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4/8/2014 In the News Business First - Women Take Pride in Success of Others

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4/8/2014 In the News Columbus Dispatch - No Place Like Dome

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4/8/2014 In the News Columbus Dispatch - Stage Struck

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4/8/2014 In the News Home Buyers Value Environmentally Friendly Features: Tips to Green Your Home for More Selling Appeal

COLUMBUS, OH (March 25, 2014) – When potential buyers are considering a new home, they are no longer just looking to see how many bedrooms and bathrooms it has or if the kitchen is updated. Buyers now also want to know if the refrigerator has an Energy Star designation, if the toilets are low-flow or if the windows are energy efficient. Environmentally friendly amenities are becoming more important to buyers than ever before.

According to the National Association of Realtors, ninety-two percent of all home buyers consider energy efficiency to be somewhat important with 46 percent of all home buyers ranking energy efficiency as very important when considering a home for purchase.

“A series of small, simple changes really add up in terms of energy savings and can be very attractive to homebuyers,” said Joe King, president of Coldwell Banker King Thompson. “Making your home eco-friendly is a great selling feature. Plus, you and the environment can benefit from the upgrades.”

Here are several steps towards green living:

Upgrade to energy efficient windows. Double-pane windows can reduce your utility bill by as much as 10 percent, making upfront replacement costs a worthwhile investment.

Go with low-flow bathrooms. Low-flow toilets and showerheads can reduce water consumption by as much as 50 percent.

Install tankless water heaters. Because they don’t store water and nor reheat consistently, tankless heaters can save up to 50 percent on a hot water bill.

Update the kitchen and utilities with Energy Star Appliances – The upfront cost for Energy Star appliances will quickly be mitigated by energy savings. These appliances use anywhere from 10 to 50 percent less energy.

Pay attention to your insulation. By upgrading your insulation to a higher R-value, or thermal resistance, energy costs will drop. Begin by tackling the attic and unheated crawl spaces, then bolster energy savings further by sealing ducts, caulking, and weather-stripping.

 About Coldwell Banker King ThompsonAcross Ohio, Coldwell Banker King Thompson and Coldwell Banker West Shell have 19 offices and over 1,100 sales associates serving central Ohio, greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and southeasternIndiana. The companies are part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company. NRT, a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation (NYSE: RLGY), operates Realogy’s company-owned real estate brokerage offices. For more information, please visitwww.kingthompson.com.



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4/8/2014 In the News House of the Week - 3/30/2014

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4/8/2014 In the News Jerry's Article - 3/20/2014

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4/8/2014 In the News Get the Most Out of Homeownership this Tax Season

COLUMBUS, OH (March 3, 2014) – Ready or not tax season has arrived and it’s time to get your paperwork in order. This tax season homeowners can take a sigh of relief, because owning a home can actually help minimize tax liability and return some extra cash to your wallets.

“Purchasing a home is undoubtedly an emotional decision, but it is also an investment and financial consideration should be taken,” said Joe King, president of Coldwell Banker King Thompson.“The tax benefits of owning a home versus renting can be a deciding factor for those on the fence and essential to your long term savings plan.”

While most people are familiar with the standard deductions, like mortgage interest, property taxes and premium mortgage insurance, there are many other ways to reap the benefits. To make sure every possible last dime is collected, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has provided a tax-break cheat sheet.

Energy Efficiency Pays Off – Take advantage of a tax credit that lets you offset what you owe the IRS dollar-for-dollar for up to 10 percent of the amount you spent on certain home energy-efficiency upgrades, from insulation to water heaters. Although the credit is capped at $500, the right improvement could lower your utility bills indefinitely.

Home Office Deduction –This is the first year for a more simplified option to claim this deduction. To qualify you must use your home office exclusively and on a regular basis, and allows you to claim $5 per square foot (up to 300 square feet, instead of having to compute the actual expenses of your home office using a 43-line form.

Home Improvements –Look ahead to future savings. While you can’t deduct the expenses until you sell your home, make sure to save all receipts for improvements made. Any costs from landscaping, to storm windows and fencing can be added to the purchase price of your home and will reduce any potential taxable gain that you may have from the sale of your home.

Moving Expenses –If you move more than 50 miles to a new full-time job in the same line of work, some of those moving expenses are deductible. For more information, see the IRS publication on moving expenses.

Taking the time to navigate through tax breaks that you may be eligible for as a homeowner can help you put some cash back in to the bank.

About Coldwell Banker King ThompsonAcross Ohio, Coldwell Banker King Thompson and Coldwell Banker West Shell have 19 offices and over 1,100 sales associates serving central Ohio, greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana. The companies are part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company. NRT, a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation (NYSE: RLGY), operates Realogy’s company-owned real estate brokerage offices. For more information, please visit www.kingthompson.com.



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4/8/2014 In the News The Week

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4/8/2014 In the News Your Money's Worth - 3/30

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3/7/2014 In the News Love at First Sight: Home Edition

COLUMBUS, OH (February 4, 2014) - People wait their entire lives to experience the feeling that comes over them when they’ve met “the one”. Will you know immediately? Will it be love at first sight? When it comes to making a commitment the natural human response tends to lean on emotions to guide decisions, and this is also thought to be true when choosing the right home to purchase.

“Your home is an extension of who you are and where you are in life, so naturally home buying becomes an emotional experience,” explains Joe King, president of Coldwell Banker King Thompson. “A good Realtor should be sensitive to this, but should also counsel their client to make a smart investment.”

A study conducted by BMO titled The Psychology of House Hunting found that 80 percent of prospective homebuyers know if a house is the right one for them the moment they step inside. With this in mind, sellers should make the entry point to their home set the tone for the rest of the showing. Here are a few tips to sprucing up a foyer for the best possible first impression.

Create a focal point. Focus on one main display that will immediately catch the eye of your guests and then accessorize the rest of the foyer around it. Try a beautiful floral arrangement, an accent wall or a bright colored console table.

Do the unexpected. Most entryways are home to a staircase, which are all pretty basic for the most part. By replacing the banister you can automatically transform your stair case in to a modern piece of art. Another way to make it pop is by painting the stair risers an enticing color.

It’s all an illusion. By strategically placing a large mirror in your foyer, you can achieve the illusion of a larger space. Potential buyers will have this thought in the back of their mind as they tour the rest of the home.

Dazzle your guests. The entryway is the first impression of your home, so why not go big? This is the perfect spot for a grand chandelier to hang. With so many options available for chandeliers these days you will be sure to find one that matches your style, whether it’s modern, classic or even vintage.

February isn’t just a month devoted to Valentine’s Day love, but it’s also when the spring real estate market begins to bloom. When it comes to shopping for a new home, there’s no better feeling than finding “the one” that pulls on your heartstrings.

About Coldwell Banker King ThompsonAcross Ohio, Coldwell Banker King Thompson and Coldwell Banker West Shell have 19 offices and over 1,100 sales associates serving central Ohio, greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana. The companies are part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company. NRT, a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation (NYSE: RLGY), operates Realogy’s company-owned real estate brokerage offices. For more information, please visit www.kingthompson.com.


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