Community Columnists

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 ...

What I have learned from boating

Compare real estate to boating? There are amazing similarities. In my spare time, I love to be on the water. An afternoon with my husband in the sun on a boat is about as good as it gets for me. I learned a lot about being a Realtor from boating. Ocean tides are like the real estate ...

Emergencies happen — keep your bags packed

A few years ago, while visiting my sister in California, I came across a small packed piece of luggage near her front door. Later, as we were getting something from the trunk of her car, I saw yet another. I asked, “What is with the luggage?” Her answer? Earthquake preparation. Being an ...

Everyone has a role in real estate

After 40 years as a Realtor, I have been blessed with meeting thousands of buyers, sellers and agents. I have been involved with many hundreds of transactions with a myriad of different types of people. No two home sales are the same, and much of that is because there are so many different ...

Finding a Realtor and house take time

As younger generations take their place in the economy, I watch as the “instant gratification” economy has created unrealistic expectations on the part of many buyers and sellers. Watching reality TV shows where the stars find, fix and sell a home in 30 minutes is anything but real. The ...

The wall helped heal a community

The healing made possible by the visit of The Wall That Heals to Warren was much greater and further-reaching than we ever could have imagined. From the initial idea through fruition, this project has had amazing support from our veterans and local community. The reverent feeling that one gets ...

Honor liberty — at a baseball game

Over the last two years, we have seen the fabric of our society getting pulled at both ends. We are teetering on the brink of a point of no return in these polarizing times. Do we even remember Charlottesville? It seems like an eternity ago, with all the other noise of divisiveness of late. The ...

UAW keeps fighting for GM-Lordstown

June 22 was not a bright summer day for many area workers. It was the final day of the second shift at General Motors Lordstown Complex, Magna Seating, Jamestown Industries, Leadec Industrial Services and other suppliers associated with the complex. Through no fault of their own, about ...

HomeGoods is big opportunity

As a leader, I’ve always encouraged patience with regard for the big picture, despite any immediate set-backs. And I’d say the same today as I look at the economic outlook for Trumbull County, even with our latest challenges. Last month, more than a thousand people lost their jobs at ...