy New Year to everyone. It seems like a short 40 years ago I obtained my real estate license. I have to say how blessed I have been and what a wonderful career choice it was. All of us who live in this Valley have seen the good, the ups and the downs that have occurred here. We comprise ...

Area should stay the course on YARS, Camp Garfield

During the past 12 to 18 months, much has happened concerning our local military assets. Both Camp Garfield (formerly Camp Ravenna) and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) have had, arguably, their best year in more than a decade. To that end, the community as a whole, our state ...

It’s up to us to protect future

In what has become commonplace in corporate America, General Motors once again, undeniably, demonstrated it will always put corporate interests and executive bonuses over the stability of our community and the families who have served it for decades. Shortly before Christmas, GM CEO Mary ...

Homeownership is not fit for every lifestyle

After a year writing about homeownership and its benefits, the premise of this article may seem a little odd. Follow along and maybe you will understand what I mean. America and the right of all to own real property was a novel concept in the 1700s. Most countries did not allow anyone except ...

Commercial vs. residential real estate sales

Ohio law does not differentiate between commercial and residential Realtors. They carry the exact same license, but that is where the similarities end. Like Venus and Mars, black and white and fast and slow, there are stark differences in the skill sets needed to successfully represent ...

What does the future of housing look like?

Many times we look back to see what others predicted about the future to see just how accurate they were. I remember as a child looking at the Dick Tracy cartoons and seeing him talk to his watch, or Captain Kirk flipping out his tricorder to talk to someone on the Enterprise. This was all ...

Have paperwork in order in case worst happens

Over this last year I have spoken repeatedly about being prepared to sell or buy a home. There are many things you can do to prepare a house to sell, or prepare yourself to buy, but are you prepared to sell your home if you weren’t alive? Throughout my Realtor career, some of the hardest ...

Consider learning about a reverse mortgage

We are all taught to save money throughout our lives. “Save for a rainy day” or “save for retirement” are phrases I remember from my parents. They lived through the Great Depression and World War II, and learned early that having a nest egg of money is essential in getting through the ...

Tips to make fall easier

It is hard to imagine a season prettier than the fall. For a brief fleeting time, the rich, bright colors of a burning bush in your yard or a hillside emblazoned with the foliage changing are satisfying and gorgeous — until you have to clean up those leaves. Fall also offers challenges to ...

Is building a new home the right choice?

So you and your Realtor look diligently at every new home on the market that might fill your needs, and still have found nothing. You scour every website, newspaper, homes magazine, and even drive through neighborhoods you like, and still nothing suits you. Have you asked your Realtor to ...

Issue 1 removes person’s motivation to get clean

Proponents of Issue 1 believe Ohio can solve substance addiction by essentially decriminalizing the possession of any drug of abuse of less than 20 grams by reducing possession to a misdemeanor and by limiting jail sentences for probation violations. But the truth is a drug offender’s ...

Tips for selling a home in winter

Winter will be here before you know it and it is already cold outside. I am out there daily showing homes with hundreds of other Realtors in the Valley. Don’t tell me homes don’t sell in the winter. If a buyer is willing to trudge out in 10-degree weather and 6 inches of snow, that ...